Monthly Archives: March 2003

20030330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR
  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY
  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP
  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS
  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES
  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR — Gateway Missionary Training Centre, Langley. B.C. in co-operation with Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, B.C. is offering a unique training opportunity. Students are able to earn 36 Bible credits through PLBC while also being equipped at Gateway for effective cross-cultural ministry. The course begins in September 2003. For more information check the web page http://www.gatewaytraining.org or write to <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>. </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY – – Since 1993, Healing for the Nations has helped missionaries from all over the world experience healing, restoration and a renewed intimacy with God. Each month a one week retreat consisting of chapels, teaching, small group work and one on one time with the staff is held in a conference facility on a mountain just north of Atlanta, Georgia. If time out for yourself is long overdue and you have a sense that there are some things in your life that need attention, call toll free in the USA at 800-483-2841 or 770-919-0140 (Internationally). You may also access their website at http://www.healingforthenations.org .

  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES — What would happen if you or your short-term team lost all of your baggage or passports and you could not perform your ministry? What if you needed to rebook your flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, or needed emergency cash? Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups with these and many other situations. They offer what they say is the ONLY individual and group short-term international health insurance plans that automatically include true 24-hour travel assistance. To get complete details, go to their web site at http://www.missionaryhealth.net , or 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.overseashealth.com . </isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom>

  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Mahayana Buddhism and Japanese Sects” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. If interested, request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu>. </guestservicesataptsdotedu>

  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS — This course is designed to teach the Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) method of presentation. CBS tells selected biblical stories in chronological order in an effort to bring people to genuine faith in Christ, mature discipleship, and fruitful Christian service. Storying is based entirely upon the Bible and is chosen because it is a primary communication vehicle of the target people. Stories are selected based upon the universal biblical truth to be communicated and upon identified barriers in the target people’s worldview. Storying is structured to give an “oral” Bible to individuals and to develop the competency to share it orally. Dates for this course, taught by Dr. Grant Lovejoy, are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact them at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are July 21-August 22, 2003. The cost is approximately 370 US dollars (could change without notice), 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is approximately P8000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES — The Magazine Training Institute announces two courses for Christian magazine publishing staff to be held in Ruminezevo, near Moscow. The Business of Magazine Publishing will be offered June 1-6, and Editing the Magazine will be held June 8- 13. The courses are subsidized by Western Christian publishers, so tuition and room and board costs are minimal. For more information, write <sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom> or check MTI’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com . MTI has been offering conferences and courses for Christian magazine staff since 1989. </sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom>

  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries now have two free evangelistic papers available for the Fula people of West Africa. ‘BADAKE’ is produced in Fulfulde Adamaoua (Toucouleur) while ‘BOOYATAA’ is written in Pulaar-Fulakunda and Pulaar-Futa Toro (Toucouleur). It has glossaries to help speakers of each dialect understand the rest of the material. The dialects are sufficiently similar to Pulaar Futa that those speakers may also find it accessible. Samples are available to download in PDF format, and free copies can be posted to anyone who can use them, in any reasonable quantity: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php For more info, write <guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>. </guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>

  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA — Join YWAM Hakka Church Planting Ministries in a marathon Prayer Net during the rest of the month of May! Of the more than three million Hakkas who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. If you’d like to join the long-term church planting team – and hundreds of others from around the world – in this Prayer Net effort, check it out at… http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2003/howtopray.htm .

20030323 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CD STILL COMING
  2. INSURANCE FOR TERRORISM, TRIP CANCELLATION, & EVACUATION
  3. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  4. MUSIC & MISSIONS CONSULTATION
  5. 2003 ANTIOCH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES
  6. CASE STUDY FOR POLAND
  7. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATES WEBSITE
  8. LOWEST PRICE EVER FOR WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA?
  9. SCREEN SAVERS FOR EVANGELISM
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CD STILL COMING — Sorry the Peoples of the World CD (the cool tool we’ve been mentioning) isn’t out yet. *Just* when they thought it would soon be out the door, a people group committee beefed up the list by 194 groups, creating 194 new profiles worth of work to do! As a result, they decided to stop the presses and make it *state of the art*! So hang tight… It’s coming soon!

