Monthly Archives: August 2003

20030831 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. USA TRAVEL BEING OVERLOOKED
  2. NEED GREAT INT’L PHONE RATES?
  3. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE
  4. STILL TRYING TO DE-SPAM YOUR INBOX?
  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  6. LINKS FOR MISSIONARIES AT “MISSIONFINDER”
  7. DOES YOUR MISSION WORK NEED HEALTH CARE WORKERS?
  8. DO YOU NEED A NANNY?
  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOR E-ZINES, LESS IS MORE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. USA TRAVEL BEING OVERLOOKED — Many missionaries are called to service right here in North America. Missionaries travel for as little as two weeks and have a permanent health insurance policy already in place to facilitate any medical needs while in North America. Adams & Associates International has a travel insurance plan for trips in the USA & Canada for under $1.00 per day. Coverage includes accident medical benefits to help offset co-insurance and deductible costs that permanent medical insurance doesn¹t cover. It also includes an Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Paralysis benefit. For more information, call 800-922-8438 or visit http://www.aaintl.com . (And thanks, Adams & Associates, for the sponsorship gift!)

  2. NEED GREAT INT’L PHONE RATES? — Sorry we left out the referral information in the previous Brigada Today. Need great rates? Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country- to-country phone rates in the industry. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html [Thanks to the Japanese missionary who is a key agent with this service. He’s committed to making a sponsorship gift to Brigada for each and every sign-up through the above web-page. We’ll keep you apprised if and when we receive any sponsorships through this avenue. We’re trying all kinds of options. If you have to make int’l phone calls anyway, and if this service has better rates and great customer service, would you consider giving it a try to help us underwrite the cost of the new Brigada secretary? Thanks for considering…. Doug]

  3. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE — Tom (of OM Lit) is looking for advice on purchasing a laptop and digital camera to be used in China. Brands to lean towards and to avoid? Tips on power, software, etc.? E-mail him at <worldlysaintathotmaildotcom>. Tom we’ll count on a full report — in English, if you please! :-) </worldlysaintathotmaildotcom>

  4. STILL TRYING TO DE-SPAM YOUR INBOX? — One user recommended switching to Yahoo Mail’s “This is Spam” feature. In addition, when ordering or requesting items or information online which request an email address, he recommended the use of Spamgourmet. After signing up for this service at http://www.spamgourmet.com you may make up amount-limited email addresses which expire. Thus, if your address is sold or passed along, it will have no connection with you, and will be “eaten” by the Spam Gourmet. Thanks Bill!

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out the conference, November 9- 14. 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. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  6. LINKS FOR MISSIONARIES AT “MISSIONFINDER” — Our friends over at MissionFinder.org continue to expand the usefulness of their web site. There is now a page, “Resources for Christian Missionaries” that is a collection of many useful links, such as where to find special items and equipment useful in missions work, transfer money, find housing for retreats and furloughs, get dental care, sources for solar cooking, water purification devices, and so forth. Visit them at http://www.missionfinder.org/resources.html or email webmasteratmissionfinderdotorg

  7. DOES YOUR MISSION WORK NEED HEALTH CARE WORKERS? — MissionFinder.org posts some currently-available Christian health care workers who are seeking mission opportunities to serve. Most seek short term volunteer positions, although some are interested in long term possibilities. Skills vary from pre-med students hoping to become acquainted with medical missions, to seasoned medical doctors and specialists. You may find pharmacists, osteopaths, dentists, and a variety of skills available (the list is updated regularly). Visit http://www.missionfinder.org/Volunteers.html or email webmasteratmissionfinderdotorg

  8. DO YOU NEED A NANNY? — MissionNannys recruits mature Christian women to serve missionary families who sometimes have special needs with the care and/or education of their children. These volunteers expect to pay their own transportation and may be able to help with the cost of their room and board. Duration of service can be from a few weeks to a few months, depending upon the situation and the availability of volunteers. You’ll find more information on their web site (and also list yourself as a potential nanny) at http://www.MissionNannys.org or you can write bettyatmissionnannysdotorg

