Insurance Services of America

1) Going On A Mission Trip? Check Out The Day Tripper?

No, we are not talking about the Beatles song! The Day Tripper is an international medical insurance and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 60 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this 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!

Comment on this item by clicking on “Comment” below.

6) Health Insurance Rate Increases

Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough!

Check out some of their plans online at
http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have 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!

Health Insurance Rate Increases

Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough!

Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada , email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have 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!

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!

MISSION TRIP THIS SPRING OR SUMMER? GOT INSURANCE?

The Day Tripper is an international medical and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 63 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this 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!

DON’T LET A CANCELLED FLIGHT GET YOU DOWN

We are *sooooo* thankful to Steve, Judd, Doug, Roxann, Ksenia, Svetlana, David, Caleb, Jenniver, and Matthew — who all traveled recently having purchased trip interruption insurance through Insurance Services of America. As a result, their trips were fully insured, meaning that, in case of a misconnect — even due to *weather* — or sickness or anything, ISA would cover essentially just about any cost whatsoever — including having to purchase alternative flights, hotels, taxis, virtually *anything*. A couple of years ago, I called the night before my departing flight out of Banja Luka, Bosnia and, to my complete shock, the Bosnian airline had just arbitrarily cancelled my outbound flight, meaning that my entire trip home would have been nixed. :-( (No chocolate chip cookies. That would have been the worst.) As it turned out, I had to take a 3-hour taxi to Croatia to catch a flight. Under any other circumstances, but fortunately, I had bought a policy for the trip from ISA. Believe it or not, ISA covered every cost. From that day on, I made up my mind… Trip interruption insurance is worth it, even for the peace of mind to know that — if you ever have to take a taxi to the next country over, you’re covered. And it’s so simple. Just go to this link and fill out the form:

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

You’ll also find that it’s more affordable than you think, especially when you go purchasing taxi cabs to the next country! :-) What’s more, every purchase is a blessing to Brigada. Those folks got the trip interruption insurance coverage and Brigada received $161.54!!! Yahooo!

GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?

There are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but 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

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! (And they do indeed send a small gift for *every* single trip that is registered with them. It’s amazing.)

GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? –

There are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but 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

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!

20071111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA
  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL?
  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS
  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES
  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS!
  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada?

    If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough!

    Check out some of their plans online at

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

    OR email them at brigada(at)missionaryhealth

    (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 reassemble the address onto one line] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have 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!


  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA — Serving in SE Asia or supporting workers there? Need a documentary piece to take back on furlough, an update of your building project, a documentary of the aid your organization is providing? Acts Multimedia has recently launched a full plan/shoot/edit/package service for missionaries, supporting churches or organizations. Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand their focus is providing services throughout SE Asia. For more information view their video here

    http://actsmultimedia.vox.com/

    or send them an email multimedia(at)actsco

    (dot)org [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.]


  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING — Check out Wing Clips. They offer a digital download service of feature film clips for pastors and teachers. They have a premium service ($14.95/mo) and a free service. Check them out.

  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Here’s a comment from a recent participant in the Kingdom Come Training course in missionary partnership development: “…The course allowed us the opportunity to craft our ministry presentation under expert guidance. But more importantly, it helped us anchor our efforts in Biblical principles with proven results.” All you need is high speed internet. KCT will send you the webcam equipped laptop with professional video conferencing software and you join a live, interactive course with two other locations. Give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or browse

    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 . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL? — After 5 years of being out of print, “The Power of Honor,” by Fawn Parish, is back! Conversations Press will give a $1.00 for every book ordered by Brigada readers. If you order before Christmas, they’ll offer a discount, but better act immediately. You may go to

    http://www.powerofhonor.com to order

    or email fawn(at)reignbridge

    (dot)com [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.] If you think of it, please mention Brigada.


  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS — Tim is working on his Masters Thesis which is taking the form of a website focused on the unreached Dimili Kurds of Turkey. The website will focus on directing prayer for this people group as well as mobilization. He is seeking any information related to work being done with them (feel free to withhold sensitive information, but regardless, all sensitive information will of course be kept confidential), progress of any bible translation etc or a recommendation of resources that would be helpful in his research. Once the website is completed he will send the Brigada family a link so we can all pray together for this people group. He can be contacted with information or questions at dimilikurds(at)allpeoples

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


  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES — Here’s a Brigada participant that is charged with teaching behavioral expectations to her organization’s new candidates. The resources her group has for helping new members understand these behavior parameters are seriously out of date. Before they start a major project they would like to know if any of your groups have some materials that would be instructional, using updated technology and Bible based. If you have any resources that can be shared or know of materials available please log on and share all you can at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=49


  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS! — This past week, we rec’d $15.13 from Blessed Hope in the name of those using their phone services during June & July; See

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

    for ideas on how to lower your bill! $50 from an anonymous long-term participant in Budapest, Hungary $50 from a partner on the East Coast $100 from a great friend in Sweden $300 from YWAM in Lebanon, PA Thank you to these partners and those hooking up with them! This, added to last edition’s total of 8,452.77, brings our 2007 total to $8,967.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150. Gifts in 2006 added up to $15,096. :-( Is there anyone out there that could step up to the plate with a larger one-time gift from an inheritance or some other fund? If you could even get us *closer* to the ball park, we’d greatly appreciate it.


  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T? — Some live in circumstances that essentially do not permit them to give to help make Brigada tick. Would you be able to give something on their behalf? If so, just click on the “Donate” page. We’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 1000 (1 gift of $1000)
    3 of 5 500 (3 more gifts of $500)
    9 of 250 2500 (9 more gifts of $250)
    10 of 13 100 (11 more gifts of $100)
    23 of 27 50 (26 more gifts of $50)
    60 of 70 25 (60 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.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES? — My boys asked me a pretty tough question today. Frankly, I need your input. They pointed to Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:1, stating that “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. … He who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…” Add to that I Pet. 2:13: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

    They then asked how to reconcile that passage with a nation’s willingness to intervene when another government was committing genocide, whether in the Balkans, with Hitler, or in Darfur. They felt pretty strongly that Hitler had to be stopped. So they couldn’t understand (or ‘explain away’) the verse in Romans 13:1. Can you help me explain these verses to them? If so, please log on at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=50

    Click on the “Comment” line below the item to give your view. Hopefully, we can find the answers. Thanks.18

20070916 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS!
  2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
  4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
  5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS
  6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE
  7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES
  8. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP
  9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!”
  10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR
  11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION
  12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA
  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA
  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON”

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS! — It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer and fall short-term mission trips! 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! (Thanks Insurance Services!)


