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1) Free New Missionary Care Book: “Psychology for Missionaries” —

This 375-page book is “for” missionaries, not “about” missionaries. Ron Koteskey has written about psychology from a Christian perspective for several decades, and this book places many areas of psychology relevant to the lives of missionaries in this same Christian perspective.  The contents cover all major areas of general psychology.  It is now available on missionarycare.com to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…

http://www.missionarycare.com/ebook.htm#psych

(Thanks Ron! — and thanks for your kind words about Brigada!)

1) Free Short-Term Mission Starter Kit Available Online —

A newly released Short-Term Mission Starter Kit, developed by DELTA Ministries International (DELTA), in Vancouver, Wash., is now available online for churches and ministries around the world.  This website gives churches and organizations nearly 40 resources for prayer, encouragement, training, post-ministry follow-through, and a comprehensive referral list of more than 60 short-term mission resources. This tool is designed to help churches that are just getting started with a STM program, as well as fine tune established programs. Access this free tool today at

 

http://www.stmkit.com

2) Free 100% funding webinar —

Kingdom Come Training is offering a free forty-minute live, interactive webinar to show how any faith ministry worker, anywhere in the world with high-speed internet can add $1000 to their monthly support every month until they are 100% funded. In many places it can be done without leaving the field.

KCT will present a biblical, relational, no-pressure approach to partnership ministry that connects individual believers with the joy, the blessing and the eternal reward of obedience to Jesus’ final instructions.

The free webinar is for. . .

*** Career Missionaries serving anywhere in the world

*** New faith ministry appointees

*** Home assigned ministry staff

*** Church ministry interns on personal support

*** Short-term workers

*** People serving in retirement but needing support

*** Anyone, anywhere who raises support for ministry.

E-mail KCT for the dates, times and a registration form:

jerryatkingdomcometrainingdotcom

Also, check out their website at…

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/

4) Mission Frontiers: Free Copies and Free Books —

In addition to free printing of PDFs available through the website, MF will ship FREE bulk quantities of the printed magazine to U.S. addresses until the extras printed are gone (multiples of 20, minimum 40).

This issue breaks new ground in several ways:

– MF’s theme (how to multiply reproducing disciples) is directly relevant for every church and every believer, not just mission “professionals.”

– MF has arranged to offer free strategic books from four publishers in exchange for an online review. (Sorry, shipping to U.S. addresses only.)

– The MF website has been upgraded to allow for comments, interaction with authors, proposed future themes, bonus material, etc.

Check out the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Mission Frontiers on-line: missionfrontiers.org/january

1) Mission Frontiers “Discipleship Issue” offers FREE copies/books —

As always, MF is offering free bulk copies of current and back issues, as well as free printable PDFs of articles through the website. MF will even cover the cost of shipping bulk copies to U.S. addresses (see details at the link below). The current issue also offers free review copies of four books.

The current issue breaks new ground in several ways:

– the theme (how to multiply reproducing disciples) is directly relevant for every church and every believer, not just mission “professionals.”

– FREE strategic books from several publishers (shipped to U.S. addresses) are being offered in exchange for an online review.

– The website has been upgraded to allow for comments, interaction with authors, feedback on proposed future themes, other bonus material, etc. Check out the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Mission Frontiers on-line:

http://bit.ly/mf-january

2) Where else Can You Pick up 175 free videos from a Global Event? —

Only at Lausanne….

http://www.lausanne.org/cape-town-2010/schedule.html

Maybe you knew about videos, but maybe you hadn’t realized they’ve now done study questions, transcriptions, and they’re in the process of doing machine translations into the major languages of Lausanne. This is the conference that keeps on conferring. And the more you make use of these resources, the happier they are. So go for it. Try part of one for your next event.

4) Freebinar Just Didn’t seem to Compare —

For members of our own organization, Freebinar just didn’t seem to compare. You’ll recall that we asked you back on the 22 of August what you thought of the free webinar hosting solution. Just seemed too good to be true. The comments on our earlier post can be found at…

http://www.brigada.org/2010/08/22_5426

For our own organization, the critical piece was the ability to share desktop presentations and exchange presenters, letting others speak from the panel of participants. Freebinar didn’t seem to have that capability, so unfortunately, we stuck with GoToWebinar. But if your organization doesn’t need desktop sharing/presentations, don’t forget to experiment with Freebinar as an option. The price is right.

http://www.freebinar.com

4) Go to Fuller for Free… and Learn the latest in Member Care —

That probably sounds too good to be true, but isn’t the Internet wonderful? :-) Now, thanks to their graciousness, you can! Just browse to…

http://www.fuller.edu/academics/school-of-psychology/integration-symposium-2009.aspx

