Prayer

5) Download A New Children’s Prayer Journal From Wycliffe

That’s what you can do now at
http://www.wycliffe.org/Kids/FreeCurriculum/PrayerLessons.aspx

The free, colorful Prayer Journal offers children a service-learning project to help accelerate the pace of Bible translation, since God answers children’s prayers just as He answers adults’ prayers. Children can pray for 12 different people groups featured in the book From Akebu to Zapotec. They learn about a balanced prayer life using the A.C.T.S. acrostic (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication), praying Scripture for people groups they learn about each day, week or month. Children also pray for a missionary, record requests and answers, and keep a keychain tag and bookmark as prayer reminders. Teachers who field-tested the journal said their students formed lasting prayer habits after just one month of repeated use! Need more information than the website offers? Contact

4) Meet Jason, As He Works On The Next Operation World

Curious about when the next Operation: World is coming out? Learn more at:

http://www.operationworld.org/owteam/jmnews_archive/JMnewsletters.html

That’s where you’ll see the list of monthly newsletters of the “point man” to which Patrick Johnstone, the former Editor in Chief, has handed the baton. Go Jason! We’re with you, brother! According to Patrick (in the note he sent Brigada this past week), he’s currently shooting for a Sept. 2009 publication date. Patrick also wrote, “Thank you for Brigada. I appreciate your efforts to modernise, but also appreciate the reversion to the older format as well. I prefer the quick e-scan with the ordinary, but have the freedom to dig deeper on items of more interest to me. I [also] appreciate your warm affirmation of the Joshua Project List PG tree! It has taken years to get to this stage where at last people are beginning to see the value of this approach!” Here at Brigada, we’re a big fan of everything Patrick does… so this encouragement means a lot, coming from him. Thanks for the boost, Patrick!

6) Free Resource For Pastors

The CEO of a small mission org is emailing weekly bullet points about an Unreached People so pastors can lead their congregation in brief prayer for the salvation of the Unreached People on the next Sunday. This is a totally free service. There’s no fund raising. Full information is given on his website:

http://www.prayforup.com/

They do the research, send out bullet-points for one group, Questions?
Phone Don 760-721-8840.

Arise Shine Morocco

Efforts are now well underway to produce an all new English language edition of the popular Arise Shine Morocco (ASM) “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” Prayer Guide. The new 64-page, undated booklet will be available this September. Special pre-publication discounts for bulk orders to be mailed directly from the printers will be available for orders placed by August 1st. Such orders should be placed as soon as possible. Please note that volunteer translators are still needed for other language versions of the new Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please go to the ASM website :

http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org/

or write ASM at

Thanks for Those Who Pay the Bills!

Small Cloud is the teaching, writing, and prayer ministry of Ed Kleiman. Ed connects scripture and prayer with the goal of helping participants grow a deeply intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Learn more about them at
http://www.praybold.org/

Thanks to Small Cloud Ministries for helping get this issue of Brigada out the door — by sending $50. Thanks for your help, Ed!!!

Want to help Brigada? It’s easy. Just click “Donate” and use any major credit card or PayPal to give online — or, if you prefer, mail a check to:

Team Expansion
3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

and receive a receipt for your tax-deductible gift to Team Expansion!

THE DAMARA PEOPLE: PRECIOUS STONES

Driving through the town of Karibib in traditional Damaraland (Namibia, Africa), one cannot help but notice the precious marble laying everywhere. This is a town that primarily survives on its marble excavation and marble work. Traditionally the Damara have been thought of as miners, partly due to marble excavation such as in Karibib. Even with this work, the town is still poor. But the most desperate need here is a spiritual need. Pray for the Damara people. Pray that they will soon hear the message that they are most precious to God. Pray that they accept this precious message that will make them truly rich for eternity. To adopt the Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit

http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

or email forgottenpeoples(at)

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

KID’S MISSION VIDEOS NOW ON YOUTUBE

Prayer and Fasting for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, and Prayerwalking for Kids, are now available on YouTube! These 6 minute snappy kid video’s narrated by kids have been used for years by mission agencies, Sunday Schools, and conferences. You can find Prayer and Fasting for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSbYXcN5VBQ

Prayerwalking for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQOLGTKL_ag

and The 10/40 Window for Kids

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0A75w748_Ro

You can contact Joey and Fawn Parish at fawn(at)

Reignbridge(dot)com for more info. [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 address onto one line.]

