Monthly Archives: May 2002

20020526 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONS MAPS ON CD-ROM AVAILABLE NOW!
  2. CATCH THE POTENTIAL OF THOSE MAPS
  3. LEARN ABOUT HINDUS
  4. BRAND NEW DONOR TACKING PROGRAM FROM PEOPLE RAISING
  5. MISSIONS TRAINING + FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING
  6. EASY ENGLISH ROLLS COMMENTARY ON LUKE THROUGH CHECKING
  7. GET INVOLVED AT KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS
  8. “OSCAR” INFORMATION SERVICE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION
  9. NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR!
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONS MAPS ON CD-ROM AVAILABLE NOW! — GMI has just released WorldVue: The Great Commission Map Collection, containing over 500 maps and graphs in popular digital graphics formats. All the missions themes from GMI’s overhead transparency sets are included, plus political maps of each country and region. View them on screen, print them, or copy and paste them into your electronic documents. No royalty fees are required to use the images for most Christian ministry purposes. For Windows and Mac, WorldVue sells for $39.95, but for Brigada Today subscribers we have negotiated the special price of *$29.95* (plus shipping and tax) for orders placed by June 22. To order, go to http://www.gmi.org/brigada or contact Lorri at <infoatgmidotorg> or phone 719-531- 3599. </infoatgmidotorg>

  2. CATCH THE POTENTIAL OF THOSE MAPS — I hope you were able to imagine the potential of that map software in the item above. I’ll give you an example. My CD came on a Friday. I grabbed it and headed out the door for a weekend speaking engagement to a church of 2000. By Sunday morning, my presentation was practically *revolutionized* by the inclusion of richly-researched maps about the country I was highlighting in my message. It doesn’t really matter which part of the world you have to cover — this one’s got at least *something* on just about *everywhere*. There are GIFs, TIFs, and a ton of other formats… with all different pixel ratios and sizes, so it’ll adapt to the level of resolution and clarity you need. And the interface couldn’t be simpler. The maps aren’t locked into some kind of weird format that forces you to send royalty payments to the authors every time you turn around. Get this — there are *hundreds*, maybe *thousands* of maps on this CD — and they’re all available for this one $30 price. I bought a CD not long ago from a commercial vendor for $60… something like “Coolmaps” or whatever. I’ve barely used it. The maps weren’t as focused on missions… and frankly, it just wasn’t as easy to implement. If you’re a mobilizer — or if you’re a goer — either way, if you print brochures, newsletters, or flyers, get this CD. I guarantee you’ll find something useful within one month. If you don’t, send it back to GMI and I bet they’ll cheerfully refund your money. And in case you were wondering, I don’t work for them — and they’re not giving me any kind of benefit “cut” for this announcement. I’m just one beggar telling another where to find bread. :-)

  3. LEARN ABOUT HINDUS — A two-week Summer course entitled Christian Witness in the Hindu World will be held at Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 North Oakland, Pasadena, California, from June 24 to July 5, 2002. This course provides an overview of 1) the Hindu World, 2) Hinduism¹s globalization, 3) its relationship to Christianity in the Indian Sub- continent, 4) Christian evangelization attempts in the past, 5) various contextual questions arising, and 6) proposals for finding a new way forward. See the Fuller website for full details: http://www.fuller.edu . It is possible to register on-line. Any questions, please contact Christine Cervantes at the Fuller School of World Mission: <swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu> </swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu>

