Monthly Archives: May 2001

20010527 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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OXFORD PROGRAM IN MISSION AND DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE

graduation cap The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Oxford, England) is offering a one-year MA programme in “Mission and Development Practice” from September 2001 (8 months of taught courses in Oxford and 4 months writing a dissertation; part-time options available). Designed for development practitioners, missionaries, Christian leaders and NGO workers, the programme will equip participants to reflect on cutting edge issues in development practice from a Christian perspective, and to develop practical responses. For an application form or further information, please contact the MA Programme Director, OCMS, at impatocmsdotacdotuk  (impatocmsdotacdotuk)   or apply online at http://www.ocms.ac.uk/main/prospectus.shtml or log onto the OCMS Website: www.ocms.ac.uk. Apply by mail to OCMS, PO Box 70, Oxford, OX2 6HB, UK, or phone +44-1865-556071. (The programme is highly recommended for those engaged in development and holistic mission on the frontiers–contact long-time Brigada fan Dr. Len if you have questions: LBartatoxfreedotcom  (LBartatoxfreedotcom)  ). Deadline for applications: July 1, 2001.
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WANTED: RESOURCES ON WORKING WITH AN INTERPRETER

Do you have experience working with an interpreter in a teaching situation? Do you know of any resources that can help? Mike wants to know. Please contact him at mefastatamdgdotcomdotph  (mefastatamdgdotcomdotph)   or mefastatbigfootdotcom  (mefastatbigfootdotcom)  . We’ll try to publish any of his bigger findings here.
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THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S IT LIKE TO FAIL?

glbooksc Those who are long-term readers of Brigada Today will perhaps remember one of my greatest failures (at least in my own eyes): trying for… and failing… my “C” soccer coaching license. (See “THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?” from the July 30, 1999 issue, and “THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR&” from the July 9th, 1999, issue.) Perhaps you’ll remember my having observed that it is generally agreed that the “C” license is a fairly difficult license to obtain. The only way to get one, in fact, is to attend a 9-day clinic overseen by United States Soccer Federation national coaching staff, then pass a fairly difficult battery of written essays, oral & written exams, and on-the-field practical coaching evaluations with real teams. In the summer of 1999, I wrote in Brigada Today about how hard I had worked to try to pass the course… but then shared openly about how frustrating it was to be categorized as a failure. In other words, after all the time, energy and money invested, I failed the course.
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HOW TO HANDLE FAILURE

But in my reflection in Brigada Today, I also shared some ideas about how to handle failure. I suggested that we should first make sure that we really failed (an exchange of letters showed that I had indeed not succeeded), then, if the facts are undeniable, try to arrange for a 2nd chance, then try to prepare more effectively and, most of all, never, never quit.

soccer ball Well, last month I tried again.

I figured… hey… now I’ve been playing the game for 4 years in earnest, instead of just 2. And after all, those guys at that first clinic did seem kind of unfair. :-)

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“C” CLINIC, TAKE TWO

And so it was that I arrived in Nashville, TN, last month to invest yet another 9 days to try to upgrade my coaching license to a “C” level. Don’t ask me why I was doing it. I mean… it’s not like I’ll get a raise from the mission organization I lead. And since most of the coaches there were leading teams at high school or college level already, it wasn’t like it would have even been necessary, even if I coached for a living.

Still, I was haunted by having failed at my goal. And to me, that was reason enough.

Well this time, the instructors seemed much friendlier… but just as “tough.” They let us know in advance that not everyone would pass. Gulp. gulp Here we went again. But this time, I seemed somehow calmer… somehow a bit more self-assured… and maybe even, just a bit more prepared.