KID’S MISSION VIDEOS NOW ON YOUTUBE

Prayer and Fasting for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, and Prayerwalking for Kids, are now available on YouTube! These 6-minute snappy kid videos narrated by kids have been used for years by mission agencies, Sunday Schools, and conferences. You can find Prayer and Fasting for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSbYXcN5VBQ

Prayerwalking for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQOLGTKL_ag

and The 10/40 Window for Kids

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0A75w748_Ro

You can contact Joey and Fawn Parish at fawn(at)

Reignbridge(dot)com for more info. [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 address onto one line.]

20071118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING?
  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)?
  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE
  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR
  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE…
  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN
  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA
  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING? — That’s what Andy would like to know. He’s a leader at Wycliffe and he’d love to help people discover what is God’s will for their lives more effectively with some online tool. “Have you ever run across an assessment tool to help a person especially a young person determine what God’s call on his life may be? I have experienced something like this in a work book like “Jesus on Leadership,” but I was wondering if there was something on line that could do much the same thing?” Can you advise him of any options? If so, please drop by at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=52

    and leave a “Comment.” Thanks!


  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)? — If you’re willing to be a bleeding-edge beta-tester, we’d love to hear your take on the new int’l travel cell sim chip at

    http://www.maxroam.com

    We commented on it earlier. Rates aren’t *quite* as good as predicted (prior to the formal launch of the company), but some of them are actually quite close. It happens I recently bought into another system (go-sim), so I’m not well-positioned to test this one. If you’re willing, please jot a note to that effect at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=51

    Once you’ve formed an impression, please stop back and tell your experience. Check back at this site later to see the comments that have come in. Thanks to anyone willing to try it!!! (And thanks to Steve for keeping this at the forefront of our attention.)


  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — It’s slated for February 7-10, 2008 at Living Waters Farm, Virginia. Invest in four days of focused examination of seven areas critical for becoming one sent from a local church. The days are a balance of hearing principles and receiving impartation from others who have years of experience. For a full description of the training see

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    To personally communicate with an Elijah Company representative write to training(at)elijahcompany

    (dot)org or call (757) 226-3507 or (757) 287-4604. [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 address back onto one line.]


  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who are called to missions but need to speak English to fulfill that calling? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA, USA beginning March 2, 2008 and ending May 23, 2008 for those who want to learn to speak and understand the English language. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 with a non-refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact ywampa(at)comcast

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


  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE — Practitioners and scholars working in the field of new religious movements are invited to submit a title and 250-word abstract along with a curriculum vita for consideration in the Post-Christendom Spiritualities conference to be held at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 16-19 October 2008. Special consideration will be given to papers addressing the academic study of new religious movements as well as the praxis of engaging these movements. Papers for the conference might include, but are not limited to, subjects such as Goddess spirituality and the theology of God, Inter-religious apologetics in post-modernity, and the work of the Spirit in mission and New Spiritualities Papers should reflect the ideas expressed in the Lausanne Occasional Paper no. 45 found at

    http://www.lausanne.org/documents/2004forum/LOP45_IG16.pdf

    Please submit a title, abstract and CV to mcooper(at)tiu

    (dot)org by 31 December 2007 [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 address back onto one line.] If accepted, a paper must be submitted by 15 August 2008 in order for solicitations of responses from critical respondents.


  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR — Finally, there is a tool for churches to encourage people to pray, worship, serve and connect with God beyond the Sunday service. Prayer Toolbar (TM) enables churches to publish messages that display in people’s web browser anytime they go online. If your church uses bulletins, web sites, email or podcasts to spread the God’s Word, than you owe it to yourself to investigate this new technology to connect people to God through you. What it can do for your church is huge. What it can do for His people is eternal. Visit

    http://www.prayertoolbar.com/

    to see a FREE, online demonstration. There’s never been anything like it.


  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, PA, USA. The school dates are March 9-April 4, 2008 and April 20 – May 16, 2008 and it’s a certificate program. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on our website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    Email questions to ywampa(at)comcast

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


  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE… — Please don’t use “classified ad language.” It’s not really our style. Also, please remember to speak in 3rd person; otherwise our readers will become confused as to which person is speaking. In fact, please check out the short list of suggestions by clicking on “submit” at

    http://www.brigada.org

    Thanks! Your investment in some of these tiny differences would help us a great deal in preparing future editions of Brigada Today – on time.


