Monthly Archives: October 2006

20061029 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. BAG THIS INSPIRATIONAL TESTIMONY ABOUT THE CALL TO MISSIONS
  2. “PRAYER RESOURCE LIST
  3. MULTIPLYING MISSIONS THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH
  4. WANT TO PEEK BACK IN TIME? CHECK OUT THE WAYBACK MACHINE
  5. FREE ONLINE WORSHIP RESOURCES
  6. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  7. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION
  8. HOW HAPPY IS YOUR COUNTRY – REMIXED
  9. EUROPE WORSHIP LINK
  10. THANKS FOR FUELING THE BRIGADA MISSIONS FIRE
  11. COULD YOU HELP FUEL OUR FIRE TO FINISH THE COURSE?
  12. THE BACK PAGE: “HOW DO I GET FED?”
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. BAG THIS INSPIRATIONAL TESTIMONY ABOUT THE CALL TO MISSIONS — Now you can own the book, “Call Against the Will”, and help Brigada too. Read about God’s call to a stubborn phone man. Learn how he went on to establish MASTER Provisions, a global Christian clothing ministry. You’ll be entertained, inspired, and challenged. 161 pages. This book was released about 7 days ago. It is being sold exclusively through MASTER Provisions by contacting roger(at)masterprovisions(dot)org . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The cost is $12.95 (includes post office shipping) and payment can be made to MASTER Provisions, 12236 Hutton Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Orders should include a mailing address. Visa and MasterCard transactions will be accepted. Purchase 5 books and the 6th book is free. MASTER Provisions will donate nearly $2.00 per book purchased to Brigada. Just tell them you heard about it here. (And thanks in advance for your help to Brigada!)

  2. “PRAYER RESOURCE LIST — Betty is the new Prayer Coordinator for Team Expansion and she’d love to compile a list for prayer coordinators of missionary sending organizations, churches sold out on missions, prayer warriors for missionaries on the frontlines, and those concerned for their own personal prayer lives. Which books would you recommend? What conferences would be helpful? Which websites would you explore? What organizations or services would you cite? Let her know! Betty will receive your info and then assemble it for us to reprint as a feature. If you have info, share it with her. You will be helping with the crucial strategy in making Christ Jesus known to the nations.

    Just e-mail Betty at prayer(at)teamexpansion(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. MULTIPLYING MISSIONS THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH -– You have the amazing opportunity to get strategically involved in reaching the world’s least reached people groups. AIMS can help. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” January 8-12 at Bethel Temple in Hampton, VA. Join other pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and students to learn how you can mobilize your church can develop effective strategies to make a greater impact in the Great Commission. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850, email aims(at)aims(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit

    http://www.aims.org/associates


  4. WANT TO PEEK BACK IN TIME? CHECK OUT THE WAYBACK MACHINE — Now I’ve heard it all. Log on at:

    http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

    to see The “Internet Archive Wayback Machine” It’ll show you snapshots in time for just about whatever site you want to remember. Try it out! Wild. (Thanks for the tip, Greg!)


  5. FREE ONLINE WORSHIP RESOURCES — The website of Worship Resources, a department of Greater Europe Mission, has many free resources. Of special interest to Brigada readers is the page entitled “Worldwide Worship,” which has links and articles related to global worship. Check out the article “The Bridge: Worship and Culture” on the Articles page too. “Worship Notes” is a free monthly online worship newsletter found on the site as well. Go to

    http://www.worr.org


  6. 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. Its goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out the website for more details 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 .]

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates: Oceanside, CA – December 11-12th Colorado Springs, CO – March 26-27th Register online today.


  7. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION — U.S. churches, schools and agencies have come together to set national standards of excellence (SOE) for short-term mission. The seven standards come at a time when more than one million U.S. short-termers serve each year on mission projects of varying quality. Adopting and implementing the standards lets the world know your short-term mission programs operate according to a code of best practices that emphasizes mutual partnership between senders and receivers. Churches, agencies and schools can use these standards as a tool to improve training, relationships with field partners, ministry effectiveness, and debriefing and follow-up. Membership brings professionally structured guidance for achieving goals and an impressive network of organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk and mentoring. For more information, visit

    http://www.stmstandards.org

    or call 1-866-SOE-8221. A Standards Introductory Workshop will be held Jan. 18-19, 2007 during pre-conference seminars at the National Short- Term Mission Conference in Los Angeles, CA. See

    http://www.nstmc.org

    or email info(at)nstmc(dot)org for more on the workshop or conference. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. HOW HAPPY IS YOUR COUNTRY – REMIXED — It’s back. That map that shows the happiness levels of various countries. This time it’s being featured by CNN. See it by logging on at

    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2006/happiness/

    Click on web extras, then “Map: Happiness levels of countries” to see the map.


