Monthly Archives: October 2005

20051030 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS?
3. MISSION NETWORK NEWS
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES?
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 22nd-27th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflife(at)bigpond(dot)com
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS? — No worries. It’s easy to fix. Just take note of which one arrives first. (The originating address will either be YahooGroups or Googlegroups.) Unsubscribe from the *slower* service by using the unsubscribe information in the “Closing stuff” below. You shouldn’t have to see 2 of those come in each month. These dual Brigadas resulted from our switch over to GoogleGroups, which helped dozens, if not *hundreds* of Brigada subscribers start seeing Brigada again. (For some reason, it seems that YahooGroups sometimes *loses* or stops sending to certain addresses.) The loose end is — pick the service you want to lose [the 2nd email you receive?], then follow the instructions in the “closing stuff” below to unsubscribe. Thanks!
3. MISSIONS NETWORK NEWS — Mission Network News is now available in four languages. MNN is a mission news service. Their goal is to share headline news with a twist. They always answer the question, “How is God using this to draw people to Himself?” MNN wants to get people out of the pew and involved in Great Commission outreach. While MNN is on the air on more than 900 radio stations in 31 countries in English, Romanian and Russian, they also have a website where the radio broadcast scripts are translated into Romanian, Russian and now Spanish. These translations will allow even more Christians to be encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and more involved in outreach. It helps Christians stay plugged in to missions so they can pray more effectively, give to key ministries and go on mission trips either short term or full time. If you’d like to see a sample of MNN’s translations go to http://www.MNNonline.org/translations
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER –Every culture has its philosophers and thinkers. On a research trip to the Mbalantu people (Of Northern Namibia In Africa), two believers encountered a man named P. He would not listen to the Gospel. He bombarded them with questions and opposition to their presence. Pray that the Lord would open P.’s eyes to the truth and save him. His influence could be used to bring many Mbalantu to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is now online. Some items: How much private benefit can you have before your organization is no longer exempt? Non-clergy employees of religious organizations can sue for civil rights violations. Religious school can fire a teacher for advocating abortion. Supreme Court ruling might lead to more eminent domain land grabs of tax-exempt organizations. Volunteer Protection Acts are not a complete shield from liability. INS improperly denied a religious organization’s application for a religious worker visa. Some ministry expenses must be allocated to non-taxable housing allowance so are not 100% deductible. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at: http://www.cosimtnet.org. Or write to werner(at)mission1(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. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES? — I’m still partial to Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com It’s easy, it’s free, and USA viewers can order copies of the pictures with all the ease in the world — at the low-low price of $12 cents each when you have them shipped from the site. There are no editing controls, but you could edit before you upload. What’s more, if you live in the U.S., you can do a one-hour service with your neighborhood Walgreens and pick them up locally. There are plenty of other services out there (most of them charge a small fee), but to me, none surpass the smooth ease of use that Snapfish provides. Since it was recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard, it seems destined to continue its legacy and move forward into the future with promise. And if you don’t live in the USA, you can still enjoy a great picture-posting site.
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous new partner who send the gift of $30 to help us stay at this. This donor gave similarly last year. We appreciate those who undergird our expenses and thus propel Brigada forward into the future. Want to be a part of those who invest in the future? Just click 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.
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs” — Lately I’ve been enjoying the movie, _Sahara_. The plot’s interesting (though far out), the characters make it a fun ride, and the comedy/timing is, at times, hilarious. But maybe what attracted me most to the movie is the great relationship between the star and his right-hand man (Dirk and Al). For some reason, it feels like the “Lone Ranger & Tonto” duos have become all too few and far between these days. Dirk & Al recover it. How ’bout you? Got a chance to create that “Bonny & Clyde” partnership with someone? If so, don’t pass it up. Work on it today… and enjoy the camaraderie. Want to see a fun example? Rent “Sahara” and use it as a key part of your next team meeting or luncheon. Note the way the actors have different gifts, different styles of thinking. Remember the place where Al says “I just wondered when we’re going to modify our decision- making paradigm”? I laugh and laugh . . . because that *soooo* typifies the struggle with some people (maybe a visionary leader like Dirk) when they try to march forward in spite of the fact that the team doesn’t have all the information, is short on resources, and is, in fact, kind of clueless as to how to really accomplish the mission. When the team member (“Al”) questions the direction, Dirk responds, “Seems like it’s working pretty well for us so far.” Love it.

