Daily Archives: 2009/04/19

1) Short Term Missions Insurance Rate Increases

Is your organization experiencing rate increases on your short-term travel medical insurance? Do you want to help support Brigada?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. You will be surprised at how low their prices are, how good the coverage is and how easy it is to set up an online enrollment system for your organization!

Check out some of their plans online at
http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada , email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

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2) When Helping Hurts

Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel.

A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an “asset based” approach rather than a “needs based” approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and economic development strategies appropriate for North American and international contexts are presented, including microenterprise development. This book should be available at amazon.com within the next 2 weeks. See the link below. Or, to learn more, browse to


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3) Mission Songs For Kids

Check out “Change the World: Mission Songs for Children CD,” a fun resource your children will enjoy year after year! This dynamic CD features worship and camp songs for kids, such as “Send Me, Lord,” “Change the World,” and a contemporary version of “We’ve a Story to Tell.” To order, visit


or call 1-800-968-7301 (USA callers can dial toll-free; others can call via Skype-out). Or email

for more information.

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4) Missiological Discussion Forum

Some Brigada members previously participated in the missiological forums on the FamilyNet BBS network. These have now been moved to Yahoo Groups. MISSIOLOGICAL is a discussion list for teachers, practitioners, and students of missiology from all Christian perspectives. To learn more go to


To subscribe, send an e-mail to

and to contact Steve, the list owner, send e-mail to

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5) Ministry Transportation Solutions

MATS International has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

http://www.mats.org/ or email

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6) Free Children’s Curriculum In Spanish

Wycliffe’s Children’s Communications Team now offers two of its larger curricula translated into Spanish for free download. The Steps to Bible Translation series can be found at:

http://www.wycliffe.org/Kids/FreeCurriculum/StepstoBibleTranslation.aspx [note that the “x” might wrap; it needs to be on the end of the asp]

Just click on the word “español” to find some teaching tips and 12 separate interactive lessons that will excite your children with the various steps in the Bible translation process. Look for The Children’s Prayer Journal at: http://www.wycliffe.org/Kids/FreeCurriculum/PrayerLessons.aspx

Click on the word “español” to find the prayer journal that highlights twelve Bibleless language groups featured in the popular book From Akebu to Zapotec. Please send questions or comments to the team at:
or use the comment link below.

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7) Catch A Swiss Radio Interview On 3rd Culture Kids

Now you can listen to an interview on “Third Culture Kids (2009)” on World Radio Switzerland. Tina Quick (International Family Transitions) and Michele O’Donnell (Member Care Associates) share their expertise on supporting third culture kids and internationally mobile families. This 60-minute radio interview was aired live on 11 February 2009. You can download it for free and listen to it at:


[note: beware this URL will wrap; try copying and pasting it to your browser’s address box. Or, alternatively, just log onto Brigada online where you’ll find a working link to the site when you find this item at the URL below.]

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8) Learn Islam At Zwemer

The Zwemer Center For Muslim Studies at Columbia International University in South Carolina offers courses to help you understand Islam and Muslims (credit/seminar). They are designed for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in an Islamic country, pastors serving where there are a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work among Muslims. When taken as a seminar the cost is only $190 each. This summer: Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Johnson) June 29-July 3; The Spirit World of Islam (Larson)July 6-10; Approaches to Muslims July 13-17 (Parshall). By extension: Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Larson); Understanding Muslim Women (Stacey) For more information: Ph. 1-800-777-2227, Ext. 5327, or e-mail

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9) Tentmaking E-Newsletter Launched

Did you know that Global Opportunities has launched a FREE new monthly eNewsletter simply called “TM Briefs”? This short publication will teach, inform, inspire, support, challenge, and equip you for tentmaking, and more broadly, for integrating work and faith in all your life. Subscribing is as easy as it is to unsubscribe. Check it out.


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10) Courses For Editors To Be Offered In Manila

Christian magazine editors and writers are invited to attend a conference in Manila this fall featuring two intensive courses designed especially for them. Magazine Training International will offer a course on Editing the Magazine Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and a course on Writing Effective Magazine Articles Oct. 4-7. Two international teams comprised of three experienced magazine editors and writers will teach the courses. For more information, check out


Or, email Sharon at

or call 719-598-9743 or SKYPE

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11) Norway Tentmaking Course Has More Openings Available

Due to the global fiscal situation a team of tentmakers from a closed country had their vacations cancelled and are unable to attend. This means that although the course was already full, they now have a few more openings available. 2 weeks of learning about the essentials of ministry through tentmaking and business as mission in 4.5 intensive days. They have an impressive list of teachers specially selected for their experience to help you get equipped. Check it all out at their website

http://www.tent.no/sider/tekst.asp?side=149 or email Steinar Opheim at

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12) We Give Thanks…

Hats off to Insurance Services of America (ISA) for pitching in $58.53, based on Brigada participants and their purchase of insurance. For complete details, rates and to apply for coverage online go to


Thanks, too, to English Bible Club of Istanbul, who sent $10 this past week.

Finally, thanks to the William Carey Library,


for sending a $25 gift this past week. In William Carey’s case, they subscribed to a regular recurring monthly gift by credit card. See the form at:


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13) Get Your Item Published *Now*

Our queue is lots longer than the number of items we can publish weekly. We do eventually publish all items, regardless of sponsorship. However, those who pitch in to help cover Brigada’s expenses are treated with special dignity — because they’re helping pay the bills. We bump them directly to the head of the line. All of which means… if it’s Friday and you send in an item with a gift, there’s a good chance your item might be featured as quickly as 48 hours later (the following Sunday). Just follow the instructions for submitting an item (at our website, brigada.org, by reading the guidelines when you select “Submit an item”), then click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) How much should you give? We’ll leave that up to you. Basically, any amount gets you bumped to the front of the line. Obviously, the more you give, the more thankful we are. And thank you in advance for helping.

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14) The Backpage: When Does A New Missionary Hit Stride?

What’s your opinion? Mine varies, but in general, I’ve concluded (after doing this for about 31 years) that it takes about 5 years for one of our workers to really start understanding the turf, feeling the groove, speaking the language without pause or frustration, and, in general, producing. So — you can understand then — how my heart goes out to the worker who leaves after just 2 years. In general, he or she is leaving before the real feeling of fulfillment can set in. As a result, I’m afraid the shorter stint (2 years or so) might actually inoculate the worker *against* missions. “I tried the missions thing; I just wasn’t cut out for it.” Lord, please bring on more of the 5-year-plus workers! Your thoughts?

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15) Closing Stuff

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