8) Teaching in Thailand —

Chiang Rai International Christian School urgently needs Elementary, Middle School, and High School teachers and a principal for the August 2011-June 2012 school year. CRICS is serving the Servants of the Golden Triangle area of N. Thailand. Serve the whole community by serving children of missionaries and community builders, as well as Thai families.  No Thai language training is required. Volunteers must have a college degree. For more information email


10) Appeal for Prayer for Japan —

Pray that God changes the spiritual condition of the affected areas of the earthquake. The areas affected by the earthquake and tsunamis of Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki are some of the most spiritually needy places in Japan. With over 4.9 million people yet only about 9,000 active Christians (about 0.15%) in 454 churches. Fukushima has the lowest average worship attendance with only 19 per church. There is one city and 44 towns still with no church. Pray for CRASH relief efforts as they assess needs and resources and mobilize people for relief efforts




Other agencies are very active and networking together.

11) We’re Sooooooooooooo Grateful —

Thanks to the Int’l Council of Ethnodoxologists, who recently pitched in $25 toward Brigada’s expenses, mobilization efforts, office and future vision. We appreciate you! Learn more about their work at




We also received $55 from good friends at the Roca Blanca Spanish Language School. This great education option is located in Cacalotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.

12) The BackPage: Big on Flashlights —

When I was 11, our scout troop participated in an overnight camping experience near Bedford, Indiana, at a location known as Blue Springs Cavern. I had never been in a cave before and, I doubt our scoutmaster had either. In spite of the Scout motto, we were seemingly *so* ill-prepared. Blue Springs Cavern was a “wet” cave (duh). And to make matters even worse, about 30 minutes in, the battery in my big 6-volt flashlight began to fail. Two hours in, half our troop was “in the dark,” in more ways than one. I could make out ghost-like shadows way up ahead, silhouetted by the leader’s carbide lamp atop his fancy caving gear helmet. (Show-off.) In one section of the cave, we stepped from boulder to boulder (in the dark), across a cat-walk-like feature with drop-offs on each side that seemed two-stories high. (Maybe the guide was just *trying* to scare us. For those of us without light, it worked.) We waded through ankle-deep water in a “room” with a roof-top clearance of just 4′, forcing us to “duck-walk” through the mud. Finally it was lunchtime. My peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich was soaking wet. But perhaps the most discouraging news came right after lunch, when we learned that the only way out was the way we had come in. Only then did we realize that we had to do the whole thing again in reverse. When we finally climbed out of the “chimney” about 3 hours later, other scouts were bombing us with fresh-made snowballs. To our absolute shock, it had snowed 3″ while we were underground.


That day left an indelible mark on me. In fact, in many ways, perhaps I’ve never fully recovered. To this day, I jokingly carry a flashlight in my right pants pocket wherever I go. (Maybe it’s “jokingly,” but the fact is, I still carry it, nonetheless.) Did I mention that there’s a backup light in my briefcase? And — yes, I confess — spare batteries there too. I guess some things we never forget — or quite get over. And these are not ordinary lights, either. They’re both Surefires. Their lithium batteries have a 10-year shelf-life. In fact, they aren’t really just flashlights. They’re 100-lumen “illumination devices.” At least that’s what Surefire likes to call them.


How ’bout you: have you ever been jaded by an event in your life that you can’t quite forget. A broken relationship? … the loss of a loved one you can’t quite shake. … a bankruptcy, failed business, ejection from a sensitive field? My theory is — we *all* come with some baggage. Those gremlins in our past, in fact, are part of what molds us into who we are today. To me, it’s not necessarily all about forgetting the past; it’s sometimes about compensating for it.


Of course, some of these hiccups could have been prevented through better training, clarified expectations, or even the right tool. (A simple dependable flashlight would have done the trick with me.) Although we can’t Monday-morning quarterback the past, we can and should learn from it.


So — it’s worth asking… How do we train our workers so they can better deal with ejection from a sensitive land? What kind of tools (whether they be tangible tools or intangible ones) should we give to those traveling halfway around the world? How can we, as churches, agencies, and families, reduce the likelihood of post-Blue-Springs-Cavern syndrome? That question deserves our priority attention, every day of our lives.


