Monthly Archives: December 2002

20021229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. A TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  2. HELP WANTED: EDITOR/EVANGELIST FOR ONLINE MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION GEAR STORE DEFUNCT
  4. VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE
  5. AFGHANISTAN PRAYER VIDEO IN TWO VERSIONS WITH PRAYER BLITZ
  6. BE PART OF A SHORT-TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM
  7. WORLD PRAYER CENTER OFFERS SITE
  8. TESOL TRAINING/PRACTICUM AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP
  9. XBRL INTERNATIONAL’S MISSION
  10. KEEP IN TOUCH FROM ANYWHERE!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. A TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International in California is offering a Free Copy of its revolutionary, new, patented Talking Bible in Spanish or English to the first 100 churches responding to this announcement in Brigada Today. The only condition attached to this offer is that the church must commit to demonstrate the Talking Bible during the worship service on its designated Talking Bible Sunday followed by a special offering to help provide Talking Bibles for those who cannot read. ASI’s free offer is intended to jump start a larger movement dubbed “The Talking Bible Sunday Movement.” ASI believes the time is right to launch a movement similar to the Gideons who give millions of printed Bibles to readers. A similar, parallel movement is needed now to provide Talking Bibles for nonreaders. Churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday” will help ASI’s Talking Bible Project provide Talking Bibles with the translated Scriptures in audio in languages needed for the millions who cannot read. A church requesting a Bible or wanting more information should call ASI at 760- 745-8105.

  2. HELP WANTED: EDITOR/EVANGELIST FOR ONLINE MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS — Interested in winning Muslims to Christ? IsaalMasih.Net is a ministry of the Christian Answers Network, a non-denominational, faith-mission mega-site receiving over 1.3 million hits daily. Many missionaries spend a lifetime waiting for the kind of response that this site gathers on a regular basis! Their multilingual ministry to Muslims was created in early 2002 as a unique approach to sharing the truth about Jesus and the Gospel using terminology and a context that Muslims are most comfortable with–sensitive to their culture. This effective ministry regularly attracts seekers with an interest in Jesus and the Bible. If you’d like more information, please e-mail <mailatisaalmasihdotnet  (mailatisaalmasihdotnet)  >. Or visit http://IsaalMasih.Net to chat live with the current coordinator.

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION GEAR STORE DEFUNCT — Best we can tell, the short-term “mission store” reported on in last week’s Brigada Today is now defunct. The toll-free number no longer functions… and the website is no longer up and running. We apologize for any inconvenience. (We composed last week’s issue while helping with a retreat in the mountains of Tennessee and therefore couldn’t check to make sure all sites were current. Again — our apologies!)

  4. VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE — Adams & Associates International offers several medical plans for volunteers traveling outside their country of citizenship for short and intermediate term mission service. For those on short term projects just ask for Volunteer Travel Insurance, which is designed for those who will not cancel their major medical insurance stateside. For longer periods of travel, when a domestic medical plan would not provide coverage, then ask for PLP Travel Medical Insurance. On-line enrollment is available, but they prefer to counsel each client first to best determine their respective needs. Contact Adams & Associates International at 1-800-922-8438 or by email at <aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  >. They’ve asked that you add “Brigada” to the subject line when sending an email message so they’ll know how you heard about them.

  5. AFGHANISTAN PRAYER VIDEO IN TWO VERSIONS WITH PRAYER BLITZ — This is a professional production, the first in the Carey Taylor Tool Box series emphasizing the importance of prayer for selected people groups. One version includes a creative emphasis on spiritual warfare, the other is more traditional. The one minute prayer blitz, suitable for youth groups, is included on the video and is also available in RealMedia format for free. Available in VHS, PAL, DVD, and VCD. Go to http://www.spearbooks.com to learn more and order online or email <infoatspearbooksdotcom  (infoatspearbooksdotcom)  >.

  6. BE PART OF A SHORT-TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM — Project Compassion announces its 2003 trip schedule. Project Compassion has provided short-term medical missions trips for over 10 years. By partnering with missionaries, local churches, and health officials, Project Compassion conducts evangelical medical clinics throughout the world. Several churches have been planted as a direct result of these outreaches. Medical skills or not, you can be a part of evangelism with a short- term medical team. Check out http://www.ProjectCompassion.org for trip locations and details. You can also e- mail <infoatProjectCompassiondotorg  (infoatProjectCompassiondotorg)  >.

