4) Online Video Counseling Available to Missionaries

Care Port Counseling is an online video counseling ministry to those who work outside their home country, whether in missions or humanitarian aid. Donations subsidize the counseling, so fees are minimal. Besides counseling, Care Port also offers consulting to administrators and member care people on mental health issues and difficult personnel situations. High speed internet is required for video streaming. Services are provided by a licensed counselor with 25+ years’ experience in overseas missions, as both a translator and counselor.  For questions or contact info check out –


5) Learn a New Language in 22 Hours?

Well, maybe not EXACTLY. But according to the guy in this story..


using this approach, you might be able to learn 1000 common words in a language in that same amount of time. Learn more at …


and put it to the test yourself. I tried a course in French and, I’ll have to admit, it’s a compelling solution, especially for someone unable to leave one’s job, family, or home — for the moment. Either way, after you’ve tried it out, please give us your opinion here (in the comment box following the online version of Brigada), so others will be able to learn from your experience. And thanks to Joshua for tipping us off about this opportunity.

6) Never Do Fundraising Again

That’s the title of a book referred to me recently by Kelly O’Donnell and Michèle Lewis O’Donnell. The book, by Gaylyn Williams, asks readers to make a mental paradigm shift, resulting in a major shift in action steps, in which donors would transition from being just donors to being lifelong partners. It contains over 200 pages of proven strategies and skills for building and maintaining your support. It is filled with helpful stories from the author’s lives and others who are using the principles based on Christian scripture. Each chapter has questions to ponder, challenging core beliefs about fundraising, and a section called, “What can I do today?,” offering practical suggestions to implement immediately. Learn more at…


7) Regroup in the Swiss Alps

“Breathe” is a 10-day retreat intentionally created for the renewal and encouragement of North American and Western European singles, couples and families who serve in cross-cultural settings. Breathe is led by Dr. Daniel and Lori Hahn of Catalyst Int’l, an organization dedicated to supporting Christian leaders in highly challenging global environments. Under the guidance of professionals experienced in member care and cross-cultural work, you’ll have time to talk about issues affecting you or your family. Counseling, medical consultation, and massage therapy are provided. In addition, there are fun programs for preschoolers, elementary children and teens. Learn more at…


8) TESOL training 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 in Manila April/May if that is better for your schedule. Contact Melody,

infothaiatactesoldotcom for more information or visit


9) LOGOS Clause Search has Nothing to do with Santa

But it might help you find what you DO need a bit more quickly. By following second-generation references in several languages, Logos 5 goes beyond traditional search technologies. For example, if you search for the term, “Jesus,” Logos 5 is smart enough to know you are also wanting to search passages on “Son of Man,” “Prince of Peace,” “Messiah,” and “Lamb of God.” Learn more at…


If you decide to buy Logos software, by buying at that link, you’ll be supporting Brigada without paying any additional dollars for your purchase.

10) Run Away with Runway Languages

Runway Languages is a new online language learning tool based on the Language Acquisition Project created by Dwight Gradin at Mission Training International.


Runway currently offers Mandarin Chinese but is looking for partners to help them develop content in additional languages. This is a revenue generating opportunity. They are interested in developing any language that that would be useful for Kingdom work. Contact J.D. at

jdatrunwaylanguagesdotcom if you are interested.

11) Eurasia Minority Language Media Consultation

The Eurasia Media & Distribution Consultation (EMDC) is a multi-agency consultation that now meets on an annual basis (one year in Asia, the next in Europe). Minority language workers, in the greater Eurasia region, meet with media specialists (radio, TV, internet, mobile, social media), IT technicians, recording specialists, graphic artists, digital publishers, and specialists in Ethnomusicology/ Ethno-Arts (arts, drama, dance). EMDC 2013 (in Asia, 08-11 April) expects around 250 people from 80 organizations and will feature over 40 workshops. Prior to EMDC are four additional (optional) days of pre-EMDC training in nine tracks: (Video 1 & 2, Audio 1 & 2, Website development, Orality/ Storying, EthnoArts, Mobile Production, Mobile Apps). For access to the conference’s password-protected website, write to


12) To our Partners, Thanks for Underwriting Brigada

…for a $50 gift on behalf of the Qashqa’i Partnership. Please pray for these nomads of Iran. Learn more at…


…for $100 from True Fan of Brigada, Greg, and the folks at Anda Leadership, who wrote that they are grateful for Brigada! We’re grateful for you!

…for $20 from a missionary in Ecuador. God bless you!

…for $50 from the Community of Mission Information Workers (CMIW). Thanks!

…for $50 from workers with the website, uttermostsports.org (Thanks!)

…for $50 from a good friend in Tucson. God bless you.

…for a gift of $50 from a pair of great friends of Brigada from NE Indiana. Thank you!

…for $100 from a “True Fan” of Brigada from the Lone Star State! God bless you.

