Monthly Archives: September 2003

20030928 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  2. SAVE ON YOUR PHONE RATES / HELP BRIGADA
  3. THE LOCAL CHURCH: A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY
  4. HURRY! 2 ONLINE COURSES FREE / FREE “E-BIBLES”
  5. MISSION TEAM SEEKS SCHOOL TEACHERS
  6. YOUNG PEOPLE IDENTIFY OBSTACLES TO MISSIONS
  7. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  8. THE WORLD OF STREET CHILDREN & HOW TO RESPOND
  9. A FINISHERS FORUM
  10. HOSPITALITY FOR THOSE WHO SERVE
  11. FINISHERS PROJECT
  12. TESOL SCHOOL: PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH
  13. ESL-JOBS.COM
  14. SPECIAL REPORT ON PHONE & VIDEO CONFERENCING Special web-only feature!
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! — Can you believe it? Caught up … after *months* of trailing badly behind! Thanks to the wonderful sponsors who have not only provided funds to hire a Brigada Secretary, but have also provided a strong intangible incentive: “These folks *care*!” We appreciate the anonymous sponsor who sent $30, saying, “Thank you for your good work!”, as well as the other very encouraging partners who wrote, “Hi Doug. I’ve been enjoying the Brigada updates for several years now. It’s great help in keeping up with missions events and topics. I’m now serving with a church planting team in Spain and it’s even more important to stay connected. You are doing a great job and I am happy to be able to contribute to your Secretary Fund!” (Enclosed: Check for $100) Honestly, we dedicate this issue of Brigada Today to those two sponsors because in a very real sense, they are the reason we’re caught up today!
  2. For more information on sponsors, click here.


  3. SAVE ON YOUR PHONE RATES / HELP BRIGADA — Save on overseas phone calls and help support Brigada – go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html for more information.

  4. THE LOCAL CHURCH: A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY — Member Care Southern Africa has recently published a 127-page book, entitled “Member Care for Missionaries – A Practical Guide for Senders,” written by Marina Prins and Braam Willemse. The book serves as a practical resource to equip senders in the comprehensive care of their missionaries. Subjects such as the Biblical basis for member care, what the missionary experiences on the field, the support team within the local church, and re-entry care are some of the topics covered in the book’s three sections. A short chapter on attrition is also included. The book is based on thorough research, practical experience from the presentation of workshops in local churches, as well as the practical field experience of both authors who served as missionaries in Malawi. The book is available in both English and Afrikaans and comes with strong endorsements from Marjory Foyle and Kelly O’Donnell. The price is US$12.00 per copy (excluding postage). For further detail contact Member Care Southern Africa at mcsaatxsinetdotcodotza . To order a copy, go to their web site at http://home.wol.co.za/~20141204

  5. HURRY! 2 ONLINE COURSES FREE / FREE “E-BIBLES” — Study the “School of Mission” and the “Practical Ministries” courses while online (connected to our servers), or download them and study offline, then dial-up to your Internet service provider (ISP) to connect with your whole class, your discussion group, your instructor or the registrar by email. The 13-week introductory semester has already begun, and ends December 24. To try out the courses, just login as “guest” and password is “password” at these links: http://www.agape-biblia.org/index02.htm – School of Mission http://www.agape-biblia.org/index04.htm – Practical Ministries Then click on “Introduction” on the left side, and you’ll see how to enroll. After taking the 3-month introductory semester, you can continue studying with “Agape-Biblia” four more semesters for a certificate, or open your own online “School of Mission” and “Practical Ministries” website with the free software. (The same courses are also available in Russian.) Also available are FREE electronic Bibles in Russian (3Mb with notes and commentary), Hebrew-Greek, English, Spanish, German and French (1.5Mb each) with more to come! Each Bible works independently, or links to any of the other Bibles to compare chapters. For the above courses you will need the English Bible: http://www.agape-biblia.org/Biblia02.htm

  6. MISSION TEAM SEEKS SCHOOL TEACHERS — A mission team serving among the Watchi people in southeastern Togo, West Africa is seeking one or two school teachers to work with the team’s eight elementary age children. The team provides a three-room school, with American home school curriculum and computers, a furnished house, a vehicle, and partial salary. A teacher is needed beginning in January 2004. Commitments should be for one or more school semesters. An education degree and knowledge of French are helpful, but not essential. Learn more about the team and the position at http://www.watchiharvest.com Email the school principal at togodudeatyahoodotcom

