Monthly Archives: April 2004

20040425 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-HELPERS
  2. GET REPORTEDLY BEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (HELP BRIGADA)
  3. SETTING UP A BACKUP DEVICE? GREAT TIPS FROM FELLOW STRUGGLERS
  4. AEGEAN SEA: SCHOONER-BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  5. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION
  6. MISSIONS VIDEO SERIES LOOKS GREAT!
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  9. TRAINING OF TRAINERS II & III (TOT II & III)
  10. MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE
  11. FAITH ACADEMY WISHING FOR FAITHFUL SUPERINTENDENT
  12. CLOSING STUFF

SPECIAL SPONSOR NOTE: PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. For information on these events or our email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu.


  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-HELPERS — Thanks to those who stepped up to the plate to say they’d like to help Brigada keep cranking out resources and news! Anonymous donors gave $50 and $25 respectively this past week. The latter wrote, “Thank you for your passion for this ministry.” Thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve, and thanks to these two partners for undergirding our efforts with action. If you’d like to PayPal a sponsorship of any amount, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! Be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Thanks!

  2. GET REPORTEDLY BEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (HELP BRIGADA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm by clicking on “Dial-Abroad.org”. We’re getting great feedback on folks, and believe it or not, there were enough Brigada participants to try them and use them during March that it produced a Dial-Abroad sponsorship of $128 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary! So if you’re dialing anyway, please try to use Dial-Abroad!

  3. SETTING UP A BACKUP DEVICE? GREAT TIPS FROM FELLOW STRUGGLERS — Thanks to Scott, who wrote us about backup hard drives we recently mentioned, “One hint, make sure you get a USB hard disk case that does not need an external power adapter. This is one less item you have to plug in. Mine draws the power through the USB so in case of a power failure, it can still run off the notebook’s battery power, an important feature hear in [our restricted access country]…. Great idea! Called today to check… and the one I had on order wasn’t! I’ll try to change it. Thanks also to Ivan, who wrote, “Systems crash frequently too, requiring days of reinstalling new programmes. I suggest you install DriveImage, and regularly backup your whole drive. … The other major tip is to set up user accounts. Enable a guest account for visitors, with only a few basics enabled, and something personal for yourself. … And make sure you set up a password for your personal account. I knew someone who could not load – a child had been in and set a new password.” Yikes – sad scenario! :-) Thanks Scott and Ivan!

  4. AEGEAN SEA: SCHOONER-BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced Bluewater Discipleship Training School, its first ever sailing DTS. Beginning 1 April 2005, eleven students will join staff and crew aboard the 90-foot schooner Genevieve Challenge for the DTS lecture phase. The boat will cover 1300 nautical miles of the Aegean Sea in three months, with planned stops at Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and other historic places. International speakers will join the boat en route and there will also be free time for the students to explore and relax. Following the return to the boat’s base in eastern Greece, the three-month land-based outreach phase begins in locations yet to be decided. Bluewater DTS finishes on 6 October 2005. You can get full details including the application form at http://www.marinereach.com/dts_bluewater or by email to bluewaterdts at marinereach.com (Please replace the “at” with @ and remove spaces).

  5. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION — A group of U.S. mission agencies and short-term practitioners have developed nationally-derived Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) at http://STMstandards.org The seven standards were developed on the heels of similar codes in the UK and Canada. The need for such standards is growing as each year more than one million U.S. volunteers are sent out as short-term missionaries. Churches, agencies and schools can use these standards as a training and assessment tool and can choose to adopt the standards as a way of demonstrating a commitment to excellence in their outreaches. Membership brings professionally structured guidance for achieving goals and an impressive network of organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk, and mentoring. Members of the steering committee come from Campus Crusade for Christ, YWAM, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Reign Ministries, Teenmania, STEM Int’l, Adventures in Missions, Perimeter Church (Atlanta), Taylor University, Northwestern College and many other groups.

