Daily Archives: 2010/05/09

1) Short Term Missions Pre-Trip Devotional

Missionaries who host short-term teams, as well as ministries and pastors who send them, are finding the 40-day devotional, “Before You Go” a great investment in helping teams be most effective. Spending a few minutes a day with the Lord before the trip, to prepare hearts for cultural adjustments, attitudes towards hosts, humility, team unity, and faith and expectations, has proven a huge blessing for the leaders who take and host them. “Before You Go” is available from Amazon.com or in bulk from Xulon Press: 866-381-2665, ex. 1163. See 4 free samples of the devotionals at:


2) What’s the best simulcast to multiple sites?

I’ve tried using TokBox


I like Tokbox. It’s kinda like the classical “BradyBunch” view of participants (“Hollywood Squares” sort of). It’s medium inexpensive.

To do a simulcast video conference. Once I get to 6 or 7 participants, seems like it’s already maxing out. There’s some latency, some dropped connections, etc. But it’s still the best I can find so far. It doesn’t let me broadcast my desktop though, like a classical webinar provider. For that, I’ve relied on…


It doesn’t simulcast the video, though. Just desktop — which, don’t get me wrong, is still great. It’s medium expensive.

Also have tried using uStream…


I like it… but again, it’s just video and audio… and there are periods of latency and some drop-outs. No desktop-sharing. But the number of participants is through the roof. *Lots*. It’s very inexpensive.

Do you have a favorite service that fits in with these? A Brigada participant in North Africa is extremely interested. What’s your best recommendation?

If you have an option, just click “Comment” under this item. Thanks in advance for your help! Doug

4) New Spot Messenger

The New “Spot Messenger” I bought last week (for a worker headed to the Middle East) now offers complete Medivac rescue service for $109 (for an individual), and/or $207 for a couple, $299 for family (mother, father, and unlimited biological or lawfully-adopted kids). On top of that, the Spot Messenger is lighter, smaller, and faster (plot your locationon a GoogleMap and text it to a list of 10 email friends for under 30 minutes!

5) Teaching in the Himalayas

Looking for a challenging position in the pine-forested foothills of the Himalayas? Murree Christian School is urgently seeking additional qualified staff for the 2010-2011 academic year including Nurse, Librarian, IT, ESL, Korean student support, NILD and music teacher. Pakistan is not everyone’s cup of chai, but here you can impact kids for Christ as well as the majority community beyond the school walls and even into Afghanistan. You can get more information and view photos at


or contact them at

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6) Brand New Devotional Bible study journals for team members

Here’s a series of books and resources that can help you remain faithful to the Lord in daily quiet-time.

30 day Helping Hands–Healing Hearts (3 part combo book) especially for medical personnel

28 day Live in The Light (3 part combo book)

14 day Live in The Light (On-Field only)

7 day Pre-Field Preparation (Book 2) follow up to book 1

14 day Returning Home (Book 3) Reentry devotion, follow up to reentry books 1 & 2

If you have used Deeper Roots materials in the past, check out these new offerings or both Long and Short-term Missions at


A free pdf sample toc & one devotional from Pre-Field Preparation, Walk as He Walked, & Coming Home is available from

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7) Healing in Pakistan

How about a women’s hospital in rural Pakistan? You could go there as a gynecologist or an anesthesiologist, an IT worker or a nurse but you would end up doing way more than that, including impacting lives for eternity. For over 50 years the hospital has had a testimony and active outreach into the community. This is not an easy task, but if you are looking for a place to use the skills God gave you, you can contact the Administrator at

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If you know of others who may fit into this type of medical ministry, feel free to pass this on to them. (By the way, thanks to Shikarpur Christian Hospital for their very-much-appreciated gift of $100, which arrived in time to be included in the May 23rd edition of Brigada Today! We appreciate you Shikarpur!)

8) “Overcoming Spiritual Barriers In Japan”

This book by Keith E. Webb examines the invisible spiritual reality behind the 17th century persecution of Christians and the subsequent spiritual strongholds that were established. These barriers are still effectively holding Japanese people in bondage. Learn how to minister to Japanese and how to pray more effectively for them. If you enter this discount code: 4KYSGCJ4 you will receive 15% off.


9) Finishing Well

We hear a lot of talk these days about “finishing well.” We hear about the fact that people want to move from a life seeking success to a life seeking significance. We hear that people want to be their own bosses. Daniel Rickett writes in his book, “Making Your Partnership Work,” that a key difference-maker are “Alliance Champions.” People who advocate for the partnership. They “get it.” They understand the importance of the network… and they want to expand & strengthen it.

Are you an Alliance Champion? Are you focusing on building any particular networks or affinity groups? It just might help a lot of folks to finish well.

11) The BackPage: Free Video: “Failure: The Secret to Success”

I’m curious what you think of….


Some might refer to it as the “Danica Patrick Honda film.” But it’s actually more than that. It’s a study in how failure is the secret of success. But it *does* feature an interview of Indy-Car Driver, Danica Patrick, telling the story of her first Indy-car race, which placed her dead in the middle of a crash. “We bump up against that [scary] feeling as much as we can… You’re constantly on the brink of crashing. Because, that’s the fastest.” John Kessler, a Honda engineer in Performance Development, testifies, “When you fail, it’s not so much of a bad thing — as long as you learn something from it.”

What’s your take on the video? Do you agree or disagree — that failure is actually the secret of success? If you do agree, can we not push the envelope a bit more in the next 10 years, pushing farther, harder, faster, than ever before in world missions? What do you think?

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