Monthly Archives: February 2004

20040229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS
  2. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY
  3. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  6. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS
  7. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
  8. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION
  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS
  10. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM
  11. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH
  12. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR
  13. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS
  14. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS
  15. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE
  16. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  17. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS — Learn how other missionaries save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html
  2. A portion of your long distance bill will help keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen! The phone company will be “in your corner,” helping you be all the more effective at an all-the-more-reasonable price!


  3. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY — Maybe your church could pitch in… or your organization, if you’ve ever benefited from any item in Brigada? Your partnership gift of $10, $100, or $1000 or more would help sponsor our Brigada secretary for 2004. So far, we have $1673.60 toward the total needed for 2004, which is $16,021 — to completely underwrite the cost of all administrative help for Brigada. (Doug’s compiling is donated free. Brigada participants are asked only to help by covering the cost of his secretary at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html Choose to make a one-time gift, or use the “subscribe” button to be reminded each month of a smaller gift of $10, for instance. Your call. Thanks for your partnership to keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen!!!

  4. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS — We are good at using the web to TALK ABOUT people groups. Now a new website has been launched with the goal of TALKING TO members of every language group on earth. Visit and link to this great new site: http://www.EveryTongue.com – EveryTongue Good News Recordings – Over 1000 links to on-line Good News recordings to which you can click and listen. 72% of the world can find Good News at this site in a language they can understand. On this site, you will also find a list of hundreds of recordings that are on cassette but not yet on the web. If you can help get these languages onto the Internet, go to the site and volunteer. Take a look at the site’s focus country of the month where Good News web pages are being made for every people group in one country — a great model that could be done for any country. The makers of this site have met members of very obscure people groups via the Internet and believe they can get Good News to members of almost every language group on earth.

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — This is your last chance to register for “Transformations,” an Unreached Peoples Consultation sponsored by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University 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. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear how you can reach the thousands of people who die every day without ever hearing the name of Jesus Christ. The cost is only $169. Register today by calling AIMS at (757) 226-5850. You may also e-mail aimsataimsdotusa-org or log on at http://www.aims.org

  6. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB — http://www.stmnetwork.ca is a website devoted to equipping people for short term missions. Over 1 million North Americans will be part of a short-term missions trip this year. If you are looking for resources, a trip database or general STM help check out http://www.stmnetwork.ca North American callers can dial toll-free: 1-866-999-1STM. International callers can dial (403)813-5765.

  7. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS — Tien Shan Educational Center (TESC) is receiving applications for the upcoming school year beginning August 26, 2004. TESC – K – grade 12 is an English speaking school, meeting the needs of missionary children from nine countries. Presently they are seeking staff for the following positions: Primary teachers for Grades 1-6; Secondary Science teacher (JH Science and HS Chemistry & Physics); Secondary Math teacher (Algebra 1 & 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus); Secondary Language Arts teacher (HS English); Primary & Secondary School Physical Education teacher. For more information or an application please write Craig tienshanatpactecdotkz or Joahna tssecondaryatpactecdotkz

  8. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS — These are offered by the author of “Building Credible Multicultural Teams,” Dr. Lianne Roembke, and have been significant in charting or correcting the course of many teams, leaders and members. The following workshops and accredited courses (*) are being offered in 2004 (facilitator training available): Fuller School of Intercultural Studies – Pasadena, CA* – August 2-13 contact: sis-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu Columbia Int’l Univ – Korntal, Germany* June 28 – July 9 (in German) contact: CCrouseataemdotde Workshop in Korntal, Germany (in German) – Dec. 13-17 contact: smfataemdotde Inquiries on Facilitator Training: LRoembkeataoldotcom  (LRoembkeataoldotcom)  
    http://hometown.aol.de/LRoembke/homepage/weiterbildung.html

  9. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION — You likely know a few people who are considering going on a summer mission, or longer. A great resource to refer them to is http://www.ShortTermMissions.com. The website offers *complete details* on 1,000 one week to three year opportunities from 50 organizations. Quickly find a match with a search by country, length, date, and keyword. Note: Most of the opportunities are with US mission agencies.

