3) These "GOer Groups" Videos Might Play Well in Peoria…

…and at your church, if you choose. They address some key questions:

Where to go, Choosing an agency, Finances and debt, “Church, parents, and relationships,” What to do now, On-Field realities, and Continuing on. The price is amazing. (They’re free to view online.) And because they come from the Center for Mission Mobilization, you can be assured that they have an equal footing for your agency as well as all others. Thanks, Center for Mission Mobilization!!!


10) Nurturing the Missions Call

1615 is presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 12 to 1pm MT. It’s entitled, “Nurturing the Missions Call,” and the main speaker is David Jacob of the Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention. The Center believes that, oftentimes, a student will receive a calling to be a missionary, but may feel unsure or scared about what to do next. This webinar will equip Pastors and Youth Pastors to help their young people keep their passion for missions and calling alive. To register, visit…

11) Marjorie Collins’ New Book, “Polishing Pearls”

Marjorie Collins is a name familiar to those studying missions. (She’s authored 25 missions books and published hundreds of articles.) In this book, she basically creates a “candidate orientation to go.” This book would be most useful for a prospective recruit who is curious about “how to get from here to there.” It would fill in SOOOO many gaps in the process and calm many fears. Order it directly from the author by sending $7 (includes postage and handling to those in the USA; others, please inquire) at 1089 Kumquat Ct., Orange City, FL 32763.

5) TRAIN International Will Get You Ready

TRAIN International equips individuals and teams preparing to live and work cross-culturally and provides debriefing when they return from the field. They also offer coaching to churches that are sending and supporting cross-cultural workers. Their goal is that workers go prepared, stay effective, and return healthy and prepared for their next phase of ministry. Check out their website at

Their Upcoming Events:
ABIDE (debriefing and re-entry seminar) February 17-21, May 19-23
ORIENT (pre-field training) September 8-21

2) Here are 23 Things to Know Before Going to the Mission Field

oamembersI loved this summary article by our good friends at Oscar, “the UK information service for world mission.”

It’s basically a quick summary of lots of opinion pieces from the Oscar Online Community. The items fall under the main headings of Preparation, Settling in and being effective in your new country, Spiritual Development, Relationships, and Coming Home. Good stuff. (Thanks for this referral as well, Jenny!)

1) New Book on Church’s role in Candidate Prep is a Winner —

Whoa… I just finished reading Greg Carter’s new book, “Skills, Knowledge, Character: A Church-based Approach to Missionary Candidate Preparation.” There’s just one major flaw in this book: I didn’t write it first. Honest… I read it cover-to-cover, word-for-word, because it’s that good. He analyzes the typical preparation track (at least for USA-sent workers; other countries’ mileage may vary), picks apart the process, and helps figure out how to improve it. I *love* it that he blends the agency’s role with the church’s role. (He notes that some churches back in the nineties were previously heading in a direction of ditching agencies. “Big mistake,” he concludes. My kinda’ guy. :-) ) (Course, I lead a missions agency on the side, in addition to my role of editing Brigada. :-) ) He also blends in special training agencies *and* formal college/university training experiences. Actually, the appendix and his “dashboard” are worth the price of the book all on their own.

But I’ll point out just one more fault: In the pre-release version I read, he doesn’t even mention Brigada in the entire publication! (He’s since promised to fix that error, he says. :-) :-) :-)

Seriously, all kidding aside, you’ll want this book… if you’re involved in local church missions.

The cost is $19.95, but because he felt so bad about not including Brigada on the pre-release version (kidding again), he’s dropping the price for Brigada participants. Use PayPal to send $17 to

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— and he’s even throwing in shipping for that price. Reason to celebrate. The *appendix* is worth that. You can also mail a check made out to:

Turtle River Press

153 Bedford Court

Valparaiso, IN 46383

for $17 as well.

So hats off to Greg. This book is a keeper.

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