7) Growing Brigada

We have a buddy from North African who wrote, this past week, “Let’s admit it. God has blesses this network we call Brigada. That’s why it kind of bothers me when I meet missionaries and missions enthusiasts who have never heard of it. Would you please share ideas (or even better yet, commitments!) about how we could expand our network?” Just click “Comment” on the web version of this query. Thanks!

8) Get Tentmaker Training In Warm Florida In February!

Catch the next GO Equipped TENTmaking course in Fort Myers, Florida, February 25 – March 1, 2009. The location is Fort Myers Florida USA, and the purpose is to learn about tentmaking missions & Business as Mission (BAM). This conference is designed for anyone wanting to investigate tentmaking, for anyone wanting to go as a tentmaker, for tentmakers on furlough, for those wanting to promote tentmaking in their churches, for mission agency personnel, for people wanting to use their business skills to impact the unreached areas of the world etc. The next course will take place in May in Bergen Norway, however this course is almost full so register early. For more information, hop on over to
http://www.globalopps.org/news.htm
Or email Dave

9) Family Friendly Videos

A Team Expansion missionary who has lived outside of the US for the better part of a decade says that every once in a while someone will tell him about a great movie or TV series that’s aligned with Christian values or is at least family friendly (probably rated PG or G). He’s wondering if any of you would share what your favorites are in hopes that he can buy pirated copies… just kidding…. legal copies for his family to enjoy. Just mention your favorites in the comments below and we’ll hook these up to Amazon links next week in case you’d like to buy them there.

10) Family Fun On The Mission Field

A Team Expansion missionary with two little boys (2 and 4-years old) is looking for great ideas for family fun. The country where he serves has some beautiful places but like many 3rd World Countries it doesn’t have many parks, playgrounds, etc. If you have an idea or have found great resources please share. He thanks you in advance! Just click “Comment” below the web version of this item.

11) How To Get Brigada Reprints

The thing is… they’re *always* available, 24/7. Just use the “tag cloud” (left margin) to search for the item you’re seeking. Or search by date using the unfolding date-edition listing at left, above the tag cloud. You can also search for needle-in-a-haystack words using the whole-text search box above that. Either way, back-issues are always available, always free, and always fruitful. For example, to find that item on those great home-made journals, created by using the covers of old missions books, just go to:

http://www.brigada.org/

then scan down the tag cloud to find the word, “journals”. Click on it, watch the wheels whirrr for a moment, then — bam — there’s your info. It’s free… and available any time you desire.

12) Seeking Your Opinion: Brigada On Facebook?

This past week, a worker in India wrote to inquire, “Might it be good to run Brigada off of Facebook?” He explained, “I am just experimenting with that for my India email group. I was able to upload my email list in Facebook and it automatically found existing members/friends. Plus, I can invite non members to join also who are on my email list. And I have an email group on Facebook that I use to email a newsletter to members/friends. Then they receive the email and it is also in Facebook. I will still probably use the regular email list too as a secondary system and for those who don’t sign up for Facebook. The possible advantages are interactions between members and less chance of losing track of members. If someone’s email changes then hopefully they will update it on Facebook and that would allow me to maintain contact with them. Whereas, many times in the past people who wanted my email forgot to tell me that their email changed, hence, they were removed from my list.” What do you think? Would such a version be helpful… or unnecessary… or weird? :-) We already send Brigada via GoogleGroups and YahooGroups (you get to choose which service you want), plus we archive it on the web. Should we add a fourth version? Please jot your opinion by clicking on “Comment” below the web version of this item.

13) We’re So Thankful

This past week, we received encouraging help in the form of $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK, with a note attached, “You are a constant source of great mission information!” Thank you Asbury!!! Another participant from Little Rock sent $25. We’re very grateful!!!

14) Looking For Just 168 More "True Fans" For 2009

All of a sudden, we only need 168 more “True Fans” to reach the 2009 budget. (A “True Fan” gift is one of $100 or more.) When we’re done with those 168, that’s it. Just click one of the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link on the upper left if you prefer. Remember, even with the PayPal links, you don’t have join PayPal to give through it. 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.

15) The Backpage: Biblical Leadership In Your Country/Homeland

What are cultural tendencies that sabotage Christian leadership? What about Christian followership? This past week, a Team Expansion team leader asked us for insights on this question in hopes of understanding these things and dealing with them more effectively. To get the ball rolling he nominated the idea of democracy. He wrote, “It’s a beautiful thing in many scenarios but the fact that you never see it used on sports teams points out that it has its limits. Doing everything democratically on a mission team might not always be possible.” What can you add? Just click “Comment” below.

