Monthly Archives: January 2006

20060129 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “WHEN BRIGADA MOVES TO EMERALD HILLS,…”
  2. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  3. MAJOR MISSIONS EVENT IN PHOENIX, AZ, TAKE MY LIFE
  4. 2006 LAUSANNE YOUNGER LEADERS’ GATHERING, RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED
  5. TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  6. BLUEWATER DTS 2006 (MIX YOUR BIBLE WITH SOME SAILING)
  7. NEED ENGINEERING EXPERTISE?
  8. TENTMAKING SEMINAR: USING YOUR PROFESSION OVERSEAS
  9. HOW TO AVOID SENDING YOUR EMAIL RECIPIENTS ON THE WARPATH
  10. WHERE DO WE FIND LARGE MAP TEMPLATES?
  11. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF LAST NAMES A-B SENT A GIFT IN FEBRUARY
  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT SHOULD TEAMS LOOK LIKE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “WHEN BRIGADA MOVES TO EMERALD HILLS,…” — “…Will service be interrupted?” That was the question of one loyal reader of Brigada Today. He continued, “It would be good to clarify that Emerald Hills is the new home of Brigada and that the fine service will continue on uninterrupted from its new home (if that is the case, or whatever the case may be).” Whoa. Honestly… sometimes that’s all it takes to feel warm inside. :-) The answer is — yes!, of course, the move to Emerald Hills shouldn’t interrupt Brigada at all. To learn more about the relationship between Brigada, Team Expansion, and Emerald Hills, just click on over to:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    then click on “About” in the top line menu. Thanks for your interest.


  2. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION — Sign up now for Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills (PLANTS) Held in Toronto April 2-14, 2006. PLANTS is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab- tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language, all within two weeks in the world’s most multi-cultural city – Toronto. For more information go to

    http://www.missionprep.ca or email info(at)missionPrep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. MAJOR MISSIONS EVENT IN PHOENIX, AZ, TAKE MY LIFE — Take My Life is a 2-day event, Feb. 10-11, 2006, that gives college students and twenty-something’s a worship/learning experience that will challenge them to let God use their lives to change the world. Carl Medearis, who has been serving God in the Middle East, will share about trusting Jesus wherever God sends you, living above fear. Local ministries that serve the poor, bless international students, and spread the gospel overseas will be offering workshops. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Room is still available for those who wish to set up a booth. Registration for each person is $20. For more information, email jeremy(at)takemylife(dot)org or browse

    http://www.takemylife.org

    This event is sponsored through Frontiers.


  4. 2006 LAUSANNE YOUNGER LEADERS’ GATHERING, RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED — The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

    http://www.lausanne.org

    is asking for help in identifying outstanding younger leaders who are committed to world evangelization and whose lives demonstrate exceptional capacity for leadership. The Lausanne movement is committed to developing the next generation of leaders for the cause of world evangelization and will convene a Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG06) 24- 30 September 2006 in Malaysia. Lausanne asks leaders from around the world to recommend younger leaders (between the ages of 25 and 25) to attend YLG06. Younger leaders will be challenged, strengthen, inspired, developed and united in the cause of world evangelization. The YLG06 Participant Recommendation Forms are available in Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English are available for download:

    http://www.ylg06.org

    Just click on “Recommendation” in the left margin. Completed forms should be sent BY 7 FEBRUARY (whoa; better get busy; didn’t receive this ’til Jan. 30th; it didn’t make the last cut-off. Sorry for the quick notice!) to ylg06(at)lausanne(dot)org


  5. TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How-To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for the USA will take place September 12-17,2006. TOT II focuses on developing teaching materials, methods, and curriculum. TOT III concentrates on the evaluation and management of the project as well as how to multiply into other areas. TOT II, III happen April 3-8, 2006. Additional information can be found at

    http://www.medicalambassadors.org/che_training/training_explained.asp

    or, for TOT I, by writing Helen(at)med-amb(dot)org and for TOT II & III by writing april(at)med-amb(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. BLUEWATER DTS 2006 (MIX YOUR BIBLE WITH SOME SAILING) — Marine Reach is excited to announce that the next Bluewater DTS will take place in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, a place that offers good sailing, effective sail training and involvement in the local community. This six-month YWAM Discipleship Training School will begin April 14th. During the land-based lecture days teachings will come from a variety of international speakers on topics ranging from the character and nature of God, to evangelism. During the sailing days you will be on board various yachts (30ft – 45ft), learning to sail, working together and engaging in all the challenges of sailing in the Irish Sea. The plan is to visit ports in Wales, Ireland and potentially England and Scotland. The DTS also offers the chance to gain qualification with the RYA in sailing by the end of the school. The outreach phase of the DTS begins July 22nd. Locations will be confirmed near the start of the school. If you are looking for God-filled adventure, interested in missions, ready to be challenged spiritually and physically, and want to be better equipped to make a difference in the world then this course is for you. For more information contact cassiewilliams(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 .]

  7. NEED ENGINEERING EXPERTISE? — Here’s a group that offers free architectural and engineering design services to ministries in developing countries helping the poor and advancing the Kingdom. For more info, ministries can contact

    http://www.emiusa.org/requesthelp.html

    or email projects(at)emiusa(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. TENTMAKING SEMINAR: USING YOUR PROFESSION OVERSEAS — Here’s a seminar sponsored by TIM Centre, EFC Global Mission Roundtable and CTN. You’ll be able to discover How to find a job overseas, Integration of work & ministry, and just basically — How to get there from here. It’s slated for April 7 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, then again on the 8th 9:00 am to 4:00pm at Willowdale Baptist Church15 Olive Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario. The cost for both days is $30 or April 7th – $10 / April 8th – $25. For more information or to register, call the TIM Centre at 416- 226-6620 Ext. 2708 or browse:

    http://www.timcentre.com


  9. HOW TO AVOID SENDING YOUR EMAIL RECIPIENTS ON THE WARPATH — We received several emails this past week from sympathetic souls that had experienced similar sentiments as those we recounted in last week’s “Backpage Editorial” (“DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP”). Keep in mind, some of our wrath is aimed at the Internet itself. Like we said, the original founders overlooked the fact that we’d need some secure way of verifying we *are* really who we *are*… and prohibiting others from taking actions against our account that we wouldn’t have signed up for ourselves. So how do you avoid abusing others? Simple: maybe send them an invitation to your group . . . then quit. The best favor you can do for your friends is not presume that they want to be on your group in the first place. Call them and ask them, or email them an invitation, then move on and don’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, they fail to sign up. Maybe their inbox is just too busy already to take on even one more email.

