THE DAMARA PEOPLE

Driving through the town of Karibib in traditional Damaraland, one cannot help but notice the precious marble laying everywhere. This is a town that primarily survives on its marble excavation and marble work. Traditionally the Damara have been thought of as miners, partly due to marble excavation such as in Karibib. Even with this work, the town is still poor. But the most desperate need here is a spiritual need. Pray for the Damara people. Pray that they will soon hear the message that they are most precious to God. Pray that they accept this precious message that will make them truly rich for eternity. To adopt the Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit

http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

or email forgottenpeoples(at)

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

HOW CAN WE SAY THANKS?

We appreciate Clowns4Him…

http://www.clowns4him.com

for their recent sponsorship of Brigada to the tune of $100. Check out their innovative approaches to the cause of world evangelism. In addition, hats go off to Dial-abroad for their December and January sponsorship. See their great phone rates at…

http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

Thanks to all those Dial-Abroad customers who talked their way into a $102.50 sponsorship toward Brigada. We also appreciated the $25 gift from Abelson Law Firm at

http://www.attorneysfortheinjured.com

Be sure to check them out if you need help from a good lawyer with a Great Commission heart.

IVE TOWARD BRIGADA, GET FREE MP3 MUSIC RECORDED BY DOUG

[blush] It’s true. When you make a gift to Brigada, beginning effective today, [for whatever it’s worth :-) ], you’ll receive a link to download free mp3 songs recorded by Doug Lucas, founder and editor of Brigada Today. Each of the songs is being recorded using Steinburg CuBase 4.1 on an IBM Thinkpad laptop, connected to a Yamaha S90 ES piano/synthesizer via an mLAN firewire network. Some songs feature as many as 20 unique tracks, including soprano sax, flute, cello, horns and more, all played with greater realism by means of a BC3 breath controller into the back of the S90 ES connecting through a special acoustic PLG 150-VL plug-in card. All you have to do is see the item below to give today — and make sure you include an email link when you give so we’ll know where to send the link. All the tracks are free… and we’ll post a new song at the site every week… so it’s the gift that keeps on giving… like joining a fig-of-the-week club! :-) :-) What’s not to like about that?

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT THE WHOLESALE LEVEL

When you help Brigada, your missions sponsorship empowers church missions committees, agency personnel, *and* overseas workers the world over. Our budget is small — $17,150 for the whole year. And in the case of Brigada, you know about every penny that came in … and you also know that we won’t take a penny more than our budget throughout the entire year of 2008. One giver called recently to offer to give $1000. Wild to think that it would only take 16 of those to *finish* things for 2008. (That giver had trouble with PayPal, so his gift was never recorded. Just don’t forget.. you don’t even have to use PayPal. Just look for the link at the bottom of the page, “Use your major credit card” and click right past PayPal. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. (By the way, if you’re that gentleman and need help, please don’t hesitate to call back for more help. The gift hasn’t arrived just yet. :-) ) Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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: US ARMY VALUES MAKE SENSE

My son leaves for the US Army this coming summer. Last night I read through a journal kept by a soldier involved in the same training program that my son will experience. The trainee was recounting the values of the army… “Leadership, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage.” As I read them — sure enough — I realized that they actually would also fit with any missionary, mission agency rep., and local church missions leader. So, with this edition of the Back Page, we’re starting a series on each value, asking for the best of the best thinking about each value. Click to

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=64

Then click on “Comment” right below this item. For the first week, let’s pick apart the concept of Leadership. Please jot a note about your favorite leadership training resource, the best book you’ve found, your best thought on leadership in missions, a note about someone who is ‘getting it right’, a report on an agency or missionary with great leadership traits (use first-name only if you’re afraid of revealing sensitive information), or — write about the *need* for leadership. Tell why and how leadership could make the difference. And, in light of the dissertation for my Ph.D. (the 1st revision of which I *finally* turned in to my university this past week :-) ), please jot down any feelings about “followership” too. We all lead sometimes and follow sometimes. Mention the need for great followers… and tell about someone who has mastered followership in your own group. Again, this week, the emphasis is Leadership. We’ll pick on the others later. Thanks for taking time to create a great resource block for all 10,000 Brigada participants!

Doug

DON’T LET A CANCELLED FLIGHT GET YOU DOWN

We are *sooooo* thankful to Steve, Judd, Doug, Roxann, Ksenia, Svetlana, David, Caleb, Jenniver, and Matthew — who all traveled recently having purchased trip interruption insurance through Insurance Services of America. As a result, their trips were fully insured, meaning that, in case of a misconnect — even due to *weather* — or sickness or anything, ISA would cover essentially just about any cost whatsoever — including having to purchase alternative flights, hotels, taxis, virtually *anything*. A couple of years ago, I called the night before my departing flight out of Banja Luka, Bosnia and, to my complete shock, the Bosnian airline had just arbitrarily cancelled my outbound flight, meaning that my entire trip home would have been nixed. :-( (No chocolate chip cookies. That would have been the worst.) As it turned out, I had to take a 3-hour taxi to Croatia to catch a flight. Under any other circumstances, but fortunately, I had bought a policy for the trip from ISA. Believe it or not, ISA covered every cost. From that day on, I made up my mind… Trip interruption insurance is worth it, even for the peace of mind to know that — if you ever have to take a taxi to the next country over, you’re covered. And it’s so simple. Just go to this link and fill out the form:

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

You’ll also find that it’s more affordable than you think, especially when you go purchasing taxi cabs to the next country! :-) What’s more, every purchase is a blessing to Brigada. Those folks got the trip interruption insurance coverage and Brigada received $161.54!!! Yahooo!