  2. INSURANCE FOR TERRORISM, TRIP CANCELLATION, & EVACUATION –- Will your health insurance cover you if you are injured because of terrorism? Will your airline ticket be reimbursed if due to a political situation you cannot go on the trip you were planning? If, due to political reasons you are forced to evacuate, do you have coverage? Besides health insurance plans, Jeff now has coverage for all these contingencies. For information contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100 or visit http://www.gninsurance.com or http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

  3. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California is still praising God for the growing number of churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday.” Visually impaired people love these Talking Bibles when reading has become difficult. In USA Talking Bibles are available in English, NIV and KJV and in Spanish. As we’ve mentioned previously, the cost of the Talking Bible is $49.95. (includes shipping). For more info., call 1-800-318-7262. (Note the tel. number listed previously was incorrect; this new number is the right one.)

  4. MUSIC & MISSIONS CONSULTATION — The Global Consultation on Music & Missions will be held September 15-18 in Ft. Worth, TX. Organizers are calling together mission, music and worship leaders from around the world to 1) form personal friendships and organizational partnerships, 2) discuss resources, strategies and models, 3) identify current challenges and opportunities. The plenary speakers include John Piper & Dick Eastman. In addition, nearly 50 seminars will touch on many subjects. A special 1-day seminar will be held before GCoMM on Saturday, September 13: “Music & Cross-Cultural Communication.” For further information, visit http://www.swbts.edu/gcom or write <gcomm03atnetscapedotnet>. </gcomm03atnetscapedotnet>

  5. 2003 ANTIOCH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES — Antioch Network and Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse will be hosting the 2003 Annual Gathering of Churches on June 18-21 in Tempe, Arizona. A specific track this year will be offered for those interested in the dynamics of people group- specific networks and partnerships. If you are interested in more information or to request a brochure contact Antioch Network at 602- 589-7777 or by email at <gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg> . You can also view a brochure online or register on the Internet at http://www.antiochnetwork.org/gathering . </gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg>

  6. CASE STUDY FOR POLAND — A web evangelism team in Poland is using an integrated portfolio of websites with some very effective strategies. This case study presents many ideas which could be adapted for other languages and countries: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/poland.php

  7. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATES WEBSITE — Operation Reveille has just updated its website, with articles on: 1.) Struggle between secularism and fundamentalist Islam 2.) Spiritual Landscape of North Korea 3.) News from Yemen, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Jordan 4.) Review of a Book on Islam 5.) Notes on some resources and opportunities in ministry to Muslims. These may be viewed at: http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm .

  8. LOWEST PRICE EVER FOR WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA? — It just might be. If you have been waiting for a good sale price to buy your own copy of the two-volume World Christian Encyclopedia, second edition, the time is now. Up to now the best price has been through Gabriel Resources, at $234/set (vs. full retail of $295). Now Oxford University Press, the publisher, is itself offering the set at a sale price of $175. USA shipping adds only $5, and international shipping adds $35. Check it out at http://www.OUP-USA.org/springsale , or (for those in the USA) 800-230-3242, or fax (USA) 919-677-1303.

  9. SCREEN SAVERS FOR EVANGELISM — The monitor screen ‘real estate’ sitting on your desk is a valuable commodity. Meanwhile, screen savers have evolved in many directions, often to enliven the working environment, sometimes to advertise products. But can a screen saver be used for evangelism? Obviously non-Christians are unlikely to install an evangelistic screen saver themselves. But a new screen saver has been released which Christians can use at work, which rather than preaching, is designed to intrigue and be a conversation starter. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/screensaver.php