  7. WORLD PRAYER CENTER OFFERS SITE — According to my good friend Dan, there is now a way to have your most urgent prayer requests remembered by thousands of people around the world at the speed of light. Whenever you have a need, post your request to this service anytime of the day or night, 365 days a year, and it will be prayed for immediately, not hours or days later. According to Dan, a team of concerned Christians all around the world is waiting right now to pray for your needs, or to welcome you to join their team to pray for others. It is all very high- tech, operated in real-time on the Internet. Dan says you’ll have to see it to believe it, so check it out now. Go to: http://www.worldprayerteam.org By the way, the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, operates the site. Dan insists that there is never a fee and that all names are kept confidential.

  8. TESOL TRAINING/PRACTICUM AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $500 US dollars, this includes board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph  (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  > or telephone her in Quezon City, Philippines 632-658-3807.

  9. XBRL INTERNATIONAL’S MISSION — “Transforming Business Reporting” took on new urgency and importance in 2002. High profile financial abuses in the United States and elsewhere brought unprecedented international focus on accounting practices and the need for greater transparency in financial reporting. The XBRL International consortium represents over 170 organizations around the world committed to transparency and the efficient transfer of information. In that spirit, see the XBRL web site at http://www.xbrl.org . In particular, if you’re into those sort of discussions, see the white papers at: http://www.xbrl.org/resourcecenter/whitepapers.asp?sid=21 (Thanks Ed!)

  10. KEEP IN TOUCH FROM ANYWHERE! — Purchase a refurbished Motorola 9500 Iridium satellite phone for $535. This is the phone that has almost complete global coverage, even the middle of the ocean! This phone is being replaced by the 9505 which is a bit smaller and sells for $1,500. Missionaries or missions-minded churches pay a small monthly charge and pay by the minute for usage. Or, save money by buying a package of minutes and pay no monthly fee. Send out your next overseas team with a sat phone. Only a few left at this price. Contact Chandra Birdwell at 512-260-2899, or <chandradotbirdwellatgitsatdotcom  (chandradotbirdwellatgitsatdotcom)  >. To get that price, tell her that Eddie <usprayercenteratcsdotcom  (usprayercenteratcsdotcom)  > suggested that you call. (Thanks Eddie!)

20021222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EUROTRAIN: INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADER TRAINING
  2. MICROFINANCE AS MISSION IN THAILAND
  3. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  4. HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?
  5. SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
  6. SEARCH IN OTHER LANGUAGES
  7. YOUR SOURCE FOR BIBLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES
  8. ANOTHER IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PC VIRUS-FREE
  9. URGENTLY NEEDED – EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE MISSION
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EUROTRAIN: INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADER TRAINING — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2003. EuroTrain (for leaders age 15-25) is a completely unique experience, and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. In July 2003, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, building key relationships, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.experiencingleadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <eurotrainattopflightdotorg>, 877-9-LEADER, or 817-447-1100. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  2. MICROFINANCE AS MISSION IN THAILAND — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development in Bangkok goes to the market everyday, in the love of God. They’re seeking to amalgamate microenterprise development, and mentoring, with personal and business development training in an integrated service among the poor of Thailand. They serve in the slums of Bangkok daily, to empower and love those who make their living doing everything from sewing dresses, and roasting chicken, to making noodle soup. Step Ahead’s innovative member training module, draws from Stephen Covey’s best-seller, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and explores the life of Joseph as a model of proactivity. This unorthodox ministry approach accepts the slum-dwelling poor as business partners, and sets out to help them achieve comprehensive transformation in their lives, families, and communities. To learn more, check out the web site. http://www.stepaheadmed.org

  3. 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, please check them out online at http://www.acts13.tv .

  4. HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS? — International Christian Ministries works in a number of countries in Africa but needs to know the safest and cheapest way to get money to countries like Nigeria on a regular basis. Pay Pal does not work there! Got ideas? Send them to Greg <kenya96ataoldotcom> or call him at 661-832-9740 in the USA. He’ll prepare a summary report of all the possibilities for a future issue of Brigada Today. </kenya96ataoldotcom>

  5. SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE — Usually short-term insurance excludes coverage for pre-existing conditions. Now a company is providing limited pre-ex coverage for medical care received outside the USA and Canada. Also included: $100,000 medical evacuation, hospital room and board, intensive care, outpatient medical, emergency dental, trip interruption, AD&D, and lost luggage coverage. Five deductible options. One can apply (and also renew monthly) via web at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . For information contact: jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636- 9100. For other options and more info., also http://www.gninsurance.com.

