Monthly Archives: July 2003

20030727 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN TORONTO
  2. SEE A GREAT RESPONSE TO THE “TIME” ARTICLE
  3. HERE’S A SPOT FOR USED CHOIR ROBES
  4. NEW BOOK DEVOTES ALL PROFITS TO MISSIONS
  5. REALLY CHEAP CALLS TO CHINA
  6. FIGHTING SPAM: THE CONTINUING SAGA
  7. PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  8. PLAXO AND SECURITY
  9. ROOM AT THE INN…AND “FORT WILDERNESS”
  10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN TORONTO — On 27 SEP, 2003, the Canadian Tentmaker Network (CTN) & GLOBAL Opportunities join forces to run a half day tentmaking seminar at Tyndale University College & Seminary in Toronto Ontario Canada. This fast-paced four-session seminar continues to be well attended and many have been inspired to use their professional skills to go where His name has not been heard. For more information see http://www.tentmakernet.com/canada and http://www.globalopps.org To register go directly to http://www.globalopps.org/seminar/index.htm

  2. SEE A GREAT RESPONSE TO THE “TIME” ARTICLE — Did you hear about the _Time Magazine_ article, “Should Christians Convert Muslims?” See the original story at http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101030630/story.html See a great response to it at: http://www.globalopps.org/time.htm

  3. HERE’S A SPOT FOR USED CHOIR ROBES — Is your choir upgrading robes? Wondering what to do with the old ones? Here’s an option. An expanding Bible training center in the Middle East is multiplying schools throughout the M.E. and Horn of Africa. They need choir robes to use as gowns for graduation ceremonies for four schools [so far]! 250 robes are needed this year! Contact Rella at rurellaatmyrealboxdotcom

  4. NEW BOOK DEVOTES ALL PROFITS TO MISSIONS — All profits from the new book, “Day By Day The Jesus Way,” will be devoted to missions and evangelizing projects. If a missionary recommends the book to his/her supporters, all profits from those sales will be donated to the missionary’s tax-deductible support. This book is for anyone who loves Jesus. But it’s also for the curious, even the cynic or the doubter who wants to check it out for himself. It urges us: Don’t be content to just know about Jesus like someone who might have read all about your mother but never met her. Know Jesus personally, heart to heart, face to face. That is what Christianity is really all about.

    To learn more, email the author Claudia Grace Stayton at staytonatxcdotorg or visit the website http://www.DayByDayTheJesusWay.com


  5. REALLY CHEAP CALLS TO CHINA — For those needing to call China from the USA, check out the following cyber calling card from Happy Calling: http://happycalling.com/home-en/

    In fact, another user recommended this site too: http://www.onesuite.com/

    At the first site, using the AsiaLink card nets you a rate of 4.8 cents a minute with no connection charge. You simply purchase the card online using the site’s secure server and you are sent a toll-free number and personal pin number. It’s easy to use and very dependable. Cyber cards are $21.50 for 440 minutes to China with return users getting a 5% discount. At the second site, the card functions as a rechargeable phone card, with some added enhancements. According to the vendor, compared with country-specific calling cards, you get better call quality, reliability and service. Here are some other options: http://www.phonecardsavers.com/ http://www.tcastalk.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?page=T1/CTGY/13 http://www.nobelcom.com http://www.bigzoo.com http://www.onesuite.com (Thanks for mentioning these last sites, Robeson!)


  6. FIGHTING SPAM: THE CONTINUING SAGA — An employee of an Internet provider (“Randy”) wrote recently to warn us not to use the “mail bounce” feature of spam programs such as MailWasher. First, for his part, he doubted its effectiveness. He felt that since 99% of spam messages come with fake (spoofed) “From:” addresses, the returned message almost never goes to the sender or his ISP. Secondly, Randy feels that spammers don’t care if you don’t want their mail or if your address appears not to work. Thirdly, Randy has observed that bouncing- back mail just clogs up the Internet and mail servers. And last, Randy said that since the mail is bounced to a sender that doesn’t exist, it will probably bounce back to your own ISP who doesn’t need more mail either. Still, having digested everything Randy wrote, I’ll have to admit… there’s something about using MailWasher’s “Mail Bounce” feature that I like. I think it’s because it gives me the perception of power. :-) Even if I’m doing no good at all, it still feels like I’m taking *some* kind of action against the spammers littering my mailbox. What’s more, now that I’ve used MailWasher for a few weeks, some of the spam I receive is now automatically flagged as “black-listed”. You’ll have to decide whether or not you want to use the “mail bounce”. As for me, I’m still loving it. :-) Randy, I hope you’ll forgive me. :-)

