11) Historical Lessons About Missions In Tough Economic Times

With current global economic concerns one reader is looking for anything written (books, articles, dissertations) on how missions did during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and early 1930s. It would be great to learn from the lessons of the past. Please just click “Comment” below to mention your reference (anonymously if you like) and be sure to note the original URL or address of the source.

13) Missionaries in High Risk Areas

A north American mission agency is seeking to put together a position paper on placing missionaries in active war zones or high risk areas. This is a big topic, but they are looking for theological, missiological and practical issues to cover. If your organization has studied this area or has a paper relating to this they would like to see it. All submissions will be kept confidential. Please contact Marty at

15) Join Us In Giving Thanks

15) Join Us In Giving Thanks For These Partners
– Would you please help us praise God for…
*** A friend from Charlottesville, who gave $10 after stopping by
and downloading free MP3 music tracks we’ve created for those who give.
*** Judi, serving in Ukraine, who observed her own birthday by throwing a birthday party, of sorts, for Brigada! In observance of her special day, she sent $100 and became a “True Fan” of Brigada. Judi — you’re amazing. Thanks!
*** Bill, raising the flag for the Azerbaijani. In their name, he sent $100 to Brigada so we could keep raising the flag for the unreached. Keep up the great work, Bill! For more on the Azerbaijani and how you can be involved in reaching them, log on at…

*** Debbie, another “True Fan” of Brigada, is herself changing lives in Philippines. She sent $100 to underwrite lasting change around the world. Thanks Debbie!!!
*** Grant, serving with YWAM in Albania, who also is now a “True Fan” of Brigada, for the $100 gift!
*** Justin, the thinker who suggested the “True Fan of Brigada” concept, who himself sent $100 to put his own money where his email was. Thanks so much, Justin.
*** The anonymous missions pastor in Allentown, PA, who noted that he “has benefited from Brigada Today” for sending $50.
*** The anonymous Wycliffe Bible Translator who said he skipped 1 fast food meal a month for 3 years in an effort to save the money for Brigada. He send, just a few days ago, $180. Now *that* is a True Fan.
*** The folks at Creative Results Management
for the $100 “True Fan” Gift to Brigada.
*** The anonymous recruiter with MAF who wrote this past week to say, “Hey Doug,
Just sent a “true fan” donation. I’m a long time (since 1995) reader). I like Volleyballs. Merry Christmas.” Hilarious! Well thanks to you… and to the persistence you’ve shown to stay with us all these years. As you know, 1995 was the year we *began*!!! I remember well that it was an MAF volunteer who originally helped us ramp up the web-page version of these newsletters. In his honor (he is now deceased) and in Brian’s honor, would you have a moment to stop at the site for MAF, winner of the 2008 ‘Passion Award’, given by Servant Christian Community Foundation “for MAF’s outstanding commitment to furthering the Gospel.”


You can even request a free copy of “Jungle Pilot” there.

16) Would You Become A "True Fan" Of Brigada In 2008?

We’re inching closer to our goal/need of $17,150. As of this edition, we now have $12,833.25… so only $4316.75 to go! To make a difference for Brigada and its 10,000 readers around the world, 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), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (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.

17) The Backpage: Changing Lives One Person At A Time

It’s fun to sit here in the Brigada “cockpit,” so to speak, and see the mail that crosses my desk. Here’s a participant who does area-wide ministry to help national churches in Ukraine engage in compassion care ministry and with HIV issues. She stages mobile medical clinics, shares the compassion of Christ, and teaches in rehab centers and churches about health issues, and HIV in particular. So even though Ukraine and Russia have some of the fastest growing rates of HIV in the world, she’s there, making a steady difference with each sunrise and sundown. She’s currently finding that 80-90 percent of the students in her rehab programs are HIV positive in her host land and yet, in the midst of their suffering, their minds and hearts turn to the only thing that can give them true help and hope: the empowering and energizing good news of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for humankind… and for the resurrection so we can be eternal-kind. Amazing.

