Monthly Archives: December 2003

20031228 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL!
  2. OVER THE TOP!
  3. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004!
  4. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES
  5. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND
  6. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE
  7. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”?
  8. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO
  9. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL
  10. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION
  11. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND
  12. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK
  13. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  14. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!)
  15. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER”
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL! — Can you believe it? And the donors even said some really things! “Thanks for the 9+ years I’ve been reading Brigada Today. Glad for another chance to help out.” Larry the head of BrigadaTechSupport, a group that attempts to provide free technical support to missionaries all over the world. We appreciate his sponsorship of $120!!! Email them at BrigadaTechSupportatBrigadadotorg about appliances, electrical problems, and really, just about anything technical! “Thank you so much for all of the good work you do to contact and inform missionaries of the many services available to them. Two years ago, you placed word about Mission Nannys on your weekly sheet and combined with our new brochure, webside ( http://www.missionnannys.org ) and God’s direction, we sent out 14 women volunteers last year to help 14 missionary families. Truly a remarkable thing! Up until 2000, which was 10 years of ministry, we had sent out 22 women. In 2002 we sent 12 and in 2003, 14. Thank you for your help in publicizing the mission activity. Enclosed is a check for $100 to help you with the financial costs of the secretary!” Betty Sullins, Dir., Mission Nannys. ($100 sponsorship enclosed!)

  2. OVER THE TOP! — And finally — are you ready for this? — Thanks to the anonymous donor who PayPal’d $3000 to help us go “over the top” on the amount remaining at the end of 2003! Yahooo! I’m humbled, sobered, challenged, excited, thankful, overwhelmed — all at once! :-) Our total for 2003 was $15,600… an incredible work from some very determined people, working under God’s empowerment!

    One of our readers asked, “so… now that you have a secretary, does she help you with things besides Brigada?” You bet she does! We stretch her all we can. But in the final analysis, we have understood from these sponsors that a critical part of her work is to help us keep Brigada Today on time and out the door for the roughly 10,000 or so weekly readers, and others who see the information archived at the website. Thanks to her input, we’ve managed not only to catch up, but also to *keep* up… on Brigada Today, as well as our work mobilizing and resourcing many missionaries around the globe among unreached peoples. Thank you for your help in this critical task!

  3. Want to help us with a jump start on 2004? Sponsor our Secretary.


  4. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004! — Thanks to some great friends, as well as the 11 people who have ordered Clipmate so far, we’re scheduled to receive a total of $83 soon from Clipmate’s publisher (due to the 11 offers for Clipmate so far), we’re already well on our way to starting our secretary in 2004. She won’t receive any kind of raise, per se, although we do hope to make available the Kentucky state-recommended cost-of-living increase of 2.7%. That means our goal for 2004 will be $16,021.

  5. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES — George Patterson and an international team are editing free, short, biblical, illustrated, translatable, training studies (in US-letter and A4 formats). These are suitable for mentoring new leaders of new congregations and cells in church planting movements. Each study has a lesson for group leaders and a lesson for children’s workers; many also have lessons for deacons and advanced learners. New studies are being added every week. Preview and download them from http://www.paul-timothy.net

  6. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND — Please lift up the anonymous donor who gave the $8,000. He and his wife are currently in Thailand, establishing a missionary R&R program (counseling, physician care, dentist, etc) so that missionaries and their families can have a break in a 5-star resort for one week with their kids and receive all the services for which they typically travel back to the west. Please pray for wisdom and direction in negotiating contracts for accommodations and programs. And once again, please thank the Lord for the generosity and selflessness of this family.

  7. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE — Consistent Computer Bargains is the sole outlet selling Microsoft software to charities and non-profits at greatly reduced prices. Churches and mission organizations and missionaries qualify. Brigada reader Dave says it’s a great service! Check this out: A license for full install version of Windows Office Professional 2003, just $69 plus $30 for the media — far below the list price. Fine print: Initial order must be any combination of 5 or more MS licenses, and CCB must have a copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) form (from the IRS) and State Tax Exempt Form in their files. Hint: Buy one license for MS Office and four throw-away licenses (at $4 each) for Windows Server. See http://www.1computerbargains.com (Thanks to Dave, and to others that have suggested this step in the past! I know it’s a real help each year in our own mission agency office!)

  8. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”? — Outreach International has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 80-lb. suitcase contains a complete sound and video projection system, including 8mm Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29-lb. generator to power the system. Outreach International donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost or as a gift to those ministering in remote areas. For more info write Bill <billatoutreachinternationaldotorg> or check out http://www.outreachinternational.org or call 970-249-0306 in the USA. </billatoutreachinternationaldotorg>

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO — A cooperative multi-national effort for placing church planting teams among the unreached people groups of Mindanao is being developed by several U.S. local churches in cooperation with Filipino mission groups. Due to the sensitive nature of this area, new paradigms of church planting strategies will need to be developed. Is your church currently ministering in this part of the world? Interested in knowing more? Please contact tokyocarterathotmaildotcom . (Also, feel free to register your intent at the Joshua Project site: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ . If everyone did, we’d be a lot more savvy regarding questions like this one!)

