Monthly Archives: September 2005

20050925 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN?
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY
14. WE GET HELP FROM…
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College is now taking registration for its winter and spring 2006 distance learning courses (January – May). These courses provide training on how to facilitate Christian community economic development in poor communities and are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. The strategies and programs taught are practical, church- centered, and community-based, and they do not require large operating budgets. The Chalmers Center courses will help you understand the needs of the poor, the design of an intervention that is appropriate for Christian economic development in your context, and how to use economic development as a means of outreach. Three courses are offered – The first lays the goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. The second gives an overview to Christian microenterprise development and microfinance. The third teaches the basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) as a ministry tool. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org and click on “Email Distance Learning Courses” then “Learn more” or call 706-419-1805 (US) or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a deal that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. Outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. Can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. See it all at

http://www.global-airtime.com

(And thanks for the partnership gift of $10, Send Global!)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST — A plan offering $50,000 / $250,000 of medical coverage for American and Canadian hurricane relief workers is available online at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . Scroll down the site to “Trip Protection” and click on “Buy This Plan Online” to get a quote. The premium comes in at around $1.00 a day. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit http://www.gninsurance.com
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT — Talking Bibles International (TBI) is seeking Volunteer Representatives nationwide. TBI trains these volunteer reps how to contact local churches and how to help churches in their area observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Millions of Christians living in oral cultures need Talking Bibles because they cannot read a printed Bible. The goal of this movement is a Talking Bible Sunday in every church to help provide a Talking Bible in every language for every person who cannot read. To learn more visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or email harvey(at)talkingbibles(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. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS — Campus Crusade has produced an evangelistic mini-magazine for hurricane survivors, offering hope, understanding, and Good News. You can read it online in full at: http://KatrinaHigherGround.com and also order copies of the printed version there. It’s tastefully done and definitely seeks to help them understand the “whys” of human tragedy while introducing them to the author of human history.
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD — How much would you pay for an interactive Bible study program that offered the King James Version, Strongs, and your pick of several add-on resources in various languages which all work together interactively? What if you could add on dictionaries, word studies and lexicons, commentaries, maps, and even classic works on Church & Hebrew history, etc. What if I were to tell you you could have it all for free!? Well now you can. The name of the program is E-Sword and the provider is Equipping Ministries Foundation in Franklin, TN. Check it out at http://www.e-Sword.Net (Thanks for the tip, Dennis!) With dozens of different translations, seems like it has just about everything but New Int’l Version. If you can live without the NIV, you’ve found a goldmine. But either way, there’s great value there.
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN? — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for missions mobilization literature or missions news in Italian. They’re willing to include magazines, newsletters, literature, Internet News, etc. If you know of some, write Maurice mauricea(at)coscom(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA — Register now for an exciting fall mission conference, “From Everywhere to Everyone: The New Global Mission”, October 20-22, 2005 in Atlanta. There’s a Georgia Pre- conference networking event Oct. 19-20. Read more at… http://www.globalmissionconference2005.com/ or call 800-720-4PFF for more information.
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED — Justin Long’s written a good summary at http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/10_05/long.php See the contrast and witness several penetrating questions. By the way, you can also see Justin’s bi-monthly magazine on missions momentum at: http://www.momentum-mag.org
