Monthly Archives: November 2005

20051127 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
2. “STUFF VOLUME IV” NOW AVAILABLE
3. GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS 2006
4. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
5. SPECIAL PRAYER WEEK FOR UNREACHED DEJING ZHUANG OF CHINA
6. ANOTHER OPTION (BETTER?) FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET WORK
7. THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
8. BRIGADA BY THE NUMBERS
9. WANT TO HELP LIGHT A FIRE FOR BRIGADA?
10. THE BACKPAGE: “SYSTEMS” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company’s next Missionary Training Camp is February 23-26, 2006. During those four days, they’ll share crucial highlights for missionary preparation and sending. See their web site http://www.elijahcompany.org for what others have said, their manifesto, course content and more. For applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507.
2. “STUFF VOLUME IV” NOW AVAILABLE — “Stuff IV – Yet More Stuff you need to know about Doing Mission in Your Church” is the fourth volume of an encyclopedia of all the things you wanted to know about doing missions but didn’t know where to find. It is a compilation of one-page concepts, lists, outlines, forms, samples, and resources covering everything from Becoming a World Christian to Missions Web Sites. “Stuff” is available only on CD in Microsoft Word. A CD of all four volumes with cumulative index is available for $26 each (including shipping). Send a check (in U.S. Funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Specify the “Stuff CD” and provide your postal address. See portions of the first two volumes and the cumulative index at http://www.davidmays.org/Resources/resmays.html
3. GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS 2006 — The Global Consultation on Music and Missions will be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Celebrate what God is doing world- wide while learning about music and missions from such recognized experts as I-to Loh, Roberta King, Ronald Man, Mary Oyer, Steven Fry, John Witvliet, and others. Choose from over 30 informative breakout sessions on topics such as syncretism, promoting unity in blended cultural contexts both at home and abroad, and other facets of using culturally relevant music to reach and encourage others with the good news. GCoMM attendees from sponsoring organizations will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on the registration fee. Subscribe to receive free email GCoMM updates at http://www.gcommhome.org . For more information or details on how your church or organization can become a sponsor, write to info(at)gcommhome(dot)org . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.
4. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Come join a two-, four-, or six-week ministry team to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey June 15th to July 20th 2006. This is an opportunity to join an experienced/ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, work with local churches and visit and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is to work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. This is an ideal opportunity for a church group or for individual interested in getting started in Muslim ministry. For more information contact Doug dougnann(at)compuserve(dot)com or (509) 302-0027. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. SPECIAL PRAYER WEEK FOR UNREACHED DEJING ZHUANG OF CHINA — Though they are part of a Gateway people group and receptive to the gospel, the Bible-less, unevangelized 1.1 million Zhuang in the Dejing dialect area continue to be greatly overlooked. If you’d like to bless the Dejing Zhuang with one of the most significant Christmas gifts possible, then join this prayer effort by e-mailing dejingzhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If you write “Send printable 2 page guide” in the Subject box they’ll email you a printable 1 page(front and back) PDF file with the prayer requests for all 7 days. If you write “Send me e-mails December 17-24” in the Subject box they’ll e-mail you one short prayer entry with a picture each day for seven consecutive days beginning December 17.
6. ANOTHER OPTION (BETTER?) FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET WORK — Thanks to Paul in France for suggesting an alternative option for anonymous emails and browsing: Portable Apps Suite. This download allows you to carry all your standard applications on a USB thumbdrive, iPod, portable hard drive or any other portable media. It contains a portable web browser, email client, web editor, office suite, word processor, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client and FTP client… all in one package, all preconfigured to work portably and be easy to back up. Find it at: http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/portable_apps_suite/

Paul has tested it himself and the performance is certainly acceptable. A very good link that discusses this topic: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1849710,00.asp. There you will also find link to encryption tools for USB drives and other security tools.
7. THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — Christian workers arrived in the small, desert village just on the border of Namibia and South Africa. If it is possible, this village was even poorer than the previous ones visited that week. One family lived in the shelter of a tree and everyone carried water from community taps. But even in this harsh climate, God is working. The Gospel was presented and a young man found new life in Jesus Christ! He was given a Bible and encouraged to grow in his newfound faith. The Christian workers pray that the next time they visit this village many others will want to know how they can have a new life in this desert. Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer. Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new 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 .]
8. BRIGADA BY THE NUMBERS —
*** Total number of editions of Brigada Today since starting: 568, including this one
*** Total pages of text written so far this year: 251
*** Total subscription cost charged to all users since beginning: 0
9. WANT TO HELP LIGHT A FIRE FOR BRIGADA? — You can do it with $25 or $250 or $2500. Just go to “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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: “SYSTEMS” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE — If you’re like I am, “systems” can make a huge difference in your life. When I say “system” I mean that you’ve worked out a particular way of doing things and you do it that way every time, or you’ve decided to keep a particular thing in a particular place and now you always know where it is. Here are a few examples of “systems” that I’ve had to work out so I don’t drive myself crazy:

