Mobilization

4) Hear Missionaries From Around The World

Story ’08 is a large-scale mission conference to be held in Orlando, Florida, December 28-31. Pioneers missionaries will be flying in from some of the hardest places around the world to meet and share with up to hundreds of attendees about what God’s doing among the unreached. Seminars will cover everything from business as mission and education to sex-trafficking and spiritual warfare. They will also be talking about the world’s major religious groups and how to reach them. This event is for all ages: A children’s program for kids up to age 12 will teach about missions while teens through retirees are welcome in the main sessions. To register or learn more about the conference, visit

http://www.story08.com/

For posters, DVDs (featuring a trailer and webisodes), and other promotional materials, contact

6) What Do You Look For In A Missions Agency?

That’s Steve’s question. He’s setting up a website to allow people “to easily compare the distinctives of missions sending organisations on about 20 dimensions including funding model, attitude to local church, denomination, team approach, member care policy, preferred length of service etc.” So the questions are: “What ‘dimensions’ do people care about when selecting an agency? How do agencies distinguish themselves? Are there already web sites that already describe these factors? If so, please give him guidance by writing your response at brigada.org. Just find this item in the list and click “Comment” under it. You can even write anonymously if you desire.

Missionary Training Camp by Elijah Company

It happens during four days from June 19-22 in Virginia, covering the major areas of need to go and stay in the call of God. They emphasize relationships, spiritual warfare, intercession and support, and, with Intercessors Arise, they offer mentorship and training in missions and prayer. Short- termers as well as furloughing missionaries have gained needed tools for their work. Their web site

http://www.elijahcompany.org/ has a description of the training and curriculum and applications. Write to us at training(at)

elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-333-0446. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

The Backpage: Who will Cast a Vision for the next 5 Years in Your Life?

We recently asked that question — and, thanks to our good friend, Greg, we learned about “Call2All Congresses.”

(Learn more at…

Check ’em out! There are upcoming conferences in Dallas, Nairobi, and Toronto.

Greg also filled us in on the “Finish the Task” initiative, led, in part, by Paul Eshleman. Learn more about them at…
http://www.finishingthetask.com/
In a form similar to AD2000 & Beyond, Finishing the Task is “an association of mission agencies and churches who want to see reproducing churches planted among every people group in the world. In 2006, FTT identified 639 unreached, unengaged people groups with populations above 100,000. Since then, 190 of these people groups have been selected, with church planting started in 60 of them.” (Thanks for the leads, Greg.)

Do you have other missions statesman in your midst? Anybody else casting that “big picture” vision? If so, please just click “Comments” below and fill us in! Either way, we can now be optimistic that more vision is in the pipeline!

Doug Lucas

FREE DOWNLOADABLE EVANGELISTIC FILMS

Create International’s resource website at:

http://www.indigitech.net

is focused on resourcing Christians around the world with a variety of evangelistic tools. Aiming to enhance one’s personal witness and provide effective cross-cultural tools in multiple languages, this website tool box contains more than 800 external links to resources and informative articles. They now have a searchable database of hundreds of people groups with links to audio, video, and literature tools for evangelism and mission mobilization. Create International has just completed a new section of “FREELY downloadable evangelistic films” for more than 30 of the largest and least reached people groups! They are available in both Apple and PC compatible formats which are playable on any desktop, laptop, or portable media player. Please visit their “Indigitech” website and get equipped to reach the nations! Questions? Send an email to admin(at)

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

E-NEWSLETTER FOR CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERS AND AGENCY MOBILIZERS

POSTINGS is a free, on-line newsletter from Catalyst Services chock full of practical ideas on how to help churches discover and fulfill their global mandate. To subscribe and review past issues, go to:

http://www.catalystservices.org/resources/index.shtml

The January issue focuses on Rapid Response Teams, including the story of how one church has prepared to serve disaster victims in many places, along with information on training, free resources, and more. Other recent issues have featured articles on the essentials of successful international partnerships, new ways to structure the church missions team, and the church/agency/missionary sending triangle. Some issues of POSTINGS specifically address ways missionaries and mission agencies can better collaborate with churches.

