Monthly Archives: June 2004

20040627 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL ABROAD AND HELP BRIGADA, OR BECOME A DIRECT SPONSOR
  2. FREE SOFTWARE TO TRACK DONOR INFORMATION
  3. NEW MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  4. MEDICAL SEMINARS GIVING PRACTICAL HELP TO MISSION CANDIDATES
  5. NEW PRICING ON OPERATION WORLD
  6. TSI TO HOST ELECTRICITY SEMINAR FOR MISSIONS
  7. EXPERIENCE CHURCH PLANTING
  8. LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING BIBLES
  9. TESOL OPENS DOORS TO THE NATIONS
  10. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  11. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE: TOTAL IT UP
  12. KNOW OF ANY ARABIC WEBSITES THAT EXPLAIN THE KING OF KINGS?
  13. FREE PRINTING EQUIPMENT FOR A CHRISTIAN ORG
  14. LEARN TO TRAIN ENGLISH TEACHERS
  15. CORRECTED URL ON CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  16. MORE TIPS FOR BACKUPS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL ABROAD AND HELP BRIGADA, OR BECOME A DIRECT SPONSOR — When we first heard about Dial-Abroad, I’ll admit – we were skeptical. But this past week, they sent a donation based on Brigada participants’ May telephone bills. Get this – it was $135! If you have to use the phone anyway, you might as well get a great rate and help Brigada pay its part-time secretary! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html If you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-) Thanks, too, to Laura, a missionary with ABWE, for sending $15 to sponsor Brigada… like a magazine subscription! (Thanks Laura!) If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, 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.

  2. FREE SOFTWARE TO TRACK DONOR INFORMATION — Can you believe it? A free program to help you track information about your donors and contacts. Check it out at: http://www.sunergeosystems.com/MMBetaReg.asp Thanks to Sunergeo Systems for making the program available to Brigada participants at no charge! Remember – you heard about it on Brigada!

  3. NEW MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  4. MEDICAL SEMINARS GIVING PRACTICAL HELP TO MISSION CANDIDATES — Mercy Ships offers Medical Seminars in East Texas for medical professionals who would like to get into missions but need help making the jump to the mission field. They offer 4 one-week seminars each year (“Navigating Medical Missions”)and 1 four-week seminar a year (“Preparation for Medical Missions”). They give continuing education units to nurses. Call (903) 939 7628 in Texas, USA, or log on at: http://www.mercyships.org

  5. NEW PRICING ON OPERATION WORLD — We are still years away from a new edition of Operation World, but you can get your copy of the current edition at knock-down prices from William Carey Library. SO…spread the vision, go to: http://WCLbooks.com or call 1-800-MISSION to order. IF you get 60 copies, you can even get them for less than $5.00 each! (One copy is $8.95, 3 or more is $6.50 each, 60 or more in case lots of 20 is $4.75 each. All prices are PLUS shipping and handling.)

  6. TSI TO HOST ELECTRICITY SEMINAR FOR MISSIONS — Tech Serve International (TSI) seeks to help missionaries and mission organizations worldwide in three areas: Electricity, Telecommunications, and Construction. This fall they’re hosting a seminar entitled “World Missions Seminar Electricity 101.” For more information, log on at http://www.techserve.org (Thanks for the tip, Ken!)

  7. EXPERIENCE CHURCH PLANTING — Here’s a different approach in learning how to church plant. All Nations Training Center (ANTC) runs a “Church Planting Experience” (CPx) in which seasoned church planters, experienced on four continents, walk side by side with student learners to plant churches in several people groups in Kansas City, Missouri. Participants will start to learn a new language, be resourced, mentored and coached on how to learn and disciple cross-culturally through storytelling and plant church planting churches. CPx runs from September 7th this year for 7 months in the USA and then 2 months overseas. For more details, including course handbook and application form, visit the ANTC web site at: http://www.allnationstraining.com/planting or write to Carrie crowe(at)metroallnations(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING BIBLES — Audio Scriptures International has talking Bibles. Check ’em out at http://www.audioscriptures.org or to call ASI +760-745-8105.