a) In the briefcase I use for my laptop, I have a little pouch in which I carry a “clicker” (radio-controlled rather than infra-red) to advance Powerpoint slides. I keep it there year-round, even though I actually only do an average of 2 or 3 presentations per month. But I noticed time and time again that I’d be up in front of people before I realized I had forgotten to pack my clicker. Now, even if I’ve already started the presentation, I can easily continue the generic intro. while I fish the pouch out of this particular pocket — and never break eye contact with the audience. So I have a system to keep me in business.

b) I try to get rid of all those little message slips or other notes that can accumulate from phone messages or reminders. I just transfer them to my to do list — in one place — along with all the associated phone numbers or other data. (I keep my to do list on my Treo cell phone/PDA, but a paper Day-timer or other calendar/journal would work the same way.) That way my life is all on one list, ready for action when I have the time.

c) I save up and purchase an 2 extra AC adaptors for my laptop, so I have 3 in all. I keep one plugged in at the office, one plugged in at home, and one packed all the time in my briefcase. In this way, I never have to pack up AC adaptors — ever. When I arrive at home or the office, I just plug in . . . and when I’m on the road, I feel relieved that I didn’t have to remember to pack it up before leaving home or the office.

These are 3 examples of simple systems. Maybe to you they seem rather elementary. If so, you probably have your life broken down into systems already. But for the rest of us, we could probably all use some work developing these approaches or routines. Start by identifying something that bugs you… something you forget, or something that seems jumbled or garbled. Then “think outside the box” to try to figure out a solution so you can handle it the same way each time you approach it. Take whatever steps necessary to build that system, then start with the next challenge.

In this way, life gets simpler as each day goes by . . . and less stressful. And less stress is good, because there are enough real reasons to be stressed beyond those that we could resolve more simply anyway. Beside… dealing with life by “systems” can cause us to feel like we’re in control . . . like we have impacted our reality, rather than becoming a victim of it.

So good luck. Go build a system and then celebrate the small stuff. :-)

20051120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., offers an undergraduate major in community development. The major equips students with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical world-view. It prepares students to be agents of Christian transformation within low-income communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. The major offers three areas of specialization: Economic Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Child and Family Development. A highlight of the major is its research internship in which students live and work for three-to-six months in a poor community under the auspices of a host church or ministry. Students can apply by submitting an application found on the Covenant web site, http://www.covenant.edu. A $9,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. For qualified community development candidates who are not awarded this scholarship, other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 are also available. Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a separate scholarship application found on the financial aid section of the Covenant web site. The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005, so better apply today! For questions about Covenant College, the community development major, or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site or contact the Admissions Office by phone at 706-820-2398 (U.S.) or by email at admissions(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. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE — Here is a free down load of the popular Missionary Emergency health Book Called; “Where There is No Doctor”. (Thanks Andy!) http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS — For many years, Create International has been looking for more ways to make their multi-lingual evangelistic films available to unreached people groups around the world. Recently, a wonderful brother agreed to put all of these presentations into streaming video format on the Internet. Now you can view all of their evangelistic films produced for thirty different people groups in high quality fast streaming video. They will also make the URLs of these movies available to anyone who wants to put them on their own websites or used them in cyber cafe evangelism. Here are the movies and their URLs:

A Changed Life (Gan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=c6eaaa7f-8ea5-4605-b5ae-b893d42faa3b

A Changed Life (Mandarin)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=2faeff2f-0294-4d34-9bb3-40c1bb08a887

A Greater Love (Myanmar)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=70d5050d-4067-4468-a8c1-9867285422d4

Ahmad’s Dream (Malay)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=268e3447-93bc-4d9c-9330-a886ec9c6341

Building a Family of Love (Mongolian)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=185d34c3-46d0-457d-81fa-92b14061ba08

Debt of Honor (Madurese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=331d09d7-64fd-437e-97d9-f933b2510409

