8) Five Core Values to Ethical Member Care —

This past week, Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell wrote Brigada to discuss “Working Together: Five Core Values to Ethical Member Care.” Taken from a discussion in “Global Member Care” (2011, page 158), the original source can be found at…


The Five Core Values they documented were…

*** Human worth: We value colleagues as humans with intrinsic worth not as resources with strategic worth.

*** Safety in sharing: We value developing and using safe ways to share personal and work-related concerns.

*** Wellbeing for all: We value both the wellbeing of sending groups and the wellbeing of their staff.

*** Work-life balance: We value balancing professional work demands and personal growth desires.

*** Relational resiliency: We value persevering for truth and peace in our relationships (Zech. 8:19).


I always find the O’Donnells’ work interesting and stimulating. I’m confident that if we dwell a bit on these 5 core values, we’ll all build better organizations, fellowships, and teams.

4) The Ups and Downs of Being a Missionary —

This new book by Eleanor Rowe and Marjorie Collins is, according to my wife :-), a “really, really simple, easy read.” She added that “if you are considering becoming a career missionary or even going on a short term trip, this is a great jump-start book. It is a basic read for those with little or no knowledge of mission life.” Rowe and Collins cover everything from supporters to technology. They handle topics such as schooling for children, loneliness, flexibility, finances, housing, food, fun, weather and illness. To order, send a $10 check payable to

“Eleanor L. Rowe” to …



1089 Kumquat Ct.

Orange City, FL   32763


5) 5 Languages Of Appreciation In The Work Place —

With subtitle, “Empowering Organizations By Encouraging People,” author Gary Chapman and psychologist Dr. Paul White have teamed up to write this newly released book to help supervisors and managers effectively communicate appreciation and encouragement to their employees, resulting in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships between managers and staff, and decreased cases of burnout. Ideal for both the profit and non-profit sectors, the principles presented in this book have a proven history of success in businesses, schools, medical offices, churches, and industry. The book contains an access code for the reader to take a comprehensive online MBA Inventory (Motivating By Appreciation). The inventory is designed to provide a clearer picture of an individual’s primary language of appreciation and motivation as experienced in a work-related setting. Understanding an individual’s primary and secondary languages of appreciation can assist managers and supervisors in communicating effectively to their team members. To find out more about the book and the accompanying assessment tool for teams go to

8) Book: “Singing the Lord’s Songs in a Foreign Land” —

Veteran missionary and author Ken has written a book of Biblical reflections and insight into those feelings and questions that expatriates have while living in a foreign land. Using the Bible as guidance, it encourages expats (especially missionaries) and helps them to live a full life overseas. Ken has served as the pastor or interim pastor of seven international churches in five countries and has gained a good deal of experience with the needs and struggles of expatriates. The book is titled “Singing the Lord’s Songs in a Foreign Land; Biblical Reflections for Expatriates” and is available in print or electronically. For more information and a sample chapter see…

9) Top Three Risks When Traveling Overseas —

Are you a short-term team leader or know someone going overseas? It’s common to hear Short-term missions participants ask about airline safety or terrorism yet be completely unprepared for those everyday risks which are hundreds of times more likely to happen to them. The new book, “The Top Three Risks When Traveling Overseas” is being offered free of charge courtesy of the folks at Good Neighbor Insurance. It was written to help prepare people for their overseas trip. Additional info can be found at


Feel free to share the link with others.  For more information contact

jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100. Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100.

10) New book, “The Ups and Downs of Being a Missionary” —

Marjorie Collins and Eleanor Rowe have co-authored “The Ups and Downs of Being a Missionary,” a little 93-page book. It deals with things a novice to missions worries about and needs to know a bit about, from what it’s like to raise support, to giving to beggars. It’s not for veterans but for those just kind of thinking about missions (recruitment tool?), those thinking pretty seriously, and probably also those in process of first getting into missions. It may even be a help and an encouragement to a new missionary’s parents or family members. It does not teach details of missionary life, nor theology, nor profound mission strategy. With lots of examples, it teaches ATTITUDES, and allays irrational fears. It raises questions every new missionary needs to think about, and gets a newcomer to missions excited about what he’s considering getting involved in.


To order, send a $10 check payable to “Eleanor L. Rowe” to …


1089 Kumquat Ct.

Orange City, FL   32763


Questions? Write…


1) Sources for Patrick Johnstone’s Books… —

During the next few days (during the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012), Biblica Books will be transitioning its inventory over to InterVarsity Press, as the publisher of the “Operation World” and “The Future of the Global Church” books (as well as many other books). Soon you will be able to buy these books directly from the online store. But during this transitional time, you can buy them from, and you can buy the digital products and maps from, using the links on their online stores. Just click to…


for all your global prayer and informational needs. Thanks to GMI for the way you’re helping Patrick over this hurdle. God bless you — and thanks for the help you’ve given to Brigada as well!!!

6) Do Inexperienced Short Term Missionaries Make You Nervous? —

Don’t miss the blessing they bring. Remember, you were once on your first short term mission! Help them get their hearts ready for the cultural and spiritual challenges they will face, so that they go with humility, team unity, and servants’ hearts. “Before You Go” a 40-day devotional to prepare short term missionaries by Jack Hempfling, with a Foreword by YWAM Regional Director Peter Warren, is now available as an EBook for Kindle and Nook, (Apple is in process). “I wish I had this book when I was starting out. I’d have avoided a lot of mistakes” and “Our teams are much better since we have each member get on the same page with this devotional,” are commonly heard reports from using this tool.  Excellent and easy-to-use way to get all your short termers into the Presence of God before a trip and maximize their impact during the trip.


to see a summary. Get bulk discounts at U.S. number 866-381-2665, ext 1163 (Jason), or order from or your favorite bookstore. (Thanks to the author for the way he helps Brigada, by the way!)

