4) Retreats for Prospective Missionaries

“The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. This is for high school seniors, college students, young adults, mid-lifers, baby boomers – anyone willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary coaches from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The first fall 2008 retreat is coming up very quickly — Oct 17-19 in Pasadena, California on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Mission. The other fall 2008 retreat will be Nov 14-16 near Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by Finishers/MissionNext and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Missions coaches/recruiters may apply online

2) Celebrating The Society of the Brethren: 200 Years Later

In August, SVM2

sponsored the ‘GO Summit’ for mobilizers in Boston to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first student missions society in North America. The Society of the Brethren was formed at Williams College in 1808 and two years later another was formed at Andover Seminary in Boston. It was from this society that the first mission organization, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, was formed in 1810 and from which the first foreign missionaries were ordained and sent out in 1812.
In August of 2008, The GO Summit was convened to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brethren and to discuss student mobilization in our generation. During the three days of the Summit, 33 mobilizers from multiple CCCU campuses, sending organizations and neutral mobilization organizations gathered to pray and fellowship together. While visiting several historical sites in the Boston area, each mobilizer left refreshed, inspired and challenged to go after a mission movement in our generation. More info can be found at

5) Four Acmc Conferences Coming This November

ACMC conferences are designed for people who want to help their church have greater impact throughout the world. You’ll learn about ways other churches have been doing missions and get practical ideas you can use at your church. This year’s conferences will be held in Washington, DC, Hartford, CT, New York City and Dayton, OH. Plenary Speakers Dr. Peter Kuzmi of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Matthew Ellison of 1615 Ministries, Jon Hardin of Frontiers, and Steve Harling of Foothills Community Church in Denver. To register, request brochures, or download an electronic version of the brochure, go to

Or contact Lee at

tel 317 698 3224 Or Joe at

tel 410 561 8424 x210

10) The Backpage: Do We "Call" Often Enough?

Or do we just ask for volunteers. Sometimes I think it’s easier for all of us to do the latter. In other words, we’ll stand in front of a group at a college or at an Urbana-like gathering, asking, “Would one of you consider giving your life for missions?” It’s a compelling-enough call. We get by with it. But I have to wonder – what if we were to become more intentional? What if we went *personally* to the people we thought were gifted with the character and nature of a missionary? What if we were more intentional, asking for referrals from those in a position to know their churches or student bodies. I remember once, trying this method, I asked the academic dean of a large midwestern bible college, “Would you please name your highest academic achiever and also could I get the name of your best Bible preacher?” The dean chuckled and said, “That’s easy; it’s the same guy.” The next morning, I showed the student a video and made a pitch for unreached peoples. He almost laughed out loud. He didn’t have the slightest inclination for missions. But by God’s grace, within a year, he had applied. And now, 19 years later, he’s still serving with our agency in a country where missionaries aren’t technically welcome. He’s been taken into the police station several times, but continues to teach and share Christ there. He trains leaders. They all say he’s one of the best non-native speakers of the country’s heart language (one of the toughest in the world) on the planet. And I constantly think to myself, “This guy would never have stepped out to a general invitation. He had to be approached intentionally.”

Make sense to you? Do you have an opinion about *intentional* recruitment as opposed to merely offering a general call for volunteers? If so, share your opinion by clicking on “Comment” below the online version of this item. And thanks, in advance, for voicing your thoughts!!!


8) Team Up With Other Prospective Missionaries

Have you heard about, “The Journey Deepens” retreats? These weekends help prospective missionaries explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. This is for high school seniors, college students, young adults, mid-lifers, baby boomers – anyone willing to explore becoming a missionary.

Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc.

In fall 2008 the dates and locations are: – Oct 17-19 in Pasadena, California at the U.S. Center for World Mission – Nov 14-16 near Atlanta, Georgia at the Operation Mobilization conference center

The Journey Deepens is presented by Finishers/MissionNext and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Resources, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Registration is now open. Because space is limited please register soon or ask for more information via

12) The Backpage: How One Church Is Launching A New Outreach

Here’s the way one church is doing it. One congregation in Louisville formed a partnership with a mission organization there (in this case, Team Expansion). They invested 6 months in a study on how to form up new unreached peoples projects. The leadership studied unreached peoples, prayed together, then set aside a 30-day period to gather prospective unreached people challenges. At the end of the 30 days, one of the committee members proposed a certain location/people in the Middle East. The Committee prayed about it and became convinced it was a God-given call. They asked the church to participate in “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” during Ramadan in ’07. About 450 individuals participated. They then did a 30-day prayer emphasis for the prospective nation. Then they sent a two-person exploratory team. Upon their return, they reported back to the leadership what they had found. The leadership became further convinced that this was a God-given call. The church invested 6 months in Concerts of Prayer to ask for a team leader to serve as point person for the on-site team.