  7. YOUNG PEOPLE IDENTIFY OBSTACLES TO MISSIONS — Here’s a new book release, “Scaling the Wall”, by Kathy Hicks of OM USA. At the Urbana 2001 Missions conference hundreds of college students were posed the question, “What is keeping more people from becoming involved in the great commission?” Their fears were written on a large wall and later collected, compiled and categorized. Fears such as loss of friends, loss of money, disapproval of parents, inadequate experience surfaced as common obstacles to be overcome. In this brand-new book, missionaries, from many organizations and from around the world who have experienced these same fears, share their personal stories of how God overcame and met their needs in ways they could have never expected. The distributor, Gabriel Resources, offers discounts on books to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554-1594.

  8. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL – DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop — a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources. They include 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. Upcoming training dates: Oct. 15/San Juan Capistrano, CA (south of LA); Dec. 2/Orlando, FL; Jan. 14/San Juan Capistrano, CA; and Jan. 29/Vancouver, BC. Details at: http://www.dualreach.org/resources/ or email infoatdualreachdotorg

  9. THE WORLD OF STREET CHILDREN & HOW TO RESPOND — Here’s another new release entitled, “Street Children,” by Andy Butcher. In it, he documents an estimated 100 million Children spend their days on City Streets around the world, 10 million of these are totally on their own, uncared for and unprotected. He cites 4611 children and adolescents that were executed in Brazil between 1988 and 1990. These frightening statistics are just a snapshot of the plight of street children in the world today. The result of extensive research, this book combines hard statistics with individual stories to challenge our indifference and awaken our conscience. Andy Butcher’s newly updated book compares the situation facing Street Children today with that epitomized in the Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Frighteningly, he concludes that if we look at a global perspective, little progress has been made. Gabriel Resources offers discounts on books to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1- 8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554- 1594.

  10. A FINISHERS FORUM — Catch this event slated for Charlotte, NC October 24-25, focused on those willing to serve the Lord in the missions enterprise, home or abroad, short-term or as a second career. This is a powerful time to consider how to spend the rest of your life. It for those post-college through post-career. For details and registration see http://www.finishers.org/events/

  11. HOSPITALITY FOR THOSE WHO SERVE — ServantCARE http://www.servantcare.com is a ministry that cares for those who serve, and they’ve been establishing “Hospitality Homes” around the world for those who serve while they travel, whether for ministry, or on furlough. To date they have “Hospitality Homes” in 16 states and 11 countries, but need more, especially in the United States. The goal is to have five locations in the N., S., E., W., and Central part of each state. They would like more volunteers to serve as a B & B, or to do exchanges. Please let Christian friends know of this opportunity to serve. For information contact Anita at apatservantcaredotcom . They also have a home in S.E. Alabama that serves as a retreat center for individuals or couples in need of rest and refreshing.

  12. FINISHERS PROJECT — “Finishers” has added an interesting new feature to its website. Each partner mission agency is able to post five of its top needs so you can easily find a specific compelling assignment that fits you. About half of the top needs are in North America. Each entry contains facts and a summary description. There are several ways to sort the list. See http://www.finishers.org/start/topneeds.php

  13. TESOL SCHOOL: PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH — Teaching English opens many doors to ministry throughout the world, but it takes some training to teach English well. Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA has scheduled the next TESOL school for January 18 to February 13, 2004. For information, see the website: http://www.ywampa.org, or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  14. ESL-JOBS.COM — This is a new website to mobilize Christians to take real jobs teaching English as a second language in Asia. These are now being filled by secularists and Mormons. These are first of all ministry positions, but they also offer income. Finishers Project partner organizations are placing applicants with real employers. There are many partial support and missionary assignments as well. Successful applicants must speak English as a first language and have a college degree. Help mobilize our own to represent Jesus in these spiritually needy countries. Visit http://www.esl-jobs.com and commend it to your friends, especially those in their 20s and empty-nesters.

  15. SPECIAL REPORT ON PHONE & VIDEO CONFERENCING — Here’s the special report on phone and video conferencing from Andrew Steele, a Senior Assoc. with International Christian Media Commission in the UK. Thanks Andrew!
  16. First of all for video conferences (and quite often audio only links) everyone involved needs a broadband connection. Although most services claim to work on 56k dial-up modems our experience was distorted sound and vision unless a broadband link was present. Sometimes audio worked OK but video without broadband was never successful.

