Monthly Archives: December 2001

20011230 Brigada Today

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1) ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS

ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS — Are you involved in discipling others to Christ? Ever try the Alpha Course? Check it out at:

http://alphacourse.org/

It’s a 10 week course, complete with videos, outlines, and tons of resource help on the web. One team we just visited says it’s the best thing since the light on the Road to Damascus! (Okay… so maybe they didn’t say it exactly *that* way, but at least they liked it.)

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2) GET A LOOK AT THE GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD

GET A LOOK AT THE GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD — I love this thing. I finally got a personal peak at Wycliffe Canada’s new Great Commission Toolbox. What a wealth of resources… if you have to teach or mobilize for missions — especially for those working with youth! The Adobe PDF lesson sheets are *professionally* laid out, ready to print. I’m tellin’ you… it’s an instant curriculum of seminars and workshops galore! The really surprising thing is that you get all these for less than US$8 ! Canadian residents may contact

<mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca> to order the Great Commission Toolbox CD for $15 Canadian plus GST and shipping–a real deal! Or order from the Wycliffe Canada web page: http://www.wycliffe.ca/resource/HTML/cd_games.html . US residents and others can order for $7.95 US plus shipping and handling at these addresses: e-mail Dennis Cable at <dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg> or ask for extension 3778 at 1-800-WYCLIFFE (800-992-5433) or 1-407-852-3600.</dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg></mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca>

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3) SIX-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING AUDIO KIT

SIX-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING AUDIO KIT — Now there is practical advice on fundraising. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, the 6-hour audio training program is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. Check out the Audio Edition http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>.</billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

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4) WATCH MISSIONS FEST LIVE WORLDWIDE!

This year Missions Fest Vancouver is transmitting live video streaming of their plenary sessions through the internet. To access the live streaming and for more information, go to

http://www.mfest.bc.ca . The video streaming is slated to begin at 12 noon (PST) on Jan. 25, 2002 until approximately 5 P.M. (PST) Jan. 27, 2002 In between the live streaming there will be other pre-recorded broadcasts. E-mail address: <carlaatmfestdotbcdotca> .</carlaatmfestdotbcdotca>

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5) FREE CATALOG FOR THOSE SHARING CHRIST

Pick up the “Living Evangelism Abundant Life Series” and use it to effectively share Christ with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and even strangers without fear. Three different formats are available, including 12 week sessions within your own church, 12 week sessions of home study, and weekend + four sessions in your church. For all the resources you need, call in the USA or via Net2Phone to 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27 or dial +1-386-615-1411 or email

<scministriesatcfldotrrdotcom> or click to </scministriesatcfldotrrdotcom>

http://www.sharechrist.org .

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6) RELOCATED AND READY TO SERVE

Global Economic Outreach is now operating from Wilmington, North Carolina. GEO has registered several hundred volunteers with a wide variety of occupations, hobbies, and skills, willing to answer missionaries’ questions by Internet. Subjects include business, agriculture, health, computers, veterinary, technology, and many more. Missionaries can make requests to GEO by email or using the website. There is no charge for this service. Visit them at

http://www.teamgeo.org or write <mailatteamgeodotorg>.</mailatteamgeodotorg>

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7) ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Get the brochure by emailing <aptsatagmddotorg> or <langfordatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: </langfordatxcdotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

http://www.apts.edu . The registration deadline is March 01, 2002.

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8) MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS

Here are training camps that feature experienced missionaries sharing practical, personal, and biblically-based training to prepare people for missions work. The next camp is at the Triple R Ranch in Chesapeake, Virginia from February 7-10, followed by another in Spain from June 1-10. Past participants say the camps are practical down-to-earth training that may make the difference between success and failure on the mission field, giving steps needed to take to get to the field and stay there. For information and applications, call Elijah Company, Inc. at (757) 474-2054, or write <trumpetcallatelijahcompanydotorg>. See ECI web site for more details</trumpetcallatelijahcompanydotorg>

http://www.elijahcompany.org .

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9) CYBER-EVANGELISM – IS IT EFFECTIVE?

As promised in Jan/Feb 2001, the raw results and a dissertation in the area of the effectiveness of using cyberspace as an evangelistic medium are now available. The URL is:

http://www.mleggett.uklinux.net/weq .

(the last letter is a lower case Q for questionnaire) Further information is available from <ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg> . I love all the charts and graphs. If you ask me, Mick raises the bar and sets the pace for all of us in doing our homework, then presenting it effectively and broadly! Great work Mick!</ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg>

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10) UNLOCKING ISLAM

Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies (Netherlands) is offering a one week course 14 – 18 January 2002, giving an overview on the geographics, demographics, history, theological developments (including divisions), the beliefs and practices of Islam. It also includes how Muslims relate to the Western world, and how Christians can witness to Muslims. Costs only 140 Euro including full board. The organizers offer their apologies for the late notice, but figured better late than never. Apply at

http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or write to

<short-coursesatcornerstone-mtcdotcom>.</short-coursesatcornerstone-mtcdotcom>

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11) ANOTHER NON-MICROSOFT ALTERNATIVE APPLICATION

For those who love the robust power of Microsoft Office but would prefer less expensive alternatives… or even simply non-Microsoft alternatives, check out

http://www.openoffice.org . It’s the “opensource” Star office fork, so it’s free now and should always be (as opposed to Sun’s Star Office featured last week). It’s also actively developed, and a Caleb Project staffer reports that it is “pleasantly Microsoft cooperative compared to Star Office’s Microsoft-hostile posture.” Either way, the price is right! (Thanks John!!!)

