Monthly Archives: September 2004

20040924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND!
  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER
  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE
  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS
  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET)
  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE
  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER!
  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND! — Thanks this past week to Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX, for their sponsorship gift of $75 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Please visit them on the web at http://www.irvingbible.org/ and if you’re at all ever in the Irving area, please stop by their worship services! Hats off also to the husband/wife team working in Andes Mountains training leaders and overseeing a Bible translation (who sent $100), to the anonymous workers in Western Europe ($25), the one from Eastern Europe too ($100), the gracious reader from Brazil ($5), and another dear friend ($100). We are very grateful. Another participant used the “subscribe” feature to send his regular $10 subscription. What a guy! :-) And hats off to Tom, the Director of MATS, who sent $100 with this note, “Brigada always gets us in touch with those we desire to serve the most: missionaries. You are a blessing; thanks for what you allow GOD to do with your life.” Learn more about them at: http://www.mats.org Thanks, too, to the brother in Seattle who wrote, “Thank you and the Brigada team for your work in serving our Lord with your skills and helping us network with others in similar ministries.” ($100) This and the “Toolbox” gift below, brings us to a total of $5,315.02 collected so far in 2004, nearly a third of the way to our secretary’s hopeful annual salary of $16,140. Unfortunately, only 3 months remain to make up the other two-thirds. If you can help, 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. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER — Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, available to Brigada readers at 15% off during the month of October. And a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks to author John Walton for the $25 gift this past week!)

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

  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is offering a free Talking Bible to churches observing a Talking Bible Sunday. ASI wants every church in America to have a Talking Bible of its own. Not only will people who are shut in, hospitalized, vision impaired, or unable to read for some other reason use this Bible – but the entire church will be reminded of the millions of people in the world who have never been able to read God’s Word for themselves – people who need Talking Bibles. Call ASI at 1-800-318-7262 and ask for Dori or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and learn how a church can receive its FREE Talking Bible and observe a Talking Bible Sunday.

  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS — “Tell of His Glory Among the Nations” covers many classic Scriptures passages and themes about world missions, and is ideal for those who want to study the biblical basis for world missions and share it with others. Thirteen lessons are well suited for one Sunday School quarter. Great for adults or youth, small groups or individual study. One page per lesson. Easy to photocopy. http://www.mission1.org

  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT — Several organizations that work with Palestinians have put together a Ramadan prayer guide focusing on Palestinians. The daily selection includes stories about real people and places where Palestinians live. Although the emphasis is during Ramadan, the guide includes information about Christians as well as Muslims. This is a world-wide project and the guide is available in pdf format in Afrikans, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. To receive a copy electronically write to: plstnteam(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Specify what language you’d like and that you heard about the project through Brigada.

  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET) — To make an informed decision, check out http://www.broadbandreports.com/gbu and read the recent individual reviews. There are other options out there for VOIP that are on par with Vonage. Lingo, another provider, includes several European countries in its $20 unlimited plan and offers Asia and International plans. You can even choose a phone number from other countries. Its referral program gives each party $25 – (So maybe use this as a fundraiser for your mission work?). 2 months of personal experience says that despite mixed reviews Lingo works great! (By the way, if you mention Mike’s name and email address [mikeyatmbmsinternationaldotorg], he’ll send the $25 to Brigada if you tell him you heard about it here. He’ll encourage the other party to send a portion too. Thanks Mike!)

  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE — If you ever find yourself in the position of having to transfer a large file to someone else… maybe larger than you can or should send by email… try http://s2.yousendit.com/ This free service acts as a go-between file-server. Looks like their long-term business plan is to depend on ads, but their privacy policy promises not to spam you. If you’re afraid you’ll be targeted, secure a temporary address for you or your recipient. (Thanks to John for the tip!)

  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — An international focus day on web outreach is scheduled for April 2005. The purpose is to equip churches, missions and other Christian groups to use the Web for effective evangelism. There are many ways that you can help this exciting vision to fruition: http://ied.gospelcom.net/helping.php

  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER! — If you haven’t updated your installation of Windows lately (since Sept. 21, 2004), better head on over. Just click to: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Be sure you install all critical updates. There’s a new threat possible within JPG (picture) files. This is one of the most common files on the web, as well as with digital cameras. If you’d like to read more about the threat, see: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-028.mspx Note that no virus has yet been detected “in the wild.” This is only a threat. But now that the threat is verified, viruses are likely to follow. (Thanks for the tip, Jon! Good catch!)

