Monthly Archives: September 2002

20020929 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE
  2. LEARN TO HELP THE POOR
  3. HIMALAYAN FOCUS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS
  4. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  5. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  6. SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  8. MISSIONS SUPPORT SERVICES
  9. NEW OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEW YEAR
  10. SHORT-TERM MISSION HOW-TO RESOURCES
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE — Interested in praying for Muslims during the upcoming 30-day fast period? Unfortunately, their email list is no more. They’ve lost *everybody*. If you’d like to be their friend and hear more about their work, write an empty email to <pray-onat30-daysdotnet> or go directly to their NEW secure site at http://www.30-days.net .

    Remember, the old list, 30-daysatlsdotpmbxdotnet, no longer exists.

    30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus calls all Christians to pray for all Muslims during Ramadan, 06 November – 05 December 2002. </pray-onat30-daysdotnet>


  2. LEARN TO HELP THE POOR — Learn how to help the poor through a distance learning course on Christian Microenterprise Development. The course runs Jan. 13-March 7, 2003, with application deadline being Nov. 1 for students overseas, Nov. 30 for students in the US. The cost is $250, which includes all materials. The course leader is Dr. Russell Mask, experienced practitioner and Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College. For more information see http://www.chalmers.org , email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706- 419-1805. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  3. HIMALAYAN FOCUS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS — Have a heart for the lost of the Himalaya? Join Youth With A Mission Cimarron for an intense time of equipping to reach the Himalayan nations; Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, N.India, & NE Pakistan. Cross cultural mission skills & effective tools for reaching Hindu, Buddhist, & Muslim peoples of the world’s rooftop will be imparted. The course will involve a 3-month lecture phase in western Colorado, starting January 2003. This will be followed by a two year placement in the Himalayan region, or serving as support staff to those on the field. A YWAM DTS or CDTS is prerequisite. For more info on this strategic event, contact YWAM at <sofmatywamcimarrondotorg> or via http://www.ywamcimarron.org/SOFM.html . </sofmatywamcimarrondotorg>

  4. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty Bible studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact: <cjlemkeatcsdotcom>. </cjlemkeatcsdotcom>

  5. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — … for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. The New Field Units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. 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. For more information, contact MATS International, Inc. 4444 National Road E, Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email caratmatsdotorg, or visit their web page at http://web www.mats.org .

  6. SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — YWAM Jacksonville is offering a School of Frontier Missions starting January 12th. The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by field opportunities to apply what you have learned. The purpose of the SOFM is to give students the most essential principles and tools needed to start long- term church planting movements among unreached people groups. Here are some of the topics in the school: Ethnography, Spiritual Warfare for the Frontiers, Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Principles of Language Acquisition, Team Dynamics and Leadership, Chronological Bible Presentation, Biblical Principles for Missions, History of Missions and more! The School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) begins January 12, 2003. A successful completion of a DTS is required. For more information check out http://www.ywamjax.com or call José at 904-221-5990 (EST) or write him at <myglobitoatyahoodotcom>. </myglobitoatyahoodotcom>

  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course in Kona (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 17, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four-week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  8. MISSIONS SUPPORT SERVICES — Here’s an international ministry serving Church/Missions workers carrying out the Great Commission with an affordable range of worldwide medical and financial support services. Established 11 years ago, TTc serves more than 1,400 members in over 100 countries with flexible programmes that can be tailored to best suit your individual needs. a) The International Programme – long term medical insurance b) The Outreach Programme – medical insurance for up to 6 months at a time c) The Providence Programme – a flexible savings/retirement plan If you would like an information package, please write to: <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit… . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  9. NEW OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEW YEAR — Let English open doors to limited access nations. A TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be offered Jan. 13 – Feb. 7, 2003 in Lebanon, PA. The cost is $950, which includes tuition, room and board. For more information contact davidbbaumanatcsdotcom.