20051023 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST?
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE?
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., recently established a scholarship for its undergraduate major in community development. The scholarship, valued at $9,000 will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. Other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 will also be available for qualified community development candidates. Students can apply by submitting a scholarship application available from the Covenant web site at

http://www.covenant.edu

The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005. The Community Development major combines a liberal arts education with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical foundation. It equips students to be an agent of Christian transformation within poor communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. For information about the major or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site, call the Admissions Office at 706-820-2398 or 888-451-2683, or send email to admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu – [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES — As a result of modern technology, every translated New Testament, can now be made available in audio form for non-readers in less than ninety days. It can be done for only a very small fraction of the cost of translating and printing it. By putting already translated Scriptures into Talking Bibles, one can reach twice as many people with God’s Word for less than 5% of the initial cost of translating it. To learn more visit

http://www.talkingbibles.org

and

http://www.audioscriptures.org

or contact 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 .]
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS — You can find current prayer requests and personal experiences with reaching Sikhs by going to

http://www.imb.org/compassionNet/PeopleGroups.asp

and scrolling down to “Jat Sikhs of India.” People profiles on Sikhs are available by going to

http://www.joshuaproject.netpeopctry.php

and selecting country “India” and people “Jat, Sikh” or “Khatri, Sikh.” Also, you can purchase a prayer guide or video on Sikhs by going to

http://www.calebproject.org/store

then use the search button in the upper right-hand corner to search for Sikhs. You’ll see “Sikhs, India Unreached People Group Booklet” and “Sikhs of the Punjab Video – India, 2002.” To learn more about how you can witness to Sikhs, go to

http://www4truth.net/

and click on “World Religions” and then click on “Sikhism.” Or contact Gurmeet & Nitu by emailing: gurmeet(at)pqsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST? — Is someone you know going through deep trials? Are you? Do you need a worship song that declares your willingness to follow the Lord no matter what come your way? “I Will Trust Him” was born in the suffering of ministry and will encourage your soul. Visit

http://www.tonguetied.org/IWillTrustHim

to download the words, lead sheet and MP3. In addition, consider using it for your fellowship or church. No web? Email chap(at)tonguetied(dot)org asking for the song pdf. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE? — Worried about computer theft? Every time a PC PhoneHome or MacPhoneHome-protected computer makes an Internet connection, it sends a stealth email message containing its exact location to a pre-determined email address of the user’s choice and to Brigadoon Software. If your computer goes missing, make a police report and contact Brigadoon. They do the rest. Your missing computer is returned to you with the help of their recovery agents, local police services and global ISPs. A single copy of PC PhoneHome and MacPhoneHome retail for a one time cost of $29.95 USD. No additional charges.

http://www.brigadoonsoftware.com
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES — You can have security alerts that are relevant to missionaries emailed to you. They cover natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities. Currently, Christian Missionary Alert consists of a team of four moderator specialists who glean updated information from their own resources and security networks. When you join you can choose to have messages come to your inbox or opt to read them on-line. To join, simply send blank message to: cmalert-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD — Did you know you can use a Bible Import Tool to download versions of the Bible such as (NKJV & NIV) which are not available at the eSword website. It’s available at:

http://www.dnspad.com/engine/index.php

(Click on “e-Sword Editors, Templates & Tools” and find the import tool in the list.) Note: When you run the program it may tell you that there is a newer version available for download.
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA — The Christian English Programme (CEPA) can help you improve your English and ability to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Ministry skills. Through formal lessons with experienced TESOL teachers, immersion in the Australian culture through arranged Homestay, electives and excursions. The teaching centre is located in the heart of the central business distinct of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Fees are very reasonable CEPA is an outreach of the Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide in association with SIM Australia. The next course will be held 5 July to 25 August 2006. Enroll early to save your spot. For further information contact johnaukim(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 .]
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND — There are a number of projects currently requiring English teachers in the Pang Nga region of Thailand. Volunteers should ideally be able commit for a minimum of 3 months and be confident in planning and delivering lessons to groups of adults and/or children. Get involved via either of the two programs listed below in the next 2 items.
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE — This is a training centre for adults and children who have been impacted by the Tsunami. Step Ahead currently run a number of courses, including Hospitality and General English classes. To find out more about the centre please check out the website:

http://www.freewebs.com/stepaheadtrainingcentre
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL — This is a school that is being set up by an Organisation called Habitat to educate the many Burmese children that live in the Nam Kem area (impacted by the Tsunami). The school is looking for English teachers to teach English at the school, which will initially just be for children between the ages of 6 and 12. For more information email: helenmorris7(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. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at:

http://www.cosimtnet.org

Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Get a clue. Read it at…

http://www.momentum-mag.org

Justin Long is Senior Editor. It’s a free periodical to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least-reached 27% of our world.
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? 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.
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME — Do you ever look at your to do list and wonder how you’ll ever actually finish it? Maybe it even feels a bit overwhelming because there are so many items, you’re convinced it’s just not possible? If you ever feel stuck in this situation, don’t feel alone. Either Churchill, Edison or Oswald Sanders said, “The world is run by tired people.” (The quote has been attributed to them all. Truth is — everybody’s so sleepy, they can’t remember who said it! :-) ) The idea is to make incremental progress. You don’t actually *have* to finish the list. But when you chip away at it and make progress, at least you’re “in route” to finishing it. If your list is too big, train yourself to take about 10 top priority items and list them in a separate location. Focus on those 10 for today. (Few of us can actually finish more than 10 things in any given day anyway.) The trick is to make sure you’re grabbing the right 10 for the day! No matter what, forge on.

