7) Mentoring Intelligence —

Do you have what it takes? Several years ago Brigada readers were introduced to the 12 chapter manual, Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships, which was designed to help guide a mentoring relationship. It has since been translated into five languages and is being used by leaders on four continents. The author of the manual has recently written a new book dealing with this issue, titled Mentoring Intelligence. From his research and missionary experience, Dr. Phil discusses how generational differences, a lack of servant leadership, and faulty educational models, all affect a leader’s ineffectiveness as a mentor. He also deals with organizational issues such as how to create a culture that fosters mentoring types of relationships. Mentoring Intelligence can be ordered from




When ordering, mention “Brigada” and 10% of every purchase will be donated to Brigada for their ongoing work.




(From Brigada, Thanks!!!)

8) Help develop a TCK Wellness Inventory —

Brigada readers helped Phil develop and provide psychometric validity for the Humanitarian Worker Wellness Inventory which several organizations are adopting.




He needs your help to develop a similar tool for adolescents.  View and ask your teens to view and comment on proposed statements here




When completed the tool will be available for parents, schools and organizations to assess and provide a model for adolescent spiritual, social, emotional, physical and intellectual wellness.  For more information email


9) Free Room and Board (for a Hard Worker) in Rome, Italy —

A couple on the outskirts of Rome with two young boys, ages 3 and 5, are in need of child care while the mother works (only the father speaks English). The father is involved in outreach to Bangladeshi people, discipling Italians and tutoring Distance Study students, and will, Lord willing, soon be helping in a Refugee ministry. They have a spare room with an adjacent bathroom and will provide free room, lunch, and dinner (so you only need to purchase your own breakfast food). They need someone from now (immediately) until the 30th of July 2012. This is a great chance to experience some aspects of multi-cultural Rome and to learn more about the country of Italy. Is God calling YOU?


Thanks for praying and thanks for sharing this need.


Those who wish to apply for this voluntary short-term missionary task can apply through




10) The BackPage: Got a Favorite Commissioning Service Component? —

This past week, we received a request from Dave, a long-time Brigada participant, asking if we had any favorite responsive readings or “charges” for ordinations and commissionings. We sent him about 5 pages, but honestly, we could use a bit of help thinking up something noteworthy. If you have a block of text, a link, a reference, *anything* — would you mind clicking on “Comment” in the web version of this item so we could deliver something noteworthy to Dave and, in addition, to others as well! God bless you in advance for your help!

1) How do You Manage and Track your To-do list? —

Might sound like a strange question to some, but to others, you know exactly what I mean. At any one time, I have about 100 things on my list of things to do. Trying to figure out which one to do next (or which 3 to do at the same time) is a constant challenge. Being able to hide the ones that I can’t do yet, because I’m waiting on something from someone else, keeping like-things together so I can “see the forest and the trees” side by side, and knowing when deadlines come… Yikes.  It scares me like the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. (And that’s a lot.) For me, for this phase of my life, I’ve settled into an app on my new iPhone called ToodleDo. They have a companion web app (so you don’t *always* have to type on those little on-screen phone keys). Learn more by using your favorite search engine to search for info on the title… or just go to…




But what are *you* using — and why? What works best? My wife swears by her paper Day-timer. Says she likes the “non-volatile memory.” :-) (She has a very good point.) How ’bout you? Just click “Comment” below and tell us your favorite pick and why. Thanks in advance.

2) New book: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies —

Here’s a new missions book by mediastrategist Dan Henrich: Evangelism in the Digital Age: Media Case Studies (Volume 1). It gives a series of case study reports on various film, radio, web and mobile phone initiatives in Africa, S America and Asia in the last few years. A sample chapter is online in PDF format. You can win a copy during February. Read more at…



3) Reflection and Prayer Training —

Preparing Leaders for Prayer Days and Short Retreats will be held at the White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, SC (close to Charlotte, NC, USA) in October, 2012. The Full Session will be October 3-12, and the Short Session October 3-8. Participants will experience a number of prayer and reflection topics, as well as work in a small group with a staff member, learning how to lead the topics for others. Funds are available for partial scholarships. Please contact

kate_ringattscodotorg for an application and detailed information.

4) Keys to go Anywhere . . . TESOL —

Ready to make a global impact? Did you know you can make a difference in the injustices of poverty, human trafficking and unavailable education in the nations? Youth With A Mission in Salem, Oregon, USA is offering a TESOL course from March 26 to April 20, 2012 in effective teaching techniques. In four weeks you can receive a TESOL certificate to teach English as a Second Language and be prepared to go anywhere in the world to make that difference. Find details and application forms



5) Emerging Markets Research & Service Opportunities —

Anda Leadership needs your help. They’re finding quite a bit of information on emerging markets, multinational corporations, etc. However, they’ve had a harder time finding good statistical information about small businesses and entrepreneurial organizations in emerging markets. They’d like to be able to project income and then report on results vs. current levels of production and revenue, along with economic impact. Have you researched this and/or anything similar? If the resource is publicly available, please post by clicking on Comment below, so all can learn. If the research is private, feel free to contact Howard at


In addition, they are seeking trainers and others to assist in their work. Visit




for more information.

6) Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference —

The Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference (STMLC) is an annual training event open to churches, schools, agencies & individuals. It is designed to impact team members, leaders, and those who train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips as well as those who receive them. If you want to learn to lead short-term mission teams with excellence, you won’t want to miss this! April 12-14, 2012 in Bloomington, MN. Learn more about this conference at:




or go directly to the registration page here:




or call 1.877.STEM.646 or 952.996.1385 for more info. Early registration/group discounts available.

7) 11th International Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference —

This year’s conference will take place at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington, February 16-18, 2012. Besides helpful seminars on ministering to Japanese, there will be an emphasis on the situation, needs and opportunities for church planting in the devastated Tohoku area. Rev. Akira Sato, Rick Chuman and Jonathan Wilson will be among the speakers. For more information see




8) TESOL training course in Chiang Mai, Thailand —

Asia’s Center for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conducts intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. They have a course coming up June 4-July 6, 2012.  This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.  For the first three weeks the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4.  For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening.  This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching. The same course is taught once a year in Manila (April/May). Contact Melody Kuka,

infothaiatactesoldotcom, for more information or




9) Global Changing Challenges Conference in Indonesia —

The Humanitarian Assistance Network for Disaster (HAND) is hosting a “Global Changing Challenges conference” April 3-4. It’s a progression of concepts discussed at the Hong Kong Starfish Community Expo that was held in October.  It seeks the spread of ideas, followed by communities actively engaging together in community development and disaster response — which is the purpose of the “Starfish Community.” See registration info at…




(Thanks to the Humanitarian International Services Group for sending us a note on this meeting this past week.)

10) See One Author’s Top 25 Best “Work as Worship” (BAM) Books —

Want to learn more about “Work as Worship” (some would call it Business as Mission or BAM)? What could be better than a top-25 list of books about the subject? Build a library on your Kindle or otherwise. Work as Worship guru, Justin Forman, lists such works as “Our Souls at Work,” by Mark Russell, “Business With Soul,” by Michael Cardone, and “God is at Work,” by Ken Eldred. Check out the complete list at…




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