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12) CHINA FOCUSED SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS (SOFM)

Do you want to go, but you don’t know how to get there? Youth With A Mission Taiwan will be running a SOFM focused on a few unreached people groups in China. The school will start on March 31, 2002. The lecture phase will last 3 months followed by a 1 or 2 year placement on the field. This school will be bi-lingual using Mandarin and English. The total cost for the lecture phase will be USD750. That’s everything! If you are interested, just contact Don Gillman at <gillmanatm2dotisdotnetdottw>.</gillmanatm2dotisdotnetdottw>

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13) THE BACK PAGE: DEFINING LEADERSHIP

Our organization recently held its 3rd summit of team leaders and, as always, I learn more from this growing group of top-notch workers than I ever can possibly give back. Since our time together, I’ve been mulling over in my mind how to define leadership. I started out thinking about it in terms of activity. I figured leaders should be people who have somehow learned how to get things done… so maybe others rally around them because, well, these would-be teammates see the action and they want to be a part of it. Not only is it more *fun* to be a part of the action, but also it just feels more productive… more effective… more fruitful.

But then I started realizing that some great leaders didn’t really *do* things. They *are*. Gandhi is an example. He stood up for a set of *values*… so people ended up standing up for *him*. They were attracted by his ideas, rather than his actions. Sure he took steps that were visible… tangible… but in the end, it was more a matter of his *principles* than his *tasks*.

As my thinking continued to evolve, I moved on to a phase of focusing on great leaders and their *relationships*. In a way, that’s part of what defined success for Jesus. After all, he never wrote a book (directly) nor did he record any motivational tapes. If his teachings were going to last, it would be because of the notes made by those who followed him. And that’s exactly what happened. The Bible is *full* of eye witness testimony by those who loved him most. More than anything else, it seems, Jesus majored in spending time with *people* … his “teammates” (the disciples), needy folks, and even those who didn’t seem to *think* that they needed him.

So now I’ve come full circle. I’m beginning to conclude that great leaders maybe have all *three* facets. They learn how to get things done… they stand for noble principles… and they invest time in *people*. Part of the magic is… great leaders come to believe that those people are not “projects” but someone to love.

So… I think I’m starting to get it. And I’m further thinking that if we want to train our new disciples to be great leaders in their local churches, we’ve got to model it for them. We’ve got to churn out the work, retain those guiding principles, and love people. I’m starting to believe that only *then* will we really make great leaders.

What do you think? Got an opinion? Let me know at <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>.</dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>

Thanks and may 2002 be a blessed one for you, your team, your family, and your ministry!

20011223 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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1) FEEDBACK ON CHRISTMAS GREETINGS/”12 DAYS”

Thanks to all those who gave feedback to improve the multi-language holiday greetings that appeared in last week’s _Brigada Today_. Next year’s greetings will presumably be better because of it. We’ve also updated the web version of the item at:

http://www.brigada.org/today/2001/bt20011221.shtml

A couple of participants found fault with the “12 Days of Christmas” story, pointing to sites like:

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/twelvedaysofchristmas.htm

(Thanks Doug and John!). My “take” is that even if the origin of the story isn’t very well-supported, it’s still a fun way to view the “12 Days.” Doug and John are probably right though. You wouldn’t want to bet your farm on its truthfulness. As a result, we won’t feature it again and it’s been removed from the web version.

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2) NET-ROAMER

If you are a serious road e-warrior and need internet access, Net- roamer offers the iPass Network of more than 14,000 local call access numbers in 150 countries. Your first half-hour is FREE. Your email address will not change and you keep your regular Internet Service Provider. User-friendly software for Laptops and most PDA’s including Macs. With Net-roamer you surf, send and receive email exactly as you would when at home or office. Click on http://www.net-roamer.com .

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3) OKAY, OKAY… AN ANSWER FOR “SULFNBK” SUFFERERS

Okay.. okay… sorry if we seemed insensitive and unkind last week to those having been fooled by the Sulfnbk “un-virus” (in which unknowing users were tricked into erasing one of their actual Windows files by some vandal virus-writing maniac). If you need to restore your file, go to the fix on this page and everything will be all better:

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/sulf.html

(Thanks Joel and others… Sorry Michelle. Once again, my apologies. I suppose I was only reacting negatively because I’ve been getting so many of these un-virus-laden emails in at work, in an already over-zealous schedule.)

