Pre-Order a Free Travel Medical Guide from Good Neighbor Insurance

Here’s a free “Travel Medical Guide” from Good Neighbor Insurance. You pre-order a copy by emailing
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It’s said to be 50+ pages with medical advice for travelers. Some might really appreciate the explanation, especially if their new travelers. And the folks at Good Neighbor Insurance really are good neighbors.

2) See Brigada at the International Wholistic Missions Conference

Turns out they’re going to interview us at the IWMC in Phoenix during the 7:45pm evening session on January 10th. We’ll also do a workshop earlier that afternoon at 2:15, focused on Wholistic Church Planting. IWMC will provide tools and strategies that have been proven to work throughout the world. There are 70 workshops in 10 tracks designed to provide answers and opportunities to discuss the following questions:

  • How do we help without hurting?
    How can we get beyond relief to sustainable development?
    How do we integrate word and deed so that Christ is exalted in every area of life?
    How can I use my mission dollar for maximum impact?

Learn more at the IWMC website,

Register by the end of December to avoid the late registration penalty.

7) Explore Health Careers Overseas with Interserve —

The primary focus of this four week medical awareness tour is on ‘learning for discerning’ the possibilities for future cross-cultural service in medical and health related fields. Individuals in pre-med programs, medical school, nursing students, medical residents or those early in their health related studies or careers that have an interest in serving in the name and spirit of Christ in an overseas context should consider application. The program will run from late May 2012 to late June 2012 and will cost around $5,000. There are eight openings for this trip and applications will only be accepted until February 17, 2012. For more information, contact


7) Calling All Medical Professionals And Educators —

PNHI is offering Medical Professionals and Educators to join the work in Peru during the summer of 2012 to work with, teach, and train Peruvian Medical Professionals and Educators. It’ll be known as a “Rendezvous in Peru.” If you are interested please email your contact information no later than the end of January 2012. The Director of Rendezvous, Eric Malave, will work with you to make all your arrangements easy and painless. Please share this exciting opportunity with all you know in either of these fields.  Write


You’ll be glad you did!

3) Global Missions Health Conference Set for Nov. 11-13 —

Each fall the Global Missions Health Conference brings together more than 2,000 believers, hundreds of students, and nearly 200 medical missions organizations interested in global health outreach. The GMHC in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 11-13, offers the information, experience, and organizations that are using medical work to change the world. It offers a chance to meet others who are engaged in what works in worldwide healthcare. The GMHC will also offer nearly 100 breakout sessions on more in-depth topics from jungle surgery, trafficking, and HIV education to the disease of poverty, a sustainable prayer life and more. The goal of the conference is to inform, train, and equip healthcare professionals and students to use their medical skills to further God’s kingdom, all through sharing the Gospel with those in need on both the international and domestic mission fields. The conference also hosts an exhibit hall for hundreds of medical missions organizations.

For more information see:

7) Healing in Pakistan

How about a women’s hospital in rural Pakistan? You could go there as a gynecologist or an anesthesiologist, an IT worker or a nurse but you would end up doing way more than that, including impacting lives for eternity. For over 50 years the hospital has had a testimony and active outreach into the community. This is not an easy task, but if you are looking for a place to use the skills God gave you, you can contact the Administrator at

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If you know of others who may fit into this type of medical ministry, feel free to pass this on to them. (By the way, thanks to Shikarpur Christian Hospital for their very-much-appreciated gift of $100, which arrived in time to be included in the May 23rd edition of Brigada Today! We appreciate you Shikarpur!)

3) Wellness Inventory For Cross Cultural Workers

Help Phil, a grad student, develop a wellness inventory which will allow managers and member care staff to assess the well-being of colleagues in the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, occupational and intellectual areas of their lives.  Unlike many of the current assessments that attempt to answer the question, “How sick are you?” this inventory is more like a checklist to assess one’s well-being and may be useful for an on-site visit or off-site debriefing with healthy individuals. If you have had at least a year of overseas experience please help by filling out this anonymous survey by Feb. 14.

If you would like information about this project, have suggestions or would like a copy of the results, contact

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3) Need Medical Info For Austere Environments?

