Monthly Archives: August 2000

20000827 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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BRIGADA ARCHIVES ARE SEARCHABLE

Brigada Logo Looking for that “needle in a haystack” item from some past issue of Brigada Today? David was. He wrote this past week to find out if Brigada’s archives are at all searchable. All together, there are about 300 editions, covering some 5 1/2 years of missions mobilization history. That’s 1213 pages, 23,000 paragraphs, 78000 lines, 661,723 words! And it’s all instantly searchable via the new search engine at http://www.brigada.org, thanks to the work of our web wonder-worker Bob Mayhew. Notice that you get the results item by item (as opposed to simply listing the date of the edition!) and the results page shows both the issue date AND the title of the item. So try it! For example, put in the word “Compubank” in the “Search for…” box at: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html. You can uncheck “Advance” is you know the item appeared in Brigada Today rather than “Advance.” Put a checkbox in front of the years you’d like to search. Bob’s engine works like a charm. Thanks for your investment there, Bob!!!
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VOTE FOR YOUR CHOICE OF CALEB PROJECT SLOGANS

That’s right. Caleb Project (Denver, CO) is seeking your input on which slogan they should use for the next 20 years of their missions mobilization history. Just click to http://www.calebproject.org and select the slogan you like best. Tell them in the “Other” blank that you heard about their vote via Brigada Today and they’ll send $15 cash to your PayPal account, just for participating! (Okay… so I’m kidding about the cash bonus . . . but just think of how great it’ll be to feel like you’ve made a difference in which slogan they’ll choose! :-) :-) :-) )
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HOW IS INTERNET BANKING WORKING OUT?

In a word, great! We mentioned a while back that we were trying out Compubank. They even sent a box of checks for free. We’ve had no trouble with any hidden charges… and we received the sign-up bonus of $20 into our account with no problem. Sure enough, we seem to be getting free checking accounts, savings accounts, bill payment, domestic wire transfers, ATM use (4/month), frequent flyer miles, online check images and monthly statements. For folks who have a USA address and SS#, it’s a full internet banking solution. (We still haven’t found an Internet banking solution for those from other locations. Anyone have any leads? If so, please write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)  ) What’s more, once you’re signed up, if you refer others, you receive a thank-you gift of $40 in your account for every new person you sign up. That doesn’t hurt a bit if you’re serving overseas somewhere, trying to save up for a new PC or whatever. Bottom line: It seems there’s no “catch”. Everything is FDIC- insured, just like your local bank — which probably charges $4/month for its online bill payment service. By contrast, at Compubank, you can open an account for free, instantly at:

http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547

note (Disclaimer: CompuBank donates $40 to Brigada Today for every new user who users the link above to sign up. By the way, they also give a $20 bonus directly to each new user!).

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QUICK-AND-EASY SOLUTION FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS VIA INTERNET

Paypal logo And don’t forget about PayPal, a quick-and-easy solution if you simply want to safely transfer funds via the Internet from one Internet user to another. They even protect buyers from fraud when using PayPal to transfer money to another verified PayPal user. It takes all of 5 minutes to obtain verification. This is now the most popular service for eBay users, but your supporters could even use it to send financial support to you, regardless of where you live now. All you need is a USA home address. Plus, you get a $5 bonus in your account just for signing up. You’ve got nothing to lose. Find it at…

https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

note (Disclaimer: PayPal donates $5 to Brigada Today for every new user who users the link below to sign up :-). Of course, they also donate $5 to the new user at the same time!).

