Monthly Archives: June 2011

1) Missions Conference: “Mission-Him-Possible” —

Experience “Mission-Him-Possible” Missions Conference. Come to be Informed, Inspired, Ignited and Get Involved in finishing the task of world evangelization.  The guest speaker will be Don Richardson, 1960’s missionary pioneer to the Stone Age Sawi tribe headhunter cannibals of Irian Jaya and bestselling author of “Peace Child”. The dates are Sunday, Sept. 25 – Weds, Sept. 28, 2011, at World Outreach Church for all Nations, 1294 Braselton Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. For more information visit


or e-mail:



Registration is free. In the USA call 770-934-1347. (And thanks to World Outreach Missions for the outstanding and ongoing support for Brigada.)

2) Internship Opportunity in China —

micMAC Global Solutions provides culture and language acquisition training. They have also recently expanded into software outsourcing. They are based in Qingdao, China and have launched an internship program for people interested in learning Chinese and working in ESL training, marketing, finance or software development.  Find out more at:


(And thanks to micMAC Global Solutions for support to Brigada.)


3) Member Care Conference You Won’t Want to Miss —

Be sure to check this conference out soon because early registration and reduced fee end Sept. 15. Slated for Nov. 7-11 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, this conference is designed to better equip missionaries to care for the relational, emotional, and spiritual needs of each other. It’s designed for member care workers, team leaders, and anyone working with missionaries. Participants will learn better listening and pastoral care skills and become more aware of global member care issues. Learn more at…


The conference is being staged by Caring for Others. Learn more about what their ministry to workers at…

4) North America Central Asia Forum (NACAFm October 20-22) —

Twenty years ago, the walls came down and the doors opened in the former Soviet Union like never before in history.  Today, there are thousands of believers in Central Asia amongst Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, etc.  In recent years, a consortium of people group partnerships, churches, agencies and national leaders launched NACAF to foster unity and ignite new momentum amongst those working in, praying for, and funding work in Central Asia.  After an encouraging start in Seattle in 2010, the second NACAF will be held at Maranatha Conference Center in Muskegon, Michigan.  The three-fold purpose for NACAF is also the framework for the program featuring key speakers who have served on the field for many years.

*** Ignite your passion for the unreached peoples of Central Asia

*** Ignite your passion in people who are willing to reach these unreached

*** Ignite your passion for partnership within the region.

For information and registration, visit…


or email


5) Need a Getaway? —

Fairhaven Ministries is a pastor/missionary retreat center that serves missionary families from over 75 mission agencies with an affordable, quiet mountainside setting located in Blue Ridge Mountains of East Tennessee, USA. Individual chalets and cottages become places for rest and renewal; and optional biblical counseling is available. This non-profit ministry has 30 years of serving and caring for the exhausted and wounded Christian servants of God. Information can be viewed at


Guests at Fairhaven usually stay from two days to two weeks; some spend a 4-8 week sabbatical. No longer term lodging is available.

6) New Prayer Website —


WEC International has launched a global prayer community,


an online presence encouraging around-the-clock intercession for the nations. connects people to pray in unity and passion for the nations by providing free prayer resource and tools. The site provides topics for prayer such as national leaders, conflicts around the world, poverty, natural disasters, and provides links to Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation. Users will find maps and videos to guide them into more informed prayer for the world. It is a partnership between several leading mission agencies and connects with other praying people through the site’s prayer wall and forums. Users may reserve their time slots to pray for the world, and know that they are praying in one accord for the nations. Check it out today!


6) New Prayer Website —

7) What’s an Unconference? —

There is no plenary speaker, and no workshops (at least none that are planned beforehand, though certainly some spontaneous ones will develop throughout the day). According to some, getting energetic people together to dialogue energetically about all of our mutual passion and the Great Commission should, in and of itself, “send most of us into missiological orbit!” That is the plan for this Unconference. The multiple subjects discussed at the event will be discerned through a feed-forward approach prior to the event. The venue is Jaffrey, NH on October 15, 9-3. Check out:


to find a document with more information about the conference — I mean unconference.  You can also email


8) TESOL training course in Chiang Mai —

From October 3 until November 4, 2011, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be conducting an intensive, five-week course 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. The same course is taught once a year in Manila (April/May). Contact Melody Kuka,

infothaiatactesoldotcom , for more information

9) Global Study Seeks Church-Planting Teams —

Here’s a global research project that is seeking church-planting teams as a special focus for study. To be included, your team needs to be:

* Experienced:  Teams that have been functioning for at least one year.

* Missionary: Teams that are working in a culture other than their own, with plans to develop national leadership for the church.

* Church Planting:  Teams actively working to establish a church capable of reproducing a culturally relevant ministry with its own leadership.

* Teams:  Teams with a designated leader.

* English speaking:  The research will be conducted in English.

* Internet access:  The research will require internet access and email capability.

