Monthly Archives: March 2006

20060326 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONSULTATION ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
  2. TAKE CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAMES TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH YOU
  3. TRACK THE AVIAN FLU
  4. BRING THE FACES OF THE 10/40 INTO YOUR CHURCH FOR PRAYER!
  5. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS
  6. 21 DAYS OF BREAKTHROUGH FOR NORTH KOREA
  7. FREE PROJECTORS
  8. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  9. LOVING LAS VEGAS
  10. WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS ARE OBSOLETE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONSULTATION ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE — The Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM) is offering an amazing palette of choices at its July 11-15 event. Registrants will select from over 50 seminars, panels, plenary sessions, and media presentations. Experienced leaders from more than 20 organizations will present seminars within the following tracks: Foundations, Media and Related Arts, Contextualization and Case Studies, Methodology, and Overcoming Obstacles. Break-out sessions organized by geographical area and interest group will provide networking opportunities for participants. Check out the speaker information and seminar abstracts online at

    http://www.gcommhome.org

    Register online today!


  2. TAKE CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAMES TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH YOU — Now you *can* take it with you: Breakthrough Gaming has released its third video game title: Zippy the Circle. For the PC platform, Zippy the Circle is a 3D, adventure game with 13 exciting levels, each with a different style of play. The player takes the role of Zippy the Circle who must save his sister Tina from Jagged, who has taken over his home island. Zippy learns that even though bad things happen, God is still good! Zippy the Circle is available at:

    http://www.zippythecircle.com

    and has a MSRP of $9.95.


  3. TRACK THE AVIAN FLU — Through Google Earth it is possible track the spread of the Avian flu outbreak across the world. The information is easily downloaded. Organizations that go one step further and make placemarks for their missionaries and works will be easily be able to track the vulnerability. (Thanks Wayne!)

    http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/03/enhanced_avian.html

    http://declanbutler.info/Flumaps1/avianflu.html


  4. BRING THE FACES OF THE 10/40 INTO YOUR CHURCH FOR PRAYER! — Volume 3 of “The Waiting World” unreached people group prayer series can help your church or small group pray more effectively for the lost of the 10/40 Window. Thirteen five-minute prayer videos are featured on this volume and offer a mixture of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim peoples. Special features on this volume are the Iraqi’s, as well as a general Arab video. Produced by YWAM Strategic Frontiers, the suggested donation for a DVD of Volume 3 is $29.95 (USD), plus shipping. Order all three volumes on DVD for a suggested donation of $69.95, plus shipping. E-mail Mike at klausmeierm(at)ywamsf(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS — Take a 4 week training course and learn how to teach English at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana USA. The course runs from July 24th – August 18th. For more information go to

    http://www.ywammt.org

    or email schoolinfo(at)ywammt(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]You can also call 406.844.2221.


  6. 21 DAYS OF BREAKTHROUGH FOR NORTH KOREA — God’s been moving, promising, and doing a new thing for His work inside North Korea. NK Missions invites you to join them in praying into North Korea during the 21 Days of Breakthrough for North Korea. (April 3-23) Log on at

    http://www.nkmissions.com/

    to download prayer videos each day from 4/3-23 to pray together.


  7. FREE PROJECTORS — Equipping the Saints will provide slide and 16MM movie projectors free to ministries for the price of shipping (or pick them up at our warehouse!). Over 100 of each are available; some may need repair. Contact Equipping the Saints at

    http://www.etsusa.org

    email at etsusaatricadotnet or call at 540-234-6222.


  8. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days!

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates: Seattle, Washington – April 17-18th Atlanta, Georgia – May 11-12th Austin, Texas – June 8-9th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 17-18th Register online today.

    Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or email info(at)thebodybuilders(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. LOVING LAS VEGAS — Mixed in with thousands of tourists exploring Las Vegas every summer, you will notice groups of high school students joining hands in prayer inside casinos, feeding the homeless, and talking about Jesus Christ to locals and tourists all over the city. Braving high temperatures, a blazing sun and the wild party atmosphere of Las Vegas, they stand firm on one unchanging truth: God loves the people of Sin City! In order to host these students, several adults are needed to serve as summer staff for Youth With A Mission – Las Vegas from June 24 – August 12. If you would like to have a blast this summer sharing Jesus Christ to a lost city, call or e-mail Renee at 702-658- 5450 or reneeb(at)ywamlasvegas(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT? — $10/plate, including tip, for a family of four? So how ’bout this: Consider “eating in” just one night a year instead, and send the difference to Brigada. $35 would go a long way if even 100 courageous partners took that stand. Just write in the memo line (or in the PayPal comment line), “eating in” :-) Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS ARE OBSOLETE — I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the whole idea of sending unsolicited attachments is obsolete, broken, and just plain wrong. They’re dead. They should be outlawed. They’re no longer useful. They’re old- fashioned technology that no longer works. This past week, I’ve been visiting one of our newest teams, a five-person team in New Orleans, seconded to a great partner of ours called CrossRoads Missions. They’re working out of a fantastic center with a lot going for it… except they don’t have electricity or Internet yet. (In spite of that fact, they’ll host 4,000 volunteers by Sept. 1st! If you’d like to learn more, just browse to: http://www.crossroadsmissions.com ) So, without electricity and without Internet, it was pretty much like being in a third-world country, at least when it came to connecting to the Internet. I connected via my cell phone at the racing 192K downstream and about half that upstream. (Even so, that’s a ton faster than connecting via a satphone from Sudan, something I had to do just a few short weeks ago.)

    So perhaps you can understand my frustration when friends will unknowingly attach 1 megabyte snapshots of mooing cows, complete with audio. And then there are *enemies* (or vandals) who attach viruses, trojans, and/or worms or other kinds of malware — without asking my permission. The mooing cow can be 25K or 2.5 meg, depending on whether or not it’s compressed, and/or whether or not they compress it first. Sure I can sit there and look at the email on my pop3 server first, manually deleting the emails that look suspect. But remember that I’m sometimes using up valuable satellite minutes.

    Turns out some of my friends agree. Here’s an email just in from Africa, for instance: “… Now living in Africa, I have greater appreciation for the pleas I had often heard from residents in Africa requesting that the missions community reduce the size of emails, use less graphics on websites, do not send unsolicited attachments, and do not require web use. Internet and phone service here is very slow and expensive. In South Africa, for example, I have ‘unlimited’ web access. However, the phone company charges me by the second to use the phone line even for a local number. When traveling in other African countries it can be even worse. I once paid $5 to load the weekly update to my anti-virus software. Obviously, I am not keen to be online for unsubscribing to something I did not request. Thanks for hearing the perspective from another continent!” (Thanks for lending me a sympathetic ear, Barb!)

    So here’s my request: Whenever you’re tempted to send an attached file to a list of people that haven’t requested it, post it, instead, to a website or FTP site, then send a reference to the URL, so the recipient is in the driver’s seat to decide yes or no on downloading the file. (Notice even in this step, please don’t encode the URL to a hot-link word like “click here”. Go ahead and give your recipient the full name of the URL, so he or she has the option of copying and pasting the URL directly into a web browser. This approach insures you’re really going where you think you’re going.) Maybe it’s a soapbox, but in this day of digital-picture-bloat, it’s the only way we’re going to keep our sanity. Oh.. and please be careful out there: It’s a jungle out there (and jungles sometimes have narrow Internet pipes).

20060319 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. UNDERSTAND THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  3. WATERS OF MERCY
  4. KONA, HAWAII CROSSROADS DTS
  5. BRIGADA READERS SLAM “CONNECTED” SITE, FORCE DISCONNECT
  6. GOOD RESPONSE ON SHIPPERS
  7. UK RADIO MISSION OFFERS UNIQUE TRAINING
  8. HOPE FOR AFRICA’S CHILDREN CONFERENCE
  9. WHAT DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?
  10. WHAT NON-ENGLISH CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?
  11. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR THE LINK IN LAST WEEK’S “CORRECTION”?
  13. THANK THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
  14. THE BACK PAGE: KEEP THINGS FROM GETTING UGLY
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” course from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (Covenant College) offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: Understanding poverty, when to do relief and when to do development, harm that can come from inappropriately doing relief or development, the response of the local church to poverty, and how to integrate Biblical principles into development programs. This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer- to-peer interaction with the other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed from a remote location will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and Two-Thirds World discounts are available.

    The Chalmers Center also offers a second distance course and a self- study course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a third distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier EN-BRN-04/06.