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SUPPORT-RAISING 101

books For those facing the challenges of support- raising, Rick recommends Getting Sent, by Pete Sommers (IVP, 1999), and Funding Your Ministry (Whether You’re Gifted or Not) by Scott Morton, Dawson Media (NavPress), 1999. According to Rick, “Both are superb, each one having good illustrations and Bible studies for readers to work through. Sommers has a multi-ethnic, North American ministry orientation (by InterVarsity, understandable), with two chapters dedicated to the unique challenges for women raising ministry funding. Those helpful chapters are written by Donna Wilson.” Rick goes on to add, “Funding Your Ministry is . . . replete with top-quality page design and dozens of cartoons by Wayne Stayskal–worth the price of admission in their own right. It’s a very easy read, and full of pithy illustrations from Morton’s own experience. Morton includes a valuable chapter on how to manage the money one raises–how to make and live on a budget! By comparison to Morton’s book, Getting Sent is text-heavy. But they both cover very important, highly practical issues and both have excellent charts, exercises, and forms useful to readers who are willing to act on what they learn from the authors.” Great job, Rick! Thanks for the tip-offs! To visit Amazon.com and buy the Getting Sent book for $11.69 (that’s 10% off the list price of $12.99), click to: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0830822186/teamexpansiononl For Funding Your Ministry, a $16 investment, go to: https://www.gospelcom.net/navs/navinfo/resources/dawson/order/store.php3
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BOOKS FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T READ!

Darryl is interested in creating a resource book designed to teach fundamental Bible concepts and scriptures to Christian workers and/or believers (and non believers!) who are illiterate! But before he starts he wants to be sure that there is not already a resource out there that effectively does the same thing. The nature of the resource would allow it to be used with any language group because somebody will have to teach them the (simplified) “language”. If you know of an existing resource or would be interested in helping in some way (like helping to translate words to images or “simplifying” scriptures), contact Darryl ditnojatpoboxdotcom  (ditnojatpoboxdotcom)  .
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AFRICA (CORRECT SITE)

praying hands Remember that 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for the continent from 1 November to 10 December? The web address for that is http://www.nupsa.org.za. Apologies if the first address left you empty-handed. As much as possible, we’ll do our best to try out each web address in advance of printing it. (Unfortunately, we wrote the last Brigada Today on a TWA jet, out of reach of an Internet connection.)
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MAKE TIME FOR LEARNING RUSSIAN

Alexandra wrote this past week, “We are in our first week of language training through Russian Language Ministries http://www.russianlanguage.org and I am THOROUGHLY convinced that anyone planning on ministering in the CIS and surrounding countries NEEDS to go through the course here. The focus at RLM is communication–both comprehension and speaking. The instructors are dedicated to equipping people to effectively share Christ. I’ve struggled a LOT over the past three years to teach myself Russian and learn through college courses. And I’ve been frustrated to tears time and time again. For the first time I believe I will really be able to learn and communicate in the language. This is by God’s grace, I know. But I think a lot of credit goes to RLM, too. My husband was an Army Russian linguist, and he says the program here is superior in many ways to the military’s Russian language training. So, if anyone is planning on serving in a Russian speaking area, you NEED to come to RLM!” Sounds like Alexandra is a satisfied customer! Thanks!
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REACHING PRISONERS AROUND THE WORLD

Been searching for a unique way to illustrate a particular story you love to use when sharing Christ with prisoners? Why not ask a professional artist to help?! “Pictures With A Message” is an organization established specifically for that purpose. One example: A modern version of an old picture called “The Broad and the Narrow Way” is proving very useful as an evangelistic tool amongst prisoners who cannot read. In fact, maybe you’d like to help the artist with Scriptures, ideas, insight, stories, and sayings that will communicate God’s heart to prisoners. The specific work will be called: “A Prisoner’s Guide from Death to Life.” Check it out at http://picturemaker.safeshopper.com or write petermillatlineonedotnet  (petermillatlineonedotnet)   for more information.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE TEACH CONFLICT RESOLUTION?

Brigada autoresponder At Team Expansion, we are greatly privileged to have on our staff a nearly- full-time Pastoral Care Coordinator named Donna Cole. She networks together with pastors-to-missionaries from all over the world. With her help, we’ve been trying to foster better teamwork around the world. One of the primary components we need to teach is conflict resolution. How do we train teams to get along, to solve problems, and create workable “win-win” situations for each other, for their families, and for their work around the world? That’s the subject of a short paper we’re trying to assemble here at Brigada. You can get a copy of the 27K file in its current form by sending a blank email to conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg  (conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg)  . If you’d like to add to the paper, please send your material to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   with a subject line that reads, “conflict resolution”. (Only those emails will be handled correctly by the filter I’ve set up in my email client.) By the way, to get an index of other autoresponders and other helpful information, write to brigada-infoatbrigadadotorg  (infoatbrigadadotorg)  . Thanks for your input. And do be careful — because it’s a jungle out there! :-)
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000820 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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STILL SPACE AT CP’S FOCUSED STRATEGIES CONFERENCE