20030316 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS”
  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED
  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED
  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE
  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM
  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER
  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA
  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS” — Catch a Richard Twiss’ CC&K Conference in Portland, Oregon on May 9-10, sponsored by Wiconi International and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Hear 3 dynamic First Nations Bible teachers: Terry LeBlanc/Mi’kmaq, Ray Aldred/Cree and Cheryl Barnetson/Carrier, plus Dr. Paul Metzger from Multnomah and Richard Twiss. Hear talks on how to develop a theology of culture, as well as on missiology, critical contextualization, defining syncretism, and much more. For more info, call 360-546-1867 or email <officeatwiconidotcom> or log on at http://www.wiconi.com/calendar/events.htm . </officeatwiconidotcom>

  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED — The Pauline Hord Trust has just released a book (that might be of interest to the U.S. of Americans in the audience) called “Praying for the President”. It is a 365-day guide with Scripture and prayer to praying for the President of the United States. It could be used for anyone in international leadership. <http://www.prayingforthepresident.com> 30% off – Special price for Brigada readers of $10 plus shipping – email Faithe at <brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom> . </brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom>

  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED — Ever use Brigada-Opportunities? Here’s an example of the kind of thing you might want to float there: “The IMB needs volunteer Christian music teachers to lead a music training conference near Les Cayes, Haiti this summer. The dates (including travel days in and out of Haiti) are Aug 2-12, 2003. Choral directors, teachers of voice, piano, handbells, guitar, music theory, music history and music composition are needed. The purpose of this camp is to train music leaders and potential music leaders for existing churches, new church starts, and for church planting. A major focus of the camp is on using music for evangelism and church planting. All students participate in composition of Chronological Bible Storying songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles. For more information contact: <dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet> or <dianahaitiatyahoodotcom> or contact the International Mission Board/SBC directly at 1-800-888-! 8657, in reference to Project Number: 64643 (Joyce Glover in the volunteers dept.) Information can be obtained at this website also: http://www.imb.org

    So how does one float this opportunity at Brigada-Opportunities? Start by sending a message to: <brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> Then email your opportunity to: <brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom>

    There are currently some 160 people listening there… either to a good option that “recruits” them to service, or to give input when someone brings up a great point. If you’re looking for an opportunity, subscribe today using the info. above. Send your opportunity today too! </brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom></brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>


  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE — Hope Africa University, a newly founded liberal arts Christian university in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by the Free Methodist churches of east and central Africa (mentioned in Mission Frontiers, March-April 2003, “The New Evangelical Universities”) has a website http://www.hopeafricauniversity.org . For specific questions email <nijeweatcsdotcom> . </nijeweatcsdotcom>

  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM — The North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies is hosting its second First Nations Missiological Symposium, May 29-31, 2003 at the William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. PURPOSE: The symposium will seek to challenge and strengthen the various models of ministry and mission in Native North America as they relate to evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development and other areas of Christian ministry. The event and the Institute brings together men and women of varied experiences and backgrounds from within the orthodox evangelical Christian community in a forum for biblical and theological reflection which roots in a Native North American world-view and perspective. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from many nationally respected Native and non- native theological leaders, as well as Native pastors. Register before May 20/03 and the cost is $125.00 (US), which includes meals. After May 20, the cost is $100.00 (US), with NO MEALS. For more information call Anita L. Kieth, NAIITS Administrator and registrar (204) 945-1152 or visit http://www.firstnationsmonday.com/NAIITS.htm .

  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER — Here’s a newsletter that compiles reports from prayer networkers, city reachers, pastors and ministry leaders from across the globe. Their stories and strategies are available through a free subscription to the National Pastors’ Prayer Network. Not just for pastors, the NPPN e-casts several editions, including: City Connections, Global Networks Prayer Initiatives, Prayer Evangelism Resources, as well as Special Editions for quick breaking news.

    The NPPN website offers a directory of over 750 Pastors’ Prayer Groups (add yours at: http://www.nppn.org/ppg) as well as over 50 downloadable articles on prayer for local congregations and regional networks. Start your Free Subscription to the NPPN <http://www.nppn.org/subscribe.htm> For more info., contact Phil <updatesatnppndotorg>. </updatesatnppndotorg>


  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a study being done by Mark on missions insurance programs. He is wondering which options would be acceptable or preferable to you and your church:

    (1) That a mission agency provides health insurance as a group plan even though the costs might be higher than individual coverage for many missionaries?

