Back issues… ("old" style)

Want to try to look up a back issue of Brigada Today using the “old version” calendar index? Most editions (Apr. 18th, 2008 and earlier) should be available. (We won’t be updating this older version. It’ll be a “snapshot” in time.)

To see the “old version” index, click here.

Republish Brigada…

Each issue of Brigada is Copyrighted. 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 spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who previously had little or no access. *

To copy or reproduce Brigada for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

* When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include
this phrase:
“Sign up for a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication at
http://www.brigada.org/.”

Privacy…

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. Life is good. :-)

Our Sponsors…

The following partners have worked out a regular arrangement with Brigada to give on a regular basis. We highly recommend them to you as being among the best in their respective fields. We humbly ask that you utilize their services whenever possible… and we are grateful for their vision and partnership here at Brigada! Want to join them? Just click “Donate” at the top of this page.

Insurancewww.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm
Mark and his friends at Missionary Health (Insurance Services of America) can set you up with international health, life and/or travel insurance needs for both short-term as well as long-term stays. If you’re a missionary . . . or if you know one . . . Mark can probably save you — and him/her — some money. Meanwhile, you’ll be helping Brigada too!

Insurancewww.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp
Jeff and Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance can get quotes from eight different international health insurance companies for international health and life insurance, short-term, long-term and short-term team mission trips. Get group insurance quotes for small and large groups, plans for non-Americans coming to the USA and Americans living in most USA states.

Communications Dial-Abroad.orgwww.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm
Dial-Abroad.org is run by a missionary family and offers a worldwide, international phone service with the cheapest country-to-country international long distance rates I’ve seen. If you are living overseas or call people living abroad then visit this site.

CommunicationsBlessed Hope Communicationswww.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada
Blessed Hope is a Christian owned US long distance service with cheap rates for people living in the USA. Get 4.9 cents per minute interstate rates with no monthly or hidden fees. If you are paying higher rates, then visit this site.


CollaborationCentral Desktop
http://www.centraldesktop.com/l?sr=af_2185213gn5wkcvybdhy9
Central Desktop provides a great batch of services for the team or organization wanting to collaborate on goal-setting, milestone-tracking, group-calendaring, and joint task-listing. This is the service that Brigada & Team Expansion use throughout the year. Give them a try. Even if all you do is register for a free trial, Brigada still gets a $2 gift for your efforts — and it really is truly the service Team Expansion & Brigada are using at this time. Also get web-conferencing and voice conferencing for 10 people, built into the service!

Communications – Global Airtime – http://www.GlobalAirtime.com

This is a great service for anyone wanting to keep in touch while traveling abroad. They provide a Global SIM card that can be used with any GSM Tri or Quad band phone to travel just about anywhere in the world. You will save as much as 90% or more on cellular calls while traveling abroad. BEST OF ALL they will assign you a local U.S. number to take with you so that friends and family here in the U.S. can easily keep in touch with you without making an International Long Distance call. Find out more by visiting their website
www.GlobalAirtime.com

TravelMission Travelhttp://www.missiontravel.org/ — Christian owned and operated travel agency exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Also email


or call 1-888-849-8850 in the USA.

Books — William Carey Library – http://www.missionbooks.org/ — This book source, which has been publishing missions books since the 1960s, seems to keep the best books of all. All the hard-to-find stuff as well as the hot-off-the-presses stuff… it’s mostly all right here.

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Want to be listed here as a regular sponsor of Brigada? It’s easy! Just fill out this form and mail it to the address below.
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BRIGADA REGULAR MONTHLY GIVING FORM:

Thank you for your partnership with Brigada!
Please print this form, fill in the appropriate information, and mail it to the address below.

Billing address for the card:

Name _________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip ___________________________________________________________

Phone # ___________________________

Email ________________________________

Please charge $___________ to my credit card.
(American Express, Discover Card, Master Card, Visa)

For regular givers: Please make my gift on the _______ day of every month.

Cardholder’s Name ___________________________________________

Card # ______________________________________________________

Expiration Date: _______________________ Security Code __________

Signature ___________________________________________________

Please mail this form to:
Brigada
4112 Old Routt Road
Louisville, KY 40299

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In addition, you can click here to see those who have given so far this year.

Donate

It’s easy to contribute toward the expenses at Brigada. You can give $500 or $50 — any amount helps. If you’d like to use PayPal, click the “Donate” button above left to contribute via PayPal, Mastercard, Visa or any other major credit card. You need not have a PayPal Account. After clicking the button above, you’ll be taken to a PayPal secure giving site. On that page, just look down at the bottom lefthand side and there you’ll find a link, “Don’t have a PayPal account?” Click “Continue” and there you can choose to use your Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or any other major credit card. You don’t even have to register with PayPal if you prefer not to do so.)

If you prefer not to use PayPal, you can also click on the “Donate” button upper right. This link takes you to take you to Authorize.net’s payment processor, a completely different service.

By the way, either way, these giving pages are extremely encrypted. No one will be able to see your donation on the Internet — because in both cases, you’ll be using a secure banking site.

