Monthly Archives: February 2005

20050227 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05)
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE
11. OAXACA 100
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE) — Occasionally I’ll notice that one of our workers has splashed a 2 megabyte photo into a Word document (with a size something like 2″ x 3″), or worse yet, onto a web page (with a size perhaps even smaller). Powerpoint now has a tool to compress these oversize mammoths (Word doesn’t, and FrontPage’s is awkward to use, at best). We need to invest more time training our workers to custom-tailor the resolution (dots per inch) to the job (screen or web page, printed page, or actual photo). My understanding is — we basically need to teach 72 dpi for PowerPoint’s or websites, 300 or 600 dpi for pages to be printed on lasers (600 dpi can grow big pretty fast), and the more dpi the better for a photo. (5 megapixel cameras produce about a 2 megabyte picture that doesn’t look pixilated until you get up to 9×12″ or bigger.)

But how do we help our workers make these adaptations? My belief is — teach them to *capture* the art at the highest resolution possible, all the time. It takes more hard drive space to store them, but always hang onto the high-res original. Then use some kind of photo-editing software to reduce the resolution and image size to the exact dimensions and desired application.

One good option for our workers these days is Picasa. It’s now owned by Google and, like most things Google-ized, it’s getting better with age. With version 2.0, it became just as good as Photoshop Album and easier to use than ACD-see. Get it at http://www.picasa.com. With it, you can organize, edit, and even share all your digital photos. Save them to an external drive (you do back up your photos, right?), add captions, clean them up, and even play with lighting and color effects. Upload them to popular photo-sharing websites for others to see. (Obviously, be careful with pictures of sensitive situations, workers, and nationals.)