  4. BRAND NEW DONOR TACKING PROGRAM FROM PEOPLE RAISING — If your organization is like ours, one of the most common problems you face is training new staff people how to find ministry partners, then equipping them with tools that can help them succeed. Now you can reduce the time it takes to raise support as you use the People Raising Tracking Program. In one program are 5 reports. You can prioritize your prospects and donors, estimate donor capacity, develop a weekly strategic plan, measure your fundraising time and effort, track dollars raised, and follow your donors giving patterns. It is available at a special introductory price of only $9.99 http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#tracking or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> . </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  5. MISSIONS TRAINING + FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING — Come experience French language learning and culture during a bilingual 5-month Discipleship Training School in Quebec. The three months of practical teaching (including modules on Relief & Development, Missions, Evangelism & Reconciliation) prepare you for two months of creative outreach in a foreign culture. You receive 20 credits from University of the Nations transferable to many other institutions. The school begins September 29. The cost is $2,200 U.S. plus travel expenses. For more information contact Jacques at YWAM Dunham <jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca> or check it out at: http://dunham.jemquebec.ca . </jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca>

  6. EASY ENGLISH ROLLS COMMENTARY ON LUKE THROUGH CHECKING — Hilda Bright’s commentary and text for Luke are often downloaded. So too, are her similar works on Mark, Titus, Jude & 2 Peter. But LUKE joins her Philippians in finishing Advanced Checking. Level B EasyEnglish has a lexicon of 2,800 words. It is for pastors and Bible Study leaders, who do not have English as their mother-tongue. Download Luke and over 50 other commentaries and translators helps from Wycliffe Associates (UK) at http://www.easyenglish.info . This service is free of charge. And so is supplying our materials by email or on CDs. More information from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  7. GET INVOLVED AT KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for servant hearts to lead Korean Language Camps. Participants must be strong in their walk with the Lord so they can be good witnesses to students. Students and teachers will have opportunities to develop relationships outside of class time. Housing and food will be provided by the school. They’d love to find Koreans who speak English, but they’ll take *anyone*. If you have a heart to see the lost won in Mongolia for Jesus, don’t wait! Inquire now at Mission to Unreached Peoples! Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check us out at http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg> </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  8. “OSCAR” INFORMATION SERVICE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION — OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, this month launches a new section of the OSCAR website called the ‘Supporter Index’.

    This section is specifically for those who are, or wish to be, involved in supporting or facilitating world mission. You’ll be amazed at what you can do without even leaving your home! There is information on the different ways you can assist and support mission work including a comprehensive listing of UK world mission events. A sub-section on communications includes advice and links for using the Internet, email, telephone and post for keeping in touch with folk around the world.

    The launch of this new section comes one month after the successful launch of OSCAR’s Mission Mobilisers Forum that has been buzzing with activity ever since. To access the OSCAR website, go to http://www.oscar.org.uk.


  9. NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR! — Now you can — somewhat affordably. Check out the Portable Solar Charger, which can power a broad range of 6- and 12-volt devices. It even comes with a variety of male and female plug adaptors for laptops and cell phones. All for just $80. For more information, see http://www.isunpower.com

20020519 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS
  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS?
  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD
  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA
  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG
  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS
  8. REACH THE UNREACHED
  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED
  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE
  12. YWAM DTS IN PA
  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM)
  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS — United World Telecom http://www.phone-access.com/uwt/ reportedly offers some of the lowest phone rates around. They specialize in low rates to Africa, South American and Asia. You can reportedly use the service in callback form from any country in the world, from any phone in North America using UWT’s toll free number, and can even get your own US “follow me” toll free number to give to friends and family. All calls to this private toll free number will be automatically re-directed to your phone number of choice anywhere in the world. Very convenient and great to give to supporters, friends and family — especially since it can be used by travelers! There are no sign-up fees, no monthly minimum fees. You ONLY pay for the calls you make, and there’s even online sign up and online billing. The quality is excellent and the cost of calls are the same regardless of direction (Japan to USA is 10 CPM – USA to Japan is also 10 CPM). To learn more about Callback, how it works and how to sign up online visit: http://www.phone-access.com/uwt or write uwtatphone-accessdotcom with any questions that you might have.

