Monthly Archives: August 2002

20020825 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM
  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA
  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS?
  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS
  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS
  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Did you know that Brigada Today has a sub-list dedicated to helping mission mobilizers? It’s true. The Brigada Mission Mobilizers E-zine posts a column each week with in-depth information about mobilization, including Q&A forums, reviews of mission resources, and articles on mission mobilization. There is also an optional weekly Newsbrief with world news from the perspective of missionaries. The Mission Mobilizers E- Zine is designed to compliment Brigada Today and does not duplicate content already sent out over Brigada Today. Subscribership to the Mission Mobilizers E-Zine has grown over the last seven years to over 2,200. If you are interested in subscribing, please fill out the application form at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/application.html .

  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM — The International Institute for Communication Excellence in Oxford, England is accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice to commence in April 2003. The program is designed for Christians working professionally in the media as journalists, communication officers in churches, NGO’s or mission agencies and practitioners in the Christian media. Organizers say the course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop skills as a media practitioner, engage with the latest scholarship in communication studies and reflect theologically on media practice. The course can be taken full or part time and there are plans to offer it overseas. It is validated by the University of Wales. For a brochure simply write Dave <dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk> or check the Institute website at http://www.iice.org . </dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk>

  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” 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. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA — By Hope Flinchbaugh, this is a novel about a young woman’s faith in the face of persecution. It is reportedly a powerful tool that can be used to mobilize prayer and workers on behalf of the church in China. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order, write <csatbethanyhousedotcom> or call 1-800-328-6109 toll-free or via net2phone or Fax 866-220-8376 / 952- 829-2503. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS? — Try Powermarks (free to try, $25 to keep). A bookmark manager, it stores them as a list, which sounds bad at first… but in practice, the search engine helps you find bookmarks (needle in a haystack style) *quickly*. It lets you assign key words to each bookmark — and also assigns some of its own based on the webpage itself. Check it out at http://www.kaylon.com . So far, I’ll have to admit — I love it! (Nothing in it for me, by the way. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — A new international online publication, Sacred Tribes Journal, represents a fresh approach by Christian scholars and thinkers reaching out to groups society and the media label “cults.” Sacred Tribes will explore outreach to a variety of new religious movements and will feature a blending of the insights found from the best of academic scholarship and missiology, a blend often found in current missiological research, but often missing from traditional “counter-cult” perspectives. Sacred Tribes may be accessed with no subscription costs at http://www.sacredtribes.com or by emailing <moreheadatquiknetdotcom>. </moreheadatquiknetdotcom>

  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Asia Committee for the International Sports Coalition is hosting “The Asian Church and Sports in Kingdom Building” conference in Hong Kong from November 3-9, 2002. Look for plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations on all facets of sports and recreation as an outreach and discipleship. Readers from Asia can contact Johnny <johnnyyiuathknetdotcom> . Others can contact Church Sports International <roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg> . Web site information available at http://www.ymca.org.hk/asc2002.htm . </roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg></johnnyyiuathknetdotcom>

  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS — Learn how to develop indigenous Christian songs at CIT in N. Carolina (Nov. 11-15). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Dr. Neil Coulter, ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS — The free memory tool “Wordfast” from http://www.champollion.net integrates into Microsoft Word and helps in translating repeating blocks of text. RWS Tools from http://www.translate.com also combines with Wordfast and Word to give html help. (Thanks to Tony, who first saw this in World Christian News newsletter, http://www.dci.org.uk/main/findout.htm )

20020818 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS THIS FALL
  2. INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BOOK
  3. INCREDIBLE CREATURES THAT DEFY EVOLUTION
  4. POWER BIBLE CD
  5. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
  6. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED
  7. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA.
  8. RESOURCES FOR NGOs
  9. GEORGE PATTERSON’S 15 FACTS OF LIFE & DEATH
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS THIS FALL — One of the major reasons missionaries come home from the field is unresolved interpersonal conflict. This workshop is designed to teach and reinforce the skills of effective interpersonal relationships as well as personal growth. Issues discussed, from a thoroughly Biblical perspective, include building trust, listening and communication skills, giving and receiving confrontation, living in community, managing stress, maintaining margin, being an encourager, etc. Attention is also given to identifying the skills appropriate to the missionary’s destination culture. Dates for the course are October 21- 25, 2002 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact us at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg  (citmailatcit-onlinedotorg)  > or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org .

