Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the planet. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t recall ever having voted for Al Gore. And no one in my family is a member of Greenpeace. But I believe there is a rising consciousness around the globe… a conscience-response related to the undeniable fact that, if we truly believe God created this world for His Glory, we ought to be a bit more concecarecreationrned about managing it.

That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about the “Our Father’s World” retreat that will feature Ed Brown, of Care of Creation, on March 6th, 2010, at Emerald Hills (on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky). You’ll learn straight from an expert — what kind of shape is our planet in, what can regular people do about it, how can churches and missions agencies get involved, and what are the potential ‘wins’ for all those entities. On top of all that, you can participate with the group in a prayer walk on one of the Emerald Hills prayer trails. Learn how you can combine ecology and missions, while taking care of creation, all in one full day, 8am to 5pm in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on March 6th. Lunch will be included. Online registration will open on December 1st. Only 150 seats are available. In a unique approach to helping raise funds for Emerald Hills, we’ll be conducting a limited-time online action for as many of the 150 seats as possible. Not only will this help cover the costs of the workshop itself, but it will also help Team Expansion’s capital campaign for building Emerald Hills.

Here’s how it will work: For exactly 31 days, make a donation to Brigada of at least $101 or more and ask to be included in the guest list. Alternatively, make a donation of $101 or more to underwrite the cost of someone else’s participation. This is a special program that will only run for 31 days. At the end of the 31 days, we’ll close registration. The first 150 people that donate $101 or more during the allotted time will be at the top of the guest list for the March 6th event. Once we’ve paid all the expenses for the retreat, all remaining donations will go directly toward the new Brigada Prayer Shelter at Emerald Hills. So you’ll be investing in creating a nerve center for missions and world evangelism — and you’ll also get a top-notch seminar *and* a free lunch to boot!

Watch for registration to open Dec. 1st. Be ready to lock in your spot at the March 6th event. Thanks for being part of the Brigada family.