Daily Archives: 2010/02/14

2) Going on a short-term mission trip this Spring?

Have you heard about the Day Tripper? It’s an international medical and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 52 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this plan! PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

you will be helping to support Brigada and protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss! In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – individual short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. At their site, check out their coverage details, rates.

3) Catch the Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry

The International Ministry Track at the Chalmers Center is designed to help you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting church-based economic development in poor communities within Africa, Asia and Latin America. It will benefit anyone preparing for Christian outreach and ministry among the poor, whether they plan to implement an economic development strategy or not. The next open offering of this course will be April 5 – 30, 2010. Cost of this four-week course is $120 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

4) Interactive World Maps

ChartsBin offers online interactive world maps, each one offering statistics for a wide range of topics. These are very helpful, both for research, or for a presentation in a seminar. You can save any map as a complete web page, and it will work offline to demonstrate later. Check, for instance, web users, mobile phone subscriptions, infant mortality, numbers of feature films produced annually, and much more.

http://chartsbin.com/

5) Families In Global Transition (FIGT)

Join the FIGT global community for their annual conference March 4-6 at the Westchase Marriott in Houston, TX, USA (hotel rooms only $110/night single to quadruples until Feb 26th). FIGT is a non-profit, educational organization that was co-founded by a missionary who grew up around the globe, Ruth Van Reken. To help understand her own experience and that of others, Ruth wrote the groundbreaking work, Third Culture Kids. For over 10 years, those from the missionary world and many other sectors (military, foreign service, education, corporate, NGO) have shared best practices to help the families of those on overseas assignments survive and thrive while abroad. Ruth will be speaking this year at the conference on Teaching Locally, Thinking Globally. Read more about the FIGT sessions and speakers, including the World Bank, U.S. Department of State, several European and U.S. Universities and many more at

http://www.figt.org

6) Need a Great Website Tonight?

Never Fear. Clover is here. Check ’em out at…

http://www.cloversites.com/f/friendsofbrigada

See all the features they have now, as well as the new features they’ll have starting Apr. 28th in their “2.0” service (which will be the same price, by the way; and current users will be upgraded automatically for free).

http://www.cloversites.com/greenhouse-updates

I personally have set up two different sites with this service. Like fallin’ off a log. Try them. Unlike other flash-based sites, the folks at Clover have figured out how to optimize flash for search engines. Hard to believe? Just go to your favorite search engine and put in, in quotes, the phrase “Multiply the Momentum”. Odds are, the first site listed out of 280,000 will be one of my Cloversites. (mtm2010.com) I’m tellin’ ya — they’re good. What’s more, they’re *fast*. Yes, the $1000 set-up fee is hefty, but after that, you pay just $20/mo. But the best part is, your site will pop. Graphics, pictures, text — it’ll all be easy to update and will look great.

7) Need a hard-to-find book? Let Wycliffe Associates UK Search

The folks at…

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk

are multi-talented people. They’re effective book searchers, and have found hundreds of rare or hard to find books, as well as modern volumes. You just pay the cost of the books and delivery costs. Questions? Write them at…

booksatwa-ukdotorg  (booksatwa-ukdotorg)  

8) Need Help Planning for Your Next Trip to Haiti?

Maybe you’ve been there a hundred times. You had the whole Haiti thing down to a science. But you’re wondering, now that the earth shook, should you ask a set of different questions? You bet. Well now you have a script. Check it out at…

http://www.cricon.org/tech_bulletin.htm

These are the folks from Crisis Consulting Int’l. For as long as I can remember, they’ve been coaching cross-cultural travelers on security, safety, and international travel. They’ve got your back.

9) Our Thanks to…

We give thanks to Mission Nannys, who sent $100 this past week to become a true friend of Brigada. Thanks Mission Nannys! Find them at…

http://www.missionnannys.org

Likewise, we owe a big thanks to Spokane, WA, home base for the Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Missions (COSIM), who also just sent in $100!

We’re also thankful to Insurance Services of America and their customers John, Wade and Donna. ISA just sent $36.68 as a thank-you for utilizing their top-quality insurance policies. Learn more about their offerings at…

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

Thanks also goes to a Brigada participant in Little Rock, Arkansas, who just sent $50, and another in Ventura, CA, who also sent $50. Thanks so much!

10) Would you be Willing to Plug Brigada with Your Church/Group?

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!

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11) The Backpage: Truth (as it will be presented at Lausanne III)

We wrap up today our three-part series on Lausanne III in Cape town. Learn more about the upcoming Lausanne consultation in Cape Town at…

http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010

(By the way, if you’re from the USA, the delegate list is already set. Didn’t make the cut? Never fear. You can still participate via a “Globalink Site.” Emerald Hills is serving as just such a site, Oct. 16-24. So instead of traveling to Cape Town, just travel to Louisville and you’ll still get every word of every main session the same day they happen in Cape Town… but without the 18-hour flight from JFK. Watch for more information at…

http://www.emeraldhills.info

When Lausanne leadership talks about a session on “truth”, they mean bearing witness to the truth of Christ in our time. The question is, “How do we make the case for Truth and the uniqueness of Christ in a postmodern, pluralistic world? In particular, there are 7 great questions needing answers:

1) Identify the assaults and erosions of truth –

What we’re facing is a combination of ideas assaulting truth and social conditions eroding truth. For example, the world is teaching that truth is relative; Christianity teaches that it is absolute, based on God’s words.

2) Assess the damage to the church and to its message –

Most of the damage is not in the global south. The rot is in two places in the western world among evangelicals. We see clear and tragic softening of the evangelical movement, mounting relativism, and syncretism growing through the extremes of the emergent church.

3) Keep the crisis in biblical perspective –

Our Lord is His own best defender. We are merely the junior councils for the defense.

4) Warn against the neglect and carelessness of truth —

We are all affected by our climate, to one extent or another. Without truth, there is only power and manipulation.

5) We need to carry the arguments against the skeptical and cynical —

Whereas many hold certain things absolutely even in their relativism, everyone has something in their world view that their world view doesn’t account for.

6) Truth as one of the great secrets of our apologetic strength —

We’re entering into a grand era of apologetics. For all the talk of transparency, there isn’t much. Why? There’s no standard of truth.

7) We need to restore truth to its central place in faith and our growth in knowing the Lord —

In our personal growth, we’re not just called to believe the truth, know the truth.. but also to *walk* in the truth. Without truth, our faith is trivial.

The consensus was that evangelicals in America are as weak on truth as any people of God in the world. The challenge was to make Lausanne III provide a ringing declaration that Christ is still *the* way and that by following him, we enable and choose to be people following truth.

Do you have questions, comments, or advice on any of the above? Just click on “Comments” below.

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