Doug

20051016 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FREE “CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE” IN FRENCH
2. WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN MY LANGUAGE??
3. CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION
4. BOTSWANA INVITES YOU TO AN AFRICAN RETREAT
5. NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22,2006
6. HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES
7. SEE A MODEL EFFORT FOR MISSION & THE ENVIRONMENT
8. SCRIPTURE PROMOTION AND RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE: SPARK!
9. USE GOOGLEMAIL FOR YOUR BACKUP
10. REACHING MIDDLE CLASS THAIS
11. PARTNERS ROCK!
12. THE BACKPAGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANKS
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. FREE “CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE” IN FRENCH — George Patterson’s popular “Church Multiplication Guide” is now available in French as a free download from http://currah.info/www/paul-timothy/_francais/guide.html You may freely reproduce, distribute and sell this version of the Guide. Those who wish to translate it into yet other languages (Portuguese is already done) should first obtain a translator’s English original from http://currah.info/www/cmg/ or write to gpatterson(at)cvi2(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. WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN MY LANGUAGE?? –- Are you frustrated by the fact that you just can’t seem to find any Christian / Church Education materials in the language you speak or the language of the people you serve? Bible Visuals International has been printing picture-based Bible lessons for over 45 years. The teacher’s texts have been translated in over 85 languages and the lessons used in over 150 countries. Check out what’s available by visiting http://www.biblevisuals.org or by contacting them at info(at)biblevisuals(dot)org or (Intl. Prefix) + 1-717-859-1131. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION — On environmental matters, check out A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation now working in over a dozen countries. Try http://www.arocha.org for details. (Thanks Chris!)
4. BOTSWANA INVITES YOU TO AN AFRICAN RETREAT — Been overworking a bit lately? Burning the candle at both ends? Have a look at http://www.limpopo-lipadi.co.za for an excellent opportunity to acquire shares (at a bargain price of USD3.30 per hectare) in a 32000ha Game Reserve – with 6 luxury air-conditioned lodges – in Botswana. Churches, families or companies can buy a share together and rotate shareholder nominees on a yearly basis. Enjoy natural wilderness 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 click http://www.limpopo-lipadi.co.za/faq.asp or email jacques(at)limpopo-lipadi(dot)co(dot)za and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22,2006 — This is the 17th annual conference to train, equip and mobilize teams for short-term mission. Paul Borthwick is the featured speaker and along with 15 other short term mission experts will provide insight and encouragement. The conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Catch 3 in depth pre-conference options starting on January 19th. Check out the website at http://www.nstmc.org for complete registration information or contact us at info(at)nstmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Registration discounts are available for early registrations, groups, spouses and colleges.
6. HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES — There is a movement for the development of house churches in the west based upon the concept of “reproducibility”. The aim is to encourage relationally based experiences of the body of Christ without the infrastructure, hierarchy and complexity of traditional church organizations. In more hierarchical and segregated societies, such as Islamic societies, this is being translated into what may be termed “household churches”. That is, the members of the church are limited to members of a particular family. Although there is much that has been written about house churches in western societies, Mark would like to find information and examples of such “household churches” that have come into existence in other parts of the world. If our readers could provide any information about “household churches,” Mark would be grateful. email: mark(dot)naylor(at)twu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SEE A MODEL EFFORT FOR MISSION & THE ENVIRONMENT — “Care of Creation”, a non-profit whose first project is in Kenya in partnership with the International Mission Board, SBC entity. Web: http://www.careofcreation.org/home.cfm In Kenya, the person who is heading up that project is an MK named Craig. His hope is to empower believers and churches to have a positive impact on the environment and to use the project as a springboard for reaching some unreached people groups with the gospel. Check it out and see if you can replicate his efforts.
8. SCRIPTURE PROMOTION AND RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE: SPARK! — Check out this new website from Vernacular Media Services, a division of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Drill to this introduction to the Storying Scarf and hit the links to see how it works on four levels — products, training, case studies, and search. SPARK is an acronym for Scripture Promotion and Resource Knowledge. They’ve provide us all with a great site, whether it’s Scripture-specific or applying media within a cross- cultural missions context. http://spark.vernacularmedia.org/products/info/159
9. USE GOOGLEMAIL FOR YOUR BACKUP — Still looking for a great way to archive those official documents? Try Larry’s idea. He scanned essentials to a JPEG file and emailed the whole thing to a googlemail address and let them store it for him. Create any address you can remember — doesn’t have to be yourname(at)gmail(.)com, and email the JPEG to yourself, with subject line of say “Uncle Joe’s birthday party”, to bore to death any hacker who got this far. Leave the mail stored there with the attachment. Scan and email a copy of your ticket before you leave on an out of country trip. Lose a passport overseas? (not fun!) At the embassy explain the process and help them download a color scan of the original, with matching photo. Sort of self authenticates, since they can also match their file copy. Thanks Mark! Great idea. (By the way, Mark did not scan the SS card. He rightfully figured there was too much risk with just that number.)
10. REACHING MIDDLE CLASS THAIS — Cornerstone Workplace English is an innovative work which is reaching Middle Class Thais in the Workplace. CWE is based in Chiang Mai, North Thailand, but has the aim to grow further afield. You can view the website on http://www.cornerstone.co.th/cwe The company is looking for properly trained, experienced ESL teachers. Contact the manager on ilkkamaree(at)csloxinfo(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. PARTNERS ROCK! — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? Just click 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.
12. THE BACKPAGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANKS — Here’s a quick thought for those who live on mission support: Let’s remember to say thanks. Regardless of the size of the gift, our donors are often making sacrifices to send us out. Let’s remember to say thanks. It’s not exactly rocket science. Write or type a note on the receipt, scratch out an email, send a thank-you note, make a phone call, or even visit them personally. Either way, let’s invest as much time and effort being grateful as we invest making requests. Long-term, we’ll be glad we did. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :-) Doug