  10. WHERE DO WE FIND LARGE MAP TEMPLATES? — Here’s a missionary headed to Africa that is hoping to find templates for painting a large world map (or African continent with countries) on a wall (without using electricity). (So remember not to suggest using an overhead projector.) If you know of a resource, please contact Joy at joy(dot)hancock(at)trinitycville(dot)org (Joy, if you get a lead, please let us know what you found. Others might be interested too.)

  11. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF LAST NAMES A-B SENT A GIFT IN FEBRUARY — Think about it. Wouldn’t it be cool if those of you reading this paragraph whose last names (or the name of your church, group or agency) began with A, B or C were to send in a gift in February? It could be $100, $50, $15, … whatever God led you to give. Our goal to cover the cost of Brigada’s expenses, secretary, time, etc., for 2006 is $16,576. So far we have $620. But in a perfect world, all we’d need in February would be one gift of $500, 5 gifts of $100 each, and 12 gifts of $50 and we’d have 10% of the year covered. So — if God stirs you to donate something during February (whether or not your name begins with A, B or C), we’ll rejoice!!! When we write two issues of Brigada from Sudan during the latter part of February, we’ll have money to pay the connectivity fees. Please consider it. If you’d like to chip in, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    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.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT SHOULD TEAMS LOOK LIKE? — When it comes to mission teams, the assumption has been — it’s better to form the team in the sending country and all go overseas together. I just want to point out that as for my part, I’ve seen examples where that scenario has come crashing down in a heap of ashes. In other words, there’s no perfect way to launch a team. Yes it might be true that we *think* it’s generally always better to choose the team leader because of his or her gifts and strengths . . . then facilitate that team leader in recruiting the rest of his/her team. But we’ve also seen it work *plenty* of times the other way around: a bunch of guys and gals come together around some united vision, and once they’re together, God molds them into a team. Regardless of how it forms though, we should all realize — forming teams is hard work, not only for the facilitator, but also for the team members themselves. It takes constant communication, consistent planning and strategizing, and a clear sense of call. In the mission with which I personally work (Team Expansion), we have some teams that still function like a golf team, where everybody’s working on his or her own game. They report their scores at the end of the day. :-) We have other teams that look more like a soccer team. And continuing on that metaphor, without a team member acting as the goalkeeper back there to take up the slack, we would all be in trouble. Some people see their roles primarily as defenders, while others position themselves mostly as goal-scorers (though roles can change during the game for a time). Some teams believe the “soccer model” looks prettier, but honestly . . . I’ve come to the conclusion that it depends on the game itself. Regardless, there needs to be a clear understanding (even before the starting whistle) among the players, or there will be trouble on the field, for sure. The sending agency and/or sending church needs to help the team sort this out in advance — and along the way. In an ideal world, they’re supposed to be able to see into the future, help the team duke it out in advance (:-) ), resolve differences, settle paradigm conflicts, then get to work on what matters. If your agency or church hasn’t been perfect at that job, then rest assured — he/they are probably working on it. The trouble is, we live in an uncertain world. The future isn’t very clear sometimes… Goodness… we have a hard enough time trying to figure out the present. So give ’em a break . . . and keep trying . . . recommit to figuring things out . . . life will get better. :-) Here’s the bottom line of it all: We *have* to learn to get past these questions of who we are, how we work, who’s in charge, etc., because the purpose for which we’ve been sent is so noble — for the glory of God, the hope of the ages. It’s an important mission… more important than anything ‘Jack’ ever tries on “24”. So let’s set our hands to the plow and make like Nike and just do it! :-) Whatever it takes.

20060122 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT COVENANT COLLEGE
  2. HOW TO LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES
  3. HAVE YOU SEARCHED VIVISIMO? MSNSEARCH?
  4. WHAT’S CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TECHNICAL SERVICES?
  5. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  6. A VPN THAT MAKES YOU MONEY?
  7. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING
  8. EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  9. ACTING ON AIDS SUMMIT
  10. YAHOO “WEB BEACONS” NOT SO BAD?
  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  12. “IMAGINENATIONS” MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  13. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  14. THE BACKPAGE: DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT COVENANT COLLEGE — Hats off to the people at Covenant College:

    http://www.covenant.edu/

    They are great friends of Brigada (They just sent a $600 gift to say thanks for the students we sent their way in 2005. Whoa.) In particular, check out the Chalmers Center:

    http://www.chalmers.org/site/index.php

    They specialize in community economic development, giving you practical training that equips you to implement programs in your church or community that truly empower the poor. The Institute offers you a choice of 3-5 1/2 days of courses in both the 2/3 World and U.S. contexts, taught by real-world practitioners. I notice they have video and DVD material and a full distance learning program. Cool. Think about a degree in Economics and Community Development. They even have men’s *and* women’s soccer.


  2. HOW TO LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES — Jeff and Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance can get quotes from eight different international health insurance companies for international health and life insurance, short- term, long-term and short-term team mission trips. Get group insurance quotes for small and large groups, plans for non-Americans coming to the USA and Americans living in most USA states.

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    Jeff and Doug have pledged to give an offering to Brigada from every new sign-up. They really are “good neighbors!”


