Monthly Archives: January 2003

20030126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR HEALTHCARE
  2. MISSIONS IRC TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES
  3. GET HELP ON ORGANIZING A HEALTH SERVICE
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON
  6. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC
  7. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  8. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA TODAY?
  9. COPIES OF INTO ALL THE WORLD MAGAZINE — FREE, IF NEED BE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR HEALTHCARE — The 17,000 doctors of the Christian Medical Association recently released the second edition of the highly acclaimed Handbook of Medicine in Developing Countries by Dennis Palmer, DO and Catherine Wolf, MD, including a personal digital assistant version available for download. This handy spiral-bound resource helps health care workers and docs to diagnose and treat diseases they may have never seen before. To order, contact the CMA Resource Center at 888-231-2637 or online at http://www.cmdahome.org The cost is $29.95 + postage. A Palm download is also available for only $9.95 when you order the book or $19.95 when ordered alone. Discounts are available for orders in quantity.

  2. MISSIONS IRC TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES — Caleb Project http://www.calebproject.org recently surveyed web visitors regarding how they might want to respond to an on-line mobilization presentation. One common answer was that respondents wanted to be able to chat on- line with missions minded folks. Manning a #Jesus-Missions channel on one of the big IRC networks might work, but we wondered if Brigada readers had suggestions for chat environments where mobilizers could hang out? Send your ideas to <missions-ircatyahoogroupsdotcom>. If you want to read the ideas or discuss the issue, subscribe at <missions-irc-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. (Caleb Project’s John Hanna <jhannaatcprojectdotcom> is coordinating the discussion.) </jhannaatcprojectdotcom></missions-irc-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></missions-ircatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  3. GET HELP ON ORGANIZING A HEALTH SERVICE — Here’s a workshop for Christian health professionals serving the poor, to be held at King College in Bristol Tennessee from May 12 – 23, 2003. It will discuss how to plan, develop, and implement a health service in partnership with the community. The leaders are Dr. Maurice King of the University of Leeds, UK, Dr. Dan Fountain, former medical missionary in the Congo, and Dr. Frank Baer, international health consultant. For information, write to <globalhealthatkingdotedu>, visit http://www.king.edu or call at 423-652-4157 </globalhealthatkingdotedu>

  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — 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. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 plus a non-refundable $35 registration fee, and includes tuition, housing, meals, and materials. For more information or to register, contact <ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or visit http://www.ywampa.org. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  5. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 13-15, 2003 in Appleton, WI. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_WI2003(4).pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray <xctrainerataoldotcom> . To register, send an e-mail to Craig <cnissenattdsdotnet> . </cnissenattdsdotnet></xctrainerataoldotcom>

  6. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC — Registrations are still open for the 6th annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar hosted by COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training International. This year’s event will be held at the Ohana West Hotel in Waikiki Beach (Honolulu), Hawaii, March 20-22; cost is just $225 per person and an inexpensive lodging and meal package is available too. A field-proven, comprehensive, and highly detailed program will be given to all participants and researched during our time together. More than 1200 short-term leaders have been trained through this program over the past seven years. Contact Greg or Ray at <commitatjunodotcom> for registration information or access an application at http://www.commitministries.org. </commitatjunodotcom>

  7. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During “Essentials of TESOL,” July 7-25, 2003, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Earn a certificate for a little more than $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/903-4844 or contact <katherinedotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu> or visit http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </katherinedotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu>

  8. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA TODAY? — Take a look at our Submission Guidelines at: http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html You can save us a ton of time if you write up your item in keeping with these simple guidelines. Thanks!!!

  9. COPIES OF INTO ALL THE WORLD MAGAZINE — FREE, IF NEED BE — Get all the copies of this important missions magazine that you can use. Two editions are available: the new 2003/4 edition–“Short-Term Missions Today”, and the 2002/3 edition–“The Great Commission Opportunities Handbook”. Both are 132 pages in length. (If you would like to see an extensive editorial outline of one or both editions, just go to http://www.aboutmissions.com for full details.) Copies are available as a special offer to Brigada Today readers for just $1/copy…or $0.50/copy….or FREE, plus modest S&H costs. To request all the copies you can use, please send an e-mail to Bill, the Publisher, . If your order is for 25+ copies, give a street address. Also, indicate “per copy” price as above. Note that this offer is valid for North American addresses only. If you’re outside the USA or Canada, we suggest you find a relay person to whom Bill can send the copies.

