Monthly Archives: January 2002

20020127 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) RATS — AWAY ON OUR BIRTHDAY
2) SATELLITE LOCATOR CHIP IMPLANTS FOR YOUR MISSIONARY STAFF
3) DEVELOPMENT HELP
4) EVEN MORE EASY ENGLISH PSALMS!
5) TO KEEP YOU “IN THE KNOW” (NEWS SOURCES ON THE NET)
6) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD
7) PREPARE FOR TESL
8) CHILDREN IN CRISIS
9) COMPUTERS ON THE MISSION FIELD
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) RATS — AWAY ON OUR BIRTHDAY — Sorry to be out of the country on Brigada’s 7-year-old birthday. We started in January of 1995. To read any of the 364 Brigada Today back-issues, see:

www.brigada.org

Now… let’s catch up! :-)

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2) SATELLITE LOCATOR CHIP IMPLANTS FOR YOUR MISSIONARY STAFF — So… does your mission have a team in Colombia or some other location where kidnappings have occurred? Do you ever fear for their safety? Well maybe your fears will be lessened soon. Imagine an implantable GPS ID chip that could identify your missionary’s location to global GPS locators. Maybe it’s not as far away as you might imagine. Check out the article at:

http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,50004,00.html

(Thanks Tim!!!)

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3) DEVELOPMENT HELP — For some years, UK’s evangelical NGO, Tearfund, has produced a valuable magazine called “Footsteps.” It is primarily for national Christians and development workers, with lots of helpful grass-roots ideas for health-care, agriculture and education. Now all issues are also online. Access it via the ‘NGO’ link on the Tearfund site

http://www.tearfund.org

or jump directly to the unframed section using:

http://footsteps. tearfund.net/english/contents/index.htm

(Thanks Tony!)

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4) EVEN MORE EASY ENGLISH PSALMS! — Wycliffe Associates UK have published Book 3 of their popular EasyEnglish Psalms (Ps 73 – 89) for pastors and leaders on their website –

http://www. easyenglishworld.com (or new web address

http://www.easyenglish.info ).

More details and CDs are available from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>.</martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

(Thanks Martin!)

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5) TO KEEP YOU “IN THE KNOW” (NEWS SOURCES ON THE NET) — Check out the Newslinks page of the Latin America Mission at

www.lam.org/news/latlinks.html. They give you options!

If you’d like a complete English-language newspaper, look no farther than

http://www.dallasnews.com/frontpage/express.PDF.

(sometimes it’s not posted ’til noon, Eastern time)

Also, at least for now, the Christian Science Monitor is making their total newspaper — 20-24 pages — available free for download and printing on their website at

http://www.csmonitor.com/.

Look for the “treeless” edition on the right side and click through. They are talking about charging for it, and indeed did for a while, but seem to be back to offering it for free.

To download either of these newspapers you have to have an adobe program on your computer. (Thanks Ken!!!)

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6) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD — A Crossroads Discipleship Training School is being held at YWAM, Lebanon, PA. for families and singles April 22, to July 12, 2002. An 8 week outreach will follow the lecture phase. A CDTS is for men & women age 30 and older including families with children. This course offers you the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in your relationship to Him. For more information contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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7) PREPARE FOR TESL — Would you like to be better prepared to teach English? Mark your calendars — May 6 to May 31, 2002, a TESOL course is slated at YWAM, Lebanon, Pa. At the completion of the course a certificate from the Institute for Nations is presented which opens many doors to teach English. For more information, contact

<davidbbaumanatcsdotcom></davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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8) CHILDREN IN CRISIS — Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies (Netherlands) is offering a one week course 4 – 8 March 2002, including a guide to effective ministry among street children, child advocacy issues, children’s encounter with war and dealing with war related traumas, principles for intervention, and overview on ministry to sexually exploited children and dealing with care for the care givers. Lecturer is Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn, editor of four books and founder of Rainbows of Hope. Costs only 140 Euro including full board. Apply at

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

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

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9) COMPUTERS ON THE MISSION FIELD — A speaker for an upcoming Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association’s (NEMA) Field Missionary Convention (Feb 18 -23) is looking to share some of the practical and creative ways computers are being used on the mission field. If you have an interesting “Computers on the Field” experience you’d like to share please email Shawn at

<snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>. Results will be posted on the Missionary Tech Support website following the conference, </snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>

http://www.missionarytechsupport.com .

