Monthly Archives: May 2007

20070527 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  2. NORTH AMERICAN UNREACHED PEOPLE’S NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  4. CHILD SAFETY GROUP CONVENES
  5. OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN QINGDAO, CHINA
  6. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ONE-WEEK MODULES
  7. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA? SEE THE GUIDELINES PLEASE
  8. FOCUS ON POVERTY, REFUGEES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS
  9. NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM POSTED
  10. PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  11. LEARN DISASTER AND CRISIS RELIEF OPERATIONS
  12. FOCUS ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  13. HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE POSSIBLE OUR WORK
  14. LET YOUR GIVING HAVE A GLOBAL VOICE
  15. THE BACKPAGE: TAP INTO THE TRUE ENERGY SOURCE
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Develop offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor to help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 1 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.

    The prerequisite for the course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Aug. 20 – Sept. 14, 2007. It also will be offered on Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007.

    Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-06/07.


  2. NORTH AMERICAN UNREACHED PEOPLE’S NETWORK ESTABLISHED — 32 lay people and ministry leaders recently met in Minneapolis to brainstorm and plan for a new network that hopes to help infuse new energy into unreached peoples networks reaching out from North America. Dubbed the North American Unreached People’s Network (NAUPN), its leadership team of 9 visionaries hope to stage its first major consultation in Dallas, Nov. 27-29. (Rats; I’m supposed to be in Europe that week. :-( Maybe I can change my travel plans — or send an associate.) Included in the group are representatives of Mission America, visionSynergy, Impact, Antioch Network, and others. If you’re interested, jot a note to info(at)powerofconnecting(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers a low-cost email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world and is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 29 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on March 10 – March 28, 2008.

    Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-06/07.


  4. CHILD SAFETY GROUP CONVENES — On May 8-10, 2007, fifty-five people from twenty mission agencies/faith-based NGOs met on the lovely grounds of Campus Crusade for Christ in Orlando, Florida, for the Second Joint Consultation on Child Safety and Abuse Response. As had been hoped and prayed for, a collaborative network of mission agencies and faith-based NGOs are intentionally and strategically addressing the issues of child protection within the broader US-based mission-sending community. The response across the board has been enthusiastic and heart-felt.

    The results include the following: The third meeting, geared toward mission leaders/decision makers who will formulate and resource policy for each agency, is tentatively scheduled for February 2008. In the meantime, the attending organizations are committed to sharing resources and partnering in prevention and response when possible. They are also working toward a common set of definitions, best-practice standards, and prevention and response protocols that would provide a high level of confidence for their staff, along with consistency and partnership in this critical area between organizations.

    Further updates regarding the third meeting, including specifics on whom to contact, will be forthcoming on Brigada within the next few months. Keep reading.


  5. OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN QINGDAO, CHINA — The Baishan School is looking for native English speakers with an education degree or teaching experience to teach English to Chinese children in kindergarten through grade 9 beginning August 1. The school is operated by like-minded local friends looking to impact Chinese society. Salary, airfare, housing, and local medical insurance is provided during the eleven-month contract. Committed Christian teachers desiring to teach English in this city by the sea should contact Cindy at Cindyf(at)ldius(dot)org

  6. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ONE-WEEK MODULES –- The SWORD training course offers one-week modules on Aquaculture, Micro-Finance & Business-as- Mission, and water & other community technologies. It all begins April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. Both the 12-week lecture phase and the one-week modules are available. The Field Assignment is spearheaded by the Beijing Olympic Outreach. After the Beijing Olympics, a team will remain in China to finish their Field Assignment.( The Olympic outreach within the SWORD course is optional). The rest of the teams / candidates will proceed to their target countries in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and other Asian countries for their respective Field Assignments. And then, get the opportunity to work with our dispatches in some parts of the world! For more info, 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. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA? SEE THE GUIDELINES PLEASE — Just click “submit an item” in the top line menu. There you’ll find 25 tips that help you find your way into Brigada Today effortlessly and efficiently.

  8. FOCUS ON POVERTY, REFUGEES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS — Get it at the SWORD training course, along with info on the current situation in some of the poorest countries in the world. Learn the strategies. Find out where God is leading you to serve. It starts April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. Both the 12-week lecture phase and the one-week modules are available. For more info, email streams7(at)juno(dot)com.

  9. NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM POSTED — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Be sure to note the new location.

