Monthly Archives: November 2012

We’ve just received a note from an author who prefers to remain anonymous, but who sometimes posts items in Brigada. He sent a thank-you note, explaining that he’s been keeping track of his e-book downloads. His stats went like this:

  • July:  No item in Brigada, 2673 books downloaded
    August:  Item in Brigada, 7137 Books downloaded
    September: No item in Brigada, 4449 books downloaded
    October:  Item in Brigada, 7872 books downloaded
Doug Lucas

Doug Lucas

Apparently, mentions in Brigada have an impact. No wonder. According to our stats, during the past 30 days, thousands of visitors from 129 countries have come to Many of them cannot afford to make even the smallest donation. They live in remote areas of Africa, Asia, and beyond. Would you consider donating so that they can still enjoy Brigada too? Please help us end our fundraiser. Though our costs aren’t on the level of big commercial sites, we still have expenses — web-hosting, email services, secretarial help, office space, and more. But historically, we have never sold ads, partly because we long to maintain our freedom to speak the truth in all things, and partly because — we just like the look of this clean, white page that doesn’t flash things in your eyes. We run on donations. We don’t ask for much. Some have said we “run Brigada on a shoestring.” Our entire budget for 2012 is less than what a part-time beginner-secretary makes here in Louisville in a year. If everyone reading this gave the equivalent of one cup of coffee, our entire campaign would be over in one day. If you could be one of 73 people to donate $100, we would easily meet every need. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Brigada. Thank you.

Doug Lucas

Founder and Editor of Brigada


PS. To make a gift to Brigada, please click the secure Donate button at the right-hand side of this page. You don’t have to join PayPal; you can use whatever credit card you desire. Thank you.

2) What do You Think of the “Open Source” Media Push?

The folks at Distant Shores Media have perhaps articulated it best. See their video here…

The future of the global church is Open from Distant Shores Media on Vimeo.

Read more on their website:

See more of this being applied at…

Sounds like an exciting dream to me. What’s your take? Please use the comment boxes below to give your opinion. (And thanks to Brigada participant and personal friend, Ted, for bubbling this up to our attention.)

3) Free Book from Desiring God about Reaching Unreached Peoples

Finish the Mission

Finish the Mission

Hats off to John Piper and Desiring God ministries for their willingness to give away such a great book as “Finish the Mission,” available at

With authors like Louie Giglio, David Platt, and John Piper himself, we should have known it would be a winner. But then, of all things, they decide to give it away! I’m thinking — let’s make this a required book for all new Christians. :-) Seriously… please get it today. (And thanks to Kevin for suggesting it.)

4) Low-cost renewal/debriefing retreats for global workers

Barnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries will offer six 6-day retreats for global workers in 2013. The basic goal of each retreat is to provide safe places and safe people to bring God’s encouragement and re-creation to global workers. Retreat locations are in the States, in Michigan and Wisconsin. Selected retreats are for whole family units and others are for adults only. Each retreat affords low key opportunities for pastoral care, worship, study, and much time to play and rest. Size of groups are ten to fourteen maximum. The cost is $80.00 per person, with scholarships available. For more info, email Henry at


Pictures, video clip, more information and registration may be found at…

5) Shows Lots of Promise; Still Under Construction



I’m excited about the outline we can see at…

The site’s developers are obviously on to something. Once we get beyond the outline, we see that the site is still largely under construction. Only time will tell if they stick with it, of course, but on the surface, this outline (and site) could become a valuable resource for local church members, mobilizers, leaders, and missionaries. Propempo is the Greek word used in III John to describe “send them on their way in a manner worthy” (or, send them out fully prepared, as the welcome video says at the site). Here’s our hope and prayer that they stick with it until the site is fully decked out!

6) International Turkey Network Conference

Now you can understand the changing ministry environment in Turkey. Plan now to attend the International Turkey Network Conference, February 20-22, 2013 (Early registration discounts before January 15). For more information on registration, schedule, map, a downloadable printable brochure that can be mailed or handed out etc.

Also, here is a direct link to the brochure that can be downloaded, printed, distributed and/or mailed.

More information or questions, email


7) How to Ratchet up Global Prayer in the Local Church



We face this question at the start-up of virtually every new unreached people group initiative. Our thesis is that Satan will not give up without a fight. He’s dominated in these areas for so many centuries. Only prayer will succeed in loosening the bonds. But — how to proceed? That’s why I’m a great fan of Betty, a prayer advocate who lives and breathes prayer in everything she does. In this article, she’s gathering up prayer resources with the help of Ellen Livinggood

Check it out. And her plan is to keep adding to the page. If you know of other items that could help her, please post them in the comments following this item. Thanks!

8) Get Certified in Teaching English while Living Overseas



From Jan. 7 through Feb. 8, 2012, Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will conduct an 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 in Manila April/May if that is better for your schedule. For more information see…

or contact Melody…


9) Finishers Project launches new sites

Find a position

Find a position

Finishers Project recently kicked off MissionNext

and MissionXplore (mobilizing Gen-Xers)

Mission:TEACH (mobilizing teachers and staff for mission schools)

and BAMmatch (connecting business people with business-as-mission opportunities worldwide)

In addition to the high-tech matching process, MissionNext has implemented a strong high-touch approach through the development of a coaching component designed to make personal contact with all who apply, as well as helping mission agency partners find good candidates.

