3) Learn about Eco-missiology; Do a Good Turn for Brigada’s Base

savethedateReserve the date now: March 6, 2010. Catch the full content of “Our Father’s World” retreat by Ed Brown (Care of Creation) on March 6th, 2010, at Emerald Hills (on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky). See the “home base’ for Brigada Today. Participate with the group in a prayer walk on one of the Emerald Hills prayer trails. Learn how you can combine ecology and missions, while taking care of creation… all in one full day… 8am to 5pm in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on March 6th. Lunch will be included. Watch for more details, including housing options, when online registration opens on December 1st. Only 150 seats are available. In a unique approach to helping raise funds for Emerald Hills, Brigada will be conducting a limited-time online action for as many of the 150 seats as possible. Not only will this help cover the costs of the workshop itself, but it will also help Team Expansion’s capital campaign for building Emerald Hills. Learn more here later in Brigada. For now, please just reserve the date.

5) Searching For Protocols Governing Sabbaticals

sabbaticalDoes your church or organization have a policy governing when/how employees can take sabbaticals? For example, do they need to have served 6 years? … 7? 10? Do they get 3 months? … 6 months? 1 year? Do they have to write a book? Research a topic? Study at a university? Please summarize the main points of your policy by leaving a comment below. Of particular interest would be any books, online papers, or other resources that could be used to formulate policy. Thanks, in advance, for any help you can give

6) Spanish course by missionaries for missionaries

rocaRoca Blanca Spanish Language School teaches Spanish within the context of the largest concentration of unreached people groups in the Western Hemisphere! In Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, there are 16 major language groups with 155 dialects, many within a half day journey from its location on the Pacific coast. The intensive Spanish curriculum is written by missionaries for missionaries, and includes you in occasional evangelistic outreaches into indigenous villages through a mobile medical clinic and children’s work. The course is designed to affirm or supplement missionary training you’ve had. It’s taught by a combination of veteran missionaries whose experience covers several Spanish speaking countries, and by English speaking Mexican nationals. Not for the faint-hearted, but for those who are serious about learning and ministering in Spanish. Check it out at

http://rocablancaspanish.com/

with its likeable links, and feel free to contact Dave with any questions you might have.

7) Etnopedia; Translation of Unreached People Profiles

etnopediaEtnopedia is an exciting new project involving Christians from around the world in the translation of unreached people profiles. You can translate, or help out with research. You can also request to add another portal so that you can translate people profiles into your own language! Visit the Etnopedia website

http://www.etnopedia.org/

to find out how to get involved.

8) Thanks for Helping Make Brigada Happen

thankyou2We’re grateful to those who help pay the bills, on behalf of all Brigada subscribers. This past week, we received $100 from an anonymous donor at Nebraska Christian College, $25 from anonymous donor in California, another $25 from Virginia, and $50 from Life Impact, Inc (Sun River, OR). Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! May God bless you.

9) Help Brigada Keep Churning

To Donate, click on the image that looks like this in the upper right of this page. Thanks!Want to be a part of the crowd that gives to keep Brigada going? 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. 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 any help you can give.

10) The Backpage: What are we Learning about Webinars?

webinarMany of us have probably participated in one or more webinars by now. Here at Team Expansion, we’ve been doing webinars now for a year or so… but I’ll be honest: sometimes our results are better than others. Some of our webinars have left participants longing for more audience interaction. We struggle, at times, with how to make it more interesting and dynamic. Do you have tips? … or have you discovered a book, online resource, or other guide? Please share by leaving a comment. Thanks for helping the Brigada family with this new medium, loaded with potential. By plugging in your comments, this “Back Page” editorial can become a holding tank for resources and ideas… thanks to you!

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1) Take in an upcoming (free) Webinar from Chalmers Center

whenhelpinghurtsCheck out the series they’ve launched at…

http://chalmers.org/when-helping-hurts/webinar/about.php

The price is right (free) and the content is top-notch, based on the book, When Helping Hurts. (I have a copy in front of me here at my desk… and as I look at my desk, it’s the *only* book at desk level. (There are others on the shelves above.) These webinars… did we mention that they’re free? :-) The first session covered chapters 1-3 and explored the concepts and principles presented in the introduction and chapters 1 through 3 of the book. Great idea, eh? :-)

