2) ACTS (Applied Community Technology) Seminar

In this one month seminar you will learn the basics of the design and construction of:

*** Aquaculture or fishfarming

*** Water pumping systems

*** Papercrete and strawbale home construction

*** Wind and solar power

all used as a platform to witness of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Students then go to Hondurus where they will apply their new-found skills. As one pastor said, “This training is like a jackknife in the back pocket of a missionary to help the poor and needy of the world in word and in deed.” For more information just click to


or email

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The sessions are held in Albany, NY, July 15-Aug. 15th.

(And thanks to Empowerment Advocates for the $50 gift to empower Brigada!)

3) The Best Prayer Request Patch for your Website

Hands down — the best way I’ve found to record, share, and jointly pray for prayer requests is a patch of code written by the Prayer Engine. Find it at…


Use it to create a “Prayer Wall” (not unlike a social networking page like Facebook©). Your members can quickly submit a prayer request, which is then easily moderated by a volunteer in your church or organization.

See it implemented at the Team Expansion site at:


Visitors to your Prayer Wall can easily make note of the fact that they prayed for a specific request (the code automatically keeps track of how many times the request has been addressed to the Father), and it will even send an email to the person submitting it, if desired. Beats “phone chains” to pieces… and it’s available for a one-time fee of $100. That’s it. Your website developer will have it installed about 15 minutes later. (We’d recommend it no matter what; but if you explain that you heard about it via Doug Lucas on Brigada, who knows; maybe they’ll at least pray for us… and maybe even send a gift! :-) ) They set up an affiliate program for us, but… alas,… it’s too difficult to use. They wanted users to go to


I think it’s probably too much of a hassle. But the PrayerEngine thing is not. It’s great. Hope it helps you. (By the way, thanks to Dave for originally showing me this great patch.)

5) Hindu Student Friendship Network Consultation

The 2010 Hindu Student Friendship Network Annual Consultation will take place in Manhattan, Kansas from May 26-27, 2010. The Hindu Student Friendship Network was formed in 2006 by international student workers from a variety of organizations. This network offers campus ministers an opportunity to collaborate with one another and learn how others are reaching out to Hindu students in friendship. Consider linking with the HiS Friends Network for ongoing encouragement, information sharing and dialogue. For additional information contact:

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6) New Free Online Missionary Community

Missionary Friend is now open for the mission community to start networking.


Some would say this is the first free online Christian missionary community devoted to spreading the good works of all missionaries across the world.  Missionary Friend is all about sharing mission ideas, successes, and problems amongst the missionary community.  At Missionary Friend each member will have the ability to share photos, videos, experiences and knowledge.  Missionary Friend is a resource for all missionaries in the field and on short-term.  The Prayer Wall is a great way to spread the voice of prayer and have the prayer warriors of the mission community praying.  Check it out.

7) Live Online Chinese Learning: Get Ready to Go

Whether you are going short or long-term to China, or reaching the Chinese at home, learning the language will make you more effective. With this service created by missionaries serving the Chinese, you can learn Mandarin Chinese online, live and face to face with native teachers in China, right from home. Lessons are interactive, personal and customizable to help equip you specifically for where you are going. Email:

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8) Engaging Islam Seminar, Generous Scholarships Available

Do you want to reach Muslims at home or abroad? Maybe you know a little about Islam, or maybe you know a lot. More importantly, are you effective? Are you leading Muslims to Christ? Can you effectively disciple a convert and help them remain “in the Vine?” Do you know what it takes to plant a church in a Muslim context? Whether your answers are YES or NO, Engaging Islam invites you to increase your effectiveness. You will receive advanced teaching in Islamics, missiology and practical ministry to Muslims. Dates are July 19 to August 6. You can attend one to three weeks of teaching in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Check our website for more details.


or email

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or by phone 303-442-3333.

9) Inexpensive gift for U.S. ministry partners

Restaurant.com has gift certificates available online. Sign up for their e-newsletter. Wait until the price of the certificates drop and you can get a $25 gift certificate for just $2. You tell them how many certificates you want, and then pay online. After you pay, you can send individual emails to your donors with a personal message (a maximum of 275 characters, including spaces). That takes some time, because you have to do it one at a time.   The donor gets an email from Restaurant.com. They look through a list of participating restaurants and choose one. They print the certificate, which is good for one year, and take it to that restaurant. They must spend $35 for the $25 gift certificate, so their total cost is $10 plus tip. A neat gift, indeed! (Thanks for the suggestion, Boyd!)

