Monthly Archives: November 2006

20061126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS
  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US
  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE
  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS?
  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT
  7. CASPARI STATIONERY
  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI
  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T
  10. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT
  11. 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. 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: An understanding of poverty and its causes, a relational framework for addressing poverty, principles for doing relief work appropriately, needs-based and asset-based approaches to holistic community development, implications for short-term teams, impact of world view on poverty and development, and integration of biblical messages into development programs.

    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.

    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- 11/06. (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for all the great times you’ve pitched in to help Brigada move forward! God bless you all!)


  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS — As you read Roger Babik’s ‘A Call Against the Will,’ you’ll be entertained, inspired and challenged. How can so many funny things happen to one family? (How can one family cause so many funny things to happen?) Get ready for a roller coaster ride of faith in action, joy in service, and miles of miracles. This is Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” brought to *life*! Learn how a career businessman does the trading-spaces thing by casting aside his secure management job of 17 years to launch a highly-successful Christian non-profit organization. It’s worth the read just to witness this family’s battle with (and victory over) a life-threatening illness. You’ll want to hurry up and finish it so you can loan it to your best friend.

    See the cover at

    http://www.masterprovisions.org/ by clicking on “Click here to see the cover.” The cost is $12.95 (includes post office shipping) and payment should be made to Master Provisions, 12236 Hutton Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Don’t forget to include your mailing address. Visa and MasterCard transactions will be accepted. Purchase 5 books and the 6th book is free. (For every book purchased, Master Provisions is planning to donate nearly $2.00 per book over to Brigada. Please be sure to tell them you heard about it on Brigada.) It can be ordered 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 .]


  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US — Here’s a way to get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. They have prepaid service, no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers plus you get up to 470 free minutes on signup. They have lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up.


  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE — The site is

    http://www.wordreference.com

    It features one-word dictionary meanings in Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as a cool verb conjugator built right in. (Thanks Jason.)


  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS? — Bob found these (featuring “NextBible” helps & tools:

    http://next.bible.org/

    Stable Release Version:

    http://net.bible.org/home.php

    (Thanks Bob — and thanks to the IMB for sharing you!)


  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT — Hats off to Jason Casey, another compiler with a cause. As a Team Expansion missionary in Europe, he volunteered to compile a few “top 10 lists” on how to know when you have a good forwarding agent (i.e., the person handling your funds while you’re serving as a missionary overseas with certain organizations). See his list at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/forwarding-agents

    Thanks Jason!


  7. CASPARI STATIONERY — It’s that time of year again! As you celebrate the birth of the Jewish Messiah this Christmas, share the true meaning of the holiday with family and friends by using unique, high quality stationery designed by the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies. (Proceeds help support Caspari’s work with Israel’s Jewish believers in Jesus.) Letterhead and envelopes are sold separately for just $5 each in packages of 50 through their online store

    http://www.caspari.com/store

    Or call the Caspari U.S. office at (+1) 630.668.3328. Churches and organizations wishing to order a quantity for resale will receive a bulk discount. Contact the Caspari U.S. office by phone or by email at CaspariUSA(at)caspari(dot)com for details. (Price does not include shipping.)


  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI — Here is a wiki use within the mission IT community. The Mission Tech Wiki at

    http://www.missiontech.info/

    aims to capture knowledge about the use of technology in mission. The wiki is run by members of the ICCM community

    http://www.iccm.org/

    There is a great article on what to buy as a laptop for workers – just search for ‘laptop’. Feel free to update the wiki if you see something missing, or wrong. (Thanks ICCM!)


  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T — Because your gifts are such an encouragement. Thanks for keeping the Brigada fires burning! Thanks to an anonymous donor “who appreciates your newsletter. ($50 gift). And to another who wrote, “Thanks for many years of faithfully preparing and sending out Brigada to us as missionaries. It’s been a blessing every time! Merry Christmas!!: $10” [What a great idea — a Christmas gift to keep Brigada going!] Another anonymous donor sent $25… and Judy sent $8 from Tel3 signups (Thanks Judy! and thanks to those who talk on Tel3!). For more info, go to

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    Want to join the foundation builders? 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. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT — This past week, I sold my previous telescope on eBay, bought a more powerful telescope (also on eBay — great deal, by the way), and was almost all ready to go observing when I noticed, inside the enclosed portion of the Schmidt- Cassegrain optics, a single styrofoam peanut. When the eBay vendor sent me the scope, he packed it up with tons of styrofoam peanuts — and one of them had made it into the inside optics because he left the cap off the back of the scope.

