Monthly Archives: March 2010

2) Mix Spanish with unreached people group work in Oaxaca, Mexico

Roca Blanca Spanish Language School is a serious Spanish language school that’s also dedicated to the missionary’s full equipping and care. Located 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean in a fishing village, but just a few hours drive into remote mountains villages, they’re able to incorporate cross cultural particulars, work, museum visits, etc., several days into each two month session. The Spanish school is on the campus of a full time Bible and Music school, as well as a Vocational school and Medical Clinic, all involved in reaching and blessing the surrounding indigenous groups, providing a super atmosphere and setting for language and cultural learning. Learn more at…

and after checking it out there, write Dave at

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(Thanks to Roca Blanca for their willingness to help Brigada with a $50 donation which speeds this copy off our screen and into your inbox! We appreciate you Roca Blanca!)

3) Global Consultation on Music & Missions

gThe third Global Consultation on Music and Missions, a worldwide gathering of hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders, will be held July 4-7 in Singapore. There are 6 tracks, each with 6 sessions: Missions, Creative Communications, Creative Arts, Ethnomusicologists, Musicians, Chinese Ministries. People involved in missions, media, worship leading and creative arts will find this consultation to be invaluable. Registration deadline closes in a few weeks. Better act today.

(Thanks to the Global Consultation for sending a gift of $50 to speed Brigada on its way!)

4) Links to Great Jesus Videos

We evidently weren’t the only one trying to figure out how to save YouTube videos for offline use. An anonymous user wrote this past week, thanking us, and also pointing us to four great Jesus videos worthy of downloading offline:

(Revelation Song – Kari Jobe)

(Revelation Song – Phillips,Craig,&Dean)

(That’s My King – Dr. S.M. Lockridge)

(That’s My King – Rock Mix)

He wrote, “The DVDVideoSoft program for downloading YouTube to my XP laptop worked great, and I’ve now got the 3 videos above on my computer after only a few minutes.” God be praised, brother! Glad we could share a lesson learned from our own quest!

5) Get Fit: Get Field-Intensive Training

Now you can get Field-environment Intensive Training (FIT) for entering the foreign mission field. This 14-day intensive cross-cultural ministry training school is designed to equip missionaries and their families for success in the following areas:

* Relational skills

* Leadership skills

* Administrative skills

* Personal Health

* Practical Ministry skills

* Cross-cultural skills

* Family relationships

* Church relationships

Experienced, field-tested missionaries will give instruction. The course will be offered in July 10-24, 2010, and is held at the Calvary Training Center in the cross-cultural, developing nation environment of Tijuana, Mexico. Phone +1(505) 248-9849 or Fax +1(505) 293-5197 or visit

or email

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6) Calling all children of Missionaries and 3rd-culture kids

Time is running out to apply for the 8th annual MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats. These retreats were designed for Third Culture Kids or MKs who will be soon entering US universities to give them support designed to help them through the potentially stressful transition back to the United States. There are two options: the first is July 18-27, 2010, held on the campus of Columbia International University and the second is August 8-17, 2010, held at Bethel Christian Camp. Registration deadline for both retreats is May 1, 2010. Cost is $400.00 per student, with a $50.00 non-refundable deposit due with registration. More questions? Browse to…

or write Melody

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7) TESOL in Salem, Oregon, USA

YWAM Salem is offering a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from May 10 to June 4, 2010. This is an intensive four week course which will train you to teach English as a Second Language and prepare you to go anywhere in the world and teach English. Total cost for tuition, room, board, books, and registration is $1085 USD. For more information write to

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8) Want to Learn more about Mapping Tools for Missions?

Then you’ll want to meet the folks at YWAM (Youth with a Mission). They’re offering a missions seminar in Louisville, Kentucky from August 1-14.  The course objectives include:

*** Mapping your ministry

*** Learning valuable GIS skills and field research methods

*** Utilizing internet tracking

*** Using GPS technology

*** Communicating your ministry with MAPS

For more info concerning the seminar, visit

and click on “Events.”

