THE BACK PAGE: UNDERDOGS *CAN* TRIUMPH

Well anyone who saw last night’s SuperBowl (a championship game for American football) can relate to the header that “underdogs *can* triumph.” In what had to be one of the most unlikely outcomes of all time, Eli and his troops pulled it off. I’ll quickly admit that I was rooting for him. (What’s not to like about two brothers winning back-to-back superbowls two years in a row!)

In this case, though, rather than key in on big catches (there were those) or individual performances (there were those too), I’d just like to draw a general lesson from the overall outcome. In the opinions of many pundits, the game was hardly worth playing. It was to have been a game of destiny for quarterback, Tom Brady, in the opinion of some. Eli Manning believed otherwise, and as is often the case, *belief* gave way to *reality*.

And that brings us to our point: Perhaps there are those nay-sayers who cast cold water on the cause of global missions these days, with comments like, “What’s the use?” or “They’ve ignored the message this long; what’s going to change them now?” My thought is, thank goodness Eli didn’t give in to polls. Instead, he just worked his plan and, what, 250 yards later, he was thrusting celebrating arms in the air as the game’s MVP.

What big challenge are you or your team facing? Tempting to give up and call it a day. My advice: don’t. You just might be missing out on a tremendous blessing, not only for you and/or your team, but also for the people who benefit because of your efforts. Hang in there. Keep passing. Keep running. Flee troublesome tackles. Don’t give up. Victory could be only one play away.

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http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=59

and click on “Comment” to give your feedback or story.

THESE RESOURCES WILL HELP YOU STAY IN THE DIFFICULT PLACES

Three new resources to help Christian workers stay healthy in difficult places.

Ethne-Member Care-Updates: This monthly report contains important resources regarding member care plus relevant materials from the international humanitarian, business, and health fields. The January 2008 issue is on Health and Dysfunction in the Mission Community.

http://www.ethne.net/membercare/updates

Reality Dose: This new web site has materials on member care for the mission/aid community. The initial resource is a special article on discipline/dysfunction, available in 12 languages.

http://MCAresources.googlepages.com/realitydose

CORE Member Care: This is an international weblog, with weekly entries to provide “Reflections and Resources for Good Practice.” The current topic is on personal and organisational dysfunction.

http://www.COREmembercare.weblog.com

(Thanks to Kelly and Michele for passing along these tips!)

HELP YOUR CHILDREN DO MISSIONS –

Join children from across North America and around the world for Children’s Ministry Day on Saturday, February 16. On this day, thousands of children will participate in ministry projects to help hungry people. How will your kids make a difference in your community for Christ? To learn more, visit

http://www.childrensmissions.com

or email children

(at)wmu(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.]

YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL IN PA

Are you seeking greater intimacy with God and taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, enroll today in the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. This 20-week dynamic journey includes 12 weeks of life-changing teaching covering Christian world missions, the Father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare, and godly relationships. Students travel to Crimea in Ukraine for 8 weeks to work among an unreached Muslim people group. Lecture phase is June 4-August 27, 2008 with outreach to Ukraine, August 30-October 22, 2008. Details and application forms are on their website

http://www.ywampa.org

or call (717)274-9010 or email ywampa

(at)comcast(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 email address back onto one line.]

SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE

The 2008 Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference is an annual training event open to church, school, or agency leaders who lead, train, organize, supervise, or go on Christian short-term mission trips. Featured speaker for 2008 is Bob Klamser of Crisis Consulting International. Bob will train in Risk Assessment and Crisis Management: Keeping Your Short-Term Teams Safe in a Risky World. Other conference topics include: Urban Missions, Standards of Excellence in STM, STM Basics 101, Technology and Trends in STM, Training Your Team, and much more. Register online at

http://www.stemintl.org/training/stmlc

Or call 1.877.STEM.646 for more information. Early registration and group discounts are available.

PRAY FOR FORGOTTEN PEOPLES IN NAMIBIA

Next month, as we recognize Valentine’s Day and give remembrances of our love to our family members, please remember to pray for the Forgotten Peoples of Namibia. Many know of God’s love but many others have not heard. Even though God loves the many diverse people groups of Namibia, pray that they will soon hear and accept His love personally. Pray for the many people groups there, specifically the Herero, the Namibian Coloureds, the Nama/Damara and the Mbalantu. Pray that they hear His message of love and life and that they have the open hearts and minds to accept His message. For more information on how to become a prayer partner for the Forgotten Peoples of Namibia, contact 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.]

OPPORTUNITIES AN INT’L SCHOOL/FAMILY LEARNING CENTER IN THAILAND

Here’s a Christian school in Chiang Rai, Thailand, that is “Serving the Servants” in the beautiful and tropical Golden Triangle area of N. Thailand. Currently there are opportunities for kindergarten and elementary teachers. Middle school and high school are in need of math, science, language arts and history teachers. CRICS also have a growing ESL program and needs additional teachers. Though certified teachers are desired, because CRICS is not yet fully registered and because of strong parental involvement in the education of the children, volunteers without teaching credentials are welcome for a minimum of 6 months, but preferably for 1-2 years. This is a Christian school that primarily uses Sonlight curriculum and has students and teachers from more than 7 countries. Please contact infocrics

(at)gmail(dot)com 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 . and reassemble the address onto one line.]

REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES

Do you have an interest and burden for reaching Japanese who are temporarily in the USA and Canada? You are invited to participate in the following RJC Conferences: First Hawaii RJC Conference, January 19, 2008 at Makiki Christian Church, Honolulu, Hawaii. Second Southern California RJC Conference, January 26, 2008 at Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo, California. Seventh Annual International RJC Conference-Pacific Northwest, February 21-23 at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington. For additional information please see

http://www.rjcnetwork.org/

or email donwright

(at)rjcnetwork(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.]