    I posted a message on an astronomy forum, asking what to do. I even posted a picture of the optics and the styrofoam peanut. After a brief explanation of the details, the answer came back, “Take the front lense/corrector off.” Yikes, that sounded difficult.

    But even so, tonight I did it. It was like having to do surgery without the undergrad, let alone the residency.

    Nevertheless, I finished it. (I’ll let you know for sure how I did next time we have a clear night.)

    Now the funny thing is… 150+ people have come to that forum thread to read about what happened. Can you imagine? 150+ people have double- clicked to read about one single styrofoam peanut! :-)

    So the thought occurred: how is it that the tiniest thing can cause such a great stir? James 2. A giant ship turns on a rudder. Control a large horse with a tiny bit. Tiny bacteria can cause Amoebic Dysentery The smallest cancer cell can spell torture for patients. And the smallest mispronunciation can change a Bible term to a word that we wouldn’t have ever wanted to say at all!

    One thing’s for sure: to be really good at something, we have to learn to do the small things *well*. Eat right, study the Word, Pray to God, exercise incrementally, etc., etc., etc. And if we do all things right, it won’t be just styrofoam peanuts. It’ll be the difference between success — and failure.

    So this week, let’s focus on the big picture stuff… *and* let’s remember to work equally hard on the small stuff… the “styrofoam peanuts.”

    By the way, I got the scope apart, removed the peanut, and got it back together! It’s like surgery is done! Now the folks on the forum are cheering me on for finishing it. Where’s your own ministry? What styrofoam peanut can you remove? What piece can you improve on and get a substantial increase in your own productivity? *That* is the question that haunts us all. That’s the question for you tonight.

    Doug

20061119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT
  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED”
  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES
  4. NEW ETHNE DVD
  5. PHRONEMA
  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH)
  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES?
  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING!
  9. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING
  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT — Among the offerings in the new issue of Momentum Magazine is a “State of the Gospel” powerpoint presentation with extended notes for each slide, so you can give the presentation too. I can’t say enough good stuff about Justin Long & Jason Mandryk for making this and other resources available at their momentum-mag site. This powerpoint alone, shared as a PDF file, could have easily been marketed for $20… and instead, they’re giving it away for free, then inviting folks to pitch in toward their ministry expenses. (We love that paradigm, of course.) Please give it a look… and pitch in if you can. You won’t want to pass this one up.)

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-article1.pdf

    While you’re there, check out…

    Global Map 8: China’s Africa Initiative http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-map.pdf

    Goals http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-goals.pdf

    Reality-Check: The significance of sharing http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-realitycheck.pdf

    Events: what has happened http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-events.pdf

    UpNext: on the calendar http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-upnext.pdf

    Analysis: The Multi-cultural team, money and the glory of God http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-analysis.pdf

    Trends: Time to stop fearing an Islamic invasion http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trends.pdf

    TrendSnaps http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trendsnaps.pdf

    Visions http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-visions.pdf

    Statistics http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-statistics.pdf

    Technology http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-technology.pdf

    Resources http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-resources.pdf

    Persecution http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-persecution.pdf

    Hope: Field reports http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-hope.pdf


  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED” — Our thanks goes out to those who shared information about how missionaries in the field can feed themselves spiritually. I didn’t know what to expect… and frankly, I’m a bit surprised that we didn’t just get lists and lists of URLs where overseas workers could conduct home Bible studies over the web. Instead, there are several key helps — about 30 pages worth, in all — that you can put into use without the Internet fired up at all. Many of these are due to the wonderful unselfishness of Ron, the Member Care Director at ABWE. I wish I could be like them when I grow up. Check out their web page at:

    http://www.abwe.org/

    And see their Bible Study links at:

    http://www.abwe.org/training/mrc/links_2.asp?cat=Bible%20Study

    Now, see the responses we gathered, including notes on spiritual disciplines, Bible reading journal ideas, spiritual growth plan worksheets, a spiritual disciplines inventory, accountability questions, a scripture memory plan, and a sample “My Time with God” bible study fill-in-the-blank booklet — all for free — by opening this PDF (422K) at:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/how-do-i-get-fed.pdf

    (And hats off, again, to Ron. You’re my hero. :-) )


  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES — Thinking about doing a short-term ministry project? These look *awesome*!!! “New Resource: Pre-Field Preparations” in both 7- and 14-day editions are now available as inexpensive, yet effective training materials as you prepare your team for short-term ministry. “Walk As He Walked,” “Abide In The Vine,” and “Ripe For Harvest” devotional Bible studies (in varying lengths of days) are sequenced to the culture-shock curve have been widely use for several years. The best-selling “Coming Home,” and “Coming Home Again” reentry devotionals are sequenced for reentry stress issues have also been used with great success.