  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOR E-ZINES, LESS IS MORE — We get mail… and some of it is very encouraging. For example, we recently rec’d this note from Jonathan: “Thank you a thousand times for the way you construct Brigada Today. I wish everyone else doing ministry through e-mail had as much restraint and common sense. I get so many prayer letters that run dozens of KB for twenty lines of content and all that so it can contain one line of light green bold italic text that’s almost illegible anyway.” :-) I can empathize with Jonathan… Thus our format for Brigada Today. So here’s a tip… for whatever it’s worth… from nearly 9 years of e-zine production experience: less is more. Lose the HTML formatting. Sure. I like leaf backgrounds as much as the next guy, but when I’m connecting via my cell-phone, those backgrounds are a real hassle. The truth is, when you send simple text, those viewing through browser-oriented email clients won’t curse you for it. You’ll just look… “lean”. Those using text-based email-clients will *love* you for it. You’ll look *smart*. :-) Trust me… Less is more.

20030824 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. URBANA 03
  2. BOOKS FOR THE WORLD BRINGS HOME THE CHAPTERS
  3. READ THIS IF YOU’RE NOT WORRYING
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  5. LIBERIA SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE PROFILE POSTED
  6. ADOPT A PEOPLE CONFERENCE
  7. OMF’S PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. TENTMAKER TRAINING GOES INTO HIGH GEAR!
  9. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. URBANA 03 — Urbana 03 is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 20th Student Mission Convention. From Dec. 27 – 31, 2003, over 20,000 students, missionaries, and campus leaders will converge on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five days of seeking their place in God’s mission. The convention consists of general sessions that incorporate worship, theater, and missionary testimonies, as well as small groups, 300 seminar options, various special tracks, and more than 350 mission agency and seminary exhibits. Since the first Urbana in 1946, more than 200,000 people have heard the challenge to participate in God’s global mission. For more information about Urbana or to register, visit http://www.urbana.org . If you have questions, call (608) 274-7995 or email urbana03ativcfdotorg .

  2. BOOKS FOR THE WORLD BRINGS HOME THE CHAPTERS — CLC has initiated a project called “Books for the World”. By partnering with English, French, and Portuguese language publishers, CLC is able to offer a selection of quality Christian books at a fraction of the normal retail price – with the stipulation that the books are distributed only to people in the developing world. Want to know more? Contact Manager Lloyd Hodkinson at his warehouse in Chesterfield, England books4theworldataoldotcom

  3. FUND-RAISERS COACHES’ CLINIC — Double your effectiveness in raising funds ……Attend the next People Raising Coaches Clinic—- Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10-key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Arm yourself with the tools for an effective fund raising ministry. If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference October 31-November 1! Register by October 1st and save $50. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

    or e-mail BillatPeopleRaisingdotcom


  4. 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 From October 2-5, 2003. For details regurading 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.

  5. LIBERIA SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE PROFILE POSTED — Bruce just posted a profile on the spiritual situation in Liberia to the Operation Reveille web site: http://www.oprev.org/Liberia.htm

    The black and white downloadable Acrobat Reader version should photocopy very well and the color HTML version has links to Christian ministry agencies working in Liberia.


  6. ADOPT A PEOPLE CONFERENCE — The theme for the 2003 Adopt-a- People/People Partnerships Training Conference is “Making it Real.” It is a practical, “how to” conference focused on providing local churches and local church leaders the tools they need to develop and be actively involved in the AAP/PP ministry. The leadership team for this conference emerges from the U.S. Center for World Missions, CBF Global Missions, CBF Florida, Wycliffe, Mentoring Missions and local church missions leadership. To be held at College Park Baptist Church in Orlando Florida. For more information: http://www.adoptapeople.net

    To register, contact Tom togburnatcbfnetdotorg . The conference Fee is $50.00 per person.


