5) Need a Supplement to Your Support?

Mark, a missionary to Haitians, suggests an easy to maintain home business where the foundation of your income is through you and others shopping online. Visit Mark’s web portal at


to see what it’s like (and to shop to there to help reach Haiti, if you’re not interested in starting your own business). To learn more about having your own business, take a tour at


or contact Mark with questions at

If you do sign up, Mark requests that you note that the ID who referred you is ReachHaiti.

6) CDTS: Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA, USA is offering a Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) to help students grow in their faith and equip them to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school is designed for older students and families and includes a 12-week lecture phase, including topics such as hearing God’s voice, spiritual warfare, and the character of God, and a 2-month foreign outreach. They offer day care as well as a school-aged children’s program that follows the CDTS school topics and teaching. The dates of the school are June 1 – October 21, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found online at


or email:

or phone: 717.274.9010.

7) Free Indigenous Missions Newsletter

John Lindner of World Christian Ministries issues a free e-mail newsletter, usually weekly, and mostly on topics that relate to indigenous missions of the majority world. A recent two-part series was on evangelism and miracles along the “Old Silk Road.” He also welcomes true stories from or about validated ministries featuring indigenous missionaries. He prefers a biographical slant, and always credits the source. John has 30 years of missionary story telling/editing experience. You can subscribe or view recent and past stories at


or email

8) We Get Mail

We’re humbled at the chance to serve guys like Les, who recently wrote to say, “You may not remember me but way back in 2000/2001 you helped to launch our site. Since then we have handled over 33,000,000 hits … with more on the way. Many hundreds of training schools and churches have opened all over the developing world, many in the 10/40 window and we are in fellowship with lots of them, and link them together. We followed the Lord into this new way of sharing Christ and training leaders, it was new back in 200 anyway, you and Brigada started it off, but we never imagined where it would all lead to. A thousand thank you’s, God bless you all and our warmest and very best wishes from all of us here.” Thanks, too, to the missions coordinator from Minnesota who recently gave a $15 gift to Brigada in the name of Barnabas Int’l


We also appreciated the gift of $50 from the Brigada participant in Kewanee, IL, and thanks for another $50 gift from The Glory Story in Southampton, Hampshire, UK.

9) Your Gift To Brigada Makes An Immediate Difference

While some works are so large, $25 or $50 might not be noticed, with Brigada, a $25 gift is a fortune… and a $100 “True Fan” gift is a true lifeblood interaction. Thanks in advance for any that can help. Furthermore, Brigada has recently committed to underwriting the cost of a Prayer Shelter on behalf of all Brigada readers at Emerald Hills, a new missions nerve center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. If you’d like to make a special gift toward the cost of the Prayer Shelter, please feel free to use your credit card at


You’ll see a thermometer on the site to keep track of the project. The names or memorials of donors giving a modest undergirding gift of $500 or more will be engraved on a permanent plaque at the Prayer Shelter. What a great way to remember someone special in the lives of your family, mission, church, school or community. What’s more, you’ll be able to register as a Brigada fundraiser there and become part of the team. Read all about it there online. Thanks!

(Keep in mind, this is in addition to our normal Brigada budget needs here at Brigada.org, but it does go to provide a site to serve as Brigada’s home base, nerve center, and staging HQ.) Check out the growing retreat center at


If you’d like to help with the regular expenses here at Brigada, 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. 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.

10) The Backpage: 1st Chapter Of _Divine Conspiracy_

I’ve just finished reading the first chapter of _Divine Conspiracy_. It opens with the story of a fighter pilot who decided to ascend to a higher altitude… but when she pulled back on the stick (true story), she crashed straight into the ground.

She had been flying upside-down without even knowing it.

Throughout the first chapter, Willard refers back to the illustration again and again as he chronicles situations in which Christians are unknowingly becoming apathetic and complacent with their faith.

