Monthly Archives: January 2004

20040125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS!
  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS
  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA
  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR
  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE
  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  10. BACKING UP?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for the $72 donation to cover last month’s phone use. If you have to make int’l long distance calls anyway, please sign up with Dial-Abroad so you can a) save money and b) help Brigada! See their stuff at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS — Have you tried out Ikobo? Somebody needs to. Evidently, it’s kind of like Western Union, except the recipient of your cash gets an Ikobo cash card that looks sort of like a credit card. There are tons of banks involved. But we need some “taste-testers” to check this service out. Sending cash is free through February. After that, they promise rates that are less than Western Union. Would somebody try them out? Click here: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). If you’re already sending cash somewhere else in the world, this should at least save you money through February. Send $200 for free — anywhere in the world. They have Verisign and “Trust-E” approval… so it seems legitimate. Please let us know what you learn. Thanks! (Note: If this works, there is a referring bonus available for recruiting new Ikobo users.. $10/new referral, so if possible, please click through the above link and you’ll likely be helping us sponsor a Brigada secretary. Keep in mind: this is a new service that we’re trying out.)

  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA — Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, has a new book out and he’s offering up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase by a member of the Brigada family (depending on the quantity of purchasers). “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” shows how only Christians can stop the world’s slide into moral chaos, anarchy and tyranny — but they actually are part of the problem! The book comes to you in a great new e-book format — that means it is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. Don’t delay — this offer expires March 1!

  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR — Just select the cities/time zones that your key colleagues are working in. Bookmark the results page. Voilá, a Personal World Clock just for you. No need to look at everyone’s time zones, you’ll immediately see the time zones that matter most to you. http://www.timeanddate.com

    The service is free. And here’s a bonus: It includes a cool meeting planner that helps sort out time zones if you need to make a conference call to different cities around the world. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html


  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY — Interested in knowing how to become a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene? Attend the free “Global Candidate Orientation” seminar at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma on Thursday March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, email hculbertatsnudotedu

  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Catch the next conference call… February 12, 2004, 8:30 PM est. The calls are 55 minutes long. This is a free service. Hosts and guests have a broad range of experience in missions. 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 personal preparation for missions. 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. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Don’t just hear about what others are doing around the world. Discover what YOU can do 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 early and save money — $149 for registrations received by March 1st. 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.

  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE — Jump in on the next Foundations in Community Development school (FCD) in beautiful northwestern Montana and learn more on how to bring about God’s intentions in a community. It all takes place March 29 – June 18, 2004 followed by an overseas outreach. For more info, write FCDatywammtdotorg Phone: 406 844 2645 or 2221 USA/Canada 1 800 658 6815 (Can/USA) http://www.ywammt.org

  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — An Elementary Christian Boarding School is opening up in September 2004. They are looking for godly men and women who would volunteer to serve for 10 months of their time to raise future leaders of the unreached peoples in Guinea. First, they will experience the rural village life and minister to the Muslim population. Second, they will concentrate on discipling 12 children. Third, they will be joining the pioneer mission work. The dates are August – June, 2004 Please send your resume to TMAmericaatTeachusMissiondotOrg.

  10. BACKING UP? — So… stop and think… if your PC fried today (or was stolen, or was in a fire, or you forgot/lost your briefcase in the rest room while traveling), what information would you have to recreate? Then why not back it up? Nowadays, backing up is a ton easier than in the old days. Maybe you already have access to a network and can simply copy your files to the other PC. (Maybe somebody already backs up all or part of those files as a part of his or her work responsibilities anyway.) Or, use a CD-burner to back up just the highest-priority information. If nothing else, at least pick up one of those USB memory cache gizmos and backup the absolute minimum 128 meg that you’d value the most (your Quickbooks or Quicken files, for instance?). The events of Sept. 11th should have taught us how vulnerable we all are. Let’s don’t be caught off-guard, if we can at all avoid it. Back up your data today … or tonight.