FINAL GIFTS ARE IN; 2007 IS DONE

And it was a great year, too. We’re so very grateful for those who have chipped in a total of $300 more:

$50 from a dear couple working in Bosnia. What a boost. $75 from a great encourager from Columbia, SC. Shew. Thanks! $50 from a friend working with an unreached people group in Cen. Asia $100 from the great Canadian Perspectives students & staff, BC, Canada $25 from a great friend in Morton, IL

This, combined with the $13,918.90 balance from last edition’s report makes a total of $14,218.90 sponsorships and gifts in 2007. It was a great year and, though we fell short of our financial needs ($17,150), it was still enough for partial secretarial help, along with some very much-appreciated help toward Brigada web-hosting & expansion expenses.

For 2008, we will be setting exactly the same goal as for 2007: $17,150. Already there are two gifts that have arrived:

$20 from a Texan with big dreams, wanting to “prime the pump” for ’08 $25 Charleston S.C. Personal Injury lawyers, on the web at

http://www.joegriffith.com

Thank you very much for these and all those that helped in 2007! God bless you every one!!!!

WHAT IF WE FINISHED THE BUDGET FOR 2008 EARLY?

You already know the answer to that question. Once we reach our budgeted needs of $17,150 for 2008, we don’t mention finances again for the rest of the year! What would it be like if some generous soul(s) stepped forward to help us make that budget *early* in 2008. Want to help today? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page:

http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

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: HOW CAN WE BRING VALUE TO THOSE WE SERVE?

To me, that’s a question we all need to address in 2008. We missionary-types tend to get branded occasionally as being “takers”. So the question is, how can we become givers, especially to those who give to make our relationship possible. Let’s say you come upon a website offering great reviews of electronics merchandise… say… like

http://www.retrevo.com/

You recognize that they offer quality reviews, plus links to purchase products at very affordable prices. You file it away in your browser’s “favorites” then go on about your work. So what I’m asking is… what if you shared that information with someone that has been helpful or encouraging to you… especially if it’s someone that you know is in the market for a new printer or router or monitor or stereo or PDA or camera or camcorder or scanner or phone or MP3 player. The secret is to always be thinking, “How can I go beyond being just a taker; how can I become a giver back to those around me and those afar?” So you share that one little site witht them, just in case they need it… and you make it clear that it’s not your site… just something you found and thought of them. It’s not much, but over time, it’ll send a message: a message that we’re looking out for others besides ourselves.

That’s our challenge in 2008.

Doug

PS. Want to comment on this “BackPage” editorial? You can. Just browse

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=57

and click on “Comments” below the item.

20071230 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SCOTT’S “BEST READS OF 2007”
  2. FLORIDA TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM
  3. TAKING THIS SURVEY WILL HELP MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  4. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE
  5. TAKE PART IN GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER SYMPOSIUM
  6. GET READY, GET SET, THEN GO
  7. HOSPITALITY CENTER ADDS MINI RV PARK
  8. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR RAISING SUPPORT
  9. FUTURE MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIPS
  10. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE TO FEATURE “STORYING”
  11. WE FEEL SOOOOOOO LOVED AND APPRECIATED!!! :-)
  12. FOUR FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE?
  13. THE BACKPAGE: THE DARKER THE SKY, THE BRIGHTER THE GALAXY

    1. SCOTT’S “BEST READS OF 2007” — Back again by popular request is Scott Shaum, of Barnabas, Int’l, with his “Best reads” of the year.

      See his “Best reads” article at:

      http://www.brigada.org/articles/best-reads-2007.html

      Learn more about the organization with which Scott serves at

      http://www.barnabas.org

      or email him directly

      Barnabas International sshaum(at)barnabas(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]


    2. FLORIDA TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM — Did you know that GLOBAL Opportunities is celebrating its 10th year in running intensive, hi- impact tentmaking courses? Read on their website what course alumni have to say and then register for the next course in Florida, Feb 20-24 2008. Many say that no tentmaker should leave without this training, and if you are between tentmaking jobs, you should go and refresh your vision by attending. Focused on the core principles and skills for being effective, this course is designed for those considering tentmaking (using profession as mission), those wanting to promote tentmaking, and mission leaders wanting to build a tentmaking component into their agency. Every year, hundreds go overseas as ESL teachers, but how many are equipped to share their faith? If you are considering business as mission, the course provides the key ministry principles you need to be effective. Check out their course outline of 30 plus sessions at

      http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/LTN2008.htm

      You can also contact Dave directly at 239.243.0881 or email him at david(at)globalopps(dot)org [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.] GO will donate $5.00 to Brigada for each student that registers from this ad… so if we could just raise up 400 people for this course, we’d be *set*!!! Please go! :-)


    3. TAKING THIS SURVEY WILL HELP MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — A UK based ministry called Aid for Trade wants to develop on-line training for microenterprise development. They have put together a brief on-line survey to try to discover the needs for this type of assistance among people on the field. It takes between 12 and 15 minutes to fill out. If you have an interest in Business as Mission and few minutes to help out, please go to:

      http://www.internationalsurveys.info/aidfortrade

      to fill out the survey in a secure on-line environment. By the way, they’ll even provide a summary of the results to us here in a future Brigada. Also, if you know of other resource people in this area, they’d appreciate you connecting them with those “in the know” in this arena.


    1. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE — In Sept. 2006, leaders from 12 mission organizations met together to explore ways to work together on best practice standards in child safety and abuse response. The result was an intermission Child Safety Network. A second meeting was held in May 2007 involving leaders from 22 organizations. The third Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for February 13-15, 2008 in Rockville (suburb of Richmond), Virginia and is open to new organizations as well as those already involved. The seminar is for leaders of mission agencies and faith-based NGOs and for those with this area of responsibility within their agency. For more information and to register, see The Child Safety and Abuse Response Networking Workshop website at:

      http://intre.org/event/info.php?site=46

      The deadline to register is January 23, 2008. Email further questions to child-safety_intl(at)sil(dot)org [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 back onto one line.]


    2. TAKE PART IN GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER SYMPOSIUM — The annual Global Learning Center Symposium, hosted by Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is February 6-8, 2008. This year’s theme is “21 in 21: 20-somethings and 21st Century Mission.” Through a variety of events, they’ll be exploring what it looks like to engage the emerging generation in global mission. Dr. Bill Taylor of the World Evangelical Alliance will be a plenary speaker as well as some 20-somethings themselves. Check out:

      http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/symposium

      or e-mail

      glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [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.]