  2. INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BOOK — A new book, Incredible Journey in the Steps of Greatness (by James Ray / BIMI), is now available. Go on a journey in the steps of David Livingstone, John Wesley, William Tyndale, and many others. Each chapter reveals a little known story about a great person in history and includes many original photographs. Fascinating reading and great fodder for sermon illustrations! For more information and a special discounted price, visit http://www.baptist-books.com <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg  (bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg)  > Use coupon code BRIGADA to save $2 on shipping!

  3. INCREDIBLE CREATURES THAT DEFY EVOLUTION — These remarkable videos (also in DVD) examine several animals and show how there is no credible way evolutionists could explain how these animals evolved. Each is a compelling testimony that God must be the creator. The videos are presented by a scientist who became a creationist after studying the evidence in the animal world. Two of the best and most captivating videos you will find. Visit http://www.baptist-books.com for more information and special price. <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg  (bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg)  > Use coupon code BRIGADA to save $2 on shipping!

  4. POWER BIBLE CD — This Bible program for the computer has many resources integrated for the serious Bible student without having to be unlocked . Strong’s definitions pop up when you hold the mouse over a word. Missionaries on the foreign field can receive one free CD each year by contacting the publisher directly. The CD is available for $13 (33% off normal retail and a fraction of the cost of most comparable programs) at http://www.baptist-books.com <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg  (bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg)  > Use coupon code BRIGADA to save $2 on shipping!

  5. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — Learn to Teach English in China! Take a TESOL Certificate course in Shanghai, China. New dates for 2003 are: 1. Feb. 14-March 28, 2003 2. July 4-August 15, 2003. For more information see http://www.tesoltraining.com or write <tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  > The email will be read IN CHINA so think before you write. David and Vicky Scott

  6. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED — Doing ministry in North India? Need good quality Hindi language materials for Evangelism? Children’s Ministry? Discipleship? Etc.? Or other Indian languages? Wonder if someone has already translated that good book or video into Hindi or other Indian language? Then log onto http://www.indiaresources777.org . Here you can find an extensive database of Christian resources available within India with a focus on Hindi language materials, although other Indian languages are also included. There are well over 700 resources already in this database and it is growing. Email your questions or resources to <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  > .

    Interested in using the web application interface to catalogue resources for other languages, people groups or countries?

    Contact <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  >


  7. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA. — Lebanon’s next TESOL course begins September 23, 2002 and ends October 18, 2002. The total cost: $950.00 plus a $35.00 registration fee. Immediately following this course a Discipleship Training School begins for 5 months. You may wish to enroll in both schools. For further information write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  >. Phone: 717-274-9010.

  8. RESOURCES FOR NGOs — Bridges.org is a S African NGO which has put together an online guide on useful resources for NGOs, including free/low cost oomputers, etc.

    http://www.bridges.org/toolkit/freeIT.html


  9. GEORGE PATTERSON’S 15 FACTS OF LIFE & DEATH — Here’s how to discuss these important facts with family & friends. This free e-study booklet by George Patterson is designed to guide you as you help your family and friends discover the truth about Jesus Christ. The 15 Facts will assist you in walking your pre-Christian friend through the major stories of the Old Testament and how they related to the New Testament and Christ. Not only that, it will also help you gain a greater understanding of these major Biblical events and how they impact you today. This booklet was not written with multi-syllabic, esoteric terms that even a Christian cannot understand. It is easy to read and encourages participation by all involved. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada or write <infoatacquirewisdomdotcom  (infoatacquirewisdomdotcom)  >.

20020811 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR!
  2. HELP CHILDREN PRAY FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW
  3. SEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  4. CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE TRANSLATION
  5. SERVESAINTS LAUNCHES WEB SITE
  6. ENGLISH SCRIPTURE EDITIONS FOR MUSLIMS INQUIRY
  7. TRAIN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  8. SHORT-TERMERS TRAINING SEMINAR
  9. LAUSANNE TO HOST 2004 FORUM
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous sponsor for making a $125 donation to Brigada! Your generosity and unselfish vision will go a long way toward helping us deliver Brigada Today to a weekly readership of roughly ten thousand missions-oriented participants! May God bless you richly!!! (To take part in sponsoring Brigada Today at $25, $100, or $500 levels, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org and click the “PayPal” sponsorship link at the bottom of the page.)