If you’d prefer not to use an online payment service, you can also simply mail a check to:
Team Expansion (Brigada)
13711 Willow Reed Dr.
Louisville, KY 40299

If you’d like a tax-deductible receipt, please mail your check and make your check payable to “Team Expansion.”

If you’d like to be a recurring giver (e.g., $25/month), it’s easy! Just fill out this form and mail it to the address below.

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BRIGADA REGULAR MONTHLY GIVING FORM:Thank you for your partnership with Brigada!Please print this form, fill in the appropriate information, and mail it to the address below.

Billing address for the card:

Name _________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip ___________________________________________________________

Phone # ___________________________

Email ________________________________

Please charge $___________ to my credit card.(American Express, Discover Card, Master Card, Visa)

Please make my gift on the _______ day of every month.

Cardholder’s Name ___________________________________________

Card # ______________________________________________________

Expiration Date: _______________________

Security Code __________

Signature ___________________________________________________

Please mail this form to:
Brigada
4112 Old Routt Road
Louisville, KY 40299

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See the total gifts given so far this year.

See our “regular” sponsors (those which have committed to giving on a regular basis as Brigada participants utilize their services).

Subscribe…

In addition to reading Brigada online, you can receive the weekly email edition. There are three ways to subscribe.

1) Just click on the word “subscribe” immediately below. Most web browsers will automatically open your email client, then queue up an email to the correct address — brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom)   . All you have to do is hit “send.” (The subject line and body text of the email are ignored anyway.)

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2) Use this easy box to subscribe via Google Groups directly via the web:

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Either way, the email won’t contain graphics, nor will it give you the ability to search Brigada back-issues by topic (tag) or by date, but if you have a narrow pipeline to the Internet, maybe that’s exactly what you need.

And thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

Submit an item [revised 12/30/2008]…

It’s easy to submit an item for publishing in Brigada. But you can save us tons of time by using the following guidelines — and increase the likelihood that we’ll use your item, too.

1) Write the item in 3rd person (don’t use “I”, “me”, “we”, or “us”). We write the articles as if Doug is speaking… so it won’t make sense if you say “us”.

2) Keep it short . . . 8-10 lines max please.

3) Keep it simple . . . please don’t send your submission as an attached file. We don’t open them – ever. Sorry.

4) If it seems helpful, feel free to provide an email address in addition to a web URL. (Some subscribers have to pay by the minute for web access.) As of 2008, when we include email addresses, we convert them to a jpg graphic. This hopefully discourages web-scanning robots from picking up on your email address. Due to this conversion to graphical format, we no longer have to “disguise” email addresses with parentheses and words like “(at)” and “(dot)”. In fact, when you include them these days, it’s just extra work to take them back out.

5) Remember you’re writing to an international audience (40% of our readers live outside North America).

6) If you provide a toll-free number (for USA subscribers), please provide a “normal” number too. Write with an int’l reader in mind! For example, you might say, “USA callers can dial toll-free (others can call via Skype-out) 1-800-xxx-xxxx.” When you write in such a way, you avoid alienating those from countries other than the USA . . . and over the years, that’s been a constant goal of Brigada.

7) Make it interesting, but don’t go overboard with too many UPPER CASE words or !!! exclamations!!! And please, don’t use sentence fragments or “classified ad language”. For example, instead of saying, “Transfers accepted. Seating limited.”, talk in plain English please: “The school accepts transfers, but you’d better apply soon because seating is limited.” Also, please steer away from using passive voice. Use active voice. (So instead of saying “transfers accepted”, please write “The school accepts transfers.”)

8) We stopped using “pointy braces” <> around email addresses long ago.

9) We love web addresses (URLs); please supply the “http://” on the front and put the address on its own line. Example: “Check out http://www.brigada.org/ Even if the URL is at the end of a sentence, we still don’t show a period after the URL, since some browsers reported trouble opening these URLs. Please don’t send us the URL already encoded as a hidden “link” to an anchor word in your item. We still send Brigada as an email (text-only) for low-bandwidth dial-up subscribers, using pure ASCII text. So it’s extra work to have to de-link the fancy HTML. Just write in plain letters please. Besides, our style calls for showing people the actual URL to which they’re being linked. We think it’s a bit more honest that way — to let users see exactly where they’ll be browsing.

10) Suggest a title for the item. Put it at the beginning of the item, all upper case, followed by 2 hyphens, like this ” — “. Please keep the title short. We have to put an item number at the beginning when we compile the text, and we like the title to fit on one line. For samples, just check out a current issue!

11) Start the text of your item immediately after those hyphens; See any Brigada Today for an example. No need to skip a line.

12) Please hit the space bar only *once* after a period (not 2 or 3 times).

13) By default, we mention only first names. You’ll thank us later when you decide you want to cleanse the web of your full name. Also by default, we usually don’t publish email addresses of contributors. (They get archived on the Brigada site… and if we publish them, you’ll probably see an increase in spam anyway.) When we include email addresses — see #4 above.

14) We emphasize items with broad appeal (as opposed to a narrow focus or single people group). We do publish mission opportunities once and awhile, but usually only those aimed at a *group* rather than a job opportunity for just one highly focused individual. Our audience is close to 10,000… and we only publish up to 20 items per week… so we’re looking for items that interest the most people.