    3. GET READY, GET SET, THEN GO — The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) provides a complete, cross-cultural training program in 9-10 weeks that includes culture prep, language acquisition, and team and relationships skills. A shorter program is also available that includes culture prep and language acquisition. Training is available for the entire family during this upcoming spring term (begins February 13). Bible Intensives are offered during the summer months. A Debrief and Reentry module is also offered twice annually. For more information, call 800.887.1786 in the USA or visit

      http://www.cit-online.org


    1. HOSPITALITY center — closed

    2. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR RAISING SUPPORT — As the first wave of missionaries came through Kingdom Come Training partnership development courses in 2007; they became increasingly aware of the need to give ongoing assistance to people raising support for ministry. For 2008 they’ve announced the Support Assist Team. The “Team” consists of KCT and those who take the training via live, interactive multipoint videoconferencing. KCT provides the training plus ongoing encouragement, coaching, consulting and practical support. The rest of the team stays in touch, reports progress, shares prayer needs and reports back on what works what doesn’t. Everyone celebrates when someone reaches 100% support. It all gets coordinated through e-mail and the KCT website. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211. 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] or browse to

      http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


    3. FUTURE MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIPS — During the next 60 days, discussion groups will be meeting at 16 locations across the USA both to learn about and critique the idea of pre-candidate fellowships before introducing them broadly in the USA (the concept has been tested and developed in Korea since 2001). To learn more about this ministry concept see the website:

      http://www.seeoursite.org/pcf/

      There you’ll find the list of cities hosting these discussion groups. If you would like to participate in one of the discussion groups please write to: pcfquestions(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.]


    4. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE TO FEATURE “STORYING” — The January/February 2008 issue of Momentum will focus on Orality. Justin is looking for… – resources for teaching orality – dates for workshops, conferences, etc. – statistics related to orality – articles surveying orality ministries in particular regions – a chronology of the development of orality ministry – frequently asked questions you have encountered – short (1-2 page) case studies written in a popularized style

      If you can help with those or other possible ideas,

      editor(at)momentum-mag(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.]


    5. WE FEEL SOOOOOOO LOVED AND APPRECIATED!!! :-) — Thanks to these visionary friends that have, through their partnership, propelled Brigada Today into 2008:

      $100 from a new friend in Tallahassee $25 from the good people at Florida Personal Injury Law

      http://www.fortheinjured.com/

      $100 from a friend in Menlo Park, CA $100 from Perspectives Atlanta, GA $50 from long-time subscriber Diana, author of Adventures With PawPaw children’s books designed to introduce children to other countries and cultures, on the web at:

      http://www.adventureswithpawpaw.com

      $100 from Mission Mobilisers International Inc. in Australia

      http://www.mobilise.org.au

      $25 from Reignbridge, featuring Fawn’s book “Power of Honor” $25 from a great friend in the UK $250 from a Sunnyville, CA couple. Shew. How can we say thanks enough? $50 from Women of the Harvest. Please check them out at…

      http://www.womenoftheharvest.com

      (Whoa… great website. Pubs, retreats, resources, well-organized, sharp! Clean… Even if you’re not a woman, check it out to learn from it! :-) )

      $25 from Mission Indep. Bap. Church in Chicago. $25 from a faithful friend in Colorado Springs $300 from Youth With a Mission, Lebanon, PA… Whoa. Praise God. $50 from new friends in Massachusetts $100 from a faithful friend in Sweden $500 from great new friends in the UK! Woooo-hoooo! :-) $200 from Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino, CA! Amazing. $50 from Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, Birmingham, AL $25 from Somerset, KY $25 from West Chester, PA $35 from Ukraine $100 from a member of the Board of Missions, Cumberland Pres. Church. $100 from Mission Nannys; take a look at their growth…

      http://www.missionnannys.org

      Up to 2001, only 22 volunteers had been sent out. Since then, the number has jumped to 90 with 14 going out last year alone. (They’re looking for more women volunteers 18-75 willing to go in 2008, by the way. Families need domestic assistance, homeschooling help, etc. for 3-6 months. Check the web or email bettysullins(at)juno(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.]

      To all these folks and to all those who pray for Brigada, thank you for a *fantastic* last week! Only 4 more days to go for 2007 gifts. (Recall that we’re counting for 2007 gifts that come in through Jan. 10th.)


    6. FOUR FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE? — Whoa… So, with the $2360 that has come in since last edition, we stand at (drum roll) $13,918.90 for the year, just $3231.10 away from reaching the budget we had published in January, 2007! So … if you were holding out on writing that $3000 check, just to see who else gave… :-) now would be a great time to give. :-) Or… even if you only had in mind a PayPal donation of $25. It would *still* be a great time. We’re also just $1177.10 away from matching last year’s finish. Who would have believed it!!!

      For those who mail in checks, we’re waiting until Jan. 10th… (because one could have written out a check on Dec. 31st, mailed it, and we might not see it for a few days). So … to be fair… we’ll count PayPal gifts toward 2007 needs all the way up through Jan. 10, 2008. As a result, all is not lost! :-) Even though we’re only standing at $11,558.90, we still have time to try to make our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. To pull this off, we only need exactly 50 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Just *one* courageous soul would need to give $1000, 3 more would need to give $250, 14 more for $50, and 32 more gifts of $25 in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here’s the summary chart to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

      1 more gift of $1000 3 more gifts of $250 14 more gifts of $50 32 more gifts of $25

      Gulp. The final yard. Would you pray with us that everyone who *can* *will* step forward? Thanks. By the way, if you decide to send a check on the 10th, just date it Dec. 31st, then drop us an email to let us know it’s coming. No need to express mail it or anything. Anything arriving, unannounced, after the 10th, will be treated toward 2008’s ministry needs. Thanks again for the amazing energy boost!

      Just click on “Donate“. You can make a gift from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, you can 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.