  10. SHORT-TERM MISSION HOW-TO RESOURCES — STEM Int¹l wants to help you and your group do short-term missions right! STEM sells short-term mission books and resources at a large discount. Learn everything you need to know to do your mission right. Resources include Mack and Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions; Vacations With A Purpose; The Essential Guide to the Short-Term Mission Trip; and other popular how- to publications.

    View the resources: Online at http://www.STEMmin.org/aboutSTEM/resources.shtml . Or request a catalogue by email at <officeatstemmindotorg> or call toll-free 1-877-STEM-min or outside US 952-996-1385. </officeatstemmindotorg>

20020922 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING BOOT CAMP
  2. SYNDICATED WEB OFFER
  3. BRIGADA WEB PAGE HITS #1 SPOT OF 628,000 AT GOOGLE
  4. UNIQUE HANDS-ON MEDICAL MISSIONS FOR UNDERGRADS
  5. GEORGE PATTERSON BOOK FOR FREE TRIAL
  6. THE MAN FROM GADARA
  7. GOOD DISCOUNTS ON MISSION BOOKS
  8. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM
  9. TEACH CHILDREN IN CHRIST
  10. THE BACK PAGE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING BOOT CAMP -— The BodyBuilders will be holding an independent Boot Camp in Dallas, TX, November 19-21, 2002 as pre-conference event to the Ivy Jungle Network national conference. The training is designed for new and veteran missionaries. Extensive preparation is required for the seminar and there is limited space is available. To pre-register go to: http://www.thebodybuilders.net .

    For more details e-mail <infoatthebodybuildersdotnet> or call (501) 329- 4881. </infoatthebodybuildersdotnet>


  2. SYNDICATED WEB OFFER — Canadian Bible Society’s Bible Network News brings weekly up-to-date news from around the world. It does not just focus on Bible translation issues, but offers a wide range of international stories of general interest.

    The added-value of BNN is that it can be syndicated directly into any Christian website with a line of javascript code. Furthermore, there are a range of different options to suit the differing requirements of webmasters. Here’s a resource that is suitable for church sites, portals, indeed just about any sort of site aimed primarily at Christians. Check it out at… http://www.biblenetworknews.com


  3. BRIGADA WEB PAGE HITS #1 SPOT OF 628,000 AT GOOGLE — Okay… so you head on over to Google.com and you do a search for the word “evangelism”. What page do you reckon ends up in the #1 spot? A Brigada page, in partnership with Tony the web-evangelism guy. Can you believe it? Give it a try. Out of some 628,000 pages, the Brigada web- evangelism guide is “numero uno”! Not 28th, not even 10th, but 1st! So everybody go check, then click on the page… so it’ll stay up there! :-) Seriously, thanks to all the Brigada and web-evangelism participants for helping take the site to that #1 position! Thanks, too, to Tony for all his hard work promoting it.
  4. http://www.google.com


  5. UNIQUE HANDS-ON MEDICAL MISSIONS FOR UNDERGRADS — Here’s an opportunity to combine medical experience, academic credit, financial sponsorship, and adventure travel for health professions undergrads from any country. This is not just “shadowing” a doctor or dentist but truly a chance to be part of the team. Openings in Central America, Mexico, and Tanzania. For more information , go to http://www.servir.org/premeds.html . Contact <missionsatintcommdotnet>. </missionsatintcommdotnet>

  6. GEORGE PATTERSON BOOK FOR FREE TRIAL — Now you can get “Come Let Us Disciple the Nations” Interactive E-Textbook for a free trial. We know that evangelism, discipleship and reproduction is vital to the growth of any healthy church. But how do we do all this without a big budget and expensive equipment? What’s more, how can we train and reproduce leaders in different cultural situations? “Come, Let Us Disciple the Nations” will walk you through all these important components of multiplication. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada and search for the or write <infoatacquirewisdomdotcom>. </infoatacquirewisdomdotcom>