20040118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE GREAT SUPPORTERS…
  2. TALKING BIBLES TESTIMONY BOOK, ONLINE FREE!
  3. DYNAMIC MISSION: POWERFUL MISSION SOFTWARE
  4. HOW TO GET THAT FREE FAMILY MAGAZINE FOR YOUR MK
  5. TESOL OPPORTUNITY IN THAILAND
  6. “WOW” STORIES NEEDED FOR CATCH THE VISION “2020”
  7. NEED FRENCH MATERIALS?
  8. EVANGELICAL PURCHASING SERVICE
  9. INTERESTED IN MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
  10. FEEDBACK ON SKYPE.COM CALL SERVICE; OPTIONS
  11. CRISIS & TRAUMA WORKSHOP
  12. TV SHOW ABOUT MISSIONS ON DISH NETWORK
  13. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON
  14. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  15. TEE ON RADIO?
  16. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  17. NEED 16MM PROJECTORS?
  18. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  19. PRAYER “SPAM”
  20. VOLUNTEERS (E.G., IN EAST AFRICA)
  21. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE GREAT SUPPORTERS… — We’re so thankful, today, for Family Circus Children’s Ministries, which sent a $100 gift for our Brigada-sponsored secretary, thereby enabling us to continue to get Brigada Today out the door on time! Thanks, too, to audioscriptures.org, which sent $50. (See their item next.)

    Your organization or church could be next. See… http://www.brigada.org/donate.html for complete instructions. Thanks again!


  2. TALKING BIBLES TESTIMONY BOOK, ONLINE FREE! — “From Knotted Strings to Talking Bibles,” Harvey Hoekstra’s latest book, published by William Carey Library is now available on line at http://www.audioscriptures.org The most common reader response is, “I just couldn’t put it down…” Full of anecdotes and photos, this book reads like a novel. Some have said that chapter eight on “Customs and Concepts” alone is worth the price of the book. This is the captivating personal account of a pioneer missionary family’s years in Africa and beyond. “It’s a thrilling story of an adventure in life and an adventure in changing mission that sets the Gospel free among illiterate peoples around the globe,” says the Rev. Harold Kurtz former head of the Presbyterian Mission Fellowship. “Here is an amazingly vivid and marvelously detailed account of mission that captivates you as if you and I were there too,” by Dr. Charles Van Engen, Fuller Theological Seminary. “From Knotted Strings to Talking Bibles” is a book every new missionary contemplating engaging in pioneer evangelism in remote places crossing cultural and linguistic barriers should read. Available on line: http://www.audioscriptures.org for $19.95. All proceeds go to support Audio Scripture International’s Talking Bible Projects.

  3. DYNAMIC MISSION: POWERFUL MISSION SOFTWARE — Tired of managing folders and spreadsheets instead of your mission? Dynamic Mission software helps you efficiently send service teams all over the world. In 2003, Mission to the World used it to send out 6800+ volunteers. It handles projects, teams, staff, finances, travel, work assignments, inventory and more. Built by professionals over the last six years. “We couldn’t manage all the details and paperwork of projects and teams without Dynamic Mission.” — Carol G., MTW Save tons of time using a tool already tailored for the short-term missions environment. Use intuitive screens instead of forcing your process through a generic project tool. Refocus your energy on your mission by purchasing Dynamic Mission today. Try it free at http://www.DynamicMission.com Become a sales affiliate and earn 20% at http://www.DynamicMission.com/ap or email salesatDynamicMissiondotcom or call in the USA 770.978.8468.

  4. HOW TO GET THAT FREE FAMILY MAGAZINE FOR YOUR MK — Several people had difficulties with the Focus on the Family website mentioned in last week’s issue, in relationship to the free magazine offer. Focus on the Family says that you can subscribe through the internet site, but it seems as though no one is having any luck. Therefore, Melissa (the original contributor of the item) called them and they said to send the 1) full name of the child 2) the age and birthdate of the child 3) the full address 4) and the magazine requested either through post mail to their address listed on the website or to serviceatfotfdotorg, and they will be able to process the request. Make sure that you mention that are a missionary asking for a complimentary subscription. You could even tell them you heard about it in Brigada at Brigada.org! :-) I doubt they’ve ever heard of us. (Thanks Melissa!)

  5. TESOL OPPORTUNITY IN THAILAND — Cornerstone Workplace English (C.W.E.) is a legitimate profit making English language school company that employs professionally trained and experienced ESOL teachers to train the staff of Thai business in Chiang Mai North Thailand. The aim of the company is to bypass the “missionary label” and engage the Thai marketplace with the gospel. The company is looking for properly trained ESOL teachers who are believers with a heart for reaching Thais. The long term goal of the company is to see small groups of Thai believers planted within the Thai workplace and to generate a people group movement in a contextualized way. Applicants need to be socially very capable, flexible and willing to bend with an Asian culture, and a strong follower of Jesus with a heart for outreach. Applicants need to speak English with a “western” accent. Contracts available for 6 to 12 months. Visas and work permits available. Contact Stuart cweatloxinfodotcodotth for an information pack.