Oh … and tell ’em Brigada sent you. (I’m actually teasing about the “tell ’em Brigada sent you” part. Google could care less, because, again, like most things Google, Picasa is now absolutely free.)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS — Check out this new missions and church planting internship program http://www.thegap.com.br The GAP – Global Apprenticeship Program is an internship/apprenticeship program which focuses on all aspects of cross cultural missions and church planting. With a 20-week module students are exposed to morning classes and afternoon “The Apprentice” style discipleship projects. The whole program takes place completely on the mission field in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a faculty that has over 15 years experience in Brazil, Haiti, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, and Mexico. Up to 7 college credits may be awarded for study at Elim Bible Fellowship.
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE — The theme is “Serving Christ in the Chinese Century”, April 29-30, 2005, offered Friday evening and all day Saturday at Peninsula Covenant Church Redwood City, CA. The Plenary Speakers are Jamie Taylor IV, OMF International and Dr. Matthew Koh, President, MSI. The program includes plenary sessions, workshops, Win Our World children’s program, prayer and fellowship time with visiting missionaries. The web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest For Conference inquiries, write Julie omfconference(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 .] or call +1-925-459-0734
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five-and-a- half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. The language will be English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences will follow in Croatia (October and November). For more information, log on: http://www.magazinetraining.com
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON — Beginning in late March, SHARE Education Services will be visiting Bishkek, Tashkent and Almaty to provide educational and family support to expat workers. Children’s educational issues continue to be a great concern to expat workers and a primary reason that they return to their passport countries. SHARE seeks to equip parents and give them counsel to work through the many questions and difficulties that arise on the field. They will provide academic norm-referenced testing, a day-long workshop on troubleshooting home schooling difficulties and curriculum selection, and a 2-day conference dealing with such issues as: boarding school pros and cons from an insiders perspective, how to handle multiple languages for you kids, getting a European perspective on home schooling and transition back into the passport country educational system, and a host of family relational, ministry stress issues to be lead a pair of veteran counselors of expats. They will be in Almaty March 25th and April6-11, Bishkek March 26-29 (no conference here), and in Tashkent March 30-April 5. Please contact Larry at
lmilks(at)share-ed-services(dot)org for info on how to register. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This info should also be on their web site by March 28th: http:\\shareeducation.com
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05) — It’s happening June 3-5, at Pacific University, near Portland, OR. The early-bird rate postmarked by March 15th of $199 is for Members. The early-bird, non-member rate is $239. New membership in ACMI is only $10. For membership form and ACMI’05 brochure, please see http://www.acmi-network.org For questions about the ACMI’05 conference contact Carmen carmenhills(at)earthlink(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 about the Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, Leiton lechinn(at)aol(dot)com ACMI’05, 24th annual, national conference of about 300 participants from the U.S. and Canada, has 50 workshops related to ministry among Int’l students.
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES — Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, will be offering intensive courses in Aboriginal Spirituality (May 2-6, 2005) and Islam (May 9-13, 2005). Limited on-campus accommodations are available. For information visit http://www.taylor-edu.ca or contact Renetta Renetta.geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA — The Italians need you! The date is Aug. 31 to Sept. 12, 05 w/ add on dates, if desired. DELTA Ministries International, the churches of Italy and long-term missionaries want you to come and work with the Italians through festival style evangelism in one of the neediest areas of Southern Italy. You can be involved in various activities including music, medical, creative booths, interactive crowd games and various others that provide opportunities to connect relationally. Throughout the festival, team members will evangelize and invite Italians to an evangelistic presentation at the end of each evening. In years past, thousands have been in attendance and hundreds have come to know Christ. The registration deadline is April 15, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533-5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: +1-503-669-8048, or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE — KidZ At Heart International invites you to attend KidZtitute, April 5-8 or May 10-13, in Phoenix, Arizona. KidZtitute is designed to prepare North American children’s ministry leaders to reach kids around the world for Christ. Successful graduates of KidZtitute are prepared to equip overseas ministry leaders to effectively evangelize and disciple the children of their own communities. Training includes culturally adaptable workshops on how children L.E.A.R.N. best, how to tell a great Bible story, leading a child to Christ, helping children worship and teaching kids to pray. Participants are also trained in workshop presentation techniques, gathering and leading short-term missions teams, being a good guest in another culture and raising funds for short-term projects. Participants may choose to join or lead KidZ At Heart teams ministering in 15 countries around the world. KidZtitute Cost is $395 ($50 discount if received by March 15, 2005). Contact sfletcher(at)kidzatheart(dot)org or visit http://www.kidzatheart.org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE -– Be discipled through Reyah Bible College. Learn how to reach the lost and disciple them also. Reyah is a nondenominational Christian Bible college with convenient, affordable, high-quality education for busy learners around the world. Courses are taken in English either through streaming audio on-line, audio CDs or tapes, and/or evening classes. Contact Reyah Bible College at: 4049 N. Freeway, Blvd., Sacramento, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1-866- 274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail the college at: contact(at)reyah(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Reyah’s web site at: http://www.reyah.org
11. OAXACA 100 — Do you want to be involved in an extreme makeover? Set aside the dates! From Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 05 Delta Ministries International and Adventures in Life are looking for 100 men to minister to the Zapotecan people of Oaxaca, Mexico. The team will be involved in building a 1,500 sq. ft. ministry center extreme makeover style to serve as a training center for the Tlacolula Valley. Other areas of ministry will include: general maintenance for the church; medical teams to work alongside Mexican doctors; a worship team and a team for communications to do photography; video and writing stories to post daily on the web site along with recording the daily ministry activities. The registration deadline is April 1, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, contact Asher ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at: http://www.deltaministries.com
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE — Thanks to our friends at Nebraska Christian College, Norfolk, Nebraska, for a great $100 gift to underwrite our Brigada-sponsored secretary and help with common expenses for this newsletter. Adventures in Missions (specifically, author and leader Seth Barnes) added in $100 more, and our loyal subscriber in Europe rounded it out with $5 more this month, making it $205 so far this week! Thanks to one and all. Want to help make this work possible? If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), 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 be anonymous.