  1. THE BACKPAGE: THE DARKER THE SKY, THE BRIGHTER THE GALAXY — I recently had the chance to drive to the top of a very tall & remote mountain (13,796 feet above sea level). I was amazed by the views it afforded, especially at night, when it grew very dark. And I do mean *dark*. (Since we were hours from the nearest city, it was a case of *extreme* darkness.) Stars were everywhere. I wrote in my journal, “I don’t deserve to behold this majesty. It’s so quiet up here, except for the stars… and they seem to be *singing* glory to their creator!” No matter which direction I looked, I could see deep space objects with the naked eye. And when I looked at any given point in the sky with my binocular, I would see *dozens* of galaxies, clusters, and nebulae in seemingly every field of view. What impressed me most was how *clear* these objects were. You see, when it comes to astronomy, the darker the sky, the more visible the dimmest glows.

    I’ve noticed a similar phenomenon with missionaries. For example, in times of great financial need or hardship, the smallest gift can appear as a very bright spot in an otherwise very dark month. So please don’t ever forget — your gift of prayer and finances can be *the* difference- maker in inspiring your favorite worker to keep shining brightly in areas of bleak spiritual darkness. Thank you for your support & sacrifice for those working around the world. Thank you for making their work possible through your partnership and vision.

    To those serving internationally, there is one more meaning that occurred to me. Sometimes it is in the midst of hardship that we come to experience the glow of God’s love & care most prominently? Yes, you’ve left family, friends, and grandparents. So in the midst of this darkness, we pray that God can cause a glow in your heart like you’ve never felt before… as long as you’re looking for him and giving him *place*. Give God place in your own heart. Search for him. He’ll glow for you again too.

20071223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHINESE BIBLES: BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT
  2. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS; COULD YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BRIGADA?
  3. ANOTHER CALLING CARD TO TRY
  4. NEED A GREAT PRESENTATION? HAVE YOU TRIED PRO SHOW GOLD?
  5. COMIN’ UP ON 13 YEARS OF BRIGADA
  6. HAVE A GLORIOUS NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!!
  7. THANK THE LORD FOR THESE GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
  8. TEN FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE?
  9. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHINESE BIBLES: BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT — According to a couple of very connected Brigada participants, Amity Press is doing even better than we thought at getting Bibles into the hands of Chinese. Without going into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that it sounds like they’re being very intentional and effective at making that connection. God be praised.

  2. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS; COULD YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BRIGADA? — One Brigada participant wrote that he is not able to make any kind of gift at this time, but he *did* commit to pray for Brigada. Obviously, that would be most excellent. As we turn the corner into 2008, would you also consider trying to find 10 new Brigada subscribers? Just ask them to send an email to:

    brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom)  

    Here’s a block of sample text:

    “Hello. Interested in getting a free email (once a week) highlighting missions resources, opportunities, and helps? I’ve found Brigada Today to be helpful… and so have 11,000 others. It’s easy to get hooked up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom That’s all there is to it. The rest is automatic. And just so you know, they never send out anything else to that address, nor is it sold or made available to anyone else. Just FYI, in case you’re interested!”

    Thanks for helping us get the word out!


  3. ANOTHER CALLING CARD TO TRY — Brigada participant, Charles, wrote this past week to recommend SpeedyPin.

    http:\\www.SpeedyPin.com

    “The card permits calls to Myanmar for 21 cents per minute with one minute rounding and no weekly fees. Most cards in this price range use three minute rounding with weekly charges until the minutes are used up. SpeedyPin has a great feature whereby they will (optionally, of course) automatically recharge the minutes on the card when they fall below a preset limit – say $5.00 worth, or whatever. This is a great time saver for us. We have been using this site for months with absolutely no problems.” (Thanks for the tip, Charles!)


  4. NEED A GREAT PRESENTATION? HAVE YOU TRIED PRO SHOW GOLD? — One of our team leaders in North Africa put me on to this new product. It’s kinda like a cross between Powerpoint, Adobe Premier, and Microsoft MovieMaker. Just import your MP3 sound track, then drag in your photos, then assemble your slide show and … bam… your presentation is ready to make its way out on the stage! Pro Show “Gold” will probably work for just about everyone; but if you need to produce AVI files, you’ll need Producer. Prices are reasonable, quality is excellent, and the payoff is big-time. Highly recommended.

    www.photodex.com/products/


  5. COMIN’ UP ON 13 YEARS OF BRIGADA — Can you believe it? Brigada will be a teenager? On Jan. 25th, we’ll celebrate 13 years of weekly updates. Well, maybe not always *weekly*, but at least one for each week. :-) Remember you can read every single one (shew; I’m sure that’s your favorite night-time reading, right? :-) ) by simply logging on at…

    http://www.brigada.org

    Click on ‘back issues’ and you can sort through by date… or click “Search” to type in a word or two from the item; just make sure the radio button is clicked to search Brigada domain only (as opposed to searching the entire web).


  6. HAVE A GLORIOUS NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!! — From Brigada to you, we wish you the very best new year celebration ever! Let’s make 2008 the best year ever for global missions!

  7. THANK THE LORD FOR THESE GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT — Just arrived are gifts from anonymous givers in … St. Louis, MO — $100 and Bellflower, CA — $25

    “Lord, please bless these encouragers for undergirding the work of Brigada!


  8. TEN FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE? — For those who mail in checks, we’ll need to allow about ten days for gifts to arrive… (because one could write out a check on Dec. 31st, mail it, and we might not see it for a few days). So … to be fair… we’ll count PayPal gifts toward 2007 needs all the way up through Jan. 10, 2008. As a result, all is not lost! :-) Even though we’re only standing at $11,558.90, we still have time to try to make our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. To pull this off, we’d need 74 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Just *one* courageous soul would need to give $1000 and 2 would have to pray in $500 each, in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here are the gifts we still need to raise in order to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

    1 (of 1) more gift of $1000

    2 (of 5) more gifts of $500

    8 (of 10) more gifts of $250

    0 (of 13) more gifts of $100

    13 (of 28) more gifts of $50

    49 (of 70) more gifts of $25

    The total for 2006 was $15,096. To match 2006 giving, we still need to come up with at least $3,537.10 in these next 10 days. Gulp. Would you pray with us that everyone who *can* *will* step forward? Thanks.

    You can make a gift from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, you can 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.