  7. THE MAN FROM GADARA — Discover what God is doing in the Muslim world through this exciting new book by Roland Muller. Learn how Abdallah came to Christ and then started planting churches among his own people. Enter into the lives that have been transformed and the struggles that face an evangelist in the Muslim world. But this is more than a story. Authors Roland and Abdallah carefully plot many of the steps that God uses to bring people from Islam into the light of the cross. They go on to share some of the struggles and lessons that have been learned while planting churches in the heart of the Muslim world. Download the full book now from http://www.rmuller.com using your Paypal account. ($4.00)

  8. GOOD DISCOUNTS ON MISSION BOOKS — Gabriel Resources has released a new MissionWorld mission resource catalog. They’ve packed it with over 150 books and Bibles, all at special discounted prices. Gabriel Resources is committed to bringing together resources to mobilize and equip world Christians. This edition also includes: an article by PIONEERS East Asia Area Director, a focus on China & the Persecuted Church, and unreached peoples Video Profiles by Create International. Check out special Bible offers, Operation World gift pack & “God’s Great Ambition” designed as low-cost holiday gift ideas for missionaries & missions supporters.

    View the catalog online at http://www.gabriel-resources.com. Email <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> to have a free copy sent to you or call toll-free 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) or 706-554-1594 (outside U.S.). </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>


  9. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM –- The Mexican Medical Ministries will offer a cross-cultural immersion training experience called “Missionary in Training” (M.I.T.). This program is for leaders of short mission trips or those that are considering long-term service in a Spanish based country. Some of the training sessions will cover the following: “Using Health Fairs with the Local Church”; “What does it take to make it to the Mission field?” “Discovering and fulfilling the Call of God”; “Evangelism tips for short term groups”. The M.I.T. will take place in Baja, Mexico. The dates for the next M.I.T. will be June 4 – 11, 2003. For more information: 619-420-9750 or <caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom  (caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom)  > or for information on Mexican Medical Ministries: http://www.mexicanmedical.com .

  10. TEACH CHILDREN IN CHRIST — Are you ready for an all expense paid adventure in Christ? Are you a Teacher, or Administrator who is ready, willing and able to share Christ’s love with expatriate children (and their families) in China? International Schools of China (ISC) just might be the avenue that the Lord has provided for you to do so! If you are interested in learning more about the various opportunities available within this network of schools, please contact ISC immediately <infoatteachwithiscdotcom  (infoatteachwithiscdotcom)  >; or toll-free (877)472-4447, or internationall at 1(360)697-8992! Openings are still available for the 2002/2003 school year!

  11. THE BACK PAGE — The Middle School soccer team I coach has had a good season. We lost only once… our first game… and even that, we lost only by one goal, and our opponent scored that goal in the last 10 seconds of the game. Throughout the rest of the season, we never lost again. So our team had become fairly accustomed to winning. They weren’t showy or cocky, mind you … (well, maybe a couple were just a tad cocky :-) ), but they always treated the opponent with dignity and congratulated them on a good effort (after we would trounce them 4- 0 or whatever :-) ).

    This past week was different. It was the post-season tournament. And we had drawn the enviable position of first seed, meaning that we had a “bye” until the semifinals. Trouble was, our opponent was one of the toughest challenges in the tournament (at least, in my assessment). They had, in my opinion, great foot skills, a great short-passing game, tons of combination play, and lots of excitement and eagerness. Plus the tournament was being played on their home field. Yikes.

    We had beaten them 3-0 during the regular season. But I told our team before the game that they would be out for revenge. I was right.

    Despite our best efforts, our most intense training, and our high spirits, we were unable to pull off a victory. After we scored first, they inched ahead 2-1 off a bobbling ball in a crowded box that our keeper just couldn’t snag. Rats. We lost. (Insult to injury: one of our defenders was called for tripping in the box later in the game, resulting in a PK, which they converted, making the final score 3-1.)