11) Give the gift of Knowledge!

Here’s your chance to give the gift of knowledge. By undergirding Brigada, you undergird a world-full of Christian workers. To give the gift of knowledge, just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with Authorize.net. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. We can even set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Set it up once and rest easily, knowing that you’re regularly helping get Brigada on the way to the nations. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for your help in fueling the fire of Brigada!

To inquire or give input on this item, click “Comment” online at…


12) The BackPage: Nehemiah’s “People Movement”

Remember McGavran’s term — a “People Movement?” Dr. Donald McGavran always talked about a “multi-individual, mutually-interdependent decision.” It was “Multi-individual” in that many unique souls were considering a decision (most often, for Christ) simultaneously. In other words, this is not “mob rules.” However, it was mutually-interdependent because, in spite of the fact that they were, in fact, operating unilaterally… in that each person was deciding on his or her own. But note that McGavran didn’t say “mutually independent.” In other words, there was just a slight sense of “group-think” in their autonomous decision. Making the decision corporately caused them to feel a bit “safer” about turning to Christ.

You can watch a video about this concept at the “TED” site. See it at…


Best I can tell, that’s kind of what Nehemiah did in chapter 3 of his book. Family by family, person by person, he raised up a movement. Just check out the layers of society that stepped up to the plate to repair the wall: priests (v 1), goldsmiths (v 8), perfume-makers (v 8), Shallum’s daughters (v. 12), rulers (v. 14), temple servants (v. 26), merchants (v. 32). Now granted… many worked on their own houses, as was their custom. Just see, for example, Meshullam, son of Berekiah who, in vs. 30 “made repairs opposite his living quarters.” But interestingly, that wasn’t the only place he had to worry about. In Neh. 3:6, the same Meshuallam (son of Berekiah) was also reconstructing a section of wall near the Fish Gate. I get a feeling Nehemiah must have said, “OK, let’s take it one house, one wall section at a time.” Yes it was ridiculous.” :-) But they were “on a roll!” For these and many other reasons, I find Nehemiah not only compassionate, but also effective. He was not only focused on “group-think” but also on *personal* evangelism.

What about you? Have you seen the influence of “group-think” in regular decisionmaking circles in your midst? Or, alternatively, were you a part of a people movement that formed up regardless of personal accountability… but rather, because it was a good thing to do?” If so, perhaps you were a part of a people movement.

1) Learn fishfarming, solar, straw bale construction, and more

The folks at Empowerment Advocates International are happy to offer a new and exciting seminar called ACTS (Applied Community Technology Seminar).

In this one month seminar you will learn the basics of the design and construction of Aquaculture or fishfarming, Water pumping systems, Papercrete and strawbale home construction, Wind and solar power, and more. These are all used as a platform to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor and needy of the world. You’ll then travel to Honduras where you’ll apply your new found skills. I’ve always been interested in these kinds of seminars and look forward to attending one myself someday. One pastor said, “This training is like a Jack knife in the back pocket of a missionary to help the poor and needy of the world in word and indeed.” For more information, click to


or email

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(And thanks to Empowerment Advocates for advocating for Brigada by sending a gift of $50!)

2) Health Insurance Rate Increases

Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs.  Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough! Check out some of their plans online at


or email them at

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or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark.  BTW, they have agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site, protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss, you will be helping to support Brigada!

3) Website for your Church/Agency: Clover is Easy, Snazzy, Upgraded

I’ve mentioned them before: I don’t know of a single, solitary more effective web-authoring solution for the non-web-professional. Just browse to…


and be sure to notice what they’ve done to the place. Their “Greenhouse 2.0” editing capabilities kicked in Apr. 28 and they radically bump up the service’s offerings. Sooooo much easier than anything else… yet it’ll look like they did the site professionally, in Flash, yet search-engine friendly and now every page can have a unique name, pictures can be linked, font size adjustable, new built-in media player, and much, much more… with more yet to come.

4) Resource to Encourage Missionaries

A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. The author drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this study guide on topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact

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