  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN — If you’re a one-up VPN user (i.e., you don’t need a dashboard for your entire organization), try

    http://www.witopia.net

    It’s about $40/year and several Brigada participants, including Wade and Tony, have found it to be very effective.


  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA — We *so* appreciate our dear brother in Sweden who came back in 2007 to give $100, and another anonymous couple out East sent $50. On top of that, YWAM in Lebanon, PA bowled us over with a $300 gift! Sobered, encouraged, and motivated… Thank you! Another anonymous sister sent $100. A brother in Texas sent $25, joined by another brother who also sent $25 from the mountains of Northern Thailand and yet another from here in Kentucky (also $25). A missions committee member from Davao sent $50 with a very encouraging note. Workers from Oscar in UK also sent $50 and a couple working in Brazil sent $25. Another mobilizer from the great state of Texas sent $100. We give praise to God for this partnership and help!

  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $8,967.90, brings our 2007 total to $9817.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150 and still quite shy of the $15,096 that came in in 2006. We would *so* love it if we could see some major catch-uppage happen here in the final week. Would you be willing to help make that happen at your church, group, family, or in your own bank account? If God has enabled you to make even a small gift, would you be willing to give it on behalf of someone who, for now, can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Donate“.

    As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    3 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    7 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

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


  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS — As I write this ‘back page’, it’s Christmas evening. (Yes, I know the edition is dated earlier than that; we’re *trying* to catch up by the end of the year. Pray for us! :-) ) I’m listening to Napster Christmas music in my earbuds, my wife and two sons are fast asleep and I’m redeeming these tranquil moments to reflect on the essence of family. Fresh in my mind is Steve Farrar’s book, “Point Man: How a Man Can Lead his Family.” (See

    http://www.stevefarrar.com/

    for more info on Dr. Farrar.) It always seems to me that families try a little harder to “get together” at Christmas. I saw both my brothers. We spent Christmas Eve with my wife’s family. And today I drove up to see my mom, who now lives alone in the family farmhouse where I was raised. On the one hand, my wife and I are enjoying having our college-aged son home for the holidays, while at the same time, our thoughts fast-forward to summer time, when our other son ships out to begin training as a soldier. We leave day after tomorrow for a week-long family vacation.

    Perhaps, as you read these words, you’re serving overseas. But I bet you’ve Skyped (or wish you had) with a relative too, sometime during these past couple of days. So you can at least identify. We make a special effort to focus on the family this time of year. And I’m wondering — what if we could somehow manage to keep that focus throughout the entire year. Maybe we can’t take a family vacation every month… but we could probably at least do the Skype call, you know? I *try* to motor up to see my mom at least once a month, but there are certainly times that I miss. Someone recently admitted to me that we really don’t know for sure that Jesus was born on — or even around — December 25th. So although Christmas holiday is a great excuse, it really isn’t rooted to December. So as we turn the corner toward the New Year, why not join me in a resolution to “focus on the family” all the more in ’08. If you’re single, call a parent, sibling, or family friend. If we’re lucky enough to still have parents or others alive in your life, let’s seize the moment. Let’s make *every* month like Christmas in ’08. Let’s rebuild broken relationships and strengthen others. Let’s save up and budget for the gifts we wish we’d been courageous enough to give this Christmas. And let’s love like it’s going outa’ style. Let’s make 2008 the year we show family (and the world) a model that Jesus would have loved. After all, he made sure his mother was squared away, even as he hung on the cross. So moms, wives, and kids of the world, get ready — ’cause here we come! :-)

    (Want to comment on this ‘back page’ editorial? Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=53

    and click “comments” in the summary line. Thanks!)

20071028 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE
  2. ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER
  3. A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY
  4. SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE
  5. SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  6. PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS
  7. BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE
  8. SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  9. CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD”
  10. CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE?

  • SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE — God is receiving worship from many nations, people, tribes and languages in their indigenous heart music. Heart Sounds International has created a YouTube broadcast channel to present a series of these worship videos entitled “Sounds of Global Worship”. Click on the following link to access:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HSIOM

    The channel currently features 17 videos, with many more to be added in the weeks and months ahead. Available for viewing are worship clips from Azerbaijan, Congo, India (Assam, Bengal, Punjab), Himalayas, Malawi, Mongolia, South Africa and Sudan. You are welcome to subscribe to the channel, after which you will be notified as new videos are added.


  • ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER — This movement has completed a static web site at

    http://www.myatfp.com

    Pray that God will work through this site to head off difficulties and achieve lasting peace. For more information, write admin(at)

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


  • A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY — The folks at Emercy are conducting a brief survey to learn more about missionary tent-makers and their agency / administrative needs. The survey is only 10-questions long. To take the survey, visit

    http://www.missionaryresources.org/tentmakers.html

    Results to the survey will be posted next month at

    http://www.missionaryresources.org


  • SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE — There’s something for everyone – – Christian, non-Christian, pastor, missionary, or discipleship organization. You’ll find training materials and resources to equip Christians for the work of the ministry – all free! There is also a CD providing classical, favorite hymns, words of inspiration with heart inspiring readings, a narration of Biblical principles. Find it all and a lot more at:

    http://www.sharingchristworld.org


  • SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Modern Shipping Inc. offers its best efforts to help missionaries ship anywhere around the world. They claim to have an excellent team to assist anyone internationally, regardless of whether the challenge is full container loads, limited container load, ro-ro & purchasing container to worldwide destination. They offer low competitive prices to missionary organizations to achieve their goals. Email shipping(at)

    msifreight(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 address on one line.] Alternatively, call toll free in the USA (866)916-0961 Learn more at

    http://www.msifreight.com


  • PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS — Visit it today if you want to learn the latest about Perspectives…

    http://www.Perspectives.org


  • BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE — Business As Mission (BAM) aims to assist individuals with an interest in exploring the possibilities and discovering the practicalities of becoming a kingdom-minded business professional in a cross-cultural context. Mission practitioners will give a general overview of the BAM paradigm for ministry while providing practical advice, case studies and stories of their own experience. Join other BAM workers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Loudonville Community Church in Albany, NY. To receive a brochure with all the details please contact Jamie at 603.525.4219 or northeast

    (at)ludlow.net. Sponsored by Interserve USA and Loudonville Community Church. [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 email address onto one line.]


  • CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD” — Remember the item about “Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand” (Item #3 in the 10/19 edition of Brigada Today). Nation to Nation provided us with an incorrect email address. It should have been Karen.here4u

    (at)gmail.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), we have broken them up with a carriage return and replaced the “@” sign with “at”.] Please forgive us for any inconvenience.


  • SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — We are so blessed to have received gifts recently from anonymous donors for $180 (from a worker in China) and $25. We also received $25 from

    http://www.lawyersva.com

    They’re a Richmond Personal Injury Law Firm. If you have *any* reason to have to call a lawyer and you haven’t engaged one yet, I would *sincerely* hope *someone* gives them a call, if for no other reason than they know that Brigada readers appreciate them helping underwrite Brigada.

    Finally — and get this — we received a $300 donation from WorldconneX Mission Network at

    http://www.worldconnex.org

    Expect to hear more about them in the future — and for now, we *greatly* appreciate their help!


  • CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT? — Yikes. At this point, we have received only $6,752.87 toward our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. If you have ever found something in Brigada to by helpful… or if you’d like to underwrite Brigada for someone who lives in a faraway land who cannot send funds on his or her own, please just click on the “Donate” page. Because, together, we need 6,752.87 by Dec. 31st. Gulp. That could still be done like this…
  • 1 gift of $1000 for a total of $1000
  • 5 gifts of $500 for a total of $2500
  • 10 gifts of $250 for a total of $2500
  • 13 gifts of $100 for a total of $1300
  • 27 gifts of $50 for a total of $1350
  • 70 gifts of $25 for a total of $1750

    Granted — that’s a lot of volunteers. So the question is.. Has God prepared you with the resources to help with any of these gifts to take us to the finish line? 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.


  • THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE? — Today’s Wall Street Journal Europe Edition caught my eye (Dec. 7 issue). The center pages were all about how Europeans, though economically ok, were seemingly more and more afraid… and worse, without hope. The pages were based on a survey of 10,373 Europeans from throughout Western Europe. Control populations were included in the USA, India, Russia and Turkey. In all, they gathered responses from 20,999 people in 20 countries — no small group.