    After the game, I gathered the team together, arms over each others’ shoulders. I quickly told all our players, “We’ve won again and again with class… Let’s lose with class too.” We shook their hands and told them “good game.” I congratulated the other coach on a game that his team had won fair and square. I tried to help our team see that the outcome was actually out of our control. All we could do was focus on the process. If, in spite of doing our best effort with our best training, we lost… then so be it. Our satisfaction had to come from knowing we did our best.

    As workers for Christ abroad, we won’t always be able to control the outcome of our ministries. We owe it to our supporters, our families, ourselves, and our Lord to do our best… with the best tools, the best energy, and the best personnel we can muster. But at the end of the day, if our campaign doesn’t yield the results for which we hoped,… if our correspondence course fizzles, … if nobody comes to the movie night, … if attendance drops when it should climb… at the end of the day… we can’t control the outcome. We can only control the process. Granted, we need to be sure we’re seeking out the best training, the most effective methods and resources, and the absolute best coaching (both from earthly mentors as well as the Father of Lights). But having done all that, … life goes on. There’ll be another movie night, with a different movie. I mean… speaking of movies… not even Tom Hanks gets the girl back in _Cast Away_. :-) Remember what he said? “Another breath. Another day. Life goes on.” Good advice for discouraged team members… and maybe for discouraged missionaries too. Life goes on.

20020915 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SOURCE FOR THAT STORYING CD
  2. GREAT STARTER PAGE FOR NEWS
  3. MICHIGAN LIBRARY SITE BEATS ‘EM ALL
  4. CLEAN UP YOUR INTERNET EXPLORER “RIGHT-CLICK” MENU
  5. GET POWERBIBLE FOR FREE
  6. SAVE YOUR WEB PAGES, NOT JUST THE ADDRESSES
  7. FAMILY-ORIENTED SHORT-TERM TRIP
  8. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED
  9. TRAIN IN TESL & TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SOURCE FOR THAT STORYING CD — Looking for the source on the storying CD we mentioned last week? (Item #8, “BIBLICAL STORYING CD- ROM”) Sorry about that. It should have been included as: http://free-cdsoftware.com/SKU-BIBGRE?client=58158288

  2. GREAT STARTER PAGE FOR NEWS — Thanks to the anonymous tipster who pointed us to a new experimental news page… http://news.google.com/ It even beats CNN! It lists and compiles fast-breaking news as “old” as 5 minutes, simultaneously tracking hundreds of other news source web pages from all over the world! It’s a great “one-stop shop”!

  3. MICHIGAN LIBRARY SITE BEATS ‘EM ALL — But the page that beats ’em all for researchers has got to be Michigan’s new “eLibrary” site: http://www.mel.org Whew! They’ve set a new standard for “comprehensive”.

  4. CLEAN UP YOUR INTERNET EXPLORER “RIGHT-CLICK” MENU — Okay… so maybe this is just a hobby horse of mine, but I don’t like it when plug-ins and installers alter my desktop without my permission. That includes my browsers “right-click” context menu. Is yours littered lately? Just hit your “Start” button, click on “Run”, then type in “Regedit”, choose “File|Export” and make a backup of your registry, then navigate to this key (watch the wrapping line): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt. Each subkey of this key represents one menu item on your right-click menu. Highlight the key you want to vanquish, then choose “Export” from the Registry menu and export it to a file of its own, just to be safe. Then delete the key. Easy! (Thanks to Neil Rubenking of _PC Magazine_’s staff, for the tip.)

