Monthly Archives: October 2002

20021027 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONGRATS TO GMI FOR WINNING THE CROWELL
  2. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  3. SEEKING ANTI-ABORTION MATERIAL IN SPANISH
  4. MISSIONARY TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
  5. GRC E-MAIL LISTSERVICES
  6. EAST AFRICAN PROJECT SEMINARS
  7. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  8. AU SABLE INSTITUTE TRAINS MISSIONARIES/WORKERS
  9. SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES FOR POLICE/FIREFIGHTERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONGRATS TO GMI FOR WINNING THE CROWELL — Congratulations to Global Mapping International (GMI) for winning the Henry Parsons Crowell Award, a special honor established to recognize the significant contributions of the entrepreneurial founder of The Quaker Oats Company as well as to encourage others to follow his example. During the 40 years he served as chairman of the board of Moody Bible Institute, he consistently gave 65% of his income to Christian ministry. (More information about The Crowell Trust can be found at http://www.crowellfoundation.org .) GMI serves as distributor of Operation World on CD, as well as The World of Islam, with a combined circulation of 23,000 copies. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, GMI uses research and technology to create resources that fuel emerging mission movements and leaders. Founded in 1983, GMI focuses on serving evangelical mission leaders in the developing world. Learn more about GMI at http://www.gmi.org. Congratulations GMI!!!

  2. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college- aged youth, June 2 – July 26, 2003. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost, $2,000 US, includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information and to apply, check it out at http://www.acts13.tv .

  3. SEEKING ANTI-ABORTION MATERIAL IN SPANISH — Becky Porter is in the process of compiling a list of anti-abortion related ministries in Latin America or ministries in English which also have Spanish material. Please send any information you might have to <eldondotporteratsimdotorg> . Becky will be happy to share the results with others who are interested. </eldondotporteratsimdotorg>

  4. MISSIONARY TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES — Christian Academy of Guatemala is a day school for missionary kids grades K-12. CAG is in need of several faculty/staff members for Elementary, Middle School and High School levels. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunities, write <cagrecruitatchristacadguatedotorg> or visit their website http://www.christacadguate.org </cagrecruitatchristacadguatedotorg>
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  6. GRC E-MAIL LISTSERVICES — Do you or your organization have the need to keep in touch with home fellowships, missions supporters, send newsletters, weekly bulletins, or prayer letters? GRC is currently serving as the hosting “listserver” to over 300 organizations ranging from local churches to large para-church organizations. You can send HTML content, or plain text messages. Prices start at $5.75 per month (plus bandwidth). Learn more at http://www.grcomputing.net/products.html#XCListserver

  7. EAST AFRICAN PROJECT SEMINARS — Unlimited Strategy Evangelism (USE) will conduct a second installment of seminars for pastors and church leaders at the following locations and time: Nakuru, Kenya Feb. 23 – 28, 2003 and Bungoma, Kenya Mar. 2 – 6, 2003. For further information, contact <gkaye2001atyahoodotcom> or <aranyasataoldotcom> . Check out USE at http://www.hometown.aol.com/aranyas/USE2.html . </aranyasataoldotcom></gkaye2001atyahoodotcom>

  8. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– This course will be taught in a southern city in the Philippines. It is a five week intensive TESOL course taught by American instructors and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group in the vicinity. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, this includes board, lodging, several books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens living in country is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>. Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  9. AU SABLE INSTITUTE TRAINS MISSIONARIES/WORKERS — Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies under Cal DeWitt started the Christian Environmental Stewardship movement and now has a network of 59 participating Christian colleges throughout North America. They are now designing courses particularly for agricultural and development workers such as ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, ‘Ecological Agriculture’ and ‘Global Development and Sustainability’. Courses are offered in January (12/31-1/20); May (5/14-6/3); and in two summer terms(6/5-7/9 & 7/17-8/16). You can take them at three North American sites (Michigan, Washington, Florida) and two overseas locations (India & Kenya), and you can get credit through any of the 59 participating colleges. See http://www.ausable.org or call 1-800-315-2836 (North America) or +1- 231-587-8686 or write to <missioncoursesatausabledotorg>. </missioncoursesatausabledotorg>

