Monthly Archives: May 2008

Multipoint Webconferencing With Low Bandwidth Demand

My friend, Curt, wanted to let us know that he has recently begun representing iZonIP, which is web conferencing software that has three applications. First, meetings with up to 24 participants for collaborative purposes. A whiteboard is available for document sharing and revision. Second, a webinar application allows you to broadcast into dozens of locations with the same whiteboard applications. Third, on-line classes can be taught and documentation can be archived. Currently this software is being used to train Christian leaders in remote and limited-access countries. They can offer low monthly rates for unlimited access with discounts for volume use. For more information, contact

or visit

http://www.izonip.com/

They even have a free 30 day trial. Call 1.866. 835.4673 or 1.603.626.2756

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

Follow-Through Conference For Short-Term Ministry

This conference is designed for anyone who has served on a short-term or mid-term mission trip, at a camp, studied abroad or any other type of ministry. Those who want to live devoted lives to Christ every day will be equipped and encouraged through general sessions, seminars, worship and connecting with others who have a passion to keep the flame alive post-ministry. Conference options include:

  • September 13, Concord, NC, hosted by Crossroads Church.
  • September 20, Boring, OR, Hosted by Good Shepherd Community Church and
  • March 21, 2009 in Ogden, UT hosted by Washington Heights Baptist Church.

For information visit
http://www.thenextmile.org/

or

Home Assignment Residence Available In Alabama

That’s Ashville, AL (35 min. north of B’ham, 2 hrs from both Atlanta and Chattanooga) to be precise. It’s even furnished (except for LR) 3BR/2BA, Lg LR/DR, B’fast room, 2 car garage converted to den, LG utility room with W/D, study (now holding a twin bed, but without a closet) on 8.5 acres. Approximately 1/2 of acreage is wooded. They even have a 4-wheeler with a pull-behind mower. They are looking for a family home on furlough that may want to stay in the place in exchange for paying utilities and yard upkeep. In exchange for them paying the $1200/ mo mortgage the owners will make an equivalent monthly donation to their organization for their support. For more information contact

We’re Forever Grateful

We’re Forever Grateful …-…to those who urge us on with prayer and/or giving. The pastor of the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship urged us on this past week with a special gift of $25. If every pastor, missionary, or church leader would follow his lead, we’d make our financial goal then I give you my word we’d keep quiet about finances until the first week of January ’09! :-)

Give So A 10/40 Window Reader Can Receive Brigada


You can do it. Set your own amount. What do you think a Brigada mailing would be worth for thousands of participants in the 10/40 Window? To get started, just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage. You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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: Magical Missionary Reports

This past week, my 18-year-old son headed off on a quest to become a US Army Ranger. Now granted… There’s an unmistakable sense of accomplishment, not only for him, but also for my wife and me. We’re thrilled at the fact that he cares enough about freedom and liberty, not to mention the constitution of the USA, to be willing to give his life for it. But at the same time, I’ll admit: (confession time) today, his first Sunday in training, I wondered how he was doing. “Did he get a chance to go to a chapel service somewhere on base? Is he sunburned already? :-) Did they already give him his gas mask, haircut, uniform, and rifle? Was he happy, sad, fulfilled, scared, nervous, sleepy, excited, pumped, … I mean… I wondered about the whole range of emotions.

And then, around 5pm, we received that 4-minute call which filled us in on at least most of the answers to those questions. In addition, it reassured us that he remembered we would be wondering about him. He knew we’d be praying for him. And he wanted to be sure to tell us that he loved us.

As I pondered that principle (calling — to let one’s loved ones know that their prayers are most appreciated), I realized — the missionary enterprise is actually quite similar. As the missionary family heads off to do spiritual battle against Satan and his forces in far-flung, hot & arrid places, those who provided the sending foundation are left to wonder what in the world is going on. What a wonderful gesture of gratitude and grace — just that simple call or email back home, which says, “I haven’t forgotten about you; and what’s more, I know you haven’t forgotten about me, and that’s giving me strength.”

The moral of the story? Missionary reporting is magical. Not only does it increase the likelihood of continued support, it also is the right thing to do in light of *previous* support. I’m pretty sure we all grow weary of putting together those letters. Some of us have to do them every month (Team Expansion has monthly reporting as a requirement). Yawn. I’ve been with the organization 30 years now. It doesn’t take long to do the math. But after literally *hundreds* of monthly reports, I remain convinced: it’s the right thing to do.

So take a moment this week to make someone’s day. Skype-out, email out, or postal-mail out; drop in, use ham radio, sat phone, or even a good old-fashioned telephone. Say thanks, so “it sure means a lot”, and say, “Thanks for the prayers.” We might never know just how much it’ll mean to those doing the sending.

May God bless your week!

Doug

May 11, 2008 Brigada

In this issue:
Morocco Summit ’08
African Christian Comic Project
Need Overheads Or Duplicators?
Gas Prices Up, But Travel Medical Insurance: Not
Teaming with an interpreter: a Tutorial
School of Frontier Missions in Thailand
Book: Extra Travel Insight for Russia
Web Evangelism and Missions: Resources to Help your Ministry
Heading For The Former Soviet Union Next Month?
Thank you for making Brigada possible!
Show Brigada that you Care
The Backpage: How do you keep track of illustrations?

Morocco Summit ’08

Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in the Seattle, Washington area for two days in September to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. Discounted early registration is available until August 1st. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org/ Or write to:

Gas Prices Up, But Travel Medical Insurance: Not

Is there anything that is not increasing in price this year?? Yes, there is! The Day Tripper travel medical plan for group short-term missions is up 0% this year! In fact, some ages actually have LOWER rates this year! If you are in need of health insurance for your short-term mission teams this year be sure to check out this great plan. PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site (http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm ) you will be helping to support Brigada!

In addition to this plan, 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!

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