Monthly Archives: June 2007

20070624 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET A POPULAR EVANGELISTIC VCD FOR CHINA FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP
  2. WHAT’S THE “BEST RESOURCE” FOR A MISSIONS MINISTRY TO STUDY?
  3. TOP FIVE ARTICLES ON PRESENTING YOUR WORK
  4. MEDEX HOT SPOTS
  5. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
  6. CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING TOOLS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
  7. SIBERIAN RAIL ADVENTURE BOOK
  8. NEXUS: THE WORLD HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT READER
  9. CAN YOU HELP THIS RESEARCHER OF MISSIONS WORK DONE BY WOMEN?
  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SPUR US ON
  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: REFLECT, REPENT AND REBOOT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET A POPULAR EVANGELISTIC VCD FOR CHINA FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP — There is a popular evangelistic VCD in China called “Hao Xiaoxi” (Good News) and nobody really knows who created it or where it came from. The VCD is in Mandarin Chinese. Recently, a worker had the soundtrack completely redone without the Mandarin narration and speaking parts, and is now dropping in the language of the minority group with which he works. He has a feeling there are a lot of folks out there working in China among minority groups who would benefit greatly from this “wordless soundtrack”. If this interests you, please send an email to his secure address: taihaole(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He will try to get you the soundtrack on DVD. (Hats off to this servant-hearted worker!)

  2. WHAT’S THE “BEST RESOURCE” FOR A MISSIONS MINISTRY TO STUDY? — Steve is a great friend of mine and a missions minister in Columbus, Ohio. He’s on the hunt for the one best book (besides the Bible) or video for a missions ministry to read/study together. Let’s come up with the best list we can . . . and get the word out to all those who have similar interests. Post your best answer at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=23

    Thanks!


  3. TOP FIVE ARTICLES ON PRESENTING YOUR WORK — Digital Web Magazine recently featured “top five articles” on giving great presentations. They sum up the best of the best principles, as well as what to avoid. To see the link, click to

    http://www.brigada.org

    Click on the link to this Brigada Today, then scroll down to this item and click the link that will be here:

    http://www.digital-web.com/news/2007/02/top_five_articles_for_presenters/

    We aren’t featuring the link in this email because it’s long and would wrap … and going to brigada.org is way cooler than clicking on a “tinyurl” link that you can’t really see.


  4. MEDEX HOT SPOTS — Thanks to Team Expansion’s Global Security Coordinator, “Jim”, for giving us this tip —

    http://www.medexassist.com/hotspots/default.html

    It’s a list of political and security hot spots around the world. They update the page often, as needed.


  5. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Getting ready to visit Russia? “Peterburgers” is a humorously-piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to true and funny adventures in Russia’s cultural capital told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Bill bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more. Bite down on “Peterburgers”!

  6. CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING TOOLS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE — The folks at City Gate

    http://www.CityGate.org

    (formally SEN) have updated their website. They’ve posted lots of interesting articles and tools for working in Central Europe. You can also contact them for more info at news(at)CityGate.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. SIBERIAN RAIL ADVENTURE BOOK — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping, true story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Order by contacting Bill bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more. Climb aboard!

  8. NEXUS: THE WORLD HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT READER — In this new book edited by Rad Zdero (author of “The Global House Church Movement”), a team of almost 40 house church movement leaders and academics from around the world have written over 60 provocative articles designed to inform, inspire, and invite you to start your own network of multiplying house churches no matter where you live. This book reports on some of the amazing things God is up to today through saturation house church planting, as well as providing biblical insights, historical lessons, and practical strategies. (Paperback – 528 pages – 62 chapters). To order call 1-706-554-1594 (outside the USA), call 1- 800-MISSION (inside the USA), go to

    http://www(dot)missionbooks(dot)org

    or send email to STL(at)WCLbooks(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. CAN YOU HELP THIS RESEARCHER OF MISSIONS WORK DONE BY WOMEN? — Here’s a researcher looking to find the number of women currently involved in missions worldwide and training opportunities for women desiring to join the mission field. She writes, “My goal is to determine if there is a worldwide need for more women in missions and if there are sufficient training programs for women who are interested in dedicating themselves to God work in the mission field.” If you can help, post a comment at: http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=24

    If you’d rather correspond directly with her personally, about something you can’t say openly on the web, write Elaine at Elaineschrank(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 .]