  9. TESOL OPENS DOORS TO THE NATIONS — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course from September 19 to October 15, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See the website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or e-mail your questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. TRANSFORMING 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’s 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 email Helen(AT)med-amb(DOT)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE: TOTAL IT UP — A “Taste of Translation & Linguistics” is back by popular demand. This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics, phonology, grammar, translation/semantics, and language learning. Field reports, videos, and personal testimonies each night round out the experience. Learn in a relaxed setting with experienced translators from different countries and language projects. Devotions, and worship build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing, meals (breakfast, lunch & supper) are provided. The cost is $200.00 and the dates are August 15-20, 04 in Idyllwild, California. Please contact Vicki vicki_weber(at)wycliffe(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (909)719-1105. Visit the Wycliffe web site for other courses outside California. http://www.wycliffe.org Select “happenings”, “Total It Up”.

  12. KNOW OF ANY ARABIC WEBSITES THAT EXPLAIN THE KING OF KINGS? — Here’s a guy in need of an Arabic website explaining Christianity (in a culturally sensitive way) to Muslims. He would love it if he could also see the English version to be able to communicate better on what they are reading with those to whom he refers it. Got any leads for him? If so, email Chris christopher.lay(at)teenmania(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. FREE PRINTING EQUIPMENT FOR A CHRISTIAN ORG — Here are 4 printing presses, a process camera, 2 folders, misc. darkroom equipment all free to a Christian organization. The equipment in located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Contact danleinbaughatcmfidotorg for more information.

  14. LEARN TO TRAIN ENGLISH TEACHERS — The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii is beginning a new 6 week TESOL course beginning August 2 and ending September 23. Their course consists of an intensive 4 week lecture phase with a 2 week practicum within our own Cross-Cultural ESL school. For more info, log on at http://www.uofn.org You may also call (808) 326-4433 for more information or (808) 326-4400 Ext 4172. You may also contact Randall Randall_Cavanaughathotmaildotcom

  15. CORRECTED URL ON CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hands-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesoftheheart.org worth visiting just to see the great front page animations

  16. MORE TIPS FOR BACKUPS — Perhaps you recall that I my laptop’s hard drive went completely dead on April 17th. Try as they might, nobody could recover data for me. Now I back up every night, and even use a portable USB “flash” drive for smaller backups, at times, during the day. Several have contributed tips for backing up, and here are a few additional thoughts from an I.T. guy named “Jonathan”:

    a. Keep one backup off site at all times – if you use re-writable media, this means having at least two (three is better so you can keep the third on site at all times for convenience).

    b. Floppies are still good for backing up a limited number of small files.

    c. CD-R’s are great – cheap, convenient and especially reliable. Unfortunately, they are not re-writable but they are cheap enough for most people to throw away once a week or so. Break it (wear goggles or wrap it in cloth!) or melt it thoroughly (in good ventilation) first if it has sensitive data. It takes many CD’s to back up a half-filled modern hard drive, but with good back-up software you can do incremental back-ups that only store the data that has changed since the last back-up in a particular series, so only the first back-up in a series takes a long time and many disks. CD-RW’s are bad since they don’t always work well except in the drive that created them, even when precautions are taken.

    d. Recordable DVD of various types are starting to look good for long term reliability, and they are getting cheaper, though there are possible compatibility issues. Though movies on DVD are pervasive enough that the drives will be around for awhile, not all DVD self- recording systems are inter-compatible. 1 DVD = 5 CD’s

    e. Magnetic media of any kind loses data eventually. Some types of tape reliably last decades some disks only years. Most will last decades to centuries if stored properly, but may have a data error on a file or two after a long time.

    f. Anything exotic or trendy is a bad bet since a new drive may not be available next year after your office burns down. Never buy the “best” or the “latest”. Buy the one that everyone else uses.

    g. Avoid consumer grade Iomega products like Zip, Jazz etc. I really mean it on this. Use professional grade stuff if you use magnetic tapes or disks, but remember that blank media may be special order only and costly.

    h. External hard drives are good – probably the best if you do big backups and want to keep re-writing the same media over and over. Remember – you must buy at least two in order to always have one off- site from the computer! Buy only USB or Firewire – nothing fancy or exotic that may not catch on and be around next year.

    i. Flash memory such as the “film” from digital cameras can be good for small backups – buy a good brand and one that is commonly used for many types of device. Be careful – the flash card for my digital camera is now unavailable and can only be used in the camera even though it was “the only kind” five years ago. The readers for these are so cheap that you can afford to buy a spare to put away for the future if you are paranoid (only paranoids REALLY back up all their files, right?).”