  6. SEARCH IN OTHER LANGUAGES — Did you ever notice that Google searches in other languages? Just click on ‘Advanced Search’ and select a language from the pull-down window on the ‘Language’ line reading ‘Return pages written in’ (Also, selecting ‘Language Tools’ instead of Advanced Search allows you to limit the pages returned to those located in a specified country. (Thanks for the reminder, Chuck!)

  7. YOUR SOURCE FOR BIBLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES — If you ever find yourself searching for Bibles or Jesus videos in another language, check out Multi-Language Media Inc, PO Box 301, Ephrata PA 17522 (tel. 717-738-0582). Visit their website at: http://www.multilanguage.com .

  8. ANOTHER IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PC VIRUS-FREE — I sure heard it this past week. A ton of MAC users wrote to say, “Hey… we *never* see any viruses.” :-) (See item #8, “SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS”, from the Dec. 6th Brigada Today.) By the way, if you’re a missionary having trouble finding parts for your MAC, try http://www.ibookparts.com They support all Apple laptops, and do pretty steep discounting for missionaries needing support. What’s more, they ship worldwide, and can supply parts (such as LCD’s, Hard drives, and CDROM/CDRW drives) for most laptops.

  9. URGENTLY NEEDED – EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE MISSION — Seedbed is a network of missionaries and missiologists who are actively promoting and nurturing the development on new models of mission for the 21st Century. They are very keen to make contact with people of all nationalities who are attempting innovative missionary projects so as to locate examples of effective innovation that can be held up as models for other mission workers who are looking for creative ideas. They also want to locate mission theorists who are researching emerging models of mission. If you are involved in innovative mission, or are doing research in a related field, please contact Seedbed at http://www.seedbed.info or email the Seedbed Coordinator Peter Stephenson <peteratseedbeddotinfo> </peteratseedbeddotinfo>

20021215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIAL SHORT-TERM MISSIONS ISSUE
  2. CHECK OUT GLOBAL MISSION.ORG
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  4. SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF SHORT-TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
  5. TEN EMERGING TRENDS
  6. MISSION FINDER WEB SITE
  7. GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
  8. REENTRY GUIDE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  9. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPECIAL SHORT-TERM MISSIONS ISSUE — Again in this issue, we give thanks to Kenneth Wes <kennethwesataoldotcom> for his unstoppable willingness to share sources and resources with us! He contributed several items to this issue. Thanks Ken! </kennethwesataoldotcom>

  2. CHECK OUT GLOBAL MISSION.ORG — You’ll want to stop by: http://www.globalmission.org There you’ll find… (a) a Global Interactive Calendar of Missions Events (feel free to post your own events); (b) a White Pages (MegaMenu) Directory of Missions Organizations worldwide (if you’re not listed then you should be); (c) a Missions Opportunity Database (that contains over 1,000 long term opportunities); (d) a Short Term Mission Directory (if you have any short term programmes that you want advertised, feel free to post them); and (e) a Mission “Wanted” Bulletin Board (browse this growing list for potential candidates). (Thanks Ken!)

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  4. SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF SHORT-TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES — Mission Data International recently rolled out a new website devoted to short- term missions — ShortTermMissions.com. The website features a fully searchable database of short-term mission opportunities. It provides detailed descriptions & requirements on short-term opportunities from many organizations. ShortTermMissions.com also includes in-depth mission agency information, articles, and discussion forums. It is an excellent resource to refer people to. Take a look! Go to http://www.shorttermmissions.com/ and try a search for a 1-2 week short-term opportunity to Latin America for instance. Also, stop by the discussion forums. For more information e-mail <infoatshorttermmissionsdotcom>. </infoatshorttermmissionsdotcom>