  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS — Here’s a Brigada reader that has offered to supply gift vouchers with Safari Chalets which you can send to any of your friends/family/prayer partners/financial supporters as a year-end thank you gift. It is reportedly a seven-day-free-accommodation-for-two gift voucher, worth up to $900 US, at any one of Safari Chalet’s Private Game Reserves in South Africa, available during October 2004 to December 2005. It is recommended to book your week for 2005 by December 2004, to make sure you get the week of your choice. Your complimentary gift voucher number is BRIGADATODAY. You will need it when you collect the gift by simply completing the on-line Safari Survey at http://www.safarichalets.com/Survey or email Jacques with the voucher number at info(at)safarichalets(dot)nl [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Detail of the Kololo and Moholoholo Game Reserves and the when, what, where, meal and travel costs, will follow immediately after you completed the survey. (Please keep in mind that we have not personally had the opportunity to experience this opportunity, so as is the case in every new situation, we’ll appreciate hearing back from those who try it!)

20040919 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE BOOST!
  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS
  3. MAKE INT’L CALLS? BET THESE GUYS BEAT YOUR CURRENT CARRIRER
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. QUALITY TRAINING FOR MID-TERM MISSIONARIES
  6. FIELD MISSIONARY COLLEGE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS?
  7. MORE IDEAS ON RESPONDING TO POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS
  8. TRAINING IN CYBERMISSIONS
  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN PRATTVILLE ALABAMA
  10. PRAYFORDENMARK.COM WEB SITE LAUNCHED
  11. WANT “IN” ON THE GOOGLE “GMAIL” BETA TEST?
  12. ENGLISH SPEAKERS/ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  13. TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM!
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE BOOST! — Thanks to the tribal missionary in Thailand who wrote, this past week, “You are a blessing to us. Thanks for your vision and for sticking with it.” They enclosed $100 with their note of encouragement, to help us underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary. Dial-Abroad sent money from August phone users: $156 more toward our secretary! This brings us to a total of $4,675.02 collected so far in 2004. Whoa we’ve got a ways to go: The Brigada secretary is being paid $16,140 for the year’s work. Can anyone else out there help us make this happen in the last 3 months of the year? If so, just log on to: “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. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS -– One of our sponsors, TealBrook Supplies, offers a portable water purification system that is excellent for relief situations, operating on gravity and making the water microbiologically safe. Following Hurricane Mitch these were used extensively to bring safe drinking water to the victims, often via the local church creating a direct connection of the church to the hurting. If you’re involved in relief efforts contact TealBrook by visiting their website at http://www.tealbrook.com or emailing them at info(at)tealbrook(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MAKE INT’L CALLS? BET THESE GUYS BEAT YOUR CURRENT CARRIRER — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html [Truth in partnership: These two services support our Brigada-sponsored secretary.]

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS Ministry has been: providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. They try to provide cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. QUALITY TRAINING FOR MID-TERM MISSIONARIES — Mid-term missions is a fast growing segment of the missions endeavor and includes those serving cross-culturally for three months to three years. They need more training than the two-week short-termer, but not as much the career missionary. DELTA Ministries International has developed an intensive, four-day training specifically for the mid-term missionary. The next training will be held in New York City, October 14-17, 2004. You can receive further information by writing to info(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or calling 503-669-8048, or see the web at http://www.deltaministries.com/midterm_training.htm

  6. FIELD MISSIONARY COLLEGE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS? — Is anyone aware of university graduate education (distance) grants/scholarships/major discounts/free tuition/etc. for field missionaries? Catalin (popa(at)euro316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] ) would like to know. Send options to Catalin and he’ll report back to us in a couple of weeks so that everyone can see the list. Thanks Catalin!

  7. MORE IDEAS ON RESPONDING TO POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — No matter *what* kind of browser you use, in Windows, you should be able to right-click then hit “close” on the browser’s tab in your status bar. (Thanks Mark!) But Mary gets the award for the *easiest* method of forcing a window closed: ctrl-W! How’d I miss that before? Thanks Mary!