  10. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 12 – 14, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_FL2004.pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainerataoldotcom To Register, get a brochure, or ask questions about the seminar and location, contact Jamie babbsloveflorida.aol.com

  11. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/ for prayer mobilization documentaries and evangelistic films for unreached people groups. Their website describes the ministry of Create International and helps visitors do research on unreached people groups. They also make their audio visual resources available for purchase online. They produce a photoCD of very useful images for missions publications.

  12. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/indigitech/index.html for help in communicating the gospel message to peoples who have little or no access to it. Indigitech is a combination of ‘indigenous’, ‘digital’, and ‘technology’ — reflecting their desire to make use of indigenous arts and symbol systems as well as 21st century technology. It is their desire that Indigitech be a bridge between the fieldworkers and contextual resources which are now available.

  13. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK — “Serve Him With Mirth” by Leslie Flynn, asks if humor is a forgotten area of Christian ministry. It is one of a handful on this subject published in the past 50 years, and it remains the only book which covers all aspects in detail. For example, the cultural and linguistic gap between us and the books of the Old and New Testaments can prevent us from understanding the frequent use of irony, whimsy, word-play and puns. We expect no humor, so we see none. This is tragic. Learn more at http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mirth.php (Thanks Tony!)

  14. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. The TESOL training given at The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii will equip you to teach & credential you by awarding a Certificate of Course Completion. A letter is also supplied that explains the curriculum & course of study. This is a four week academic curriculum immediately followed by a two week practicum conducted on the Campus. The school begins on Feburary 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  15. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!) — Check out: http://www.yourdictionary.com/ It has all sorts of info put online by linguists. For those that are interested in a particular language and would like to know where to go to find more language resources in obscure languages or major ones, this should be your first stop. There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 191 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 260 are represented by on-line dictionaries. New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to yourDictionary.com; as a result, they reportedly have the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web: http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages.html Here you will find grammars and language courses for over 100 languages on line, on CD ROM, and in books. (Thanks Mert! mertakaateverybodydotorg)

  16. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER” — As we were putting the finishing touches on this edition of “Brigada Today”, Nasa’s “Spirit Rover” touched down on Mars and promptly sent its telltale tones, thereby signalling a successful landing. It was an exciting event, watching the members of the Mars Exploration Rover team react to Spirit’s landing on Mars. I immediately went upstairs to tell Caleb, our 14-year-old, about the landing. “How long did it take, Dad?” “Well, the mission has been in planning for years, but the flight itself took about seven months,” I answered. “Whoa. Seven Months. Planning for years,” Caleb pondered. He looked me straight in the eye: “Can you imagine going to work every day for years, hoping for something that you won’t be able to see, wishing that it would come true, then finally hearing that it happened?” (Picture at left courtesy NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.*)

    He was right. Day in, day out, for *years*, these guys had been coming into their offices, creating software, hardware, and ideas… hoping against hopes for this night. And here it was! No *wonder* they were happy.

    As I returned to my desk, downstairs, I couldn’t get it out of my mind… We too long for that day, when we can finally leap into the air and say, “Yesss!!! I didn’t labor in vain!” We long to see members of the tribe we’re seeking to reach, dressed in white robes, glorifying God on that Final Day.

    Well here’s my take on this: If NASA can focus for some 16 years on a single mission to Mars, we should be able to stay riveted to making sure the message of hope gets to long-forgotten unreached peoples! In NASA’s case, they’re hoping to garner 3 months of science experiments from a red planet. In our case, we’re trying to change an eternity for millions. Get the picture?

    No wonder we’re waiting with expectation.

    So… as you close out the books for 2003, just remember one thing: Think NASA. Think how long they have to plan, how carefully they have to calculate, … how many scenarios they have to imagine. And then multiply the task by an eternity. No *wonder* it’s hard reaching your tribe or group. So hey… don’t be too hard on yourself. And if you lose one project, try another. If something goes haywire, figure out a new solution… or start over. The end result will be worth it. In fact, you’ll hear a *whole* lot more than a few tones from a spaceship.

    (*For more information about The Spirit Rover and its exploration of Mars, log on at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html For more information on reaching tribes for Christ, read the Bible. :-) )

20031221 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. YAHOO! SPONSORS!
  2. IF YOU USE CLIPBOARD, TRY CLIPMATE; HELP BRIGADA
  3. COULD DIALPAD HELP YOU CALL HOME?
  4. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EVANGELICALS GROWING?
  5. TRY THESE PAGES FOR FLAGS, MAPS, AND MORE!
  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  7. “CALLING IT A CRUSADE ISN’T HELPFUL”
  8. BATTERY POWERED PROJECTOR SOUGHT
  9. NEED SPANISH MATERIALS?
  10. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  11. NEED INEXPENSIVE MINISTRY MATERIAL OR EQUIPMENT?
  12. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
  13. HOW TO PROJECT JESUS FILM WITH LEAST HASSLE
  14. THE BACKPAGE: 2003 IN REVIEW
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. YAY! SPONSORS! — Thanks loads for the anonymous sponsor who gave $100 this past week. In addition, Dial-Abroad sent $60 for November’s phone use via Andy Gray. So those phone calls are working well! Keep dialing long distance!!! The total use for Brigada talkers via his service in November was $599.45. (So he “rounded up” and gave a $60 sponsorship gift! Thanks!!!)