    (2) That a mission agency work with the sending church to help individuals and families to find the best individual policy for themselves which will provide lower coverage for many but perhaps leave some without coverage?

    Respond to Mark <mskiatearthlinkdotnet> with a #1 or #2 and he’ll let us know the results in a week or two. Thanks! (Thanks Mark.) </mskiatearthlinkdotnet>


  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA — Here’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification offered for the first time in Edmond, Oklahoma, to our knowledge. Youth With A Mission (Kona, HI) is teaming up with Community Enhancement Network in Oklahoma to offer 4 weeks of intensive training, followed by 2 weeks practicum. Dates of the school are July 6 – August 15, 2003. Course cost is $600 for tuition and books. Food and Housing will be arranged on an individual basis at a minimal cost. Course graduates will be offered immediate field placement in north-central China. For further information email <choateclanatcsdotcom> or telephone (405) 399-4544 in Oklahoma. </choateclanatcsdotcom>

  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS — Even though the war won’t take place on our own soil, almost everyone will be affected by it in one way or another. That’s why the staff of E-ssentials has produced two new video segments that are available for you to download FREE! E-ssentials is a ministry of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board. These two video clips will help your congregation get personally involved in this crisis by praying for our military and by sharing the peace of Jesus Christ with a world that knows no peace. In an effort to respond to current events in a timely manner, these videos will only be available by download from their website, http://www.essentials.tv , at no charge. These MPEG 1 video files are easily inserted into any PowerPoint presentation, and are also playable through many free software programs like Windows Media Player and QuickTime Player. If, for some reason this link does not work for you, the same information is also available at http://www.namb.net/essentials . (NAMB)

20030309 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE
  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK
  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS
  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT
  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS
  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM?
  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES
  10. UNHINDERED 2003
  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY?
  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN
  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES
  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS
  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE — Designed to equip the missionary with the skills necessary for effective and enduring cross-cultural ministry, this course covers Becoming a student of culture (research required); Entering and beginning a cross-cultural ministry; Discovering existing social structure—systems of relationships and processes; Developing ministry plans based on cultural understanding; Transition process; Culture shock; Realistic expectations; Marriage/single/family preparedness; TCK identity and issues; Practical mechanics of getting to the field; Development of appropriate interpersonal skills, including listening skills, building trust, problem solving, coping with crisis and suffering; Conflict and confrontation skills; and Dynamics of effective teams and team leaders. Dates for the course are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or log on at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California is praising God for the growing number of churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday.” Visually impaired people love these Talking Bibles when reading has become difficult. In USA Talking Bibles are available in English, NIV and KJV and in Spanish. The cost of the Talking Bible is $49.95. (includes shipping). Readers are invited to contact ASI’s Talking Bible Project at 1-800-318-7252.

  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK — Thanks to Christian innkeepers, more than 400 bed and breakfast inns now provide rooms and suites for pastors and missionaries at substantially reduced rates. These inns are located in all 50 states, Canada, England, Honduras, Nicaragua, Thailand and the US Virgin Islands. Each inn offers a minimum of 25% discount to full-time Christian workers. Many innkeepers offer substantially greater discounts. These innkeepers, members of the newly-formed Christian Hospitality Network, recognize the challenges of full-time Christian service and seek to be an encouragement. They invite you to visit their website at: http://www.christianhospitalitynetwork.org .

