Good Neighbor Insurance

7) American missionary? How to Avoid ISRP Penalties

Blue_man-can_we_helpIf you are a U.S. citizen or resident and came back to the USA for more than 35 days in 2015, according to Good Neighbor Insurance, you may be subject to penalties due to the IRS “Individual Shared Responsibility Payment” when you file your taxes. There are exemptions that apply. Good Neighbor Insurance has created a document that helps make all this understandable as well as link to all the pertinent government sites and resources. The free white paper, “The ACA Individual Mandate and Expatriates: International Health Insurance and Avoiding Fines From the IRS”

https://www.gninsurance.com/documents/ACA-Individual-Mandate-and-Expatriates.pdf

is available on

https://www.gninsurance.com/aca-ppaca_how_does_it_affect_me/

If you are on a group health insurance plan, the Individual Mandate does not apply to you or your family. If your January health insurance renewals seem high, Good Neighbor Insurance might be able to help you with that too. Call 866-636-9100 or Skype “Good Neighbor Insurance” from overseas.

3) Insurance for Travelers’ Gear —

Good Neighbor Insurance now provides personal property coverage for cameras, laptops, iPads, iPhones, musical instruments, e.g. all kinds of personal property items.  An easy online enrollment process is available at

 

http://www.gninternationalpropertyinsurance.com/Personal-Property-/-Liability-Insurance/personal-property-liability.

 

(Note: This last link will “wrap.” If you have trouble copying it and pasting it into your browser, just log on to Brigada today online and find this same item posted there. We’ll make sure the link works on our site. Thanks.)

 

For more information contact

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

1) Get Long-term Insurance Plus Life-time Health Coverage —

A long-term insurance plan for career workers that will provide life-time health coverage in the USA and/or overseas is now available.  One requirement – during the first year of coverage you must spend at least three months outside the USA.  The plan meets all USA health insurance mandates.  It is a joint project of a great American based international health insurance company and Blue Cross.  For more information contact

 

jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call

480/813-9100. You can also call toll free in USA to 866/636-9100. (Hats off to Jeff for the $60 gift he sent to undergird the global ministry of Brigada!)

7) Short-Term Team Medical & Trip-Cancellation Coverage —

Do you need short-term team international travel medical insurance with a “trip-cancellation” option? Good Neighbor Insurance can now provide this coverage for teams. The rates are excellent with standard benefits.  For more information contact

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

6) Do you need insurance for your short-term teams? —

If the yearly total overseas-days of your teams are more than 800, Good Neighbor Insurance can provide you with a contracted short-term team overseas insurance plan. It is a per-day plan with the same rates for all ages.  You will also be assigned your own website where you will sign up team members.  To calculate total days: Number of teams x average number of workers per team x average number of days.  Example: 10 teams x 8 per team x 10 days outside USA = 800 days.  For more information contact

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3) Group Insurance Without A Participation Ratio —

About once a year, our office takes another look at all the possible insurance options for our sending agency. It’s always a bit frustrating trying to get all our guys and gals on board. Like many, I suppose, our workers are raising for the organization equivalent to their own salaries, and our workers sometimes have low support and/or have a desire to buy into lower-priced group health insurance plans. Sometimes, if they can’t buy through a group, some of them have a preexisting condition that blocks them  from participating in individual or portable plans. Most all international insurance companies demand 75-80 percent participation before they will provide a group health insurance quote. Getting that kind of participation, especially in a large NGO, is really difficult. GNI is now working with a very reputable international health insurance company that will provide quotes without demanding a participation ratio. The one stipulation is that the NGOs have over 50 total employees in the USA and overseas. Third Country Nationals and local employees can also be counted. For more information, check with GNI and be sure to tell them you heard about it in Brigada.

