THE BACKPAGE: "JESUS? WHO IS HE?

Last week during our “Launch” week (the week during which we train our newest mission recruits with Team Expansion), one of the participants was recounting the story that convicted him to enter missions as a career. He mentioned that he was serving on a summer internship in Asia. In talking with a couple of nationals he had just met, in an effort to learn more about the culture three, he asked them what the typical local might think of Jesus. As the answer came back, he came face to face with how desperately some people still need the redeemer. When they answered, they said, shaking their head, “Jesus? Who is he?”

With all of today’s communication systems, media, and the Internet, perhaps it’s hard for us to digest the fact that there might still be some 2 billion people who still, for the most part, remain in that same situation. Yet it’s true. And from that moment on, this new recruit made up his mind that he would live his life, God willing, to reduce the number of people in that situation the best he could.

Interested in learning more about that need? There are a number of great media sources listed in the response comments to a recent BackPage request on our Brigada “Brigade” site at:

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=61

As you scan down the page, please take a moment to give thanks for all the folks that have worked to produce these and other resources so we can “get the word out” about the remaining need. As for me, I ended up using a resource at

http://www.FaithVisuals.com

called “Lost People.” It was quick, easy-to-download, generic enough, yet specific enough, quick enough, and people-oriented enough to try to get my point across.

I’ll also mention that one Brigada participant (only one) questioned my desire to find such a video. His basic tenant was that I must be out of touch with the need if I don’t understand that it can’t be reduced to a 3-minute video. I understood his criticism and thanked him for it. Still I need to provide this particular church with a resource, so … something tells me that maybe he didn’t understand the context. The truth is, many of us, when we come in contact with a deep heartfelt need, probably react similarly. How would we ever show that desperate situation on a video? And if we did, would it be manipulative? … crass? … or somehow dishonest? I guess for me, I go back to Jesus’ response in Matthew 9, where he saw “sheep without a shepherd,” wept, then immediately told the disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send workers. That’s exactly what I was hoping to do — in effect, transport the congregation to truly *see* that scene of sheep without a shepherd.

By the way, the church decided to study the world and adopt an unreached people group somewhere. With the Lord’s help, there will someday be a handful (or maybe *tons*) of previously untold people who stand with white robes on judgment day — because that church decided to try to make a difference. Huh. What’s not to like about that? :-)

Comments on this “BackPage” editorial? Just log on at…

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=62

then click on “Comment” below it and type in your thought. Visit this and lot of other feedback at

http://www.brigada.org/brigade

GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?

There are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! 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! (And they do indeed send a small gift for *every* single trip that is registered with them. It’s amazing.)

NEW TOOL FOR RAISING SUPPORT

Here is one more tool to assure that you can raise your full support in a reasonable time. Since June, 2007 when Kingdom Come Training began offering live, interactive video courses on raising support, missionaries have struggled with the problem of taking three weeks out of their travel schedule. Now that problem is solved by adding the option of a one-week intensive course. The one- week course still offers the full eighteen hours of fear-eliminating presentation skills and requires the full 18 hours of confidence- building offline personal practice. It is designed for those who can dedicate a full week to the training with no outside activities. Anyone with high-speed internet can do it. KCT offers ongoing practical help through the Support Assist Team until you are at 100%. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211 or email him at: jerry(at) kingdomcometraining(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.] Find them on the web at:

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

KID’S MISSION VIDEOS NOW ON YOUTUBE

Prayer and Fasting for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, and Prayerwalking for Kids, are now available on YouTube! These 6-minute snappy kid videos narrated by kids have been used for years by mission agencies, Sunday Schools, and conferences. You can find Prayer and Fasting for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSbYXcN5VBQ

Prayerwalking for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQOLGTKL_ag

and The 10/40 Window for Kids

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0A75w748_Ro

You can contact Joey and Fawn Parish at fawn(at)

Reignbridge(dot)com for more info. [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.]

TEACHERS & STAFF NEEDED AT INT’L CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA

Metro Delhi International School has an urgent need for a experienced teachers and other staff for the 2008-9 school year. Positions available are listed on the web site and applications are being accepted. The school currently serves 60 international children, Kindergarten to grade 11, with potential to grow. MDIS primarily serves International students working with organizations in the Delhi area, as well as business and diplomatic families. Basic salary and housing are provided. For more information, see

http://www.mdis.net

or contact info(at)

mdis(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 onto one line.]

STUDY/LIVE IN THE WEST BANK

Looking for a great cultural experience and the opportunity to impact a community? The Step Foundation NGO

http://www.stepinternational.org

is hosting English courses in Ramallah, West Bank. The NGO is currently seeking volunteer teachers for its program. Teachers have a unique opportunity to break the social barriers that exist as well as provide a needed service to locals. The dates for the year 2008 are: from the middle of February to Easter and from Easter until Ramadan (end of August). There will be six-week classes, with the weekly schedule being every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2.30 until 8.15 pm. For more information, please contact Harry at: 0544-370-446 or harry(at)

stepinternational(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.]