  2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church hosts the 12th annual Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10, in Louisville, Ky. Speakers this year include: Steve Saint, Dr. Peter Okaalet of MAP International, Yvette Maher of Focus on the Family, and Dr. David Stevens, of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. The theme for the GMHC this year is “Empowering the Indigenous Church.” From clinical practice and community health, to preparation and equipping for cross-cultural outreach, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and technical innovations, breakout sessions offer a variety of learning and networking opportunities. The GMHC is the largest medical missions conference of its kind. Register at:

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/

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


  3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Creative Results Management is now introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. It’s a unique training for missionaries integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. They have programs in 2008 in Hungary, Tokyo, Seattle & Singapore. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

    for details or write emailhelp(at)creativeresultsmanagement(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. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA — The new prayer guide (2007) for Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP) is now available – PTAP: Peoples and Topics prayer guide. It is the result of the contribution of people working in the Arabian Peninsula to help you pray and stay informed about the great things that God is doing! Find it at:

    http://www.pray-ap.info/download.htm

    Look under ptap 3 to download high or low resolution versions. Feel free to make copies for yourself and others or order the booklet by writing to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [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 use this address to sign up to receive weekly praise reports, prayer requests, and testimonies of how God is at work in the Arabian Peninsula.


  5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS — TENT Norway & GLOBAL Opportunities are expanding their annual tentmaking course reach by adding Oslo to the roster. The GUS center is ideally located just outside of Oslo in a forested area. Students are housed in cozy cabins on the grounds and all meals are included in the course fee. TENT reports that this will be the largest tentmaking course yet, with some 40 students already registered, but there is still room for a few more. These courses attract future and current tentmakers from all across Europe and beyond, making the time together a very rich experience for all. If you feel a nudge to attend, contact Steinar Opheim or register on the TENT website.

    http://www.tent.no or email steinar.opheim(at)tent(dot)no

    Course dates are October 11-14, 2007. The complete course is schedule on their website.


  6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE — Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, the ACMC ministry is alive and well! ACMC is about Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Please help everyone know the ACMC website is open. Conferences are scheduled in November in Baltimore, MD and Easton, MA. Online registration and downloadable conference brochures are available on the new website. Contact ACMC for more information via info(at)acmc(dot)org or by phone in the US at 1-800-755-7284 or outside the US at 1-407-382-6000. Watch for future website updates including various mission articles filled with tips and information.

    http://www.acmc.org

    Thanks from everyone at ACMC, Caleb Resources, and The Encounters Group for the prayers and encouragement to their ministries.


  7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES – Share Education Services will be sponsoring a Parenting/Education Conference soon in Kiev (October 19-20) and in Moscow (October 26-27). Author Dr. Kathy Koch will be the primary presenter. Dr. Kathy’s positive and energetic style will encourage and equip you as parents to be a blessing to your TCKs. Sample topics are: -Helping your child to be fulfilled and successful in all of life. This involves understanding their 5 basic needs, and how they can be met in healthy ways. -Learn how to detect in your child which of the 8 intelligences (i.e. word smart, nature smart, self smart) they are strong in and how you can strengthen and develop the other intelligences. Also understand what negative behaviors may by rooted in their intelligence strengths. -How to adapt your home school curriculum to your child’s multiple intelligences -Giving your child fabulous feedback: The art of complimenting and correcting your child -Teaching your child friendship skills For more info browse

    http://www.shareeducation.org

    or write to lmilks(at)shareeducation(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. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP — The former Initiative 360 / Caleb Project webstore is online and offering full service again. The teams in Littleton are working hard to add staff and continue to produce the materials that you love and need for your mobilization efforts. Stop by and see the newly reorganized website at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    with links to the webstore where you can purchase mobilization resources produced by ACMC and Caleb Resources. You can even sign up for an Encountering the World of Islam course in your area!

    http://www.encounteringislam.org/

    For more info email info(at)takeitglobal(dot)org or info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By phone in the USA call 877.522.8718 or from outside the USA call 1.303.459.5400


  9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!” — Recently on a visit to Windhoek, Namibia, a city to the south of Hereroland, two missionaries met T. and her husband, R. T. grew up in the U.K. and she and her parents are well educated. While in High School, her family returned to Namibia. All went well until she decided to marry R. She and R. are Christians. R.’s parents and friends could not understand why she wasn’t marrying a Herero man and why she wanted to be a Christian. Her parents wanted a traditional Herero wedding, usually lasting 2 to 3 days. She agreed to this, but then afterwards the couple also had a Christian wedding. Her parents were not happy. They were talking with the ancestors about her and eventually were so upset they her father declared she was not his daughter. Now, T. and R. have a child and her parents love the child, but she knows that controversy will eventually begin because she will be raising her daughter in a Christian home. Please pray for T. and R. Pray that they have strength and faith to continue to raise their daughter in the way that the Lord would have them raise her. Pray for other Christian Hereros that also have this challenge in their lives. Pray that they will also be a good witness to their families and friends. Pray that the Lord uses them to draw others to Himself. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net

  10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR — Hailida International Kindergarten has openings for 15 teachers in three major provinces: Wuhan, Shenzhen, and Shanghi. Hailida accepts applications throughout the year filling positions on an ongoing basis. Teachers will teach age 2-6 year old children stories and songs using visual art tools, movement and media technology. As always, be sure to check out Hailida’s expectations. Hailida will provide room and food and pay a monthly salary USD $1,000 net and pay personal income tax for teachers. For further questions or an application check out the websites:

    http://www.hailida.com.cn

    http://www.gracegardenchristianpreschool.com

    or contact Judy, Phone in the USA: +1-480-598-5600, or email gracegardenaz(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION — John is compiling resources on contextualization. He has three questions to which he would love to know your answer, all related to definition and meaning of the term. See them and answer them in a “comment” at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=35


  12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA — Honest. When we received the $25 gift from a Wycliffe worker, we were overjoyed. On top of that, enough of you talked on the phone in July and August that Dial-Abroad could send $105.38 in sponsored commissions! Thanks for talking! If you’d like to set up a similar account, just browse to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Use that site to set up your phone bill, buy travel phone cards, and help Brigada all at the same time.

    Join us in thanking God for the prayer coordinator who sacrificially gave $25 more dollars to Brigada. Her gift will help us push the gospel message forward — and provide resources for others doing the same. And what about the good folks at the church in Joplin, MO that used ISA to purchase their trip cancellation insurance? $162.24! We’re so thankful. To purchase your trip insurance at below market rates and help Brigada too, just click to:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Finally, we’re so thankful for the Brigada participant who wrote, “Hi guys. I’ve just been sitting here reading all the ‘catch-up’ issues of Brigada. What a wealth of information and opportunities. … I am always encouraged… I am an ex-YWAMer… My heart is divided between being a ‘goer’ and a ‘mobilizer.’ So as you can see, Brigada is the perfect vehicle for me to keep a foot in both areas. … I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into keeping all of us informed. What you do *does* make a difference. … I pray God will supply your needs to continue this ministry.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging… Thanks for the booster shot of $100!!!


  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP 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.