  2. UNDERSTAND THE WORLD OF ISLAM — Global Mapping International has announced the release of Version 2.0 of its popular World of Islam CD- ROM. Updated for 2006, the CD now contains 39 complete books by respected scholars and practitioners, ten newly-updated maps, an extensive new course on Current Issues in Islam, Hughes classic 750- page Dictionary of Islam, new country profiles, and fourteen new articles on current issues like contextualization and the roots of fundamentalism and militancy in Islam and much more… Over 12,000 pages of fully-searchable content! It’s a tremendous resource for any Christian seriously interested in understanding Islam or ministering to Muslims. To learn more, visit

    http://www.gmi.org/islamcd.htm on the web, or email info(at)gmi(dot)org or call 719-531-3599 in the USA.


  3. WATERS OF MERCY — Catch their workshop, “WATER 101”, in Lewisville, TX (north of Dallas) Friday, March 31 – 6 pm to 10 pm and Saturday, April 1 – 9 am to 5 pm. The course concentrates on practical knowledge and application for those interested in water related issues worldwide, with a particular focus on developing countries. You will learn about the water crisis, the water cycle, overview of waterborne illnesses, how disease is transmitted and how to prevent transmission, water assessment, water purification, water tools that are available (hardware), water purification, both as ministry and as a business in support of ministry. For more information, click to:

    http://www.watersofmercy.org

    or contact Waters of Mercy at 972.829.8139 or 888-243-3605 toll free in the USA or email deborah.davis(at)watersofmercy(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. KONA, HAWAII CROSSROADS DTS — The Crossroads Discipleship Training School will again be offered in Kona from June 29 thru November 24, 2006. The school consists of a 12-week lecture phase immediately followed by an 8-week outreach and is open to persons age 25 and older. Applications for the CDTS can be completed on-line and/or are available to download at:

    http://www.uofnkona.edu

    Additional information and application forms are also available from the University of the Nations, Admission Office, 75-5851 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 (808-326-4433). E-Mail: admissions(at)uofnkona(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. BRIGADA READERS SLAM “CONNECTED” SITE, FORCE DISCONNECT — Life can be so ironic sometimes. Like… did you hear the one about the website on connectivity? They published a book and offered it to our Brigada audience at a good price. Well shortly after Brigada came out that night around midnight, there were so many Brigada readers responding that they overloaded the site, we’re told, forcing I.T. specialists to reset the server the following morning. When organizers of the site emailed this past week to share the testimony, the conversation went, “Brigada readers are responsive…. Doug will find this interesting.” Indeed. So, maybe somebody out there *is* reading this stuff that we compile in the still of the night. :-) Yay. :-) (By the way, if you’d like to try the site again, just click on over to…

    http://www.connectedbook.net/

    but please.. not everybody at once. :-)


  6. GOOD RESPONSE ON SHIPPERS — Remember our March 10th item, “10) WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS?” We’ve had a good response to the inquiry. Find the response on the web by clicking *here*.

  7. UK RADIO MISSION OFFERS UNIQUE TRAINING — Radio Worldwide is the radio ministry of WEC International. This summer, from the 3-14 July, they are running another radio training course at their centre in Leeds, (200 miles north of London). Students are first given a week’s crash course in basic radio production. They then gain some practical hands-on experience by broadcasting on Rothwell Carnival Radio for the second week of the course. For more than 10 years Radio Worldwide has been running this special event station in conjunction with the local carnival. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day for a whole week and also streams to the internet during that time. No other Christian organization in the whole of the UK offers this kind of hands-on experience. This full-time residential course normally costs £440. The first ten Brigada Readers are offered a £40 discount; you might even qualify for a bursary if you are full-time Christian worker or a student. For more information on how to reserve your place this year, log on at

    http://radioworldwide.gospelcom.net/org/onairtraining.php or write to training(at)radioworldwide(dot)org or visit [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. HOPE FOR AFRICA’S CHILDREN CONFERENCE — Hosted by Watoto Child Care Ministries, this conference will feature a focus on HIV/AIDS, the world’s greatest social, medical and personal crisis. It will feature evening rallies, dynamic worship, and practical workshops. Speakers include Brian and Bobbie Houston from Hillsong Church, Australia; Dr. Charles Price, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Canada and Pastors Gary and Marilyn Skinner, Founders of Watoto Child Care Ministries. The conference will be held in Kampala Uganda, October 18 – 22, 2006. Visit

    http://www.watoto.com/conference.html for further details or email hopeforafrica(at)kpc(dot)co(dot)ug [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. WHAT DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE? — The folks at The Mission Station are interested in compiling a list of good/bad/indifferent Donor Management software used by various missions groups to handle the accounting and receipting of funds for missions endeavors. It will be good to find out both Pro and Con for the software, and we will include this information in a summary for all to benefit from. Whether you use a home-grown system, or big commercial product, there are many that can benefit by your experience. You can send a note to JohnCLewis(at)missionaries(dot)org (John, please let us know what you find out in your study.)