    The outcome? Europeans are scared. Lack of direction, lack of leadership, lessening freedoms, more worries, more selfishness, and increasing pessimism. Interestingly, the responses also revealed a shocking rise in secularism, a loss of purpose, and, in general, a breakdown of society. The study included, among many other references, a quote from Yoda, of all folks (Star Wars; 1999). :-) “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Sure enough, many Europeans reported fears about terrorism, war, global warming, moral decay, and finances. In fact, as many as 1 out of 10 reported that things were so bad, they simply had no hope — period. Even greater numbers said they had lost hope in the future.

    What’s the source of this fear? Remember that movie, “The NeverEnding Story”? In it, the warrior Atreyu had to go up against the “Nothing Monster”. I remember that giant turtle… what was his name…Morluk? Atreyu had asked him what was left when the Nothing Monster raided a certain town. “What’s left in its wake? Does it leave rocks?” Morluk answered, “Why… no! Rocks would be *something*. The Nothing Monster leaves… well… *nothing*!”

    In the same issue, a reviewer chronicled the new movie, “Golden Compass.” He observed that it was “stripped of ideas,” made little sense, yet was based on anti-religious elements. Apparently, the author is an outspoken atheist making no secret about his efforts to chip away at faith. The reviewer, Joe Morgenstern, wrote, “The script… retains an all-seeing and all-knowing institution that kidnaps children and ships them off to an arctic facility where their souls are permanently separated from their bodies.” In the book form of “Golden Compass,” that institution is clearly identified as “The Church.” Because of public outcry, the movie refers to it as, simply, “The Magisterium,” but the metaphor, nevertheless, clearly remains.

    So I had to grin. I shuttled back between the review of Golden Compass and the outcome of the survey. Duh. Should we be surprised? Clear case of ‘garbage-in, garbage-out.’ If we program our children with movies like “Compass,” we shouldn’t be surprised by the survey results. Morgenstern continued, “Vagueness colors all, banishing emotional connections in the process.” News item: I have seen a better way.

    So what about you? Do you catch yourself inwardly losing your flame? Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? In reality, do you wake up sometimes without hope? If so, you might be suffering from a bit of “Golden Compass” programming. How does one get around it? One idea is — invest. Invest in someone. The way to beat the Nothing Monster (in Never-Ending Story) was to care, love, and take courage. Emily Dickinson wrote, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without the words — And never stops – – at all.”

    So this Christmas, may you experience a renewed sense of hopefulness. May the fire & passion reawaken within you. And, if you go see “Golden Compass,” may it not drag you down. Apparently, it and several other factors have been dragging us down now for several years.

    God bless your weekend.

    Doug

20071007 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA
  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE
  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE
  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED
  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS?
  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE
  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES
  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN
  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  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

    http://www.sunergeosystems.com/product_info.php


  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.

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/


  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:

    http://nadeausoftware.com

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

    /articles/2007/05/effective_methods_protect_email_addresses_spammers

    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

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info@

    AsteroideaBooks.com [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:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31#comments

    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:

    http://www.missionbooks.org/


  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@

    yahoo.com. [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:

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com


  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@

    here4u.com [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:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=43

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

20070916 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS! — It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer and fall short-term mission trips! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

    For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss! (Thanks Insurance Services!)


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

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/

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


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

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

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


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

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

    Look under ptap 3 to download high or low resolution versions. Feel free to make copies for yourself and others or order the booklet by writing to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also use this address to sign up to receive weekly praise reports, prayer requests, and testimonies of how God is at work in the Arabian Peninsula.


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

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

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


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

    http://www.acmc.org

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


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

    http://www.shareeducation.org

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


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

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

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

    http://www.encounteringislam.org/

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


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

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

    http://www.hailida.com.cn

    http://www.gracegardenchristianpreschool.com

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page.

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


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

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

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

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

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.