Now you can get it. An anonymous Brigada participant tipped us off to this off-the-beaten-path course in Lancaster, PA, Feb 7 and 8, 8:30am-4:30pm est each day. It’s designed by a retired Emergency Physician with 35 years of Trauma, EMS/ Rescue, and instructional experience. The methods and techniques taught are derived from over 10 years of front-line trauma care in an urban gangland zone and over 35 years of medical practice in environments as diverse as remote underground in caves (delayed evacuation to surface of 20 hrs), on the side of remote hills (48 hr bivouac in “whiteout” conditions), and at sea. The topics seem to include just about everything you can imagine in the wilderness, suturing, wound debridement, dealing with burns, eye injuries, splints, heat exhaustion and a whole lot more. Note that this is a non-certification course for information only. For more information, please write directly to

6) Free Medicine

6) FREE MEDICINE SHIPMENT FOR THOSE WHO CAN HELP DISTRIBUTE — Can you help distribute medicines to small clinics around the world? If so, the people at “Giving Children Hope” need your help. They are distributing pharmaceutical packages air freighted to international airports in developing countries. The package contains a mix of medicines including anti-worming meds and doxycycline among others. Giving Children Hope will work to raise the $1,500 sponsorship per package needed to procure and ship the medicines to your location. To qualify, you must be able to clear customs and ensure that the medicines are distributed to developing country clinics and the poor. Interested? Fill out an application:

For more information visit:

or all 714-523-4454

or contact Jenise

7) Your Own Mosquito Tent

Maybe this seems like overkill, but, for malaria-infested areas, there’s something deeply secure about knowing that wherever you land to sleep, you’re covered. I recommend taking along something like the Epco Tropicscreen II. (Google it and the version will probably come up in the top 5 for about $70. Worth every penny of it. Completely enclosed.)

7) Medical Missions Conference

The largest medical missions conference is the Global Missions Health Conference held each year at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. If you are involved in any aspect of medical missions (long or short term), this conference is for you. This year’s key note speakers are Kay Warren, Dr. John Patrick, and Admiral Tim Ziemer. Dates are 13 to 15 November. To register or for more information go to

Medical Missions Resources

Are you working in the mission field and need medical supplies for your missions work? Are you a church that wants to help your missionaries? Giving Children Hope is a US-based charity that exists to serve you in your needs. Visit their website at

for more on Giving Children Hope. If you would like to fill out a sponsorship application to receive a shipment you can find that at

If you can questions you can contact Jenise at

or via phone at +1 714-523-4454. GCH has 15 years experience shipping containers full of commodities to establish a brand new clinic in your community or air ship to you a pharmaceutical package valued at over $500,000 wholesale value. They also have a Mission Store open in Southern California filled with over-the-counter and hygiene items.

5) 2008 West Coast (Usa) Healthcare Missions & Ministry Conference

It’s happening September 18-20, 2008, in Pasadena, California. This three day conference is geared to meeting the educational and networking needs of Christian physicians, dentists, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, physical therapists, public health workers, mission pastors, parachurch workers, students and all other healthcare professionals, who are interested in local and/or global and healthcare (medical) missions CME/CEU/CE hours are available. For more details check out

or call to the USA (909) 558-4963.

20071007 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA — At least one worker there believes that “a major breakthrough is in the offing in the next year or so.” At the same time, he grants that “there are going to be believers suffering to the point of shedding blood at some point in the near-ish future, and some of them might even be westerners.” If this happens, pray that their blood will be the seed of both new and stronger growth in this region where the percentage of adherents to Chr1st is regularly less than 0.3%. Pray that our brother there would remain humble when the harvest comes in. Pray that all glory would go to the Lord of the universe.

  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE — Here’s a free software package available to help missionaries manage communication with their donor base. Features include contact management, budget goals, contribution analysis, and advanced reporting. Download your free copy today at

  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE — This year’s Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., will open with a pre-conference on “Empowering the Indigenous Church,” Nov.8. Steve Saint will begin the discussion during the pre-conference. The main conference will continue this dialogue through workshops and more speakers. Last year’s focus on holistic mission stirred discussion around the role of the broader Christian community in raising up disciples, equipping them, and then disengaging. More fruitful discussion time is planned this year as conference presenters and participants take a look at indigenous churches and the way cross-cultural outreach efforts impact them.

  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED — It’s an ever- growing problem. Thanks to Brigada participant, Dave, who asked this past week, is it still safe — even with our typical “@ to ‘at'” approach. As a result of his questions, we did some reading. Like… at this site:

    We went to this article: (paste this line after the above line)


    As you can see, there are very few safe options these days. As a result of this study, we’re changing our approach effective *immediately*. From this edition onward, we’ll start placing email addresses, when they’re necessary, on separate lines. Web-posted information continues to be a better bet. Thanks for your patience as we wrestle with spam. Sometimes, the actions of a few ruin the fun for all. :-(

  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the Perspectives Reader. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Buy before the end of October and receive an additional $2.00 OFF. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada1007” in your shopping cart purchase at

    For special orders contact info@ [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble them on one line.]