    The most effective package that we discovered in our searches is iVisit. This comes in a free version and a slightly more functioned subscription based version. Both provide audio and video streams plus the usual text chat service. The subscription version (US$25 per year) adds the option to create private meeting rooms). iVisit connections seem to work well until organisational firewalls come into effect. Theoretically they shouldn’t hamper the service but somehow we kept running into issues when firewalls were in the loop. http://www.ivisit.info

    University College London provides a set of conferencing tools that are full of promise but need some technical assistance to set up. So, we haven’t been able to test the software yet. So if anyone wih the skills wants to volunteer to help us get the package up and running we’d be keen to speak. http://www-mice.cs.ucl.ac.uk/multimedia/software/

    MSN Messenger and Microsoft’s NetMeeting software are both useful tools provided you only want to conduct a two way conversation with video and audio. In fact for two way work our experience was that these packages were more intuitive to use than other packages. http://messenger.msn.com

    For lectures and presentations we found a combination of either Real Server or Windows Media Server for the presentation and a simple text chat using MSN Messenger (or one of the other messenger programs) worked well. Real Server (now called Helix Server) and Windows Media Server require an arrangement with an ISP willing to host the server software but both come in a free version that served our needs adequately for small groups. http://www.realnetworks.com/products/server/
    http://www.robertwisbey.com/how_to_web_cam_wme.html

    We also found a few commercial providers whose rates were prohibitive for regular use.

    We are still convinced that we can find a combination of tools that will do what we need but are resigned to the fact that, so far at least, those part of the world without broadband Internet will be limited in their ability to link up. That means we’re sticking with our tried and trusted methods of connection so that all our contacts can participate regardless of where they are and only use the ip based technologies when we are sure that everyone can link up.

    Andrew Steele
    adminaticmcdotorg

20030921 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS ARE GREAT!
  2. LEARN TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE JESUS FILM PEOPLE
  3. HANDLING SPAM: IS MAILWASHER “DECEITFUL?”
  4. GOT HIGH PHONE RATES? GET LOW ONES
  5. MORE ON PDFS: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR DOCS
  6. PRAYING GOD’S WORD, THEN SAYING YOU CARE
  7. PIONEERS OFFERS CAMPGROUND NEAR DISNEY
  8. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR POSTED
  9. LIBRARY OF “INSURANCE TOPICS” FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS ARE GREAT! — Don’t forget to check out our recent sponsors at: www.brigada.org by clicking on the word “sponsors” at the top or bottom of the page. There you’ll see partnerships by Global Outreach Ministries, the author of _Toolbox for Video Storytelling_, and even an anonymous Wycliffe Bible translator, who wrote from overseas, “I have subscribed to Brigada for a number of years and it is still one of my favorite emails to receive, what with all the missions encouragement, information and helpful hints. So I decided to donate $5 a month (the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal) for the cause of the Brigada secretary. I’ll do it via PayPal. If just 250 Brigada subscribers did the same, she (and therefore Doug) would be free to serve you better and still feed their kids an occasional burger too!?” :-) We also received Brigada Secretary help from the Faith in Action Network, Ed Kearn, on behalf of ACMI (the Association of Christians Ministering Among Internationals), the Andover Church of Christ, Andover, OH (They’ve been a supporting church all the way back to our time in South America in the early 80s!) Now they’re stepping up to the plate all the more significantly! And don’t forget Wilcannia River of Life! Thanks one and all!!!

  2. LEARN TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE JESUS FILM PEOPLE — Want to learn to raise funds at the feet of people who have successfully done it? The JESUS Film Project knows the stress that comes from raising money to meet impossible fund-raising goals. In an effort to serve and encourage others, our JESUS Film Project development leadership team is offering a two-day seminar to share what we have learned over the past 18+ years. They will cover The JESUS Film Project’s:
    *** Development Philosophy, Strategy and Structure
    *** Direct Marketing and New Donor Acquisition
    *** Major Donor Cultivation and Presentations
    *** Major Donor Events
    *** Office Representative Programs
    *** Foundation and Church Efforts October 13-14, 2003 is slated as the training dates. There will be a charge of $100 per person for the workshop, materials, and a special luncheon on Friday. The seminar will be held at The JESUS Film Project office in San Clemente, CA with the first day running from 1:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13th. The second day will be on Tuesday, October 14th from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For info write amydotelliottatjesusfilmdotorg or call (949)361-4549 to register. Your registration to ensure you have a seat and materials will be confirmed once they have received your payment to The JESUS Film Project at 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673. Registration deadline is October 3, 2003 and will close after they have 50 confirmed registrations.