  5. GET POWERBIBLE FOR FREE — Need some good Bible software? Rumor has it (now this is a rumor, mind you) that the publishers of PowerBible are willing to send you a copy for free, if you’ll just log on at… http://www.powerbible.com or email them at <bibleatmaildotcom>. When you write them, include your name, mailing address, field of service, mission sending agency, and that you heard of them through the Brigada newsletter. Maybe shipping might be your only charge. Contact them directly to find out. (Thanks Ken!) </bibleatmaildotcom>

  6. SAVE YOUR WEB PAGES, NOT JUST THE ADDRESSES — It can be expensive to download web pages and then have to download them again when you want to use the information. SurfSaver is a free program which saves web pages in user-defined folders as completely searchable files which can be shared with others. The free version works great and can be downloaded at http://www.surfsaver.com although a PRO version is available for $29.95. (Thanks Harold!) I’m partial to the Adobe Acrobat capability. For example, last night I saved an 850-page website to my hard-drive (in pdf format, retaining links to the web) in about 5 minutes via my cable modem. Then, when I went on the road, I took all 850 pages with me for reference or demonstration. For Adobe Acrobat, see your nearest COMPUSA or similar computer software subscriber, or order directly from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com .

  7. FAMILY-ORIENTED SHORT-TERM TRIP — Southern Nazarene University is organizing a family-oriented missions trip to Monterrey, Mexico over the New Year’s holiday (Dec. 27 to Jan. 3). Cost is just $489 US from McAllen, TX. It’s billed as a short-term “missions adventure for all ages.” Ministries will include church construction, Vacation Bible school type ministries and medical work. For more info log on at: http://snu.edu/mexico or e-mail <mexicoatsnudotedu>. </mexicoatsnudotedu>

  8. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED — CrossCampus International is looking for a few godly men and women to serve in East Asia as a semester missionary on various college and university campuses. The assignment will be to evangelize and disciple university students. For more info., contact CrossCampus International <cciatcrosscampusdotnet> or 817-861-1770 in the USA. All approved applicants will be responsible for 100% of the cost of the trip. For further information visit CCI’s website at http://www.crosscampus.net . </cciatcrosscampusdotnet>

  9. TRAIN IN TESL & TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — Learn to Teach English by taking a TESOL course in Shanghai China. The course is both academic and practical in content and will prepare you to be a professional teacher of English. The course has a two week practicum which gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the course. Come to China, take the course, learn the culture and stay and teach OR go to any other location in the world to teach. Course dates are Feb. 14-March 28, 2003 and July 4-August 15, 2003. Go to http://www.tesoltraining.com for more information on the school. Please note that emails are received in china and can be read!! Please think before you write.

20020908 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  2. FINALLY… A SUREFIRE WAY TO UNINSTALL
  3. PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
  4. GET ALL OF PERSPECTIVES IN UNDER A MONTH, IN AMSTERDAM
  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. CIU COURSE ON ISLAM IN BUDAPEST
  7. HOW DO ADULTS ACTUALLY LEARN ANYTHING?
  8. SERVESAINTS GETTING GREAT REVIEWS
  9. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII– The next University of the Nations TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 17, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four-week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  2. FINALLY… A SUREFIRE WAY TO UNINSTALL — Tired of trying out software, only to find you can’t uninstall it after you try it? Get PC Mag’s new “Unclean 2” for free! Just log onto http://www.pcmag.com/utilities . It runs under virtually all versions of Windows, provides full and clear access to all available uninstall information from the Registry, and even lets you delete those pesky no- longer-valid uninstall entries in the “Add/Remove Programs” applet. In my opinion, that *alone* qualifies this utility for use! :-) And the price is right! :-) Free!

  3. PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — The World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission invites every Christian around the world to join them in the International day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). According to organizers, more than 200 million brothers and sisters in Christ today lack full religious freedom simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. On 10 and 17 November, they’re staging a joint day to come alongside them in prayer. Check it out at http://www.idop.org beginning today.