calendar There’s still time to register for Caleb Project’s “FOCUSED STRATEGIES CONFERENCE” Sept 21-23 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. This conference is designed to equip churches and individuals for effective ministry among the unreached by focusing their ministry efforts on specific people groups, including sessions on selecting and researching a people group, persisting in prayer, building networks and partnerships, serving the field, and honoring the ministry of the local church. Contact Caleb Project’s Advocacy & Research Department at 303-730-4170 or trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  . Read more at http://www.calebproject.org/focusedstrategies
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RECRUITING PRAYER FOR FRANCE

praying hands According to its organizers, France2001 is aiming to motivate thousands of believers all over the world to pray for France. For more information visit the website http://www.france2001.org, or email lafrance2001ataoldotcom  (lafrance2001ataoldotcom)  .
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HELPS FOR FUND-RAISING

movie camera Many mission organizations turn to the popular Moody Press book People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support to provide a Biblically based, step-by-step guide to finding and securing financial support for missionaries.

Now Moody is pleased to announce that a 6-hour video and audio series based on the book is available. Author William Dillon shares practical insights from over thirty years of fund raising experience. The combination of video, PowerPoint, study guide, textbook, audio, and role-playing addresses all learning styles and provides all you will ever need in one neat package.

The People Raising Premier video edition is now available to mission organizations and individuals. You can order this exciting series on the web http://www.peopleraising.com or call toll free 877-611-PEOPLE or e-mail billatpeopleraisingdotcom  (billatpeopleraisingdotcom)  .

Also on the website is a tip of the month and a monthly e-mail newsletter.

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LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION CENTER FROM GALCOM

Check out this new portable kiosk from GalCom. It’s intended for use at world fairs, exhibitions and events such as the Olympics. It has a built in printer and computer phone system with four receivers, each of which can play back a five to seven minute Gospel message in up to 100 different languages. At the end of the message, the listener has the option of getting a printout of the message in his/her mother tongue. At the bottom of the message, there is the name of an organization that can do follow up.

This and the other ministry tools mentioned immediately below all come from our friends at GalCom. You can contact them at Galcomatgalcomdotorg  (Galcomatgalcomdotorg)   or visit their web site: http://www.galcom.org. (We saw this item in the Global Worship Report. For a free subscription to the Global Worship Report, send email to global-worship-subscribeatccdotegroupsdotcom  (global-worship-subscribeatccdotegroupsdotcom)  .)

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SOLAR PA SYSTEM

man with a megaphone These systems have a handy shoulder strap for portability and convenience. They come with a built in power pack which can be charged up by direct sunlight or by an incandescent light bulb so there is no need for additional batteries. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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“GLORIA” MICROCHIP MUSIC PLAYBACK SYSTEM

musical notes Close to 600 hymns are available at the touch of a button. The case is the size of a small lunch box with a calculator pad on top. You may choose any one of nine different natural sounding instruments for accompaniment as well as the key and tempo of your choice. This is an ideal tool for church meetings or prayer groups of 10 to 1000 people. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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“SAINT” SATELLITE TRANSCEIVER

satellite antenna This unit can be used to communicate from a main base in, e.g., North America or Europe, to almost anywhere in the world in approximately two hours (much faster than the mail service). The unit fits into a flight case and can run on solar, 110VAC or 220VAC . The operators must have a Ham operating license but there is no cost for airtime. Its creators assert that there is no other device like this in the world. It can be operated off a regular personal computer or even a lap top computer. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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SPEECH TRANSLATION UNIT

Approximately five cubic inches, this unit has a selection of frequencies between 88 MHz and 108 MHz as well as 72 MHz on which to broadcast. Depending on the frequency, it can cover an area approximately as large as a dome stadium. It comes with a microphone so that you can do simultaneous translation at multi- lingual events. You can use any number of units at one conference. Special FM radio receivers with headphones are available as well. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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PERSECUTED CHURCH NEWSLETTER

letter and ligntening bolt A new mission publication, “Persecuted Church” will be launched in September. This is a free email newsletter. To subscribe, send any message to the following automated address: join-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg  (join-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg)   The goal of its organizers is to provide you with timely news about the persecuted church around the world.
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WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A ONE-YEAR DRUG SUPPLY?