MISSIONS MOBILIZATION SCHOOL SEEKING TEACHERS

The School of Missions Mobilization, a project of Hillside Missions, is accepting applications for teachers and students. The SMM’s vision is to train and prepare Latin American individuals to share the gospel with unreached nations and peoples. More than just a school, the SMM is a community. If you’re not looking to enroll as a student, there are plenty of opportunities to teach! Some of the subjects taught include Bible, Missiology, Anthropology, Theology and English. For more information and an application in Spanish or English, check out

http://www.matachi.org

20070923 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

    http://www.gninsurance.com


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

    http://www.wrccc.org

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    The best part? It’s all free.


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

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


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

    http://easytanzanianbibles.googlepages.com/home

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

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    where over twenty such projects are developing.


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

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


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

    http://www.globalmissiology.org

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


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

    http://shop.blessthenations.com

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


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

    http://www.omf.org/us


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

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

    And click “Comment” below the item. Thanks!


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

    http://www.wrccc.org

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

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

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

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


  12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA? — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

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

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

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

    Doug

20070909 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  2. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG OFFERS DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS
  3. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  4. YOUR BEST SOURCES FOR RENTING VEHICLES?
  5. CALLING ALL USA-BASED CHRISTIAN WORKERS: TALK TO THE IRS
  6. 24/7 PRAYER MISSIONS TRAINING
  7. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  8. WHERE WOULD YOU TURN FOR ADDING SUBTITLES
  9. SO THANKFUL FOR GIFTS
  10. HELP US HELP YOU
  11. THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The course will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.

    The prerequisite course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on February 4 – February 29, 2008.

    Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.


  2. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG OFFERS DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS — Christian owned and operated online travel business exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Pass the word. Visit and share

    http://www.missiontravel.org

    or call 1-888-849-8850 in the USA or email quote(at)missiontravel(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL — DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Friday, November 12, in Brentwood, CA (East of San Francisco). Learn more at…

    http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/index.shtml

    or email info(at)dualreach(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. YOUR BEST SOURCES FOR RENTING VEHICLES? — Got a favorite source for renting that car or van overseas? This request might sound “off the wall”, but one Brigada participant just asked how he might discover this sort of thing. So, for example, if you know of a good “chain” or website, or even a particular favorite *local* vehicle rental agency somewhere in the world, list it at the link below, then click on “Add Comment”:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=33


  5. CALLING ALL USA-BASED CHRISTIAN WORKERS: TALK TO THE IRS — The IRS has just released a significant redesign of Form 990 – Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. They are proposing that it take effect in the 2008 tax year. Part of this Form would be a new Schedule F – Statement of Activities Outside the United States. This would ask for specific disclosure of the countries where a nonprofit organization has activities. Organizations would be required to list the number of bank accounts and offices in those countries, the number of employees located in each country, the activities conducted in each country, and the total expenditures in each country. Disclosure of this sort of information could easily compromise the safety and security of missionaries working in some countries. Under this proposed form, what they do and where they work will have to be disclosed to the public. Because of the significant issues raised by this new form, a tax attorney in Dallas, TX, has created a special issue of his “Legal Memos” newsletter that he is making available free to anyone who would like a copy. It explains some of the major proposals in the new Form 990, the consequences of public disclosure of Schedule F, and what action you can take to help keep those disclosures private. To get a copy, just go to the Nonprofit and Church Law Ministries website at

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    to download a copy of the Special Issue: IRS Releases Major Redesign of Form 990.


  6. 24/7 PRAYER MISSIONS TRAINING — Elijah Company will join with as many as 300 local believers in the south of Spain in an area called Campo de Gibraltar to conduct a second 24/7 House of Prayer. This is a strategic area sandwiched between Europe and North Africa. An International School of Prayer will be conducted along with a Missionary Training Camp. The objectives of this event are to seek the Lord for this strategic area and mentor others into a stronger missions/prayer focus. Participants can come for any duration. For details see

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    and

    http://www.campo247.com

    or call (757) 226-3507 or email elijah(at)elijahcompany(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. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The November offering of this course is full. The next available offering is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008.

    Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.


  8. WHERE WOULD YOU TURN FOR ADDING SUBTITLES — Suppose you had to add Czech subtitles to a multimedia presentation. How would you start? Whom would you contact? If you know of someone, just click to

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=34

    And click on “Add Comment” to list your favorite resource.