    (Thanks Jonathan!)

20040620 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY!
  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS!
  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE”
  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL
  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ
  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to the worker in Sweden who gave $25 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary this past week. He wrote, “It’s mid-summer here in Sweden and during this holiday time, we give thanks to God for you all there at Brigada. God bless you all and thanks for your labor of love.” Thanks, too, to the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, for their gift of $200! Whoa. Finally, our friends at Dial-Abroad sent for April totaling $164. The more I hear from them, the more I feel the need to say thanks to those who placed their phone service with Dial-Abroad!!! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html Please! And if you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-)

    If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, 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.


  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY! — Here’s one anti-spam service that has written in offering to underwrite the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Naturally, if this service can work for you, we’d love it. Visit them at: http://www.mail-block.com/brigada Sign up anytime within 30 days of visiting and they’ll donate a straight 20% of all proceeds to Brigada! If you have good luck with this service, please let us know so we can spread the word about it here in Brigada. Thanks for anyone willing to give it a try! By the way, if you’re also needing a good Internet Service Provider, they have a flat-rate (unlimited minutes) plan for $9.95/mo. (They call it the “Silver plan”.) As far as I’ve been able to tell, that’s probably the cheapest flat-rate cost of any. *Half* the price of Earthlink or AOL. Once again, they’ll give a gift to Brigada ($6 one-time gift) for everyone who signs up. For more information, check ’em out at https://www.695online.com/brigada (If you’d rather not sign up, you could always just send the $6 gift! :-) )

  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA — We heard back from several readers about the fact that the Movielink site only works in the USA. Sorry about that! We’ll eventually learn of other options and when we do, you’ll be the first to know!

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS! — On October 4-29, 2004, Youth With a Mission (at their “National Centre” (P.O. Box 43 120, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand Att: TESOL Ph: 64-9- 255-1410 Fax: 64-9- 256 1323) will present A Trinity Certificate course offered in association with Edenz Colleges. The course is designed to give the necessary skills to teach Speakers of Other Languages. Edenz is the NZQA Registered Training Provider (est. 15 yrs.) Accommodation will be provided at the Youth With a Mission Campus in South Auckland. For more information email tesol(at)ywamauckland(dot)org (dot) nz [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks J.!)

  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE” — We received several notes about the Arab Bible software. One gentleman, who works with Muslims himself, wrote, “It’s probably worth mentioning that the “Arab Bible” software has taken the liberties of changing “Allah” to “al-Ilah”. Linguistically, I understand their point, but the net effect is to render yet *another* translation in a world of where soon the translation schemes might outnumber the believers. Some readers may not care, but this is an issue for many of us and IMHO it seriously impedes my ability benefit from the software because if I take on yet another “version” I’m going appear even less credible to my Muslim friends.”

  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2005. Catch “Introduction to Buddhism and the History of Christian Mission to Buddhists”, “Contextualizing the Gospel for Buddhist Peoples”, “Church Planting in Buddhist Contexts”, or “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”. You can even get graduate credit. Request a pre- application form from Linda guestservices(at)apts(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant Rich Benson is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For father information, E-mail MRC info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254- 3313, E-mail info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL — Facilitators from the one year-old Missional International Church Network (MICN) announced the 2nd MICN Conference to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 2-6, 2005. For more information on the Missional International Church Network and the 2005 MICN Conference visit http://www.micn.org

  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ — Among the items featured in this month’s Operation Reveille are: * 3 Reasons Why a Good Testimony by Service Christians is Imperative * Spiritual Profile on Pakistan * Eternal Perspective on Abu Ghraib Prisoner Treatment * A University Prof’s Perspective on Rising Non-Western Christianity * The Ambitions of Chinese Missionaries * Church/State Developments in India * Outreach Tools for Iraq * Reception of the Gibson Passion Film in the Mid-East * Opportunity to Help Iraqi Kids and Military Christian Fellowships These articles are newly posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm (Thanks for your work, Bruce!)

