resources

8) Web Follow-up System for your Church or Ministry —

The Mentor Center is an online follow-up system developed by TruthMedia.com which offers two opportunities to your church or ministry:

– empowers members with the appropriate gifts to volunteer as spare-time home-based mentors, to advise (by email) inquirers from other websites, who have spiritual questions.

– also enables any church or ministry to add a Mentor Center response form to their website, and thereby offer online advice to inquirers, using either their own in-house volunteers, or TruthMedia’s wider team of volunteers. Check it out at…

 

http://truthmedia.com/thementorcenter/what-is-tmc/

 

(Thanks for this one also, Tony!)

4) Cool Tools to be Featured Thursday, Apr. 21 —

Here’s your last chance to add some “cool tools” to the list of resources to be offered by Doug and company when The Mission Exchange stages a special Brigada-edition on Apr. 21st. David Mays writes, “One of the most popular series ever to appear in the weekly e-zine, Brigada Today, is a set of ‘Cool Tools’ which, according to some, contained just the right mix of ‘gadget’ with reality. This webinar will build on the Brigada series, discussing tools and gadgets that can enhance your efficiency and productivity, beginning with the simple and moving toward James Bond.

Doug will consider the elementary to the complex, the obvious to the obscure, discussing some of the equipment he has found to leverage his time in travel, keeping in touch, remaining secure, reporting to donors, and raising up prayer. Items range from a journal, camera kit, and USB cell-phone charger, to software and personal sat-beacons.” So be there or be square. Let’s see if we can beat the record for the most participants ever in a David Mays webinar. Who knows! If we gather enough Brigiteers, David just might be guilted into making a contribution to Brigada once the webinar has concluded! :-) (That’s a dare, David!) Learn more — and/or register — at

 

http://www.themissionexchange.org/get_involvedME_learning.php

3) Sending New Missionaries —

Here’s a download of 11 practical resources to involve the whole church in getting new appointees ready and resourced for effective field service. It provides creative ideas, worksheets, and educational resources to help churches collaborate with missions agencies to walk with new workers through the crucial period of time between appointment and departure for field ministry. There is also an auxiliary package of resources to help churches set up a simple mentoring program for prospective missionaries. The materials can be customized by an individual church or by a mission agency for all of their churches. Order at:

http://www.catalystservices.org

7) Assess Your Agency’s Human Resource Department…

Next time you have a moment to improve on your mission’s H.R. Dept., why not follow up on a tip from Kelly and Michele O’Donnell. They wrote this past week to recommend a 25-point check-up from People in Aid:

http://www.peopleinaid.org/pool/files/publications/basic-elements-in-an-hr-system-final.pdf

(Note: This URL will wrap; if you have trouble reassembling it, just log onto Brigada and use the link there.)

By the way, if you’d like to create stronger H.R. *management*, the O’Donnell’s also recommended this tool from Management Sciences for Health (MSH).

http://erc.msh.org/newpages/english/toolkit/hrd.pdf

(Thanks Kelly and Michele!)

9) Resources for Focusing on the Arabian Peninsula

The Arabian Peninsula is the focal point of all Islam and there is a growing array of resources to encourage prayer for the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula. Download Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP) booklets at

http://www.pray-ap.info

Pray, view and/or use in worship any of the excellent 1-2 minute PTAP YouTube videos

http://bit.ly/PTAP-prayershorts

Subscribe to receive weekly PTAP prayer requests at pray4ptapatgmaildotcom. Follow PTAP’s “Twitter” version of the prayer email at

http://www.twitter.com/prayap

10) EFL Workbooks for Christian Studies

These workbooks are designed for learners of English who need to improve their reading comprehension in order to perform effectively in Bible colleges and seminaries that require extensive reading in English. The intention is not to teach English, but to supplement classroom instruction with biblically contextualized passages and exercises. They are available as a download, to print and photocopy for personal or class use, but may not be reproduced for profit. Take a look at all of them at…

http://www.sites.google.com/site/stapletonlyn

Comments or questions can be sent to Lyn at

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(Thanks Lyn!)

7) Boat-load of Resources in Haitian Creole

Headed to Haiti to change a life? Leave a resource that will keep the wheels turning. Visit the page…

http://www.brigada.org/resources-in-haitian-creole

for a boat-load of resources in Haitian Creole, all provided by Brian W

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Included are sources for complete Bibles, New Testaments, DVDs, childrens materials and tons more.

(Brian, thanks for your work and your willingness to share them unselfishly!)

8) Need Audio Gear? Share the Sound Would like to Help —

“Share the Sound” is currently working with a number of missionaries and missionary organizations to provide much-needed sound and pro audio equipment to aid missionaries in delivering the Good News of Jesus Christ. Certainly, the need exceeds the supply, but at a minimum, you’ll be talking to a mission that will work to understand your audio needs and care about meeting them. Learn more at…

http://sharethesoundonline.com

5) Helpful [free!] Resources for Those Ministering to Muslims

Here’s a website created for expatriate and national believers who are ministering to Muslims in the Arab world.  It seeks to provide a comprehensive on-line database of information and critique of print and audio-visual resources for church planting ministry use.

http://www.resource-international.info

An https version of the site is available by sending email to

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9) O’Donnells Recommend Free 50-page Resource in 6 Languages

The the O’Donnells recently featured, in the Culture and Diversity section of their “Member Caravan” website, several new materials that promote understanding, respect, and competency regarding human diversity and multicultural settings. One resource in particular that they recommended to us this past week is “Mental Health in a Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity.” This 50-page resource is filled with core concepts and practical guidelines to help us better navigate the multicultural health care terrain.  It is available online for free in six languages and was developed in 2007 by the World Federation of Mental Health as part of its annual World Mental Health Day programs. See the Member Caravan website at…

http://sites.google.com/site/membercaravan

12) The BackPage: What’s the most Useful Piece of Advice…?

As we begin 2010, what piece of advice would *you* say is most useful to missionaries, missionary recruits, agency staffers, and church missions committee participants? Just click on the comment box below. Here’s a list of sampler items that we might include:

*** Consider staging a Kairos encounter at your church or mission: Learn more at…

http://www.kairoscourse.org/

*** Check out the book, “Leading from the Sandbox,” by T.J. Addington, recommended to me by my good friend, Doug, from a sister missions agency. (Thanks Doug!) Learn more about this book at…

It’s all about managing the challenges.

*** Consider putting together a strategic plan for your agency, missions outreach, or ministry. Learn more about doing that at…

http://mystrategicplan.com/resources/

Besides sharing several cool resources for free, the above website also contains an online goal-setting service specifically geared toward non-profits … and another for churches.

What would be 3 from your own stack of “good advice” for 2010? To share them with the Brigada audience of 10,000 readers, just click in the Comment box below. And thanks for your help in making 2009 a great year for Brigada!



1) Check out This Mission and Prayer Database

Here’s an amateur ‘Mission and Prayer for the World’ Resources database, maintained by one amateur volunteer since 1999. Find it on the web at…

http://www.worldmissionresources.org

It contains a fantastic number of links… and the site has almost as much history as Brigada! (Besides — by the way, he even lists Brigada!) It just keeps going and going! Shew! :-) (The truth is: I’ve never seen a page with more links in all my life! :-) Bravo, Michael!)

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