  10. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS — Equipping Leaders Internationally is pleased to announce the launch of an abstinence education materials Internet website at http://www.eliprojects.org. The target audience for this website is youth workers, church leaders, and parents in the developing world, who have few printed resources, but want field-tested educational materials which will address sexuality and other areas of potential risk for youth. Now these materials will be available to them through this “virtual library” free of charge. More materials which are written by and for the developing world, as well as additional materials from premier organizations in the developed world, will continually be added. For more information or to submit materials please contact vnurtmiateliprojectsdotorg.

  11. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM — We continue to battle spam, don’t we. With some PC experts beginning to talk about email being “broken”, we’d *better* get to work fixing it! :-) Have you noticed two good solutions sound nearly alike?
    http://about.mailblocks.com/ and
    http://www.mail-block.com/ They appear to be unrelated, but very similar products and both are said to be working great. I use Norton Antispam right now, but kind of regret buying it, when I compare to these two solutions. Don’t sit around deleting 100 emails a day, most of which are trying to sell you on enlarging certain things and energizing others. Get a good antispam solution and start feeling some relief from the stress! :-) (Thanks to all who give input on these kinds of things, like Scot, Sheryl & Corrie!)

  12. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH — We recently reported a dearth of resources for cross-cultural outreach relative to the movie, “The Passion of The Christ.” Well thanks to “Wes” who pointed us to these…
    http://www.TheLife.com – for use with non-Christians
    http://www.sharethelife.com – full of ideas for Christians to use So there *are* some resources out there! In fact, thanks to Ken who recently compiled a whole *listing* of such links for us!
    http://www.christianvideos.org/passion_of_Christ.html

  13. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR — Do you minister to the poor in the developing world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn the basics of microfinance and microenterprise development as tools to help the poor and build the local church. Certification is offered for those who complete these courses, their live training and a ministry plan. See
    http://www.chalmers.org for details about the courses, costs and schedule.

  14. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS — Remember out guy, Kevin, who was going to compile information on repeating short-termers? Well he did! (Thanks Kevin!) Here’s his expanded report:

    + Fund raising for “Repeater short term mission trips”
    – The question asked was, “HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them?”
    – The following responses are given without attribution because I didn’t ask for permission to use names. None of the following ideas are mine, I only edited and arranged them.
    Kevin Paszalek Southway
    Community Church
    Houston, Texas USA
    pastor at southway.org (replace the word “at” with the @ sign and remove the space on either side)

    + Cost cutting
    – Have you considered having fewer trips per year, but each trip be longer duration? I’m sure a majority of the cost is airfares.

    + Participants pay some proportion
    – If a person wants to go on a Short Term Mission trip he (or she) must be approved by the missionary committee and is responsible to pay 25% of his (or her) cost for the trip. The STM person making the trip will receive a tax deductible receipt for this portion of the money contributed as well the other donors If a person wants to take a second STM trip, no matter if it is to the same country or to another country, the person is now responsible to pay 50% of his costs. If a person wants to go on a third trip he must pay 75% of the costs himself. If a person takes 4 or more trips he will be responsible for paying his own expenses and donations from others is neither encouraged nor discouraged, however, the person is not allowed to “solicit” funds through the church.

    + Fund raising events
    – I do a Thai Chicken Curry Lunch right after church at other churches in the area as a fund raiser. I split the money raised with them to support their youth missions. I can talk about the mission I’m doing, give a door prize, and support their youth missions program at the same time. I give private small group Thai cooking lessons-this is my best fund raiser aside from straight donations. So far I’m netting about $250.00 on each class (about 6 hours of time), plus there are a lot of happy people eating Thai food. They aren’t even “church” people…they come from the health club, friends, the beauty salon, etc. to take the class.

