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2014/06/29 — Brigada Today

Edited by Doug Lucas; Published by Tina McCormick, Team Expansion
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In this issue…

1) O’Donnells Release Volume Two of Global Member Care
2) Fantastic Mobilization Resource: “Don’t Waste Your Life” Group Study
3) Disciple Making (Church Planting) Movement Videos
4) Naiberia Conference Will Bring Together those Working with Muslims
5) Check out this Calling Card for Great Rates Worldwide
6) Are You In Search of Great Constituency Relationship Software?
7) Need to Order Something in the USA then Ship Overseas?
8) “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshop” in Portland
9) Encounter God’s Heart for the Nations at This Workshop
10) Using Twitter and to Share Missiological Insights
11) Muslim Convert Reportedly Sues Tulsa Church
12) A review of the new Travel App from the CDC, “Can I Eat This?”
13) We Give Thanks to…
14) The BackPage: Expanded Connections for Member Care
15) Closing Stuff

1) O’Donnells Release Volume Two of Global Member Care

MemberCare_Cover_PRESS jpgKelly O’Donnell and Michèle Lewis O’Donnell have been at it again. You’re probably familiar with their breakthrough work in member care. After all, their work on “Doing Member Care Well” fairly much defined an industry. Now they’ve released another landmark work, Volume Two of Global Member Care. See the description and promotional materials at…

As they have done on previous occasions, they’re also giving away a lot of free resources at…

Hats off to them for their unselfishness. We should all buy the book to say thanks for all the times they give their ideas and teachings away for free. :-) You can always buy the book on Amazon at…

(Thanks for all your work, Kelly and Michèle. For more on this work, see the BackPage editorial below.)

2) Fantastic Mobilization Resource: “Don’t Waste Your Life” Group Study

don't waste your lifeWhen my son found a copy of the book, “Don’t Waste Your Life,” on a table at Fort Benning several years ago, it was a life-changing experience for him. He was processing out of the army having been hit by a career-ending knee injury. His lifelong dream was crashing in around him. In the middle of all the swirl of emotions, John Piper’s book was critical in helping him rebuild a dream — a dream that has him in the Middle East today, helping people rebuild their own dreams. That’s why I’m excited about the group study featured here…

In this newly designed kit, small groups and classes will be able to maximize John Piper’s biblical charge to make our lives count for eternity. Piper’s central thought is that millions waste their lives on seeking a kind of “fatal success,” all because they have not awakened to the simple, biblical reality that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” This valuable resource can assist churches, small groups, and teachers in reversing that empty trend.

The newly redesigned kit combines a group study edition based on John Piper’s best-selling book Don’t Waste Your Life, with a ten-session DVD featuring his teaching, plus a full-length study guide and leader materials. It contains everything a ministry or facilitator needs to stimulate discussion within a group and to convey Piper’s passion to make our lives count for eternity.

3) Disciple Making (Church Planting) Movement Videos

Act Beyond (formerly called Mission to Unreached Peoples) has a new set of videos about launching Church Planting (Disciple Making) Movements. See this 5+ minute video explaining why it is crucial to start movements

act beyond v.2 1280×720 1280×720 from Act Beyond on Vimeo.

The longer 7+ minute video can be found on their new website,

and deals with some of the common questions about starting movements.

4) Naiberia Conference Will Bring Together those Working with Muslims

200424423-001Organizers of the Naiberia conference have asked us to share that, “If you are interested in reaching out to Muslims for the Lord then come to Naiberia, a conference for nationals and expatriates working in North Africa and Europe.” They want to offer a conference in which you can learn what the Lord is doing throughout that region, form meaningful partnerships with others, as well as foster fellowship and a time of encouragement and prayers. If you want to know more start by writing
malaga62athotmaildotcom to be vetted (to make sure you are who you say you are :-) ). You’ll then be directed to their secure website where you can learn more about the conference.

