Monthly Archives: March 2008

LOOKING FOR TRAINING IN USING MUSIC IN CROSS-CULTURAL CONTEXTS?

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary offers a new, interactive workshop May 31-June 6, 2008 in ethnodoxology, the cutting-edge field integrating ethnomusicology and the arts with worship applications. The course “Introduction to Ethnodoxology: Connecting Global Worship to Global Mission” will be taught by a team of scholars and global song experts from the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). The course equips students to cultivate culturally appropriate, biblical worship in international or multi-ethnic contexts. Better act fast if you want the early registration discount (postmark by May 15) — $375.00. If you wait ’til after May 15, it’s $100 more. The workshop Fee is for noncredit. Graduate credit (3 hours) is also available. See

http://www.sbts.edu/ethnodox

or for more information, call 1-800-626-5525 (extension 4115) or email ecrookshank(at)

sbts(dot)edu. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] And thanks to “ICE” for sending a gift this past week to Brigada!

NEW MEMBER CARE RESOURCES

Here are three new resources to help Christian workers stay healthy in difficult places. (Thanks, Kelly and Michele O’Donnell, for thinking enough of Brigada to send these our way.)
*** Ethne-Member Care-Updates — This monthly report contains important resources regarding member care plus relevant materials from the international humanitarian, business, and health fields. The January 2008 issue is on health/dysfunction in the mission community. The February and March isues are on the role of sender care and encouragement.

http://www.ethne.net/membercare/updates

*** Reality Dose!-A new web site — This web site has materials on member care for the mission/aid community. The initial resource is a special article on discipline/dysfunction, available in 12 languages. Special links can help organisations develop guidelines for handling grievances and whistle blowing.

http://MCAresources.googlepages.com/realitydose

*** CORE Member Care – A practical weblog — This is an international weblog, with weekly entries to provide “Reflections and Resources for Good Practice.” Recent topics are on health, dysfunction, perseverance, and the role of beauty.

http://www.COREmembercare.weblog.com

FALL CONFERENCE FOR LEADERS IN SHORT-TERM MISSION

If you send or receive multiple short-term mission personnel (teams or individuals), circle October 15-18 on your fall 2008 calendar. Your expertise is needed in Atlanta, GA (USA) at the networking, training and empowering conference of the Fellowship of Short-Term Mission Leaders. This four- day conference/retreat at the Lodge at Simpsonwood is a gathering of executive-level STM leaders — lay and paid — from colleges and universities, mission agencies and local churches. This year’s conference will feature Brent Lindquist and Bruce and Donna Warren and will focus on member care for short-term missionaries and practitioners. Further info, including online registration, is at

http://www.fstml.org

Or, you can e-mail the conference chair: jtucker(at)

extendglobal(dot)org [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 onto one line.]

FREE CHURCH MISSIONS SOFTWARE

Compu-Books of Glendale, AZ is offering their Church Missions 3.0 software free to Christian churches and Mission organizations. This solution tracks church mission projects with missionary information, contribution records, communication log and reports. They give you a free single-user version – a contribution receipt for the donation is requested in return ($99 value). It’s available for Mac and Windows. Visit their website ‘products’ page to request your free copy:

http://www.compu-books.com/products.html

Or email them directly at info(at)

compu-books(dot)com and mention that you heard about it from Brigada! [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 onto one line.]

CAN ANYONE REALLY KNOW THE FUTURE?

The Bible book of Daniel is the thrilling story of a young Jewish exile to whom God showed the future of the world. You can read Daniel’s biography, translated by Cynthia Green into EasyEnglish Level A (1200 word vocabulary) with helpful notes. Go to

http://www.easyenglish.info

Click on “Choose a Bible book”, select Daniel and then click on “God’s man Daniel.” You will discover a great example of communication between God and a young man.

WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE SHELL BOOKS?

They are a collection of practical manuals to help improve local standards of living all over the world. Wycliffe Associates have a web site that contains over 500 titles, all freely available for you to download. The base language is English but many of the books have been translated into French, Portuguese and Spanish. Go to

http://www.shellbooks.org

to see the wide range of titles. Download whatever you want or ask for a free CD with all the books.

HELP ETHNIC GROUPS DEVELOP APPROPRIATE CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Come to the summer graduate ethnomusicology classes at Bethel University (MN, USA). 5 courses run as follows: Applied Ethnomusicology (emphasis on missionary applications): June 2-13. Seminar in African Music: June 16- 20. Seminar in Native American Music: June 25 – July 1. Transcription & Analysis: July 7-11. Worship & Culture: July 14-17. Audit fees are $200- 300 per course, graduate credits are more. More information is at

http://gs.bethel.edu/musicology/courses.html

or contact j-benham(at)

bethel(dot)edu [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 onto one line.]

STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING

Don’t miss the 4-week Strategy Coordinator Training in Singapore from 1-25 July, 2008. Asia Pacific Mission (APM) and Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM) are 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, Partnership Development, and writing a Master Plan to reach an Unreached People Group/Region/City. For more info: Contact Frank

strategycoordinator(at)

gmail(dot)com with Subject: SCT ’08. [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 onto one line.]