To learn more, click to

http://www.gninsurance.com

or write

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3) Int’l Short-Term Team Insurance With Trip Cancellation -–

Since the Iceland volcano eruption earlier in the year, many short-term teams have asked for a short-term team overseas insurance plan that includes trip cancellation coverage as an option.  Jeff now has a team plan that provides trip cancellation coverage.  For more information contact

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7) Short-Term Team Insurance That Includes Trip Cancellation Option —

Many teams have asked for a short-term team insurance plan that also includes Trip Cancellation coverage.  GNI now offers a new team plan that has rates as low as $1.01 cents a day for travelers age 30-79 and rates of $0.93 for ages 0-29.  The plan provides optional Trip Cancellation.  This standard short-term team plan includes: medical, medical evacuation, terrorism, political evacuation, return of mortal remains, extreme sports coverage (optional), return of mortal remains, AD&D etc.  For more information visit

http://www.gninsurance.com

or write

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2) Get Help with Int’l Health Insurance Options

goodneighborinsuranceGood Neighbor Insurance has provided an extensive library of articles on understanding international health insurance, a large glossary of insurance terms and an excellent section on medical advice for the overseas traveler. Also GNI provides a quarterly E-Bulletin, “International Insurance Insights” that goes out to 13,000 recipients. GNI’s website includes travel and career overseas insurance plans offered by six major international health insurance companies. There are special web pages about insurance for families, single women, maternity, medical evacuation, short-term missions, short-term teams, term life insurance, over-65 insurance and pre-existing condition coverage and many more. Several GNI staff lived and worked overseas as missionaries for many years and thus understand the missionary’s unique needs. For more information contact

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

866/636-9100.

9) Short-Term Health Insurance (Covers Pre-Existing)


Concerned about pre-exisiting condition flare-up when traveling overseas? If you have a US based health insurance plan or Medicare A, B & C and plan to travel overseas, you can now purchase a short-term plan (good for up to six months) that will provide medical evacuation, repatriation and medical coverage for all pre-exisiting conditions. For more information contact

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

http://www.gninsurance.com/travel-3

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8) Catastrphoic Health Insurance

One way to beat increased insurance rates is to choose “catastrophic” health insurance coverage. Good Neighbor Insurance represents five international health insurance companies and thus can suggest multiple plans with high deductibles and competitive rates. Good Neighbor also helps support Brigada through your purchases of international health insurance. For more information contact

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

http://www.gninsurance.com/

Gas Prices Up, But Travel Medical Insurance: Not

Is there anything that is not increasing in price this year?? Yes, there is! The Day Tripper travel medical plan for group short-term missions is up 0% this year! In fact, some ages actually have LOWER rates this year! If you are in need of health insurance for your short-term mission teams this year be sure to check out this great plan. PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site (http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm ) you will be helping to support Brigada!

In addition to this plan, 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 http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm . 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 and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

SMALL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE NEWS YOU CAN USE

Overseas teams of two units or more can get overseas group health insurance. Overall the benefits of group health coverage and sometimes even the rates are better than individual plans. Visit

http://www.gninsurance.com/group_home.asp

to get information about group health coverage. There you will find a library of “Tips for Understanding International Group Health Insurance,” “Steps to Group Insurance,” “Advantages of Group Insurance” etc. Good Neighbor Insurance makes a contribution to Brigada for all who enroll in insurance plans via GNI. For more information contact jeff

(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100.

20071125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POLYGAMY?
  2. MOBILE VERSION OF POWEROFCONNECTING
  3. NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK TEACHES PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON MUSLIMS
  4. HELP IN UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE
  5. GET GLOBAL INTEL REPORTS FOR FREE VIA “STRATFOR”
  6. OUTREACH LITERATURE
  7. IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE
  8. TRAIN AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR
  9. AMAZING FEELING OF MOTIVATION
  10. HELP US FINISH STRONG?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIFE IMPROVED IN 2007; TAKE SPAM FOR INSTANCE

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POLYGAMY? — OK… remember my two sons? They’re at it again. Today at lunch they started asking me about polygamy. Well I knew to tell them that elders and deacons should just have one wife. But what do I tell them — scripturally — about marriages in countries that *allow* polygamy legally? I know it’s a problem, when missionaries confront new cultures where polygamy is dominant. Christianity arrives, the missionaries teach monogamy, and — what does that say to existing believers who are already married to 4 wives? If you have an answer… or a good scriptural response (especially one in the New Testament), please browse to

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=55

    and click on “comments” at the bottom. Thanks for any help you can give.