    The new “Pre-Field Preparations” materials will help you cover all *three* important areas of spiritual emphasis in short- and long-term missions training. Deeper Roots Publications has been a leader in producing and providing these materials for the past dozen years. (For non-USA orders from the website, use the pay-by-check option. DRP will figure the most economical shipping rates and email you a PayPal payment request so you can conveniently pay by credit card.) This will save a *lot* on your shipping costs when compared to the sea or air standard shipping rates on the website. Just browse to

    http://www.DeeperRoots.com

    or email DeeperRoots(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 .]


  4. NEW ETHNE DVD — The new Ethne DVD is available. Now you can pray for Unreached Peoples with *tons* more precision and data. For more information and how to get the DVD go to

    http://www.ethne.net


  5. PHRONEMA — It’s a Christian humanitarian search engine. Phronema is a Greek word that translates as mind, or “the framework of knowledge.” The Phronema search engine helps Christian missionaries, NGOs, relief, aid and development workers and others find information on humanitarian topics such as literacy, water purification, or even how to find grants and funding. The aim of Phronema is to help people all over the world, find the key information they need to transform their communities.

    http://www.phronema.org (Thanks Tony!!!)

    Just tried it. Pretty cool!


  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH) — Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, gives us some clues, using the words of Jesus Himself. Matthew also reminds us of many things that God’s prophets said about Jesus, hundreds of years before His birth. To discover more about this exciting secret go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and choose “Matthew Tells Us the Good News about Jesus.” This is a simple translation with notes in EasyEnglish Level A, using a 1200 word vocabulary.


  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES? — Chris would like to know. He wrote, asking, “Doug, during my 7 years of int’l mission service as a worker from the USA, I’ve endured the mechanical crash/failure of two external hard drives. I know of many other cross- cultural workers who have dealt with the same problem. It is an irritant that is magnified by the fact that most of are home only every 3-4 years and have no realistic options for repair in our fields of service, many times because of security concerns.”

    He continued, “Do you know of any folks/companies back in the USA to whom we could have such hard drives sent (usually by a volunteer ministry team returning to USA) to have repair work done at a cheaper cost than what we hear it normally can be? Is this something that you could ask through Brigada? Perhaps there is someone out there who can bring a little hope to those of us who have suffered the sickening feeling of hard drive failure, knowing there is nothing we can do about it on the field?”

    If you have a lead for Chris, please write him directly at:

    chrcarr(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 .]

    (Chris, if you get leads, could you prepare a simple report for us in a couple of weeks? That way, everybody can learn from your new knowledge. Thanks… and hang in there. Ouch.)


  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING! — Is this you? Everyone knows that Christmas is a crucial time to thank your financial partners. It’s also an important time to be visible while they are considering end-of-the-year gifts. But with Christmas, church responsibilities, and everything else that keeps your life constantly moving, do you really have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in? That is where Writer’s Edge International can help you. Writer’s Edge International takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well-written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Interested? Contact them today! Visit

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

    or call (858) 413-5120 or email info(at)writersedgeinternational(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. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING — Here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

    There are several ways to give. 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. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE — Our organization recently exhibited at what is undoubtedly the major missions convention of the year for us. I was struck by the attendance (which was record- breaking), the college-agers (again, record-breaking numbers), and the *interest* by this new generation of 23- and 24-year-olds (and their near-age peers). We had entire *teams* of young people coming to us to ask, “What would it look like for us to affiliate with your agency?” They were headed to Muslim lands, shopping for the most effective partnerships, and displaying a kind of street-savvy that one wouldn’t have seen 20 years ago… maybe not even 10. What led to this state? Well there are several factors which contribute. At least 3 seem to be chief:

    *** For those who attend Bible college & seminary, their mission profs seem key. For example, we noticed the students from Ozark Christian College and Johnson Bible College were highly tuned and ready to roll. Both schools have strong missions programs which prepare them for events like these.

    *** Many of these college students have participated in numerous short- term experiences. They’ve traveled widely and interviewed broadly, and now they’re cashing in on their experiences by making smart decisions.