  9. SO THANKFUL FOR GIFTS — We’re humbled and encouraged by the gifts we receive from new friends of Brigada. This past week, we received $25 from MissionTravel.org. They wrote, ” Thank you for leading the way to equip believers serving in the missions community. We are happy to help in this way as you advance His kingdom. God bless, MissionTravel.org owners.” If you don’t mind, please give them a try in the near future, if at all possible. Thanks!

    http://www.missiontravel.org


  10. HELP US HELP YOU — Want to undergird Brigada? It’s easy. Send any amount to help us reach our goal. Just click on the “Donate” page:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD — In the July 6th edition of Brigada Today, we mentioned the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” (“THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER”). This year, the USA supplier completely sold out, then ordered 10,000 extra copies, then sold completely out of those too. Our own church distributed well over 400 of these to church members who were, for the first time, lifting up the needs and futures of Muslims worldwide.

    Is it a good sign that tens of thousands of us are praying for our Muslim friends and neighbors worldwide? You bet. To me, it’s a great indicator that there’s a strong interest in helping Muslims come in contact with the power of Jesus Christ in a positive way.

    Is it too late for you and your church to get involved? Not at all! Here are some additional resources from the web:

    http://www.30daysfire.net/pgs/Home.php

    Click around the page, select a date, click on a video, show a map, (the “download a PDF” link didn’t work for me on the 13th or 14th). Basically, even without the book, you can still pray from the same text.

    See the “sights and sounds” at:

    http://www.30-days.net/reveal/sights/

    Hear the call to prayer, … and see the “What is Ramadan?” video.

    See the page at:

    http://www.30-days.net/shop/download.htm

    which is offering free resources there throughout the month, including a PDF download of the children’s booklet in several languages. See the calendar at:

    http://www.30daysprayer.com/muslim/2007/default.htm

    which lets you click on one day at a time and really see the regional organization.

    Using these online resources, booklet or not, you can keep pace with life-changing, world-impacting prayer.

20070729 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. RUMORS OF ACMC’S DEATH ARE EXAGGERATED
  2. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE THAT SERVE IN THE GULF COAST-USA
  3. WEB EVANGELISM IN JAPAN
  4. HOW TO MOVE FROM MAINTENANCE TO MAXIMUM IN MISSIONS
  5. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RUMORS OF ACMC’S DEATH ARE EXAGGERATED — Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, the ACMC ministry is alive and well! ACMC is about Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Pass the word! Conferences are scheduled in November in Baltimore, MD and Easton, MA. Online registration and downloadable conference brochures are available on the new website. Find ACMC at:

    http://www.acmc.org

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


  2. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE THAT SERVE IN THE GULF COAST-USA — Delta Ministries International (DMI) invite churches and individuals to serve in the Gulf Coast-USA. You can apply for partial grants and scholarships, which could reduce the amount you have to raise. For more info contact: Tim Randall, USA Phone: 1-570-242-8503 (others dial 001- 1570-242-8503), Email:

    timr(at)deltaministries(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 visit the following website and click on “Hurricane Relief” for more information.

    http://www.deltaministries.com

    The ongoing plea of Gulf Coast residents continues-“Don’t forget us.” The needs are still great!


  3. WEB EVANGELISM IN JAPAN — There is a big lack of online outreach for Japan, yet the opportunities are huge. Internet Evangelism Day has created a page highlighting this dramatic need, and sharing some of what is already happening:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/japan-web-evangelism.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  4. HOW TO MOVE FROM MAINTENANCE TO MAXIMUM IN MISSIONS — Kingfisher is an interdenominational missions mobilising organization in South Africa, mobilising local churches to get involved with wholistic missions. They are looking for any tool usable to mobilise members from a local church to move from maintenance towards missions. They are especially looking for workshops or seminars that will help the church grow develop into a missional existence. Got a mobilization tool you can reference at a website or public address/phone? Post it by creating a comment at:

    Got a comment that can’t be posted openly on the web? Then just email it to:

    jtheron(at)xsinet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], the original requester of this information.

    Stop back to the website often to check for updates.

20070415 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE TRAINING
  2. NEED A WAY TO SEND AND RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL SMSES?
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  4. WHERE ARE THE BEST PODCASTS?
  5. WHERE DOES A MOBILIZER LEARN TO MOBILIZE?
  6. TIRED OF TYPING IN THOSE PASSWORDS?
  7. NEW MERCY SHIP LAUNCHES: _AFRICA_MERCY_
  8. FREE DOWNLOADS OF EVANGELISTIC MESSAGES IN 4140 LANGUAGES
  9. NEED FREE VIRUS SOFTWARE? DON’T FORGET AVG
  10. ENCOURAGING GIFTS ARE LIKE FUEL FOR THE FIRE
  11. WITH BRIGADA, YOUR GIFT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: FINAL “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE TRAINING — The “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” is a course conducted by the Chalmers Center. It gives an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. The next email-based distance course will be offered on Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, 2007.

