Monthly Archives: January 2010

1) Where to go for Holistic Ministry Training

Looking for Holistic Microfinance and Microenterprise Development Training For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Look no further. The Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses. The initial course, Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry, is designed to help you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting church-based economic development in poor communities. The next offering of this course is April 5 – 30, 2010. The cost of this four-week course is $120 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

The second course, Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development, provides an overview of microfinance and microenterprise development and offers advice to those interested in selecting and designing a holistic intervention appropriate for their ministry context. The next offering of this course is scheduled for April 5 – May 21, 2010. The cost of this seven-week course including materials is $230 (USD). The Foundations course is a prerequisite for this course.

The third course in the series is the eight-week course Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations. The next offering of this course is May 3 -June 25, 2010. This course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development. The cost of this course including materials is $300 (USD). To learn more about these and other courses and see a complete course schedule visit:

2) Band Your Aid Together at HaitiHub

One has to admire the folks at CrossGlobalLink. Seems like their doing exactly the kind of stuff that should be their job description. Check out their growing database on those doing aid to Haiti at…

If you have a need, list it. If you’re bringing a resource to the table, log it. So those with needs will find resources and those with resources will discover the needy. Gotta love it — especially for the price (absolutely free). Note that they didn’t even try to parlay this into a membership drive for CrossGlobalLink. Makes me want to go join. How ’bout you? :-) (Good job Eldon and company!)

3) Wellness Inventory For Cross Cultural Workers

Help Phil, a grad student, develop a wellness inventory which will allow managers and member care staff to assess the well-being of colleagues in the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, occupational and intellectual areas of their lives.  Unlike many of the current assessments that attempt to answer the question, “How sick are you?” this inventory is more like a checklist to assess one’s well-being and may be useful for an on-site visit or off-site debriefing with healthy individuals. If you have had at least a year of overseas experience please help by filling out this anonymous survey by Feb. 14.

If you would like information about this project, have suggestions or would like a copy of the results, contact

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4) Bible and Commentaries at 2800-word level

Hats off to Wycliffe Associates UK for developing their EasyEnglish bible text and commentaries

It’s an easy-to-read Bible text and commentaries (2800 word level) available on a free CD. For more information, email

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5) Helpful [free!] Resources for Those Ministering to Muslims

Here’s a website created for expatriate and national believers who are ministering to Muslims in the Arab world.  It seeks to provide a comprehensive on-line database of information and critique of print and audio-visual resources for church planting ministry use.

An https version of the site is available by sending email to

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6) ECHO Offers Tropical Ag Course

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) is offering a one-week course called “Introduction to Tropical Agricultural Development” February 22 – 26 and May 3 – 7. ECHO is a Christian non-profit organization based in Fort Myers, FL which is equipping those serving internationally with resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor in the name of Christ. Course participants will receive instruction on poverty, community development, proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. There will also be time for hands-on work on ECHO’s global farm and exposure to ECHO’s technical resources. Sign up at

or contact ECHO at

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7) Experience Bible storying like the early church did

The early church spread God’s Word quickly despite political persecution and cultural resistance simply by telling everyone stories from the Bible! Experience 5 days of Bible storying in beautiful Orlando, Florida with Campus Crusade for Christ and then you’ll be able to train others. This trainers’ training is May 10 – 14, 2010 and is for individuals, churches, and mission agencies. Check in time begins on Monday at 2pm. The seminar begins at 6pm and ends at noon on Friday.  The cost for on-site lodging, meals, materials, and airport ground transfers is $299 per person.  Reservations required and training is limited to 18 people.  For reservations and information email

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8) WWW.Easybibles.Com Now Has 80 Projects Online

EasyBibles is printing and posting, free of charge, Gospel booklets to the world’s poorest nations, particularly in Africa, for field-testing and feedback before printing larger quantities to post. These booklets will be sold to the poor at very low prices. Recent languages starting include Broa from Cambodia and Kelabit from Borneo, Malaysia. If anyone knows contacts for Creole (West Africa or the Caribbean including Haiti) please introduce them to Martin at

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(Pastor Martin also included a note of thanks to Brigada for introducing him to Tokyo2010 ( ) where he hopes to be a delegate in May. God be praised, Martin! Hope it’s helpful.)