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS — For more than 15 years there have been mission and missiology discussion forums on the FamilyNet BBS network, that have linked people interested in missions worldwide. There have now been changes in these forums and the organizers welcome old and new users to join. See: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/philtheo.htm Or e-mail Steve Hayes at hayesstw(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 .]
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE — Tom found a great deal on a whole batch of software to protect your PC. You can get Norton Systemworks 2005 and Norton Antispam 2005 in a retail bundle for $79.99 and after 2 mail-in rebates your cost will be $4.99. It’s the best deal he’s found this fall. You have to buy it at CompUSA today and mail in the rebate forms by tomorrow, Oct. 8th, to get the rebates. See the ad he found here or just start at COMPUSA http://www.compusa.com and search for the product. (Great find, Tom! Thanks for sharing it!)
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN — There is still time to register for the Japan 2005 CPI Conference, November 8-11 near Mount Fuji and Tokyo. This is the largest church planting conference in Japan each year dedicated to gospel-centered renewal and church planting multiplication. This year there will be 7 learning tracks on church planting and renewal coupled with 9 focused intensive electives on vital signs for healthy churches. The leaders have asked that if you cannot come, could you please pray for this national event. Information is at the CPI website http://www.jcpi.Net.
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY — Have you seen Glory to God Games at: http://www.Mission316.com It’s worth a look. I’m serious. Check out games like “Salvation Challenge” and “Jesus loves kids”. View the video intro. See if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face when the guy tells you that if you land on such-and-such a square, you’ll have to give $100,000 to missions. :-)
14. WE GET HELP FROM… — Several folks have endeavored to help produce Brigada Today by providing sponsorships or donations. This past week, we received $100 from folks who described themselves as “appreciative subscribers.” Well now we’re appreciate for *them*! These funds encourage Brigada by under girding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. If you were subscribing to a monthly magazine, you might be charged $18 per year or more. For that, you’d get 12 issues, one per month, with lots of slick pages that were at least 50% covered by ads for things you didn’t want. By contrast, Brigada Today gives you *weekly* news, with timely and critical items, a free website with every single issue archived all the way back to January 1995, and guess what — you don’t even have to opt out of the bathing suit issue!!! Take a stand today to support a future with Brigada Today by clicking on “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. 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. Thanks for any support you can give.
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET — By God’s grace (and with the help of a few streetsmart advisors), our organization has picked up 61 beautifully-wooded acres on the edge of greater metro Louisville, Kentucky. When we first acquired this land, I’ll admit that I was thinking mostly about new office space for our overcrowded staff. Well that’s still on my mind today as we move into the phase where we hope to build a new home office and retreat center. But I’m kind of pleasantly surprised at some other added discoveries along the way. First, I’ve come away with a greater appreciation for our planet. The city of Louisville enforces tons of codes and restrictions, some of which seem silly and over-regulated at first glance. But as we’ve been moving through each phase of the infrastructural development, I’ll have to admit that I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom for some of the practices at which I had earlier scoffed. When I saw black smoke from a burn barrel on our property, I’ll admit I was a bit disgusted at the pollution we were introducing into Louisville’s already troubled sky. (Thus the burning restrictions.) When I saw garbage in the ravines on our property, I began to see the wisdom behind the “no dumping” rules. Once I saw the silt that washes off of newly excavated ground, I realized the importance of silt fence around construction sites. The list goes on and on. I think it’s unfortunate that many of today’s “best practices” are misunderstood as being the domain of tree-huggers and New Age “mother earth” worshippers. (It’s always a shame when the good of many get labeled as the monopoly of a few.) The truth is I’m just starting to understand how caring for all of the creation on our planet goes hand in hand with caring for all of the created ones on our planet. And once we start caring about things like conservation and “green practices”, it’s very easy to make the transition to care about the integrity and well-being of forgotten peoples in faraway lands.