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    In this issue, learn about legal restrictions as to the nature and/or extent of fundraising solicitations that may be used outside the U.S. such that will jeopardize US donors tax deductions, read the latest stats on number of nonprofit organizations, see info on new governance practices posted by the IRS, learn how to substantiate business expenses, and much much more.


  10. PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — Invest three weeks in hands-on TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. There are still a few slots left in 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 may still be available. Learn more at

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

    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 .]


  11. LEARN DISASTER AND CRISIS RELIEF OPERATIONS — Catch one-week modules on Disaster & Crisis Relief Operations, Light Search & Rescue, and Disaster Health Care at the SWORD (Strategic Seminars-Workshops on Relief & Development), April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. For more info, write 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 .]

  12. FOCUS ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — This people of northern Namibia in Africa would be *hard* to reach, perhaps, but should that mean they are unreachable? Not so much. Needing a Savior? Yes. Driving through the northern areas of Namibia, a Christian worker asked our guide where were the majority of the Mbalantu people. He said “far west.” The worker asked him, is there any one ministering with them. His reply, “We have some preaching points to the west, but they are too far west.” God has put these people in Namibia and He did not put them too far west! Please pray that someone will see the need of the Mbalantu. Pray that someone will feel God’s desire to reach these people that are too far west! Pray for the Mbalantu people, a Forgotten People, but not forgotten by God! To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please e-mail 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 .]

  13. HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE POSSIBLE OUR WORK — Thanks to the YWAMmers from the far North who sent $50 to enable more work from Brigada! We appreciate you and the fact that you wanted to remain anonymous… but we’re forever grateful for your sacrificial service long-term in the field. Another partner from Topeka sent $50. Shew. We appreciate you. Thanks to the other friend who sent $100 — same story – – long-time Brigada reader who just wanted to say thanks. What an honor to serve him. Another $100 came from Alameda, CA. Praise be to God. And finally, thanks to the missions-oriented church on the East Coast who sent $500 to undergird our work here and keep Brigada going out the door. Inspirational and humbling — that’s what that is. They added that they had been getting Brigada since nearly the very beginning. What an encouragement. Thank you so much.

  14. LET YOUR GIVING HAVE A GLOBAL VOICE — Help make Brigada happen. Just click “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.

  15. THE BACKPAGE: TAP INTO THE TRUE ENERGY SOURCE — In my spare time (ok, I confess: not so much :-) ), I enjoy reading Astronomy Magazine, even though the cosmology articles are often off-base. Take the one by Scott Dodelson in the May 2007 issue (p. 43), entitled “Seeing The Red Limit.” He’s the Dir. of the Center for Particle Astrophysics at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, IL (sounds important enough). He wrote the book, _Modern Cosmology_ (Academic Press), 2003. And his quote looked promising, actually, at least at first: “Ordinary matter … can’t produce an accelerating universe. … Whatever causes this cosmic acceleration, it’s truly an exotic form of energy that isn’t diluted as the volume enclosing it expands. Physicists have dubbed this ‘dark energy.'” How do we tell these guys in a nice way that not only have we located the source of that “dark energy,” but that we also tap into it *daily*?

    Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” So there you have it: the true energy source.

    Just make sure you’ve tapped in tonight.

    Want to write a response? … express your own opinion on energy sources? Just click over to

20070520 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COLLECTION OF “BACKPAGE” ‘COOL TOOLS FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS’
  2. HOW DO YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CONSTITUENCY (CRM SOFTWARE?)
  3. SENIOR PASTORS STRATEGIC MISSIONS BRIEFING
  4. HAVE YOU HEARD OF FORM TD F 90-22.1?
  5. NEW SUPPORT-RAISING BLOG
  6. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL
  7. ‘EASY’ CHINESE BIBLE PORTIONS
  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING TEXTBOOK: MASTERPLAN
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO PITCH IN…
  10. WOULD YOU JOIN THEM?
  11. THE BACK PAGE: WILL YOU REST WHEN YOU NEED IT?
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COLLECTION OF “BACKPAGE” ‘COOL TOOLS FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS’ — Now you can view them all together, as opposed to scattered out in “Back Page” editorials. Just click this link, then look at the “Comments.” Feel free to add other “Cool Tools” for travel & missions. Go ballistic. :-)

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=15

    Just click on “Comments.”