  9. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? — If you don’t mind sharing, please fill us in. Just go to:

    Click on “Comment” in the lines right below the item.

    What are mine? OK… I’ll get us started. In 2008, I resolve to…

    *** Help our organization make the move to our new campus in 2008. (See our progress at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    *** Finish the corrections to my doctoral dissertation. (I received the feedback from my committee and it’s a good news-bad news kinda’ thing. Not a cakewalk but then, they didn’t tell me to start over, either. I’d love to finish my Ph.D. during 2008.)

    *** Become a better vision-caster, leader, father, husband, and friend.

    Those are 3 from my own list. Now it’s your turn. Let’s hear them! :-)

20071216 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CORRECT DATES FOR FORUM ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI
  2. SOURCE FOR FREE CHRISTIAN AUDIO BOOKS
  3. ARE YOU CATCHING THE GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE BRIGADA BRIGADE?
  4. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2008!
  5. FREE SPAM BLOCKER
  6. PHONE CARDS/SERVICES ON THE CHEAP
  7. VIDEO SESSIONS OF WEB MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. THAT NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK…
  9. FURTHER READING ON CHINESE BIBLE PRINTING
  10. NEW BOOK UNWRAPS LATIN AMERICA
  11. CENTRAL ASIAN SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF
  12. WE’RE THANKFUL! GOD BE PRAISED!
  13. WOULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 76 PARTNERS STILL NEEDED IN 2007?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE STORY OF LETUNIN AND NGOTO

  1. CORRECT DATES FOR FORUM ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI — Earlier, we mentioned a North American Azerbaijani Network that is hosting a forum on gateway Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iran. The correct dates for the forum are Apr. 24-26 (not 24-28 as previously announced). The location is Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information email azpartnership(at)galacticomm

    (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.]


  2. SOURCE FOR FREE CHRISTIAN AUDIO BOOKS — Classic Christian books by writers including E.M Bounds, G.K Chesterton (and, Brigada participant, Charliy recently noted, “even a few who don’t use initials” :-) ) are available as audio book downloads for free. Start the year with “The Practice of the Presence of God” in your iPod by going to

    http://freechristianaudiobooks.com/

    (Thanks for the tip, Charliy! Cool name, too.)


  3. ARE YOU CATCHING THE GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE BRIGADA BRIGADE? — If not, tune in by browsing to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/

    for the latest input on topics and questions such as polygamy, how to determine one’s calling, civil disobedience, moral behavior resources, and more! There have been some excellent pieces there. It’s truly a tribute to the high caliber of readership we have for Brigada Today. Thanks for participating!


  4. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2008! — Do you need missions education credit before you can begin your missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer as it covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Check out

    http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

    for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icmusa

    (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.]


  5. FREE SPAM BLOCKER — Thanks much to Brigada participant, Lloyd, who tipped us off to mail-filter.com. Lloyd, for his part, is an emergency manager for a city. And we *really* appreciate him referring us to mail- filter which, according to Lloyd, is not only free but also very effective. Check it out at…

    http://www.mail-filter.com/

    Lloyd says one can set up multiple accounts, and that the offending spam can be viewed on the web. Good find, Lloyd!


  6. PHONE CARDS/SERVICES ON THE CHEAP — Lloyd also referred us to

    http://cheap2talk.us/

    and

    http://kc5fm.pushline.com/

    where, he said, “visitors can obtain low cost calling cards and other communications products. Brigada readers who wish to have their commissions refunded may contact the vendor through either web site or email the author at kc5fm(dot)brigada(at)mail-filter

    (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 on one line.]


  7. VIDEO SESSIONS OF WEB MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Seven of the web evangelism seminars from the September 07 Web Ministry Conference are now online (using an innovative system which displays the PowerPoint or screen content that the participants saw, as well as the speaker): http://www.webevangelism.com/index.php?id=100

    with some additional sessions available in audio only:

    http://www.internetministryconference.org/blog/

    Of particular interest to the mission world is the video session ‘The Edges of Cyberspace’ which looks at the huge potential of digital evangelism for the non-western world in the coming few years. With the ‘Next Billion’ web users coming online very soon (mainly in the 10-40 Window), and 3.3 billion people already using mobile devices, now is the time for mission agencies to look again at how they can use the Web, video and audio, mobile devices, and Internet Cafes:

    http://ong9d.rmxpres.com/Accordent/data/Edmiston/msh.html

    (Thanks Tony!)


  8. THAT NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK… — We mentioned earlier a new missions textbook that teaches a proper perspective on Muslims. The authors are actually not “Charles Gailey and Charles Gailey” (oops! sleep- keyboarding! [blush]). We should have said that “Discovering Missions” is by Charles Gailey and Howard Culbertson, who was mentioned later in the item. As mentioned previously, the book is available at discount prices on such sites as Amazon.com. (Thanks to Andy for catching our mix-up all the way from Papua New Guinea; and to Bob, who regularly offices in the cubicle next to me! :-) )

  9. FURTHER READING ON CHINESE BIBLE PRINTING — Interested in further follow-up on that mention we made of printing Bibles in China? Brigada participant Andrew pointed us to a BBC article:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7150613.stm

    Another Brigada participant, Martin, reflected on a Chinese pastor he had visited just a few months ago. Apparently the Chinese government itself has given him money to build what will become “China’s largest church (holding 8000 inc 2500 Bible College students).” Martin has seen with his own eyes the foundations of the perimeter wall. It happens that this pastor and his team have produced all the Bible documents on

    http://www.easybibles.com/

    Martin mused, “I don’t yet fully understand the intentions of Beijing or the leaders of this work. I await guidance and pray a lot.” Let’s join him.


  10. NEW BOOK UNWRAPS LATIN AMERICA — “From Rio to the Rio Grande: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America,” is a book by Kenneth D. MacHarg. It’s $16.25 and is available by calling toll free 1(800)247- 6553 in the USA or from Amazon.com as well as through local bookstores. Readers tell us that it does a good job at revealing the way Latins tick.