  2. IF YOU USE CLIPBOARD, TRY CLIPMATE; HELP BRIGADA — Since 1994, we’ve been using a little utility called “Clipmate” to help us prepare each edition of Brigada Today. Now, the author of Clipmate has offered to give Brigada 1/3 of the proceeds from any sale he sees come in as a result of this ministry. You can try the program for free — for 30 days — then decide for yourself. Like I say, we’ve been using this program for 9 years and we depend on it *daily*. For $25, it’s the best deal on the planet… and $8.33 will go to Brigada to help us try to make our goal for 2003 to underwrite the cost of our new Brigada secretary. So… let’s see… we’re just $2820 short of reaching her salary goal for 2003… so if only 338 people would buy Clipmate by Dec. 31st, we’d make it!!! Lacking that, if even 338 would go to our website and use PayPal to send $8.33 directly to us — that works too! But by buying Clipmate, you get a utility that you can use *daily*. Give it a try. See the details on how we use it by going to: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/Clipmate.html or just click on the Clipmate link at the top of the front page of brigada.org Thanks for giving it a look … and thanks for making it possible for us to keep Brigada on-time and on your screen! Want to learn still more? Read the personal letter to Doug from the author of Clipmate: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/Clipmate_story.html

  3. COULD DIALPAD HELP YOU CALL HOME? — If you haven’t heard about DialPad, then maybe you’ll want to take a listen! If you’re overseas, it might be better than the connection you get by phone! :-) http://www.dialpad.com Check it out. It might give you free long distance to the USA from anywhere in the world. Also, if you’re going to sign up, sign up by going to sending email to Russell if caopscenteratpactecdotnet He’s promised to support Brigada with 5% of his income, once he starts to turn a profit.

  4. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EVANGELICALS GROWING? — Guess what: it wasn’t a joke! :-) According to the Religion Journal evangelicals have now grown to include some 400 million people in 123 countries, with the fastest growth now coming from Latin America and Asia. In fact, according to the article, evangelicals in Kazakhstan have increased from 40 to 12,000 in 12 years. Whoa. Similar things have happened in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine — and yes, even in Algeria! Pray for Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where Islamic extremists are trying to take over the country. Again, according to the article, Hindus, Buddhists and animists aren’t too far behind. See the entire source at: http://www.religionjournal.com/showbrief.asp?id=749

  5. TRY THESE PAGES FOR FLAGS, MAPS, AND MORE! — Thanks to Brigada participant, “Mert”, for referring us to these two websites, with city populations, basic political maps, and even flags from around the world:
    http://www.citypopulation.de/
    http://www.world-gazetteer.com/home.htm
    http://www.flags.net
    http://flagspot.net/flags/
    (Thanks Mert!)

  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL – Elijah Company Missionary Mentorship’s third FREE missionary mentorship conference call is scheduled for January 8, 2004, 8:30 est. These monthly calls allow seasoned missionaries to impart needed practical advice for all those planning on missions involvement. This month the call will focus on building a support team. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. See website http://www.elijahcompany.org for other services.

  7. “CALLING IT A CRUSADE ISN’T HELPFUL” — Thanks to the reader (name withheld for sensitivity’s sake), who wrote us about last week’s item, “13) THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE”. He reasoned, “Here in [our land] we’ve had perhaps more exposure to this vision than Christian circles in the West. I very much doubt that the leaders would be pleased with the label ‘crusade’. That is a word we’re trying to ‘ban’ as much as possible, sandwiched as we are between two neighbors [less positive about that term].” Thanks for the feedback! We’ll hope that the campaign’s organizers can hear your heart!

  8. BATTERY POWERED PROJECTOR SOUGHT — Normally the _Jesus film_ is projected using a 16mm projector, powered by a small generator. But when you add the projector, gas container, generator, film reels, screen, and etc., you have accumulated well into the hundreds of pounds. Some missionaries would like to find someone to help locate or invent a battery powered, inexpensive (video) projector in order to project the Jesus film in remote village settings where carrying a 16mm projector and an electric generator is unduly burdensome. If you have a lead, email Allen PierceinEGatjunodotcom

  9. NEED SPANISH MATERIALS? — Equipping the Saints offers Spanish books, Bibles, videos, curricula and tracts. Discount pricing up to 85% on some items is available. A 32-page Spanish resource list is on the ETS web site. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1-540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  10. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — The next Elijah Company training camp is scheduled for February 5-8, 2004 in Virginia. These intensive times have helped solidify and energize individual missionary calls. For information regarding the camps see their website at http://www.elijahcompany.org or call (757) 639-2906 or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg

  11. NEED INEXPENSIVE MINISTRY MATERIAL OR EQUIPMENT? — Since 1991, Equipping the Saints has served evangelical Christian ministries worldwide by providing information and inexpensive new and used ministry materials and equipment. Equipping the Saints can help your school, church, medical clinic, orphanage or camp with a wide variety of new or used items, at a fraction of what these would cost on the open market. Check the ETS web site at http://www.etsusa.org You may also email etsatricadotnet or call in the USA 1-540-234-6222 for more information.