  6. MISSIONS VIDEO SERIES LOOKS GREAT! — Previously, we mentioned the “Operation WorldView Video Series.” I just got my own copy and … whoa… I can’t remember anything like this in years! It’s like a video curriculum, based in part on the Perspectives Course — to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. It seems perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups. If your church would like to introduce a Sunday night elective, a special study for your missions committee, a missions class for a week of church camp, … tons of other options.. visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’ Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 14-19, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or by emailing Helenatmed-ambdotorg

  8. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts here to reach unreached people groups out there. The USCWM is the organization behind such ministries like the Perspectives On The World Christian Movement Course, Mission Frontiers Magazine, the Global Prayer Digest, and World Christian Foundations Study Program. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Registration deadline is May 14th. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  9. TRAINING OF TRAINERS II & III (TOT II & III) — Medical Ambassadors International provides a seconded training for those who have completed TOT I. TOT II & III concentrates on how to teach adults to evaluate and manage a project and multiply its impact into other areas/communities in your ministry. Spiritually, it concentrates on follow-up and discipleship. As in TOT I, the emphasis is on the practical How Tos of carrying this out. It builds on and uses the LePSAS approach. Attending TOT I is a prerequisite to this course. Dates for USA: June 15-20, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or by emailing Helenatmed-ambdotorg

  10. MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for several people with business backgrounds for financial, administrative, and human resources positions. Most of the openings are for placement in Asia, one is US based. Minimum BS degree required. Check out http://www.mup.org email Jeff JeffKatgatiwadotcom or call (888) 847-6950 or (206) 781-3151.

  11. FAITH ACADEMY WISHING FOR FAITHFUL SUPERINTENDENT — Faith Academy, a school for the kids of Missionary parents in Manila (enrolment 600) is looking for a Superintendent beginning school year 2005-2006. Suitable applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to the Chairman of the Board at search at faith.edu.ph (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Details of the school can be found on their website: http://faith.edu.ph

20040418 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
  2. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR TALKING BIBLES!
  3. MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE TRAINING
  4. EPIC STORYING
  5. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING DATES
  6. HOW TO COMMUNICATE?
  7. UPDATE ON LIFEWAY MUSIC
  8. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  9. HYMNS IN SIMPLE ENGLISH
  10. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  11. WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE: NEW WAY TO BLESS YOUR CHURCH
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON THE DISCIPLINE OF BACKING UP
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS! — This past week, several friends took a stand to say they appreciate the ministry of Brigada! David in the UK gave $50, an anonymous couple from Mali gave $25 more, $16 from an anonymous couple in Florida, $10 from an anonymous friend in Colorado Springs, $16 from a retired Wycliffe worker, $20 from a new friend in Georgia, and $25 from the director of Audio Scriptures Int’l ( http://www.audioscriptures.org ). We also received $25 from “Tim”, an attorney headed to Guinea for a nine-month missions assignment. He requested prayer for him and his wife, Shirley, as they labor there with SIM to help the Maninka people. In particular, please take a moment now to ask God to watch over his law practice and his wife’s ministry, “Healing Nations”, while they’re gone. Thanks!!! Would you be willing to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary? If so, click “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks!

  2. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR TALKING BIBLES! — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California in partnership with Adopt- A-Village (AAV) and World Mission is reporting a dramatic increase in requests for Talking Bibles in additional languages. ASI is urging that thousands of additional churches and scores of mission agencies mobilize to participate in this great unfinished task. ASI is challenging church and mission leaders to recognize that to make and to distribute Talking Bibles in every language should be among our highest priorities in world mission. ASI currently has Talking Bibles available in Albanian, Amuzgo, English KJV, English NIV, Haitian (Creole), Hindi, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Sourashtra, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telegu, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Each Talking Bible is $30.00 plus shipping in quantities of two or more. ASI is a valuable resource center with Scripture in audio in some 350 languages. For more information visit ASI’s web site: http://www.audioscriptures.org. (And thanks to for the $25 sponsorship this past week!!!)

