Daily Archives: 2009/05/10

1) Teaching Opportunity Zanzibar, Tanzania


 All Nations Academy, an English stream primary school can use English speaking teachers up to grade 5 level.  They can use you for one semester, a year or longer. The next five-month semester starts in January 2010.  Write for further information to




There are opportunities to present Jesus on these tropical islands which are 99.2% non Christian.

Check out the website at:


2) Missions Mobilization For Kids

specialassignmentsWant to help your kids learn more about missions around the world? Engage girls and boys with “Children in Action: Special Assignments.” This resource features more than 150 hands-on missions activities, Scripture memorization, and ministry ideas. Activity categories include praying for missions, giving to missions, learning about missions, doing missions, my church and missions, growing in missions, and the Bible and missions. The book includes a companion CD with missionary biographies and ministry tips. Special Assignments sometimes focuses on Southern Baptist missions, but can be adapted for use by any group.

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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for more information.

3) New, Free Children’s Curriculum Posted

WycliffekidWycliffe’s Children’s Communications Team has posted a new service-learning curriculum called Scripture Poster Project at


You will find interactive lessons on literacy, a colorful PowerPoint slide show on Uganda, games and a drama to help your children make a difference in the world today with the skills that they already possess. Your children get to use their skills to color Scripture posters in one of 3 Ugandan languages. Then children reaching new literacy milestones will joyfully receive them as prizes. How cool is that? Please send questions or comments to the team at



or use the comment box below.

4) Revisiting Our Question, “Which Camcorder Is Best”?

camcorderA lot has changed since our July 2006 item trying to determine which camcorder is best for missions travel and promotion. Mark, a regular Brigada reader, asked if we could refresh the review. (Thanks for asking, Mark!) 

  • One factor we keep observing is the convergence of high-end pro-sumer digital SLRs and medium-duty camcorders. In other words, it’s gotten to the point that your still camera can take your high-def videos. One factor: the on-camera microphones on those SLRs is sometimes of lesser quality than the mics on dedicated camcorders. I think manufacturers believe they’ll only be used to annotate stills.
  • Then there’s convergence from the other side. Some of the camcorders are now making still images at 3 megapixels and up. Of course, you have to check to make sure that options like optical image stabilization are also online when taking stills (not just when doing video).
  • Since 2006, we’ve seen the blossoming of the entire market of camcorders using hard drives. They’ve dropped from $1600 down to $500 in just 3 years.
  • Then you have this whole new crop of miniature high-def camcorders that capture movies to flash cards (as opposed to mini-DV, DVDs, or hard-drives). For sure, one gives up some things on those $100 models, not the least of which is lense quality and CCD image clarity.

So what’s a body to do? Maybe the best recommendation is to fit the need. (In fact, maybe you’ve decided to stop doing video all together in favor of just doing slide shows with stills.) In the comment box below, please describe your own specific case and explain why you chose what you did — and whether or not you’re happy with your choice. There’s no one-size-fits all solution. Please make your case. :-)

5) New Comprehensive Church Planting Book

discovering church plantingDiscovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting by J. D. Payne releases soon. This comprehensive introduction addresses the biblical, historical, and missiological principles of church planting, while challenging missionaries to focus on applying such principles to their contexts. Read the forward by Hesselgrave:


 You can pre-order it from Amazon….

6) Study Russian In Kiev This Summer

instituteofstrategiclanguagesThe Institute of Strategic Languages & Cultures, also known as Russian Language Ministries, is offering 3-week intensive Russian language courses in Kiev this summer held at the Ukrainian Education Center, near the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Two different courses will be offered: Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian and Ministry-related Terminology for Discipleship situations. The program is designed for individuals who desire to take their Russian to the next level, and is not designed for the beginning student. ISLC plans to provide a couple of different tracks of study, depending on one’s level of proficiency, which will be evaluated prior to the program. Each course will meet for 2.5 hours per day and the program runs from July 27th through August 14th. If you are interested in one or both of these courses and would like more information, you may contact ISLC at



or check out the website


7) Which Mini-Data Projector?

projectorsDoug, of Global Recordings, has been looking at mini-data projectors (beamers) such as the ones at


Has anyone out there been using these and are there any other ones that you have seen or used? They look like a very usable item in certain situations. Please use the comment box below to give any user feedback or other resources that might help Doug and others with this new emerging technology. If so, just click into the comment box below and update us. Thanks in advance.

8) Focus On Community Health Evangelism (CHE)

global che network

Community Health Evangelism (CHE) is a ministry strategy that addresses the root causes of poverty, disease, and spiritual darkness by training local leaders to share the gospel and mobilize community action. Communities learn to prevent disease, enhance agriculture, and generate enterprise. Vital biblical faith is nurtured at every step. People become followers of Jesus, existing churches strengthened, and new churches planted. More than 250 organizations are using CHE in 81 countries worldwide. The Alliance for Transformational Ministry (ATM) and the Global CHE Network offers CHE training to people serving in rural and urban poor settings worldwide. Training dates for USA: Portland, OR, September 13-18, 2009. For more information about the CHE strategy, visit

For information about the training seminar in Portland go to:


or send an email to …


9) We Are Grateful

100We’re extremely grateful for the following gifts this past week…

$100 from Good neighbor insurance, Gilbert, AZ, on the web at…


and $200 from BrandtsmithPublishing.com — Between Two Rivers, Thanks Gaila and Dr. C! On the web at…


Ad $100 from ‘Into All the World Ministry’, on the web at… 


and $200 from WEC Int’l, Ft. Washington, PA, reaching people, planting churches. On the web at…


Thanks for your partnership!

10) Get Your Item At The Front Of The Line

1stWant 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.)

11) The Backpage: If We All Just Pitched In A Little

indonesiaI was thinking today about the quality job that the “Indonesian Peoples Network” (IPN) did with their book, Indonesian People Profiles: Unreached People Groups. It’s colorful, practical, informative, and comprehensive. Seemingly modeled somewhat after the Bethany Prayer Profiles that went around a few years ago, these people groups are, in a word, simply better. They’re organized into clusters with everything is indexed in the back. (Order the book by emailing



I think you’ll end up paying something  like $14.)

But my *main* point isn’t really to talk about Indonesia per se, even though it’s true that we (our organization) have a couple of projects in formation for that part of the world. Instead, my prayer is that we could clone Larry (the author of the above-mentioned book) and replicate this same process in little regions throughout the world. The truth is, if every little region just pitched in to describe the unreached peoples in that region, soon the whole world would be documented in this manner. That would be cool. :-)

12) Closing Stuff

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