  7. PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA — Christian Leaders’ Training College (CLTC) in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea has a small 2 classroom International Primary School requiring 2 primary school teachers to begin at the end of January 2004 for a 2 year term. The school uses an excellent New Zealand / Australian based curriculum and most of the teachers over the past 10 years have been from New Zealand. The diverse group of students (Grade 1 – 6) come from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and India. Most of the parents of these children work or study at CLTC. You can live in a secure area with village people living all around, many of whom are almost unchanged by modern society. There is some financial support available to meet travel and living costs. For more information contact the current Head Teacher, Paul prshellingatcltcdotacdotpg

  8. PLAXO AND SECURITY — Paul, the Information Technology officer for AIM Int’l, recently wrote to Brigada, warning participants not to use Plaxo. He’s a man after my own heart. “…Perhaps you have signed up with Plaxo and been pleased to get a lot of updated info about your contacts. It is important that everyone is aware of the security problem.” Paul went on to express his theory that Plaxo could someday become the target of hackers in search of marketing information or other data. He also wondered if Plaxo would someday be purchased by an organization with motives different than the current owners. He concluded, “…Consequently if you use Plaxo and your contact list contains details of people working in certain sensitive locations there is an appreciable risk of those details falling into the wrong hands and presenting a danger to those people. It is a shame that a potentially useful tool presents such a risk but if you are concerned for the security of certain people on your contact list you would be well advised not to use Plaxo. We need to take care not to put each other at risk.” Not to mention that some of us just don’t like being “pinged”. :-) (Thanks Paul!)

  9. ROOM AT THE INN…AND “FORT WILDERNESS” — Here’s a luxury cabin described as “Elegance and the Wild West” on a ranch in the Rockies near Colorado Springs with openings yet for this Fall. Missionaries, workers, pastors, … they’re all welcome. Sized for couples and small families, a modest donation is appreciated. The Fort is really a trapper’s cabin a short hike away. Perfect for reflection, praying, Wild-at-Hearting, Dad-son adventure, etc. No cost. For more info, see http://www.myransomedheart.com/windmillranch

  10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the world: there will be a conference held from November 9th to the 14th. The Revolution conference is an interdenominational, inter-organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Pioneers, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. The cost is $195 (US) per person. If you would like more information or an application, contact Jose myglobitoatyahoodotcom  (myglobitoatyahoodotcom)   or call 904-221-0114 and ask for Jose.

20030720 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THOSE PARTNERING WITH US!
  2. PEOPLE GROUP WEBSITE
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP LEADERSHIP MANUALS
  4. 10,000 PRAYERS FOR NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED!
  5. TOOLBOX FOR PRODUCING MISSIONS VIDEOS
  6. GET A SCRIPTURE-ADDRESS WHILE YOU RAISE FUNDS
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  8. NEED DATA COMM OR VOICE COMM INTO DIFFICULT AREAS?
  9. OPERATION IMPACT: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THOSE PARTNERING WITH US! — Thanks *tons* to those partnering with us as sponsors. Included this week are Charmaine (who sent $40 via PayPal) and Eric (writing from Sweden, having sent $25, commented, “Doug, … I rejoice in the Lord for all that Brigada has meant to me over the years. I can’t remember when I first subscribed, but its been a good while. I may be like many an ole missionary who reads them, or more accurately, scans them, gleans from them and thanks God for your labor to put it together! Please know that you have ministered to me through your labor many times and more than once I found more than information, I found motivation! God Bless YOU and the team, e” — Thanks Eric!). These anonymous partners aren’t giving to promote the sale of a product. They just believe in the Brigada “Cause”. They’ve been added to our sponsors page at: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Sponsors” Thanks to your gifts and our new secretary, we’re catching up on a back-log of Brigada Today editions that were way too far delayed. Thanks for your patience!!!

  2. PEOPLE GROUP WEBSITE — Search more than 11,000 people groups by name, country, religion, language or status of evangelisation. You can download a list of all the world’s people groups as well as related tables and charts. http://www.peoplegroups.org (Thanks Tony!)