  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON” — The letters stand for “More Tries, More Problems, More Accomplishments.” Have you ever observed it? Sure… if you take more shots in a soccer game (more tries), odds are stacked in your favor that you’ll score more goals eventually (more accomplishments). But you’ll most likely miss more often too (more problems). And have you noticed that the more stuff you add to your life, the exponentially more complicated it gets? In other words, if you already serve on the Missions Committee of your church, and you accept a spot on the worship team, your life isn’t just *twice* as busy. It feels *three* times as complex! Because now, when the worship team guy wants you to practice after Wed. eve. service, you already have Missions Committee. So he’s just a *little* let down that you can’t be present — and now you have to practice some *other* time to make up for missing! M->T-P-A

    Or maybe your mission agency convinces you to help launch a new field. You have to learn a slightly different language, which, for a while, seems to get in the way of the *current* language you’ve just learned, but in the end, enables you to help launch a new work among a new unreached people group. M->T-P-A

    Have you observed the M->T-P-A phenomenon in your own life? Has it sometimes created additional stress? If so, how do you cope? Is it worth it? How do you sort all this out for your own life? Is it helpful to think of M->TPA? (If so, we just made it up. If not, we’re not sure where we first heard of the term. :-) ) Answer by clicking on “Comment” at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=36

20070429 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER? CONSIDER THE DAY TRIPPER
  2. BRIGADA “BRIGADE” (FEEDBACK PAGE) REALLY WORKS
  3. NEW MISSION AWARENESS TOOL FOR YOUTH
  4. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  5. TRY THIS FREE PASSWORD KEEPER
  6. IS YOUR HAND-WOUND CASSETTE PLAYER FLYING OFF THE HANDLE?
  7. TENTMAKING COURSE IN VICTORIA BC CANADA
  8. COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. ANOTHER ANTIVIRUS CHOICE FOR MAC USERS
  10. ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLING
  11. UPGRADE TO “PACKING MODULARLY”
  12. HATS OFF TO OUR BEST FRIENDS; MAKE A STATEMENT TO BRIGADA
  13. THE BACKPAGE: 3 GUYS RUN NORTH AFRICA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER? CONSIDER THE DAY TRIPPER –- No, we are not talking about the old Beatles song! The Day Tripper is an international medical and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 63 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this 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. Find it all and more at the site above.


  2. BRIGADA “BRIGADE” (FEEDBACK PAGE) REALLY WORKS — If you’ve taken a look at our feedback page lately, you’ll know that it really works. Within hours after a Brigada posting, we already are seeing results. The Javascript question in the Apr. 27th issue (Item #6, “SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU!”) was handled easily. A user answered the need, then, just as we asked, posted an entry that said, simply, “I took care of it.” In the past, we would have had to wait on a human compiler to gather up the data. Now, we can start looking at it within hours, rather than weeks. So stop by the Brigade. You just might find an answer to a question that you or your organization faced too.

    http://brigada.org/brigade


  3. NEW MISSION AWARENESS TOOL FOR YOUTH — Good News Productions, International has two new mission awareness tools to partner with you in getting youth excited about missions. The first is an exciting new children’s program called GNPI Kids Live that will work in conjunction with any VBS program. It is a FREE, six-part digital DVD presentation of missions from a kid’s perspective. To preview this material, go to

    http://www.gnpi.org/kidslive

    GNPI is seeking to challenge kids to get involved in missions through prayer and thinking of creative ways they can help raise funds for missionaries and nationals who are working to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. These kids may also grow up to be workers in God’s harvest field (Matthew 9:37-38)!


  4. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The first 2007 retreat will be Oct 5-7 in Pasadena, California on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Missions. The other 2007 retreat will be Oct 26-28 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co- sponsored by Finishers, MissionNext, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Mentors/recruiters may apply online at

    http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp


  5. TRY THIS FREE PASSWORD KEEPER — Thanks to Nick, Creative Arts guy for Team Expansion, for referring us to

    http://keepass.info/download.html

    It’s a versatile password keeper that works for mobile, MAC, and Windows/PC platforms, as well as USB flash drives. It also comes at a very attractive price: free. (Thanks Nick!)


  6. IS YOUR HAND-WOUND CASSETTE PLAYER FLYING OFF THE HANDLE? — If so, Audio Scriptures Ministries of Holland, MI, has a fix for you. The newer replacement cranks are sturdier than the originals. Missionaries and organizations using the TapeTalk2 players and the Messenger hand wind players (from Australia) are encouraged to contact ASM for replacement handles. They are provided free of charge anywhere Scripture cassettes are used. Donations for the parts are also welcome, but not required. Information on the new cranks is available at

    http://www.asmToday.org

    Click on the “what’s new” link. You can also call 616-396-5291 or email asm(at)audioscriptureministries(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. TENTMAKING COURSE IN VICTORIA BC CANADA — Learn more about tentmaking and using business as mission as a platform for ministry in the hard places. GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT Norway have developed a successful course model that will challenge and equip people from all walks of life for effective ministry skills. Read what former students are saying about the course on their website and then rush to register, as each year they must limit the number of people who can attend. Already this course is 30% booked. GO ahead, join them on July 5-8, 2007.

    http://www.globalopps.org/course/victoria2007.htm

    or email ari(at)globalopps(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. COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Now you can get a 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. There are programs in Singapore, Los Angeles, and Hungary. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01/htm

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


  9. ANOTHER ANTIVIRUS CHOICE FOR MAC USERS — Some of our MAC brothers & sisters will be interested in ClamXav

    http://clamxav.com/

    It’s a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. (Thanks Ed!)


  10. ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLING — Basic Skills Assessment Service located in Oregon City, Oregon has a program available to homeschoolers to help with tracking and compiling of credits. They have two programs one for K-6 grade called TRACKS. The program for Jr High/High School is called the Diploma Program. It allows the parent the flexibility to choose the curriculum but helps to keep track of credit hours and grades. A transcript is compiled during the High School years and a diploma is issued when all the credits are complete. Basic Skills Assessment Service phone: 503-650-5282 or e-mail info(at)basicskill(dot)net

    For more information see their website:

    http://www.basicskills.net


  11. UPGRADE TO “PACKING MODULARLY” — A missionary to Japan improved on my suggestion to pack modularly (Apr. 13th edition, BackPage “missions travel tips/tricks, tool #13). She suggested packing a separate bag for each day, with all the changes of clothing one needs for that day inside the bag. That way the traveler can just grab a bag and go. It’s a good improvement on my tip.

  12. HATS OFF TO OUR BEST FRIENDS; MAKE A STATEMENT TO BRIGADA — Thanks to the anonymous donor from Equip, Inc.

    http://www.equipinternational.com

    who gave $150 this past week to undergird Brigada! Want to give a gift to cover for some young missions recruit who can’t afford to give? 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.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: 3 GUYS RUN NORTH AFRICA — Did you happen to follow the story about the 3 guys who ran (yes, on foot) across North Africa? Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin needed exactly 111 days to cross the entire Sahara Desert on foot. They stated on the beach in Senegal and then made their way through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt all the way to the Red Sea. They faced desert temps, cold nights, sand in their eyes, dysentery, plus all the usual stuff associated with running the equivalent of two marathons per day for over 3 months straight. Gulp.