  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS? — That seems to be one of the most popular questions asked these days. Here’s the scoop: Back when we were distributing Brigada Today via eGroups, the eGroups people offered a special whereby you could pay a fee to “buy out” the ads. Next thing you know, Yahoo purchased eGroups and the whole thing became YahooGroups. Since that time, I haven’t been able to verify that YahooGroups offers the same deal — but they *did* apparently “grandfather” us in without ads, to honor the previous deal that eGroups had sold. So — the bottom line: I don’t know of any way that new YahooGroups moderators can get rid of those pesky ads on current groups. They can be fairly . . . risque’, eh? Have you seen the one with the scantily clad lady and that bothersome wireless Internet video camera? Yikes. I asked my son, who in the world would want to buy a wireless Internet video camera anyway, and then we saw an ad in the local newspaper about how that little gizmo had become one of the most popular-selling items on the Net. Great. And our groups just keep boosting it along. :-) Anyway… sorry I can’t be of more help! Maybe some Brigada participant has figured them out!

  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD — Catch a Seminar in Hindu Awareness on Saturday 29 June 2002 in Greater Vancouver, Canada the U.S. Centre for World Mission (Institute of Hindu Studies Division), sponsored by the Dusty Sandals Society. Learn about Hinduism & Contextualization – A Critique; Christ Movements in the Hindu World; Expressing Worship of Christ in Hindu Contexts; Challenges to Contextualization. Through HL Richard, Vern Middleton, David Manuel. For more info, log on at: http://www.rethinkingforum.com or write <dustysandalsatshawdotca> or call 604.277.7233 (that must be a Canadian number). </dustysandalsatshawdotca>

  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA — Here’s a TESOL course, June 17 to July 12, 2002, with an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine. Another course is slated for September 23 – October 18, 2002. For info, write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG -– Here’s a service helps missionaries and other expatriates living abroad stay in touch by providing options and recommendations for international long distance phone calls. Organizers there have reportedly saved users lots of money both on home assignment and on the field. Check it out at: http://www.dial-abroad.org (Note that by using one of these services, you’ll be helping referrer Andy and his ministry in Japan, GlobalCompassion.com .)

  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course in Budapest, “Cross-Cultural Communication” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS — Want to use your love of drama to call harvesters into cross-cultural missions? Wycliffe’s new Dinner Theatre, set in the Philippines, needs all kinds of personnel: actors (Filipino- looking actors especially needed), backstage manager, technician, house manager and kitchen manager. Travel the Western USA and parts of the South with room and board provided. They’re just now making decisions on casting, through the end of June. Fall Tour is Sept-Nov, with Spring Tour being Feb-May. Contact Mark Eaton for details: <mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>, 800-269-2007, 503-652-1662, http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Theater/TheaterNW2.htm . </mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>

  8. REACH THE UNREACHED — Learn to be a more powerful communicator for Christ by signing up for “Communication and the Biblical View of Man” (COM 301), Nov. 18, 2002 through Feb. 7, 2003 in sunny Hawaii, USA. Contact Jean Hartley at 73410dot2407atcompuservedotcom or fax 808-326-4446. They offer assistance to eligible students from developing nations. Visit Youth With a Mission’s University of the Nations website for a course application http://www.uofnkona.edu .

  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED — With all the garbage floating around on the internet and with many reports of Christians falling prey to the lure of pornography, now may be a good time to switch to a family-friendly Internet Service Provider (ISP). Chuck is looking for a filtered ISP (one that prevents access to pornographic sites) that provides good service at a low cost. Can you suggest one that can be accessed from most overseas locations? Send information on your favorite with details such as customer service, connection reliability, etc. to Chuck at <winindiaataoldotcom>. Chuck will report back on his findings later. </winindiaataoldotcom>