  3. HAVE YOU SEARCHED VIVISIMO? MSNSEARCH? — Thanks to Dale for giving us the tip. I’m ashamed to say — I don’t think I had ever been there before. He suggested I try searching for “Emerald Hills” there (remember our item a couple of weeks back? :-) ) I put in the search criteria “Emerald Hills” (without the quotes) at:

    http://www.vivisimo.com

    and lo and behold, a cluster about Team Expansion’s retreat center ranked as #12 in the list. So… pretty impressive that it had figured out relevancy that quickly. Interestingly, if you put the same words in at:

    http://www.msnsearch.com

    Brigada’s future new home (Emerald Hills) is *first*. Whoa. Cool. :-) Not sure what that proves, except… that maybe they have good taste in trees? Either way, it’s worth bookmarking both of them. :-)


  4. WHAT’S CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TECHNICAL SERVICES? — Sure looks interesting. Thanks to Tony for tipping us off on their website:

    http://www.cmtsministries.org/

    They apparently arrange loaner cars for missionaries and, in general, just try to procure hard-to-obtain items for missionaries in general. Let’s remember to check ’em out, next time we can’t find something we need. Again, thanks Tony.


  5. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you seeking greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, enroll today in the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. This 20-week dynamic journey includes 12 weeks of life-changing teaching covering Christian world missions, the Father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare, and godly relationships. Students travel to Crimea in Ukraine for 8 weeks to work among an unreached Muslim people group. The lecture phase is April 19-July 14, 2006 with outreach to Ukraine, July 17-September 8, 2006. Find details and application forms at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    or email ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net or call (717)274-9010 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. A VPN THAT MAKES YOU MONEY? — Do you frequently check email in hacker-infested locations such as hotels, airports, or cafes? Are you a missionary who works in a high security country? Does your missions agency need to offer secure internet access? If you said “yes” (even once) a Virtual Privacy Network (VPN) service may be your most affordable *and* comprehensive solution. HotSpotVPN.com’s service is reliable and if you register for affiliate status, you can even earn the small commission on your own purchase! Or, if you don’t want to hassle with becoming an affiliate, consider using this link to sign up for an account:

    https://sales.hotspotvpn.com/info.asp?rid=b2b&pid=2&tc=1

    In addition to securing all your internet activities, you’ll be helping support missionary work in an Islamic country.


  7. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING — Here are four days focused on preparing people to go to the mission field. They’ll give simple steps people need to move forward on their call. Study relational skills, cultural principles, spiritual issues and practical teaching such as developing a prayer and financial support base. Over 165 people have been trained in MTC in just the last five years. Already, 51 are now on the field somewhere in the world. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. Find the Elijah Company manifesto and training info at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    You can get more information and applications by writing to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call (757) 226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE — Ian of the Missionary Training Service reports, that, by God’s grace, they are making good progress with the Evangelical Training Database. Hopefully launching in English and Spanish in February this year, all evangelical institutions world- wide will be invited to put information about their courses on the website, so that those who need training will be able to find out what is available in their country and language. This is an ambitious project aiming to run simultaneously in all major languages. It is committed to being a free service to both providers of courses and those searching for them, though they hope that people will make donations to the project. Find more information at

    http://www.missionarytraining.org/news.htm

    or write coord(at)missionarytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. ACTING ON AIDS SUMMIT — Acting on Aids (AoA), a national collegiate movement among schools within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities will hold its 2006 Leadership Summit at Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) February 2-4, 2006. The Summit will be a chance for students to be together in the same place to collectively learn about the global AIDS pandemic from HIV/AIDS experts. Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and activism of the global AIDS pandemic at colleges and universities across the nation. With the support of World Vision, Christian college students have formed a network of Acting on AIDS chapters which seek to change hearts on campuses, create awareness in communities, and advocate for those impacted by the global AIDS pandemic. In addition to learning about prevention, advocacy and care, students will share with their peers about the work they’re doing on their campuses and work together to find new ways they can get their campuses, communities and local churches involved and invested. For registration information visit

    http://www.actingonaids.org

    or email aoa(at)taylor(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. YAHOO “WEB BEACONS” NOT SO BAD? — I received several emails from Brigada participants who observed that the “web beacons” we mentioned an edition or two ago (“YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS” in the Jan. 13th issue) probably weren’t as bad as we imagined. First, they apparently only track us while we’re in the Yahoo system of shopping sites and groups. Second, apparently web beacons are much more pervasive than we imagined:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacons

    (thanks for the site, David). So I guess we should at least be glad Yahoo is man enough to admit it. :-) It’s still perfectly wise to opt out, since we’re given the opportunity to do so, however.


  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. The dates are March 13-April 7, May 8-June 2 and June 19-July 14, 2006. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed

    http://www.ywampa.org

    or email 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 .]


  12. “IMAGINENATIONS” MISSIONS CONFERENCE — PenrithCLC in Sydney Australia are about to launch their 10th annual first priority missions conference. Senior Pastor Jack Hanes is well known for his ability to release finances for world harvest and stir a passion in Christians for the lost. Each year the Conference aims to inspire a passion for mission and see the releasing of finance into world harvest by challenging the church for local and world evangelisation. ImagineNations is 100% missions and runs from 19 to 24 February. To see who the guest speakers will be, view their promotional movie and register for the conference simply go to

    http://www.penrithclc.com/imaginenations

    or call PenrithCLC on +61 2 4736 3000 or email the conference team at missionsconference(at)penrithclc(dot) com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — On April 28-29, 2006, in Redwood City, CA, you can catch this conference with the theme, “Planting Christ’s Church in Asia!” at Peninsula Covenant Church. Dr. Patrick Fung, OMF’s new General Director, will speak. There will be 10 church planting workshops, children’s Win Our World program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. Check out the group and individual registration rates (discounts for students and seniors). Download the conference brochure and speaker schedule from our site:

    http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

    Or contact Julie omfconference(at)yahoo(dot)com or call 925-459-0734 in the USA. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  14. THE BACKPAGE: DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP — I’m am *sooo* tired of the way the Internet allows others to sign me up for mailing lists. Those folks at DARPA who designed the original architecture of the Internet had no idea what would come of their brainstorm. I think they must have thought it would mostly be military- types who would use this network. Because they gave us precious little control over our address. Virtually anyone can sign us up for a newsletter or mailing list. And what’s more, just about anyone can “hijack” our address and use it as a “from:” address to send a virus or attachment. For this reason, we ask that everyone follow the simple courtesy — please, please, please don’t sign others up for regular mailing lists. It’s outa’ hand. Feel free to send someone the invitation — but unless they specifically ask (or unless they work for you or are on your team :-) ), for goodness sake, please don’t spam them. Here’s a “warpath” letter I sent to Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) this past week. Who knows if a human even saw this. I received no reply. :-( — To the Asst. to Chancellor/Chief Operations Office Reformed Theological Seminary RTS.edu Tel. 601-923-1600 EXT – 655

    Dear Mr. Bailey,

    Someone from your school seems to have added me to your newsletter mailing list without my permission or without my request — and without my approval. To you, sir, with all due respect, this must seem like a very small thing. To me, this is happening over and over again by well- intentioned marketing folks.