Help From Heaven (Balinese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=deb8c16b-62f0-4698-a5b3-bbd95204b334

New Life (Awadhi)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=5839e83b-2774-4d80-b281-e23622fcf842

The Burning Heart (Bengali)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=46cf2f31-18c9-438a-847b-06aabab61d8e

The Light of Revelation (Hui)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d65ced37-91be-49d9-83df-a3c5b161a2fd

The Return of Singkorn (Isaan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d50bad14-0eb9-43b0-ba25-473729551c36
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL — Here’s an option for educating your kids overseas. The Potters School is http://www.pottersschool.org They offer home schooling over the internet with the availability of audio and video communication. Most communication is by e-mail. The school comes highly recommended, with friends of friends listed among the faculty. (Thanks Chris!)
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE – Are you having a hard time finding term life coverage while serving overseas? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They offer a unique life insurance plan that is not available from traditional life insurance companies. While many companies automatically reject applications of those that intend to leave the United States, ISA has partnered with the oldest and largest financial institution in the World to create a term life plan that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of living abroad. Their plan has options of 1 to 10 year terms with face amounts up to $4.5 Million.

Coverage details, rates and the online application may be obtained online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net . You may also 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 and life insurance needs. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health and life insurance coverage.
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Spring (Jan. 23 – May 12). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or browse to http://www.strategiclanguages.org
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE — That’s right… Thanks to an educational campaign, sponsored by TechSoup.org and Mailshell, you can pick up something for nothing. The campaign began in November and culminates on December 14 and 15, this Wed/Thurs, when nonprofits and public libraries can order free anti-spam software donated by Mailshell. For more information, browse to: http://www.stopspamtoday.org/stop_spam_fd.html (Note: This is not an endorsement of Mailshell software. Several reviewers currently indicate that the service has significant downtime, so … what’s the phrase… “Caveat emptor”: “Let the buyer beware.” (Thanks Chris!)
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar. Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th.

This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE — If your role includes motivating or recruiting people for evangelism and mission, Tony suggests that you check out the range of downloadable clips available here:
http://the-task-virals.blogspot.com/ (maybe the 1st link is dead here?)
http://viral-life.blogspot.com/ (Thanks Tony)
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN — Thanks for those who pitch in to help motivate us and carry the expenses of our secretary here at Brigada/Team Expansion. Recent gifts include anonymous donors (1 at $5, 2 at $25 each, and a Wycliffe missionary at $45), $20 from the organizers of http://www.witnessJesus.org where you can post your testimony and impact others… and $20 from the folks at Send Global airtime http://www.global-airtime.com where you can get quality international calls on cell and landline phones for a fraction of the normal cost, and also $40 from the folks at: http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html where they teach people how to use storytelling for missions outreach. (Check out their DVDs there and please let them know you heard about them on Brigada!) Finally, we were humbled and astonished at a check from friends at New Mission Systems http://newmissionsystems.org/ for $1,000.00, representing the largest donation received thus far in 2005 and the 2nd largest ever in the history of Brigada. When asked why some of the organization’s members chipped in at this level, the reply came back, “Because we find that we have used items from Brigada over and over again and we here at NMS wanted to give something back to those who were giving to us.” Whoa. Now here’s the deal — I know they aren’t rich there. But they gave sacrificially. May God bring growth to them beyond all that they ask or imagine… That’s my prayer in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL — This brings to $9,691.28 our gifts during 2005, which now represents well over half of our goal of $16,576. What happens if we run short? Team Expansion tries to make up the difference… but you can help by utilizing these last couple of weeks of 2005 to make the best donation you can muster. Maybe you can only pitch in $5. But maybe you can give $1,000 or more. Either way, we’re very grateful. 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.
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER — A couple of weeks ago, I found what looked like a perfectly good Toro leaf blower in a garbage barrel on our property. It looked nearly brand new, but a quick check confirmed what I had suspected: it wouldn’t blow even one leaf, let alone a yard full. In fact, it wouldn’t even start. However, I’ve always been partial to Toro (even if this one was a reject; actually, it was a “Toro 51591 Super Blower/Vacuum”; click here to see it at the Toro website :-) ), so I have to admit — I threw it in the back of my truck and headed home. Tonight I saw the lonely machine sitting there on my workbench. Honestly, it reminded me of that jack-in-the-box on the Rudolph claymation show… You know… the one on the “Island of Misfit Toys.” It was a cast-off… Slated for destruction. Whoa. Only my hands had saved it from the clutches of Mr. Garbage-Truck-Man.