20050220 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
2. NEED A WEBSITE? SERVING HIM? THIS COMPANY PLEDGES IT FOR FREE
3. INTEGRATED AGRICUTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
4. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIP FOR FAMILIES
5. NEW CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY
6. FOR TESL FOLKS, FIND OUT WHICH WORDS ARE IN USE
7. ALSO FOR TESL-ERS, RADIO IN 8 LANGUAGES
8. BOOT CAMPS FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING
9. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
10. MISSION-CHALLENGE MUSIC
11. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING HELP
12. INTERESTED IN A YEMEN PRAYER GUIDE?
13. FESTIVAL DC
14. HELP GET BRIGADA OUT THE DOOR
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — It’s not too late to get in on the unreached peoples consultation scheduled for March 14-17, staged by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN and Regent University, entitled “Breakthrough Among Muslims” at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn from speakers who have ministered successfully in the Muslim world and develop strategies on how you can be involved. This is your last chance to register for this important consultation. For a complete schedule and speaker biographies, visit AFMA on the web at http://www.theafma.org. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. NEED A WEBSITE? SERVING HIM? THIS COMPANY PLEDGES IT FOR FREE — Bill is a website developer and hoster who makes it his ministry to offer free website development, design and hosting for “those serving Him”. He says he provides “information architecture, graphic design, and internet technology consulting”. Check him out at: http://www.setlinc.com/ (As is the case with many offers published in Brigada, we don’t have a personal relationship, nor any experience with SetLinc. But that doesn’t stop us from passing along the opportunity for you to check out.)
3. INTEGRATED AGRICUTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Now’s the final chance to register for the “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7 -11. It will be a great time of learning and fellowship with those who are interested in an effective helps ministry of combining fish and vegetable production. As a learning tool, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels. For more information , visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org .
4. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIP FOR FAMILIES — Youth With A Mission Orlando, FL is offering an international mission trip for families. This short 2 week outreach to Panama is designed with families in mind. Toddlers to teenagers will have worship, creative prayer for the nations, family times, and learn how share in God’s work along side their parents and even grandparents. Light construction, children’s ministry, and performing arts will highlight ministry times. Outreach is July 24 to August 6 and applications are due April 25. Includes a day at an Orlando theme park. Go to http://www.ywamorlando.org/kingskids.htm or email: kingskids(at)ywamorlando(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for more information or call 407-273-1667.
5. NEW CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY — Wycliffe Bible Translators and DiscipleLand (Through the Bible Publishers) teamed up to produce a new 12-week curriculum “My Volcano Adventure, Discovering the Bible’s Power”. In child-friendly terms, with an edge-of-your-seat adventure on the volcanic Philippine island of Mindanao, students learn weighty lessons like these: the Bible’s authority (inspiration, canonization, inerrancy); the Bible’s Message (OT Survey, NT Survey, how to navigate book/chapter/verse); the Bible’s Purpose (personal transformation, people from all nations will worship the Lord, the remaining Bible translation task). Every fourth page of the colorful student book (ages 6-9, or 9-12) covers modern-day processes, and challenges, of Bible translation. Every Leader’s Guide comes with a free CD from Wycliffe crammed full of audio, video, flash animation, photos, printable pdf supplements, and more. This study can be used for Sunday School, Home School, Christian School, and more. Browse http://www.DiscipleLand.com/va , phone 800.284.0158 or 970.484.8483, or as a last resort e-mail Mark at myeh(at)discipleland(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. FOR TESL FOLKS, FIND OUT WHICH WORDS ARE IN USE — Thanks to Larry for bring to our attention … http://www.wordspy.com/ a secular website that lists and defines new words that are now in use in the USA.
7. ALSO FOR TESL-ERS, RADIO IN 8 LANGUAGES — Larry also pitched in info. on an internet Christian radio station available in 8 languages– http//:www.bbnradio.org (Thanks Larry!)
8. BOOT CAMPS FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING — The Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation. Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran, God can use a Boot Camp to change your perspective and approach in this critical area where so many stumble and fall with doubts, fears, and questions. Check out their upcoming camps in all parts of the USA by logging on at… http://www.TheBodyBuilders.net
9. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [Please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. MISSION-CHALLENGE MUSIC — If you need good songs for your mission advocacy meetings, and think that 19th century missionary hymns have long since had their day, see what is available on the Internet Evangelism Day site – downloadable MP3s, lyrics, and sheet music. The page also links to free online evangelism-challenge drama scripts. http://ied.gospelcom.net/music.php (Thanks Tony!!!)
11. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING HELP — Pastor Kevin at Southway Community Church has developed an online planning tool for short term mission trips. MissionTripTools.com helps churches plan short term mission trips with experienced advice, free planning tools, links to information sources and suppliers, and products developed to prepare teams. http://www.missiontriptools.com or email kevin(at)missiontriptools(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. INTERESTED IN A YEMEN PRAYER GUIDE? — It’s not available yet, but Caleb Project is preparing to publish a prayer guide for the peoples of Yemen. As much as possible they are trying to get purchase commitments up-front and by March 15. This will allow them to offer the prayer guides at just US$1 a copy, plus shipping. The booklets should be available by June 1, 2005. Know anyone who might be interested in pre- ordering 25, 50, 100 copies or more? A sample prayer guide is online at http://www.calebproject.org/userfiles/sikhpg.pdf For more information or to place a pre-publication order write to Marti at info(at)cproject(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. FESTIVAL DC — From Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, ’05, Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to do saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more info email: ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
14. HELP GET BRIGADA OUT THE DOOR — If so, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), 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 be anonymous.