  10. WHAT NON-ENGLISH CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE? — The same folks are also compiling a list of Church Management packages that have non-English capability (both in entered data, and program/menu language). There is a wide variety of Free to very expensive software available for the English Speaking world, but there are a lot of churches around the world that don’t speak English, yet still need the CMS capabilities. Just send your best ideas to JohnCLewis(at)missionaries(dot)org and they’ll fill us in later on what they find. (Thanks John!)

  11. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — It’s happening April 28-29, 2006 in Redwood City, CA. The theme is “Planting “Christ’s Church in Asia!”, and it’s taking place at Peninsula Covenant Church. The plenary speaker is Dr. Patrick Fung, OMF’s new General Director. Attend 10 church planting workshops, children’s Win Our World program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. There are group and individual registration rates, with discounts for students and seniors. Learn more at

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

    or email omfconference(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 .] or call 925-459-0734 in the USA. You can also subscribe to their quarterly email newsletter by sending an email to: omf_bayarea-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com


  12. LOOKING FOR THE LINK IN LAST WEEK’S “CORRECTION”? — If you’re looking for the link in last week’s item “5) CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK”, just click here.

  13. THANK THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — This week we’re thankful for an anonymous worker from WEC Int’l who gave $150 to undergird the work of Brigada Today. Thanks, too, to New Dimensions Int’l for the very helpful gift of $25. NDI is a small organization that trains, equips and resources church planters among unreached people groups. Want to join them in becoming and amazing partner? Just click *here* (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  14. THE BACK PAGE: KEEP THINGS FROM GETTING UGLY — In this last entry in our series on “Speaking into someone’s life”, we’re focusing on what to do to reduce the stress involved in giving correction. How do you keep your friend from merely thinking you’re being overly critical. He or she might think it’s none of your business . . . or your motives might be misjudged. In these and other cases, here are some key principles to keep in mind:
    *** Wrong time? — Consider waiting until your friend is in a better state of readiness to hear what you have to say. Maybe he or she is under a lot of stress or just having a difficult day. Waiting 24 hours, or even a week, might make all the difference in the world.
    *** Wrong motive? — *Are* they wrong? Try to be objective with yourself. Are you jealous, hurt, tired, etc? Could there be any other agenda affecting you? If you’re 100% convinced that you only have the person’s best at heart, tell them so genuinely. They’ll hopefully see your transparent care and concern, but if they don’t, you’ve at least tried.
    *** Wrong setting? — Did you forget the part about speaking into someone’s life “one-on-one”? If you tried to speak into his/her life in a group, sometimes the group setting alone is enough to cause roadblocks. Closely related: did you speak to others first, before sharing directly with your friend? This can cause *deadly* confusion. Your friend will perhaps feel you’ve got some other agenda besides being helpful. Or — suppose you wait ’til after the assignment is over. Now your friend has no way of changing the behavior or activity that you’re describing. Example: Suppose you’re an elder or pastor in a local church and you’re given the task of leading a short-term mission team to the field of a missionary your church supports. During the visit, you notice the way your missionary treats someone in the group. Every day it pains you, yet you say nothing. Following the two-week experience, you travel home. Only then do you get up the nerve to say something. The trouble with this scenario is that your missionary friend will now feel a bit left behind. Furthermore, even if you’re right, he or she won’t have a chance to correct the error “in flight”. So, whenever possible, we ought to try to offer feedback as close as possible to the actual occurrence, and, whenever possible, at a time when our friend can still effect change, in an effort to set things right. Nothing’s more frustrating than learning about a mistake we made, but not being able to correct it because now it’s too late.

    In summary, try to build trust with everyone, including those who are making mistakes. As we correct, let’s try to make it as easy as possible for our friends to straighten things out. The measure of success, as we try to speak the truth in love, isn’t based on whether or not we were able to speak our mind. The measure of success is — did we help the person improve while maintaining the relationship so we can be there to help again, when and if we’re needed. *That* is how to be an authentic and genuine friend.

