Monthly Archives: October 2007

20071028 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE
  2. ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER
  3. A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY
  4. SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE
  5. SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  6. PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS
  7. BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE
  8. SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  9. CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD”
  10. CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE?

  • SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE — God is receiving worship from many nations, people, tribes and languages in their indigenous heart music. Heart Sounds International has created a YouTube broadcast channel to present a series of these worship videos entitled “Sounds of Global Worship”. Click on the following link to access:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HSIOM

    The channel currently features 17 videos, with many more to be added in the weeks and months ahead. Available for viewing are worship clips from Azerbaijan, Congo, India (Assam, Bengal, Punjab), Himalayas, Malawi, Mongolia, South Africa and Sudan. You are welcome to subscribe to the channel, after which you will be notified as new videos are added.


  • ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER — This movement has completed a static web site at

    http://www.myatfp.com

    Pray that God will work through this site to head off difficulties and achieve lasting peace. For more information, write admin(at)

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


  • A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY — The folks at Emercy are conducting a brief survey to learn more about missionary tent-makers and their agency / administrative needs. The survey is only 10-questions long. To take the survey, visit

    http://www.missionaryresources.org/tentmakers.html

    Results to the survey will be posted next month at

    http://www.missionaryresources.org


  • SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE — There’s something for everyone – – Christian, non-Christian, pastor, missionary, or discipleship organization. You’ll find training materials and resources to equip Christians for the work of the ministry – all free! There is also a CD providing classical, favorite hymns, words of inspiration with heart inspiring readings, a narration of Biblical principles. Find it all and a lot more at:

    http://www.sharingchristworld.org


  • SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Modern Shipping Inc. offers its best efforts to help missionaries ship anywhere around the world. They claim to have an excellent team to assist anyone internationally, regardless of whether the challenge is full container loads, limited container load, ro-ro & purchasing container to worldwide destination. They offer low competitive prices to missionary organizations to achieve their goals. Email shipping(at)

    msifreight(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with then reassemble the address on one line.] Alternatively, call toll free in the USA (866)916-0961 Learn more at

    http://www.msifreight.com


  • PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS — Visit it today if you want to learn the latest about Perspectives…

    http://www.Perspectives.org


  • BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE — Business As Mission (BAM) aims to assist individuals with an interest in exploring the possibilities and discovering the practicalities of becoming a kingdom-minded business professional in a cross-cultural context. Mission practitioners will give a general overview of the BAM paradigm for ministry while providing practical advice, case studies and stories of their own experience. Join other BAM workers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Loudonville Community Church in Albany, NY. To receive a brochure with all the details please contact Jamie at 603.525.4219 or northeast

    (at)ludlow.net. Sponsored by Interserve USA and Loudonville Community Church. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the email address onto one line.]


  • CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD” — Remember the item about “Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand” (Item #3 in the 10/19 edition of Brigada Today). Nation to Nation provided us with an incorrect email address. It should have been Karen.here4u

    (at)gmail.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), we have broken them up with a carriage return and replaced the “@” sign with “at”.] Please forgive us for any inconvenience.


  • SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — We are so blessed to have received gifts recently from anonymous donors for $180 (from a worker in China) and $25. We also received $25 from

    http://www.lawyersva.com

    They’re a Richmond Personal Injury Law Firm. If you have *any* reason to have to call a lawyer and you haven’t engaged one yet, I would *sincerely* hope *someone* gives them a call, if for no other reason than they know that Brigada readers appreciate them helping underwrite Brigada.

    Finally — and get this — we received a $300 donation from WorldconneX Mission Network at

    http://www.worldconnex.org

    Expect to hear more about them in the future — and for now, we *greatly* appreciate their help!


  • CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT? — Yikes. At this point, we have received only $6,752.87 toward our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. If you have ever found something in Brigada to by helpful… or if you’d like to underwrite Brigada for someone who lives in a faraway land who cannot send funds on his or her own, please just click on the “Donate” page. Because, together, we need 6,752.87 by Dec. 31st. Gulp. That could still be done like this…
  • 1 gift of $1000 for a total of $1000
  • 5 gifts of $500 for a total of $2500
  • 10 gifts of $250 for a total of $2500
  • 13 gifts of $100 for a total of $1300
  • 27 gifts of $50 for a total of $1350
  • 70 gifts of $25 for a total of $1750

    Granted — that’s a lot of volunteers. So the question is.. Has God prepared you with the resources to help with any of these gifts to take us to the finish line? You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.


  • THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE? — Today’s Wall Street Journal Europe Edition caught my eye (Dec. 7 issue). The center pages were all about how Europeans, though economically ok, were seemingly more and more afraid… and worse, without hope. The pages were based on a survey of 10,373 Europeans from throughout Western Europe. Control populations were included in the USA, India, Russia and Turkey. In all, they gathered responses from 20,999 people in 20 countries — no small group.

    The outcome? Europeans are scared. Lack of direction, lack of leadership, lessening freedoms, more worries, more selfishness, and increasing pessimism. Interestingly, the responses also revealed a shocking rise in secularism, a loss of purpose, and, in general, a breakdown of society. The study included, among many other references, a quote from Yoda, of all folks (Star Wars; 1999). :-) “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Sure enough, many Europeans reported fears about terrorism, war, global warming, moral decay, and finances. In fact, as many as 1 out of 10 reported that things were so bad, they simply had no hope — period. Even greater numbers said they had lost hope in the future.

    What’s the source of this fear? Remember that movie, “The NeverEnding Story”? In it, the warrior Atreyu had to go up against the “Nothing Monster”. I remember that giant turtle… what was his name…Morluk? Atreyu had asked him what was left when the Nothing Monster raided a certain town. “What’s left in its wake? Does it leave rocks?” Morluk answered, “Why… no! Rocks would be *something*. The Nothing Monster leaves… well… *nothing*!”

    In the same issue, a reviewer chronicled the new movie, “Golden Compass.” He observed that it was “stripped of ideas,” made little sense, yet was based on anti-religious elements. Apparently, the author is an outspoken atheist making no secret about his efforts to chip away at faith. The reviewer, Joe Morgenstern, wrote, “The script… retains an all-seeing and all-knowing institution that kidnaps children and ships them off to an arctic facility where their souls are permanently separated from their bodies.” In the book form of “Golden Compass,” that institution is clearly identified as “The Church.” Because of public outcry, the movie refers to it as, simply, “The Magisterium,” but the metaphor, nevertheless, clearly remains.

    So I had to grin. I shuttled back between the review of Golden Compass and the outcome of the survey. Duh. Should we be surprised? Clear case of ‘garbage-in, garbage-out.’ If we program our children with movies like “Compass,” we shouldn’t be surprised by the survey results. Morgenstern continued, “Vagueness colors all, banishing emotional connections in the process.” News item: I have seen a better way.

    So what about you? Do you catch yourself inwardly losing your flame? Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? In reality, do you wake up sometimes without hope? If so, you might be suffering from a bit of “Golden Compass” programming. How does one get around it? One idea is — invest. Invest in someone. The way to beat the Nothing Monster (in Never-Ending Story) was to care, love, and take courage. Emily Dickinson wrote, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without the words — And never stops – – at all.”

    So this Christmas, may you experience a renewed sense of hopefulness. May the fire & passion reawaken within you. And, if you go see “Golden Compass,” may it not drag you down. Apparently, it and several other factors have been dragging us down now for several years.

    God bless your weekend.

