Headed to a dangerous environment? Want to learn how to manage it? Check out the CCI course, June 5-7, in Warrenton, MO. Learn more and register here…
It’s scheduled at “The Cove,” which I understand is a really beautiful place to learn. I think it’s part of the legacy of Bill Graham’s ministry. The conference itself is Feb. 9th. It’s designed to prepare you how to provide emotional and spiritual care for those who are in times of trouble. You’ll develop tools for crisis ministry team in your church and with those at home or abroad who are going through disasters of all kinds. Learn more at…
There are other dates available if you can’t make the one in February.
Now you can be trained in the field (and in the classroom) by some of the industry’s most experienced teachers: Crisis Consulting International (CCI). They’ll be offering their “Field Security Seminar” in Lake George, CO (90 minutes from the Colorado Springs airport) Sept 13-15, 2012. With a cost of $625 (plus $224 for lodging and meals), this training is not cheap. (Discounts are available for multiple students from the same organization and for those attending the Crisis Management Seminar immediately following this training.) But you just have to decide — “do I need this knowledge; will I need these skills.” If your life depends on it, you might decide to prioritize and get there. Field Security Seminar prepares faith-based workers to work, live and travel in high-risk environments. Core components of the Field Security Seminar include managing violent encounters; personal security; profile management; hostage survival; convoy management; emergency leadership; identifying and avoiding landmines and unexploded ordnance; and managing checkpoints, roadblocks and ambushes.
To register and receive more information, see…
If you’re interested, better act fast. Registration closes July 31.
Crisis Consulting International offers a wealth of resources and experience for the mission/aid community. For example, they provide training in crisis management and field security (USA, April 2011) plus a video seminar on Security Orientation; they consult in crises (hostages, evacuation, terrorism); and they have 12 model polices oriented for the international Christian community on kidnapping, assessing risk, contingency plans, crisis management teams, etc. Have a look at their website
and also see their recommended reading list.
(Thanks much to Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell for reminding us of CCI’s resources. Learn more about the O’Donnells’ work at
Field Security Seminar – April 14-16, 2010 – A three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs.
Crisis Management Seminar – April 19-21, 2010 – A three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments.
These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. To register or get more information, please visit their website at
Maybe you’ve been there a hundred times. You had the whole Haiti thing down to a science. But you’re wondering, now that the earth shook, should you ask a set of different questions? You bet. Well now you have a script. Check it out at…
These are the folks from Crisis Consulting Int’l. For as long as I can remember, they’ve been coaching cross-cultural travelers on security, safety, and international travel. They’ve got your back.
CCI is offering two training seminars in April to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs. (Please note date changes.) You can choose the Field Security Seminar, April 14-16, 2010. This is a three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs. Or pick up a Crisis Management Seminar. This is slated for April 19-21, 2010 and is a three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management. These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. To register or get more information, visit
The O’Donnells think so anyway (Kelly and Michèle). They wrote recently to recommend it to Brigada participants. Entitled, “Stress and Trauma Handbook: Strategies for Flourishing in Demanding Environments,” it is edited by John Fawcett (2003), and published by World Vision. Kelly and Michele wrote, “This is a core handbook for our libraries and our work. Its four sections cover stress in organizations, stress research, healthy work settings, and supportive resources. Here are some superb introductory quotes.” Interestingly, the O’Donnells quote the author as saying, “The most stressful events in humanitarian work have to do with the organisational culture, management style and operational objectives of an NGO or agency rather than external security risks or poor environmental factors.” However, the author also concludes, “Strong relationships afford the best protection in traumatic and stressful environments.” Sounds like the agencies of our world have to work harder to get our stuff together. :-) Lord help us. (Thanks Kelly and Michèle.) Get a copy of Fawcett’s book at…
If you have trouble with this URL, just click to our online edition at the link below, then click on the picture of the book.
Crisis Consulting International is offering two training seminars in April to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs.
Crisis Management Seminar – April 14-16, 2010 – A three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments.
Field Security Seminar – April 19-21, 2010 – A three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs.