  4. GET ALL OF PERSPECTIVES IN UNDER A MONTH, IN AMSTERDAM — Caleb Project Europe will host Perspectives classes in Amsterdam in January and June of 2003. The courses will feature the same great content we’ve come to know and love from Perspectives, plus students will spend time most afternoons on the streets of Amsterdam connecting with Turks and Moroccans living there. This could be a great chance to take Perspectives, or take it again, and get a good introduction to church planting among Muslims. For more information, email Shane at <discoveryteamsatcprojectdotcom> or go to http://www.calebproject.org/CPE/cpeShortTerm.asp . </discoveryteamsatcprojectdotcom>

  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Now you can learn a practical skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ and open the hearts of unreached peoples to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dental disease is the most common disease in the world. In just two weeks, Dentistry For Missions can introduce you to approaches that will help you bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Two-week courses are being offered each month. http://www.dentistryformissions.com or e-mail <dentistryformissionsatworldnetdotattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatworldnetdotattdotnet>

  6. CIU COURSE ON ISLAM IN BUDAPEST — January 13 – 20, 2003, Columbia International University is offering this course taught by Dr. Ray Tallman. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. 2003 courses include: Intro to Islam, January 13-20; Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. HOW DO ADULTS ACTUALLY LEARN ANYTHING? — Your answer affects how you teach. The Web Evangelism Guide has a new page on the subject:

    http://web-evangelism.com/resources/learning.php


  8. SERVESAINTS GETTING GREAT REVIEWS — We’re hearing great things back from ServeSaints new website at http://www.servesaints.com/ . A worker in Brazil wrote us this past week to say, “…great, free service where missionaries (and others in full or part-time ministry) can quickly and easily create their own homepages, which can then be easily updated with newsletters, needs, praise items and prayer requests. … I was extremely pleased with the site that I was able to create within an hour or so – I’m now using it as my main homepage.”

  9. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Practical, scriptural, relational, effective, intensive. A good jump start for those called to missions work in unreached nations. Important also for church missions leaders to understand missionary preparation and sustenance. Conducted by a team of experienced missionaries encompassing more than eighty countries. The next camps are at the Triple R Ranch, Chesapeake, Virginia. Nov 14-17, 2002; Jan 30-Feb 3, 2003. Limit 100 people. Cost $200 includes food and lodging. See web site www.elijahcompany.org , write <infoatelijahcompanydotorg>, call (757) 474-2054. </infoatelijahcompanydotorg>

20020901 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE UP-TO-DATE NEWS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
  2. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  3. CHILDREN AT RISK
  4. VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
  5. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED
  6. MISSION CONFERENCE FOR ENTIRE FAMILY
  7. INTERNET BIBLE COLLEGE FOR ASIAN CHRISTIANS
  8. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S
  9. TRAINING FOR ABORIGINAL MISSIONS WORK
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE UP-TO-DATE NEWS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS — This is one of those discoveries you’ll want to add to your “links” bar at the top of your browser. (Thanks loads to Tony for the tip!!!) Google has launched a news searching service. Although still in beta form, it pools over 4000 news source, ranking them for freshness, credibility and popularity. Because ordinary webpages don’t get into any search engine database very fast, this sort of ability to search for fresh news is highly useful. It may help mission personnel evaluate crisis situations quickly. http://news.google.com/news/ As I was compiling this issue of Brigada Today, for example, I quickly searched for news on Hurricane Lili. This new “news” engine gave me articles that were less than 2 hours old from VOA! Try it! Great find.

  2. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The theme is “Organizational Dynamics in the World of Missions.” It will be on the ethos and organizational dynamics of mission agencies with special emphasis on how leadership styles, organizational communication, financial policies, and the missions culture impact our effectiveness in fulfilling the mandate to “go into all the world and make disciples.” Presenters will integrate the concepts of family systems theory, organizational and industrial psychology, human resource paradigms and other concepts with Scriptural principles to provide guidance for mission leaders and mental health professionals who work with them. This annual conference will be held November 21-24, 2002 at the Potawatomi Inn located in Indiana. Hurry — registration ends October 15, 2002. For more information call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, or register online at http://www.mti.org in the Workshops section.

