Monthly Archives: June 2012

1) Teach in Arabia —

The WellSpring Project is looking for eight missional and qualified elementary and early childhood teachers, primarily singles and teaching couples, to teach in the Arabian Gulf in an American school owned by a Palestinian Muslim owner. WellSpring’s relationship with these owners has resulted in a request for teachers “with the same heart as you”. The expected reporting date is August 24. For more information send a CV and cover email explaining your interest to


2) Experiencing Prayer Days and Short Retreats —

The October 2012 Experiencing Prayer Days and Short Retreats will be held at the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, SC (close to Charlotte, NC). The Short Session will be October 3-8, and the Full Session will be October 3-12. Participants will have a special time before the Lord, and will also learn how to facilitate prayer days and retreats for others. Some scholarships are available if needed. For the detailed Overview and Application Form, contact


3) Insurance for Travelers’ Gear —

Good Neighbor Insurance now provides personal property coverage for cameras, laptops, iPads, iPhones, musical instruments, e.g. all kinds of personal property items.  An easy online enrollment process is available at


(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)


For more information contact

dougatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100. Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100.

4) SEND U Training Resources —

Ministry, leadership and life training can be hard to come by on the mission field. So SEND U, the training department of SEND International, has many training resources available online. These resources are designed specifically for SEND missionaries but are available, and useful, to any missionary. It includes articles on coaching, church planting, team building, marriage and family, and much more. Visit the SEND U site to get started,

5) Online Introduction to Missions Course -–

Kingdom Expansion 101 is a convenient and inexpensive six-week online course about world evangelization. This fresh and comprehensive class provides an overview of global outreach and how churches and individuals are involved in the Great Commission. Missions team members, short-termers and church leaders have commented on the quality of the variety of articles, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and interaction among the participants. The next class begins July 11. For more information see


and feel free to write to

KE101atdualreachdotorg with specific questions. Several agencies offer the course to their constituents. To learn how your mission organization can do this, write to the email address noted above.

10) We’re Grateful! —

Thanks to Bruce for contributing his item to Brigada and sending $25 to Brigada! If you’d like to join Bruce and others in pledging or giving to Brigada, just click the “Donate” link at the top of the page at 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.) We can also set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check each month, 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!

11) The BackPage: Remembering Ishinomaki —

These past few days, our prayer journey team has been praying and volunteering for residents of Ishinomaki, a city in the NE region highly impacted by the tsunami on March 11, 2011. Several issues have occurred to me as we’ve been at work here:


*** Disaster team advance preparation would be so cool, if we could just do it. In this region, one group had become gurus in disaster readiness. When the tsunami happened, everyone looked to them. I wish all our churches and agencies would invest more time, resources, and personnel in getting ready for “the big one” — or lots of little ones.


*** Once a disaster occurs, it really helps to have an entrepreneur that can envision, dream, and persuade others to come on board. But it also seems absolutely essential to have a natural administrative-type on the team too. The typical entrepreneur will be great at BELIEVING in the future, but not so great at covering all the details. Teaming them up together will create some great synergy for the future.


*** If you provide the infrastructure for volunteers to come help in a disaster, they will. Here we are, 15 months later, and dozens of short-termers are still coming here to serve local people in Ishinomaki. They’re still shoveling out drains, tearing out moldy walls, removing stained flooring, and more. And the impact they’re making here is unquestionable.


*** Connecting the dots between disaster relief and church-planting will always require lots of intentionality and long-term purposefulness. The immediacy of relief will want always to trump the long-term questions of how to birth a church from the relief work.


Have you managed to pull it off? (couple disaster relief with effective church-planting) If so, have you written anything about your experiences? If so, we’d love to read it. Please use the comment box below to tell us about what you’ve discovered so far in your ministry. And thanks in advance for helping!

1) Two Free Downloads: “TCK’s” and “Understanding Adolescence” —

We use the term, “Third Culture Kid” or “TCK” to refer to a child of a missionary family or other cross-cultural worker. The first book, “Third Culture Kids and Adolescence: Cultural Creations,” is for teenage TCK’s to help them understand how both their being TCK’s and their being adolescents is a result of their living in Western culture and their living in two or more cultures.   It is available free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook.  Find it at…


Second, “Understanding Adolescence,” is an accompanying book written for the parents of the adolescent TCK’s mentioned above.  This book is also helpful to teachers, youth workers, and anyone else working with teens.  It helps adults understand their adolescents and gives suggestions for living and working with them.  It is also available free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook.  Find it at…


4) English Course as Evangelistic Tool — is producing a high quality English Course in DVD for beginners, with others courses planned, for churches and missionaries to use for reaching others for Christ. The first ten lessons will be available on Youtube, with audio exercises and transcripts available at


The method is based on 1) Repeated watching and listening to fix in the mind, 2) Listen and repeat audio exercises 3) Read transcripts while listening to what one already understands to become comfortable reading. Watch the first lesson here:

5) Join a Decade-long Initiative to Raise 24/7 Prayer —

The Moravians did it back in the old days. Why can’t we do it again. Read about Light the Fire at…


It is, in short, an unending season of day and night prayer from 7 pm December 31, 2010 through 7 pm December 31, 2020.  Churches, campuses and missions organizations are each committing to pray towards the kingdom purposes of Almighty God, specifically finishing the task of world evangelization, for one or more weeks during this ten year period. In fact, the organization I lead, Team Expansion, is involved in a Light The Fire initiative this very week. Get planning ideas at…


And see the decade-long schedule at…


There are lots of weeks to fill. Please jump on board. Sign up at…


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