    Two different Peters plus a Scott wrote with a different approach. They all suggested changing to Mozilla web browser, http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ Scott went on to point out that The Office of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) recently recommended switching from IE to Firefox because of its enhanced security features. Read their recommendations at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6746-2004Jun25.html

    Christopher recommended the Enigma browser http://www.suttondesigns.com/ He said it works with Internet Explorer, but gives multiple tabs, instead of multiple IE windows. It has a built in pop-up filter, inline ad filter, and site filter (on user’s request) and, according to Christopher, it really makes Internet browsing much easier.

    By all means, if you’re in the Windows environment, we assume you’re already running Google’s toolbar (which includes the pop-up blocker) or the new pop-up blocker in Windows Service Pack 2.


  8. TRAINING IN CYBERMISSIONS — http://www.cybermissions.org/training/ A 12-week online course in Cybermissions and Internet Evangelism, covers theology and strategy of Internet ministry, online communication, online community, suitable unreached people groups for Internet outreach, online demographics, reaching post-moderns online, reaching major world religions online, developing bridge sites, and much more. The course starts September 20th but you can enroll until the 30th. Just go to the website above to enroll. The cost is $35 donation for Western students, free for students from developing nations. Run by John Edmiston from the Asian Internet Bible Institute and Tony Whittaker of the Web Evangelism Guide. Email: johned(at)aibi(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN PRATTVILLE ALABAMA — Global Opportunities is offering a FREE half-day seminar (9 am to 1 pm) Saturday, Oct 2, at East Memorial Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama. The church is located at 435 Sheila Boulevard, Prattville, Alabama 36066. See their website for directions: http://www.eastmemorial.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: charles(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PRAYFORDENMARK.COM WEB SITE LAUNCHED — A new Web site, called Pray for Denmark… http://www.prayfordenmark.com has recently been launched to promote prayer by North Americans of Danish descent for the revival of the Christian church in their Danish homeland. The creators hope it will spark similar sites for other countries/homelands.

  11. WANT “IN” ON THE GOOGLE “GMAIL” BETA TEST? — Another Brigada reader has offered his help. Just write frank.e.martin(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. ENGLISH SPEAKERS/ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — They’re needed in Kazakhstan for Fall 2004, Spring 2005, or Summer 2005. If you are a native English speaker and can teach conversational English, please check the website at http://tinyurl.com/kz1v or http://tinyurl.com/469s5 This is a great opportunity to serve with local Kazakhstani teachers and build new friends. You may email Kurt at caopscenter(at)pactec(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  13. TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM! — The GLOBAL Opportunities “Light to the Nations” course still has space available. Enjoy four and a half days of focused teaching on all things tentmaking, stories from experienced tentmakers and time just spent connecting with others of like mind – all in a wonderful setting at the US Center for World Missions in Pasadena California. October 13-17, 2004. To register, click to: http://www.globalopps.org/ltn

20040912 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  2. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS
  3. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004
  4. CLASP TORONTO
  5. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO
  6. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS
  7. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET
  8. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  9. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES
  10. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE
  11. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE
  12. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP! — Whoa… We continue to be humbled by those who choose to help us. At the same time, we’d really love to challenge new subscribers and supporters to step up to the plate. Last week’s included: Blessed Hope $17.82 visit An anonymous donor in North Carolina ($30) RKW in Malaysia ($30 given, “to encourage others living in my region to support Brigada.” He added, “May our Heaven Father continue to bless you and all at your end for the helpful service you are providing to our Lord’s work around the globe. Maranatha!”
  2. Want to help? Click here.


  3. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — Got a pesky pop-up or a picture of one? Try closing the window by pressing Alt-F4 (Close Window). It’s probably easier than using the ctrl-alt- delete we recommended last week! Thanks to those who suggested this easier approach! There were plenty who also recommended a browser like Mozilla Firefox or a pop-up blocker like Google, or Windows XP Service Pack 2. Still others suggested yet another software choice: Norton Internet Security. But remember, my problem last week was that I had a *picture* of a pop-up. Google was catching all my “real” pop-ups. Still, thanks for all the user feedback!