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THE “BIG GAME”

On the next-to-last day, however, when they chose two teams of 9 players each from among the 25 candidates (to take part in a “big game” that would, in effect, summarize everything we had been studying), I didn’t make the top 18. I was, obviously, disappointed, if not crushed. I wanted so much to play in that “big game.” Somehow I felt that if I could somehow do something… even something simple, it would show the instructors my passion and love for the game. With about 10 minutes left in the first half, I suddenly got my chance when one of the coaches (of Mexican descent) seemed too injured to go on. I was the first sub picked from the sideline. At least I wasn’t the last man chosen.
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RESTING IN THE ASSURING POWER OF GOD

That morning, I had knelt before God to ask, “Lord, it’s just a soccer game… but please… could you somehow help me do something right… something simple maybe… but something miraculous?” A few minutes later, I got my chance. We were down 1-0, when I saw a defender throwing the ball into the keeper. I knew the keeper wouldn’t be allowed to catch the ball (by new rules set in motion just 4 years ago). I rushed the keeper, arriving about the same time the ball arrived. He had to play the ball just as if he were another field player. At the very last moment, I somehow toe-poked the ball through his feet right into the path of one of my teammates. I had set up the tying goal. Everyone cheered. The Scottish forward who had tapped home the goal pointed directly to me as he ran back upfield and said, “That’s your goal, Douglas!” I was elated, to say the least.
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“HELP ME DO JUST ONE THING WELL”

Still, we were in only tied. But near the end of the second half, while running toward the opposing team’s goal, the ball basically dropped at my feet — not more than 6 yards from the goal itself! It was one of those rare moments in soccer where one’s life flashes before his eyes. :-) I knew that if I missed that goal, I would never forgive myself… nor would my teammates! The prayer flashed into my eyes. “Lord, please help me do something simple… something right… but something miraculous.” With one quick swing, the ball was in the net, past a gifted 25-year-old keeper that until last year played professionally in the English First Division. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had just scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the “big game”. God had answered my prayers. We won, 2-1. The toughest instructor walked me off the field saying, “Isn’t it something… the leading scorer wasn’t even supposed to be on the roster.” :-)
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A BURDEN LIFTED

One of my practical field sessions didn’t seem to go as well. The evaluator seemed to write forever. I thought for sure he had failed me. So I honestly didn’t know for sure until this past week, when the packet arrived from the USSF in Chicago. But when I saw the results, I knew that it could only be due to God’s deliverance: I had passed the test. I had reached my quest. Finally, after a long wait (=too long!), I finally had received my “C” coaching license.

In July, 1999, I had suggested “Never, never quit.” Now more than ever before I knew the importance of that advice. And thanks be to God’s determination working in me, victory was mine. I’ve already talked to at least one other coach who attended my clinic. He coaches a Christian High School soccer team in our area. And he didn’t pass. But for some reason, due to God’s nature, I did pass. I’m not a superior player, I don’t have outlandish skills, but … I guess… I didn’t give up.

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NEVER, NEVER, NEVER QUIT

Am I glad I stuck with it? Duh! Of course I am! It was one of those pieces of “unfinished business” in my life. Now, my shoulders seem so much lighter.

But in the end, I feel that my shoulders had very little to do with it. God is the true winner here… and I’m happy to give Him all the glory! Maybe more than anything else right now, that’s the most important part of this training! In the end, God was mighty and victorious in spite of the odds!!! :-)

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010520 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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QUESTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’ ELICITS WIDE-RANGING RESPONSE

Brigada autoresponder Just as the seasons change from winter & spring to summer & fall, so flowed the wide-ranging responses to the recent Backpage editorial, “SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?” You’ll recall that in my original editorial, I observed that there seemed to be a kind of “lull” going on out there — at least in some circles — when it comes to large-scale missions mobilization. By and large, it seemed that many agreed. What was notable was the rationale behind the silence. (There were a ton of responses. To read a compilation, send a blank email message to: silent-springatbrigadadotorg  (silent-springatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy of the 38K compilation will be automatically sent to your email inbox immediately.

