Monthly Archives: May 2010

1) Missionary Conference —

Save money by registering now for Caring for Others annual Personal Growth Conference for Missionaries. Held this year from Oct. 31-Nov. 5th, this is not your typical missionary conference. No big name speakers, just skilled facilitators helping missionaries reflect upon where God has taken us and where he wants us to go. All for the purpose of encouragement through spiritual, emotional, and relational growth. For complete details please visit

http://www.missionary-care.org/missionary-conference.html

To learn more of what Caring for Others is doing to minister to missionaries, browse to…

http://www.caringforothers.org/

(By the way, thanks to Caring for Others for sending $50 this past week to empower Brigada to keep pushing these resources out your way.)

2) Learning to Lead Prayer Days and Retreats —

Team Expansion’s Prayer Coordinator learned more about leading prayer days and retreats when she attended a recent conference led by Dr. Evelyn Davis, Training Consultant for SIL International (partner with Wycliffe Bible Translators). Betty came home with the confidence and material to lead prayers days and retreats on numerous prayer and reflection topics. She experienced the leading of such events as she worked with other attendees in small groups to practice what they experienced under the facilitation of Dr. Davis and others who assisted in the training. Contact

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for more information concerning future trainings in the U. S. and various parts of the world.

3) Netcasters Book Launch –

Maybe you’ve heard about the book, “NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men” by Craig von Buseck. Launched in June, Craig von Buseck’s landmark book draws on research for his recent doctoral dissertation as well as bible college lectures he has given on the topic. He presents a unique overview into the vast and growing potential of the digital media to share the good news of Jesus. Learn more at…

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/netcasters

5) Zero in on Missions from a Journalist’s Point of View —

The Missionary Journalist website provides a wealth of news and feature articles about what the Lord is doing in missions with particular emphasis on Latin America. In addition, the site provides articles on International Churches (Union Churches), Christian communications, missiology and children at risk. The site is updated with new material frequently. Check it out at

http://www.missionaryjournalist.net

7) Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project –

Did you know? Linguists estimate that at least 2,200 languages still need a translation of the Bible. In October 1982, Wycliffe launched the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project (BPPP) which encourages people to pray for Bibleless language groups. Today there are 11,000 active BPPP prayer partners.  Join the team today! Visit

http://www.wycliffe.org/bppp

or email

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or call 1-800-WYCLIFFE, ext. 3870 or (407)-852-3870.

8) Special Close-up on Soccer-related Ministries –

What’s better than the beautiful game? It is beautiful message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Here is a list of places to help you share the gospel using a soccer ball or international football. Some ministries and organizations have developed a multi colored soccer ball to share the gospel. An evangelistic message is usually given using the five colors of the soccer ball. For example, the black on the soccer ball represents sin, and white after our sins have been forgiven. There is also information on a dvd called “The Prize” which shares the gospel using Christian testimonies of famous soccer players. Find all this at…

http://www.brigada.org/soccer-related-ministries

(Thanks to Brian for contributing this material!)

9) We Thank the Lord for… –

… Caring for Others, a missionary care ministry, on the web at…

http://www.caringforothers.org

They sent $50 this past week to keep Brigada cranking.

… William Carey Library Bookstore, for a $25 donation, on the web at…

http://www.missionbooks.org

(Thanks Jeff and company)

… and for Good Neighbor Insurance, Gilbert, AZ who sent $100 to Brigada this past week. Learn more about their offerings at…

http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

10) Empower Brigada for another Week –

Want to undergird Brigada for just one more week to provide mission resources and options for concerned Christians all over the globe? 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 Authorize.net. 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: A Bribe in the Bosom

In many lands today, bribery is assumed to be the law of the day. Last week I heard about a gentleman traveling across a foreign land in a camper. He had to pay a very healthy sum to someone just so they would ride across a particular bad-land even though he could never quite be sure that it was required by law or custom. For all he knew, it was just a kind of scam, perpetrated on him by locals that “saw him coming.” I once took a bike into a Latin American country where I was going to live for a year. The guy at the customs desk let me know that I could either bribe him $20, or face the customs house the following Monday. I played it “straight” — and ended up spending 2 weeks going door to door to government offices I never even knew existed. The customs fee ended up being $170. To bring in a bike. Ouch.