  4. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004 — John Dawson, Loren Cunnignham, Fred Markert & Reona Peterson Joly are plenary speakers. Attend for 4 days of “real worship, real relationship and real mission” at Estes Park, CO. YWAM alumni, supporters, associates and future missionaries are welcome. Costs begin at $200 (includes conference, lodging & meals). Register at http://www.GO-conference.com . Questions GO-conference(at)att(dot)net or AimBarstad(at)aol(dot)com.

  5. CLASP TORONTO — Scheduled for October 17-29, 2004, this two week course integrates the elements of COPE and PLANTS programs with a unique approach to culture adjustments through language learning. Exciting simulations, personal interviews, phonetic training, language learning projects and field experience provide preparation for effective intercultural ministry. For Christian workers serving cross- culturally for more than one year. For more information, click to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  6. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO — Planned for November 14-26, 2004, this ten- day program helps you identify your own personal learning style, understanding your strengths and weakness, overcome fear and inhibitions, as well as design a plan that both fits you and your situation. From the rich resources of Toronto they can arrange for you to actually begin the language learning process on site in your own target language. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented language learning activities, projects, techniques, skills and strategies. For more Information contact : 905- 640-1621 Email > info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Register on-line at http://www.missionprep.ca

  7. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS — VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology has grown up. If you have highspeed internet access and would like to make virtually free phone calls to the U.S. or Canada, and cheap ones to anywhere else, then give Vonage a try. With Vonage, you choose a phone number in the U.S. area code of your choice and receive a small VOIP box (about the size of a highspeed modem) that you connect to your highspeed modem. You then connect any phone to the VOIP box. It’s that simple. It is already being used in countries like Brazil and Belgium and, in theory, should work anywhere in the world that has highspeed internet access. So, suppose most of your friends and family – the ones most likely to call you – live in the St. Petersburg, FL, area. You sign up for a Vonage plan and request a number in the 727 area code. Then your friends pick up their phones, dial a normal seven-digit number, and the phone rings at your house in Timbuktu (assuming you have highspeed internet access in Timbuktu). Plus you can make unlimited phone calls to them and anywhere else in the USA and Canada for $29.95 per month. Calls to anywhere else in the world are VERY cheap and the quality is outstanding. If you want to learn more, contact Jason at jason(at)ccibrasil(dot)org(dot)br [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or at his Vonage number, which is 1-727-490-3314. With his referral, you will get your first month free. Please be sure to tell him you heard about it on Brigada.

  8. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET — Thanks to Justin for the tip about Groove.net. I’ve been trying it out over the past 10 days and, I’ll have to admit, it’s rather impressive. It’s a free download for personal use, although it’s somewhat limited in personal mode. The basic client is $69. According to Justin, it’s being used by a number of non-profits in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows file-sharing, threaded discussions, online group editing of documents, chat, project management, shared calendars, shared contact database – and all of this is end-to-end encrypted. Justin wrote, “It’s a public company so there’s no question about who owns it. I use it myself, and I think it’s great.” So I’ve been trying it since seeing his recommendation and, sure enough, it offers quite a lot. In fact, as a part of the management of web links, one can even surf *with* another Internet user — *and* it’ll seem like you’re using a VPN the whole time. Pretty groovy! (Thanks again, Justin!)

  9. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold their third Christian comics seminar in Mexico in March 2005. It will be hosted again by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX) and Revista Prisma. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. The 3-day course includes sessions on Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at ccmprisma(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Yours truly, may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org

  10. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing TALKING BIBLES. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non-readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact them via asi(AT)audioscripures(dot)org

  11. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE — The Graduate School of Bethel University is answering a burgeoning demand for advanced degrees taught and applied within a framework of Christian values. The school offers a growing choice of master’s, certificate, and licensure programs, including a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration. Most of the program is completed online and requires approximately four years to complete. To learn more, go to http://gs.bethel.edu/doctorate/education/, email d- morrow(at)bethel(dot)edu, or call 800.255.8706. ext. 8000. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE — Desperate For His Presence combines a passionate call to intimacy with the King with God’s desire to have his presence fill our cities. From Rhonda Hughey, who has more than a decade of experience in citywide ministry and the international prayer movement. More information at http://www.bethanyhouse.com/desperatepresence. TO ORDER: orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com / 1-800-877-2665 / (616) 676- 9185

  13. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Thanks to Dial-Abroad.org for their help in sponsoring our Brigada Secretary!)

