GET STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING

It’s not too late to register for a 4-week Strategy Coordinator Training in Singapore from 1-25 July, brought to you by Asia Pacific Mission (APM) together with Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM). The cost is US$600 per single person or married couple. Accommodations can be arranged on request. This year, all SC trainees will be registered for the Go4th National Missions Conference. The course deals with People Group Research, Network, Outreach, Platform, and Church-Planting Movement (CPM) Development and writing a Master Plan to reach an Unreached People Group/Region/City. Included in this training is a workshop/seminar on Partnership Development. Furthermore, those who successfully complete this training are awarded 10 credits from Bethany International University (Singapore). For more info: Contact Frank strategycoordinator

(at)gmail(dot)com with Subject: SCT ’08. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Better act fast though. The registration deadline is 31 May.

THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA

There is a local association of Baptist churches in the United States that is sending a representative to pray and investigate the possibility of sending people and resources on a regular basis to spread the Gospel among one or two of the unengaged peoples of Namibia. Pray that the Lord will direct the specific peoples and places for this association to work among. Pray for the Nama/Damara, the Herero, the Coloured of Namibia and the Mbalantu. To adopt one of these people groups for prayer or for more information, visit

http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email

forgottenpeoples

(at)telkomsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

CHINA: UNREST RAISES FEARS OF EXECUTION OF CHRISTIAN

The Compass Direct News is reporting that as China deals with the fallout of protests in Tibet and alleged protests in neighboring Xinjiang province, the family of a Uyghur Christian fears he may be sentenced to death this month after officials accused him of endangering national security. Friends said a verdict is expected any time. Track this issue with Compass Direct and don’t forget to pray:

http://www.compassdirect.org

FIND WHAT YOU NEED AND SHARE WHAT YOU’VE FOUND

Need some ideas for your next sermon, Sunday School lesson or communion meditation? Download whatever you need at

http://www.thechristianwarehouse.com

Have you already written some Christian material and wish that others could have access to it? Upload your sermons, lessons, and more. Membership is free to this brand new site. With your help they will soon have thousands of helpful articles, devotions, sermons, lessons and much more.

THE STATE OF THE GOSPEL DVD

Now you can get the DVD of Operation World author Jason Mandryk’s striking presentation, “The State of the Gospel”, given at the 2006 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Malaysia. The DVD includes the 35-minute video of Jason’s live presentation, the audio version, his PowerPoint presentation, and the related Momentum magazine article. Get the DVD for $2.95 plus shipping from Global Mapping International: http://www.gmi.org/gospel Contact GMI at

info

(at)gmi(dot)org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIANS LIVING INTERCULTURALLY

The Link Between: Connecting Christians Living Between Cultures is a networking blog which provides resources for Christians living interculturally through marriage, adoption, career, or missions. Find hundreds of cross- cultural resources and connections to other Christians living ‘between cultures’. Jody, the author, is also looking to build connections with others in similar situations. Contact her to share your resources through her blog at

http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com

THANKS FOR THOSE WHO HOLD BRIGADA’S ROPES

You’re willingness to lower us into the goldmine of missions information is much appreciated! Thanks to the friend who gave $10 from North Carolina, and another who gave $25 from Texas. Thanks to others that have taken time to pass a Brigada on to a friend, teammate, or missionary. You have the potential to become our best marketing partners, simply by serving as “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” Thank you!!!

BECOME A STRATEGIC PARTNER WITH BRIGADA

Want to become a strategic partner? … to undergird Brigada and its future? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 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.

THE BACKPAGE: WHO SAID VOLUNTEERISM IS DEAD?

Not I, that’s for sure. I read with interest the item on the US Peace Corps at Northwestern University’s website:

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=65843

Check it out… Stats say the first decade of the 21st century is on track for having the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers since the decade following JFK’s original speech to the University of Michigan, launching the whole idea. Applications struggled in the ’70s and ’80s, but are now roaring in like a new tide of interest in all things cross- cultural.