  9. EUROPE WORSHIP LINK — This Europe-wide worship network is looking for key worship leaders from the nations of Europe for its Conference 2007, to be held in Malenovice, Czech Republic April 18-21, 2007. Scholarships are available (excluding travel) for those who otherwise could not attend. EWL’s website also has information and links for Europe-based worship ministries and information on worship books available in European languages. See

    http://ewl.shorturl.com

    or contact Ron Man at RMan(at)gemission(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. THANKS FOR FUELING THE BRIGADA MISSIONS FIRE — Thanks so much for the anonymous gifts of $20, $50, $25, $5, and $20 to Brigada! Your generosity and partnership is *such* a shot in the arm! That’s why I’m up at midnight tonight doing this! Thanks, too, for the gift of $150 from VisionSynergy. Learn more about their ministry at:

    http://www.visionsynergy.net/

    This organization picks up where Interdev left off . . . and goes well into the future by connecting networks that can make a difference! Thanks, Bill, for the tremendous help and hope!

    Also we’re grateful for Insurance Services of America (ISA) for their sponsorship of $70.87, due to the overseas travel by folks from College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, MO. (Go College Heights!) It’s a win-win situation. College Heights gets fare protection for all their flights, in case something goes haywire on their trips… and Brigada gets more fuel for the fire of missions! Love it. Learn more about your options with ISA at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope for their $9.27 gift due to long distance phone use. Sign up for their very reasonably-priced services at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Finally — get this — Covenant College’s Chalmers Center has come through again to help us with a $600 gift — as a thank-you note for telling the world about their great programs to help missionaries all over the world. Learn more at

    http://www.chalmers.org

    I’m *completely* humbled by their help — which is allowing us to make good progress toward our hopeful outcome of $16,650 during 2006. We started last edition with 6795.85. Add this edition’s $950.14 and we now stand at 7,745.99! yahoooooooooooooooo! :-)


  11. COULD YOU HELP FUEL OUR FIRE TO FINISH THE COURSE? — Want to get on board and pass some fuel for the missions fire at Brigada? (We’d be eternally grateful!) 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. (Nobody has ever put Brigada in their will to date, as far as we know. But we keep saying that because we think it would be cool if it ever happened. After all, you’ll be gone anyway. Will anyone notice getting 1% less of your estate if you prescribe that 1% to go to Brigada? :-) )

  12. THE BACK PAGE: “HOW DO I GET FED?” — That question arose in a talk recently with a young missionary. How do we make sure our missionaries continue their spiritual growth… eating at a banquet table of spiritual food … while they’re serving overseas. Some churches mail sermon tapes. Others allow missionaries to tap into their streaming audio — at not cost (other than the missionaries having to pay for the throughput on the field side — a common practice by ISPs overseas). Still others actually send books & even delegations of people to lead in pastoral care visits. But in the end, how can the missionary him/herself take initiative to make sure the spiritual feeding happens?

    If we’re truly trying to prioritize, it seems we would place that question high on the list of tasks missionaries face. Their kids are losing their youth group, the wives are leaving their ladies ministries, and the guys are missing out on that Thursday morning accountability group. So what’s a body to do?

    I wish more of us could put studies like these on the web:

    http://www.thetask.org/thETASK/biblestudy/

    If more of us took this kind of initiative, there’d be more meat on the web. I also wish our missions agencies would come up with more input on this topic. Here I am, president of a mission organization with 300 workers, and I find myself wishing that we did more for our workers overseas too.

    Got ideas? Got resources? Write a quick paragraph to: how-do-I-get-fed(at)googlegroups(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The emails go only to me. This googlegroup is basically just a way to collect these items. I’ll gather up all the input and make sure it’s presented later in another issue of Brigada Today. Let’s find out what’s happening now… and what *should* happen long-term on this important topic.

20061022 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. AVOID TAKING A HIT WHEN YOUR MISSION TRIP CANCELS
  3. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES
  4. GET CREDIT: DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON MICROENTERPRISE
  5. TINYURL TRICK: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER WITH THE TOOL
  6. YWAM OFFERS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELIEF TEAM
  7. THE LINK BETWEEN: CONNECTING CHRISTIANS LIVING BETWEEN CULTURES
  8. INTERNET EVANGELISM COALITION VIDEOS
  9. FREE EPHESIANS BOOKLET
  10. GREAT OPP FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSON IN RALEIGH, NC
  11. YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT WILL VIDEOCONFERENCING DO FOR YOU?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The January 8 – February 2, 2007 offering of the course is now full and the Chalmers Center is taking registration for the May 7 – June 1, 2007 course offering. 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. This course is a guided- reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount are available. 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 BRN-10/06.


  2. AVOID TAKING A HIT WHEN YOUR MISSION TRIP CANCELS –- Have you ever had to cancel a mission trip due to weather, political unrest, personal emergency or other crisis? Have you lost out on pre-paid travel expenses? What if you could get insurance that would pay you back for nonrefundable trip expenses? And what if you could help Brigada at the same time? Well, through a partnership between Brigada and Insurance Services of America it is now possible to do so! 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! Check out the “Round Trip” travel insurance plan at

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short- term teams and term life insurance. 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 and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  3. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES — The Reaching Japanese for Christ 6th Annual National Conference will take place February 16- 18 at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington. And now for the first time, on January 27th at Pacific View Baptist Church, Torrance, CA. there will be a one-day RJC conference in Southern California. Besides important workshops Dr. George Gallup, Jr. will speak concerning religious awareness of Japanese. If you are involved in or interested in ministry to Japanese in North America, these conferences are for you! Information is available at

    http://www.rjcnetwork.org

    or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net


  4. GET CREDIT: DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON MICROENTERPRISE — For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format. 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 BRN-10/06.