As we approach this Christmas, the thought occurred to me that some of the most amazing gifts at Christmas aren’t wrapped in ribbons and bows. They’re formed in the hearts and lives of people like Judi, who live each and every day of their lives as a sweet-smelling sacrifice of hope for the people to whom they’ve been sent. The scripture that comes to mind is Eph. 2:4-10, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God knew long ago that Judi would be living her life for others in Ukraine. (He even knew she’d commit to observing her own birthday by giving a gift to Brigada!) She has become His hands and feet to a hurting world… and we, the world, are better because of it. God be praised.

18) 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/.”

2008/10/26 — 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
(Thanks for your patience as we ‘catch up’ with the publishing date.)

In this issue…

1) Train In Microfinance And Microenterprise Development

For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting Christian microfinance and microenterprise. The initial course is called Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry (International Ministry Track). The Foundations course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities. The next instance of this course will take place February 2 – 27, 2009. To register or learn more about distance learning courses at Chalmers, or for information about group and indigenous discounts, visit


Chalmers has been a strong partner to Brigada. Please tell them you see their items in Brigada Today. Thanks.

2) Get Bundles Of Copyright-Free Pictures At Glory Story

The folks at The Glory Story are giving away sets of Bible pictures! Check this out!

To watch The 10 Minute Bible

To download free pictures and text to recreate The 10 Minute Bible

To download copyright-free pictures and text to tell the story of Job

To download copyright-free pictures and text to tell the story of Esther

We’re exceedingly grateful to the folks at Glory Story for their recent gift to Brigada.

3) Dts:Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA, USA desires to equip, train, and challenge students to reach the unreached! They are offering a Discipleship Training School (DTS) to help students grow in their faith and equip them to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school 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. Better act fast though. The dates of the school are January 5-May 27, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found online at:


or email

or phone: 717.274.9010.

4) Contributing To Brigada? Increase Your Readability

Got an item you’d like to see featured in Brigada Today? It’s easy — and it’s free. Just click to:


and see the menu item up top, “Submit an item.” Please note these often-missed mistakes:
*** You no longer have to encode email addresses. We use graphic “pictures” of your email address now, so spammer-harvesters can’t recognize your email address.
*** Please don’t use 1st person (like “I” or “we”) in your item. Write as if someone else is talking about your ministry or opportunity.
*** Please send your item in at least a month or 2 before your event. We often have a queue of items that will need to be featured before yours.
*** Do sponsored items appear first? Well, (with the exception of fund-raisers) we feature everybody — for free. But we’re human. If somebody sends in a gift, then in the same breath, mentions a workshop or new book, it’ll likely appear up top… and more often than not, sooner than most other items. Like I say, we’re human. :-)

But either way, feel free to try your item. Brigada Today is one of the only places on earth where you’ll get a readership of 10,000 recipients, some of which have been working in missions since the early nineties. *Many* of those 10,000 have been reading our items for years. *None* of those 10,000 subscribers were added by us. They all subscribed (apparently) because they wanted to see this information. And we don’t charge a dime for anything (though donations are warmly … I mean *warmly* received :-) ). And your item gets archived forever. If you don’t believe us, see our back-issues at


all the back to January ’95.

5) Make a Memory

Remember those journals at…


Shawn churns out these one-of-a-kind aged books, as journals. Use them for diaries, record books, or write a new novel! Use them for scrap books… or custom order the book (cover) you want. Back in November, she sold at least 4 books in as many days, just from Brigada readers who saw her site here. They’re fun! … and they’re retro. Like Indiana Jones journals. :-)

7) Get Useful Ideas On Evangelism & Church Planting

Here’s a site where you can pick up useful ideas on what others are doing that maybe you can use or adapt to reach your world. It provides helpful links to resources, tools and information to assist in winning the world for Christ (mostly free or low cost). The Outreach Files is published by Beautiful Feet Task Force and edited by Australian pastor/evangelist Howard Sands. It provides sermon outlines, illustrations and quotes to assist preachers in raising their churches to the challenge of winning their world. It’s a must for every church and mission leader, evangelist and church planter. Archives and subscription at


For email subscription send an email to

Write “SUBSCRIBE” only in the email subject line (without the quotes)

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