  10. SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES FOR POLICE/FIREFIGHTERS — Mission Mobilization International has short term and career opportunities for Police Officers and Firefighters whether active or retired. They have been reaching out to police officers in Latin America and the Caribbean for the past 7 years. Over 17,000 police officers have heard the gospel and over 7,000 have made decisions for Christ. They are involved in a partnership with Focus on the Family to distribute resources to those they minister to in other countries. They are having their first outreach to Firefighters in Guatemala in February 2003. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting ministry or would like to have an outreach to the police or firefighters in your country please let them know. You can write Randy at <missionmiathotmaildotcom> or contact them at 719-761-6258 or write to MMI PO Box 77165 Colorado Springs, CO 80970. </missionmiathotmaildotcom>

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20021020 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION SHOW ON TV
  2. CROSS-CULTURAL LADIES… GET HELP FROM “PETER’S WIFE”
  3. 6-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING VIDEO/AUDIO KIT
  4. “CHEW” – CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE
  5. ISLAMIC STUDIES 2003
  6. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RETURNING OR FURLOUGHING WORKERS
  7. NEW SERVICE: EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB
  8. TEACH ENGLISH IN SE ASIA
  9. HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF NEW APPEALS WILL COME FROM NIGERIA?!
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION SHOW ON TV — Beginning in February, FaithTV will begin airing a half-hour program all about missions. “MISSION: God at Work, Faith in Action” will feature videos showing God working through missionaries around the world. They are looking for videos to feature. If you have a video that is worthy of broadcast, please contact Dianne at <missionatfaithtelevisionnetworkdotcom>. FaithTV is trying to change the reputation of Christian Television … broadcasting documentaries and movies … sort of a discovery/movie channel from a Christian perspective. MISSION is their flagship show. Check them out at http://www.faithtelevisionnetwork.com . Click on MISSION. Finally, a program about what we do! This could change how the world views missionaries. </missionatfaithtelevisionnetworkdotcom>

  2. CROSS-CULTURAL LADIES… GET HELP FROM “PETER’S WIFE” — Here’s help and encouragement for women living and working cross culturally. To receive this free email newsletter, email <joinbatpeterswifedotorg>. PW is carefully worded to protect those in sensitive areas. The web site http://peterswife.org has been redesigned for speed and access. All previous newsletters are in the Archive for easy reference. The newest addition is a Forum that provides a place to exchange ideas and receive more immediate help. All are welcome. </joinbatpeterswifedotorg>

  3. 6-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING VIDEO/AUDIO KIT — This 6-hour training program is designed to help reduce the fear as well as reduce the time needed to raise funds. These tools are based on the popular Moody Press book “People Raising” now in a 10th printing. Through December 15th the 6-hour People Raising video and audio kits are available at the reduced rate of 20% or more off. To order discounted 6-hour VIDEO kits, go to http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm?specialorder=V69879 Save $50 — now only $199.99! To order discounted 6-Hour AUDIO kits, go to http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm?specialorder=A4657 Save $20 – – now only $39.99! http://www.PeopleRaising.com/tools.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  4. “CHEW” – CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE — Are you interested in exchanging international short-term lodging? Please contact Mariposa at <singinheartataoldotcom> if you have exp., know of an org. that does this, or are interested in piloting/joining the Christians’ Hospitality Exchange for ministry Workers co-op (CHEW). You don’t have to be on a ministry venture at the time of stay. Hospitality could range from a spare bed only, to bed & breakfast. This all began because Mariposa and a friend (2 women) are seeking a place to stay in rural France from January 5 – 10, 2003. They were thinking, “Hey… we could exchange hospitality in a Los Angeles suburb for a different time.” Sounds like a great idea. They’ll assemble the directory, then we’ll publish it here in an autoresponder. It’s a great idea — and I’m surprised we haven’t done it before!!! </singinheartataoldotcom>

  5. ISLAMIC STUDIES 2003 — The 6th annual “Institute of Islamic Studies” will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg> <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> *Telecom (63)(74) 422-6977. *Fax (63)(74) 442-7068. *Web: http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