So, I did what every good Toro-lover does this time of year: picked up a screwdriver and started disassembling. About 7 minutes later, my heart leaped for joy. I discovered a fairly simple problem with a safety interlock mechanism inside the machine, designed to prevent operation when the tool was partially cracked open. I grabbed a piece of plate metal from my nuts-and-bolts collection, carefully fitted it in just the right channel, clamped everything back together and — whoosh… Away flew the screwdriver like the down of a thistle! Score one for The Garbage Patrol. :-) One Toro leaf blower salvaged.

Now I ask you: Why do I get so jazzed over rescuing a discarded leaf- blower, aside from the fact that I’m a big fan of Toro? :-) Well it’s hard to describe: There’s something about repairing something that was on the ropes… something about resurrecting a life that others had considered long gone. This leaf blower will always be special to me now… tons more significant than if I’d bought it today at Sears for $29.95 in the Christmas sail. (Did I mention it blows at 215 mph? :-) )

For some reason, I feel the same way about people. There’s a fine line between a “tough love” approach and the “cut-throat” response. That fine line, in my opinion, is the responsibility to weigh out the intent of the worker. If the worker is obviously thumbing his nose at expectations, then after a documented set of warnings, he or she should be let go — I’m convinced. However, if the worker evidences sincere and determined efforts to succeed, I personally believe we should extend some grace, some creative coaching, and see if we can’t salvage a life.

Now my 16-year-old son saw something different in the leaf blower. He thought it could stand for a Christian-waiting-to-happen… blocked only by some piece of faulty behavior, perhaps easily altered by a caring friend or an accepting family.

Either way, the outcome is the same: less junk in the landfill, fewer blisters from raking, and lots of 215 mile-per-hour miracles. And did I mention it’s a Toro? :-)

20051113 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FREE RESOURCES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
2. BE ANONYMOUS ON THE WEB
3. “BORN IS THE KING!” (UNIQUE CHRISTMAS STATIONERY)
4. INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA 2005
5. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
6. TEACHERS NEEDED IN RURAL NEPAL
7. FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE
8. IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES FOR CHRIST IN ORLANDO, FL!!
9. WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR BRIGADA!
10. MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT
11. THE BACKPAGE: “LORD, TEACH ME ABOUT THE ECONOMY”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. FREE RESOURCES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — COSIM has a web site offering resources for churches and ministries engaging in, or beginning to engage in, cross-cultural ministry partnerships. New there is a downloadable paper from Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta: “What the Global Church Wants the West to Know About Partnership” plus eleven more free document resources in the Resource Center — from evaluating partnerships — to guidelines for submitting a project proposal — to partnership agreements — to short-term missions training manual. Also find information there about the 2006 COSIM Conference, June 12-14 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” Go to: http://cosimnet.org/
2. BE ANONYMOUS ON THE WEB — StealthSurfer II is now available, and comes bundled with Anonymizer and RoboForm. It’s Password protected, with IP masking (through Anonymizer). You get secure user ID/password management with RoboForm. ALL files, including history and cookies, get cached on a flash drive that comes as a system in kit-form. It uses USB v2.0 for fast and easy access. It’s plug and play, so there’s no installation required. Available in capacities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB, starting at $99.29. If you purchase a StealthSurfer product, you also get a free, secure StealthSurfer.com email account. For more information visit http://www.stealthsurfer.biz