9) Growing The Church In Unity Across Africa

Over 1000 members from African pastors/leaders and those involved with missionary efforts to Africa have now joined the Africa Network BFTF in a little over a year and established connect groups for building fellowship, ministry opportunity and national unity in several nations. The Africa Network BFTF, aims to bring together African Christian churches, preachers and missionaries co-operating for Africa. As a social network it provides opportunity for building a ministry profile, showing photos and videos, posting blogs and forum discussions, but its greatest value is in seeing pastors and leaders connect with others to provide a benefit to the body of Christ. Learn more at…

10) New Spanish Book on Discipleship

For those who are working in a Spanish context, check out the latest book published by, a ministry of CAM International that provides over 5,000 free ministry resources, The Complete Book of Discipleship.  The Complete Book of Discipleship is the definitive A-to-Z resource on discipleship for every Christian. It pulls together into one convenient, comprehensive volume relevant topics such as spiritual growth, transformation, spiritual disciplines, and discipleship in the local church and beyond.  Both print and E-book versions are available of “El Libro Más Completo Del Discipulado” at

or at

11) EFL Workbooks for Christian Studies

These workbooks are designed for learners of English who need to improve their reading comprehension in order to perform effectively in Bible colleges and seminaries that require extensive reading in English. The intention is not to teach English, but to supplement classroom instruction with biblically contextualized passages and exercises. There are 3 different offerings: “Vocabulary Building for Biblical Studies,” “Men and Women in the History of the Church,” “Developing Reading Skills,” “Israel’s Judges,” All of the workbooks are available as a download, to print and photocopy for personal or class use, but may not be reproduced for profit. Learn more at…

or email Lyn at

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12) Agua Viva Ministries (AVM) Executive Director Opening

AVM, located in Ensenada Mexico is looking for an Executive Director to lead their ministry into their next 20 years of fruitful ministry to lost people in Mexico. They operate a Seminary with a three year curriculum aimed at equipping pastors and laypeople for the work of the ministry.  Their primary cultural area of focus is indigenous people groups in the interior of Mexico. In addition, they have comprehensive missionary and camper programs for both American and Mexican student groups who wish to minister during the summer months. Please review their website at:

To receive a complete job description and ask questions, please contact Scott at

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13) Thank you from the Bottom of our Hearts!

Today we’re thankful to travelers who bought insurance through ISA. Several friends recently bought coverage, including Kurt, Melinda, Barbara and James, Wade, Earl, and Wesena! Thank you! Accordingly, this past week, ISA sent a gift of $50.63 to Brigada specifically on bahelf of these travelers. Thank you!!!

As mentioned above, we’re also thankful to Roca Blanca for that $50 gift they sent recently in conjunction with their item. In addition, hats off to the anonymous Brigada reader working in a Muslim village in Albania who sent $100 last week. Bless you, your work, and your gracious generosity! We’re also grateful to ERRC who sent $30, the folks who make ELIM retreats possible for sending a $50 gift, and the William Carey Library Bookstore for it’s regular $25 gift! Fantastic. Finally, thanks to the Global Consultation on Music and Missions for sending $50. Bless you all!

14) Give the Gift of Brigada…

Here’s your chance to make a gift to people around the world: Enable them to find a dozen or more resources *weekly* throughout the entire year. To undergird this 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 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!

15) The BackPage: Nehemiah Would Have Read Brigada

There’s no doubt; Nehemiah would have been a faithful Brigada reader. :-) You’ll recall that in his book (the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament), he hears about a need. You see, the gates of Jerusalem were burned with fire and left in ruins, a situation which brought about mongo humiliation for all of God’s people of that day. Even though the situation seemed far away (it was, geographically at least), Nehemiah took it personally. In fact, in Neh. 1:3-4, we’re told that he wept, mourned, fasted and prayed. Two verses later, he’s already using words like “we” instead of “they.” Nehemiah took a personal sense of responsibility when it came to the things that break God’s heart. Surely, if he were alive today, he would immediately browse to:

and listen to the Hillsong United worship song, “Hosanna.” He’d especially resonate with the section of lyrics,…

“Heal my heart and make it clean

Open up my eyes to the things unseen

Show me how to love like you have loved me

“Break my heart from what breaks yours

Everything I am for your kingdom’s cause

As I walk from nothing to Eternity”

In a way, those are theme verses for what we long to happen at Emerald Hills and here in Brigada as well. We’re trying to heal hearts, make them clean, and open eyes to things unseen. We’re trying to show others how to love just like Christ loved them. We’re trying to open their hearts up… so they break at the very things that cause God’s heart to break. Then we’re trying to help them become everything possible — so the Kingdom can grow in its ability to help others emerge from nothing to Eternity. That’s what Emerald Hills and Brigada are all about. I bet your ministry or church is similar. Together, let’s point people to the only Cause worth pursuing. Thank the Lord that He has given us part in His global work of redemption.

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