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 video’s 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.]

NEW MISSIONS BOOK RELEASE

“Striking the Match: How God is Using Ordinary People to Change the World through Strategic Short-term Missions” by Missiologist, practitioner and Professor George G. Robinson, (D.Miss) is based on the premise that like a match, short-term missions must ignite something beyond themselves or they are a wasted resource. In an age when the concept of church planting movements is buzzing among mission sending agencies, this resource will help everyone involved in the process to discover how strategic short-term missions can be catalytic when used to assist long-term indigenous church planting efforts. Using quantitative, qualitative and case study research methods, Robinson unpacks how short-term teams have ignited evangelistic fervor and church planting vision helping nationals around the world to establish healthy, reproducing churches. Available now at

http://www.e3resources.org

OMF TO STAGE INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Founded by Hudson Taylor, OMF International (formerly China Inland Mission and Overseas Missionary Fellowship) continues a strong presence for Christ throughout East Asia. Join them to learn more from Elizabeth Lowe, featured speaker, and OMF representatives about how God continues to build on these historical foundations and how you could be involved. Saturday, March 29, 1-4pm at Houston Chinese Church. Contact info(at)

omf(dot)org or 303.730.4160 (800.422.5330 US toll free) for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

CHINA ON CENTER STAGE

The Olympic Games in 2008 puts China on center stage. Chinese people everywhere are eagerly anticipating this national “coming out party.” “Beijing and Beyond” (April 19, 2008, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA) is an event that begins in reverent, exuberant worship of the living God who is sovereign over the events of history. OMF General Director, Dr. Patrick Fung, will be the main speaker. Experienced long-term missionaries who have served in diverse fields will also share. Workshops will inspire and inform you so that you will be better equipped to serve as a sender or a goer. Visit

http://www.omf.org/us

and follow links from the home page or e-mail swregion(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.]

GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES

Whether from US & Canada, you can now get very low calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min …UK 2.5 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents (see the site for more listings). With this prepaid service you can call from any touchtone phone, including cell phones. There are no contracts; no monthly, activation, or connection fees; and no need to switch carriers. You also get up to 470 FREE minutes on signup, and there are lots of convenience features like no pin and speed dialing. For more information go to:

http://www.BestCallingRates.net

and Judy asked that we remind you to be sure to enter code 837371 to get your free minutes and credit for a tithe to Brigada.

An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up.

HAVE YOU STAYED AT BETHANY?

Get member care in Asia. Bethany is a 50-bed rest and retreat complex in Hong Kong. It is specifically funded and staffed to offer genuine member-care and offers good quality, inexpensive accommodation. Bethany is set in gardens of trees and flowers on the traffic free island of Cheung Chau with good beaches and scenic walks. Hong Kong is very convenient for access from mainland China and its airport is a hub for Asia. There is a wide range of tourist attractions.

http://www.bethanyministries.com

or write to enquiries(at)

bethanyministries(dot)com

WEBSITE / E-NEWSLETTER SYSTEM FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRY TEAMS

Gladvocate by Blue Dove Web Design is designed and priced for small Christian organizations and mission/ministry teams. More than a website, Gladvocate combines easy to use tools for adding text content and images, slideshows, video & audio, a full function e-mail newsletter builder and sending engine, online contributions and more. It is easy to use and powerful for creating web and email campaigns to mobilize casual viewers into active partners in ministry. Initial website setup for a ministry team is only $200 and hosting for web and e-newsletter engine is $20 /month. For more details contact

jim(at)

bluedovedesigns(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 go to

http://www.bluedovedesigns.com

EARLY THANKSGIVING

It’s always Thanksgiving here at Brigada… or at least it feels like it. This week we’re thankful for a family in Cambridge, MN, because they’ve remembered Brigada with a $15 gift. As mentioned above, ISA sent $161.54 with thanks for referring recent travelers. Blessed Hope sent $13.25 in thanks for Darlene, Ken, Ed, Richard, Steve, and Hurley — who were all making phone calls through Blessed Hope this past month. (Please keep talking! :-) )

HOW TO MAKE OUR DAY

One gentleman called our office day before yesterday, letting us know that he hoped to give $1000 through the PayPal link at the Brigada site. He mentioned that he’d rather use a credit card rather than his PayPal account. Please note that it’s easy to do so. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page, then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. (By the way, if you’re that gentleman and need help, please don’t hesitate to call back for more help. The gift hasn’t arrived just yet. :-) ) Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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.

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