  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. An upcoming workshop hosted by Campus Crusade For Christ will be held in Orlando, FL, June 5-11. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will host an Advanced CBS Conference on Jan. 10-13, 2003 in Fort Worth. This conference is for people who have (1) done a worldview study of a people group, (2) prepared a story list for the group, and (3) storied with the group. The format of the conference will give ample time for participants to share what they have done in storying, how it has worked, what problems have arisen, and how they have dealt with them. Participants will learn about the latest materials that have been developed, how storying is being used in leadership development and theological education, and continuing research into orality and communication. … For the benefit of people wanting to get started in using storying, Southwestern will also be hosting an Introduction to Chronological Bible Storying workshop Jan. 13-17, 2003. For more info. write <asratswbtsdotedu> or call 817-923-1921, ext. 2440. </asratswbtsdotedu>

  12. YWAM DTS IN PA — Catch the YWAM DTS in Lebanon, PA., a five month course broken into two parts. 1st part-3 months of teaching, topics ranging from the character of God to a life style of repentance. 2nd part-2 month outreach to Cambodia. The school begins October 21, 2002, and ends March 7, 2003. For information e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM) – The Year of Prayer is well underway with participants in 50+ nations. ASM is still seeking churches, groups, and intercessors to join the fray. Email prayer bulletins are sent out twice per month. Short-term outreach teams are forming. An English-language video with seven short programs about Morocco including one for children is available in both NTSC and PAL formats. Spanish and Portuguese versions are now in process. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is available in English, French, German, Dutch and Korean print versions. The “52 Weeks” text is also available for downloading from the ASM website in these same languages plus Spanish, Afrikaans, Chinese and soon in Portuguese. The prayer guide is purposely undated so that it may be used to begin a year of prayer at any time. For more information please go to the website at: or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS — Do you want your son or daughter to have an intellectually resilient Christian worldview coupled with a heart for the nations that will survive college? Are you a missionary wondering how to transition your son or daughter into American college life? If so, then INSIGHT might be for you. The US Center for World Mission is now preparing to run its second year of the INSIGHT program (Intensive Study of Integrated Global History and Theology) on its Pasadena campus, beginning in the fall 2002. Referred to by Dr. Ralph Winter as a “30 year idea”, INSIGHT is designed as a one-year freshman level study program that provides 30 units of general education transferable credit through Northwestern College. INSIGHT prepares students for their college years by giving them a globally aware, mission-minded, big picture, biblically-based foundation. See the web site at http://www.uscwm.org/insight or email <insightatuscwmdotorg> or call 626-398-2104 for more information. </insightatuscwmdotorg>

20020512 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG
  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE!
  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA
  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES
  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE
  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING
  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR
  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING
  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG — Getting started as a church planter? Want to gain more insight in your existing church planting efforts? Trent and Vivian Rowland are seven years into leading a church planting team in Asia. In this handbook they articulate their experiences to help guide and inspire teams. Some items covered include: Basic requirements and practices of a team leader, screening and assessing candidates, preparing new team members, research, networking and strategies, articulating ministry philosophy, setting goals for initial years, and implications for mobilizing new workers. I’ve got to tell you, as I sat down and started paging through my review copy, I began seeing all *kinds* of extra training possibilities for the mission with which I personally work. I’m convinced that we will expand and *improve* our church-planter training program as a result of the changes we incorporate from the Rowlands’ work in this book. I’m thankful to them … and to Caleb Project… for unselfishly making these many tools available to our entire global family. This is a new release (Dec. 2001) and it’s available for $19 for a limited time only at http://www.calebproject.org/books.htm . My encouragement: Get it. You’ll be glad you did. (And in case you’re wondering… there’s no commission coming my way. :-) My only hopeful outcome is that we all do this job more effectively. I’m persuaded that if we followed this book, it would happen.)

