Daily Archives: 2010/02/07

1) Chalmers Center Webinar Series to Help You Help Haiti —



To help churches, relief agencies, and individuals respond appropriately to the crisis in Haiti (helping the Haitian people to take ownership of the rebuilding process), the Chalmers Center will host a three-part, webinar lecture series. The webinars are scheduled for February 17th, February 24th, and March 3rd, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (US). They will be presented by Steve Corbett and Dr. Brian Fikkert, authors of “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself,” a paradigm-shifting book on the causes of and solutions to the problem of poverty


There is no charge for the webinars. However, to join a live webinar session, you must register — and it works best to register ahead of time (like… now). If you cannot join a live webinar, a download link of the recorded webinar will be posted on the webinar registration page within two business days following the date of the live webinar session. Find the registration link at…


This sounds *reeeeeeeeeeally* good. I can’t figure why they’re offering it for free… unless they see their work as ministry, which is very cool.

2) Learn to Care for Creation, either in Person or via Webinar —

On March 6th, Brigada will stage a day-retreat at Emerald Hills in Louisville, Kentucky. New this week — you can attend in person or virtually, via webinar. The primary presenter, Ed Brown, is Director of Care of Creation and author of, “Our Father’s World.” Who would enjoy this workshop? Those that…

  • Are concerned about the environment
  • Want to see and experience a missions campus with a nature heart
  • Would be open to utilizing ecology as a missions platform
  • Have questions about whether or not Al Gore is right ( :-) )
  • Want to help their local church demonstrate care for creation
  • Those who care about God’s earth and want to reconnect with him
  • Those interested in prayer (we’ll be doing 2 prayer walks on wooded trails designed for that purpose)

Register to attend in person at…


To attend via webinar, just go to


and use either the Authorize.net or the PayPal link to make a donation of $19 or more. (Please mention your desire to attend the webinar.) You’ll receive a link via email to register for the webinar within 24 hours. Be sure to initiate this process well ahead of March 6th. (To participate in the webinar, you’ll need a headset or speakers on your personal computer.)

The day-retreat runs 8am -4:45pm. Those who attend in person will enjoy 2 prayer walks on the beautiful prayer trails at Emerald Hills, Brigada’s home base. The in-person price, which includes the entire day, lunch, and materials, is just $39. Webinar participants are asked to donate $19. 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. Sign up today… in-person seating is limited to the first 150 participants. The webinar is a good option after Emerald Hills fills up. (I wish we could give away the webinar for free like Chalmers Center, but we have to pay Ed and his travel expenses.)

3) Get Development Training from Those Who Know it Best —

Interested in holistic microfinance and microenterprise development training? For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting holistic microfinance and microenterprise development. 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:


4) Can you Point my Buddy to anyone Using Facebook for Outreach? —

A buddy of mine working in a very sensitive field would like to know. He’ll use his VPN to watch this page directly. He wrote, “Two of the websites we made that got about 250K hits were recently blocked so we’re looking into alternatives.” Would you be able to direct him to any Facebook apps that would be useful in ministry? (Please… and this is Doug talking… no farms or any other sort of animal that you raise, no mass valentines to everyone in your address book, and especially no mafia wars.) :-) Just click into the Comment box below to give him ideas. Thanks in advance.

5) Language Acquisition Training —

Know anyone who is preparing to learn another language? TRAIN International still has spaces open at the “Acquire” training in Joplin, MO from March 15-26, 2010. Eric Derry will be the lead trainer at this two-week intensive training which empowers cross-cultural workers with the best known current strategies and tools in language acquisition. At Acquire, you will:

  • study phonetics to hear and say sounds right
  • practice speaking another language with language helpers
  • boost language learning confidence
  • understand the connection between language learning and cultural competence
  • be more prepared to stay longer and stay effective on the field

For more information, check out


or email Mark at

or call 417-621-8962. Better act fast though. Spaces is limited.

7) Support Raising Training —

The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. The goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Learn more at…


or email

Upcoming Boot Camp dates:

  • Phoenix, AZ—February 17-18, 2010
  • Iowa City, IA—March 5-6, 2010
  • Greenville, SC—March 18-19, 2010
  • Bellflower, CA—April 22-23, 2010
  • Champaign, IL—May 27-28, 2010
  • Nashville, TN—June 15-16, 2010

Register online today.