  7. OMF’S PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM — OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) is sponsoring a Prayer Group Training program on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061). Check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30am. with the program running from 9am-12noon. Please RSVP by sending email with name, address, telephone, email and name of home church to ElaineTai at omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or call (650) 559-8088. Web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest . This program is offered free of charge to all attendees. Learn how you can change Asia through the power of prayer. Their goal is to have 6 or more vibrant prayer groups throughout the Bay Area, all led by competent and trained leaders. (If you’d like to subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update, a quarterly email newsletter, just send an email to omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   )

  8. TENTMAKER TRAINING GOES INTO HIGH GEAR! — Did you know that GLOBAL Opportunities tentmaker training programs have now been launched in Europe as well? Their first ever Light to the Nations course in Norway earlier this year had a record number of people in attendance. There is still room at their next LTN intensive tentmaking course in Pasadena California 15-19 October 2003. There is also a free half day tentmaking seminar in Toronto, Canada this Saturday the 27th of September. Go to their website for more info and to register. http://www.globalopps.org or email them at contactatglobaloppsdotorg

  9. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Joy Christian Academy in Cebu City, Philippines needs teachers for all levels at their K-6 MK school. Joy Christian Academy educates missionary and international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city. For more information contact Les Tilka at clfcebuatinamedotcom

20030817 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE SPONSOR/PARTNERS
  2. INSTITUTE TO OFFER STARTUP COURSE
  3. HELPS FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  4. GET TRAINED IN HELPING THOSE WHO ARE INDRUSTRIOUS
  5. INTERACTIVE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE
  6. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  7. GET LOW LONG DISTANCE FROM USA TO ELSEWHERE
  8. “LAST DAYS” IS SEARCHING FOR HOUSE PARENTS
  9. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE SPONSOR/PARTNERS — We continue to be bowled over by some terrific sponsors… Cathy Dreger, at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, Covenant College, Lookout Mt., GA, 30750, cdregeratcovenantdotedu , $30; and then there’s $20 from Joan Goddard, Travel Consultant with Wilcox World Travel And Tours, jgoddardatwilcoxtraveldotcom, 800-438-5828, ext. 343; plus an anonymous partnership gifts of $225. These gifts bring us closer to being able to imagine ongoing help to underwrite the cost of our already-in-action secretary. I’m seeing parts of my “to do list” I haven’t seen for months… and we’re getting caught up on Brigada Todays! Thank you for your partnership and love!!!!

  2. INSTITUTE TO OFFER STARTUP COURSE — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. There are now three delivery mechanisms to get you the training you need. Choose the delivery mechanism that works best for you: Live training events (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11), Email based, distance learning classes; and Video-DVD courses. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or telephone 706-419-1805

  3. HELPS FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this book is for you. _Christian Microenterprise Development: an Introduction_, is now on sale now for $10, plus shipping and handling. Co-authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. For more information, email chalmersatcovenantdotedu, or for an online presence, see http://www.chalmers.org or phone 706-419-1805 for more information.

  4. GET TRAINED IN HELPING THOSE WHO ARE INDRUSTRIOUS — Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development is just a mouse-click away! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College now offers Christian Economic Development Institute training three ways: 1) E-mail based distance learning courses 2) Video-DVD courses and 3) Live, on- site training. Join distance learning students the world over in this innovative approach to mercy ministry training. “Principles and Practices of Christian Microenterprise Development in the 2/3 World”: Module 1: “Foundations”-starts Jan 5, 2004, and module 2: “The Microfinance/Microenterprise Development Landscape” starts Jan 26, 2004. To reserve your spot today, contact 706-419-1805, <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or visit http://www.chalmers.org </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  5. INTERACTIVE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE — World Wide Home School, a free membership resource for homeschooling families, provides a secure, interactive portal with a variety of resources, courses and community opportunities. Their members are able to create their own online courses, discussion groups, fellowship groups, Bible studies, Co-ops and chats with the easy to use template available. Visit http://www.worldwidehomeschool.com to see how you might benefit as a homeschooler, or by using this technology to keep in touch with your families, friends and supporters. The folks at World Wide are also interested in having missionaries lead Bible Studies, discussion groups and host special events like online question and answer sessions. They encourage you to contact David Johns by email wwhsatdicosodotcom or phone at 610-937-0992.