    The prerequisite for the course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in poor communities. The next email-based course will be offered on Aug. 20 – Sept. 15, 2007.

    Both courses are guided reading programs that feature weekly reading and written (e-mail) assignments, peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants, and a lesson summary by the facilitator that reflects on the responses from the course participants. The microenterprise and microfinance course also includes the opportunity to receive individual responses from the facilitator. Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit your participation. On average, you will spend 8-10 hours per week on course work. To register or to learn about group or Two-Thirds World discounts, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-05/07.


  2. NEED A WAY TO SEND AND RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL SMSES? — Try …

    http://www.ipipi.com

    It’ll act as a kind of “inbox” that merges with your traveler’s cell phone… and will often even work on prepaid cell phones when no other type of SMS will. Costs are reasonable, maybe as little as 10-15 cents each.


  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — The Chalmers Center conducts an email-based distance learning course called “How to Do Short-term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm.” It will be offered on Oct. 29 – Nov. 16, 2007 and a second time on March 10 – March 28, 2008. This course is designed for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members. It provides an understanding of the issues surrounding the execution of short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. The course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that you can maximize the benefits and minimize potential harm from your missions projects.

    The training is a guided reading program that features weekly reading and written (e-mail) assignments, peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants, and a weekly lesson summary by the facilitator that reflects on the responses from the course participants. Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit your participation. On average, you will spend 6-8 hours per week on course work. To register or to learn about group or Two-Thirds World discounts, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-05/07.


  4. WHERE ARE THE BEST PODCASTS? — Brigada participant, “Melissa”, wrote this past week wondering, ” I am looking for some good podcasts or online sermons on Missions. Do you know of any really great pastors, professors or speakers that are available through the web?” Rather than sending these to a person, let’s try to collect them together at Brigada Brigade. Just browse to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=3

    Find this item there and click “Comments” in the line immediately following the item. Add your URL in the text, making sure you type it correctly. Begin it with http:// just so the stars will align correctly. Let’s try this Brigada.org/brigade approach so everyone will get more real-time feedback on contributions to these compilations.


  5. WHERE DOES A MOBILIZER LEARN TO MOBILIZE? — Here’s a note from Wayne requesting locations for “Sales and Marketing Training”, as it relates to mission mobilisers. He says, “Any location would be considered.” To add your advice, or see feedback from others at Brigada Brigade, just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=4


  6. TIRED OF TYPING IN THOSE PASSWORDS? — I Like Roboform, but Robert sent this favorite to us this past week and, I’ll have to admit — the price is right! He suggests Keepass

    http://keepass.info/

    He says it’s “a great free little utility to help you keep track of all those internet passwords and id’s. It has room for notes, web page addresses, cut ‘n paste options, and an option to type both your user id. and password on the just-visited web page (it’s sooooo yesteryear to actually have to type your user id and password, don’t you think?).” :-) Well said, Robert. Thanks for the tip!


  7. NEW MERCY SHIP LAUNCHES: _AFRICA_MERCY_ — The newest Mercy Ship, “Africa Mercy”, sailed as planned on May 4th with plans for a brief stop in Rotterdam on her way toward life-changing surgeries, first in Monrovia, Liberia. Read more at

    http://www.mercyships.org


  8. FREE DOWNLOADS OF EVANGELISTIC MESSAGES IN 4140 LANGUAGES — Global Recordings Network (Gospel Recordings) has evangelistic messages in 4107 languages and dialects on mp3 files available for free downloading. See their web site at:

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    A total of 5649 languages and dialects now have their own recorded gospel message. These can be ordered by emailing to: Orderdept(at)GlobalRecordings(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. NEED FREE VIRUS SOFTWARE? DON’T FORGET AVG — Tired of pumping dollars into Symantec like quarters in a parking meter? Try AVG:

    http://free.grisoft.com/softw/70free/setup/avg75free_441a944.exe

    Some say it’s more or less equal to Norton Antivirus in some ways anyway. It’s certainly cheaper… and better than running nothing at all.