20020120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN SPAIN
2) FINISHERS FORUM
3) MISSIONARY CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 12-14, 2002
4) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
5) YOUTH: FORGOTTEN UNREACHED “FIELD”
6) EMS/IFMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
7) GREAT NEWS SITE
8) USE YOUR VOCATION TO REACH THE NATIONS
9) TAKE PART IN “PRAYWORLD 2002”
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN SPAIN — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) invites entrepreneurs, pioneering business teams, and creative field workers to a premier seminar on “Kingdom business creation in Muslim and frontier locations.” The CEED Middle East Team combines business expertise with decades of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Join top entrepreneurs, business consultants, and adventurous and dedicated nationals in an intense and interactive three week seminar designed to teach biblical foundations of business, and equip you with the practical tools and skills necessary to successfully launch or join a business with kingdom goals, in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact:

<infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>.</infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

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2) FINISHERS FORUM — A Finishers Forum will be held Friday night and Saturday till 5PM, February 15-16, 2002 in Indianapolis. This is an “Urbana”-like event to assist people in finding a significant second-career joining God in His passion for the nations. Adults of all ages are invited. It will make most sense for people who have had a career and raised or almost raised a family and are looking for more now or a few years in the future. The Finishers Project is a partnership of over 70 mission agencies more interested in people than money. To explore options uniquely suited for you at this event or online register at .

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3) MISSIONARY CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 12-14, 2002 — Living Word Missions (LWM) is inviting all missionaries both foreign and national working in the region of South West Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Andorra, Spain, & Portugal) to a Conference designed especially to address the special needs and challenges of that part of the world. Main speaker, Wolfgang Simson (author of Houses That Change The World and editor of the DAWN Friday Fax), will bring a fresh new way of looking at forgotten strategies and principles from the early church in what is coming to be known today as “the House Church movement”. Other internationally renowned speakers include Russ Tatro, founder and international director of LWM and the International Missionary Center, Tulsa, OK and Greg Jacob, Pastor of Amistad Cristiana in Madrid, Spain. The location for the conference is in Southern Spain in the town of Mollina, Sevilla. For more information and how to register contact the conference host and Regional Coordinator for LWM, Tom Cook: phone/fax (34) 95 415 6275 or e-mail: <cookatspaindottc> .</cookatspaindottc>

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4) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — A six-week TESOL course will be held June 14-July 27, 2002 in Shanghai. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive when writing. Unsecured Internet site in China. For more information go to or write <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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5) YOUTH: FORGOTTEN UNREACHED “FIELD” — Youth around the world need Christians to share the Gospel with them. Well here’s your chance to make a difference. Ministry areas such as discipleship, friendship evangelism, teaching English, youth camps and weekend retreats are just a few areas you could get involved in. You would be working in cooperation with local churches and under the leadership of seasoned missionaries. Short and long-term opportunities are available. You will need to raise support for living and travel expenses. Please contact Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> to obtain more information. Their website is http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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6) EMS/IFMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE — The Evangelical Missiological Society will be holding its annual conference, October 4-5 in Orlando, Florida, with the Interdenominational Foreign Missions Association. Evangelical Ministries to New Religions has been asked to plan a track of presentations on mission to new religions. Want to submit ideas? Contact John at Watchman Fellowship for the details,

<jmoreheadatwatchmandotorg> or call (in the </jmoreheadatwatchmandotorg>USA or via Net2PHone)

(888)44-BIBLE.

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7) GREAT NEWS SITE — Looking for a great spot on the web to get news to compare to cnn.com? Judy suggests trying

http://www.washingtonpost.com

She’s right. It’s *full* of searchable news. Thanks Judy!

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8) USE YOUR VOCATION TO REACH THE NATIONS — Here are 2 free 1/2-day Tentmaking Seminars in the Chicago Area, Feb 9 and Feb 16. You’ll discover how to: Use your skills in missions; Integrate work and witness; Find a job overseas; Prepare to be effective. Register at

http://www.globalopps.org

Saturday 9am – 1pm (coffee from 8:30 am) Feb 9th at Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church or Feb 16th at Wheaton College, Armerding Hall. The seminars are presented by Global Opportunities.