  11. CENTRAL ASIAN SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF — Kazakhstan International School is a non-profit school that seeks to train up the next generations of leaders for Central Asia. The school is a “secular” school but the staff are strong, Spirit-filled believers who regularly work with students whose families come from 32 countries, many of them Muslim. They are looking for short and long term Christian teachers to share their lives with these young people and their families. Learn more at

    http://www.kisnet.org/


  12. WE’RE THANKFUL! GOD BE PRAISED! — Praise the Lord for these partners who have stepped up to the plate to help us connect the dots in 2007:

    $50 from a brother in Tulsa, OK, helping launch the Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships. This is a network of partnerships in several countries that work among and advocate for the 40 million unreached Azerbaijani people predominately in Azerbaijan, Iran, and Iraq, but also in smaller numbers in other countries in Central Asia, plus the UK and the US. Please take a moment right now to lift up the Azerbaijani people and this consortium of partnerships. Give praise that they’re hooking up and ask God to bless those who are trying to pull them all together.

    $50 from a partner in Minnesota $100 with love from some anonymous YWAMers who work in Vietnam; “God bless you richly for all you do on behalf of the unreached!”

    $25 from a partner in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

    $25 from Washington Injury Lawyers, http://www.washingtoninjury.com/ and

    $25 from Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers, http://www.beltlawfirm.com/ (Please give thanks tonight for these attorneys who are setting about to use their gifts & skills for God’s glory!)

    $216 from a worker in StoryRunners, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ using oral methods to reach Unreached People Groups. They wrote, “Thanks so much for your ongoing ministry to the missions community! I read your Brigada regularly and have benefited from it greatly! May the Lord meet ALL your needs and keep the Brigada flame bright!” Please pause tonight to lift up this innovative form of gospel outreach.

    $25 from a family headed soon to Zambia. They wrote, “I’ve been a Sr. pastor for the last 13 years here in Illinois; my wife and I are departing on Jan 10 to serve with Action International Ministries in Lusaka, Zambia. I will be involved in pastoral leadership development and my wife will be involved with pastor’s wives and children’s ministries. If the Lord would keep us in good health we hope to spend the next ten years serving the church in Africa. We are both 56. Your weekly email has proved helpful on several occasions as we have been preparing for missions. In fact, it is the only subscription email that I am keeping as we make the move. Thank you for your service to us.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging. Please lift them up tonight.

    $25 from a worker at Global Mapping in Colorado

    $50 from a friend in Perry Hall, MD

    $100 from a new friend in Texas

    $50 from Honey Brook, PA

    $50 from Columbia, SC

    $25 from Orlando, FL

    $100 from an individual at CAL Berkeley

    We’re so thankful for these dear friends and partners. Thank you Lord!


  13. WOULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 76 PARTNERS STILL NEEDED IN 2007? — Now you can give directly from your bank account, without having to go through PayPal or a credit card. Just log on to

    http://www.teamexpansion.org/

    Click on “Resources” then “Donate” and follow the instructions. Be sure to note that the gift is for Brigada.

    Now we only need 76 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Unfortunately, only 2 more days remain in 2007. Would you be one of those 76??? If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might – or at least pray for someone else to step out? We still need just *one* courageous soul to give $1000 and 2 to give $500, in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here are the gifts we still need to raise in order to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

    1 (of 1) more gift of $1000

    2 (of 5) more gifts of $500

    8 (of 10) more gifts of $250

    0 (of 13) more gifts of $100

    15 (of 28) more gifts of $50

    50 (of 70) more gifts of $25

    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.


  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE STORY OF LETUNIN AND NGOTO — Yesterday we received this note from Dorothea, who served in East Africa. She wrote, “We had to fix lots of flat tires in the desert. On one such stop we came upon an extraordinary Samburu couple, Letunin and Ngoto. While my husband Jim changed the tire and our three children played in the sand, Letunin told us this of his life story.

    Letunin and Ngoto lived far out in a desert village and understood only a few portions of Scripture that had been translated into a related language. They had become followers of Christ and were extremely happy to be married to another person who shared deep faith in Christ. Among other life lessons, they had learned of the Apostle Paul’s instructions on marriage in I Corinthians 7, telling each man and woman to have his/her own husband. (“Let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.”) So, as a young married couple they had vowed to follow God’s Word in this area. Letunin would not take a second wife, though most of his friends had multiple wives as soon as they could afford to feed them.

    The village people regularly laughed at this long-married couple and reminded them that because Ngoto was barren she was obviously cursed by God. It seemed obvious that Letunin should take a second wife. The women told Ngoto, “If you really loved your husband you would INSIST he take a second wife so you will have someone to take care of your camels and goats when both of you are old.” Ngoto always replied that God had the power to give them a child. The women laughed out loud at Ngoto’s non- traditional notions.

    The elders called Letunan foolish and kept urging him to take a second wife. They called Ngoto “useless.” But Letunan always answered from God’s Word, saying that each man should have his own wife (singular) and each woman her own husband (singular). The couple became the laughingstock of the entire village and amongst the larger people group.

    One morning God turned the tables. Laughter erupted from Letunan and Ngoto’s house, drawing crowds of villagers. Perhaps the couple had gone insane from years of being childless? No. Letunan came out and announced, “Ngoto is pregnant. God has the power to answer prayer. Trust Him. He can do the impossible!”

    They named the child the Samburu word for “Laughter.” It reminded them of all the years people had laughed at them, and of their belief in God’s Word. It also reminded them of the joyous laughter God brought into their lives that day.

    If you ever get the opportunity to visit this small East African village, you will find a growing Samburu church, with many Christians trying to obey what they understand of God’s Word. Many began following Christ because of Letunan and Ngoto. God used this one couple and their adherence to His Word to start a God-honoring group of Christ-followers out in the desert.

    Letunan and Ngoto stand as examples to me and to you. Follow God’s Word against all odds. He always has the power to turn situations around to bring glory to Himself.

    I have also wondered about the latter half of that chapter, which talks about remaining in the state you are when you become a follower of Christ. Could this apply to polygamy, too? Good question for Bible scholars.”