  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hand-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesofthetheart.org

20040613 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR DAY!
  2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COMING TO GEORGIA
  3. MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE DOLLARS COUNT
  4. AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP ALREADY STARTED
  5. ONFOLIO: NEW WAY TO COLLECT YOUR WEB RESEARCH
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. CHURCH GROWTH OR DECLINE? BOOK REVIEW
  8. TOOLS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE
  9. NEW DEVOTIONAL FOR REPEAT SHORT-TERMERS
  10. INSIDER SAYS IRAQ IS SAFER THAN IT LOOKS
  11. TRENDS & ISSUES IN 21ST CENTURY MISSION
  12. NEED INPUT ON GETTING WELL OR STAYING WELL?
  13. GREEK SAILING SCHOONER NEEDS COOK AND CREW
  14. SUMMER ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  15. SERVING OVERSEAS WITH BROADBAND? CATCH A MOVIE
  16. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE THIRD WORLD
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR DAY! — Yes, we’ll be honest… When it comes time to paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary, sponsors make our day! Thanks to Paul from Chicago for his $24 sponsorship this past week. We appreciate you Paul! Is there another Brigada participant who would pick up the torch from Paul for this coming week? If so, just click “sponsor“, 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.

  2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COMING TO GEORGIA — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision US 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(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE DOLLARS COUNT — Cellular contract ending soon? Or new to cellular and wonder where to start? Want access to all the major providers in your area? Now you can get a great plan *and* benefit Brigada with your sign up! With a wide variety of plans available nationwide (in most areas), you should be able to find what you are looking for through Blessed Hope Communications. Plus most plans have free phones, some have cash back and many have free accessories to boot. For every sign-up processed through Brigada’s link, Brigada will earn a $50 bonus ($20 with the prepaid plans) toward the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Let your cell dollars count! Visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. (You might want to also check out the long distance rates in your area while you’re there).

  4. AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP ALREADY STARTED — Just learned that Aquaculture International is conducting a comprehensive course in Integrated Agricultural Systems, throughout the remainder of this week in Bryson City, NC, USA. There are concurrent sessions for: Farmers, Missionaries, Vocational Agricultural Teachers and Youth. Each attendee constructs a small scale system from barrels, with which they will produce fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. After the course, youth and others interested will have the opportunity to be involved in construction of integrated agricultural systems at fish farms in the area which will be used as training facilities for those interested in “helps ministries”. This is in preparation to serve on one of the many teams that Aquaculture International plans to send to construct facilities at orphanages throughout the world. There is no registration fee & inexpensive lodging is available. The theme of the course is “The Restoration of the Garden of Eden”. For more information, go to: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org .

  5. ONFOLIO: NEW WAY TO COLLECT YOUR WEB RESEARCH — Do you often find yourself having to go to the web to collect information on a particular unreached people group, country, or new product your agency/church is considering? Try Onfolio for your research needs. http://www.onfolio.com There’s even a free version available, but the paid version adds quite a bit on the information-sharing side. You can gather, organize, and sort all your links, quotes, websites, etc., then print, email, or file-share them with a friend. The program installs as a kind of add-in menu tool to Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater (like a Google Toolbar). Try it! You’ll like it.

  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted jointly by Alongside and Project Stephanas will be held near Grand Rapids, Michigan October 3-8, 2004. Contact Steve Maybee stevem(at)alongsidecares(dot)org for information. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul plere at itpartners dot org

  7. CHURCH GROWTH OR DECLINE? BOOK REVIEW — Thanks to Tony for this great review of Growth By Accident, Death By Planning: How Not to Kill a Growing Congregation Bob Whitesel (Abingdon Press, ISBN 0-687-08325- 7). Those who have read Whitesel’s previous two books (A House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps in Your Church, and Staying Power: Why People Leave the Church Over Change and What You Can Do About It) will rejoice to hear of his new book published this month. There are very few people with his sort of ministry – a church doctor/consultant. Most of us see things happening, for good or bad, in the lives of our churches, and have no idea what is driving these events, or how to change them. Whitesel has the insight to see the causes, explain them clearly, and propose solutions. This latest book covers the issue of churches which grow, plateau, or decline. It is packed with common- sense spiritual wisdom and practical steps that churches can take. Only church leadership teams which have no interest in growing, don’t care if they decline, lose members or have generational gaps, should avoid buying Whitesel’s books.