In her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson effectively raised the national consciousness on all things regarding pesticides, ultimately forcing the government to ban DDT and spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. In addition, Carson’s book was instrumental in launching the “environmental movement.” According to many observers, it is one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Unfortunately, the little item in Brigada Today won’t end up making such a big impact. :-) That’s a shame. First of all, it’s a shame because instead of dying birds, we’ve got eternally lost civilizations. Second, it’s a pity because it seemed we had such momentum going (95-99)! And third, it’s a shame because Rachel Carson became such a famous hero. By contrast, whoever heard of Doug Lucas? :-)

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THEORY 1: MAYBE THERE’S NOISE, BUT WE CAN’T HEAR IT

In this camp were the “it’s-becoming-international” crowd. These folks theorize that the reason it seems so “quiet” is because the mobilization is no longer USA-based — or perhaps because of security issues. Mark (Cleveland, OH) pointed to websites like http://www.jesusfilm.org as proof that world evangelism is actually happening! Another friend in Eastern Europe wrote, “…I can’t tell you how exciting things are here! Not only that thousands are turning to Christ (though they are), but also seeing people from former communist countries dedicating themselves to serving cross-culturally. There’s a big pool of potential missionaries right here in Europe. How neat to see God’s hand at work!” A long-time friend (and former employee of AD2000!) wrote, “…Maybe things are silent because many people went to work among Unreached People Groups and aren’t so interested in loud mobilization efforts. That’s me. Maybe they are working in restricted access countries and don’t want to make loud noises less the authorities notice. …”

I’ll admit that I see some anecdotal evidence of this, now and then, but I’ll hasten to add that, in my travels so far, it seems this non-Western-based mission effort is, at best, “uneven,” in that there are still vast uncharted territories where no one is venturing to set up shop. And dare I say that it seems to mostly be happening in partnership with Western projects rather than totally in isolation of them. Do you agree? If this is the case, the implications are far-reaching. For… (and I know it’ll sound colonial and patronizing, so I’ll only mention the possibility) if we back off, then could it be that we’ll lose whatever ground we’ve gained in helping mission-receiving churches to become mission-senders?

The other side of this theory comes from the “now-it’s-a-grass-roots-affair” believers. These folks argued that the current situation is actually healthier, because instead of having to follow a vocal, motivational leader (like… maybe… Luis Bush???), churches and agencies (Western and non-Western) have caught the vision and they’re functioning in and near unreached peoples with high security — so no wonder I wouldn’t be hearing about it. Okay. Maybe. But in my limited experience, we hear feedback on the field side quite easily, even if we’re not hearing much on the sender-side of things. And on the field side, I must say, I don’t think I’m seeing throngs of new career-oriented cross-cultural witnesses. Lots of short-termers, maybe… in fact hordes of short-termers, in some cases. But, in some areas, I have to wonder who will become the five-year-folks — or better yet — the fifteen year folks — that we so desperately need.

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THEORY 2: MAYBE THE MAGIC MOMENT HAS PASSED

These folks mostly sounded rather like realists. They basically “called a spade a spade.” Having heard lots of “noise” in the latter decade, they’re now wondering what’s become of it all. To these folks — and there were several — the huge groundswell of new full-time workers never really materialized. In its place are the short-term visitors who never really fully integrate. So long-term church-planting and leadership training, at least among the least reached, will suffer. “Jeff” wrote, “Three college grads who caught my missions obsession in 1995-2000 are now raising support and going [to work among unreached peoples]. But I notice that I am not mobilizing new folks as quickly. I have noticed an increased concern and sense of fear that missions is intolerant and destroys native cultures (typical mantra).” Rats. And lest we pat ourselves on the back too much about short-terms, another wrote, “We have had a summer intern program since 1989. For only the second summer, we will not have any this summer.” Yikes. Has the “magic moment” passed?

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THEORY 3: MAYBE THE BEST IS YET TO COME