20060312 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LATEST CREATE INTERNATIONAL DVD RELEASE
  2. OSCAR HOSTS 1000 AT VIRTUAL PARTY
  3. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK
  6. 25 FREE SECURE EMAIL ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
  7. WEB OUTREACH FOCUS DAY ON 7 MAY
  8. NEWS FROM CHINA
  9. EMERCY’S CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
  10. AQUAPONICS TRAINING
  11. CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY SEMINAR
  12. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  13. LET THE PEOPLE PRAY: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. AMAZING PARTNERS
  15. OPPORTUNITIES AT METRO DELHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INDIA
  16. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO THE LIFE OF A PEER OR BOSS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LATEST CREATE INTERNATIONAL DVD RELEASE — Two years in the making… you can now have your own audio visual tool to invigorate your missions mobilization and training efforts.

    http://www.createinternational.com/

    From Genesis to Revelation, God’s global purpose to reach all peoples unfolds in this power packed graphically dynamic presentation. The whole DVD (20 minutes) also includes 4 chapters (@5 minutes each) Biblical, Historical, Unreached People, and Involvement. Select which section you want to show for your teaching or mission promotions. It’s great for intercession times and even Sunday school classes at your local church.

    This new DVD can be used as a teaching tool for Perspectives courses, mission conferences, churches and schools. It serves as an inspirational visual masterpiece to unfold God’s blessing for every believer – to join Him in reaching all peoples and thus fulfill God’s global purpose.

    View a short sample video clip [mp4] of the Global Purpose:

    http://www.createinternational.com/videos.php?id=48

    To order the Global Purpose, please visit Create’s online store: http://www.createinternational.com/store (Thanks to Create Int’l for pitching in $100 toward Brigada’s 2006 budget. Please thank them with checking out this innovative product.)


  2. OSCAR HOSTS 1000 AT VIRTUAL PARTY — On 1st March 2006, OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, relaunched it’s website with a virtual party on the Internet.

    “We wanted an event that would potentially involve everyone who uses the OSCAR website, wherever they are,” says Mike Frith, OSCAR’s Founding Director. The re-launch also coincided with the organisation’s sixth birthday. Within the first few days of March 1st, the website was achieving over 1000 unique users per day and on the first day over 15,000 page views were reported. Mike continues “With our new website we are seeking to build an online community of people involved or interested in world mission. We want it to provide an interface for all those who wish to engage with the world for Christ’s sake, whether they are working overseas, supporting from home or just surfing for inspiration.”

    Party goers are able to play virtual hide & seek, virtual pass the parcel, and mingle with other virtual party goers during activities and discussions. Everyone is invited to join in the party which continues until the end of March at http://www.oscar.org.uk (Oscar has also pitched in $50 this past week toward Brigada’s 2006 expenses. Please support this new Brigada sponsor . . . and to the folks at Oscar, we say “Thanks!!!”)


  3. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website 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.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm . Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! We all benefit from your business and we thank you!


  4. GGING ABOUT 21ST CENTURY MISSIONS — Urbana.org has just launched a new blog called Missional Hands designed to interview personnel staff from various mission agencies about one question – What is the most important skill to be a missionary in the 21st Century? Jon Hirst, Director of Communications for HCJB World Radio is writing the blog and is providing interaction for those students looking for more input on these key questions. This is a great resource for people considering missions as it asks the hard questions and tries to provide straightforward answers. Visit: http://www.urbana.org/blogs/blog.main.hands.cfm

  5. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — With many requests for additional training, Elijah Company has scheduled an additional orientation from May 18-21, 2006. The four days provide steps, stamina and stature for missions. See http://www.elijahcompany.org for a description of the training and comments made by past participants. For additional information write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. Or call with any questions to 757- 226-3507.

  6. CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK — Sorry that the Pastors Retreat Network isn’t in the position to invite missionaries after all. However, you could pass the word to your local church ministry staff. (Feb. 17th Brigada Today, Item #8, “NEED A GETAWAY?”) (To all those who might have checked with them, please pardon any inconvenience. They were recommended to us for that purpose.) However, Chad went beyond the call of duty and scoped out a dozen other locations that *do* take missionaries, some free, some for a charge. Click here to see the list of missionary retreat locations. (Thanks Chad!)

