Monthly Archives: December 2012

1) Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe

East European Lake

East European Lake

We’re grateful this week for a financial gift from a project consultant with Integra Ventures USA.  Our Brigada friend is a non-residential missionary working in the country of Bulgaria. He does 3 one-month trips a year, focusing on Small to Medium Enterprise development – or “Planting Islands of Integrity in Eastern Europe.” To learn more, please browse to and


Thank you for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5) Conference on Missionary Care

Minnesota Renewal Center, Barnabas International and Transform Minnesota are hosting the 7th annual Midwest Conference on Missionary Care (MC2), to be held in the Twin Cities area (New Life Church in Woodbury, MN) on February 22-22, 2013. The event is designed with missionary supporters in the local church in mind, though attendees include church laity, pastors, missionaries and missionary care professionals. The aim of the conference is to inform, inspire and educate church leaders and laity, the foundation of missionary care, in providing effective care to their overseas missionaries. Speakers and workshop leaders include local church leaders, international mission leaders and missionary care professionals. The theme for this year’s conference is “21st Century Care: Engaging Change and Challenge.”  For more information, see the MC2 website at:

To view a promotional trailer about the event, click the link below:

MC2 Promo Video from Minnesota Renewal Center on Vimeo.

6) Completing the Great Commission will require a Christ Awakening!

Rekindle a  “Consequential Christology” January 18-20 at the Greater San Antonio Christ Institute with David Bryant in New Braunfels, TX.

Each participant will receive 400 page manual (pdf), hundreds of powerpoint slides, and hours of downloadable audio in addition to being able to personally interact with one of the greatest prayer mobilizers of our time.  For more information visit:

7) Never Do Fundraising Again, by Gaylyn Williams & Ken Williams

That’s the title of a new book by Gaylyn Williams and her father, Ken Williams, Ph.D. The book asks readers to make a mental paradigm shift, resulting in a major shift in action steps, in which donors would transition from being just donors to being lifelong partners. It contains over 200 pages of proven strategies and skills for building and maintaining your support. It is filled with helpful stories from the author’s lives and others who are using the principles based on Christian scripture. Each chapter has questions to ponder, challenging core beliefs about fundraising, and a section called, “What can I do today?,” offering practical suggestions to implement immediately. Learn more at…

8) New Book, “An Adventure in Missions” is a Practical Guide

Stanley Foster’s new little book, “An Adventure in Missions” is indeed a “Practical Guide to Missions.” The book starts as though it will become a collection of stories from the author’s life. But before we know it, he’s transforming these stories into helpful, practical, every-day tips in categories such as “Things I’ve learned,” “Your Call,” “Evaluating your call,” A Plan to help you get started, and “About Cultural Sensitivity.” It’s clear that the author has lived out what he’s articulating. He not only describes broad strokes, he also zooms in with remarkably finite approaches. Worth the read. Learn more from, where it is priced at $11.95…

9) Do you Travel? Need a Place to Stay for Free? :-)

Then try “A Candle in the Window” network…

The tag line reads, “Meet new people, make lifelongfriends, Enjoy great conversational dinners, Stay free when traveling.” Sound too good to be true? Not so. It’s for real. The service if free for Missionaries. Check it out… and thanks to the Candle in the Window people for your heart for global workers! (In case you’re wondering, members in closed countries are not identified as missionaries but as “charter members,” the free membership we make available to the first household in each state or foreign country.)

10) Attend a “Sharing Hope in Crisis Seminar”

It’s scheduled at “The Cove,” which I understand is a really beautiful place to learn. I think it’s part of the legacy of Bill Graham’s ministry. The conference itself is Feb. 9th. It’s designed to prepare you how to provide emotional and spiritual care for those who are in times of trouble. You’ll develop tools for crisis ministry team in your church and with those at home or abroad who are going through disasters of all kinds. Learn more at…

There are other dates available if you can’t make the one in February.

11)Seen any Icebreaker Videos that could be Saved on SD Cards?

Recently, we ran an article on developing Mobile Ministry Made Easy. Global Recordings Network is trying to expand their mobile ministry to reach the majority of people who only have access to the internet via their smart phones, iPhones or tablets. They’re searching for any web sites that provide 3-5 minute video or audio/visual clips that can be saved on a micro-SD card and inserted into a smart phone or tablet to engage people? The topics can be for initiating a conversation about religion, evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and “doing church.” From an icebreaker to a discipleship tool, mobiles are common and flexible enough to support a number of ministry approaches.

You can look at

for the GRN mobile website.

12) We’re Grateful for …

*** The worker in SE Asia who sent $50. God bless you!

*** A $25 gift from Kentucky! We appreciate you!!!!!!!

*** The $100 gift from Minnesota! God bless you!

*** Another $100 gift from Washington (Thank you!!!)

*** A $2000 gift from a church in Georgia, specifically designated for an assistant (hopefully, this would help us get these Brigadas into your inbox on time! :-) ) Thank you Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*** A $250 gift from a True Fan of Brigada living in Encinitas, CA. Wow — $250 is a wonderful gift! God bless you!!!!!!!!!!

*** $33 from Thailand!

*** $100 from Fayetteville, Arkansas — Whooo-hoooo!

*** And another $100 from Fullerton, California. God bless you!

*** $40 from a long-time friend of Brigada, from Illinois. Thanks!

*** plus $100 from yet another friend of Brigada — a true fan — from Chicago area.

*** $200 from a church in the Atlanta area. God bless them greatly.

*** $50 from a worker in North Africa. Humbling. Sobering. Encouraging.

*** $50 from a Brigada reader in North Carolina. God bless you!

*** $60 from St. Paul, Minnesota! Thank you St. Paul!

13) We’ve Extended 2012

Wow. This was a great week for Brigada. Everything combined together to be a gift of $3258. That’s amazing! What’s more, it means we’re only $3153 away from meeting our budget need for 2012. Since the past week generated more than that amount, we now know “it can be done.” However, remember that $2000 came from one single church in Georgia. So we’re going to have to have another church or individual step up big-time if we’re going to make our budget. We’ll extend the giving window for two (2) additional Sundays to give you time to mail in a check, if that’s what you desire to do. 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.)

14) The BackPage: Help Update “Cool Tools for Travelers”

Cool Tools

Cool Tools

Have you ever noticed how Wikipedia succeeds? They have a ton of volunteers who edit pages, that’s how. You could help a great deal with a similar situation. Every year, we assemble a list of “Cool Tools for Travelers — and those who love them.” Find it at…

Please read the Cool Tools, then help us round out the list so that it includes YOUR favorites. You can also comment on the ones we supply, giving alternatives and options. Together, let’s make it a great list.

Thanks for any help you can give!


15) Closing Stuff

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