Daily Archives: 2011/11/20

1) Get Long-term Insurance Plus Life-time Health Coverage —

A long-term insurance plan for career workers that will provide life-time health coverage in the USA and/or overseas is now available.  One requirement – during the first year of coverage you must spend at least three months outside the USA.  The plan meets all USA health insurance mandates.  It is a joint project of a great American based international health insurance company and Blue Cross.  For more information contact


jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call

480/813-9100. You can also call toll free in USA to 866/636-9100. (Hats off to Jeff for the $60 gift he sent to undergird the global ministry of Brigada!)

2) How strong is your language? —

Our world is changing rapidly. Previously untouched groups now have cell phones and even Internet. This is changing what languages people speak, and what language(s) may be most effective for ministry. Is the language situation shifting where you work? Are you interested in learning more about language vitality? Visit




to gain some basic tools for thinking about and defining language vitality. As a bonus, if your focus is Indonesia or Malaysia, you can see what your favorite language is currently rated, and even give feedback if you think the rating is incorrect. (Thanks to this ministry for the $60 gift for Brigada!)

3) Mama Shekinah Now Available in 8 Languages —

Mama Shekinah is a powerful documentary of love, trauma, and forgiveness. Sixty minutes long and shot in HD, it tells the story of Hedwig, hell deep in spiritual perfectionism, and Colin, hell deep in drugs, pimping and perversion. They are healed, fall in love, marry, and are attacked by children from the Lord’s Resistance Army in Sudan. Colin is killed, and Hedi returns to express forgiveness and live with former child soldiers. This stunning story is now available in Farsi, Romanian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Kisyarwanda, Indonesian, and English.




(Thanks to Fawn for the tip, even though she does indeed give away the end of the movie! :-) Also, she gave away $25 to Brigada for publishing this! That’s the *only* way I could justify this plot-spoiler. :-) )

4) Searching for Christian I.T. Professionals —

There are positions open for Site Lead in West Africa for a US Technology company. The candidate(s) should have at least 5 years experience in both Microsoft and Apple operating systems, firewalls, shell scripting, website administration, wireless technology, router and router support, and more. The ideal candidate(s) would also possess an ability to write proposals segments relating to technology, be able to meet and greet customers, make site visits, develop scopes of work, and work with the users directly. Management skills are also helpful as the candidate would be able to manage a small office and local staff.


The positions are permanent full time, and in West Africa. Compensation includes a base salary, housing and travel to and from the country of work effort, house allowance for meals and life support items (laundry etc),a car and driver locally, bonuses, international major medical insurance, and other compensation items. Positions are open immediately. Send resumes to



Please include references and experience – citing at least 5 years experience as described above, references (a minimum of 3), and a digital photo of yourself. Please include any pastoral or church references in addition to the 3 professional/technical references.

7) In Search of Fundraising Guidelines —

This past week, a friend asked if we had any documented fund raising guidelines for either churches in general or for mission trips in particular. This particular church is sending out a medical mission team in the Spring. In addition to normal supplies and funds to raise they are raising funds for expensive medical equipment and supplies.  So this is more than what the typical mission trip does, according to my friend.  He wrote, “We keep getting questions about selling things and donating funds to buy equipment, but some of these folks are getting more creative than our guidelines.” So — would anyone happen to have anything already written up or documented that would also address some of these sticky ethical wickets?

8) New Fictional Book to Reflect on Missionary Training —

It’s a great idea, … and a great book. This past week, I received a book from a successful author and, you know, the book, “Stones in the Path,” though fictional, does indeed teach lessons! The genesis of the novel was someone looking at a 200-page book (e.g., “Skills, Knowledge, Character” or SKC) and either being overwhelmed by the volume or not having a vision for mentoring.


Jason, the main character, because of his very proper Christian upbringing, could look like an ideal candidate. But what is under the surface shows that substance is lacking. Through this unique approach, the author hopes that the book will help people see some of the critical character issues that are not readily seen as part of “missionary prep” kinds of activities.


Priced retail at $13.99, the author is making it available to Brigada readers for $12, shipping included. You can also get “Stones” plus SKC for $25, shipping included.

9) Director of Development Position Available —

To Every Tribe is seeking an individual with a passion for seeing the gospel proclaimed among unreached/unengaged people groups, and who can provide leadership, strategic initiative, and management for all of To Every Tribe’s fund-raising efforts to fulfill its vision. This individual will have several years of experience in the field of development, management, or sales, preferably in a non-profit context. The job description is available for viewing online at:




To inquire or apply, contact Ron at 956.233.4353 or ronattoeverytribedotcom


Thanks To Every Tribe!

10) National Short-Term Missions Conference in Tucson —

Make your short-term mission efforts more effective with practical insights, innovation, and inspiration gained at The National Short-Term Missions Conference (NSTMC) in sunny Tucson Jan. 26-28, 2012 at Casas Church. This gathering is sponsored by the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission organization. Register before Nov. 30 to save. Featured speakers include Dr. Ron Blue and Glenn Schwartz among several others. Learn more about the conference at http://www.nstmc.org and about the Standards of Excellence at



11) We’re Grateful —

In addition to the gifts mentioned above, at the beginning of this issue of Brigada, we also received $2.10 as a gift from 911Water for Matt’s purchase of a water filter. We also received a $200 gift from a couple on behalf of unreached nomads, the Qashaqa’I of Iran. We’re thankful for God’s witnesses who are willing to share!

12) The BackPage: Would you Consider a Generous Gift to Brigada? —

Since January, 1995, we’ve operated Brigada Today as a free publication. With over 10,000 subscribers, some have said that Brigada just might be the longest-running, largest-circulating missions ezine on the entire web. Yet, some might not realize that we don’t have a large staff, nor do we sell ads. We feel that to do so would jeopardize the purity and simplicity of a simple missions mobilization and resource publication. We do, however, accept gifts from likeminded believers who want Brigada to continue.


Those savvy enough to look for publishing times have noted previously that many Brigadas are posted well into the dark of the night. It’s true — we’d stay up to produce this publication even if we were doing it for free (and we did so for many years, purely as volunteers). But your gifts of $100 (or whatever amount you desire to share) not only help undergird the work of our favorite charity (Team Expansion), they also pay the power and light so more Brigadas can inform more nations about more unreached peoples the world over.


So as you and your family enjoy, perhaps, a traditional Thanksgiving meal, would you consider sending a check or making an online donation? To give online, just navigate to


then click “Donate” in the upper right and follow the instructions. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to:

Team Expansion (Brigada),

13711 Willow Reed Dr.,

Louisville, KY 40299


(And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) Thanks to those who have suggested this cause to their local church missions committees, mission teams, and/or missions ministers/pastors. We appreciate you!

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