    + Don’t do yearly trips with the same people to the same location.
    – Go somewhere else. I know that a mission agency opened up into Africa, from being exclusively central American focussed, since a donor wanted to give to the type of work, (microenterprise) but wanted to influence Africa) Who’s to turn [down] $250,000? Off to Africa they went.
    – 2. Get new people on board. Bring in fresh blood, and their new donor team. You expand the number of committed people to your particular overseas ministry. Fund the team as a team rather than as individuals, so that the pot for all pays for everyone.
    – My suggestion is to consider not doing several repeat trips a year but maybe only one and look for other opportunities.
    – Google “donor fatigue”

    + Add new people to the team
    – Our church does have one trip that we have done three consecutive years and it has worked very well by adding and dropping people but always having a few that are repeats to form a core.


  15. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS — Are you sensing God’s call to commit your life to cross-cultural missions, but you have more questions than answers? TEAM’s “Explore” Workshop may be just what you need! “Explore” is a three-day opportunity to gather good data on your spiritual life, life experience, education, health, values, and calling. It concludes with a personalized debrief in which you set personal goals. They also create a personalized written report for you and your church. Experienced missionaries guide the sessions, and most workshops are sponsored by local churches. Find out more and check the schedule for your area by calling 1-800-343-3144 (North America) or checking at
    http://www.teamworld.org.

  16. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE — Download freely 10 Biblical items (Psalms & Gospels; prayers from the Bible and Drama scripts) in their growing and popular Accessible EasyEnglish series. Just click on ‘AEE’ on their home page http://www.easyenglish.info Many people also use these materials for beginners learning English. More details of AEE and our other products from Martin Lloyd at martinateasyenglishdotinfo

  17. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL – On March 18 at 8:30 PM EST Elijah Company will have a unique conference drawing principles from the life and work of Amy Carmichael, one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century. Her soldierly commitment and unwavering faith has set the course for many in missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. To get to know other Elijah Company services see http://www.elijahcompany.org

  18. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO — I’m really enjoying the opportunity to work on my doctoral dissertation these days. I’m trying to invest each Tuesday and Thursday toward that end, but I’ll confess it’s often difficult to put aside the urgent for the important. Someone needs a report on this or that, deadlines calling, phones ringing, people visiting… And in the thick of the battle, sometimes I put off the really big stuff, partly because it’s more rewarding to finish something smaller.

    But have you noticed that many of the most rewarding things in life come only after a zillion substeps… incremental improvements or subgoals on the way toward completing a major project. Imagine trying to build a nuclear submarine, the Washington Monument, or even learn to play the soprano saxophone (something else I’m attempting these days in my “spare” after-work time). It happens because we take tons of little “baby steps” (watch an edited version of “What About Bob” for a good laugh on that :-) ).

    So what about your work? How do you manage to accomplish the really long-term objectives? Here’s a suggestion that’s as obvious as the nose on your face: break it up in bitesized chunks. For my dissertation, that means, “I’ll try to get 5 more pages done today.” (If I get 2 between emails or phone calls, then sobeit; at least it’s forward motion!) For the sax, it’s even simpler: 30 minutes, 3 times a week. That’s about all I can usually eek out. But hey… why do we humans get in such a hurry, anyway? :-)

    How ’bout your projects? What do you have that’s really big … that you can break up into chunks… and just view it “one line at a time?” I bet once you did, you’d find it energizing to know you’re making progress again. And hey… one line at a time is okay. Just “enjoy the journey, as much as you would the destination,” and suddenly, that big project isn’t as bad as it once was, right?

20040222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS
  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE
  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION
  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE
  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR
  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO
  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES
  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates — and Help Brigada! Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html We just received a sponsorship payment of $71.35 from these folks… and it’s a direct result of Brigada readers using this service for their long distance needs. So contrary to some of the other deals about which you might have heard, this one is actually producing results — and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use them. In fact, you might actually *save* money on your long distance! Thanks for your partnership!

