Daily Archives: 2011/12/04

1) Finishing The Task List —

Have you heard about Finishing the Task? See their list of Unengaged and Unreached People Groups at…




You can also see their data on a map at…




See the summary stats at:



I was able to attend the annual partnership and networking meeting again this past week. I’m always amazed at how many top leaders and researchers are in attendance there. Paul Eshleman (the guy behind the Jesus Film) is either really blessed by God or extremely savvy at how to build partnerships! Praise the Lord for the people he’s bringing to the table though.

3) 100 regional partnerships —

This past week, at Finishing the Task, I overheard Paul Eshleman comment that there are now more than 100 regional partnership gatherings for the various regions around the world.

Praise the Lord for his provision! These will really help… in everything.

4) Short-Term Mission Trip Assessment Tool —

Here’s a new tool to help churches and ministries discern if they should send a short-term mission team. Have you ever wondered if your church or ministry should send a short-term mission (STM) team? With all the needs and all the opportunities, how do you know where to go and what to do? Recognizing that many churches and ministries wrestle with determining which STMs to promote and move forward with, DELTA Ministries International (DELTA) has recently released the Short-Term Mission Trip Assessment Tool.  This assessment has been broken into three major categories of consideration: Calling, Stewardship and Quality.  Within each category include critical assessments for your STM derived from the Word of God, experience, as well as the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE).  Along with the STM Assessment Tool, you will receive a free supplement guide. It will provide insight needed to assess your church and mission trip objectively as well as provide a target to work towards as you develop your short-term mission sending program.  Visit




to obtain your unlimited use license.

5) Learn to Teach English in the USA —

English teachers are in high demand worldwide and have many opportunities to impact the spiritual atmosphere of the communities they serve. To be able to teach English effectively requires some preparation and training. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania is offering their next TESOL course from January 16 to February 12, 2012, and again from February 20 to March 16. This is an intensive four week course designed to equip English speakers to become English teachers. For more information and application forms, visit…




6) Or Learn to Teach English while Studying in Thailand —

Here’s a TESOL training course, January 9-February 10, 2012, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 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. The same course is taught once a year in Manila (April/May). Contact Melody,

infothaiatactesoldotcom for more information or visit




7) Tell us Your Strategy for Coping with Increasing Email Load —

I was joking last week with a friend who also works with Team Expansion. We were talking about the email deluge that sometimes floods our inboxes. He later sent me this link…




[This URL will likely wrap or break apart. If you have trouble assembling it and clicking it, just find this item at brigade.org and click it there.]


This story is about a tech firm with a goal of implementing a zero-email policy. Now, in my opinion, maybe that’s just a hair over the top, but I’ll have to admit — I’m eager to hear your feedback on how you manage it these days. If you don’t mind, please click “Comment” below this item and tell us your strategy, especially if it’s working.


8) We’re sooooooooooo Grateful! —

Thanks to Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK, for their gift of $250 to undergird the work of Brigada!!!! We pray God’s richest blessings on the church — and we hope He multiplies their ministry, both at home and abroad, many times over!!!

9) A Personal Appeal from Doug Lucas, Founder/Editor of Brigada —

I didn’t set about to start a weekly missions resource email and website. I set about to find answers. The sad thing was — some of the information was out there… we just weren’t getting the news out about it. I started asking evangelical missions leaders how we could fix that. We started sharing resources with one another… and by mid-January, 1995, we brought Brigada to life to solve the problem. Suddenly, here we are, nearly 17 years later, still carrying the torch. I’ll admit, sometimes the pace of life is such that I have to gut it out. I’ll also admit that it would really help to have an assistant. We also get involved in launching projects among unreached peoples and cities. In fact, we recently spun off an initiative called Unleashed for the Unreached. See the website at…




to try to get the word out. The costs for creating the 140-foot exhibit that you see there exceeded $6000. But the capacity to inform, inspire, and increase the Good News getting to the least reached … well, it’s tremendous. I’m loving what I’m doing. I’m excited to get up in the morning. But it indeed does cost money. Throughout all of 2011, we haven’t asked. Our strategy was to just quietly carry on, with the hopes that someone would feel called this December to help us reach our financial budget goal of $17,120 for the year. This is the same goal we’ve had for the past few years  — not a penny more. Thus far, we’ve had $5081.88 come in as checks to Team Expansion. If you or someone you know could make it happen, would you give generously this week? Maybe your church would consider an end-of-year gift from one-time funds that they’ve held in case of an emergency? Either way, it’s easy to give. Just click the “Donate” link at the top of the page at brigada.org. You won’t have to register with PayPal if you don’t want to. (Just click “make a payment without logging in” if you prefer.) Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check, payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (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 teams. We appreciate you!

10) The BackPage: “What Can We Buy or Make for Christmas?” —

That was the question that a good friend of Brigada asked this past week. He wrote, “Jackie and I have learned contentment to the point that ‘gift giving’ has become a challenge. What can we buy or make that doesn’t add unwanted clutter to our home, or calories to our waist? If you face this same challenge, I’d be interested to know what ideas you have come up with.” I was wondering… could we ask for your input on this question? Just click “Comments” below. Write a message in the box. You can do so anonymously if you choose. You will not be put on a list. Your information will be guarded.

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