  3. MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE TRAINING — No experience necessary. Training is available through email and at live events! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with World Relief and Food for the Hungry International, offers training in innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that have been field tested with our partners in their own learning labs. Travel to Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2 or to Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. Take the first course in their learning tracks by email starting in June! For more information visit http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu
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  5. EPIC STORYING — Epic Partners is a global partnership involving Campus Crusade; International Mission Board, SBC; Wycliffe Bible Translators & The Seed Company; and Youth with a Mission (YWAM)–using chronological Bible storying among unreached people groups (UPGs). In recent years a growing number of individuals and agencies have periodically gathered for consultations on orality, and have begun working cooperatively on issues like chronological Bible storying and the beginnings of an “Oral Bible” among UPGs. Table 71, a regular gathering of msn-agency leaders arising out of the Amsterdam 2000 conference, has also adopted a cooperative strategy centered on orality and chronological Bible storying. The intersection of the Oral Bible Network and Table 71 has resulted in a partnership of the four largest organizations involved in both gatherings. These four agencies have common motivation, goals and focus in reaching UPG with the Word, yet each brings unique strengths particularly relevant to a Bible-storying partnership. The primary outcome of the partnership is a three-part, introductory set of 40 to 50 storying sessions aimed at supporting evangelism and initial church-planting. Stories are to be pulled from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Acts/Epistles. Read more at: http://www.epicpartners.org/ep/?page=Executive_Summary

  6. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING DATES — To serve the international Christian community, CCI will be conducting the following training courses during the remainder of 2004: CCI’s core 4-Day Crisis Management Seminar (June 28-July 1, Colorado Springs, CO and Dec. 6-9, Orlando, FL) and the specialized 6-Day Hostage Event Management, Negotiation & Resolution Course (Aug. 1-6, 2004, in Oahu, Hawaii). For more information on these courses, go to: http://www.cricon.org/2004training_update.htm

  7. HOW TO COMMUNICATE? — Communication-Strategy.net is now online. Just when we announced it, the site went dark for two weeks. Talk about unfortunate timing! Feel free to sign up for the new newsletter when you visit, too.

  8. UPDATE ON LIFEWAY MUSIC — By the way, LifeWay’s Christian digital music downloading (mentioned last week) is only licensed to work through American-based Internet Service Providers. This is due to the copyright restrictions by the music holders. Also, Windows Media files apparently don’t play on an Apple Ipod. You’d have to export them, then re-import them. (Thanks Mark, Steve & Theresa!)

  9. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850 or email aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) and or log on at http://www.aims.org

  10. HYMNS IN SIMPLE ENGLISH — Keith Simons has written a series of new hymns in simple English. They use traditional hymn tunes, so that they are easy to learn. Suggested applications include churches with lower literacy levels or where English is a second language. Permission is given to copy them free of charge, provided that they are not sold. Click on the “new bible songs and poems” link from: http://www.lawtutor.freeserve.co.uk

  11. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Elijah Company’s next recruits’ conference call is slated for April 29, 8:30 PM est. This conference will discuss further how to prepare for and to survive as a missionary overseas. They will feature a guest who was instrumental to start 24 churches among an unreached people group in western Africa. To get the call number and access code write to mentorship at elijahcompany.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.elijahcompany.org

  12. WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE: NEW WAY TO BLESS YOUR CHURCH — Wycliffe Bible translators sponsors a professional dinner theatre touring group to help inform and mobilize churches across the U.S. for outreach to Bibleless people groups. The talented team of 13 people brings it all: stage, lights, sound, ethnic décor, dishes, tables and kitchen trailer. They present a high-impact story of cross-cultural ministry along with a delicious cultural meal. A free-will offering covers the cost. Call (800)269-2007 or (503) 653-1662 for the touring schedule. E-mail: theatre_booking at wycliffe.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Log on at http://www.wycliffe.org/theatre/home.htm