  7. 25 FREE SECURE EMAIL ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION — That’s right. Strategic Kingdom Building Ministries (SKBM) desires to offer the subscribers of Brigada Today, especially brothers and sisters in the field, free Secure E-Mail Accounts. This offer is limited to 25 accounts per ministry or organization. Because this is a public web site, they request an application of need be filled out by your organization’s leader. And because these accounts are secure, they ask also that the organization leader act as the point of contact to validate each account. The organization leader should provide the required information in accordance with the application format below.

    For further information and to set up the accounts, please contact Troy Fournier at troy_fournier(at)yahoo(dot)com. Just send Troy your organization’s name, mission, purpose of the accounts, website, full contact info, along with the Last name, first name, middle initial, and current e-mail address of all members requiring an account.


  8. WEB OUTREACH FOCUS DAY ON 7 MAY — The Internet Evangelism Day website is at http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com. The IE Day website contains many resources to help Christians understand and use the Internet to touch the world. It explains how to build a church website that can reach out into the community, or start an evangelistic blog. There is even a free evangelistic screensaver to download.

    The site also offers materials for a mission team, training institution or church to easily stage a ‘web awareness’ focus program on 7 May (or at any time they choose). These include a PowerPoint presentation, video clips, music, drama skits, posters, discussion papers, handouts and many other ideas. (Thanks Tony!)


  9. NEWS FROM CHINA — Are you interested in current events and news in China? There is a Yahoo Group that is dedicated to bringing you the latest, most relevant and most interesting English-language news items about China, including trends and events that affect the church in China. The purpose of this Yahoo Group is to provide timely information for fellow workers within China as well as Sinophiles around the world. For more details or to subscribe, check out the China News Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/steves_china_news/

  10. EMERCY’S CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING -— Emercy is hosting their second annual Missions Leadership Training Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 7-8, 2006. This workshop is designed to help church leaders mobilize their church for missions. Topics include Church mobilization, short-term teams, and ACMC’s Missions Assessment Profile. To register, call Emercy from the US toll free at 877-875-4483 or internationally: 205-409-4197. You can also register online at http://www.emercy.org/training

  11. AQUAPONICS TRAINING — It is not too late to register for the Barrel Aquaponics Workshop and/or the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28 and March 29 – 31. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. Course participants 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 $30 for the Workshop, $60 for the Conference or $75 for both.

  12. CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY SEMINAR — Learn how to effectively minister in an international context by participating in short, informal summaries of proven research, strategic planning and biblical principles that have demonstrated real-world results in a variety of contexts. Worldview Research Group of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, invites you to attend its fourth annual Cross-Cultural Ministry Seminar to be held 4-8 September 2006. Missionary Training International, just 15 minutes north of Colorado Springs, in beautiful Palmer Lake, Colorado will once again host the event. Topics include summaries on a worldview approach to ministry, primitive religions, chronological bible teaching and more. Seminar facilitators bring decades of experience, and feature Dr. David Hesselgrave, Dr. Tom Steffen, Bob Strauss, Mark Zook, George Walker and Greg Melendes. Whether heading to the field for the first time, or heading back soon for another term, you will definitely profit from this seminar. For more information regarding curriculum, on-line registration and accommodations, please go to http://www.wrg3.org USA callers can call toll-free at 1-866-750-9743. Others can dial +1-719-282-7891, or e-mail WRG at: info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. 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 (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are May 8 – June 2 and again June 19 – July 14, 2006. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail to 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 .]

  14. LET THE PEOPLE PRAY: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Almost 4 years ago, God called a young man to Namibia to begin researching the unengaged peoples of this country. Would there be any people groups who had not heard the Gospel message? Yes! During his 2-year assignment, God brought across his path those from the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and Namibian Coloured people groups. They had little or no evangelical presence among them. You have been faithfully praying that these Forgotten Peoples will have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. There continues to be many barriers for evangelical work in Namibia. Pray that the Lord will send workers into His harvest field! Pray that God will raise up Namibian men and women who have a passion to share Christ. Continually lift up the Herero, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Herero people for prayer by visiting http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za