  3. HANDLING SPAM: IS MAILWASHER “DECEITFUL?” — Mark wrote recently to ask if Christians should ethically use products such as MailWasher, since they can send out the familiar “bounce-a-grams”, as if they had been generated directly from your ISP, saying that your email address couldn’t be reached. (This is supposed to trigger a response with spammers who will then drop your address from their spamming list.) To me, it’s the same as when we might tell the UPS guy “package refused”, because we don’t want to be billed for something we didn’t order. Likewise, we didn’t request the spam. We’re not lying about our email account; we’re refusing the package we didn’t order. :-) Granted, there’s another issue: does it work? I’m not sure the spammers ever really “unplug” our addresses, just because their emails bounce. But in my case, does it make me feel better? Indubitably. I no longer feel like a victim. At least now I feel I have recourse. :-) (I also use Brightmail in conjunction with the Earthlink account I maintain as my primary email box. Not sure how many spam mails it catches; maybe 100 per day? Still… over 100 per day get through its gate. :-(

  4. GOT HIGH PHONE RATES? GET LOW ONES — Are you living in a land with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html . [Disclaimer: This phone service has promised to donate to Brigada when people sign up for new accounts. Before we featured them, however, we compared their rates to lots of other phone companies and — guess what: they really are great prices! So… unashamedly, we can feature them … because we would have done so genuinely and honestly anyway!]

  5. MORE ON PDFS: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR DOCS — Perhaps you’ll recall our item in the August 15th issue, entitled, “PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE”. We got lots of positive feedback on that item. ‘Course, the Apple computer guys, like Dennis & Danny, had to write and brag about their MACs, which convert PDFs as a matter of course. Rascals. How was I supposed to know that Steve Jobs would get it right? :-) Still, somehow it’s tough for me to go with any computer that has fruit for a logo, much less one with a pre-bitten bite out of it. Tony had a good idea: “The free replacement suite for Microsoft Office released by Sun Microsystems, called OpenOffice, includes the ability to read .doc files and write .pdf files.” Before it was over, we had heard from dozens of happy “OpenOffice” users, including Peter and several others. Get your free copy for keeps at: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/1.1.0/ With this product, creating PDFs is… well… almost as easy as doing it on a MAC! :-) There are other options. Don’t forget to have a look at the recent review of PDF-makers in PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1190601,00.asp There’s an online PDF write/convert service One reader, Galen, prefers PDF995, which is reviewed there. You can get PDF995 for $10 at: http://www.pdf995.com/ And don’t forget, as Bob from Kenya points out, if you use Linux, get the Samba server at: http://www.linux-mag.com/2003-01/guru_01.html which will help you create PDFs at will. Either way, we *love* PDFs because a) they’re more memory efficient, b) the support included graphics more efficiently, and c) they can’t be edited… so your thoughts will remain your thoughts and they can’t impose viruses on receivers.

  6. PRAYING GOD’S WORD, THEN SAYING YOU CARE — Here’s a new twist on the ecard scene, Pray-it Say-it cards. This feature of Prayercentral.net helps you personalize God’s promises to the needs of those you pray for. You type in a name, choose a topic and they provide personalized scriptures and a sample prayer to cover that need. Then you can choose from some of the coolest images around and create an ecard to tell them you have prayed for them.

    You can even send out a card to your intercession group inviting them to join you in prayer for a special need. You’ll have to decide if your missionary will look upon this as a good thing or not. Most users today receive about all the unsolicited mail they want… and more! So you might have to identify here that it’s relative to you personally or whatever. Either way, check it out at: http://www.prayitsayit.net

    Wayne at Prayercentral.net has prayed for our Brigada subscribers, you can view your card at: http://prayitsayit.net/view.php/dfb0cc9b2e971e1e The great thing about these cards is you don’t have to receive any emails. The URL alone will do it. (Thanks Wayne!)