  6. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. In just ten days, get the training to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com e-mail: dentistryformissionsatattdotnet

  7. GET LOW LONG DISTANCE FROM USA TO ELSEWHERE — Here’s a great deal on international phone rates. Just go to the UWT connection-page. If you sign up, UWT will give a small sponsorship gift to Brigada.

  8. “LAST DAYS” IS SEARCHING FOR HOUSE PARENTS — A married couple without children is needed to live in Reynosa, Mexico and serve as house parents to four of the children at the Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home affiliated with Calvary Commission and Last Days Ministry. A one year commitment is required. More information may be obtained at

    http://www.calvarycommission.org or via joefaussatcalvarycommissiondotorg


  9. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — David agrees with me that everyone needs a firewall. But David recommends that better than the XP Firewall: Use “Zone Alarm.” There is a free version at http://www.zonealarm.com . David says Zone Alarm Pro is worth the cost of the software.

20030810 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE
  2. FOR THE WILD AT HEART
  3. MICAH PERSONNAL SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONS
  4. POINTY BRACES ARE DEAD; A GREAT TECH CONSULTANT
  5. CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLS FROM THE US
  6. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS WORKSHOP IN CYPRUS IN OCTOBER
  7. PROMOTING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
  8. IN THE MARKET FOR A DIGITAL MISSIONARY CAMERA?
  9. FREE NEW TESTAMENTS IN SERBIAN
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE — With the possibility of Word viruses, the bloated Word file size, and Word’s “jumpy” graphics, I wonder why we don’t see more file exchange in “PDF” format. Originally an Adobe specification, the file format is public access, allows for graphics, can’t be “virus-laden”, is uneditable (so your work won’t be swiped or tampered with as easily), and can be figured with table of contents and indexed search base. The only thing I can conclude is the fact that the Adobe marketing engine isn’t screaming as loud as the one from Bill’s place (Bill Gates, that is). As for me, I’m a PDF-guy. I have no doubt… if Microsoft and Adobe were to have been better friends, Word would have had a “Save as PDF” file configurator. But I’m confident that somewhere back in time, the two of them (Microsoft and Adobe) became bitter enemies (the subject of another editorial) and … as is often the case, the whole user base suffers because leaders couldn’t work out their differences. If my comments aren’t enough to convince you, see the 40-second Adobe PDF video commercial at:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acro_ad.html

    So what can you do? Pick up an add-on product to churn out the PDF files. To see the market, read PC Magazine’s review, “PDFing Cheap” at:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1190601,00.asp

    :-) Any of the tools listed in that review will do. I happen to use the one from Adobe themselves – Adobe Acrobat Standard.

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatstd/main.html

    After you prepare your document in Word or Excel or Powerpoint or whatever, you just “print it” to the Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer printer driver. It asks for a proposed pdf filename and, well, the rest is automatic. It’s great. Check it at, but feel free to play with the others listed in the review above. If they were to have been available previously, I would have probably gone with one of them.

    By the way, almost everyone installs a PDF reader today… to get forms from the IRS or an application from your local mission organization. If you don’t yet have the free PDF *reader* installed, get it at:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html


  2. FOR THE WILD AT HEART — Need a place to heal? Trying to get away from the rat race? Doing a personal spiritual retreat? A grad from John Eldredge’s advanced training is conducting “Mini-boot camps” with all the wild trappings for missionaries on his ranch near Colorado Springs. He’ll work with random individuals on select dates or teams from near and far. Check it out at http://www.myransomedheart.com/windmillranch by clicking on the “For the Wild at Heart” navigation button.