    In case you’re wondering, I did go to the trouble to unsubscribe. But even that’s a hassle. Because your instructions say “click here to unsubscribe”, rather than giving me the actual link to use, I had to go through the trouble of opening your email in a browser window, then viewing the source code, then copying and pasting that source code into my browser “URL box” manually, then going to the unsubscribe webpage. Why did I have to go through all that? Because so many email “worms” are spread by asking people to click on a link in the email that — readers in my situation are now scared stiff to click on any link in an email. We don’t know, any more, if the link we’re clicking on is actually a true site from your seminary, or if this is a contrived email with a fake “Phishing” link– or worse yet, … some pornographic online service that’s going to try to install malware of some kind on my machine. So even your attempt to make it easy for me to unsubscribe (from something to which I never wanted to subscribe) is a hassle, is misguided, and shows your seminary’s insensitivity to email users across the board today. Yes I’ve unsubscribed… but a) I shouldn’t have had to in the first place, and b) you made it harder for me than it had to be.

    In addition, now I’m setting my anti-spamware to reject anything from your domain. So even if your marketing department *does* try to contribute an item to Brigada Today in the future, now I won’t even see it. Except for one sole address — yours… I’ll leave it open, just in case you have a moment to write back. And if you do, I’ll happily consider publishing your reply too. It’s only fair. (Note to all the others who subscribe us to your prayer lists or newsletter lists or whatever lists, without our permission: Now you see why we aren’t publishing the items you later try to send in to Brigada Today. We’ll never see them… because we’ve black-listed your address in our spam prevention software.)

    Please, please change your practices and begin living by the same laws by which our commercial businesses are supposed to live. Don’t spam us.

    Sincerely, and wearily,

    Doug Lucas Editor, Brigada Today

    >…IN THIS ISSUEIssue#3 -January 24, 2006 … — [end] (Note: I’m sure that’s more information than he wanted to see… if his spam software even let him see my reply. :-) )

20060115 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING?
  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL?
  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT
  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST
  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING
  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST
  11. REENTRY SCHOCK
  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM
  13. COPE WITH IT
  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR?
  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP
  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA
  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL?
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING? — Ever had someone say, “You’re good at that, you should train”? More and more Christian workers find themselves called on to share their skills with others. The International Communication Training Institute has announced plans for two more of its Training of Trainers workshops. These courses have previously been held in Europe, Africa and Latin America and offer you the opportunity to improve your training and teaching skills so you can not only to train more effectively, but also assess and revise your own training methods. Bookings are being taken for a two week course in Accra, Ghana (20-31 March 2006) and a six day course in Leeds, UK (15- 20 May 2006). For full details including cost and online booking visit: http://www.icti.org.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=41 or contact Andrew or Iris by Email at icti(at)icmc(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. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND — The revised 12:50 minute show includes narration and a music score. Here are the URLs for downloads with the respective file sizes. http://www.oprev.org/Intel/QuickTimeVersion.ZIP (10.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/Intel/MPegVersion.ZIP (5.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov (2.8 meg) The silent unrevised PowerPoint version is at http://www.oprev.org/Intel/PowerPointVersion.ZIP (3 meg) This show by Operation Reveille details 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 request the presentation on DVD 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 .]

  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE — This September 11-17, 2006 the sixth WCGIP will be hosted by the tribal people of the Philippines in Davao City on the Island of Mindanao. These are remarkable times of teaching, worship, fellowship and networking as Indigenous believers gather together from around the world. Since 1996 they have been hosted by the Maori in New Zealand, Aborigines in Australia, Hawaiians in Hawaii, First Nations in North America, and Saami in Sweden. Richard Twiss is one or the founding members from North American. He extends an invitation to any and all (not exclusive of non-Native-tribal people) to attend this great time of celebration as the cultural gifts of music, dance, ritual and protocol are shared with one another as well as networking to extend the work of “mission from the margins” back to the church in the West. For more information call Wiconi International in the U.S. at 360-546- 1867 or visit the website at http://www.wcgip.org

  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL? — Thanks to David for discovering this past week (by analyzing port traffic on his computer) that *attachments* fly through Gmail unencrypted, regardless of how one logs on at the Google Mail website. Your best bet, perhaps: Lot on to it using POP3 access. Or, if you need real privacy in the country where you’re working, avoid the whole question by using a mail service like http://www.Hushmail.com. Remember to secure your local hard drive using something like PGP or equivalent — or buy one of the new laptops (like the Thinkpads) with built-in fingerprint sign-on and encryption-on-the-chip built in.

  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT — We received some good feedback on the Google experiment relating to the new website, http://www.emeraldhills.info (Jan 13th edition, “14) THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT”. You’ll recall that this site shares news and information about the new missions center where Brigada will be based, hopefully about a year from now.) One Brigada participant pointed out that Google uses very sophisticated routines that aren’t so quickly affected. Another reader referred us to an alternative search engine, http://www.dogpile.com (note that that’s “dogpile” and not “dougpile” :-) ) which, when we put in two simple words, “Emerald Hills” (without quotes) a ranking of 14 out of 88 top searches. Don’t ask me how the programmers at dogpile.com could read my mind and know that I wanted the retreat center and not the golf course or town in California. But bless their hearts for programming the search engine in this way.