Dr. Carroll travdocattravdocdotcom  (travdocattravdocdotcom)   (“The Travel Doctor”) from New Zealand wants to know where in the world one can go for a year’s supply of a particular drug (in the case of someone going to a field where such drugs will be unavailable). If he hears a source, he’ll make it available to us here on Brigada.
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FOR SEBASTIAN (AND ANY DISCOURAGED MOBILIZERS)

Global Focus assists churches by mobilizing their people to get on mission with God by using their resources, gifts and abilities to make a global impact. The program starts with a weekend seminar (Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning), that combines teaching, prayer times for unreached people groups and inspiring videos to educate and encourage church leaders to reflect God’s heart for the world. According to organizers, there’s never a dull moment! The seminar introduces 8 personalized dynamics for making missions real in the congregation. Partnerships with missionaries and national workers are forged so that the church not only prays and supports, but also actually helps a missionary in his ministry through short-term teams and other helps ministries. After the seminar these 8 personalized dynamics are hammered out through a mentoring relationship lasting 12-14 months. One of the dynamics is the Global Impact Celebration (a.k.a. missions conference) where the world is brought to the church. It becomes the most exciting event of the year. For more information, contact David DNelsonatufmdotorg  (DNelsonatufmdotorg)   or Glenn GKurkaatufmdotorg  (GKurkaatufmdotorg)  , Missions Mobilizers of UFM International http://www.ufm.org/.
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NEED DEBRIEFING FROM SHORT-TERMS TO AFRICA OR THE MIDDLE EAST?

If you’re planning to send Short-Term Mission Teams into Africa or the Middle East sometime in the near future, contact Greg or Michelle at COMMIT Ministries commitatJunodotcom  (commitatJunodotcom)  . They will arrange two days debriefing time near Malaga, Spain, before your group returns home. If you’re sending groups into Russia, Eastern or Western Europe, COMMIT will arrange a debriefing stopover in Neuschwanstein Germany. Asia? Teams can spend a few days debriefing in Hawaii. The rates are quite low and COMMIT will work with airline wholesalers to give you the best airfares for your debriefing needs.
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GLOBAL PRAYER NETWORK NEEDS/WANTS “SEBASTIANS”

praying hands With more than 20,000 members in over 49 countries e-Prayer members pray for missionaries, their prayer requests, world needs, and needs of network members. Raised up “for such a time as this” there is no more important work – for those who may not go – than to give God no rest for those who labor in His fields. The Bible repeatedly exhorts us to prayer. “To a Christian there is no difference between the secular and the sacred; all ground is holy ground and every bush is a burning bush.” – author unknown. Whether you join e-Prayer or not your prayer requests are welcome. To subscribe or to send prayer requests send to: MarjaWaldonatxcdotorg  (MarjaWaldonatxcdotorg)   with “subscribe e-Prayer’ in the subject or message line.
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WEBWATCH: LOVE IN MANY LANGUAGES

WebWatch Thanks to Barb for pointing us to http://www.greatcom.org/, which shares the message of Jesus Christ in many languages, courtesy Campus Crusade.
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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000813 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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INCREDIBLE RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN’S MISSIONS ED.