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4) IF YOUR MISSION TRAVEL BUDGET IS FALTERING…

Check out videoconferencing. ViaVideo has the midpriced Polycom ViewStation unit for $4000 or a low-end camera for $595 that you can hold in your hand. It even comes with magical software which actually works well, if you have a fast Internet connection.

http://www.polycom.com/products/viavideo.html

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5) OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE

The conference is coming, “The Heart of China” April 26-27, 2002, at Peninsula Covenant Church (Redwood City, CA). Annual bay area mission mobilization conference featuring 4 plenary speakers and 11 workshops. Web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest Cost $25/person ($20 if registered by April 19). Group rates are available. For registration info, contact Julie Hamiter (925) 459-0734 or <omfregisteratyahoodotcom  (omfregisteratyahoodotcom)  >.

Plenary Speakers:

  • 1. Dr. Eugene Choi, Med. Services Int’l (MSI)

  • 2. Dr. Neil Thompson, OMF US National Director,

  • 3. Elizabeth Lowe, China Program

  • 4. Rev. Doug Vavrosky, OMF Coordinator for Chinese Ethnic Ministries

Subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update (quarterly email notice): omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

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6) HURRY! LAST CHANCE TO TRY STAR OFFICE FOR FREE

If Microsoft has priced itself too far outside your budget… or if you’d simply like to prove to yourself that they’re not the only player in the software industry, try:

www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/6.0beta/get.html

It’s free! Better hurry though. The beta program ends on Dec. 31st!

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7) HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE FREQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

If you travel outside the USA 3-4 times a year you can save money and also avoid filling out repeat health applications for each trip. For $210 a year you can get $1,000,000 in coverage, medical evacuation, $25,000 AD&D, emergency dental, emergency reunion, repatriation of mortal remains, trip cancellation coverage etc. For information contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org.</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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8) FOR A GOOD DEAL ON A DATA PROJECTOR

Try these sources:

www.projectorpeople.com — where you can finally get a 5-pounder, with 1024×768 resolution, and 1000 lumens of brightness (which I personally believe should be the minimum acceptable threshold) for $2795 while supplies last — the Toshiba TLP-B2.

If two extra pounds won’t bother your back, save even more at…
www.warehouse.com — click on “hardware” then “projectors” to view the latest… including an Epson 50c with 1000 lumens, 6.8 pounds, 800×600, for $1999.95.

www.avmarketplace.com — which is featuring an 800×600 res. unit by Mitsubishi (the SA51), also at 1000 lumens, weighing in at 7.5 pounds, for just $1699.

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9) CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN BACKS BRIGADA

What a tremendous encouragement it is to see Central Pres. Church (in Baltimore, MD) back Brigada with a $250 sponsorship gift for the new year! Would you do us a favor and, in your prayers, would you just pause even for a *moment* and ask God to bless them dearly throughout 2002? Thank you so much. Doug

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10) FOR A DEDICATED VIDEO-EDITING SOLUTION, AT A GREAT PRICE

Try Applied Magic’s ScreenPlay for less than $4000. Check it out at:

http://www.applied-magic.com

Running on a PowerPC chip, it does real-time nonlinear editing with an incredibly easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. This is a dedicated system… so you don’t have to piece together PC components or worry about operating system incompatibilities. Write <sbeanataxxisincdotcom> at Axxis in Louisville for a good price. (You might mention you heard about him from brigada.org, though he’s never heard of us.)</sbeanataxxisincdotcom>

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11) FIND OUT WHAT’S EATING YOUR HARD DRIVE (FOR FREE)

Have you been wondering where all your space went? Find out at:
www.pcmag.com/utilities

Search for DiskPie 2 and download a free solution you can use for life!

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12) DON’T FORGET: “EAT THE CORN AND LEAVE THE COB”

As you read and discover various resources in Brigada Today, be sure to verify that those sources are in agreement with your own beliefs, principles and practice. For example, if, while studying a course that you see featured in Brigada Today, you see references to a doctrine that you don’t believe in, we recommend that you simply ignore it. As we mention weekly in the “Closing Stuff” featured at the end of each Brigada Today, there’s no way we can personally screen each and every course or item featured here. Besides, if we did, you’d probably get a pretty narrow view of the tools and courses out there — namely, my own. :-) Though I personally believe I’m always right, sometimes my friends (and enemies) remind me otherwise. :-) So please, as my college history teacher from Kentucky used to tell me, remember, “Eat the corn, leave the cob.” :-)

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13) HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE FREQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

If you travel outside the USA 3-4 times a year you can save money and also avoid filling out repeat health applications for each trip. For $210 a year you can get $1,000,000 in coverage, medical evacuation, $25,000 AD&D, emergency dental, emergency reunion, repatriation of mortal remains, trip cancellation coverage etc. For information contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org.</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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14) THE BACKPAGE: YOU *DO* MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Last weekend, I was trying to gear up my mind for a trip I have to make soon to a certain Central Asian nation torn by war and strife. I was lamenting the fact that I felt oh-so-small when compared to the awesome needs in that faraway land. Hospitals with no medicines, electric companies idle for lack of fuel, government offices with no workers, illiteracy at 95%, 1 out of 5 infants perishing for lack of food, ongoing violence, decades of misery, prophets of doom… the list is endless.