  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON THE DISCIPLINE OF BACKING UP — We received a number of empathetic replies regarding last week’s “BackPage” editorial about backing up. One Brigada participant, Dottie (who is involved in the adoption of a very strategic unreached people, by the way), drew a comparison between backing up our hard drives and daily devotions, Bible reading and prayer. Without that daily discipline, our data would become corrupt! :-) Several folks thanked us for the reminder to back up more regularly. Perhaps the easiest fix we found was to buy one of the portable hard drives.. like the Maxtor “OneTouch”… 160GB for $250 or so. Hooks up through FireWire or USB either one. Or do like Dan the IT guy in our own office here… who has fixed up “Personal Drive”
  14. space on our team’s workgroup server, which he then faithfully backs up every night. Then users with laptops can save those drives as “offline files” in Windows XP (or “briefcase” in earlier versions). Works pretty well… and his backup routine is faithful each evening, seven nights sequential, so as long as the problem becomes known within a week, the user has a clean trail of 7 earlier backups from which to choose. As for my own drive, I ended up sending it to a data retrieval service. Not fun — but I’ve lost about 30% of the work I’ve been doing on my Ph.D. dissertation. Again… lesson learned… hardware failure is inevitable. It’ll eventually catch up with us. It had been years since any of my hardware had failed. Bottom line: I was due. :-) Don’t wait. Spend the $250 on the front end so you don’t have to spend twice that — or more — on the back end! It’s too big of a hassle to put it off another day!

20040411 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO YOUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS COST?
  2. DISTANCE LEARNING FOR CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILA
  4. NO BIBLE SUNDAY
  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS!
  6. DOWNLOAD CHRISTIAN MUSIC
  7. A GATHERING for KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS
  8. TECHNOLOGY GROUP TO DEVELOP BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTOR
  9. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  10. ZWEMER CENTER FOR MUSLIM STUDIES
  11. THE BACK PAGE: BACKUPS! WHEN WILL WE LEARN!?
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT DO YOUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS COST? — Do you or one of your family members subscribe to a magazine? Does it come monthly? Does your annual subscription cost average $15, even though the magazine is *packed* with full-page ads? As you know, Brigada comes to your screen *weekly*, free of charge. However, to help us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen, we now have a Brigada-sponsored secretary. We could *totally* cover the cost of her annual salary ($16,021) if just 1000 of our readers pitched in $16 each… or if 100 of them pitched in $160. So far, in 2004, these sponsorships have resulted in $2300. So only $13,678 to go! If you’re willing to do more than just “lurk”… If you’re willing to *partner* to help Brigada move forward, log on at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html and use PayPal, any major credit card, or postal mail to send a check. All donations are tax-deductible (please indicate you’d like a receipt). If nothing else, please consider donating the cost of an annual magazine subscription. It’ll make a difference! Thank you!!!!

  2. DISTANCE LEARNING FOR CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — If you’re interested in economic development, don’t forget about the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” program, slated for June 7 – June 25, or the live training events in May in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu. (And thanks again to the Chalmers Center for their part in underwriting the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILA — Azusa Pacific University offers a master’s degree in Manila with courses held every summer. This year’s dates are May 31-June 11. This year’s courses are: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Current Issues in Leadership, Leader as an Agent of Change, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. The cost is minimal compared to on-campus prices. Non-U.S. citizens benefit the most from the price deduction: For US citizens it will be 50% of the new tuition rate on campus so OI will be $212 a unit (or $636 per course) and for non-US it will be 25% of the on campus so OI will be $106 a unit (or $318/course). Non-credit will be half again of each of these so $106 a unit for US and $56 for non-US. For more information please contact Melody Kuka by calling 011-632-658-3807 or emailing kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph

  4. NO BIBLE SUNDAY — Church leaders in three continents are thinking about whether they should take part in No Bible Sunday. This dramatic idea is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators. Christians will be challenged to consider both how much they value the Bible themselves and what it is like for people from 2700 languages who do not have any of the Bible in their own language. Many participating churches are expected to rebel and start using their Bibles by the end of the Sunday service. But hundreds of millions of people don’t have a choice. For them every Sunday is a No Bible Sunday. All that you need to run the event either in full or as part of a church service can be found at http://www.nobiblesunday.org

  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS! – Learn a practical skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. — In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissionsatyahoodotcom

  6. DOWNLOAD CHRISTIAN MUSIC — LifeWay Christian Resources (Nashville) just announced Christian music’s first digital music downloading service. Singles are 99 cents and entire albums for $10 to $12 each. The new service requires no monthly subscription fee and no special software. Songs are offered through Windows Media. Once purchased and downloaded, the file can be burned to a CD up to five times or exported five times for external players such as Apple iPod. More than 4,000 people have subscribed to the free Get Music News. Go to http://www.lifewaystores.com/getmusic for access.

  7. A GATHERING for KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS — You can still register online at http://www.globalspectrum.org/intersection or by mail for the Edge Conference 2004, on April 30 -May 1, themed “INTERSECTION: Where Profession, Passion & God’s Purpose Meet” at Houston First Baptist Church, Texas, sponsored by Global Spectrum (co-sponsors include Union Baptist Association, Faith Bridge, Mission Houston, Living Water Int’l, Houston Perspectives). Connect with accomplished professionals in career fields who see the world differently and link their lives intentionally to God’s purposes and create a new future for discipling neighborhoods and nations. Questions? 415.703.0700 ofc or email leaflineatpacbelldotnet

  8. TECHNOLOGY GROUP TO DEVELOP BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTOR — Remember the inquiry here (Dec. 26, 2003) about the availability of a battery-operated video projector? Perhaps you’ll recall that the responses came back with zero products. Well having seen the interest, yet the lack of options, the Christian Technology Center (CTC) is going to *invent* one! Yahooo! They’re refining specs right now. Bob, at the CTC, wrote, “We think the need could be filled by the development of a consolidated projector, DVD player and PA system designed to function from battery power. We refer to this device as a Compact Video System or CVS. The CVS should be able to project a 50 inch image (from DVD) in a dark environment with good clarity and provide a PA system suitable for a group of 50 people.” If you’d like to give your input on what the machine should be like, just write Bob rhsatthe-ctcdotorg for a copy of the specs. Better act fast though. They’re moving quickly on this!

  9. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Receive training and practice in effective techniques for teaching English to non-English speakers. Prepare for cross-cultural ministry opportunities by becoming an excellent teacher. Earn a TESOL certificate to open doors for ministry in many lands. The next four-week TESOL classes are scheduled to begin May 2 and again June 13, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or direct questions to ywampa at comcast.net. (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  10. ZWEMER CENTER FOR MUSLIM STUDIES — This Center at CIU offers courses in Islam (credit/audit) for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in a Muslim country, pastors in an area where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work with Muslims. Scholarship help is available but apply now. Here are some upcoming courses: (SUMMER, 2004) Introduction to Islam (Johnson) July 5-9; Folk Islam (Cashin) July 12-16; Approaches to Islam (Parshall) July 19-23; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Cate) July 26-30. EXTENSION: Introduction to Islam (Larson); Women in Islam (Stacey) For more information, Ph. 1-800-777- 2227 Ext. 3327 or email RBrasheratciudotedu or register onlin http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies

  11. THE BACK PAGE: BACKUPS! WHEN WILL WE LEARN!? — I’m convinced that the only people who do daily backups are those who are slightly paranoid. However, just because they’re paranoid doesn’t mean somebody’s not out to get them! :-) The truth is… those paranoid people are probably a lot happier when something fails. Occasionally, we’ve written here in Brigada about the importance of disciplined daily backups. However, when my backup solution broke down a few months back, life was rushing on at such a fast pace, I failed to make time to fix it. Months passed. And this past Friday night, on a plane headed home from North Africa, the 60 gig hard drive in my new IBM laptop failed. And it *totally* failed. Won’t even spin up. Unfortunately, my last *full* backup is October 2003. :-( I have *partial* backups from February. Yup. I’m a slackard. Months, even *years* go by without needing backups… then the inevitable happens. Sure.. IBM is providing a new *blank* drive for free. OnTrack Technology has said they’d attempt to provide a full restoration for the low, low price of $700 – $3000, depending on what they find when they open it up. I’ve lost 30% of my doctoral dissertation, all my Brigada notes since October (including any new items sent during the past week — sorry!!), and tons more… not to mention all my notes from the North Africa trip, including a completely-finished grant application to rebuild homes for an earthquake stricken village there. All gone. Yes, OnTrack says they can probably do it for $700, since we’re a nonprofit. But still — wouldn’t it have been so much easier to simply back up those 60 gigs on a daily basis? Even *weekly* backups would have helped. So… please let me go on record: I need to back up *regularly*… and you do too. My IBM laptop was brand new. Your PC could fail too. In my case, it was the logic board. Yours might fail because of a virus or a mechanical fault. Either way, the outcome is the same: Let’s back up!!! Lesson- learned? I hope so. Thanks for participating in Brigada. Doug

20040404 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMAIL DISTANCE LEARNING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  2. GET FREE ‘PRO’ SOFTWARE
  3. FOOT-OPERATED WOOD LATHE
  4. HOSPITALITY BOOK: CUP OF COLD WATER
  5. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  6. NEW BOOK RELEASE: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF PRAYER
  7. “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”
  8. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
  9. TENTMAKING COURSE FOR EUROPEANS IN BERGEN NORWAY
  10. UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE
  11. BRAZILIAN MEDICAL/DENTAL FELLOWSHIP CONGRESS
  12. FUNDING MINISTRY PROJECTS
  13. STM LEADERS TRAINING
  14. STM LEADERS TRAINING – NEW DATES, NEW PLACES, LOWER PRICES!
  15. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING IN EUROPE
  16. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR (YWAM) AFRICA
  17. VOLUME 3 OF “STUFF” NOW AVAILABLE
  18. SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MISSIONS
  19. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS? THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMAIL DISTANCE LEARNING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Do you minister to the poor in the U.S. or in the 2/3 World? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn innovative, holistic economic development strategies and methodologies to help the poor and build the local church. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, Mission to North America, World Relief, and the Christian Community Development Association, is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” June 7 – June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in May in Bangkok, Thailand or in August in Lookout Mountain, GA, USA. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org/ or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu (And again, thanks to the Chalmers Center for their $100 partnership to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  2. GET FREE ‘PRO’ SOFTWARE — If you’re not ready to switch over to Linux, but still don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for Microsoft Office and other MS programs, and then try visiting http://www.openoffice995.com/ and http://www.software995.com/You’ll find a very functional Office package, as well as numerous other programs (including .pdf conversion, a backup program, etc.) Here’s the deal, in their own words: “Professional quality software at affordable prices All of our products are available as FREE downloads. The free versions are fully functional, not a trial and do not expire. The free versions display sponsor pages, which may be disabled at any time by purchasing a key. None of our products contain spyware. Purchasing also entitles users to technical support by email (24 hour response). Keys for any particular product are available from that product’s web site. In addition, we offer the Software995 Toolset key. This is a single key covering nine of our products (with the exception of OpenOffice995), available at 29.95 for individuals, or special volume discounts. The “sponsor pages” of the free versions are very unobtrusive. Your browser will open up, but if you’re not online, there will be nothing to display, and you can use the fully functional program without any problems.

  3. FOOT-OPERATED WOOD LATHE — A small UK engineering company with a Christian director produces a foot-operated wood lathe. It is appropriate for occupational therapy/orthopedic rehab departments in the west, but is also very useful in the non-western world for small craft applications because no electricity is needed. The company is also interested in licensing local production of the lathe in non- western countries. For more information, see… http://www.acres-willington.co.uk/(Thanks Tony! You’re great!)