There were at least a couple of starry-eyed optimists who felt (at least said) that we now stand on the brink of what could turn out to be the greatest decade of missions of all time. These observers point to the perspectives classes (with enrollment at new highs, I might add), the tons of short-termers (already mentioned), international participation (mentioned above), and patient seed-sowing among mission-sending churches. Bit-by-bit, they build a strong case for believing in the tomorrow of world missions. As an example to this group, Dennis (Portland, OR USA) writes, “Perhaps we’ve been motivated enough for a period of time and need to apply some of the theory for a while and then move to the next level where we will need more education/motivation/whatever. I think that we know all we need to know to do what God wants us to do at this time for our particular church anyway. I don’t know how much impact our congregation will have on fulfilling the Great Commission but we seem to be starting to understand that we do have a part.” And Tom wrote from Houston, TX, “I wonder if we are in a sort of “pregnant pause” right now. Perhaps God is on the verge of initiating something new that will demonstrate His power and grace to a waiting world. He did say that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Oh, that it would happen in our cities, in our nation and in the nations of the world. Perhaps this is just a time for some of us to catch our breath before the next big wave.” One very encouraging Brigada participant described the ongoing (rather amazing) mobilization in his congregation, then closed by adding this… “Here’s to a veritable flood of emails like this one, that will encourage your heart, and help you to see that we are ringed about with mighty warriors of God who are standing all around us, and joining with us in the battle that not only rages on, but has already been won. This is not a silent spring at all! All around me I hear the roar of battle, and the praises of newly-born children of God!”
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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Do you have access to the web… or do you know someone who would assist you? If so, head on over to our Brigada-Today poll at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/polls. Mark one of the choices and let’s see what the 10,000 or so Brigada-Today audience believes? The poll closes June 9th (two weeks). More on this possible phenomenon later…
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HARVEST TIME FOR JAPAN?

Harvest Fields Ministries has begun a campaign to recruit 200 church planters for Japan and 50 for the island nation of Taiwan. Harvest Fields is also looking for an Area Director for each country. Contact mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or write: Harvest Fields Ministries, PMB 170, 610-A E. Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807 USA. Meanwhile, Team Expansion is praying God will raise up workers for Tokyo in particular. If you’re interested, write to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   and/or visit the Team Expansion website at: http://www.teamexpansion.org Prospective recruits can begin with the summer in Tokyo during 2002, at which time they’ll help with church growth research and outreach.
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CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) is accepting paper proposals for the 2002 annual conference Feb. 21-23 in Louisville, KY at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The conference theme is “Refining Responses to New and World Religions in the 21st Century.” Proposals should address issues relevant to cults of Christianity, new religious movements and world religions. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to issues of missiological importance. Papers demonstrating up-to-date research, familiarity with and use of primary sources, the integration of history, theology, the social sciences and strategies from a soundly evangelical missiological perspective will be given primary consideration. Proposals shall include an abstract of not less than 250 words and must be postmarked by September 30. Please send all proposals to John Morehead at Watchman Fellowship, P.O. Box 227, Loomis, CA 95650-0227, or via e-mail at moreheadatquiknetdotcom  (moreheadatquiknetdotcom)  . For more information about EMNR visit http://www.emnr.org.
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NEW IDEAS FOR BIBLE TRANSLATORS

Bible Here’s a resource (Thanks Keith!) which may help Bible translators. It’s The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals The Hebrew Source Of English, by Isaac E. Mozeson, 2000. According to the author, Hebrew may be the source and key for all languages. Those outside of American need to put .us on the web addresses and email, after .com. http://www.hebrewworld.com/theword.html http://www.amazon.com for reviews http://www.swrc.com for past audio broadcast and book; http://www.cftinet.com/~mordecai for author’s web site, and email, mozesonatyahoodotcom  (mozesonatyahoodotcom)  .
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TRANSPLANTED AND CONTEXTUALIZED CHURCHES

The article “Transplanted and Contextualized Churches” is the subject for this Monthly Missiological Reflection by Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen. This is a timely topic because many missions churches, like banana plants in a cold climate, are unable to reproduce and need special care just to survive. You can read this article at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/mmr17.htm You can subscribe to future Missiological Reflections at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/subscribe.asp.
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CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK ON “MISSIONPREP”

lighting the way Well, I had heard that “dot com” companies were dropping like flies, but this is ridiculous. Earlier, “CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING IN TORONTO THROUGH MISSIONPREP“, we neglected the “dot com” in the URL! The proper address should be: http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep/ Please pardon us for any inconvenience! (Thanks for catching it Chris!)
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PRAY ‘ROUND AFRICA

praying hands Have you heard about 2001PRAY? Time to get involved. Check out their website www.2001PRAY.org. According to one researcher, this is one of the biggest prayer efforts for Africa in the 20+years out here. (Thanks Larry!)
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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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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!