  2. MOBILE VERSION OF POWEROFCONNECTING — On the go? Grab some info on Partnership!” visionSynergy has created a mobile (or cell phone) companion to its PowerofConnecting website, which is viewed by people from over 145 countries. See it at

    http://www.powerofconnecting.mobi

    To see what it looks like, use Testiphone’s simulator at…

    http://www.testiphone.com/?scroll=off&url=http://www.powerofconnecting.mobi/

    View the growing number of iPhone-optimized mobile sites at the Religion section of AppsSafari, at

    http://www.appsafari.com/category/religion/

    PowerofConnecting’s main site, a trove of mission partnership and networking resources and advice, is at

    http://www.powerofconnecting.net

    (Thanks Dave!)


  3. NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK TEACHES PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON MUSLIMS — Charles Gailey and Charles Gailey have just released their new work, “Discovering Missions,” an introductory textbook on world evangelism. The book examines the biblical foundations for global outreach, outlines the history of world evangelism, and has chapters on the globalization of the church, the implications of culture, the importance of language in gospel communication, short-term missions, the missionary call, mobilizing the local church and a peek at some future trends.

    Institutions wanting to look at “Discovering Missions” as a possible textbook may order a copy for half price by writing on institutional letterhead to: Teresa Eller, 2923 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO, USA 64109, or by faxing a request to: 816-531-0923. Upon adoption as a text, the charge will be canceled. The book is also available at discount prices on such sites as Amazon.com.

    One of the co-authors, Howard Culbertson, is putting together a CD of teaching/learning resources. Professors that adopt the textbook can get that CD free by contacting the author through his website:

    http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/


  4. HELP IN UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE — If you need help in sorting through international health insurance visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    and click on “Tips for Understanding International Health Insurance.” You will find over 150 articles dealing with international health insurance. Also, if you want a short understanding of Medicare coverage browse

    http://www.gninsurance.com/medicare.asp

    or email jeff(at)gninsurance

    (dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Call toll free in the USA, 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  5. GET GLOBAL INTEL REPORTS FOR FREE VIA “STRATFOR” — Have you tried it? Our Global Security Coordinator and our New Fields guy both glean resources from it regularly. Browse to:

    http://www.stratfor.com

    Funny… They’ve been using it for years, but it wasn’t until a friend reminded me of it that I realized we haven’t mentioned it in Brigada Today for quite some time. (Thanks Steve!!!) Give it a try; if you want to stay up to date about how global politics are affecting the country where *you* work, odds are, you’ll love Stratfor.


  6. OUTREACH LITERATURE — SOON Ministries has spare capacity to add any of your ministry’s not-yet-Christian contacts (e.g. BCC or radio ministry inquirers) to their mailing list of their easy-English outreach paper SOON or their similar papers in African French, Swahili and Fulani dialects. Larger quantities of these papers are available to national workers and missionaries for outreach:

    http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  7. IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day’s self- assessment tool for church websites now provides a free 15-page evaluation report that can transform the effectiveness of your site:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-design.php

    (Thanks for that referral too, Tony!)


  8. TRAIN AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR — If you intend to design platforms for ministry and launch new outreaches among unreached peoples, the upcoming Strategic Coordinator Seminar to be held in Perth, Australia, 18th February to 7th March 2008. Coming from Hong Kong are guest speakers who will share from their experiences as Strategic Coordinators. Seasoned trainers, they have many stories of how God has used them – and others – as facilitators for evangelism, church planting and community transformation. This one is shaping up to be a challenging and exciting time. So don’t delay. Apply now before time runs out. Download an application here:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au/applications/sc.pdf

    Or email the Registrar to have an application sent to you:

    info(at)ywamperth

    (dot)org(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


  9. AMAZING FEELING OF MOTIVATION — I’ll have to admit… it’s an amazing feeling of encouragement and motivation when Brigada receives gifts such as a $500 push from a member of Arab World Ministries. Isn’t it kind of ironic that the people who work in some of the toughest places on earth end up with some of the least kudos, partly because they can’t even tell people about their progress? Think about it. When they start being really successful, that’s when they could get in the biggest trouble! So here’s a big prayer of thanks for *all* those who are working in the dry places on earth… in the spiritually parched portions of the planet. Please take this opportunity, on behalf of *all* of them, to offer up a prayer of thanks for those who labor in Jesus- darkness, with hopes of being able to live as a still small voice on behalf of a loving savior.