  15. AMAZING PARTNERS — Thanks to Dial-Abroad.com once again for their amazing partnership and great help to keep Brigada coming to your screen each week. If you’ve ever need to change phone services… or start a new service, I really hope you’ll consider them. Just browse to: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm This past week they sent $74 more. Please keep talkin’! :-) Want to join them in becoming and amazing partner? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  16. OPPORTUNITIES AT METRO DELHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INDIA — Metro Delhi Int’l School has tons of opportunities, including Middle School- Secondary School Teacher/Administrator, Secondary English-Language Arts Teacher, and many more. This is a Christian school that uses American Curriculum. They have students from 14 different countries, and they are in our 4th year. Log on at http://www.mdis.net for a free video or more information on the school email them at info(at)mdis(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  17. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO THE LIFE OF A PEER OR BOSS — Ever hear the term “whistleblower?” The term is usually used to describe a worker who turns in the boss or a whole company for something unethical or incompatible with principles of honesty, fairness, or other company values. How can you avoid the stigma (or the pink slip) handed to a whistleblower, while still speaking into the life of a boss or company? First, work to become a supportive insider rather than a fence-sitting cynic. Sometimes, whistleblowers are already alienated long before they get publicity for “turning someone in.” Let’s face it: those who have built up a relationship of trust can usually communicate one-on-one. They don’t have to resort to confrontational “stunts” to get their point across. (*Usually* — there are exceptions.)

    Second, remember that sometimes there are circumstances beyond the control of the boss or company… “Walk a mile in their moccasins” before you become a cynic. In other words, suppose you decide to confront your boss on the company’s lack of follow-through on a policy to recruit customer support personnel, only to find that the company has worked its tail off trying to *find* customer service personnel of the quality they are seeking. What we mean is — sometimes it’s easy to critique your boss or your team from your vantage point. Only as a trusted insider will you truly understand the long-term desires of your leadership.

    Third, try to figure out how you can become a part of the solution, rather than a part of the whistle. If your team is short on finances, ask if you can take a portion of your work-week to take a class on support-raising, with a view to helping shore up needed finances. If you feel your church is losing people out the “back door”, volunteer to take a few hours/week to visit new converts in an attempt to supplement the training they’re getting. You get the idea. Think like an insider… Don’t view yourself as a “victim”. You’re not stuck. Think as a belonger. Ask, “What problem is my boss facing and how can I become a part of the solution to his problem, so it will in turn help me do my job better too?”

    What if things go south? What if your best efforts are misunderstood? How do you handle it if your motives are misjudged? Tune in next week for the final “BackPage” in this series.

20060305 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION
  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE
  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?”
  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS
  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK
  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS]
  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. Some items: the U.S. Department of the Treasury updates its anti-terrorist financing guidelines applicable to nonprofit organizations, common fundraising mistakes, designation of funds by donors should be honored, update on liability associated with 15 passenger vans, the enforceability of written pledges, why consider registering a service mark, trademark, or copyright, including employee benefits in Christian mediation and arbitration agreements, the importance of asking pre-employment questions in the right order. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.

  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION — Check out

    http://www.cit-online.org for the new program schedule which includes multiple cross-cultural prep modules per year and several different program packages for the whole family. Summer Bible Intensives are available as well. Join the many CIT alumni who repeatedly say that “CIT is the best kept secret! I couldn’t have made it on the field without it!” The CIT campus is located in the foothills of the beautiful Blueridge Mountains of North Carolina. Contact them at 800.887.1786 or citmail(at)cit-online(dot)org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE — Contact

    http://joangoddard.charter.net

    for fare quotes for international missionary travel. Joan has 18 years experience arranging travel for missionaries, individuals or groups, worldwide. She began her work in missionary travel as Travel Manager for the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in July 1986 in Amsterdam NL, arranging travel for 8000+ participants to attend the meeting.


  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?” — Wondering about Oliver Twist’s question, “Where is love?” Then you might like to know that God’s answer can be found in the Bible. Visit the EasyEnglish website at:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    If you click on “What’s New?” you can find “A Wonderful Song about Love”. This is Mark Kirkpatrick’s EasyEnglish version of the Song of Solomon and he has added helpful comments on each chapter. And that’s not all! Mark has prepared a second version – “How to love God with all your Heart” with more helpful comments by Keith Simons. Both versions are in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary).