These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. To register or learn more, log on at…
Bob and the guys at Crisis Consulting Int’l have been at it pretty much as long as I remember. CCI is offering another training seminar in October to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs. It’s scheduled for October 21-23 at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. It’s a three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments. To register or get more information, go to…
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Our heart goes out to them over their loss. Is your church ready for such an incident? Where do we get training to prepare for this kind of stuff? How do we make sure it isn’t so easy to repeat it? If you have a favorite resource for offering training, security for such incidents, or awareness coaching (or if you yourself offer such training), please pass the word by clicking on “Comment…” below and sharing your lead.
CCI is offering two training seminars in April to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs. One, their Crisis Management Seminar, takes place April 23-25. It’s a three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; it includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments. The other is a Field Security Seminar, April 27-29. It’s a three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs. These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. To register or get more information, please visit
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- JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY
- HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS?
- PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY
- DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES
- GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS
- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST?
- LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES
- JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL
- BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL
- THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH”
- CLOSING STUFF
- JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY — John Lindner sends out a weekly newsletter featuring some aspect of ministry by and among majority-world missions today. He especially is desirous of telling the struggle, victory, and passion of national men and women of God who have overcome difficulties to plant a church or do a work for God. If you know of a third-world missionary or leader who has such a story that you can vouch for, send it to him and he will consider publishing it in his newsletter. Submitting a story does not guarantee it will be published. He can be reached at John(at)WorldChristianMinistries(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
Glimpses of his previous newsletters can be found at
Click on “Books by John Lindner” to get a sample of his biographical writing. Here is a chance to lift up a majority-world national partner. Please advise if names of persons or places need to remain confidential. (John and his ministry have also helped Brigada and its ministries, too. Thanks John!)
- HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS? — Do you know of some resource, lesson materials, videos, or other curricula that might help spawn a missions understanding among children? If so, please drop by:
Leave a comment about your favorite resource, making sure you provide contact information or a URL. This item originated directly as a result of a children’s minister in a local church, asking for help… so your resources will go to work immediately! Thanks for any referrals or resources you can provide.
- PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY — Andrew, from IL, is completing a doctoral research project in an area related to crisis in ministry. He and he colleague, Dr. Mills, are seeking to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers. Here is the link to the survey:
Anyone who has served in any type of international or home missions work (fulltime or part-time) can take the survey, including one-time, part- time, or fulltime missionaries, pastors, evangelists, teachers, doctors, dentists, construction workers, etc. He’s wrapping up the survey in early November, so there’s time to jump in. Thanks.
- DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES — You can do that and a whole lot more at the World Bible Translation Center’s homepage at
Chris wrote this past week to bring the site to our attention and, indeed, if you’d like to download the entire Ukrainian NT as a PDF, WBTC is the place to go. While you’re there, check out their work among 50 of the world’s most spoken languages. (Thanks Chris!)
- GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, they hoped to equip missionaries to tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. They received an overwhelming response of mail, some of which called them “White supremacists” and “Nazi’s”. A spokesman for The Glory Story said, “Whilst these comments were unnecessary they were valid to a degree, due to the fair skin colour of a lot of the Bible characters.”
The artists at The Glory Story, have spent the last 8 weeks making the skin colour of the Bible characters more culturally relevant for missionaries. Check out the whole of the Bible in pictures on this link.
For more information, write Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST? — An embarrassing question, but so important. Our whole future depends on it. So why not find some help from a new item on the EasyEnglish website? Go to
Click on “What’s New?” then download “What do you think about Christ?” You will discover a series of questions (and answers) based on an EasyEnglish translation of Matthew’s gospel.
- LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES — This month’s Legal Trends Memo is online, with stories that include, “If you’re changing your bylaws, don’t forget to let the IRS and your state regulatory agency know; Age discrimination laws don’t apply to clergy; If you have donors making contributions by payroll deductions, there are special record-keeping and substantiation requirements; Tax Court issues a new ruling on how to account for your ministry-related cell phone expenses; Volunteer board members are immune from liability if acting within the scope of their duties; If your employment policies require mediation and arbitration first, then even lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act can’t proceed until the arbitration is complete; Extensions to file for the foreign earned income exclusion can be granted under certain circumstances. Check out the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo at
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- JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — Joint Christian Services International, Mongolia, is seeking an executive director. The executive director will provide strong spiritual and team- building leadership for employees and an administrative team that oversees ministries and projects performed with, through and alongside the Mongolian churches by 70 personnel from 14 member bodies and local staff. The position requires a mature Christian with cross-cultural mission and/or development experience, the ability to implement strategic vision, and good relational and administrative skills. Send inquiries, a letter of application and CV to Sheldon at sheldons(at)mennonitemission(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and visit the JCS web site at
- MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL — Mission:Equip, a new company specializing in online productivity tools and content sharing for the missions community, recently launched its new website. The new online missions portal, which offers a virtual toolkit of services to assist in preparation for missions trips (both short-term and long-term), is located at
There, you can find links to various resources which will be helpful to long-term missionaries and short-term mission team members as they prepare to travel overseas, a trip planning module, a helpful travel checklist, a printable emergency contact card, links to several communications resources (including 228 country-specific blogs and 228 country-specific wikis). For more information, contact info(at)missionequip(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL — The Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 7-month programme designed for you to know God deeper and to learn how to live out His message of reconciliation and justice in the midst of a hurting world. Participants live aboard the “s/y Next Wave”, a 41-metre sailing vessel, for 4 months of discipleship training, followed by 3 months of outreach in the Middle East or Africa. The next school begins Sept. 8th, so better contact them today. Learn more at
September 8, 2007 – March15, 2008
- THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH” — This past Sunday, I was talking to a good friend who pilots his own biplane. We were talking about some recent tragedies at nearby air shows and I asked him if he was ever scared when flying “loop the loops” and other stunts. His answer? He quoted a highly-respected flying instructor who once told him to start every trick ’10 mistakes high.’ I’m sure I looked confused, because he went on to explain that if the trick required 100′ vertical feet, the instructor wanted him to start it at 1000′. I thought about that for a long time afterward. I’ve concluded that missionaries are more like stunt pilots than trapeze artists. We don’t really have the luxury of a safety net. But we *do* have a band of prayer warriors and supporters that can help us survive a long nose dive. For every difficult task we tackle, we need 10 supporters and prayer partners to make sure we can survive. It’s up to each worker, individually, to gather enough supporters and friends to thereby construct an adequate “safety net.” Only then can we be assured of surviving every mistake. So ‘start ten mistakes high’ and gather your prayer safety net today.
- TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
- NORTH AMERICAN UNREACHED PEOPLE’S NETWORK ESTABLISHED
- SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
- CHILD SAFETY GROUP CONVENES
- OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN QINGDAO, CHINA
- RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ONE-WEEK MODULES
- WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA? SEE THE GUIDELINES PLEASE
- FOCUS ON POVERTY, REFUGEES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS
- NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM POSTED
- PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
- LEARN DISASTER AND CRISIS RELIEF OPERATIONS
- FOCUS ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
- HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE POSSIBLE OUR WORK
- LET YOUR GIVING HAVE A GLOBAL VOICE
- THE BACKPAGE: TAP INTO THE TRUE ENERGY SOURCE
- CLOSING STUFF
- TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Develop offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor to help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 1 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.
The prerequisite for the course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Aug. 20 – Sept. 14, 2007. It also will be offered on Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007.
Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.
To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit
When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-06/07.
- NORTH AMERICAN UNREACHED PEOPLE’S NETWORK ESTABLISHED — 32 lay people and ministry leaders recently met in Minneapolis to brainstorm and plan for a new network that hopes to help infuse new energy into unreached peoples networks reaching out from North America. Dubbed the North American Unreached People’s Network (NAUPN), its leadership team of 9 visionaries hope to stage its first major consultation in Dallas, Nov. 27-29. (Rats; I’m supposed to be in Europe that week. :-( Maybe I can change my travel plans — or send an associate.) Included in the group are representatives of Mission America, visionSynergy, Impact, Antioch Network, and others. If you’re interested, jot a note to info(at)powerofconnecting(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers a low-cost email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world and is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.
Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 29 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on March 10 – March 28, 2008.
Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.
To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit
When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-06/07.