2) Biblica Sells their Book Division to IVP —

The news is public now. See…


What does this mean for Brigada readers? Well one very immediate impact is that Patrick Johnstone’s new book, previously published and distributed through Biblica, is now being distributed through IVP. However, if you search IVP for the book, it doesn’t show up. What to do? The best approach is to use the book-specific site at… 


As you can see, the book link continues to link to BiblicaDirect. But you can also order the PDF directly through GMI. Your choice. Either way, you might want to try to hook up with Patrick at one of his stops throughout the next couple of weeks. He’s planning a promotion tour of five cities: Pasadena 14 – 15 Jan (Darrell coordinating, darrelldotdorratuscwmdotorg), Chicago 16-18 Jan, Colorado Springs 19-23 Jan (Mike mikeatgmidotorg), Dallas 23-24 Jan (Justin, MUP,  justinlongatgmaildotcom, Richmond 24-26 Jan (Jim JHaneyatimbdotorg). Hope you can stop by to see him at one of those stops. Be sure to tell him that you learned about his tour here in Brigada.

8) Free Ebook On Mission And Ministry Collaboration —

“Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships” by Phill Butler is the definitive book on ministry collaboration. Phill’s book is born out of many years of helping missions, ministries, and churches to collaborate strategically. (Phil is the ministry leader of visionSynergy which exists to facilitate such collaboration.) He explains, with frequent case studies, the principles needed to unlock the incredible potential of partnerships. There is really no other book that offers all these insights. You might have to register, give your email address, and be referred to another site, but it’ll be worth it.


(Thanks for the reminder on this, Tony!!!)

4) Guess Who’s Coming to America: Patrick Johnstone —

Long-time author of “Operation World,” the creator of “The Church is Bigger Than You Think,” and now the new author of “The Future of the Global Church,” Patrick Johnstone is known the world over for being informed, inspiring, and in-depth. And now, he’s coming to the USA. Learn more at…


You can gather with other local Christians to hear Patrick, his insights, and his thoughts on the future of the Global Church.

1) Johnstone’s “Future of the Global Church” Can Be Yours! —

If you have a coffee table, Johnstone’s new book, The Future of the Global Church, should be on it. In his typical excellent way, that only Patrick can write, he deals with 20 centuries of church history in one chapter (worth the price of the book by itself). And the chapter on “Nine Global Challenges” could develop into an entire semester-long course, by the same title. But then, so could the chapter on major world religions, “The Unevangelized,” and “Church Missions and the Future.” You can get the book as a PDF, so it won’t take up any space on your shelves! But the printed version is one-of-a-kind. Use the website below, which will provide the printed version or a PDF at reduced prices:

6) The Future of the Global Church —

As mentioned above, GMI, Biblica and Authentic Media are partnering with Patrick Johnstone to launch his incredible new book, The Future of the Global Church. Johnstone, author of six editions of the phenomenal prayer guide, Operation World, draws on his fifty years’ experience to challenge us with his bold vision for the global Church. This 256-page, full-color, graphical and textual overview of the history, present and possible future of the Church around the world focuses on the unfinished task of world evangelization. It comes in hardback and as an eBook. Learn more at:


While you’re there, share a word about your own vision for the future of the global Church at:

9) King Of Glory: Chronological, Illustrated Book for All Ages —

Just off the press! KING OF GLORY – The Story & Message of the Prophets condensed into 70 Scenes. This National-Geographic-size, magnificently illustrated book uses Jesus’ Luke 24:27 chronological approach to clear up the confusion and lead truth seekers into a clear understanding of the gospel. Simple but not superficial, this is a tool for reaching audiences of all ages. Like all ROCK International’s Resources by P.D. Bramsen (THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS radio series, ONE GOD ONE MESSAGE book, YOUR STORY booklet), while KING OF GLORY is written for Muslims, it also clearly communicates the gospel to people of other worldviews. Check it out:


Buy from Amazon:


(Note: That link will wrap. If you have trouble reassembling it, hit the Brigada website using the link immediately below.)


Also see the YouTube Video:


8) New Fictional Book to Reflect on Missionary Training —

It’s a great idea, … and a great book. This past week, I received a book from a successful author and, you know, the book, “Stones in the Path,” though fictional, does indeed teach lessons! The genesis of the novel was someone looking at a 200-page book (e.g., “Skills, Knowledge, Character” or SKC) and either being overwhelmed by the volume or not having a vision for mentoring.


Jason, the main character, because of his very proper Christian upbringing, could look like an ideal candidate. But what is under the surface shows that substance is lacking. Through this unique approach, the author hopes that the book will help people see some of the critical character issues that are not readily seen as part of “missionary prep” kinds of activities.


Priced retail at $13.99, the author is making it available to Brigada readers for $12, shipping included. You can also get “Stones” plus SKC for $25, shipping included.

2) Living under pressure? This book will help —

Now you can purchase a book, useful for member care, discipleship and personal growth, containing biblical lessons learned in 30 years of outreach in a tough Muslim context. The book, “Knowing Jesus is Enough for Joy, Period!” includes chapters on spiritual warfare (from a bit different perspective), transforming worship, how to be more than a victor by letting go, holding on and rising above, four types of faith, confessing in layers, journaling, discerning motives, nurturing our first love for Jesus and meditation, among others.      It is both biblical and very practical with lots of real life illustrations. The book is available in both paperback and e-book (Kindle, Epub and PDF formats) from…


The author will contribute $1 to Brigada for each book bought by Brigada readers from the above website. (In fact, he already sent a gift in advance to help along the cause. Thanks!)

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