2) Great New Book On Biblical Storytelling

telling gods storiesNow you can get Telling God’s Stories with Power for just $8.10 instead of $17.99 (the offer is good only until Oct. 31st).  This book is a complete and practical introduction to storying, especially for people who want to learn about using biblical storytelling in cross-cultural contexts and who want to train others to become storytellers. It includes many fascinating accounts of the responses of oral people to the first proclamation of the gospel through storytelling. Reserve your copy at

http://missionbooks.org/

3) Suddenly, it’s OK to be a Tree-hugger :-)

edenvigilDaniel wrote this past week to tip us off to a new organization…

http://www.edenvigil.org

Gotta love it. They aren’t a sending organization. Rather, they work *with* sending organizations to train, prepare, and send you as an “eco-missionary.” Suddenly, it’s ok to be a tree-hugger! :-) They’ve partnered with another group…

http://www.careofcreation.net

which will come to your church and do a seminar on creation care. (See their great video there, by the way.) Now before you scoff about tree-huggers, give this some thought. How might this concept serve you or your platform as a creative and effective means of gaining access to a previously sealed-off location. And… could it be that Al Gore might end up not only inventing the internet :-) , but also help us all reach the unreached? :-) Love it. I’m signing up today. :-)

But seriously… there’s something to this. If we’re poisoning creation, is there not a sin problem here somewhere? I’m going to ask the guy to come do a seminar at Emerald Hills and try to get everybody in town to come. :-) Join me. (Thanks Daniel!)

4) Learn more about Member Care for Free

Hats off to Kelly and Michele O’Donnell for making available to Brigada readerskellyodonnell (at no charge) the text of their landmark book, “Missionary Care: Counting the Cost.” Access it by going online to

Missioary Care book

The book emphasizes ways to help “count the cost” and to develop healthy and effective personnel in cross-cultural work. The five sections are: Member Care Overview, Counseling/Clinical Care, Team Development, Sending Agencies, and Future Directions. Thanks Kelly and Michele!

5) Tentmaker Training Returns To California!

tentmakingconfGlobal Opportunities’ research showed overwhelmingly that California is a preferred course location. After a five-year gap, the GO team is excited to offer it again on October 21-25, 2009 at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena. Who should attend? Anyone with a desire to integrate work and witness and to be effective using one’s profession to share Christ overseas. This course has been well attended in Europe and Canada, so GO USA has set a target of making this the biggest yet. For more information and registration, visit GO’s website –

http://www.globalopps.org/course/index.htm

or write Ari at

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6) “Shop to earn” Hopes to Channel Funds to Your Doorstep

shoptoearn.gifMark wrote in recently, inviting us to consider the idea of utilizing “Shop to Earn.” His sample site can be found at…

http://www.shoptoearn.net/reachhaiti

We mention it not specifically as a fundraiser for Haiti (our publication guidelines prevent us from starting down that road, because nearly all of us are involved in fundraising for something), but more as an example of what you might consider using for your own cause. The concept is simple — and it’s been reproduced elsewhere already. Just seems that this portal has paid out, reportedly, $28 million dollars to charities and others during the last 8 months of 2008 alone. If it works for you, praise God. But as always in situations like this, ‘caveat emptor’ — buyer beware. Make sure you understand all the fine print and keep your expectations at a reasonable level. It might be a year before you see significant income… and some of your organization’s supporters might slighly change their perspective of you if you talk too much about shopping and business. In other words, keep it reasonable. . . and this might be a piece of your support pie.

7) Seminary Offers Graduate Degrees On Line

rockbridgeOn line or distance learning is not a new concept but quality degree programs that are 100% on line are hard to find. One of our readers (Dennis) recommended Rockbridge Seminary. Rockbridge Seminary offers the Masters of Divinity in Ministry Leadership and the Masters of Ministry Leadership degree. They also offer a concentration on Recovery Ministries with both degrees for those working in the field of Missionary Care. There are currently students from several countries enrolled and many are in cross cultural ministry. For more information log on to

http://www.rockbridgeseminary.org/about-us

or contact them by email via their website. Of course, you need web access to do this program and they can only be contacted via the web or by calling to the USA at 1-866-931-4300 toll free or through their regular telephone at 1-417-459-4323. (Note: If it’s not too much trouble, tell them you saw the item by “Dennis” in Brigada. That way, they might also smile positively on our Brigada contributor. Who knows; he might get an A in his next class — or even a tuition discount! :-) )

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