  6. “WOW” STORIES NEEDED FOR CATCH THE VISION “2020” — The couple who wrote the golden-oldie mission book/Bible study Catch the Vision 2000 is back in the U.S. for a year of R&R (Rest and Riting?). If you know of recent “wow” accounts of mission breakthroughs, contact Bill & Amy CatchTheVision2020atyahoodotcom They know how to handle security issues as they track down the factual details of striking stories for a new, improved Catch the Vision 2020!

  7. NEED FRENCH MATERIALS? — Equipping the Saints offers French Thompson Chain Reference Bibles and French ministry books at up to 90% discount. A resource list is available 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.

  8. EVANGELICAL PURCHASING SERVICE — Thanks, Ken, for the tip about Evangelical Purchasing Service, (EPS), tel in the USA 800-445-6791 or write epscrcataoldotcom or log on at http://www.epurchasingservice.com/

  9. INTERESTED IN MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? — Check out the International Student Ministry Conference May 28-30. International student ministry (ISM) is growing in North America, Europe, and many other countries. ISM will be one of the issue groups for the Lausanne 2004 Forum. Last year leaders of ISM from 12 countries attended the annual equipping conference of ACMI (Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals). ACMI ’04 will have 40 workshops, plenary sessions and special interest groups related to ministry among International students, May 28-30, at Wheaton College, near Chicago, Illinois, USA. There will be a concurrent conference for Christian international students. For brochures and details, go to http://www.acmi-network.org or email acmiofficeatgatemandotcom

  10. FEEDBACK ON SKYPE.COM CALL SERVICE; OPTIONS — We got quite a bit of feedback on that Skype.com peer-to-peer calling service. Bottom line: Be wary of any peer-to-peer service. Since your computer becomes a kind of server for someone else, there’s a certain degree of risk that you’ll be hacked. Course, Andrew wrote with what seemed like a better option, Free World DialUp. http://fwd.pulver.com He added, “FWD currently offers the ability to make outgoing calls to toll free numbers AND incoming numbers (no fee payable for allocation of the number) so someone on a regular phone can call your VoIP number. FWD also offers a voice conferencing service. The advantage of services such as FWD is they are based on the agreed standard known as SIP whereas Skype currently uses its own non-standard protocols.” (Thanks to all – and especially to Andrews — for responding!)

  11. CRISIS & TRAUMA WORKSHOP — Presented by Dr. H. Norman Wright, Wycliffe Counseling Ministries is sponsoring this workshop for missionary personnel, member care workers, counselors, ministers and lay counselors. The workshop will be held on May 14 & 15, 2004 at the Wycliffe US Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. For more information or a Workshop brochure contact Mary Maggio at Wycliffe Counseling Ministries (972) 708-7315 or e-mail Mary_Maggioatsildotorg

  12. TV SHOW ABOUT MISSIONS ON DISH NETWORK — The new weekly television program, MISSION, begins airing on the Dish satellite network, Friday nights at 9pm Eastern Time starting February 6. Co-hosted by Steve Saint, son of martyred missionary Nate Saint, the program features stories about mission work around the world. Stories from AIM, Pioneers, SIM, SEND and World Team as well as mission stories of the Saint family. Friday nights at 9ET on the Dish network – channel 9701, Angel One. Get more information at http://www.faithtelevisionnetwork.com (click on MISSION).

  13. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON — 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 or ask questions, send an e-mail to Jamie babbslovefloridaataoldotcom

  14. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 12-30, 2004, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $505. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu for an application.

  15. TEE ON RADIO? — A group of missions in Cambodia are interested to learn if anybody has TEE lessons as radio scripts. If you know of somebody who does, please contact Janice jreidatrtsinternationaldotorg (If you’d like a copy of the results, be sure to tell her.)

