Monthly Archives: March 2011

1) Free Short-Term Mission Starter Kit Available Online —

A newly released Short-Term Mission Starter Kit, developed by DELTA Ministries International (DELTA), in Vancouver, Wash., is now available online for churches and ministries around the world.  This website gives churches and organizations nearly 40 resources for prayer, encouragement, training, post-ministry follow-through, and a comprehensive referral list of more than 60 short-term mission resources. This tool is designed to help churches that are just getting started with a STM program, as well as fine tune established programs. Access this free tool today at

3) COSIM conference on cross-cultural partnership June 6-8, 2011 —

“Partnership: Trends, Trials & Triumphs” will be the theme for the 16th annual COSIM conference, and will be held at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Featured author-speakers will be Steve Corbett (When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself), Mary Lederleitner (Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Navigating the Complexities of Money and Mission) and Steve Moore (Who Is My Neighbor? Being a Good Samaritan in a Connected World). Learn more at:


4) Six Ways to Reach God’s World DVD-Rom and Booklet —

Here is a great new resource for mobilizing from OMF International. This series of four- to six-minute videos highlights simple, yet powerful ways to make a difference from home and around the world. They will help you discover how you can be involved through learning with intention, prayer, going cross-culturally as messengers of the gospel, sending (which includes giving), welcoming internationals around you and even mobilizing others for all of these strategic roles.


You can view or download these free videos with discussion guides at


or purchase the DVD-Rom and booklet at


or by calling 303.730.4160.

6) Learn About International Security —

CCI is offering two training seminars in April to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs.


Field Security Seminar – April 4-6, 2011 – A three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs.


Crisis Management Seminar – April 7-9, 2011 – A three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments.


These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina.  To register or get more information, please visit


8) Language Acquisition Training —

TRAIN International is offering “Acquire,” language acquisition training in Joplin, MO from April 4-15, 2011. Eric Derry leads this two-week intensive training and empowering cross-cultural workers with the best-known current strategies and tools based on the best-known textbooks. At Acquire, you will:

*** Learn proven and effective principles and techniques of language acquisition

*** Understand the impact language learning will have on your whole overseas experience

*** Improve your ability to hear and make new phonetic sounds

*** Get tips on working with language helpers on the field

*** Spend time with language helpers putting into practice the phonetic training and language learning methods

*** Gain the confidence that you CAN learn your target language The cost for this training is $890 per adult.  For more information, check out


or email Mark at


9) What’s a church to do? —

OK, so you’ve taken Perspectives or been to some event and are all jazzed up for missions only to come home to a church that is less than excited. How do you get a church mobilized? Or perhaps your church already has an overseas mission outreach but it is in need of some cobweb clearing? ACMC specializes in getting churches mobilized and trained for missions and there are two conferences coming up that you’ll want to check out; one in Pittsburgh on March 25-26 and one in Maryland on April 8-9.  There are workshops on everything from Islam to teaching missions to children to churches adopting unreached people groups to missionary care.  Learn more at…


Get an online brochure and/or register.  Other questions, contact Joe at

jsteinitzatgfcdotorg or Dave at


10) Train on Storytelling —

75% of the Bible is in story form. You can learn to tell fascinating accurate Bible stories and lead interactive discussions that can change lives. TRAIN International is hosting a Biblical storytelling seminar conducted by the ministry Simply The Story March 29 – April 2 in Joplin, Missouri. This method of inductive storytelling is an excellent tool for evangelism as well as for personal spiritual formation. Anyone involved in Christian education from children to adults will find this seminar powerful. Whether you are in ministry in your home country or abroad, this is a very useful tool. There are three options to choose from:

5 day option Tuesday March 29- Saturday April 2- $195

3 day option Thursday March 31- Saturday April 2- $120

1 day option Thursday March 31- $35


For more information or to register for this workshop please email Mark

mmillerattraininternationaldotcom or call 417-621-8962

Find out more about Simply The Story at

11) Save money on hotels / Make money by renting rooms —

Brigada participant, Mark, told us this past week about a new service that offers rented rooms online:


On this site you can list your house for rent without cost. They connect homeowners or second-home owners who are away with willing renters. Pay by credit card that gets credited only if you are satisfied with your stay. If you are traveling for work or holiday consider being a renter.  Homeowners rent out entire apartments, homes and even extra rooms. Mark says the one-year old website out of Switzerland is very user-friendly and safe. So, say goodbye to Motel 6 and say hello to a new house-on-the-way!

12) The BackPage: Keeping the Team in Team on your Next Mission Trip —

Two weeks ago, I had the good fortune to accompany a short-term mission team to Haiti. Prior to the trip, I attempted to collect some resources that would help facilitate a daily group processing time. My goal was to focus the debriefing time in four major areas:


a) brief worship and prayer


b) logistical recap/planning — That’s where we’d review the schedule, what’s getting accomplished, what do we need to tweak, etc….


c) “What are we learning about…” — This isn’t so much team building as it is trying to catch the cross-cultural near-misses, the lessons learned about working with local people, and what that is teaching us about ourselves, etc.


d) Body life — This is where we planned to extinguish possible brushfires. We would invite the “feelers” to speak up… evoking the things we need to consider. If necessary, we’d call for folks to talk one on one (if they hadn’t already).


Several people pitched in. Jenny, a Member Care specialist in our office at Team Expansion, reminded me of these resources:


Reentry After Short Term Missionary Service


Sorting It Out: Simple Questions for Debriefing Short-termers – Various Articles


Reentry Exercises



We had used the “Round Trip” curriculum — all 5 weeks of it prior to the trip. (It was originally recommended to us by a Missions Pastor in Evansville by the name of Pat; Thanks Pat; it worked *great*!)


There were several others who fed me questions to ask, discussions to lead, etc. In the end, the debriefing time each night turned out to be the highlight of the trip. The short-term missions team developed into a kind of “virtual family” that would experience things out in the community by day, then share them with each other at night — so the overall group picked up on everybody’s joint over all experience. Furthermore, the evening sessions really helped everybody process the day, pick up on what we were learning, avoid duplicating mistakes, etc. Several participants told me, 6 and 7 days after the trip, that they were missing those evening meetings. They had formed a kind of community through those sessions, yet, that community didn’t cause them to “ghetto” during the day. In fact, just the opposite: the community experiences at night seem to fuel their fire to be more and more adventurous and outward-focused during the day.


Are there particular resources you’ve used for meetings like those? Is there a book or study workbook you’d recommend? Feel free to remind us of past Brigada references… and thanks in advance to anyone willing to post your best suggestion.




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