Monthly Archives: May 2004

20040530 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER ANYWHERE
  3. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  4. CELLULAR POSSIBILITIES
  5. GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  6. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  7. GLOBAL RECORDINGS RELEASED!
  8. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM?
  9. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR: TORONTO 2004
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — That anonymous $10/month regular donor was back at it again this past week (Thanks!). If you’d like to jump on board with him, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Sponsor” in the top line menu. Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope, for a $10 sponsorship this past week.

  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER ANYWHERE — One of our sponsors, TealBrook Supplies, has been making water purification products available to missionaries since 1991. Using space age technology that kills viruses too small to filter out, these products are now used by career missionaries and short term mission trips around the world. Most of the systems are portable and deliver biologically safe water for as little as $0.04 (US dollars) a gallon. Contact Mike or Deb Lundeen via email at info at tealbrook.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces), by phone at 1-800-222-6614 in the US/Canada or at 651-365-7714. http://www.tealbrook.com

  3. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces)

  4. CELLULAR POSSIBILITIES — You can now benefit Brigada by choosing your cellular service through Blessed Hope Communications! Not only can Brigada get up to $50 per cellular package sign up, but most of the available plans also come with free phones and some even come with cash back to *you* for signing up through Brigada’s link. Just visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. Enter your zip code on the cellular home page to see what plans are available in your area. Don’t forget … you can usually keep your current cell phone number now even if you switch companies. (You can also still check out the regular long distance plan available at the above link … 8% of your monthly long distance bill will go to Brigada if you sign up through the website!). (Thanks Darla! You’re great!)

  5. GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — Take in this year’s Main Conference from November 12-13, 2004 or the Pre-Conference on November 11 at Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY. Since 1996, Southeast Christian Church has hosted what has become the largest conference of its kind in the world, the Global Missions Health Conference, and since the very first conference, Brigada has been a primary promoter of these events. This year, Joni Eareckson Tada is the Friday evening keynote speaker. Preview Sections are available to give an overview of the Conference and Pre -Conference. The Conference time schedule, plenary session speakers and workshop session speakers are available for review online at http://www.medicalmissions.com or call 502-253-8069. These schedules will give you information about the speaker and their chosen topic for all of the sessions for this year’s conference. No childcare is available.

  6. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International in California is urging thousands of additional churches to observe an annual Talking Bible Sunday. … For churches doing a Talking Bible Sunday, ASI provides a carefully prepared packet of information, including a short video and a FREE Talking Bible to demonstrate and then to keep for use in its own care-giving ministry. This makes it easy for any church to observe a Talking Bible Sunday. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org

  7. GLOBAL RECORDINGS RELEASED! — Global Recordings Network (GRN) has produced evangelistic recordings in over 5500 languages and dialects. These are available to mission agencies, Church mission committees and individuals around the world to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the recordings are also accompanied by sets of pictures to help the non-reader to better understand the Bible teachings. Check the Language Catalogue on their web site to find out what materials are available in each language. Go to http://www.gospelrecordings.com/ and click on the Language Catalogue, or email them at info at gospelrecordings.com (swap in an “@” for the “at” and remove the spaces).

  8. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM? — Overwhelmed by the details of your Short-term Mission trips coming up soon? Wonder what you’ll do about training? It isn’t too late. For the harried youth pastor or mission team leader, find help through “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart” study guide. It provides what you need in a user-friendly, leader-friendly, spiral-bound format through 12 studies. It takes a team member through the basics of serving overseas — from cultural sensitivity to servant attitudes. A ten-day guided journal is included as well. A team meeting leaders’ guide is included so you have your training curriculum and devotional guide all in one resource. Check it out. Questions: judge190 at aol.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or download an order form at http://www.CampfireResources.com

  9. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR: TORONTO 2004 — It’s happening in Toronto, June 13-25, 2004, and “it” is entitled Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills. The location is Tyndale University College & Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, Willowdale, Ontario. Get *Insider skills for Language & cultural Learning *Phonetics Foundations *Language readiness For more information contact 905-640-1621, or email missionprep at globaltalk.ca (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.missionprep.ca

20040523 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE
  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH
  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE
  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK
  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE
  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC
  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING — Thanks to the anonymous donors who gave $50, $49 and $20 each this past week. We’ve *almost* reached the $3000 mark. Trouble is, by the end of 2004, we need to somehow come up with $16,000. By the end of June, we’ll be halfway through the year. Is there any way you could help us reach $8000 during the next month? Whoa … that would take a *lot* of Brigada readers chipping in together. Can you help? Our Brigada secretary would sure appreciate it! 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! As always, 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! Your partnership keeps us going! Team Expansion takes out nothing for administration. 100% of your gift goes to Brigada. Thanks for anything you can do.