  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS — This is an invitation to join the mailing list of the international Circuit Riders, a movement of professional and volunteer non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental (NGO) technology assistance providers. A Circuit Rider is someone who provides technology assistance to the nonprofit sector. The help a Rider gives varies from helping to set up a local area network (LAN) to coaching an Executive Director to advocate for technology funding to the board. Part technology cheerleader, evangelist and skilled technologist, Riders come in many forms. In some cases foundations fund several Riders to service their grantees. Riders sometimes are housed within existing technology support provider organizations. Many Riders operate as independent consultants and in some cases a community of nonprofits might pool resources and hire a Rider. The circuit riding community grew out of the U.S. progressive social change and environmental movements, as well as other technology assistance efforts. The Riders hold an annual conference, The Round-Up, and also currently engage in a strategic planning process to determine some coordinated future actions. If the above sounds like the work you do, they’d love you to join. Information on subscribing to their mailing list is at: http://npogroups.org/lists/info/riders

  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT — The “near-wilderness” cabin in the Pike National Forest, 30 minutes from Colorado Springs, is ten minute’s hike from the ranch house of Windmill Meadow Ranch. Originally a family project as a fort for the grandsons, this hand-hewn log cabin is in a beautiful, very quiet section of the property away from lights and any civilized noised except for the occasional over-flying airplane. Ambition got the better of grandpa who’s turned it to a getaway perfect for the pastor, missionary or worker (including couples) who needs to write, reflect, get in touch or just (really !) get away. It’s the hike-in, rustic, dirt-floor, self-support version of the “Elegance and the Wild West” B&B cabin for missionaries on the ranch. No charge, thanks to the courtesy of the owner, <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>. </johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS — Our apologies to those using Netscape. We understand there are formatting problems for Netscape users at our website. We’ll be studying the issues and seeking solutions.

  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION — Jaffarian’s Missions Research Ezine is a monthly publication by Michael Jaffarian, who is an Associate Research Editor for the World Christian Encyclopedia, a contributor to Operation World, and the Research Coordinator for CBInternational. It includes facts and quotes, informal book reviews, corrections of misinformation, and a few things (like informal film reviews) just for fun. Missions mobilizers, scholars, and executives often ask Michael questions about missions statistics, information, and ideas, and some of his better answers show up in this ezine. The most recent issue includes his article, “So is the American Missions Movement Growing or Not?” To subscribe, simply write <michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet> and ask to be put on “the ezine list”. </michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet>

  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM? — A worldwide media ministry with a strong missions emphasis is looking for proven leadership development materials or curricula that can be used successfully among diverse groups and cultures. Many such programs authored in North America lack cross-cultural understanding and/or application. This ministry needs something that will resonate with people from European, Asian, Caribbean, and Latin American backgrounds, among others. If you know of and can recommend titles of resources, materials or curricula that fit the bill, let Mark know at <markbatbacktothebibledotorg> . We’ll ask Mark to report back to us once he’s done. </markbatbacktothebibledotorg>

  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a ten-year veteran of television production offering services to help missionaries generate awareness and raise funds through the use of video and multimedia. He’s got experience in Spain, North Africa, and Honduras working for missionaries, and a complete DV camera package with editing and a desire to honor God with exceptional productions. Contact Rodney, MullMan Pictures, 770.385.7085 (USA) or <ironmullataoldotcom>. </ironmullataoldotcom>

  10. UNHINDERED 2003 — Antioch Network is sponsoring “Unhindered 2003” this June 25-29 in Frisco, Colorado. This event is specifically aimed at bringing together young adults from around the world who have a common passion of seeing the world evangelized, and churches planted among the unreached peoples and cities of the world. This is not a conference for the lukewarm or the faint-hearted, but for those desiring God’s very best in their lives. Prayerfully consider joining us this summer in the Colorado Rockies for this special event. For more information, including registration information, check out the website http://www.unhindered2003.com or write <infoatunhindered2003dotcom>. </infoatunhindered2003dotcom>

  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY? — The site’s director wrote this past week, “Interestingly for every 1 e-mail contact and hit we have from the English speaking world we have at least 25 from the Spanish speaking world, and the Francophone world which we have just begun to serve is already at almost the same level of interest as the English speaking world. Most of the French speaking interest is from African nations and sadly not from Europe which is our least fruitful area, especially our own United Kingdom.” Telling, to say the least. He added, “As you were the original launch vehicle of our World Christian news and training pages three years ago, you’ll be interested to know we just passed 2,000,000 hits this week! Well done, World Christians!