  12. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — And be paid for it. A university in China near Fuzhou, is offering around 5000 RMB a month to a holder of a master or doctoral degree level instructor who will teach Oral – Aural and Business writing in English this spring semester Feb. 9 – July 7, 2004. Free accommodations. A R/T air ticket will be given with a year contract. For more information contact Rod at rodpa1atearthlinkdotnet

  13. HOW TO PROJECT JESUS FILM WITH LEAST HASSLE — Normally the Jesus film is projected using a 16mm projector, powered by a small generator. But when you add the projector, gas container, generator, film reels, screen, and etc., you have accumulated well into the hundreds of pounds. Allen would love to find someone to help locating or inventing a battery powered, inexpensive (video) projector in order to project the Jesus film in remote village settings where carrying a 16mm projector and an electric generator is unduly burdensome. Anyone know of how he might get started — or if there is one already? If so, please write to Allen at PierceinEGatjunodotcom . He’ll let us know whatever he can come up with. Thanks!

  14. THE BACKPAGE: 2003 IN REVIEW — This evening I took a few minutes (several, actually :-) ) to page back through all the Brigada Today’s of 2003 (1 for each Friday in 2003). As I did, I saw some trends… so [drum roll], here are Doug’s “Picks & Pans, Tops & Trends” for 2003:
    *** EASIEST SERVICE TO HATE — After being bombarded by “Plaxo-pings”, we concluded that the only good Plaxo message was one which didn’t happen.
    *** MOST OPINIONATED ITEMS OF THE YEAR — Hands down… got to be those recovering “BackPage editorials”. I mean… What’s up with a guy that rants and raves so much about an online service called Plaxo? :-)
    *** TOUGHEST TRADITION TO DIE — After Netscape users complained they ate up characters, we broke an 8-year tradition and stopped enclosing email addresses in pointy braces. <> :-)
    *** BIGGEST LOSS OF THE YEAR — We mourned the loss of Interdev. :-( Time will tell how God will replace them. For now, I’m clueless.
    *** MOST OUTSTANDING NON-MICROSOFT FILE FORMAT — Without a doubt: the PDF file, which really came into its own in 2003.
    *** BIGGEST STORY THAT WASN’T? — Probably the urban legend that Fuller Theological Seminary was turning Muslim. (Dec. 19th issue, “Here’s the skinny”) :-) The rumors of its conversion were greatly exaggerated. :-)
    *** MOST EFFECTIVE BAD TOOL OF THE YEAR? — Who would have imagined a Minnesota teen could accomplish so much with so little. You guessed it: the winner of this award? Worms and trojans, which ate some of our Brigada family members for lunch. They… *we* … all learned to be skeptical.
    *** WORST OMEN FOR THE INTERNET — You probably thought I was going to say viruses. Not so. The worst omen is: spam.
    *** MOST UNDERRATED MISSIONS TRAINING — Here’s some training you can really sink your teeth into: Dental Training for missions http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com All dentist jokes aside… :-) … we believe this training holds tons of potential for zillions of fields, in spite of the fact that it’s woefully under-promoted.
    *** BEST NEW MISSIONS SUPPORTER: SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION — During 2003, it became all the more obvious that early & active retirees were fulfilling an all-the-more valuable role around the globe, thanks, in no small way to efforts like the “Finishers Conferences” http://www.finishers.org/events
    *** MOST OUTSTANDING DEATH THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN — Thank to the Lord, due in no small way to the faithfulness of some of its original staff, the Joshua Project research not only lives, it’s becoming more and more useful all the time! http://www.joshuaproject.net/
    *** MOST EXPENSIVE INFORMATION NOW MADE AVAILABLE FOR FREE — We would have to hand that award to the World Christian Database online: http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org Originally published in the form of the World Christian Encyclopedia, this information set us back a couple of hundred bucks. Today, you can get it… and so much more… for free.
    *** BEST REDISCOVERY OF THE YEAR — Has to be the Bethany Prayer Profiles, which we originally thought had been sucked into the vacuum of space, but were really resurrected at http://www.ksafe.com/profiles/home.html
    *** “BEST CD TOOL OF THE YEAR” — That honor goes to the “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD, first reported in a Brigada exclusive on Jan 17th, promised in March, released on Aug. 8th. We dedicated an entire issue to this awesome tool. http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm
    *** BEST-MADE TOTEM POLE OF THE YEAR — Fortunately for networking’s sake, peopleteams.org continued to grow. To a great extent, they enliven much of what Brigada’s email conferences always wanted to be. Three cheers for peopleteams!
    *** MOST VALUABLE NEW STAFF ADDED? — That’s easy. She was the *only* new staff added! :-) During 2003, after establishing a regular habit of falling behind week after week for the past couple of years, we finally gave up and asked for help. The Brigada family responded by pitching in to help us afford a part-time Brigada secretary. The result? We caught back up the month after she started and we haven’t missed a weekend since! Yahooo! Three cheers for sponsors and kind-hearted people! :-) *Four* cheers for our Brigada Secretary!!! :-)
    *** MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS OF 2003 — The gifts ranged from $10 all the way up to a one-time gift of $5000! We’re talking about Brigada sponsors, of course! The total, as of today, is $12,780… just $2820 short of our goal of $15,600 for the Brigada Secretary. Only $2820 to go! What a success story! Just a few hundred Clipmate purchases and we’re a big success. Goodness. Even if we run short, it’s still a huge success!!!