block Whoa. Have you gotten a look at the new children’s missions education resources hot off the press from the Christian and Missionary Alliance National Office? Incredible. Giant binders ooze with videos, cassettes, and full-color booklets. And the best part is . . . there are lots of practical ideas here. The “Kids on a Mission Curriculum Kit” is $42 — but it contains 7 units plus a wrap-up session to teach grades 1-5 about the Great Commission and Unreached Peoples. Complete with overheads and reproducible activity sheets, maps, and cards. Then — get this — the “Kids on a Mission Musical” ($52) would be a great ribbon to tie that course off. It can be done with as few as 8 children and includes a spiral-bound book, a CD sound track and accompaniment, sheet music, reproducible scripts, production notes, devotional guide, costume patterns, set design pattern ([inhale yawning face — Whew! blinking1eyes ), choreography, companion products listing and poster! Then there are special pens, t- shirts, leaders’ shirts, witness bracelet kits, and even keychains! Purchase from http://www.cmalliance.org (click on “Local Churches” then CE Ministries), or call toll-free in the USA or elsewhere via Net2Phone to 877-284-3262. While there, ask about “Building Great Commission Kids (missions planner manuals and lesson books), “How to Conduct a Successful Kids’ Missions Festival From A to Z”, Missions Prayer tools for kids, and Kids’ Mission Fest Modules (like “Search and Rescue — Take the Challenge… Reach the Lost”). Great stuff. All these materials are generic enough to be used by any stream of churches (not just the C&MA). Hats off to Marv Parker and the people that have helped him make this happen.
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AFRICA

praying hands After a consultation in Kampala, Uganda, leaders from Africa issued a call to 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for the continent from 1 November to 10 December. A prayer calendar is available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and English. For more info email nupsaatglobaldotcodotza  (nupsaatglobaldotcodotza)  . All the info and the calendars in the different languages are also available at website: http://www.nupsa.org.za.
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DOGPILE GATHERS A PACK OF STRAY RESPONSES

WebWatchNever let it be said that those “dogpile” users out there aren’t passionate about their product! We rec’d several supportive (and a couple of negative) emails about http://www.dogpile.com as a search engine. One Brigada participant wrote, “…When I was growing up, we used the word to describe kids piling on each other in play–one person might be on the ground, someone yells, ‘dogpile!’ and everyone piles on. … ” I’ll have to admit — once I heard his explanation, it made a lot more sense. At the same time, I’d suggest you pass on the “jokes” listed at the search site. At least one reader commented on the fact that several were in very poor taste.
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TRAINING TO TEACH ENGLISH IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

graduation cap Youth With a Mission (Lebanon, Pa USA) is offering a special TESOL course, June 18 to July 13, 2001. For more info., contact: YWAM at USA tel. 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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DISCIPLESHIP AND CROSS-CULTURAL MENTORING

graduation cap That’s what you’ll get at YWAM’s “Crossroads Discipleship School” based in Lebanon, Pa, USA. From April 23 to July 13, 2001, you can take part in special cross- cultural training followed by an eight-week outreach to the Muslim Tatar people of Ukraine. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,520 per person. Add about $2,000.00 per person for the outreach phase. For more information call tel. 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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USED COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES

computer This is recycling to the max. Give an old computer so that someone else can use it to gain new life! In the USA, contact “Enable” via http://www.servants-inc.org, and in the UK, see Computers for Charity on the web at http://www.computersforcharity.org.uk. If you learn of other such groups, please inform Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . (Thanks Tony!)
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CZECH OUT THESE MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Check out the Czech mission-oriented prayer requests and news at http://www.prayer.cz. Reach the author, Petr, at nfkmsatcmaildotcz  (nfkmsatcmaildotcz)  .
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DESTINATION 2000 MISSIONS EVENT SCUTTLED

event canceled The Destination 2000 event scheduled in Kalamazoo on October 13 and 14 at Calvary Bible Church has been cancelled. For more info., contact Bryan (616-372-1130) or see the web at http://wwwCalvaryBible.org.
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THE BACKPAGE: WILL SOMEONE PRAY FOR “SEBASTIAN?”

This past week, I received the following note from a Brigada participant whom we’ll call “Sebastian” [not his real name]: “Dear Doug, “I like to receive Brigada even though I am not a missionary because the world wide missionary news is very exciting and spiritually uplifting. I don’t have resources to contribute much to any of the goings on but sometimes I do share what I learn through you with the members of my church. “The sad part is that it doesn’t get them as excited as I get. Sometimes I feel as if I am a missionary here among a people who say they believe the gospel but who have lost their zeal for their faith. But since I have been here I also fear that some of the responsibility lies in my faulty leadership. In spite of the humility therein I have not lost my joy and continue to have faith that God is working underground right now and soon some fresh new spring time sprouts of fruitfulness will begin to poke their heads above ground. “This is my prayer and my request. Is there any one there able to uphold this minister and his flock in prayer for God’s power to be more evident among us?” [snip snip… end of note]

So I got to wondering… how many “Sebastians” are out there right now, hoping against hope that God will raise up a new missions movement within the particular part of Christ’s body where they are ministering. And so they wait. . . . And wait. . . . and wait some more.