  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN — Thanks to Dan, who sent in this note… ” For example, if you wanted to know all the other sites that link to the Brigada site, go to www.google.com . Type in the search box “link:www.brigada.org” (without the quotes). Click search. For the Brigada site it shows that there are about 403 hits. Some of the hits are on the Brigada site itself so have to be discounted, but it lets you see who has linked to your site. Can be done for any site by changing the URL in the Google search box. Another trick that saves lots of typing in IE is just entering “google” or “cnn” or “usatoday” in the IE address / URL box. Pressing Ctrl+Enter adds the “http://www.” at the beginning and the “.com” a the end and takes you to the appropriate site. I have not found a combination that does this for .org or .net addresses.” Thanks Dan!

  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES — Are there large-scale microenterprise development providers in your area, but you don’t know how to work with them? Is there a benefit for the people you minister to if you could learn how to do this? Following is just one of the courses we are offering in May 2003: Partnering with Large-Scale Microenterprise Development Providers: Many churches and missionaries are located in regions in which there are large-scale, microenterprise development programs operated by Christian and secular agencies. The presence of such organizations provides the potential for effective partnership. However, such partnership does not happen automatically and is often inhibited by lack of mutual respect and understanding between the partners. This course is designed to help churches and missionaries in the Two-Thirds World to understand large-scale providers in order to foster more effective partnerships.

    Enter 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. This training opportunity will give you the tools you need to minister effectively to the poor in Christ’s name. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.chalmers.org, e-mail us at <cediatcovenantdotcom>, or call us at 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotcom>


  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS — Global Opportunities tentmaking seminars are attracting record numbers of people. GO and find out why, at their next seminars in Knoxville TN, Minneapolis MN, Sidney BC Canada and their first ever tentmaking course in Europe. Check their website for additional seminars and courses as well as a wealth of resources on tentmaking including free download of the tentmaking journal GO World. GO reports that up to 30% of those attending their seminars and courses first find out about them from Brigada! http://www.globalopps.org/ or email Ari at <infoatglobaloppsdotorg>. </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $370 US dollars, this includes 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P8,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Sam or Melody at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

20030302 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS!
  2. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA
  3. WE GET MAIL…
  4. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW
  5. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA
  6. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  7. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH
  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
  9. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  10. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  11. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS
  12. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS! — Thanks so much for our three Brigada Sponsors so far in 2003. These folks are helping us lay the groundwork for hiring a Brigada Secretary someday! We invite you to check out their respective gifts, skills, organizations, and/or passions. This week, add Nate and Mark at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html Want to become a Brigada Sponsor? We’ve got a ways to go! So just use PayPal or some other means to send your check (the amount of your choosing), then send in a note about the passion or organization you’d like promoted in Brigada Today. (By the way, so far 4 people have bought Integrity Online or its software by clicking through a Brigada link. That’s going to help too! Check Integrity Online out at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA — COMIX35/ROX35 will be holding a 1-day introductory seminar on Writing and Drawing Comics at the Russian Baptist Center in Moscow on Saturday, April 5, 2003. All writers and artists are welcome. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist/writer Nate Butler and local cartoonists Igor Kolgarev and Sasha Galkin. The course will be taught in English and Russian, with translation. Seating will be limited. Please contact Igor Kolgarev for more information, either by telephone: 358-15-11 (in Russian only) or by email at <kolgaratmaildotru  (kolgaratmaildotru)  >. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <COMIX35atcomix35dotorg  (COMIX35atcomix35dotorg)  >.

  4. WE GET MAIL… — Listen to this satisfied Brigada Today participant: “Thank you ever so much for accepting my submission for The Soul Winner’s Devotional. Because of your willingness to further the Kingdom of God, I have received more than 100 new subscribers (with I’m sure more coming)! I am now able to encourage missionaries and brothers and sisters in Christ from almost every continent of the world! Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.” J.M.

