Daily Archives: 2011/03/13

1) Don’t Forget – “Global Member Care” Book now available –1) Don’t Forget – “Global Member Care” Book now available —

You can now order the new book by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, “Global Member Care: The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice.” It focuses on providing and developing member care for both mission/aid workers and sending groups. It will help you to help others; to think deeply about member care practice; and link you to supportive resources for yourself and those with whom you work. You can order it from William Carey Library for a significant savings by clicking to…




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3) How Can Cross-cultural Workers Stay Plugged in with the Lord? —

That’s the question with which Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell grappled during the month of March. Their top 4 picks? Deovox




is a podcast/download designed for those longing to draw closer to God through a study of the Bible. The O’Donnells wrote, “It incorporates examples from popular culture like movie audio clips to illustrate the contemporary significance of Scripture.” The programs (10-15 minutes) are personal, intelligent, encouraging, challenging, and relevant—with study guides. The second resource they identified is Member Care Media.




This website offers a wealth of audio resources and a daily radio program to encourage and equip mission/aid workers. Experienced member care providers and leaders share their practical advice on areas such as depression, adjustment, family life, and spiritual growth. The third item they found was Alert Net.




This is a free humanitarian news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation. It provides media/info on natural disasters, conflicts, refugees, hunger, diseases, and climate change. The fourth resource they identified can be found is a daily devotional from Sarah Young, a former mission worker with graduate degrees in psychology/counseling, entitled, ” Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.”




(That URL will wrap. If you have trouble reassembling it, just click to the link immediately below this item where you’ll find w working version.) This is the second time in 4 weeks that I’ve heard very positive feedback on this resource. It is written as if Christ were speaking to you, with prevailing themes about trust, gratitude, peace, and His presence. It is also available in audio and Kindle editions. See the video clip at…




The fifth and final resource on this subject is Scott Shaum’s annotated listing of helpful books in the February 2010 Ethne Member Care Update.




Scott’s a great resource-collector himself, with ties to Barnabas International.


Hats off to the O’Donnells for the great job they do coming up with these resources that the whole Brigada audience enjoys. Learn more about the O’Donnells at



5) MissionMakr.com is Intent on Making Your Mission Easier —

If there was ever a doubt, check out their 4-minute video at…




Their goals? Merely to “Engage the body of Christ, impact people going on short-term trips, and do it in less time, with less effort and less cost.” Watch the video to get the whole story, but in a phrase, they’re trying to make it easier for teams to be effective in short-term mission trips. Check ’em out if you travel overseas. They’ve recently reduced their price structure, by the way.

6) Ywam Discipleship Training School (DTS) —

The DTS in PA focuses directly on being a disciple, walking with Jesus daily, greater revelation of the character and ways of God, creating chances to practically share one’s faith with people in the neediest parts of the world, and discovering one’s gifts through hands-on application. They always end the training with a practical application trip to a destination such as Ukraine or Albania. The next DTS will run from August 29 to January 23 of 2012. (12 weeks of lecture phase and 8 weeks of outreach) Application and details are on the web at:




or phone us at 717-274-9010.

7) TESOL training course: October 3-November 4, 2011 —

Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate.  This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.  For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4.  For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening.  This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). For more info, contact Melody Kuka,


8) Learn Conversational English —

Do you or someone you know want to improve in English?  Youth With a Mission in Lebanon, Pa. USA. is offering a 12 week course from May 9 to July 29, 2011.  Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English – speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment.  Details and application forms are on their web site.  \


http://www.ywampa.org or email questions to


9) Thanks to World Outreach Missions —

We’re grateful to WOM, Inc. (World Outreach Missions) for a $250 gift today for Brigada’s global ministry of connecting servants, tools, and resources. Thanks World Outreach Missions! If you’re lucky enough to live in the Tucker, GA, area, stop by their local church. We think you’ll quickly come to consider it as home. Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America (ISA) for their $100 gift. We’re grateful for their partnership. For more information about their policies (there are lots to consider), visit



10) The BackPage: Local Churches Are Stepping Up to the Plate —

If you ever had suspected that turning the corner past the year 2000 might bring about a diminishing interest in unreached peoples on the part of churches and church leaders, I would have to suggest that you missed the mark. In the world in which I’m living, churches (especially megachurches) are more active and eager than ever to embrace and complete the task of telling the whole world about Jesus. Yes, the mode is in flux (and perhaps even a bit of the message?), but the willingness, in my limited experience, is still strong.


What does this mean? It might mean that — if we lead a mission team or an organization, we might be forced to re-think our relevance and our “modus operandi” (“M.O.”), but nevertheless, it appears that the need, the opportunity, and the partnerships are still there to be had. The question is — can we become creative enough to retool our “modalities and sodalities.”


What’s your own experience? What modalities and sodalities are you having to rebuild? How do you see the future shaking out when it comes to transforming trends in sending teams to reach unreached peoples? Please take a moment to summarize your input by clicking on “Comment” below. Feel free to do so anonymously if that’s preferable.

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