    Thanks, too, to Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino, California! $200 will go a *long* way… a *very* long way, in fact, toward helping us finish 2007 strong! Thank you!!!


  10. HELP US FINISH STRONG? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $9817.90, bring our 2007 total to $10,517.90. That’s *tremendous*, but is there anyone out there that could help us even try to match 2006’s outcome of $15,096 ? Would you ask your church, group, family, or your own bank account to chip in, if not for you, then for someone overseas who can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. Really, we only need 92 more people, groups, or churches. Would you be one of those 92??? We have 6 more days left, counting today. If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might? We really only need *one* person to give $1000. Would you be willing to be that one person? As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    2 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    5 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (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.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIFE IMPROVED IN 2007; TAKE SPAM FOR INSTANCE — Throughout the years, we’ve written quite a lot about spam here in Brigada. (If you’ve been visiting your aunt on Mars for the past 15 years, we’re using the word, “spam”, to describe unsolicited email messages — junk email.) Funny that after all these years, our office finally switched in 2007 to software that allows us to use Outlook. For the first time in my life, I’m finally seeing what Outlook can *do*! It has automatically classified 754 messages as spam in just the past few days. That doesn’t even count the spam that was caught before that by our office’s server-side spam-catcher. Shew.

    So here’s what I’m learning about spam:
    *** Ask your office leadership to install a server-side spam removal tool. Your ISP might be able to give you advice about how to install that. They might even do it *for* you for a small fee of $50 or so. Well worth it.

    *** Try to position yourself to use Outlook. If possible, upgrade to Outlook 2007. I’m convinced its spam removal tools are the best in the industry now.

    *** Configure your email client *not* to download images in emails. Sure you’ll miss all the glitz and glamour. But half of those images are designed to be “bugs” to see if you really open your mail, so the address is verified. Besides, do you *really* want to see those Victora Secret ads? (Get Outlook.)

    *** Configure your email client to ask you before it sends a receipt saying you opened the email. If it’s a personal friend, you can click ‘yes’. If it’s a spammer, you don’t want to say yes. (Get Outlook.)

    *** Whenever a piece of spam *does* get through the gate, tell your email client that it’s spam. With Outlook, that keystroke might be Alt-A|J|B. That stands for clicking “Actions” in the top-line menu, then “Junk email”, “Add Sender to Blocked Sender’s list”. (Get Outlook.)

    *** Check your Junk email folder sometimes. (Yawn. :-) )

    *** Remind your friends that if they send you too many forwarded messages about someone stealing kidneys from a man in an iced bathtub in Portland, you might someday become careless and accidentally hit Alt- A|J|B on one of their emails. (Oops! :-) ) In other words, please be judicious about what you forward. And please *do* ask your friends before you subscribe them to newsletters or email lists. Otherwise, we all become part of the spam problem.

    So with Outlook, suddenly, spam just isn’t that big of a deal to me any more. I used to get 100 or 200 messages a day. Now, 100-150 of those are going in my junk mail folder. Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life *has* gotten better in 2007!

    Has life improved for *you* in 2007? If so, tell us how. Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=54

    to tell your story about how life improved in 2007… or about your battle (hopefully victory?) against spam. Thanks!