  7. PIONEERS OFFERS CAMPGROUND NEAR DISNEY — Pioneers, a mission agency focused on church planting among the unreached, owns and operates a KOA campground on the same campus as their US Headquarters building. If your church or organization is looking for a Florida camping experience, please consider this 355-acre pristine, lake front campground. There is large recreation hall for meetings and other get togethers as well as kitchen facilities. For more information visit http://www.orlandokoa.com, email whippoorwillkoaatpiorldotcom or call 1- 800-562-3969. Your patronage helps us serve our missionaries better!

  8. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR POSTED — Read how Islamicists are fighting Armageddon, how Time Magazine treated “tentmaking,” how terrorists are motivated in the Philippines, how Shari’a affects Christians in a province of Indonesia, and how Liberia is spiritually situated in Operation Reveille’s latest publication at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Contact Bruce, the director of Operation Reveille, at bsideatoprevdotorg if you need an e-mailed version.

  9. LIBRARY OF “INSURANCE TOPICS” FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS – – If you are struggling to understand international insurance and want some quick answers, go to http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com/newlib.asp . Over 60 topics regarding international insurance are explained in the library. There you will find answers concerning deductibles; co-insurance; HIPAA; choosing and managing international health, life, liability, medical and political evacuation insurance; terrorism insurance; etc. For information about the library and/or various international insurance plans, contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100, toll-free in USA: 866/636-9100 or visit http://www.gninsurance.com/solutions

20030914 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. $4000 RAISED, $11,530 TO GO
  2. 8th ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  3. HIV/AIDS PRECONFERENCE
  4. WORSHIP, INTERCESSION, AND MORE AT YWAM LAS VEGAS
  5. GREAT! A PLAXO-LOOK-ALIKE! THEY’RE MULTIPLYING!
  6. PARADIGMS OF THE FUTURE, NOV 20-21, ATLANTA
  7. CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  8. YET ANOTHER SPAM SOLUTION
  9. WE GET MAIL
  10. FRIENDS OF BIHAR HOST A STRATEGY COORDINATOR’S CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. $4000 RAISED, $11,530 TO GO — Our goal for 2003 was to figure out how to raise $15,600, enough to hire a Brigada Secretary for a full year. Thus far in 2003, we’ve raised just over $4000. And that’s great. I guess… we’ve still got a ways to go though. If you can help put us over the top by Dec. 31st, just click here to log on to PayPal and send a sponsorship gift of $25, $50, $100, or $1000… or more. Be sure to note how we can express our gratitude to you or your agency/church on our Sponsors page: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html Of course, checks are great too, made payable to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. The really cool part is… according to our plan, once we reach our goal for any particular calendar year, we’ll not mention another word about sponsorships for the remainder of the whole calendar year! Yahooo! :-)

  2. 8th ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — This annual conference (first promoted right here via Brigada Today) has now become the largest medical mission conference in the nation and will draw over 1400-1500 medical professionals, students, and others to Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 6-8 to learn more about impacting the world through the healing of Jesus Christ. More than 80 speakers and 100 exhibitors will be available at the conference. Opportunities for short-term medical trips as well as continuing education credit will be offered. Topics will be presented that include interests for all medical professions. A free housing option is available on the web site and tuition is nominal. The nine professional organizations that cosponsor the conference intend for this conference to change careers, to change lives, and to impact the world for Christ. For more information and for all the details on plenary and workshop speakers and their specific topics, check the Web site: http://www.medicalmissions.com or call 502-253-8069.

  3. HIV/AIDS PRECONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference will host a preconference: The Church and the HIV/AIDS Crisis: Providing Leadership and Hope, to be held Thurs., Nov. 6, 2003. Two plenary sessions will be conducted: Dr. Dan Fountain, MD, MPH, will speak on “World View Problems Underlying the HIV/AIDS Epidemic”. Dr. Randall Hoag, PhD, will speak on “How to Increase Public Awareness for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS.” Participants will choose to attend two of three interactive workshops: “The Pervasive Consequences of the HIV/AIDS Crisis”; “The Biblically Based Resources on Sexuality and Marriage for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS”; and “The Christian Approach to Treating HIV/AIDS Patients”. Ken Casey, special representative to the President, will close the conference. The preconference will be held at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. Registration for the preconference ONLY is limited to the first 400 people who register. For more information, check the Web site: http://www.medicalmissions.com or call 502-253-8069.

