In addition to the gifts mentioned above, at the beginning of this issue of Brigada, we also received $2.10 as a gift from 911Water for Matt’s purchase of a water filter. We also received a $200 gift from a couple on behalf of unreached nomads, the Qashaqa’I of Iran. We’re thankful for God’s witnesses who are willing to share!
Since January, 1995, we’ve operated Brigada Today as a free publication. With over 10,000 subscribers, some have said that Brigada just might be the longest-running, largest-circulating missions ezine on the entire web. Yet, some might not realize that we don’t have a large staff, nor do we sell ads. We feel that to do so would jeopardize the purity and simplicity of a simple missions mobilization and resource publication. We do, however, accept gifts from likeminded believers who want Brigada to continue.
Those savvy enough to look for publishing times have noted previously that many Brigadas are posted well into the dark of the night. It’s true — we’d stay up to produce this publication even if we were doing it for free (and we did so for many years, purely as volunteers). But your gifts of $100 (or whatever amount you desire to share) not only help undergird the work of our favorite charity (Team Expansion), they also pay the power and light so more Brigadas can inform more nations about more unreached peoples the world over.
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When his “Missionary Marriage Issues” book appeared several years ago, unmarried missionaries started asking Ron Koteskey what he had for singles. His e-book, “Missionary Singles Issues,” is now available on missionarycare.com to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…
If you would like a copy of the book with no mention of the word “missionary,” you can find it at…
(Thanks to Ron for the $30 gift he sent to Brigada, too. Ron is a Member Care Consultant with Go InterNational.)
I’ve now come to the conclusion that it’s an extremely small price to pay, compared to the peace of mind and ‘safety net’ you build under you. For every international trip I take, I now purchase trip interruption insurance… and it actually offers a ton of additional benefits beyond merely reimbursing me for flights that I miss and/or have to rebook while traveling. Check out the coverage at…
Be sure to check out the new policy for missionaries serving overseas (The Global Navigator). You now get coverage while in and out of the US with no country restrictions, no waiting periods for wellness and preventative care benefits, pre-existing conditions waived with prior credible coverage, and it’s annually renewable, even if you relocate back to the US.
That’s right. In the spirit of giving away education to the nations, Fuller Theological Seminary has now released the entire “Culture & Transformation” course online via iTunes. Yes, if you’re not an iTunes user already, you’ll have to download and install iTunes to listen, but it’s a free install and you can always uninstall it after you’re done, if you prefer. There are 22 lectures and, the truth is, this is really good stuff — especially for the price. (free) Check it out at:
(That link will ‘wrap’ to the next line. If you have trouble reassembling it and pasting it into your browser, just click to the link immediately below to find this item on the web at brigada.org. We’ll make sure it works there.) Chris, of the Halbert Institute for Missions at Abilene Christian University, thanks so much for this tip!
Sounds like an awesome idea. (How have we not reported on this before? :-) ) They are apparently the first Member Care program designed to precisely address the needs of single adults who serve cross-culturally and they have a website at…
They’ve been conducting retreats for single workers for over 10 years. Their typical goals are to rest and relax in a leisure environment, spend some quality time in reflective worship, build skills to enhance ministry effectiveness, explore dynamics of cross-cultural living, talk with a counselor about professional/personal development and growth, meet others who serve singly and share a global passion, and to have a little fun as well. They have a program coming up next summer in Europe (Saturday, June 16, 2012 to Sunday, June 24, 2012 on Isle of Gibraltar.
Check it out. (Thanks to Jenny, at Team Expansion, for sharing this tip with us!)
where you’ll find codes for sharing data about each unreached people group in the whole world. This registry is maintained by a consortium with none other than SIL (Wycliffe), JoshuaProject.net, IMB (Southern Baptists), and GMI (Global Mapping), among others. With that kind of group involved, you won’t go wrong. Interested in learning more? The word on the street is that this group is staging a get-together in Dallas in 2012. Stay tuned to Brigada as we learn more regarding when this meeting might occur.
Believe it or not, some Brigada readers still write me personally if they’d like to unsubscribe or change email addresses, even though “Closing Stuff” (at the end of this issue) explains how to unsubscribe automatically. Sometimes they don’t even mention that the change of email has to do with Brigada. In addition, each Brigada Today also has unsubscribe links and/or instructions at the very end of the email, provided by the services we use for emailing. If you’d like to unsubscribe, please try those options first. If you’d like to change your email address, just follow those instructions, then sign up anew at brigada.org. Thanks!
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Internet Evangelism Day’s page about Professor Sugata Mitra’s fascinating ‘hole in the wall’ experiments with poor children, and the $30 Indian tablet, highlights the opportunity to share the good news with Indian young people…
The heart of the conference is to create a platform to hear global voices about member care in a borderless world, which is characterized by increasing hostilities and schisms.
Probably the most strategic element of digital evangelism, including cross-culturally, is the video visual story, allied with relational sharing on Facebook and mobile phones. CALL2ALL is a missions/ministry media consultation in LA, 29 November to 3 December.
Asia’s Center for TESOL is accepting applications for the January/February 2012 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. 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
infothaiactesolcom for more information or
Regardless of how one feels about today’s generation of young people, one has to admire the fact that there are still individuals willing to get involved. Christina and David did that. A student at Asbury University, Christina heard about a woman in Pakistan who was apparently imprisoned for her faith in Jesus. Christina asked her brother, who was studying filmmaking, to help her make a video. See the result at…
As the video reports, there’s a petition you can sign at…
(By the way, I wrote VOM to ask if they intended to market petition-signers in any way. They responded that petition-signers are given the opportunity to sign up for VOM’s newsletter. They didn’t specifically promise *not* to email signers again, but they did say they wouldn’t sell or give away the contact information to anyone else.)
The lady in question is apparently still being held. Read updates on her life at…
Join me in praying tonight for this accused woman. Pray for her release from captivity and for safety for her family and anyone who should end up helping her.
Located on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, far from any drug cartel activity or violence, the Roca Blanca Spanish Language School uses a culturally integrative approach to language learning. Missionary linguists assure us that you can’t fully learn another people’s language without also understanding their culture. The Roca Blanca Spanish Language School agrees, and includes into its already integrative and missionary minded curriculum several “culture days” which feature information and insights into various aspects of the surrounding cultures, and on Latin America in general. In most sessions the students also participate in indigenous mountain village medical brigades, helping the medical teams and/or doing children’s outreaches in these genuinely needy areas. Also, all of your tuition, after salaries for teachers and course materials, goes directly into the evangelization and medical work among the region’s indigenous peoples.
is where to look for lots more information. New sessions for all levels start every two months. And they’re always ready to answer whatever question, concern, or need for clarity that you might have through their contact page or at rocablancaspanishhotmailcom. Take a good look if Spanish and a heart for Spanish speakers are in your future! (Thanks to Roca Blanca for supporting Brigada, too!)
Now you can purchase a book, useful for member care, discipleship and personal growth, containing biblical lessons learned in 30 years of outreach in a tough Muslim context. The book, “Knowing Jesus is Enough for Joy, Period!” includes chapters on spiritual warfare (from a bit different perspective), transforming worship, how to be more than a victor by letting go, holding on and rising above, four types of faith, confessing in layers, journaling, discerning motives, nurturing our first love for Jesus and meditation, among others. It is both biblical and very practical with lots of real life illustrations. The book is available in both paperback and e-book (Kindle, Epub and PDF formats) from…
The author will contribute $1 to Brigada for each book bought by Brigada readers from the above website. (In fact, he already sent a gift in advance to help along the cause. Thanks!)