  3. CHILDREN AT RISK — Do you know of cases where helping children has also helped to plant or expand the Church? Viva Network http://www.viva.org is starting a Forum around this issue and would love to learn where this has taken place, especially within the 10/40 window but not exclusively. For more information on this new Initiative please contact Natasha at <ncarrilloatvivadotorg>. </ncarrilloatvivadotorg>

  4. VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY — World Servants, World Vision, and Through the Bible Publishers are teaming up to equip leaders in children’s ministry to mobilize the children they lead for missions. You are invited to apply for the Honduras Vision Trip coming February 20 – March 2, 2003. A $600 stipend is available to help reduce, but not eliminate, the cost of participation. If interested, please inquire quickly. For more information, contact <visiontripatthroughthebibledotcom>. You may read an article about the last Vision Trip at: http://www.discipleland.com/missions/honduras . You may view the Vision Trip brochure at: http://www.discipleland.com/missions/honduras/Brochure-s.pdf . </visiontripatthroughthebibledotcom>

  5. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED — Two thousand international students from India, China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and many other Asian and European nations are going to school at the University of Texas at Arlington. Many often ask questions about Christianity. CrossCampus International (CCI) is in need of two single Christian young men who are willing to give up their 2003 Spring Semester to tell these students about the love of Jesus Christ. The dates of this project are January 14, 2003 until the end of May 2003. You will also be given the option of serving overseas with one of CCI’s short-term summer teams at the end of the Spring Semester. The cost of this project is $2600 plus your insurance and transportation to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Housing is provided. (The applicant is responsible for 100% of the cost of the trip.) For further information visit CCI’s website at http://www.crosscampus.net or email <cciatcrosscampusdotnet>, or call 817-861-1770. </cciatcrosscampusdotnet>

  6. MISSION CONFERENCE FOR ENTIRE FAMILY — Here’s a missions conference in Budapest, January 8-12, 2003, billed as a great conference for a great price, designed for the entire family, where you don’t have to give presentations :-) . Moody Bible Institute is providing programming for children. The conference speakers include Dr. Joseph Stowell, Alistair Begg, Ravi Zacharias, Jerry Jenkins, Gary Chapman & Kathy Koch. Worship will be led by Graham Kendrick and guest musician will be Michael Card. To register for this conference, go to http://www.moodyconferences.com .

  7. INTERNET BIBLE COLLEGE FOR ASIAN CHRISTIANS — The Asian Internet Bible Institute (AIBI) seeks to provide free in-service bible and ministry training for Asian pastors, missionaries and lay leaders, especially those in remote areas. The Harvestime church-planting course has 21 modules and takes about two years. There are also 11 shorter courses on diverse topics, plus hundreds of articles, resources and downloads. All courses are free and are designed to be quickly downloaded even on slow connections in icafes. The URL is: http://www.eomtc.com/aibi/ or write <johnedateomtcdotcom>, the Australian who heads the program. (Remember to check first to make sure the doctrine and teaching will match that of your particular faith. Brigada Today can’t check out all these courses in advance to tell you which ones match your particular beliefs.) </johnedateomtcdotcom>

  8. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S — Here’s a great “biblical storying” CD by a talented teller-actor, Robert Delafield. The price is right: FREE!! (They charge “shipping & handling” of $7.50 a disk, but will throw in a free one if you order four.) A NT and an OT CD is available. These videos could be a course in how to use gesture, voice and expression to tell the story. They are for anyone wanting to become a really great biblical storyteller. In stock now, but not sure for how long. For more information, log on to: http://free-cdsoftware.com/SKU-BIBGRE?client=58158288 .


  9. TRAINING FOR ABORIGINAL MISSIONS WORK — Wilcannia River of Life is hosting its annual Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar from the 27th November through to 1st December 2002. This Seminar teaches how to effectively minister to one of the hardest Cross Cultural groups in the world, Australian Aborigines. Guest Speakers include Dr. Max Wiltshire (20 years experience), Pastor Victor Minniecon, Pastor Scott Lamshed (Scott has been in the small river town of Wilcannia for almost 5 years and seen an amazing turnaround in the community). For further details log onto http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact <sklamshedatbigponddotcom>. </sklamshedatbigponddotcom>
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