Well I believe that God’s heart breaks for these special servants. And I believe He yearns for them to know of His patient heart on their behalf.

What do you say we lift them up . . . right now . . . even if it’s only for 15 seconds. (Hint: some might want to pray longer.) Here’s a prayer we could all pray together — in our own words, of course: “Lord, right now, I thank you for ‘Sebastian’ and all those like him who yearn to awaken others to a world in need. I ask that you would give them endurance for the long haul. I pray you’ll give them incredible measures of wisdom as to how to be gentle but firm ‘watchmen on the wall’ to sound the trumpet for unreached peoples around the world. I pray that they’ll never ‘grow weary in well doing.’ Likewise, please don’t ever let them become bitter, but instead to be patient and sensitive in getting the message across to others. And in the end, Lord, may your heart go out to them all the more. You’ve promised to be ‘with us until the end of the age’ and you gave that promise immediately after you commissioned your disciples to take the gospel to all nations. Please help us finish that task, for your glory. Amen.” Thanks . . . and “Sebastian” . . . please know that there are people praying for you!

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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In this issue….

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TWO BOOKS FOR THOSE SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

 

books Those involved in sharing hope with Muslims will welcome the arrival of two brand new resources, both of which are being distributed by the William Carey Library. Muslims, Magic and the Kingdom of God (Rick Love) focuses on church planting among “folk Muslims.” He blends good discussions about contextualization with full explanations of evil spirits. Those from conservative backgrounds will especiallyappreciate his study of scriptural case studies (e.g., “Moses and Magic,” “Four Models of Power Encounter in Acts,” “Artemis: A Territorial Spirit?”, etc.). It’s normally $17.99 but is available at the discounted price of $12.25 from William Carey Library (contact information below).

The second book is Ministry to Muslim Women: Longing to Call them Sisters (ed. by Fran Love and Jeleta Eckheart). Basically, it’s a compendium of presentations shared at the Consultation on Ministry to Muslim Women, May 1999, Mesa Arizona. Some 16 agencies were present there with an attempt to discern tools, training, and mobilization resources. Though I’m not a female — obviously :-) — to me the book succeeds at its quest, examining such issues as why Muslim women come to Christ (Miriam Adeney did that one!), what helps them grow in Christ, and how to build “community” among them. Valuable stuff. The case studies alone are probably worth the price of the book, which retails for $16.99, but is available to Brigada Today readers for $11.75, again from William Carey. You can order by calling 800-MISSION (from within the USA or via Net2Phone). You can email ordersatwcibooksdotcom  (ordersatwcibooksdotcom)   for info… but remember not to pass credit card information over open email. (I’ve written them about getting a PayPal ID. Maybe they’ll have it by the time you order! :-) A highly recommended pair of tools . . . especially if Muslims are the people you love and serve day by day.

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NOKIA PHONE HOAX

 

OPC logo Hey… do me a favor. If you get an email asking you to forward a particular message on to 25 other people, ignore it. Seemingly none of those chain letters are ever true. One of the latest touts a free mobile phone from Nokia, a statement Nokia asserts they never made. You can see Nokia’s official hoax warning at: http://www.nokia.com/webcampaign/ You can get more information about email hoaxes (how to spot them, how to avoid them, and where to learn more about them) by emailing a blank message to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)  .