20070805 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE ONLINE COURSES FROM MIT
  2. KINGDOM CATALYST CONFERENCE – BUSINESS AND MISSIONS, ETC
  3. BE SURE TO RECRUIT THE PRAYER TEAM
  4. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH BRIGADA
  5. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE ONLINE COURSES FROM MIT — For those interested in self-directed education while on the field or in preparing to go overseas, there are a large number (1550!) of courses currently available online from MIT through their OCW (OpenCourseWare) program. Non-credit course offerings include extensive language and culture programs in Chinese, Japanese, German, and French, as well as offerings in the fields of business, linguistics, engineering, and many others. The courses are designed so that the needed materials (audio and text files) are downloaded for free and studied independently and in a self-paced fashion. Some courses have also been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. No registration is required as the materials are intended for self-study. Find details and a complete course list at:

    http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/index.htm

    (Thanks to the anonymous reader who reminded us of these materials. I was thinking we had mentioned them previously, but can’t find the reference right now. Either way, it’s a great treasure trove of information!)


  2. KINGDOM CATALYST CONFERENCE – BUSINESS AND MISSIONS, ETC — God is going to use His largely untapped workforce in the spheres of Business, Religion, Media, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Government, and the Family to complete the job He launched in Matthew 28:18-20. Organizers of The Kingdom Catalyst Conference hope it can serve to identify people, processes, and procedures needed to lay a foundation of transformation by training Christian leaders of today and tomorrow. The conference dates are Oct 31 – Nov 3, 2007, Dallas, TX. For more information, browse to

    http://www.kingdomcatalyst.org

    or call: 972.829.8753. or contact conference(at)kingdomcatalyst(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. BE SURE TO RECRUIT THE PRAYER TEAM — Neal Pirolo, Author of “Serving as Senders” and faithful Brigada participant, recently wrote us to affirm our admonition to develop prayer teams (in the June 22nd issue of Brigada Today). He remembered, “As I state in the preface of my book, Serving As Senders, I was sitting in the upper level of the U of IL at Urbana. My mind was dreaming of the 17,000 college students listening to the heavy-weights challenge people in missions. At the time I was directing a one-year ministry school with 90-95 students. My attention was arrested as the speaker said, ‘In secular war, for every one who goes to the front line of battle there are a minimum of 10 backing him up on the line of communication. In spiritual warfare how can we expect to win with any less?’ Without having had any experience or knowledge of war, as soon as a prospective student called about enrolling in our school, I would say, ‘Even as the application is coming to you in the mail, immediately begin developing a team of 10 (yourself +9) to sustain you in prayer, because you are entering a battle field more intense than you have ever experienced.’ And, of course, now with our push for the REST OF THE TEAM, the need for a minimum of TEN has become even more apparent.”

    Good observations, Neal — and very relevant. Thanks!


  4. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WITH BRIGADA — Because our requests for funding are lower than many other ministries, your gift, regardless of size, can make a huge difference. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click to:

    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.

20070715 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DOWNLOAD GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE
  2. MEDEXS HOT SPOTS KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON TROUBLED AREAS
  3. CHRISTIAN TRAVEL AGENT
  4. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DOWNLOAD GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE — Get the Global Prayer Digest prayer guide for your mobile phone at

    http://fourteenfloor.com/downloads

    A java enabled mobile phone is required to install this prayer guide and the contents are taken from

    http://global-prayer-digest.org

    By the way — cool stat from the “Did you know…” Department — the Global Prayer Digest was first served up to the Internet via the Brigada family of email conferences, all the way back in 1995.


  2. MEDEXS HOT SPOTS KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON TROUBLED AREAS — Stay updated with real-time information on emerging political and security situations around the globe with MEDEX HOT SPOTS. View today’s report at

    http://www.medexassist.com/hotspots/default.html

    You can receive a daily report via email here. It’s important to know how the international political scene can affect your travelers and their mission. More information about protecting your travelers is available from www.medexassist.com.


  3. CHRISTIAN TRAVEL AGENT — Here’s an agent who specializes in out of States travel. Carole will help you with all your travel needs, including air travel within a foreign country. Unlike most other agents, Carole only charges $10.00 per ticket. She handles the travel arrangements for many missions teams and organizations. Carole does real well on domestic flights also. It is not likely that you will find lower prices anywhere! Contact our Sister at: ABC Christian Cruises and Travel, 2020 Harlem Blvd, Rockford, IL 61103, Fax: 815 377-4200,