20051009 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
2. ABC, AIDS, AFRICA: CONFERENCE EXAMINES HARVARD RESEARCH
3. PREPARE YOUR ENCRYPTED “BUG-OUT BACKUP”
4. ARE YOU TRYING TO STRIP AUTOFORMATTING FROM WORD?
5. UNITED EFFORT TO PROMOTE MISSIONS IN GHANA
6. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM THE USA
7. PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO THE LIVING GOD
8. ASIAN INDIAN WORK LOOKING FOR TEAMMATES
9. THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOAD
10. THE BACK PAGE: LET’S DO OUR HOMEWORK (SOCCER SCOUTING)
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. By God’s grace and with your support, this humble free e- journal is entering the 3rd year in circulation starting “Volume 3” and marked by the new color and layout. Theme: Holistic Missions/Ministry. Feel free to browse the following distinct English and Chinese communities within Global Missiology. http://www.globalmissiology.org email editor(at)globalmissiology(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. ABC, AIDS, AFRICA: CONFERENCE EXAMINES HARVARD RESEARCH — The 10th annual Global Missions Heath Conference will gather Nov. 11-12 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. (And by the way, on the day before, Nov. 10, Edward C. Green, senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, will address the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization’s North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic.) Green will speak about ABC programs in Africa. More than 100 additional workshops are offered, as well as sessions with World Vision’s Richard Stearns, Food for the Hungry’s Ben Homan, and Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail jsnipp(at)secc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. PREPARE YOUR ENCRYPTED “BUG-OUT BACKUP” — Thanks to Ray, who wrote us this past week to recommend that missionaries make a disaster plan that includes putting all one’s personal info on an encrypted thumb drive (aka: flash drive, USB drive, memory stick), so they can quickly establish or rebuild their official identity. My 16-year-old son, Caleb, has been telling me about survival kits and their importance. So taking a page from a recent term he used, let’s call it… our “bug-out backup”. :-) Ray suggested including emergency phone #’s of family and co-workers, scans of all personal ID’s (drivers license, passport, visas, credit cards, etc.), scanned photos for emergency visas, etc., and perhaps even personal email or mailing lists. These could all be stored on a medium-sized thumb drive and easily carried while traveling (or fleeing!). Encrypt the contents using a file encryption program such as PGP, available at: http://www.pgpi.org or http://www.pgp.com/products/freeware.html
4. ARE YOU TRYING TO STRIP AUTOFORMATTING FROM WORD? — Maybe you compose a document in Word, then wish you could email it to someone in the simplest form, as an ASCII text message? Here’s the most foolproof method I know… and the simplest too. In Word, open the document, then use “file|save as” to save the document as a “plain text (*.txt)” file. Then close the file, reopen this new plain text version (it will be document #1 in your numbered list under the “File” menu), select all using shortcut keystroke “ctrl-a”, then copy using “ctrl-c”, then switch to your email application with “alt-tab”, then use “ctrl-v” to paste the text into your email. That should do it.

One sticky point: publishers’ quotes and other MS Word advanced features will convert to ugly boxes. So, it’s better, in my opinion, to keep these options shut off permanently. (In Word, go to “Tools|Autocorrect” and uncheck *everything* under the “autoformatting” tab.)

Another sticky point: If you’ve pasted in emails, then you might have to wrestle with hard-coded carriage returns in the body text. These might cause the text to “wrap” in locations that break up the reading – – with shorter lines of text. To fix this, you’ll need a good macro in Word. Try inserting this one into the Word macro editor:
Here’s a Visual Basic Macro to remove unwanted carriage returns from emails in preparation for inserting them in a Word template:

Sub stripcarriagereturns()

‘ stripcarriagereturns Macro
‘ Macro published in Brigada Today 14 of Oct., 2005 issue

With Selection.Find
.ClearFormatting
.Replacement.ClearFormatting
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”@$$@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”@$$@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^l”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p “, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=” ^p”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”%$#@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”%$#@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End With
End Sub