20030119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS
  2. POSTMISSION: WORLD MISSION BY A POSTMODERN GENERATION
  3. TOTAL IT UP
  4. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  5. TEACHING MATERIALS IN NAVAJO
  6. XXXCHURCH HAS FILTERING SOFTWARE
  7. CIU COURSE ON CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN BUDAPEST
  8. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION ON URDU MINISTRIES DEVELOPMENT
  9. GET CERTIFIED IN TESOL
  10. CHECK OUT KENRADIO FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
  11. SHORT-TERMERS NEED A DOC FOR A WEEK
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS — This past week, I gave out presentation notebooks packed with information about a creative access nation to a new team headed there, using material produced from that new tool we mentioned last week. (See “NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD” in last week’s edition of Brigada Today.) It was pretty impressive. Lots of people group profiles — one page each — CIA Factbook stuff, US State Dept. Background notes, maps, lists, … the works. And all of it was copyright-released. The teams really appreciated it… and with a simple bubble-jet printer, the new CD-ROM tool made it work great. The name of this tool? “Countries and Peoples of the World”, produced by ILS. It’s going to be released first right here on Brigada… and if you order during the special exclusive Brigada release period, you’ll get it for $20 less than anyone else in the world! Stay tuned for more release information. You’ll hear it first right here in Brigada Today.

  2. POSTMISSION: WORLD MISSION BY A POSTMODERN GENERATION — Just published, this book comes out of the Holy Island Roundtable, a 5-day 2001 gathering of GenXer leaders from mission agencies all over Europe, North America and New Zealand. With chapters written by several different Xer mission leaders, it looks at ways in which mission agencies need to change so that GenXers can thrive in their ministry (rather than the more common experiences of frustration and disillusion). It has sections on the GenX outlook, leadership of and by Xers, why postmodernity isn’t all bad, and how to develop generational harmony in mission teams. Available from Paternoster Publishing in the UK for £8.99 http://www.paternoster-publishing.com and coming soon to Gabriel Resources in the US for $15.99 http://www.gabriel-resources.com . ISBN 1-84227-165-2. Also check out the website at http://www.postmission.com or contact the editor Richard Tiplady <richardattipladydotorgdotuk  (richardattipladydotorgdotuk)  > .

  3. TOTAL IT UP — Have you heard about Total It Up!? Wycliffe Bible Translators has had people from around the world come to this 5-day action packed course that helps people determine if you have what it takes to be a Bible translator. The course gives an overview of Phonetics, Phonology, Grammar, Language Learning and Semantics/Translation plus great fellowship, ethnic meals, and field reports from real live Bible translators! All this and more for just $150. Come get your feet wet… try translation on for size… have a taste! After 5 spiritually and mentally challenging days, Total It Up, and decide for yourself! Experience, Participate, Total It Up! (Total is an acronym for: Taste Of Translation And Linguistics… pretty clever!) For a complete listing of Total It Up course locations and dates, as well as contact people, head on over to: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total

  4. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

    An upcoming workshop hosting by International Training Partners at the new facility of Mission Training International, will be held in Palmer Lake, CO March 2-7. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  > for information.

    Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  >.


  5. TEACHING MATERIALS IN NAVAJO — A worker with the Navajo in Arizona and New Mexico is trying to find Bible studies and other teaching materials available in Navajo (primarily for adults). If you have any suggestions where she might find some materials please email <matt_benjaminatsildotorg  (matt_benjaminatsildotorg)  >

  6. XXXCHURCH HAS FILTERING SOFTWARE — We mentioned a couple of issues ago about the XXXChurch site with info. on Internet pornography, but we *didn’t* mention that they have free filtering software similar to covenanteyes.com. One of our team leaders recently told me he was now requiring it for his whole team. See it at: http://www.xxxchurch.com/patrol/index.asp

  7. CIU COURSE ON CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN BUDAPEST -– On March 31-April 11, 2003, Columbia International University is offering Cultural Anthropology taught by Dr. David Cashin. 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  (ciubudapestathotmaildotcom)  > for more information. 2003 courses include: Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Curriculum Development and Instruction, June 9 –13; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3.