  2. HOW DO YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CONSTITUENCY (CRM SOFTWARE?) — Our organization (Team Expansion) is going through a grieving process. To stay in touch with all our friends, donors, insiders, staff, etc., we’ve used a product called Goldmine since 1998. Unfortunately, Goldmine’s owners are letting our particular version go idle (because it uses now-out-of-date dBase 4 architecture). It feels like I’m attending a bit of a funeral. Limitations brought on by today’s larger attachments, coupled with an inherent 2-gig file-size limit, are forcing us to consider other options. What are other organizations using to keep in touch? Is there a missions agency that has found the perfect solution for staying in touch with the organization’s members, donors, recruits, and friends? Maybe the new product will be web-based? …but if that’s the case, how will we use it when we’re traveling “off-line”? :-( [Goldmine allowed us to travel “undocked”.] If you know of a solution, please log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=16

    Just click on “Comments” and give us your best recommendation. Maybe there’s an organization that has custom-coded something… Maybe they’d share it, as one beggar telling another where to find bread?


  3. SENIOR PASTORS STRATEGIC MISSIONS BRIEFING — Been wondering how your church can quickly and effectively engage an unreached people group with the Gospel? Any USA Senior Pastor can join

    http://www.StoryRunners.com

    to co-host a one-day (9am to 3 pm) briefing for four to six of his Senior Pastor friends. The briefing will detail a strategic breakthrough for a church based evangelism project to an unreached people group.

    For more information email fishville(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. HAVE YOU HEARD OF FORM TD F 90-22.1? — Apparently, if you are from the USA and have signature authority on a foreign bank account, you’ll need to complete this form — if the account(s) total $10,000 or more. (If you’re a poor missionary, this is one time you could rejoice. Celebrate that here’s one form you don’t need to complete.) It seems like an attempt to track money flow by terrorists and others. Get it by doing a web search; it’s from the US Dept. of the Treasury. Note that you don’t file it with your tax return. (Thanks to Shari for tipping us on this one!)

  5. NEW SUPPORT-RAISING BLOG — Now you have the opportunity to learn more than ever how to raise support as Bill Dillon, President of People Raising shares practical advice from over 35 years of fund raising experience in his brand new People Raising Blog. Whether raising individual support or raising funds for your organization you will find practical fund raising scenarios, tips, and issues. Additional fund raising information is available on his website through the tip of the month, email newsletter and a 6-hour training program available in DVD,CD, and MP3. Get it all at

    http://www.PeopleRaising.com

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


  6. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL — 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 is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for our 16 week fall course (Aug. 27- Dec. 14). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or log on at

    http://www.russianlanguage.org


  7. ‘EASY’ CHINESE BIBLE PORTIONS — This wonderful new ministry is led by a Chinese insider who is a pastor and a doctor. Find it at

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    or email his liaison at mlloyd3000(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 .]


  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING TEXTBOOK: MASTERPLAN — By Dr. Brian Woodford, (Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies in New Zealand), this text uses over 100 New Testament images to describe the nature and function of the church in terms of 24 universal principles. Although written primarily as a resource for cross-cultural church planters, the biblical teaching is also useful for bringing believers in any culture to spiritual maturity. See

    http://rmuller.com

    to purchase or download.


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO PITCH IN… — Like the folks at YouCanEmailUs.com, a project to provide email to those in nursing homes at no cost to them, provide young people with a life-changing job, and the business community with highly-targeted geriatric advertising.

    http://www.youcanemailus.com

    They sent $10 this past week. Thank you!!!


  10. WOULD YOU JOIN THEM? — Want to help make Brigada happen? Of course, we trust you’ll still tithe to your local church, but if you’re in between churches, or if you’d like to go beyond your tithe, just click on “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.

  11. THE BACK PAGE: WILL YOU REST WHEN YOU NEED IT? — I just finished a marathon two weeks. I picked up between 3 – 6 extra hours of coaching each day at the 2nd annual “Skyrocket Soccer Academy” here in Louisville, KY. We bring in guest coaches from spots like England, opening up opportunities for beginners and advanced players alike to hone their skills. With dozens of players participating, it added a significant load to my schedule. Even though I consider it “vacation weeks” from my normal role as president of our missions agency, the work doesn’t really stop. So it’s like working two jobs in one. By the end of the two weeks, I knew I was probably very tired… even though my body isn’t all that great at informing me of it. So I’ve taken the last two days to rest up and recover.