    *** They want mentoring. And they’re willing to shop for it. When they say “Mentoring”, they mean the kind of mentoring Luke Skywalker got from Yoda on the planet Dagobah. You remember… Yoda lifted up Luke’s spaceship, showing Luke the ins and outs of the Jedi life. Then he taught Luke how to do it. It almost smacked of near-eastern mysticism, with all the levitation and meditation rituals… but the truth is, I believe the new generation of missionaries wants almost that level of coaching. Gone are the days when we can go over a to do list, pray, then send them out. They want to shadow someone who is truly good at his/her job. And they want *months*, not weeks. Some want two years.

    How does the above change our strategy? I believe it should give us a very promising future… if we can figure out how to deliver the goods. More about that edition.

20061112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED HELP RAISING MISSION SUPPORT?
  2. PRAY FOR MONTENEGRO
  3. TRAIN IN ETHNOGRAPHY
  4. NEED 3 COPIES OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS FOR FREE? TRY GOOGLE CHECKOUT
  5. YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?)
  6. WANT TO BETTER PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSIONARY KIDS?
  7. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH
  8. CHILDREN PRAYING FOR MISSIONS
  9. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  10. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR BRIGADA UNDERWRITERS
  12. THE BACK PAGE: HE KNOWS THE STARS BY NAME
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED HELP RAISING MISSION SUPPORT? — Try calling Jerry. If you’re doubting your calling because support-raising is hard, he’s your man. 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 .] (Thanks to Jerry for his recent gift to help keep Brigada going!)

  2. PRAY FOR MONTENEGRO — Thanks to the anonymous brother who gave a gift to Brigada recently, asking that the gift be dedicated to raise up prayer for the three struggling churches in Montenegro, and the people who live there that haven’t yet joined one of those congregations. (Thanks for the gift to keep Brigada rolling!)

  3. TRAIN IN ETHNOGRAPHY — Pioneering a new ministry or seeking deeper insights into the culture where you live? The folks at Initiative360 know that cultural understanding is a valuable tool for ministry. Especially if church planting is in your future, they can help you gain the cultural-learning skills that will help you succeed. An Ethnography Training Workshop is planned for January 20-27, 2007 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. Experienced trainers will pass on practical tips you can use to find cultural helpers, build bridges of trust, ask engaging questions, analyze findings, work with a partner or team, and explore questions of significance in how churches grow in society. For more information write to research(at)takeitglobal.org or visit

    http://www.snipurl.com/127md


  4. NEED 3 COPIES OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS FOR FREE? TRY GOOGLE CHECKOUT — My buddy, Tom, referred me this past week to Google Checkout. I’ll have to admit — this one caught me by surprise. He apparently came across it while searching for a way to upgrade his Norton Antivirus. (Interestingly enough — our Brigada secretary’s computer was ready for a Norton Antivirus subscription anyway.) Anyway, what Tom found is baffling. You see, by going to the link below, you’ll have to pay (up front) $52.84 for 3 registrations for Norton AV. Then you send away for $40 mail-in rebate leaving the final cost for 3 licenses at $12.84. But then you use Google’s new service to make the purchase and it gives you another $20 discount. So you actually end up making money. Now how can that be? :-) I’m going there right now to check it out.

    It worked. First I went to buy.com:

    www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202988960&adid=17070&dcaid=17070

    When I was ready to check out, I used the button for “Google checkout”. Paid $20 less. Then I’ll fill out the rebate after receiving the package. By the way, I had to use the drop-down box to change the shipping to “7-9 days”. It was about to charge me $6 for “3-5 days.”

    So… instead of paying $40 for 1 copy for my secretary’s computer, I guess … if Tom’s right.. I’ll get 3 copies for zero! What could be cooler than that!? (Tom… thanks brother.)


  5. YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?) — I enjoyed my visit this past week with one of our team leaders and his family in Joplin, MO. While there, my good friend Chris DeWelt asked me to speak in a couple of his missions classes at Ozark Christian College. Whenever I’m with Chris, I usually gain more than I give. This visit didn’t let me down. After I presented, he was teaching a grab bag of loose ends and he happened to mention that his preference was *not* “ESL” — “English as a Second Language.” Why? Because he said it implies that the student is monolingual. As you probably already know, most of the world speaks more than one language… so we could say, “ETL — English as a third language”, or EFL… you get the idea. Or just use the term, “TESOL”: “Teaching English to speakers of other languages.” Point made. TESOL seems like the better approach to me.