  8. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION ON URDU MINISTRIES DEVELOPMENT — Asia Pacific Mission, Ltd. will be hosting the 2nd International Consultation on Urdu Ministries Development in Singapore from March 25 Tuesday – 28 Friday, 2003. This consultation is for all who are working in urban and rural communities among Urdu-speakers worldwide. This includes missionaries, strategy coordinators, pastors, tentmakers, evangelists, teachers, prophets, social workers, development personnel, and anybody who desires that Urdu-speakers go to Heaven. Consultation fees are US$150 which covers room, breakfasts and Airport Transfer. This cost does not include Airfare and other meals. For more info., contact Frank <SCANetatwritemedotcom  (SCANetatwritemedotcom)  > or phone (65)96824493 [mobile] for registration and donation details.

  9. GET CERTIFIED IN TESOL — Sea English Academy International offers TESOL certificate courses and English language courses. Located in a beautiful region of Australia, they also offer English language training courses to prepare non-English speaking missionaries. They run TESOL courses in February, April and June 2003. Study Tours and English language courses available all year round. For more info, write <seaenglishacademyatyahoodotcomdotau  (seaenglishacademyatyahoodotcomdotau)  >.

  10. CHECK OUT KENRADIO FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY — Interested in technology? Check out http://www.kenradio.com for the latest! Get the newsletter and daily newscast — no matter where you are in the world! (Thanks for the tip, Ed!)

  11. SHORT-TERMERS NEED A DOC FOR A WEEK — A group of Lipscomb University pre-med students are headed out on a medical mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 13-21, 2003. There’s just one problem: they need a doctor or physician’s assistant to accompany them. If you could assist with this mission or know someone who could, contact Cheryl <cheryldotlindsayatlipscombdotedu  (cheryldotlindsayatlipscombdotedu)  >.

20030112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE
  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION
  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS
  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD
  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS
  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES
  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET
  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS
  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM?
  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD — This past week, I had a chance to preview a terrific little tool soon to be made public. With a focus on seeking adoption for every remaining unreached people group, this mission-encyclopedia CD can only be described as one of a kind! It has unique one-page profiles on every country and every people. I know that might sound like “old hat”, but these are beautiful *and* telling. What’s more, get this: the designers have obtained complete copyright releases for the whole CD full of data. If you were to buy a complete set of “Culture-grams”, they might set you back $100. Or you could get the map set in “Facts On File”… and the maps alone would run about $149. (This tool has *beautiful* maps… with full color vector graphics that print out in *stunning* detail at *whatever* size you need. If you bought “Background Notes”, they’d be $59… but no one has them on digital form, and if they did, you wouldn’t have copyright release to copy and paste them into your documents and brochures. If you managed to get digital copies of the CIA World Factbooks, they’d be at least $69 – $79… but get this… *All* those resources and *more* are included on this CD. And these profiles are clear and concise one-page summaries with 59 indicators. And would you believe there are 17,000 of them? I’m not kidding! If they were a penny a profile, that alone would be $170. Imagine your church’s next missions banquet. Just take the list of countries where your church is working, then print out country profiles (or people group profiles) for each of those focus areas. Have someone laminate them and — presto — full-color take-home memento placemats that serve as a permanent prayer reminder. Got a missions prayer night service coming up? Just print out the relevant profiles and you’ll instantly have a snappy hand-out. Or simply copy and paste a copy of the relevant country map into your new missions brochure — a map for each missionary, showing where he/she is laboring! And these are *all* released for reprinting. At times, that’s been the frustration with other profiles — copyright protection. These are “deliverables”!!!