    Doug

20071021 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  2. GET YOUR OWN MISSIONARY WEBSITE
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  4. AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP
  5. GREAT CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR GIFT FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS
  6. LOOKING FOR AN ITEM IN A PAST BRIGADA?
  7. GAIN NEW INSIGHT: TAKE THIS ONLINE PROFILER
  8. E-TICKETING THROUGH GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS (GTTRENDS)
  9. UNREACHED AND LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES FORUM
  10. GRAND CENTRAL: YOUR FREE PHONE NUMBER FROM GOOGLE
  11. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  12. INVITE A SPECIAL SPEAKER: ROCCO BADENHORST
  13. READ BILL DILLON’S FUND-RAISING BLOG
  14. SINCE WE LAST REPORTED…
  15. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, GIVE FOR A GLOBAL CITIZEN WHO CAN’T
  16. THE BACKPAGE: THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG TRIP

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The next class of the Chalmers Center’s “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” email-based distance learning course is scheduled for Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008. This course 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 course will be offered again in Sept. 2008.)

    The course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite course, “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” The “Foundations” course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities within the Two- Thirds World. (It will actually benefit anyone preparing for Christian outreach and ministry among the poor, whether they plan to implement an economic development strategy or not.) This class will be offered on Feb. 4 – 29, 2008 and on April 28 – May 23, 2008, and either class offering can be taken as the prerequisite for the Sept. 2008 “Principles” class. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

    Because these 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

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 10/07.


  2. GET YOUR OWN MISSIONARY WEBSITE — 411 Ministries is offering a new, upgraded service that allows any missionary to bring up their own website within 15-30 minutes without knowing any web programming. Get a free Basic website plus a donation-based Premium website. You can include your personal and family information as well as information about your sending organization. In addition, you can post pictures, prayer requests, news updates, your current support status and needs, and you or your family’s biography. Their management interface includes an easy-to-use button-driven toolbar to add formatting to all your information. Some 180 missionaries have already found a home there. For more information, go to:

    http://www.411ministries.com

    or, contact noel(at)

    411ministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address elements on one line.]


  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an 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 the 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 throughout the world as well as to locations in the U.S./Canada. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    The next class is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008. Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

    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

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 10/07.


  4. AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP — If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, attend an upcoming Aquaponics Workshop. Learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  5. GREAT CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR GIFT FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS — Here’s a new book, One God One Message, written for Muslims, skeptics and seekers. A newly printed, thinner, attractive edition seeks to clear up the confusion that prevents Muslims from taking the Bible seriously using real-life illustrations and more than a thousand verses from Scripture. Available for $10 a copy from GoodSeed International:

    http://www.goodseed.com/store/us/products/resources/ogom.aspx

    Translations are underway in French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Swahili and German.


  6. LOOKING FOR AN ITEM IN A PAST BRIGADA? — Just use our on-site search capability, powered by Google. Just click on “Search” in the menu at the top of this page. Enter a word or two from the item that you remember and watch it flash before your eyes.

  7. GAIN NEW INSIGHT: TAKE THIS ONLINE PROFILER — Just browse to

    http:// www.cflex.org

    It’s a free online test that helps you analyze your ministry in a whole new objective light. Check it out. (Thanks Rick!)


  8. E-TICKETING THROUGH GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS (GTTRENDS) — Organizers of GT Trends invite you to book global travel through their site, claiming cheaper fares and easy access. You can also become a business partner with GTTrends by investing US$ 299.00 to become an Associate Travel Agent, creating the potential for a stream of income from the customers you attract. For more information, email streams7(at)

    juno (dot) com or benjo_lee(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 . and reassemble the email addresses onto one line.]


  9. UNREACHED AND LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES FORUM — Don’t forget, it happens this week, Nov. 27-29, 2007, at the Irving Bible Church, Irving TX. The goal? To increase and multiply the focus and engagement with Unreached Peoples. In this forum key ministries, churches, agencies, and others from or within North America will meet to interactively: a) Explore the big picture & current realities b) Cross-pollinate c) Engage in strategic conversations around the challenges and issues that emerge. d) Connect to a growing group of partners, models, resources and new ideas e) Intercede and hear from God f) Both give input and receive. Get more info at

    http://www.snipr.com/naupn2

    or email johnq(at)

    missionamerica(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address on one line.]