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP LEADERSHIP MANUALS — Innovative Mission Opportunities’ http://www.imoi.org mission is to share Jesus with those people groups that have never heard His name or the truth about Him. Innovative staff leads two week trips into the 10/40 Window. Innovative is wanting to write a manual for team leaders. Do any readers know of any manuals out there Innovative may be able to obtain for ideas and assistance? Innovative has a basic outline of what to include in their manual but thought they might get some other ideas and suggestions from other manuals/organizations. Members of the staff have read about short-term trip leading training on Brigada. Please contact rpickensatimoidotorg with any questions. Once they complete their team leader manual, we’ll ask Innovative to make copies available here on Brigada.

  4. 10,000 PRAYERS FOR NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED! — NK Missions (The World Center for North Korea Missions) is calling people worldwide to join together in urgent prayer for North Korea. As part of NK AWAKE, an International Prayer and Mobilization Campaign, NK Missions is boldly calling for 10,000 prayers to be posted online for North Korea. May these prayers stir others to pray and may they be used to open the doors of North Korea. visit http://www.nkmissions.com/prayers/

  5. TOOLBOX FOR PRODUCING MISSIONS VIDEOS — Here’s a virtual toolbox to help you produce your next mission video, thanks to Brigada sponsor John Walton. Entitled “Toolbox for Video Storytelling,” it’s the one best source to help you learn to document your cross-cultural work via video in a top-notch manner. Please check out the book at John’s website, http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada so he’ll know you saw his sponsorship link here. John helps you think through your storyline (thinking stories, not topics), organize your ideas, and develop your script (using “modules”). Then he models video and photography tips while providing great examples on the accompanying CD inside the book’s back jacket cover. He addresses both the technical side of things (e.g., sound, lighting, and camera technique) as well as the artsy side (shooting a picture story, continuity, and organization). By the way, John, the author, just sent a sponsorship payment of $110 for our new Brigada secretary! He wrote, ” 22 books ordered, through the end of August, $110 to Brigada. That’s 2 more than I hoped would sell.” So… John… thanks for the sponsorship… and Brigada audience, thanks for ordering John’s book! :-)

  6. GET A SCRIPTURE-ADDRESS WHILE YOU RAISE FUNDS — Need to raise funds? Want to showcase the Word? Check out.. http://www.scripturemail.com/Index_02.lasso They fix you up with a scripture verse email address (addresses start at $9/year), then when you generate other scripture mail, you raise new support for your venture. We aren’t promoting it as a fund-raise for Brigada, but maybe you would want to choose to do so for your own ministry funding. (Thanks Mark!)

  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Something has happened in your heart, you feel you have a call to missions involvement; now what do you do? The Missionary Training Camps present a wide range of spiritual and practical issues to help people prepare for missions work. Pastors, missions leaders, prayer warriors, those called to short term and career missions have attended the camps. One worker, now in the 10-40 window, said the camp jump started his missions call. For those desiring further help, mentorship and certification follow the camps. The next missionary training camp is in Virginia, October 2-5, 2003. For details regarding training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  8. NEED DATA COMM OR VOICE COMM INTO DIFFICULT AREAS? — Try GRC. They’ve already got folks consulting in Iraq with government agencies. See them at http://www.grcomputing.net

  9. OPERATION IMPACT: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE — Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis on Servant Leadership is being offered in the Philippines every summer in the month of June. The program can be completed in 3-8 years, depending on each student’s time available. This is an administrative degree tailored to most leadership positions, both in the secular field as well as the Christian field. During summer 2004, organizers plan to offer: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Leader as an Agent of Change, Current Issues in Leadership, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact: Melody Kuka kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph   (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  

20030713 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS
  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY
  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER
  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS!
  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK?
  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA
  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS — Mission Innovators is an intensive 4-day course in creative missiological thinking “guaranteed to change the way you understand and engage in mission work.” This session’s trainers include William R. O’Brien, Daniel Carro, Bob Sjogren, Lillie Brock (creator of the “Change Cycle,”) John Upton, Earlene Jessee, Jerry Jones, and Christopher Richardson. The course will begin on October 17- 18, 2003 and continue on February 27-28, 2004. It will take place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is limited to 30 participants. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Tuition of $499 includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on all 4 days of the course. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of participants. Full information and a downloadable brochure are available online at http://www.vbmb.org/innovators.htm To register, or for more information, contact Christopher Richardson at chrisratvbmbdotorg .