20070923 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CUTTING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS
  2. ATTEND REGIONAL MOBILIZATION MEETINGS (SAMPLE IN PITTSBURGH)
  3. FREE WEBSITE OFFERS HELPFUL RESOURCES
  4. PRE-FIELD TRAINING IN ASIA FOR ASIA MINISTRY
  5. THE ‘EASY’ TANZANIAN LANGUAGES TEAM NOW HAVE THEIR OWN WEBSITE
  6. OMF BC EVENTS IN OCTOBER
  7. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY “ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY” EDITION
  8. THE COMING REVOLUTION
  9. OMF REACHING CHINA
  10. WHAT’S THE RATIO OF YOUTH WORKERS TO YOUTH IN THE FIELD?
  11. HATS-OFF TO BRIGADA SPONSORS
  12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA?
  13. THE BACK PAGE: EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

  1. CUTTING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS — Cutting health insurance costs for home base staff and overseas workers is always challenging. One solution might be to consider a Self-Funded plan. Now groups as small as 11 employees can get self-funded (StopLoss) quotes. One key advantage of a self-funded plan is that you keep more of your health insurance premium in your organization. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  2. ATTEND REGIONAL MOBILIZATION MEETINGS (SAMPLE IN PITTSBURGH) — Are you located in the Pittsburgh area? Here’s a sampling of a couple of major missionary mobilization meetings you can attend. Wouldn’t it be cool of there were more of these kinds of meetings all around the world? As for Pittsburgh, “The Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission” Breakfast meeting is about to cover “Native American Awareness.” The’ll also interview a Cuban Pastor, all on Saturday, Oct.13,2007, 8:30- 10:30am at West Ridge Community Church.

    http://www.wrccc.org

    or call 724-695-7500 RSVP to slonchka(at)comcast(dot)net

    You can also catch “Praise & Prayer over Pittsburgh”, 7:00pm, Oct.13, 2007 at West End Overlook Park. Special Guests include Richard Twiss and Darrell Fields, & Michael Duncan Project, Prayer led by Pittsburgh area Pastors. A coordinated effort by the Pittsburgh Prayer Network

    http://www.prayforpittsburgh.org and the Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission

    http://www.pngc.org (website under construction)

    (Truth in publicizing notice: Hats off to this network for sending in a check to support Brigada! That just makes me doubly want to ask that you’ll be there! :-) )


  3. FREE WEBSITE OFFERS HELPFUL RESOURCES — Looking for info on leadership and leadership training. Check out…

    http://www.teal.org.uk/index.htm

    The best part? It’s all free.


  4. PRE-FIELD TRAINING IN ASIA FOR ASIA MINISTRY — For anyone planning to minister in Asia, an excellent nine-week program is conducted once a year in Malaysia. The Malaysian Cross-Cultural Mission School (MCMS) will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur, beginning January 7 and continuing through March 16, 2008. It is an intensive program that covers the practical challenges of cross-cultural ministry. MCMS faculty includes missionaries and mission leaders from many parts of the world who are involved in the real life of a missionary. This is no “Ivory Tower” theoretical pastime; it’s the real thing! For more details, talk with Peter, the director. E-mail:

    peters(at)linkmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. THE ‘EASY’ TANZANIAN LANGUAGES TEAM NOW HAVE THEIR OWN WEBSITE — This site is

    http://easytanzanianbibles.googlepages.com/home

    and it is totally Tanzanian as regards authorship, checking, field- testing, copyright and ownership. The leader is Revd Samuel Mpanilehi at smpanilehi(at)gmail(dot)com , who works in close fellowship with

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    where over twenty such projects are developing.


  6. OMF BC EVENTS IN OCTOBER — OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) in B.C. invites you to the following events: 1. Saturday, October 13 (1:30 – 6:00 pm ending with a Chinese supper), Heart for Asia Conference in Victoria, 2. Friday night, October 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, OMF together with Fujian Evangelical Church (FEC) present Youth and Missions. 3. Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Heart for Asia Conference to be held at Peace Mennonite Church (PMC). The theme for the events is: Passion for the Impossible – Reaching the Neglected Frontiers. For more info, including themes and speakers, email:

    pacificregion(at)shawlink(dot)ca or call 604.278.1208.