  8. TOOLS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE — For those praying that God will initiate an English language outreach in their church, Don Edic announces the completion of the fourth edition: English Language Ministry Handbook for Christian Tutors. This is a guide for volunteer English tutors needing a brief orientation to this important outreach ministry. Also, English tutors who are currently using Literacy and Evangelism International’s standard textbook series, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD OF ENGLISH may now purchase separately the new Tutor’s Guide for Level One, “Let’s Get Started!” Don services those in an ESL ministry through Literacy & Evangelism International. For other ESL materials available for individuals and churches, contact Don at his new website: http://www.EnglishMinistry.com or email Edic4Lei(at)aol(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. or click to http://www.LiteracyEvangelism.org

  9. NEW DEVOTIONAL FOR REPEAT SHORT-TERMERS — Many have used “Fishers Of Men” (recently retitled “Coming Home”) as a 14 day reentry devotional (sequenced for Reentry Stress issues) with great success and feedback. If you and/or your team have already used the above, and are returning to your home culture for a 2nd or 3rd time, “Coming Home Again” is now available. New devotionals are helpful and the focused reentry questions really help returnee process the experience. Quite a few organizations are having Deeper Roots Publications do “customized” editions of “Coming Home” with their logo and personal messages. Either book is $5.95 each. USA shipping is $1.85 media mail each, overseas shipping is about $5.00 each for airmail or air packet. Other devotionals for individuals or team members (sequenced for the culture shock curve) also available. For more information, click to http://www.DeeperRoots.com or email DeeperRoots(at)aol(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for discounts on larger orders.

  10. INSIDER SAYS IRAQ IS SAFER THAN IT LOOKS — Acorn is a mercy ministry working with local authorities developing services for disabled children in Kurdistan, which they consider a very safe area in Iraq. Did you know that Kirkuk, regularly in the news because of violent incidents, statistically seen, is safer than San Jose (same size, with a similar mix of people groups), which claims to be “the safest big city in America”?. As Iraq has the name of being extremely dangerous, Acorn has an acute need for skilled staff like managers, physiotherapists, special needs educators, etc. Check out their website for more vacancies and details http://www.acorn.nl or contact info(at)acorn(dot)nl [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. TRENDS & ISSUES IN 21ST CENTURY MISSION — Harvest Bible College is excited to offer this new course in its MA program – 20 – 24th Sept, 2004. This course is taught by experienced missiologists, Les Henson (PhD) & Ian Grant (PhD Cand) in Melbourne, Australia, and includes on- line and intensive components. This, and other courses in Intercultural Ministry can be taken either for: (1) professional development, or (2) academic credit toward an MA. For more information see the website – http://www.harvestbc.com.au or write mtaylor(at)harvestbc(dot)com(dot)au [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. NEED INPUT ON GETTING WELL OR STAYING WELL? — Try clicking over to Christian Wellness Association at http://www.ChristianWellness.org Their site is loaded with ideas that you might be able to contextualize for your particular target people group or culture.