  10. GRAND CENTRAL: YOUR FREE PHONE NUMBER FROM GOOGLE — Have you ever wanted to have one number that followed you wherever you went? Have you needed an US number when you lived overseas? Dou you need a number in a different area code? Google has launched a new service called GrandCentral. Check it out at

    http://www.grandcentral.com

    It allows you to sign up for a local phone number that forwards to several other phone numbers. It works with landlines, mobile phones, voicemail, and other systems. It is in beta and is free. But for now, users primarily can just *reserve* a number… unless you can find a current Grandcentral user to “invite” you. (Thanks Jonathan!)


  11. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — Order soon in time for the Holy-days! 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 (multiple languages available), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com


  12. INVITE A SPECIAL SPEAKER: ROCCO BADENHORST — Looking for a speaker for an upcoming missions conference? Rocco Badenthorst is reputed to be such a speaker, having been invited to Brazil for the past three years by invitation at one their key conferences. Many listeners have experienced transformed as a result of his talks. Read more at:

    http://www.integrityministries.org/christianspeaker.htm

    Call him at (309)828-5057 in the USA or rtb4him(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 . and reassemble it onto one line.]


  13. READ BILL DILLON’S FUND-RAISING BLOG — Now you can get even more practical advice from Bill Dillon, President of People Raising. Learn from his more than 35 years of fund raising experience. Whether raising individual support or organizational support, this resource could be invaluable. Also take a look at the award-winning 6-hour fund raising training program available in DVD/CD/Video/MP3.For more information go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/blog/

    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 . and reassemble the address on one line.]


  14. SINCE WE LAST REPORTED… — Our good friends at Dial-Abroad sent $60.95 in thanks for those who learned about their services via Brigada. Thanks! To try Dial-Abroad’s revolutionary phone services (at a great price), just click to:

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

    In addition, an Oregonian sent $20, joined by a resident of Kentucky who sent $25. And a new friend from the great state of Pennsylvania sent $300!

    This brings to $6,222.87 the total gifts for 2007. We publish our budget needs in the first month of the year. The 2007 budget is $17,150 for *everything*. So… sorry to say… we have quite a bit of ground to cover in the next 6 weeks. Is there *any* way you, your church, or organization could pitch in? Match the giver from Oregon, Kentucky, or Pennsylvania? We would be so grateful. When giving reaches $17,150, we’ll stop receiving money for 2007 and stop mentioning finances in Brigada Today. You have our word on it.


  15. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, GIVE FOR A GLOBAL CITIZEN WHO CAN’T — Notice, you received this edition of Brigada for no charge. We’re a step-out-on- faith initiative. Would you consider giving an offering so that our 2007 needs are met *before* the end of the year? If so, just click “Donate“. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

  16. THE BACKPAGE: THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG TRIP — What do you do on the eve of a big trip overseas? (It’s such an evening for me tonight.)

    Do your kids ask you to help them list an item on eBay? :-) My suggestion is — do it. The gesture will take you 30′ and possibly force you to stay up a half-hour longer at the end of the day, but the price will be worth it. Besides… maybe it’ll make you sleep better on the overnight flight. So in general… invest in a high quality time activity for any family member that will receive it. You’ll be glad you did.

    Do you clean out your inbox? I try to, if at all possible. My outbound flight might take me out of commission for as long as 18-24 hours. So if possible, I like to be caught up so things don’t look any worse than they already are! :-)

    Do you look ahead not only at the time you’ll be gone but also at the 7 days immediately after your return? Check out any deadlines or due dates for that next week so you can be working on things during your trip, if need be.

    Do you make arrangements for communicating with your loved ones at crucial junctures? (e.g., arrival at an int’l port of destination, or connecting in a sensitive land) It’s extra work to arrange for cell phones, faxes, or email hook-ups. But it just seems the extra work pays off not only for the ones you love, but also for the ones making your trip possible (donors).