    *** SO FROM ALL OUR BRIGADA STAFF (both of us! :-) ) to ALL OF YOU, have a blessed, safe, and Happy New Year!!! Doug

20031214 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS!
  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL
  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS
  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO
  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE
  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS
  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY
  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP
  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM
  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE
  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD
  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS
  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS! — Thanks so much to the family serving in Asia who sent $200 this past month, yet insisted on remaining anonymous. Obviously, the Lord knows who you are. As for the remainder of the hopeful salary for our Brigada Secretary ($15,600), we are just 10 days and $2980 short of finishing the entire year-long budget for our new Brigada Secretary. Bottom line: If you could possibly make a final push in your church, missions committee, mobilization group, or family budget, it would sure be great. If it’s a check, you could send it to: Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. If it’s to be made via credit card, jump on our Sponsors page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html to give via some kind of card. By the way, that anonymous sponsor in Asia wrote, ” I’ve been a member of the Brigada list since the first few months you existed if memory serves me right. … Somewhere in a stack of several hundred floppies I probably have a text archive of the first few messages. Brigada has been a tremendous blessing to me and I have referred hundreds of fellow workers to it as an excellent source of info. I wish I could calculate all the savings and value I have received from the resources you’ve helped us locate over the past years.” Whoa. Thanks for the encouragement, brother! May God bless you mightily in your work and family!

  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL — If you have to travel internationally in January anyway, please try Kingdom Travel (otherwise known as CV Travel). They’ve pledged to contribute $20 *per ticket* for those who, during January, book travel at already-great-low-rates. Learn more at: http://www.kingdomcompany.com (Thanks, too, Donald, for the $100 donation to help us through 2003!)

  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS — Dawson Media has released a short, easy-to-read book offering Christians a crash course on how to relate to Muslim friends, neighbors, and coworkers. “A Muslim’s Heart” was written by Dr. Ed Hoskins, a physician who has spent more than 25 years relating to Muslims in the U.S. and Middle East. Hoskins focuses on the similarities of the two faiths rather than the differences, and offers specific instruction on how to use the Qur’an and Muslim traditions as a bridge to talk about Christ. “A Muslim’s Heart” is ideal for anyone considering short-term missions to a Muslim country or for U.S. churches wanting to reach out to Muslims in their communities. To reach Dawson Media, a ministry of The Navigators, call toll-free (888) 547-9635 in the U.S. or (719) 594-2100 elsewhere, or fax them at (719) 594-2553. Visit their web site at http://www.dawsonmedia.com (international orders must be placed by phone or fax).

  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO — The Yali Story is an award- winning documentary released by Vision Video, great for small groups, college class and Mission Festivals. It’s about a stone-age tribe in Papua that has been transformed by the Gospel … from cannibals to people who walk in faith, hope and love. It will excite people about missions. The tape includes a roundtable discussion, “Lessons from The Yali Story” which will ignite discussion regarding church planting and contextualization. You can link to http://www.worldteam.org and click on “The Yali Story.”

  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE — Thanks to Brigada participant “Ed” for his tip about the free discipleship materials at… http://www.discipleship.info

  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Have you answered the call to reach the unreached? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register by March 1st and pay only $149. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e- mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at… http://www.aims.org

  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS — Remember that March 22nd item entitled, ” NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?” I didn’t think so. Neither did I. :-) But Mark did. He’s the guy that asked for the input about “Firm Foundations.” Turns out he found that FEBC New Zealand have already turned Firm Foundations into 104 radio scripts and produced them in Asian English (in the Philippines). He has since secured permission from NTM to use their material and work with Janice Reid who wrote the original radio scripts. It now appears that he’ll help launch a Firm Foundations Radio project in Africa, working in Johannesburg with World Mission Communications in Africa and Radio Training Services in Asia (Cambodia) – where Janice is now working. In the process he may also be introducing training for Interactive Radio Instruction, to help develop use of radio in Africa for education and discipleship. Pretty cool. If you’re interested in learning more, write him mdtayloratmwebdotcodotza . And when you talk to him, thank him for keeping his word about updating us after he conducted the research! :-)