  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS — “Time Out” is the title of a series of specialized Bible study materials available for short-term mission groups to use both before and during their time overseas. A copy of all 15 studies is available for a one-time payment of £25 (around U$S45). You can then use them as many times as you like. The ‘Time Out’ studies are now available to purchase and download online so you can access them instantly from wherever you are. A sample study is even provided for free! The notes are available in pdf format or rtf format so that you can adapt them and customize them as you wish. All Tony asks is that you attribute them to him somewhere in what is produced! To sample, purchase and download the ‘Time Out’ studies, see http://www.oscar.org.uk/timeout.htm

  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Allison Ranch is a private retreat on the Salmon River in Idaho wilderness for full-time Christian workers. Guests arrive at the Ranch by chartered plane to be greeted by hosts in charge of any needs including all meals in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming or sunning on the sandy beaches are a few amenities to be enjoyed. Elk and deer graze on a mountain meadow outside each cabin. All the comforts of home are available without the intrusion of the outside world. All of this is made available at cost to the Foundation, short of a $200 deposit. Our website is http://www.replace.com/allison Contact Judy at 208-377-3005 for more information.

  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE — Prayer Australia has recently launched a new website – a seeker-friendly, cartoon gospel presentation. This unique website is designed for non-Christians, so that Christians can either email their non-Christian friends or give them a business card to inform them of the web site. Check out http://www.yourdestinyyourchoice.org Prayer Australia would also like to produce the website in other languages. This would allow the gospel presentation in people’s native language to be emailed all around the world. If you would like to have the website in your language or any further information, email prayeraustraliaatydycdotorg

  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION — We continue to be impressed with the iKobo ATM/Visa card service. Among other things, you can give someone a Visa card even when they couldn’t normally qualify. And if you use this link to sign up, iKobo donates $10 to Brigada for our Brigada Secretary: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE — Here’s a search engine with a missions slant: http://www.christianmissions.net Find mission stories on your town (thanks for the tip, Guy!), search for that hard-to-find organization, or just browse to enlarge your worldview! It’s the “Google of Christian Missions!”

  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706- 419-1805.

  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO — Canadian Tentmaker Network and GLOBAL Opportunities are excited to announce a first ever full tentmaking seminar at a MissionFest Saturday, March 13th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

    Feel free to take in one or all four sessions of this fast paced informative seminar. Hear seminars on “Why tentmaking?,” “How to find a job in the international job market,” “Workplace Evangelism,” “Your steps to getting there and being effective in ministry.” For more information and to register, please visit their website at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    Both GO and CTN are also looking for former tentmakers to volunteer their services as part of a virtual team. Your skills could be used to mentor new tentmakers, run seminars, speak at events and to help get the word out on today’s tentmaking missions. Contact them at connectatglobaloppsdotorg or infoattentmakingdotorg


  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES — We continue to wonder how in the world we connect opportunities and workers. For example, here’s a guy named Jonathan in Fiji who is seeking help with computer problems in a small Bible College computer lab. Now … surely *somewhere* in the world, there are some tech-types that would love a great excuse to visit Fiji once a year. :-) The machines are 7-year-old Macintoshes running mainly MS Word. They have very few problems but when problems come, local troubleshooting help is very limited and web access and phone support quite expensive. Is there a MS Word expert out there who could consult by e-mail and research solutions for problems a few times per year – and maybe visit to get a face-to-face relationship going.. and do hands-on training, as needed? If so, please e-mail to jonathanatkannerdotcom . And the bigger question is… where does a guy like Jonathan go to find workers for this need? We *do* have the Brigada-opportunities group. But maybe it’s fast-becoming obsolete. Ideas?

  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemkeatcsdotcom

  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic April 30-May 1! Register by April 1st and save $50. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10- key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_apr2004.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? — Have you wanted to get insurance for a short-term mission trip, but hated having to pay for extra days that you are not out of the country? If so, Insurance Services of America has a solution! They now have short-term coverage for individuals, on a daily basis with rates as low as $1.13 per day! Coverage is easy to obtain. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at <healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>

20040215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE?
  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD
  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR!
  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION
  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS?
  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE
  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY
  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS
  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA)
  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM
  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004
  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE? — Check out our recommended services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Not only are they good deals, they also have agreed to sponsor Brigada’s secretary if you use their service! Thanks for giving them a look!