<infoatglobaloppsdotorg> 626-398-2393</infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

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9) TAKE PART IN “PRAYWORLD 2002” — An International Prayer Council has designated the coming Lenten Season (Ash Wednesday, February 13, to Palm Sunday, March 24) as “PrayWORLD!02” – 40 DAYS OF GLOBAL PRAYER FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION OF CHRIST. A 40-day Prayer Calendar in English is available on internet

http://www.prayworld.org . Translations are expected soon in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Tagalog. Everyone worldwide is invited to translate and distribute the Calendar widely. A 64-page calendar booklet, “Seek God for the City,” can be ordered from

http://www.waymakers.org . Cost is $2.00 each, with significant quantity discounts.

20020113 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) ‘WORSHIP & ARTS IN MISSIONS’ WORKSHOP
2) DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY MEDIA TRAINING
3) INSTANT E-CARDS FOR CHRISTIANS AND MISSIONARIES
4) FANTASTIC “MISSIONS” CD
5) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD
6) REPLACEMENT FOR INFOBEAT?
7) APOLOGY FOR “DAMASCUS” QUIP
8) WORLD CHRISTIANITY 1970-2000
9) TENTMAKER INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 4TH CONGRESS
10) THE BACKPAGE: DOING INTERNET BY SATPHONE
11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) ‘WORSHIP & ARTS IN MISSIONS’ WORKSHOP — Register now for WAM! II, a 3-week workshop designed to equip worship and arts leaders for ministry to the nations. Worship leaders or team members and Christian artists of all mediums are invited to register for the WAM! II Workshop being held 16 July TO 7 August, 2002. The vision of WAM! is to see a godly, gifted, trained worship-arts facilitator on every church planting team in Europe and beyond! Based in Budapest Hungary, Week 1 sees students prepare for ministry. During week 2, students serve at the SOZO Music & Arts Festival. Week 3 students evangelize through music and the arts in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia. For registration details, costs and scholarship information, email <wfninfoatyahoodotcom> or visit this site: www.worshipfromthenations.org or

http://www.kegy.hu/virtual/wfn .

WAM! is sponsored by Worship From the Nations; a ministry of PIONEERS.

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2) DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY MEDIA TRAINING — The International Communication Training Institute and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies have released details of a 3-day conference for anyone concerned with the training and development of media professionals working within the framework of their Christian faith. Sessions include: Developments in Francophone Africa; Distance Learning and Media; Leadership Development; Religious Authority and Cyber Islamic Responses to September 11; Media in Christian Witness – exploring the development of reflective practice and Christian apologetics in the media. The event will be hosted at OCMS, Oxford, UK, 4-6 March, 2002.

Get further details from ICTI <adminaticmcdotorg> or http://www.icmc.org/icti/ .

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3) INSTANT E-CARDS FOR CHRISTIANS AND MISSIONARIES –- Want to send stunning photos matched with encouraging scriptures by email directly to recipients’ in-boxes? (Tip: Just first make sure they don’t mind receiving attachments.) These e-Cards are “instant” because they do NOT have to be picked up at a website. Best of all, you’ll find designs made just for missionaries to communicate with the people back home (and vice versa). To send an Instant e-Card, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com .

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4) FANTASTIC “MISSIONS” CD — Missions Pastors and Missionaries! Finally a Missions CD for your upcoming Missions Conference or behind your missions video. This “Answer The Call” CD, with eight original songs, contains music with a strong missions message. From the upbeat “world-tribe” feel of the first track to the introspective message of the last, this album will inspire you to ‘Answer the Call’ and take the message of Jesus to a lost and dying world. This CD makes for easy listening in the car or at home, but is equally well suited for use in the church setting. Need more convincing? Listen to a portion of the songs at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sonm .

You can purchase this CD at www.cdbaby.com for $15 or for $12 by contacting Tom Barnard at 903-297-2424 or <barnardatairmaildotnet>. Their web page is

http://www.roseheightslongview.org/resource.htm .

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5) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD — Prepare to be sent to people groups and nations Come to Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA where a Crossroads Discipleship Training School for singles and families will be held April 22 – July 12,2002. Write Youth With A Mission, 1275 Birch Rd. Lebanon, PA 17042, or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom> .

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6) REPLACEMENT FOR INFOBEAT? — Dennis says he’s finally found a good replacement for InfoBeat:

Check it out — for 6 months at no charge.

