Daily Archives: 2011/02/06

1) Mission Frontiers “Discipleship Issue” offers FREE copies/books —

As always, MF is offering free bulk copies of current and back issues, as well as free printable PDFs of articles through the website. MF will even cover the cost of shipping bulk copies to U.S. addresses (see details at the link below). The current issue also offers free review copies of four books.

The current issue breaks new ground in several ways:

– the theme (how to multiply reproducing disciples) is directly relevant for every church and every believer, not just mission “professionals.”

– FREE strategic books from several publishers (shipped to U.S. addresses) are being offered in exchange for an online review.

– The website has been upgraded to allow for comments, interaction with authors, feedback on proposed future themes, other bonus material, etc. Check out the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Mission Frontiers on-line:


2) World Missions Rally in Vancouver —

Do you live in Vancouver? If so, you’re in luck: Catch Patrick Johnstone giving a challenging talks on, “What to Expect in the Future!” and “Discipling the nations: how are we doing?” Also hear Roland Muller talk about “Islam: Past, Present & Future.” Catch this and more at Grace Community Church, 9770 King George Blvd., Surrey BC. Feb 19, 2011. 1-5 pm. All meetings are to be held in English and Korean.

3) Global Entry Program Could End up Saving us *Hours* —

I’ve recently qualified for the USA’s Global program. It’s a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports. The cost is $100 for five years, so although that sounds steep, suppose you value your time at $10/hour. Suppose it saves you 2 hours per year over the course of the five-year membership. Suddenly, it’s a free pass, and everything else is gravy. On my first flight back into the USA with my Global Entry certification, my domestic flight was extremely tight, due to a late arrival. Immigration lines spiraled for what looked like a two-hour wait. I was nearly embarrassed by the fact that I walked past all of it.  The enrollment process involves an online application and an interview at one of the offices located in a Global Entry airport.  Visit the website below to see which airports are now included.  This could be a wonderful tool for those who frequently travel overseas, as it allows one to skip the customs lines entirely. Here is the website for more information:


Keep in mind, if you often travel with groups, it’s possible that this pass might not help you much. Why? You’ll feel so guilty leaving the rest of your group back in the line! Note: Just as I received my certification, Brigada reader Eric C. pointed out to me that this program is not reserved for USA citizens only, a fact I had completely missed. (Thanks Eric!)

4) Save this Date for the N. A. Mission Leaders Conference —

From September 29 until October 1, 2011, the North American Mission Leaders Conference will take place with the theme, “Reset:  Mission in the Context of Deep Change.” This meeting triple-functions as the annual conference for The Mission Exchange, EMS and CrossGlobal Link. The conference will be headquartered at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more, visit…


5) “Must Read” book for TCKs and those who are about them —

“Home Keeps Moving” follows Heidi Sand-Hard and her missionary family on their many moves through the eyes of a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and the unique phenomena of having four very different home countries to which to relate.  It tells the true story of being catapulted from continent to continent constantly: leaving friends and starting all over again, her unquenchable search for a ‘home’ with the odds all but against her due to constantly relocating (even into adulthood).  You will laugh and cry with Heidi as she recounts hilarious and heartbreaking tales from her child-hood as West blends with East. It’s available from McDougal Publishing

http://www.mcdougalpublishing.com For more info see


6) Coaching Training For Church Multiplication —

Empowerment, transformation, and innovation require Spirit-led communication skills. Join more than 450 leaders who have taken the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, a unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Learn in-person and by telephone. Catch upcoming programs in London April 4-8, 2011 and Denver May 9-13, 2011. Save US$450 by registering early. Go to


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8) How to Fight Back when Your Flight is Canceled —

Have you been bumped lately? It seems more and more common, as airlines struggle to keep planes in the sky — not only balancing passenger loads and mechanical issues, but also weather and staffing. Either way, Lissa, our Uganda Desk Guest Editor, found a New York Times article that might stimulate some ideas in that brain of yours.


Check it out. It just might help you avoid a costly mistake next time you try to grab a jet to nowhere.

9) New Book: “Degrees of Sight” —

This book is a colorful, poignant story of how God used an ordinary woman who walked in obedience to His call to love an unreached people group in Indonesia, and it will surely challenge and encourage your soul. The author engages readers with vibrant personal accounts of her medical work and relationships in the community, and it encourages those hungry for purpose in life that God uses simple, ordinary people to do extraordinary things for His Kingdom in the world. It would be a great resource for small group study as well as individual reading and is available only through the website


10) What’s Your Take on “Cause” Sites? —

To me, the recent New York Times article about online “cause” services (“Social Networks Meant for Social Good, but at a Price”) was spot on. Do these sites ever end up generating any significant amount of funding for the organization they represent? To me, that remains to be seen. To see the whole article, browse to…


What’s your own experience? Have these “cause” services generated any income for your own ministry or mission yet? Click “Comment” below to give your own testimony. Thanks in advance for any sharing you can do, anonymously or otherwise. (And thanks to Lissa for unearthing this article from her working desk in Uganda.)

11) Thanks for those Who Undergird Brigada! —

We give thanks today for Insurance Services of America (ISA) for a gift of $25.82 resulting from those who bought coverage on their trips. Learn about the many coverages that ISA offers by browsing…


We’re also extremely grateful to BodyBuilders in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They sent a check for $250 (!!!!) this past week, expressing, simply, that they were thankful for Brigada’s ongoing ministry. Learn more about their SRS Boot Camps and their NVision Seminars, along with other things, by watching the intro videos and reading about them at…


Thanks, too, to Mission Network (Anacortes, WA) for a gift of $100. We’re thankful for their ongoing partnership and today, we asked God to bless them greatly.

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12) The BackPage: Mega-Changes Ripple Across the Muslim World —

Whoa. So my son, who has developed quite an affinity for the Arab world, texts me and says, “Dad; are you watching this?” I went to some of the online streaming video news sites he frequents and couldn’t believe my eyes. You saw it too. Winds of change among Muslim-dominated countries have been sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. My biggest question is — what’s your take on the impact this might have, if any, on those who are seeking to live out a Christian witness there? In other words, at the end of the day, is it your theory that there will be *more* freedom for telling of the Good News? … or should we plan for *less*? That’s the question. If you have an opinion, just click “Comment” below. Please feel free to contribute anonymously if you prefer.

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