    Finally, do you gather up all your research and notes about your trip? Get your eTicket numbers, reservation numbers, confirmation numbers, etc., and put them all in a file folder in your *carry-on*. If they’re checked, you might never see them again.

    Think ahead before your trip. The time you invest on the front end can pay mongo dividends on the other side.

    Doug

  17. Want to comment on this “BackPage?” Just click here to see it at the Brigada “Brigade” site, where you can add comments.

20071014 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
  2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH
  3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD
  4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS
  5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE
  6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE
  8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING
  10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM
  11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG
  12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
  14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT

  1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — First time in Europe! A unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. The first European program will be held in Hungary, January 7-11, 2008. Other 2008 courses in Tokyo, Seattle and Singapore. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

    for details. Or emailhelp(at)

    creativeresultsmanagement(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address on one line.] (Thanks to Core Coaching for their $75 gift.)


  2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH — Plan and implement evangelism and church planting strategies among your favorite unreached people group, population segment, or mega-city. Go to:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au/life/?events

    for more information and to download an application. Or contact the registrar: info(at)

    ywamperth.org

    [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.] (And thanks to YWAM Perth for pitching in $20 to help undergird Brigada!)


  3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please inquire with Karen(at)

    here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


  4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS — If you are a Christian university or college student, ISV FaithWorks is looking for you! International Student Volunteers has spent the last 25 years sending literally thousands of students on volunteer adventures on six continents. Now, ISV FaithWorks

    http://www.isvfaithworks.com

    is utilizing their proven infrastructure to provide the mission adventure of a lifetime to Thailand and the Dominican Republic. Experience two weeks of mission work, followed by two weeks of adventure tour (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, river tubing, scuba, etc.) in the country of your choice. They are all about mission, adventure and discipleship! Use the website above or call 519-841-0006 in the USA


  5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE — Are you still using vhs tapes? Master Provisions has 300 blanks that they would love to donate and will ship at their own expense just as a courtesy to some missionary or organization that is still utilizing vhs media. First, check to see if they’re already claimed by logging on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=44

    If you see no signs of them being claimed, drop Roger a note at clothesman(at)

    juno.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


  6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader”. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada100” in your shopping cart purchase at

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info(at)

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


  7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE — Hats off to frequent Brigada contributor, Tony, for telling us, “The future is here, no enormous ‘roaming’ charges to use a phone in different countries.” See the following link:

    http://pacrimmedia.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/a-cellphone-without-borders/


  8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Need a secure VPN solution that can be used virtually everywhere you can get on the Internet? Consider Secure Connect from PCFSoftware Solutions. With almost a decade of supporting remote workers in sensitive areas, PCFSoftware Solutions understands the need for Internet security. Built on OpenVPN, Secure Connect offers secure VPN solutions to users of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with setup as simple as an install, and entering a username and password (for the Windows environment). Subscriptions for individuals and organizations are available. Secure Connect meets the needs of Christian workers in sensitive areas. Learn more at:

    http://www.pcfss.com/secure-connect

    (Note: I’ve personally interviewed the providers of this VPN and they do indeed check out as legitimate. By the way, we’ve rec’d no compensation to list them.)


  9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING — Pick up a certificate at Core Coaching Skills and, in the process, pick up a number of really helpful competencies.

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

    (By the way, thanks for the recent thank-you note and $75 sponsorship to Brigada! It’s obvious that Brigada readers know a good skills class when they see it… and those readers are now gearing up effectively with Keith’s team.)


  10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM — A free ebook reader based on the Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference is available by going to

    http://ie-21stCentury.com

    This 300 page PDF file includes all the edited and transcribed workshops presented at the 2005 conference at Liberty University. The site also includes links to the free video workshops themselves and directions on how to order the DVDs for your library. The 21 workshops are by the top names in internet evangelism.


  11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG — Here’s a new blog by educator and media strategy consultant Dan Henrich. Called a “Blog about Innovation”

    http://interactiveconf.wordpress.com/

    it is a compilation of articles and links that address the convergence of media in the word and strategies to use media more effectively.