8) Need Audio Gear? Share the Sound Would like to Help —

“Share the Sound” is currently working with a number of missionaries and missionary organizations to provide much-needed sound and pro audio equipment to aid missionaries in delivering the Good News of Jesus Christ. Certainly, the need exceeds the supply, but at a minimum, you’ll be talking to a mission that will work to understand your audio needs and care about meeting them. Learn more at…


9) Training to Become A Global Worker —

Don’t miss the Ekballo Equipping Conference, March 3-7 and 10-14 in Kansas City. There, Elijah Company will present four days of intensive missionary training. Formerly called Missionary Training Camp, this workshop will feature many of the same topics but with a greater prayer focus. In the shadow of the Kansas City International House of Prayer they will highlight the marriage of prayer and missions.  There’s a special focus on adoption and preparation for unreached people groups.

Learn more at…


Your calls are welcome at +1(757)333-0446 or email

10) The Father Loves China —

This is a set of multiple-user online tools to produce a small video project for each of the 490 minority language groups in China that will introduce them to God as their loving Heavenly Father with indigenous pictures, indigenous music and voice — over of 55 scriptures. The organizers invite you to participate. They’re looking for indigenous pictures, music and translators and they’ll be glad to train you. Results will be posted on the web at


They’ll also supply, at the same site, free downloads in video, audio and print formats. For details and to join the Googlegroup, go to


11) Publish One-up Books While you Wait —

I’m not kidding.

Take a look at…


Believe it or not, they have the equivalent of a giant machine that receives your PDF, prints it, binds it, and spits it out the other side. A human has to package your book(s) for shipping… but everything else is super-automated. As a result, you get that “new printing smell” fresh off the press… (like *yesterday*). And the cool part is, they’ll also drop-ship your book directly to the person ordering it. So it’s kinda like you have your own publishing company? Right now, it’s all black and white, but they hope to introduce color this fall. I asked them for a sample to check the quality. It was *almost* as good as a “big publisher.” The best part: The prices are amazingly reasonable, especially for what you get… like… a 100-page book might run $4, shipped to you next day, complete with shiny color cover. I like it — a lot. (Thanks for the tip, US Center for World Missions!) :-)

12) “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is this week —

The 9th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is this coming week, February 18-20, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. To find out more go to


or contact Don

13) You Opportunity to Undergird Brigada —

Here’s your chance: Help sponsor an issue of Brigada Today. Our budget for 2010 is exactly the same as it has been for the past two years: $17,120. The 2009 total was $14,224.38. Although we didn’t make budget, but we came very close. Can you help us hit it in 2010? If so, 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!

14) The BackPage: The Six Core Issues of Lausanne III —

Sometimes I’ll call it ‘Lausanne III’ but the technical name is “Capetown 2010: The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization.” Either way, the six key topics are:

  • Truth — Bearing witness to the truth of Christ in our time: “How do we make the case for Truth and the uniqueness of Christ in a postmodern, pluralistic world?”
  • Reconciliation — Building the Peace of Christ in our Divided and Broken World: “How do we articulate and demonstrate the power of the Gospel in the midst of suffering and strife?”
  • World Faiths — Living the Love of Christ with Neighbors of Other Faiths: “How do we respond redemptively to religious fundamentalism — Islam and Hinduism in particular?”
  • Priorities — Discerning the Will of Christ in our Ongoing Evangelism: “What should our priorities be with respect to the unfinished task of world evangelization?”
  • Integrity — Returning to the Way of Christ in Repentance and Humility: “What are the obstacles to world evangelization within the church and how can those be addressed.”
  • Partnership — Partnering in the Body of Christ Toward a New Global Equilibrium: “How should the church in the US partner with the church in the rest of the world?”

In the next edition’s BackPage, we’ll pick apart the first theme, Truth. In the meantime, what’s your take on these 6 issues. Do you feel they address today’s heartbeat issues? Do you see themes or perspectives that the Lausanne architects have forgotten? If so, just jot a note in the “Comments” box below.

15) Closing Stuff

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