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7) APOLOGY FOR “DAMASCUS” QUIP — Oops! I’ll admit it! I shouldn’t have been so flippant with the quote about Paul’s trip to Damascus (“the best thing since the light on the Road to Damascus” in the item on the Alpha Course, “1) ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS”, Jan. 4th Brigada Today). Apologies if anyone was offended. What I really meant to say was that the results enjoyed by those implementing the Alpha Course are so stellar, they’ll seem . . . nearly miraculous!

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8) WORLD CHRISTIANITY 1970-2000 — This book is now available from William Carey Library Publishers. The author, Dr. Winston Crawley, seeks to continue the overview and analysis of current progress in world Christianity contained in Dr. Ralph Winter’s work Twenty-Five Unbelievable Years: 1945-1969 and Kenneth Scott Latourette’s A History of the Expansion of Christianity. This summary of recent world Christian history provides a great backdrop for believers to face the new millennium with hope, determination and an expectation of seeing God work in the world in even greater ways. For orders, pricing and shipping information, contact Gabriel Resources at <gabrielatomlitdotomdotorg>, toll free in the USA 1-866-732-6657, or from outside the USA 706-554-1594, fax 706-554-7444. Check out other WCL titles at http://www.wclbooks.com .

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9) TENTMAKER INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 4TH CONGRESS — Make plans now to attend the 4th TIE Congress that will be held on the resort island of Cheju, near Seoul, Korea on May 20 – 24. For more information contact Johnny Chun at <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom>.

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10) THE BACKPAGE: DOING INTERNET BY SATPHONE — As I compose this edition of _Brigada Today_, I’m on a plane home from serving in a war-torn nation in Central Asia for nearly 2 weeks. In this particular nation, there are probably a total of 150 working phones for a population of *millions* of people. That’s one of the reasons why I took a satphone to connect with my office and family. The most effective deal I found for voice *and* data was through InTouch. Write the rep. at <daiatintouchusadotcom> and tell him you heard about it from Doug Lucas and maybe he’ll knock off just a *few* dollars for you. If you’re headed to Europe, Africa, the Middle East or South/Central Asia (in other words, about all the 10/40 Windwow), ask to rent the Thuraya model. Trouble is, it’ll be pricey… something like $100/week or more. But in judging the alternative (no way to call for help if bandits are approaching from the North, South, East *and* West). With the Thuraya, I connected first time nearly every time, at 19.2K to the Internet. I took along an Iridium satphone and typically connected at *much* lower data speeds for it. Maybe 2 or 3 K — like nearly stone age! :-) But if your work is taking you somewhere other than the Thuraya coverage (see the coverage footprint at www.thuraya.com) maybe you’ll have to give more thought to the Iridium – which works anywhere on the world. Either way, per-minute rates are indeed steep…. somehthing like $2/minute, though we won’t know for sure ’til they’re bliled on my credit card. You can also buy the Thuraya in the Dubai airport duty-free, but the only packages they sell is the “Airport pacakge” with prepaid sim cards, a real hassle in that you have to always buy new cards. That’s why Dai Rees is such a good deal then… because he sells the subsriptions on a month-by-month basis. Try him… You just might like it! (By the way… I get no benefit of any kind by promoting him. In fact, I had to pay the normal full price like anyone else. I’m just “one beggar telling another where to get bread.”

</daiatintouchusadotcom></mijohnnyatyahoodotcom></gabrielatomlitdotomdotorg></davidbbaumanatcsdotcom></barnardatairmaildotnet></adminaticmcdotorg></wfninfoatyahoodotcom>

20020106 Brigada Today

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY, USA
(See your subscription information at the end under “Closing Stuff”!)

In this issue…

1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA
2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC.
3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1
5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE
6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO?
7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING
8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON
10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE
12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES
14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES
16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS
17) CLOSING STUFF

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1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA — The “Intercessors for China 2002” prayer calendar is available at

http://www.prayforchina.com

or by calling 1-888-462-5481!