  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SPUR US ON — We are so grateful for those who take initiative to encourage us with a financial gift to help with our expenses and spur us on toward the future. We invest the money in webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. This past week, we rec’d a $180 gift from a very active worker with an interest in Asia. We praise God for his efforts. We also rec’d $20 from an anonymous staff member of Studio TEN Ministries. Dial-abroad pitched in another $38.70. To take advantage of their great low rates for long distance, click to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm


  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Want to help? Just click to:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: REFLECT, REPENT AND REBOOT — I saw an email cross my screen last week with a signature, “Reflect, Repent, and Reboot.” I chuckled to myself, then later thought… You know, that’s actually a pretty cool concept. The “ctrl-alt-delete” three-key combination is widely-known in the IBM-compatible PC world. MAC users usually insist that they don’t have to reboot as often :-) , but they still have the capability by clicking on the Apple button then hitting “Restart.” The metaphor is pretty interesting. In computing, one usually reboots because “something’s just not quite right.” The operating system is slowing down, or halted completely because of an error or a system crash. Sometimes the whole thing just freezes up — with no explanation.

    Life is like that. We trip up, commit an error, and suddenly confront the fact that we’ve sinned. There seems to be no way out — and then we remember the magic of starting over. We “reflect, repent and reboot.” Suddenly, life is good. We’re back in the groove. There’s a lilt in our step. We feel light-shouldered again. Romans 8:1 reads, ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Sigh. Thank goodness we can start over. Hit control-alt-delete in your life, today. (Thanks to the anonymous correspondent who included that in his/her signature!)

20070617 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY
  2. HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS?
  3. PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY
  4. DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES
  5. GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS
  6. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST?
  7. LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES
  8. JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  9. MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL
  10. BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY — John Lindner sends out a weekly newsletter featuring some aspect of ministry by and among majority-world missions today. He especially is desirous of telling the struggle, victory, and passion of national men and women of God who have overcome difficulties to plant a church or do a work for God. If you know of a third-world missionary or leader who has such a story that you can vouch for, send it to him and he will consider publishing it in his newsletter. Submitting a story does not guarantee it will be published. He can be reached at John(at)WorldChristianMinistries(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Glimpses of his previous newsletters can be found at

    http://www.WorldChristianMinistries.org

    Click on “Books by John Lindner” to get a sample of his biographical writing. Here is a chance to lift up a majority-world national partner. Please advise if names of persons or places need to remain confidential. (John and his ministry have also helped Brigada and its ministries, too. Thanks John!)


  2. HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS? — Do you know of some resource, lesson materials, videos, or other curricula that might help spawn a missions understanding among children? If so, please drop by:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=22

    Leave a comment about your favorite resource, making sure you provide contact information or a URL. This item originated directly as a result of a children’s minister in a local church, asking for help… so your resources will go to work immediately! Thanks for any referrals or resources you can provide.


  3. PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY — Andrew, from IL, is completing a doctoral research project in an area related to crisis in ministry. He and he colleague, Dr. Mills, are seeking to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers. Here is the link to the survey:

    http://www.eiu.edu/~cats/robinsonMillsSurvey/survey.php

    Anyone who has served in any type of international or home missions work (fulltime or part-time) can take the survey, including one-time, part- time, or fulltime missionaries, pastors, evangelists, teachers, doctors, dentists, construction workers, etc. He’s wrapping up the survey in early November, so there’s time to jump in. Thanks.


  4. DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES — You can do that and a whole lot more at the World Bible Translation Center’s homepage at

    http://www.wbtc.com/site/PageServer?pagename=downloads_main

    Chris wrote this past week to bring the site to our attention and, indeed, if you’d like to download the entire Ukrainian NT as a PDF, WBTC is the place to go. While you’re there, check out their work among 50 of the world’s most spoken languages. (Thanks Chris!)


  5. GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, they hoped to equip missionaries to tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. They received an overwhelming response of mail, some of which called them “White supremacists” and “Nazi’s”. A spokesman for The Glory Story said, “Whilst these comments were unnecessary they were valid to a degree, due to the fair skin colour of a lot of the Bible characters.”

    The artists at The Glory Story, have spent the last 8 weeks making the skin colour of the Bible characters more culturally relevant for missionaries. Check out the whole of the Bible in pictures on this link.

    http://www.theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    For more information, write Aleshia(at)Mission316(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. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST? — An embarrassing question, but so important. Our whole future depends on it. So why not find some help from a new item on the EasyEnglish website? Go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” then download “What do you think about Christ?” You will discover a series of questions (and answers) based on an EasyEnglish translation of Matthew’s gospel.