  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES — This institute will convene its fourth, “First Nations Missiological Symposium,” June 22nd – 24th, 2006 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Organizers have invited submissions of papers. Tite Ti-nou, Darrell Whiteman, Douglas Hayward, Miriam Adeney, as well as key North American Native men and women have been past presenters. This is a time to learn, rethink and dialogue with others about the changing focus of missions from a Western ecclesiological focus, to a broader global focus with its emerging reorientation of missions from south to north and east to west. Papers should focus around the theme “Historical Efforts to Contextualize the Gospel: Perspectives and Practices,” in particular, as it applies to the North American Native context. For more information contact Richard at Wiconi International at 360-546- 1867.

  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST — Tumaini Counseling Centre of Nairobi, Kenya announces their annual coast retreats for missionaries which will held at the Voyager Hotel just north of Mombasa, Kenya from April 9-13, 2006. The retreat is open to missionaries of all mission agencies. The marriage and singles retreats will share some of their sessions together. The morning sessions will include talks, small groups, private talk times for couples, and break out sessions and additional worship for singles. Afternoons and evenings are free for relaxation and vacation at the all inclusive coast hotel location. Organized childcare is provided during the morning sessions. Initial registration is due by February 10; 50% deposit is due by Feb 20; and balance due March 15. To receive an Email registration form and further information contact Tumaini Counseling Centre at tumaini.ac(at)aimint(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. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING — How do you know that a particular antispyware software is legitimate? Nick wrote this past week to say, “Be on the lookout for another new supposed anti-spyware program. This one is called PestTrap and it’s a clone of SpySheriff. SpySheriff was one of the top 10 rogue anti-spyware apps of 2005, coming in at number 2. You can see a screenshot of the PestTrap website at SunbeltBLOG and a screenshot of the app itself, along with the false positives in the scan results here. You’ll see that SpySheriff, SpyTrooper, SpyDemolisher, SpywareNo! and Spyware-Stop are almost identical. Check out the full article with links to pictures here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/ So… good idea number 349: By major name-brand antispyware applications like Norton/Symantec, PC Tools, etc. Your mom was right all along: “Don’t get in the car wit a stranger.” :-)

  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST — Women of the Harvest is a ministry of support and encouragement for women serving cross-culturally. Visit http://www.womenoftheharvest.com for current international retreat information and all their free online publications, including a bi- monthly electronic publication (an OnlineMagazine), a Bible study (The Weekly Word Study), and a quarterly e-newsletter that is distributed to parents of people who live overseas (Harvest Legacy).

  11. REENTRY SCHOCK — Study about “Re-Entry Transition and Life-long Care (Re-Entry)” from March 12-16, 2006 in Toronto. Missionaries returning from overseas often experience “Reverse Culture Shock” upon re-entry into their home culture. To assist missionaries in navigating the deep waters of re-entry transition in a healthy way, MissionPrep, in collaboration with other skilled facilitators, offers this four day re-entry workshop. Re-TLC seeks to provide support and encouragement to the entire family. A children’s program will provide age appropriate activities which will assist every member of the family to process and explore the sensitive issues of transitioning into you’re their new culture. Please contact info(at)missionprep(dot)ca for more information or visit http://www.missionprep.ca to register on-line.

  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM — Almost all Christian blogs are written for other Christians. But it is possible to reach non-Christians with blogs, if you use the right strategy. And anyone can do blogging – no technical knowledge is needed at all. http://ied.gospelcom.net/blogging.php

  13. COPE WITH IT — MissionPrep is planning a “Cultural Orientation for Personal Endurance & Enjoyment (COPE) seminar” in Toronto, Feb 12-24, 2006. It’s designed for Christian workers intending to serve for more than one year overseas. This intensive two-week program equips missionaries to live the paradox of the enjoyment/endurance challenge of the cross-cultural experience. Spiritual, personal, language, interpersonal and cultural aspects of the missionary experience are taught through a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction. To register on-line or more information go to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR? — Check out The TentMaker Project! The TentMaker Project is a model of micro-enterprise development in Africa which works through the local church. It provides an efficient way for Christians to help the poor without creating dependence, alleviates poverty to answer family needs, ministers mercy through the church, and equips impoverished Christians and churches for Gospel ministry. For more information about this project and to watch a video interview with a pastor in Uganda, go to http://www.TentMakerProject.org or email Nate at nathan.wilson(at)att(dot)net . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP — Take your Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, while living in the Philippines. Start with classes May 29-June 9 in Quezon City. Two courses are taught each week, for a total of 4 courses in one summer. You complete the reading and coursework during the year. One can also can take on-line courses, transfer in courses, and self-study courses if you want to accelerate your program. Check it out online at http://www.apu.edu Look for the Operation Impact Program. This summer’s courses are: 1. Servant Leadership 2. Mentoring and Developing Leaders for the Future 3. Understanding Vocation in a Changing World 4. Organizational Behavior and Development. Prices are 1/2 of on- campus prices for U.S. Citizens, and 1/4 U.S. prices for the rest of the world. Contact Melody Kuka at kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com.ph for more information, or email graduatecenter(at)apudot)edu

  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA — Thanks to Mark Sneed and the folks at Insurance Services of America, who have just reported they’ve already insured their first customer as a result of the item in last week’s item, “1) NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?” So Mark wrote yesterday, “Hi Doug, I just wanted to let you know that we got our first case through Brigada! The premium was $180, so that’s $18 to Brigada! Not a lot, but it’s a start! I look forward to many more!” (Whoa. Mentioning items in Brigada gets results!) So once again, if you’ve considered changing insurance or opening up a new life, health, or any other policy, check them out at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Thanks for being concerned for your health costs and Brigada too! :-) Want to join ISA in helping underwrite the next issue of Brigada? Just go to http://www.brigada.org 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.

  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL? — It’s funny, isn’t it, that early software authors and personal computer manufacturers thought PCs (and MACs too) would be all about productivity and utility. And that’s the way it looked at first, too. Back in the early 80’s, I was an early user of those original spreadsheets, word processors, and database applications. They fueled the first wave of computers. But no one imagined what would fuel this next wave. Now it’s practically impossible to imagine that the PC revolution was fueled by a spreadsheet program called Visicalc. My 16- year-old has studied everything from falconry to the correct way to hold a pistol for target-shooting, all on the Internet. The truth is, the PC isn’t really so much of a “*personal* computer” any more, at least according to the early intent of the word “personal.” Instead, it’s a node to a great cloud of users that are all working (and playing) on line simultaneously — virtually.

