Monthly Archives: December 2005

20051225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE
  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN
  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES!
  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED)
  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEEDD TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM — This course, formerly known as Perspectives on the World of Islam, is coming to San Diego, California, January 26, 2006 – April 20, 2006. For more information about the classes see http://www.EncounteringIslam.org To sign up or to get answers write ewiofsdatyahoodotcom or call Ben (619) 583-0950 in the USA.

  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES — missionary411.com is a new website that offers missionaries a free web- managed web site to keep their partners up on what they are doing as a missionary. Creating your own web site is free of charge, though donations to defray server and usage costs are welcome. The site offers a variety of features; a personal web address, anonymity if serving in a sensitive area, unlimited news updates and prayer requests, picture uploading and total management of the web site with no knowledge of html. To find out more information about this ministry, or to sign up for your own account, go to: http://www.missionary411.com

  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day offers a resource page of tips about how to make church websites evangelistic. This content can, in turn, be inserted into any other website, just by copying a few lines of code. The process is now far simpler than that offered previously, and will enable you to create a new page in seconds. http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-tips.php

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, and retirees. They have everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. For more information, log on at http://www.mats.org or call (765)965-7777 or fax (765)962-4645 or email car(at)mats(dot)org

  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE — Tentmakers International Exchange is organizing on August 16th-19th 2007 the “All Africa Conference.” The theme is: The Way to African Nations. The venue will be the Grand Seminar Saint-Augustine, Samaya, Bamako, Mali, West Africa. This conference is designed to develop tentmaker strategies of mission in Africa, and to train lay people to share their faith in the context of their professions/trades. For more information, contact Tiowa partnerspmgm(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 .] Main speakers include Dr Derek Christensen, (TIE International Director) and many others. Reserve your spot with a deposit of just 5 euros if you reserve in 2006. (Four days full board will cost just 35 euros.) If possible, reserve through your national TIE contact person.

  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN — Need a place to “connect” with other missionary women? “Oaks of Righteousness” group exists to provide a place of support and fellowship for women in missions. Drop a note to the moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com or apply at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES! — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks again to Judy for offering to help sponsor Brigada if folks sign up for this service.)

  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED) — In early 2004, you began praying for the Northern Cape Coloured, an unengaged people. You prayed that men, women and children would have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. You also prayed for the Lord to send Christian workers who would live among these people, demonstrating the love of Christ in their daily lives. God has answered your prayers! Now there are eight missionaries working and living in the Northern Cape (of Northwest South Africa) and who are part of the Northern Cape Evangelism Team. Let us praise God and thank Him for answering these prayers! Praise God that the Northern Cape Coloured are no longer an unengaged people! Enter 2006 with expectancy as God’s Word is proclaimed throughout the Northern Cape! Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za to find out more about Forgotten Peoples.

  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEED TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS — Two months after the storm, most of the relief agencies have gone home for the holidays never to return to Guatemala. Porch de Salomon (see http://www.porchdesalomon.org ) has shifted its focus to relief work and house-building and is recruiting teams for the 2006 calendar year. If you would be interested in helping the thousands of homeless and hungry storm victims in the Atitlan Basin, the hardest hit area of Guatemala, drop Bill a line at bill(at)porchdesalomon.org They can use medical,/dental, construction, evangelical, youth, and Bible School teams of 12 to 20 members. For some photos of the destruction see: http://www.pananight.com/tormenta_stan_Album.html Also check out the newsletters on their website above for examples of the work their teams have been doing.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR! — As we all begin this new year, I can’t help but wonder — what new habits will we all form. I have this friend and co-worker … His name is Eric… and recently he’s *reeeally* been into this mode of forming good habits. For example, every morning for the past 22 mornings, he’s gotten up early to re- write (remember ink pens?) his entire year’s goals, one line at a time. (OK… so he only writes the broad strokes, but still, it’s a whole page of stuff.) He says it’s really helping him keep his long-range goals in mind.

    So how ’bout you. What habits are you going to form in 2006? Whatever they are, let’s all try to live each moment for the Lord. And may God bless us every one.