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You’ll be looking at the 2009 Fuller Integration Symposium, which featured Dr. Kelly O’Donnell on the theme of “Practicing Psychology in Mission/Aid.” It comes complete with free video, audio, and written materials. You’ll learn about the history, future directions, health, dysfunction, good practice, and ethics of member care. Christmas has come early folks. :-)

4) Correction on that free ebook for Cross-culturally-wedded couples —

Back in the Sept. 26 edition, we featured an item that was supposed to be a  book about cross-cultural couples. However, the link apparently was garbled in the item. Today we’re publishing two items to make up for it. The first is a chapter from a larger book on marriage. This chapter, “I’m Marrying a National,” addresses the topic originally mentioned:

http://www.missionarycare.com/marriage/I-am-marrying-a-national.htm

Next is a book, “In Love but Worlds Apart,” available at Amazon…

http://www.amazon.com/Love-But-Worlds-Apart-intercultural/dp/1434381161

and another book, “Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls”

http://www.amazon.com/Intercultural-Marriage-3rd-Promises-Pitfalls/dp/193193052X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

and “Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship…

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Intercultural-Marriage-Healthy-Relationship/dp/B00394DIBM/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_c

There’s also…

“Cross-cultural marriages: Love across latitudes” by J Fraser-Smith,

But alas, I couldn’t find this one. Does it leap out to anyone else? (If so, please add it to the comments under this item on the web/below)

Please pardon any inconvenience!

To inquire or comment on this item…

2) A free ebook for Cross-culturally-wedded couples — (Edited)

We all know, intuitively, that those who choose to marry across cultures (husband from one country or culture, wife from a different one) face extra challenges. (It’s hard enough for a couple when both spouses are from the *same* background, for Pete’s sake.) Well here are a few books that can help them sort it all out.

The first is a chapter from a larger book on marriage. This chapter, “I’m Marrying a National,”…

http://www.missionarycare.com/marriage/I-am-marrying-a-national.htm

Next is a book, “In Love but Worlds Apart,” available at Amazon…

http://www.amazon.com/Love-But-Worlds-Apart-intercultural/dp/1434381161

and another book, “Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls”

http://www.amazon.com/Intercultural-Marriage-3rd-Promises-Pitfalls/dp/193193052X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

and “Your Intercultural Marriage: A Guide to a Healthy, Happy Relationship…

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Intercultural-Marriage-Healthy-Relationship/dp/B00394DIBM/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_c

There’s also…

“Cross-cultural marriages: Love across latitudes” by J Fraser-Smith,

But alas, I couldn’t find this one. Does it leap out to anyone else? (If so, please add it to the comments under this item on the web/below)

7) Download “One Cross, One Way, Many Journeys” for free, today —

Pragmatism and relativism are the new religions in many cultures. In this book, David Greenlee dives into the topic of how conversion is at the core of Christian experience. But, he asks, is it a process? Or can conversion be confined to a point in time? In our tolerance-driven, globalized world, should we even use the “C” word at all? Social, political, and theological challenges push us to think again about this vital theme. Drawing on 25 years of mission experience, Greenlee blends anthropological insights with evangelical theology to provide helpful missiological insights on conversion. He thoroughly illustrates the issue with cases and stories from South Asia, where anti-conversion sentiment runs high; the Islamic world, where the Law of Apostasy challenges any who would turn to Christ; and Europe, where traditional religion and postmodern “tolerance” both resist any suggestion of conversion. Download Greenlee’s book as an ebook, for free, at…

http://www.ibsdirect.com/download/AuthenticProducts/ebooks/9781932805772.pdf

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2) Free Social Media Online Course —

The objective of this 8-week course is to provide students with an overview and understanding of how secular advertisers market products and ideas using social media. This course examines the ways that ideas can be communicated. Students will post comments on the spiritual applications each week and write a ministry proposal as a final project that synthesis the information learned in the course with spiritual communication objectives. Better act fast though. You’ll need to sign up before Sept 10th. Visit

http://www.comresources.org/Training/

to enroll. Questions email Dan Henrich at

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9) Evaluate the Professional Quality of Life for your Workers —

Kelly and Michele O’Donnell also recently shared with us a 30-item assessment tool originally developed by Dr. Beth Stamm. The latest version is in eight languages and is available online for free. It looks at two broad areas in one’s work: compassion satisfaction (positive: the pleasure you derive from being able to do your work well) and compassion fatigue (negative: the emotional responses you experience related to burnout and exposure to primary/secondary trauma). See the tool at…

http://www.proqol.org/ProQol_Test.html

They also mentioned three assessment tools from The Headington Institute relevant for mission/aid workers. These tools provide quick estimates of your levels of stress, burnout, and self-care/lifestyle balance. (We’re indebted to you for your help, Kelly and Michele!)

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