    Here’s the amazing part. The creators of this resource are *talking* about offering it first through Brigada, for a $20-off price of $49. After two or six or 10 weeks, it’ll go on sale for the rest of the evangelical world… at $69. When will it become available? Probably about two months from now. Start saving your pennies. Your agency or church will want at least one copy of this tool!


  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE — If you have a furlough coming up… or you travel and recruit missionaries at colleges, or you have any other reason to put tons of miles on your vehicle in the USA, and you’d like to hang on to it for a while, then you might want to consider purchasing an extended warranty for it. These “service contracts” turn out to be a good deal if the transmission fails or the engine blows while the warranty is in force. We recently conducted a study of about 100 different companies offering these warranties. Based on feedback from many participants and many reviewers, such as http://autowarrantyreviews.org , we concluded that the best warranties currently came from http://www.warrantygold.com . They consistently offered the lowest prices for the best coverage, yet still came away with the best marks for customer service, quick claim handling, and solid appreciation from clients. What’s more, they’re willing to cut deals for missionaries and mission agency staff. They can sell warranties on new or used vehicles, at practically any mileage level. To get a quote for your vehicle, check out: http://www.warrantygold.com . Get the best quote you can, then call them at 888-580-9889, ext. 4765 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). That should put you in touch with Shane. Tell Shane you’re being referred by Doug Lucas of Brigada/Team Expansion and he should be able to give you the best price, plus maybe get you an additional $50 discount from the sales manager, Bob Henfey (ext. 4749). You should see my stack of research notes… and …. no doubt about it, the best deal *and* the best warranty came from these guys. If you don’t believe it, just check out that http://autowarrantyreviews.org site. That site consistently lists Warranty Gold as the #1 warranty in the country. Check ’em out.

  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION — Check out GMU’s new website: http://www.GMU.org They used Computech Business Solutions as their host: http://www.ctbsonline.com and they’re now high on a unique web site content management tool called Site Commander. Check ’em out!

  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 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. Take these classes: *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  (aptsatagmddotorg)  > or <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or Fax (63)(74) 442-7068 or log on at http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg>

  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS — Modeled after the pattern of Luke 10:1-2, 2003, this will be Mission to Unreached Peoples’ third year of the Luke 10 Program. Going out two by two, Luke 10 is an internship program where students can experience and minister in different countries for 3-10 months, beginning in August, 2003. Countries of travel include China, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, India and many others. Learn about missions, then use your individual gifts to minister and share the Gospel to the Unreached. To learn more, contact Beth at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  > Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org .

  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD — “GO World”, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free pdf download. The subscription-only hardcopy circulation is 5900 and growing. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking. Log on at… http://www.globalopps.org (Thanks Tim!)

  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS — Remember our original request for funds-transfer tactics? (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”) Brian came up with one additional idea this past week. His idea reminds me a lot of the technique used by many Somalis throughout the world (or so I hear). Just find someone trustworthy in the US (college student, pastor, etc.) who still has family in the target country. In the USA, the donor gives funds to that person, and the family back in the target country “gives” me money, by passing it along to the intended recipient in the destination land. Brian writes, “We’ve used this to help the family get some of their finances out of the home country (especially Christian families).”

  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES — Here’s a skit to illustrate the entire Church’s role in Jesus’ campaign to bring the nations to worship at His throne: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/two_armies.php (Thanks Mike!)

  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET — Thanks to Brigada participant, Mike <mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom  (mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom)  >, who wrote this past week to say, “In Romans 10:14-15 beautiful feet are the answer to “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” They propel the body of Christ, carrying the Good News to those who have never heard. Those who send are the beautiful feet, the glorious underpinnings of Jesus’ Church’s mission to enable some from every nation to call on Him. Clearly it is not a foot, but the mouth, which preaches. But the Holy Spirit sings that the feet are beautiful. Let those who God has made the feet that send those who are the hands and heads rejoice that He calls them beautiful.” Read more about Mike’s line of thought at: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/beautiful_feet.php

  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS — Are you curious to see how a Muslim presents Islam to prospective converts? Check out this website: http://www.journeytoislam.com/ Get your “Flash” plug-in primed on your web browser! This is an elaborate site!