  7. LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES — This month’s Legal Trends Memo is online, with stories that include, “If you’re changing your bylaws, don’t forget to let the IRS and your state regulatory agency know; Age discrimination laws don’t apply to clergy; If you have donors making contributions by payroll deductions, there are special record-keeping and substantiation requirements; Tax Court issues a new ruling on how to account for your ministry-related cell phone expenses; Volunteer board members are immune from liability if acting within the scope of their duties; If your employment policies require mediation and arbitration first, then even lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act can’t proceed until the arbitration is complete; Extensions to file for the foreign earned income exclusion can be granted under certain circumstances. Check out the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo at

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.


  8. JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — Joint Christian Services International, Mongolia, is seeking an executive director. The executive director will provide strong spiritual and team- building leadership for employees and an administrative team that oversees ministries and projects performed with, through and alongside the Mongolian churches by 70 personnel from 14 member bodies and local staff. The position requires a mature Christian with cross-cultural mission and/or development experience, the ability to implement strategic vision, and good relational and administrative skills. Send inquiries, a letter of application and CV to Sheldon at sheldons(at)mennonitemission(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and visit the JCS web site at

    http://www.jcsintl.org/oppUrgent.html


  9. MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL — Mission:Equip, a new company specializing in online productivity tools and content sharing for the missions community, recently launched its new website. The new online missions portal, which offers a virtual toolkit of services to assist in preparation for missions trips (both short-term and long-term), is located at

    http://www.missionequip.com

    There, you can find links to various resources which will be helpful to long-term missionaries and short-term mission team members as they prepare to travel overseas, a trip planning module, a helpful travel checklist, a printable emergency contact card, links to several communications resources (including 228 country-specific blogs and 228 country-specific wikis). For more information, contact info(at)missionequip(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL — The Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 7-month programme designed for you to know God deeper and to learn how to live out His message of reconciliation and justice in the midst of a hurting world. Participants live aboard the “s/y Next Wave”, a 41-metre sailing vessel, for 4 months of discipleship training, followed by 3 months of outreach in the Middle East or Africa. The next school begins Sept. 8th, so better contact them today. Learn more at

    http://www.marinereach.info

    September 8, 2007 – March15, 2008


  11. THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH” — This past Sunday, I was talking to a good friend who pilots his own biplane. We were talking about some recent tragedies at nearby air shows and I asked him if he was ever scared when flying “loop the loops” and other stunts. His answer? He quoted a highly-respected flying instructor who once told him to start every trick ’10 mistakes high.’ I’m sure I looked confused, because he went on to explain that if the trick required 100′ vertical feet, the instructor wanted him to start it at 1000′. I thought about that for a long time afterward. I’ve concluded that missionaries are more like stunt pilots than trapeze artists. We don’t really have the luxury of a safety net. But we *do* have a band of prayer warriors and supporters that can help us survive a long nose dive. For every difficult task we tackle, we need 10 supporters and prayer partners to make sure we can survive. It’s up to each worker, individually, to gather enough supporters and friends to thereby construct an adequate “safety net.” Only then can we be assured of surviving every mistake. So ‘start ten mistakes high’ and gather your prayer safety net today.

20070610 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OPENING FOR A SENIOR DIRECTOR
  2. PALTALK MIGHT WORK FOR YOU?
  3. WHY ARE BRIGADAS SOMETIMES RELEASED IN JULY WITH JUNE DATES?
  4. BIBLE SOFTWARE: SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS
  5. US POSTAL SERVICE RADICALLY CHANGES “M-BAG” RATE
  6. COULD YOU HELP GROW THE BRIGADA FAMILY?
  7. LEARN TO TALK WITH MUSLIMS ABOUT JESUS: PILLARS AND PROPHETS
  8. “SERVING GOD AS ALONE”
  9. MISSIONARY JOURNALIST WEB SITE
  10. THANKS FOR THE READER WHO GAVE $10
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LITTLE DECISIONS, BIG RESULTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OPENING FOR A SENIOR DIRECTOR — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development is seeking qualified candidates for a Senior Director. The Chalmers Center,

    http://www.chalmers.org

    a research and training initiative of Covenant College, equips churches and missionaries to declare the Kingdom of God in word and in deed by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of poor communities around the globe. The Senior Director reports to the Executive Director and is the primary person responsible for managing the Chalmers Center’s human and financial resources in order to maximize the Chalmers Center’s impact. … For a complete job description including the job requirements, visit:

    http://scots.covenant.edu/employment/all/jobs/expanded.asp?ID=215

    Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Send a resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to: Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; 706-820-1560; Email address:

    employment(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 .]. The application deadline is August 15, 2007.