    http://www.goabctravel.com

    or e-mail goabc(at)goabctravel(dot)com

20070422 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REVIEW YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONS BOOK ONLINE: WIN PRIZES!
  2. GLOBALLY FOCUSED PRAYER
  3. EXTREME MAKEOVER: MISSION WEB SITE EDITION
  4. BLOG FOR PRAYER COORDINATORS AND MOBILIZERS
  5. READ MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE
  6. SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU!
  7. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION
  8. WHAT IS “THE MINISTRY DRIVEN CHURCH”?
  9. A PEOPLE MOVEMENT BEGINS AMONG THE YADAV IN NORTHERN INDIA
  10. SAY “SEEK ‘EM!” TO THIS DOG
  11. THE BACKPAGE: ANOTHER LESSON FROM ’24’
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REVIEW YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONS BOOK ONLINE: WIN PRIZES! — That’s right. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=6

    In the “Comments” that follow, review your favorite missions book. Be sure to provide source information at the end (like the link to buy the book at Amazon or the ordering information from some other appropriate vendor). Thanks tons to Jay, the author of the new book, “Baghdad Believer.” He was so appreciative of the recent orders he rec’d after featuring the book in Brigada that he came up with this book review idea — and it’s a great one. Just review your favorite missions training or missions inspiration book… He’ll be the unbiased judge of which five reviews are the best. Those five reviewers will receive a free copy of Baghdad Believer. We’ll run the contest only until the May 18th edition of Brigada Today so be sure and watch in that issue for the five winning reviews. We’ll then ask those five to write us here at Brigada Today, passing along their mailing addresses. We’ll relay those to Jay — and you’ll receive your free copy in the mail shortly thereafter. So sharpen those pencils and get reviewing. Thanks for participating! (Authors, feel free to review your own books! :-) ) Learn more about Jay at:

    http://www.jnealson.com


  2. GLOBALLY FOCUSED PRAYER — Prayer changes things! It opens doors, frees captives, empowers the meek to stand firm, and enables the Word to find good soil. Would you consider adopting a region of the world and working it into your overall church and mission strategy for the rest of this year? If so, select a region and reply to 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 .] Then pray for. . . – breakthroughs for the sake of the Gospel – laborers for the harvest fields – resources and funding to send new missionaries – encouragement and effectiveness for harvest workers – perseverance for missionaries in the field – God’s favor – open doors in the unreached strongholds

  3. EXTREME MAKEOVER: MISSION WEB SITE EDITION — This summer, Global Mapping International plans to ask thousands of future missionaries to visit and review mission agency web sites. Their feedback will help agencies design more effective sites — but only if agencies register to participate by May 31. One agency that took part in a similar study in 2004 said it completely redesigned its site based on the feedback obtained. GMI creates a custom report for each agency, so there is a fee to register. Know an agency whose web site could use a makeover? Have them visit

    http://www.gmi.org/webreview

    or contact Jim at jim(at)gmi(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. BLOG FOR PRAYER COORDINATORS AND MOBILIZERS — Network with prayer coordinators and mobilizers at

    http://www.teamexpansion.org/pcm

    Register as a user in order to post prayer concerns, share resources, and pray for billions around the world. Join others who believe that prayer is the crucial strategy in reaching the unreached with the Gospel.


  5. READ MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE — (Did you know “Mission Frontiers” was one of the first periodicals ever distributed through the Brigada family.) Now, for all of you who just can wait, the latest issue of Mission Frontiers is now available at

    http://www.missionfrontiers.org

    See articles like “A Cure for Handicapped Churches” and the editorial by Ralph Winter. You can also bulk order it for 80% off (just $4 apiece). At that price you might be able to afford to send copies of this book to your missions committee, friends and colleagues.


  6. SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU! — Do you speak JavaScript? If so, the folks at Operation World need you. Even if you simply *know* someone who is somewhat of a JavaScript guru who understands the Opera web browser sufficiently to fix the date-dependent JavaScript code in one of the Operation World files (“today.htm”)… The Operation World staff would love to post the fix on the OW web site. If so, please contact:

    ed_beach(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Then, if you don’t mind, just leave a comment after the entry on this question at Brigada Brigade. Find it by logging on at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=5

    Just click “comments” after the item and say, “I got it.” :-)


  7. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION — All issues of “GC Kids” are now downloadable at

    http://www.worldteam.org

    by clicking on “Resources.” GC Kids is a quarterly publication for children ages about 9 to 13. It aims to nurture a passion for missions and encourage children to be active in the Great Commission throughout their lives. “GC Kids” may also be used by children’s workers to educate children about missions. It is sent to subscribers by postal mail. To subscribe to “GC Kids,” email leahy(dot)ken(at)comcast(dot)net and put “subscribe GCK” in the subject line. The back page tells how to obtain inexpensive multiple copies.