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20051218 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TONS OF GREAT RESPONSES ABOUT USING PHOTOCOPIES IN WORSHIP
2. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
3. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM
4. LOOKING FOR ALL THOSE EVANGELISTIC FILMS ONLINE?
5. MISSIONARIES: NEED HELP SEARCHING THE INTERNET?
6. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD!
7. USE THE INTERNET FOR GOOD!
8. ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CONSULTATIONS ON SUDAN
9. VOIP FROM ANY COUNTRY
10. THANK GOD FOR SPONSORS
11. LAST DAY TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. TONS OF GREAT RESPONSES ABOUT USING PHOTOCOPIES IN WORSHIP — Whoa.. had no idea I’d be so flooded with responses regarding the ethics of using photocopying in worship. (Maybe somebody out there is reading Brigada Today after all! :-) ) Thanks to all who responded. By far, most informants told me about “Christian Copyright Licensing International” http://www.ccli.com Ross, an attorney in Arcadia, California, drew my attention to: http://www.ccli.com/Visitors/CopyrightLaws.cfm (Thanks Ross) Basically, as Eddie summarized, a church can simply pay an annual fee depending upon its attendance figures, then have license to copy as described in the respective request (per CCLI’s agreement).

Others referred me to Susan Fontaine Godwin at Church Copyright Administration, which specializes in church copyright compliance: http://www.churchca.com/ Basically, she and her team will administrate these kinds of issues for your church and make it easy for you. I spoke with Susan for some time on the phone. (Thanks Susan.) Here’s what I’m learning: This issue of photocopying music for the worship team is kind of gray. The actual regulation says that the music can be printed for use in singing… so if the music is mostly *words*, I guess it’s okay. However, if the music became actual *scores* (ie., if it were to be broken down as the “sax part”, “bass part”, etc.), it might not be legal to copy it. Lester drew my attention to this quote from the CCLI agreement: “What the License does not cover: Photocopy or duplicate octavos, cantatas, musicals, handbell music, keyboard arrangements, vocal scores, orchestrations or other instrumental works.” Oops.

Anyway, the church I attend — and where I play keyboard quite often — has a CCLI license and the music is mostly for singing, in that it isn’t broken down by part. So — bottom line — CCLI seems to be the way to go. If you copy music (words or otherwise) without a CCLI license, your church is probably, at times, cheating the original creative genius that came up with the lyrics and music. That’s sad.:-(

Do mission organizations need CCLI licenses? Probably. If they do worship sometimes, like ours does. I checked and, sure enough, our guy in charge of promotions and printed stuff was way ahead of me. Come to find out, Team Expansion already has *two* different CCLI licenses, one for music and one for film. (At a boy, Nick.) Again, thanks to all who pitched in so we could figure this out.
2. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Thanks to Judy for sending $15 recently from her TEL3Advantage long distance service account. She wanted Brigada Today readers to know that they can get great calling rates while helping Brigada — 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/SA 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. 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. Based on sign-ups, she says she’ll send additional sponsorships to Brigada Today. So — please, everybody, call someone! :-)
3. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM — Operation Reveille has produced a 12 minute slide show detailing the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may view a low quality QuickTime version of the show at http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov Higher quality versions in PowerPoint, AVI, ShockWave, Keynote, MPeg, or QuickTime format may be requested on CD-rom or as e-mail attachments from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. LOOKING FOR ALL THOSE EVANGELISTIC FILMS ONLINE? — Grab them at: http://www.createinternational.com/films/ (Thanks Cal!)