    Why do these guys run? I tried to track down a good cause at their respective websites. Maybe it was to make a case for clean water, like they said. (Personally, that just seems like a stretch for me.) Somehow, it just seems more likely that they run because of the challenge. You know, like the mountaineers say, “Because it’s there.” And maybe a bit because they *can* run. They probably *have* to run. They’re compelled to run by a force as indescribable as the life that courses through their veins.

    Either way, the question remains, what about you? What do you *have* to do? We’re always stirred when we hear about an Olympic athlete who competes for the sake of a sister with polio, or a scientist who works like crazy to find a cure to the disease that killed her husband, or the wealthy businessman who gives a million dollars to a cause that his deceased wife held dear. So what stirs you to action? What drives you to stay up and finish a job?

    I wish we could recreate this kind of marathon-like commitment to finish the cause of world evangelism. Can you imagine if every believer in every local church would care so deeply about getting the gospel to the ends of the earth? There are so many competing forces, the chief of which is apathy itself. Either way, we’d better find a way to wake up the senders to the marathons that lie before us. We’d better find a way to stir go-ers into action, and givers into obedience. If there’s even one believer in your local church who still doesn’t tithe, we’d better find a way to reach him or her, then mobilize those new funds for the sake of the gospel — around the block, and around the planet. Only then will our marathon go-ers have the resources to beat the next sandstorm, or survive the next dry stretch. Only then will their listeners hear the truth that changes eternal destinies. Only then will the God of the ages be glorified in the way He desires. Only then will we complete our purposes here on this earth. And the 2nd coming will happen. And then we’ll never thirst again. And we’ll reach a final rest that’s worth the run.

    Until then — lace up. It’s a new day.

20070107 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOT PASSPORT?
  2. ‘EASY TO READ’ BIBLE PORTIONS IN MANY LANGUAGES
  3. INSTEAD OF GOOGLE, TRY GOODSEARCH FOR A DAY
  4. GET PAID FOR SEARCHING
  5. NOT-SO-GOOD SIDES OF GOODSEARCH
  6. ESL: LEARN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM CLASS IS COMING TO L.A.
  8. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  9. HIRE THE POST OFFICE TO DO YOUR MAILINGS
  10. NEW BOOK HELPING CHINESE RETURN TO THE “FAITH OF OUR FATHERS”
  11. PARTNERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  12. WANT TO HELP BRIGADA FINISH ITS ’07 $ NEEDS EARLY?
  13. THE BACKPAGE: THE BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER…
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOT PASSPORT? –- Have you heard that the US passport laws are changing effective January 23rd? According to the Arizona Republic, travel agents are predicting that the new rules will have its greatest impact this spring and summer as travelers make plans for spring break and summer trips. Are you ready for your spring break and summer mission trips? Do all of your participants have passports? Do you know if you need a passport or visa? One of Brigada’s sponsors, Insurance Services of America, has information on their web site to help you navigate the new passport rules! Check it out at

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    While you are on that page, take a few minutes to check out the insurance plans that ISA offers for short-term mission trips. Coverage is available for individuals and groups. Remember that 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!


  2. ‘EASY TO READ’ BIBLE PORTIONS IN MANY LANGUAGES — Martin Lloyd, who for over 7 years co-ordinated the EasyEnglish project for Wycliffe Associates UK

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    is now thrilled to be able to encourage similar projects in major languages on all continents. Thirteen such ‘easy’ languages, namely Chinese, Amharic, Swahili, Lingala, Telugu, Juba Arabic, Bengali, Yoruba, Zulu, Spanish, Portuguese, Welsh and French are displayed on

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    and several more, including Nepali, Tagalog, Konkani, Indonesian, Shona, Tamil and Fulani will soon be added. More information may be obtained from mlloyd3000(at)gmail(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. INSTEAD OF GOOGLE, TRY GOODSEARCH FOR A DAY — Have you Goodsearched yet? If not, would you? … at least for a day. Just try it. Here’s the way it works. Browse to…

    http://www.goodsearch.com

    Type “Team Expansion” into the 2nd blank (“Who do you GoodSearch for?”), then click “Verify”. You’ll notice that it’ll fill in “Team Expansion, Louisville, KY” into the blank for you. (That’s the organization that tries to cover for Brigada’s costs if we don’t come up with the budget here.) Now click on “Amount raised.” It’ll probably be something like $20 or so. Write down that number. Now search for something (something you’d really like to find, that is). Want to learn about the best camcorder? Maybe find a good site on Bosnia? It really doesn’t matter. Whatever you would normally hunt for in Google, you can search for it using Goodsearch.


  4. GET PAID FOR SEARCHING — So how does Goodsearch work? It basically just relies on Yahoo’s search engine for it’s data-gathering ability, selling “hits” to advertisers then giving about 50% of their profits to the charities that recruit eyeballs for them. But there’s one critical difference (get this): Every single time you search for something, it’s just like you gave a penny to Team Expansion. Don’t believe it? Go look for 5 random things… (real things). Type in “Emerald Hills” or whatever *real* stuff for which you’re searching. Click through a few searches. Now go back and look at the “Amount raised”. It’ll probably be about 5 cents more than when you started. Pretty cool, eh? Whoever knew they could give an offering to a mission organization just by searching the Internet?

  5. NOT-SO-GOOD SIDES OF GOODSEARCH — Are there downsides? Well sure. For one thing, the amount that any organization receives will be limited by the number of searchers who make it a *regular* habit to hunt for things via Goodsearch. But there’s more. Once your church or mission finds out about Goodsearch, you’ll likely register your own group, right? So when that happens, you’ll stop helping Brigada. So truth is… we’ll really only have you for about 24 hours (the amount of time it takes Goodsearch to set up your new account).

    Finally, there’s another limiting factor: pennies. (Lest you get the idea of just rat-a-tat-tat machine-gun-searching, please don’t; Goodsearch “listens” to the ports that are searching. If anybody tries anything underhanded like that, they just shut off that charity. :-( So please, in spite of your most noble intentions, make these *real* searches… not just fake searches to up the pennies.) So it takes literally *thousands* of searches to add up to anything significant.

    On the other hand, $20 is $20. :-) So — while you’re all opening your accounts, please… search on! Big-time. :-) Get curious. :-) (Thanks.) And in the end, we hope this gives your organization some dimes and quarters for your annual Christmas party or whatever. :-)

    Is the searching capability as good as Google’s? Jury’s still out. If I don’t find it on Goodsearch on the first couple of tries, I go to Google and try there. But it’s good enough that I’ve made Goodsearch my default search engine now. Maybe you can too. (Instructions are at the bottom of the Goodsearch landing page.)