  3. MICAH PERSONNAL SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONS — Missionary TECH Team announces the release of MICAH: Missionary Information Catalog and History. With over 33 years of technical assistance, Missionary TECH Team has created this software package to track the type of personnel information unique to missions that commercial software does not address. MICAH offers flexibility. Included are the following features: capability to enter and track categories of people, contact information, unlimited addresses, comprehensive family phone numbers, and financial information. MICAH software is configurable to designated needs and provides extra space for notes. It has email and web page connection, cross platform, and client-specified security. For more information see http://www.techteam.org or contact Missionary TECH Team, 25 FRJ Dr., Longview, TX 75602, James Wood Mgr. Computer Services, jwoodattechteamdotorg . (Note: As this Brigada Today went to the ‘Net, this website wasn’t functioning, but we suspect that it is a momentary lapse. No need to alert us if it stays dead. :-) )

  4. POINTY BRACES ARE DEAD; A GREAT TECH CONSULTANT — Please remember, if you’re preparing items for consideration in Brigada Today, pointy braces are . :-) We’re no longer enclosing email addresses in them because certain email clients were reading them as hidden text web addresses. Interesting: To make a final decision about this major change, we looked up Jonathan Marsden, an old friend of Brigada Today. (When we started in January, 1995, there were two subscribers: Jonathan, and me. So when we sent out the very first Brigada Today, Jonathan was the only one to receive it.) I think he’s been involved in Internet technology for as long as bread has been sliced. :-) If your organization ever needs some extra IT consulting help, look to him at JonathanatXCdotOrg , without the pointy braces. :-) (Last I heard, he did Christian consulting for like half-price… but that was still $100/hour. I haven’t checked lately; nor was this a sponsored comment. :-) )

  5. CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLS FROM THE US — For cheap calls from the US to all over the world (and in the US also), use OneSuite http://www.onesuite.com They have a 1-800 number for access and local access numbers in many areas. You can call China for 2.4 cents/minute! No monthly fees, no connection charges and only $10 pre-payment required (not $25 or more like other cards). The connection to China is usually very, very clear and not much if any delay. To start an account, go to their website or call their customer service number 866-417-8483 (sorry, I don’t have a non-toll free number). You can also e-mail them at supportatOneSuitedotcom . (The user who contributed this item (S.M.) asked that we use “SuiteTreat number 029J58250” which will get him/her 20 free minutes.)

  6. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS WORKSHOP IN CYPRUS IN OCTOBER — It’s not too late to sign up for “The Dynamics of Multicultural Teams and Partnerships” workshop led by Dr. Lianne Roembke, who brings 28 years of experience and research to bear on helping teams relate and work well together. Author of Building Credible Multicultural Teams, she has designed this workshop for mission leaders, HR and Member Care staff and cross-cultural workers. It will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, October 23-28, 2003. As a new component this year Dr. Roembke is offering Step One for facilitator training of the M-C Teams Workshop. You won’t want to miss Cyprus in October! Reserve your place by sending a USD 100 or EU 90 check payable to “Scan InterAct (Cyprus) Limited”. Hotel (half-board, near beach!) costs CYP 112 per person (USD 215 at present rate) payable on arrival. Email Kerry kbuttramatpoboxdotcom or call +357 25 822970 for more details. To register send your name, contact info and check to: (Mr) Kerry Buttram, PO Box 51939, CY3509 Limassol, Cyprus. Please confirm by email or phone.

  7. PROMOTING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY — Have you checked out LAM’s book, “Kingdom Business, The Ministry of Promoting Economic Activity”, by David R. Befus? The book explains how the development of productive economic activity contributes to the growth of the church and to a presentation of a holistic Gospel. Available in either English or Spanish, the cost is $6 plus $2 postage in the U.S., actual postage cost outside of the U.S. For information, check http://www.lam.org and click on bookstore, or write to LAM at Box 527900, Miami, FL 33152 USA

  8. IN THE MARKET FOR A DIGITAL MISSIONARY CAMERA? — Now’s a great time to buy. When, previously, have we ever been able to buy such a high- quality 5-megapixel camera so cheaply!? Check out the Pentax Optio 550, reviewed at: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxoptio550/ You can find it on the web or locally at a “street price” of $440 or so. These level cameras were $1000 just 2 years ago. Welcome to the new digital era! :-)

  9. FREE NEW TESTAMENTS IN SERBIAN — Here’s an organization based in Argentina, with a publishing house in Switzerland, with free New Testaments in SERBIAN language. (Hey… I don’t design ’em; I just report ’em! Personally, I think it’s *great*! :-) ). Anyway, these guys have these New Testaments read for use, begging for those who can get them into the hands of willing readers — who speak Serbian, of course. If you can use them, write Juan publicristianasatciudaddotcomdotar .