  10. ENCOURAGING GIFTS ARE LIKE FUEL FOR THE FIRE — Thanks to the Brigada participant from Kingdom Come Training who sent $20 this past week. He joins a partner from Chiang Mai who sent $10 and another partner from TalkBibles.org who sent $25. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  11. WITH BRIGADA, YOUR GIFT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE — Maybe to some, a gift of $25 or $50 would just be lost in the shuffle. To Brigada, it’s a breath of life. To breathe greater life into Brigada, just click “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: FINAL “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS — In previous issues, we’ve listed these tools:

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep E., Party W., Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids) #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas) #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem #5: Pack by checklist, pack light #6: Use roller bags #7: Bring a filtered water bottle #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down #9: Use a money belt #10: Try a photographer’s vest #11: Stay healthy, but don’t become O.C. #12: Find a camera/kit you can truly *carry*, then *use* it #13: Pack modularly #14: Use passive noise-reducing earphones

    Today we’ll add, in our final installment of “cool tools” for travel and missions, …

    #15: Buy travel interruption insurance — The more complicated your itinerary, the more likely it is that there will be some kind of hiccup. You can buy travel interruption insurance from a number of sources, among which are…

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

    and

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

    Regardless of where you purchase it, it’s becoming more and more necessary these days. Security lines are longer, check-ins are more complicated, and connections are more harried. So do yourself a favor. It’s a small price to pay for a great reimbursement plan. Basically, no matter what you have to do, just make sure you keep your receipts and everything will be covered.

    #16: Grab a camel’s hair blower-brush to get rid of the dust — …from that laptop screen while you’re on the road. Any photography store should have them. It’s one of the only ways to clean that screen without risking scratches.

    #17: Carry an 8′ brown extension cord — File the widened ‘polarization tip’ off the one prong of the plug so it’ll plug into the 220 V. British (round prong) tip adaptor ok. Use the brown extension cord not only to bring the electric closer to you (in rooms that only have 1 plug for the whole room), but also to multiply the plug so you can charge your a) laptop, b) PDA, c) digital camera all from the same cord. Many rooms will have only one plug. You won’t want to have to decide which unit to charge.

    #18: Find a USB-cell-phone charger — Many makes of cell phones now sell chargers that plug into your laptop’s USB port, charging the cell phone or PDA throughout the night with a slow charge that should do the trick by morning. That way you save one entire slot in the brown extension cord. :-)

    #19: Take [thin] extra reading (including Bible) — It might be easy to forget in this day & age, seeing as how many of us take our laptops. But when those jets are taking off and landing, it helps to have a couple of copies of your favorite magazine for the times that they won’t let us fire up our laptops. Either way, we need access to a thin Bible or its equivalent for daily quiet time and teaching times anyway.

    #20: Finally, pick up an external hard drive to take along for daily backups. I like to buy a 80-100 gig laptop-size hard drive, then pick up a USB-powered travel case. There are zillions of choices. I like the one offered by

    http://www.newegg.com

    Search for product HD-201U2. New Egg has suitable hard drives too. Something like their “100GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive” for $109. $19 for the enclosure + $109 for the drive gives you $128 traveling 100 gig backup system, all in a portable format that’s so small and light, you’ll barely notice it in your checked bag. If your hard drive ever fails (like mine did while traveling overseas two years ago), you’ll be glad you’ve backed up.

    For now we’ll quit with those 20 tools. I’m sure you have others… but these should get you started. Besides… if we keep thinking up new tools to carry, there’ll be no space left for *you*! :-)

20070225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES
  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE
  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA
  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED
  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO
  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS
  9. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH
  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA
  11. THE BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES — Gateway Training Centre is conducting a questionnaire for anyone interested in becoming a missionary (including missionary candidates/appointees.) They invite you to answer 12 questions that will help them serve the training needs of new missionaries. Please pass this URL to anyone considering missionary service, either short-term or long-term.

    http://gatewaytraining.org/survey.html

    (Note, due to its internal limitations, this URL does not work for Internet Explorer version 7. All other versions should work fine.)