  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD — This iKobo service just keeps adding features. They’ve now upgraded all those ATM cards to ATM/Visa cards! So here’s your chance to give someone a Visa card that couldn’t normally afford one, or even open a bank account! Check ’em out at: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US They also make a gift to Brigada of $10 for every new member who signs on and verifies. We’ve used their services several times now, without a hitch… and just this past week, received a $20 direct payment from a new anonymous sponsor — via the iKobo card! (All you have to do is tell iKobo you’d like to transfer money to account # LD017707US. Thanks for giving iKobo a try!

  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous home-schooling mom who gave $10 this past week to help sponsor our Brigada secretary! We appreciate you and your encouragement that Brigada has even helped a home-schooler! (If you’d like to help sponsor our Brigada sec’y, see: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION — Check out the latest edition of Global Missiology at http://www.globalmissiology.net/ The online version is especially helpful for those unable to subscribe to the printed copy. You’ll find articles like, ” The Contributions Of Cultural Anthropology To Missiology,” by Norman Allison and “Spiritual Warfare And Worldview,” by Paul Hiebert.

  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them? Email your suggestions and experiences to Southway’s pastor, Kevin Paszalek, at pastoratsouthwaydotorg and he will compile the results and share them with all of us. Thanks for any input you can offer, and Kevin, we look forward to your summary!

  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE — It’s a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) back by popular demand! This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time, will build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. The cost is $150, and the dates are March 14 to 19, in Tucson, AZ. Check it out at: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm or contact Wade wade_remeratwycliffedotorg at +1-520-825-6078.

  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY — Outside the USA, it seems there is very little awareness of, or planning for, the imminent release of Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Yet this movie would seem to provide an incredible opportunity for the worldwide church. If so, there is an urgent need for immediate mobilization. For ideas, see: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/passion

  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — These missionary camps offer great encouragement and lots of specifics. Upcoming camps are April 1-4 in Iowa and June 1-10 in Spain. For more details of training content, dates, places of upcoming camps, see the web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS — These are happening in Australia, March-April 2004. They consist of three-day training programs, challenging the Church to take the gospel where it has never been proclaimed and helping local churches to obey the Great Commission. They’ll be held in Brisbane, 25 -27 March and in Melbourne, 31 March to 2 April 2004, and will be led by Dr Howard Foltz of Regent University, USA., founder & president of AIMS. (Accelerating International Mission Strategies) To register, email mobiliseatozemaildotcomdotau You’ll receive a color brochure with full information. Costs start at $70 (students) and $80 (Early bird). Sessions over the three days will include Biblical Basis of Missions, The State of the World, A Mobilized Church, Adopting a People Group, Faith Promise Giving, Church Planting Movements, Biblical Partnerships in mission, Networking Methods and Reliance v Dependency. For more information, see: http://www.mobilise.org.au

  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA) — “Look At The Nations” is a collection of over 50 photographs of the peoples of the world by R. Keith Lindsey, founder and president of the Acts 13 Initiative http://www.acts13.tv Hard-bound with a dust jacket, this book is a perfect gift to remind your family and friends of God’s global purpose. $5 of the purchase price will be donated to Brigada when you purchase using the PayPal option on the Initiative’s website. For more information and to purchase (and support Brigada!) log onto http://www.acts13.tv/Resources.html For more information, email resourcesatacts13dottv

  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM — Here’s a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, designing and building cross- cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories to increase traffic, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. This seminar is co-sponsored by YWAM Perth and Create International. The dates are June 28th – July 3rd, 2004, and the location is YWAM Perth, Western Australia. You can register by writing registraratywamperthdotorgdotau For more Information, email webevatcreateinternationaldotcom or visit http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004 — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will hold an eight-week Missions Internship Program from May 30 to July 25, 2004. Developed for young adults ages 18 – 25, the program encourages the participant to explore God’s call on their life through ministry skill development. For more information, click to http://www.acts13.tv/ministry.html or email infoatacts13dottv