  6. ESL: LEARN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE — Anyone who has a desire to learn English or to improve their English communication skills is encouraged to apply for this course sposored by Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA. USA. The date of the school is March 12, 2007 – June 1,2007. Details, and applicaton forms are listed on the website

    http://www.ywampa.org or

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


  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM CLASS IS COMING TO L.A. — Encountering the World of Islam is being offered in the Greater Los Angeles area for the first time. This class from Initiative360 is a dynamic and effective 12-week experience that will have life-long impact. Choose from any of three locations. Get info or register at

    http://www.encounteringislam.org

    It’ll happen on Sundays beginning Jan. 28, Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Contact Andy Pearce andy(dot)pearce(at)gmail(dot)com Mondays beginning Jan. 29, Rolling Hills Covenant Church, Rolling Hills Estates, 7:00 – 9:30 pm Contact: Jenny Kottke at southbayewi(at)gmail(dot)com Tuesdays beginning Jan. 30 at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, 7:00 – 9:30 pm Contact: Tim Hardy thardy(at)cornerstonesimi(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA USA. School dates: March 5, 2007 – March 30, 2007 and May 7, 2007 – June 1, 2007. It’s a certificate program. Get details, application forms and alternate dates by browsing to…

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  9. HIRE THE POST OFFICE TO DO YOUR MAILINGS — Need to send post cards to addresses in the USA? Turns out the USPS will become your mail room. Thanks to Susie for pointing us to…

    http://www.usps.com/netpost/sendpremiumpostcards_business.htm


  10. NEW BOOK HELPING CHINESE RETURN TO THE “FAITH OF OUR FATHERS” — The Chinese church worldwide is growing rapidly and yet Christianity is still seen as something ‘foreign’ to most Chinese. This book traces ancient Chinese language, culture, and events to show that many throughout Chinese history indeed worshipped the Creator God of the Bible and coming to Christ is a return to the faith of their ancestors. The book is available in Mandarin (paperback only) and English ($15- paperback, $20-hardback + SH) from Leadership Development International, 678/783-4900 or Leaders-Of-Hope(at)ldius(dot) org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. PARTNERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — Next edition, Brigada will celebrate a dozen years of weekly issues. Confession: we aren’t in it for the money. Having said that, it sure helps cover expenses, including secretarial help. And what a glorious encouragement it is to see a $200 gift from an anonymous donor from Las Cruces, NM. What’s more, here’s an anonymous donor that gave $10 in cash, and a fortune in words: “Thank you Doug for your consistent work for so many years! Not only have you kept our focus on unreached peoples, but you have shared invaluable internet and email security tips and software. Both of these features have been essential for effective international outreach. Thanks a million!” We give praise to God for these encouarging words.

  12. WANT TO HELP BRIGADA FINISH ITS ’07 $ NEEDS EARLY? — 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.

  13. THE BACKPAGE: THE BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER… — … in American football conference championship play, that is. And a great comeback it was. My son and I started watching the game tonight as father-and-son bonding time, but by halftime, he had pretty much given up. In fact, he left for Walmart. The New England Patriots were ahead of the Indianapolis Colts by a score of… what was it… 24-3? I was born & raised in Indiana though… and, somehow, I just couldn’t give up on Payton. So I came in to start working on this Brigada Today. Fortunately, my son came back from Walmart. And the Colts came back as well.

    What kind of tensile strength does it take be down by 18 points at halftime, then outscore the opponent 32-13 in the second half!? Payton led the charge; he threw for 349 yards and one touchdown, but he also led by believing. He was quick to point out after the game… “everybody did their job,” as the team piled on 455 yards of offense and six of their final eight drives. But regardless of the numbers on the jerseys, everyone knew what it had required: Mental toughness. It was a shining example.

    None of us knows when we’ll be placed in just such a position. Maybe our financial support will take a nose dive, or perhaps we’ll experience a huge hurt or emotional loss. Obviously, coming back in an athletic contest can’t hold a candle to life’s real hurdles… but the principles are the same.

    *** First, we have to believe that it’s possible.
    *** Second, we have to do the fundamentals – patiently & thoroughly.
    *** Third, we can rely on superhuman strength — the Lord’s strength.

    I was glad, in the case of both the owner/CEO of the Colts as well as the coach himself, to hear grown men giving total glory to God. They had found inner strength from above the flurry and the distractions of those who wanted to eat them for lunch.

    Someday, you might need that same inner strength. At that time, you won’t have the luxury to drill, practice or condition. We need to prepare *now* for the day that we’ll be called upon to come back. If you’ve been drifting away… if the job has become routine… if your relationship with God has taken a back seat and now… you’re just going through the motions — find someone to help you. Read a book. The Bible, a devotional guide, a challenging biography… or talk to a team member that can help you catch your breath.

    The game you might have to win someday might call from within you every ounce of mental toughness you can muster. Begin training today.

20060604 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS!
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB”
  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING
  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE
  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION
  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST…
  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. To register for the CEDI, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS! -– It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer short-term mission trips! PLUS, 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

    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! (It’s working! See below.)


  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact

    cjlemke(at)cs(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. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB” — Want some free tips on doing research on the web? Check out:

    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective


  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING — Just click on over to

    http://flightaware.com

    It contains a fantastic quiver of tools to track commercial and private flights. (Thanks to Mark and the Courier Journal for this tip.)


  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE — A new resource is available to help women working around the world as they counsel and help other women. Muriel Cook, a long-time missionary in Taiwan, and her daughter Shelly Cook Volkhardt, have just released Kitchen Table Counseling, a resource that takes the fear away from addressing difficult problems and empowers women to reach out to those around them. The book focuses on guidelines for kitchen table counselors and then provides help with specific issues. One of the most helpful pieces is the Topical Scriptural reference index that counselors can return to as they help others. Soon you’ll be able to visit

    http://www.kitchentablecounseling.com

    to interact with the authors, schedule speaking engagements and purchase the book.


  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — These people of northern Namibia in Southern Africa build Owambo homesteads, which are circular, near spirallic arrangements of homes. The labyrinthine passages may weave in and out to confuse a stranger or an evil spirit, but all they all lead to the central meeting place, the olupale. Continue to pray that the center of these homesteads will one day welcome the Holy Spirit into their presence and that all will come to know the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray that there will be no need to confuse strangers as the Truth is heard. Continually lift up the Mbalantu, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or contacting those who are trying to reach them at lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION . . . — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $10, with this note: “Thanks for all you do with Brigada! I wish I could send more, but I know every little bit helps. PS. I enjoyed the “mole” story!” Mark, that $10 meant more than you know! We’re running in the red this month, and $10 can mean a *lot*! Thanks! And thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance for the $183 they sent in recognition of folks like you who bought various kinds of insurance from them at:

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

    Thanks, too, to two different groups from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO), and several other individuals, who bought trip cancellation insurance from ISA, resulting in a special gift of $306.31 from them to Brigada !!!! Please … next trip you take, consider their policy at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Just think — the more secure you become, the more you help Brigada!