    Are you able to rest? … or do you push yourself until you feel stressed out, only then realizing how strung-out you really are. Jesus said he would give life “more abundant”, but I don’t think that was supposed to mean a “busier life.” In fact, He Himself rested on the 7th day of creation (Gen 2:2). In addition, He promised *rest* to the weary (Mt. 11:28).

    So maybe you need to schedule a day off this week? … just to catch up? Better schedule it now; the pace won’t slow down later in the week. You might have to be ruthless. :-)

20070513 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL SHARES EXCITING REPORT FROM AFRICA
  2. WORLD EBOOK FAIR… TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
  3. READ ABOUT CHURCH PLANTING PHASES FOR FREE
  4. PORTABLE THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
  5. ONE GOD ONE MESSAGE: A NEW EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR REACHING MUSLIMS
  6. STORIES NEEDED FROM PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES
  7. WANT TO SHARE A RESOURCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES?
  8. LEARN TO WRITE MISSIONARY LETTERS
  9. CATCH THE SUMMER INSTITUTE IN ISLAM
  10. SENIOR PASTORS STRATEGIC MISSIONS BRIEFING
  11. NEW TRAVEL SITES ARE GETTING CREATIVE
  12. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN BRIGADA’S FUTURE; DONATE TODAY
  13. THE BACKPAGE: WHERE DO YOU FIND GOD?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL SHARES EXCITING REPORT FROM AFRICA — A recent visitor to Mozambique brought back a fantastic report on the impact the talking Bibles are having there. He said that people love hearing the Word of God in their own language. One pastor said, “Just that it speaks Xitshwa causes them to come running.” Pastors reported that instead of reading a few verses they now listen to entire chapters and books as they prepare their Sunday sermons. Want to learn more about how to use Talking Bibles in your evangelistic outreach — or want to celebrate these victories by observing a Talking Bible Sunday in your church? Just contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org or, in the USA, call 1-800-318-7262.

  2. WORLD EBOOK FAIR… TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? — I’ve learned that, on the web, if something sounds too good to be true, it often is. That’s why I’m skeptical… but not completely daunted… that “The World eBook Fair” is a kind of scam.

    http://worldebookfair.com/

    I originally heard about these from one of our field workers (Thanks Jason) who got the info from his college library guy. But something just doesn’t feel right about this deal. First, they claim to welcome you to “400,000+ ebooks” — even though they charge you $8.95 to download them. A brief scan of some of those offerings suggested to me that many are already available on the web as public domain. Second, the site might be a kind of “bait-and-switch” to get you to subscribe to other services. (Notice the ads there for audible.com.) Third, it just seems kind of weird that they claim to be linked to Project Gutenberg, which we’ve all been hearing about for years.

    http://www.gutenberg.org

    Gutenberg claims to have 20,000 free downloads, so on the surface, that doesn’t seem like as many (duh). But when one scans the offerings at Gutenberg, it just feels like a real library — real authors. Gutenberg doesn’t seem to mention the World eBook Fair. Hmmm. Just seems funny. I don’t know. See for yourself. Make your own decision. Once you’ve decided, jot a note to let the rest of us know what you think. Jot your opinion at the Brigada Brigade… http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=11


  3. READ ABOUT CHURCH PLANTING PHASES FOR FREE — Our VP of Outreach, Bob, recently passed me a handout on church planting phases by Dick Scoggins. I thought it was helpful stuff. Dick has a way of boiling things down simply, yet thoroughly. As Bob pointed out, you can read this online — and/or download and print it as a PDF, along with some other helps — at:

    http://www.churchplantingphases.com

    What’s more, Dick has several other very good handbooks at:

    http://www.dickscoggins.com/books/pdf.php

    These are also downloadable as PDFs. In some cases, they’re available in multiple languages.

    Ideas on how to use these? Your mission or church could use them as an indicator of what stepping stones have already been completed. (Beware that you don’t misunderstand though — these phases won’t always happen sequentially. In fact, in some cases, your church-planting ministry might be able to skip entire steps.)

    Got a comment on these? Write about them at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=12


  4. PORTABLE THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY – Space is a valuable commodity for any missionary or traveling pastor. Why not bring your library along on a laptop instead? Logos Bible Software not only speeds up your research but it allows missionaries a practical, cost-efficient alternative to print books. Right now Logos is offering a special discount for Brigada Today subscribers – 25% off any base package! Hundreds of searchable, interlinked Bibles and biblical reference works will be right at your fingertips. Go to

    http://www.Logos.com/brigada

    to learn how this amazing tool can aid your study of God’s Word. The guys at Logos have promised to send a gift to Brigada if anyone buys… but I’ll be totally honest — I’ve owned Logos for years, long before they offered to help. So I would have still spoken positively about it either way, before they wrote and made this sponsorship offer.