My fear is — that missionaries are sometimes caught in the trap of becoming complacent too. Sure… those who support their work still put them on a pedestal and revere them highly. But deep down inside, I fear that many workers, though they be professional men and women “of the cloth”, are living more of the outside life than they are the inside core. So in the comments following this item, here’s your chance. You can write completely anonymously here. Nothing even grabs your IP address here. So in complete honesty, here’s your chance to tell the truth about your struggle and how you’re dealing with it. Who knows — maybe someone will give you a good word in answer. And if nothing else, you’ll inspire a lot of prayer. Give yourself a signature, please, so we’ll know how to pray. For example, “Signed, Discouraged.” And along with those anonymous thoughts and feelings, share your take on the first chapter of Divine Conspiracy. These are heartbeat items that real missionaries face. Just click “Comment” below to add a personal illustration, testimony, case study, or feedback on Willard’s Divine Conspiracy, Chapter 1.

11) 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/.”

2009/03/01 – 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) Going on a mission trip? check out the Day Tripper?
2) Where do you get cost-of-living info?
3) A new spot for cross-cultural training
4) Catch a conference for the Kyrgyz
5) Check out a sample favorite book list
6) Looking to brush up on your Russian?
7) DVD series on missions
8) Free sermon tapes
9) Oral bible resources
10) Deepen your journey
11) We give thanks
12) You can speak to the world through Brigada
13) The backpage: a home for Brigada
14) Closing stuff

1) Going On A Mission Trip? Check Out The Day Tripper?

No, we are not talking about the Beatles song! The Day Tripper is an international medical insurance and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 60 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this plan! PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site


you will be helping to support Brigada!

In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to


Insurance Services of America 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 and your ministry from financial loss!

Comment on this item by clicking on “Comment” below.

2) Where Do You Get Cost-Of-Living Info?

Phil is looking for a good reference or source for a cost of living index to evaluate how he provides for various missionary partners in difference countries. Where do you go to configure base salary … and/or that additional increase or decrease depending upon the cost of living and experience of a missionary worker. Phil thanks those who participate, in advance, for their input and/or reference material. Please share your best resources below by clicking “Comment.”

3) A new spot for cross-cultural training

TRAIN International, based in Joplin, MO, offers cross-cultural training that is affordable, customizable, and mobile. They have several types of training available: pre-field training (June 1-19), language acquisition training (September 7-18), debriefing (Aug 3-7 and Oct. 5-9), church coaching to help churches send and sustain their missionaries (scheduled as needed), short-term trip leaders training (scheduled as needed), and mid-term restrategizing (in the Joplin area, Aug. 31-Sept. 4; can be hosted on a field outside of the US, call for details). They have special programs for kids available for most training events. Many of their training events can be brought to you. For more info contact their Director, Mark Miller at 417-621-8962 or email TRAIN at

or check out the website at


6) Looking to brush up on your Russian?

The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, also known as Russian Language Ministries, is offering 2 or 3 week intensive Russian language courses during summer 2009 in Kiev, Ukraine. Two different courses will be offered, including Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian, a course devoted to giving the student the skills to speak with grammatical accuracy, and Bible and Ministry Related Terminology, a course that will cover ministry related vocabulary and phrases in discipleship situations. A third course covering conventional Russian is also possible, depending on the needs of the students attending. This program is designed for individuals who desire to take their Russian to the next level with several different tracks of study, depending on the levels of proficiency. Each course will meet for 3 hours a day and the program will begin around the last week of July. If you are interested in more information you may contact ISLC at

or check out the website


7) DVD series on missions

Is there a better way to do missions? In this dvd series, church leaders from around the world are asked, “If you had one piece of advice you could give the church in North America, what would it be?” Hosted by Steve Saint who intertwines stories from his experience in the Ecuadorian jungle, the series “Missions Dilemma” is designed to stimulate discussion among church leaders, missions committees, and those involved in missions. Check out the trailer at


Order the series at


and click on store. Or contact

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