  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE! — Here’s a new video adventure for kids 5- 11 years of age. KC, a talking suitcase, is not your average talking suitcase. He’s a seam-stretching, adventure-seeking, live-by-the-seat- of-his rollers world traveler. In this video, he visits the Quechua people of Peru with this digital friend Lynnk. For $10.95 you can jump on board. Order it from Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally) for ordering information. </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA — DramaShare Christian Drama Resources has released their new manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity”, the use of non-verbal drama in missions and outreach, (internationally and locally). This comprehensive program teaches the “how-to’s” of ministering through drama, and also teaches how to pass on your skills to others in the mission field church or group, (a “teaching them to fish” philosophy). Those in the program receive an annual membership in DramaShare, giving them full and free access to over 600 scripts, many of which are non-verbal drama, written for this program. For full details, click on over to http://www.dramashare.org/3c.html or write <contactusatdramasharedotorg> In North America phone toll-free 1-800-DO-DRAMA (363-7262) or Fax (Canada) 306-653-0653. And as the authors say, “May God bless your ministry, dramatically!” </contactusatdramasharedotorg>

  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES — Here’s a great book by June Hathersmith, complete with sound affects on CD, taking you to 26 different peoples without God’s word. Get it for $9.95 (the book and CD combined). To order, or for more information, contact Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally). </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE — Crown College recently launched an online Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies in the Fall 2002, at http://www.crownonline.org . The College is regionally accredited with North Central Accreditation (N.C.A.) and also accredited with Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (A.A.B.C.). Crown is also a full member of Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (C.C.C.U.). Crown has been providing missionary training since 1916. The first course for this degree program begins August 18, 2002.

  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING — You have about three weeks left to register for the “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” course taught in the graduate extension program of Columbia Biblical Seminary June 10-14. Dr. Michael Pocock will be on the campus of Toccoa Falls College (90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, GA) for those dates to lead this examination of the major issues that will directly impact how we do missions for decades to come. To register for credit or to audit the course write <gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>. You are welcome to examine the course syllabus online at: http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/two_year_projected_schedule.htm </gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>

  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR — Have you felt the need for training on how to help the poor? Dr. Russell Mask of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development will begin a 6-week module on Christian Microenterprise Development in the Two-Thirds World in August. This course is taught via e-mail. Application deadline is June 14, 2002. For details see the Chalmers Center’s website: http://www.Chalmers.org or email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706-419-1805 in the USA or via Net2phone. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term/summer missions trips through a specially designed “People Raising” support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING” — My apologies to those who were offended by our incorporation of the ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life in last issue’s “Back Page” editorial. Some felt that by saying that my 12-year-old “came up” with the items, I was implying that he composed them himself. I was careful not to actually say that… because he had indeed actually gleaned them from a site he often reads on the web. But as far as I recalled, it was the first time I had seen them myself. And the truth is, after he showed them to me, I did a search at Google.com, prior to including them, in hopes of finding the original source. I only found about 20 copies on the web, and in my cursory search, I saw no one purporting to be the original author. Still, I should have made it clear that he “came up with them” by finding them on a website. Either way, today I rec’d a note from “Chris” pointing me to the page, http://members.kconline.com/kerr/mk.htm) which highlights Andrew and Deborah Kerr’s book, “You Know You’re an MK When…” (Thanks Chris!) Yikes! I had no idea there was even a book about it! As I’ve said before, I’ll try harder to make sure we search for primary sources on everything… and may I just continue to ask your indulgence to let us know when we miss something. Whenever we do, you also have my honest word that we’ll print this kind of apology in the very next edition. I’ll also be more careful not to fall into the trap of saying something that isn’t original… or even allowing you to draw that conclusion — then not telling you that it isn’t original. The burden for the truth is of primary importance in each of our Christian lives. Honestly, I have no false visions of grandeur about convincing you that my kids are child prodigies (although I confess that, at times, I do appreciate their humor a lot :-). Bottom line… again… my apologies if I was at all out of line and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thanks.

20020505 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS
  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL
  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE
  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST
  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD?
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE
  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS — OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, this month launches a new online forum specifically for local church mission mobilisers, secretaries and representatives in the UK, aimed at helping these individuals discuss their helps and hindrances and generally have a place where they can share their experience. Overseeing the group, in partnership with OSCAR, is Joy Piper, author of the book “Bringing the World to Your Church”. To access the forum, log on to http://www.oscar.org.uk , click on ‘Forum’ and then ‘Mission Mobilisers’.