  6. WANT TO BETTER PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSIONARY KIDS? — No one wants to even think of child abuse being present within the missions community, but unfortunately it does occur. In September 2006, 12 missions agencies gathered together to candidly examine this issue and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The goal of this network is to collaborate together to increase child abuse prevention and also implement better response and care if it is reported. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10th, and is open to new organizations. To learn more, copy and paste this link into your browser:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/child-safety.pdf

    or write tck-mk-ministry(at)teamexpansion(dot)org and asked to be put on the list of interested participants. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH — Big doors are open now at Step Ahead Training Center(YWAM Relief & Development)in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. The horrible waves of Tsunami were followed by waves of God’s love that poured into this very unreached region. Yes, much has now improved, but many Tsunami survivors still want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market of Khao Lak, by building up their English skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Go now for 3 to 6 months ready to Teach, Share, and Care. Check out:

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  8. CHILDREN PRAYING FOR MISSIONS — Are children praying for you and/or your ministry? Have you seen specific answers to children’s prayers in your work? If the answer is “yes”, please share your stories with Leanna. She is preparing a seminar about how children’s prayers can impact the world. The seminar will inspire children’s workers to encourage children’s involvement in the Great Commission through prayer. Do you have exciting stories that you can share? If so, please send them to Leanna December 31, 2006. leanna_doran(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of his/her own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. Here’s a network that wants to 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 fourth MICN Conference will be 23-27 April 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. For information browse http://www.micn.org or contact: conference(at)micn(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. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced its third Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS). This year’s DTS will be held aboard the 41m ketch, Next Wave. It begins March 20th in London, England and runs until Sept 22nd, 2007. The plan is to visit ports in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. During this time, a variety of international speakers will cover topics ranging from the character and nature of God, to effective evangelism and more. The outreach phase of the DTS begins July 8th. Locations will be confirmed near the start of the school. If you are looking for God-filled adventure, interested in missions, ready to be challenged spiritually and physically, and want to be better equipped to make a difference in the world then this course is for you. You can get full details including the application form by visiting http://www.marinereach.com/bluewaterdts or by emailing bluewaterdts(at)marinereach(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. SO GRATEFUL FOR BRIGADA UNDERWRITERS — We are so grateful for our underwriters anonymous… like this one from last week: “Met some of your … people at the IFMA/EFMA last week. If you want, just say this is an anonymous donor from Wycliffe who has appreciated the weekly bulletin for over 10 years.” Or take George, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Training: “It was good to visit with you and your staff a few weeks ago. … We really appreciate the service Brigada provides and for the opportunity to make quality training at CIT known to the mission community. Have a wonderful Christmas.” (He enclosed a check for $150.) We *heartily* encourage you to check out CIT’s training opportunities by browsing to…

    http://www.cit-online.org

    And here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

    There are several ways to give. For example, 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 BACK PAGE: HE KNOWS THE STARS BY NAME — Can you believe how big God is? Psalm 147:1,4-5 reads, “Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! … He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Think about that for a minute. At the NASA webpage, someone asked how many stars there are, named and un-named. (See the URL…

    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970115.html

    The answer came back from a NASA astrophysicist: 10 to the 21st power. That’s 1 with 21 zeroes after it: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

    And the really cool thing is… regardless of the exact number, God determined to have exactly that number in the universe… and he “calls them each by name.” Whoa. As a result, I’ve drawn 3 conclusions:

    a) I’m going to start learning some of their names. Now I know I can’t cover all 70 sextillion (or however many there are), but I can at least start with a few dozen of the most well-known. Want to join me? Check out the list at:

    http://www.obliquity.com/skyeye/misc/name.html

    Just click on a star and you’ll find it identified in a star chart. I figure, if they’re important to God, then to be godly, I should make them important to me. :-)

    b) He’s pretty powerful. I mean… who else has created so many furnaces that burn for a few billion years each.

    c) My problems, though seemingly big to me, are such easy problems for God to solve. So bank on it… He’s powerful enough to help us through even the biggest storm.

20061105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS
  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA
  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING
  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER
  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE
  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY
  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS — Bible.org

    http://www.bible.org

    is the home with over 3000 bible study articles, where you can download the NETBible with its over 60,000 footnotes. They’ve just announced the NeXtBible, a web based bible study tool set at

    http://www.nextbible.org

    These tools allow one to search the NET Bible and search dictionaries, view theGreek and Hebrew and see the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Cross-References for each verse. You can compare the NET Bible with other modern translations in “verse view”. They are working to provide access to these tools for free to any Christian web site. If you are interested email Brigada(at)bible(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA — Thanks to Bob, of the IMB, who tipped us off that we can carry a PDA version of the Garrison’s Church Planting Movements Booklet, as well as some additional missions resources, at

    http://www.newwway.org/cafe.htm

    Both the PDF and a Word doc version of the CPM Booklet are available here:

    http://www.newwway.org/cpm/Book.htm

    (Thanks Bob!)