  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE — Internet Evangelism Day’s new self-assessment questionnaire can now be syndicated into any other website (or republished in print):

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/churchdesign-syndicate.php


  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA — Some have been following the development of the Missiopedia at Justin Long’s Momentum site. It’s an open-source Wiki-style encyclopedia describing global Christianity and Christian mission in particular. Now you can keep up with the changes there. Just join the moderated discussion e-group by sending an e-mail to Notify-missiopedia-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for new pages and recent changes. Point your RSS reader to:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Special:Newpages?feed=rss


  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST — Passionate about worship? Ready to use your music ability and learn new skills? Want to connect music and missions – especially in places where Christ followers are restricted, persecuted, or unknown? Spend two unforgettable weeks on an “ethno-worship” trip with one of OM’s Heart Sounds International (HSI) teams going to the Middle East, June 5-19, 2007. The HSI team welcomes musicians, worship leaders, audio engineers, and videographers to do music research, as well as songwriting and field recording with a group of Middle Eastern believers. Go to

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    or email frank(at)heart-sounds(dot)org. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Come along with us!


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. (Credit is also available.) Dorm space is available. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED — In affiliation with Adventures in Missions, a grassroots e-magazine has been launched and is in its second month. “Wrecked” primarily serves to reach out to and profile the stories and thoughts of young adults who are searching for meaning and action in their faith. You can visit the project at

    http://www.wreckedfortheordinary.com


  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO — Thanks to our encryption volunteer who reminds us that MAC users can mimic a lot of TrueCrypt’s offerings on a Mac without any additional software by using Apple’s Disk Utility to create a virtual volume that can be encrypted with very good (AES128) technology. If anyone is interested in knowing how to do this, our anonymous volunteer has provided step-by-step instructions. Just go read this item at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/mac-encryption.html

    By the way, most Mac experts do not recommend using Apple’s built-in FileVault, as it encrypts everything in the user’s home folder, including large media files.


  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS — Interested in networking with other prayer coordinators or prayer mobilizers in mission organizations? If so, let Betty know at prayer(at)teamexpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH — Here’s a worker in Haiti serving all ages looking for bilingual sound Bible studies (English and “Kreyol”) especially for use with leadership training there. If you know where he can find something, write him asatalbot(at)juno(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 read more about his mission at

    http:// www.MissionsofLove.org


  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA — Our hats go off to The Chapel in St. Joseph, MI for their recent gift of $100 to Brigada to encourage us onward. And Blessed Hope is still at it with a gift of $50 due to InPhonic phone commissions for Oct. – Dec. 2006 (Thanks for subscribing to them, Daniel!). Thanks Blessed Hope! To learn more about their great service and low rates, visit:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? 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.


  11. THE BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — We’ve been listing some fun and practical tools for cross-cultural ministry. These are items to which others have drawn attention as they’ve traveled with me abroad. Our first few tools dealt with jet lag and how to live with it — or perhaps even avoid it all together. But now let’s move on to some other “hacks” for the voyage:

    *** YOUR OWN MOSQUITO TENT (for malaria-infested areas) — Maybe this seems like overkill, but 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 Campmor.com version will probably come up in the top 5 for about $70. Worth every penny of it. Completely enclosed.)

    *** AC ADAPTORS THAT DON’T REQUIRE CONVERTERS/TRANSFORMERS — Read the fine print on the AC Adaptor for your camcorder, laptop and/or digital camera. Odds are, if it’s less than 5 years old, you really don’t need an adaptor/transformer for it. (It’ll probably say something like 110- 240V.) Just get a “tip adaptor” to change the shape of the plug so it’ll properly plug in in your hotel room or host’s home.

    *** RENT OR BUY A “WORLDPHONE” FOR EMERGENCIES — If you need to stay connected, consider renting a cell phone and/or SIM card from the folks at Telestial.

    http://www.telestial.com/

    If you use a US-based cell network like I do (I like Sprint’s plans), you’ll have to pick up a cheap GSM phone on ebay. Ask Telestial for help. Then ask them for a SIM card that will connect to the cell network in your destination country. Odds are, the cost will be prohibitive for anything but emergencies or a daily 2′ check-in. But having the cell phone option will be a great sense of security.