5. MISSIONARIES: NEED HELP SEARCHING THE INTERNET? — Do you live in a sensitive- or creative-access country? Can’t search for what you’d like, because someone might monitor it? A site launched in September of this year searches the internet for requests submitted by missionaries, church planters, evangelists and those in related occupations, especially those from developing countries. Requests are currently limited so please request a search only if you fall into the above category. Not all information is available on all topics. However, many good resources exist and it is the aim of this site to match these resources up with those who need them most. See http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com or email a request directly to request(at)internetmissionsresearch(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. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD! — Here’s a site: http://www.mediastrategy.org that has general mediastrategy resources on a variety of media types (Thanks to the tip from an anonymous tipster who preferred his name not be mentioned.)
7. USE THE INTERNET FOR GOOD! — And another… http://www.ie-21stcentury.com has materials in internet evangelism, including links to free IE workshops presented at a recent IE conference.
8. ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CONSULTATIONS ON SUDAN — Are there any consultations focused on Sudan? If so, please email Brian with the JESUS Film Project brian(dot)burchell(at)ccci(dot)org if you know of any consultations, or if you’d like to network around a Sudan focus.
9. VOIP FROM ANY COUNTRY — Interested in calling the US, Canada, the UK or Germany from any country around the world for only $0.029 per minute? With the VoIP solutions offered by United World Telecom (UWT) through our Brigada friend, Phone-access.com, you can make calls over the internet to these countries, and any other countries at very discounted rates. After you have signed up and downloaded the small Softphone you can call from your PC to any landline and mobile line in the world. The Softphone works even with dial up connections – and the rates beat even Skype for many countries. If you prefer using a VoIP handset, UWT can set you up if you already have one – or you can purchase one through them. No monthly fees, no sign up fees, no minimum fees. You only pay for the calls you make. From early 2006 you can even call for free to any other UWT customer within their network. For more info and to sign up please go to http://www.phone-access.com/voip/. Any questions please write to johnfryd(at)phone-access(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. THANK GOD FOR SPONSORS — Thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance ($100), Dial-Abroad ($91.20 for Oct. and $70.81 for Nov.; love it!), Center for Intercultural Training ($50), Blessed Hope Communications ($13.99), the Interserve and the Rethinking Forum ($25), and an anonymous giver who pitched in $25 with a note of encouragement. As always, we encourage you to make good use of these sponsors and their services. Find them at: Good Neighbor: http://www.gninsurance.com/ Dial-Abroad: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm CIT: http://www.cit-online.org/ Blessed Hope: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/ Thank you, thank you, thank you!
11. LAST DAY TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005 — Want to join together to help Brigada cover the cost of a part-time secretary… or just do a good turn to help them with some basic advertising costs? Well if you’d like your gift to count toward their drive in 2005, better hurry. This is the last day. It’s easy. Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and 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. If you send a check, you’ll automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt. If you send your gift via PayPal, please specify in the comment blank on the donor form that you’d like a PDF receipt that you can print on your own printer at home. Will we make our goal for 2005? The next 12 hours will tell! :-)