  4. HOSPITALITY BOOK: CUP OF COLD WATER — Here’s a practical book on hospitality written for YWAM, mission groups and the church. Contact Debbie Rottier at cupofcoldwateratywammtdotorg or at 501 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside, MT, USA 59922. View pages at http:www.ywamconnect.com/sites/Rottier

  5. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — With a theme of “The Great Commission and 21st Century Asia”, this conference is slated for April 30-May 1, 2004 at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. There will be four plenary sessions, 13 workshops, and tons more. For more info, contact Elaine Tai at omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or (650) 559-8088. or browse: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest The early registration discount date is April 20.

  6. NEW BOOK RELEASE: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF PRAYER — With more than 60 true stories from many nations, by Wentworth Pike, this new book includes stories of now-born-again Colombian inmates, President George W. Bush, an Alaskan bush pilot’s SOS to God, an evangelical Arab pastor in Bethlehem, Russian-Jewish refugees in Germany, Gracia Burnham, Todd Beamer, a radio pastor to fellow Khmu tribesmen in Laos, a farm boy in Canada, and many more. Order by credit card: $17.99 (US), Pleasant Word (division of WinePress Publishing), toll-free in N. America: 1-877-421-7323. Others call 1-306-802-9758. Or see more at: http://www.pleasantword.com/

  7. “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” — Everybody’s saying, “You *have* to go see this film!” But are you wondering what your Muslim friends will think about it? The folks from ABC (Association for Biblical Christianity) have written a short tract explaining the death of Christ in a culturally appropriate and challenging way. It fits on a two sided A4 page and can be downloaded free of charge from their website: http://www.christianityexplained.net.tc/ Alternatively e-mail their administrator at AAbrahamatbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk and he will gladly send you a formatted Microsoft publisher version of it.

  8. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fund raising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E- mail newsletter — and 6300 people have reportedly joined! Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom></billatPEOPLERAISINGdotCOM>

  9. TENTMAKING COURSE FOR EUROPEANS IN BERGEN NORWAY — TENT of Norway is running a 4 day intensive tentmaking course in English starting at 18:00 on the 19th of May to 14:00 on the 23rd of May. This intensive course will inform & equip those who are thinking of going as tentmakers. Last year they had 30 people in attendance from UK, Finland and of course Norway. This year’s course is limited to 30 due to space restrictions. Registration before April 20, 2004 is only 1550 NOK, about 180 EUR (850 NOK for students) which includes course fee, course handbook, two meals and housing with local believers. Email Steinar Opheim for more details – steinardotopheimattentdotno For more information and course outline go to http://www.tent.no/ and click on Arrangement bar on bottom of page.


  10. UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE — After more than eight years of searching for ways to provide truly global coverage, TTc has now launched the Omega Program, which is a private medical insurance that provides coverage for either an expatriate or a home country based missionary (or church worker) that gives full worldwide protection …and at wonderfully cost-effective rates, right through into retirement. In other words, the new program will give full worldwide protection at marvelously cost effective rates no matter where a member lives or serves. If you would like further information, please write saraattalent-trustdotcom or visit http://www.talent-trust.com/

  11. BRAZILIAN MEDICAL/DENTAL FELLOWSHIP CONGRESS — From the 14 – 16 of May 2004, it’ll feature “Health A missionary challenge in the 21st century Speakers”, with Dave Stevens, Executive Director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and Dr Bill Herkelrath, dean of graduate psychology department at Northwest College. Email them at evangemedatevangemeddotorg or evangemedatmetodista-riodotorgdotbr . The venue is First Baptist Church in São José dos Campos- Brazil SP. http://evangemed.tripod.com/brazilhealthcarechristiancongress/index.htm l Also posted in our international site http://www.icmda.net/conf.htm