  13. GREEK SAILING SCHOONER NEEDS COOK AND CREW — The Genevieve Challenge, a 90-foot sailing schooner based in eastern Greece, has an urgent need for a cook and a crewmember on board the boat for the remainder of the 2004 sailing season. Each will ideally have prior cooking or crewing experience (although not mandatory) and can be male or female or a couple. The boat’s manager, KingFisher Project (part of Torchbearers International) runs Christian sailaway weeks through the end of October 2004, with destinations being the Greek islands of the north Aegean. The current cook and crew have had to leave unexpectedly, thus the urgent need from 1 July 2004. KingFisher will provide food and accommodation aboard Genevieve Challenge and, if one stays for the whole season, $50 per month pocket money. Flights, train from the airport to the boat’s base in eastern Greece and back, insurance and personal expenses must be borne by the individual. Interested parties, even if they can’t stay for the whole of the season, should contact Theo or Marita at KingFisher Project by logging on at http://www.kingfisherproject.org or by phone +30 235 203 1876 or by emailing theodore(at)spark(dot)net(dot)gr [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  14. SUMMER ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — Here’s a school in Kazakhstan that needs English teachers immediately, or for the 2004/2005 school year. Specifically, they’re looking for 2 English teachers/conversational English partners for a 3 to 4 week teaching assignment in Astana, Kazakhstan to provide conversational training for two groups of 16 students. Housing, Food, and Curriculum are provided. If you are interested, please contact Kurt caopscenter(at)pactec(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. They also need 2 English teachers for the fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters in a similar program. They’ll provide training; the only prerequisite is that you must be a native speaker of English.

  15. SERVING OVERSEAS WITH BROADBAND? CATCH A MOVIE — Are you one of the growing number of folks serving cross-culturally, far from your homeland, with broadband Internet? Maybe you’d like to catch a movie now and then, but everything’s in the local language. Need an occasional getaway from the hustle and bustle? Try clicking to: http://www.movielink.com Where you can download a 500 meg movie file and watch it legally and easily (if you have broadband). Costs are low (e.g., $3 for a first-run movie). As always, maintain your vigilance regarding what you download. The Internet is loaded with trash… Be smart.

  16. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE THIRD WORLD — The (secular) P3 Project site is packed with innovative ideas which could be helpful to any mission involved in development work: http://www.p3international.org/ (Thanks for the tip, Tony! You’re great!)

20040606 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE?
  6. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  7. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED
  9. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR
  10. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS
  11. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT
  12. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — If you’ve been vacationing on Mars for the last 9 years, perhaps you’ve missed the fact that we have some great sponsors and friends that are helping us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! :-) This past week, we received $20 from a missions pastor in Southern California (Thanks brother!). We appreciate you! We also rec’d $30 more from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. *And* $100 from Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown, MD. God bless you!!! Are there other churches that can step up to the plate to match Seneca Creek’s faith and vision? We’ll apply the funds toward our Brigada secretary so we can keep these Brigada Todays going out the door on time! 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.

  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — Missionary Resources of Columbia offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254-3313, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or via the web: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant, Rich Benson, is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For further information, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit our web page: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE? — Have you discovered a wholesale source for vaccinations and malaria medicine for your short term mission trips? Southway Church has a doctor who could prescribe and a nurse who could administer the vaccinations, etc., but they don’t know where to go to purchase the medicine wholesale. Pastor Kevin will share with the rest of the Brigada family whatever information you send him at pastor at southway dot org
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  7. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — While handing out a few gospel tracts, a couple of believers were asked to explain them. Jennifer, a 53-year-old Coloured woman, admitted to never attending a church, yet she seemed desperate to hear the gospel. Over the distractions of her drunken older sister, Jennifer intently listened in hope. She accepted the Lord that day. She thanked the believers over and over for coming to share the Good News. She said, “For the first time, now my heart feels good.” Pray for Jennifer to be built up in Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc at iafrica dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  8. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM — People Raising has just released its 6-hour fund raising training program on DVD. Now you have the opportunity to get the best of People Raising on DVD. This is a great tool to navigate easily through the 12 People Raising steps. With an expanded menu it makes it easier in learning and coaching others in this challenging area of fund raising. Now with a click of a button you can access specific training for some of the toughest fund raising issues. This has been a proven tool in reducing the fear and time it takes to raise needed funds and will streamline your learning and coaching To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#dvd or contact Bill at PeopleRaising dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  9. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED — David Garrison’s new book _Church Planting Movements, how God is redeeming a lost world_ has just been published by WIGTake Resources. Includes more than two dozen profiles of Church Planting Movements, 8 regional maps, more than twenty charts and graphs, an extensive Biblical index, glossary, an extensive list of suggested readings, and three practical appendices featuring the most productive Church Planting Movement methodologies being used today. How to use this book: -Practical guide to the latest Church Planting Movement best practices. -Team resource to Church Planting Movement principles at work around the world. – Education tool for your home church, your supporting churches, prayer network, team members, volunteers, and Great Commission partners. The book retails for $18.95 and can be obtained by calling toll-free phone: (888) 795-4434 or direct (806) 795-4434. Toll-free fax: (888) 795-4451; Other fax: (806) 795-4471 or email: customerservice at lanforceinc dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces).