  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD –- Bluefish TV has produced several short video clips that focus on missions. Currently there are nine clips available at their website including the stories of Gracia Burnham’s kidnapping in the Philippines, Don Richardson’s Peace Child, a family serving in Croatia, a couple preparing to leave for India and others. The clips are available for download and are helpful in conveying the emotions and thoughts of real missionaries serving around the world. For questions or feedback, email brian(at)bluefishtv(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.bluefishtv.com/DownloadableVideos-Search.aspx?Topic=1013


  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS — HCJB-UK is the British arm of HCJB World Radio, an international Christian radio and healthcare ministry. HCJB- UK is looking for the following staff in the UK: 1. Programme Manager to develop and oversee radio production. 2. Marketing Manager, to co- ordinate publicity and presence at events. 3. Funding co-ordinator. 4. Prayer co-ordinator. 5. Administrator of Audipot, the online library of Christian audio. 6. Personnel manager. 7. IT Support Engineer. HCJB-UK does not pay salaries but relies on volunteers, with a Christian commitment. Please contact HCJB-UK at vacancies(at)hcjb(dot)org(com)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK — Phill Butler’s new book, Well Connected, addresses the theory, the theology and the practice of networking, which helps mission organizations and churches realize Jesus’ vision that “they may all be one so that the world will know you have sent me.” Order the book at 20% discount at http://www.connectedbook.net (case-lots of 32 books qualify for discount). See more on networking at http://www.powerofconnecting.net For info, write info(at)powerofconnecting(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. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of their own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. They have different, viable and valuable traditions, preferences, expectations and theological backgrounds. Where did you learn to stack your marbles? Our network will help you get going and stay focused on the task. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The third MICN Conference will be 24-28 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. Register before April 3, 2006, so hurry! For information contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org or on the web at: http://www.micn.org

  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS] — Hats off to those who have sent donations to Brigada during the past month. They include: $100 from Create Int’l, YWAM, “Thanks for your many years of service to mission agencies like ours. You have been a blessing to so many and it is our privilege to contribute to this wonderful ministry.”

    $25 from a top staffer at Audio Scripture Ministries http://www.asmToday.org , “We appreciate your informative ministry.”

    $25 from a missionary with ABWE, “Keep up the great work!” $20 from Global Airtime http://www.globalairtime.com . “Thanks for continuing to provide valuable resource information to the Christian missionary community.” $50 from Oscar – http://www.oscar.org.uk $25, $5, and $10 from anonymous friends of Brigada. $500 from a cross-cultural worker, “I do missionary work in Cuba and Central America. I’ve seen your faithfulness over years, and just wanted to do my part.”

    Want to join these and others in making a way for Brigada? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS? — Got a favorite shipper you use (to handle your international moves)? If so, just send a note, with the contact information, to brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com We’ll gather up all the responses, then present a summary report next edition. Note that you don’t have to join this particular group in order to send the message to it — and your message will be read only by me. It won’t be broadcast to any list. Thanks again for any feedback you might have on the best shipping company.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — HOW DO WE DO IT? — Last week we introduced the question of how do we best speak into someone’s life. In other words, how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? Obviously, the first step we’ve got to implement is prayer. We have to ask the Lord to enable us to speak the truth in love. The second step — and this is oh so important — is that I believe we have to approach the person one on one if at all possible. Matthew 18 teaches us the principle when it discusses approaching someone taken in a sin . . . but the same principle, in my opinion, applies to *any* occasion in which we’re broaching on a difficult topic, especially one that might cause the person some degree of shame or embarrassment. So, let’s say during a missions banquet, you observe a fellow missions committee member talking down to a visiting missionary national, while seemingly being enamored with a missions professor from a nearby college. I can’t tell you exactly how to approach the person the *right* way, but I *can* tell you that it *won’t* work as well if you bring it up right there at the supper table in conversation that others can hear. The fellow missions committee member will likely become defensive, at best, and perhaps, at worst, completely offensive in denying what might very well be the truth.

    So… let’s say you’ve prayed, and you’ve pulled the person aside in a quiet corner of the atrium after the banquet. *Now* what do we do? Well that depends on your relationship with the person. If you’re the chairman of the committee, you have a bit more resources at your disposal. You could, for example, simply explain, “On my watch as Chairman, we’re not going to conduct our missions business this way.” Some people might call it “pulling rank.” But it can actually be very effective at stopping the visible forms of the behavior — at least for the time being. Have we internalized long-term change? Have we helped another human being shape behavior for the good? Maybe… or maybe not. But we at least address the problem and end what might be offensive or even deceitful behavior.

    Are there other ways? And… what if we aren’t the chairman? or what if we’re actually trying to *address* the chairman? More about that next week.

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