In the face of all that, it was my wife, Penny, who spoke magical words, surprising me, as she so often does. Though she’s deeply conservative and outwardly shy, she has a way of capturing one’s attention when she chooses to speak up. “Just remember the story of the starfish,” she said. “Starfish… starfish… How’s that go again?” I knew I had heard the well-worn story before… but seeing the chance to hear her repeat it somehow gave me hope.

“You know. The old man is walking along the beach and sees the little boy throwing something back into the sea? He gets closer and closer and realizes there are hundreds of starfish littering the beach, stranded by high tide. Then he realizes… the little boy is approaching them, one by one, picking them up and hurling them back into the ocean. And remember… the old man says, ‘Little boy, this beach is miles and miles long, and there are hundreds… maybe thousands of starfish.”

I was remembering now. But I hung on her every word.

“Remember, the man says, ‘Do you really think you can make a difference with a problem as big as this one?’ And then the little boy picks up another one, studies it for a moment, then, without looking at the man, throws it back into the sea, saying to the man, ‘Well mister, I reckon it makes a difference to this one.'”

Suddenly I noticed my eyes were just a bit more moist than they had been before. I put my spoon back in my oatmeal and thought for a moment. She was right. I had been looking only at the big problem… failing to remember that… Jesus didn’t call us to minister to the masses. He called us to reach out to men and women who would in turn reach out to others. Maybe we can’t change a whole nation but if we change just one family of open hearts, then … well I reckon it’ll make a difference to them.

So as you ponder the new year and consider what kind of impact you can make today and throughout 2002, invest your life as effectively as you can… but realize that in the end, all we can ask is that God would empower us to change even one family . . . and if we can do that… we’ll make a difference.

May God bless us every one.

Doug

PS. Just the same, would you pray that God will guide me as I try to figure out how our organization can make an impact in that war-torn land? Lord willing, four of us from Team Expansion will travel there within the next two weeks. I’ll have to admit… it seems premature to me. But God has used a good friend and colleague (Tim) to open the doors. I dare not tell him no at this critical time in this new nation’s life. Please pray that God will now go before us and smooth the pathway. Thank you.

20011216 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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1) PILAT COMES TO NORTH CAROLINA

From Feb. 18 to Mar. 1, learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques, train the ears to hear and prepare the mouth to reproduce sounds of other languages, learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to help master language learning. This PILAT (Program in Language Acquisition Techniques) course is offered by the Center for Intercultural Training in cooperation with Missionary Training International (MTI). To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1.800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org .</citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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2) A NEW BOOK ON INTERNATIOAL MISSIONARY CARE

Edited by Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, _Doing Member Care Well_ is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations are providing member care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from all over the world. It is being offered at a greatly reduced price until January 10, 2002. To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit http://www.membercare.org . For more information contact the editor at 102172dot170atcompuservedotcom .

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3) NEED FREE IMAGES FOR YOUR NEXT POWERPOINT?

Check out

http://www.goodsalt.com

The images there are updated frequently to reflect current events. Thanks for your work, Bill!

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4) BIBLE COURSE ON THE INTERNET

“BibleKeys” is a dynamic 5-week course for new believers available free on the Internet at http://www.biblekeysonline.com . It works interactively, encouraging students to study and memorize the Scriptures for themselves. Chinese and Hindi are to be added shortly. It’s also available in printed form. Find out more by emailing info at biblekeysonline dot com (replace the “at” with @ and the “dot” with “.” and remove the spaces).

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5) HELP US BIG-TIME WITH FORMATTING ITEMS

Every week, we spend *tons* of time reformatting items that well-meaning contributors send us in the wrong format. Some of these contain words that are incorrectly spelled, while others are just different than the normal way we prepare items. Rats. It could be *so* much easier if our contributing friends would simply take the time to work through our submission suggestions. Get a copy for yourself by sending an email to:

<brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>. It’s that simple. If everybody helped, this job would require tons less time. Thanks for understanding.</brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>

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6) FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-three practical, biblically-based articles important for missionaries are available for download. They may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. To access these, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com and click “Handouts.” If have questions or would like to submit articles for this site, please contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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7) HOW ‘BOUT THAT SULFNBK.EXE “VIRUS”! :-)

Have you been “hit” by the sulfnbk.exe “virus” yet? This thing is sweeping the Internet so fast, we don’t even know what’s hitting us! Here’s the way it works. Someone emails you and says… “Whew… this is serious; check your Windows folder now to see if you’ve got the dreaded sulfnbk.exe file. Yikes! It’s a virus! Erase it immediately.” So we go off deleting files on our computers without even verifying the purpose of the file! Yikes. My buddy and I joked that we could send the same message, except tell people to erase “Win.exe” or “Explorer.exe”. Can’t you hear it? “This Explorer virus automatically begins searching your hard drive for credit card numbers. Once it finds them, it emails them to an anonymous email address in Amsterdam. Dreadful. Erase it now.” Gang… when will we learn. Practically *all* the warnings we get — 99% of them — are hoaxes. Do yourself a favor and send an email to <opcatbrigadadotorg> to learn how to spot them. And… for those hit by the sulfnbk.exe virus, good luck reading long file names. Because your deletion *is* the virus.</opcatbrigadadotorg>