20010513 Brigada Today

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SPECIAL PRICES ON SPECIAL BOOKS

books Bill Berry is pulling out the stops to offer some partially dated stock at rock bottom pricing. Get “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations”, by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, for half-price in case lots of 38 copies for just $4.00/copy + shipping charges. “The Short-Term Mission Handbook” (288 pages, 1992 edition, $10 cover price) has dropped to $1/copy, plus UPS charges (same as above). Get Into All The World, 2001 Edition in case lots of 50 copies for $25/case (includes UPS charges). For more information, write Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)   or call 626-798-8582 or fax 626-798-2712.
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CONTEXTUALIZATION

“What Color Is Jesus? How Can We Present Jesus to a New Culture without Bringing Our Own?” is a key article from David Learner, published in Mission Frontiers: http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&id=5299 (Thanks Tony!)
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PRAYER FOR SOUTH ASIAN HINDUS & MUSLIMS IN NORTH AMERICA

praying hands On June 15 and 16, 2001 in the Twin Cities (MN) South Asian Resources will host its first Prayer Conference for South Asian Hindus and Muslims in North America and the unreached peoples of South Asia. All believers burdened for these peoples are welcome. With increasingly large numbers of South Asian professionals, immigrants, students and tourists coming to North America we need to pray for the Lord to open their minds to His light and to open the hearts of the North American church to welcome them. No registration fee but please register with PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom  (PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom)  . For details call 651-426-4687 (Central Time).
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WANT TO IMPACT THE WORLD?

If you speak standard native English, you are already equipped with the skills needed to teach English all over the world. All you need in addition to those skills is a love for people of other cultures, a little appetite for adventure, a measure of flexibility, and a short, six-week course to train you in teaching methodology. Then you can effectively help others learn English or improve their English ability. Try out the Tesol School from June 15- July 27th, 2001, Henan Province, China. Click to: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE TECHNOLOGY TIDE

Just as a surfer needs to learn to read the waves, we need to learn to read the ‘waves’ God sends our way. In the providence of God, we are in the midst of a huge technology wave that may come roaring down on top of us if we are not prepared. Bob L has prepared and article about “Globalization and Its Challenges for Christian Media” You can read it now on http://www.newWway.org or download it to read on your PalmOs platform! (There are also three more free books for your PDA on newWway.org)
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR WALLET IS STOLEN

Traveling overseas seems to “up the odds” that you’ll be pick-pocketed. What do you do if your wallet is stolen? As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately. To do that, you’ll need all those toll free numbers and your card numbers. So write them down somewhere in advance — and not just in your wallet, silly. :-) File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, so you can prove to credit providers that you were diligent. If you’re from the USA, call (or have someone in the USA call) the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS# — to keep your credit clean. The numbers for the credit bureaus are: Equifax 800-525-6285; Experian (formerly TRW) 888-397-3742; Trans Union 800-680-7289. Again, if you’re from the USA, you might also call the Social Security Administration at 800-269-0271. (Thanks Alan!)
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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap A two-month full-time missions school will be conducted from July 9th-August 31st in Hampton, Virginia. USA. The sixteen courses include Cross-Cultural Communications & Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your mission call both around the block and around the world. For more information phone Greg Baust at Global Ministry Teams on 757-868-1269 or by e-mail at gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)  .
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FRENCH LANGUAGE MISSIONS TRAINING

graduation cap A bilingual French English Discipleship Training School is being offered September 23rd 2001 to February 22nd 2002 by Youth With a Mission in Dunham, Quebec. Experience French culture and language during the 3-month intensive lecture phase followed by two months of international outreach. You will be exposed to French language speakers from a variety of backgrounds — Europe, Quebec and Africa. Experience ‘missionary’ meals too! Cost is $3000 Cdn, not including airfare. (Approximately $2000US depending on current rate of exchange). For more information contact jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca  (jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca)   or check it out on the web at: http://iquebec.ifrance.com/jemnet/.
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CHRISTIAN PHOTOJOURNAL