So call me a tree-hugger if you’d like. Yes I’ll admit that the thread about our property, at arborday.org, is now the most-viewed and most- replied thread in the history of the Arbor Day movement. And — guilty as charged — we are even enforcing the burn permit regulation on our 61 acres. But in the end, if organizations like the BBC have noticed the need to care about creation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/state_planet/ why is it sometimes hard for those of us who claim to love the creator? (By the way, if you’d like to see pictures of our land and some of the approaches we’re taking to keep it “green” :-), log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on “Emerald Hills” in the top menu. Check out the photo galleries and maybe you’ll see why I’m learning to love the land.

20050918 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP?
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? If so, try contacting Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough. Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Nov. 11-12, at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., USA. In conjunction with the conference and for the first time, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization will host the North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Nov. 10. The committee hopes to draw prominent North American church pastors and Christian leaders to speak out on the AIDS Pandemic and to urge churches to get involved. USAID is sponsoring 16 international participants to attend the Nov. 10 event. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail rebeccab(at)churchcentral(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. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, retirees. You can get everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. :-) 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 .]
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS — Preswan Enterprises was recently founded for the purpose of finding and fulfilling needs throughout the world. Currently, Jerry (the export manager) is looking particularly at new/used farm equipment in his home area. Once he finds a need, he then seeks to locate a supplier of the product needed, facilitate the purchase of the product, and arrange for shipment. While he lives in Southeast Michigan (where some car manufacturing HQs are located), you may contact him with requests for any products, and he will work to find a supplier and means of shipment to supply your needs. Try him: jerry(at)firstcomp(dot)biz
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY — TalkDaddy is now offering VOIP phone service from anywhere to the US for $5.95 per month plus and $49.95 startup. To subscribe to this service, you must have broadband internet. After you connect a TalkDaddy module to your internet, you plug a normal USA touch tone phone into the module. When you pick up the receiver, you will have a US dial tone which allows you to call any number in the 48 contiguous United States. Alaska and Hawaii are available for an additional fee.

People can also call you from anywhere in the world. They will dial into an automated system in the 479 area code here in the US and enter your three digit extension code when prompted. A few seconds later, your phone will ring. You can read more about the service at http://www.TalkDaddy.com and you can also subscribe online.

TalkDaddy is owned and operated by Christians serving in the marketplace in Northwest Arkansas. You can contact TalkDaddy at help(at)talkdaddy(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 by phone at 479.443.7878.
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING — It’s happening in Perth, Western Australia. If you haven’t already gotten your application in for the training, there is still time and some spaces are available. The teaching approach is very practical and hands-on, not just theory but practice at doing the business of being an SC. Also, you will be looking at the commonalities of church planting movements, how to set things in motion so that if God sovereignly moved, a church planting movement could happen. You’ll put together a profile of your focus city or people, look at how to foster partnerships and create a master plan of how you will get the gospel to your city or people in the most relevant way. You’ll look at strategies that worked for others and some that didn’t fare so well. Just a reminder, the dates are: 13 November to 2 December. At this stage, there are no plans to repeat the course. So now is your chance! Download an application at: http://www.ywamperth.org.au/events/index.asp?tag=sc or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au and ask for one to be emailed to you as an attached file. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL — Youth With A Mission in Jacksonville Florida is hosting this internationally respected 15-week study program developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission. Featuring an experienced speaker each week, you will cover topics such as the Biblical perspective on mission, the spread of Christianity in history, mission strategies, and the mission task remaining. Classes start on January 8, 2006. Call 904-221-5990 or email at perspectivesjax(at)yahoo(dot)com 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 .]
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS — Here are a few articles on how to write effective fundraising letters. You’ll find dozens more at http://www.FundraisingLetters.org (Note: Although these URLs will break or “wrap” into 2 lines in the email version of Brigada Today, you can jump to the online version and use these as hotlinks there. Just go to brigada.org if these links don’t work in your email client.)

Eleven Reasons Donors Stop Responding To Fundraising Letter Appeals http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/eleven-reasons-donors-stop-responding-to-fundraising-letter-appeals/

How To Create Irresistible Fundraising Letter Envelopes http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/how-to-create-irresistible-fundraising-letter-envelopes/

Where To Look For Creative Fundraising Letter Ideas http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/where-to-look-for-creative-fundraising-letter-ideas/

51 Ways to Say Thank-you in a Fundraising Letter http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/51-ways-to-say-thank-you-in-a-fundraising-letter-2/