  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY — Thanks to all those who responded about Fuller Theological Seminary’s project with Muslim leaders. Thanks to your info., we were able to do everthing from read the actual press releases all the way to dialogue directly with the public relations person at Fuller. Turns out that, as is the case with many rumors, the “legend” had become larger than life. True: Fuller is launching a study on the impact of recent events, along with that nature of the conflict between Islam and Christianity. And … true: for the purposes of the study, the parcticipants (all very high level in each respective faith) have covenanted together not to seek out conversion during the project. However, it is important to understand that the position being taken by Fuller is a very specific one, aimed at all situations relating to the *project*. As for the rest of Fuller’s teachings in the School of Church Growth, they remain intact… and those profs. continue to teach those disciplines. It’s only this specific dialogue that is affected. Again, thanks for the input! For more information, see the article at: http://www.fuller.edu/alumni_ae/E-News/2003-12/conflict_resolution.asp

  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD — Vision Euro- Africa (VEA) is a missionary agency with a heart for mobilizing the Latin American Church for missions amongst Muslims. VEA’s general director, Omar Selther (pseudonym), was one of the first full-time missionaries to be sent from Mexico 13 years ago. Since then he and his family have been focused on reaching North Africans for Christ. Three years ago he took over the directorship of VEA, which is committed to getting mature, well-trained Latino workers in the Muslim world. For those interested in learning more, please visit their website http://www.visioneuroafrica.com or email veaatvisioneuroafricadotcom

  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How should your organization respond? How can you use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer-to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26-May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP — A medical missionary in Papua New Guinea has started an email group for missionary doctors who have difficult cases that they want to consult with other doctors about. He’s hoping that a wide spectrum of physicians will join. This may include both active and retired missionaries, and non-missionary physicians in a variety of specialties who are sympathetic to the cause of missions, and who are willing to offer consultation and advice. To join, send a blank email to MedMissCons-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom . You will get an email enquiry from the moderator asking for a brief introduction, but all interested physicians will be placed in the group. For more information, you can contact Andy andybennettatreachonedotcom .

  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM — You may be interested in checking out a new reality series on TBN starring Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, teaching and demonstrating personal evangelism techniques and how to answer the 100 most common objections unbelievers have to the Christian faith. The series is already airing on Saturdays at 12:30 pm. Starting Jan. 5th they will begin showing it a second time on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. I haven’t seen it, nor has Andrew himself. But based on past similar programs, it should be good. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Andrew!)

    The project already has a cool and tech-laden web site at http://www.wayofthemaster.com


  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE — Check out the new article entitled, The Chinese Christian Crusade at: http://www.backtojerusalem.com/

  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD — Commit Ministries & Integrated Pest Management Tech, Inc. have joined forces through their “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program. IPMT has developed about two dozen cutting edge pest control products for improving health, and is now seeking men and women as independent representatives worldwide. A laptop computer connected to the World Wide Web and a reasonably priced sales kit are required for the perfect opportunity to own your own business. Contact Art Simpson artatworldpestcontroldotcom or check out http://www.worldpestcontrol.com which is just beginning.

  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS — Wesley International School is a school for MK’s and other expats located near several major unreached people groups in East Java, Indonesia. Several mission organizations have teams in the area. For the 2004/05 school year, WIS is seeking an elementary teacher, a high school biology teacher and an ESL teacher. If you or someone you know is interested, contact WIS via email principalatwesleyinterschooldotorg or see their website at … http://www.wesleyinterschool.org

  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES — Over 7000 pages of FREE commentary on all 66 books of the Bible are available from http://www.soniclight.com . They represent 20 years of work by Dr. Tom Constable of Dallas Seminary and are intended to help anyone better understand God’s Word. Another entry for “best-kept secrets of the Internet” is http://www.e-sword.net .

  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING — Be better equipped to learn the language and culture in which you serve. This virtual tutor, a set of three instructional DVD’s, will guide language learners of all expertise levels. Complete with interactive resources, “Effective Language Learning: A Story of Hope” was designed for the international worker with limited access to effective language learning resources. Follow the dramatized story of a young couple as they learn the language and culture overseas so that they may personally engage the community around them. Your Price: $60.00 Order. Request the order from IMB, SBC — http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prod/ProdID/1086.htm

  18. FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL — Did you ever wonder, “I wonder who might have invented the ‘smileyface’ :-) that is so popular now on instant messaging and emails?” Check it out at: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/sefSmiley.htm and the original message: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/Orig-Smiley.htm and http://research.microsoft.com/~mbj/smiley/smiley.html See the “real” press coverage at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/sci_tech/newsid_2257000/2257532.stm