“Worldscope from the field” offers a free monthly e-zine dedicated to showing people “a window into the church around the world.” Don’t miss this month’s coverage of MAF is Lesotho. Visit Worldscope’s web site at http://www.wspublications.com to subscribe and to find out how to contribute articles and/or photos to share a story from your corner of the globe. You may also subscribe by sending an e-mail entitled “subscribe” to wsfromthefieldataoldotcom  (wsfromthefieldataoldotcom)  . Please note that you will receive the free monthly e-zine as an attachment of about 0.9 M.
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FREE SPANISH NEW TESTAMENT IN AUDIO

Bible Now the Spanish NT is available for free on the internet! An audio recording of the Spanish New Testament has been released on the internet at http://www.audiobiblia.org in the popular mp3 audio format. The narration was recorded and donated to the net by Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Hampton, Virginia. The audio files of the Reina Valera edicion 2000 can be freely copied and distributed for non-commercial use. The site plans to offer the entire Spanish Bible in mp3 audio and windows media formats by early next year.
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EXPATRIATE MINISTRY

Dan is doing a doctoral project on ministry to English-speaking expatriates living abroad. He is also the pastor of the International Christian Fellowship of Caracas. It seems that little has been written about this strategic ministry in the mega cities of the world. If you have any leads on books or articles on the subject, contact him at icfmissionatcantvdotnet  (icfmissionatcantvdotnet)  . He’ll put together a report to distribute as an autoresponder from Brigada.
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THE BACKPAGE – SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?

books and pen Is it just my imagination, or is the silence beginning to roar? Maybe I’m not as “plugged in” as I need to be. (That’s hard to imagine with the quantity of emails I receive.) Maybe this is just a “lull” before more storms. Either way, it just doesn’t seem that there is as much mobilization for missions going on these days. Where are the big prayer pushes, … the big promotions, … the new books on unreached peoples. Yes… there’s an occasional CD, and… Operation World is coming… but for now,… if I’m not mistaken, we seem to be in a strange kind of muted silence, don’t we? Maybe that’s okay. Maybe 1995 – 2000 was actually too much glitz and glamour. Maybe the better part of valor is the discretion of pulling together new mission teams through patient and intentional step-by-step efforts. Time will tell. As for our own mission, I’ll have to admit — we have the biggest response ever to our summer internship program (80 summer interns compared to a previous “high” of 50 or so annually since 1984). So … I shouldn’t complain. Still… it’s silent enough to make me wonder… Was it just the new millennium… or did we just experience a ripple in the mobilization sine wave?

What’s happening where you sit? Send us your opinion. Write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   — with subject line: ” SILENT SPRING

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20010506 Brigada Today

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JOSHUA PROJECT BECOMES JOSHUA PROJECT II

Joshua Project II Odds are, you’re already aware that AD2000 & Beyond has closed down its International Office in Colorado Springs. But did you know that a remnant of its staff has moved over to what has now come to be known as “Joshua Project II,” a continuation and expansion of the original Joshua Project started by AD2000 and Beyond in 1995. Their purpose is “highlighting least reached peoples through information sharing and networking.” Be ready for their website at: http://www.joshuaproject.net.

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS ADVANCING

An entire ethnic-minority village in rural southern China decides to follow Jesus after a team of Christian workers visit. Learn more about this exciting development — and pray for the unreached, persecuted and oppressed — with this month’s “Advance!” newsletter, available now for download at http://www.brigada.org/advance/adv20010429.html.
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MISSIONS COMPUTING CONFERENCE (ICCM)

ICCM logo If you’re exploring how computers can better serve international missions work – whether or not you are an information technologist – don’t miss this year’s International Conference on Computing and Mission. They always schedule it over a long weekend (this year it’s June 8-12 at the JAARS headquarters in North Carolina) to maximize the fellowship and worship components. Learn more on the web at: http://www.iccm.org or by email infoaticcmdotorg  (infoaticcmdotorg)  .