  2. HELP CHILDREN PRAY FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW — Go to http://www.calebproject.org/winkid6.pdf to download the children’s translation of Praying Through the Window 6: Women and “The Girl Child”. The calendar has been especially rewritten to make it child friendly for easy use. Plan to use it for October or any 31 day period!

  3. SEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — This conference is for anyone interested in medical missions, either in the United States or abroad. Over 1500-2000 attendees are expected to hear speakers like: Ted Yamamori, Pres. Emeritus of Food for the Hungry; Evvy Campbell, Prof. at Wheaton College; Art Jones, Founder of Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Ill.; Phil Fischer, Prof. at Mayo Clinic; and David Thompson, career surgeon in Bongolo, Gabon, who will lecture on the professional and spiritual requirements for future medical missionaries both in the United States and overseas. Information on registration and free housing, if needed, can be found at http://www.medicalmissions.com or by contacting Julie Snipp <jsnippatseccdotorg  (jsnippatseccdotorg)  > . 65 speakers will present 70 workshops on all areas of health care. All workshops are listed on the web site. Continuing educational credit is available for physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists. Over 85 different missions organizations will be vying for your attention as they share their unique and diverse services and opportunities. Come join hundreds of other fellow professionals from all disciplines of health care and learn about opportunities in caring for the disadvantaged both at home and abroad. This weekend will be a priceless experience that will leave you forever changed!

  4. CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE TRANSLATION — George Patterson’s widely-read Guide is now available to be translated into non-English languages, royalty free. You can look over the instructions and download a revised original for non-American translators from <http://currah.info/www/cmg/> Any questions? Write to George at <GPattersonatCVImaildotnet  (GPattersonatCVImaildotnet)  >

  5. SERVESAINTS LAUNCHES WEB SITE — In an effort to improve communication for all Christians everywhere and empower them to better serve one another, ServeSaints has launched its web site http://www.servesaints.com/ . ServeSaints believes it is a great privilege to be able to give our time, talents, and money to support the work of God in the world. ServeSaints hopes that together we may find joy in giving and have the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints for the Glory to God.

  6. ENGLISH SCRIPTURE EDITIONS FOR MUSLIMS INQUIRY — A Christian Researcher in Africa asks: Do you know about any special scripture editions in ENGLISH which are published especially for Muslims? (We asked a while back … but didn’t specify English.) Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture portions? These should be currently available. What is your opinion about these? What is the Muslim’s reaction? Who supplies them? He will compile a report out of the responses. He is currently aware of: 1) “The Holy Gospel – Study Edition” NT, 2001 by UBS, Asia Pacific Region, Brisbane Australia, ISBN 0958641447 using the text of the Good News Bible, with special introduction, parallel notes and glossary. 2) “Holy Injil”, Gospel of Matthew, by IBS, using the New International Readers Version adapted to Muslim vocabulary. Please respond to <researchatsimdotorgdotza  (researchatsimdotorgdotza)  >.

  7. TRAIN TO TEACH ENGLISH — Plan now to take advantage of a new opportunity in the new year. A TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course will be offered Jan. 13 through Feb. 7, 2003 at the YWAM base in Lebanon, PA. The cost for tuition, room and board is a bargain at $950. For more information or an application contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  >.

  8. SHORT-TERMERS TRAINING SEMINAR — Now is a good time to make your plans to attend the 6th annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by ServantPrep International, COMMIT Ministries, and Gateway Mission Training Center, March 20-22, 2003 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. Since 1997, more than 650 short-term mission leaders from churches and agencies have completed this program and have had very positive results. You can too. The seminar will be held at the Ohana Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $225 which includes materials and tuition. A Meal and 3 day lodging package is just $199. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. Low cost airfares are available too. Contact Greg <commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  > for registration materials or more information by e-mail or download an STML registration form at the website http://www.commitministries.org

  9. LAUSANNE TO HOST 2004 FORUM — The biennial meeting of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) held at Belhaven College (Jackson, Mississippi) gave the final approval of plans for a 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Southeast Asia starting 29 September and ending 5 October of that year. Mrs. Robyn Claydon, chair of the program committee, says that the 2004 Forum must not be understood as a “Lausanne III.” “It is rather 24 smaller conferences running simultaneously,” she says. For more information, contact <KaredotMelhusatMediehogskolendotno  (KaredotMelhusatMediehogskolendotno)  >.

