7) Learn about Family Factors in Missionary Attrition

Curious about the impact of factors such as singleness, having children, marital issues, children’s education, aging/ailing parents, adult children, grandchildren, etc., on return decisions for cross-cultural workers? Wonder no more. Read Andrea Sears’ full report at…


Perhaps you won’t be surprised by the outcomes — that “Educational options for the children and having aging/ailing parents that need care are the two strongest family factors in making a decision to return to the passport country, according to the weighting of responses given.”


(Thanks to Jenny in her April “Member Care Newsletter,” citing Andrea’s report in “A Life Overseas.”)

6) Schoolteachers Needed In China; Housing & Wage Provided

Chinese_Children_01A “growing C—- school” in Yunnan Province, China, has an urgent need for teachers: pre-k, 1st grade, 2nd grade, middle school and high school. The school uses the Abeka curriculum. To satisfy government requirements, teachers must have a bachelor’s degree plus 2 years work experience or ESL certificate / diploma. The degree should be in education, although this requirement can be waived with ESL certificate. They ask teachers to arrive by August 11, to begin the semester on August 25. They offer housing, work visa, medical, and ~$1000 USD / month salary. This is a great opportunity to impact China in a beautiful setting! For more information, contact Dom at…

10) Online Tool for Helping you Educate Children on the Field —

PACE, the Professional Association of Cross-Cultural Consultants in Education, is offering an online course called “Education Planning for Families in Transition” for sending agencies to use in preparing parents to educate their children overseas. PACE will train your MK/TCK education consultant to facilitate this online course, and then your consultant will guide families through the course online. This allows families to complete their education planning before arrival on the field, maximizing the chance of success in the education of their children. All content is in English and is at this point geared toward families from western countries. A free Preview Week will be offered on November 28 – December 2. Email




to register or for more information.

2) Intensive Course: Chinese Worldview Today

China Academic Consortium (Affiliated with ERRC) has designed a “Chinese Worldview Today” intensive course to be held in Beijing, June 4 to 20, for those who are committed to China ministries. Early registration date is April 15. You can even get credit through Denver Seminary (3 units for their M div program) or Azusa Pacific University (3 units to both undergraduate and graduate programs).  This 2-week intensive course will cover all Chinese philosophy and religions as well as modern thoughts and including a trip to Xian. Learn more at…

or write to

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5) Search for a Director

Christian Academy of Guatemala (CAG) invites you to apply for the position of Director, available as of June 2010. CAG is a K-12 school whose student enrollment of approximately 220 is primarily made up of missionary children. CAG is located in San Cristobal, Mixco, a suburb of Guatemala City. Inquiry may be made by contacting Luis Rosales, member of the Board’s search committee by email at


For more information on CAG, visit

1) Check out Nebraska Christian

nebraskaBecause NCC seeks to prepare servants who can represent Christ anywhere in the world, NCC’s mission program seeks to develop –

  • Flexible cross-cultural skills – ready to go where He sends.
  • Adaptable language learning skills – ready to speak to all who will listen.
  • Effective ministry skills – ready to speak to every need.
  • Useful theological skills – ready to live out our faith in every context.
  • Solid Biblical skills – ready to ground everything on His Word.

Learn more by visiting…

Be sure to tell them you heard about them in Brigada via NCC Missions.

6) Get in on a Perspectives Coordinator Training Course

perspectives-1It’s scheduled for August 21-22, 2009, from 12pm to 8pm Friday and 8am to 4:30pm Saturday. The cost is $175 per person or $80 refresher course (covers food/materials). The venue is Southeast Christian Church, 920 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY  40243. The registration deadline is officially past … so you’ll have to inquire about being included.

Write Angela

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or call (812) 989-9070

11) Missions In Sunday School?

Long-time Brigada participant ‘Ed’ was wondering if anyone had any good books or manuals which can be used for an adult SS Class on missions. Ideally, this should be a course that’s fairly self-programmed (i.e., didn’t require outside speakers to fulfill it). Any ideas? If so, please click “Comment” below this item on the web at…

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5) School Staffing Needs In Central Asia

(Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkey) Here’s a school that needs teachers for the 2009-2010 school year. Some positions are part or fully paid. They’re looking for an Elementary Principal, Secondary Principal, Vice Principal, Administrative Assistant, Accountant/Comptroller, Nurse, Librarian. Elementary teachers // Middle School: English, General, History, Science. // High School: Biology, English, History, Math, Science. // Music education (K-12), Physical Education (K-12), ESL, Bible, Computer teacher & technician, Media Resources, Special Needs Education. To add your name to an Opportunities List that is sent out regularly or for more information contact Mark at

or phone +1-330-497-2475

1) Calling All Parents (That Have Had To Choose Schools)

If you know of a parent that has had to make a school choice, please refer them here. Two families in North Africa have asked for help. So — have you ever tried homeschooling, international school, boarding school, or a national school? Would you mind sharing, …. Which turned out to be best for your family — and why? If you had it to do over again, which approach would you recommend to others? What are the pro’s and con’s? If you wouldn’t mind, just tell your story! These two families (and many other) will soak in all the knowledge and experience! Just click “Comment” below to tell your story or share your resource.

Explore Pathways To Missions

Are you wondering if becoming a missionary is for you? Then check out this tool that will help you find out if you are. Explore is a set of learning experiences designed for people who are exploring the possibility of missionary service. This tool will:
– Clarify God’s will for one’s life
– Teach what it takes to become His servant on the field
– Strengthen gifts and skills for ministry
– Help one discover the requirements of a missionary lifestyle
– Encourage you to work through the material with a mentor

Teacher Training Workshop In Phnom Penh, Cambodia

On August 14-16, David will be leading a Teacher Training Workshop for those interested in using the Bible Training Centre for Pastors (BTCP) Concept & Curriculum. BTCP

is a non-traditional 10 course curriculum aimed at training pastors and church leaders to be equipped and effective in ministry. The concept is local church based training by a mature Christian leader in a discipleship/mentoring relationship with the students. The Teacher Training Workshop is for missionaries and pastors who already have seminary or Bible school training. Once they attend the workshop, approved attendees can order the BTCP manuals and use them whether in a local church or Bible school for training pastors or church leaders already involved in ministry. The training manuals average from 120 to 330 pages and are translated in most languages. For more information, contact David

or davidmindy (Skype). David leads Crossing Cultures International

BTCP’s main partner in Asia.


Liberty University has launched the Online Academy for grades 3-12 offering a full line of Christ- centered curriculum, online certified teachers, administration and guidance counseling, transcripts and dollar for dollar tuition scholarship to attend Liberty University when you graduate! Perfect educational option for missionary families. All you need is internet access! They enroll students every day of the year.

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