3. “BORN IS THE KING!” (UNIQUE CHRISTMAS STATIONERY) — Use this uniquely designed stationery to remind everyone you know of the true meaning of Christmas. Packages of 50 sheets of letterhead or 50 matching envelopes are available for $5.00 each through the Caspari Center office by calling 630-668-3328 or emailing caspariusa(at)caspari(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also view a sample and order the stationery through their web site at http://www.caspari.com Shipping is only available within the U.S. and at an additional cost.
4. INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA 2005 — NK Missions, the World Network for North Korea Missions, is mobilizing 100 prayer meetings for North Korea in homes around the world during Dec. 4-11, the International Week of Prayer for North Korea. You may sign up for a leader’s kit online at http://www.nkmissions.com They actually were hoping to get you signed up by November 23, but maybe you can still talk them out of a kit. Cost is $10, but scholarships are available for those in developing countries.
5. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can take TESOL training February 6 through March 3 and March 13 through April 7, 2006 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. TEACHERS NEEDED IN RURAL NEPAL – Become a blessing in rural Nepal. There is a vital need for two teachers, one elementary and one secondary, to teach a fairly small group of children. One elementary and one secondary teacher are needed. For more information please email sunilpjohn(at)aol(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE — Are you on a mission? Here are some award-winning documentary filmmakers looking for articulate, passionate young Christians who are actively taking the Gospel to the world. You will be a major character in a feature film as you journey from your hometown to foreign countries doing God’s will. If interested, please send a headshot or photograph with a short description of your personal vision and reasons for taking up the mission to: lisakhsu(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 .] Please note: You must already have a mission planned. Your trip will not be funded. Shooting begins in February 2006. http://www.revolutiontheory.com
8. IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES FOR CHRIST IN ORLANDO, FL!! — Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Luis Palau Association to bring individuals and teams to Orlando, FL to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. The first hand will be the week leading up to the Orlando Festival (Operation Compassion). Teams will be involved in practical displays of Jesus’ love including saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes, random acts of kindness and Habitat for Humanity. The second hand will be the gospel proclamation given by Dr. Luis Palau. Involvement needed for the two days of the Orlando Festival include humanitarian projects, children’s area, setup and takedown for the festival, counselors and prayer teams. The dates are March 25 – April 3, 2006. To learn more, email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.deltaministries.com/ or call 1-800-533-5822 in the USA or call +1-1800-533-5822.
9. WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR BRIGADA! — We heard several encouraging words… $15.52 from Blessed Hope Communication (when you sign up to use their long distance service, they make an offering to Brigada in relation to your minutes “on the air”… so — please reach out and touch someone! :-) To learn more, just click to: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada We also received $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church (Thank you!!!), and from anonymous partners, we received gifts of $5, $20, and $25. This latter gift was from an anonymous missionary working with Greater Europe Mission. To these new partners of Brigada, we appreciate you!!!
10. MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT — Don’t forget that with Brigada, the tiniest gift means so very much. 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 BACKPAGE: “LORD, TEACH ME ABOUT THE ECONOMY” — I continue to be in awe of those who understand big business. I have a lawyer friend who understands Washington, history, Wall Street… you know the type. Me? I’m mystified by it all. The preaching minister at our church told me that cumulative spending on world evangelism for 2004 was $1.7 billion. He also said sales figures for Sony Playstations were exactly the same: $1.7 billion. We’ve all heard illustrations like that. I’m sure you have a favorite one about dog food or pet supplies. The point is — how does all this economy of scale work? And does it at all relate to World Evangelism?