  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Does anyone know where you can get term life insurance for missionaries? If anyone has any suggestions, send them to <jkbatpoboxdotcom  (jkbatpoboxdotcom)  > and she will compile a list for a future issue of Brigada Today.

  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM? — Big news. Who isn’t. Yikes… My 13-year-old gets 35 – 40 unsolicited commercial emails/day. I can’t even imagine how many *you* get. You can take a look at: http://www.junkbusters.com/ or if you operate an ISP, check out… http://www.brightmail.com/ for anti-spam software. And if the spam is pornography, and it’s got you hooked, try doing some reading at sites like: http://www.xxxchurch.com (Thanks Robert!) for help on that. Either way, this is a problem we’re going to be dealing with for a long time to come… unless somebody gets busy and invents a magic wand! :-)

  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST? — This week we hit 12,809 subscribers. ‘Course, at any one time, something like 5000 of those addresses are “bouncing” … and many are “bad for good,” if you know what I mean. But we still had a net gain over last week. (So if you invited others to participate, Thanks!!! Hats off to you!!!) Would you do us a favor? Since we have no marketing budget (for the most part, we don’t have *any* budget; just check out our “sponsors” page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html. So… since we don’t have a marketing budget, can we hire you as a volunteer? Would you invite your personal mailing list to subscribe? Just send them a note like this:

    “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for something like 8 years! See their back- issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

    ‘Course, you could write up your own item too… but it would sure be great to get our numbers up a bit by next week, when we cross our official 8-year anniversary. Thanks for your help!!! Doug

20030105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE?
  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE
  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS
  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS
  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY
  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK
  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD
  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS?
  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE? — Well that depends on whether or not you count the 5040 members whose addresses are currently bouncing. The moral of the story: be sure to unsubscribe from your old address before you unplug for good. Then subscribe anew from your new service once it’s up and running. There are currently about 7694 “active” or “good” addresses, meaning that we’ve seen over 12,000 different subscriber addresses down through the last few years. (Please remember: It’s easy to maintain your own address information. What’s more, there’s no way Brigada volunteers can hope to do it for you. There are just too many subscribers, too little time, too many changes. Thanks for understanding!) Would you do us a favor and help us increase our readership over these next 3 weeks? We don’t have funds for big marketing gimmicks, but we’d love to grow. If every active participant would find just one new subscriber, we could easily break back above the benchmark of 10,000 active addresses. Please help! Just suggest to your mission or church staff that they subscribe. It’s easy. All they have to do is write to <brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. By the way, we will never give your information to *anybody*. </brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE — Need good options for keeping your family … or *you* … honest on the web? (… so that you don’t get caught in the trap of looking at sites or pictures that you know you shouldn’t). One option: Check out http://www.covenanteyes.com These folks have designed software that automatically emails your accountability partners a list of the sites you’ve visited over the past month. The service will set you back about $7/month, but it’ll keep you honest. No extra cash for the moment? Try http://www.we-blocker.com The we-blocker people offer their software for free (donations suggested). They maintain both a central list of sites that are “off- limits”, as well as allow you to customize a list of “forbidden words”. Sites that contain these words are automatically blocked as well. You can over-ride those settings with a completely flexible set of conditional configurations. Great little program, little performance hits, big payoffs for your kids, family, and you. Tip: If you have trouble with this area, ask your spouse to type in the master password so you’ll enjoy filtered Internet browsing as well.

  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS — Have you ever wondered just how much of a help it is to hire househelp? Now you can get the lowdown without ever leaving your doorstep, by reading Beatrice Lawson’s book, “Househelps: Blessing or Curse?” Published by Africa Christian Press (Achimota, Ghana), this little booklet teaches you how to make the most of a househelper if you choose to hire one. Learn how to recruit, set up a contract, and head off potential pitfalls. To negotiate a price for your own organization or training program… or to get a copy for your own family, inquire about pricing directly with the publisher at <acpbooksatghanadotcom> . </acpbooksatghanadotcom>

  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– 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, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, including 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> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, take in the 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic, March 21-22! Register by Feb 21st and save $50. Some claim this course has helped them raise funds in half the time. In addition, network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_mar2003.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — Gospel Recordings, a mission which produces evangelism tools in over 5,500 languages, will have a new supply of 20,000 TapeTalk hand-wind players by February 2003. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples.