5. UNITED EFFORT TO PROMOTE MISSIONS IN GHANA — Globeserve Ministries and the Ghana Evangelism Committee have organized an eight-week missions-awareness lecture series that will run from October 27th to December 15th. Leaders from the major denominations and ministries are teaching in the course, and an accredited university — Pentecost University College — is making it possible for participants to get college credits. For more information, please contact Jeff Korum. His e-mail address is awakentotheworld(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 .]
6. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM THE USA — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min … UK 3 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents, Israel 3.2 cents, Colombia 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service. There are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers, and up to 470 free minutes on signup plus lots of convenience features. For more info go to: http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. (By the way, just FYI: Brigada is not linked with this service in any way.)
7. PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO THE LIVING GOD — Check out witnessJesus.org, a collection of personal testimonies to what God is doing in the lives of people. The testimonies are shared over the internet with people from all over the world. Contact witnessJesus.org if you would like to contribute your own. Visit http://www.witnessJesus.org Contact at cbrook(at)witnessJesus(dot)org if you have questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. ASIAN INDIAN WORK LOOKING FOR TEAMMATES — They are looking for teammates! Their life calling is to the high caste (Jat & Khatri) Sikhs in an urban location in Punjab, India. Their approach is reportedly very culturally relevant, living as part of the community reaching out to friends, and neighbors. They have a for-profit business which serves as a role, platform, and network for outreach. If you or someone you know has an “until the job is done” call to see an indigenous movement of multiplying churches established among high caste Sikhs in the Punjab, contact Gurmeet & Nitu gurmeet(at)pqsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOAD — We appreciate those readers and organizations that want to step up to the plate and share in making Brigada happen. This past week, we appreciated support from an anonymous worker in Sweden (he sends $5/mo., every month of his life!), and $20.58 from Blessed Hope, in appreciation for the Brigada Today participants that have subscribed to that service. So if you need regular long distance, and if it’s all the same to you, might as well check ’em out if you don’t mind. Every little bit helps! If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “Donate” (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. No amount is to small. We’re about halfway there in raising finances to cover the 2005 budget. We need about another $8,000 (of $16,576) to finish out 2005’s expenses. (Just over $8,200 has come in so far this year.) If you or someone you know could write that amount out in one check, we’ll stop mentioning the need for finances for the remainder of the year! :-)
10. THE BACK PAGE: LET’S DO OUR HOMEWORK (SOCCER SCOUTING) — Since July 15th, I’ve had the privilege (and responsibility) of coaching a high school boys varsity soccer team at Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL). We weren’t fortunate enough to be handed any natural-born stars, but we worked hard, night after night, week after week, and finally found ourselves in the District Tournament, facing the #1 ranked team in our region.

Now I have a question for you: If you were in my shoes, would you enter that game blind? Of course not. I’m sure you’d ask some questions. I know I did. I began doing my homework and found out that there was only one other team in the city that had managed to beat this particular team (they were like 17-1-1). So what do you suppose I did? Of course: I called the coach that beat them and asked how he managed to do it. He had nothing to lose. (The truth was, if we beat them, then his team would play our team instead! So his response was, “Heck yeah I’ll tell you everything I know. I’d lots rather play you than them.” :-) )

The thought occurred to me that we often go into life situations much less prepared. Maybe we have the opportunity to present our story to a prospective supporter. Or maybe we’re given the opportunity to lead a small group study or guest-instruct in a college class or chapel service. Do we invest the same amount of energy for that God-event as we do for my sports event? I hope so. Because we might find out that the prospective supporter prefers helping on projects that address the needs of kids, so we can suggest an appropriate focus on children. Or maybe we learn that the small group Bible study happened to focus *last* week on the passage we were going to present *this* week. Or that the class loves powerpoints, but falls asleep during lectures.

So next time we’re asked to come up big in a special presentation, let’s do our homework. Let’s find out the score in advance.

Oh… almost forgot… we learned that the opposing team had a star striker that couldn’t be stopped, once he got the ball at his feet. He led the state in scoring, averaging 2 goals per game. Our solution? Try to control the ball at midfield, hoping nobody could ever pass to him. Then we’d pray for a chance to sneak in a goal somehow. If the ball *did* ever get to him, we’d have our fastest player haunting him like butter on bread. Well the night of the big game came. We knew our roles and responsibilities. The hot-shot striker only got the ball about 5 times the whole game, and our defender came up big. The keeper made a few great saves, … everybody pitched in, … and when the dust settled, we had upset the 1st ranked team by a grand score of 1-0. But that’s all we needed. One goal. We went on to regionals because of that game. Our opponent had lost only once throughout the entire season! 17 wins. Only 1 previous defeat. Until that night. To make it even more exciting, it was the first time in history that a team from CAL had won a birth in the regionals. Exciting stuff. And it happened, at least in part, because we asked some questions in advance. So let’s do our homework. Because it’s a jungle out there.