  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff tailors each course to your learning needs in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Visit them at their Urbana booth (1203) if you are at the Urbana Conference. They’re now forming classes for their 16-week Spring course (Jan. 22- May 11). Browse to

    http://www.strategiclanguages.org

    or call US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. or email RLMoffice(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 .]


  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two-week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2007. April 2-13: “Models of Hope for Church Planting in Buddhist Context”- April 16-27: “Communicating Christ in Folk Buddhist Cultures” April 30-May 11: “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”- May 13-24: “Missiology in the Buddhist World” Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request an application form from Alan by emailing alan(dot)johnson(at)agmd(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. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST — The first School Of Relief & Development (SWORD) will run in Jordan and Dubai in March 2008. A 2-year Field Assignment will follow, which will be spearheaded by the Olympic Outreach in Beijing July 2008. Teams will then disperse back to the Middle East and into their respective target countries. A team will remain in China. Would you be interested in this? For more info, browse to

    http://www.streams.mysite 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 .]


  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER — PTAP needs a graphics designer who will help put together prayer materials (booklet, brochure, etc) for a third year of Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP). Since first starting, this imitative has seen churches planted in the five additional countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Just send a church reference and something indicating your training/experience in the field to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If you’d like to receive a weekly update highlighting similar PTAP needs, send a blank email to PTAP-requestatlistsdoteverybodydotorg with the subject “subscribe”.

  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE — This people of central and eastern Namibia (in Africa) have all the right answers, but no relationship. In Otjomeburndja lives H. H. is a traditional Herero, dressed in a traditional, Victorian-style dress. She is also the typical example of empty Christianized tradition. She even has an “original, Martin Luther Bible.” She knows all the right answers, but sadly she can never remember a time when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As the Herero translator says, “she knows the right answers, but like most Herero, she does not express having a relationship with Jesus.” Like many, she sees no need for Jesus, because she feels she is a Christian. Pray for H. Pray for the Herero people, an unreached people. Pray that workers will be led to the Herero homeland to share the Good News with these people. Pray for God to continue building prayer support for the Herero people. To adopt the Herero people for prayer for more information, please visit the website

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or email us at 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 .]


  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Don’t tell people what to do, help them to think better! Servant leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. “Coaching skills are essential. The 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program is the first of its kind. This professional program is for leaders who wish to gain coaching skills and take on a part-time or full-time coaching role in their ministry. The next course will be held in Singapore Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2007. For details go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

    or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE — Thanks to the anonymous user from Centennial, CO who gave $50 to help launch Brigada into a new week! And thanks to the other anonymous user from the UAE who gave $100! We appreciate you!

  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY — 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? :-) )

  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY — Have you visited

    http://www.wikipedia.org

    yet? If not, I bet you will soon. Billing itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” wikipedia.org is only one of hundreds of new wiki applications springing up around the web. In all cases, the focus is simple. “Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian. It’s basically just a website that enables users to easily edit and update shared content. Well the whole process got a lot more interested just a couple of weeks ago when Google purchased wiki software maker “JotSpot.” What’s more, Microsoft is incorporating wiki-like features in Office 2007, and IBM is building a similar wiki product in a feature they’re preparing for 2007.

    So why are they so popular? They promote transparency in both reading and authoring. In addition, users get to pitch in together – and the outcome is something the whole organization can then enjoy.

    So how will wikis affect you and your mission or church? How ’bout setting up a wiki to explain your organization’s protocols? Or ask your training guys to start a wiki on “getting from here to there.” Maybe you could do a wiki on a major training component… like … learning a particular language or cross-cultural principles. You *might* even find a wiki that already exists… and maybe you could use it right out of the box!

    Either way, it’s a concept that’s here to stay. Check out some of the “free” software to run a wiki on your own web server. Examine:

    http://www.mediawiki.org

    http://www.twiki.org

    http://www.tikiwiki.org

    There are commercial products too… but why not check these free ones first, to find out if they’ll do the job.

    Next thing you know, we’ll be promoting dozens of wikis right here in Brigada! :-)

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