20030803 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CD RELEASED!
  2. GET THE WORLD FACTBOOK 2000 ON CD
  3. CARRY THE ENTIRE SET OF “BACKGROUND NOTES” IN YOUR BRIEFCASE
  4. GET COUNTRY AND PEOPLE “PROFILES” FOR EVERYONE… FINALLY
  5. THESE PROFILES REMIND ME OF “CULTURE-GRAMS”
  6. LIKE “MAPS ON FILE” BUT CHEAPER AND COPYRIGHT RELEASED
  7. GET THE ARCHIVES: INT’L JOURNAL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS
  8. GET A 131-PAGE “PERSPECTIVES” STUDY GUIDE ON CD-ROM!
  9. BUY “COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES” AND SUPPORT BRIGADA
  10. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CD RELEASED! — Remember this past January, when we mentioned a research tool soon to be released? Well, maybe it didn’t happen in March — but at least it finally is happening! Today!!! Literally with this Brigada Today! We’re thrilled to be able to report to you that ILS International, in cooperation with Adopt-a-People Clearing House, has released *today* the tool entitled, “Countries and Peoples of the World.” This one colossal CD on steroids contains information on all 233 nations of the world and all 16,000+ people groups (as defined by the latest research). Learn more at: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm Remember that map of the 100 Gateway Cities … way back in 1995? The cost was $20. I remember we promoted that *big-time*… and hundreds of people ordered. But … in the end, they had one poster… one map. This CD contains 34,000 pages of information!!! … for $48. Can’t beat it. [see item #2 below for more on this tool]

  2. GET THE WORLD FACTBOOK 2000 ON CD — The same tool described above has the entire CIA “World Factbook” built into the fabric of the CD. This tool makes available to you over 5000 pages of the incredibly detailed statistics on every nation of the world. Yes, you can get this info. off the web, but the cool thing about the CD version is that it will be available instantly, even when you don’t have a web connection… on a plane, at that fellowship dinner (when you’re preparing your talk about the new country you’re entering) — and all the maps and facts are copyright released… so you never have to write for permission to “copy and paste” the data! :-) To order, see: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  3. CARRY THE ENTIRE SET OF “BACKGROUND NOTES” IN YOUR BRIEFCASE — Now you can have 8-30 page reports on 189 nations, all in your briefcase, ready to pull out at a moment’s notice. You could find these one at a time on the web, but again… what will you do when you’re not connected? See: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  4. GET COUNTRY AND PEOPLE “PROFILES” FOR EVERYONE… FINALLY — Naturally, we’ve all seen *selected* profiles. The Bethany folks, the MARC profiles, etc. But as far as I know, this is the first time you have a complete set of profiles on every last people group in the world. And they’re all so colorful, with maps, and complete data. They’re one-pagers, so you can easily distribute them to your missions team or prayer group or missions banquet. Now keep in mind… they’re *data* driven, rather than anecdotally driven — meaning that the profile is chart-like rather than a huge block of text. But in a way, isn’t that more objective anyway? Either way, imagine a laminated placemat featuring each country of the world. Your congregation of 233 people comes together and each of the 233 people get his/her own unique memory of the evening… a laminated profile of each country of the world, printed on your friend’s color printer, for pennies — all from this CD. And these profiles are clear and concise one-page summaries with 59 indicators. And would you believe there are 16,000+ of them? I’m not kidding! If they were a penny a profile, that alone would be $160. 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 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”!!!