5) Check out this SIM Card for Great Rates Worldwide

onesimcard-logoWant quality mobile phone service in 200+ countries? Want to avoid high roaming charges you encounter when you use your regular telecom carrier’s services abroad? According to the leadership at OneSimCard, customers enjoy a saving of about 85% when using OneSimCard mobile services internationally as compared to standard international roaming fees. OneSimCard also offers free incoming SMS text messages worldwide and data services in 160+countries, plus it provides a primary European phone number and an additional US phone number and reportedly works in all unlocked GSM phones. The company is exhibiting (Booth 1107) at the ICOM Conference on Missions, in Columbus, this November. For more information check out the OneSimCard website at:

6) Are You In Search of Great Constituency Relationship Software?

bloomerangYou’ll see it promoted as “CRM” software – Customer Relationship Management. In the non-profit sector, we sometimes substitute the word, “constituency” for customer… but the idea is the same: How can we keep track of all the people we know? If we keep track of their names, addresses, contact information, and characteristics, we’ll presumably be better at being their friends and saying thank-you when they partner with us through prayer, giving, and meaningful friendships.

There are multiple ways of tracking all these loose bits of information. We’ve covered several previously. See, for example,

However, we haven’t mentioned Bloomerang. I know; funny name. But serious intentions. See them at…

Pricing might scare away some of us. See their model at…

But for those who are serious about helping donors become partners and partners become friends for the Lord’s purposes, this is indeed another viable option. Let us know if you try it please, along with what you conclude.

7) Need to Order Something in the USA then Ship Overseas?

boxhopMany stores won’t do it. And among those who do, you’ll sometimes find businesses which haven’t made time to scout out the most efficient and cost-effective shipping prices. Here’s a shipper that claims to do just that:

Basically, you order your item and have it shipped to an address in Illinois. The Boxhop people take it from there. If you’d like to try it, the following link will provide you with a credit at Boxhop, as well as several other discounts and features. (It likely also benefits in some small way the contributor of the item to Brigada; but there’s nothing wrong with that. The item came from a security analyst in Switzerland who was a satisfied customer with Boxhop. He hopes you will be satisfied too.)

8) “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshop” in Portland

sharpening your interpersonal skillsIt’s scheduled for October 26-31, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. Organizers have written, “Few things glorify God more than living together in a spirit of unity…and few things are more destructive than not doing so.” SYIS is a training experience designed to assist cross-cultural workers in lovingly relating together in a spirit of unity! If you are coming from a distance, lodging and meals are available at their WorldView Center. Prices are structured for commuters and participants who will stay on campus. You can see registration & price information at…

Learn more at…

9) Encounter God’s Heart for the Nations at This Workshop

Kairos-Full-2-lines---BrownFirst Christian Church in Huntington Beach, CA, is hosting a Kairos Class that is open to the public.

You can learn more about the course by visiting the Kairos website,…

The dates and times for the training are Aug. 18 (9am-5pm), Aug. 20 (9am-5pm), Aug. 25 (9am-5pm), Aug. 27 (9am-5pm), and Aug. 28 (9am-12pm). To register sign up here:

The registration fee is $50; there will be lunch provided on full days as well as materials for those participating. The deadline for registration is August 4th. Feel free to email the Director of Global Involvement of FCCHB at

She can answer any further questions. The church is located at 1207 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

11) Muslim Convert Reportedly Sues Tulsa Church

muslim syriaThe story was reported by KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City. It sounds legitimate enough. See the whole story at…

I suppose this should give pause to anyone become lax about security and sensitivity to the Muslim world. Gulp. (Thanks for putting us in touch with the sobering story, Caleb. Travel safely.)

12) A review of the new Travel App from the CDC, “Can I Eat This?”

can i eat thisHere’s a new travel app that is free on Android and iPhone from the U.S. Center For Disease Control. The app is “Can I Eat This?” and it helps travelers and those living overseas to minimize cases of getting sick by eating the wrong foods. Good Neighbor Insurance did a review of the app and reportedly found it helpful for short-term teams, volunteers, and new overseas residents. Read the review at

13) We Give Thanks to…

give-thanks-in-everythingThanks to the Mission Network, who sent $100 this past week because they believe in Brigada enough to make a monthly pledge of $100, partly because they want to dare other agencies, churches, and individuals to do the same. God bless you!!! Learn more about Mission Network at…

If you’d like to help as well, just click “Donate” in the upper right corner, or, mail a check made payable to Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so, for USA citizens, your gift to Christ through Team Expansion is tax-deductible.

