Monthly Archives: March 2011

5) Libya Crisis Response —

With every hour that passes, new and challenging events are unfolding in Libya, causing great fear and uncertainty. The global community of faith seeks to immediately respond to this crisis by mobilizing prayer and opportunities to help.


The Libya Prayer Website displays real time tweets and Facebook prayers about this crisis; sign up for daily emails with prayer points.


Post and follow prayer requests on Twitter:!/pray4libya


and Facebook:


Each day, dynamic information will be added to these sites, where you will find ways to give, provide funding for Medical Relief and other tangible initiatives, serve, submit and find opportunities to serve those affected by this crisis. The Pray4Libya Crisis Response is open to everyone who wants to see the people of Libya experience the love and grace of God.

6) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills in Phoenix —

Are you ready to identify, learn and practice skills that will enhance your effectiveness and your enjoyment of the people God has placed in your life? This is your invitation and opportunity to register for Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS), a workshop entirely focused on improving your daily interactions. SYIS will be held May 1-6 at Frontiers’ headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Register by March 8 to take advantage of the early-bird discount price of $295. Details are available at or write



7) Christians in English Language Teaching Conference —

The 9th Christians in English Language Teaching (CELT) Conference is going to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 27 to 29 January 2012. The theme of the conference is “Exploring the Vocation of English Language Teaching and Scholarship.” Check out information from the CELT website,


for the conference flyer and Call for Proposals. Early proposal deadline is June 15, 2011. The conference organizers can use your help in spreading the news to your churches, organizations, friends, and people whom may be interested. If you have any questions, please email Cheng at


8) Looking for Bestselling Illustrated Bibles —

Find bestselling illustrated Bibles, New Testament and children’s Bibles for very inexpensive prices to use as tools for outreach. Browse to


or email


9) Hats off to some Brilliant Brigada Partners —

We’re struck by the fact that, even without asking, people still recognize that we have expenses and they still want to add fuel to the fire. This week, we’re celebrating a $25 gift from the Int’l Council of Ethnodoxologists. (See their item above in the #1 slot.) Also — get this — remember a while back when our site was subjected to a Denial of Service attack? In particular, the rascal that attacked our site had set up a repeating routine one of our donation portals. He would submit a bad credit card charge in rabbit-dial fashion. For the first few days, we were seeing all the hundreds of attempts, without realizing that our credit card portal company was charging us a small amount for each attempted charge. By the time we realized what was happening and shut down the portal, the perpetrator had cost us $550. Well one of our brilliant Brigada participants remembered that attack. This past week, bless his heart, all the way from Penang, Malaysia, he offset that attack by giving, of all things, $550. In other words, he covered the entire cost of the incident! Whooooooo-hoooooooooooo! He attached a note that read, ” May the Lord multiply it. Don’t have to mention me in the donations sections. I just think that the networking offered by Brigada is awesome. It shows that the strength of the church is in our unity.” Hear my heart — in the dark of the night, when I’m thinking, “Should I really go write another Brigada Today?” … do you think my heart doesn’t remember participants such as this brother from Malaysia? Please take a moment right now and give thanks for his sacrificial act of service. God be praised!

10) The BackPage: Giving Prayer a Place —

Have you noticed, in your own ministry or personal walk, what a difference it makes when you give prayer a place? I was reflecting on this over the past week as our staff of workers at Emerald Hills refreshed the training room that we’ve been using as a prayer room since the first of the year. Do we need the training space? Absolutely. In many ways, it creates additional headaches and space-problems by setting aside that entire 17′ by 20′ classroom as a prayer room. But at the same time, I’ve noticed how grateful our workers are to have a place to pray. Now in some ways, our whole building is set aside for that purpose. (We named the building a Prayer Center.) But it just wasn’t quite good enough for our team members. They wanted a room that could be darkened some… with lots of that brown freezer-wrap paper on the wall for people to record their prayer requests, praises, and outcomes. They wanted a “holy of holies” with quiet worship music playing in the background. They wanted pillows, prayer rugs, and special curtains. Now please understand, our staff here doesn’t really seem to be the mystical type. But there’s something about setting aside a special place to pray. It somehow makes it more . . . . I don’t know… more of a destination. Now granted, on our property here at Emerald Hills, we’re in the process of building 29 designated prayer shelters scattered on prayer trails throughout the land. But, somehow, they needed more. I guess, to be fair, it has indeed been a cold winter here with more than the usual amount of snow. And they *did* set up the room on Dec. 31st… so why should I be surprised.


What about your ministry, church or family? Do you find that it helps to set up a designated *place* to pray? A mountain-top grotto? … a quiet closet in the basement? Can you … would you take a moment to tell us what you’ve done? Just click on the link below the web version of this item and share what *you* have seen in your own experience. And thanks in advance for participating.

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…


To inquire or comment on this item, browse to…

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) 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.  \ 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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