What have we, churches and mission agencies of our modern day, to say about the fact that Peace Corps applications can, in many cases, leave our own programs in the dust? No longer can we hide behind accusations that “today’s generation cares little for others,” or “the current crop of young people are concerned only with video games.” If our numbers aren’t rising in step with the Peace Corps, perhaps it’s time we take an honest look at what we’re saying… How we’re recruiting. I remember hearing that, at one point, the Peace Corps was struggling for new prospects. They tried exotic recruiting techniques, … “Come see the world,” etc. No dice. In desperation, they began just telling it like it is. “This will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.” Call it “reality- shock recruiting.” Phone networks jammed. Some 30,000 recruits per *month* began filling out applications.

Maybe today’s new generation isn’t as “me-oriented” as some would have us believe. Maybe they’ve paid attention to images of “9/11″, Hurricane Katrina, and the war in Iraq. Maybe they’re ready to answer the call after all. Added to this, maybe their future employers are giving preference to potential hires that have cross-cultural experience.

Could this next decade become the biggest decade for mission recruits since the 1960s? How will *your* church or mission help make that happen?

Comments about this “BackPage” editorial? Just go to:

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=71

then click on “Comment” under the item. Mark it up. Talk it through. Give your two cents. Either way, let’s make it happen.

Doug

MISSION TRIP THIS SPRING OR SUMMER? GOT INSURANCE?

The Day Tripper is an international medical and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 63 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

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

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

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

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!

ONE WEEK TO FIND SOMEONE TO RUN AN ENGLISH CENTER IN KABUL

Yikes. One organization I know suddenly finds itself in a bit of a bind. We have just one week to find a pair of guys or gals — or a married couple — to run a first-rate English center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Can you help? If so, drop me an email with subject: “TESL Kabul” at:

info(at)

TeamExpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Note: This is a faith job. In other words, the center cannot afford to pay salaries.

Hellllllllpppppppppppppp! :-)

GOING TO CHINA? GO PREPARED

The China Games and Beyond Equipping Kit is a collection of key tools to help prepare teams to serve China during the 2008 Summer Games. The Equipping Kit includes two manuals, CD, DVD, 65 page handbook and more. Teams will learn about strategies for effective ministry, avoiding mistakes, the church in China, needs and opportunities, practical trip essentials, and security issues. For more information about serving China, visit

http://www.servingchina.com

or email information(at)

servingchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

‘EASY BIBLES’ MINISTRY IS ADVANCING RAPIDLY

This month easyUrdu, easyRussian and easyIndonesian have been added to a developing list of 35 ‘easy’ and ‘veryeasy’ language Bible projects now online at

http://www.easyBibles.com

EasyPolish and easyPunjabi are also starting soon. Please pray for this unfolding ministry. More information is available from Martin at mlloyd3000(at)

gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

COULD THIS BE THE FREE VPN FOR WHICH YOU’VE BEEN WAITING?

I’m trying to contact the author of this project:

http://psiphon.civisec.org/

It *looks* like a free VPN. Could this be the vpn for which you’ve been waiting? Check it out. Let us know if you see a hole in it. Thanks. Just to clarify, a “VPN” (virtual private network) establishes a virtual “tunnel” between your computer and a relay unit. That way, it looks like you are merely involved in encrypted communication with the relay unit. It massively reduces the likelihood that your internet communication would be or could be monitored, and it really doesn’t raise your profile because lots of computers have encrypted streams going every which way – — like, every time you log onto your bank account web page.

PERSPECTIVES INTENSIVE CLASS IN VANCOUVER

If you’ve been wanting to take the course but haven’t been able to fit it into life, maybe this option will work: May 26 – June 2 (Sunday off) 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Carey Theological College & William Carey Institute 5920 Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada. There’s a one-day Perspectives Coordinator Training, June 3, following the Intensive for those who want to launch the program in their area. Just browse to

http://www.cwmbc.org

for online registration or more information perspectives(at)

cwmbc (dot) org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

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