- CHILD SAFETY GROUP CONVENES — On May 8-10, 2007, fifty-five people from twenty mission agencies/faith-based NGOs met on the lovely grounds of Campus Crusade for Christ in Orlando, Florida, for the Second Joint Consultation on Child Safety and Abuse Response. As had been hoped and prayed for, a collaborative network of mission agencies and faith-based NGOs are intentionally and strategically addressing the issues of child protection within the broader US-based mission-sending community. The response across the board has been enthusiastic and heart-felt.
The results include the following: The third meeting, geared toward mission leaders/decision makers who will formulate and resource policy for each agency, is tentatively scheduled for February 2008. In the meantime, the attending organizations are committed to sharing resources and partnering in prevention and response when possible. They are also working toward a common set of definitions, best-practice standards, and prevention and response protocols that would provide a high level of confidence for their staff, along with consistency and partnership in this critical area between organizations.
Further updates regarding the third meeting, including specifics on whom to contact, will be forthcoming on Brigada within the next few months. Keep reading.
- OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN QINGDAO, CHINA — The Baishan School is looking for native English speakers with an education degree or teaching experience to teach English to Chinese children in kindergarten through grade 9 beginning August 1. The school is operated by like-minded local friends looking to impact Chinese society. Salary, airfare, housing, and local medical insurance is provided during the eleven-month contract. Committed Christian teachers desiring to teach English in this city by the sea should contact Cindy at Cindyf(at)ldius(dot)org
- RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ONE-WEEK MODULES –- The SWORD training course offers one-week modules on Aquaculture, Micro-Finance & Business-as- Mission, and water & other community technologies. It all begins April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. Both the 12-week lecture phase and the one-week modules are available. The Field Assignment is spearheaded by the Beijing Olympic Outreach. After the Beijing Olympics, a team will remain in China to finish their Field Assignment.( The Olympic outreach within the SWORD course is optional). The rest of the teams / candidates will proceed to their target countries in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and other Asian countries for their respective Field Assignments. And then, get the opportunity to work with our dispatches in some parts of the world! For more info, email streams7(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 .]
- WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA? SEE THE GUIDELINES PLEASE — Just click “submit an item” in the top line menu. There you’ll find 25 tips that help you find your way into Brigada Today effortlessly and efficiently.
- FOCUS ON POVERTY, REFUGEES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS — Get it at the SWORD training course, along with info on the current situation in some of the poorest countries in the world. Learn the strategies. Find out where God is leading you to serve. It starts April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. Both the 12-week lecture phase and the one-week modules are available. For more info, email streams7(at)juno(dot)com.
- NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM POSTED — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Be sure to note the new location.
In this issue, learn about legal restrictions as to the nature and/or extent of fundraising solicitations that may be used outside the U.S. such that will jeopardize US donors tax deductions, read the latest stats on number of nonprofit organizations, see info on new governance practices posted by the IRS, learn how to substantiate business expenses, and much much more.
- PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — Invest three weeks in hands-on TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. There are still a few slots left in Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California. You will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience in teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. Dorm space may still be available. Learn more at
or call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- LEARN DISASTER AND CRISIS RELIEF OPERATIONS — Catch one-week modules on Disaster & Crisis Relief Operations, Light Search & Rescue, and Disaster Health Care at the SWORD (Strategic Seminars-Workshops on Relief & Development), April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. For more info, write streams7(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 .]
- FOCUS ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — This people of northern Namibia in Africa would be *hard* to reach, perhaps, but should that mean they are unreachable? Not so much. Needing a Savior? Yes. Driving through the northern areas of Namibia, a Christian worker asked our guide where were the majority of the Mbalantu people. He said “far west.” The worker asked him, is there any one ministering with them. His reply, “We have some preaching points to the west, but they are too far west.” God has put these people in Namibia and He did not put them too far west! Please pray that someone will see the need of the Mbalantu. Pray that someone will feel God’s desire to reach these people that are too far west! Pray for the Mbalantu people, a Forgotten People, but not forgotten by God! To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please e-mail 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 .]
- HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE POSSIBLE OUR WORK — Thanks to the YWAMmers from the far North who sent $50 to enable more work from Brigada! We appreciate you and the fact that you wanted to remain anonymous… but we’re forever grateful for your sacrificial service long-term in the field. Another partner from Topeka sent $50. Shew. We appreciate you. Thanks to the other friend who sent $100 — same story – – long-time Brigada reader who just wanted to say thanks. What an honor to serve him. Another $100 came from Alameda, CA. Praise be to God. And finally, thanks to the missions-oriented church on the East Coast who sent $500 to undergird our work here and keep Brigada going out the door. Inspirational and humbling — that’s what that is. They added that they had been getting Brigada since nearly the very beginning. What an encouragement. Thank you so much.
- LET YOUR GIVING HAVE A GLOBAL VOICE — Help make Brigada happen. Just click “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (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: TAP INTO THE TRUE ENERGY SOURCE — In my spare time (ok, I confess: not so much :-) ), I enjoy reading Astronomy Magazine, even though the cosmology articles are often off-base. Take the one by Scott Dodelson in the May 2007 issue (p. 43), entitled “Seeing The Red Limit.” He’s the Dir. of the Center for Particle Astrophysics at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, IL (sounds important enough). He wrote the book, _Modern Cosmology_ (Academic Press), 2003. And his quote looked promising, actually, at least at first: “Ordinary matter … can’t produce an accelerating universe. … Whatever causes this cosmic acceleration, it’s truly an exotic form of energy that isn’t diluted as the volume enclosing it expands. Physicists have dubbed this ‘dark energy.'” How do we tell these guys in a nice way that not only have we located the source of that “dark energy,” but that we also tap into it *daily*?
Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” So there you have it: the true energy source.
Just make sure you’ve tapped in tonight.
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- GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
- UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL
- OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY
- MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING
- HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH
- GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007!
- MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON
- EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE
- HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE
- THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD?
- ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED
- WE OWE THANKS TO…
- THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360″
- CLOSING STUFF
- GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now 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
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! ISA writes, “[Through Brigada], We all benefit from your business and we thank you!”
- UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL — Have you ever wanted to look at unreached people group data using your own criteria? For example, suppose you were interested in “Buddhist people groups in the 10/40 Window that are larger than 1,000,000 in population and unreached?” or “Muslim people groups in South and East Africa with a complete Bible but are unreached” Well now you can. Joshua Project has developed a webpage that allows users to select their own criteria and then finds the list of peoples matching that criteria. See:
Totals are at the bottom of the listing. To give an idea of some of the kinds of listings you can produce, there are a number of pre-made queries available at:
Joshua Project welcomes suggestions for improving this tool. It’s dynamite!
- OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY — OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched a new section of its website for mission bloggers. The facility pulls together the blogs of a number of people involved in mission around the world and makes them available through one website. As OSCAR generally serves those in mission who are from or to the UK (or pass through the UK), they’re inviting anyone who blogs and fits this criteria to submit their blog to their new facility. It’s an exciting development for OSCAR and they hope that it will provide UK mission supporters and those thinking about working in mission with a day to day insight into the lives of those ‘at the cutting edge’ around the world. This is ‘Reality Internet’ serving the purposes of world mission and helping to build the Kingdom. See OSCAR’s new blogging facility at
You can also email OSCAR via
info(at)oscar(dot)org(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING — Wycliffe Bible Translators International and MCI (Member Care International) will join forces to offer the 2007 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, June 18 – 22, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The first half of the workshop will deal with a variety of topics, including: What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can we expect people to respond in times of personal or group crisis? What populations are most vulnerable? How can we respond as an organization? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? The second half of the workshop will focus on debriefing skills for “peer level” debriefing. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $125.00 is due upon registration. Room and board fees for the workshop are $150.00/person, due upon arrival.
CSAI Certification Training: June 23, 2007, following MCCS workshop: The CernySmith Adjustment Index (CSAI) is designed to evaluate and enhance cross-cultural adjustment for international personnel and their family members. On Saturday, June 23 both Basic and Advanced CSAI certification training will be offered. Fee: $65.00 in conjunction with MCCS, $125.00 if taken on its own. An additional day of housing can be added for $18.00/person.