  4. WORSHIP, INTERCESSION, AND MORE AT YWAM LAS VEGAS — Get started on January 11, 2004. If you desire to sharpen your ministry skills in the areas of worship, intercession, spiritual warfare and evangelism in an urban setting with a focus on creative arts and you’ve completed a DTS then the WISE school will be a great opportunity for you! A three month, hands-on school plus optional outreach. Contact for details: infoatywamlasvegasdotorg, or log on at http://www.ywamlasvegas.org or call (702)658-5450 and ask for Sam Waddell.

  5. GREAT! A PLAXO-LOOK-ALIKE! THEY’RE MULTIPLYING! — Just when I think I’m starting to control my “urge to click” on a Plaxo email, along comes http://www.goodcontacts.com Now Gordon, a faithful Brigada participant, wrote to encourage us to promote this plan (Thanks Gordon, but please pardon my dense-ness.) If I understand the purpose correctly, “GoodContacts” purports to help you stay in touch by sending out an email to everybody in your Outlook or “Act” database. If a particular friend is still out there somewhere, he/she can just hit reply, and back comes the confirmation email into your Outlook or Act database. Instantly, you know the address is still good. And if they’re not there, back comes the bounce-a-gram to flag the bad contact. (Can’t *wait* to send bounce-a-grams to all these GoodContact emails! :-) ) Well… aside from helping arm people to do massive direct-email spam campaigns, I can’t figure for the life of me why this program matters. If they’re not there any more, then next time you write them, you’ll find that out anyway. If they’re still there, duh… you’ll learn that too — ’cause they’ll answer your *real* email, the one you could have sent that might have saved them from having one more additional “ping” in their email inbox. So what good is another bandwidth-waster to ping them crazy. Yikes. To me, this is over the top… out of control. Just what we need… another product to use up bandwidth, waste my eyeball time, and confirm that … I’m still here at the same address. I’ve got 15,442 people in my address book. The last thing I want to do is wake them all up, just to find out if they would have answered me if I were to have written them in the first place! Here I go to write up another spam filter. :-)

  6. PARADIGMS OF THE FUTURE, NOV 20-21, ATLANTA — Does world missions have any “theology of the future” other than pragmatism? Join the Christian Futures Network as its members explore paradigm change in theology, and how to shape a more biblical and forward view of ministry, accommodating change and complexity. Speakers include missions specialist Jay Gary, millennial historian Dr. Robert Clouse and futures theologian Dr. Ted Peters. To register call 719-636-2000, email <infoatchristianfuturesdotcom> or go online, http://www.christianfutures.com </infoatchristianfuturesdotcom>

  7. CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — Last year the CPI Conference in Japan was the largest church planting conference in the history of Japan. Sponsored by the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association this movement includes over 90 mission agencies and denominations. This year the Japan 2003 CPI Conference will be held November 18-21 at Fuji- Hakone Land (about 3 hours from Tokyo). Featured speakers are Steven Childers (US Center for Church Planting), Dwight Smith (Saturation Church Planting International). Other Japanese speakers include Dr. Akira Izuta chairman of KDK a national church planting agency. There are 5 separate training tracks including a new one on Church Planting Movements in Japan. Again there will be over 40 electives on practically everything from evangelism, family ministry and leadership development. There is a Children’s Ministry Program and a Youth Ministry Program for children of participants. For more information: http://jcpi.net/main/main.htm or write JMehnatcompuservedotcom

  8. YET ANOTHER SPAM SOLUTION — You can always tell a growing problem by the number of new software that emerges to combat it. Here’s another spam-killer, one which apparently recently won the Consumer Reports review. http://www.bloomba.com/ Looks like it works with Outlook, Eudora, and Netscape. The public beta version is free. (Thanks Ken!)