For more information, contact Don


10) Best Website to Warn Majority World Readers re: Trafficking?

Warnings about Trafficking

Warnings about Trafficking

What is the best webpage you know that is an effective clear warning against human trafficking, and is directed at a Majority World reader? Tony, a frequent contributor to Brigada, is looking for a site that would include things to be suspicious of, questions to ask, warning signs. And, if you’ve been caught up in it, where to get help. If you know of such a website, please use the comment box below to let us know.

11) Help Create a Legacy of Film

Create a Legacy of film

Create a Legacy of film

The Cross-cultural Film Institute is a short and intensive training program designed for media professionals to enhance their skills with cross-cultural experience. This training will culminate in the production of an evangelistic film for a Least Evangelized Mega People Group on the 20/20 Vision list

Training will commence in Chiang Mai, Thailand followed by hands-on cross-cultural field production. The dates are May 27th through July 6th, 2013 and is open to all, regardless of the agency from whence you come. For more information on costs and registration email

creategcrcatgmaildotcom or browse

12) How to Navigate the Maze of USA/Canada Tax/Support Questions

Canada/USA Tax Questions

Canada/USA Tax Questions

Here’s a Brigada inquirer, wondering if there are any good resources out there to help with the question of raising and integrating financial support for natives of USA and Canada. In other words, if the org is a Canadian org, how would they handle funds raised in the USA? … and vice-versa. USA and Canada are great friends. We just need to inform the IRS and Revenue Canada of that fact. Any leads? If so, please let us know in the comment boxes below. Thanks!

13) We’re Grateful for these; Praying For Others…

Bucket Brigade

Bucket Brigade

This is a special time of the year at Brigada. And these are special people. Our deepest thanks go out to…

  • *** An SIL member from Dallas who sent $50. (Thank you!)
  • *** A WEC Australia friend of Brigada who wrote, “Hi Doug, Just a quick note to let you know that the mobilisation team of WEC in Australia just sent Brigada a gift for $50, we value the work you put in and we use, share and enjoy many of the resources you seek out for us. So thanks – praying for your ministry, Mobilisation Team, WEC Australia.” (Thank you!)
  • *** A worker in Singapore, a “True Fan of Brigada,” who sent $100 (Thank you!)

To these and all who give to God through Brigada, we appreciate you! This brings our 2012 total to $7277, meaning we have just $9843 remaining to cover our expense budget for the year. There are just 6 editions left in the year. Yikes. That means we’ll have to average 16 or 17 gifts per week, assuming each giver sends $100 (becoming a “True Fan of Brigada.” What about designating a gift from your local church? Would you be willing to ask your missions committee or missions team to send a $100 gift, or maybe cover the gifts of 5 churches in Africa who, though they read and enjoy Brigada and its resources, can’t afford to send a gift at this time? The truth is, a gift of any size would help. It’s easy. Just 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 USA (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.)

14) The BackPage: Eric Whitacre’s “Virtual Choir”

This past week, a Brigada participant asked if I had ever seen Eric Whitacre’s “Virtual Choir” talk at TED. I must have been on another planet. This is one of the most interesting and intriguing concept talks ever. It’s 14 minutes — but believe me, you won’t regret it


After I watched his TED Talk, I had to go find the full 2.0 version…

And then I had to go find the video by Britlin Losee that, according to Whitacre, started it all. She was the little girl who sent him the video-letter, explaining that he had inspired her to become a composer. What a great story — that she, then, inspired him to create this “virtual choir” that connected a couple of thousand voices from dozens of countries all over the world. So here’s my question: What triggers inspiration? And how can you inspire others? Here are some shooting-from-the-hip theories that I have:

  • *** Inspiration often comes from the place in which you least expect it. A successful high-brow composer gets an idea from a little girl, alone in her bedroom, with a teddy-bear on the shelf behind her.
  • *** We often glean inspiration someone unlikely to have ever earned the platform to grant it. Think about it — we often catch insight not from those who are normally speaking, but from those who have little voice: The under-dog who wins over the champion, the disadvantaged one who somehow overcomes all the odds, or the person in the midst of pain from a terrible life-threatening illness who takes on the world.
  • *** Glimpses of inspiration happen from the top of a mountain, or on a canoe trip in the canyon. To get ideas in here (our hearts or heads), we sometimes have to get out there (on the streets or among the poor).

Can you see the trend? If this is the case — if my hunch is correct — the one thing you need, if you’re going to inspire others, is “voice.” You don’t need riches. You don’t even need a ton of talent. You just have to care. You have to endeavor. You have to be exceptional in your effort. If we could learn how to inspire others (and how to be inspired by others), something tells me there would be a lot more cool insights by future Eric Whitacres.

Your thoughts? Just click on the comment box below. And thanks for your contribution.

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