  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA — The Zhuang, China’s largest minority people group, with a population of over 17 million, are unreached with only 1/2% being Christian, but they are currently very responsive to the gospel. Want to learn more about how you or your church could get involved? Check out the North American Zhuang Consultation, this spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The consultation will include introductions to the Zhuang culture and religions beliefs, testimonies from Zhuang who have become believers, current reports from field workers, suggestions from ESL trainers, and sharing from churches already involved in direct ministry. To receive more details and an invitation to this meeting, email Fran Zhuangatpoboxdotcom

20040208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS
  2. NEW SPONSORS!
  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS
  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA
  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS
  7. MORE ON BACKING UP
  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA)
  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION
  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)
  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES
  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS
  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS
  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY
  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS — This is the season for many church missions conferences and the Toolbox For Videostorytelling can make a great gift from your church to your missionary. Check it out at http://www.VillageAve.com And thanks to the author, John Walton, for making a $35 donation to Brigada because of recent purchasers of the Toolbox! Yahooo! :-)

  2. NEW SPONSORS! — Hats off to the repeat anonymous sponsor who used the “PayPal Subscribe” sponsorship button at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html to donate $10 this past month to help with the expenses of our Brigada secretary and to keep Brigada going regularly out the door each week. Thanks, too, for the $50 from the “Arctic North of Sweden!” Way to go *Europe*!!! We appreciate you!

  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS — If you ask me, this new iKobo service easily beats out Western Union. We asked for volunteers to try it out (a couple of weeks ago) and 3 brave souls stepped up to the plate. They’re loving it! You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account, electronically. Sound like PayPal? There’s more. Once the money is there, you can “Send Money” to anyone in the world! If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them an ATM card, at iKobo’s expense. The great thing is — once the person has the ATM card, you can transfer money at will, anytime, night or day. Rather than paying hefty wire transfer fees, the user only has to pay a $2 or so ATM fee. Plus, unlike wires, the transfer is *instant*, and teller has to view the transferred funds.

    Click here for more information, or to get started:

    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

    (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). Note: Believe it or not, iKobo is also offering to send $10/new member to help us sponsor a Brigada secretary — if you use the above link to get started. We’ve already received two of the sponsorships from our trial users new registrations. So it’s working already! What’s more, we’ve both sent *and* received money using the service, all without a hitch.

    So how is it different from PayPal? First, you can use this service to transfer funds to a national preacher or missionary, even if he or she has no web access or bank account. Second, it gives you an ATM card rather than an online prompt. Finally, some recipients don’t want to have “register” at some new online service, just to receive funds. So either way, it’s a great option.


  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA — We’ve had a good response to the offer from Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, to donate up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase of his new book, “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt!” This new e-book explains why Christians are powerless to stop the world’s slide into moral chaos and tyranny. The e-book 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. This offer expires March 1, so there’s still time to profit from this new book and support Brigada in the process!

  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE – The audio Scripture movement made a great step forward with the advent of The Talking Bible. The Talking Bible contains a complete audio New Testament in a sealed unit that has the appearance of a regular Bible. Talking Bibles are already available in many different languages. New ones will be produced in hundreds of other languages as resources are made available. Audio Scriptures International, Adopt-A-Village and World Mission, a non-denominational mission-support organization, are working in cooperation with national Bible Societies to produce and provide Talking Bibles in many of the world’s languages. ASI reports that requests from Africa for Talking Bibles are increasing dramatically. Churches and missions are being challenged to get involved. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org.

  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS — Would you like to catch the latest on media in missions? Stop by http://newWway.org This month’s cover story focus is on “The Passion”, written with missionaries in mind. Although written mainly for Southern Baptist IMB folk, it’s still full of great resources and training bits.

  7. MORE ON BACKING UP — We’ve received quite a lot of feedback on our piece on backing up our computer files (a couple of weeks ago). One participant said he’d personally been hit by tragedy without a recent backup. Now he uses an external hard drive which connects via USB port. He also uses PGP to encrypt the data in case it’s stolen. (Thanks Scott!)