  5. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW — Here’s a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course to be offered through Youth With a Mission of Montana. The intensive 4-week course will be offered from July 27 thru August 23, 2003. Cost including books, tuition, and room & board is US $1,000. They will also connect you with full-time missionaries overseas for possible teaching positions. To download an application go to: http://www.ywammt.org or if you have questions, please email <tesolatywammtdotorg  (tesolatywammtdotorg)  >.

  6. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA — Emercy and Palmas de Mamre are partnering this summer to offer their 4th annual Missionary Training School. The school dates are June 3rd – August 3rd and the cost is $550, which covers everything except airfare. Students at the school will learn how to teach, preach, perform drama and mime, coordinate children’s ministry, administer medical treatment, and more. Additional information on the school is available at http://www.missionarytraining.net . If you wish to apply, please visit the website to download an application or call toll free from the US at 877-875-4483. International callers may call 205-657-5674 or e-mail <trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet  (trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet)  >.

  7. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydro-ponics. These versatile systems are ideal for “helps ministries” in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 16-20. For more information, contact Aquaculture International <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus  (cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus)  > or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if you are a missionary. Website: http//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  8. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH — If you enjoy sharing your faith with others and helping people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then Internet Pastors.com needs you. Over the Easter season the Gospel is going to be shared to over 10 million people. No experience necessary! They train everyone. For more information check out the Internet Pastors.com website at http://www.internetpastors.com/ipastors/html/static/join_team.html or email Pastor Todd <discussatinternetpastorsdotcom  (discussatinternetpastorsdotcom)  > by 3/10/2003.

  9. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE — The Hinduism Training Institute is designed to equip missionaries, campus workers and others with a vision for the Hindu world. The five day institute include such sessions as Understanding the Hindu Worldview, Strategies for effectively communicating the Gospel, Nurturing and discipleship of Hindu Believers,Contextualization of the Gospel for the Hindus and Finding resources on Hinduism. The Institute is offered at the premises of Mission Training International, Palmer Lake, Colorado, three times this year: May 4-9, August 24-29 and Sept 7-12..For further information log on to http://www.sitaronline.org or call MTI at 1 800 896-3710 or reach Natun <Natun1219atmsndotcom  (Natun1219atmsndotcom)  > or tel. 719 963-3573.

  10. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Join short-term teams who are serving long-term missionaries working among unreached people groups in restricted-access nations of the 10/40 Window. Central Asia, the Silk Road, Turkey, & N. Africa are ready to be impacted by your on-site prayers and practical help. The earliest application deadline is March 21, 2003. Email <shareatpaulbunyandotnet> or visit http://www.stemmin.org/share.shtml . </shareatpaulbunyandotnet>

  11. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CIT in N. Carolina (May 19-23). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Paul Neeley, ethnomusicology consultant for numerous mission agencies and schools. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See <http://www.citi.org> or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  12. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS –- Now there is a web site for pregnant travelers and expatriates. Remember the people who were doing research a couple of years ago on pregnant expatriates? That data is still being collated and prepared for publication. But meanwhile, they have opened a website devoted entirely to the subject of pregnancy and living/working/traveling overseas. It is The Pregnant Traveler at http://www.pregnanttraveler.com. (Note the American spelling; “traveler: has only one: “l”.) There’s tons of free advice, a forum to express your opinions, medical data for your doctor to browse, and they even (for a fee) will do personal consultation regarding your pregnancy. If you can’t access them via the Internet, their e-mail is <pregnantattravdocdotcom  (pregnantattravdocdotcom)  >.

  13. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY — The Camps are a jump start for those called to missions whether short term or career. The tools offered are also helpful for senders, including church missions leaders, helping them to understand how to help those who are going. Topics cover a range of pertinent issues, alerting an individual of what they will need, be and do. The end result is a solid plan for pursuing the call and motivation for the same. Applications are now being accepted for the next three camps. The places and dates are: Virginia, April 3-6, 2003. Pennsylvania, April 24-27, 2003. Spain May 30-June 12, 2003. For more information write <infoatelijahcompanydotorg  (infoatelijahcompanydotorg)  > or call (757) 639-2906. Also see their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org.
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