  5. TEN EMERGING TRENDS — Remember the article “Short-Term Missions: Ten Emerging Trends” by Seth Barnes, Executive Director of Adventures In Missions? It’s worth pulling out and dusting off again. It first appeared in January 2000 Mission Frontiers. He woke us up to some principles that haven’t gone away. If anything, they’ve *grown*!
    *** FROM YOUTH EVENT TO MISSIONS PROGRAM — Youth pastors tend to be event-oriented. As a consequence, it is easy to fall into the trap of seeing the summer project as just another event. … By mapping it out well in advance, you give students something more to shoot for in each successive year. You set them on a track which results in increased spiritual growth year after year.
    *** GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FUNDS — … Accountability for funds increases as understanding of where those funds are going grows.
    *** FROM WORK CAMPS TO SHORT-TERM MISSIONS — … In recent years, however, work camps have displaced camps as the “thing to do” among youth groups. Youth leaders are sensing that more entertainment is not what this generation needs. The prescription is a heavy dose of service and teamwork.
    *** FROM FAD TO PHENOMENON — … Here’s a comment you’ll hardly ever hear: “This short-term missions thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’m going back to a steady diet of fun retreats.”
    *** INCREASED EMPHASIS ON PREPARATION — One knock against short-term missions project is that students often have little appreciation for the complex issues they face when they go overseas. The best way to beat this rap is by enhancing the caliber of the preparation which they go through prior to leaving home.
    *** FROM SUMMER EXPERIENCE TO ONGOING MINISTRY — To really reap the dividends of a changed lifestyle, youth groups must carry forward the momentum which a summer project can generate. …
    *** GREATER DENOMINATIONAL EMPHASIS — … As the number of groups going on missions trips swell, two factors will lead to greater denominational involvement: a) Denominations will begin paying attention to the savings they can offer their churches by sponsoring their own projects; and b) they will also want to exert greater denominational control over the kind of projects which their churches choose. …
    **** INCREASED NETWORKING — … By linking up with other groups, an individual church can spread out its costs over greater numbers. ….
    *** INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE MOVEMENT — … In the future, missions networks will extend increasingly throughout the world.
    *** JUNIOR HIGH INVOLVEMENT — … What we’ve seen is that if an effective program of discipleship exists and youth group members have been thoroughly trained, they have all the maturity they need to be smashing successes on the missions field.

  6. MISSION FINDER WEB SITE — Find it at http://www.mfinder.org/summer.htm Find mission opportunities, opportunities for tentmakers, information on mission training and short term opportunities as well as major section on mission resources (travel, insurance, FAQs about missions, links to other mission job lists etc.).

  7. GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED — Short-term mission trips are just that–short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants’ hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Reasonably priced at $8.00, Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you’ve been looking for. For more information look at http://www.wycliffe.org/short-term/guidebook/home.htm or call Kyle at (407) 852-3660, or email <kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg>. </kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg>

  8. REENTRY GUIDE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS — Check out the “Reentry Guide for Short Term Mission Leaders” by Lisa Chinn. Lisa is a well know Reentry specialist in the short term missions community and has done many seminars overseas as well as in N America. She has recently documented her research and put most of her seminar notes into a small book. It is spiral bound book, filled with research, and is easy to understand with many sources and footnotes. It is available for $10.50 + 1.50 shipping. http://www.deeperroots.com

  9. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS — You know you should spend more time on cross-cultural training, but the planning and logistics of your short- term mission trips are taking all your time and it’s almost summer. Give a 12 lesson Bible Study guide to each member, assign the lessons and debrief some of the lessons together in small groups. You’ll be amazed at how well they can get on track with the help of this book, Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart. God’s word can be used to effectively build sensitive servants! The spiral bound book comes with 10-day Trip Journal and a page of ideas for a team leader using it for orientation. Check out the publisher’s website for content review and downloadable order form. http://www.CampfireResources.com or email Miriam <answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>. </answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>

20021208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIAL MOBILIZATION ISSUE
  2. MISSION MOBILIZATION & EDUCATION NETWORK
  3. MISSION MOBILIZERS WEB-HOME
  4. CASE STUDY IN WEB MOBILIZATION
  5. GREAT RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION MATERIALS
  6. NEED SOME CONTENT FOR YOUR NEXT MISSIONS CONFERENCE?
  7. GEORGE VERWER ROCKS
  8. CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE ARE HARD AT WORK
  9. GET IDEAS FROM GRACE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPECIAL MOBILIZATION ISSUE — Welcome to this special Brigada Today, with a special focus on missions mobilization, dedicated to a special long-time friend and contributor, Kenneth Wes <kennethwesataoldotcom>. (In fact, he contributed several of these resources below!) Ken does an amazing job assembling these kinds of lists. (We’ll call him “The List Man!”) We mention him up front here because he’s a great example of someone who takes Brigada Today resources, adds them together with a ton of his own, then redistributes them to just about everybody in the whole *world*. Tip of the hat to you Ken! </kennethwesataoldotcom>