  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA) — Focused on the nations of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, HNA is a new international prayer movement now getting underway for launch in 2005. Harvest North Africa will be working closely with believers and prayer networks throughout the region to produce an array of high quality media that can be utilized by churches and ministries to raise up a tidal wave of new intercessors. HNA is now seeking volunteers to help with mobilization, promotion, translation, regional coordination, distribution, video production, website design and maintenance, and other areas. If you can help with any of these areas, please contact HNA at: moreinfoatharvestnadotorg or visit the HNA website at

    http://www.harvestna.org


  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH — Interested in learning more about how to use press releases as free publicity? Check out:

    http://www.sacklunch.net/churchpr/index.html

    for extensive tips and ideas. (Thanks Brad!)


  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION — Vision Student Conferences has a theme of encouraging students and leaders to become actively involved in God’s missionary plan for the nations. Visit the website at:

    http://www.visionconference.org

    This conference is a one day event geared towards students, primarily from Senior & Junior High, and will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. Many youth groups are using this event as part of their training for summer short term trips. Check-out the website for information on the schedule, available breakout sessions, information about the speaker and worship team. There are opportunities for missions organizations and schools to set-up displays at the conference, call 717-509-6245 for information.


  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)– Have you been thinking about getting your master’s in leadership/administration? Azusa Pacific University holds 4 classes every summer in the Philippines for their Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership studies. The fees are 1/3 of on-campus prices! You get to do the reading and papers during the year, after the courses. The courses this year are May 31-June 11, right after Faith Academy gets out. They will be held in Quezon City, Teacher’s Village, at the SEND International Office board room. For more information contact Melody Kuka, tel 658-3807 in Quezon City, kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph .

  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES — No Frontiers in UK now have an online ordering system for tracts, books, gospels and bibles.

    http://www.nofrontiers.org

    (Thanks Tony!)


  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS — There is a new two-way email discussion list for webmasters: ‘Mishmash’. The list enables webmasters and mission promotion teams to discuss: – technical issues and problems in HTML and other scripting – achieving an effective graphical style and easy site navigation – broader issues of communication: how can we effectively communicate with an online target audience in order to enthuse and mobilize them for world mission So often, in the mission and web world, webmasters or small advocacy teams are working in relative isolation, and cannot easily interact with others in their field. Often, too, the wheel is repeatedly re-invented; or inadequate second-class wheels are used because no-one knows how, or where, a better wheel might be obtained! Sign up at the webpage:

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mishmash.php

    Mishmash is a joint venture between Web Evangelism Guide and Cybermissions.org .


  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS — You’ll be interested in checking out

    http://www.tracts.com/NPFCardinal.html

    for information on “The Cardinal,” a movie based on a Christian comic book hero. There’s even a viewable trailer.


  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Registration is still open for training aquaponics, which 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 . There are still a few FREE rooms for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.


  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY — What is the missionary potential of the hundreds of international churches (IC’s) scattered around the world? How are IC’s launching out to upper and middle class nationals in world-class cities? After two years Dan has completed his research project (he’s now Dr. Dan). A synopsis of his project can be found at

    http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004

    You can also contact him about articles he has written on the subject of IC’s serving as launching pads for mission to indigenous peoples, by writing revdanbowatjunodotcom . Thanks Dan!


  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE — May 7-8, 2004. A conference in Houston, Texas that will show you how to add primary eye care and eyeglasses to your international missions outreach. You do not need to be a doctor to attend. For more information call Toll Free 1- 866-398-7525 or register on-line at

    http://www.infocusonline.org

20040201 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO
  3. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING
  4. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA
  6. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE
  7. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  8. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE
  9. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  10. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON? — What does a Lakota/Sioux rodeo cowgirl, a doctoral student in Poland, and a ship director in Fiji have in common? All three are part of the 130 leaders, from 13 nations enrolled in the International School of Reconciliation Studies, a web-based, self-paced nine month school for leaders, associated with John Dawson’s International Reconciliation Coalition. Comprised of a world class faculty of scholars and storytellers, this school is designed to multiply creative, Biblically anchored, multi- cultural reconcilers throughout the world. Live in a nation without reliable internet access? The school is now available on compact disc. Applications are being accepted now for the next class which begins April 15. Check it out at ..\..\brigada.html or write schoolsatgracebridgedotorg Hats off to the folks at GraceBridge (Joey and Fawn) for their $45 sponsorship of Brigada, to help us pay a Brigada secretary! Would you consider sponsoring too? If so, click to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO — Thanks, too, to the two volunteers trying out iKobo, the Western Union-like cash transfer organization. It will hopefully help them transfer cash sums across time zones and national barriers.
  3. Try them… and help Brigada… at:
    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US