  5. TINYURL TRICK: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER WITH THE TOOL — Hats off to Jonathan for pointing out that we don’t have to “go to TinyURL” to create a shorter URL for that long web address. We just put the following Java code in our toolbar in IE, Firefox or Opera. Then we click and — wala! — the page we’re viewing is given a TinyURL! According to Jonathan, this also works a shortcut in Blazer on the Palm/Treo. Here is the javascript:

    javascript:void(location.href=’http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=’+loca tion.href)

    Warning: Ironic, isn’t it . . . that the above script might wrap in your email client — so be sure to reassemble it into one line when we enter the above code into a favorite or bookmark. (Thanks Jonathan!)


  6. YWAM OFFERS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELIEF TEAM — Join Streams Express in “Streams in the Desert,” a trans-national relief & development ministry of YWAM-MMI. Streams would like to host all types of teams through their dispatches within the 10/40 countries. Streams dispatches are equipped and some are nationals in their country base. Contact the Streams Center now if you know the number of people in your teams coming to which country. Streams dispatches can host your teams and enhance their capability in the outreach with the needs of their target communities. Streams dispatches are particularly in the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Syria, Dubai, China, Albania, Kosovo, etc.

    http://www.streams.mysite.com

    Skype: streams7express or email streams7(at)juno(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. THE LINK BETWEEN: CONNECTING CHRISTIANS LIVING BETWEEN CULTURES — In searching for support in the wonderful, yet challenging task of uniting across cultures within intercultural marriage, Rukshan and Jody F. have often felt like pioneers. Though globalization increases the stakes of effective cross-cultural skills, much seems left unsaid – especially by Christians. “The Link Between” seeks to provide a network for Christians living out Christ’s call to “live at peace with all men” by crossing the cultural boundaries of parenting, marriage, church, career and life. The Link Between is continually compiling resources exploring these themes. If you are interested in contributing articles are resources, check out Jody’s blog at

    http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com/

    or mail her at jodyfernando(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 .]


  8. INTERNET EVANGELISM COALITION VIDEOS — The Internet Evangelism Coalition

    http://www.webevangelism.com/

    is offering free access, until the end of November, to videos of presentations from its 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Just click on “Meetings” in the left margin and you’ll see the selection for all the media. Questions? Just email naomi(at)webevangelism(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. FREE EPHESIANS BOOKLET — SOON Ministries have produced a free 32- page small-group study booklet on Ephesians. Written in easy-English, it is intended primarily for the non-Western world. The booklet is available to download in PDF and Publisher formats, so that users can print it themselves. They are also free to sell copies without restriction, or translate the material.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/studyephesians


  10. GREAT OPP FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSON IN RALEIGH, NC — The Southeast Regional Offices of the Perspectives Study Program is looking for an administratively gifted individual to help work in the office. Bob Stevens is the Regional Supervisor over a nine state region that will run about 30 classes this year alone with over 900 students. Bob is looking for someone who has good administrative abilities, is good at closing out details and follow through, a self-starter with good computer and phone skills. Such a person must be willing to raise support or fund him/herself and be willing to make a minimum 2 year commitment, working at least 1/2 a day for 4 days a week. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Bob at BSUSWCMSE(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE — Let’s talk end-of-year. Did your stocks do well? Got $10,000 you’d like to give to a ministry where it won’t be just another gift? Think about Brigada. With $10K, you could underwrite the rest of our entire calendar year 2006 financial needs. (We’re currently at just under $6800 and we need $16,650.) Once you give the $10K, the entire Brigada list of 11,000 subscribers would receive their weekly Brigada editions courtesy of your special gift! These blips would vanish. You’d make a *huge* impact because the entire annual budget is just $16,650! Perhaps you’ve only got $100? Your $100 would still make a huge difference here. 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.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT WILL VIDEOCONFERENCING DO FOR YOU? — Years ago, when I would hear about videoconferencing, I’d imagine how cool it might be… then quickly snap back to reality when I saw the hefty fees and per-minute charges. Well… welcome to 2006. Just a few days ago, I had the opportunity to greet and pray with 4 of our mission’s teams working on the island of Taiwan. They had come together for a strategy summit, with the intent of improving their respective outreaches. They hooked up a data projector and shined me on the big screen. From my home in Louisville, KY, I shared a 15-minute challenge & devotion, prayed with them, and then we did question and answer about the latest stuff with the over all organization. So basically, we were able to do a half-hour video conference across the Pacific and the total cost for everybody involved totaled zero dollars. Dream come true — for 5 people… or 500 people. You see, it doesn’t matter. If you get a chance, and the opportunity presents itself, try it out. All you need is a Skype ID, a webcam (pick one up for $40 at CompUSA or have someone bring you one on an upcoming visit), broadband Internet (you might have to visit an Internet cafe… which might be a problem if you’re in a limited access country; but except for that, Skype is supposed to be encrypted, as long as the technology they sold the Chinese doesn’t betray us :-) ), and a headset/mic. On the *conference* side, in addition to the above equipment, they’ll need a data projector and a screen.