  6. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RETURNING OR FURLOUGHING WORKERS -– Will your health insurance cover you during your furlough in the USA? Are you returning to the USA permanently and thus losing your non-USA health coverage? Here’s health insurance for both cases. The plans offer various deductibles and maximum coverage amounts. For information contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com. </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

  7. NEW SERVICE: EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB — A new free internet service has been developed specifically for those who have email access, but are not connected to the Internet and as a result cannot access the web directly. To use this service send a message to <getpageatemailwebdotus> with a URL in the subject line. The service will return the web page and all of its media components. These responses will display correctly in current versions of most email programs. More complete information on this service can be obtained by sending email to <infoatemailwebdotus>. </infoatemailwebdotus></getpageatemailwebdotus>

  8. TEACH ENGLISH IN SE ASIA — A Bible school in a closed country is looking for people who have a degree in bible or missions to come and teach English. They can facilitate both short-term 3-5 day seminars and also 6-12 month or longer arrangements. Please contact me for more details. Please inquire with us today at Mission to Unreached Peoples. Contact Jeff K. at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at http://www.mup.org. Their email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg> </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  9. HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF NEW APPEALS WILL COME FROM NIGERIA?! — Are you getting tired of all the appeals coming from Nigeria and sister nations? They all want your bank account information… eventually. If you don’t believe it’s getting rampant, take a look at: http://www.thespamletters.com and click on “Nigerian Scam Artists” in the left column. Sad. Here are 3 tips on how to handle them, and others like them: Delete, delete, delete.

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20021013 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONS KNOWLEDGEBASE MOUNTS
  2. SHORT-TERM OPPS IN EUROPE, ASIA AND BEYOND!
  3. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
  4. NEW BOOK ON MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH
  5. WEB SITE TO SUPPORT MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH
  6. LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH
  7. CIU COURSE ON ISLAM IN BUDAPEST
  8. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS RESPOND! (BIBLE STUDY BRINGS 60 RESPONSES)
  9. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONS KNOWLEDGEBASE MOUNTS — I know you’ve probably heard of Microsoft’s “MSN” service… complete with the big knowledge base. But have you heard of “NSM”? The NSM KnowledgeBase, located at http://www.strategicnetwork.org , now has over 10,000 articles in its collection! If it had been around in 1620, I figure the pilgrims would have included it in their Thanksgiving Day prayers! :-)

  2. SHORT-TERM OPPS IN EUROPE, ASIA AND BEYOND! — Looking for a place to serve short-term? Mission to Unreached Peoples offers a host of short-term opportunities to Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Mozambique, Poland, Russia and Turkey. Each country has a different ministry need so please call for details. Costs of trips range from $1900-2700. Please call Jeff K. at Mission to Unreached Peoples at 1-888-847-6950, email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> or go to http://www.mup.org and click on short-term for more information. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  3. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Are you or your organization experiencing rate increases on your health insurance? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They have over 20 different plans for both short and long term needs, so they “shop” for the missionary to find the best options for that particular missionary’s needs. Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.com , email them at <isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom> or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). If you don’t want to use the “missionary” site you may get the same information online at http://www.worldwidemedical.com . </isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ON MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH — Here’s a new book on mental health in missionaries, edited by Dr. John R. Powell and Joyce M. Bowers and available December 1, 2002. “Enhancing Missionary Vitality: Mental Health Professions Serving Global Mission” is a compilation of research, theological insights, models, and case studies gleaned from active participants from over two decades of Mental Health and Missions conferences. It addresses some of the most perplexing challenges faced by the international missions community from the unique perspective of Christian mental health professionals. It deals with the current context of mental health and missions, characteristics of cross- cultural service which impact mental health, common and less common problems for which mental health professionals are consulted, innovative models for providing care, ethics and professional standards, and research. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <resourcesatmtidotorg>. Be sure to check out the web site at http://www.mti.org . </resourcesatmtidotorg>

  5. WEB SITE TO SUPPORT MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH — Do you have extra things lying around the house that you don’t need anymore, or can afford to lend out for a while? Or are you a missionary at home on furlough looking to get some short-term needs met? Then the Missionary Exchange http://www.missionaryexchange.org might be just right for you! Sign up to support the physical needs of missionaries on furlough! Questions or comments? Contact <webmasteratmissionaryexchangedotorg>. </webmasteratmissionaryexchangedotorg>

  6. LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH — Do you know people who want to learn to speak and understand the English language? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA beginning March 31, 2002 and ending June 20, 2003. Aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. The cost is $2250 with a non-refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  7. 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>

  8. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS RESPOND! (BIBLE STUDY BRINGS 60 RESPONSES) — Janice reports that over 60 people responded within the first two weeks asking for information about her Bible study guide. Go Brigada participants!