10) We Give Thanks… —

…For those who help us pay the bills and inspire us to keep on pressing forward with Brigada. For example, this past week, we received a $100 encouragement gift from a Brigada participant in Vienna, Virginia, and another from CRAM Worldwide, on the web at…


whose leaders have been hard at work in Asia since 1970. We’re also grateful to Hoops for Hope International, on the web at…


They recently purchased a Clover website and, as a result of their purchase, Clover itself sent a $200 gift to Brigada! Are you interested in learning more about Clover’s offerings? Just visit..


11) The BackPage: GoogleApps’ Bias Against Those Who Take a Stand —

Hats off to GoogleApps for developing a great suite of online “software-as-a-service” applications. They emphasize speed, clarity, simplicity and effectiveness. And then, of all things, they give away their services to non-profits. At least they give them away to *some* non-profits. Unfortunately, if you’re a church or missions agency (and you’re willing to be honest about it), you can forget about any special recognition. You see, GoogleApps has a stated position against any organization or network that “presents religious content or proselytizing” on its website. In fact, they won’t even help you if you’re a typical school or orphanage. Now granted — they have the right to provide or deny services to anyone they choose. Just sad that they represent a segment of today’s society that is showing bias against the church, against missions, and against taking a stand for a global belief system.


To test their stand, we applied to GoogleApps, hoping the published stand was perhaps a strong disclaimer that would give them the right to rule out hate groups and the like. But sure enough, not long afterward, we received the rejection notice with a reference to their ethics page.


I’m not sure churches and organizations can do anything about the position Google has taken. But please hear me when I say — they’re big. Their position will certainly impact certain groups, who, on certain issues, will want to be like them.


We live in a changing world. In former days, taking a stand for one’s faith was pretty much respected by all, even if some didn’t agree with the stand. Unfortunately, something has eroded that respect. Modernity is taking aim squarely in the eyes of Christianity and any other religion that seeks to reproduce itself in any way.


Do you have an answer for the GoogleApps stand? Do you have a solution for reversing the posture that it represents? If so, please (please!) speak up. Just click on “Comment” immediately below. We’re eager to hear your ideas — not because we’re wanting something for nothing, but because it’s unsettling now to be part of a class of organizations and networks who don’t qualify for a service because of our religious stand. Your thoughts?


1) “What Missionaries Ought to Know” Revised: Free Download —

Ron Koteskey added three more chapters to “What Missionaries Ought to Know…” this summer, so the e-book now has 52 chapters. It is also now available for your E-reader in both MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (Nook and others) formats.  If you have an old edition with less than 52 chapters or want an E-reader format, you can download them FREE at:


2) Here’s a book worth reading! —

Useful for member care, discipleship and personal growth, it contains biblical lessons learned in 30 years of outreach in a tough Musl*m context. The book, Knowing jesus is Enough for Joy, Period! includes chapters on spiritual warfare (a bit differently presented), 4 types of faith, transforming worship, confessing in layers, journaling, discerning motives, nurturing our first love for Jesus and mediation. It is both biblical and very practical with lots of real life illustrations.  From a reader in Uzbk-stan “I am currently reading through the book you wrote. I am being blessed by it tremendously. It is on my ‘read it again and again’ book list.” The book is available in paperback and ebook (Kindle, Epub and PDF formats) from:


It is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Author will contribute $1 to Brigada for each book bought by Brigada readers from the above web site. (Thanks Steve!!)

4) Looking for a way to send Video-email? —

I was, believe it or not, because of a very special follow-up program we have going on here at Team Expansion. That was when I stumbled on…


Now the good news is — there’s nothing to pay (ever). So this won’t cost you a single peso.  But the other good news is — it works! There’s nothing to install (so you don’t pick up any spyware or malware of any kind). In fact, you don’t even have to install a plug-in (although the company has written one for Google’s Chrome browser, which is, interestingly enough, what I started using just 2 weeks ago). Likewise, your recipient doesn’t have to pay anything — and there’s nothing to install on the receiving end either. So it’s extremely low footprint, but extremely high touch. Basically, it’s better if you try it for 30 seconds. Then click “Get link,” then send the link to your favorite friend, supporter, relative, or — alternatively — to your enemy. No matter what you’re communicating to whom, it’ll always be just a tad better with some free video to go along with it. (You can record up to a 10-minute message for free — as many times, and to as many people as you like. Think Skype voicemail, without the cost and without the executable.)

5) Finally a free app to share your story —

There are a couple of sites on the internet that have attempted to provide a means of telling your story via pictures and voice. Few have gained traction. Brigada participant, Phil, recently tipped us off to one which might be the game-changer. (Thanks Phil!) Check it out at…


It’s fast, responsive, and easy — and best of all, it’s free. You can tell your story with uploaded videos, webcam captures, voice memos via microphone, and even telephone. There are, of course, some limitations to the free account. You’ll be limited to just 3 Voicethreads, 30 minutes of video commenting, and a storage ceiling of 75MB with a filesize limit of 25MB. However, free is free. :-) Besides, the “pro” account gives you unlimited Voicethreads, unlimited video commenting, 10GB of storage and a 100MB filesize limit — and it costs just 59.95/year. Setting up an account is easy and doesn’t require verification. You’ll have your first online presentation in no time. You can even end your slide program with a sunset! :-)

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