    Here are some tips you could try to maximize the effectiveness of your videoconference:

    *** Headset/Mic: Be sure to pick up one of these for you, if you’re the main speaker. If you try to use the mic built into your laptop, you’ll get lots of ambient room noises *plus* the rebroadcasted echo of their questions. Look for headset/mic with a broad frequency range like the Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Mic (for about $50-$60).

    *** Outline: Plan your talk, but I’d recommend that you not write it out word-for-word. Part of the magic of these video-conferences is the spontaneity of it all. If you read a prepared speech, it’ll sound more … “canned”. At the same time, have your talk planned so you can get to the point without rambling. See the next point.

    *** Keep it brief: As fun as these conferences are, I’d suggest keeping your prepared talk to 10′ or less. Leave time for your audience to ask you questions. It’ll *soooooo* much more show off the technology. (After all, you could have just sent them a video or DVD of yourself and the quality would have been much higher.)

    *** Practice makes perfect: Try out your connection in advance, before the crowd gathers. Chad (the guy who prepared the equipment at the summit mentioned above) and I got together a week or so beforehand to work out any bugs. Make sure everything is smooth before you feel “under the gun.”

    *** Be on time: Your group will be looking forward to the new technology. But one of the downsides of this format is … you have to *be* there. In other words, email is “send-it-and-forget-it.” You can be 30′ late and nobody cares — or even knows. Videoconferences, by contrast, are “real time.” What does that word, “real” mean? Simple. If you’re not there, they’ll be *real* frustrated.

    Have fun and good luck. And again… welcome to 2006… the day and age of essentially free videoconferencing!

20061015 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET
  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY?
  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES?
  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS
  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE
  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES
  7. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE?
  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS
  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL
  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET — Our Taiwan team recently gathered for a strategy summit in which they reviewed Garrison’s book on church planting movements. You can still get it at:

    www.dawnministries.org/downloads/download_files/CPM%20Booklet.pdf

    (I cut off the “http://” because this link was about to wrap and I didn’t want to go to tinyurl.)

    You can also now find a book by Garrison on the same topic at:

    http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/

    (Thanks for reviewing these with me Scott!)


  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY? — According to Kingdom Come Training, “Raising support isn’t primarily about your need for monthly support. God has obligated himself to meet your need. It is primarily about the church’s need to connect with its primary purpose for existence: to be the expression of Christ to the nations. No one inspires mission vision better than the missionary raising support. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, can equip you with the attitudes, skills and confidence you need to raise your full support in eight to ten months.” He can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.

    jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(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.kingdomcometraining.com


  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES? — Phill would like to poll Brigada participants to find out if there’s a good website or other resource that publicizes conference calendars and dates for other national and int’l events in the broader evangelical world. Seems like someone would have come up with an approach. If you have a suggestion, send it to: bsunderland(at)visionsynergy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Phill, please let us know your outcome so we can all jump on board. :-)


  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS — Here’s a tip to remember from Brigada participant, Mary: “One of the best ways to get people to pray is when they know the missionaries personally. My church has an annual missions conference week. Our missionaries come home and give reports, have small dinners in host homes and spend personal time with our church members. Each of the missionaries are part of our church and are considered our family. We keep in touch with them throughout the year and we support them both in prayer and finances.”

  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE — Check out the Digital Bible society

    http://www.digitalbiblesociety.org/

    They are a small ministry that has created a searchable CD Chinese Bible (reportedly easy to email) that they give away for free. The CD format allows it to be copied and hidden very easily. They are developing a new upgraded version 4 and it will be out soon. They are also looking for Arabic language help in doing the same project in Arabic. Their work is highly rated and very practical. (Thanks to the anonymous brother for sending this tip.)


  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES — Fast and easy, no HTML required. missionary411.com is a site designed to allow missionaries to create a free missionary website in just minutes. Users can upload pictures, updates, plans, location, prayer requests, financial needs and more. Once your free personal missionary website is set up, simply send sponsors your customized web address. This is a great way to communicate with your supporters, church, family and friends. The service is free and easy-to-use (no HTML required). For more information, go to:

    http://www.missionary411.com

    or contact Noel at noel(at)411ministries(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. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE? — I loved the article, “Two of my Kids I Like a Lot. One, Not so Much,” by Shane Bennett (of Caleb Project — which is now i360…. takeitglobal.org). It was funny, yet penetrating… and I wish it was available elsewhere on the web… but for now, I think you’ll just have to get a printed copy of the magazine, which you can request at:

    http://missionmakermagazine.org/coverage


  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS — As a grad student soon to complete his masters degree in ministry leadership, faithful Brigada reader Mike is required to submit a 75-page paper on the subject of how to start a fruitful and sustainable 501c3 missions ministry. He is seeking Christian leaders who have the aforementioned experience to respond to the questions below via email; the responses will serve as part of the qualitative research of the paper. So, how about it? Care to help out a colleague in missions ministry? Send responses asap to the following questions to: mike(at)internationalfaith(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    What are a couple of the most common mistakes made in starting new missions ministries? What can be done to help foster ministry sustainability over the long haul? Describe the most rewarding part of starting a ministry that you have experienced? Looking back, what would you do differently if you could start all over? How is your knowledge of and relationship with God different than before you started your first ministry? (Mike, if you get some feedback, please send us an executive summary of your outcomes.)


  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL — Here’s a new school that’s already accepting applications for the inaugural class starting in the fall of 2007. Enrollment is limited. It’s part of California Baptist University (“A University committed to the great commission!”)

    http://www.calbaptist.edu

    Check the site for details. Large academic scholarships are available. Home schoolers and missionary kids are most welcome. Foreign students are not required to have a minimum TOEFL score because ESL training is available. Send questions to:

    engineering(at)calbaptist(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. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous givers who gave $20, $180, and $100 this past week. Here’s the truth: Many weekends, when it seems so hard to find time to keep Brigada going, these sponsors and donors make *soooo* much difference. Thank you! If you’d like to be a part of that encouragement, 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: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS — Today I’m getting tired. Why? To avoid “WOTS.” Truth is, my previous Bridgestones managed about 70,000 miles before the slipping and sliding started becoming just a bit too noticeable.

    The funny thing about tires… the wear kind of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it. There’s no warning light… no buzzer… and probably nobody in your house reminds you. *Maybe* the guy changing your oil says something… but that’s only if you happen to have someone who thinks outside his own box. So the truth is… you can actually let the situation become pretty dangerous without even knowing it.

    The same thing happens in mission work. We grow lax about monitoring security and the next thing you know, we’re casual. We walk the same routine at the same time everyday, creating a very soft target for a hardened criminal. But beyond security concerns (which are many), maybe we lose our edge by not staying current on the best practices in church planting, discipleship, or even language learning & cross-cultural communications.

    Who reminds us about tire wear? The same people who remind us about mission wear. In other words, unless a missions agency rep or a local church missions minister should happen to advise us, we pretty much have to kick our own tires. And if we wait ’til we start to slip, it just might be too late.

    So what can you do to avoid worn-out-tire-syndrome (WOTS) :-) ? Here are some tips:
    *** Find ways to stay current, regardless of where you live. Subscribe to some basic world news source, as well as a couple of info-sources related to your job. (Like Brigada! :-) ) Be sure to skim or read them regularly. It takes proactive and intentional *work* to do so.
    *** Set a weekly checkpoint in your life where you take time to analyze your to do list and the upcoming week. Do some pondering. Be creative and introspective. Steven Covey helped raise a broader awareness on this, and Frankin-Covey has continued in his legacy. Some like Monday morning… others point to Sunday evening… you decide what works for you. With my truck, for instance, I try to check out the tires every time I buy gas. It’s just a practical stopping point along an otherwise very hectic roadway. Find a checkpoint in your life too.
    *** Ask for coaching. Take advantage of visitors, phone calls, and communiqués of all kinds. Pick their brains. Express a posture of teachability. Check your theories by polling others, whenever you can.
    *** Seek out teammates who believe and think differently. This is counter to our own ego. We normally try to hang with those who affirm us by believing and practicing the ideas we hold dear. It takes *work* to affirm others when they disagree and to let them know that you *value* their contrary theories and beliefs. But I’m convinced when you do so, you become a stronger human being.
    *** Finally, ask God for wisdom. Maybe James 1:5 is talking mostly about wisdom in trials . . . but the principle can apply in other areas as well. Ask God to give you insight. Let’s shoot straight — God’s wisdom would obviously be the most valuable input of all.

    So… let’s walk around our vehicles and kick those tires. And let’s avoid WOTS. :-)

20061008 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DID YOU KNOW: GOOGLE SEARCHES CAN BE CLEARED
  2. VIDEO EVANGELISM TOOL
  3. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE
  4. GOOGLE OFFERS FREE PDF CREATION; OTHER PDF OPTIONS
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. BRIGADA DONOR ASKS TO DEDICATE PRAYER TO PAKISTAN
  7. TEACH TO REACH
  8. RESEARCHING MISSION WORK IN KIRIBATI (GILBERT) ISLANDS
  9. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  10. HOW TO STRIP CARRIAGE RETURNS IN WORD
  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR RECENT PARTNERSHIP GIFTS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE JOURNEY IS PART OF THE FUN