20040905 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO ARE HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET
  2. AVERT OUTLANDISH LONG DISTANCE
  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  4. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL SERVICE
  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  6. COMPUTER VANDALS ARE GETTING EVEN MORE CLEVER
  7. CREATE TALKING BIBLES
  8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  9. TAKE PART IN “30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS 2004”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO ARE HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET — We pray God’s richest blessings on those who are helping us provide for our Brigada- sponsored secretary. Missionary Training Service sent $30. We appreciate you! To learn more about their services, visit http://www.missionarytraining.org

    Thanks, too, to Jeff & Gloria Gulleson, of Good Neighbor Insurance http://www.gninsurance.com for their tremendous help… a $100 gift! Yahooo! Check out their insurance offerings for overseas *and* home-based workers, and please tell them you heard about them on Brigada! And thanks to the anonymous giver who gave $50 this past week!

  2. Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just 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.


  3. AVERT OUTLANDISH LONG DISTANCE — A guy in our office just got hit with a $510 phone bill after calling his girlfriend, a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia. We’d better do our homework before calling. His call was 100 minutes. That’s all it took to size-down their engagement ring. Learn how missionaries can save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Sign up for long distance and they’ll also help Brigada cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary.)

  4. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII — Making plans for Spring yet? It’s not too early to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training April 7 – 9, 2005 in Honolulu, HI. This is a comprehensive, interactive session designed to teach any cross-cultural team leader how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. Download a brochure with all the cost and travel details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_HI2005.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainer(at)aol(dot)com . To register, send an e-mail to Greg at ucommit(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12 week course from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities, plus immersion in an international community with native-English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to a rich learning environment. Tuition of $2250 includes food and housing. See http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  6. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL SERVICE — Their four-day intensive seminar provides the steps, stature and stamina for cross- culture work. Experienced field workers provide valuable teaching on a wide array of subjects which have helped people on all levels of preparedness to go, stay and succeed in God¹s call. The next training will be in Virginia from October 28-31, 2004. For details write to info(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. To apply to the mentorship network write to elijahcompany-mentorshipnetwork- subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org. Check out their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. October 24 to November 19, 2004. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  8. COMPUTER VANDALS ARE GETTING EVEN MORE CLEVER — Have you noticed how computer vandals are making it tougher and tougher on us? I remember a time… maybe as recently as 1 year ago… when I would tell my kids, “If, while browsing, you see a pop-up with option buttons like, ‘OK’ or ‘No thanks’, never click those buttons because they could actually install an “adware program” or even initiate a malicious script on your PC.” I would suggest, “Instead, close those pop-ups by clicking on the red ‘X’ in the upper right-hand corner of the box.” Well nowadays, I can no longer suggest that… because pop-up designers have become even more clever, designing boxes where even the red ‘X’ can now initiate program material that you didn’t desire. So how *do* you get rid of pop-up boxes for which you didn’t ask? My kids and I only know of one way: In Windows XP, press “ctrl-alt-delete”, then click on the “Task Manager”, click the “Applications” tab, scroll through the list of applications until you find the Internet Explorer application with the offensive “box”, click once on it, then choose “End Task” for that window. That’s now the only way to safely exit from a pop-up without giving some rascal a chance to take over your machine. If you regularly give your kids ideas on how to escape from harmful situations at school or on the street, teach them this safe computing practice too.

  9. CREATE TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing Talking Bibles. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non- readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact them via asi(at)audioscripures(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. This year there is a new, full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available. Please join us on October 1st for the October 1st 2004 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the new prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com.

  11. TAKE PART IN “30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS 2004” — Here’s an annual prayer guide and worldwide prayer focus on the Muslim world during Ramadan. This year it is from October 15 to November 13. There are both adult and “Just for Kids” printed guides in 42 languages. See the website for list. For the free daily email guide – subscribe at: 30- days-subscribeatarchedotc-serverdotnet For general enquiries, write 30-days(at)xodigo(dot)com Their international site with facts, figures, resources, testimonies and much more: http://www.30-days.net Español: 30 días de oración por el Mundo Musulmán: http://www.30-days.net/es/
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