16) Closing Stuff

DISCLAIMER — We can’t screen ‘em all. Please forgive us if aparticular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We try to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road”so we simply can’t preview everything.

PLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — Sorry — nothing personal –but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-(

PRIVACY INFORMATION — We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You won’t be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. You have my word: We’ll never sell the mailing list to a marketer, spammer, or advertiser. Life is good. :-)

COPYRIGHT — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2008. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write and/or visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

2009/01/11 — Brigada Today

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY

In this issue…

1) Even Jack Bauer Gets Involved

Did you catch the premier of 24 tonight? What?!!! Not a 24 fan? That’s ok. There are many unreached people in the world. (I’m joking! Please don’t write me to say I’m taking away from the seriousness of the unreached! It was a joke! :-) ) Anyway, even Jack is getting involved in mission work! The two-hour “teaser” movie in November placed him in an imaginary land called “Sangala.” I figure they grabbed the ending sound of “Kampala,” used the opening “s” sound to remind us of Sudan, and then incorporated themes from all 3 nations — Rwanda, Uganda, and Sudan. See the 24 wiki at

http://24.wikia.com/wiki/Sangala

But no matter where “Sangala” is, the point is — Jack was there, doing, of all things, mission work. Tonight’s kick-off of 24‘s *7th* season even featured tangible ways that viewers could get involved… including

http://www.malarianomore.org/

If you’re a fan, be sure to catch Kiefer in the feature video at

http://www.malarianomore.org/news/features/24.php

It seems to me that… celebrities do some pretty crazy things these days (can anybody say “Britney Spears?”). Kiefer Sutherland himself (the guy who plays Jack Bauer in 24) was arrested in September, 2007, for Driving Under the Influence (of alcohol). Fans were floored when he pleaded no contest, then insisted that he serve his entire 48 days of jail time in a “normal” jail cell. I’m not suggesting that “Jack Bauer got religion.” What I *am* saying is that it’s good to see a superstar use his celebrity influence for a cause that addresses a true global concern — instead of publicly flaunting his riches publicly for something ridiculous.

24 continues its global theme in this new season by examining how involved the USA will become in a genocide in Africa, even though it’s on the other side of the world (not unlike what’s been happening in Sudan). Events are occurring in real time.

2) What Do Embassies Do?

A buddy of mine wrote this past week to ask, “What *do* embassies do? If the only answer is “notarize papers and renew passports” then my follow-up question is: Why does it take a building the size of a football field to notarize papers and renew passports?” Actually, I thought he had a pretty good point. A quick check at the US State Dept. turned up this definition: “An embassy is a permanent diplomatic mission with the purpose of improving the national interests between the host country and the United States.” But that still doesn’t seem to explain the football-field sized buildings. Can anyone offer any insight for my buddy and me? :-) If so, just click “Comment” following the posting of this item on the web. We’d greatly appreciate the explanation.

3) Need Medical Info For Austere Environments?

Now you can get it. An anonymous Brigada participant tipped us off to this off-the-beaten-path course in Lancaster, PA, Feb 7 and 8, 8:30am-4:30pm est each day. It’s designed by a retired Emergency Physician with 35 years of Trauma, EMS/ Rescue, and instructional experience. The methods and techniques taught are derived from over 10 years of front-line trauma care in an urban gangland zone and over 35 years of medical practice in environments as diverse as remote underground in caves (delayed evacuation to surface of 20 hrs), on the side of remote hills (48 hr bivouac in “whiteout” conditions), and at sea. The topics seem to include just about everything you can imagine in the wilderness, suturing, wound debridement, dealing with burns, eye injuries, splints, heat exhaustion and a whole lot more. Note that this is a non-certification course for information only. For more information, please write directly to

4) 21St Century Global Christianity

Want to learn about the needs of the Christian community around the world? The Issachar Network is developing a framework to connect Christians across the Globe. This is being accomplished through sharing ministry resources, skills, and cultural knowledge between Evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian congregations, ministries and their leaders. They need your help in describing the needs around the world, and the resources available to meet them in real time. You can check them out at

http://issacharnetwork.org/

Organizers greatly appreciate your prayers.

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