Got a testimony of your own? Have you learned a lesson that might help the rest of us deal with Blue Springs Cavern? Just click “Comment” below the web version of this item, using the link below. Thanks in advance for sharing, whether by name or anonymously. And, by the way, don’t forget to take a flashlight *and* spare batteries. :-)




1) An Accredited High School Diploma in Your Own Home —

Dalat International School has been involved in MK and TCK education for more than 80 years and it is fully accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC). Recently Dalat has been able to contribute to the ever increasing pool of educational possibilities for missionaries who live in restricted access or isolated conditions by offering students the possibility of earning a Dalat High School Diploma in an online setting – as long as the family has access to dependable broadband Internet. The school has an online high school program with a North American school calendar and structure that mirrors that of the brick and mortar school. A lot of effort is put into making these students part of the Dalat community as much as possible. Registration for the 2011-2012 school year is open, and interested parties are invited to contact the admissions’ officer at

admissionsatdalatonlinedotorg for more information. Student discounts on the published school fees are available for approved mission organizations.

2) Five-Day Course on Multicultural Worship —

Here’s a Five-Day Course on Multicultural Worship, Arts, and Mission (May 16-20, 2011). Are you interested in developing a biblical and missiological framework for the arts in cross-cultural worship and ministry? Want to learn field research skills for the arts? Trying to gain practical tools for multicultural congregational contexts? Want to learn songs from a variety of world worship traditions? A collaborative team of experts from the Int’l Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) will teach a course in “Ethnodoxology in Christian Ministry” at Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, USA. The course is being offered for undergraduate and graduate credit as well as a workshop option for people in full-time ministry. An on-campus housing-and-meals package is available for participants. For more information, write to Dr. Rob at

hewellratobudotedu or go to:




To learn more about other EthnoArts and ethnodoxology-related courses offered by ICE partners, see the “training” link at the website:



3) Go to the nations — as an English teacher —

Take a 4-week TESOL course in effective teaching techniques; become an excellent ESL teacher.  Many nations are eager to have English teachers, so your TESOL certificate will open many doors. The next course, sponsored by Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA USA runs from May 16 to June 10, 2011.  The course will be offered again June 27 to July 22, 2011. See their web site at…




for more details and application forms or email questions to


4) Mission to Missionaries Event in Gros Morne National Park —

International Alliance for Missions, Inc. is holding its third HSP-M2M Event this summer and you are invited to apply for this time of refreshing and relaxation. This is not a retreat during which you are expected to attend workshops, participate in discussions, etc. They call this an Event because you are able to spend quality time with the Lord in that secret place that you’ve sought after before but perhaps just couldn’t find. The dates are August 20th – August 25th, 2011 and the place is the Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbor, Newfoundland, Canada, located in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its spectacular views of mountain ranges. See the full explanation and all registration details at…



5) Libya Crisis Response —

With every hour that passes, new and challenging events are unfolding in Libya, causing great fear and uncertainty. The global community of faith seeks to immediately respond to this crisis by mobilizing prayer and opportunities to help.


The Libya Prayer Website displays real time tweets and Facebook prayers about this crisis; sign up for daily emails with prayer points.




Post and follow prayer requests on Twitter:




and Facebook:




Each day, dynamic information will be added to these sites, where you will find ways to give, provide funding for Medical Relief and other tangible initiatives, serve, submit and find opportunities to serve those affected by this crisis. The Pray4Libya Crisis Response is open to everyone who wants to see the people of Libya experience the love and grace of God.

6) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills in Phoenix —

Are you ready to identify, learn and practice skills that will enhance your effectiveness and your enjoyment of the people God has placed in your life? This is your invitation and opportunity to register for Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS), a workshop entirely focused on improving your daily interactions. SYIS will be held May 1-6 at Frontiers’ headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Register by March 8 to take advantage of the early-bird discount price of $295. Details are available at


http://www.frontiersUSA.org/SYIS or write



7) Christians in English Language Teaching Conference —

The 9th Christians in English Language Teaching (CELT) Conference is going to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 27 to 29 January 2012. The theme of the conference is “Exploring the Vocation of English Language Teaching and Scholarship.” Check out information from the CELT website,




for the conference flyer and Call for Proposals. Early proposal deadline is June 15, 2011. The conference organizers can use your help in spreading the news to your churches, organizations, friends, and people whom may be interested. If you have any questions, please email Cheng at


8) Looking for Bestselling Illustrated Bibles —

Find bestselling illustrated Bibles, New Testament and children’s Bibles for very inexpensive prices to use as tools for outreach. Browse to




or email


9) Hats off to some Brilliant Brigada Partners —

We’re struck by the fact that, even without asking, people still recognize that we have expenses and they still want to add fuel to the fire. This week, we’re celebrating a $25 gift from the Int’l Council of Ethnodoxologists. (See their item above in the #1 slot.) Also — get this — remember a while back when our Brigada.org site was subjected to a Denial of Service attack? In particular, the rascal that attacked our site had set up a repeating routine one of our donation portals. He would submit a bad credit card charge in rabbit-dial fashion. For the first few days, we were seeing all the hundreds of attempts, without realizing that our credit card portal company was charging us a small amount for each attempted charge. By the time we realized what was happening and shut down the portal, the perpetrator had cost us $550. Well one of our brilliant Brigada participants remembered that attack. This past week, bless his heart, all the way from Penang, Malaysia, he offset that attack by giving, of all things, $550. In other words, he covered the entire cost of the incident! Whooooooo-hoooooooooooo! He attached a note that read, ” May the Lord multiply it. Don’t have to mention me in the donations sections. I just think that the networking offered by Brigada is awesome. It shows that the strength of the church is in our unity.” Hear my heart — in the dark of the night, when I’m thinking, “Should I really go write another Brigada Today?” … do you think my heart doesn’t remember participants such as this brother from Malaysia? Please take a moment right now and give thanks for his sacrificial act of service. God be praised!

10) The BackPage: Giving Prayer a Place —

Have you noticed, in your own ministry or personal walk, what a difference it makes when you give prayer a place? I was reflecting on this over the past week as our staff of workers at Emerald Hills refreshed the training room that we’ve been using as a prayer room since the first of the year. Do we need the training space? Absolutely. In many ways, it creates additional headaches and space-problems by setting aside that entire 17′ by 20′ classroom as a prayer room. But at the same time, I’ve noticed how grateful our workers are to have a place to pray. Now in some ways, our whole building is set aside for that purpose. (We named the building a Prayer Center.) But it just wasn’t quite good enough for our team members. They wanted a room that could be darkened some… with lots of that brown freezer-wrap paper on the wall for people to record their prayer requests, praises, and outcomes. They wanted a “holy of holies” with quiet worship music playing in the background. They wanted pillows, prayer rugs, and special curtains. Now please understand, our staff here doesn’t really seem to be the mystical type. But there’s something about setting aside a special place to pray. It somehow makes it more . . . . I don’t know… more of a destination. Now granted, on our property here at Emerald Hills, we’re in the process of building 29 designated prayer shelters scattered on prayer trails throughout the land. But, somehow, they needed more. I guess, to be fair, it has indeed been a cold winter here with more than the usual amount of snow. And they *did* set up the room on Dec. 31st… so why should I be surprised.


What about your ministry, church or family? Do you find that it helps to set up a designated *place* to pray? A mountain-top grotto? … a quiet closet in the basement? Can you … would you take a moment to tell us what you’ve done? Just click on the link below the web version of this item and share what *you* have seen in your own experience. And thanks in advance for participating.

1) Don’t Forget – “Global Member Care” Book now available –1) Don’t Forget – “Global Member Care” Book now available —

You can now order the new book by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, “Global Member Care: The Pearls and Perils of Good Practice.” It focuses on providing and developing member care for both mission/aid workers and sending groups. It will help you to help others; to think deeply about member care practice; and link you to supportive resources for yourself and those with whom you work. You can order it from William Carey Library for a significant savings by clicking to…




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