20031207 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FAITHFUL SPONSORS…
  2. TEALBROOK WATER PURIFIERS FOR MISSONARIES AT REDUCED PRICES
  3. SAVE ON CERTAIN TITLES WHILE HELPING BRIGADA
  4. TRY APRESO
  5. HAVE YOU SENT CHRISTMAS CARDS YET?
  6. GRAD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES
  7. MISSION NEWS BYTES
  8. ANOTHER OPTION FOR PLAXO’D BRIGADIERS
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDIES TO HELP REACH OTHERS
  10. HOMESCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MISSIONARIES
  11. THE MWANI PEOPLE
  12. DOWNLOAD FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR CHURCH LEADERS
  13. TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (K-9TH)
  14. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  15. PRESS RELEASES
  16. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  17. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
  18. IS PRIMARY EYE CARE INCLUDED IN YOUR MISSION PROGRAM?
  19. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FULLER RECOMMENDATIONS
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FAITHFUL SPONSORS… — That faithful monthly sponsor (who used the monthly link to set up a regular $10/month gift to our Brigada secretary fund, is at it again. (Thanks for the faithful sponsorship!) That brings our year-to-date total to $12,320, or about $3000 short of our full-year needs to help provide a Brigada secretary. If our prayers for you result in you inheriting some money, or if you’d just like to pitch in sacrificially — with $100 … $1000 … or whatever… — just go to

    http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html To send a check, make it out to “Team Expansion (Brigada secretary),” then send it to Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. We appreciate you!!!


  2. TEALBROOK WATER PURIFIERS FOR MISSONARIES AT REDUCED PRICES — TealBrook Supplies, a sponsor of Brigada, has been distributing water purification systems to the mission community since 1991. In the past year they have updated the resin they use to purify the water, improved some of the physical aspects of the units, and most importantly are lowering many of the prices for 2004. TealBrook would like to offer these new prices immediately to Brigada subscribers. Visit their web site at http://www.tealbrook.com/ to see all they have to offer. You will need to request the new price list by emailing them at infoattealbrookdotcom or calling them at 1-800- 222-6614 or internationally at 651-365-7714.

  3. SAVE ON CERTAIN TITLES WHILE HELPING BRIGADA — Bill Berry, of Into All the World Magazine, is offering on a “mix & match” basis, the following titles. Bill says they must be shipped to a US or Canadian organizational, school or church address. 1-9 total copies ordered, you get a 10% Discount. 10-19 copies total, you get a 20% Discount. 20+ copies total, you get the 30% Discount. Plus, modest S&H charges will be added to the invoice that will be enclosed in your shipment. Send an E-Mail to BBerry4215atAoldotCom. HERE ARE THE BOOKS: ** Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission ($20/copy), from STEM Press. ** Ministering Cross-Culturally ($13/copy, new & revised 2nd Edition), by Lingenfelter & Mayers. ** Teaching Cross-Culturally ($13/copy, brand-new title), by Sherwood & Judi Lingenfelter. ** Let the Nations Be Glad ($15/copy, new & revised 2nd Edition), by John Piper. ** The Short-Term Mission Workbook ($13/copy), by Tim Dearborn. ** Beyond Duty ($8/copy), by Tim Dearborn. ** Mack & Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions ($12/copy). ** The Essential Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips ($16/copy), by David Forward. ** Today’s All-Star Missions Churches ($12/copy), by Tom Telford. ** Missions in the 21st Century ($12/copy), by Tom Telford. ** Operation World: The 21st Century Edition ($18/copy), by Patrick Johnstone. ** The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning ($25/coy), by J. Daniel Hess. ** Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising ($13), by Pete Sommer. Note that Bill is pledging to give 10% of the income from all orders to Brigada. So get these great discounts for yourself & support Brigada. Thanks… and thanks especially to Bill!

  4. TRY APRESO — I did, this past week. *Very* impressive. Get a trial copy at: http://www.anystream.com In a nutshell, it’s a software tool to help you merge PowerPoint charts with a video — then let you spin the result out to a CD, or host them on a web page. We tried it, at Team Expansion, to generate some training materials for our team leaders … and it’s *dynamite*! Very easy, too! Check it out! (By the way, they’re not sponsors. This is just “one beggar telling another beggar where to find breath.”)

  5. HAVE YOU SENT CHRISTMAS CARDS YET? — Read the following review of AmazingMail, and maybe you will decide to give this “amazing” service a try. It meets a genuine need for lots of missionaries and others living worldwide. AmazingMail lets you go online anywhere in the world and create high quality, full color, glossy postcards. These are real postcards that AmazingMail prints for you (in the USA with best printing technology) and sends by first class, US postal mail the next business day. The cost for everything, including postage, is less than $1 per postcard. Finally, you can create and send one card, or easily send cards to your entire mailing list. For more details, read the full review at http://www.globalcompassion.com/mail.htm (Thanks for the tip, Andy!)

  6. GRAD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s Degree in Social Science (emphasis in servant leadership) is in the Philippines May 31-June 11, 2004. They’ve slashed the cost to 1/3 of on-campus prices! The program is called “Operation Impact”. Classes offered this year are: 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 kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph , tel. 632-658-3807.

