Monthly Archives: June 2009

Online Training in Relationship-based Research

calebresourcesPioneering new ministry or seeking deeper insights into the culture where you live? Learn relationship-based research techniques used by short-term teams, church planters, strategists, and students around the world since 1988. Encounter Culture is a 10-week experiential training course developed by Caleb Resources using the book, “Exploring the Land.” A class begins September 15, 2009, and the next one is scheduled for January 15, 2010.

1) Why does Brigada want to Catch Up?

:-) One good friend of Brigada catchuprecently wrote, “Instead of going by the date of what issue it should be and trying to ‘catch up,’ it seems better to simply use the current date, whatever that is. It’s kind of like God’s grace. He doesn’t expect us to dig ourselves out of a hole, but gives a fresh start. I can think of several advantages to this. The news is clearly ‘fresh’ news and I think it would be less confusing for readers.  For example, if you say you ‘just got back’ from something, or if you announce a seminar to take place ‘next month,’ readers would know it’s in relation to today’s date, not the issue date. Thanks for keeping the info coming.” She makes a good point. But wouldn’t life just be cleaner if we could say, “There’s a Brigada Today filed for every single week that has ever occurred since January 1995.” Wouldn’t that be cool? Got an opinion? Just click on “Comment” below… and while you’re commenting, we’ll be trying to catch up. :-) So maybe soon, the whole discussion will be irrelevant anyway? :-) Either way, see the new tag line that tells both the “official” publication date and the “unofficial” production date. Does that help at all?

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2) New website considers int’l Member Care and health care

kellyodonnellKelly and Michèle O’Donnell are billing it as “Traveling Together as Learners-Practitioners.” This new Member Care site “helps to fill an important gap in the web world. It is especially oriented towards graduate students. But it is relevant for anyone who is interested/involved in member care and international work in the health care fields. The initial materials include: an audio interview with a doctoral student in psychology who shares about her member care aspirations; historical quotes/perspectives on the integration of mental health and missions; links to four video lectures on member care; and suggestions for a member care library. The upcoming interview for August focuses on the work/background of a senior leader who is part of a United Nations organization. Log on at…

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3) Nations Are Calling for English Teachers

teachersMany nations are calling for English teachers. Is God calling YOU to answer that call? YWAM Guadalajara can equip you with the skills needed to effectively teach ESL /EFL. They will hold a 4 week TESOL course at their campus in Guadalajara, Mexico from Sept. 28 through Oct. 23, 2009. For more information, contact Nathan at

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4) Book Review: Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)

mistakesweremadeThe subtitle to this 2007 book by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson is “Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts.” I saw it in a bullet by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, who wrote, “This is an amazing book! It is practical, enjoyable, challenging, and full of research and insights. The authors do a great job to un-distort reality!” From the jacket cover: “Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? [two renowned social psychologists] take a compelling  look at how the brain is wired for self-justification.” For more information on this book and to listen to some superb interviews with the authors, go to their site:

(Thanks for the tip, Kelly and Michèle!)

5) Southern Nazarene Wants Recruited by Your Org

southernnazunivAre you a mission organization seeking to recruit on college campuses? Southern Nazarene University’s Fall 2009 “mission week” ( will be September 28 to October 2. Thursday, Oct. 1, will be a “missions fair” day with organizations invited to set up a recruiting table in the university Commons (at no charge!).  For more info, contact Howard:

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6) Distance Learning Courses for You

personallearningcenterThe Personal Learning Center International

offers Junior High, Senior High, Advanced Placement, and Junior College courses that lead to US accredited High School and Junior College degrees.  They are taught by US credentialed teachers; 75% of their teachers hold Ph.D.s in their areas of specialty.  Organizers say they are the least expensive ($225.00 per course).  They are also looking for recruiters and distributors of their online courses.  If you are interested in having your child take a course or helping them market their courses in the country where you work, write Philip

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7) Fall Conference for Leaders in Short-Term Mission

If you seFSTMLnd or receive multiple short-term mission personnel (teams or individuals), circle October 14-17 on your fall 2009 calendar. Your expertise is needed in Atlanta, GA (USA) at the networking, training and empowering conference of the Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders. This four-day conference/retreat at the Lodge at Simpsonwood is a gathering of executive-level STM leaders — lay and paid — from colleges and universities, mission agencies and local churches. This year’s conference will feature Paul Borthwick and Jim Lo and will focus on the coming trends and issues affecting God’s people who are engaged in and impacted by short-term mission. Further info, including online registration, is at

8) Consider Encouraging Brigada: become a “True Friend”

100Before the end of 2009, would you consider making a $100 pledge or gift to Brigada? If you’re not in a position to do, would you consider speaking to your church or agency about it? Just that one single 2009 gift for the year would undergird our entire ministry. Just 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.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for any help you can give.

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9) The Backpage: How do you renew?

renewalAre you serving somewhere in a land where it’s difficult to “get away”? Maybe it’s a sensitive place… or maybe there just aren’t that many get-aways in general? Or maybe you’re feeling a bit ‘behind the 8-ball’, having to cover for someone else while they’re gone from the field? If this is you — have you found a way to deal with that feeling? If you’re single, are you managing it solo? … or teaming up with others in some way? If you’re married, how have you and your spouse managed to renew on a regular basis?

Either way, would you take a moment to share your tip, “lesson learned”, or other renewing practice in the comment box below? Remember, you can comment *totally* confidentially. No one will see your email address but me — and mum’s the word here. You’ve got my track record since 1995. (Has anyone ever contacted you because you were subscribed to the Brigada email list? Impossible. For 14 years. Never shared.) You can share a place, a practice, a link, a book, a song, — anything that has helped you find *renewal*. Thanks for taking a moment — “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” Totally in confidence.

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10) Closing Stuff

Disclaimer — We can’t screen ‘em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We try to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply can’t preview everything.

Please Don’t Subscribe us to your List — Sorry — nothing personal –but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-(

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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 2009. 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”

1) By popular request, a new “carriage return” —

carriagereturnsDo we still call it a “carriage return” when the only carriages in town are the ones downtown that are taking young couples on carriage rides? Anyway, beginning with this edition of Brigada Today, we add a single carriage return after the two hyphens at the end of the title. This comes by popular request from those who noticed we dropped the “all upper case” nature of our titles. We hope that by using this return, it will help demarcate the item titles just a little more clearly. You decide.

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2) Mobile ESL/TESOL Team —

Do you dream of establishing an ESL program as an outreach ministry in your location? A team of feslive teachers will come to help you establish such a program anywhere in the world. They will teach a twelve week ESL school for students who want to learn conversational English, and alongside the ESL school, two four-week TESOL schools for students who want to learn effective techniques for teaching English. Some of those TESOL students could become your future ESL teachers, and meanwhile, you will have laid a foundation for your ongoing program through having had a successful ESL school. Contact

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3) The Kingdom Strikes Back through Prayer —

prayer1It’s not too late to decide to attend the September 11-13 Retreat: “Praying in the Kingdom,” in  Idyllwild, CA, USA. It will include a varied program of worship, Bible teaching, fellowship, field reports, intercession, small group activities and personal retreat. Interested? Contact

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5) Learn to Expand the Kingdom through Prayer —

Thaomft’s the topic of OMF’s conference by the same name, scheduled for September 26 in Peabody, MA, USA). Catch fellowship and interaction with OMF missionaries, biblical teaching on prayer, worship and times for strategic prayer to advance God’s kingdom among the unreached peoples of East Asia. For more information, contact

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