  2. PALTALK MIGHT WORK FOR YOU? — This past week, I heard about a new service along the lines of Skype, but apparently it allows multiple video-conferencing (chat-room or conference-room style) with greater ease than Skype. (A cursory review indicated that it does not install spyware on one’s system, but still, one can’t be too careful these days, so watch carefully.) Try it out at:

    http://www.paltalk.com

    If you form an opinion of this product, please leave your notes in a comment form at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=18

    so that all can immediately see your opinion before they walk down the same road.


  3. WHY ARE BRIGADAS SOMETIMES RELEASED IN JULY WITH JUNE DATES? — Honestly? :-) Because we get behind. :-) Lately, high school soccer season has started up — so I coach 3 hours per night, 5 nights/week now, after a full work day at Team Expansion. But never fear. We always eventually catch up. Just please keep praying. :-)

  4. BIBLE SOFTWARE: SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS –- When you hear the words “Bible Software” what comes to mind? Complicated searches and advanced Hebrew word studies? Or simplified research techniques that make Bible study easy for anyone? Logos Bible Software was created to help everyday people dig deeper into the Word of God. And these aren’t just books on your computer screen. Logos gives reports and search results that will make in-depth Bible study easy. Logos is now offering 25% off to subscribers of Brigada Today. As an added benefit, part of the proceeds from your purchase will go directly to Brigada.

    http://www.logos.com/brigada

    or 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 .]

    This is a great opportunity to support Brigada and receive a great tool for Bible study. (Thanks for your plans to help Brigada, Logos!)


  5. US POSTAL SERVICE RADICALLY CHANGES “M-BAG” RATE — This is sad news for those that have relied on this discounted service. We heard from one worker in Botswana and another in Italy, both informing us that shipping books is now *radically* more expensive — like 2 1/2 *times* as much! If you have an alternative solution… one that can offer a cost-savings for those still seeking discounted shipping rates like the old “M-bag” rate, please click here and leave a comment at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=19

    Those interested in finding solutions need only log on at the Brigada Brigade site above to see ideas from other readers in the 10,000-strong Brigada base.


  6. COULD YOU HELP GROW THE BRIGADA FAMILY? — If you could help put readers in touch with Brigada’s free services, just send this note to them in your regularly newsletter, report, or other publication. “For some time now, I’ve subscribed to a more-or-less weekly email called, ‘Brigada Today.’ It’s free and I find it often contains nuggets of information about missions resources, travel, conferences, and more, that I then forward to others. They’ve been in business for over 10 years and they’ve never signed anyone else up without permission, nor do they sell or release subscribers’ email addresses to anyone — so no spamming whatsoever. For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom and/or visit Brigada on the web at www.brigada.org.” We’d appreciate you helping us get the word out so we don’t have to buy ads in slick magazines. :-)

  7. LEARN TO TALK WITH MUSLIMS ABOUT JESUS: PILLARS AND PROPHETS — Here’s a book by Carl Medearis that will help you learn to talk freely about your relationship with Jesus to a person of the Muslim faith. Written in a humorous and provocative style, Pillars and Prophets is an engaging quick read that leaves an indelible impression. The book is time well spent, from an author who has lived amongst the Muslims for over a decade, that calls him not only brother and friend, but also a true followers of Jesus. Carl builds relationships, based on the heart of the Jesus, not on religion or rules. To get prices, email your shipping address and how many books you would want to purchase to: Info(at)internationalinitiatives(dot)net

  8. “SERVING GOD AS ALONE” — The International Centre for Excellence in Leadership (ICEL), a leadership development ministry of the IMB, has published a new self-study course for singles entitled Serving God Alone: Singles Serving Cross-culturally for the Glory of God. Serving God Alone is the result of many months of research, drawing heavily on interviews with single cross-cultural workers. The course is designed to help singles and those who work with them understand at a deeper level the unique perspective, strengths, and needs that single missionaries bring to the mission task. To order, email imb(at)imb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] In the USA, call 1-800-999-3113, option 3. Check the ICEL web site for more details:

    http://www.icelonline.com/Available_Courses.html


  9. MISSIONARY JOURNALIST WEB SITE —- Ken, who writes about mission activities around the world but particularly from Latin America, has developed a web site with almost all of his writing from the past ten years or so. He’s posted there hundreds of articles from Latin America and other regions, plus other articles grouped by subject such as Children at Risk, International Congregations/Union Churches, media and radio, ministry, missions and opinion. Check it out at

    http://www.missionaryjournalist.org

    and then check back from time to time to see the latest updates.