  7. MISSION NEWS BYTES — News Bytes is a free monthly digest of short, world mission-related news items and resources compiled by Debbie Meroff of Operation Mobilization. An html version is posted on: http://www.om.org/newsbytes/ For an e-mail subscription send a subscribe message to newsbytes-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

  8. ANOTHER OPTION FOR PLAXO’D BRIGADIERS — One Brigada participant (thanks Justin!) recommends opting out of Plaxo at: https://www.plaxo.com/opt_out This step will reportedly “turn off” the flow of Plaxo invite messages to your email address. If it works, it’ll be a welcome step by the Plaxo “pingers”!

  9. FREE BIBLE STUDIES TO HELP REACH OTHERS — ChristianBibleStudies.com, from the editors of Christianity Today, offers dozens of ready-to-download Bible studies for personal or group use. To download the free samples today, simply visit: http://store.yahoo.com/biblestudies/freesamples.html

  10. HOMESCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MISSIONARIES — If you homeschool or are thinking about it, check out this new website geared toward missionaries and Christian workers overseas. There is lots of information, curriculum ideas, links, and articles. Check it out at: http://www.homeschoolingabroad.com Or e-mail krystiathomeschoolingabroaddotcom .

  11. THE MWANI PEOPLE — They live along the coast of northern Mozambique, Africa, and make their living from the sea. “Mwani” means “beach,” as that’s where most of them live. They’ve been Mus1ims for 1,100 years and are known as a people resistant to the Gospel – only about 8 of the 80,000 poeple are Christians. Missionaries from SIL, AIM and World Outreach have started working among them with little fruit so far. Would you like to get involved in adopting and/or praying for them? Contact Hendrik at e-mail <hendrikatnusadotcodotza> . (Remember that we can’t possibly personally visit each and every field so, as always, learn everything you can about this and other opportunities before “signing on”!) </hendrikatnusadotcodotza>

  12. DOWNLOAD FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR CHURCH LEADERS — BuildingChurchLeaders.com, from the editors of Leadership journal, can help build faithful and effective leaders in your church or ministry. Now you can download some free, easy-to-use training resources to use in your regularly-scheduled meetings. Get free samples here: http://store.yahoo.com/buildingchurchleaders/freesamples.html

  13. TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (K-9TH) — If you are a teacher or you know of a teacher who wants to serve the Lord as a missionary, there’s a great opportunity at Christian Academy of Baguio in the Philippines. CAB needs at least two new teachers for the next school year, which will begin in August, 2004. CAB is a small K-9 school serving missionaries from several nations who work in the Baguio area. Teaching is done in English using American curriculum. For more information, please contact Steve at slhongatmissionariesdotcom

  14. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you over age 30 and at a crossroads in your life? Are you looking for a new direction in ministry, or deeper intimacy with God, or a taste of cross cultural missions? Youth With A Mission of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA wants to invite you for three months of preparation and instruction followed by two months of ministry in Ukraine. The course begins April 18, 2004 and is open to adults aged 30 or more and to families with children. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  15. PRESS RELEASES — You can get free publicity for your church or Christian organization from the secular press and broadcasting media – if you do it right. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/writing-pressreleases.php (Thanks Tony!)

  16. AQUAPONICS COURSE — What is aquaponics? It involves combining aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. These ecologically sound, highly productive systems are ideal for food production in almost any part of the world and can be used as a “helps ministry”. The course will be held March 8 – 12, 2004 at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, NC, USA. For more information, visit: http//www.aquacultureinternational.org or email: cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus . Lodging is FREE for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Register early since a limited number of rooms are available. Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  17. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Catch many practical ground-level development ideas for the non-western world from UK’s Christian NGO TearFund: http://www.tilz.info/frameset.asp (Thanks again Tony!)

  18. IS PRIMARY EYE CARE INCLUDED IN YOUR MISSION PROGRAM? — InFOCUS will train you and your mission team to provide affordable Primary Eye Care including eye glass distribution, to people in developing countries. Learn how to use the focometer, a hand-held instrument that measures visual refractive errors accurately. Primary Eye Care and Focometry workshops are held quarterly in Houston, Texas U.S.A. Next workshop is January 23-24, 2004. For more information visit http://www.infocusonline.org or send an email to infoatinfocusonlinedotorg

  19. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FULLER RECOMMENDATIONS — Okay… I give up. What are we supposed to do with the new recommendations floating around the Internet from Fuller Theological Seminary. To see what I mean, just go to your favorite search engine, put in “Fuller prohibit proselytizing” and read any of the hundreds of pages you see, commenting on the subject. (It’s fairly heated, I guess.) The way I get it, Seminary leadership is basically asking for a two-year moratorium on proselytizing the one faith from the other. On the surface, this seems like quite an about-face from the central focal point of Donald McGavran’s “School of World Missions”, which typically teaches entire degrees in how to share Christ’s hope with Muslims. If you’ve got the “inside scoop” on this topic, please drop me a line. I’m eager to learn more. When I do, Brigada readers will be the first to know.
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