On the Bible side of things, Proverbs 17:8, 17:23 and 21:14 all speak to the topic. “A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; wherever he turns, he prospers.” “A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.” “A gift in secret subdues anger and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.” Put those verses together and some would make a strong argument that bribery isn’t always wrong. What’s your opinion? How do you feel about bribery? Would you do it? Under what circumstances does it seem right? … and under what circumstances does it seem wrong? What’s your position?  Please enter your comment in the box following this item on the web. Next edition, we’ll analyze and report back the findings. Thanks for taking time to share!

1) Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage in the USA

Are you having a hard time finding affordable health insurance here in the US? Have you recently become unemployed? Have you just recently returned to the US from overseas and without insurance?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America and ask for their short-term major medical plan. ISA is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options.  In the past you have seen listings on Brigada for their fantastic international plans – now they can help you while you are inside the US as well!

For complete details, rates and to apply for coverage online go to

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

or email them at

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or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark.  Not only will you be able to get affordable short-term medical coverage, but ISA has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link.

2) Take a Serious Look at Biola’s TESOL Certificate & Coursework —

Have you been considering teaching English as a second language? If so, take a serious look at the certificate offered by Biola. Learn more at

http://cook.biola.edu/grad/programs/certificate/tesol/

We believe you’ll find it to be one of the most comprehensive on the planet and, what’s more, it’s taught by instructors who have significant experience in applying TESOL in the very places where you’ll be teaching. What’s more, they offer online coursework as well. Plan on studying about 10 hours per week in an online community (cohort) of like-minded classmates. For example, you can complete an entire Masters Degree in 3-5 years, all while remaining in your current location of service.

3) Online Introduction to Missions Course -–

Kingdom Expansion 101 is a convenient and inexpensive six-week online course about world evangelization. This fresh and comprehensive class provides an overview of global outreach and how churches and individuals are involved in the Great Commission. Missions team members, short-termers and church leaders have commented on the quality of the variety of articles, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and interaction among the participants. The next class begins July 14. For more information see

http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/kingdom-expansion-101.shtml

and feel free to write to

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with specific questions. Several agencies offer the course to their constituents. To learn how your mission organization can do this, write to the email address noted above.

4) Great Deal on Animal Health Care Books —

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) has a vision to share Christ’s love through veterinary medicine.  Because many of today’s unreached people are livestock-based societies, CVM has developed a series of books for farmers in the  third world on raising healthy cattle, fish, horses, pigs, poultry, rabbits, goats, bees and sheep.  Goats, pigs, poultry and rabbits are available in Spanish and poultry is available in French. The books are user friendly, easy to understand and many have found them useful in improving animal care.  They can be a good resource for outreach and building relationships.  In addition, “Where There is No Animal Doctor” is an outstanding book and covers health care for a wide variety of species. Overseas missionaries will find this a useful reference on the field. Travelers and short term teams can take them as gifts. Churches can use them in outreach activities.  Brigada readers can get one free book with each similarly priced book purchased by emailing their order to

vetbooksatcvmusadotorg and mentioning Brigada in the email. Learn more about CVM at

http://www.cvmusa.org/

and see the books for sale at

http://www.cvmusa.org/Page.aspx?pid=252

5) Best Free Software to Resize Your Digital Pictures —

Here it is, quite possibly the best free software to resize your digital pictures, for example, to web-appropriate size. Let’s face it: Maybe 80% of the public are getting this wrong. Cameras keep offering more and more megapixels because the public has come to equate higher megapixel counts with higher quality (not always the case, by the way). So we now regularly snap pictures 4 megabytes and larger, even when we intend to use them on a website for which, truth be told, they would load much more quickly if they were 80k or less in size. So here’s the solution: Image Resizer:

http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/

Mac users will want to try DroPic:

http://www.kreynet.de/dropic/

Get started today, resizing your photos to produce snappier online experiences (100kb per image max).

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