  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training is designed for missionaries, churches, or ministries working in the countries of the Two-Thirds World. By the end of the training, you will be equipped to effectively implement strategies in the areas of microenterprise development, microfinance or business development. See http:\\www.chalmers.org for details about email based distance learning, DVD/Video courses, costs and schedule, email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). (And thanks to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in undergirding the costs of the Brigada Secretary!)

  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE — Thanks to Tony, who has generated for Brigada this free ticker with world population, numbers reached and unreached, using the code explained here: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/populationtickerlink.php We’ve tried this and implemented it on the Brigada home page at: http://www.brigada.org See it (last line on the page) for an example.

  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH — … BUT they need to get the orders high enough to keep the price at or about $6.00 each. They are about half way there! IF you can use at least 16 copies of this great resource, in Spanish, email to: greg.parsons at uscwm.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). By the way, our friends at the USCWM are not making any money on this, and Greg is volunteering his (and his staff) time! Why not ship some from your church or ministry to all missionaries or pastors throughout Latin America?

  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE — Thanks to H.V., serving in Mozambique, who jotted us an update this past week: “About your entry ‘NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?’, the drug is made from the Chinese Artemeter plant. Its malaria-combatting properties have been known to the Chinese for thousands of years. The herb is available in tablet and injection form. It is a treatment, not a prophylaxis. Some of the “trade names” for the tablets are “Artemax”, “Artesunate” and “Coartim”. We are missionaries in Mozambique, and I, along with my wife and our two children, have used it to treat myself for malaria. It is much more effective than any other anti-malarial drug available. It has to be used in conjunction with Doxycyclene to combat secondary infection, and of course lots of pain pills!” Again, thanks for the update. This sounds like the most promising treatment yet for malaria.

  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focusses on teaching missionary kids in a cross- cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. The dates are July 11-16. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC. The cost is $200, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write ray_gonzalez at wycliffe.org (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Class size is limited to 30.

  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK — Our friend Eddie Smith is always finding new ways of communication. Now he has an affordable international Internet Television Broadcasting system and an online Video Recording Studio. It does require a webcam and mic, but there’s nothing to download. Find an example plus details: http://tinyurl.com/28f6u (By the way, we’ve converted the long URL to a shorter one at http://www.tinyurl.com so we wouldn’t have to worry about the URL breaking up over two lines in the email. Here was his original link.)

    Eddie also invites you to his “talking website” http://www.usprayercenter.org and his webstore http://www.prayerbookstore.com.


  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE — Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering two one-week courses this summer focusing on leading churches and other Christian organizations. From June 21-25, Understanding Organizational Dynamics, will provide insight on how organizations work and give students a chance to analyze their own organizational contexts according to current theory. On June 28-July 2, Change Dynamics, will look at how leaders can be “change agents” and give new perspectives on how to effectively guide an organization through small and large transitions. For more information on these courses, check Fuller’s website at http://www.fuller.edu/registrar/schedule/display_quarter.asp or contact their advising office at sis-masters5 at dept.fuller.edu (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).

  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC — Remember Apple? Remember MACs? :-) Jonathan wrote this past week to fill me in on the latest virus- protection options for MAC users. “Norton and Macafee both have no frills Mac anti-virus S/W available for under US$10 if you shop and both can be updated (or even purchased with a credit card) via the internet as needed. Users of Mac OS-X can of course explore the Unix world of security S/W which reportedly allows free and truly bomb-proof possibilities. But… Virex and Interferon were both pretty good free options for the Mac, though of course neither has been updated in 7-8 years. … (Though using such obsolete anti-virus S/W for Windows would be suicidal, on the Mac, it may be OK.)” He added a bit of caution for those who use Windows/Microsoft programs on the MAC :-), and also threw in, “Keep up the good work. You are a channel of blessing to the servants of God!” God be praised for good friends. :-)