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8) TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM IN THE PHILIPPINES

This is the fourth year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 15th-May 11th, 2002. The cost is only $400 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P10,000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatmtsdotnet>.</kzkukaatmtsdotnet>

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9) …OR LEARN TESOL IN CHINA

WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. Demand will increase over the next several years. Get a head start! Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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10) …OR LEARN TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY

:-) This must be annual TESOL week. :-) YWAM, Lebanon, PA is once again offering TESOL May 6 to May 31, 2002. Cost $950USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. This intensive and highly academic course will give you the ability and self confidence to teach the fundamentals of conversational English plus give you a job skill that opens doors to hard to enter countries. For information, call 717-274-9010 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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11) SHORT- AND LONG- TERM OPTIONS AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES

Mission to Unreached Peoples has short- and long-term opportunities available to Japan, China, India, Russia, Poland and Turkey. The type of work in each country will vary depending on your giftings and the program. You will need to raise support to cover costs for airfare, food and lodging. Cost ranges from $1850-2950. Consider teaching English in China. All it takes is a bachelor’s degree in any field to be qualified to teach English. Those with teaching experience or a MA in TEFL or any English or Education field are especially needed. Many Chinese schools may provide room, board, salary, medical care and vacation allowance depending on your length of commitment. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples toll-free or via Net2Phone at 1-888-847-6950 or write to <mupinfoatmupdotorg> or click on http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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12) SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Biblically based, interactive workshops in relationship skills are available for anyone involved in missions. There are still openings in Colorado Springs February 25 to March 1, and in Southern California April 21-26. If you are interested in participating in one of these, or in any of the other SYIS workshops currently open in nine countries, go to the International Training Partners Web site at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com . For questions or to sponsor a workshop for your organization, contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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13) CORRECTION ON EMERGENCY PLANS GUY

If you tried to reach that emergency plans guy last week and your email bounced back, it’s because he inadvertently put an “org” on his email address (instead of .com). Guess he was trying to be more discrete. :-) Anyway.. let’s try this again… Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada. </briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>

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14) TRAIN AS A SHORT-TERM MINISTRY LEADER

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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15) FOR THOSE SHARING THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH TO JEWS

Check out resources at http://www.howardmorganministries.org , especially the evangelism seminar, “Everyone Can Evangelize.” It has three 90-minute tapes and an illustrated workbook.

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16) RESOURCES FOR SHARING CHRIST DAILY

If you’re looking for resources on how to share Christ as a daily part of your Christian life… including ideas that might apply *wherever* you live, check out:

http://www.sharechrist.org or contact Sharing Christ Ministries toll-free or via Net2Phone 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27, or email <scministries02ataoldotcom>.</scministries02ataoldotcom>

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17) CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL

This is scheduled for April 22, 2002, to July 12, 2002, followed by an 8 week outreach to Crimea Ukraine. Specifically designed for families and singles, this course offers men and women the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in their relationship to Him. Contact YWAM <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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18) REACH STREETCHILDREN AND CHILDREN IN NEED

The Rescue and Restore Training Course (Children In Need) will prepare you! This YWAM course is offered in Recife-Brasil, April 7- August 30, 2002. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and 2 months practical work. The course will be held in two languages: English and Portuguese. Some of the subjects that will be covered are: Family ministries – Working with adolescences – Planning Projects – Community development – Abortion – Stages of child development – Rehabilitation programs for street children. For more info, write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or visit </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>

http://www.recife.jocum.org.br .

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19) CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Looking for *just* the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she speaks one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s a favorite Brigada feature on how to say “Merry Christmas”:

  • Afrikaans – ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  • Albanian — Gezuar Krishtlindje
  • Arabic – I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
  • Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Basque – Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
  • Bengali – shuva boro din
  • Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
  • Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Celtic – Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda=13=DF
  • Chinese –
  • (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • (Catonese) Sing Daan Faai Lohk
  • (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
  • Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian – Sretan Bozic
  • Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish – Gladelig Jul
  • Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
  • English – Merry Christmas
  • Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian – Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
  • Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
  • French – Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • German – Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
  • Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hindi – Bada Din Mubarak Ho
  • Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
  • Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Kala – Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
  • Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latvian – Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
  • Lettish – Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
  • Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori – Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
  • Navajo – Merry Keshmish
  • Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
  • Norwegian – God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
  • Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Papiamento – Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
  • Pig Latin – Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
  • Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
  • Portuguese – Feliz Natal
  • Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Romanian – Craciun Fericit
  • Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi
  • Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Scottish – Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi!
  • Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish – Feliz Navidad!
  • Swahili – Krismasi Njema!
  • Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
  • Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
  • Thai – Sawat Dee Wan Kritsamas
  • Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu – Bara Din Mubarak Ho
  • Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Waray – Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
  • Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
  • Zulu – Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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“BOAS FESTAS”

