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2019/05/26 — Brigada Today

Compiled/Edited by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion
In this issue…
1) Visual Media Strategy Forum 2020
2) International Day for the Unreached to Stage Facebook Event
3) We Get Lots of Emails About Address Changes…
4) Process Your Cross-Cultural Experience Effectively
5) Are Your Brigada Editions Suddenly Missing in Action? (with Gmail?)
6) What if We All Moved our Mission Headquarters Overseas?
7) ELIM Retreats are 6-Day Experiences for Global Workers
8) We Love the Idea Behind this Collaboration in Mission Mobilization
9) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai
10) Married in Mission: For Couples in Cross-Cultural Service
11) Our Support-raising Coaches Are Golden
12) This Truck Tailgate Was Designed by a 69-Year-old With No College
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The Last Bit: What Makes a GREAT Short-term Missions Trip?
15) Closing Stuff



1) Visual Media Strategy Forum 2020

The 2020 Visual Media Strategy Forum is inviting you to celebrate with them in person! They plan to meet from Saturday March 28th 7pm-9pm and Sunday March 29th 9am-5pm. This will be just prior to the Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (EMDC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the event, they will be celebrating the completion of the 20/20 Vision campaign and praying for the teams finishing the final projects. They’re inviting you to participate and watch new 20/20 film trailers  and listen to inspiring testimonies. For more information and how to register, log on to:




3) We Get Lots of Emails About Address Changes…

We love our Brigada family. That’s why we don’t mind answering tons of emails about address changes. But just so you know, you can save us a ton of time by using the simple, automatic systems we’ve built into Brigada. For example, if you want to change email addresses (which seems to happen more often than not for Brigada subscribers; what’s up with that? We Brigada users seem to change email addresses every month!), you can take care of this shift completely on your own in less than 30 seconds. (If you ask us to do it for you manually, it will probably end up being several hours turn-around.) Here’s how easy it is: Each Brigada comes with an unsubscribe link at the bottom. To drop off your old address, just click that link and — bam — the old address is instantly gone. Then go to www.Brigada.org and put your email address in the box in the upper right where it offers you the chance to sign up for Brigada. If you want, you can also fill in your name – but you don’t even have to do that. Just click the submit button and — bam — your new address is now subscribed. So it’s easy — out with the old, in with the new and you’re on your way in 30 seconds. Thanks for helping with this easy task!


4) Process Your Cross-Cultural Experience Effectively

Take time to process and unpack your cross-cultural experience in a relaxed and refreshing environment. TRAIN International has re-entry debriefings this summer and fall, July 14-19 and October 20-25. Their ABIDE debriefing in Joplin, MO, offers time and space to process in group and one-on-one debriefing times, and is for your whole family, as TRAIN provides age-appropriate TCK debriefing for ages 0-17. Gain perspective, get equipped to navigate the challenges of re-entry and move forward in renewal toward your next season of ministry!

Check out their website to learn more at:




5) Are Your Brigada Editions Suddenly Missing in Action? (with Gmail?)

GMAIL is great. It has become the email standard for our generation. It’s also super at handling spam. Sometimes *too* super. : ) It pats you on the head and makes decisions for you about emails that it deems “promotional” in nature — or maybe even just “social.” Unfortunately, it seems that GMAIL users have been slow to catch on, in spite of the fact that users WANT to see some of those emails as “primary” instead of “promotional.” Brigada editions often land in the “Promotional” folder because GMAIL sees Brigada’s language as promotional in nature. (Gasp!) Maybe it’s because we’re promoting a new missions video or promoting a particular website or approach. Rats. Unfortunately, it’s a bit like talking to the “Hal” computer in the old space movie. “Hal, open the pod-bay door!” “I’m sorry Dave. I just can’t do that.” Well fortunately, it’s a *tad* easier with GMAIL. Just click into your “Promotional” and/or “Social” tab, find a Brigada, then right-click it (or do whatever GMAIL users do) to instruct your “Hal” email service to send Brigada into your *Primary* inbox. Please. Our emails don’t enjoy being thrown into a side folder with a bunch of spam. : ) Save the whales… and all the Brigadas!


6) What if We All Moved our Mission Headquarters Overseas?

In some ways, it might go better for us. Take a look at this agency in Málaga, Spain.




(Thanks for pointing us to this story, Mark.) I remember Christar from years ago. They’ve found an innovative solution for relevance and social responsibility, while retaining their long-term value and direction. Love it. Setting the bar high for the rest of us. : ) What’s YOUR take on locating your mission agency HQ overseas?