For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH — Here’s a Brigada participant, Dan, who asks, “Anyone know any of a short-term car insurance policy that could be purchased for a missionary while on furlough? Those who have lived outside of the US for years have trouble getting car insurance while visiting; either that, or the prices are way out of reach. Is it possible to get a policy that would not apply to a specific vehicle, but whichever vehicle a missionary happens to be driving while on furlough?” If you have an answer to Dan’s questions, log on to this web address:
Click “edit this page” and write some simple text, just like writing an email. The moment you hit “save”, everybody will be able to see your suggestions.
- GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course 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
for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON — I’m sure by now you’ve caught the press releases from Pioneers, which, by faith, has kindly volunteered to welcome many of the former staff of what used to be Caleb Project and/or ACMC. To learn more, read…
In addition to the many who moved to Pioneers, a few went to Frontiers, a couple to GEM, 4-5 moved to OMF, and others are still seeking God. Please say another prayer for any who might still be struggling. Among the many comments from former Caleb Project staffers came this note: “Doug, thank you so much for your passion for reaching the unreached, for the years of partnership that Brigada and Caleb Project have shared, and for helping the audience that we love and want to serve come to grips with these sad events. God is Sovereign. He wins in the end. His ways are not our ways. He is the healer, provider, and the Rock on which we all stand. He will accomplish his purposes even without Initiative360 still standing. Thanks for all of your continued prayers for the staff across the US and world who are still reeling and finding next steps. Your prayers are a blessing to each one of us!” See the “BackPage” editorial for more on this.
- EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE — In Sept. 2006, leaders from 12 mission organizations met together to candidly examine the issue of child abuse in missions and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10 in Orlando, Florida and is open to new organizations. 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, please go to The Child Safety and Abuse Response Networking Workshop website at:
Please complete the seminar registation form within the next week. Email further questions to
childsafetyworkshop(at)ccci(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE — Jandre is a missionary living in Madagascar. She teaches English at a seminary, among other things. She writes, “The students only have two hours per week for English. As you can think, this is not nearly enough! And therefore I am looking for ways to maximise this time!” She wrote, looking for someone, “a clever person, who can help design a Theological English course!” If you’d like to brainstorm with her about this, just click to:
Suggest existing courses, recommend outlines and “gotta’ have it” ideas. When you click edit, then give input, then “save”, others will see your suggestions immediately. Thank you!!!
- THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD? — If one were going to design the perfect mission field, here is what it might look like, according to one Brigada participant:
- ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED — Immediately… for Aizwal, Mizoram India. This is a government-funded program that runs until mid-December and is renewable. Housing, in-country travel, and a $300 per month salary are provided. The ESL students are college level. A single male or a married couple is preferred. The ideal target entry date would be mid-April with mid-May being the absolute final deadline. For more details please email: rb735731167(at)cablespeed(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call toll-free (888) 248-5902 for U.S. subscribers or use (517) 347-7121 if you are outside the U.S.
- WE OWE THANKS TO… — Insurance Services of America (ISA) for a $17.30 gift that resulted from a person buying a travelers’ insurance policy. Hey… let’s just talk turkey here: if every Brigada Today participant merely bought travel interruption insurance from ISA, the truth is, just that alone would probably take care of the small amount of funds we need to break even. Learn more about ISA’s plans at:
Thanks, too, to Clowns4Him
for recently sharing $100, with this comment: “We appreciate Brigada and the diversity of information that is delivered online to us.” God be praisedc.
Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (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: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360″ — As glad as I am for the partial solution above (Thanks again Pioneers), I still hurt for the collapse of the original dream for merging two really great organizations (Caleb Project & ACMC), each with a 25-year+ legacy. In recent exchanges with one of the first staff “recruits” of what used to be Caleb Project, she shared, “We so appreciate your care for us as people who are seeking to follow God with our whole hearts (we want to be like our buddy, Caleb) amidst this unbelievable situation. Please keep praying for those of us who are struggling through the days of grief, anger, unbearable sadness and loss. … Thanks, Doug, for your concern. It means more than you can know.” She had a great attitude about the whole thing. But I’m afraid everybody else is just going to ignore “the elephant in the middle of the room”… so I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth one last time on this situation, from what I’ve been able to absorb. Keep in mind… my purpose isn’t to judge the past, but to try to learn from the past so we can look toward the future. With that in mind, here are some final “lessons learned” from the Initiative 360 closure:
*** Lesson #1: “Don’t shoot the messenger” — It is my understanding that the board abruptly released the CEO of Initiative 360 because finances had taken a tragic, though gradual, dive. My humble suggestion to all board members everywhere is this: Yes, call your organization’s CEO into accountability. But communicate to him clearly what you expect and call upon him/her to dream up options when the organization is going through stress. Make sure he has a clear benchmark as to what is the threshold with which you’re comfortable. (Tell him or her clearly what you want; then expect him or her to deliver.) And please… give him/her some time to try to deliver what is requested.