(Thanks Alan Sharpe, President of Sharpe Copy Inc., London, England.)
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP? — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR (yes, Arkansas in the Ozarks!). They are looking for a few folks with IT experience (MAC and PC) to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call Dave at 479-587-1919 Ext. 709, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org .
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES — Here’s a great article summing up Gmail and its potential (Thanks Nick!): http://wifi.google.com/faq.html
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL — We’re grateful for those who spur us on here at Brigada Today. This past week, that included Dial-Abroad, who sent $129.30, which represented a sponsorship based on those who used long distance during August. Thanks Andy! To learn more about Dial- Abroad, go to: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and click on the Dial-Abroad icon there.
To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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. 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. If you do know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20050911 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING)
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD!
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL”
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU!
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY?
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA — There are more than 10 million people in the country of Tunisia, North Africa, with only about 300 following Jesus. This is a country rich in Christian history, but in real need of spiritual breakthrough today. Now you can join many others in praying for the Muslims of Tunisia. Caleb Project has produced a DVD on Tunisian Arabs, along with an accompanying Prayer Guide. The DVD shows the situation in Tunisia today, and includes a special interview with two leaders of the Christian Church in Tunisia. The Prayer Guide is a full-color booklet created to help Christians know how to strategically pray for Tunisian Arabs. The prices for these products are: $20 for the DVD; $2.50 for each Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please send an email to amanis(at)cproject(dot)com or call 303-459-5351. [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 on Caleb Project, log onto http://www.calebproject.org
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They offer outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to: http://www.global-airtime.com or contact Andy cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net toll-free in the USA 888-683-0653. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING) — Here’s an organization that offers courses that are just 5 days long but contain an entire 2 week curriculum. Global Opportunities has increased their training programs in both numbers and locations. There is still time to register for the October 12-17, 2005 LTN Tentmaking Course in Pasadena CA at the US Center for World Mission. See them on the web at http://www.globalopps.org or write them an email at goequipped(at)globalopps(dot)org.
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Here’s a magazine for development workers around the world. TEARFund, UK’s evangelical NGO, produces this periodical with ideas for community development projects and support. It is particularly designed for a national Christian who may also be a second-language English speaker, and is equally useful to the mission community. Current and all back issues are available online in PDF format, and it is also available in printed form by post. http://tilz.tearfund.org/ (Thanks Tony!!!)
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD! — Perhaps you’ve already heard of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus which coincides with the annual Muslim fasting month of Ramadan: Oct 5 to Nov 3, 2005. This annual international mobilization (since 1993) calls Christians everywhere to pray for, learn about, and reach out to the Muslim peoples of the world, so that they may at least have an opportunity to consider God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, and that we may live peaceably and respectfully side-by-side. You can order the current prayer booklet from: http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30daysmuslim.html
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES — Are you a missionary woman on the field that could use some encouragement? “Oaks of Righteousness” Yahoo Group has been formed with you in mind. The members there hope you will find a safe place to walk this missionary journey with women on the same path, share life’s ups and downs, and prayer for one another. Just click on the following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness/ and then chose “join group.” For more information please contact the group moderator at latviagirl1(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 .]
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20 — Mark wrote this past week with an important caution about using those bulbs to purify water. (See the 2005/09/02 BRIGADA TODAY). Apparently there are issues being considered when regular, stable electricity is a problem. Just a word to the wise . . . that other purification techniques might be more effective when your electricity isn’t as dependable. (Thanks Mark!)
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL” — We continue to receive lots of responses to our items on Google’s “Gmail”. Frankly, judging by the passion of some of our readers, there must be something to this Gmail craze. (I think I’m going to have to check it out myself! :-) ) Perhaps one of the more studied responses was that of Justin: “While it is true that it’s difficult to secure gmail, its not impossible. First off, once you have logged in to gmail.com, then you can go to https://mail.gmail.com/mail/ (just adding the “s” after http) and the server will preserve the secure link for all of your connections thereafter. Granted that initial blast through is unsecure. One way to deal with this is to login, then once you see the “Loading” immediately close the browser, then reopen and go to the secure link. Once you’ve logged in, its a long time before your logged out anyway.

“But the far easier way to secure mail is simply to download mail in Outlook or Outlook Express or some other email client. The way Google Mail is set up, this is completely secure, done over an SSL link (and not working any other way). Granted you don’t get the web-based features of google search, but the great thing is that you get google’s spam protection and the ease of your typical email client. And depending on what client you use, you can integrate something like MSN Search or Google Search on your desktop, and find emails that way.”

