4) Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage In The Us

Are you having a hard time finding affordable health insurance here in the US? Have you recently become unemployed? Have you just recently returned to the US from overseas and without insurance?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America and ask for their “Amigo” short-term major medical plan. ISA is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. In the past you have seen listings on Brigada for their fantastic international plans – now they can help you while you are inside the US as well!

For complete details, rates and to apply for coverage online go to


email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Not only will you be able to get affordable short-term medical coverage, but ISA has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link; so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself from financial loss!

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5) Computer/Tech Conference Coming Up In A Nanosecond

International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) is an annual informal gathering of women and men who have a common interest in computers and mission. They share a vision of cooperation for effective use of technology bringing the Gospel to every nation. The dates are June 12 – June 16, 2009 at Taylor University, Upland, IN, USA. For more information visit


Registration closes May 29th, so better type fast.

6) Wanted: Cool Or Crazy Missionary Stories

Authentic Books has decided it’s time to compile the 10 years of


questions and answers into a wow book. To intro each chapter, the editors need stunning tall tales from missionaries on guidance, training, agencies, professional skills, singles/families and, of course, funding. Send your funniest, most sobering, oddest or most God-honoring anecdotes to

If your story is selected, you’ll get a freebie copy of the book–plus, undoubtedly, global fame!

8) Free Leaflet Explains Digital Evangelism

A new leaflet has been published by Internet Evangelism Day, to explain the potential of digital evangelism. This two-page overview can be downloaded in Word or PDF formats, ready to print and use as a handout. Users have complete freedom to adapt it, or republish it (either extracts or in full) in print, web or email publications.

The PDF version is also an ideal addition to any website, providing a one-click introduction to web outreach. Webmasters can link directly to it, or add the file to their own server:

Word version:

PDF version:

(Thanks Tony!!!)

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9) Short-Term Health Insurance (Covers Pre-Existing)

Concerned about pre-exisiting condition flare-up when traveling overseas? If you have a US based health insurance plan or Medicare A, B & C and plan to travel overseas, you can now purchase a short-term plan (good for up to six months) that will provide medical evacuation, repatriation and medical coverage for all pre-exisiting conditions. For more information contact

or call 480/813-9100. Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit


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10) N. Am. Int’l Student Ministry Workers’ Conference

The annual Association of Christians Ministering To Internationals (ACMI) Conference will be held at Azusa Pacific University, near Los Angeles, CA from May 29 to June 1. The theme is “New Bridges, New Highways: Engaging the Globally and Technologically Connected Community Among Us.” Plenary speakers include Dr. Nabeel Jabbour (Navigators – Muslim Ministry Consultant) Elizabeth Lowe (China Consultant) and Lisa Espineli Chinn (InterVarsity/USA – International Student Ministry Director). In addition there will be 40 workshops. Register online at


or email

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11) Missions In Sunday School?

Long-time Brigada participant ‘Ed’ was wondering if anyone had any good books or manuals which can be used for an adult SS Class on missions. Ideally, this should be a course that’s fairly self-programmed (i.e., didn’t require outside speakers to fulfill it). Any ideas? If so, please click “Comment” below this item on the web at…

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12) New Evangelism Blog Launched

Digital Evangelism Issues (DEI) focuses on news and ideas for any type of digital outreach – web, mobile phone, video clip, social networking and more. It often looks at issues relating to cross-cultural mission opportunities. DEI is the blog associated with Internet Evangelism Day (IED), hence the mirror-image acronym! Classical language scholars and those with a Catholic background will notice a second reference: ‘dei’ is Latin for ‘belonging to God’.


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13) International Church Conference

Since 2004, the Missional International Church Network has been conducting conferences. They began as a small group that believed the International Church could make a difference! They continue to work out their DNA through ongoing exploration of their first name, “Missional.” In Kuala Lumpur, April 28-May 2, 2009, they will investigate what it means to shape the International Church for the future to come.
You can register online at …


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14) Oscar Launches Online Mission Community

OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched it’s own social network for those involved or interested in cross-cultural mission. OSCARactive, as it’s called, utilises Ning to create a number of interactive features to help people across its network and beyond give peer-to-peer support, advice and encouragement. All of those who are interested or involved in world mission are welcome to join. Go to


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15) Training Program For Literacy Evangelism

The Blind Spot in Christian missions — Literacy and Evangelism International is hosting International Literacy Training Institutes in Ghana, Guatemala, the Ivory Coast, and USA. Topics include Basic Literacy, developing Bible-content literacy materials in local languages, Evangelism through literacy, Discipleship through literacy, teaching English as a Second Language, how to train tutors, and how to run church-based literacy programs. If you are interested in this training, please visit


for the dates and further information or email

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16) We Are Grateful…

… to


for the $50 gift this past week. Please see their DVDs and join me in giving thanks for their ministry to Brigada and to the world! We’re also grateful to our partner, the William Carey Library, who has just committed to sending $25/month throughout the next year as a way of saying thanks to Brigada. We’re *very* grateful for their partnership and recommend you stop by their site at:


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17) Help Brigada Help The World Of Missions

As many as one-half of our readership live in what some call the developing world where conditions are not favorable for their financial situation. Many of them appreciate the chance to stay informed about resources for global missions. They couldn’t afford to pay a subscription fee to a missions magazine, but they *can* afford Brigada, because every issue is delivered to them free of charge. Want to say thanks, in their place? 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 one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. 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.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

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18) The Back Page: Surviving The Storm

As I travel, talking to cross-cultural workers on the front lines, I’m often reminded of the extent to which Satan goes in his effort to thwart outreaches by newly-placed int’l workers. He goes for the jugular vein — whatever that happens to be for the respective family. He can attack the kids: their health, their adaptation, their studies, their self-image, their very souls. Sometimes he goes after spouses: their language learning ability (or hurdles), their commitments, their promises, their self-images as well. Sometimes he goes after family members back in the USA: ailing parents, unwilling grandparents, doubting “friends,” flagging support. And sometimes, in a seeming lack of creativity, he’ll boldly challenge each of our spiritual foundations: we begin doubting God’s existence, our salvation, our spiritual abilities, or our futures.

In all of these things, we are said to be “more than conquerors” (Ro. 8:37). But having said that, does it seem to you that we sometimes need a little help from a friend to realize that conquering is even possible? In the “Comment” box below (click “Comment”), would you jot down some of the most helpful steps that *you* have seen in helping new on-field workers to conquer these and other first-term attacks. Get to the core of the core: How can they *survive* Satan?

Thanks for pitching in!

Doug Lucas

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