Daily Archives: 2010/07/11

1) Anti-Trafficking Education —

Hands that Heal is a workshop to train caregivers of trafficking survivors October 28-30. The workshop, presented by World Hope International and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), is based on a comprehensive, Christian curriculum to train global caregivers who are frontline providers of aftercare for women, children and men who have been trafficked. Hands that Heal is a tool to inform and inspire churches and organizations to engage in the battle against the injustice of human trafficking and to help equip them to provide transformational care to survivors. Cost for the seminar is $145. To register, please send your name, email address, and a check for $145 made out to Central Wesleyan Church to: Attn: Linda, Central Wesleyan Church, 446 W 40th St., Holland, MI 49423. For more information write to

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(Thanks to Hands that Heal for going beyond the call of duty by helping Brigada.)

3) Sending New Missionaries —

Here’s a download of 11 practical resources to involve the whole church in getting new appointees ready and resourced for effective field service. It provides creative ideas, worksheets, and educational resources to help churches collaborate with missions agencies to walk with new workers through the crucial period of time between appointment and departure for field ministry. There is also an auxiliary package of resources to help churches set up a simple mentoring program for prospective missionaries. The materials can be customized by an individual church or by a mission agency for all of their churches. Order at:


4) Plan Now for Child Safety Network in Asia, November 2010 —

In November, the Child Safety & Protection Network (CS&PN) Seminar will be held in Asia with family friends.. For more information on CS&PN please click


You can register for the Network Seminar either as a stand-alone one day preconference for missions organizations representatives or as one of your days of attendance at ICEC.

To register for the CS&PN preconference and/or the entire ICEC conference


For more information regarding the 1 day preconference and/or the entire ICEC conference click


5) Operation World Spanish (2005) is still available! —

This translation is from the latest version, revised in 2005. (A team has just begun on translating the new 2010 edition, but it will probably not be out until late 2011.) You can get copies of this 2005 edition for the actual cost of printing/shipping to you. But you must order a full case of 20. The price is $4 per book or $80 per case, including shipping in the continental U.S.


6) Special ministry Bible printing —

Bible Foundation has developed a special printing project for ministries wanting quality Bibles for low cost. The Updated King James Version (UKJV) has the archaic words updated. The type font is 10 point on bright white, acid free Bible paper. To get the low price of $2.00 each plus pay for shipping, ministries must purchase full pallet loads at a time in the USA. Find details at


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10) Broaden your Member Care Knowledge at Member Caravan —

I was surprised at the depth of the selection at the Member Caravan site. You can read as well as listen to articles and chapters like, Crucial Factors in Building Good Teams, Teaching Power Encounter, Characteristics of a Healthy Mission System, Missionary Family Restoration, Decreasing Fatigue and Illness in Field Work, Missionary Relationships, Proactive Care of Missionary Personnel, and Culture Sensitive Counseling. Also available at Member Caravan: Missionary Care (1992, 25 articles) and links to translations of Doing Member Care Well (2002, 50 articles). Find it all at


11) 100 Best Books for Books for Humanitarians —

Online Classes has put together a list of excellent books to help understand humanitarian endeavors. Each book has a short description and a link for ordering it.


(Note that this URL will probably wrap. If you can’t get it to work by copying and reassembling it in your browser, just go to the online version of this edition of Brigada today, where we’ll make sure the link is active.)

Here are some of the categories used to organize the books along with a sample book.

Fiction and Memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (Vietnam)

Inspiration and Education—The Devil Came on Horseback (Darfur)

Understanding Humanitarianism—Careers for Good Samaritans

Social Entrepreneurship—How to Change the World

Fundraising—Storytelling for Grantseekers

Member Care—(Nothing listed yet!)

13) Fan the Embers into full Flame at Brigada —

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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14) The BackPage: How Will We Internationalize —

Seems like more and more, we’re hearing from multiple churches, agencies, teachers, and individual missionaries about the need to involve locals (nationals) in each of our ministries. I have more questions than answers on these topics. Can you help flesh out some responses, even if they’re just one line at a time? Just use the “Comment” feature after this item to give your opinion please.

a) How will churches and agencies in the USA (or in another homelands, for that matter) design/acquire the infrastructure to effectively select the workers that God is seeking?

b) What will be the most effective model for training this new wave of workers, home or foreign?

c) How will we finally effectively deal with the salary disparity between [typically] American Whites, and locals.

d) What level of accountability will we desire/expect/require? Must the local person fill out a form, turn in receipts, or just write an email?

e) What are the most potentially dangerous rough edges you can imagine in these “blended” teams? Where can they break down?

Please answer these and other questions in the comments that follow. Let’s get to the bottom of this:

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