Thanks, too, to Bob, who referred us to a study paper on the topic, from a Christian computer conference a couple of years ago. Find the PDF of the paper at: http://tinyurl.com/cf2qf

(Thanks Justin and Bob — and thanks to all the others who have written in on this topic!)
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS — Thanks once more to the 358 people who took part in the survey on followership, and to the 283 corresponding supervisors who came alongside to give comments on their respective team members. Last week I met with the Dean of my doctoral program and received the go ahead to begin the data analysis phase of the project. Again, this kind of project would have been impossible without the many great friends here at Brigada. These participants came from 192 different nonprofit organizations scattered literally all over the world. The survey instrument has been used previously on corporations in the public sector, but this is the first time its been employed to this extent among nonprofit mission agencies, humanitarian organizations, and churches. [Note: One interested reader recently wrote (postal mail) for more information about the project but neglected to enclose a return address. We’ll be happy to send more information it he or she will simply let us know where to send it.] Thanks again for your help and participation. Now to the number-crunching.
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU! — A site http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com was recently launched which proposes to do research for missionaries. This is in response to the growing amount of information on the web which is not searchable by ordinary search engines. This so called “deep web” contains up to 500 times as much information as the “surface” web. Primary documents, such as journal articles can often be found only by querying their respective databases one by one. It is hoped that providing a human powered search facility for missionaries will enable them to spend less time searching for and more time with quality materials. For more information see the website or contact Clarence at cbos(at)execulink(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This is a volunteer service and “space” is limited, so please be patient if requesting a search.
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA — Check out http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com for a reportedly excellent opportunity to acquire shares in a 32000ha Game Reserve in Botswana… Churches, individuals or companies can buy shares in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa)… Since it is 100km from the nearest town… and has its own conference facilities… it makes for a wonderful retreat venue… church group break-away… or missionary resting place… For more information email jacques(dot)debruin(at)gmail(dot)com and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve or go to http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com/contactus.asp and complete the form (tick “Jacques de Bruin” in the “Referred by” field as reference).
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY? — Oops. The original item didn’t contain the contact information (“GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING” in last week’s Brigada Today). For this and other issues that come up following the initial publication of a Brigada Today, you can always go to the web edition to see if the contact information (or other edit) has been added/edited there. We posted this contact within a few short hours of the initial emailing of last week’s issue. And in fact, for any current issue of Brigada, just click to: http://www.brigada.org and in the first paragraph of text, find a link or two to the current issue.
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN — International Christian Concern (ICC) has an opening for a Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICC is an international human rights org. in the Washington DC area that serves the persecuted church. They are looking for a detailed individual with international experience as well as previous management experience. The COO that can manage their headquarters staff, provide general leadership, and coordinate field operations. You can see more detail at the following URL, which “wraps” because it’s so long: http://www.persecution.org/newsite/jobopenings.php?PHPSESSID=e6d7a26e78 11171f37942d5cbe94bd86 If you have trouble reassembling this link, just click on this smaller link which we created for ICC at tinylink: http://tinyurl.com/9dbps They are asking that all applicants apply through the web. If you don’t have web access you can email your resume and cover letter to icc(at)persecution(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $25, and to Dial-Abroad, which sponsored us with a $129 gift as a result of those who use Dial-Abroad’s service in July. (To learn more, visit: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and choose “Dial-Abroad”. In addition, thanks to Andy for sending $10 and his encouraging note, ” Thank you for your efforts in getting our website out to other Missionary organizations and Missionary families via your Brigada Today newsletter. We have gained several new customers because of this. May the Lord continue to bless you and your Missionary news organization.” Learn more about Andy’s company, C Y Technologies Inc, by clicking to: http://www.global-airtime.com or by dialing 888-683-0653 in the USA, toll-free. This weeks’s gifts put us over the $8000 mark for 2005, a tremendous victory and a great milestone on our way to the goal of $16,576. We’re almost halfway there. Would you be able to make it official by providing that last $300 to bring us to 50%? 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. 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20050904 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
6. GET YOUR HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!!
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH!
8. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING
9. THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY…
