Book: Extra Travel Insight for Russia

Traveling To Russia This Summer? “Peterburgers” is a funny book with plenty of cultural insight for anyone Russia-bound. Treat yourself to exciting adventures in Russia told with culture shock training in mind for missionaries (and their supporters back home). Order by contacting Bill Harris at

Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping).

Web Evangelism and Missions: Resources to Help your Ministry

With over 1 billion users in 2008, Web usage is projected to double within several years. These ‘second billion’ users will be almost entirely in the non-western world, in the 10/40 Window. There are also more than 3 billion mobile phones in use – i.e. over half the world’s population. There are more mobile users in Africa than USA!

The potential for outreach, using both the Web and mobile devices, is staggering. Yet many opportunities are not being taken, by either the mission world, national churches or the wider Christian community.

The Guide Network has therefore been set up, as a partnership between Internet Evangelism Day and the Web Evangelism Guide, GCIA, Internet Evangelism Coalition, visionSynergy, and Lausanne, to share resources and encourage networking for mobile and web evangelism, especially in non-English languages.

Visit the Guide Network at…

Heading For The Former Soviet Union Next Month?

“The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” gives a funny account of what travel can be like in Russia. Spiritually insightful and loaded with useful tips for travelers in Siberia, you’ll learn about surviving culture shock as you quest by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Order by contacting Bill Harris at:
(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble onto one line.] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping).

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Want to donate to Brigada or sponsor an issue? Just click the PayPal button at left to donate via PayPal, Mastercard or Visa. If you’d prefer not to use an online payment service, you can also simply mail a check to:
Team Expansion (Brigada)
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Note: If you’d like a tax-deductible receipt, please mail your check and make your check payable to “Team Expansion.”

So far in 2008, our year to date gifts/sponsorships total $4972.59.

But our needs in 2008 total $17,150. (That’s all — no more.)

(These funds go toward fuel for the Brigada missions fire, along with the costs of our website, secretarial help, and promoting missions. Each month, sponsors like those below are given the opportunity to “renew.” Those who are unable to do so will then “scroll off” the end of this list.)

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The Backpage: How do you keep track of illustrations?

What tool(s) do you use to keep track of sermon and lesson illustrations? I use InfoSelect as a “grass-catcher” program, to keep track of all those random items that I don’t know where else to store. It’s loosely organized enough to remember everything yet let me find it instantly, using any “text search” (like Google) or title or scripture. It also has a companion program for Palm that gives me a “to go” version of what’s on my laptop. Yes, it’s steep; but it works and always syncs. InfoSelect allows you to set up different “databases”, any number of which can be sync’d to Palm. I keep a mongo “database” that is not sync’d to Palm. But I sync databases called

  • Stories
  • Songs
  • Misc
  • 24

“Stories” are all my illustrations — Personal experiences, as well as illustrations that others tell. “Songs” help remind me of good worship songs that I want to recall. “Misc” are just generic reminders of people, facts and figures. And, well, “24” gives the minute by minute plot of each episode in the “24” series (Jack Bauer) down through all 6 seasons. :-)

What method do you use? Click “Comment” below this item. Don’t forget to tell us the source.


Welcome to the May 4th Edition of Brigada!

We’ve received a ton of great feedback (very encouraging feedback, in fact), which tells us that the “Web 2.0” version is quite popular among our 10,000 or so Brigada participants. However, we also received multiple requests to still bundle the text of our items along with the emailed “table of contents” (TOC) message.

So that’s exactly what we’ll do!

Take note — with this edition of Brigada we officially switch to a *Sunday* publication date! Can you believe it? After publishing on Fridays for 13 years? Sundays will work better with the infrastructure we’re building at the site. After all, Sundays are the first day in the week! :-) Forgive any inconvenience with the switch in publication dates!

Here’s the Table of Contents for the May 4th issue:

Two Great Mission Books!

Here are two of the greatest missions books you can buy:

*** Missions in the 21st Century ($7)

*** Today’s All-Star Missions Churches ($9)

Funny, I rec’d this note from the author — then almost immediately began hearing about the very same books from some dynamite missions practitioners. Based on what I’m hearing, we should all *run*, not walk, to order these 2008 catalogue books. Furthermore, as a Brigada special for both, the author is disounting both books, when ordered together, for $15 postpaid.

To order, just mail a check to:
Tom Telford
PO Box 50400
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Coaching Training For Church Multiplication

Empowerment, transformation, and innovation take skill to produce. Here’s a 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program, a unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Learn in person and by telephone. There are courses in Singapore in October 2008, Anaheim, California in November 2008, and Burgundy, France in June 2009. Save US$450 by registering by registering early. Go to
for details. Or email
creativeresultsmanagement(dot)com (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

Strategy Coordinators Needed for SE Asia

Is God calling you to invest your life in reaching an unreached group within this region of S.W. China, or S.E. Asia? There are beckoning opportunities in the Mekong Region of Laos, Myanmar, China and Thailand. Check out

info(at) (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

Learn TESL in Palawan

Asia’s Center for TESOL will be conducting another 5-week intensive TESOL teacher training program on the Island of Palawan in the Philippines from August 4 to Sept 6, 08. This course is accredited by Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids Mi. USA. The course is 140 hours and includes a 20 hour teaching practicum. Course fees are $375 for Expats and P8000 for Philipinos, or $200 for other developing nations citizens. Browse
or Jurene at


actesol(dot)com for more information. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

Director Needed for Int’l School in Thailand

Chiang Rai International Christian School and the current Family Learning Center are “Serving the Servants” in the beautiful and tropical Golden Triangle area of N. Thailand. CRICS is looking for a Director to lead the Family Learning Center through the process of becoming the Chiang Rai International Christian School. The Superintendent will lead this organization into the future working with a very supportive school board, staff and Ministry of Education in Chiang Rai. This is a volunteer position so you must raise your own support.

The Vision of CRICS is: To help others know God and understand Him more fully by serving the body of Christ through providing quality Christian education in Chiang Rai.
Please contact
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gmail(dot)com for more information. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

Missionary Training Camp by Elijah Company

It happens during four days from June 19-22 in Virginia, covering the major areas of need to go and stay in the call of God. They emphasize relationships, spiritual warfare, intercession and support, and, with Intercessors Arise, they offer mentorship and training in missions and prayer. Short- termers as well as furloughing missionaries have gained needed tools for their work. Their web site has a description of the training and curriculum and applications. Write to us at training(at)

elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-333-0446. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

Be Discipled To Reach The Nations

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, PA,USA desires to equip, train, and challenge you to reach the unreached! They are offering a combined Discipleship Training School (DTS) and a Crossroads DTS (CDTS) to challenge you to grow in your faith and equip you to reach the nations with the Gospel. The school includes a 12-week lecture phase, including topics such as hearing God’s voice, spiritual warfare, and the character of God, and a 2 month foreign outreach. The dates of the school are: September 15, 2008-March 1, 2009. More information and/or an application can be found at: or
comcast(dot)net or phone: 717.274.9010. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.) The application deadline is August 15, 2008.

Drip Irrigation As A Tool For Church Planting

Chapin Living Waters exists to help poor people in third world countries grow vegetables when there is insufficient rain. They offer simple, sustainable technologies for subsistence farming, bringing hope to the poorest people and the opportunity to solve their own problems. Their simple “Bucket Kit” can be a tool for outreach and church planting. Check it out at…

and then email Dick
wi(dot)rr(dot)com for information on how to start a simple low cost-low risk pilot project.
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