14) The BackPage: Expanded Connections for Member Care

MemberCare_Cover_PRESS jpgWe mentioned the new book on member care above (Item #1 above, “O’Donnells Release Volume Two of Global Member Care”). Where does the new release take us when it comes to the practice of member care in missions? In reference to their newly-revised model, the O’Donnells have helped us understand the concept of “crossing sectors” by summarizing their newest thinking like this:

“The humanitarian sector is relevant for member care because of the common commitment for supporting and managing international and local staff, in maintaining effective organizations, and in offering a variety of relief and development services to vulnerable populations. The health sector is relevant for member care because of the common commitment to promote human wellness through research, resources, advocacy, and policies at all levels of society, and applicable to staff and those with whom staff work (including social and behavioral sciences). The human resource sector is relevant for member care because of the common commitment to fulfill organizational objectives by developing and managing human resource systems and by promoting staff/volunteer well-being and effectiveness (with some emphasis on organizational development).”

They go on to explain how these various sectors relate to the member care model they had outlined previously. “Note that the new model is situated within the two overlapping areas of the missio Dei (from a theological perspective, the overall mission of God on behalf of humanity, e.g., redemption) and the missio mundi (from a secular perspective, the overall mission of humans on behalf of humanity, e.g., sustainable development). This grid, with its emphasis on going broadly and growing deeply, forms a conceptual framework and an important direction for the global member care field to pursue in mission/aid and beyond.”

If you haven’t looked at the O’Donnells’ previous model, it does indeed make a lot of sense. They take about a “Sphere 1” as being “Master Care” and they define a “Good Practice Principle” in this model as paying special attention to “The Flow of Christ.” They write, “Our relationship with Christ is fundamental to our well-being and work effectiveness. Member care resources strengthen our relationship to the Lord and help us to encourage others in the Lord.” They define Sphere 2 as being “Self and Mutual Care,” with the “Good Practice Principle” in this case being “The Flow of Community.” Here, they point out that “Self care is basic to good health. Self-awareness, monitoring one’s needs, a commitment to personal development, and seeking help when needed are signs of maturity. Likewise quality relationships with family and friends are necessary…with those in one’s home and host cultures.”

In Sphere 3, which they call “Sender Care,” they outline a “Good Practice Principle 3” as being “The Flow of Commitment.” Here, they describe, “An organisation’s staff is its most important resource. As such, sending groups-both churches and agencies-are committed to work together to support and develop their personnel throughout the worker life cycle. They demonstrate this commitment by the way they invest themselves.”

In “Sphere 4,” which they describe as “Specialist Care,” they outline a “Good Practice Principle 4,” as “The Flow of Caregivers.” Here, they describe that “Specialist care is to be done by properly qualified people, usually in conjunction with sending groups. The goal is not just care, but empowerment-to help personnel develop the resiliency and capacities needed to sacrifice and minister to others.”

In Sphere 5, which they call “Network Care,” they add “Good Practice Principle 5” as being “The Flow of Connections.” They write, “Member care providers are committed to relate and work together, stay updated on events and developments, and share consolidated learning from their member care practice. They are involved in not just providing their services, but in actively “knitting a net” to link resources with areas of need.”

So when they get to the new area, Sphere 6, They describe a “Good Practice Principle 6” as being “The Flow of Common Ground.” Here they write that, “People with member care responsibility in mission/aid stay in touch with sectors that are relevant for their work. They are willing to cross into new areas-emphases, projects, disciplines, and fields within related sectors-for mutual learning, exchanging resources, and developing skills. Crossing sectors includes a continuum of involvement which is carefully considered in view of one’s primary focus in member care: being informed by, integrating with, and/or immersing in a given sector or part of a sector.” By helping us understand the concept of crossing into other sectors, the O’Donnells are not only joining together similarly-minded communities, they’re also joining together all the resources that go with that union. By doing so, they are opening up to us a world of new and informative works that will, in our opinion, move us rapidly, significantly, and effectively farther along in the science and art of member care. Thank you Kelly O’Donnell and Michèle Lewis O’Donnell!!!

15) Closing Stuff

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