9) Thanks to Those Who Make Brigada Happen

We are so encouraged — and motivated to go on — in view of the sacrifices made by folks like the anonymous friend from Hattiesburg, MS, who sent in $100 this past week. Thank you!!! She wrote, “I am giving thanks to God for you and your faithful ministry that has encouraged me for several years.” But see, it is *you* that have encouraged us!

Also in the mailbox this week was a gift from the Chalmers Center

for $300!!!! Not $30, but $300. Thank you Chalmers Center!

A friend from Dayton, OH, sent $20, and a pair of workers in Asia sent $300 via a terrific stateside agent that handles funding for them. Praise God!

10) If You’ve Ever Clipped Something from Brigada…

Would you consider giving on behalf of the many who can’t? 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. We can even set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Set it up once and rest easily, knowing that you’re regularly helping get Brigada on the way to the nations. 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 your help in fueling the fire of Brigada!

11) The BackPage: Lausanne Congress is Coming (My Review, Part I)

Last week, I took part in a pre-conference preview of Lausanne III, or should I say Capetown 2010. Here’s a random list of my impressions, in no particular order:

*** A flair for the “Egalitair” — It seemed the Lausanne leadership had somewhere picked up a strong bias against celebrity. We were organized by table groups. At various times through the 3-day meeting, I’d be sitting with the CEO of the largest missionary-sending agency in the world on my left, and a new Christian on my right. The guy on my right would ask a question like, “This whole idea of sending missionaries who are really business people… It just seems to make a lot more sense. That way, the whole thing is basically free, right?” The guy on my left would raise his eyebrows just a tad, bite his tongue [my impression] and hold back his explanation that “business as missions” doesn’t necessarily mean “missions on the cheap.” The key platform topic previewer — the person who pretty much got more platform time than anyone else — was a 35-year-old American-born Asian female. A celebrated graying Ph.D. author would get 6 minutes, then we’d have one hour at our tables to talk about it. Now don’t get me wrong — I like participation. But when I sat at a table with veterans, I couldn’t help but feel lucky. When I sat at a table with novices, I couldn’t help but feel a bit slighted. When the 4000 delegates come to Capetown, this won’t be your daddy’s consultation. The question is — will the folks at the novice table get the same bang for their buck as the folks at the table full of veterans? I guess that depends on your definition of “consultation.”

Next BackPage, we’ll preview the 6 main themes.

1) Study The Bible In This Twelve-Week Course

This course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the inductive approach to Bible study, equipping them with tools to integrate the Word of God into their lives and ministry.  This means leaving behind any preconceived ideas or principles, allowing the true content of God’s Word to be revealed. The dates are April 12, 2010 – July 2, 2010. For further information contact

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2) Could Eco-Missions Serve as Your Sensitive-Field Platform?

Find out on March 6th, when Brigada stages a day-retreat at Emerald Hills in Louisville, Kentucky. Study under master eco-missiologist, Ed Brown, Director of Care of Creation and author of, “Our Father’s World.” Register at…

The day-retreat runs 8am -4:45pm, including 2 prayer walks on the beautiful prayer trails at Emerald Hills, Brigada’s home base. Attend the entire day, including lunch, for just $39. Reconnect with creation, reconnect with God, and reconnect with missions — all at a beautiful wooded site on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. Hosted by Doug Lucas, who would love to meet you. But sign up today… seating is limited.

3) Best Bet for an Attractive, Easy-to-Use Church/Agency Website

I’ve gone on record saying, “I don’t know of a single, solitary more effective web-authoring solution for the non-web-professional.” Just browse to…

and be sure to notice the upgrades they’ll do in April — to “Greenhouse 2.0.” Interestingly, once these new capabilities come online, some web-professionals might start using Clover as well, just because it’ll be so much easier than anything else… yet it’ll look like they did the site professionally, in Flash.

4) Wycliffe Will Track Down Answers For You

No matter what the request, you may be sure that the Library Research team will diligently seek out the book or article on your behalf. For more information on how they can help, contact

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