  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST… — Here’s a like-minded organization that would love to learn from your experience. They’re heavily involved in doing exactly that — building hope and help for the homeless. For example, they’re building dozens of homes for those who lost everything in New Orleans. If you have experience or ideas, please drop them a note at… rebuildneworleans(at)crossroadsmissions(dot)com See their website at:

    http://www.crossroadsmissions.com

    Crossroads Missions is based in Louisville, KY. They are partners with Team Expansion and Brigada and will be moving soon to Emerald Hills. Learn more about Emerald Hills at…

    http://www.emeraldhills.info


  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN — Most of us have watched enough missionary movies to know the importance of checking in with the “head man” in a village, prior to trying to start any work there. The same principle applies in our daily jobs. And the funny thing is — in a weird sort of way — I believe it applies in both directions across the organizational chart. See if you agree.

    I serve as the president of an agency with just over 300 full-time missionary workers. It’s set up in such a way that I coach just 4 workers (heads of departments). They, in turn, lead sub-team leaders in their respective divisions. If a sub-team *member* on one of those sub- teams comes directly to me with an issue… say… regarding a sub-team leader, I have a choice: I can a) try to fix it by going to the department head that I coach, b) try to fix it by going directly to the sub-team leader, or c) briefly mentor the sub-team member on how to fix it solo. The correct answer? You probably already guessed: I believe it is “c”. I have to apply the “go to the head man” rule — in reverse. I have to mentor that worker on the importance of going one-on-one with the sub-team leader to work out the issue. Then I let the process take its course and trust the respective leader to work it out.

    Imagine… if I go to the department head (the one that I coach), he first of all feels a bit embarrassed and ashamed that I became involved in an issue in his department — one of which he probably wasn’t even aware. But what’s worse, he now has to go to his sub-team leader and explain that this issue came to the president’s desk. He has to ask all about it . . . and the wild thing is… maybe the sub-team leader didn’t even *know* about it. So now the sub-team leader is mad at the sub-team member and all this is in *addition* to the original presenting issue. By this time, perhaps the *process* has become bigger than the original issue. By now the problem is bigger than life because people have emailed and met and phoned and… well you get the picture.

    So I’m convinced, after having made more than my share of errors on this part of the game plan… I have to say to the sub-team member, “Have you discussed this issue with your sub-team leader?” If the answer is, “Well … no.,” then my answer has to be, “Well trust me — that’s where this needs to start. If, after sharing it with your sub- team leader, you feel you can’t work it out, then explain to your sub- team leader that you’d love a chance to talk it through with your department’s head, with the sub-team leader present. If you still can’t resolve things, ask them if we can all meet — the four of us. Until you’ve taken those steps, trust me … you don’t want me to barge in like gangbusters to try to fix this.” Does this process sound familiar? I have found that it functions equally as well in the workplace as it does in Matthew 18:15-17. True — the passage deals with sin. But in everyday management and problem-solving, I have found it to function well in teams. Next week… what to do if the problem is with someone in a different department or team.

20060423 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  3. WORLDMAPPER: THIS IS ONE SITE YOU HAVE TO VISIT
  4. WORLDMAPPER: SEE THE GLOBE IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT
  5. WORLDMAPPER: USE THE TOOLS, EXPLORE, LEARN
  6. SUMMERTIME! HELP BRIGADA! SHORT-TERMERS, GET INSURANCE
  7. LEARN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE
  8. FREE CHURCH PLANTERS TRAINING CD-ROM
  9. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW
  10. FULLER DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON WEB EVANGELISM
  11. BE A PART OF GOD’S WELCOMING COMMITTEE
  12. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR THOSE WORKING WITH CHILDREN
  13. FREE ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL MISSIONS JOURNAL
  14. RESOURCES FOR WORK AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES
  15. VIDEO BLOGING FOR JESUS
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT A US FOUNDATION FOCUSED ON GLOBAL MISSIONS
  17. OPPORTUNTIES AT WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL, BAHAMAS
  18. GO TO SCHOOL IN GHANA
  19. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND A SENSE OF URGENCY
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” course from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (Covenant College) offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier EN-BRN- 04/06.


  2. DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE CHALMERS CENTER — These distance learning options (like the one above) are appropriate for individuals as well as for teams who minister together. In the case of the topic above, the course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: Understanding poverty, when to do relief and when to do development, harm that can come from inappropriately doing relief or development, the response of the local church to poverty, and how to integrate Biblical principles into development programs. This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with the other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed from a remote location will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and Two-Thirds World discounts are available. See the site above for more information.

  3. WORLDMAPPER: THIS IS ONE SITE YOU HAVE TO VISIT — The University of Sheffield and Mark Newman (at the University of Michigan) have pulled off a *major* coup. How in the world they were able to come up with such a cool tool I’ll never know. And how they can do it for free is beyond me. In the old days, this would have cost $29 as a book to sit on your coffee table. It would have been read by a few thousand people, grown obsolete quickly, and been fairly useless in a short number of years. By contrast, remember the name, “Worldmapper”. I wish I’d been able to pull it off. I’d have no trouble raising funds for our secretary *or* some publicity.

  4. WORLDMAPPER: SEE THE GLOBE IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT — I’ve seen a few static books like this before. So it’s not necessarily a *new* idea. They’re called cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. They’re beautiful, colorful and expensive. I can’t paste them into a Powerpoint very easily, nor can we replicate them very adequately — or legally. But in the space of about 1 hour — the time it takes for Brigada Today to make its rounds to 10,000 people around the globe, we can *all* see the globe in a whole new light at worldmapper.org. That’s the site. So although it’s not a new idea, these guys have just implemented it better. Have a look:

    http://www.worldmapper.org


  5. WORLDMAPPER: USE THE TOOLS, EXPLORE, LEARN — Basically, Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. The creators hope to continue to add data throughout 2006. My hunch is, they’ll continue for a long time to come. Click on the thumbnail labeled, “Land Area”, to see a fairly traditional world map. Look at the PDF poster at the bottom of the linked page. Print it for free at your office or in your home. (Proper copyright data is conveniently posted at the bottom in small print.) You can also choose to view Excel data (either smallish or generous), which you can save on your own hard drive, all free of charge. You can even read technical notes about the data. But the cool parts are yet to come. On the “Total Population” map, the territories are resized based on *people* instead of land mass. Again, all the data is provided below. Want to paste a graphic into your Powerpoint? You’re in luck. Right-click on the map, choose “Save Picture as…”, save the PNG file on your drive, then in Powerpoint (or whatever you use for presentations), just “insert|picture file” and paste it in. Done. If you’re using the material to teach a class, “fair use” might be all you need to use that graphic. If you’re using the material for any other reason… say… a profit motive, write to info(at)worldmapper(dot)org and see what you can negotiate. Again, the authors promise in advance that non-profit use will usually be granted.