  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION – Columbia International University is offering a course in Budapest – October 12- 14, 2004 – Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest at hotmail.com (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). Register by September 10, 2004.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED — Well yesterday we received the final slightly-devastating word: Nobody can help us with our ill- fated hard drive. We first tried a local friend, then the folks at DTI (dtidata.com) then the expensive guys (ontrack.com), but alas, no one could recover a speck of data from our bad hard drive. Did I learn a lesson? I hope so. I now have a $279 200-gig external hard drive backing up my entire laptop every night. Let’s hope that’ll do the trick if this ever happens again. I’m convinced: Using a machine with moving parts is like playing Russian roulette. Eventually, the bullet is going to spin around and take its toll. The only reason I mention this again is a) the bad news I rec’d yesterday, and b) the stats I read last week which pointed to the fact that over half of all computer users have never backed up their data. (Gulp. My last partial backup was end of Feb. and I thought *I* was bad! :-) ) Get a Maxtor One-touch or *something* … and back up your stuff today. End of soapbox, for now. :-)

20040516 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!!
  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST
  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE?
  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE
  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH
  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB
  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS
  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION
  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE?
  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS
  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!! — Thanks to those who partnered with us this past week to undergird the Brigada-sponsored secretary. An anonymous WEC worker sent $100, Judith G Russell Ministries sent $15, and an anonymous worker in Thailand sent $100. God bless these tremendous saints in service! 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. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces). (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for its partnership in undergirding our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE? — Try one of our Brigada-sponsoring services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html and Dan, from Liberty U., recommends: http://www.goldprepaid.com

  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE — Want to track a flight or find a plane in the sky just for fun? Check out this site and learn all kinds of things: http://www.flytecomm.com

  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH — “megacities”, a YWAM Perth ministry, targets larger cities to see people saved, churches grow, new churches established and city wide transformation begin. megacities has an opening for medical workers, construction, intercessors, children’s teams, youth, community development workers, support / logistics staff, media missionaries, literacy workers, art evangelists, performing artists, teams of all sorts to join with YWAM Perth teams in Durban in a year long outreach. Teams are needed from July 2004 – March 2005 with an urgent need from July – September 2004. For more information, updates & prayer points on the outreach go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au/megacities or email megacities at ywamperth.org.au (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces)

  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING -– So let’s imagine that God has given you a desire to take the Gospel to the least reached people groups in the world. What’s an appropriate next step? Well one idea is to get some training in mobilizing. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents an option for that called “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA (USA). 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 us at aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB — Emailweb.us has been providing access to the web via email for about 18 months. This is not a text only service, but delivers formatted web pages by email. Emailweb will soon start charging a small fee to cover the cost of additional computers and internet connections, as needed. To make the service affordable to those overseas, the price is based upon the relative GDP of each country. For example: US $18/yr, Hong Kong $12.35/yr, Costa Rica $4.75/yr, Ukraine $2.12/yr, India $1.27/year, and Zambia is free. The service will continue to be free for missionaries. If you’d like to give the service a try, send email to info at emailweb.us (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or see http://emailweb.us

  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS — Here’s a consultant known as “Dr. Dan” who makes himself available as a catalyst for missional international church ministry. Recently he participated in a conference in Asia for missional international church leaders. He has posted on his web page a report on the conference. He has also posted an account of an international church in a closed country that is having an impact on the indigenous people. Read both at http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004/

  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION – Here’s a consultation that will focus on the missionary work being developed by Latin missionaries in Europe. The event is to be held at Stavanger, Norway, on November 8 to 12, 2004. Latin missionaries from different denominations and mission agencies in Europe are expected to attend the event. The purpose of the consultation is to discuss about Latin missionary works in Europe, ministry among international communities, ministry among Muslin communities in Europe, etc. The speakers include Asaph Borba and Thomas Blackaby. For more information contact Pastor Alex Branco at: consultamissionaria at alexbranco.com (replace “at” with “@” and remove spaces) or go to: http://www.alexbranco.com/consulta_missionaria.html

  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE? — Is there sufficient interest in the Brigada family to establish a courier based remailing service? Your first class mail, magazine, weekly papers even books could be mailed in 1 – 5 pound units weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. If our aggregate quantity is large enough, it would be at 6 – 7 dollars a pound with a 5 – 8 day arrival depending on where in the world you may be. This service would be actual cost of the courier service plus a modest handling fee. Here’s a Brigada participant that wants the service, but must have a volume of friends who also want it, to get those great negotiated low rates. He’s researching the viability of such a service and would love to have your input. Drop him a note at rodpa1 at earthlink.net (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces).