…for the $100 gift from Bill, a True Fan of Brigada, who serves with Mission ConneXion Northwest. He enclosed a note that read, “Doug, Well, thank YOU so much! You guys do a great work! I was a missions pastor for 15 years during which time I had the vision that has become Mission ConneXion.  We always want to encourage those who are on the ‘front lines’ of the mobilizing effort, and you certainly are! I wish this were more.  My friend Jerry of Kingdom Come Training here re-pointed me in your direction when we did our “Support ConneXion” training event with them this last September as we got the word out through Brigada and what we only thought would be a small event, turned out to draw people from a 3-state region.  Then we did Muslim ConneXIon partnering with Fouad (of Crescent Project in October), and again promoted the event with you – and it was our largest “ConneXion” training event ever.  We intend to have more ConneXion events in 2013 – after our big January 18-19 annual Mission ConneXion Northwest event, and we will continue to partner with you.  Thank you for putting us in touch with those who are changing the world for Jesus through their prayer and sacrifice.  Best wishes for a great Christmas and Thank You again!

In Christ,


(Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Bill!)

13) Would you help us Finish Well?

Has God placed you in a position to help underwrite Brigada, maybe on behalf of one hundred readers in a developing land in which they can’t currently send a gift? This past week, we received $570, which brings our 2012 total to $10,193.17, just $6926.84 away from the 2012 budget need. We have just 2 editions remaining for 2012, meaning that the average gifts per edition would need to add up to about $3464. Would you or your church consider blessing Brigada so that, in turn, we could try to bless others? If so, many would give praise to God for your amazing gift.

If you’d like to do something, just navigate to …


then click “Donate” in the upper right and follow the instructions. By the way, you don’t need a PayPal account to give. If you reach a screen asking for your PayPal I.D., look on the left side of the screen, about halfway down, and find the prompt which says, “Continue without a PayPal Account.” If you’d rather send an old-fashioned check, just make it payable to Team Expansion and send it to:

Team Expansion (Brigada),

13711 Willow Reed Dr.,

Louisville, KY 40299


(And by the way, Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.)

14) The BackPage: Your Best Christmas Memories on the Mission Field

Doug Lucas

Doug Lucas

My wife and I have some great memories from Christmas on the mission field. Obviously it’s painful to be away while family and friends are gathering for special holidays back home. But still, there are some great memories there from our times away. One year, while serving as missionaries in Uruguay, we left on Christmas Day with a teammate who was like a brother to us. We headed off by ferry boat across the Rio de la Plata to Buenos Aires where we watched a premier showing of “E.T.” in Latin America. It was a memory we’ll hold dear forever.

Do you have a special memory — or, at least, a time you’ll never forget? If so, would you please jot a note about it in the comment box following the online (web) version of this Brigada today? Thanks in advance for your help!

2) Save $350 through Dec 20 on Filemaker Pro 12 Advanced

(Note: Brigada fan Robby would like to find or found a network of Kingdom-minded Filemaker programmers and hobbyists. You can help by encouraging potential participants to contact him at RobbyQButleratgmaildotcom )

Filemaker Pro Advanced is a flexible Mac & Windows programming environment, capable of creating stand-alone apps for Windows, Mac or iPad/iPhone. It can create quick, custom programs to simplify data gathering or presentation, publish a website to gather and present data, and simplify access to SQL data.

Filemaker Advanced normally costs $499 per license, or $299 for non-profits, teachers and students). And through Dec 20th, Filemaker is available for “buy one, get one free.”

Robby has offered to match up Brigada readers to collaborate in getting Filemaker for just $150 per copy. To participate (or learn more), email him at


To learn more about Filemaker, visit



3) ILS Int’l Releases “Countries and Peoples of the World”

Think of it as a digital library for leaders with a global vision. Find the details at…


or get the whole fact sheet at…


With over 56,000 pages of information, you’ll find info on ministry strategies, poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS, urbanization, sustainable development, literacy, world faiths, minorities, persecution, orality, the least reached, and much more. This library also includes the beginning of a Global Digital Atlas with over 160 high-resolution color maps. There’s even a mini-course to promote global awareness. This tool would also be great for a worker without fast internet, because it contains information on thousands of unreached peoples (the type you’d perhaps normally seek online). Either way, it’s a treasure chest worth grabbing.

4) Help Seniors/parents make future plans

Are you a missionary with an aging parent somewhere back in the USA? Have you found it somewhat difficult to broach those tough questions you’re likely to face in the near future? If so, check out the free article entitled, “The Unpredictable Road Ahead.” It was written by a counselor and realtor to help seniors and their adult children work together on planning for the future transition needs to come. Go to


and click on “Seniors Help.” Please feel to copy and paste the article off for your personal review and sharing. While Carol is a realtor in the 847 area code, this article is applicable across the United States.

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