2) How Can Your Church Excel In Missionary Care? Find out at ICOM!

icomChurches are called to be partners in the Gospel with their missionaries and together impact the world! In just a few weeks, a new workshop track launches at ICOM (International Conference on Missions) called Equipping Local Churches for Missionary Care. Learn more at…



This workshop track will be answering the question: What is the role of the local church in sending and caring for missionaries? This is a place for the Church to learn together how to rise to the high calling of being active senders who provide excellent missionary care. Be sure to check out the links that include workshop descriptions and conference details.

12) Living a Life Overseas? Read the Blog

It’s a mixture of all kinds of person reflections, lessons learned, and questions. But either way, it has drawn thousands of readers. “ALifeOverseas” was recently quoted in Christianity Today. And it’s no wonder. The content is great. You’ll read about cross-cultural stress, transition, grief, member care, and a whole lot more. Check it out. You just might find out something about YOUR life:


1) Are You in Re-entry or Is It in Your Near Future?

returning.wellCheck out “Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back ‘Home’ After Serving Cross-Culturally.” “Returning Well” invites you into a guided
conversation with your Creator that will reveal and apply invaluable insights as you reflect on your recent season. By using “Returning Well,” you will discover how this season influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you. Find out more (including individual and bulk purchasing options) at


(And thanks to Melissa for her determination on this project, her sensitive spirit to those reentering, and for believing in Brigada!)

10) Where to get missionary insurance going overseas?

One of the biggest challenges new (and existing) missionaries face today is finding best companies and/or prices for insurance coverage. Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance has put together this helpful introductory video, “Rating the Best Insurance Companies For Missionary Insurance.” Why get a plan from a “b-rated” company on Standard and Poors, or a company that struggles with customer service/paying claims? To watch, go to


or see all of their videos at


If you have questions, you can also call them and reach a real person during regular hours at 866.636.9100 or skype them at “good neighbor insurance”.

12) Bruchko: For this Cross I’ll Kill You

It’s a timeless classic that helps us envision identifying with a native people group. If you haven’t read it, you probably should. It’s called “Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe.” It tells about Bruce Olson. It just might change your life.



6) Survey to Launch More Missionaries

launch missionariesA number of mobilizers and recruiters want to learn and then share how to more effectively launch people into long-term international missions. Are you a long-term missionary? Or do you know long-term missionaries you could forward this to with a personal note? The launch survey by MissionNext takes about ten minutes and is mostly multiple choice. At the end of the survey, you may remain anonymous or enter an email address to receive a link to the final summary. If you have any comments or questions, please click on “Comment” below or email
Please take the online survey and/or invite others to do so at the secure web site http://www.launchsurvey.org

4) I Think God Wants Me to be a Missionary!

missionary piroloIn a few weeks thousands of young and not-so-young people will travel to another country for a summer of service. A few weeks or months later they will return home. Many will say, “I think God wants me to be a missionary!” Or, 我想上帝希望我做一個傳教士 Yes, it has been translated into Chinese! That is the time for them to read a book by that title. It will help them sort through many of the issues they will face when considering a longer term commitment. It is available at

http://www.eri.org” target=”_blank”>http://www.eri.org

or Amazon Kindle.

10) More on Counseling Centers for Cross-cultural Workers

In the March 15th edition of Brigada, we mentioned that we were “Curious about Counselling Centers for Missionaries” (item #7 in that edition). Several users have responded (thank you!) with a growing list of centers for care:


Barnabas International

Barnabas Zentrum: Ministering to Those Who Minister

He Restoreth Ministries, Inc.

Heartstream Resources for Cross-cultural Workers

Le Rucher Ministries

Minnesota Renewal Center

Missionary Care from Caring for Others

Paracletos: Coming Alongside Missionaries

Servant Care: Caring for those who serve, and equipping Saints for ministry!

Honestly, I was surprised at the number of centers. If there are others, feel free to add them as a comment to this item in the web version and we’ll publish an expanded list in a future edition. Thank you!

10) MissionNannys Helps Take up the Slack for Your Family

kidsIt’s probably been a while since we mentioned them.


As Brian from Train International pointed out this past week, they’re not only helpful for missionaries, they’re also a great entry point for ladies with a heart for the nations to engage in missions and to serve missionaries. As they say on their website, “We prepare a prayer letter and card for you. These contain an explanation of what you will be doing, and your budgetary needs, to give to possible donors. We will send this material to you after you are matched with a family and dates are determined for your visit.”

10) Retreats for Global Women (Sent from North America)

thriveThrive Ministry offers refreshing four-day retreats for North American women who serve cross-culturally. The retreats provide a safe place for global workers to be themselves and share their unique challenges outside of their churches and agencies. Retreats are hosted at conference centers and hotels to provide an environment for physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal. Each retreat features self-care options, fellowship with 50+ other women working cross-culturally, worship, Bible teaching, laughter, and deeper connections in discussion groups. The cost to global women is $125 registration fee and transportation to and from the retreat. Retreat organizers take care of the rest. For more information visit


Check out the resources available to global women at


Upcoming retreat locations include Peru, Colorado and Italy.

2) New “Co-Missioned” Book Will Challenge, Touch Hearts

comissionedThis is the story of two “ordinary people” following an extraordinary God who called them to outlandish challenges. The print price is $15.99, but the Kindle version is now on sale for just $2.99. This is the most affordable way ever to be inspired and challenged to follow God’s leading. “Co-Missioned: The Story of Two People Who Went” will touch your heart… because two went, but, of those two, only one returned.


2) Getting from Here to There: One Church’s Process

glasses and churchI’m starting to think that Heritage Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA (www.HBClynchburg.com) has their act together. (Keep a lid on it. We wouldn’t want them to get the “big head.”) The first item we’ll mention is their primo prep course for new missionaries. They refer to it as their “Missionary Development Process (MDP).” Take a look at the mention of the process at their site…


But check out this nice one-page overview:


And then check out the entire Mission Debrief and Evaluation Tool at…


GREAT stuff. Well done, Allen!

(Note that Allen’s only specification is — you can’t SELL any of this stuff please. Hats off to you Allen.)

3) More eBooks for Missionaries!

equipped_frontcover500-199x300Now you can download “EQUIPPED! Ready for Everyday Spiritual warfare” and “EDFIED!: 365 devotionals to stimulate personal worship and spark inner transformation.” Grab them at…


At Amazon, I could only find print editions. But at the EdifyingServices site, ebooks are an option for 1/3 the print price. Both are perfect for recruits — and… the profits all go to missions!

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