  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS — We’re receiving varied feedback from last week’s recommendation of “F-Prot”. Apparently, DOS-based scanners don’t cover quite everything. Joel, a Brigada participant, reminded us that we need an antivirus that not only scans when you ask it to, but stays in memory and scans every file that is “accessed” on your computer. “Ideally, you probably want an antivirus program that can scan your email as well, since the current crop of viruses are all email based. There was an article in PC World magazine reviewing four free Windows antivirus scanners. http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,113462,00.asp Each of these provides on-demand and on-access scanning, and two of them provide email scanning as well. For free! Of course, there’s also web-based scanners available from all the major antivirus companies: Panda, McAfee, PC-cillin, and Symantec … But like F-Prot, they can’t stay running on your computer, so they’re really only useful as a “second opinion” when you’re just sure you have a virus, but your scans come up clean. To look at a list of possible free backup programs, go to: www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1259,sortidx,2,00.asp ” Another Brigada participant, Mark, also recommended looking at either AVG Anti-virus (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php) or Avast Anti-virus (http://www.avast.com/i_idt_226.html).

  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION — Finally picked up a Maxtor “One touch” external hard drive yesterday. You see, I heard back from the data retrieval company (at least the first one). They said my drive is hopeless. So I figured I’d better get started backing up the new one. It worked pretty flawlessly and now I have a complete image of my new drive. You can pick them up at any computer store. Great solution.

20040509 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES
  4. WE GET MAIL
  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT
  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST
  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?
  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC
  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED!
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5)
  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE
  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS
  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL”
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS — We’re so grateful to those who are undergirding the work of our secretary, thus making is possible to keep Brigada going out the door each week. This week, we’re particularly thankful for the anonymous worker laboring in the Arctic north of Europe! He wrote, along with his $50 sponsorship, “Spring is almost here! God bless you and all who labor to encourage and inform us in the fields that are white to Harvest!” Bless you brother! Another brother wrote (and sent $10), ” I appreciate your hard work and often benefit from articles in your newsletter. Please do not publish my name, Thanks.” Thanks also to Blessed Hope Long Distance, who sent their Feb. sponsorship check for $14.60. God bless those using Blessed Hope for their calls, along with Blessed Hope itself.

  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING — 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 or a live event. Learn best practice, 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, World Relief and World Vision is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks via email from June 7 > -> June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 > -> June 2 or Lookout Mountain, GA, USA August 2 – 11. For more information, visit <http://www.chalmers.org> or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES — ASI’s president, Mark Hoekstra, is inviting visitors to download ASI’s masters from its web site and duplicate them freely, particularly where CDs would normally have been impossible. ASI has master cassettes and CD’s of the translated Scriptures in some 350 languages, including more than 150 entire New Testaments. To learn more, log on at http://www.audioscriptures.org Be sure to check out its beautiful “Portrait of Jesus” and “God’s Powerful Savior” recordings. (Thanks for the sponsorship that ASI recently provided to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary!)

  4. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to those who wrote to encourage us on after our sleep-keyboarding apparently allowed an unwanted email through the moderator gatway. ” Dear brother: We are very trankful for the information we receive from you. Unfortunately, viruses are part of our daily struggle with internet. So enjoy God´s grace in spite of the complaints.” God bless you! Carlos and Liliana, Patagonia, Argentina. (Thank *you*, Carlos and Liliana, for taking time to write and encourage! )

    Hello from Kuala Lumpur! Just want to say “thanks” for all you’re doing to inform us practitioners of what’s going on around the world. Don’t worry about the spoofed email. My anti-virus software caught it. And I fully identify with keyboard sleeping! Be blessed and graced! Todd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (We’re grateful for the understanding and grace, Todd!)

    And from Bob in Germany, “I just want to say, it’s not your fault, even if it came to me from your machine! You didn’t generate this virus. I suppose these things happen – like getting flu from someone else! We have to live with this stuff nowadays, but the benefit of email much outweighs the irritation of viruses and worms etc. God bless, Bob” Thanks for your encouraging heart, Bob, but we do take these spoofed emails very seriously. Thanks for understanding that we didn’t design it though.