  9. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — Get training in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, starting Feb. 17 – Mar. 28th, 2003. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

20021006 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE
  2. USE THIS FREE ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPLICATION!
  3. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (THE BOOK)
  4. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  5. ARE YOU WORKING IN A “SENSITIVE” COUNTRY?
  6. ESL CHILDREN’S SERMONS WANTED
  7. INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  8. GET YOUR TESOL TRAINING
  9. PERSPECTIVES ON-LINE
  10. EBAY BUYS PAYPAL, REFERRALS STILL WORK!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE — Ramadan has begun. Now you can observe the fast by praying for the Muslims that you have come to love. Just send an empty email to <pray-onat30-daysdotnet> or log on at http://www.30-days.net .

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


  2. USE THIS FREE ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPLICATION! — Looking for a free alternative to team project management? Look no further than iTeamwork.com. iTeamwork.com is a free, online, web-based team project management application that you use with your web browser. Once a project is created, users assign tasks to team members who are then solely responsible for that task. Each member can, in turn, convert the task to a sub-project to break it down to more detailed steps or for delegating to an extended team. An integral part to the system is email notification. Each team member as well as the project manager has great flexibility in controlling the flow of email. The team can receive a list of outstanding and upcoming tasks as often as daily. Project managers can receive notification of task completion as well as other task management duties. One Brigada user wrote, “Our team has been using this new free method for goal/project management for almost two months now and has really been impressed. As with all free things, it may not have everything, but it has surprisingly more features than you might expect for a freebie service. One great item is that you can have your upcoming Personal Ministry Plan items emailed to you one to seven days of the week. One bad draw however is that it is all online. So, it would work mainly for those who have always on/available internet access. Visit their site at http://www.iteamwork.com (Thanks for the treasure-trove find, Matt!!! Great discovery! I looked up their PC Magazine review and they received *very* positive marks. Can’t believe we hadn’t announced it here before now! Well done.)

  3. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (THE BOOK) — With nearly 500 pages (including tons of footnotes and other reference documentation), _People on the Move_ is perhaps the definitive book on nomadic life and its impact on Christianity… as well as Christianity’s impact on nomads. Written by David Phillips, a well-traveled researcher with WEC, this $20 book will be your “best buy” to learn about those who travel — as a way of life. As for me, I immediately turned to the section on East Africa, since our mission is starting up a work among a nomadic people in that part of the world. I was surprised to see just how many other nomadic peoples make up that vast part of the world. You’ll find new treasures too. Order from: Gabriel Resources 129 Mobilization Drive PO Box 1047, Waynesboro, Georgia30830-2047, or call them toll-free in the USA at 8-MORE-BOOKS or email <salesatomlitdotomdotorg>. </salesatomlitdotomdotorg>

  4. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Joy Christian Academy needs mission teachers and an administrator for their Elementary and Secondary levels in Cebu City, Philippines. Joy Christian Academy educates missionary and international children K-8 and, with plans to expand to high school, they’re a school “on the move.” All they need is additional staff. For more information contact Les Tilka at <clfcebuatinamedotcom>. </clfcebuatinamedotcom>

  5. ARE YOU WORKING IN A “SENSITIVE” COUNTRY? – Have you been diligent to observe a high level of security in all of your correspondence? If so, then you might be very surprised to find your name prominently listed as a “missionary” in that country on more than one web site! Do a web search using your full name (enclose it in quotes to limit the results). If that returns too many irrelevant hits, try including your current and past organizational affiliations in the search phrase. Depending on the sensitivity of your situation you might need to write to several webmasters asking them to remove your name from their site. Even though we might be sure that our motives are pure and noble, our host nation might misunderstand our intentions and consider us unwelcome, then act to prevent future stays in their land… or worse. A word to the wise… (Thanks to the user, who wanted to remain anonymous, for this admonition.)