Doug

20051002 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT?
7. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Add one to your Christmas care package. 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 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts on the 2nd of March, 2006. Read more at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survival skills, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED — COMIBAM (the Missions Cooperation of Ibero-America) and the Joshua Project are collaborating on a massive effort to compile 3,000 unreached people profiles in Spanish. They need your help with photos! You may submit your people group photos by visiting: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php Use the drop-down lists to choose a country and then a people group in that country. Select the ‘Submit People Photo’ link which will walk you through the process of sending a photo. All photos submitted will be available to the Spanish project as well as the entire missions community. E-mail them at: photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS — If you are a Christian magazine or book publisher, you may be eligible to receive a FREE copy of COMIX35’s 2005 International Christian Comics Competition book. The book has been created as a “portfolio” of short comics for publishers worldwide and to showcase the contributing Christian comics artists as a resource. It is 148 pages and features 40+ short comics stories (1 to 4 pages) from 20 countries, with two 16-page color sections. Please mail your business card, a piece of promotional literature describing your publishing ministry, and a letter requesting your free copy to qualify. Others may order the books for US$ 25.00 each in the US, shipping & handling included, or US$ 30.00 when ordering from outside the US. Payment can be made by check or money order in US dollars. Please mark the outside of your envelope “Attn: 2005 Christian Comics Competition” and send to Randals Company LLC, 1021 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA. (Currently we can only process free book requests and orders by postal mail.) Funds raised through books sales will be used for future ministry Competitions. To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP — SHARE Education Services http://www.shareeducation.com is providing a two day Literature and Writing workshop in Odessa: Nov 10-11 and Kiev: Nov 15-16. The first day will be a workshop for parents on teaching literature and composition to students in 6th-12th grade. This workshop will be especially helpful to parents who have their children in national schools and parents who are, or will be homeschooling their children (including video and on-line schooling). Day 2 will be a workshop for students (6th-12th grades) instructing them in various writing activities. In addition to the two day workshop SHARE will also be providing the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to students in grades 3-8. If you would like more information or you would like to register for this workshop, contact Sue Giblin sgiblin(at)share-ed-services(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT? — The Finishers Project (Finishers.org), focused on Baby Boomers, now sees 1 to 3 new fulltime missionaries commit to serve with various North American mission agencies every week. Yet 40% of the Finishers missionwork seekers are below the age of 40! So Nelson, Nick, Bill and Amy are brewing a monstrous, neutral mobilization tracking and matching system called “MissionNext” for post-college – mid-career adults in the US and Canada. (Got advice? Ideas? Facilitators to second? Huge numbers of inquirers to track?) To speed the launch of this system, let them know if YOU know of a dormant U.S. 501(c)3 with some sort of Great Commission slant? Email NickNoll(at)n2c3(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. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI — Have you considered training for missionary service on an actual mission field? Studying, living, experiencing and ministering in a cross cultural situation is an excellent way to prepare for a life of missionary service. SPMTC is inviting a LIMITED number of international students to come and study in Fiji in 2006. You can find out more about SPMTC at: http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/spmtc Or contact Frank Grimsey, acting Dean of Students SPMTC, frgfiji(at)connect(dot)com(dot)fj [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — The Asian Christian worker was very excited as he began telling people about Jesus in the small community of Matjikloof in the Northern Cape. But, the Afrikaans-speaking people had difficulty understanding his language. He prayed, “God, what do I do?” Almost immediately, he began urging them, “Hello! Come and see!” They understood this and followed him to where another Christian worker was presenting the Gospel using a sketch board. Many people accepted Christ as their Saviour that day! Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer or for more information contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(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. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US — Though we’re always glad to run items for any ministry or individual, we definitely appreciate those who partner with us to sponsor and undergird the work of Brigada for now and in the future. Thanks to the anonymous friend who sent $50 this past week. If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “sponsor” (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.
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET — We received a surprising number of positive responses to “The Back Page” editorial last edition (“Learning to love our planet”). In fact, no one wrote with a negative response. Perhaps there is near universal agreement that we ought to take better care of the environment God gave us. Where can you go to get ideas on how to do that? You can go to the “big sites” like http://www.epa.gov/ to get the big picture… or start with the small things like… http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2tips.html You can, like I did, fall more in love with the environment by caring more about trees and the outdoors… http://arborday.org/ and at similar sites. Either way, the trick is to start doing something. If everybody pitched in just a little bit, we would see a positive difference almost immediately. Read more about our planet at sites like

http://nationalgeographic.com

http://discoverychannel.com

http://www.doi.gov/greening/sustain/

and more…

Little by little, start making a difference in the world’s future. OK… that’s all I have to say about that. :-) Doug

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