7) ELIM Retreats are 6-Day Experiences for Global Workers

Would you or your family benefit from attending one? You get spiritual “soul-care” in every way – mind, body, heart, and soul. Their June 2nd retreat in Green Lake, Wisconsin has already filled up, but you could still get into their September retreat in Eagle (Wisconsin) if you act fast. Learn more at…




(Thanks for bubbling this up to us, Jenny!)


8) We Love the Idea Behind this Collaboration in Mission Mobilization

This collaborative event that Missio Nexus is hatching out seems like an awesome idea. The goal is to figure out what are the obstacles for health church/agency relations in regard to recruiting new workers, then clarify roles for an effective pipeline. Next, the event wants to formulate win/win propositions for both the agency and the church and then build a strategic roadmap for the future. This is great stuff – and Missio Nexus is exactly the org to do it. Mark Stebbins (the facilitator) is the perfect person to facilitate and Kansas City is an excellent location. I’m (Doug) going to ask someone from our agency to be there – and we’re going to offer to pay the way for someone from a close partner church. What about YOUR agency/church partnership? Learn more at…




9) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

New dates are now on the calendar. They have one in July, September, then 3 scheduled for next year. They design these events specifically for those teaching English as a platform for ministry. Get some training and do an excellent job. Asean Center for TESOL offers an intensive, five-week certificate course in Chiang Mai, Thailand, including 10 hours practice teaching to non-native speakers. Learn more at…




or email

infothaiatactesoldotcom  (infothaiatactesoldotcom)  


10) Married in Mission: For Couples in Cross-Cultural Service

“Married in Mission” is a guide for couples called to the complex yet fulfilling world of cross-cultural humanitarian work. With a total of twenty-one interactive exercises concerning marriage and service, this handbook is a means for individuals to purposefully engage with their vocational roles as both spouses and missioners. Now you can get free shipping for this resource at…



11) Our Support-raising Coaches Are Golden

We love our org’s support-raising coaches. On a monthly basis, they call and encourage those who are involved in raising support for the field. This article does a great job explaining their roles. They’re awesome.




If members of your org need help garnering partners, Support Raising Solutions can help. Learn more at…




12) This Truck Tailgate Was Designed by a 69-yr-old With No College Degree

Imagine one of the most innovative vehicle inventions coming out of the motor vehicle industry in years. Instantly, our minds go to complicated millennial engineers with advanced training in post-grad CAD-cam design, right? Try a 69-year-old hardware-based guy with no college education. Interestingly, my son, Caleb, tipped me (Doug) off on this story (Thanks Caleb) and it’s nothing short of amazing. Because it took years to launch, it had to be kept top-secret. It’s honestly one of the greatest innovations of our time.




It prompted us to wonder… what innovations do we miss because we discount the potential contribution of a discounted team member. He or she might be young or old, educated or not so much, from a Global North land or not so much, holding a cup of coffee or not… you see, it really is tough to tell. Tomorrow’s innovations are sometimes trapped inside the heads and hearts of people longing for meaning, longing to contribute — if asked. Our challenge is to find them and help them unleash their ideas and imagination, along with their energy and impact. Today, while you work, please try to think outside the box about those on your team — and those not *yet* on your team. Who is your next “Jim Gobart” waiting to be unleashed?


13) We’re Grateful for…

…a $50 gift from someone who loves the Visual Media Strategy Forum and the folks at Global 20/20 Vision, on the web at www.global2020vision.com


…and a $10 gift from a great friend of Brigada. We appreciate you!



Want to join these partners in helping Brigada through 2019? If so, just click “Donate” at www.brigada.org, or mail a check 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 by writing a check to Team Expansion is tax-deductible. Thank you, in advance, for your partnership!


14) The Last Bit: What Makes a GREAT Short-term Missions Trip?

After several decades of rise in the whole short-term missions trip industry, it seems like some have begun to search for higher, deeper, and nobler purposes. And although some predicted short-term missions trip interest would wane, we’re still waiting for that to happen. Even now — there seems to be no end in sight. For you and your church or mission org, what makes for a fantastic short-term trip experience? One of our best Brigada partners (Thanks Dave — in Savannah) told us some time back that his church likes “LEAP” trips, where L = Learn, E = Encourage, A = Advocate (for the people, location, and workers, once you return) and P = Pray (both onsite and afterward). We are also a fan of the short-term trip standards of excellence — benchmarks that make it easier to measure success. (Learn more at…




Groups like RighNow Media (and many others) feature a list of success indicators as well.




But how do YOU decide what makes a great short-term missions trip experience? What are YOUR standards for success? Please click comment after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for your help!


15) Closing Stuff

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