LEARN MISSIONS AT HILLSIDE

Hillside Missions, an international missions organization based in Connecticut, is currently accepting applications for an internship program. The program is designed for individuals from 18-30 years of age. The internship ranges from 3-9 months. There is an optional 3 month ´externship´ for those who complete the 9 month program. As an intern, you´ll get the chance to not only observe but participate in missions on a daily, practical level. Part of the internship includes learning and active involvement in missions team training, traveling on short term trips to minister to unreached peoples, and studying the role of the church, Islam, and ESL. For more information about what life as an intern at Hillside looks like, check out

http://www.reachthenations.org

or call the U.S office at (860) 582-7700.

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

There are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

WOULD YOU BE THE DIFFERENCE-MAKER?

Because Brigada Today’s budget is so small compared to other entities (the whole year’s budget is just $17,150… which is a fraction of what most mission works need per year), one person, one group, one company, or one church could really make a huge difference. Would you? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

THE BACKPAGE: THE COMPLEXITY OF LIFE

Life is complex. Did you ever think about that? Just think of all the relationships. If you’re married, then you have a relationship with your spouse. If you also have kids, then you have your relationship with your spouse plus your relationship with your kids plus your *spouse’s* relationship with the kids. Add in the relationship that each sub-group has with each other, overlay that with relationships with the Lord… then sprinkle in relationships with close friends, in-laws and colleagues… Shew. No *wonder* life is complex. Makes me tired just thinking about it! :-)

So how can we make it easier? Well, perhaps there are no easy answers. But here are some lessons I’m starting to draw on half a century of life.

*** Treat others like you want to be treated — Golden rule. Duh. :-)
*** Never, never, never give up on any relationship.
*** Assume the best; grant grace before it is requested.
*** Avoid ever bringing up past failures (sins?) committed by those you love.
*** And in all your relationships, walk in Jesus’ steps.

There are other important conclusions, but if we could just master those, we’d be well on our way to eliminating some officially high percentage points of all stressful exchanges we would ever have had.

So what are we waiting for!? Let’s get started.

Want to give input on this “Backpage” editorial? Just log on at:

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=60

and click “Comment” below the post. Thanks!

JOIN US IN A DIALOGUE ABOUT SUPPORTING CHURCHES & MEMBER CARE

It’s free, and you don’t even have to go out in the cold. The question is, “What do supporting churches need to know about member care?” Please post a brief story (that illustrates a “do” or a “don’t”), general recommendations, or a scripture that stands out to you. A few months from now we’ll share some of the best posts in the form a booklet for everyone’s benefit! Thanks! Just log on at:

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=58

There’s nothing to buy, no ads, and you never are spammed. You have our word on it. These questions come from a Team Expansion worker in North Africa, along with the Team Expansion Member Care point person. (Thanks Dana!)

PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT INTENSIVE CLASS

If you’ve been wanting to take the course but haven’t been able to fit it into life, try the marathon approach, May 26 – June 2. (You get Sundays off) The class meets 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily at Carey Theological College & William Carey Institute in Vancouver, BC, Canada. You can also pick up the one day Perspectives Coordinator Training, June 3, following the Intensive for those who want to launch the program in their area. For more information, browse to:

http://www.cwmbc.org

for online registration or email perspectives

(at)cwmbc(dot)org 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.]

BARREL AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP

Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small- scale system, which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend the Barrel Aquaponics Workshop held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 10 & 11, 2008. Instruction will focus on the basics of aquaponics, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics in an ecologically balanced system. Each attendee will learn to construct and manage a variety of these small-scale systems. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. For more information or to register, visit:

http://www.aquacultureinternational.org

or email: aquacultureint

(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 . and reassemble the address onto one line.]

AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE

If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, plan to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 12 – 14, 2008. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. For more information or to register, visit:

http://www.aquacultureinternational.org

Aquaculture International honors Jesus Christ as the organization Head.

MISSION STORIES OF GOD IN ACTION

Are you encouraged by hearing what God does or how other believers see victory when trials come their way?

http://www.missionsmag.com

is a site with stories from around the world and thought provoking articles from missionaries. Do you have a story of how God worked? Please submit it to stories

(at)minimissionsmag(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.]

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 our website for more details at

http://www.thebodybuilders.net

or email them at

info

(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

Upcoming 2008 Boot Camp dates: Indianapolis, IN – February 11-12, 2008 Colorado Springs, CO – March 13-14, 2008 Bellflower, CA – April 8-9, 2008 Minneapolis, MN – May 12-13, 2008 Philadelphia, PA – June 9-10, 2008 Register online today.

RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES

“The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The four 2008 retreats are Mar 7-9 Oklahoma, Apr 18-20 Illinois, Oct 17-19 California, and Nov 14-16 Georgia. Presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Finishers, MissionNext, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Mentors who invite prospective missionaries are welcome to apply. More info at

http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp

COACHING TRAINING FOR CMM IN JAPAN

For the first time in Tokyo, this program offers a unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. It features a 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program in residential sessions in Tokyo February 25-29, 2008, followed by TeleClasses through May. Only a few places remain. Other 2008 courses are slated in Seattle, Singapore, and Europe. Save US$450 by registering early. Go to

http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

for details. Or email

help (at)creativeresultsmanagement(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 email address on the same line.]

MORE CHOICES TO GET PEOPLE-RAISING TRAINING

In 2008, Bill is staging his training in 3 New Cities (People Raising Conferences): Lincoln, NE, Orlando, FL, Kansas City, MO, and Chicago, IL. Author and instructor Bill Dillon will share from his more than 35 years of experience. These conferences are New and Improved with pre-conference preparation and extensive role playing. Each conference is designed to reduce the fear and times it takes to raise needed funds for ministry. To register and get more information go to

http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

or e-mail Bill (at)PeopleRaising(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.]

WE GIVE THANKS!

Thanks to a prayer coordinator in Louisville, KY for honoring Brigada’s 13th birthday with a $25 gift this past week. Yay! :-) Thanks, too, for a Joplin, MO, friend who sent $100!!! Awesome. These encouragers provide a tremendous boost, provide for the work of Brigada and also the field projects we are tackling!

WANT TO PROVIDE FUEL FOR OUR FIRE?

Maybe ask your church or group if they’d like to pitch in? Or, if you’re unable to — maybe because you live in a nation where funds aren’t as available — would you join us in praying that someone else who *can* make a gift, *will*. Thanks! 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.

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