“JOYEUX NOEL”

“VESELE VANOCE”

“MELE KALIKIMAKA”

“NODLAG SONA DHUIT”

“BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA”

“GOD JUL”

“BUON ANNO”

“FELIZ NATAL”

“FELIZ NAVIDAD”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

“KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“VROLIJK KERSTFEEST”

“FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN”

“BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR”

“HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH”

“WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC”

“MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU”

“HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK”

“‘N PRETTIG KERSTMIS”

“ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA”

“Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM”

“NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR”

“FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON”

“S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO”

“GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM”

“EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC”

“KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“SELAMAT HARI NATAL – LAHNINGU NAJU METU”

“SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO”

“ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI”

“BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE “

“MERRY CHRISTMAS – – HAPPY NEW YEAR”

“ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN”

“FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR”

“PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE”

“BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL”

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OPERATION CHINA CD-ROM IS A HIT

GMI has just finished the CD-ROM version of Paul Hattaway’s incredible Operation China. This beautiful daily prayer guide for all the unreached peoples of China features nearly 500 people profiles with maps, along with 700 color photographs, the full content of the 700-page book, all word-searchable. The CD runs on both Mac and Windows and is priced at $29.95. But we’ve negotiated an exclusive pre-publication special offer for Brigada Today readers good through December 31, 2001 from GMI and Piquant. GMI’s special Brigada price of $19.95 plus $5 shipping/handling is available via the Web at www.gmi.org/brigada or by sending email to Lorri <infoatgmidotorg>. Europeans can send orders to Piquant <infoatpiquantdotnet> to get the special Brigada price of £12.95, plus £2.95 shipping/handling in the UK and £4.95 in the rest of Europe. For more information, see www.gmi.org/operationchina.htm or contact GMI at <infoatgmidotorg>; telephone 719-531-3599; or fax: 719-548-7459.</infoatgmidotorg></infoatpiquantdotnet></infoatgmidotorg>

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PAYPAL CAN BE FRUSTRATING

In last week’s _Brigada Today_, we asked for feedback on PayPal (Item 1, “CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL”). We received about 10 responses — not many, from nearly 10,000 readers. One reader responded, “I run a small business in the US, and use Paypal regularly. I send/receive well over $50,000 per month, and am VERY happy with the system. It’s quite reliable, and I’ve had little or no problems.” But do read http://www.paypalwarning.com/ for the kind of thing that can happen. One email said that the PayPal VeriSign certificate expired in July 2001. That’s probably not a positive thing. :-) Losses ranged, for some, up into the thousands of dollars. One Brigada participant responded in what was probably a very fair assessment: “I’ve had several complaints with paypal, but I also have had great success. Their response is slow, but they DO respond eventually. And they’ve resolved every issue I’ve had to my satisfaction. I get about 20-30 transactions per day, and have been very happy with it.. Just like credit card systems, there are problems.. But Paypal does a pretty good job of resolving the majority of them.” One thing is for sure — several users reminded us that it’s crazy to try to use PayPal from an overseas location where they don’t do business. (They lock up your account the moment they find out where you’re located.) The bottom line of the whole study is probably this: Keep your PayPal balance low, use PayPal only from areas where they have a presence, and be watchful of every transaction. And … I guess to be on the safe side, if you have any other possible way to do the business you have to do, consider it again. It does indeed appear that Paypal is beginning to show some cracks. Rats. Why is it that the really cool ideas that are also cheap end up being short-lived. What does that tell us about “cheap”? :-) (Thanks to those who responded!)

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DISTANCE LEARNING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web-based preferred). Does it exist? If so, Justin <jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg> would like to know. He’s part of a traveling team to recruit and train missionaries and he’d love to have the latest to pass along to others. He’ll also compile a report that we can make available as an auto-responder here at Brigada. Thanks!</jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg>

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CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Idea Ministries is forming a team to help with an on going project in the Middle East. The dates are May 29 to July 10 2002. The cost $1200 per person (plus airfare). Academic credit is available for students. This is a real cross-cultural opportunity — not a tourist option. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at Tel. (616) 698-8393, email <ideaminatideaministriesdotorg> or Dr. Jim Romaine at Tel. (803) 781-1126, email <jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet>.</jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet></ideaminatideaministriesdotorg>

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SCRIPTURE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

Catch this workshop for Local Ethnic Christian Musicians & Poets from the Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland, BC (Canada) region in early Feb. 2002. The application deadline is January 20, 2002. For more info contact <gcwacathotmaildotcom> or check out http://www.skybusiness.com/rield/index93.html </gcwacathotmaildotcom>

The event is sponsored by the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center –

http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew

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FREE BIBLE COURSES LEADING TO CERTIFICATES

Grace Notes now has available verse by verse courses in Ruth, Titus, Ephesians, Hosea, And Mark. Other courses are Doctrine (Bible topics), History, and Foundations (the basics of Bible study). The course materials are delivered to you by email. To see course descriptions, and to register, go to the Grace Notes web site at http://64.226.87.51/, or send an email to Warren Doud <wdoudatbgadotcom>.</wdoudatbgadotcom>