  7. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY “ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY” EDITION — Global Missiology is a free quarterly online publication with original research and contributions from practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. The third quarter English language issue is focused on the subject of “Islam and Christianity” and has just been made available. Chinese and French editions are also available with articles that are not translations of the English, but rather original contributions from specialists working in those language contexts. All versions can be found at

    http://www.globalmissiology.org

    as well as a complete searchable archive of more than 4 years worth of articles. email editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. THE COMING REVOLUTION — Because, according to at least one author, Status Quo Missions Won’t Finish The Job. Check out this new book just released by R. Mark Baxter. After some stories and shocking statistics, Mark shares reasons for the present state of missions, the potential that exists to see the Great Commission fulfilled, and ways to personally get involved. More information on The Coming Revolution is available at

    http://shop.blessthenations.com

    Also, you can email Mark at missionsconsultants(at)yahoo(dot)com


  9. OMF REACHING CHINA — International has been reaching East Asia with the gospel since Hudson Taylor founded the organization as China Inland Mission in 1865. If you would like to get involved in a work that includes more than 1,500 workers from 20 countries with a focus on more than 400 unreached people groups throughout East Asia, visit

    http://www.omf.org/us


  10. WHAT’S THE RATIO OF YOUTH WORKERS TO YOUTH IN THE FIELD? — Would anyone happen to know about how many young people there are in any cross-cultural settings? … and how many Christian workers are serving primarily for their benefit? In other words, what’s the ratio of youth workers per youth? Got an idea to post? Just navigate to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=37

    And click “Comment” below the item. Thanks!


  11. HATS-OFF TO BRIGADA SPONSORS — Thanks to the West Ridge Christian Church

    http://www.wrccc.org

    for their innovative and encouraging support of regional missions mobilization meetings. May God bless their $100 gift to Brigada. We appreciate you! Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100 and $25 this past week, along with the prayer coordinator who gave $25. Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope who gave $15.47 in sponsorship gifts. Learn more about their great phone plans at

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks to the Kingdom Come Training worker who gave $20. May God bless their training outreach for His glory.

    Finally, may God bless the radio ministry workers who just sent $100. We’re so thankful for their love for you, for your work around the world, and for getting the message out via radio.


  12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA? — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (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.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER — This past weekend, I was fortunate to have the privilege of leading a couple of sessions for some adult children of missionaries (MKs). One referred to a quote by Mark Twain about sails. I looked it up when I got home. Twain was reported to have said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” It’s important to note that no one can find the source of this quote, so it’s likely that Mark Twain never actually said it. Regardless of who said it, it got me thinking.

    And in the process of thinking about it, I came across something that Twain *did* actually say, in “Innocents Abroad”: “What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not see before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone over before. To be the first–that is the idea. To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else–these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment.”

    When it comes to mobilizing missionaries, we haven’t talked much about discovery and adventure — even though much of evangelistic missionary work involves it. I think it’s because we’re afraid we’ll breed only missionary-tourists. But there is a sense in which the pioneer spirit is not only preferred, but actually *required* by some missionary opportunities. Some call it an “apostolic gift.” Call it what you want, but when Paul forged on through shipwrecks & stoning, the truth is, he was pioneering. When he believed so strongly in the Cause that he traveled on foot throughout the known world of his day, he was pioneering. Paul’s musing about going where no man has gone before (Romans 15:20) is enough to cause me to believe Twain was on the right track. We probably need to talk some about adventure, dreaming, thinking big. We need some big thinkers today. Thinkers that will dream, then *do*. After all, Twain also is reported to have said, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

    Doug

20070325 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY AIRSET.COM FOR COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION
  2. NEW BOOK GIVES INSIGHT INTO A MUSLIM-TO-CHRISTIAN CONVERSION
  3. EQUIP YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM TO RAISE THEIR FULL SUPPORT
  4. NOT TOO LATE TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
  5. LOTS OF FEEDBACK ON INITIATIVE 360
  6. FOR THE MUSICALLY GIFTED
  7. WEST COAST HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  8. NEW BOOK ON SUPPORT-RAISING
  9. NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY?
  10. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  11. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT TO ENCOURAGE BRIGADA?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE COOL TOOLS FOR MISSIONARIES
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY AIRSET.COM FOR COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION — Lately, a few of us have been trying out the collaborative site…