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2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC. — A Christian film and video library in Minnesota, USA is preparing to close its doors after nearly 30 years of ministry. One of the items it has to dispose of is 16mm film checker, cleaner and previewer. This is a free standing model. There are also cleaning and splicing supplies included. The checker is available free of charge but must be picked up in Minneapolis or you will need to arrange for shipping to you. For more information you can contact: Don Lundeen at gtf media resources, 701 Decatur – Ste. 110, Minneapolis, MN 55427, 763/545-5344, 763/545-5498 fax, <donatgtfmediadotcom></donatgtfmediadotcom>

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3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER — You can still order copies of “Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices From Around the World.” This new book is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations and member care workers are providing missionary care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from both the Newer Sending Countries (NSCs) and the Older Sending Countries (OSCs). It has 50 chapters, 576 pages, (a few surprises), and is presented in three parts: The Member Care Context (5 articles); Regional Issues and Insights (15 articles from Africa, Latin America, the Arabic World, Asia, and India); Providing and Developing Member Care (30 articles categorized according to the books transcultural model of member care). To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit

http://www.membercare.org

Retail price: $24.99; Until Jan. 10: 1-9 books: $15.00; 10-25 books: $12.00; 26-50 books: $11.00; 51-100 books: $10.00; 101+ books: $ 8.00. Prices exclude shipping. For ordering info: Kelly O’Donnell<102172dot170atcompuservedotcom>

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4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1 — If you’ve switched to Office XP, might as well make your way to:

www.office.microsoft.com/productupdates

for Service Pack 1. I didn’t notice a ton of differences, but there are supposed to be some security things handled.

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5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE — Do you struggle with using and understanding English? Help is available! The international mission, Operation Mobilisation, has a school in the UK aimed specifically at those wanting to learn or improve their English for Christian service and missionary work. They promote a friendly atmosphere and small classes. Each day starts with spiritual input. Courses run throughout the year. Minimum stay is 2 weeks. For info email

<englishatrhyldotomdotorg>.</englishatrhyldotomdotorg>

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6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO? — To Every Tribe Ministries is the church planting ministry of the Sitton family, but it shows what one family can do! They focus primarily on church planting among unreached tribes in Papua New Guinea and Mexico. However, they hope that their web site to become a valuable tribal missions resource for the entire Body of Christ. Check out the extensive tribal and general missions information they have put together at:

http://www.toeverytribe.com

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7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING — This two week seminar will help to equip the new missionary with knowledge, skills and attitudes in overcoming the formidable challenge of cross-cultural hurdles. Learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques. Study cross-cultural adaptation & communication, handling stress, Interpersonal relationships, spiritual warfare and much more. A highlight of MissionPrep training is exposure to other cultures through visits to ethnic centres such as “Little India”, “China Town” in the heart of Toronto. For more information contact Robert,

<micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE — The tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th have set off a whole series of global disruptions that are powerfully impacting how we do cross-cultural ministry. The Columbia Biblical Seminary Extension at Toccoa Falls College in NE Georgia, is concerned that God’s cross-cultural servants be uniquely equipped to respond effectively to the whole array of challenge and opportunity that are being presented. To that end, they have scheduled three of the world’s pre-eminent theologian-missiologists to come teach one week modular graduate courses in June 2002. June 3-7, Dr. Bill Larkin (Professor of Theology and Mission) will teach “Acts in Historical, Theological and Missiological Perspective”, June 10-14, Dr. Ken Mulholland (Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary) will lead “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” and June 17-21, Dr. Timothy Tennent (Associate Professor of World Missions and Director of Missions Programs Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) will lead “Biblical Contextualization”. For complete information call Lynette at 1-800-868-3257 Ext. 5423, outside the US call 011-706-886-7299 Ext. 5423, email them at: <gradstudiesattfcdotedu>, or visit the web site at </gradstudiesattfcdotedu>

http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/default.htm

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9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON — Here’s a very 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 preferred but all applicants will be considered, you just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost! Please inquire with us today! Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at

http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>.</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS — Here are transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The MATS “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost, while the New Field Units for NGO missions are built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They’ve got all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Find MATS International at Inc. 4444 National Road E Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email

<caratmatsdotorg>, web: mats.org.</caratmatsdotorg>

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11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE — Grab free content for webmasters. You can now incorporate over 30 pages of detailed resource material directly into your site – just by adding a few lines of code to one of your pages. The pages are completely integrated – they match the appearance of other pages on your site. The material helps Christians to understand the issues involved in effective online communication, and stresses the importance and potential of online cross-cultural evangelism. It also includes a customized poster for the webmaster’s own site.

http://www.web-evangelism.com/yourpage

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12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE — The Christian Economic Development Institute is upon us — May 20-31, 2002. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Whether you serve on the foreign missions field or in the inner city in the US, their trainers will start you in the right direction. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org.