    With each map there’s a cool block of explanatory text at the right. Very cool. Tells the story in a nutshell. Sometimes the text is *very* cool. On the poster, it’s nice enough to use as a *placemat* at your next missions banquet. Write for permission, then find some generous businessman with a color printer and a laminator. Bam. You’re in business. Today there are 56 maps. Someday there will be 500. Mark my words: this site is a happening place. :-)

    So who can connect with them to get evangelical Christianity mapped. :-) Don’t forget — you heard about it on Brigada.


  6. SUMMERTIME! HELP BRIGADA! SHORT-TERMERS, GET INSURANCE –- As you get ready for short-term mission trips this summer don’t forget to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance! 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! (Yay! :-) ) 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!


  7. LEARN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE — The Chalmers Center also offers a second distance course (in addition to the one noted above) and a self-study course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a third distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. For more information, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org


  8. FREE CHURCH PLANTERS TRAINING CD-ROM — George Patterson’s interactive novel, “Come, Let Us Disciple the Nations”, is now available as a free download. It will track your learning in 20 skill areas while you choose options for a congregation that reproduces in its own community, in a nearby culture, in a distant land and in a hostile one. The .zip file contains 25 megabytes of programme, text, pictures and sounds.

    http://www.paul-timothy.net/dn/

    Or write to the author at GPatterson(at)cvi2(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The story consists of actual events known to the author that occurred in various church-planting efforts around the globe.


  9. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW — The 2006 COSIM conference is scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Tons of quality speakers and workshops focus on local church involvement, accountability, assessing your cross-cultural partnerships, etc. Visit the COSIM web site and download the fact sheet-registration form at:

    http://www.cosimnet.org

    Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org.


  10. FULLER DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON WEB EVANGELISM — Course MP 537 is a pioneering 10-week distance-learning course on web evangelism starting 19 June:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/links?=fullercourse

    In order to register for this course, students must first be admitted to a short non-degree or certificate program at Fuller Theological Seminary:

    http://www.fuller.edu/admiss/applications/applications.asp

    They then request registration for the MP537 course after 19 May:

    http://fulleronline.org/D2index.real?area=193

    (Thanks Tony!)


  11. BE A PART OF GOD’S WELCOMING COMMITTEE — “Welcome to My House: God’s Invitation to Ethnic America” is the theme of the 6th annual Ethnic Workers’ Summit, sponsored by the Ethnic America Network. The summit is a gathering of people from all over the USA and Canada who are ministering to Ethnic America or are wanting to get started in reaching their international immigrant neighbors. The event begins Thursday, April 27, at 6:45 pm and continues to 9:00 pm Saturday, April 29 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084 (an eastern suburb of Atlanta). Registration for the entire event is $110 for a single person, $170 for a couple, and $60 for a student. Day rates are also available. The three evening plenary sessions at 6:45 pm are free and open to the public. Visit

    http://www.atl06.org

    or write info(at)atl06(dot)org or phone 1-770-936-5217 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR THOSE WORKING WITH CHILDREN — May 15-19 2006 “Offering Healing and Hope for Children in Crisis” is a course developed by Phyllis Kilbourn, author of several books and founder of Rainbows of Hope. This specialized training will be offered at Gateway Missionary Training Centre, May 15-19, 2006. This course has been developed in order to better equip people who will be working with Children in Crisis. It is the first of a series and deals with general trauma issues including the impact of trauma on children and foundational principles for intervention planning to restore healing and hope to these children. The final section also deals with care of the caregiver. These principles are applicable in any cultural contex. The cost is $150.00, plus Room and Board for $20.00 a day if needed. For more information contact: Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Canada via their site:

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  13. FREE ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL MISSIONS JOURNAL — Global Missiology

    http://www.GlobalMissiology.org

    is a free quarterly professional on-line missiological journal that features contributions from a host of today’s top thinkers and practitioners. The April English edition is now available featuring articles on “Pentecost and Missions” among other topics. The journal also features complete archives of previously published editions. There is also a Chinese edition that contains original articles from Chinese missiologists in simplified and full scripts. Global Missiology is launching a French edition and is accepting original articles for that version by queries to 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 .] From the April issue on, readers of the English edition of GM can start receiving free downloads of out-of-print book titles by well known missiologists (e.g. Dr. Yamamori – Executive Director of Lausanne Congress of World Evangelism). To begin receiving an e-mail notice with a link to Global Missiology when new issues appear, send an e-mail message to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org and write “subscribe” in the subject heading. The GM editor will reply to your message with an acknowledgment of your request.


  14. RESOURCES FOR WORK AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES — George Verwer of Operation Mobilization is recommending a new 94 page directory with information on where to obtain key resources for frontier missions world-wide – help with church planting, technical assistance, healthcare, travel advice, training, tentmaking, development, medical supplies, children’s education while abroad, etc. etc.. “Ian Benson is on the cutting edge of mission mobilization and his Resources for Missionary Work is a very useful and valuable tool in the great task that so many of us are involved in.” Cost GB £2.75 or US$5 plus postage. To order, visit

    http://www.missionarytraining.org/resource.htm

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


  15. VIDEO BLOGING FOR JESUS — Makoto and Delaina Miyazaki in northern Japan have just begun a new ministry of Video Bloging. Entertaining, funny and informative, this sure beats the average newsletter! Every Thursday a new edition of Truthwork.com’s Internet Christian News. Check it out and learn what kind of potential video blogging has for sharing Jesus with the target audience of your new home country. Learn what it takes to get this kind of work off the ground. For more information visit

    http://www.truthwork.com

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


  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT A US FOUNDATION FOCUSED ON GLOBAL MISSIONS -– First Fruit, Inc.

    http://www.firstfruit.org

    which is a private foundation that provides grants to Christian ministries and NGOs in the developing world, is seeking a Program Administrator. This individual will be a core member of the programming team, and will have myriad administrative and research responsibilities. The right candidate will be an engaging Christian with a passion for international missions, who would bring a set of administrative and analytical skills and gifts to the position. For more information, please contact Lori lori(at)firstfruit(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  17. OPPORTUNTIES AT WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL, BAHAMAS — Windermere High School has these teaching opportunities for 2006 – 2007: History– Caribbean and World (10-12) and Geography (10), Spanish (7-12) with general subjects, and Computer (7-12) with networking and general repair, or with general subjects. These are full time positions at a Christian school with an enrollment of 70 students. For more information, log on to their web site at

    http://www.windermerehigh.org

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


  18. GO TO SCHOOL IN GHANA — American International School, Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org

    Applications are now being accepted for students grade K-8. They’re also accepting applications for teachers. School year 2006-2007 has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  19. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND A SENSE OF URGENCY — As you know, I’ve been catching up on back-episodes of “24”, the hit TV show from FOX. (Again, the violent parts aren’t pretty sights. I fast forward through those.) But for some reason, I keep gaining insights that seem applicable to my work in missions. Previously, we’ve talked about courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom and accountability. Today, I’d like us to focus on urgency.