20050213 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HAVE YOU INSTALLED SKYPE?
2. NEW FOCUS DAY IS FOR MISSION GROUPS TOO
3. TASTE OF TRANSLATION
4. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS TRAINING FOR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD
5. STUDY ARABIC THIS SUMMER!
6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING WEB SITE
7. NEED AN OPTION TO MAKE PDF COPIES? TRY THIS FREE VERSION
8. GETAWAY FOR CHRISTIAN SERVANTS
9. MK REENTRY RETREAT
10. CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GOOD READING?
11. SCHOOL SEEKS SUPER SUPERINTENDENT
12. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH THE COSTS OF BRIGADA?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. HAVE YOU INSTALLED SKYPE? — If you haven’t gotten around to wondering over to http://www.skype.com yet, now’s a great time. They don’t give us a commission (in fact, they don’t *charge* you one). It’s just plain *free*. You can pay a little extra (but not much) to call phone numbers in other countries… and the computer-to-computer calls don’t cost you a single peso. And the calls are encrypted, end to end, for your privacy. Why *wouldn’t* we want to start using this technology. :-)
2. NEW FOCUS DAY IS FOR MISSION GROUPS TOO — The new worldwide Internet Evangelism Day on 24 April is not only for churches. Mission agencies and Bible colleges can use the downloadable video clips, dramas and PowerPoints to create a seminar program explaining the potential of the Web for direct evangelism. Since most mission agencies are not yet using the Internet for outreach, IE Day is an ideal time for their staffs to look together at ideas and strategies. http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php
3. TASTE OF TRANSLATION — Looking for a great spot for Spring Break? This beats the beach in Florida. Try “Total It Up” in Tucson AZ, March 14-16, for a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”). This Three-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, and translation, hear field reports and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced Wycliffe translators. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Cost is $100 per person. Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm
4. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS TRAINING FOR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD –- Learn more about Church Planting Movements, Transformational Community Development, Contextualized Evangelism, and a whole lot more. Check out The International Express http://www.internationalexpress.org is designed to train Kingdom minded Christians how to effectively reach the unreached at home (immigrants) and abroad (10-40 Window) via the best of current missiology, in a setting where students are involved in regular outreach to unreached immigrants. For info, write TIEnyc(at)hotmail(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. STUDY ARABIC THIS SUMMER! — The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures presents the first year of Arabic Studies, June 6-July 1, 2005. Held on the campus of Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, the tuition is $1,125. It lasts for 4 wks. Optional Room and Board is $820 (CIU facilities-4 weeks). For more information, U.S. callers can dial toll free 800-799-7976; Others may call 803-333-9119, or email rlmoffice(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 .]
6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING WEB SITE — Kevin Paszalek (long time Brigada participant and contributor) has developed a web site to help churches plan short term mission trips. The site contains mountains of helpful information, links to other sources and suppliers, free planning tools and a few products developed out of Kevin’s experience in preparing teams for short term missions. http://www.missiontriptools.com or email Kevin at bwana (at)missiontriptools(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. NEED AN OPTION TO MAKE PDF COPIES? TRY THIS FREE VERSION — Thanks to Robert, a worker from our own organization in South America, for recommending http://www.download.com/3000-6675-10045636.html Win2PDF. I had forgotten that I used to use this myself, prior to getting Adobe Acrobat. This program is a whole lot cheaper (free). :-)
8. GETAWAY FOR CHRISTIAN SERVANTS — Allison Ranch is a beautiful retreat located on the Salmon River in Idaho’s wilderness territory. A private Foundation makes this accessible to those in full-time Christian Service. For a total cost of $200, your party of up to four will be flown by chartered plane out of McCall, Idaho into your own private vacation cabin. A host couple provides three meals a day in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming in the beautiful Salmon River or sunning of the white sandy beaches, badminton, horseshoes, croquet, photographing wildlife can all be yours on a Monday through Friday basis. Please check out the website for more specific information http://www.replace.com/allison or call Judy at 208-377-3005. Scheduling has just begun for June through September 2005.
9. MK REENTRY RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is hosting a re-entry retreat specifically designed for MKs and TCKs who are high school graduates and/or college students. It will provide insights, activities and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. The retreat will be held at Look-Up Lodge in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina, from August 8-17, 2005. Cost is $325(USD) per person, and the registration deadline is June 1, 2005. Applications can be downloaded directly from the website: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org Or contact Liz at the following email address: nonaliz(at)mresourcescolumbia(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. CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GOOD READING? – Let David help. David writes notes on some of the best books on leadership, management, church, missions, spiritual growth and culture. Get a CD with David’s notes on nearly 450 books read from 1995 through 2004, including title and author indices and a word search engine (all in .pdf). The cost is $12, including shipping. Send a check for $12 (U.S. funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Ask for the Book Notes CD and include your postal address. To see book notes, go to http://www.davidmays.org and click on Book Notes.
11. SCHOOL SEEKS SUPER SUPERINTENDENT — Faith Academy a K-12 MK school located in Manila, Philippines has an immediate opening for a Superintendent. Those interested in this opportunity should contact Keith Rascher at: search(at)faith(dot)edu(dotph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Further information about the school and a job description can be found at the following website: http://www.faith.edu.ph
12. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH THE COSTS OF BRIGADA? — If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), 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 be anonymous.