    If you have other questions about Logos software, feel free to email mvandyke(at)Logos(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. ONE GOD ONE MESSAGE: A NEW EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR REACHING MUSLIMS — Since 9-11 many helpful books have been written *about* communicating the Gospel to Muslims, but little has been written *for* Muslims. One God One Message by P.D. Bramsen is FOR Muslims, but not exclusively so. Weaving together real-life illustrations, email excerpts from Muslims and others, as well as a thousand verses from Scripture, One God One Message uses the Bible’s first four chapters as a key to unlock the readers’ interest and understanding, and to help them overcome countless obstacles as they take part in an unhurried journey through the most captivating story ever told. For more information about this 396-page book, or to review or download the entire book for free, go to

    http://www.twor.com

    or write TWOR(at)iname(dot)com


  6. STORIES NEEDED FROM PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES -– STL/Authentic (publishers of missions books including Operation World and How to Be a World Class Christian) will publish a book for parents of missionaries (POMs) in fall 2008. The tentative title is Parents of Missionaries: How to Survive, Thrive, and Stay Connected When Your Children and Grandchildren Go Overseas. The authors, Cheryl and Diane, co-founders of the National Network of Parents of Missionaries

    http://www.pomnet.org

    are looking for additional ideas and stories from POMs. Topics include developing and maintaining relationships with grandchildren; the preparation period; departure experiences; furlough or home service experiences; travel to the field; understanding missionary life; relating to adult children; using technology to stay in touch; and empty-nest marriage. If your story is used, locations will not be disclosed and only first names will be used (or changed at your request). You don’t have to be a great writer to submit your idea! Send to stories(at)pomnet(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. WANT TO SHARE A RESOURCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES? — But why wait ’til 2008 to learn more and share more! Just log on at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=13

    and click “comment” and share today! Hear from other parents of missionaries, without having to register or risk any sensitive stuff. At Brigada.org/brigade, you don’t have to register at all.


  8. LEARN TO WRITE MISSIONARY LETTERS — Media Associates International (MAI) just released a new edition of How To Write Missionary Letters, featuring an added section on electronic communication. For a limited time, missions will be able to order without shipping charges along with a 40% discount on quantity orders. This classic book is a valuable resource for your missionary candidate orientations. Order six or more copies of How To Write Missionary Letters before the end of August to take advantage of no shipping and handling costs and the special 40% discount, or low price of $4.20 each. Offer expires August 31, 2007. Check MAI’s web site for additional details:

    http://www.littworld.org or contact MAI at 630-260-9063 or email mailittworld(at)sbcglobal(dot)net


  9. CATCH THE SUMMER INSTITUTE IN ISLAM — The turmoil and confusion in much of the Islamic world suggests now is the time for Christians to reach Muslims for Christ. The 11th Summer Institute in Islam, held on the campus of Columbia International University, July 2-27, 2007, is designed for this very purpose. In the four, one-week courses, the focus is on understanding Islam, building healthy relationships with Muslims and training workers to effectively present the gospel. With over 35 hours of class instruction for each course, Zwemer’s distinctive over other similar programs is that it provides in-depth training for the Church’s greatest challenge in the 21st century at a reasonable price. Material can be taken for credit or as a seminar (non-credit). Please go to

    http://www.zwemercenter.com

    You can register online or, the USA, call 803.807.5327 for more information.


  10. SENIOR PASTORS STRATEGIC MISSIONS BRIEFING — Been wondering how your church can quickly and effectively engage an unreached people group with the Gospel? Any USA Senior Pastor can join

    http://ww.StoryRunners.com

    to co-host a one day (9am to 3 pm) briefing for four to six of his Senior Pastor friends. The briefing will detail a strategic breakthrough for a church based evangelism project to an unreached people group.