  1. DID YOU KNOW: GOOGLE SEARCHES CAN BE CLEARED — If you are one of those unfortunate missionaries working in a sensitive area who have had your names and ministry exposed by well-meaning churches on the Internet, take heart — there is a way to clear the Google search engine! Step One is to get the church’s webmaster to remove the offensive page (and ALL links that connect to it) from their web site. Once this is complete, check to make sure the URL returns a “404 Page Not Found” error message in the header of the page. Step Two is to fill out a simple form on Google’s web page to have the dead link removed from their search engine, and it usually happens within five days. Go to this link and follow their simple instructions:

    http://services.google.com:8882/urlconsole/controller?cmd=reload&lastcmd=login

    (be sure to reassemble this line into one long line in your browser’s URL or web “Address” box. Thanks so much, anonymous tipster! :-)


  2. VIDEO EVANGELISM TOOL — There is a new daily video program “What’s Real Today” that is a great evangelism tool. It is a simple 3 min daily lesson about living as a Christian in today’s world. It is a great way to start you day with a spiritual lesson or just to learn about what it is to be a Christian. The programs are simple so it’s a great tool for ESL teachers to share with their students or an easy way to get non Christian friends to think about spiritual things. It is video so it might be hard for people with dialup connection to watch. Check it out at

    http://www.realfusion.com


  3. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE — Take a look at:

    http://www.chinamembercare.com

    Several materials are now available in Chinese to help support Chinese Christian workers. They are free and on-line. Collectively, they are called “Running to Win — Resources for Chinese Workers.” The materials include 16 key articles, five case studies (with audio files), and two books (Thriving in Another Culture, and Through Desert Sands — an account of Chinese workers in Africa). Each article has a short introduction to orient the readers about its relevance to Chinese contexts. Audio files for all the chapters have been finished and will be uploaded soon. Currently all the materials, except the Chinese audios, are in both Chinese and English. (Thanks to the anonymous Brigada participant who contributed this great news.)


  4. GOOGLE OFFERS FREE PDF CREATION; OTHER PDF OPTIONS — Google recently joined two projects they were working on that has some pretty neat features.

    Google Docs: This is an online Word processor that works like Microsoft Word. I wouldn’t recommend this as a replacement to Word, but it has some cool features. For example, it opens up a host of file types (including the latest Microsoft Word format) and will allow you to save (for free) files as PDF’s (without advertisements). So, if you need a PDF converter for Word files here you go.

    Google Spreadsheets: Basically works like Excel and can use excel and many of spreadsheet formats.

    Both of these applications allow you to open collaborate with multiple users. So, you could write a document and give several people the write to live edit with you. The collaboration feature allows you to do this through a live chat feature with those users.

    The main reason Nick brought these to our attention was the PDF converter option that comes with these documents. However, as of right now, these won’t allow you to convert Publisher files. :) Maybe in the future…

    Here is the link to access these services:

    http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html

    In addition, “Ken” has come up with a boatload of other options. We’ve relisted them at:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/pdf-creating-options.html

    Thanks Ken! And thanks, too, Nick!


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience in teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. Dorm space is available for early applicants. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. BRIGADA DONOR ASKS TO DEDICATE PRAYER TO PAKISTAN — Thanks to this anonymous donor ($25) who asked that this prayer be offered up to help people in Pakistan: “That God would work through a couple handfuls of national leaders who have started, this year, to get together to determine how they can catalyze missions awareness and passion at the local church level throughout this country, and eventually establish a missionary training program for local believers.” What an amazing way to ask for a prayer request. I just wish we had 100 more prayer requests like yours! :-) Praise be to God.

  7. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA can train you to teach effectively in our TESOL course. Courses will be offered January 22 through February 16, 2007 and March 5 through March 30, 2007. Additional information and application forms can be found at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    or e-mail questions 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 .]


  8. RESEARCHING MISSION WORK IN KIRIBATI (GILBERT) ISLANDS — John O’Malley is looking for anyone aware of evangelical mission work in the Kiribati islands, about 1000 miles north of Fiji. Any knowledge of past or present ministry work is helpful. He is attempting to help a veteran Pacific Rim missionary who has sensed a burden for this “unreached” region. Please contact John thejohnomalley(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission Lebanon, PA USA is offering a 12 week course from January 8 to March 30, 2007. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms are on website at

    http:www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to

    ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net


  10. HOW TO STRIP CARRIAGE RETURNS IN WORD — We recently rec’d a request from Mark, pointing to a 1999 Brigada item that dealt with stripping carriage returns from Word. (http://www.brigada.org/today/1999/bt19990416.shtml#Ref14) He pointed out that the macro for 1999 no longer worked in Word 2003. Here’s an updated stripcarriagereturns routine that should do the trick, Mark. Another option: Buy Clipmate, which has a bunch of handy utilities that meet all kinds of needs, including that one. Clipmate is available from:

    http://thornsoft.com/

    But in the meantime, here’s that new macro routine:

    Sub stripcarriagereturns() ‘ ‘ stripcarriagereturns Macro ‘ Macro created 1/3/2002 by Doug Lucas ‘ With Selection.Find .ClearFormatting .Replacement.ClearFormatting .Execute Findtext:=”^l”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”^p “, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=” ^p”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”%$#@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”%$#@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll End With