  10. THANKS FOR THE READER WHO GAVE $10 — We appreciate the anonymous donor from Oklahoma who sent $67. That was an incredible encouragement. Thanks, too, to the anonymous Brigada participant from Oregon who just set up a $10/month regular gift for our expenses here… and to encourage us on into tomorrow. We put the money toward webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. So when we receive $10 from a fellow from Oregon, it can accomplish a lot at Brigada. To set up a regular monthly gift for Brigada, simply go to

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Just click on the icon that says, “PayPal subscribe”. In the next (resulting) page, type in a unit price — for example, $10.00. Then click on the button “Update totals”. If you already have a PayPal account and would rather use it, type in your PayPal account’s email address and password in the box on the lower right. If you’d rather use your credit card, click on “Continue” on the lower left of the page. If you click “Continue”, you’ll get a page asking for the typical credit card information. Thank you so much for spurring us on.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LITTLE DECISIONS, BIG RESULTS — Have you ever heard that story about the French guy who kept planting trees? It’s pretty fascinating. All the online illustration versions seem to point back to the original story by Jean Giono. See it still being offered by the original publisher here:

    http://www.chelseagreen.com/2005/items/manwhoplantedcloth

    for $14, or get it at Amazon for $6 here:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570625387/teamexpansiononl

    Read a summary at

    http://home.infomaniak.ch/~arboretum/man_tree.htm

    As they say at Amazon, it is not a detailed how-to guide to planting; it is a touching story of Elzéard Bouffier, who devoted his entire life to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France. He single-handedly planted 100 acorns each day before, through, and after two world wars, and transformed a sorrowful place into one full of life and joy. Jean Giono’s words offer a tribute to how much good one person can accomplish in a lifetime and advise on how to live life with deep meaning. It is simply written but powerful and unforgettable.

    Granted, I’m a tree-hugger. But one doesn’t have to be a lover of trees to appreciate the patient determination exhibited by a shepherd with a bag of acorns… and some time on his hands. A lot of time, in fact. *Years*, as a matter of fact. Some estimate that by the time he died in 1947, he had single-handedly planted tens of thousands of trees.

    Is it a true story? Many present it as such. Wikipedia says no at:

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

    But regardless, the spirit of the story is the same — a motivated person, with a selfless spirit, determination, creativity, and long-term goals can take on a big problem and make a huge difference.

    How ’bout your own life. What are you tackling today? Maybe reforesting an entire valley seems overwhelming. Why not start with rebuilding the relationship with your son or daughter, renewing the friendship with your spouse, or healing a conflict in your local church. Start a mission project. Adopt an unreached people. Dream big. Find a guy with a bucket of acorns for inspiration and jump in to help him. You just might create a legacy that outlives your own life.

    Interested in giving feedback on this item? Just click on the Comment block at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=20

20070603 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LET PROJECT MEDSEND EMPOWER YOUR MEDICAL DEGREE
  2. THE GLORY STORY
  3. GUESS WHO STOPPED BY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEARNING LANGUAGE
  4. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT!
  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  6. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  8. MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ONLINE
  9. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IN BISHKEK SEEKS PASTOR
  10. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR ENCOURAGING GIFTS
  11. EMPOWER YOUR GIVING WITH A VOICE TO THE NATIONS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE THERE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LET PROJECT MEDSEND EMPOWER YOUR MEDICAL DEGREE — Project MedSend serves career medical missionaries by enabling them to get to their fields of service by removing the greatest barrier that causes delay: educational loans. See

    http://www.medsend.org

    for information and links to over 70 mission boards with a MedSend connection.