    For more information email fishville(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. NEW TRAVEL SITES ARE GETTING CREATIVE — Have you checked out the newest travel sites these days? They keep getting more and more creative. :-) For example, here’s a site that’ll catch your attention:

    http://www.airtroductions.com

    You set up your personal profile, then list which flight you’re going to be on, in hopes of meeting “that special someone” up there in the heavens above (or at least at 35,000 ft.). Yikes. What a great place to pick up a date… 3 hours of captive audience between Columbus and LAX. What’ll they think of next! :-)

    Then there’s

    http://www.triphub.com

    Now this one actually has potential. Use it to design and plan a mission trip, set up hotels, flights, and collect the costs. Imagine its usefulness for your church’s next prayer journey.

    Visiting Europe? You’ll want to check out:

    http://www.wegolo.com

    They specialize in cut-rate European airlines.

    Everybody’s used Kayak, but how ’bout mobissimo?

    http://www.mobissimo.com

    Again, small European carriers rule. Check out their “one box search” format. Tons easier than clicking on all those calendars. What’s up with all that, anyway.

    Want to watch for last minute price changes in hopes of saving enough for Starbucks along the way? You need…

    http://www.farecast.com

    Shew. You’d think airfares were stocks on Wall Street.

    Tired of finding out that the traveler next to you bought at the last minute for less? Time to log on at…

    http://www.yapta.com

    as in “Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant.” It tracks your fare even after you buy.

    Got other travel sites? Mention them at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=9

    Where there are tons of other travel finds reported by other Brigada participants.


  12. MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN BRIGADA’S FUTURE; DONATE TODAY — Brigada is one ministry where a little bit can go a long way. So far, 2007 donations total only $2192.09. Needs for 2007 are $17,150. Yikes. Can somebody pitch in $25? Is there a donor out there with $1000 to make a huge difference? Remember, once we reach the 2007 budget, we seriously stop mentioning money ’til January 1st of the following year! To give, just click to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: WHERE DO YOU FIND GOD? — I find him in the stars. Not long ago, I picked up an 8″ SCT telescope on eBay. (It was actually quite a deal. It sells new for triple the amont I paid, and all it was missing was an eyepiece and diagonal, which I would have wanted to upgrade anyway.) I find myself gasping at some of the views. A couple of weeks ago, I had been working on polishing off that dissertation (Did I tell you it’s done? :-) ). I played soccer for 40′, then, as darkness began to descend rather quickly in the church camp where I was working, the twilight sky opened up clear as a bell. Couldn’t resist it. After a quick shower, loaded into the truck and headed for a hillside overlooking a big lake near the camp. I could see dozens of little inlets with distant dock lights, but looking up at the sky, it was inky blackness. The milky way was gorgeous. I must have stared at the globular cluster M3 for 30′ or so. I’m reading from my journal here, in front of me, “Beauty; awesome cluster; Whoa… Shew… Amazing.” Such a tight, bright cluster of stars in my 8″ telescope. I took in M53, learned more about Coma Berenices, and was just focusing on M51 when I glanced around me and fog was rolling in just like Carl Sandberg’s poem about cat’s paws. It just billowed in gently, filling up every little hollow, swallowing up every distant dock light, all within 5-10′ or so – I kid you not. From the hillside where I was perched, suddenly it was as if I was hovering on clouds. I could barely see the ground beneath me, in fact… the fog was so thick. Even though I was running thermo- digitally controlled dew-chaser gear on my scope, moisture instantly and completely enveloped the entire instrument (including the collector plate, which rendered M51 all but invisible). So yes, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to make it to the Virgo galaxy cluster “clutter”, but I’ll have to admit that it was almost worth it to experience that eerie, mystical mist. I packed up and headed out, shaking my head, feeling as if I had just walked on the clouds of Heaven. When I see that kind of stuff… I feel like I’ve seen some of the wonder of the Creator.

    Where do *you* find God? Write a comment at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=14

    Record *your* experience… share your face-to-face encounter with the Creator.