  16. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. The three month lecture phase begins April 18, 2004. It includes topics such as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, prayer and intercession, evangelism and missions, and spiritual warfare. The following two month outreach to Ukraine provides practical experience in cross cultural ministry. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or email ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  17. NEED 16MM PROJECTORS? — Equipping the Saints offers good used 16MM film projectors at $125-150. These are Eiki SSL or SL units and are in good working order. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1- 540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  18. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE – Catch “The Great Commission and 21st Century Asia”, April 30-May 1, 2004 at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. There will be four plenary sessions, 13 workshops, children’s program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. Featured speakers include OMF’s General Director Dr. David Harley and Professional Service China’s Field Director Dr. Rudolph Mak. For registration, contact Elaine Tai omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or (650) 559- 8088. Or log on at http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

  19. PRAYER “SPAM” — It’s really a shame that, once I’ve seen my 200th prayer request email in a single day, sent to me without request, those prayer request emails begin to *feel* a lot like *spam*, especially when I’m traveling, collecting messages via my cell phone. On the one hand, I feel *guilty*, because when would a prayer request ever become a piece of spam. On the other hand, they meet the definition, in that they’re a) unsolicited, b) clogging up my channel so I can’t get my work done as effectively, and c) ultimately undesirable, since I already have 240 missionaries to pray for in the mission with which I work! So — warning: Before adding someone to a prayer request list, even though your motives are noble and admirable, better ask first. If they don’t answer, don’t add them. Because, I’m just adding *all* those prayer request email addresses to my “blocked list” in my Norton AntiSpam. So… unfortunately, if those folks ever want to send an item to Brigada Today, I won’t even know they wrote me. :-(

  20. VOLUNTEERS (E.G., IN EAST AFRICA) — Occasionally we get email from volunteers ready to serve in a particular place. How do we get that word out. Obviously, we can’t promote them all. Say a gal wants to serve in the Kenya/Uganda area this summer. She’s a missionary with experience working with orphans and street children in that area looking for information on opportunities and the state of affairs in that area. So … you could write Tammy tammymariedonahueatyahoodotcom but… how do we help the other *thousand*? I think one of the best models is Brigada Opportunities. But for it to work well, reps from the various missions have to be *listening*. Then when willing workers want to see options, they’ll just join and drop their interest inquiry to the group. To learn more, write: brigada-opportunities-subscribeatTeamExpansiondotorg You can unsubscribe at any time. There are nearly 200 mission leaders waiting online right now, to help you.

20040111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TWO NEW SPONSORS!
  2. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO YOUR PHONE
  3. SEE AN UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILE IN 3 CLICKS
  4. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTORS?
  5. SHOWING THE JESUS FILM?
  6. WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF SPAM?
  7. SIDEBAR EFFECT OF SPAM, RELATIVE TO BRIGADA
  8. “TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY”
  9. TESOL COURSE AVAILABLE IN MONTANA
  10. MISSIONPREP LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINARS IN TORONTO
  11. CUSTOMIZABLE MISSION EDUCATION
  12. MKS GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION AT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
  13. NEW SERVICE LETS YOU MAKE CALLS FOR FREE
  14. EMERCY: SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARIES
  15. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS
  16. SERMONINDEX.NET CLASSIC AUDIO SERMONS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TWO NEW SPONSORS! — Thanks to our new sponsors this week… two anonymous gifts of $100 each. That puts us at $1300.25, so we’re well on our way to being 10% of the way to our $16,021 goal for our Brigada- sponsored secretary! We appreciate your willingness to partner with us to get Brigada out the door and on your screen on time! To sponsor (via PayPal or by snail mail), just click on over to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html for complete instructions. Thanks again!

  2. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO YOUR PHONE — Now you can get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. And all the while, you’ll be helping Brigada reach its 2004 goal for the Brigada-sponsored secretary. Click to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  3. SEE AN UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILE IN 3 CLICKS — That’s what you can do now at the Joshua Project site. 1. Click on the Profiles main menu item 2. Select a country – page will refresh with appropriate peoples list 3. Select a people – page will refresh with the selected people profile On the People Profile, among other things, you can see all the people group specific ministry resources such as Bible translation status, Jesus film availability, audio recordings and radio broadcasting information with links directly into the associated website. An illustrative example is: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=103686&rog3=TH This resource is a *tremendous* step forward for all our networks, churches, and agencies. Let’s pause a moment and give thanks for Dan Scribner and the whole JP.net gang! Thanks for hanging in there, guys!