  2. THE GLORY STORY — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, to equip missionaries to tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. They received an overwhelming response of mail, some of which called them “White supremacists” and “Nazi’s” A spokesman for The Glory Story said: “Whilst these comments were unnecessary they were valid to a degree, due to the fair skin colour of a lot of the Bible characters.” The artists at The Glory Story, have spent the last 8 weeks making the skin colour of the Bible characters more culturally relevant for missionaries. Check out the whole of the Bible in pictures on this link.

    http://theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    or email Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com


  3. GUESS WHO STOPPED BY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEARNING LANGUAGE — Remember the worker in North Africa who wrote to ask what phrases one should learn first? Several have stopped by to give lots of good input. And this past week, guess who commented on the LAMP/LEARN approach? :-) The co-author of the book itself! Betty Sue Brewster, always the linguist with her now-deceased spokesperson-husband, Tom Brewster, weighed in with a humble but helpful comment. See it and lots more at the Brigada Brigade discussion:

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


  4. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT! — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal. Kingdom Come Training can equip you. They do it with live, interactive video conferencing. They will send you a laptop with professional videoconferencing software. You will join other missionaries in a multipoint session. All you need is a high speed internet connection. No travel costs! Your fee can be covered through a sponsorship project. The goal is to build confidence in communication and relational ministry skills that apply not only to raising support, but to all aspects of ministry. Learn more at

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or email 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 .]


  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are September 10-October 5 and again October 15-November 9, 2007. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


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

    http://www.stepuptolife.com

    Alternatively, e-mail sutlmail(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12-week course from September 17 to December 7, 2007. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Get details and application forms on the website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  8. MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ONLINE — Imagine completing your college degree on the mission field in Asia, while your professors are in Mississippi. That’s now possible, thanks to Belhaven College’s (Jackson, Miss., USA) Virtual Online Education Program. Belhaven’s program is unique among higher education distance learning courses because students also participate in a once-a-week, live, online, two hour webcam class with professors and other students. The Belhaven Virtual Online Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Management and an Associate of Arts. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 classes. For more information, go to

    http://www.belhaven.edu

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


  9. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IN BISHKEK SEEKS PASTOR — Looking for an opportunity to serve? The International Church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan serving the expatriate English-speaking community in the capital city seeks a pastor starting Summer, 2008. Previous pastoral experience is required, and previous experience in an international environment is desired. Every Sunday at least 6 countries are represented with theological backgrounds across a wide spectrum. The congregation runs the gamut from baby-Christians to Christian workers. Also included are diplomats, businessmen, tourists and athletes (it’s a rough crowd…). Russian or Kyrgyz language helpful, not required. Contact Robert

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


  10. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR ENCOURAGING GIFTS — We have to thank our Dial-Abroad long distance users, whose long-distance phone conversations enabled Dial-Abroad to send us $213.16 as sponsorship for the last 4 months phone use. Thanks guys! If you have to purchase a long distance service from somebody anyway, why not use Dial-Abroad and recycle free money to Brigada! Just click to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Another anonymous user just sent $180 as encouragement toward the work. Whoa. Thanks! Would you like to empower Brigada to keep on sharing resources and helps for missions, missionaries and those who send? 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. EMPOWER YOUR GIVING WITH A VOICE TO THE NATIONS — Your gift, whether $25, $250, or $2500, helps Brigada happen. All we need for 2007 is: We already have $3385.25. So only $13,764.75 to go, then we’ll stop mentioning money for the entire remainder of the year. Buy out this item with your sponsorship or donation. Local churches can make special one- time gifts. 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: ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE THERE — In the mission organization I lead, most of our workers are USA-sent, but we do have a growing batch of awesome peers that have been sent out from other cultures in other nations. Recently, one of those internationally-sent workers — one sent from Zimbabwe — told us about the day someone asked her grandmother, “What was the greatest thing that ever happened in your life?” Her grandmother apparently responded without hesitation, “Simple. That would be the day someone brought Jesus to my people, the Batonga.”

    We live in a day and age when many have attempted, sometimes successfully, to make missionaries look like the bad guys. It seems that negative propaganda is everywhere, spewing out in newspapers, in blogs, and especially on the silver screen. But in the midst of it all, always remember why you’re there: Despite all our cultural norms about inclusivity, diversity, and “they’ll be happier if we just leave them alone,” Jesus’ words still echo into 2007, “Make disciples of all nations.” Maybe it’s not culturally popular. Maybe it doesn’t sound very vogue. Maybe it’s not very easy. But the marching orders still stand. Somehow in this great global adventure that we call life, God, who authored it all, has decided that the highest priority is that He should get glory. We don’t have to understand it. We only need to honor it. And that same God has concluded that He will gain even more glory when members of every people, every race, every color… can all surround His throne and show Him honor. Our 20th-century minds don’t have to understand it. Because He’s creator, we just need to respect it. Ultimately, it appears that people are a lot happier following Him anyway. So always remember — it’s not always about being socially acceptable. It’s about always being eternally unflappable. We’re in this, because He *said* to be in it. And at the end of the day (the very *long* day that we call creation), that’s really all that will matter — His Word.

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