    End Sub


  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR RECENT PARTNERSHIP GIFTS — Thanks to those who have recently given, anonymously, to help get Brigada out the door and onto your screen efficiently. These gifts help us with some small marketing costs, scretarial help, web costs, etc. As you may recall, we have set a goal for 2006 to cover $16,650. So far, $5477.34 had come in prior to these gifts. Now we’ve rec’d these donations from partners and friends on a mission: $100.00, $31.72, $25.00, $20.00, $100.00, $100.00, $25.00, $50.00, $50.00, $101.79, $25.00, $25.00, $100.00, which results in $6230.85 be available for the collection of needs mentioned above.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE JOURNEY IS PART OF THE FUN — This past Saturday, I took my two sons hunting on Wildlife Management Land in southern Kentucky. It was a fun day… thousands of acres of forest… having to solve problems like how to get across a swollen creek, how to communicate silently while sneaking up on quail, how to manage without snacks until noon. :-) In the end, we didn’t actually bring home any game. (Perhaps if we’d had dogs we could have stumbled on more game.) But at the end of the day, it really didn’t matter. We stopped in this awesome stream bed, plinked 22’s into the hillside, breathed in the fresh woods air, and enjoyed the moment.

    We were learning a valuable lesson: sometimes the end goal is a signpost in time that caused you to take a journey you needed to take. And sometimes the *journey* is just as enjoyable as accomplishing the goal.

    Life is kind of like that, in general. If we could somehow learn to enjoy the *journey*, for the journey’s sake, then we could truly say, in good conscience, “Getting there is half the fun.”

    This week… don’t give up on your end goals, but while you’re traveling there, try to savor the woods air: enjoy the journey.

    Doug

20061001 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SET UP SHOP FOR FREE AT MISSION-WORLD.COM
  2. TOP 10 LIST ABOUT FORWARDING AGENTS
  3. DO YOU USE A TREO? THEN GET GOOGLE MOBILE MAPS FOR FREE
  4. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS JULY 9-11
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. MORE FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “BONDING” (LANGUAGE-LEARNING & CULTURE)
  8. THE MBALANTU PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA IN AFRICA
  9. MISSING PIECE IN “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS”
  10. YOUR GIFTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: BE A BRIDGE
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MEMBER CARE REQUIRES ADMINISTRATION
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SET UP SHOP FOR FREE AT MISSION-WORLD.COM — It’s a great example of combining web technology with a very real need: Missionaries need financial backing. Donors would like to invest carefully. Now they can… at

    http://www.mission-world.com

    If you’re a mission or missionary, register today to get your free referral signpost on the web. The idea is sort of like applying eHarmony or YahooPersonals to the world of missions. If you’re a donor looking for a great cause, here’s a super place to shop.

    Take a look at the organizations that have already bought into the system and you’ll probably be surprised at how quickly it’s taken off. Use the “Organization” drop-down box and you’ll see that the list reads off like a directory from the latest global consultation on world evangelization. They’re definitely over the hump on the inertia curve. And the best part is … it’s free.

    The developers are doing this all as a labor of love, so it’s hard to offer any objective criticism. (In other words, I like they’re way of doing it better than my way of not doing it at all. :-) ) Still, in its present configuration, the site seems slanted toward listing missionaries as individuals. So a *team* of workers… or an organization with a *goal* to reach a certain unreached people… would have a hard time knowing exactly how to list. But still… the fill-in- the-blank boxes don’t actually force you into any specific pattern. So there really is flexibility once you understand the system. But that flexibility might also get the system into trouble as it grows (rapidly). For example, use the “Denomination” drop-down box and scroll down to “non-denominational”. You’ll see all the different ways that differing individuals have entered their data — which isn’t verified in any way, apparently.

    Still, these are bugs that we’re confident they’ll work out in time. The bigger questions lie with how the team will support itself long- term. Will they eventually ask for a listing fee? Either way, dive in now… because for today, it’s a free referral service — and get this, they don’t even ask for a percentage of your donations! :-) (Thanks to Robby, Bill, and all the rest of the team working on this project.)


  2. TOP 10 LIST ABOUT FORWARDING AGENTS –- Jason, a Team Expansion missionary serving in Italy, will be speaking to a group of forwarding agents who meet regularly for support and encouragement on the 24th of October. He is attempting to put together a list to share with and encourage this group of men and women who have a difficult and sometimes tedious role which includes checking the mail, receipting donations, running reports, paying bills, and communicating with supporters. The list is entitled, “Top 10 Ways you Know you Have a Good Forwarding Agent.” Could you help him by submitting your top reasons and write him at jcasey(at)teamexpansion(dot)org? Thanks! [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Note that you’ll have to write soon. His presentation is coming up quickly. He’ll be greatly appreciative. We’ll ask him to submit a report back to us here at Brigada.