  12. FUNDING MINISTRY PROJECTS — Dr. Viggo Sogaard, Professor of Communication at Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering a two week intensive course from May 10-21 (3-6pm) on raising funds for your ministry project. The course helps with the development of fundraising strategies for missionaries, Christian organizations, and mission agencies. In the process, the student will acquire a biblical and missiological understanding of fundraising and stewardship, so the course will provide basic insights and skills for developing fund- raising strategies, preparation of material, and writing funding proposals. Check out the course description at http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/042/MD523_Sogaard_042.htmlStudents must be admitted to Fuller Seminary prior to enrolling in the class. For more info, contact (800)A-FULLER or http://www.fuller.edu

  13. STM LEADERS TRAINING – NEW DATES, NEW PLACES, LOWER PRICES! — The highly acclaimed 3-day ServantPrep Seminar (for Short-term Mission Leaders & Trainers) was developed by Mission Training International and will be held at 2 more locations yet this Spring. The response from many church leaders and the training directors of 45 agencies has been overwhelming. Experiential, Interactive, Comprehensive, focusing on substantive issues not just logistics and impressive stories. Honolulu – April 22-24 [contact Greg Crawford ucommitatjunodotcom or 808-668-8481], Walnut Creek, CA – June 3-5 [contact Ray Howard servantprepataoldotcom or 800-474-2129]. Registration & Tuition $170.

  14. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING IN EUROPE — The BodyBuilders will be sponsoring a Europe based Personal Support Raising Boot Camp in Berlin, Germany, May 14-15, 2004. For details on cost and registration see: http://www.thebodybuilders.net/ or e-mail/call: infoatthebodybuildersdotnet 501-329-4881.

  15. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR (YWAM) AFRICA — Youth With a Mission (YWAM) is organizing a 40-days-of-prayer for Africa. Between 1 April and 10 May thousands of people in and outside of Africa are bringing the continent’s needs before God. John Kisamwa, the Africa Field Director says, “It has become increasingly obvious to me that Africa needs prayer. Africa and her people are faced with many challenges: the AIDS pandemic, malaria, poverty, starvation, wars and conflicts, and the situation in the cities of Africa”. A Prayer Brochure is available, highlighting a different topic every day. For anyone who wants to know more or wants to be involved, see: http://www.ywamsca.com/ You can contact us through: infoatywam-africomdotorg

  16. VOLUME 3 OF “STUFF” NOW AVAILABLE — “Still More Stuff you need to know about Doing Missions in Your Church” is a book-on-diskette (in Word 2000) of one-page lists, handouts, outlines, and summaries of things church leaders ask about doing missions. Mobilizers and mission organization personnel, as well as church leaders, find these “bottom line” summaries handy and practical. Diskettes of individual volumes are available for $12 each (including shipping). All three volumes plus a cumulative index are also available on CD ($26, including shipping). Send a check (in U.S. Funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Specify volume 1, 2, or 3 or the CD and provide your postal address. See portions of the first two volumes and the cumulative index at http://www.davidmays.org/Resources/resmays.html

  17. SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MISSIONS — Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations is holding its first School of Classical Music in Missions in Kiev, Ukraine from July 5 – Dec 15, 2004. Classically trained Christians (intermediate level) with a desire to use their talents in missions can improve their skills further and connect with like minded people for missions preparation, rehearsals, and various outreach concerts during the school. There is also opportunity to help develop the Symphony of Nations full-time after the school. For info http://www.theson.org/ or email Joyce at TheSON.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces.)

  18. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS?: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA — Ten members of a Herero family prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Afterwards the head of the household explained that it has been two years since a Christian has been in their town. The Christians that did come did not tell them how to be saved. They did not tell them the importance of reading the Bible or worshipping the Lord. Now they know and a house church is started. Pray for the Lord to send workers to this ripe harvest. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To learn more about the Herero and other peoples, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info/or email swacsc at iafrica.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).
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