    *** RENT A SATPHONE (for dangerous or “out back” areas) — If you’re unsure about relying on cell coverage for any reason, ask Telestial about them too. (See link above.) They might not be the cheapest, but they know their stuff. Again, the cost is prohibitive … unless you’re about to be kidnapped and you need to get a call out. Then the cost will be minimal. :-)

    *** RENT A SAT MODEM (when you absolutely have to have the Net) — If you’re not sure there will be good connectivity in your area and you simply *must* remain connected, consider a Thrane Sat Modem or its equivalent. Something like the Trane Explorer 500 (via the BGAN network) shouldn’t set you back more than $115/week. Granted, that’s too much for the typical instant messaging with your kids, perhaps. But if your office needs you to be in touch for a few emails each day, then it’s really not a terrible deal. You can connect at up to 128K via USB. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. For an example, visit:

    http://www.satellitephonestore.com

    although that’s just one of many vendors you could research.

    More cool tools next time around…

20070211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED
  2. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED
  3. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS
  4. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE
  5. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  6. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY?
  7. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR!
  8. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW
  9. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN?
  10. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  11. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD
  13. CLOSING STUFF

    1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED — I know, I know. Everybody and his brother are doing Skype. But if you’re looking for high-quality *video*, I think SightSpeed has them beat:

      http://www.sightspeed.com

      So if it works on your machine, and you want real-time web-cam- conferences on the cheap, grab it.


    1. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED — We’re all pretty casual about what we say on Skype these days. We’ve come to depend on its built-in encryption. That’s all well and good . . . unless we’re using Skype-out (or Skype-in, for that matter), where Skype bridges with a “plain-old telephone service”. In *those* cases, just keep in mind that the packets you’re sending are completely open to anyone at any bus stop along the Internet — meaning that your conversation won’t be all that private, actually. In order to use Skype’s encryption, it has to be Skype to Skype. (And even then, remember that Skype has sold much of its technology to mainland China — so there are no guarantees if that’s where you live.)

    1. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS –- Fitted Pieces (667 pages, 2nd printing), published by SHARE Education Services, is a comprehensive collection of articles from more than 50 recognized experts in the field of educating children in a cultural context outside their passport country. Topics include evaluating education options, planning, choosing curriculum, second language issues, testing, and TCK challenges. It is designed for those using any education system–national school, home schooling, on-line, and other options. The book cost is $25, but it’s also available on CD for $15. Volume discounts are available. To order, see

      http://www.ShareEducation.org

      or write fittedpieces(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 .]


    1. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE — [edited]

    1. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL – DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Thursday, April 12, in San Juan Capistrano, CA (south of Los Angeles). Learn more at…

      http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/index.shtml

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


    1. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY? — Come join a team anytime between June 12-July 9, 2007 for the Istanbul Community Outreach. This is a great opportunity to: Join an experienced/ministry team (working with Campus Crusade), use conversational English as a tool to meet needs and make new friends, develop lasting friendships with professionals, students and business people, and share your faith through tea times, home visits, social activities and final boat trip. Optional 7 churches bible tour. Recruit, bring and lead your own group if you wish. This is an ideal opportunity for first timers or alumni, individuals or church groups. For more information contact Doug at dougnann(at)gmail(dot)com or 303 776 3273. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    1. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. You can take up to a year to complete the course. Check out

      http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

      for more information and to sign up or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    1. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW — Back in the early 80s, I had the privilege of studying language learning skills under Tom & Betty Sue Brewster, the authors of the well-known language learning approach known as “LAMP”. Tom used to preach to us, “Listen, listen, listen. Listen to the language a *lot*!” I asked once if it was a mistake to start learning the language *before* departing for the destination. Tom clarified that not only is it not a mistake, it’s actually *helpful* to begin your listening & practicing *now*, so long as you don’t let it stress you out. He emphasized not to worry about production; just listen, listen, listen. So — want to get started?

      http://www.byki.com

      Just hop on over to “Before you know it” — byki.com. Pick a language and get started. (And thanks to Betty, Team Expansion’s Director of Prayer & Operations, for the tip!)


    1. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN? — If you have some doubts about the Easter story, Jesus coming back to life again, try reading the last chapter of Matthew’s gospel in EasyEnglish. It is magnificent! Go to

      http://www.easyenglish.info

      Click on Bible Books, then choose ‘Matthew’s Good News’ and scroll to chapter 28.


    1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Thanks to the pair of Team Expansion missionaries in Bosnia who sent $100 for Brigada. Feel the love! They affirmed an encouragement that keeps us writing. The Balkans have spoken! What about your region of the world? Can you match their encouragement?

    1. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS — Want to spur us on? 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.