    Hats off to Dorothea for sharing this very poignant example of how difficult it is to implement life-change when gospel confronts culture. Her comments gave me further pause not only on the question of polygamy and how to handle the gospel impacting a culture. But her note also reminded me of the collective experience of the entire Brigada family. I’m so thankful for all the people who make up our collective consciousness and I give thanks to Go for the group-think that can occur when we process these questions together.

    “God, please bless Letunin and Ngoto and the rest of their congregation tonight. Please meet their needs, keep them from sickness, and give them wisdom as they try to sort out your will in every single area of their faith-walk with you. Guide them and keep them close to you. In Jesus’ name we all pray, Amen.”

    Amen.

20071209 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FUTURE MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIPS
  2. WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE: “EUROPE IS LOSING HOPE”
  3. FORUM TO FOCUS ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI
  4. I KEEP HEARING MORE ABOUT BIBLES BEING PRINTED IN CHINA
  5. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  6. EXPLORE THE LAND
  7. MISSIONS STRATEGY RESOURCE ON CD
  8. GET INSIGHT, GET CREDIT (ATTN: HIGHSCHOOLERS)
  9. ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE: PARTNER WITH BRIGADA
  10. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S THE BIGGEST IMPACTOR ON MISSIONS IN 2007?

  1. FUTURE MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIPS — Only one out of 100 potential future missionaries eventually join mission agencies and serve on the mission field. What if those who want to be missionaries met together in fellowship groups until each member joins a mission agency? In January and February of 2008 discussion groups will be meeting at 16 locations across the USA both to learn about and critique this ministry concept before introducing broadly in the USA (the concept has been tested and developed in Korea since 2001). To learn more about this ministry concept see the website:

    http://www.seeoursite.org/pcf/

    The list of cities hosting these discussion groups is posted on the website. If you would like to participate in one of the discussion groups please write to: pcfquestions(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.]


  2. WALL STREET JOURNAL EUROPE: “EUROPE IS LOSING HOPE” — Remember that reference we made to the Dec. 7 issue of the Wall Street Journal Europe Edition? You’ll recall that, in it, the Journal reported on a loss of hope in Europe… and a gain in fear. Some asked for details on the source. Find it at:

    http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119698157441516372.html


  3. FORUM TO FOCUS ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI — The North American Azerbaijani Network will host a forum to focus on mission to the gateway Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iran on April 24-28 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This unreached people group of 40 million has only 10,000 believers (0.02%), but are a strategic people group for impacting the Persian, Turkic, Arabic, and Russian worlds. There will be opportunity to meet workers, leaders, agencies, resource people, and partnership facilitators, both national and ex-pat, who are involved in mission to these people, and to gain a better understanding of this people group and how your organization might get involved. For more information please email azpartnership(at)galacticomm

    (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.]


  4. I KEEP HEARING MORE ABOUT BIBLES BEING PRINTED IN CHINA — Are you seeing all the press about groups such as Amity Printing, printing Bibles in China? Even if the Bibles are meant for use out of China, it’s still a positive sign, some say, that China is allowing (and even endorsing) so much printing of the sacred book. One can only hope that some of the books land in the hands of Chinese! (Thanks Bob!)

  5. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two-day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out their website for more details at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or email them at info(at)thebodybuilders

    (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.] You’ll find there the complete schedule for upcoming events.


  6. EXPLORE THE LAND — Are you pioneering a new ministry or seeking deeper insights into the culture where you live or the group your church has adopted? Move the ministry forward, mobilize informed prayer, and give short-termers a great taste of frontier ministry by hosting and coordinating a short-term research project. Caleb Project did research teams like this for about 20 years. Some of the former staff now consult on such projects and provide training. An Ethnography Training Course is planned for February 4-9, 2008 in Littleton, Colorado. For more information click on the ‘learn’ tab at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    or write to research(at)takeitglobal (dot)org” [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.]


  7. MISSIONS STRATEGY RESOURCE ON CD — Every church needs a missions strategy. If you want to revise or develop a strategy or if you help churches in missions, get the Strategy CD entitled Developing a Missions Strategy that Fits Your Church. The CD contains a leader’s guide, a participant workbook, PowerPoint slides, and multiple supplemental documents. For more information or to order go to

    http://www.davidmays.org

    and or email davidlmays(at)sbcglobal (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.]


  8. GET INSIGHT, GET CREDIT (ATTN: HIGHSCHOOLERS) — High school grads can earn a year of college credit for taking INSIGHT, a global studies/comparative worldview program of the U.S. Center for World Mission. Students take classes at the Pasadena, CA, campus or at regional locations across the U.S., earning 32 units of college general education credit, then transfer to the college and major of their choice. INSIGHT offers small class sizes, integrated coursework, tuition competitive with public colleges, and a supportive missionary community for the homeschooled student or re-entering TCK. Contact insight(at)uscwm

    (dot)org for more information or an application. [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.]


  9. ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE: PARTNER WITH BRIGADA — We’re in the final week… in fact, the final few days. Would you ask your church, group, family, or your own bank account to chip in for Brigada, if not because of your own use, then how ’bout on behalf of someone overseas who can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    Really, we only need 92 more people, groups, or churches. Would you be one of those 92??? We have 4 more days left, counting today. If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might? We really only need *one* person to give $1000. Would you be willing to be that one person? As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our ministry needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    2 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    5 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    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.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S THE BIGGEST IMPACTOR ON MISSIONS IN 2007? — Well, the end is near — the end of the year, that is. And Merry Christmas, by the way. Hope your holiday season is going smoothly. As we turn the corner toward New Year’s, there’s a tendency in all of us to look back… and look forward. Let’s start with the “back” part. AS you ponder 2007, what do you think has to be the biggest news story or event when it comes to world missions? What current event, person, place or thing had the biggest impact on missions this past year? Nominate your favorite… just browse to

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=56

    Click on “Comment” and add your two cents in the box below. Thanks!

20071202 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHE TRAINING IN 2008
  2. GRATIS! FREE & EASY DOWNLOADS OF CALVIN’S INSTITUTES IN SPANISH?
  3. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
  4. WORLD EVANGELISM USING FREE ENGLISH LESSONS
  5. THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IN OVER 5,000 TONGUES
  6. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE
  7. “BREAD of LIFE”: CLOSE-UP ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  8. THAI COUNSELING CENTER SEEKS DIRECTOR
  9. UNDERGIRDING BRIGADA UNDERGIRDS THE MESSAGE TO THOUSANDS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE WORTH LIVING FOR?