    In some ways, “24” and urgency are *synonymous*. Jack Bauer is a federal agent working for a special branch of Homeland Security called “Counter-Terrorist Unit” or “CTU.” You can already guess that most of the plots are pressure-cooked efforts to keep some shopping mall from being attacked by bioterrorists, or to prevent some wacko from setting off a nuclear bomb over downtown LA. Obviously, time is of the essence. Jack yells at the top of his lungs to bad guy after bad guy, “I’m runnin’ outa time!”

    Today, while watching an episode from season three, however, that message of urgency hit me harder than it had before. Here’s this CTU agent tasked with preventing a nerve gas canister from blowing up in front of a giant hotel ventilation system fan. He approaches it gingerly, fan blades still turning, and time just seemed to freeze for me. I found myself nearly trembling as I said in a whisper, “Stop the fan! Turn off the system before it blows!” And suddenly, — pssst! Like that… the canister squirts nerve gas in his face and 1000 hotel guests are exposed to a deadly virus. :-(

    Later as I reflected on that moment with my 16-year-old (who watched the show with the rest of the family for a full 3 years before I started), I realized how relevant it is to all our work. We all face obstacles… spinning blades of confusion, misunderstanding, interpersonal conflict, and more. Sometimes we *creep* toward finding a solution. Sometimes it blows up right in our faces. Meanwhile, the spiritual dilemma of Satan and his dominance over so many lands… it just gets more and more perplexing by the day. Watching that moment of “24” made me think — we can see bioterrorism so clearly. We can easily see how time is of the essence. Don’t waste a moment. Yet we sometimes seem to piddle at frontier missions. I’ve heard from my good friend, Dan Scribner, at joshuaproject.net, that the percentage of funds spent on frontier missions is just 1/2 of one cent per year, when compared to the over all missions giving of all our local churches. If we were to invest only 1/2 of once percent in terrorism-prevention, …. well you can guess the results we’d get. :-(

    So gang, let’s declare this an official emergency. 15,900 people groups, 6700 of which remain essentially unreached. 2 billion people (30% of the world’s population) with virtually no exposure to the gospel. Maybe there will be a day when we can relax. Maybe a day will come when we can pause. Now is not that day. Now is a moment to mobilize. Now is a moment to get *serious* about finishing the task of world evangelism. Let’s plan as if we have another century. But let’s *work* as if we have, fittingly, just 24 hours.

    Doug

20050918 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP?
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? If so, try contacting Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough. Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Nov. 11-12, at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., USA. In conjunction with the conference and for the first time, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization will host the North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Nov. 10. The committee hopes to draw prominent North American church pastors and Christian leaders to speak out on the AIDS Pandemic and to urge churches to get involved. USAID is sponsoring 16 international participants to attend the Nov. 10 event. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail rebeccab(at)churchcentral(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, retirees. You can get everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. :-) http://www.mats.org or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS — Preswan Enterprises was recently founded for the purpose of finding and fulfilling needs throughout the world. Currently, Jerry (the export manager) is looking particularly at new/used farm equipment in his home area. Once he finds a need, he then seeks to locate a supplier of the product needed, facilitate the purchase of the product, and arrange for shipment. While he lives in Southeast Michigan (where some car manufacturing HQs are located), you may contact him with requests for any products, and he will work to find a supplier and means of shipment to supply your needs. Try him: jerry(at)firstcomp(dot)biz
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY — TalkDaddy is now offering VOIP phone service from anywhere to the US for $5.95 per month plus and $49.95 startup. To subscribe to this service, you must have broadband internet. After you connect a TalkDaddy module to your internet, you plug a normal USA touch tone phone into the module. When you pick up the receiver, you will have a US dial tone which allows you to call any number in the 48 contiguous United States. Alaska and Hawaii are available for an additional fee.

People can also call you from anywhere in the world. They will dial into an automated system in the 479 area code here in the US and enter your three digit extension code when prompted. A few seconds later, your phone will ring. You can read more about the service at http://www.TalkDaddy.com and you can also subscribe online.

TalkDaddy is owned and operated by Christians serving in the marketplace in Northwest Arkansas. You can contact TalkDaddy at help(at)talkdaddy(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by phone at 479.443.7878.
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING — It’s happening in Perth, Western Australia. If you haven’t already gotten your application in for the training, there is still time and some spaces are available. The teaching approach is very practical and hands-on, not just theory but practice at doing the business of being an SC. Also, you will be looking at the commonalities of church planting movements, how to set things in motion so that if God sovereignly moved, a church planting movement could happen. You’ll put together a profile of your focus city or people, look at how to foster partnerships and create a master plan of how you will get the gospel to your city or people in the most relevant way. You’ll look at strategies that worked for others and some that didn’t fare so well. Just a reminder, the dates are: 13 November to 2 December. At this stage, there are no plans to repeat the course. So now is your chance! Download an application at: http://www.ywamperth.org.au/events/index.asp?tag=sc or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au and ask for one to be emailed to you as an attached file. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL — Youth With A Mission in Jacksonville Florida is hosting this internationally respected 15-week study program developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission. Featuring an experienced speaker each week, you will cover topics such as the Biblical perspective on mission, the spread of Christianity in history, mission strategies, and the mission task remaining. Classes start on January 8, 2006. Call 904-221-5990 or email at perspectivesjax(at)yahoo(dot)com for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS — Here are a few articles on how to write effective fundraising letters. You’ll find dozens more at http://www.FundraisingLetters.org (Note: Although these URLs will break or “wrap” into 2 lines in the email version of Brigada Today, you can jump to the online version and use these as hotlinks there. Just go to brigada.org if these links don’t work in your email client.)

Eleven Reasons Donors Stop Responding To Fundraising Letter Appeals http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/eleven-reasons-donors-stop-responding-to-fundraising-letter-appeals/

How To Create Irresistible Fundraising Letter Envelopes http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/how-to-create-irresistible-fundraising-letter-envelopes/

Where To Look For Creative Fundraising Letter Ideas http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/where-to-look-for-creative-fundraising-letter-ideas/

51 Ways to Say Thank-you in a Fundraising Letter http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/51-ways-to-say-thank-you-in-a-fundraising-letter-2/

(Thanks Alan Sharpe, President of Sharpe Copy Inc., London, England.)
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP? — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR (yes, Arkansas in the Ozarks!). They are looking for a few folks with IT experience (MAC and PC) to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call Dave at 479-587-1919 Ext. 709, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org .
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES — Here’s a great article summing up Gmail and its potential (Thanks Nick!): http://wifi.google.com/faq.html
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL — We’re grateful for those who spur us on here at Brigada Today. This past week, that included Dial-Abroad, who sent $129.30, which represented a sponsorship based on those who used long distance during August. Thanks Andy! To learn more about Dial- Abroad, go to: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and click on the Dial-Abroad icon there.
To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. If you do know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

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