  6. ESL CHILDREN’S SERMONS WANTED — Here’s a ministry looking for a website with online sermons suitable for children who speak English as a second language. The ministry would like expository sermons that go through a Bible passage (like Nicodemus), applying it to the child’s life. If you know of a source, please e-mail <titanicenglishatyahoodotcom>. We’ll ask for a report from them when they’ve gathered some options. Thanks! </titanicenglishatyahoodotcom>

  7. INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — IFCD is about to start up in South Asia. The 12-week lecture phase is designed to prepare you to minister in disadvantaged communities which desperately need the Good News in Word and Deed! Topics include Group Dynamics, Biblical Basis for Community Development ministry, Biblical World View and Development, the Church in Development, Basic Appropriate Technology and Primary Health Care, Income Generation and Economic Development, Cross-cultural issues… Field assignment and internship options post-lecture phase. Focus – South Asia and Afghanistan. Costs range from US$1200 to $250, depending on your citizenship (Western nations pay more). Pune, India, is the training location. You must have already completed U of Nations/YWAM Discipleship Training School or CDTS and you must have a heart for the poor and needy. Sessions begin on January 27th 2003. For more information, contact <comdevcentreatcompuservedotcom>. </comdevcentreatcompuservedotcom>

  8. GET YOUR TESOL TRAINING — Here’s a five week intensive TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course in the Southern Philippines. It will include a student teaching practicum among Muslim students at a local university. The course dates are April 7 to May 9 2003. The cost is only $500 U.S. which includes board, lodging, books and resources, teacher’s fees and registration. (You pay your own air fare). The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 (Pesos). The course will equip you as a certified TESOL teacher and a certificate will be awarded for the course. It combines the academic with the practical. For more information contact Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  9. PERSPECTIVES ON-LINE — No Perspectives course in your area? Try Perspectives On-Line, a joint project between International Christian Ministries and the US Center for World Mission. The On-Line course can be taken for Certificate, BA and Graduate credit. The course meets the prerequisite for Perspectives Coordinator training. For more information go to: http://www.icm-international.org and then click on “Perspectives Course” and then on “Perspectives Online”. (You must be able to connect to the Internet to participate, of course).

  10. EBAY BUYS PAYPAL, REFERRALS STILL WORK! — Remember PayPal, the Internet payment service? In the past, there were times when users would complain about poor management. If you don’t believe that, just look at:
    http://www.paypalsucks.com . I just love passionate people. :-) As you’ll see there, some didn’t feel fairly treated. But many others … perhaps the majority … have used the service effectively. For example, I’ve been a PayPal user now for literally years and have yet to have a single problem with them. And now they’ve been bought by eBay, which should only help their management and customer orientation. They’ve added multiple currencies and are becoming more of an international service. You still have to have an email address… and to use the service effectively, you probably still should have a USA-based bank account… but if those are possibilities for you, PayPal might be just the thing for your Internet payment or exchange. At Team Expansion, we even use it for donors who would like to give gifts to us over the web. Without exception, all of those gifts have always come through. And now, they even offer a money market option for the money you keep on hand with them. As in every Internet service, I’d suggest you be conservative and wise. Don’t keep large sums of money in your PayPal account if that makes you feel uncomfortable. But with eBay now backing them, they’re not about to go away anytime soon. If you’d like to join PayPal, and if you have an email account, a verifiable bank account, and $250 to deposit to just kick off your PayPal account, they’ll give you $5 just for joining… (so your money will immediately become $255), and what’s more, they’ll give Brigada $5 for recommending you. It’s a great way to donate to Brigada without ever having to give up a single dime. (You can always just withdraw your $255 immediately after starting your account and your PayPal membership stays in force without any “minimum balance”.) Just click on the link below to get started. It’s relatively easy: https://www.paypal.com/affil/pal=TGEFAW4NF4XE4
    (By the way, you can also use this same link to make a donation to Brigada at this very moment, using any valid credit card.) Check out that currency conversion feature! Thanks for being a part of Brigada!

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