  1. CHE TRAINING IN 2008 — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. I TOT I-February 25-March 2, Asheville, North Carolina TOT I-June 15-20, Portland, OR TOT I-Sept. 15-20, Colorado Springs, CO

    If you are interested in attending one of our US trainings please email Kristin(at)lifewind

    (dot)org or visit

    http://www.lifewind.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.]


  2. GRATIS! FREE & EASY DOWNLOADS OF CALVIN’S INSTITUTES IN SPANISH? — Well now you’ve got ’em. Just as easily pick up the Reformed/Presbyterian Confessions (also in Spanish). Browse to..

    http://www.paginasprodigy.com.mx/RACHMEXICO

    They’re in Windows help file format.


  3. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR YOUR HOLIDAY — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of a missionary family moving by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” humorously celebrates a slice of life on the mission field. Expand your horizons this holiday season; give the gift of adventure. Order by contacting Bill

    iceshaper-books(at)yahoo

    (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 addresses on one line.] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping).


  4. WORLD EVANGELISM USING FREE ENGLISH LESSONS — The FreeEnglishNow (FEN) website is reaching 53,600 visitors, distributing approximately 3,300 CDs of the entire 16-lesson course, and downloading 6,700 lessons in TXT and MP3 for Handheld use monthly. Spoken English lessons incorporate eight chapters from the book of Acts in modern English and include enough audio recordings for nine months of spoken English study. FEN reaches young professional and university students largely untouched by the organized church in 188 countries. FEN can provide a free CD of the entire course to missions wanting a tool for evangelism. FEN can also put your header and link on the CD to enhance your ministry. Just write FreeEnglishNow(at)europa

    (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 back onto one line.] or browse

    http://www.freeenglishnow.com


  5. THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IN OVER 5,000 TONGUES — Global Recordings Network now has recordings of gospel messages and basic Christian teaching available in 5,693 languages and dialects. They have also placed 4,515 of these languages on their web site for free listening or downloading to your MP3. Check out their web site at:

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    You can also write to info(at)globalrecordings

    (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.] Readers in the USA can also call toll free 888-444-7872.


  6. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Bill iceshaper-books(at)yahoo

    (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 addresses back onto one line.] Copies are $10.00 each (plus shipping).


  7. “BREAD of LIFE”: CLOSE-UP ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — Driving through Ovamboland in Northern Namibia, north of Windhoek, the plentifulness of the grain crop, muhango, was striking. Muhango is a staple of the diet in this area of Namibia, used as a type of porridge in most daily meals. It is millet in which the peoples survival depends, much as bread is a survival food in many other countries. I was struck by the much stronger need than this physical need here, the “bread” of life only given through Jesus Christ. Please pray for the tribes of Ovamboland which includes the Mbalantu people. Pray that they will soon be filled with the bread of life. Pray for someone to deliver that bread to them. Pray for harvesters in this ripe and fertile ground. For more information on how to become a prayer partner for the Mbalantu, please contact forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa

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  8. THAI COUNSELING CENTER SEEKS DIRECTOR — Cornerstone Counseling Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand is currently searching for a new director. The primary aim of the center is to provide assessment and counseling to missionaries who would otherwise need to return to their home country for therapeutic care. Cornerstone is a faith-based organization. Therefore, the director and all counselors raise their own support for living expenses and provide their services as volunteers (no fee for services). If you are interested in the director position or joining as a staff member, contact founding director Tim Friesen timothyf(at)cornerstonecounseling(dot)in

    (dot)th [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 phone (US Land Line: 616 452-9003 or Mobile: 616 915-8098)


  9. UNDERGIRDING BRIGADA UNDERGIRDS THE MESSAGE TO THOUSANDS — Would you ask your church, group, family, or your own bank account to chip in for Brigada, if not for you, then for someone overseas who can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    Really, we only need 92 more people, groups, or churches. Would you be one of those 92??? We have 6 more days left, counting today. If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might? We really only need *one* person to give $1000. Would you be willing to be that one person? As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    2 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    5 of 13 more gifts of $100
    |20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    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.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR CAUSE WORTH LIVING FOR? — Whenever I meet someone new, I try to size them up and find out what jazzes them. For example, the young man beside me here on the plane is a ‘surfer dude’. He lives to surf. In fact, he’s traveling 4500 miles from his home just to find “tubular waves” (or whatever one calls them). Much of this flight, he’s been watching DVD footage of various surfing competitions around the world, including the surfing “world cup”. (I didn’t even know there *was* one!) Anyone can clearly see that surfing is what jazzes him. So my question is…

    What jazzes you? What do you wake up thinking about — and what engages your mind all the day long?

    My hunch is… to truly finish the job of world evangelism, we’re going to need a mighty throng of world-changers who are jazzed about Jesus… and *passionate* about unreached peoples.

    Did you ever attend a concert given by your favorite singer or band? Can you think back to the way you felt during that one special song, when all of your emotions and all of your mind swirled around that song’s message and music? Perhaps you were worshipping the Lord; or maybe it was just an awesome combination of musical talent that really connected with you. Did it practically bring you to tears? Did you find yourself crying by the time it was over?

    It’s *that* kind of passion we have to stir if we’re going to finish this task. It’s humongous. And it’s complicated. And it’s difficult. We need that passion. And we need that mobilization again. We need to recover that first love. How can we do that in every congregation, every small group, ever heart in every gathering…. How?

    Got any ideas? Because … when we answer that question, we’ll be able to expand the Lord’s kingdom like never before.

    Got an opinion of how to raise up that kind of concern again? It’s happened before. The Haystack prayer meetings, William Carey, even the apostles themselves. How do we create that kind of passion again? If you have an idea or a prayer, just log on at

    and click “Comment”. Tell us how you feel. Who knows. Your idea might spark the imagination of a person perfectly positioned to tackle your concept. Thanks for taking time to respond.

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