    http://www.airset.com

    Granted, it’s not a perfect world, and it’ll only work for you if web access is fairly cheap, but it’s got a lot going for it:
    *** It’s free (if your web time is “all-you-can-eat”). :-)
    *** It allows easy access to a file storage area. Use it to pool your team’s strategic planning and/or policy documents.
    *** You can log in via the secure (https:) gateway, which should especially appeal to those in sensitive lands. (on the far upper-right is a link titled “Secure”) What’s more, in talks with insiders at Airset, I learned that all user data is stored encrypted in their database so even in the unlikely event a hacker managed to breach their firewalls and dump their database they would only get encrypted files.
    *** Those in the USA with cell phones (e.g., mission agency-types) could especially profit from the sms distribution-list approach. They sell a mobile client for “smart-phones.” That would *really* be cool for those who live by their PDAs.
    *** The collaborative calendar would help those with trouble merging their personal life (kids’ soccer games) with work life (meetings).
    *** Sharing contacts should help those who previously were working only in separate flat file databases like Microsoft Outlook.
    *** Work groups should appreciate the ability to share tasks and other lists — and update them corporately via the web.

    So give it a try. No credit cards needed. Word for the wise: Be sure to check first before assuming that others will want to receive SMSes. Don’t make the same mistake I did — *ask* permission before entering cell phone numbers. AirSet will try to SMS them without you even knowing it.


  2. NEW BOOK GIVES INSIGHT INTO A MUSLIM-TO-CHRISTIAN CONVERSION — Torn between his desire to please his family and his belief in Christ, a Fulani youth has to make a choice. Does he understand the impact it will have on his relationships, his community, his future? Will he be able to hold on while others try to make him let go? Based on a true story, “Mamane’s Journey” gives a first-hand perspective on the value of Christian missions today. The pre-publishing price available until May 15 at

    http://www.masterdesign.org/eckert.html


  3. EQUIP YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM TO RAISE THEIR FULL SUPPORT — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years. Kingdom Come Training can help you to make raising support a joy-filled ministry that blesses the church and connects believers with a primary purpose for their existence, being the expression of Christ to the nations. KCT provides training with live, interactive video conferencing. If you have a group of six to eight participants, KCT will send a professional video conferencing unit that plugs into high speed internet. If you can’t join with a group, they will send you a laptop with professional webcam and video conferencing software so you can join with others in live, multipoint sessions that work as if you were all in the same room together. The training takes an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. The goal is to build confidence in communication and relational ministry skills that apply not only to raising support, but to all aspects of ministry. Give Jerry a call in the USA at (503) 314-7211 or log on at

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. NOT TOO LATE TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY — 29 April is this year’s worldwide Internet Evangelism Day. The purpose is to demonstrate to Christians the big potential to use the Web for effective outreach. It’s probably too late for mission teams or churches to build special programs, but it’s a great time to sample what’s already out there. Use this as one possible starting point:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  5. LOTS OF FEEDBACK ON INITIATIVE 360 — I keep getting feedback regarding those “Backpage” items dealing with the dissolving of Initiative 360, Caleb Project, and ACMC. To be fair, several responses have underscored the time and prayer that the board invested in their decision-making process, much of which was behind closed doors, just as we imagined. I continue to emphasize with everyone how important it is to grant grace to leaders in the midst of difficult transitions. That applies both to staff leadership and board leadership.

  6. FOR THE MUSICALLY GIFTED — Now you can get a “Global Consultation on Music and Missions 2006 Audio DVD”, which includes all the spoken presentations plus Atilano Muradas in concert. You can purchase this disc by credit card at

    http://www.ethnodoxology.org/ordering.htm


  7. WEST COAST HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE — It’s happening August 3- 4, 2007, the 4th annual conference in Pasadena for those interested in healthcare, missions, or touching lives through medicine. Conference tracks include Clinical Practice, Urban Health, Student opportunities, International needs, Short-term Healthcare Missions, and Psychology. CME/CEU hours are offered. 25 outstanding faculty including Time Magazine Healthcare Man of the Year, Dr Peter Okaalet. Pre-conference (August 2) focuses on Restoring Wholeness to At-Risk Children. For more information:

    http://healthcaremissions.org

    or call: (626) 584-5339.