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HOW TO GET THE REGULAR NEWS TO YOUR PRAYER BASE AND DONORS

 

We occasionally get notes from readers referring us to one or more new sites on the web where we can get a free web presence. For example, this past week someone referred us to http://www.injesus.com. So far, though, we have yet to see another site with as much to offer as good ‘ole eGroups… www.egroups.com. Most sites with a free web presence are just that — a web presence — which automatically leaves out those who don’t regularly scan the web. And even if the site sends a “wake-up call” to all your subscriber base via email, what’s up with that? Why couldn’t they just send out your prayer request via email like eGroups does? :-) Instead of just reading your prayer request, now the reader has to log onto your site to read your prayer request. :-) Anyway, feel free to hook up with http://www.injesus.com— but as for me (especially for those readers who don’t regularly cruise the web, but instead use mostly email), I’ll keep on using eGroups because they pump out the information itself.

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CORRECTION ON “FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE”

 

lighting the way If you tried to access “FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE“, you found that the password supplied by the contributor didn’t work. The username is, in fact, kenwilly, and the password is facs. No caps. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our Brigada family. Once again, just go to http://www.freedrive.comand put in that username and password and you’re in — twenty-two biblically-based articles relevant to missions are yours free.

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NEW CD-ROMS ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM AND LINGUALINKS

 

cd-rom Mission Training International (MTI) has just made available two new CD-ROM’s. The World of Islam is produced by Global Mapping International — and we’ve mentioned it before. It is an incredibly valuable resource with over 50 publications concerning the religion of Islam and witnessing to Muslim people, complete with photographs and maps of the Muslim world. The second, LinguaLinks Language Learning Bookshelf, is produced by SIL International. It is designed to help you learn to communicate in a second language. There is a multimedia section which includes a phonetics practice and language learning troubleshooter. There are over 20 books and articles to help the language learner. To order either resource, feel free to contact MTI, PO Box 50110, Colorado Springs, CO 80949, 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687, fax 719-594-4682, email minternataoldotcom  (minternataoldotcom)   or on the web at http://www.mti.org.

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MAYBE THE FUTURE OF KOREA-BASED MISSIONS

 

The one hundred and fifty young people, mostly South Koreans, who met for the Love Korea outreach in the southern city of Pusan were a sign that a new breed of missionaries can be expected from South Korea in the near future. With the nation’s drive to learn English, and the church’s drive to cater for youth with contemporary style church services, as well as the influence of the media, particularly television, the new breed of missionaries will be more like their counterpart from the west. One church hopes to send one thousand of its ten thousand members into missions: whether as short-termers, tentmakers or career missionaries. Right now this church has five short term teams: two within Korea and one each in China, Japan and Mongolia. Praise God that the economy is recovering again, many Koreans are proficient in English, lay people are being accepted for mission work, and missions is seen far more as the job of the whole church. Pray that the current 8,000 Korean missionaries will soon be increased by other Koreans joining them from the 40,000 churches in Korea. Koreans are making waves in world missions and are partners with the rest of the body of Christ in finishing the task of world missions. Let there be “a church for every people and the Gospel for every person”. For more information contact chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg  (chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg)  .

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SHARPEN YOUR RELATIONAL SKILLS

 

calendarThese biblically based, interactive five-day workshops are now available during 2000:

  • September 25-29 in Japan and North Carolina
  • October 2-6 in Florida
  • October 9-13 in Colorado and BC, Canada

For more information about these workshops and a person to contact, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com/workshops.htm or send an e-mail to kenatRelationshipSkillsdotcom  (kenatRelationshipSkillsdotcom)  . If your mission would like to sponsor an SYIS Workshop, contact Ken at the same email address. This ministry is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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THE RETURN OF THE REALITY CHECK

 

After more than a year of silence, Justin Long has decided to start writing again. Justin is launching with an in-depth analysis of the statistics of the last thirty years as given on Barrett’s web site http://www.gem-werc.org. You can sign up by sending a message to reality-check-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (reality-check-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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WEBWATCH: ANOTHER FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE

 

WebWatch Brian wrote this past week to remind us of his favorite search engine, but one we omitted during our recent list of searching sites. Who knows… Maybe I have a built-in aversion to the name. :-) http://www.dogpile.com/ I mean… where do they come up with this stuff. Yikes. gulp Anyway, Brian feels like, for all its problems with a titles, it hits most of the ones we mentioned and a who lot more. In fact, Brian felt it was “the engine of engines!” Okay… maybe so. But am I going to type in that name every time I want to look something up? :-)

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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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