  12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here is a 4-week TESOL course that will equip you with the skills to effectively teach English as a Second Language (ESL). It will be held January 7 – February 1, 2008 at Youth With A Mission in Fairbanks, Alaska. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. For more information see their website:

    http://www.alaska.net/~ywam

    or e-mail tesolinalaska(at)

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


  13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS — We’re extremely grateful to Insurance Services of America for their recent donations of $78.40, $23.10, and $63.63 to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Thanks, too, to the travelers who used their services — Esther, Irene, Jay, Rena, Rie, Geraldn, Bruce, Ann, Tyler, Savannah, Logan, Donna, Daniel, Yvonne, Ted, … and especially Heather, who, in turn, booked Donna, Chris, Mike, Amber, Aubri, Alicia, David ,Kathryn, Michael. Want to join them in booking quality insurance on your next trip — travel interruption, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, and much more? Just go to:

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


  14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT — We send Brigada free… then ask questions later. How can we do business that way? Only if churches, missionaries and individuals like you pitch in to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Just click “Donate“.
    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

20071007 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA
  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE
  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE
  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED
  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS?
  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE
  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES
  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN
  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA — At least one worker there believes that “a major breakthrough is in the offing in the next year or so.” At the same time, he grants that “there are going to be believers suffering to the point of shedding blood at some point in the near-ish future, and some of them might even be westerners.” If this happens, pray that their blood will be the seed of both new and stronger growth in this region where the percentage of adherents to Chr1st is regularly less than 0.3%. Pray that our brother there would remain humble when the harvest comes in. Pray that all glory would go to the Lord of the universe.

  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE — Here’s a free software package available to help missionaries manage communication with their donor base. Features include contact management, budget goals, contribution analysis, and advanced reporting. Download your free copy today at

    http://www.sunergeosystems.com/product_info.php


  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE — This year’s Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., will open with a pre-conference on “Empowering the Indigenous Church,” Nov.8. Steve Saint will begin the discussion during the pre-conference. The main conference will continue this dialogue through workshops and more speakers. Last year’s focus on holistic mission stirred discussion around the role of the broader Christian community in raising up disciples, equipping them, and then disengaging. More fruitful discussion time is planned this year as conference presenters and participants take a look at indigenous churches and the way cross-cultural outreach efforts impact them.

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/


  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED — It’s an ever- growing problem. Thanks to Brigada participant, Dave, who asked this past week, is it still safe — even with our typical “@ to ‘at'” approach. As a result of his questions, we did some reading. Like… at this site:

    http://nadeausoftware.com

    We went to this article: (paste this line after the above line)

    /articles/2007/05/effective_methods_protect_email_addresses_spammers

    As you can see, there are very few safe options these days. As a result of this study, we’re changing our approach effective *immediately*. From this edition onward, we’ll start placing email addresses, when they’re necessary, on separate lines. Web-posted information continues to be a better bet. Thanks for your patience as we wrestle with spam. Sometimes, the actions of a few ruin the fun for all. :-(


  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the Perspectives Reader. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Buy before the end of October and receive an additional $2.00 OFF. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada1007” in your shopping cart purchase at

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info@

    AsteroideaBooks.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble them on one line.]


  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS? — That’s what Brigada Brigade commenter, John, would like to know. See his question at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31#comments

    And, if you know the answer, respond to him in the next comment please.


  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — “Screams in the Desert” is an invitation to participate in one woman’s cross-cultural journey and the lessons she learns along the way. Sue Eenigenburg’s poignant and humorous accounts of life overseas provide insight into issues that many women encounter in the mission field. Join Sue for trips to the zoo, bouts of illness, landmine fields, miscommunications, and other everyday experiences of life in a foreign country. Providing women with examples to learn by, scripture to meditate on, and space to write about personal experiences, Screams in the Desert offers hope and humor to women working cross-culturally.