15) Sorry — we don’t publish appeals for support (at least 1/3 of our readers are missionaries, so we’d be preaching to the choir!).

16) Send your submissions to

In the subject line, please put: “Proposed Brigada Submission”.

17) Make sure you note any deadlines you’re working under… Most of the time we’re backed up two or three weeks on nondated items. Oops — we could be backed up quite a bit longer. :-( But part of that is due to not having a secretary or assistant. If we’re ever able to raise our full Brigada budget, we’ll be able to afford one… and then Brigadas will come out on time… So see? … chipping in a donation to Brigada will make a difference! :-)

18) Please don’t indent or center any lines in your item.

19) Please remove all formatting from the text; Keep it simple.

20) If you write in Microsoft Word, please turn off all “publisher” characters (like fancy quotes).

21) Keep security and sensitivity as a high priority — don’t compromise the identity of those you love.

22) If your name or email address doesn’t reveal your gender, please tell us if there’s any doubt, in case we refer to you later as a “he” or “she.”

23) We try to major in items relating to unreached peoples and/or the challenges of reaching them, along with helpful tools and resources to make it all work together.

24) We simply can’t include everything that is submitted; we reserve the right not to print it all. Much of our international audience is paying by the byte! Thanks!!!

25) Note that you can now collect instant feedback on your item. Just ask readers to click on the word, “Comment” below the item text. In this manner, there’s no need to wait for some kind of “compilation in two weeks,” as we used to have to do in the past.

Thank you for being a part of the Brigada family!

Note: We don’t charge any advertising fees for publishing your item in Brigada. However, if you’d like to pitch in toward the costs of even a part-time assistant, we’d do a much better job managing this publication. Thanks for understanding!

About Brigada…

Brigada is a web journal offering resources, strategy tips, tools & “hacks” to Great Commission Christians. It is edited by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Here’s a very brief history:
Since January 25th, 1995, the weekly Brigada Today email journal has been informing Great Commission Christians about our great global quest: giving hope and help to those who need it most. During its initial 3 or 4 years, Brigada sought to create email discussion groups that would unify like-minded pilgrims in reaching specific pockets of people. Thankfully, now there are several specialist websites dedicated to that task. In more recent years, Brigada has honed in on what it always did best for Christians in God’s Great Cause:

  • Identify & promote helpful resources, conferences, websites, agencies, individuals, etc.
  • Analyze & capsulate in layman terms the current trends in global mission, along with their potential impact on the world of missions
  • Challenge & motivate evangelical Christians toward greater involvement in finishing the Task of global evangelism — to seek to inspire others to help in passing the baton of responsibility and initiative in world evangelism, to form a kind of “brigade” so that, shoulder to shoulder, we can finish the Task that Jesus assigned us in Matthew 28:19-20.

Today there are about 10,000 subscribers of our weekly publication who, together, make up the Brigada family of participants. May God grant all of us wisdom, insight, and energy to keep on sharing hope and help to those who need it most!

Here at our new “Web 2.0” site, we have, in a manner of speaking, re-created history, posting every past edition of Brigada Today via this blogging approach as if they had been written this way all along. The real truth is that the original versions of these Brigada Today editions were sent out as emails, then logged to the web in a completely different format. Beginning June 28, 2008, we recast them here in this new format, which includes multiple new tools such as all-site searching, date sorting, commenting, and much more.

Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

Welcome to Brigada!

In November, 1994, Doug Lucas was asked to serve as President of “Envision ’96”, a global missions conference which was to occur in Lexington, KY, Nov. 4-6, 1996. In the run-up to this event, Doug and his sidekick, Eric Derry, conducted focus groups throughout the country to discern how the convention might best serve the global missions enterprise. As a result of all the dreaming that went on in those brainstorming sessions, Doug launched Brigada in January, 1995.

In Doug’s keynote address on the opening night of Envision ’96, he called for networks of churches and agencies to “adopt” unreached people groups. Behind him were 1739 large placards, each containing the name of one of the least reached people groups being highlighted by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. He asked audience members to approach a giant “Adoption Center” to the right of the stage, where Eric was standing by with a staff of volunteers, ready to record the “adoptions. Hundreds responded… networks launched… and unreached people around the world heard, many for the first time, the saving message of Jesus Christ.

From those beginnings sprang the Brigada vision of linking together a “brigade” of people (“Brigada” is Spanish for “brigade”), all banded together for the sake or reaching the world’s lost. Since 1995, Doug has compiled a simple, text-oriented email called “Brigada Today.” What began with a network of 2 people has now expanded to a readership of over 10,000, not including visitors to the newly-refreshed Brigada website.

Doug has always said, “The measure of Envision ’96… and the measure of Brigada… will not be seen by crowds in convention centers or pages on websites. The real measure will be changed lives, new churches planted, long-term networks launched.

That’s the magic of Brigada. Join the momentum. Pray for energy for the Cause. Participate in reaching the unreached today… and you’ll be carrying forth the tradition of Brigada.
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