Or, contact us at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 31 May 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. Their schedule for this year is: Week 1: 8-12 April Introduction to Islam – Dr. Tan Kim Sai; Week 2: 15-20 April Building Relationships with Muslim & Apologetics – Daoud Irasaneous; Week 3: 22-26 April – Narrative Approach to Reaching Muslims -Dr. Paul Parks; Week 4: 29 April-4 – Muslim Worldview and the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic Law – Sam Solomon; Week 5: 6-10 May – History of Missions to Muslims Sandra Chiew; Week 6: 13-17 May – Church Planting Among Muslims Roger Dixon; Week 7: 20-24 May Muslim Evangelism – Phil Parshall; Week 8: 27-31 May Christian Use of the Quran – Harry Morin. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. All applications need to be in by March 1.</seaiisatmaildotcom>

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14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS — What are the questions we fail to ask in multicultural teams? What are the identity issues of the workers unique to these teams? Are there extra stress factors? What role do the different forms of logic play? How does this play out in relationships? decision-making? leadership? And what about the things that trip us up so easily – retreats and relaxation? And the Achilles heel – finances and lifestyle? Are there advantages to working in multicultural teams?

What issues need to be attended to most in selection and training people for these teams? How can leadership prepare their workers for such teams? These and other related subjects will be handled in a workshop from 27-31 May 2002 offered by Lianne Roembke in Limassol, Cyprus. Dr. Roembke has been involved in training such teams for over 25 years and it was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. For more information see

http://www.memct.org or contact <timatmemctdotorg></timatmemctdotorg>

This workshop is offered in German in Korntal/Stuttgart by Seminare für Missionarische Fortbildung, 2.-6. September 2002. Contact <mboeddinghausataemdotde>.</mboeddinghausataemdotde>

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15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — With the tragic events of 9/11 it may be prudent to review your life insurance program and determine if your family will be financially provided for in the case of death. Adams & Associates International (sm) can arrange a 5-year level premium, level term life insurance policy for overseas missionaries through Lloyd’s, London. The initial application proposal is subject to medical underwriting and possibly rated for geographical location including current political and world events. Once the application proposal is approved, the terms agreed to by the applicant and a policy issued, the annual premium rates are level for the 5 year term. The policy is renewable if overseas service is maintained. The cost of international life insurance is now, more than ever, based on world events and location, which we all know, can change quickly and without notice. For complete information, contact Adams & Associates International (sm) at <aaiataaintldotcom> (if in a sensitive area, please type “Restricted” in the subject line) or call 1-800-922-8438 / (803)-758-1400.</aaiataaintldotcom>

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16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS — Today I’m wondering what you ask your prayer partners to pray for. Sometimes I hear missionaries poke fun at those who pray, “Lord bless the missionaries.” But in reality, don’t we have to accept some of the responsibility for our friends and loved ones not knowing how to pray? Some of our Team Expansion missionaries have long ago figured out that prayer covering can mean a *world* of difference. Others are still at the starting gate, wondering how to begin. How ’bout taking some of these idea-starter prayer requests and sending them to a select group of a dozen friends or so. Ask them to pray. Some will write back and say they will. Those could become your new prayer group! (These are written from “First person” point of view.)

When traveling…

*** That we will pass through customs and immigration lines without incident
*** That our planes will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
*** That we’ll make all our connections

Health and Safety

*** Protection from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
*** Protection from all kinds of sickness
*** That we’ll find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
*** That our food and water needs will be met by the Lord

Spiritual Watchcare

*** Good times of intimacy with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
*** Protection from dark forces in spiritual realms
*** Protection from discouragement, fear, and doubt
*** That we’ll demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork

*** That our team will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts
*** That we can resist temptation toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
*** That we’ll be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy.
*** That God will grant us wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that we’ll be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in this land.

Verses to Read as you Pray

*** Exodus 4:12; 33:14
*** Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
*** Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
*** Zechariah 4:6
*** Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
*** Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

(* Portions of the above prayer requests adapted from original prayers by Gail Seiver, as featured in _World Christian_, Vol. 14, Number 4.)

By the way… if you get a chance… 4 of us from Team Expansion are heading into Central Asia tomorrow. We’d actually really appreciate your prayers for us as we travel.

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