  8. NEW BOOK ON SUPPORT-RAISING — Dr. Paul Johnson, with over 20 years of experience in teaching and consulting missionaries, tells his own story of struggle. But that’s just the first chapter. He also explodes the myth of living by faith alone, and presents a Biblical basis for financing a Christian worker, a practical model, and practical ideas spinning off that model. The title of the book is “More Than Money, More Than Faith; Successfully Raising Missionary Support in the Twenty-first Century.” It is available through Amazon.com, at Barnes and Noble, and at the publisher’s own web site: Pleasant Word. At Amazon.com, type in the first three words of the book title in the search box. At Pleasant Word, go to “Book Store.” Paul Johnson’s e-mail address is: paulswro_johnson(at)wycliffe(dot)org. Paul can be reached at 1-800-362- 4253 – California time – business hours 8:30 to 4:30.

  9. NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY? — A good international health insurance plan for the career worker that excludes coverage in the USA and Canada is now available. Excluding coverage in the USA and Canada can reduce rates by as much as 33%. The plan can also exclude maternity coverage which reduces the rates another 30%. If you are working in or near a country that provides good health care, an insurance plan excluding coverage in the USA and Canada could provide substantial saving. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  10. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — This month is an exciting time as six Christian workers will be traveling to Nambia to visit the areas where the Forgooten Peoples live. Please remember to pray for them. Pray for their safety in travel. Most of all pray for the guidance and leading from the Lord, as they seek to target areas of possible work. Pray for the possibility of future work and planting of the seed of the Gospel in the homelands of the Nama/Damara, the Herero, the Mbalantu and the Namibian Coloured. Pray that hearts will be open to receive the Good News. Pray for God to call workers either as volunteer teams, short-term workers or long term missionaries to live and work with these unengaged peoples for prayer visit

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or contact

    forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information.


  11. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT TO ENCOURAGE BRIGADA? — Would you consider setting the pace for others? Maybe if you send a gift of $50 to Brigada, others will follow. 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), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (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.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE COOL TOOLS FOR MISSIONARIES — #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep East, Party West, Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids) #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas) #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem #5: Pack by checklist, pack light #6: Use roller bags #7: Bring a filtered water bottle

    Add to that list… #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down — Get in the habit of making good notes. The notebook has to be thin enough to stick in your shirt pocket or hip pocket, so you always have it with you. Do a section for finances. Write down every expense, make note of every currency exchange, including the commission and the exchange rate. Do another section for language learning. Jot down words you want to learn to say, words you can’t quite understand, whole text phrases you want to memorize, etc. Depending on the stage of your work, you might want other sections for interviews & cultural lessons, another for prayer requests & praises & devotional thoughts, another section for contacts & addresses & people with whom you’d like to follow up.

    #9: Use a moneybelt — Desperate people do desperate things. Until the entire world is completely satisfied with every basic human need, you and your belongings will stil be a target. Keep your credit cards & your cash in there.

    #10: Try a photographer’s vest — I realize this might or might not be your style. But at least consider it. Get breathable cotton, with 15 or more pockets. It becomes a walking, incognito extra carry-on. On one occasion recently, a cultural “insider” had said he could only take 2 people with him into a Muslim area. I volunteered to stay back and let two others go, but he insisted that I could too, in addition to the other 2 visitors, because he said, as he threw a glance at my vest, “He’ll look like a professional journalist anyway.” My camera fits in one pocket, while in others, I can insert a lightweight mini-tripod, a small flashlight, hand sanitizer, passport (in a protected, waterproof pocket), some artificial tears, and everything else you like to carry along. You should be able to find these online for $50, and in a large camera specialty store for $70. Obviously, the advantage of the latter is that you can try them on. Stick to khaki. The black vests seem a bit too paramilitary for my tastes.

    Watch next time for more cool tools for travel and missions.

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