6) Florida Awaits Tentmakers Business As Mission People —

Global Opportunities & TENT informed us this past week that the next 4.5 day tentmaking course, Oct 17-21, is filling up quickly. The focus of these intense days is on ministry development, cultural adaptation and getting ready to go. Space is limited so please register early. If Florida does not fit your schedule there is one more course in 2012 in GERMANY Nov 1-4. Check here for all upcoming courses through 2013.

http://www.globalopps.org/news.htm or email goemail(at)globalopps.org

7) New Resource for Non-profits/NGOs —

Good Neighbor Insurance, the travel and overseas insurance company owned and staffed by former missionaries, has created new online helps and resources for missionary and non-governmental groups with staff overseas, at

Helps include an honest look at what they like about each insurance carrier, specific ways to help make missionary healthcare more affordable, as well as helping home staff and HR personnel be more efficient. The site now has specific tips for those organizations without a group policy (missionaries carry their own insurance), missions groups who have group insurance elsewhere, and groups that are currently clients. This resource is especially helpful to smaller and/or newer mission groups.

8) Youth Night: “In My Generation.” You’re invited! —

OMF Youth Night will be held this year on Friday, October 19, at Fujian Evangelical Church at 12200 Blundell Road, Richmond. This special evening is free and open to all youth – high school, college, university, young professionals and the young at heart! Registration will open at 6:30 pm and the program will run from 7 to 9 pm. This year’s keynote speaker is David Ullstrom, missionary in Taiwan. There will also be other OMF missionaries who will be sharing their experiences. Register early by phoning OMF at 604-278-1208 or email
cadotbcdotrmcatomfmaildotcom

9) Heart For Asia Conference —

You’re invited to the free annual OMF Heart for Asia Conference scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at Fujian Evangelical Church at 12200 Blundell Road, Richmond. This conference is open to all. A light lunch will be provided (by donation). Registration will open at 9:00 am and the conference will run from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. This year’s keynote speaker is David Ullstrom, missionary in Taiwan, with other missionaries sharing their experiences as well. Register early by phoning OMF at 604-278-1208 or email
cadotbcdotrmcatomfmaildotcom

10) Heart For Asia Conference (Victoria) —

You’re invited to the free annual OMF Heart for Asia Conference scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at Victoria Chinese Pentecostal Church, 2215 Dowler Place, Victoria. This conference is open to all. A light lunch will be provided (by donation). Registration will open at 9:30 am and the conference will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This year’s keynote speaker is David Ullstrom, missionary in Taiwan, with other missionaries sharing their experiences as well. Register early by phoning OMF at 604-278-1208 or 1-866-552-2157 or email
cadotbcdotrmcatomfmaildotcom

11) TESOL training in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Jan. 7 -Feb. 8 —

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 info, or look at

http://www.actesol.com

13) We’re Grateful for…

A gift of $41.43 from Logos Bible Software as a way of saying thanks to Brigada for referrals and recommendations sent their way. If you’re interested in Bible software, you might never find anything better than Logos. Learn more at…

http://www.logos.com/Brigada

14) The BackPage: Reflections on a Season of Soccer —

On July 15, my wife almost always jokes, “See you in November.” You see, in addition to doing mission work at Team Expansion, I coach high school boys’ (men’s?) soccer on the side. Tomorrow (Monday), we open District Tournaments. It’s usually a great time to stop and take stock of the season. And so, because it’s happening “right now,” let’s see what lessons we can draw so far from coaching this particular team through the summer and fall:

*** Leadership finds its headwaters in a serving heart — Our two all-time senior captains aren’t bossy. They aren’t flamboyant nor do they constantly impress you with chatter about English footballers. What they DO have is a quiet strength that inspires confidence, stability, and consistency. The secret is to serve! It’s all about serving.

*** There is no “I” in Team — We were blessed this year to have TWO good goalkeepers, one a senior and the other a junior. As I tried to size them up in real competitions, I got into a habit of rotating them often (not always, but often). I’d play the junior keeper every third game or so, just to see how he did. In fact, I finally began alternating them evenly. The senior keeper didn’t like it a bit and, because he wasn’t dominating the playing time, he actually quit the team all together. I won’t try to pick apart his motives. I’ll only observe that, at the end of the day, even if he DID think he was better, if you ask me, he still needed to stay on the team. If it’s “all about the team,” then your concern isn’t for individual playing time. Rather, it’s focused on “how can we get the outcome we desire (which, in soccer, usually means to score goals).”

*** There is strength in multiple volunteers — Because I have a full-time job away from the high school where I coach, I simply couldn’t do this job were it not for a handful of extremely engaged parents who volunteer and “make the world go round.” I’ve become convinced that volunteers are the coolest people on earth. They don’t work for money; their only satisfaction is the internal, intangible fulfillment they get by knowing that they helped bring about the end-goal. If we had more people like them around the world, the earth might actually spin faster!

There are other conclusions too numerous to mention. But these 3 at least get you started. In one way or another, they all seem to focus on leadership and how it happens best, perhaps.

But what about you? What lessons have you learned from sport? How does soccer (or your favorite pastime) help YOU understand reality. When is the athletic field most like the world in which you live and how does it help you cope? Just click “Comment” in the comments below to pitch in. Thank you in advance for any comments you can share.

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2) Next Week, Brigada Begins Shipping via iContact —

Since April 23, 1999, Brigada has shipped out via GoogleGroups (or its predecessor, “egroups”) and through YahooGroups. These services were the best we had at the time and, in many ways, they’ve served us well. But there are now better ways to send and receive email newsletters like Brigada Today. Can you believe it — next week we’re finally going to take the plunge. Beginning with the Oct. 1st edition of Brigada Today, we plan to use iContact and, along with it, a new sending email address — editoratbrigadadotorg  (editoratbrigadadotorg)  . You would do us a big favor if you would please add that email address (editoratbrigadadotorg) to your email client’s address book. In this way, you’ll minimize the chance that next week’s email (and those thereafter) will be considered spam.

3) Why Switch to iContact Now? —

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5) Will Brigada Begin Charging a Subscription Fee? —

Since 1995, our approach has been to receive a limited amount of donations from those who can and wish to give, but to give away our services for free especially for those living in situations in which it’s not as easy to pay subscription fees for a weekly magazine. It’s a labor of love (we never broke even on costs and time invested before and we’re sure not to break even now that we’ll be using a paid emailing service), but thanks to the good folks at Team Expansion who have been willing to help make ends meet when Brigada hasn’t pulled its own weight.

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