    And from an anonymous reader, “I must commend your tireless effort in furnishing us with powerful information. God bless you real good.”


  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT — If you need a good antivirus package but have zero funds for it, try F-Prot at: http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/dos/ Their DOS version is free (and has been for like 10 years!) and is said to be quite effective.

  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST — Fuller Theological Seminary will be bringing in healthcare professionals from throughout the world to host the 2004 Healthcare Missions Conference, Aug. 20-21. The conference, entitled “Calling the Church to a Healing Ministry,” will have over 30 speakers from a variety of disciplines. Conference organizers hope it will inspire a diverse group of healthcare professionals, pastors, and missionaries within the church to work cooperatively to bring God’s healing to the “least of these” (Matthew 25), equip Christians who are interested in physical, emotional and spiritual healing with practical tools to implement personal and church-based healthcare responses, as well as to network, to be informed of opportunities to serve and to become aware of relevant programs. Prior to the conference, Peter Yorgin, M.D. and Doug McConnell, PhD will be offering a one week intensive course on Healthcare in Missions. If you would like to register for the course, prior to the conference, and are not presently a student at Fuller, contact our admissions office at (800)AFULLER or http://www.fuller.edu. For more information on the conference go to: http://www.fuller.edu/cll/ce/healthcaremissions.asp.

  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA? — Thanks to our good friend Marty, from New York, who sent us the heads-up about artemisinin (pronounced are- TEM-is-in-in), a new drug reputed to be quiet effective when used against Malaria. If this drug is indeed shown to be successful, it will perhaps be the most welcome treatment for 50 years! For more information, read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/10/health/10MALA.html (but only if you’re subscribed to the New York Times; Thanks Marty!). See the reprint at the Dehai, Eritrea, Online site: http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/0200.html if you’re not signed up to read the NY Times.

  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC — Marine Reach, the maritime arm of Youth With a Mission is now operating a small medical ship in the South Pacific. Stationed in Fiji the vessel, equipped with an operating theatre, visits the nations outer islands with dental and optical teams. Over the last year nearly 11,000 patients were treated. Marine reach is now running a special Discipleship Training School in Fiji where the students complete a three month lectures phase in Lautoka (Fiji) then spend 6 – 12 weeks on board the M/V Pacific Link severing as part of, or along side, the ship’s medical teams. The dates are 02 August – 16 December 04. For more information log on at http://www.marinereach.com or write dtsatmarinereachdotcom (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.)

  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED! — The Academia Cristiana Internacional de Caracas (ACIC) is seeking an interim director for the 2004-2005 academic year. This is a K-12 school providing quality Christian Education in English for missionary and international students in Caracas, Venezuela. ACSI accredited. For information please contact Rocky by email at aciccs at cantv.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. 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 class is scheduled to begin 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.)

  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5) — If you want to stay abreast of the cutting-edge issues in language and culture learning or are charged with the responsibility to keep your organization’s personnel pressing on toward communicative competence in language and culture, then the 5TH International Congress On Language Learning (ICLL5) is for you! The Congress is hosted by Mission Training International (MTI) and will be held October 11-15, 2004 in Colorado Springs, CO. The theme is “The Right Help at the Right Level”. Register at http://www.mti.org/icll5.htm or or call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111 or write info at mti.org (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.)

  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE — This year’s two-day conference will be a premier networking event for local churches, concerned Christians, field workers, missions advocates, and Christian NGOs and professional organizations interested in ministry among Afghans. The conference is to be held at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee on August 13 and 14. Advanced registration is required to attend the conference. You may register by visiting the website where you will find the registration form. http://www.ccafghan.org For any additional questions or information, call Steve 901-260-5712 or email stevem at germantownbaptist.org (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.)

  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS –- Check out http://www.preparacionymovilizacion.ws where George Paterson’s six P & M manuals are available for free download on the web. The “Preparation & Mobilization” manuals (P & M, for short) are superb, culturally suitable, Spanish pastoral training materials written by George Patterson. Good use of graphics, Q & A’s and practical homework. 120-150 pages each. Set of six and ideal for Spanish pastors. Thanks, George and Galen!!