  4. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTORS? — Thanks to Allen, for sending a summary of the responses to his questions about projecting video on the road using battery-operated equipment. Turns out that the majority of the responses recommended using a standard DVD, vcd, or vcr along with a multimedia-type projector that could be powered using a battery and an inverter to convert the 12 volt to 110 volts. The problem with this is the very high cost and very high consumption of power thus needing more than just a little battery power. So for now, Allen is back to the 16mm and generator. Apparently, the biggest obstacle is the excessive cost of the available multimedia projectors, the least expensive beginning at $800.00. Allen reported that there was one other option that he is still exploring, and that’s the type used by the “God’s Story” folks. It still uses a small generator, but very small in comparison to what the 16mm projectors require. (Thanks for reporting, Allen! We wish you the best in your continued quest! Don’t miss the very next item for one possible new option. :-) )

  5. SHOWING THE JESUS FILM? — Check out Airborne Ministries JET PAC (Jesus film Evangelism Tool PACkage). Airborne Ministries 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 plane, outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 45-lb. Pelican case contains a complete sound and video projection system, including minidv Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29- lb. Honda generator to power the system. Airborne Ministries 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. For more info email Bill <billatdunckleedotcom> or check out http://www.airborneministries.org or call 772-778-9106 in the USA. </billatdunckleedotcom>

  6. WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF SPAM? — Here’s the real long-term impact of all that unwanted email: That you won’t get the really *important* message someone was wanting to send you. Why? You will have unintentionally deleted it, along with all the junk mail! What can you do? If you can use Outlook 2003, the spam filter is reputed to be very good — with nearly 100% of spam-capture and very few “false positives.” I’m trying out Norton Antispam for the next few months. So far, it’s catching all but a few of the spams/day.

  7. SIDEBAR EFFECT OF SPAM, RELATIVE TO BRIGADA — Now here’s a corollary for Brigada. Let’s say you subscribe us to your group (without asking). We mark your email as spam… then you later write us an item that you’d like to submit, from the same address. You wonder why the item ever shows up… It’s because we’ve marked your address as spam — and now your message isn’t getting through. (Sorry about that!) Bottom line: It’s always more polite to ask before subscribing others to your list. (By the way: In 8 years of work on Brigada, we’ve never subscribed anyone else.)

  8. “TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY” — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) is reporting that the fledgling “Talking Bible Sunday Movement” is gaining momentum. According to ASI leadership, the slogan, “A Talking Bible Sunday in Every Church”, is taking hold. ASI is urging that in every church there be an annual “Talking Bible Sunday” with a special offering to help provide Talking Bibles to non-readers in their languages. The Talking Bible is a revolutionary, user-friendly, listening device the size and shape of a pew Bible in which an entire New Testament in a desired language is sealed inside. For more information go to http://www.audioscriptures.org For more information, write Harvey hthoekatjunodotcom toll-free or via Net2phone 1-800-318-7262.

  9. TESOL COURSE AVAILABLE IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission, Montana, is again offering an intensive, four-week TESOL course which will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 in Lakeside, Montana. This course will prepare you to teach English in any setting and in any country. A practicum is also included within the time-frame of this course. Early application is encouraged as this course fills up quickly. For further information email: tesolatywammtdotorg or visit their website: http://www.ywammt.org and click “schools”.

  10. MISSIONPREP LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINARS IN TORONTO — Are you preparing for overseas ministry? Then take advantage of this tailor- made Language and Culture training held in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. February 8-20 is Missionprep’s Culture & Language seminar. April 18-30 Missionprep will host its two week Language Acquisition Seminar. For more information contact Priscilla priscillaatglobaltalkdotca or call 905-640-1621 or visit http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep

  11. CUSTOMIZABLE MISSION EDUCATION — Are you looking for a new, more customizable way to do mission education with preschoolers, children, youth, and adults? If so, you may be interested in a resource called “WINGS: Catch the Wind of God’s Spirit” produced by Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia. It aims to help all of Jesus’ followers to become missionaries in their daily lives, and encourages teachers to draw on their own insights and cultural contexts. A leader’s guide is available now on cd-rom ($30) and will be available as a book/cd set ($50) in March 2004. For more information, or to order online, go to http://www.co-missioners.com or send email to wmuvatwmu-vadotorg

  12. MKS GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION AT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY — Thanks to Melissa for clueing us in on Focus on the Family’s offer of magazines to missionary kids. MKs are able to receive a free (no S&H as well) subscription to one Focus on the Family magazine. The magazine they receive will depend upon their age. To order a subscription you can call the order line at 1-800-232-6459 and ask for the specialty line. Stuck in Benin, and can’t get to an overseas telephone line, but *can* get access to the web at the local library? Not to worry. They’ve got you covered. Just go online at family.org and order the magazine there. (Thanks for the member care help, Melissa! Keep up the good work!)