  4. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING — Admit it. It’s the craze now. If you don’t learn it, you won’t be able to “keep up” with the latest talks at big gatherings. Learn more at: http://newwway.org/articles/10steps.htm (And … thanks for access to the info., Mark!)

  5. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES — Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies under Cal DeWitt started the Christian Environmental Stewardship movement and now has a network of 59 participating Christian colleges throughout North America. They are offering courses for agricultural and development workers such as ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, ‘Ecological Agriculture’ and ‘Global Development and Sustainability’. Courses are offered in May (5/14-6/3); and in two summer terms(6/5-7/9 & 7/17-8/16). You can take them at three North American sites (Michigan, Washington, Florida) and two overseas locations (India & Kenya), and you can get credit through any of the 59 participating colleges. See http:www.ausable.org or call 1-800-315-2836 (North America) or +1-231-587-8686 or write to missioncoursesatausabledotorg

  6. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA — There are a lot of hints that environmental problems (degradation of agricultural land, changes in rainfall patterns) are much more severe than, say, 15 years ago. Is this your experience? Ed Brown, COO at Au Sable Institute, would like to get a feel for this problem from the ‘front lines’. If you have been working or have lived in a developing country long enough to observe such changes (or the lack thereof!), would you drop Ed a line at ebrown53717ataoldotcom Responses will be useful in helping Au Sable create appropriate courses and training materials for missionaries and development workers in environmentally degraded areas. (In a couple of weeks, we’ll look forward to a summary from Ed.)

  7. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE — On March 30, 2004, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, in Long Beach, CA, USA plan to attend the first conference to bring together Christians who teach ESL/EFL from many agencies, training institutions, and schools. Sponsored by Christian Educators in TESOL (see http://www.cetesol.org ) and held the day before the national TESOL convention ( see http://www.tesol.org ), this conference will have plenaries, concurrent sessions, poster sessions on best classroom practices, discussion groups, and exhibits. Topics include English camps, materials, ESL in seminaries, church- based ESL, teaching internationally, culture & Christianity, non-native speakers, mentoring volunteers, curriculum design, agency standards, and much more. The cost is $15 before 2/27, $20 before 3/20, and $25 on site. For a registration packet, please e-mail kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu.

  8. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Teaching English is a wonderful “tentmaking” tool. This four week training course will enhance your teaching skills, which will enhance your ministry. Your TESOL certificate will open many doors of opportunity. Next class begins March 7, 2004. See website at http://www.ywampa.org for details, or contact YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  9. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE — A missionary and translator approached an 80 year old man in a village. During the introductions they discovered that the man is an uncle to the translator. The man shared that as he grew older and learned more about God he could clearly see his need for Jesus. He was overjoyed that they were there to tell him about Jesus. Pray for the Lord to use born again Hereros to reach their extensive families. 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, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  10. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — There are several people groups, like the Herero, Nama/Damara and Mbalantu, who have little to no evangelical witness. As they face the struggles of life and the ravages of AIDS, who will tell them about Jesus? Who will pray for them? Who will care? Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for these unengaged peoples. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  11. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from April 4 to June 25, 2004. Full time classroom work in practical English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Live in community with national English speakers as well as others from around the world. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See website at http://www.ywampa.org or contact YWAM Lebanon PA USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  12. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Take in a two or four week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity join an experienced/ ministry team making friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, doing evangelism, showing the Jesus Film, working with local churches and visiting businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. For more information contact Dr. Jim Romaine, Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaineatcableonedotnet.
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