20051211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY
9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD — Keep your family healthy at home or abroad with clean drinking water. 911 Water provides discounts for missionaries on the best portable water filtration units in the world. Dip water out of a stream, puddle, or any fresh water source and filter out bad tastes and odors, bacteria, harmful chemicals, and more. No electricity or water pressure necessary. Comes with self sterilizing and re-cleanable filters. Order online at http://www.911water.com , or call 877-702-4433 in the US, or 1-205-453- 0471 from overseas. Call or email nicknoll(at)911water(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] to ask about a discount for missionaries and mission agencies. Larger discounts on bulk orders. Also, 911 Water is searching for international dealers and distributors. Up to 50% of global health problems are related to contaminated drinking water. These filtration units can save lives. If you or someone you know is looking for a business platform or a way to be a blessing, email the same address.
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(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 .]
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — 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 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (509)302-0027.
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL — For those who followed up on the item, ” ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD”: http://www.brigada.org/today/2005/20051028.html#7 maybe it’s not so great after all. Turns out that it might be a breach of the conditions of use of websites from which it gets the texts. Our apologies to the publishers who work hard and deserve the meager royalties they receive. A better approach might be to grab the ESV or some other version that is “open” and not copyrighted. When we published these instructions, we didn’t realize that this approach was tantamount to skipping copyright… never a good idea.
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING — Come to think of it — is it legal for a church to make multiple copies of its worship song music for the different members of its worship band? When I play piano or keyboard for the local church I attend when I’m in town, I constantly feel funny about looking at photocopied music, especially when it has the copyright warning at the bottom of each page. Wouldn’t the worship minister have to own literally a songbook for each band member in order to legally photocopy that material? I’m no expert . . . but it makes me feel sheepish to even use it. If you have information on that, would you please drop a note to: copy-music(at)brigada(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. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS — Change lives before, during and after a Short-Term Mission utilizing The Next Mile follow-through resource. The heartbeat of The Next Mile is built around the spiritual pilgrimage concept. Most publications for short-term ministry revolve around how to prepare for and how to do the ministry. When it comes to keeping the flame alive in people’s lives post- ministry, there are only paragraphs or chapters here and there. While there are some tools available that focus on “debriefing,” there is little done after the ministry. Capitalizing on the experience of more than 30 recognized mission leaders, The Next Mile resource offers practical tools to enable leaders to plan, conduct and follow-through with Short-Term Mission trips for long-term impact. For more information about The Next Mile resource, visit http://www.thenextmile.org or email info(at)thenextmile(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY — Here’s a free seminar scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, co-sponsored by Interserve USA and the host Calvary Bible Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Seminars and workshops throughout the day will feature Rev. Douglas Van Bronkhorst, Interserve Executive Director and six other professionals now serving the needs of the underserved in explaining how professional skills and talents can be used for God’s Glory cross culturally. There is no cost. Registration and details can be obtained by writing gplatte(at)ludlow(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY — Since 1983, World Mission Associates has specialized in how to avoid or overcome dependency in mission- established churches and organizations. Dependency is an unhealthy reliance on foreign resources or personnel. To learn more about how to develop healthy indigenous churches that rely on God to open up local resources in response to His people’s prayers, look at the website http://www.wmausa.org or contact wmausa(at)msn(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. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping).
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE — The fifth RJC Conference will take place February 17-19. This year there will be five different tracks or emphases. 1) “Foundations” for those wanting basic information about ministering to Japanese. 2) “Leadership” which helps leaders in specific programs for Japanese. Then there will be three tracks in Japanese. One will be a symposium for Japanese pastors working to better minister to returnees. One will be for Christians to become effective witnesses, and the last will be for Japanese seekers. There will also be a Pre-Conference strategy discussion meetings on February 16 and 17, concerning how to reach the 500,000 Japanese who are temporarily in North America. For more details please see http://www.rjcconference.org/. Or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to make your connections to the missions field more effective? On March 21-24, the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) presents “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” at Regent University in Virginia Beach. This consultation will give you the opportunity to network with other agencies working around the world and create strategies that will enhance your missions efforts. You’ll expand your missions vision and network with others who share your passion. For more information, contact AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or visit the consultation website at http://www.upc2006.org
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of a missionary family moving by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” humorously celebrates a slice of life on the mission field. This Christmas, give the gift of adventure. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005 — Thanks to the anonymous donors in Pasadena, CA, who just sent $50. Want to join them in helping Brigada cover the cost of a part-time secretary… or just do a good turn to help them with some basic advertising costs? Well if you’d like your gift to count toward their drive in 2005, better hurry. Just 2 weeks to go. It’s easy. Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and 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. If you send a check, you’ll automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt. If you send your gift via PayPal, please specify in the comment blank on the donor form that you’d like a PDF receipt that you can print on your own printer at home. FYI… So far in 2005, Brigada has rec’d $9,741.28 out of a goal of $16,576. :-( So… over $6000 left to go in 2 weeks. Gulp. What happens if we don’t raise it all? Well eventually, Team Expansion or somebody has to make it up. They’d love it if our readers would pitch in and help. Maybe you could ask your church or group to pitch in? Maybe someone you know is making out a will, or would like to do something as a memorial gift or make a gift in memory of someone? Or maybe there’s a foundation that might contribute? Whatever the case, please consider saying a good word for Brigada in these next 2 weeks. Thank you in advance.
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS — The Dec. 18th, 1998 Brigada Today included about 33 ways to say “Merry Christmas” (or some similar greeting) in languages from all over the world. Today, seven years later, the web gives us amazing resources. For example, check out: http://www.flw.com/merry.htm — which gives *350* ways to say Merry Christmas *and* provides detailed information about each group. Granted, you might have to turn down your speakers (to avoid hearing the incessant hokey midi music). What’s more, let’s pray that the wacko cursors don’t cause you to curse. But other than that, there’s some great information there.