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INFO ON “…SPRING BREAK EXPERIENCE (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”

Apologies to those looking for contact information on Item 5 last week, “WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”. Unfortunately, we clipped it by mistake! Sorry about that. The Spring Break experience is March 11-15 in Tucson. Browse to

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm for more information. To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)826-6028 or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)825-6078.</wade_remeratwycliffedotorg></larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>

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VIRUSES EVERYWHERE

I’m getting, on average, 10 virus-laden emails per *day* now. It’s definitely a new day for email. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but get Norton Antivirus 2002. It updates its own data files automatically, every time you’re on line. The day that gone.scr came out, it not only updated virus data files, it installed new filtering process software on my machine and asked me to reboot… all automatically, without me thinking about it. It not only spots viruses and worms coming *in*, but it also keeps them from going *out*. In other words, even if a Melissa-type virus-trojan-worm *does* sneak by, when it starts to send emails to everyone in your address book, Norton intercepts and stops the behavior. So it nips the *spreading* in the bud. This one simple $30 purchase would, single-handedly, make the Internet an incredibly safer place. Get it at your local computer store or at http://www.symantec.com . You don’t need the bigger “System Works”… just the Antivirus software will do. Watch carefully for all the little checkboxes if you use their site. You probably don’t need any mailings whatsoever… nor do you need any additional products to do the job.

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NETWORK SOLUTIONS FORGETS

Tony at <tonyatsoondotorgdotuk> wrote this past week, “If you have a domain registered with Network Solutions, it is reported that allegedly they have not been always sending reminders to domain holders to request renewal payments. Result – lost domain. And there is a po*n company which buys up non-renewed domains of any sort, if they think there will be plenty of inbound links. Go to: </tonyatsoondotorgdotuk>

http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

and check your renewal date and make a note of it. And note that there are many cheaper domain registrars, and it is easy to transfer to them. (But choose one that others recommend to you as reliable.) And if you have a domain you no longer want, don’t let it lapse, try selling it or passing it on.” (Great input, Tony!) I like www.aitdomains.com .

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS NEEDED

Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada.</briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>

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REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE IN JAPAN

Work with a Japanese Church in Hiroshima! Here’s a unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. You just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff toll-free or via Net2Phone at 888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or click to http://www.mup.org or email <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  >.

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ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Brochure available: E-mail <aptsatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: http://www.apts.edu . Registration deadline: March 01, 2002.</aptsatxcdotorg>

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders seeking a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. The training has been garnered by Interdev in over 16 years of practical hands-on experience, including facilitating the exploration, formation and on-going effective operation of over 70 currently operating partnerships and over 90 currently developing partnerships around the world.

“Kingdom Connections” will be held in Grand Rapids, MI Feb.10-13, 2002. It is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC), and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For registration information, contact <interdev-usatxcdotorg>. Space is limited, so early application is crucial. For those interested in International Kingdom Connection training, please e-mail <trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk>.</trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk></interdev-usatxcdotorg>

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NEW HELP FOR MISSIONARY LEADERS

Roland Muller’s new book, _Missionary Leadership by Motivation and Communication_ addresses many of the leadership issues that arise when leading teams of volunteer Christian workers drawn from a variety of cultures and denominations. It includes many practical concepts and a wealth of resources, along with original cartoons by Jon Clime. Get it at http://www.rmuller.com .

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TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII

The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

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THE BACK PAGE: RESPONSIBLE EMAILING

Lately, I’ve been noticing that, with the increased volume of email that seemingly everyone is getting these days, I’m more and more appreciating those who can be lovingly concise. :-) So here’s a Christmas wish list — that we would get rid of these 4 “most unwanted” email characteristics:

*** Attachments: In short, lose them. Those which end in .pif, .scr, .vbs, and .exe can ruin our hard drives. And Office extensions can contain macro viruses. If you *do* have to send an attachment, it’s polite to write first to ask permission to send it. And the recipient should have antivirus software.

*** Forwards: We never had to deal with this before the email generation, because nobody wanted to go pay for photocopies. Now it’s too easy to just keep hitting forward after forward after forward, and well-meaning friends leave all those carbon-copied addresses attached. Yikes. When will we learn to in-quote only what is needed. Honestly, I know *many* people who now don’t even download forwarded emails from their POP3 server.

*** Hoaxes: Just when I think we’re starting to be able to recognize hoaxes, another round starts up. Get the Brigada “OPC” protocol so you can spot hoaxes and similar unwarranted emails.

