Monthly Archives: September 2010

1) All Caught Up! —

Our apologies to those who disliked the catch-up editions last week. (Catch-up can be messy if you get it on your shirt?) Three Brigada participants wrote, urging us to change our approach of writing mini-editions separately. I’ve always heard that if one person complains, there are usually 999 who feel the same way, but for whatever reason, maybe they held their tongue. If that’s the case, it’s as if I got email from 3000 people in the past couple of weeks! (No wonder I’m sleepy! :-) ) All three said, basically, “Please don’t send multiple emails within the same week unless it’s something extremely important.” Our response? “OK! We’ll listen.” So, in an effort to be sensitive to their input, we’re making this a multiple edition all-in-one. At least if we’re going to catch-up, it’ll only have to spill one time. In the future, we’ll try to stay on track! (You’re saying ‘yeah right,’ but I really mean it! :-) Honest I do. A Brigada reader here at Lausanne sympathized with me. These are *extremely* long days. It’s now 1am. Not an excuse. Just an explanation. Anyway… on with the messy catch-up.

2) A free ebook for Cross-culturally-wedded couples — (Edited)

We all know, intuitively, that those who choose to marry across cultures (husband from one country or culture, wife from a different one) face extra challenges. (It’s hard enough for a couple when both spouses are from the *same* background, for Pete’s sake.) Well here are a few books that can help them sort it all out.

The first is a chapter from a larger book on marriage. This chapter, “I’m Marrying a National,”…

http://www.missionarycare.com/marriage/I-am-marrying-a-national.htm

Next is a book, “In Love but Worlds Apart,” available at Amazon…

http://www.amazon.com/Love-But-Worlds-Apart-intercultural/dp/1434381161

and another book, “Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls”

http://www.amazon.com/Intercultural-Marriage-3rd-Promises-Pitfalls/dp/193193052X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

and “Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship…

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Intercultural-Marriage-Healthy-Relationship/dp/B00394DIBM/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_c

There’s also…

“Cross-cultural marriages: Love across latitudes” by J Fraser-Smith,

But alas, I couldn’t find this one. Does it leap out to anyone else? (If so, please add it to the comments under this item on the web/below)

1) As Lausanne Gears Up for You, You can Gear Up for Lausanne —

How will you plug in? Lausanne starts Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17. Here are some ways and means to capture all the sessions, in one format or another:

GlobaLink locations (live & in person at 600 remote sites):

http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010/globalink.html

Online Participation (just you and your web browser at home or office):

http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010/participate-online.html

RSS of CT2010 news (includes Lausanne blog)

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/lausannesite

Video Podcast

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=397353785

direct link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CT2010VideoPodcast

note: video podcast is not compatible with older ipods.

Audio Podcast

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=397353786

direct link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CT2010AudioPodcast

All congress video will also be added to:

www.lausanne.org/conversation

Email newsletter (for daily news summaries/highlights):

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=hr96nzn6&p=oi&m=1011244526119z

(NOte: This last item will wrap; feel free to log on to the web at the link below and click this email newsletter link on our website.) For more information visit

2) Barnabas Int’l is a Great Member Care Starting Point —

If you’ve never had an occasion to visit Barnabas Int’l, it’s a great starting point for member care ministry for missionaries. Member Care specialists affiliate with Barnabas and become, together, a pool of special speakers for member care retreats and special needs. Barnabas can also help with retreats for college-aged MK’s (‘missionary kids’) as they reenter their respective homelands. All in all, they put the “MC” in Member Care. Find them at…

www.barnabas.org

3) Group Insurance Without A Participation Ratio —

About once a year, our office takes another look at all the possible insurance options for our sending agency. It’s always a bit frustrating trying to get all our guys and gals on board. Like many, I suppose, our workers are raising for the organization equivalent to their own salaries, and our workers sometimes have low support and/or have a desire to buy into lower-priced group health insurance plans. Sometimes, if they can’t buy through a group, some of them have a preexisting condition that blocks them  from participating in individual or portable plans. Most all international insurance companies demand 75-80 percent participation before they will provide a group health insurance quote. Getting that kind of participation, especially in a large NGO, is really difficult. GNI is now working with a very reputable international health insurance company that will provide quotes without demanding a participation ratio. The one stipulation is that the NGOs have over 50 total employees in the USA and overseas. Third Country Nationals and local employees can also be counted. For more information, check with GNI and be sure to tell them you heard about it in Brigada.

To learn more, click to

http://www.gninsurance.com

or write

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4) Let your voice be heard: Mobilize partners for Brigada —

Maybe you can’t give to Brigada personally; but do you know someone who can? A church missions committee, or a person whom God has blessed? If you can think of someone and they agree, they can just click on one of the links at the top of this page. Both links (PayPal and Authoized . net) 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. But we can also 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 each month, 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.)