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GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE

Coverage available for as low as $1.08 per day! Provided by Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net, or email healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet)  , or call them at 800-647-4589. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop for the missionary or mission agency! Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage.
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CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING IN TORONTO THROUGH MISSIONPREP

graduation cap Toronto is one of the best multi-cultural contexts for cross-cultural training in N. America. You can do language learning with host nationals of nearly any destination. Add in field trips into the sub-cultures of “Little India & China Town” and you’re set. Don’t just talk about Islam ! Experience a mosque setting and interact with an Iman. Missionprep is not about lectures — its an adult based interactive model of training. During the next few months, they’ll do a 2 Week Language Acquisition course (17- 29 June & 14 – 26 October) and a 2 Week Cross-Cultural Training (3- 18 July). For more information contact Robert 416-284-5645 email micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or browse to http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep.
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DO CHRISTIANS MANUFACTURE ANY PRODUCTS?

Where are the everyday products used by the rest of the business world — and consumers — but made or marketed by people who serve Jesus with a heart for evangelism? Matthew sells industrial components and is looking for an Internet meeting place for Christians involved in the business world, particularly manufacturing. Please send site suggestions, including non-English language sites, to infoatoempartsdotnet  (infoatoempartsdotnet)  . He promises to check out each site, see if is relevant to real world businesses, and report his findings to Brigada. (And he promises to bring grief to anyone using his e-mail address to try and get him into a multi-level marketing scheme. :-) )
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CANE RIDGE 2001

calendar Cane Ridge 2001 will take place from Wednesday, August 8 until Friday afternoon, August 10, 2001 at the Cane Ridge Meeting House near Paris, Kentucky. It will be a trans-denominational, non-sectarian event which will have a special appeal to those whose heritage is the Campbell-Stone Restoration Movement. The two-day solemn assembly and prayer meeting will focus on repentance, reconciliation and revival [Joel 1:14]. It will be a time of earnestly seeking the Lord for healing, restoration, renewal and revival in the Campbell-Stone Movement and the Body of Christ. There will be no previously selected speakers although those who participate will be given opportunity to share as the Lord leads. The event will conclude with a Communion Festival on Friday afternoon much like the 1801 event. Advance registration is essential. Participants will arrange for their own housing, meals and transportation. Although children are invited, there will be no childcare provisions. Contact Jim 74750dot747atcompuservedotcom  (74750dot747atcompuservedotcom)   or telephone 256-740-8288 or click to http://www.csrministries.org/coming.htm.
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10/40 FOCUS SCHOOL OF WORLD MISSIONS

graduation cap There is a new and exciting school in Youth With A Mission — the “School Of World Missions.” The SOWM is a mobile school encompassing 24 weeks of intense training in a different section of the 10/40 Window each year. Alternating between class and outreach allows you to immediately apply what you’re learning. Atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam will be studied firsthand. Course content will include world overview, culture, evangelism, church planting, intercession and spiritual warfare, team building and dynamics. This school provides an invaluable look at God’s heart for the people of the 10/40. For additional information contact YWAM-Jacksonville at http://ywamjax.com or e-mail ywamjacksonvilleatcsdotcom  (ywamjacksonvilleatcsdotcom)  .
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OPERATION CHINA IN QUANTITY

The USCWM/William Carey Library bought a big chunk of the first printing of Operation China and is offering it at good discounts from retail prices. Check current pricing and ordering information with WCL (800-MISSION in the USA or via Net2Phone). For serious bulk orders (full-case orders in excess of 2 cases (20 books)), Greg Parsons gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg  (gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg)   at USCWM can offer even better prices.
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EASY ENGLISH HAS NEW EASY ADDRESS

The EasyEnglish department of Wycliffe Associates have a new web address – http://www.easyenglishworld.com and are introducing this month a new category of LEE (leaders’ or pastors’ EasyEnglish) through Advanced Theological Checking. Hebrews is the first such commentary onto the web – soon to be followed by Jonah and Philippians. For more information, write Martin, mlloyd3000ataoldotcom  (mlloyd3000ataoldotcom)  .
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LEARN ABOUT HINDUS

A 10-hour seminar entitled Christian Witness in the Hindu World will be held at Park Street Church in Boston, MA from June 8 – 10, 2001. Cost is $20 for singles and $35 for couples. Meals, accommodations and parking are not included in this fee. For more information or to sign up please respond to the Institute of Hindu Studies at ihsatuscwmdotorg  (ihsatuscwmdotorg)  .
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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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