  9. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to David, from a short term missions organization, who recently wrote directly to one of our administrators at Team Expansion (the agency for which I’m employed) to say, “I just want to thank Doug Lucas for his vision for the whole Body of Christ and helping all mission groups and missions minded churches in staying current with missions resources! Few are the mission agencies that are capable of allowing a broad Kingdom vision to flourish beside the more limited agency vision. I left the agency I was with for 20 years because they couldn’t visualize helping ALL agencies get the word out about their short term mission opportunities. I have been reading Brigada Today for several years and knew your name but never realized you are part of a missionary sending agency until I was on your website today. May the good Lord multiply your tribe!” Thanks for the encouragement, David, and … true… thanks to Team Expansion for giving me the flexibility to be President there… and Editor of Brigada Today here! :-)

  10. FRIENDS OF BIHAR HOST A STRATEGY COORDINATOR’S CONFERENCE — The Friends of Bihar will be hosting Strategy Coordinator’s Conference from December 1-5 in Houston, Texas. Anyone interested is invited to attend. There will be 4 primary focuses for this conference:

    *** Teach the principles of Strategy Coordination
    *** Coordinate efforts and strategies for initiating Church Planting Movements
    *** Build a Network of Churches, Pastors, and Lay people committed to the evangelization of Bihar
    *** Focus on Un-reached peoples in Bihar and take definitive steps towards their evangelization

    For more info, contact Chad chadnangelaatcsdotcom or visit http://www.friendsofbihar.org or call 713-498-7278 for more information.

20030907 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CD-ROM TOOL: FOUR PRIMARY GOALS
  2. BEST SOURCE YET FOR SPECIFIC, IN-DEPTH, INT’L EMAILED NEWS
  3. TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR USA FLIGHTS: SMALL PREMIUM, BIG PAYOUT
  4. FREE DOWNLOADS FOR STUDYING EVANGELISM OF RUSSIAN YOUTH
  5. IN THE MOOD TO STRIKE BACK AT SPAM
  6. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE
  7. “THANKS!” FROM A SATISFIED BRIGADA READER
  8. SO FAR: I’M SURVIVING WITHOUT RESPONDING TO PLAXO!
  9. LOOKING FOR A TRIP ON THE AMAZON?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CD-ROM TOOL: FOUR PRIMARY GOALS — Don’t forget… You only have a month remaining to get the special introductory pricing on the Brigada sponsoring project, the “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD-ROM. The stated aims of the project are:
    *** MOTIVATE individuals and churches to PRAY for the least reached countries and peoples of the world.
    *** ORIENT individuals and churches to ADOPT one or more of the least reached peoples of the world
    *** EQUIP individuals and churches to GO and work long term among one or more of the least reached peoples of the world.
    *** SEND and SUSTAIN individuals and church planting teams engaged in EVANGELIZING and DISCIPLING of the least reached peoples of the world through STRATEGIC ALLIANCES and PARTNERSHIPS. If you were thinking you’d just use the Bethany Unreached People Profiles on the web, better look again. They’ve recently been completely pulled. As far as we can tell, there’s no trace of them left anywhere on the web. That makes this *library* of unreached people profiles one of the best remaining sources for quality up-to-date information. (The Bethany profiles were mostly all compiled in 1996 anyway, so they were well over a half-decade old anyway! This CD is fresh as of this *month*!) Order at: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm Note they hope to begin shipping the product this weekend! We’re told that Brigada participants had ordered over 60 of these CDs within the first 4 hours of the initial Brigada announcement! Yahooo! :-)

  2. BEST SOURCE YET FOR SPECIFIC, IN-DEPTH, INT’L EMAILED NEWS — I think one of our staff here at Team Expansion (Martin) has discovered what just might be the best source yet for country-specific, in-depth news analysis. And guess what: It’s all absolutely free! Martin & Bob, both Field Coordinators for Team Expansion, recently shared with me their reliance on OSAC http://www.ds-osac.org/ You can browse OSAC’s news “live” on the web, sign up for country- specific emailed news links (which open web stories), and even place news “tickers” on your website — all for free! Compared to other offerings, this is like drinking news from a fire hydrant! Only in the new millennium could something like this be so ever-flowing and *free*!

  3. TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR USA FLIGHTS: SMALL PREMIUM, BIG PAYOUT — If you’re headed out for a flight right here in the USA, don’t forget to consider travel insurance before you fly. For practically pennies a day you can cover unexpected expenses for small stuff… and the catastrophic stuff. Adams & Associates International, a Brigada sponsor, has travel insurance plans for all kinds of domestic and foreign trips. For more information, call 800-922-8438 or visit http://www.aaintl.com

  4. FREE DOWNLOADS FOR STUDYING EVANGELISM OF RUSSIAN YOUTH — Several papers (which became part of a doctor of missiology dissertation) are free for the downloading and distributing through the following site: http://www.markharris.us The papers discuss the religious background of Russian young people who became believers, the way they describe being evangelized by Westerners, how they describe their conversion, and how they evaluate Western evangelism. They have much to say to us! The research is also useful for understanding youth in other post-communist countries. Mark, thanks for sharing your thoughts with the whole Brigada family!