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5) The BackPage: What constitutes the Missionary Call? —

Have you ever tried to analyze what constitutes “the missionary call?” What I mean is — why would a reasonable man or woman decide to leave home, family and friends for the sake of people he or she doesn’t even know yet? During college, I remember learning that a missionary call is when “one sees a need and knows that he or she can meet that need.” It was Frederick Buechner who wrote, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Perhaps it’s that way with your favorite missionary. For my part, I am certainly inspired by many of my peers. In fact, if I ever waiver in my own commitment to “the Cause,” all I have to do is remember their response to the call and, for some reason, I take strength. If you regularly partner with an existing worker in prayer and/or in giving, you’re a part of that strength. For that, we are very grateful. May God bless you as you participate regularly in encouraging an ongoing commitment to that “missionary call!” Thank you for your partnership and support! But how ’bout you… What do *you* define as the “missionary call?” We’d love to hear your view; just click comment below and jot down some of your ideas, anonymously if you choose.

2) Need to video-link with your Favorite Missionary Mobile? —

Now you can. As long as you’ve got Android or iPhone, that is. And Tango.

http://www.tango.me/

This came from active Brigada participant, Caleb. They’ve apparently found a way to squeeze a Skype-like video call into an iPhone or Android smartphone. Alas, I’ll never know (I’m on Windows Mobile). The launch was evidently so successful, within one single *hour* it became the largest social-networking craze on the entire Internet, beating out both Twitter, Skype, and Facebook — of all things. (I guess Facebook has now fought its way back into the number one spot… *barely*.) So if you’re blessed with the right phone, give it a shot. The price is right. (Free)

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3) Make a Difference with Injustice and Neglect —

Now you can help overcome spiritual injustice and reach neglected rural Japan, starting with prayer. 127 million Japanese form the second largest UPG in the world with 1 in 100 Christian. 15 million of them are in Japan’s 1800 unchurched rural areas (URAs) where only about 1 in 1000 are Christian. Though over 1000 missionaries work in Japan, very few work among the rural Japanese.  A Rural Japan Network to focus on this long-neglected group is in the formative processes with launch planned for Nov. 2011.  The first preparation step is forming 47 Prayer Groups, 1 for each prefecture in Japan, in countries across the globe. Will you be among them? So far, groups have formed in the US, Canada, Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. Will you adopt for prayer the URAs in one of the remaining 20 not yet covered prefectures? To adopt a prefecture, Email

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4) Your Gift to Brigada Sends Messages to 10,000 workers —

That’s right: did you know there are 10,000 subscribers to Brigada? And to date, since our founding in 1995, we’ve never signed up anyone else. (Every one of those 10,000 subscribed on his or her own.) So your gift is multiplied many times over when you just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page at the beginning of each month. 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. But we can also 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 each month, 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.)

5) The BackPage: Your Greatest Memories of Lausanne —

If you were present in either the 1974 or the 1989 congresses, please take a moment, think back, and tell us your greatest memories of Lausanne. This will be a small group, I bet. 1989 was 20 years ago.  Brigada wasn’t even invented! Somehow, I managed to land a spot in Manila. Does anyone else remember that plane that skidded off the runway… was it the night before we were supposed to leave?

I remember walking by one room… and there was a crowd of people in there from dozens of lands, listening to a talk. The guy was talking about a movie about Jesus. I remember chuckling to myself, thinking, “What could be so interesting about that? There have been dozens of movies made about Jesus.” But when the guy started handing out videocassettes, people scrambled for them. And they’ve never stopped since. Paul Eshleman was introducing the Jesus Film. It was the first time I ever remember hearing of it. And now it has become one of the most watched films in all history… and has helped bring thousands… maybe hundreds of thousands to Christ.

Later, I walked past a small meeting room in which a group of thinkers were hatching out a plan called “AD2000 & Beyond.” Boring, I thought. And walked on.

In the main plenary sessions, we watched some of the best videos I had ever seen — about modernity, urbanization, unreached peoples, and more.

It was in Manila where I met several key workers… that ended up opening doors for our ministry and for partnerships with others.

What are *your* memories of Manila… or even Lausanne?

2) Looking for an Easy Way to Integrate Your WorkGroup or Team? —

One Brigada user recommends Virtual Filing Cabinet:

http://www.carmelvision.com/vfc/wvfc.shtml

It will support 200 concurrent users, all sharing files together. It lets them keep their emails, faxes, notes, meetings, appointments, document management, document collaboration with other Workgroup VFC users, on-demand PDF conversion, bulk email, document scanning, business card scanning, GPS enabled mapping, and import/export to outlook all in one easy-to-use solution. Of course, your mileage might vary. And some might say — ouch … $99 is steep. But remember — that’s a one-time cost. But with products like Central Desktop…

http://www.centraldesktop.com/

(which has new hooks into Office that will blow your mind) and…

https://www.dropbox.com/

(which has become a kind of de facto file-sharing solution for some)

Virtual Filing Cabinet might be pushed to the back of the drawer. But isn’t it great to have some choices!? :-)

3) What’s your Favorite Bible Program? —

There are *so* many of these… on PC, Mac, and PDA… not to mention that new gizmo… what’s it called? Ipad or something like that? :-) So here’s your chance to sound off. What’s *your* favorite Bible reading program on *your* favorite device? I’ve been trying “Glo” for some time. See it at…

http://www.bibleglo.com/

It’s kinda cool. But maybe it’s just my inner Mac-wanna-be self, come Bible-study-on-PC, you know? :-) Either way… tell us your favorite. Just click comment below:

4) Show Brigada you Care —

Here’s your chance to show Brigada that you care. Just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page at the beginning of each month. 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. But we can also 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 each month, 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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