  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA — You’re invited to Oasis 2003, Indianapolis, IN on October 23-25. Your church can have a wonderful role in introducing Muslims to a relationship with the Savior. Oasis ’03 is designed specifically to help churches like yours get involved. Sponsored by Crescent Project, Arab World Ministries, Caleb Project and Pioneers. For more information contact infoatoasisamericadotorg or phone Crescent Project at (888)446-5457 or see the website at http://www.oasisamerica.org

  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY — The North American Conference on Turkey set for November 5-7, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. Turkish church and worker leaders will be present. Organizers are planning tracks for those new to the work in Turkey and for those with long-term strategic involvement. For more information write or The International Turkey Network: mailatitnetdotorg or call (in the USA) 480-464-3983.

  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Contact them about a package price ideal for missionaries and outdoor evangelists. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email scipoweratbayoudotcom . You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1- 318-396-7221.

  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER — Missions by Modem International is a Faith Based Organization providing resources for free help & distribution to those with AIDS. They distribute resources to anyone, anywhere, as God provides funding. For more information, see http://www.mbmiaids.ole.net . Once on the site, click on the document, 1_Welcome_to_MBMI_HIV-AIDS.rtf You can call them in the USA at 248-545- 7340. For more information contact Archie aidsatmbmintldotorg

  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministry? Check out MATS. They obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg

  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK? — Action International Ministries has an immediate need for a business administrator to serve in Manila, Philippines. This position is open immediately for someone who loves the Lord, loves people, is skilled in administration, and is willing to trust the Lord for their support. To see a job description and learn more about this position, check our website: http://www.actionph.org or email Mary Ann at maryannatactionintldotorg

  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — The sudden upsurge in successful emailed “worms” has caused some web-savvy columnists to prophesy that email will eventually be rendered completely worthless. Another contributor to its demise, according to these doom-sayers, is spam. I’ll have to admit, it’s getting completely ridiculous. I log on and there will be 60 new messages, 45 of which are either viruses or spam. Here’s Doug’s “words to the wise” about all that: Don’t post your email address on the web; don’t give it out in chat rooms or news groups. Use Symantec Antivirus and make sure it’s kept up to date (like, within 24 hours). Upgrade to Windows XP and turn on the “fire wall” feature … or use a router, even if you only connect via dial- up. (Previously, you always thought your email address was safe because you have dynamic IP assignment with your ISP. Not so any more. Get a firewall.) Never, never, never, never click on an attachment — if you can at all avoid it. Send all your documents via PDF files so nobody can fool with them. If someone tells you they got an email from you and it was virus-laden, don’t assume you’re infected. Some viruses and worms now “harvest” email addresses, then plug them into the “From:” box, then send them smartly to email addresses associated with the harvested address. Devious. And one more thing — ditch that letter offering to give you 24 million dollars if you hand over your bank account number. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. :-)

  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA — New Way Missions will hold UnConference 2003 in Richmond, Virginia, October 10-12. What’s an “Un” Conference? It’s like none other you’ve ever seen. No famous names. No long lectures. Just a lot of good, interactive learning about short-term missions from folks who’ve “been there, done that” and want to help you avoid lots of pitfalls Here’s a way for you to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about short-term missions and more. Speakers will cover the basic and practical aspects of fielding and screening a team as well as equip you with creative, cross-cultural ministry ideas. Want to know more? Call New Way Missions at (804) 798- 6730 or send them an email mllairdatearthlinkdotnet or check out their web site http://www.newwaymissions.org Save the dates and join them. Bring a friend too! Registration closes September 25.

  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP — Sponsored by Interaction International, 17-19 November 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this workshop will help caregivers & personnel directors with a sending agency, pastors to people in ministry, school counselors & chaplains, and laypersons desiring to work with MKs. Designed to provide practical ideas, skills, strategies and resources to enhance your efforts, the seminar will help MK caregivers to sharpen their skills, enhance their program, clarify their goals and set new priorities in providing crucially needed services to children and parents. For further information about the seminar or to register contact Andrea Riedner (719) 599-8889 or officeattckinteractdotnet and she will promptly respond. They are nearing capacity; as of the last we heard, they only had 8 more registration slots open!

20030706 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS
  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY
  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER
  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS!
  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK?
  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA
  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS — Mission Innovators is an intensive 4-day course in creative missiological thinking “guaranteed to change the way you understand and engage in mission work.” This session’s trainers include William R. O’Brien, Daniel Carro, Bob Sjogren, Lillie Brock (creator of the “Change Cycle,”) John Upton, Earlene Jessee, Jerry Jones, and Christopher Richardson. The course will begin on October 17- 18, 2003 and continue on February 27-28, 2004. It will take place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is limited to 30 participants. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Tuition of $499 includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on all 4 days of the course. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of participants. Full information and a downloadable brochure are available online at http://www.vbmb.org/innovators.htm To register, or for more information, contact Christopher Richardson at chrisratvbmbdotorg .