    You see, any more, it doesn’t have to be all about spreadsheets, data, bits and bytes. Here’s an example. Just as he and his family were poised to leave for Southeast Asia as new missionary recruits with our mission org., Mark Trotter learned last Monday that he has malignant brain cancer. His family gave up a successful dental practice to prepare for the mission field. Now, with his departure imminent, he and his wife, Lyla, learned Monday that the fast-growing tumors in his head are inoperable, incurable, and, barring a miracle from God, will inevitably take his life. Within a few hours of hearing about this calamity, our mission created a page on our website where friends and family can “virtually pray” for him. (Please log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org then click on “Caring for Mark” in the right-hand “main menu.” Check out the responses of others. Leave a short prayer yourself. You don’t have to register or sign in. But imagine how a word of encouragement from a dozen or two Brigada readers would help his wife and 10 children [yes, you read correctly; 10 children] make it through the surgery Tuesday (designed, we’re told, to aid his quality of life, but not save his life).]

    Now here’s my point: See how the “personal computer” begins to become *personal* in ways that original creators never imagined. One could say that the machine has become bigger than its creators, in fact. The truth is, the machine *enables* personal ministry to Lyla Trotter and her children… and to Mark as well. Previously, how would we have gotten this news out. There are 10,000 people who read Brigada every week. How could we have asked 10,000 people to pray for Mark Trotter on Tuesday. It would have been impossible. Maybe at times like these, the *personal* computer finally becomes … *really*… ***personal***.

20060108 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06
  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL!’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH)
  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE
  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA
  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE
  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS
  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006
  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM!
  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE
  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT
  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? –- Although you can purchase insurance elsewhere, when you purchase travel medical & international health insurance via the Brigada web site your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community. Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada-sponsored plans, go to http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html . They all benefit from your business and we thank you!.

  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06 — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in the beautiful Tampa Bay area of Florida for two days in November 2006 to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and will teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and small group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org

  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — On February 1-3, 2006, the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting it’s first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/ or e-mail glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL !’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH) — To find out, go to http://www.easyenglish.info Click on ‘What’s new?’ and you will find an EasyEnglish Bible translation of the Book of Esther, with notes that help you to understand the text. This is the wonderful story of how God protected His own people from a wicked plot. At that time they were foreigners in the country of Persia (now called Iran). Robert Bryce has translated this story into EasyEnglish Level B (vocabulary 2800 words).

  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE — Here’s one in Germany (taught in English), 27 March-13 April 2006. Organised by the European Training Programme (ETP) of Wycliffe/SIL, it will be taught by Dr. Julie Taylor, Consultant Ethnomusicologist in the SIL Africa Area. This course is of particular value for those wanting to apply principles of ethnomusicology to their mission work anywhere in the world. Participants will learn how to encourage and develop indigenous worship that is appropriate and meaningful to the culture of the people. It will help if participants have had some musical training, but no specific level or instrument is stipulated. For more details, visit http://www.eurotp.org and click on “courses”, or e-mail Uschi at admin-etp_germany(at)sil(dot)org . The cost is 900 Euro (including full board & lodging). Apply before February 17th. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA — Africa is rising! Join the 2006 Best Hope for Africa Conference. This time of prayer, teaching and networking will be held March 24-25, 2006. Vinelife Community Church in Longmont, Colorado USA will host this dynamic event. Contact Willie wrumenera(at)vinelife(dot)com for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE — Join the more than 10,000 people who receive the free “People Raising” e-mail newsletter each month. Now there is practical advice on fund raising each month through the free “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS — If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups – be aware that Yahoo is now using “Web Beacons” to track every Yahoo Group user. It’s similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit, even when you’re not connected to Yahoo. Look at their updated privacy statement at http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy bout half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says Web Beacons. Click on the phrase “Web Beacons.” On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled “Outside the Yahoo Network.”

    In that section find a little “Click Here to Opt Out” link that will let you “opt-out” of their snooping. Be careful! NOT to click on the next button shown. It is an “Opt Back In” button that, if clicked, will UNDO the opt-out.

    Note that Yahoo’s invasion of your privacy – and your ability to opt- out of it – is not user-specific.


  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006 — Here’s a global missions mobilization event by Youth With A Mission Singapore and Arise! with a goal to mobilize 4000 people from all over the world and of all ages to 15 Asian nations through 400 outreach opportunities, to reach the marginalized and the perishing. The Conference dates will be from 6th June to 9th June 2006. Misson teams will be sent out to the various outreach locations from 12th June onwards. There will also be an Arise! Children’s Conference running concurrently aimed at instilling in children a heart for the lost, equipping them and giving them opportunities to participate in outreach. For more information, please check out the Go Fest website. http://www.gofestasia.com or email admin(at)gofestasia(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. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM! — Many companies and ministries survey their employees to learn how to create more effective work environments. But typical workplace surveys don’t address cross- cultural mission issues. So, the WEA Mission Commission, Global Mapping International, Best Christian Workplaces and Generating Change have teamed up to provide Engage!, a process to help current and former field missionaries give feedback to their agencies via email and Internet. Registration is open between now and March for U.S.-based sending agencies (other WEA national movements may consider something similar). The cost is affordable and is tiered by agency size. Learn more and register your agency to participate at: http://www.gmi.org/engage Direct questions to Jim at jim(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION – – Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a pre- conference workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics – Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28, 2006. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30.

  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE – If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, plan to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 29 – 31, 2006. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $60 or $75 for the Workshop and the Conference. Aquaculture International honors Jesus Christ as the organization Head.

  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT — What a boost. In today’s mail, we received a handwritten note of encouragement from an Englishman, intent on seeing us push forward. Inside the note were two $10 bills, sent via air mail from across the Atlantic. It was signed, “Yours in our Lord’s service.” How can we not push on, after receiving notes and encouragement like that? Thank you brother! If you’d like to add to this anonymous brother’s $20, 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.