  2. MISSION MOBILIZATION & EDUCATION NETWORK — Have you heard about the news about a new network of mission agencies, denominations and associations? Charter members are ACMC, the Association of Christian Schools International, Caleb Project, SIM, CB International, TEAM, Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, World Concern and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The network serves to share missions mobilization vision, identify key resources, target gaps in missions education resourcing, and address options by which the gaps may be filled. Their initial project will be the launch of a website to reach these goals. The children’s division has already premiered at http://www.21stCenturyKidsConnect.org . Don’t see your organization listed above? Just contact the new director, Mark Sigmon, at <missionsatcornerstonedotedu> for further information. (Thanks Ken!) </missionsatcornerstonedotedu>

  3. MISSION MOBILIZERS WEB-HOME — Nate is another one of those guys who contributes and works his heart out for missions mobilization. He does a great job keeping the Brigada Missions Mobilizers going. Whew! What a faithful servant. See the database that has resulted from his work – and those who have stepped up to the plate to help him – at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm

  4. CASE STUDY IN WEB MOBILIZATION — Want to see a case study in how to develop a great mobilizer’s presence on the web? Check this site by Howard Culbertson, Professor of Missions at Southern Nazarene University: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert.fs Great stuff. (Thanks Ken!)

  5. GREAT RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION MATERIALS — Here’s a great resource for missions mobilization materials, originally featured in the Sept. 27th issue of Brigada Today. If you happen to live in the USA or know someone who does, it’s hard to beat them. Just call 1-8MORE- BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) or Fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. Ask for a catalogue. While you’re at it, check out the William Carey Library’s web presence at: http://www.gospelcom.net/wclbooks/ We’re *so* glad to see them full-steam on the web! </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  6. NEED SOME CONTENT FOR YOUR NEXT MISSIONS CONFERENCE? Consider Operation WorldView, a multimedia missions seminar customized for the unique mission vision of your church family, originally featured in Brigada Today March 8th, 2002. “Operation Worldview is the best medium I know to communicate God’s perspective on global missions. The entire presentation is filled with superb Biblical content and dynamic multimedia that is shared with great passion and enthusiasm. God clearly worked throughout the presentation, and our church will never be the same.” -Peter Simpson, Lay missions leader. For more information about Operation WorldView check out http://www.mission1.org or contact Werner Mischke at <werneratmission1dotorg>. </werneratmission1dotorg>

  7. GEORGE VERWER ROCKS — How long has it been since you stopped by to visit at: http://www.missionsmobilisation.com You probably need to see it again. This is George Verwer’s Acts 13 Breakthrough group. which includes many of George Verwer’s articles. It also has information on mission resources as well as links to other good mission sites. The group is also working on having the site available in other major languages apart from English. Make sure you visit the site.

  8. CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE ARE HARD AT WORK — If you happen to be from the C&MA, then you know that your missions board is hard at it. Just check out: http://www.cmalliance.org/missions/omm.htm and you’ll see some great content and great packaging for missions mobilization conferences. Raising the bar for everybody else. :-)

  9. GET IDEAS FROM GRACE — It’s obvious from Grace’s page that she loves the color green :-). Check it out at: http://disciplethenations.org/index99.html Perhaps the best thing about green is that it signifies the word “go” (at least when it comes to stoplights) and there’s no doubt that that’s what Grace’s page is about — utilizing music and arts for missions mobilization. Great job Grace!

20021201 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL? GET PGP
  2. OPERATION REVEILLE READY FOR VIEWING
  3. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST HISTORICAL RESOURCES ONLINE
  4. 2003 KIDS AROUND THE WORLD CALENDAR
  5. ALTERNATIVE FOR MONEY TRANSFER
  6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  7. TOP 10 WAYS TO INVOLVE ONE’S SELF IN MISSIONS
  8. SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS
  9. NEW BOOKS ON HOUSE HELPERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL? GET PGP — If you’re interested in securing your email you can use pgp, available at: http://www.pgp.com . Also, feel free to add another layer of protection by using http://www.hushmail.com , which can encrypt your mail one step further.