  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL — In our ongoing saga of fixes for my wayward [Sony] modem that wouldn’t dial out in Ukraine, “Mr. O” in SE Asia suggested this (using Windows ME): Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double- click Dial-Up Networking. Click the icon for the connection you want to change. On the File menu, click Properties. Click Configure. Click the Options tab, and then select the Operator assisted or manual dial check box. Connect to a shared resource that uses this connection, or click the icon for this connection. When prompted, lift the receiver of your phone and dial the number. When you hear the tone from the computer, click Connect, and then hang up the phone. (You’ll have to translate it to your own operating system.) Thanks Mr. O!

  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE — AIBI Resources http://www.aibi.org provides Bible training resources including detailed Bible book outlines, Bible survey manuals, training diagrams and much more. Some of the current material is also available on the website in Spanish. One resource that has been kept somewhat secret is a CD version of the resources. To learn more about the CD version, take a look at: http://www.aibi.org/cdrequest.html . Volunteer translations teams are currently being developed to help make these valuable resources available in other languages as well. For more information on being a part of the translation teams, please see http://www.aibi.org/translation.html .

  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST — From July 22nd to August 2nd, Columbia International University will be offering an introductory course on the Techniques of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Speaking, Listening, and Reading. This three semester hour graduate level course introduces students to communicative language teaching, lesson planning, and practical techniques for the classroom. The course may be taken as part of Columbia’s MA in TEFL or as a stand- alone introduction to English language teaching. For more information, please see Columbia’s Summer Studies website http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies/ , or contact Dr. Kay Herbert at <kherbertatciudotedu>. You can also call: 1-803-754-4100, ext. 3316, or toll-free in the U.S. or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800-777- 2227. </kherbertatciudotedu>

  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. of Louisiana has been bringing new ideas to portable sound systems for several years. The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self-contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. These are systems born out of missions for missions. Also check out the Power T12V which is also the number one system in schools and recreation departments in our home state of Louisiana. Contact them on line at http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD? — Could simple acts of humble repentance open the heart of the Arab world to the gospel? For actual case studies explore the site http://www.reconciliationwalk.org which recounts the 3 year journey of Christians retracing the route of the First Crusade. The Crusades were the last time that the Church of Jesus Christ sent representatives to the Middle East in any large numbers. The atrocities committed in the name of Christ by the Crusaders hardened the hearts of the Arab world to the gospel for over 900 years. See how humility expressed in brokenness is softening hearts to the love of God.

  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 17-22, 2002. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We%20_Do_TOT.htm OR <helenatmed-ambdotorg>. </helenatmed-ambdotorg>

  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE — Catch this course for hands- on practitioners reaching UPGs : 13 August to 6 September, 2002 (4 weeks) in Singapore, and the side-by-side Go4th National Missions Conference 7- 10 August, 2002. There’s a special package available for both programs US$1000.00 (airfare, board and lodge not inclusive). Closing date: 31 July,2002.Registration or enquiries to Frank at <scanetatwritemedotcom>. </scanetatwritemedotcom>

  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 19 September. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING — My 12-year- old and I were talking recently and he came up with these ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life: 1. You can’t answer the question, “Where are you from?” 2. You read National Geographic and recognize someone. 3. You have a time zone map next to your telephone. 4. You consider a city 500 km away to be “very close”. 5. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried. 6. You can cut grass with a machete, but can’t start a lawnmower. 7. You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel. 8. You read the international section before the comics. 9. You have friends from or in 29 different countries. 10. You sort your friends by continent. 11. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you. 12. You refer to gravel roads as highways. 13. You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price. 14. You don’t think that two hours is a long sermon. 15. You marvel at the cleanliness of gas station bathrooms. 16. You think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you go into a foreign grocery store. 17. You think a “foreign school” conducts classes in English.
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