*** Lesson #2: “Before pulling the trigger, know your target” — I’ve been told that the decision to dissolve Initiative 360 was suggested, approved, and implemented all within about 60 days. May I humbly suggest that it is a sobering move to bury an organization with a 25-year history. Could I ask that if you’re ever tempted to do that, would you please write some key leaders; maybe do a couple of last-ditch fund- raiser campaign letters? Maybe put out some press releases about the financial crisis… or at least ask staff people for input… you know… focus group style?
*** Lesson #3: “Seek board longevity” — It is my understanding that the Initiative 360 board consisted of several new members and that those members were fairly outspoken about the need to dissolve. Either way, whether that is true or not, it just seems advisable to seek to recruit at least a *few* board members who will stay the course. By some miracle, some of our board members for Team Expansion (the organization I lead) have stayed with us for literally more than 20 years *plus*. They have such an investment in the organization, it is unthinkable to me that they would so quickly kill it. So, again, with deep humility, I would suggest that we seek some longevity… some sober ownership of the organization’s ethos and mandate.
I wonder if we could spin the clock back 5 months, then put those 3 lessons in place, maybe we’d be looking at a new chance for a couple of organizations with very rich histories. It’s worth pondering.
- MORE ON THE NEW “GLOBAL STATUS OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY” MAP
- URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING
- GOOGLE PAGE RANK (FOR EMERALD HILLS) REVISITED
- ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
- HOSPITALITY HOMES
- WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN CRISIS
- THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA
- MICROSOFT OFFICE TO OFFER “SAVE AS PDF” FEATURE
- FRIENDS AND FAMILY DISCOUNT, AIRLINE STYLE
- THE BACK PAGE: THE CORE, THE COMMITTED, OR THE CROWD?
- CLOSING STUFF
- MORE ON THE NEW “GLOBAL STATUS OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY” MAP — The World Missions Atlas Project (WorldMAP) and its partners in cooperation with the greater missions community have, with expanded and updated data and technology, completed the “Global Status of Evangelical Christianity” wall map. This map illustrates the status of evangelical Christianity and church planting based upon the CPPI (Church Planting Progress Indicators) database maintained by the Global Research Department of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Included on this map are three inset maps displaying the global status of Bible Translation, global status of the JESUS film translation, and global response to the film JESUS. Highlighted on the map are over 100,000 cities, towns and villages thematically color-coded to depict both their relative size and their evangelical status based upon the primary language and people group living in each location.
Please pray for the distribution of this map and its global impact for the Kingdom of God. The “Global Status of Evangelical Christianity” may be downloaded as a .jpg or .pdf and ordered from:
at a very discounted price or contact info(at)worldmap(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
- URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING –- God has a place for you in his global plan. He has given you unique passions, skills and resources that can make a difference in his Kingdom. At Urbana 06 over 25,000 will gather to worship and hear how God is using his church to accomplish his purposes throughout the world. Will you be there? Learn about God’s love for people of every tribe, nation, and language, and how you can be a part of his global mission. Register by October 15th and save $75! We look forward to seeing you on December 27, 2006 in St. Louis! For more information, visit
or email info(at)urbana(dot)org or call 608-274-7995. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
- GOOGLE PAGE RANK (FOR EMERALD HILLS) REVISITED — Some will recall my interest in observing the Google page rank for the retreat center/campus we’re constructing for Brigada’s home base (along with Team Expansion, the mission organization with which I work). Try it out for yourself to see the latest. Please open up the Google search site at:
Type in Emerald Hills and hit enter. By my findings, the Team Expansion Emerald Hills website now comes up as the second link out of over 5 million. Remember months and months ago when it started consistently making it in the top 100? :-) By the way, while you’re there, if you don’t mind, go ahead and “click through” the link. My theory is, by doing so, you let Google know that indeed, that link was the one for which you were searching. The import for all of us, relation to the websites we’re promoting, is that the more people use them through a search engine like Google, the more the search engine might regard them highly. By the way, while you’re there, hover your mouse over “Get Involved” then slide down and click on “Pray” and see our Prayer Coordinator’s most recent prayer entry for our Emerald Hills vision. Another theory I have is that Google pays a bit more attention to pages that stay *active*. Betty, our Prayer Coordinator, updates these prayer requests *daily*. Not only is she staying in touch with a battalion of pray-ers, she’s also raising our profile in the eyes of Google. At least… that’s my theory.
- ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM –- This fall, Gateway Missionary Training Centre (Langley, BC, Canada) is launching a new venture in the Perspectives family of courses. They’ll be offering classes every Wednesday evening, September 13 to November 29. Class size is limited. For more information contact Bev info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check the web site
- HOSPITALITY HOMES — ServantCARE offers hospitality homes to those in ministry. They will be traveling in September and October to Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. They would like your help in connecting them with those who have the gift of hospitality who would like to serve in this manner. All information needed and questions answered is found on their website at
under “Hospitality Homes”. They also have posted on their website 30 pages of “Referral Links”, many of them supplied by Brigada, to which they would like to add any other ministries across the country that meet the needs of those in ministry. Contact ServantCARE at icare(at)servantcare(dot)com
- WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN CRISIS –- This week of training helps to prepare those who will be working with children facing critical needs. It is based on the training developed by Phyllis Kilbourn, author of various books on the subject and founder of Rainbows of Hope. Trainers for the workshop will be Trudy Agawin, DIrector of Gateway Missionary Training Centre and Adrienned Pilkey, ROH representative. Both have had experience in working with traumatized children. Course will be held at Gateway MTC, Langley BC, September 25 -29. For more information contact Bev info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or check the web site
- THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA — One anonymous giver this past week sent $11.25. Maybe you might think, “What will $11.25 matter?” Believe me… with Brigada, it matters a great deal! To make your gift that counts, just visit:
and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.
- MICROSOFT OFFICE TO OFFER “SAVE AS PDF” FEATURE — You’ve probably already heard the news . . . that Microsoft will be delivering a “save as pdf” option for use with Office 2007. See the full press release by browsing to:
then in the search blank, type in “save as pdf”. With that release, users should no longer need to buy Adobe Acrobat or PDF995. I’ve found the PDF format to be a *very* useful feature, especially since it allows several different choices of security settings, including “don’t allow text or graphics to be copied out of this document”.
- FRIENDS AND FAMILY DISCOUNT, AIRLINE STYLE — MTS travel is promoting a “friends-and-family-type” discount. You apparently list with them the routes you’re hoping to find (like, “My son is a Christian worker in Senegal; would you alert me when fares to Dakar go on sale?”). Learn more at:
http://www.mtstravel.com/familyfriendsandpartners/ (Thanks to Emily for letting us know about this one.)
- THE BACK PAGE: THE CORE, THE COMMITTED, OR THE CROWD? — Thanks to Brian for his recent referral to the Keith Green article at:
Brian went on to tie this article to the Rick Warren summary of the typical make-up of a typical church: The Core The Committed and The Crowd
Brian’s point was . . . maybe the number of consecrated pray-ers will *always* be a bit less than the whole membership (maybe a *lot* less), because the *real* pray-ers will perhaps grow out of the *core* segment of the local church. That *core* will always be a subset of the committed, not to mention a scant sliver of the crowd.
So maybe the key isn’t to start with numbers. Brian’s right. Maybe we start with a handful of motivated co-workers who will stop at nothing until they accomplish the mission.
That helps me a lot. It tells me we don’t have to worry about masses. We just have to focus on doing the right stuff with a few of the right people… and God will make things happen.