  8. WHAT IS “THE MINISTRY DRIVEN CHURCH”? — Dr. Robert Hosken has written this book with the subtitle “a Biblical theology of ministry”, demonstrating from scriptural usage of over twenty Greek words all in the semantic field of “ministry” that the true purpose of the Church is ministry in the Biblical sense (not “men’s golf ministry” or “ladies’ quilting ministry”). After the first press run just about sold out, Dr. Hosken decided to make the book available FREE in electronic (*.pdf) format. You can read the book online or download it at

    http://www.agape-biblia.org

    and if you read and appreciate it, send him a thank-you note to agape-biblia(at)gmail(dot)com. [The format of the preceding email address(es) helps prevent spam for our contributors. To write them, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. A PEOPLE MOVEMENT BEGINS AMONG THE YADAV IN NORTHERN INDIA — In the largely unreached north of India, one of the largest, most unreached (and very strategic) people groups is The Yadav. Numbering over 54 million, speaking more than 50 languages, and comprising nearly 1% of the earth’s population, they may well be a strategic key to bringing the Gospel to the heart of the most unreached part of the world. A few short years ago their name was not known by most of the missions world. But at this moment, the start of a people movement is beginning, and prayer is needed by churches around the world to help make it happen. To facilitate this needed prayer, THE YADAV 500 (a global initiative to recruit churches around the world to commit to pray for the Yadav) was begun. To join THE YADAV 500 or for more information go to

    http://www.ReachTheYadav.com/

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


  10. SAY “SEEK ‘EM!” TO THIS DOG — One Brigada reader did this past week. She sent $100 to encourage us here. She’s a worker with OMF International. As a result, she’s caused us to forever be grateful, thankful, and prayerful for the folks at OMF! What’s more, she’s spurred us on to good works! It’s like saying “Seek ’em!” to a dog. Thanks!!! Want to give a gift to cover for some young missions recruit who can’t afford to give? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: ANOTHER LESSON FROM ’24’ — In season 2, “1am”, Jack Bauer barges into an immediate care clinic with an injured commando named Wallace. Wallace has information; Jack believes that he has to keep him alive to get it. He demands that they treat the commando, even though his injuries go way beyond the norm. The intake lady refuses. In fact, she explains that she’ll have to call the police. Pulling his gun, Jack responds, “Lady, I *am* the police.” Needless to say, she has a change of heart. :-)

    You can say whatever you want about Jack Bauer, but one has to respect his willingness to take responsibility. Taking responsibility is an attribute in short supply these days. Personally, I think we need more of it. In our own office of about 40 or 50 mobilizers, administrators and missionary care-givers, I’m often amazed at the initiative our staff members take. But part of it is due to the environment we’ve created here — where they know it’s safe to try new things. For sure, if someone’s going down a trail that, in my opinion, will take us slightly (or significantly) off course, I’ll step in and help with a correction. But often, I’ll also just let them move forward. Because sometimes, they’re doing a better job than I could have done under the same circumstances. I say quite often, “I like your way of doing that job better than my way of not doing it.” And besides… as people try new things and get better at them, after a while, they learn to do them in a special way. Throughout 2007, in particular, we’ve committed to being a “learning organization.” Supporting learners sometimes means supporting failure. But to me, supporting someone who has tried and failed is a lot better than inactivity. Because in the end, inactivity is only one step away from being frozen in one’s inner fears. And being frozen in one’s inner fears is only one step away from habitual apathy.

    So my advice is to create a climate in which your peers and team members feel ‘safe’ to innovate, knowing you’ll course-correct if need be, but also knowing you’ll support them if they try and fail. Because in the end, sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in the situation in which I find myself today — surrounded by a bunch of teammates that have learned to get it right. Because they had and *have* freedom to try.

    And next time you have to get medical care for an injured commando, just explain to the lady that you’re innovating. Maybe she’ll admit the guy after all. :-)

    [Want to comment on this “Backpage”? Just browse to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=7

    Click on “Comments” below the item and give your feedback or opinion.]

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