  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS? — That’s what Brigada Brigade commenter, John, would like to know. See his question at:

    And, if you know the answer, respond to him in the next comment please.

  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — “Screams in the Desert” is an invitation to participate in one woman’s cross-cultural journey and the lessons she learns along the way. Sue Eenigenburg’s poignant and humorous accounts of life overseas provide insight into issues that many women encounter in the mission field. Join Sue for trips to the zoo, bouts of illness, landmine fields, miscommunications, and other everyday experiences of life in a foreign country. Providing women with examples to learn by, scripture to meditate on, and space to write about personal experiences, Screams in the Desert offers hope and humor to women working cross-culturally.

    During this prepublication offer from William Carey Library, the books are $8.00 individually and $6.00 per 100 books. After November 1, regular prices will be in effect.

    You can order the books through Send the Light at their website. Click on new titles and then pre-publication sales to find the book:

  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE — An interdisciplinary multi-denominational group is now forming to develop best practices in short-term healthcare mission work. They welcome input from those who send and receive healthcare and medical short-term missionaries. Their goal is to create a set of Best Practices (Goals and Recommendations) which are Biblically guided, evidence based, consistent with ethical standards and common-sense experience. For more info, e- mail Peter Yorgin at

    pyorgin@ [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]

  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. With ministry responsibilities, and all that keeps you constantly moving, it is difficult to have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in. Writer’s Edge takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well- written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Contact them now for 25% off your first letter! Ph: (760) 300-3690. Visit:

  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please send for more information to Karen@ [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]

  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN — That’s what you do every time you give $50… or $500 … or $15. Just click on “Donate” .

    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.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE — Have you ever noticed that, in general, we like the familiar? I thought about that this past week when the online music service, “Urge” did an ‘Urge-merge’ with the online service, Rhapsody. Urge was kind of “built-in” to Windows Vista. It was easy — just ‘turn it on.’ Suddenly, a million titles were yours for the clicking. I play keyboard for our church worship team… so I went for it. It was awesome. They’d give me a list of songs and I’d come home to see if Urge had them. The folks at Urge always did. Until this past weekend. An email had informed me earlier that Urge and Rhapsody were “teaming up.” (Smelled like a buy-out to me, though.) But this past weekend, the hammer dropped. Urge closed. I was being force-fed into Rhapsody’s subscriber list. I called customer support and was suddenly talking to “Bob” in India. (Have you ever met an Asian Indian with a name like “Bob”?) I promptly cancelled the account, partly because of principle. I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t give me a choice. But there was another factor: Rhapsody just didn’t work as well. The Urge plug-in was a 7 meg add-on to Windows Media Player. By contrast, Rhapsody’s software wanted to add over 50 megs to my already crowded hard drive. I balked. Instead of the urge to merge, I felt the balk to walk.

    Which brings me to my point. When we can see that change is on the horizon, here’s Doug’s top-seven ways to soften the blow. Try them out on your next big shift and see what happens.

    *** 1 – If there are ‘victims’ of the change, give them whatever choices you can. Let them be part of the decision. Don’t force them into Rhapsody.

    *** 2 – Explain the true reason behind the change. “Rhapsody has paid us well for this buyout. You’ll profit too. Here’s why.”

    *** 3 – Be personal. Don’t keep your ‘victims’ at arm’s length. “We know this is not going to be easy. That’s why we’ve set up a help line in case you have questions.”

    *** 4 – Try to list tangible benefits of the change. Rhapsody might have argued, “We know you’ll lose hard drive space, but you’ll gain features. Here are 10 things you can do with the new software that you couldn’t do with the old.”

    *** 5 – If possible, *ease* them through the change. For example, Urge might have explained, “Stay with Rhapsody for 3 months before you have to pay a cent. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you can always quite later.”

    *** 6 – Ask several different spokespeople to communicate the change. It would have helped to have heard from the president of Urge. “The reason we’re shutting service down is…”. The top-dog at Rhapsody could have chimed in too.

    *** 7 – Realize that your constituency is always one touch away from disenfranchisement. I liked Urge. I bragged about it. But when it closed, I bolted. I didn’t just blindly follow the crowd to the next big thing. Online music services became a commodity item to me, because I no longer had any owner loyalty. Urge, if they wanted to keep me, probably needed to do a bit more homework.

    What would help *you* in the midst of change? How could *your* employer, agency or church make it easier for you when something has to transition? Got an opinion? Write a comment below. Get it off your chest. Just click to:

    Click on “Comment” below the post and fill us in on your ideas.

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