  13. NEW SERVICE LETS YOU MAKE CALLS FOR FREE — Here’s a great new free service online which allows you to make phone calls anywhere around the world for free. It is based like a p2p (peer to peer) service where you can only call those who have the program installed. The neat thing is you can buy a VoIP enabled phone and when someone calls it rings your external phone. Pick up the handset and start talking. Go to http://www.skype.com for details. (Thanks to Matt, serving in Europe!!! Yahooo!)

  14. EMERCY: SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARIES — As an organization dedicated to the success of missionaries, Emercy’s mission is to provide a wide variety of services and projects that undergird missionaries and the churches that support them. Some of these services include research, logistical support, consulting, short term teams, supply shipments, care packets, and interim position filling. Each relationship that Emercy forms with missionaries is tailored to the needs of the missionary. If you are interested in finding out more about the services that Emercy offers, visit their website at http://www.emercy.org or call them toll free from the US: 877-875-4483. International callers please dial 205-391-9867. You can also send your email to infoatemercydotorg

  15. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada desires to equip, train and challenge you to reach the unreached! A Discipleship Training School (DTS) challenges you to grow in your faith, and equips you to reach the nations with the Gospel. It includes 3 months training with 2 months mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: March 23-August 13/04 and September 15/04- February 4, 2005 Prices: $2950 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $3500 CND (missions trip). To DTS grads, they also offer the School of Biblical Studies (SBS), a 9-month inductive study of each book of the Bible. Dates: September 13/04 to July 1/05. Price:$8100 CND. Contact: turnervalleyatywamdotca http://www.ywamturnervalley.com YWAM Turner Valley, Box 730, Turner Valley, AB, T0L 2A0, Canada, or tel/fax 403-933-3754.

  16. SERMONINDEX.NET CLASSIC AUDIO SERMONS — SermonIndex is an internet tape ministry with free mp3 audio sermons! Just download them, then burn them to cds or simply listen to them live on the computer. Many of the sermons offered are rare and have an underlining theme of revival. Some of the speakers include: A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, J. Edwin Orr, Alan Redpath, Duncan Campbell, T. Austin Sparks, and many more. To date there have been an estimated 1 million+ downloads of the 3000+ sermons. Greg has been running this ministry for just over 1 year now and is 24 yrs old and lives in Toronto, Canada. For more info, log on at http://www.sermonindex.net or email sermonindexatmsndotcom or call Canada 416-624-4734.

20040104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR
  2. OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS
  3. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  4. RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED
  5. WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES?
  6. NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES?
  7. MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES
  8. FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT?
  9. A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING
  10. VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  12. TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES
  13. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
  15. NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
  16. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
  17. ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY?
  18. THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III?
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR — Thanks to the sponsors that have paved the way into the new Brigada year! The anonymous sponsor that gives $10/month regularly, using the new “Subscribe” feature that he asked for, was back at it again this past week. (Thanks!) Thanks, too, to Info. & Learning Systems Int’l, producers of the “Countries & Peoples of the World” CD, who sent $461.25 more to express their appreciation for Brigada readers who have purchased the product. Yahooo! :-) And hats off to the anonymous couple in N. IN ($50!), the Irving Bible Church (also $50), the anonymous couple with Young Life Europe ($100)!!! We appreciate your help! Please consider joining these and others sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html You’ll see one button for “Donate” (any amount, one-time), and another for “Subscribe” ($10/mo). These great sponsors help us get Brigada out the door and to your screen each weekend! (If you help the new Brigada Secretary, then she’ll help keep me on time. :-) Also, please remember, once we make our goal for the year [$16,021], we will no longer ask for sponsors.)

  • OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS — Remember Mark, the guy that wanted to track down some options for creating simple missions displays? Well guess what: he followed through! To view his full report, click here. (Thanks Mark!)

  • RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 2-4, 2004 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom or phone 1-800-366-6641.

  • RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED — It turns out that Interdev might not totally disappear after all. I heard this past week from a former Interdev Central Asia Team member that maybe she wouldn’t end up being a “former”! :-) She wrote, “The ministry will carry on, even though some formal office spaces have closed in USA, UK, and India. We still have offices—they’re just … in our homes, garages, or church corners. … The functions needed by Interdev Partnership Associates will inform the structure, and we will begin as a decentralized group, committed by covenant with one another, founded on our relationships, connected through a facilitation team! Rather than one central INTERDEV organization, INTERDEV Partnership Associates connects 16 Partnership Advisors, basing from 10 organizations, dispersed regionally across India, Indonesia, Africa, Philippines, USA, Canada, and UK!” Sounds great! Bravo to those forging on!

  • WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES? — Here’s a Brigada reader desperate to learn more about organizations and missions that minister and encourage missionaries around the world and in their home country. Would you write Felicia feliciabucatearthlinkdotnet with information on the group, what they do and offer, how long they have been ministering and any links that would prove helpful? She wrote, “Many churches and individuals are interested in ‘ministering to the ministers’, so they’d like to know who is already doing it and how well they are doing it. Individual organizations and groups within missions or any other ideas are welcome.”

  • NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES? — Check out http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php You can do all the following:
  • Get a complete picture of the unreached peoples and the unfinished task of the Great Commission.
  • View all people groups for any country.
  • View all countries for any specific people group.
  • View a people profile for any people group on the planet.
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Affinity Blocs and People Clusters
  • Download free of charge a complete MS Access application and data for viewing data from numerous perspectives.
  • Download Joshua Project data in various formats or an up-to-date Powerpoint presentation on the status of World Evangelization.
  • Find specific ministry tool availability by unique linking into other sites
  • Submit updates such as: your ministry activity commitments, statistical updates (they want to hear about the errors!), URLs of other people profiles and more.
  • See a global summary and interesting people group facts.
  • Try various unreached peoples queries
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Church Planting Progress Indicator
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions such as “Why the jump from 1,600 to 6,300 unreached peoples?”, “Why are there so many different people group numbers in the mission community?” and “Where else on the web can I find unreached peoples data?”

    Get it all at Joshua Project.net!


  • MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University offers a Masters in Social Science (with an emphasis in Servant Leadership) in the Philippines! The cost is 1/3 of on-campus prices. Fly to the Philippines and pay less for your flight and your courses than you would pay on campus for the same courses! 4 courses are taught each summer (June). For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph, Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City, 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807

  • FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT? — A recent Brigada item recommended purchasing licenses for Microsoft software through http://www.1computerbargains.com They are one source for the open charity licenses from Microsoft. A contact from one mission agency, however, has stated that their licenses can be used in the home office but not by their missionaries serving around the world. (They cited a Microsoft policy says that a license cannot be used by affiliates outside of North American. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/open/opencharity_faq.asp ) The same mission would love to know if Microsoft has indicated that missionaries working out from a USA office may use these licenses in spite of the policy wording. If you have info. on this, write Lester semdeanataiiasdotedu and he’ll report back to us in 2 weeks. (Thanks Lester!)

  • A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING — Most leaders want to mentor others but often don’t know where to begin. “Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships,” by Phillip Jeske, is a model that is designed to help someone intentionally mentor others. This 12 chapter, 250-page manual (printed or as PDF) is not only has an introduction to mentoring but also a tool with which to walk through key personal and leadership issues with someone else. Partnerships are also possible to translate the materials into other languages (currently English & German). For more info check out http://www.icmeurope.org/mentor.html or contact International Christian Ministries ICMcanadaatcsdotcom

  • VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Catch it Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2004, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hundreds of agencies and tens of thousands of participants take part in the weekend. For more info check out http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — These unreached people can be found in central and southern Namibia in Africa. Among them is a young Nama mother who welcomed a presentation of the Gospel. She indicated a desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus. However, while surrounded by older Nama ladies who were unwilling to pray to receive Christ, she put off the decision. As she held her baby she explained that she is an unwed mother living with the father. In her mind she needs to “clean up” her life before accepting Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES — If you feel the Lord calling you into missions and would like to use TESOL as a tool, check out these two intensive classes of five weeks each this spring. April 19- May 21 is in Manila, and April 12 to May 14 is in Davao with a practicum to an unreached people group. For more information and applications contact Melody at kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or Box 1415 Quezon City 1154, Philippines, tel. 632-658-3807.

