Daily Archives: 2010/05/02

2) Show Journey to Everest Free at Your Church

Remember that cool missions video documentary on steroids about the short-term missions trip to climb Everest?

Well now they’ve set up a deal by which you can get the movie for free if you show it to your church or group on July 11. You can also use it as a fundraiser for your own short-term missions trip (regardless of whether or not you’re climbing a mountain :-) ). They even let you preview the entire movie online. Learn more at their website.


Be sure to watch the special online video there explaining the plan.

4) ELIM Retreats Summer/Fall Opportunities

Barnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries are offering missionaries and pastors low-key and low-cost 6 day renewal retreats in gorgeous state-side settings. There is still space available in the August, September and November Retreats. The intent is spiritual debriefing and renewal, care and encouragement, great worship, interactive learning in the Word, lots of free time, and tons of ways to have fun. (Yes, Christians can have fun! If you’re not sure that’s true, you need an ELIM Retreat!). For adults only. Stateside personnel are welcome. $80.00 per person and scholarships are available. See


for pics, faq’s, video, and registration. Email questions to


5) Reentry and Renewal Retreat for Cross-cultural Workers: Abide

Come home to this Reentry and Renewal Retreat by TRAIN International, August 2-6, 2010 in Joplin, MO. The cost is $395/adult (contact TRAIN for kids’ rates). This retreat is led by Donna Cole, who has been a pastoral care consultant for over 16 years. If you have returned permanently from overseas service or on home service, you will benefit from this retreat which gives you tools to process your experiences and incorporate lessons learned in appropriate ways so you can tell your story well and move forward with joy into your next season of ministry-at home or abroad. For more info, call 417-621-8962 or visit


6) MRC Re-Entry Retreat Contact Information

Trying to contact the Missionary Resources Connection (MRC) MK Re-Entry retreat? The dates are July 18-27 and August 5-13. Those interested may contact Melody Weaver at

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7) North America Central Asia Forum and Turkmen Gathering

2010 in Bothell, Washington for The North American Turkmen Partnership. The purpose will be to provide a forum for:

1.    Involvement – in a new adventure to in understanding the big picture of ministry in Central Asia.

2.    Intercession – Spending time in prayer for ministry in Central Asia.

3.    Information – Sharing with each other what God is doing among the people groups of Central Asia.

4.    Interaction – Building relationships and discussing region-wide issues.

Registration is $100 per person. For more information and to register, go to


9) We’re Grateful

Thanks to our partners, sponsors, “True Fans of Brigada” (who give $100 each per year), and “True Friends of Brigada” (who give $200 each), we’ve received a total of $2016.18 so far in 2010. That’s fantastic. Our hats go off to those who have been willing to pitch in!

10) Would you Make a Pledge?

As mentioned above, we’re already up to $2016.18 in 2010. Our fundraising goal for 2010 is exactly the same as it has been for the past few years (no raises here): $17,120. Would you be willing to pitch in something to undergird Brigada’s ongoing ministry of collaboration, resource-sharing, and missions mobilization? This humble fund — roughly equal to working part-time at a cash register at McDonalds — is all we ask for website costs, marketing, part-time secretarial, and sponsorship to Team Expansion, where the ministry of Brigada is based. So here’s an idea: If you know right now what you might be willing to give sometime during the month of December, 2010, would you be willing to send a simple email to Doug at

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just to let him know that it’s covered. If we reach a point that all remaining $15,000 is covered, we’ll stop including this item in all future Brigadas throughout 2010. Or — want to go on and give a gift now? Bless you! 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!

11) The BackPage: Nehemiah Cared about the Poor

In addition to this role of advocacy, which was mainly a ministry of words, Nehemiah also followed through with action for the poor. For example, because of his position of power (as acting governor), he must have been provided with quite a dinner spread. In fact, the Bible says that in those days, the governor of Jerusalem was typically served a meal hearty enough for 150 hungry eaters! Rather than gorge on the feast at what was left at the Jerusalem palace, he would typically invite 150 common folks over for dinner each day. These were hungry people. They would enjoy a fine spread, fit for a king, and — all the while — Nehemiah would apparently just quickly pack up a sandwich and head back to the work on the wall, his driving dream (vs. 14-16).

With his head and heart in the right place, and his hands and feet at the right work, it’s no wonder that Nehemiah led his volunteers to finish the work on the wall (6:15-16). There really isn’t a lot of fanfare. Apparently, Nehemiah didn’t even organize the proverbial ribbon-cutting. Instead, he just helped everyone focus on the fact that it was only due to God’s power that they had overcome the odds. He talks the townspeople into returning to rebuild their homes (Chap. 7), then organizes a big worship service (Chap. 8). What a fitting end to a challenging project! The people confess their sin (Chap. 9), then sign a covenant for purity and focus, thereby rededicating themselves to God. Nehemiah turned a hands-on project into heart-on worship. And after all this… the successful rebuilding of the wall, the refocusing of the city of Jerusalem, and a grand rededication for Israel the nation-state, how does the book of Nehemiah close out? With Nehemiah still praying, “Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services” (13:14). It closes with him still advocating for purity and holiness (13:15-22). It closes with him standing up for what was fair and honest (13:23-31). It closes with Nehemiah praying one, simple, one-line prayer: “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Somehow, I have a hunch that He did.

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