    Doug

20070506 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WORDS TO LEARN FIRST?
  2. WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE TRAVEL THESE DAYS?
  3. “TRAIN & MULTIPLY” COURSE
  4. ARE YOU A JOGGER IN THE UK/USA?
  5. CHURCH-PLANTING MOVEMENT TRAINING (SINGAPORE IN JULY, 2007)
  6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR NEEDED
  7. ANOTHER COLLABORATIVE SITE
  8. NEW MISSION EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
  9. FINANCIAL MANAGER NEEDED
  10. HEROIC PARTNERS DESERVE OUR THANKS
  11. TITHE TO BRIGADA JUST ONE MONTH?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: [drum roll] DISSERTATION DONE!
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WORDS TO LEARN FIRST? — A Christian worker in North Africa wrote this past week to ask, “Have you ever come across a list of words that are supposedly ‘power words’ or ‘power phrases’ that would theoretically be the most strategic to learn first when studying a new language?” I remember studying such a list from Tom & Betty Sue Brewster. You can still by the syllabus my wife and I used in their class at Fuller …

    http://www.fullerseminarybookstore.com/prod_lst.php?pageID=6&id_cat=114

    I wonder if there are other such lists… or if the Brewsters’ power text list has ever made it onto the web yet? (A quick scan didn’t turn it up.) If you have such a list already assembled, please stop by at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=8

    And comment about it. Thanks!


  2. WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE TRAVEL THESE DAYS? — Dave wrote this past week with the sincere question, “What would you suggest as the best way to purchase an airline ticket for my daughter who is flying to Cambodia on a mission trip in June, coming home in July?” Dave, let’s do a refresh on the best travel agencies we know about these days. We’ll ask helpers to log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=9

    Just click on “Comment” to add a note about your favorite travel service or ticket purchase source. Thanks!


  3. “TRAIN & MULTIPLY” COURSE — Train & Multiply (known as T&M) is a proven method of training pastoral leaders and planting churches, using a set of 63 booklets and a Student Activity Guide which are Biblical, practical, economical, field tested and applicable in both city and rural areas. Now available: Russian. Check their web for all translated languages.

    http://www.trainandmultiply.com

    Hats off to Lloyd for this tip!


  4. ARE YOU A JOGGER IN THE UK/USA? — If so, plan your route at:

    http://www.walkjogrun.net

    What does that have to do with world evangelism? Not much, unless you pray while you jog! So let’s try that!


  5. CHURCH-PLANTING MOVEMENT TRAINING (SINGAPORE IN JULY, 2007) — Asia Pacific Mission (APM) together with Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM) is conducting a full-time training course for Strategy Coordinators in Missions. The cost is US$600 per single person or married couple. Accommodations can be arranged on request. The course deals with People Group Research, Network, Outreach, Platform, and Church-Planting Movement (CPM) Development and writing a Master Plan to reach an Unreached People Group/Region/City. Included in this training is a workshop/seminar on Partnership Development. Furthermore, those who successfully complete this training are awarded 10 credits from Bethany International University (Singapore). For more info, contact Frank strategycoordinator(at)gmail(dot)com with subject line “SCT ’07”. Additional info and application form will be sent to you.

  6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR NEEDED — … at the Action USA Office in Mountlake Terrace, WA. The position is partially subsidized and raises missionary support. It is for a full-time position needing to learn the present office system and willing to walk office through new software installation later this year. The individual needs to travel overseas for short trips to help missionaries and ministry partners with technical problems. An experienced individual is desired to work with various personalities and be patient with mundane questions or problems in the office or from the field as necessary. For more info, write Pearl pearl(at)actionusa(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, in the USA, call 1-800-755-6918 or elsewhere +1-425-775-4800.

  7. ANOTHER COLLABORATIVE SITE — Still looking for a site through which you and your co-workers can partner? Try

    http://www.callwave.com/landing/corp_home_v2e.asp

    Danny wrote, “Have a look at this one, which is totally free. I think you can send about 4-6 SMS a day. I use this with my Mac, with the help of a widget. (Like gadgets, but are the original idea). The recipient thinks this comes from the phone. All that is different is that it says it is from CallWave at the beginning of the text.” Thanks Danny!


  8. NEW MISSION EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN — Are you looking for new and interesting ways to teach children about missions? Do you want to help them explore the fascinating world of Bible translation or encourage them to make a difference for the kingdom of God right now? Adding to the Bright Ideas! series of lessons, Wycliffe has updated their web site. They now offer three entirely new sections of downloadable resources to help you meet your education goals. Choose from short, stand-alone lessons; a series of five prayer lessons; three lessons on Senegal; or a full, twelve-lesson curriculum on Bible translation. These resources, appropriate for Sunday school, vacation Bible school or any other Christian education venue are available at

    http://www.wycliffe.org/kids/curriculum.aspx

    For questions please email marilyn_west(at)wycliffe(dot)org .