*** Real virus-propagation: I just don’t get it. After Melissa and everything else that has come before and after, why in the world are we still clicking on those attachments!!!??? :-) And when we *do*, why don’t we have antivirus programs with up-to-date virus data definitions. Because then, all our friends have to deal with receiving the brunt of our sloppy computing. Yikes. If these issues were spilling out in the streets, the world would be a very ugly place. As it is, it’s just the information highway that’s getting clogged with wasted virus-worm-spam. If you *must* use Outlook, go to Microsoft’s site and download the fix. Turn off Windows Scripting Host. Engage macro protection in Office. Get Norton. Please. :-)

*** Subscribe/Unsubscribe requests: If you’re part of an automated email list (like Brigada Today), try to be a responsible list member. That means keeping track of how to subscribe and unsubscribe. Some ejournals even include reminders on how to do that… in every issue. Yet literally dozens of subscribers try to prevail upon list-compilers to do their housecleaning for them… to change addresses, or to unsubscribe. Many even become angry when they won’t help. So please… it’s the most basic of all Internet functions. Learn to use the unsubscribe commands of the lists to which you subscribe. Your editors & compilers will love you for it! :-)

Thanks to any and all who can help rid the world of these email problems! :-)

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CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL

We’re beginning to hear it from more than one source. Though we haven’t personally experienced any problems with PayPal, we’re starting to wonder… have they extended themselves beyond what they’re able to manage? We’re currently in the process of verifying a couple of horror stories that we’ve heard out there in the Internet “jungle”. So… for now… be cautious and we’d suggest you not tie up a *lot* of money there in a standing balance. Apparently, there are some problems in the system. If you’ve got a PayPal horror story, please send it to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line PAYPAL FEEDBACK. Thanks.

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WANNA’ READ THIS ISSUE ON THE WEB WITH CLICKABLE TITLES?

Now, you can read Brigada right on the web, the day it’s sent, and click directly to the items you’d like to read, then click back up to the executive summary again. What could be easier! Wanna check it out? Just get a connection to the Internet, click to brigada.org, then click on the “Read the current issue” link:

http://www.brigada.org .

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WHERE DO YOU TURN FOR EVANGELISTIC COURSES?

Suppose you’re trying to share your faith with an Italian. You wish that there could be some kind of movie or outline in his or her heart language — Italian, in this case. Where does one go to find resources like that? Is there any one source… like a web-page or a toll-free number where we can all go to find sources for evangelistic material in other languages (not *just* Italian… no *sono* Italiano :-) )? If so, let’s publish promote it. If not, someone needs to probably *start* it! :-) If you’ve got an idea, write me here at <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg> and, if you’d be so kind, put the word “OUTREACH” in upper case in the subject line. Thanks for any lead — a website, an organization, a toll-free number, even an email address. We’ll republish the info here for the world to read.</dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>

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WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)

“Total It Up” Spring Break Is a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) “Are you interested in languages?” This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced Bible translators from many different countries and language projects. Sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators. The fee for the courses will be $125.00, which covers room, meals, and student workbooks. Plan on it — March 11-15 Tucson. For more information, see http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm . To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg  (larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg)  >, 520-826-6028, or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg  (wade_remeratwycliffedotorg)  >, 520-825-6078.

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DECEMBER WORLD CHRISTIAN AVAILABLE

World Christian’s annual “Living the Great Commission” is now available. Brigada Today subscribers can subscribe for $12US (for US addresses) by emailing <winpress7ataoldotcom> or call toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-524-5070 or telephone 708-524-5070. This issue features articles on challenging African-Americans and seniors in missions, spiritual preparations for short-term missions trips and being an advocate for the poor and oppressed. Bulk copies are available for conferences and churches; just call for details.

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WEB-WATCH: WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG

They say it was here in Brigada that worldchristians.org launched its website not three years ago. Imagine that within the next week they should pass 1,000,000 hits! They had hoped for maybe 5,000 visits in their first year. What’s more, they’ve opened tons of new Schools of Missions, and the news page traffic is unbelievable which reflects the world interest in following the call of Jesus into mission. It’s worth a look, if for no other reason than to take note of what’s hot…

http://www.worldchristians.org

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CORRECTION ON “NEW BOOK ON ISLAM”

Remember that new book on Islam by Don McCurry, _Healing the Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims_? (We featured it in last week’s _Brigada Today_, Item #10.) It explores the roots of Islam through the family of Abraham, historical and cultural aspects of Islam, and effective ministry help. Turns out that the telephone number provided to us was incorrect. The correct toll-free number was supposed to be +1-800-474-4147. (Or avoid the whole phone thing and look at http://www.isionline.org .) Please pardon any inconvenience!

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THE BACK PAGE: THANKSGIVING HAS ALL THE MORE MEANING

Bob Mayhew’s legacy lives on. His memorial fund hasn’t attracted a *lot* of donors yet… but I guess it really only took two. One Brigada participant jumped right in and gave $10 in special tribute. We only received one other donation — but that one other donation basically covered the remainder of what we’ll owe for Brigada web-hosting fees and email services. What’s more, the donor wishes to remain anonymous. “Only for the glory of God,” he said. Goodness… as a tribute to Bob’s 6 years of quiet service… and for the glory of God… $500 will pay all of Brigada’s expenses for a year. (In case you’re curious, Brigada pays no salaries.) So thanks much to the sacrificial friend… and in Bob’s name, and God’s name, Happy Thanksgiving to the whole Brigada family.

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