  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA — You’re invited to Oasis 2003, Indianapolis, IN on October 23-25. Your church can have a wonderful role in introducing Muslims to a relationship with the Savior. Oasis ’03 is designed specifically to help churches like yours get involved. Sponsored by Crescent Project, Arab World Ministries, Caleb Project and Pioneers. For more information contact infoatoasisamericadotorg or phone Crescent Project at (888)446-5457 or see the website at http://www.oasisamerica.org

  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY — The North American Conference on Turkey set for November 5-7, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. Turkish church and worker leaders will be present. Organizers are planning tracks for those new to the work in Turkey and for those with long-term strategic involvement. For more information write or The International Turkey Network: mailatitnetdotorg or call (in the USA) 480-464-3983.

  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Contact them about a package price ideal for missionaries and outdoor evangelists. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email scipoweratbayoudotcom . You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1- 318-396-7221.

  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER — Missions by Modem International is a Faith Based Organization providing resources for free help & distribution to those with AIDS. They distribute resources to anyone, anywhere, as God provides funding. For more information, see http://www.mbmiaids.ole.net . Once on the site, click on the document, 1_Welcome_to_MBMI_HIV-AIDS.rtf You can call them in the USA at 248-545- 7340. For more information contact Archie aidsatmbmintldotorg

  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministry? Check out MATS. They obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg

  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK? — Action International Ministries has an immediate need for a business administrator to serve in Manila, Philippines. This position is open immediately for someone who loves the Lord, loves people, is skilled in administration, and is willing to trust the Lord for their support. To see a job description and learn more about this position, check our website: http://www.actionph.org or email Mary Ann at maryannatactionintldotorg

  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — The sudden upsurge in successful emailed “worms” has caused some web-savvy columnists to prophesy that email will eventually be rendered completely worthless. Another contributor to its demise, according to these doom-sayers, is spam. I’ll have to admit, it’s getting completely ridiculous. I log on and there will be 60 new messages, 45 of which are either viruses or spam. Here’s Doug’s “words to the wise” about all that: Don’t post your email address on the web; don’t give it out in chat rooms or news groups. Use Symantec Antivirus and make sure it’s kept up to date (like, within 24 hours). Upgrade to Windows XP and turn on the “fire wall” feature … or use a router, even if you only connect via dial- up. (Previously, you always thought your email address was safe because you have dynamic IP assignment with your ISP. Not so any more. Get a firewall.) Never, never, never, never click on an attachment — if you can at all avoid it. Send all your documents via PDF files so nobody can fool with them. If someone tells you they got an email from you and it was virus-laden, don’t assume you’re infected. Some viruses and worms now “harvest” email addresses, then plug them into the “From:” box, then send them smartly to email addresses associated with the harvested address. Devious. And one more thing — ditch that letter offering to give you 24 million dollars if you hand over your bank account number. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. :-)

  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA — New Way Missions will hold UnConference 2003 in Richmond, Virginia, October 10-12. What’s an “Un” Conference? It’s like none other you’ve ever seen. No famous names. No long lectures. Just a lot of good, interactive learning about short-term missions from folks who’ve “been there, done that” and want to help you avoid lots of pitfalls Here’s a way for you to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about short-term missions and more. Speakers will cover the basic and practical aspects of fielding and screening a team as well as equip you with creative, cross-cultural ministry ideas. Want to know more? Call New Way Missions at (804) 798- 6730 or send them an email mllairdatearthlinkdotnet or check out their web site http://www.newwaymissions.org Save the dates and join them. Bring a friend too! Registration closes September 25.

  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP — Sponsored by Interaction International, 17-19 November 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this workshop will help caregivers & personnel directors with a sending agency, pastors to people in ministry, school counselors & chaplains, and laypersons desiring to work with MKs. Designed to provide practical ideas, skills, strategies and resources to enhance your efforts, the seminar will help MK caregivers to sharpen their skills, enhance their program, clarify their goals and set new priorities in providing crucially needed services to children and parents. For further information about the seminar or to register contact Andrea Riedner (719) 599-8889 or officeattckinteractdotnet and she will promptly respond. They are nearing capacity; as of the last we heard, they only had 8 more registration slots open!
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