20050206 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE WRITING TRAINING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL
2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
3. NEW INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BOOK DATABASE LAUNCHES
4. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
5. SERVANTPREP TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS
6. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
7. TENTMAKING EVENTS: GO AHEAD, ATTEND ONE!
8. MINISTRY TO INT’L STUDENTS TRAINING CONF
9. MISSION FOR PRIME-TIME MISSIONARIES
10. CONFERENCE FOR MINISTERING TO JAPANESE IN N. AM.

1. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE WRITING TRAINING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five- and-a-half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. Language: English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences include Croatia October and November. More information: http://www.magazinetraining.com (Thanks Tony!)
2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [Please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. NEW INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BOOK DATABASE LAUNCHES — The Global Publishers Alliance announces the launch of the first online service to provide ministry professionals with information on Christian books translated into the world’s languages. The International Christian Book Database (http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.php?loc=bk) fills a critical need as the only consolidated place where the international ministry community can look for international Christian publishers who are distributing key Christian books already available in the United States and Canada. The database provides flexible searches based on title, author or language. It is a partnership between The Network for Strategic Missions (www.strategicnetwork.org) and the GPA. Any questions, comments or suggestions can be sent to icbd(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Are you interested in learning to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables as an outreach in a needy neighborhood, at an orphanage, or even as a “Helps Ministry” in other countries? If so, you will want to attend a practical course entitled, “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7-11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. It will also give an expanded overview of how it can be practically used to integrate all types of agricultural systems, bringing them into a natural balance and turning waste products into an asset. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and operating these systems which are adaptable to all types of environments. Each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. This will serve as a learning facility before using as an effective outreach or expanding to a larger operation. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , or write: Aquaculture International, Inc., PO Box 606, Andrews, NC 28901.
5. SERVANTPREP TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS — It’s not too late! Two more ServantPrep Seminars for STM leaders will be held yet this spring and it’s not too late to register: Ft. Worth – Feb 25-27 and Waianae, HI April 7-9. (Moving the seminar out of Waikiki has dropped the price.) Contact Ray Howard at 303 757-4442 or servantprep(at)aol(dot)com for more info on either of these 3-day interactive training programs. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also check it out at “Leadership Training” at http://www.commitministries.com
6. 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. February 28 to March 25, 2005. 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 .].
7. TENTMAKING EVENTS: GO AHEAD, ATTEND ONE! — Global Opportunities is excited to report that their training programs are up and running in various locations. Oregon in the USA. Abbotsford BC (near Vancouver) and Calgary Alberta for seminars. If you are interested in something more substantial than a half day seminar, TENT of Norway is offering it’s annual 4.5 day TENTmaking course in Bergen for Europeans in May 2005, in English of course. For you long term planners, there is also a 4.5 day annual course coming up in October 2005 in Pasadena California. Many other cities are being considered for spring seminars, like Kelowna BC, Nanaimo BC, Toronto ON, Seattle WA area etc. You just GO and visit their website to find out about one you might attend. If you would like to host a seminar at your location, we suggest you connect with Ari Rocklin directly at ari.rocklin(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 .]. Websites for the above – http://www.globalopps.org http://www.tent.no www.tentmaking.org
8. MINISTRY TO INT’L STUDENTS TRAINING CONF — ACMI’05, June 3-5, near Portland, OR, offers 50 workshops related to ministry among International students. Plenary sessions will address the theology and ethics of ISM. About 300 participants from churches, mission agencies, campus ministries and individual ministries attend the annual (24th) equipping event. Early bird deadline for $199 registration for conference, room, and meals is March 15th. See http://www.acmi-network.org Questions? Contact Leiton Chinn, president, Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, lechinn(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 .]
9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and an adventure in cross-cultural missions? If you are a single or couple age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross-cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
10. MISSION FOR PRIME-TIME MISSIONARIES — Mission to the World of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) will be hosting “Prime Time Missions,” a vision retreat where those over fifty can explore opportunities and practicalities for service in cross-cultural missions April 25-29. The conference will be held at Ridge Haven Conference center, near Asheville, NC and is open to anyone over fifty with an interest in missions. There is a significant discount available to the first fifty folks signing up at http://www.ridgehaven.org or by calling 1-800-270-9932 and ask for Senior vision Registration or 678-823-0004, ext 350 and asking for David White. For more information, write dwhite(at)mtw(dot)org

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