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION — Check out http://www.lingo.com for a good VOIP phone service. For around $20 you can make unlimited calls to the US, Canada, and Western Europe- from where ever you are in the world. They even give you US phone number in the area code of your choice. This is a great way for your friends, family and supporters ‘back home’ to contact you. One catch is that you must have high-speed internet service. If you use the name of this particular Brigada participant as a reference, both he and you will get a $25 credit!! All new subscribers receive one free month also. From Mexico City, he effectively uses the service. Remember, for the $25 credit to work, new subscribers must enter his email klmyers(at)theriver(dot)com as a reference. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Be sure and enter the email address in the traditional format rather than the Brigada “anti-spam” format. Thanks!)
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE — Based on definitive proof from Brian, of UWM, we have concluded that Gmail is definitely not a secure format for workers in sensitive access countries. Apparently, only the log-in is a secure link. Once logged in, looking at email, we’re now told that this all-important stage is completely open and in the clear, to anyone that has access to the web. (This would make Gmail pretty much like sending a postcard.) Word to the wise: Get Hushmail at: http://www.hushmail.com
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE — Tired of waiting forever on conference calls? Here’s a free conference call service that benefits the kingdom. It is found at http://www.greatercalling.org It’s pretty amazing. Dave Butts is a prayer mobilizer from western Indiana. He writes, “We’re using it for prayer calls, conference calls, and long distance teaching. It uses the freeconference calls technology and as a matter of fact, contract with that company to do this as a non-profit benefiting ministry. Hope this is helpful.” Give ’em a try! (Thanks Dave!)
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE — Here’s a conference for anyone interested in Business as Mission or Business as Ministry. This conference will explore the marketplace missions movement, consider models for business as missions, examine principals of great commission companies, and relay practical applications where God is clearly at work through businesses and business people across the globe. Leading authors and missiologists will be the featured speakers at this event. The second conference in 2005 will be hosted at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA on Saturday, 10/22/2005. Learn more at http://www.WorldChristiansThroughBusiness.org
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — The German youth ministry StEP International has a few more openings for their ten-month residential training school in Pirmasens, Germany starting November 5th. The school will be bilingual, in both German and English languages. Blending both local church and missions focuses, the school will include ministry training, life skills training – including English and German language, and introductory missions training. Three months of outreach is planned, including Poland, Germany, and seven weeks in Suriname. For more info, visit the website at: http://www.step-international.de/ or email Joe & Shelli Sellars at office(at)step-international(dot)de. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. GET YOUR HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!! — Looking for more prayer resources for your church or small group? Desiring to reach the world through prayer? Passionate about what is happening among the unreached of Central Asia? Then join the growing number of grassroots prayer warriors who are currently interceding for the people of Tajikistan. Printed and electronic prayer guides are available on the Hope Tajikistan website: http://www.hopetajikistan.com or by emailing PrayerGuides(at)HopeTajikistan(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Hope Tajikistan 2005 is a grassroots prayer mobilization effort burning with the passion to see new intercessors raised up for the people of Tajikistan.
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH! — You are invited to be trained by a loving staff at Utah Partnerships for Christ http://www.upfc.org to reach Mormons with the love of Jesus Christ. There are 60,000 Mormon missionaries around the world. Are you ready to reach them when they come to your door? Contact Russ, Director of UPFC, at (801)645-7433 to learn more about how you can speak the truth in love to Mormons. They have =conducted mission trips to Utah since 2000, and have worked with groups ages 13 on up. For more info, contact them at: info(at)upfc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING – A well established Great Commission Company in China, is currently seeking a Finance Manager and a Human Resources Manager (could the same person). The goal of this GC company is to establish one new GC company in China per year, seeing people’s lives changed long term. They do a combination of consulting work for companies coming to China and management of their own manufacturing companies in China (currently have four manufacturing operations and two other types of GC companies). This company has 15 years of experience in China and has started or helped start over 20 companies during this time. This is a great place to gain insight and contribute towards BAM in China.
9. For more information, write graeme(at)priusa(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY… — Thanks to these courageous donors who paved the way for this Brigada Today to come onto your screen: an anonymous worker in Taiwan gave $67, another reader anonymously gave $25, and a former missionary to Papua New Guinea anonymously gave $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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. 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING — As a global missions movement, we need Lausanne to be strong. If you’ve forgotten who Lausanne is, get reminded at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12892 Read the now-famous Lausanne Covenant at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12891 and see a review of their global gatherings at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12736 Anyway, I’m glad to see them “still ticking”. Check out their new “world pulse” newsletter at: http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/ I say, bravo to those who have survived the hype of the turn of the millennium, stayed consistent in the trenches, and remained motivated to move forward. Bravo. Keep up the good work.
Doug

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