  1. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD — A couple of editions ago, we started a series known as “Tools for the Road.” Because of special circumstances, we delayed in continuing it — until now. Recall that our first “Tool for the road” had to do with what is commonly called jet lag. We called it, “Determine to beat jet lag”, urging you to “make up your mind that you’re not going to experience it.” I received some [well-deserved] razzing from some of my friends who have traveled internationally since then. They told me it because a running joke during the trip to say, “Remember — Doug says we’re not tired.” :-) But the truth is, that really is the first step. That having been said, here are the next couple of tools, also helpful to beat jet lag and general travel fatigue:

    *** Tool #2 — “Sleep East, Party West”: Memorize it. Then traveling transoceanic on those 8-hour (and sometimes 16-hour) flights, if you’re headed eastbound (e.g., from the USA to Europe), get to sleep as quickly as you can. Flights tend to depart around 6pm. Settle in, eat, then hit the sack. Remember, it really doesn’t matter if you sleep or not. The truth is, it’s kind of irrelevant whether or not you really sleep. The trick is to convince your body that you *did*. That’s why it’s always entertaining to me when people say, “I just can’t sleep on planes.” You don’t really *have* to; just *pretend* you are. (Besides, even if you’re just laying there, relaxing, it’s still restful. You’ve got the whole jet engine thing going on, the dark plane cabin, … just pretend. :-) ) Experts (like me :-) ) say that just laying completely still is at least *somewhat* helpful for your well-being anyway.

    Keep in mind, your eyes have to be closed. See Tool #3.

    *** Tool #3 — “Gear up to sleep”: My own philosophy is — no sleeping pills. I have this theory that you need to be in charge of tricking your body. If you turn that power over to a drug, you’ve given up control. Besides, what if an emergency occurs and you need to be at your best. (For example, what if someone tries to hijack the plane? Have you ever seen Jack Bauer take sleeping pills? :-) ) But you *do* need a tool kit. Don’t wait ’til the night before. Here’s what you’ll need:
    ****** Eye screen — I know, they look kind of hokey. But you need one of those sleep visors that all the elderly people wear. Swallow the pride and pick one up at a travel or luggage store. You’ll be glad you did.
    ****** Ear plugs — I love kids. I just like them to be silent while I sleep… or pretend to. :-) Read the instructions. Have someone teach you how to insert them. There’s a trick to “rolling” them, pulling up on your ear with the opposite hand (from behind your head), then holding them in place while they expand.
    ****** Travel pillow — Choose the skrunchie kind that just compresses like a goose-down sleeping bag, or use the inflatable “u-shaped” pillow like I do. Either way, choose *something*. Airlines provide a flimsy excuse. I don’t like ’em. Just not quite enough meat there for my purposes. Today’s newest jets have moving “ears” that you can swivel out on your head rest. Those are helpful. But again, you need to convince your body that you’ve gone to sleep. For that to happen, get a real pillow.
    ****** Nab an extra blanket — If you can, grab an unused blanket from a nearby unoccuppied seat. If the plane turns cold, you’ll need it for some uncovered area of your freezing body.
    ****** Maneuver for empty seats — If you’re the type that needs to be horizontal, try to scout out a location with an empty adjacent seat so you can sprawl. As for me, I’ve trained myself to sleep in one reclined seat. It’s almost more trouble than it’s worth, to me, to try to lay down across the 3, 4 or 5 “middle” seats in a big jet. But I *do* try to get an aisle (so I’m not a victim to someone else’s sleeping patterns). For me, it just feels less constricted. Regardless, find something that works for you.
    ****** Pray for bad movies eastbound — You think I’m joking. :-) But the principle is, ignore the media. Oh… maybe you can catch part or all of a movie while eating. (What’s better than dinner and a movie at 35,000 feet? :-) ) But as soon as chow-time is over, lose the remote.
    ****** Floss & Brush — I’m not kidding. Remember, the trick is — convince your body that you’ve slept. That means going through your whole before-bedtime routine. And finally, …
    ****** Put on your favorite house slippers — I’m not kidding. Bring your favorite pair of comfy, cozy slippers from home. Last thing, before you go to sleep, rest those tired dogs. Take off those wing-tips or heels; take off your dress socks. Put on a pair of comfy athletic socks (or whatever you like), your favorite slippers, and snooze!

    More tools next time, when we consider herding *kids* while traveling.

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