  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL” — Rats. Last week I shut my 3rd (ring) finger in the door of my truck. How can something so tiny cause so much pain? The morning after, I had to carry around a cup of ice water just go get my breath! You know, life is like that, too. The tiniest piece of a problem can sometimes dominate our thinking so much. One tiny piece that gets trashed can upset the applecart and make everything look bad.

    So maybe I need to keep my fingernail in context. After all, it’s just a nail. Life is good. I’m healthy, except for this rascal nail on my right hand. But hey — it’s nothing life-threatening, actually. I need to “get a grip”, … “buck up”… “dry it up, Doug!” :-) “Quit your whining…” “Be a man!” :-) Seriously… it’s just a nail.

    And … maybe we need to keep things in perspective next time something goes wrong at the church, the studio, or the bookstore. If it’s something that will grow back… if it’s something you can fix.. let’s just forge on. The Lord will help us… and we’ll get through it. If it’s small stuff, then it’s just small stuff. More on the big stuff some other time. But today, let’s forge on… Satan wants to make us think that the small stuff is bigger than life. Forge on. Doug

20040502 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY DIAL-ABROAD, HELP BRIGADA
  2. PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES
  3. APOLOGIES! ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
  4. HELP BY TAKING THIS SURVEY
  5. EQUIPPING WOMEN IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
  6. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR
  7. TEACHERS WANTED!
  8. AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD
  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN MOBILE ALABAMA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY DIAL-ABROAD, HELP BRIGADA — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to- country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  2. 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

  3. APOLOGIES! ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER — In the 2004/04/02 edition of Brigada Today we announced a new electronic newsletter on communication strategy. Unfortunately, at the time our announcement went out, the newsletter’s server went down, and many of you were unable to subscribe! Please accept our apologies! The server is up and running again, and the newsletter is now available. Subscribe to the Communication Strategy Network electronic newsletter by logging on to http://www.communication-strategy.net. To subscribe, click on “newsletter” and sign-up.

  4. HELP BY TAKING THIS SURVEY — Regent Univeristy and Liberty University are conducting a survey on how churches are using media and the performing arts. The recent phenomenon of the film, The Passion, has renewed an interested in churches to use media and performing arts as an integral part of ministry. Below is a link to a survey that he would like you to complete. Using your web browser, you can find the survey at the following location:

    http://intercom.virginia.edu/SurveySuite/Surveys/media_and_ministry


  5. EQUIPPING WOMEN IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES — A special meeting will take place in the US on August 4-8 to encourage and equip women who have a minimum of two years experience working with Muslims. The $300 conference fee includes housing and meals and must be received by July 1. Twelve worldview workshops and 24 general workshops will provide tools for ministry including survey strategies, effective approaches in eliciting a faith response, communicating the gospel in understandable ways, strategic intercession, etc. Please contact consultwomenatcsdotcom for additional information, and furnish a secure e- mail address to which we can respond.

  6. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR – TORONTO 2004 June 13-25, 2004 Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills Location: Tyndale University College & Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, Willowdale, Ontario *Insider skills for Language & cultural Learning *Phonetics Foundations *Language readiness For more information contact 905-640-1621 OR missionprepatglobaltalkdotca or read http://www.missionprep.ca

  7. TEACHERS WANTED! — Whitman Academy is seeking qualified teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. This school is located in Amman, Jordan, servicing international students. Please write to Andrew for more information at infoatwhitmanacademydotorg.

  8. AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD — Drug costs got you down? The USA government recently passed sweeping changes in the Medicare prescription drug benefit for those over age 65 but what about those under age 65? Well now there is help for individuals and groups that do not benefit from Medicare. Insurance Services of America has for years assisted many missionaries, churches and mission groups with international health and life insurance, now they are offering a brand new Rx discount card. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.EasyRXCard.com , email them at infoatEasyRXCarddotcom, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN MOBILE ALABAMA — Global Opportunities is offering a FREE half-day seminar (9 am to 1 pm) Saturday, May 22, at North Bay Christian Church in Mobile, Alabama. The church is located at 1275 E I65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL 36606-3103 or see their website for directions at http://www.northbaycc.org

    This Seminar will help you understand how you can reach the world as a non-traditional missionary, using your vocation to reach the nations! For further information on this FREE seminar and to register go to: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    For additional information, please contact Charles at: charlesatglobaloppsdotorg

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