Most recently, they wrapped up those 6 months of prayer concerts by staging a special missions fair. At the close of their service, answering the call was a young couple with exactly the right mix of Bible college, on-field experience, and desire to work with an unreached Muslim group. Joining them were several key facilitators, ready and willing to serve. During the final stage of the invitation, some 200 adults stepped out to surround them in prayer. It was an extremely emotional time. The church then did a picnic lunch and the project is now heading into the next step of the sequence.
Would you tell about a project that you or your church might be launching? It might be very similar, or totally different. Either way, we’ll praise God for the way he’s at work around the world. Just click on “Comment” below. Tell your story and thereby encourage others in the realization that God is at work around the world.

The Purpose-Driven Mission Conference

To Every Tribe Ministries is pleased to announce that Dr. John Piper will be a featured speaker along with the founder of TETM, and a host of others. It’ll take place October 18-19, 2008 at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. It aims to make much of Christ, to challenge believers to pursue the privilege of radical mission to unreached peoples, and to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out harvesters. Register at

Or contact Tommi

The Backpage: What’s Your Best Source Of New Recruits?

In a day and age when many missionaries are retiring (having gone out at the conclusion of WWII), it would seem more and more important to understand the headwaters of new mission recruitment. So… where do you get yours? Are you and your agency the type that recruits mostly from colleges & universities? … or do you find yourself more often than not in seminaries and Bible colleges? … or, truth be known, you very much just as soon spend time in local churches and home meetings?
And what themes seem most effective among your recruitment staffers today? Are you more likely to talk about Bible mandates? … or do you find that today’s prospective recruits respond most often to information about global *need*? Or do you follow a different track? Join the discussion. Just click “comments” below and weigh in. Let’s make this a virtual resource for our recruitment staffs. Thank you, in advance, for helping us all learn more “what works!”

Free Trial For Call Back Service

For over ten years, Call The World Telecommunications has been providing missionaries all over the world with a cost saving international callback service for making international calls. It is great that many missionaries are able to call for free now with such services as Skype but in a lot of countries with bandwidth problems making an ordinary long distance call from a landline or mobile phone is still necessary. Call The World is offering a free $5.00 trial of the service with no strings attached. To take advantage of this opportunity simple e-mail

with your name and complete phone number. An e-mail will then be sent back with all the information to start the trial immediately. This service is best for missionaries in developing countries where the international phone rates are still outrageous. Often times a savings of over 50% can be realized using the callback service. If a trial user subsequently signs up for the service, Call The World will give a 10% discount off their published rates for each month’s invoice. For more information visit:

Breakthrough: the Movie

About 100 years ago a young English college graduate gave up a potential career and fame to serve as a missionary in the remote regions of China. But after six years there was little response and the mission needed him elsewhere. Produced by OMF International, Breakthrough is an inspiring half-hour docudrama which tells the story of James O. Fraser and the Lisu people reached for Christ. The premiere showing will be in Denver, Colorado on September 12, but you can order your own copy of this inspiring new resource at the introductory price of about US$9.99 at

Questions? Contact

Explore Pathways To Missions

Are you wondering if becoming a missionary is for you? Then check out this tool that will help you find out if you are. Explore is a set of learning experiences designed for people who are exploring the possibility of missionary service. This tool will:
– Clarify God’s will for one’s life
– Teach what it takes to become His servant on the field
– Strengthen gifts and skills for ministry
– Help one discover the requirements of a missionary lifestyle
– Encourage you to work through the material with a mentor

Why Do We Use Ascii Text For Brigada’s Emailed Edition?

When we tried the switch (to HTML formatted email), the outcry was pronounced. And no wonder. Of the 1,173,109,925 Internet subscribers at the end of 2007, only 349,980,000 were said to connect via broadband. That means that the vast majority of the world is still looking at the Internet through a small pipe (dial-up).
(this last source will wrap; please reassemble it in your browser’s “To:” box.)

What’s more, many of these dial-up users have HTML disabled by default, which means — when they receive emails laced with http: links within them, the http: links complicate and confuse normal text like nobody’s business. Beyond that, many of the world’s broadband users have “download pictures in email” turned off by default, as well. (They’ve been taught to do so because of virus- and trojan-laced emails.)

What’s more, in an in-depth survey by Jupiter Research in 2006, some 1166 users asserted that they were more likely to open and read/respond to an email if it contained a) products or features that were interesting to them (54%), or b) written copy that attracted them (40%), or a subject line that caught their eye (35%) or a compelling offer (33%). Less than one-fourth even paid any attention to pictures.
(The source for these stats was: )

But what about using hot links to skip down to the individual items from the table of contents in the top-line summary? Wouldn’t that save time for all readers? Well if they have HTML functionality turned on, yes – probably. (I for one don’t; by default, I look at mail in ASCII text mode.) But why wouldn’t those users be able to click over to the web, then, and just use the corresponding web version to leap from link to link to their heart’s content? In this way, if they’ve decided to look at text-only email, they’ll like Brigada. Otherwise, they can always click to the web version for pictures, links, special features and lots more.

So our conclusion, after lots of consideration, was to preserve Brigada’s original ascii formatting by email, but continue to focus on sprucing it up some for those who are able to use the web. That’s all we have to say about that.

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