  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT — Does anybody really understand Google? I don’t. Try this experiment. (Please.) Suppose Brigada were going to move to a new site called Emerald Hills. (We are, by the way.) Suppose you were kind enough to help us explore the question, how do we promote the future home of Brigada… just to kind of help out. Well here’s that you could do:

    Open your browser, go to Google.com and search for “Emerald Hills.” When you see, among other things, tons of sites relating to the city in California (Emerald Hills, CA or even “Emerald Lake Hills”) and the golf courses (Emerald Hills), :-) don’t click to them. Instead, without logging off the web, immediately do a follow-up search like… “Emerald Hills pray retreat learn” (which should bring our new Emerald Hills campus to the top of the list: EmeraldHills.info), click on the EmeraldHills.info site so Google learns that people like to go there. Now here’s the weird thing: Google apparently *learns* that you thought Emerald Hills was . . . “more relevant” to your search. In other words, Google memorizes that you found what you were looking for (or at least you *thought* you would) at EmeraldHills.info.

    Now — first of all — thank you for your help (if you chose to give it). But second of all, this has big-time ramifications for your ministry. If you happen to have an email update, you could ask your constituency to do, essentially, the same thing. Instead of always giving them the link in your email update, ask them — just every once and awhile — to go to *Google* and search for it. Help them out by giving them the two-step that I mentioned in the above paragraph: First search for your site by just typing in the name of your org.; but tell them not to click on other stuff. Then give them a more exact criterion that you know will lift your site higher in the rankings, and then ask them to click through to your site now. In this way — apparently — you’ll climb up in the rankings. We did this with a dozen or so people in our home staff . . . and maybe 25 other volunteers… so 50 people in all and suddenly, Emerald Hills climbed from 93rd to 65th out of 2.8 million resulting pages. And that climb took place in just 48 hours. So… don’t just click to it — *search* for it now and then. :-)

    By the way, once you’re there at the Emerald Hills site anyway, why not read one or two pages. Check out the “News” section, especially under “Dreams to Build”. Click on that article, “World Harvest Center Plans Underway.” Dream with us that one day Brigada will have an archive room in that building… one that you can visit if and when you ever pass through Louisville. Dream of prayer walking on those trails… miles of them. Imagine your missions team renting that facility to do a knock- down, drag-out, top-notch retreat focusing on prayer & missions. (OK… so I’m excited about Emerald Hills. But you get the idea. :-) ) (Oh… Once again, thanks for your help with the experiment. Now you go try it on your own organization or group.)

20060101 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER
  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE
  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE!
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS
  7. FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA
  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM
  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  13. CENTER FOR TESOL
  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD!
  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN
  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  17. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER –- Talking Bibles International is urging DVBS leaders to engage their students in learning more about families with children living in oral cultures who need Talking Bibles because they do not read. TBI has a packet of information that makes it easy and fun for DVBS leaders to stimulate and involve the children. The packet includes an attractive short video showing how the Talking Bible works and the important difference it makes for those who do not read. Children get excited and are happy to be able to give a Talking Bible in a needed language to someone who cannot read. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org and/or

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

    or Contact info(at)talkingibles(dot)org or call 1-760-745-8150. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE — The End Of The Spear (the movie) comes out Jan. 20th. All over the country, groups are watching premierings at local churches this week. Visit:

    http://www.endofthespear.com

    for more on the movie. (The website is very cool, by the way. :-) ) Seems to be very powerful. A savage killer from a remote Amazon tribe becomes grandfather to the grandchildren of the North American man he killed. End of the Spear is a dramatic feature film based on the true story of the documentary film Beyond the Gates. The movie is rated PG- 13. This is an opportunity for all believers to reach out to others in their workplace and neighborhood by taking in this stirring movie with a story of redemption. See resources to help you use this movie as out reach at

    http://www.daretomakecontact.com

    (Hope you like it Corban! Thanks Herb.)


  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE! — Global Opportunities for tentmakers invites you to attend their Light to the Nations tentmaking course in Dallas Texas February 22-26, 2006. If you want to investigate tentmaking and business as mission or if you are a tentmaker in between jobs, consider attending this one of a kind course. Course material is specifically designed for working and doing ministry in closed countries. Speakers include David English executive director of GO, Steinar Opheim director of TENT Norway, Ari Rocklin international director of GO and guest speakers. They cram a two week curriculum into 4.5 days of intense and fast paced training. If you can not attend this one, there are two upcoming courses in Bergen Norway and BC Canada in 2006. Registration deadline for the Dallas course is January 31, 2006 which can be done directly at the GO website.

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email Ari at ari(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation, whether they are just starting out or are a veterans. Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camps include: Jan 12-13 (Indianapolis, IN), Feb 13-14 (Colorado Springs, CO), March 8-9 (Nashville, TN), May ? (Seattle, WA), May 8-9 (Ft. Meyer’s, FL).


  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA — The COMIX35 ministry will hold their first 2006 Christian comics seminar in Sydney, Australia on May 29-31. The seminar is for any Christian communicator (editor, publisher, writer, artist) wishing to learn about the production and use of comics-style literature for evangelism and discipleship. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. Seminar topics include Identifying Your Audience, Plotting & Scripting, Storyboarding & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, and Cultural/Communication/Evangelism Strategy Considerations. The scheduled teachers include Graham Wade and Nate Butler. To apply, or for more information, contact Graham Wade at grawade(at)ihug(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Since 1996 COMIX35 has held 30 training events around the world, for over 750 attendees representing 49 countries. To learn more about the COMIX35 training ministry, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS — Missions Catalyst (from our friends at Caleb Project) is a weekly ezine designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide to be a voice for strategic ministry. If you’re a mobilizer and don’t know everything already, Missions Catalyst is for you. Original and reprinted content covers missions news, resources, and fresh ideas to facilitate mobilizers. Subscribe by January 10 to receive the Practical Mobilization article advocating youth missions projects among domestic unreached peoples. For more information and a free subscription, go to:

    http://tinyurl.com/ar8ac

    or email info(at)cproject(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. 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


  8. 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 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA — MIM is seeking English or Spanish speaking Christian women to care for abandoned babies in a small city among mountain tribal peoples in North Africa. French and/or Arabic is useful but not required. For more info, contact MIMUSA(at)telefonica(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Misión Integral Mediterranea (MIM) busca mujeres cristianas de lengua española o inglés para cuidar bebés abandonados – en una ciudad pequeñaa del Nórte De África con tribus de las montañas. El frances y el árabe son utiles, pero no indispensibles. Escriba: MIMUSA(arroba)telefonica(punto)net

  10. 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! :-)


  11. 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 .]


