Daily Archives: 2009/04/26

1) Brigada Moves To A New Site

However, because of the magic of the Internet, you shouldn’t have to change your “favorites” or “bookmarks” because our URL moves with The "New Look"us, of course. So browse around the new site. We hope you’ll find it clean, easily followed, and much easier upon which to make comments. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out some other new features so we invite you to stop by whenever you receive a Brigada and read the edition online instead of via email. Note that the table of contents for the current edition will now be in the right-hand column.

2) Retreat for Struggling Missionaries

Bali, Indonesia hotel siteLiving Waters International is hosting a special restoration retreat for missionaries and cross cultural workers in Bali, Indonesia. It is designed to really be a time of special ministry to the missionary who may need some time to truly experience the personal love and care of Jesus. Especially if someone is struggling secretly, even with sexual temptation or same-sex attractions, this is time for healing and mercy ministry. It is the first week of November and space is limited. For an application go to http://www.livingwaterscanada.org/RR09

3) Kids’ Mission Project Journal

liveactionjournalHelp your kids record their missions experiences with the Live Action Project Journal. This combination activity book and journal encourages children to reflect on up to twelve different missions projects. It includes prompts for kids to write or draw about their experiences before, during, and after each project.

 To order, visit


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

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4) Member Care Resource From The Guys That Wrote The Book

fuller_campusFrom Fuller School of Psych, here are three new release from Kelly O’Donnell: “The Pearls and the Perils: Practicing Psychology in Mission/Aid Settings,” (2009) Fuller School of Psychology USA, Integration Symposium, 19-20 February 2009. In this resource, Kelly gives three lectures that are relevant for further developing member care practitioners, sending groups, and the member care field. This material is available for free in written, audio, and video formats at this site: (note: you may be instructed to download for free the iTunes Player. Patience, it’s worth it!)


The three lectures are about 50 minutes each plus the panel responses. They include info on staying healthy, promoting health and managing dysfunction, and member care ethics.

6) Returning Missionaries: You’ve Got A Friend

set_a_new_directionThanks to a Brigada responder writing on one of those comment links… we learned recently about “Set a New Direction”:


It specifically focuses on the Career needs of returning workers. Brad is a former missionary who now helps others to objectively translate / reinterpret their unique skills, overseas experience and International IQ to the best opportunities here. Thanks for using those Brigada comments!

7) Go To The Nations…As An English Teacher

Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques and YWAM-PAcertification, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The course dates are July 13-August 7, September 7 – October 2, October 19 – November 13. Get a certificate upon completion that opens door around the world. Find details, application forms, on

http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail to


8) Maximize Your Short-Term Trip With This Book

before_you_go_bookJack Hempfling’s “BEFORE YOU GO” is a new 40 day devotional that prepares the hearts of each team member for “Cross Cultural Challenges, Living and working as a Team, Going with Faith and Expectation in God, Handling the Spiritual Issues, and Ministry Effectiveness & Personal Growth. It’s not yet available on Amazon (just off the press and only from XULON PRESS). They’ll sell it to Brigada readers for $14.99 Just call 866-909-2665 or Order Online:


Be sure to tell them you heard about it on Brigada.

9) New Video Series From Harvest North Africa

A DVD containing short (5-7 minute) prayer mobilization videos about each of the five nations of the North Africa arise_shine_morocco_logoPartnership (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania) is now available. Each DVD contains English, French, and Spanish versions all on the same single DVD and is available in either NTSC or PAL versions for US$10.00 including shipping within North America, or at a discount for bulk orders. It can be shipped internationally at slightly higher cost. For more information or to order a copy, please send an email to:


10) 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 www-smoke-signalsdignity — 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.

11) The Backpage: Will You End Up Buying An Amazon ‘kindle’?

Check it out. Just head on over to Amazon at:


The lead item will probably be about the Kindle. There’s a 6″ diagonal screen and a 9.7″ screen — and either one will cause your eyes to pop. Keep in mind that these screens aren’t your typical backlit computer LCD. They use a completely different technology that is more like electronic ink (thus the name of the vendor that sells the kindleDXscreens to Amazon, “e-ink.” Regardless of the unit you pick (whether you want to accommodate 1500 books in a smaller package or 3000 books in a not-quite-as-small-but-still-amazing package, it really doesn’t matter. Both devices represent a new segment of the electronics market that is quite remarkable. Slim, lightweight, and wireless while you’re in the USA on home service or visiting. No monthly fees. And order & receive a book in under 60 seconds. Most books are $10 or less, too. Be kinder to the environment, enjoy all your books in your briefcase (instead of at home on the shelf) and, get this — it even reads aloud to you. (Although ours is comical when it tries to read the Bible. You can hear the voice mixing the verse numbers in with the text of the verses themselves! :-) ) Some 300,000 books have been prepared in this format — ready to download in one minute.

Disclaimers, they’re expensive — but so is/was your library. They run on electric (but they last for like 4 days of full-time reading). And more importantly, you won’t be able to hold the page in your hand. Also, if somebody steals your Kindle, they’re stealing your whole library. Finally, be careful what PDFs you put on it. There’s no password-protection, let alone encryption, of any kind. (There isn’t even a log-on password.) This last item is the thing that made our I.T. guy’s hair stand on end. Greg took a while to warm up to it. I think, in the end, it kind of grew on him though. He just helped us resolve to not put anything sensitive on it.

So check it out. It just might be your library of the future — in your briefcase.

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