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Among this African group (in central and eastern Namibia) is a 50-year-old man who has lived in the small village of Okatjoruu, Namibia all his life was open to hearing the Gospel. He follows the tribal religion of the Herero in ancestor worship. When asked about going to heaven when he dies, he said that the “ancestors will keep” him. He resisted accepting Christ. He said that he was too old to change and preferred to go the same way as his ancestors in death – wherever that is. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for kingdom-minded people aged 18-30 who are interested in experiencing life on the mission field while being supervised by a long-term missionary. Placements are available in Eastern Europe and Asia, and last 3-9 months. Check out http://www.mup.org or email Pete PeteEatgatiwadotcom, or call(888) 895-4657 or (509) 483-4792

  • NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE — Winkie Pratney & Trevor Yaxley have teamed up their years of experience in evangelism and discipleship to produce “Ultimate Core”, an in-depth approach to discipleship designed for teens and twenty-somethings who want to experience and radiate the core of heart commitment to Christ. Covering topics from purity to spiritual gifts and evangelism, this is a great life manual for missions training centers. You’ll find more information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 or dial (616) 676-9185.

  • SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — Catch this workshop in Toronto, March 22-26, 2004. It’s designed especially for missionaries and those in the local church who relate to missionaries on Home Assignments. This interactive workshop will increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216-page work book is provided covering such topics as: Loving Listening; Confronting effectively, Building Trust; Helping others Grieve Well; Managing Stress and much more. For more information contact Robert at missionprepatsympaticodotca

  • ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY? — It’s swelling. For example, in about a week or so, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary In Fort Worth, TX, will host the “2004 Consultation on Orality, Literacy & the Oral Bible.” It’s very significant here that this conference is being co-sponsored, so to speak, by Wycliffe, Campus Crusade, YWAM, and the Int’l Mission Board. (In sheer numbers, those 4 organizations probably represent the geocenter of evangelical mission outreach.) As I interviewed personnel from the Jesus Film and Wycliffe this past week, I couldn’t help but take note of the fact that interest in the Oral Bible is at an all-time high. See this page… http://www.oralbible.com/ for more information. The idea is that many of the world’s remaining unreached peoples value *oral* tradition, as much or more than written. As a result, these organizations (and now a dozen others, as well) are setting bold goals to produce and utilize recorded *stories*. (They’re using the IMB’s term: “Chronological Bible Storying.”) Watch this trend… and the growing interest in addressing it. For example, the 4- way partnership above has now embraced a common strategy and sending approach, as can be seen at http://www.bibleless.org/involved/epic.html

  • THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III? — Will it become Lausanne III? Only time will tell. You’ll probably recall the now-famous missions conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. There, Ralph Winter announced his outlandish suspicion that there were *thousands* of groups of people “hidden” from the gospel. Out of that consultation came a movement of people that later came to bear the name of the consultation’s venue: The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization. I was just a junior in high school, so I didn’t make that one. But I definitely enjoyed Lausanne II in Manila, in 1989. At that conference, Ed Dayton made sure every participant understood our changing world, the complexities of reaching out to urban masses, and the hazards of modernity. Now I’m wondering how this fall’s conference in Thailand will shape up. Billed not as “Lausanne III”, but rather as 30 smaller conferences running simultaneously, I’m curious about how things will play out. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/chartdia.htm for a timeline chart of the “big picture” of Lausanne’s various meetings. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/issues.htm for a breakdown of the 30 issues. And http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/brochure.pdf is a summary brochure. On behalf of Brigada, I’m supposed to participate in Issue #6, “Those who have never heard the name of Jesus.” Would you begin praying today for this conference, slated for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2004 (in Thailand)? Let’s ask God to act in this way:
    *** To reawaken His global forces to bold new steps for those who remain untold
    *** To speak in a resounding way through veteran leaders, so that younger generation leaders will gain a clearer sense of purpose
    *** To stoke the fires of passion for today’s churches and agencies, so the fire of world evangelism won’t die down until we completely finish the task of world evangelism! Thanks!!! Doug
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