20020804 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES
  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE
  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS
  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS”
  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP
  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM
  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES — PeopleTeams.org now has 502 Web sites on its service. Launched 18 months ago as a people group advocacy Web site, PeopleTeams has amazed everyone by its receptivity. There are 293 teams of missionaries who are actually hosted by PT. Each team produces their own Web site in a secure environment by using an account name and password provided by PT’s web managers. Another 209 Web sites have requested a link be listed. A new search feature was added this year. Visitors to PeopleTeams may now search within regions by country or by alphabetical listing. Another unique feature is the ever-growing “Toolbox” page listing dozens of advocacy-related resources. More than 8,000 unique users generate more than 300,000 hits every month. The most frequently visited Web sites are an international mix with increases in interaction based on individual team promotion. For instance, the Dong of China Web site was consistently #1 for months during an intensive prayer focus. Others, such as the Persian-Speaking World, came to the forefront after the war began in Afghanistan. PeopleTeams is hosted by a Great Commission Christian organization that remains anonymous in order to foster a teambuilding environment.

  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE — Wycliffe Associates UK have now put two versions of Luke’s Gospel onto their web site. The URL, http://www.easyenglish.info , is for free downloading, cultural adaptation, illustration and use. These are ideal for counselling after the Jesus Film. More info from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS — Here are some new links to check out regarding planting house churches (Thanks Grace!):

    House Churches as a Vital Part of Discipling the Nations – http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC

    House Churches and Their Vital Roles in the Great Commission – locally and overseas – http://disciplethenations.org/CHCRNNLJunSept02.html#GCPerspectives

    Also, Canadian House Church Resource Network newsletter now online: http://DiscipleTheNations.org/index87.html and a lot more resources on house churches at: http://DiscipleTheNations.org – see CONTENTS and then under H


  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS — For any missions minded individuals/leaders/missions/ministries, etc. that are interested in using the arts in the Great Commission, check out the following resource sheet Print it or just let them know about the web page. It includes enough information/resources/networking opportunities and ministry opportunities to last them a lifetime and it is always being developed further. http://disciplethenations.org/GCWACResourceSheet.html

  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS” — This distance learning course (online) will soon be reality. The Great Commission Worship & Arts Center, with the aid of many other related ministries and individuals, is currently in the process of developing an online distance learning course for those interested in Music, the Arts/Media and Missions training. This course is for candidates, missionaries, missions leaders, Christian music/arts/media and missions educators, worship leaders, etc. – any Christian interested in the subject. At present there is not yet a team to help facilitate the learning by personal email mentoring. As a result, for the time being, it’s all available free! To see what’s ready to roll, go to: http://disciplethenations.org/DistanceLearning.html Course organizers hope to shore things up by November. Those with ideas can write <gracewatidmaildotcom>. This course is also to work along with a number of other resources currently being developed in conjunction with a number of different ministries, such a related PERPSECTIVES course on music, the arts and missions. </gracewatidmaildotcom>

  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP — Need help developing your local praise team, either starting from scratch or taking them to the next level, both spiritually and musically? Reach Out Youth Solutions recently published a free global e-report, compiling successes around the world and giving practical suggestions that transcend culture. This collection of Web-based articles helps leaders choose the most effective styles for their local context, gives extensive wise counsel from others who lead worship, and suggests over 70 “Techniques and Taboos” on adding creative elements to worship. Start the global report at http://www.reach- out.org/article.asp?ai=154&ac=2&al=70 or view all 29 articles at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?al=70&ac=2 . To regularly receive this free report, contact Steve Miller at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM — Rick Meyers has developed an extensive free Bible study program with various multilingual Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, etc., all extensively linked and with a “mouse over” feature that pops up referenced scriptures without having to jump to the reference to read it. Many other features such as bookmarks, highlighting, marking, enhanced browsing, and Quick Search will aid the Bible student in their discovery of Truth. see http://www.e-sword.net . (Thanks Dave!)

  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM — A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, will be offered in five locations this fall. Fall classes are beginning in McLean, VA; Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Lansing, MI; and Houston, TX. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to share with Muslims the life of Christ. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more, log on at http:/www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or you may email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>. </infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — …For one to two years to love and care for children. Teaching experience recommended but not required. B.A. in any discipline. Housing is provided with a month stipend to adequately cover food and laundry. If interested, please send your resume and short essay about your Christian journey from salvation to present, and why you would like to live and work in Thailand to Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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