  2. OPERATION REVEILLE READY FOR VIEWING — The Fourth Quarter 2002 *Reveille Shofar* is now posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . It addresses the following:
    *** What does history teach us about the War on Terrorism?
    *** What is really happening in Nigeria and the Ivory Coast?
    *** What is the spiritual situation in Iraq?
    *** Why did terrorists bomb a night club in Bali?

  3. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST HISTORICAL RESOURCES ONLINE — The entire Disciples Historical Society Resources library catalog is now up and running, as of May. It contains records of entire books and pamphlets. Check it out at: http://voyager.dishistsoc.org (Hope it’s up and running by the time you get this. If not already, please check back.) Thanks Sara!

  4. 2003 KIDS AROUND THE WORLD CALENDAR — This beautiful wall hanging calendar is full of photographs and short narratives about kids throughout the world. Each month, religious holidays celebrated by the people where these kids live are highlighted and contrasted in a mini- Bible study or devotional so you and your children can learn to pray more effectively for them. US$7.50 each (price breaks for ordering 10 or more, or 50 or more). To order, call 303-730-4170 or purchase online at http://www.calebproject.org/2003Cal.asp .

  5. ALTERNATIVE FOR MONEY TRANSFER — There are a number of money transfer sites on the internet. PayPal is the largest, but some people have had issues with them. CitiBank has an online money transfer service called c2it, and some Brigada members are liking what they find there. There are limits to how much money you can transfer ($500/day and $1000/4 days), but transfers between American based accounts (bank accounts or credit card accounts) are without fee. Transfers to international locations, including currency exchange, are a flat $10.00. They’re on the web at http://www.c2it.com . Contact them toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800/200-3881. They accept collect international calls 24/7 at 904/954-7222. For security reasons, they do not transact any business by email. (Thanks David!)

  6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will conduct another camp from January 30 – February 2, 2003 in North Carolina. In this intensive training, a staff of experienced missionaries present issues and steps dealing with character, spiritual warfare, relationships, faith, and direction. A person leaves with impartation to fervently pursue a missions call, either short term or long. Church missions leaders benefit by learning what people need to go through to prepare and how they could best assist. Three other 2003 camps include Pennsylvania, Virginia and southern Spain. For information, contact Elijah Company <infoatelijahcompanydotorg>, or call (757) 474-2054. See the web page at http://www.elijahcompany.org/html/training.html . </infoatelijahcompanydotorg>

  7. TOP 10 WAYS TO INVOLVE ONE’S SELF IN MISSIONS — Here are 10 ways to involve yourself in missions. We’ll list the website…

    Caleb Project Mobilization Resources http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/caleb.html

    Fingertip Mobilizer Resource for Missions http://www.globalmission.org/fingertip.htm

    Heirs of a Haystack http://www.kipertek.com/forerunner/forerunner/X0596_Heirs_of_a_Haystack .html [note: watch word-wrapping]

    Missions Education and Mobilization Network http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm

    Missions Mobilization Cartoons/Art http://www.calebproject.org/toons.htm

    Mobilising Second Career Missionaries – article http://www.om.org/relay/stories/1-98secondgen.html

    Motivations for Missions http://www.calebproject.org/motivat.htm

    Recruiting: Mobilization of Students http://www.acu.edu/academics/missions/jam/mobstud.htm

    Top 10 Bible Studies on Missions http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm

    Order something from Gabriel Resources: http://www.gabriel-resources.com/index2.php3


  8. SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS — Are you running scared because of all the virus horror stories these days? Here are a few simple measures that could keep you and your PC more secure:
    *** Run an antivirus program & keep it up to date
    *** Run Windows Update
    *** Run a firewall
    *** Use nonobvious passwords
    *** Back up your files regularly
    *** Enable the security features you already have
    *** Know your programs
    *** Visit www.pcmag.com/securitywatch

  9. NEW BOOKS ON HOUSE HELPERS — Did you, while you were overseas (or still are?), consider your house helper a blessing or a curse? Now you can read a book about it! “House helps: Blessing or Curse?”, by Beatrice Lawson (’98), presents the straight truth about someone who can make or break your ministry. Chapters focus on recruiting helpers, helping your house helper adjust to new living conditions, and relating to the fellowship. Order it straight from the publisher by contacting <acpbooksatghanadotcom>. </acpbooksatghanadotcom>
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