    http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm


  5. THESE PROFILES REMIND ME OF “CULTURE-GRAMS” — But I just went and checked… and the Culture-Grams set for the world will set you back $130. See for yourself: http://store.yahoo.com/culturegram/cgstd.html But the trouble is, they won’t sell you the electronic version, with color and black & white maps that you can insert in your mission report or brochure. In fact, all their maps and information are copyrighted. Well here’s a tool with release on *everything*. http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  6. LIKE “MAPS ON FILE” BUT CHEAPER AND COPYRIGHT RELEASED — If you’re curious, go to: http://www.factsonfile.com/ and look up their product called “Maps on File (CD version)”. There are sample map images there on the website, so you can get a feel for the maps in that product. I’m telling you the honest truth — the maps in “Countries and Peoples of the World” are every bit as pretty … and just as high-res, and just as detailed. The only thing is, “Maps on File” is $199.95… and “Countries and Peoples of the World” is $48.30. http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  7. GET THE ARCHIVES: INT’L JOURNAL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS — If you go to the IJFM site, you’ll find *some* of the back-issues from 93-2003. The Countries and Peoples of the World CD has the entire panorama of those years… already scanned in… 1500+ pages, ready to provide you with sermon illustrations and case studies for your missions classes. http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  8. GET A 131-PAGE “PERSPECTIVES” STUDY GUIDE ON CD-ROM! — It’s all included… the newly published “Perspectives Exposure”, a five-lesson intro. to the Perspectives Course (131 page Study Guide)… all ready for your use and copy-released: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  9. BUY “COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES” AND SUPPORT BRIGADA — Now here’s the disclaimer, just to keep me honest. The producers of “Countries and Peoples of the World” have offered to let the Brigada audience have a “sneak peak” introduction to their new CD tool. When you log on at:

    http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

    you’ll see the “special and temporary introductory price” of $48.30. That price is good only for Brigada readers… and what’s more, it’s only good through the next 6 weeks. So for 6 weeks, you have a chance to buy this tool for 48 bucks. Then the price will default back to the retail of $69… and at that point, it’ll be in a bookstore near you. To get the $48 price, there’s only one place in the world to go: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm And for every copy they sell, they’ve pledged to “tithe” 10% of the sale to Brigada, to help provide the funds for our new secretary… our first paid employee! Yahooo! :-) You’ll be able to see exactly what they give at the Brigada sponsors page:

    http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html

    Now I don’t know which half of the subscriber list you’re on… the part that wants Countries and Peoples of the World, or the part that wants to be left out. :-) But I figure… if you’d rather not buy “Countries and Peoples,” maybe you would at least consider sending us the $4.80 direct? :-) Just a thought. :-) Anyway… “Countries and Peoples of the World”… highly recommended.


  10. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to Michael Jaffarian (I still remember when I met you on the bus at GCOWE ’95; I felt like I was meeting Billy Graham! :-) ) and Don Hart (Central Christian Church, San Jose, CA) for their sponsorships of $20 each. And thanks to the anonymous family in Asia for sending the $50 check. What a precious encouragement toward this ministry. Finally, thanks to our friends at Young Life Europe. They sponsored us at $100, and what’s more, they’ve pledged to give $100/month! Whoa! What do they do? They invest in the lives of teenagers, building relationships in order to earn the right to tell them about Jesus. They have on-going ministries to international schools and nationals in Lisbon, Munich, Zurich, London-area, Stockholm, Prague, Geneva, Brussels, Poznan (Poland), and a few other places. Another facet of their ministry: They bring kids from schools all over mostly western Europe into mostly eastern Europe for work projects. “While there, we share with the kids we bring about Christ. Generally, we do not attempt outreach to local peoples, but are willing to provide youth ministry seminars (led by senior YL staff) to local churches, classes in ESL, crafts and games for kids, sports, etc.” The truth is, they are interested in seeking new service project sites and partners needing all kinds of work teenagers could do, from demolition, to digging foundations, to building playgrounds. “Maybe some of your readers need some work done?” I hope so. If you’d like to team up with them, check out their web page. Thanks loads, Young Life! http://www.younglife.com
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