"MENTORNET" FREE CPM COACHES’ MONTHLY E-LETTER

Church Planting guru, George Patterson, and his co-workers answer pressing questions for those who mentor and coach shepherds of reproducing, new churches. See past issues at

http://www.MentorNet.ws

Subscribe at the site or send a blank e-mail message to mentornet_articles(at)

getresponse.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.] You will be sent a return e-mail asking you to verify your subscription as required by the CAN-SPAM law. Questions? Write to Mentors(at)

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

OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE (APRIL 25-26, 2008)

The theme is “Glorifying God in Beijing and Beyond!” Plenary Speakers include Dr. Patrick Fung – OMF General Director ( Singapore ) and Tony Lambert – OMF Director of China Research ( UK ) plus eight workshops focused on China. For conference inquires, contact Dick (866) 500-1248 or email dandrews(at)

omf(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 back onto one line.] or browse to

http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

They have a great Children’s Program and the location is Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. Group, student and senior rates are available.

AMAZING ENCOURAGEMENT

Thanks to Kingdom Come Training

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

for the $60 gift they sent recently. What an encouragement. Thanks, too, goes to The Ableson Law Firm in Washington D.C.

http://www.attorneysforpeople.com

If you need an attorney in the DC area, we hope you’ll check them out. We also received $20 from GLOBAL Opportunities. They were pre-paying a tithe of the registration money they hoped to gather from registrations to their Florida Tentmaking Course, Feb 20-24. (I know for a fact that our Outreach Director and his wife went to it from here at Team Expansion. I hope they picked up at least two others! :-) )

Finally, an anonymous reader from the Missions Resource Network, in the great state of Texas, sent $100. Bowled us over. Thank you so much!!! See their upcoming conferences and learn about their teams in preparation.

WOULD YOU BE THE MINUTE MAN?

During the early days of the American colonies, there were these “Minute men”… People that could be called at a moment’s notice, ready to defend their new colony. Well — now’s your chance to become one of those… because we’re calling for your involvement. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 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.

THE BACKPAGE: 48 HOURS TO FIND AN INSPIRING VIDEO

OK… I’ve got 48 hours to find the very best video in the world to mobilize a church of 1500 to raise the bar for missions in their congregation. The video should be short — maybe 3 minutes is perfect. It should be snappy and fast-paced. It should not be a “branded” appeal. (In other words, it shouldn’t be seeking to raise money or recruits for any one specific agency, project, or people.) Instead, it should prompt a church to want to do more for missions. It should inspire them to believe that the task is *doable*. It should help them get a glimpse, though, of just how much yet there is to do. When viewers finish watching the feature, they should *gulp* because of the tremendous “task remaining”, they should be sobered by the depth of the challenge, but they should be excited to get involved in what their church is doing to change the world… starting with one people group or city.

All that in 3 minutes. Can it be done? Do you know of such a video? We need it by noon Friday… so that means ordering it Thursday if we have to express mail it into Louisville… or better yet, downloading it on Thursday, end of the day. Is it doable? Does one exist? Don’t be humble if you’re the producer… we need this baby ASAP. Thanks for any help you can give!!!

If you know of any such resource … or anything *close* to it… please leave a message by clicking to:

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=61

Thank you so much. I’m desperate. :-) Either way, the site should become a virtual cornucopia of great mobilization videos. Check it out!

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES

In conjunction with John Dawson’s International Reconciliation Coalition, registration is now open 24/7/365 for the web-based, self-paced 12 month school for leaders, the International School of Reconciliation Studies. Comprised of a world-class gathering of scholars and storytellers, this school is designed to multiply creative, biblically anchored, multi-cultural reconcilers throughout the world. To explore the school go to

http://www.gracebridge.org

or you may email fawn

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

MISSIONS MOBILIZATION SCHOOL SEEKING TEACHERS

The School of Missions Mobilization, a project of Hillside Missions, is accepting applications for teachers and students. The SMM’s vision is to train and prepare Latin American individuals to share the gospel with unreached nations and peoples. More than just a school, the SMM is a community. If you’re not looking to enroll as a student, there are plenty of opportunities to teach! Some of the subjects taught include Bible, Missiology, Anthropology, Theology and English. For more information and an application in Spanish or English, check out

http://www.matachi.org

HOUSING FOR MISSIONARIES

To their six guest rooms for missionaries and ministers needing short term housing while in Southern California, they have recently added three RV sites with hookups. From one night or up to two weeks, they can house families, couples, and singles in guest rooms or your RV. It’s a good place for R & R for a ministry couple or family. Hospitality is on a donation basis. Learn more at…

www.across2u.com/rancho.html

FUNCTIONAL LITERACY SHELL BOOKS

Wycliffe Associates (UK) produce functional literacy books which are intended to raise interest in community projects or as simple aids for adults who are learning to read for the first time in their own language. The subject matter (the ‘Functional’ bit) is designed to show new knowledge or skills. The books cover agriculture, crafts, farming (animals), health & hygiene and illnesses & diseases. Shell Books are available as computer files (Word and Publisher) which can be printed off as small A5 booklets. Many of the English titles have been translated into French, Portuguese and Spanish, however, the original text can be lifted out in order to insert a local language whilst retaining pictures and computer formatting. Learn more at

http://www.shellbooks.org

or by emailing funclit

(at)wa-uk(dot)dot(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

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