  3. DO YOU USE A TREO? THEN GET GOOGLE MOBILE MAPS FOR FREE — For those in the USA and other Google-mapped countries, or if your furlough is coming up… or you have to speak at a church on the other side of the country next month.. either way… Our Creative Arts guy put me on to this last night…

    http://www.google.com/gmm/treo

    I have the Sprint Treo 700p… so it uses PowerVision and it downloads these maps lickety-split. You can find the closest florist with this application, along with turn-by-turn directions to wherever you want to go. And you can even switch into satellite view to check out the view of your own back yard. :-) Fun. Free. Fantastic.


  4. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS JULY 9-11 — Tentmakers International (TI) formerly TIE will hold it’s 5th Congress in Malaysia. This is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact:

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

    For more details, please go to the TI website:

    http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or

    http://www.tentmakernet.com


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. (Credit is also available.) Dorm space is available for early applicants. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    for more info or call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. MORE FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” _Step Up To Life_ may well be the only piece of gospel literature with evangelistic use of the Ten Commandments combined with the Lordship of Christ. More information, teaching materials, free downloads (several thematic English versions and multiple languages), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com Alternatively, e-mail

    sutlmail(at)aol(dot)com or phone 402 933 4095, or 402 359 1432, or snail mail Step Up To Life Ministries, Box 730, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022-0730, USA. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If your target language is not available, there is a submission box for new languages.


  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “BONDING” (LANGUAGE-LEARNING & CULTURE) — You can still pick up the little book, “Bonding and the Missionary Task”. Just follow this link:

    http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse/Stories.html#Bonding

    And you’ll find that the Brewsters’ work is still alive and well.


  8. THE MBALANTU PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA IN AFRICA — The question is, “Who reigns supreme?” For the Mbalantu people, human nature is constant. They believe in keeping cultural traditions as well as continuing their religious practices. Many of their beliefs and superstitions center around who they believe is their Supreme Being, Kalunga. They also use a tribal diviner, the onganga, for intervening with the spirits. Please pray for the Mbalantu people. Pray that they will come to know the one true Supreme God. Pray that they will hear and accept the true constant, the living Word, Jesus Christ. Pray that workers will come and share with these forgotten people, the Mbalantu. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or email forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(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. MISSING PIECE IN “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS” — Several observant readers noticed a missing chunk of text in the item, “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS” (2006/09/22). I don’t really think the missing piece changed the meaning much. The real meaning still gets through — be careful what you post on the web, what you publish, what you show to large groups. Make sure your text/pictures don’t put anyone in the spotlight that would rather be low profile. Either way, please excuse the hiccup. Here was the original item as it was intended: This past week we heard from a brother who had just spent a week with local citizens in a sensitive country. They were training local believers for personal evangelism in hostile environments. Apparently, a recent short-termer had shot video, then published the clips, thereby exposing the decisions of several local nationals. That led to a decision that no team member, including the director, would any longer grant video taped interviews to anyone at all — even when you are one of the team partners as is my case. More than being disappointed in not getting video for a story that select others need to hear, I was really disturbed that some camera happy brother had carelessly put our team members here even more at risk than they already are. It would be even more disturbing if I were to discover that this individual were using those video clips for his own personal gain in support raising. You know the routine — personal publicity about how well connected one is with frontliners, etc. The Church in today’s world needs to care for the security of those who are out there doing the hard stuff, not parade them for all the world to know about. So please, watch what you do with those video clips. (Again, thanks to the anonymous brother who shared this testimony.)

  10. YOUR GIFTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: BE A BRIDGE — There’s no way we could quit this ministry when we receive gifts and encouraging notes like these… $60 from and a great note from a brother in Cedar Hill, TX, $200 and a great note from Plainfield, IL, $5 from a faithful supporter in Europe. Whoa… Thank you so much. These gifts help us with ministry costs (such as some help from a part-time secretary). Just as importantly though, they provide much-needed encouragement! Want to be that bridge for this coming week? 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: MEMBER CARE REQUIRES ADMINISTRATION — Recently, our mission organization has been trying to replace a retiring Member Care Coordinator. It’s a tough spot to fill. Over the past few months, we’ve come face to face with the fact that Member Care involves a lot more than Rogerian psychology. We’re learning that today’s missionaries (and, truth be known, probably yesterday’s too) want & deserve:

    *** Help in the transitions of their lives (college-aged kids to the homeland, for example)
    *** Great tracking… ie., where in the world the workers are, when their birthdays occur, what’s their status, what do they need, how are their kids getting along, etc. — all that stuff needs to be tracked.
    *** Effective debriefing after emotional life experiences (because they probably don’t have the degree of Christian family over there that they would have back home)
    *** Assistance with important family decisions & needs — like where do they get homeschooling curriculum… and, just as importantly, how do they make the decision of whether or not to home school or use public schools or … gulp… boarding schools. These are tough decisions for families in the field.

    So you get the picture. It’s not an easy task. Basically, we need a bunch of super heroes to staff these member care positions. We’d better pray hard… because I think they’re pretty difficult to find. To make matters worse, some missions… like ours… function by faith gifts only. So these workers pretty much are responsible for raising the financial support equivalent to their salary, ministry, and travel requirements. Yikes. No wonder they’re tough to find! Pray with me please.

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