    For more information on the players and the languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom> In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free. </ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom>


  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 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/ Registration deadline: March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS — Church Planting Coaches http://cpcoaches.com has established a refuge on the Island of Malta. Part of the vision the Lord has given them is a “Bed and Breakfast” for church planters who need a break from the difficult pioneer fields in which they work. Available now is hospitality consisting of a beautifully appointed bedroom with private bath and outdoor patio nook, with additional beds available for groups larger than one or two. Room and board are provided on a suggested donation basis. Availability varies and booking priority is given to YWAM church planters, though they are happy to serve others too! The house is just minutes from beaches and Malta’s other attractions. http://visitmalta.com Imagine what a refreshment of body, mind, spirit, vision and purpose will come as you walk in the Apostle Paul’s footsteps on Malta. The host family are experienced church planters and trainers and are ready to provide as much coaching and counsel as the individual or team desires. They look forward to receiving your inquiries. Email: <cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>. </cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>

  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY — Get all 150 of Gordon Churchyard’s very popular Psalms, which are in EasyEnglish level A from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information on Wycliffe Associates (UK) and their EasyEnglish may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo> . </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Do you want to minister to the poor, but are not sure what to do next? If so, consider taking in the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. Apply now as space is limited. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or write <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can your organization best respond? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s expanded Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer- to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 28-May 3, 2003. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $140 room/board. Participation is limited. For information or reservations contact <member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>. </member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>

  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK -— “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission (MISTM)” is a 250+ page book for any person with a leadership, teaching, receiving, or planning role in short-term mission. MISTM provides a solid framework for understanding, structuring, and planning short-term missions done right! Scheduled for release in March 2003. Order pre-press by January 31 for $14.99 with free shipping. After January 31, MISTM retails for $19.99 plus shipping. Order online or by phone from STEM Press http://www.STEMmin.org Toll-free 1-877-STEM-min, or 952-996-1385 For more information call or email <mistmbookatstemmindotorg> . </mistmbookatstemmindotorg>

  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD — Here’s Greg’s summary of the responses he received regarding how to transfer money to and from the mission field. (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”): “Put money in US bank account and have person use debit card or credit card in receiving country at an ATM or bank (7 mentions) This was clearly the cheapest and quickest. You just have to be careful who has access to the account and in a few places it can be hard to find an ATM or a bank that will advance local money against your card. Others suggested the old standby… Western Union (4 Mentions). Reliable but not cheap. Can be done on the web. Another response: Wire transfer to bank in receiving country (2 mentions), which is a bit costly and if the money gets lost (and they do) banks will not accept responsibility. Finally, one party mentioned actually hand-carrying the funds. So… no real surprises. Maybe we’ll see more developments on this in the next decade, but for now, it seems we’re stuck with these old standbys. (Thanks Greg!)

  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS? — Try Talent Trust Consultants (TTc). They are an international ministry serving Church and Missions workers with dedicated and affordable worldwide medical insurance. Established 12 years ago as an independent ministry serving alongside YWAM, TTc now supports more than 1,400 members and their families from over 260 missions and churches. A number of programmes are available, all of which can be uniquely tailored to suit your individually needs. Write to <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit http://www.talent-trust.com . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN — Aventura Asombrosa is a bi- lingual, Spanish/English, Bible study for children by Through The Bible Publishers. Children’s ministries that have a mix of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking kids will find this resource useful. It is also an easy-to-use tool for missions groups since English speaking missionaries have the English and Spanish text in the same book. My Awesome Adventure, the English-only version, has been recommended by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Check out http://www.DiscipleLand.com for more information and a FREE sample lesson. E-mail requests to <myehatdisciplelanddotcom> or call toll free in the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-284-0158 or call 970-484- 8483. </myehatdisciplelanddotcom>
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