  9. FINANCIAL MANAGER NEEDED — … in the Action USA Office in Mountlake Terrace, WA. This individual is responsible for all financial and accounting facets of operations including supervising financial department staff, receipting, disbursements, accounts, budgets, recordkeeping, annual audit preparations with an outside auditor, correspondence with missionaries, donors, and leaders, and training of new missionaries in financial procedures. This person assists the USA Director with information, records, projects, and board presentations. He/she will assist in design and implementation of new software for ACTION USA. This person should have several years of experience in accounting, working with a variety of individuals, patience and not easily ruffled.

    For more info, write Pearl pearl(at)actionusa(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, in the USA, call 1-800-755-6918 or elsewhere +1-425-775-4800.


  10. HEROIC PARTNERS DESERVE OUR THANKS — Thanks to Blessed Hope for its support of Brigada — $10.23 worth of sponsorships this past week as a result of Brigada patrons using their service! Thank you! If you’d like to line up some top-quality phone service at a great price, while helping Brigada pump out resources to the nations, browse to:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Meanwhile, Mission Nannys chipped in $100 more, commenting that Brigada had helped them increase news and exposure to their ministry. See…

    http://www.MissionNannys.org

    Thank you Betty and staff!

    Finally, we’re incredibly grateful this week to 2 relatively new Brigada participants who wrote, “We just want to thank you for your ministry. … God is using your ministry in might ways. Thank you for striving to build community among like-minded folks.” They added, “My husband and I are looking for a new church and felt led to tithe our money for the month to Brigada. Please accept our offering and I pray that God will use it to increase fruit at Brigada. Keep up the good work!” They sent a check for $500. Gulp. Thank you for your kindness and encouragement!!! It’s sobering to think that it would only take 30 more individuals like them, giving their tithe for just 1 month of the year! Then Brigada would be funded for the entire year and we’d never mention finances again ’til January 2008!!!!


  11. TITHE TO BRIGADA JUST ONE MONTH? — Want to be one of the 30? Just click “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: [drum roll] DISSERTATION DONE! — Shew. Remember a while back when many of you helped me by completing a survey on followership? Finally, after a *mongo* amount of time, I’m finished with my dissertation. I’ll send in the 150-page paper and I’m sure they’ll find some/many spots they want revised, and then I’ll have to defend it, and then do a comprehensive exam before I actually (hopefully) receive my Ph.D. and MBA degrees, but I’m still on “cloud 9”, ecstatic that it’s over.

    Did I learn anything? You bet. The purpose of this study was to discern whether or not followership style (as described by researcher Robert Kelley) could act as a predictor of job satisfaction and productivity among employees serving on teams in the non-profit work force. A total of 639 individuals participated in the survey, including 357 team members and 282 of their respective team leaders. All were employees of humanitarian aid organizations, non-government agencies and other non- profit groups. Although the results failed to show a significant relationship between team member’s Followership Style and a Team Leader’s view of that team member’s Productivity (as defined by this project), Job Satisfaction was related. Interestingly, the study also showed a relationship between Kelley’s “Actively Engaged” factor and employee Productivity. Workers who scored above 30 on the Actively Engaged scale were significantly more likely to be looked upon by their respective team leaders as Productive. When considered in conjunction with research cited in the literature review, the study also confirms that followership data is indeed useful not only in gaining real-world feedback on worker performance, but also in formulating plans and goals for future improvement. The implication is that if companies and organizations would invest more time, effort, and funds in followership research, they could learn more about the nature of their employees, their teams, and the abilities of their personnel to accomplish the organizational mission.

    But content on followership wasn’t the only lesson learned. I also learned that no matter how long it takes me to work something in, I just don’t ever quit. Actually, the truth was, nobody was offering me a raise for getting a MBA/Ph.D. I don’t really make time to teach that often, so the academic side isn’t really a qualification I need. I was more interested in just furthering my education with the hopes that I’d do my job better. And I’m convinced it will indeed help me. And the lesson learned — namely, never, never, never give up — was just as important as the content on followership.

    So again, thanks for participating . . . in teaching me about *both* topics: followership *and* never quitting. Doug

    PS. Interested in considering grad study on your own? Consider any of the fine graduate schools that have listed in Brigada, either through resident or distance-learner modes. (If you’re a graduate school offering an advanced degree in Missions… and you read Brigada, would you go write up a paragraph about your grad degree, providing a web URL to learn more about your programs? Just go to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=10

    Click on “comments” following this item to add your information. Thanks!

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