Daily Archives: 2009/05/03

1) Woooo-hooooo! We’re finally in May!

patiencePlease be patient! We might be behind, but we’re undaunted! :-) Be sure and check out the newly refreshed site here at


Check out an item and leave a comment or two. Click on the new “Archives (Yr/Mo)” listing… or browse on “Explore” and look at a flat file listing of each item back through 2008 and each *week* before that. Or check out the newly revamped Tag Cloud (scroll down the page and look in the right-hand column), see links to our current regular (more or less) sponsors, search the graphical calendar by week, or use the drop-down quick-link box to search for a particular year/month of issues. You’ll also see a hot-list of latest comments, a table of contents of the latest Brigada, and an improved “needle-in-a-haystack” text search engine. Wish us luck catching up! Grab an RSS feed (if you’re into that sort of thing), or just browse to your heart’s content. :-) Oh… almost forgot: you can now click “Donate” and set your dollar figure for any amount you choose. No more feeling boxed in or limited! :-)

2) Talking Bibles Int’l’s New Website

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This new website is easy to use. Learn everything you want to know about the Talking Bible. Enjoy the testimonials and pictures. Read Harvey’s blogs.  Go to “Listen” for free Bible listening. Don’t miss listening to Harvey’s book, “Honey, We’re Going to Africa!”  Check it out to be informed, inspired and blessed. For more info., email



(Thanks to TalkingBibles.org for sponsoring Brigada with a $20 gift this past week!)

3) Kids’ Missions Participation Badges

molly2Recognize your kids’ accomplishments in missions with missions participation badges. WMU has several badges available, including “I Met a Missionary,” “Prayerwalking,” “Telling about Jesus,” and “World Hunger.” To order, click on “badges” at


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

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for more information.

4) Int’l Training Partners Shares Great Articles

itpThanks to Randy (a YWAM staff development guy) for calling our attention back to Ken’s great articles at the ITP site:


There are some great topics there… “Key issues in Debriefing,” “Fifty Ways to Express Gratitude to Partners in the Ministry,” “The Interactive Process in Pre-field Training,” and much much more. Thanks for your unselfish spirit Ken, and for taking time to point to it, Randy!

5) Missionary Coach Shares Lessons Learned

garycollinsLikewise, hats off to Gary Collins for sharing lots of key principles so unselfishly at…


You can read newsletters on “Building Better Teams,” “Getting Through Transitions,” “Improving Communication,” and many many more. In fact, you can even subscribe so you get these via email roughly once a week. We also appreciate Team Expansion’s new full-time Business as Missions specialist (“Allan”) for this tip!

6) Intervarsity Seeks to Fill 150 Campus Ministry Positions

intervarsityInterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is looking for men and women who love working with students and faculty, who have a minimum of 3-5 years of ministry experience. Evangelistic skills are required for planting these new groups. Applicants should review InterVarsity’s Purpose Statement and Doctrinal Basis, which is available at


All field positions are funded through personal fund development by the employee. For an application, or more information, contact Melissa by phone at 608-443-3776 or by email at


7) People-Raising on FaceBook

peopleraisingNow you have the opportunity to learn more than ever on how to raise support as Bill Dillon, President of People Raising shares practical advice from over 35 years of fund raising experience in his brand new People Raising Facebook group. Get the People Raising blog, newsletter and fund raising tips and conference alerts. Share your fundraising stories and join in discussions with others who raise funds. Whether raising individual support or raising funds for your organization you will find practical fund raising scenarios, tips, and issues. Additional fund raising information is available on his website and a 6-hour training program available in DVD, CD, and MP3


You can access the People Raising facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33721827143 or email


9) Get Your Item at the Front of the Line

lineupWant your item to be seen *first*, at the top of the list in Brigada? We publish all the items we receive, however, those who pitch in to help cover Brigada’s expenses are treated with special dignity — because they’re helping pay the bills. We move them to the top, so they’ll be seen first. 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.)

10) The BackPage: Learning to Fund-raise, but a Long Way to Go

fundraising2We recently wrote about the new challenge of learning to fund-raise for our organization. We’ve built a new home office on a new 61-acre campus and, in Team Expansion, there’s no history of a donor list, nor any kind of legacy of fundraising for Int’l Services. So it’s been a learning experience — starting from scratch. Today, my son and I sat down with an extremely nice couple. I was just honest: “Hey, I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.” They were very kind and forgiving. Lessons I learned today?

  • Learn something about the prospective donors before you go. We had researched enough to ask some informed questions about their background. It made for great conversation while we were eating lunch.
  • Clarify your goals in advance, before the meeting. I had told the couple today that we weren’t going to ask for any money. Rather, we would just share the great stuff God was doing around the world through Team Expansion workers, give them some options for getting involved, field any questions they had, then set a follow-up appointment for later. I explained by phone in advance that at that follow-up appointment, we would actually make some kind of informed request. The couple gave good feedback that they liked that approach. It seemed to take the pressure off today’s meeting. By the end, they were already talking about options anyway, without us even asking.
  • Pray, Pray, Pray. In our case, we’re facing some pretty steep challenges. I’m pretty sure this would feel like climbing up a steep rock face if it weren’t for God’s faithful encouragement lifting us up. ‘Course, ask me how I am next month when the mortgage payments actually have to start! :-)

So what lessons are you learning in fundraising? What tips could you offer that haven’t already shared at the previous BackPage editorial? What observations have you drawn about the economy’s effect on your organization or your mission work, if any? Please share your feedback by commenting in the box below. Thanks in advance for taking time to give your thoughts.

11) Closing Stuff

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COPYRIGHT — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2008. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write and/or visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

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