http://users.aol.com/WSCaswell/message.htm — Bill Caswell takes aim at the same goal — hundreds of ways.

http://silentnight.web.za/translate/index.htm — Jako Olivier takes a different approach by displaying the words of “Silent Night” in over 100 languages. In cases where more than one dialect occurs in one location (like Afrikaans and Albanian), he even presents both versions.

http://www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm — one-ups us by purporting to play *audio* of some of those greetings in the original languages.

http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/holidays.htm — goes even one step farther by providing links to *dozens*… maybe hundreds of other sites which give literally *books* full of information about the famous holiday. (And for those worried about exclusivity, you can even pick up your info. on Hanakkah and Kwanzaa there.) :-)

Either way, one thing’s for sure. This Christmas thing is more than a passing fancy. It’s captured a couple of billion hearts… who, in turn, want to share everything they can with the other four billion!

20051204 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT SOURCE FOR INSURANCE
2. PICK UP A BASKET OF OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE, READY TO DEPLOY
3. DON’T JUMP TO STAR IN FILMS
4. PORTABLE APPS SUITE: A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR THUMB DRIVES
5. NATIONAL ANTHEMS FOR YOUR COUNTRY
6. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA
7. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
8. WANT TO LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEB?
9. EMPOWER BRIGADA FOR 2005 WHILE YOU STILL CAN
10. THE BACKPAGE: TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT SOURCE FOR INSURANCE — More and more companies have entered the international health insurance market. Here’s one that can now provide quotes on 8 different international health insurance plans for career workers offered by 6 different international companies. Premiums usually increase in the first quarter of the year between late January and early March. If you intend to get insurance, it would be best to apply now. For comparison of quotes from several companies contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
2. PICK UP A BASKET OF OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE, READY TO DEPLOY — Sure you might be able to find all this stuff on the open Internet. But for this price (a special deal for Brigada members), you could sure save a lot of time by going to: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ The provider writes, “Over the past few months I have put together a collection of open source software for Windows on a single CD. The design of the CD is similar to (and based on) theopencd.org, except mine is a much larger collection. My business partner and I typically sell it for $40 (we have sold it for as high as $60). We’d like to clear inventory and would like to make a special offer to Brigada readers.” (Disclaimer: The provider is saying that for every CD sold, he’ll make a $1 donation to Brigada as a way of saying thank-you. So … for $14, you get all that stuff *plus* send $1 to your favorite missions resource magazine! What’s not to like about that! :-) ) The games alone are worth that: Sokoban, Battle of Wesnoth, FlightGear, GNU Chess, FreeCiv, TuxType, TuxType. :-) OK… you can do work with this CD too. You also get, OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, PDFCreator, Gantt Project, and Open Workbench, among many others. Shipping and handling is just $2.50. That should tell you that the provider isn’t trying to make a bunch of profit. (By the way, in case you’d like to see what the rest of the [non-Brigada] world pays, go to: TelligenceTech.com and you’ll see they have to pay $44.45 for the very same applications. :-) Thanks Peter.)
3. DON’T JUMP TO STAR IN FILMS — If you saw the recent note seeking cross-cultural workers to star in a feature film (“FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE”, Nov. 18th Brigada today), think twice — or even three times — before agreeing to anything. At least one Brigada reader feels discretion is the better part of valor… that such films, with good intent or otherwise, raise the level of awareness for non- Christian audiences as well. Accordingly, these films might end up inciting criticism or even violence toward those choosing to star in them. “Hollywood emporium” — or, “let the movie star beware.” :-) Just a word to the wise. Remember that just because the producers of a movie send in the request to feature an item in Brigada Today, it doesn’t mean we know their pedigree. See “DISCLAIMER” in the “CLOSING STUFF”. And remember, fame isn’t eternal fame if, in fleeting, it takes others down with you. (Thanks Mark.)
4. PORTABLE APPS SUITE: A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR THUMB DRIVES — Have you seen Portable Apps Suite, at: http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/portable_apps_suite/ Read more about it at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1849710,00.asp (scroll down ’til you see their mention). This option would give you an anonymous presence on a thumb drive *plus* a great price — free! You get Portable Firefox (web browser), Portable Thunderbird (email client), Portable OpenOffice.org (office suite), Portable AbiWord (word processor), Portable NVU (web editor), Portable Sunbird (calendar & task list), Portable FileZilla (FTP client), Portable Gaim (instant messenger) and it will all fit on a 256Mb USB thumbdrive. Team up this application/hardware with a Gmail account (with a SSL connection to your email) and you’ve got a truly anonymous set-up for next to nothing. The only cost is the cost of the key at your closest computer hardware vendor. (Thanks Paul!)
5. NATIONAL ANTHEMS FOR YOUR COUNTRY — Grab midi music, words, and historical background to the anthems of most countries in the world: http://david.national-anthems.net/ (Thanks Tony!)
6. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA — From June 16 – 18, 2006 the Rethinking Forum will sponsor its 4th annual conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This Atlanta area gathering will commence at 1 pm on Friday and conclude at 5 pm on Sunday. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(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. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling: two great DVD workshops. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chocked full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Only $24.95 for the set of two. Check it out at http://doiop.com/storyteller or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
8. WANT TO LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEB? — Try browsing to: http://rightnow.org Looks like they’re onto something big there. Lots of opportunities already on file. More coming almost daily. Jump on board. Help get the word out. Let’s ride this wave! :-)
9. EMPOWER BRIGADA FOR 2005 WHILE YOU STILL CAN — Time’s a wastin’! Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY — I love hearing from our various workers around the world around this time of the year. Many… especially those working in sensitive lands… have abundant opportunities to tell about the Christmas story during December. Maybe they’re teaching English as a second language… or just helping out at a high school or college. Maybe they lead a conversation club or a “Let’s Start Talking” group. Whatever the location, the outcome is the same: When some individuals hear the Christmas story for the first time, something clicks inside. The God-sized hole that was created in all of us yearns to be filled with His love.

So go ahead… make their day. Tell the Christmas story to a friend, regardless of what continent you call home. You’ll be glad you did — and so will they!

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