  10. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR — The time is drawing near for the 2004 Web Evangelism Seminar in Perth, Australia. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to gain skills and new relationships for Internet evangelism ministry. The Web Evangelism Seminar is a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, building cross-cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. You and your students will learn how to harness the power of the Internet to share the Gospel with the world’s unreached and to mobilize the church to reach the world. All are invited to attend! You can find out more about the seminar at our webpage, just click here: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

    You can also download an application at http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/pdffiles/webevapp.pdf and get more details about curriculum and speakers. It also has a cool coloured flyer that you can download and print off for advertisement or just go ahead and email our registrar department to start processing you or your team’s participation at registrar at ywamperth dot org dot au (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces). Seminar dates: June 28th – July 3rd, 2004 Costs: AU$180.00. (accommodation if needed – AU$70)


  11. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS — “Health Advice For Overseas Travelers” by Dr. Jon Askew and “Tips On Understanding International Insurance” by Jeff Gulleson are now available on reconfigured Good Neighbor Insurance website. Also, check out a one page overview of international health plans including coverage for career and short-term workers, team, med-evac, war and terrorism, trip cancellation, furlough, large and small group, settling back into the USA, coverage prior to leaving the USA, and internationals in the USA. For information contact: jeff at gninsurance dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com

  12. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT — ArabBible is a powerful and innovative software tool, designed to help English-speaking missionaries interactively learn the Classical Arabic of the New Testament. Delivered on CD-ROM, there are more than 50,000 definitions so far, with complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Gospels! Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information – not just a dictionary entry for that word, but contextual meaning and thorough grammatical help as well (something that even the best dictionary can never provide). A handy Back Translation helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, and can immediately take the mystery out of a particular verse. A Smart-Search Concordance provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and the Root Analyzer will help you discover, learn and retain entire word families. Another exciting feature of ArabBible is its ability to recite the verse out loud, as read by a native Arabic speaker. You can even slow the speaker’s voice down by 25%, thanks to some high-tech software used in the development of ArabBible! ArabBible can also recite an entire chapter back to you for review. Check out our website at http://www.ArabBible.com and order it online today, or email contact at ArabBible dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) for more details.

  13. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA? — Thanks to Brad, who reminded us this past week of the importance of backing up to some kind of removable media. If the external hard drive sits by the laptop and they both burn up in a house fire, we’d better have something stored offsite! :-) You can use external drives, as long as you store one offsite or at a different location. Today, 80GB drives start in the $130 range, although prices climb with storage capacity. Brad recommended some form of removable media, like 1.4MB floppy disks, high-capacity disk formats like the Zip drive and or the new Rev Drive, which holds 35 gigs on a small cartridge. (These Rev drives might actually be the best choice of all on the current market.) You can also use CD-ROM and DVD drives. CDs have enough space for about 600MB of data; DVDs can hold more than 4GB. Both are economical solutions for backing up large amounts of data for easy storage off-site, as long as you’re there to swap disks. Finally, you do Web-based applications like TOP PRODUCER 7i. You can lease space on remote servers for a subscription fee that starts at as little as $9.95 per month for 500MB of storage. Providers include Xdrive, Connected Corp., and My Docs Online. Finally, you can use simple email. Just attach a file to an e-mail message, and send it to yourself. Then you can open and save the attachment on another computer or store it online on the server of a Web-based e-mail account like Yahoo! Mail. But before you count on a Web-based e-mail service as your principal source of backup, find out how much storage capacity you are allowed and how often the service purges old messages.
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