  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — February 1-3, 2006, The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/

    or e-mail glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. CENTER FOR TESOL — Asia’s Center for TESOL in connection with the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines will be holding its annual TESOL training in Manila Philippines. The 5-week course will run from April 10 until May 13, 2006. The course is 120 hours of instruction, complimented by a 20-hour practicum and observation component. Air conditioned dorm room facilities and meals are available. Class size is limited to 20 students. Non-native English speakers must pass an English Language proficiency test or hold a authentic TOEFL score of 550+. Please inquire to actesol(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph or see their web page

    http://www.actesol.com


  14. 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.)


  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN — This conference happens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, 9:30-3:30, Central Michigan University, at His House Christian Fellowship Church. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. For more information contact Rodney: yuen_rj(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 .]

  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — Thanks to the folks at TelligenceTech for sending a gift of $15 in honor of Brigada readers who purchased at: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ You’ll recall that this open software disk — available to the rest of the world at: http://www. TelligenceTech.com at a higher price — is a basket full of goodies that could make you more productive in spite of the low low cost to assemble them. Also rec’d this week was a check for $100 from a couple of American teachers in China who wrote, “We’ve been using bits and pieces and links from Brigada from almost your beginnings in 1995.” Whoa. Sobering. Based on the date on the check… and since it came all the way from China, I’ve added it into the 2005 tally. But get this — a $750 check from an anonymous couple in Indiana. “Thank you for all you are doing to further the kingdom.” Gulp. Whoa. Thank you!!! Add in a $20 check from PA and the total from this past week tallies to $885! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! To all who shared sacrificially in 2005, we’re very grateful! Shew. Now we roll the numbers over to zero and begin 2006.
  17. If you’d like to kick it off… be the very first to give in 2006… just click on sponsor above.


  18. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS — I came in last Wednesday night from church and joined my son in time to catch the 2nd half of the University of Southern California vs. Texas in the Rose Bowl game. Frankly, we had a blast watching it. Those who follow [American] college football know that USC has remained undefeated for nearly the last *3* years. (I believe their last loss was like their 2003 season opener!) So, with 2 season championships already under their belt — and having forgotten what it feels like to lose — USC faced off against Texas, with just about everyone assuming they would walk away with the trophy. Just about everyone except for a certain Texas quarterback named Vince Young.

    Now Young had his doubters. In the first place, to quote one of the announcers, “he just doesn’t throw right.” [sic] :-) I’m telling you. His passing form looks … like … something out of a 6th-grade sand lot football failure. But somehow… it works. Columnist Ivan Maisel (ESPN) wrote, shortly after the game, “Young ran for 200 yards and threw for 267, completing 30-of-40 passes with a motion that still makes NFL scouts reach for their Rolaids. But even the pickiest of scouts knows how to read a scoreboard.” :-) (Read the whole story today at:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/index

    But it’s really his running game that is so bizarre. As he’s running and scrambling, the typical viewer thinks, “Oops.. he’s gonna get sacked.” Well he never does. (He went the whole night without one sack — meaning, they could never catch him and tackle him behind the line of scrimmage to force lost yardage.) Maisel observed, “He makes it sound simple, he makes it look simple, and to him, it probably is simple.” But to all of the mortals on our planet, what he does seems next to impossible.

    Time after time, when one would think that it’s over, Vince Young would slide through some unseen seam and — next thing you know, he’d be scoring. And when he scored the winning touchdown of the game it was almost surreal. The camera caught his eyes after the run, as if he were scanning to see if some official would rule against it. It was as if you could see those little wheels turning in his head, “Did that count? Did I really just do that? Did we just beat USC?” He must have felt that way because — it truly looked so easy for him. The truth is, nobody even *touched* him as he jogged into the end zone… with just 19 seconds to go, against a defense that hadn’t been beaten in about 3 years! Who *does* that? Vince Young does.

    As I was mulling over the game in my mind, I thought to myself, you know… I know some workers who probably look like that now and then in their jobs. We use unorthodox means, we do things in weird ways, but in the end, we get the job done sometimes… and come away with big outcomes for the Lord. I think . . . Vince Young actually teaches us a strong lesson about grace. I heard the coach talk about Young’s freshman year — which wasn’t nearly as successful. He explained that the coaching staff was trying to force Young to use proper form . . . and nothing was working. Last year, to be honest, they finally “gave up” on him and let him try it his own way. Last night was the culmination of grace. And boy did he model it. Boy did it work.

    So … next time somebody doubts your form, don’t be so hard on yourself. Ask (or pray) for some patience. Don’t become so frustrated. Just take it easy, one step at a time. (Granted, if you don’t get the job done, you might need the coaching. Be glad for it.) But if you’re completing your objectives on time, effectively, maybe you need to pull out a video of the Rose Bowl, just to give ’em something to think about. At the very least, they might give you a chance. And sometimes, like Vince Young, a chance is all you’ll need. I pray you can find a mission to work with like the one that employees me. It seems to specialize in granting grace, extending options, giving another chance. Oh yes… there are those times of tough love. But the truth is… if one is trying hard to follow . . . and if he/she is making a difference, Team Expansion, for its part, seems to see a “Vince-Young- future” in those of us lucky enough to work here. That’s the Team Expansion paradigm. I hope your agency or organization is similar. Because there are enough frustrations as it is. (If they’re not, I’ll join you in praying that they’ll *become* so.) Either way, take heart. Pray. Run. Don’t give up. Your Rose Bowl is coming. :-)

    Doug

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