  5. IN THE MOOD TO STRIKE BACK AT SPAM — More and more Brigada readers are in the mood to strike back at spam. Got Linux? Get SPAMBOUNCER, says Richard, from South East Asia Mission Teams. Learn more at: http://www.spambouncer.org

    According to Richard, “It is the best and most complete solution we have found to date. It catches way over 95% of the spam I get (600 to 1000 messages weekly on one 6 year old address).” Richard adds that one of the best parts is that spambouncer is free, courtesy its author and a fellow spam hater, Catherine A. Hampton. Thanks Catherine!

    Richard says SpamBouncer goes one step beyond MailWasher. It can be configured to automatically send a complaint to the ISP administrator. What’s more, it uses the IP address from which the spam originated, NOT the “From:” line. Sounds like a great plan. Can’t wait for the same thing for Windows users! Thanks for writing, Richard!

    Les, meanwhile, likes http://www.spamcop.net He reports that for $30/year, SpamCop reduces his unsolicited ads and other junk mail to a trickle… maybe “3 or 4 per week!” (I remember those days! About 3 years ago!) Thanks Les!


  6. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE — Tom, of O.M. Lit and Gabriel Resources, is looking for advice on purchasing a laptop and digital camera to be used in China. Got any brands he should lean towards or avoid? Any tips on power, software, etc.? E-mail him at worldlysaintathotmaildotcom  (worldlysaintathotmaildotcom)   . He’s agreed in advance to prepare a summary report for us. Thanks Tom!

  7. “THANKS!” FROM A SATISFIED BRIGADA READER — Thanks to Les, of DCI World Changers, who wrote recently to testify, “The website you launched for us is over two and a half million hits now…” You can check out his work at http://www.worldchristians.org/ Isn’t it hard to believe that anything could start here in a Brigada newsletter and eventually grow to reach 2.5 million visitors? Yikes. So thanks to all our sponsors for keeping us going!!!

  8. SO FAR: I’M SURVIVING WITHOUT RESPONDING TO PLAXO! — This has the makings of a new TV “reality show”! “I survived Plaxo!” Yup… so far, I have somehow managed to resist all urges. To date, I’ve never clicked on a single Plaxo ping! In fact, if you write me about Plaxo, odds are I’ll never see it anyway, because I now have a MailWasher filter set up that automatically filters anyone mentioning Plaxo in the subject or body. So if you’re planning on writing in its defense :-) (wasting your breath, by the way :-) ), better misspell it. Maybe … Plaque-so? :-) What an ironic twist. Plaque in the blood stops up blood veins; Plaque- so on the Internet stops up our bandwidth! It’s all starting to make sense! :-) (Okay… I’m joking, kind of. :-) ) I think for me it stills boils down to a resistance to anything that seeks to coerce me to participate in giving out my personal information to a large database over which I’ll never have absolute control. (I’d put them on the “Do not email me” government list, but some judge would probably just shoot it down anyway. :-) ) I don’t give my social security number to telemarketers… so why should I confirm anything to the Plaxo people? Who knows… If they sell the service someday, maybe the new owners won’t follow the same strict set of voluntary “privacy rules” that the Plaxo people have contrived. One Brigada participant wrote to assert that, hey… your information is already in there anyway… to which I have to respond — well then why are they bugging me if they already know about me! :-) That’s spam! He went on to say it isn’t a “worm”. Well neither are many of the other 100s of spam messages I get daily. Nope… I’m a survivor. Let’s print up some bumper stickers: “Never respond to machine that sounds like build-up on your teeth!” :-)

  9. LOOKING FOR A TRIP ON THE AMAZON? — Here’s one reader’s offer for work in the Brazilian Amazon and work in medical missions on a medical boat trip. The reported purpose: To share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with the river population. This group is working with some 40,000 river residents said to be without Jesus and medical attention. For more information, see http://evangemed.tripod.com/amazon2002/index.html Email wilsonbonfimatevangemedmaildotzzndotcom (As always, be sure to carry out your own thorough checking of each opportunity submitted to Brigada Today. We can’t possibly “screen” each item as to its history or current involvement.)
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