    During this prepublication offer from William Carey Library, the books are $8.00 individually and $6.00 per 100 books. After November 1, regular prices will be in effect.

    You can order the books through Send the Light at their website. Click on new titles and then pre-publication sales to find the book:

    http://www.missionbooks.org/


  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE — An interdisciplinary multi-denominational group is now forming to develop best practices in short-term healthcare mission work. They welcome input from those who send and receive healthcare and medical short-term missionaries. Their goal is to create a set of Best Practices (Goals and Recommendations) which are Biblically guided, evidence based, consistent with ethical standards and common-sense experience. For more info, e- mail Peter Yorgin at

    pyorgin@

    yahoo.com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. With ministry responsibilities, and all that keeps you constantly moving, it is difficult to have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in. Writer’s Edge 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. Contact them now for 25% off your first letter! Ph: (760) 300-3690. Visit:

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com


  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please send for more information to Karen@

    here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN — That’s what you do every time you give $50… or $500 … or $15. Just click on “Donate” .

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE — Have you ever noticed that, in general, we like the familiar? I thought about that this past week when the online music service, “Urge” did an ‘Urge-merge’ with the online service, Rhapsody. Urge was kind of “built-in” to Windows Vista. It was easy — just ‘turn it on.’ Suddenly, a million titles were yours for the clicking. I play keyboard for our church worship team… so I went for it. It was awesome. They’d give me a list of songs and I’d come home to see if Urge had them. The folks at Urge always did. Until this past weekend. An email had informed me earlier that Urge and Rhapsody were “teaming up.” (Smelled like a buy-out to me, though.) But this past weekend, the hammer dropped. Urge closed. I was being force-fed into Rhapsody’s subscriber list. I called customer support and was suddenly talking to “Bob” in India. (Have you ever met an Asian Indian with a name like “Bob”?) I promptly cancelled the account, partly because of principle. I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t give me a choice. But there was another factor: Rhapsody just didn’t work as well. The Urge plug-in was a 7 meg add-on to Windows Media Player. By contrast, Rhapsody’s software wanted to add over 50 megs to my already crowded hard drive. I balked. Instead of the urge to merge, I felt the balk to walk.

    Which brings me to my point. When we can see that change is on the horizon, here’s Doug’s top-seven ways to soften the blow. Try them out on your next big shift and see what happens.

    *** 1 – If there are ‘victims’ of the change, give them whatever choices you can. Let them be part of the decision. Don’t force them into Rhapsody.

    *** 2 – Explain the true reason behind the change. “Rhapsody has paid us well for this buyout. You’ll profit too. Here’s why.”

    *** 3 – Be personal. Don’t keep your ‘victims’ at arm’s length. “We know this is not going to be easy. That’s why we’ve set up a help line in case you have questions.”

    *** 4 – Try to list tangible benefits of the change. Rhapsody might have argued, “We know you’ll lose hard drive space, but you’ll gain features. Here are 10 things you can do with the new software that you couldn’t do with the old.”

    *** 5 – If possible, *ease* them through the change. For example, Urge might have explained, “Stay with Rhapsody for 3 months before you have to pay a cent. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you can always quite later.”

    *** 6 – Ask several different spokespeople to communicate the change. It would have helped to have heard from the president of Urge. “The reason we’re shutting service down is…”. The top-dog at Rhapsody could have chimed in too.

    *** 7 – Realize that your constituency is always one touch away from disenfranchisement. I liked Urge. I bragged about it. But when it closed, I bolted. I didn’t just blindly follow the crowd to the next big thing. Online music services became a commodity item to me, because I no longer had any owner loyalty. Urge, if they wanted to keep me, probably needed to do a bit more homework.

    What would help *you* in the midst of change? How could *your* employer, agency or church make it easier for you when something has to transition? Got an opinion? Write a comment below. Get it off your chest. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=43

    Click on “Comment” below the post and fill us in on your ideas.

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