On the one hand, I’m thinking the Lord can do whatever He wants to do, with or without the USA fiscal budget, Sony, or the country of San Marino. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills… All he has to do is sell a few head and your next mission project is totally covered.

On the other hand, it *is* sobering how much we spend on small stuff. And it’s telling how much our *supporters* have spent on small stuff… stuff that really won’t matter.

So here’s the thought for the day: Today, let’s all contemplate for a minute about the fact that, when we appeal for someone to give toward our upcoming mission project, we know deep down inside we’re asking them to give toward something that will *matter*… something that will *last*. If we’re convinced of that, then why are we so sheepish asking for money. Next time we have doubts about asking for funds, let’s all remember that if they don’t give toward the particular mission work in which we’re engaging, they’ll probably just use it to buy video games anyway. :-) And that, my friends, … that tiny change in our way of thinking… that can make all the difference.

20051106 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT?
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP!
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development provides distance learning courses on church- based, field-tested strategies that promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor. These courses are email-based guided readings with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments along with peer interaction. Three courses are offered. The first is scheduled for Jan. 2-27, 2006. It provides an understanding of the needs of the poor and 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 learn more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org . You can also contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 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. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE — Caleb Project is pleased to announce EWI Online, the distance-learning version of Encountering the World of Islam. In 12 weeks, EWI Online provides a positive, balanced, and biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims and equips Christians to reach out to them in Jesus’ love. Students learn about Muhammad and the history of Islam, gain insight into today’s conflicts, discover the frustrations and desires of Muslims, and learn how to pray for and befriend them. EWI Online involves textbook readings, downloadable lectures, weekly online discussions, meeting a Muslim and visiting a local Islamic center, four quizzes, one paper and a Concert of Prayer. Students complete one lesson each week. Winter classes begin January 2! For more information, email info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see http://www.encounteringislam.org
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY — The “American Grants and Loans Directory” is now available. This publication contains more than 1500 financial programs, subsidies, scholarship, grants and loans offered by the US federal government. It also includes over 700 financing programs available by foundations across the United States. The Canadian Subsidy Directory is also available for Canada. The CD version is $69.95 and the printed version is $149.95. To order, just call 450-224-9275 in Canada.
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP — Catch some introductory training for the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView, December 5-9, 2005 at Global Mapping International (Colorado Springs, CO). Learn how to implement the GMMS for your ministry. Tuition will be $300.00 for GMMS licensees & $500.00 for those who have not acquired the GMMS (Price includes printed materials and lunches/snacks). Multiple attendees from a single organization will each receive a $50.00 tuition discount. For more information, contact Tony tony(at)gmi(dot)org or call 1-800-569-6312. Remember to respond quickly. Space is limited to 10 participants. If you sign up by November 21st, you’ll guarantee your spot and save $25.00 off registration. (Note: The cost of lodging and meals other than lunch are not included in the tuition fees.) Visit http://www.gmi.org/gmms to find out more.
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar.) Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th. This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — This valuable workshop will be held February 27 to March 3, 2006 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. The Cost will be $190.00CDN which includes lunch and course materials. This course, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. Gateway Missionary Training Centre has offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or call 604-530-4283 and ask for Beverly.
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT? — Then go to http://www.easyenglish.info and click on ‘What’s new’. Now download ‘Stories from the Book of Genesis’. Helen Sealey has written these exciting stories in short sentences, using Accessible EasyEnglish (level A 1200 words in the lexicon). She has designed them especially for anyone who struggles to read English. The EasyEnglish Bible Dictionary is also available now, from the same website. This item explains over 800 Bible words in EasyEnglish.
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR — Here’s a Christian-owned company that does Web & Flash Publishing/programming, Graphics Designing, Database Programming, Image Processing and Data Capturing (data capturing from faxes, books, magazines, forms), Admin Support, Data Entry, File conversion (from one file format to another). For more information, please contact Brian cbpdirect(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for their sponsorship in response to Brigada readers signing up with their service. This past week, they sent $103.76… so if you ever need phone services, please consider them first. Just go to http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT — When I’m not writing Brigada material, I’m trying to do my best to lead a little missions agency called Team Expansion, with about 260 full-time workers in 36 countries. When our field workers experience a loss of a parent or child, we try to make sure someone from our “home office” attends the funeral with them. I’m guessing most other agencies do the same. Well one of those funerals was scheduled to happen today. The funeral was slated to take place in a small rural community in Central Illinois. Commercial flights just didn’t line up . . . so I was forced to plan to make the 9-hour drive (originating at a missions convention I was attending), leaving at 2am or so. Not an ideal situation… but doable. (We do what we have to do, right? :-) ) Well the truth is, my co-workers love me… so after I went to sleep at 9:30pm or so, they were like little elves, scurrying around arranging better options for me. :-) When my alarm went off at 1:30, I found a note under my door explaining that they had managed to secure a friend of the mission to fly me there in a private plane. What’s more, another staff person had volunteered to accompany me. I was instructed to go back to bed and sleep for another 4 hours. Instead of having to drive 9 hours one way, the pilot got me there and back in 5 hours round trip!

As I pondered the events of the day, I took away a few lessons from the whole process.

First, I’m convinced that scheduling the trip to the funeral was the right thing, even though it was hard. The truth is — sometimes we evaluate our courses of action based on how difficult we guess they’ll be. More and more I’m realizing that if I just focus on doing what’s right, lots of the infrastructure grows up after the decision is made.

Second, traveling by plane — “as the crow flies” — sure makes a lot more sense than driving along traditional roads. The metaphor is probably goes without saying: Let’s solve problems by tackling them “head-on.” Let’s don’t allow traditions to slow us down, regardless of how many times “we’ve done it that way before.”

Finally, I was thrilled at my team’s willingness to take initiative. Can you believe they changed my travel plans “while I was sleeping!” But one of the reasons they took that initiative, I think, was because they knew me well enough to know that I’ve empowered them to do more than just *talk*. They know they can take action and, within reason, make big changes — even changes that impact the president :-) — and life will go on. In fact, lots of times, it goes on better!

So … next time you think you have your travel plans set for the morrow, beware closing your eyes to go to sleep — if you’ve trained your team to dream, plan, and take action. You just might wake up to learn that the tables have turned… and the outcome just might be tons better than what you had originally hoped!

And that’s a good thing… because it’s truly a jungle out there.

Doug

 Scroll to top