HELP FOR THOSE HAVING LOST A LOVED ONE

Here’s a Brigada reader that lost a son-in-law this last year. If you have had to endure a similar loss recently, he recommended these great books on grief:
*** Holding on to Hope – Nancy Guthrie (a personal story & study on Job)–excellent for any grief issue… easy read)
*** A Grief Observed – C.S. Lewis (more philosophical, but still a rather brief essay–and not, more about the grief than answers)
*** A Grace Disguised – Gerald L. Sittser (lost a wife/mother/daughter– all in one day. Very thorough covering of the subject from a philosophy professor–but still easy to follow) Thanks Topeka, KS!

FREE SPANISH CHRISTIAN VIDEOS FOR USE IN MINISTRY

Here are hundreds of Spanish Christian videos (vhs only, no dvd’s) for use in ministry in Spanish speaking countries, absolutely free. This offer is for evangelical pastors, missionaries and evangelists to use in any Spanish speaking country for ministry purposes. If the videos can’t be picked up in south Texas, there might be a charge to pay for shipping costs. For more information, please contact Brian at shalomunto(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 . the reassemble the address on one line.]

HUMBLED BY THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SHARE: $2.49 FROM CENTRAL EUROPE

We’re always humbled here by those who choose to share from what God has given them. Here’s a Brigada reader serving the Lord as a missionary with ABWE in Brazil, enclosing a note that reads, “when I see a resource on Brigada that I think will be useful to someone, I pass it on. Thanks so much!”. She anonymously enclosed $50 from her heart. That’s what keeps us going in the middle of the night sometimes, sending out these Brigada Todays… because it’s obvious that some people want to jump in there and partner with us to make this happen. How can we ever quit? One friend from Arkansas sent $2.49 (we greatly appreciate all sizes of gifts!). His wife and he work in Central Europe among the Roma people (gypsies). This gift was leftover in his PayPal account from a sale on eBay. Great idea. Some faithful friends at OMF’s office in Denver sent $200. We’re bowled over by their partnership. Another reader from Topeka sent $50 more. Having lost a son-in-law this past year, he also enclosed the items above on grief. We also received a $25 gift from a Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer. See the URL at

http://www.michigandefenselaw.com/

Another $25 came from a Wycliffe worker. He hoped his gift would prompt others in Wycliffe to match him. A reader from Oregon gave $100. Now I know why they call it the *Great* Pacific Northwest! Thanks to “ICE” for the $50 gift. They wrote, “The International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) — a network for culturally appropriate Christian worship — has been delighted to partner with Brigada from our very inception. Because we are a non-profit ministry, Brigada has been the primary way that we could afford to spread the news about our most significant events and services. You are a unique and irreplaceable partner in ministry, and we are grateful beyond words for your faithfulness.” (Learn more about them by reading the item in the #1 spot above.) Thanks also to the Canadian who gave $100! She wrote, “I do want to say to you how very much I have appreciated reading Brigada for – at least – the last 10 years. I glean at least 2 – 3 items each time that I think might be useful to me or people in my sphere of influence. I’ve wanted to give something for a long time. … Typically I use Visa but until you included a note about Paypal and the choice on your website to click on a credit card instead, I didn’t think I could use your website to make a “secure” payment. So I thought, ‘Aha! I can do this!’ ” To our Canadian, and all other friends, thank you!!!

MAKE A GIFT TO BRIGADA AS A MEMORIAL TO A LOST LOVED ONE

If you’d like to give a gift dedicated to the passing of a loved one, we would happily send a printed note and sympathy card to the family of the deceased on your behalf. Just let us know the situation and the address and we’ll make it clear that your gift is a memorial. We’ll also mention your memorial in Brigada. And please don’t forget to pray for Brigada, pass it on to a friend, suggest to your staff and team members that they subscribe. If you’d like to give, just click “Sponsor/Donate“. If you want to use a credit card (and not PayPal), then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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: RAMPING UP MISSIONS

In the past, when playing various card games, I’ve heard my friends use the phrase, “Go big… or go home!” I’m here in Trujillo, Peru, where a Team Expansion worker applied that advice to missions. Shew… makes me tired just thinking about what they’re doing here. Simultaneous outreaches to 7 barrios, university students, and professionals. They’ve built 7 community centers, psychological counseling for those who need it, assistance to beaten and battered women, “CHE” and a medical clinic (with another one on the way), micro-economic business start-ups, and even larger business start-ups to provide jobs to those in the barrios with some of the profits being used to sponsor new leaders in local churches. One business, a snail farm, has grown so rapidly that it is now said to be the 3rd-largest snail production facility in all of South America. They’ve got a dairy farm, a new guinea pig operation coming on line, and they do Bible storying (orality) like it’s going outa’ style. They teach “Character First” to every member of the staff and virtually every new worker and believer. There’s a new women’s village in the works for ladies that have been abandoned. They’re involving Peruvian professionals in reaching out to the poor in their own city, which gives them all the more help addressing citywide problems. We’ve noticed a distinct change in the people in the barrios we’ve visited. As a result of the teaching, they seem to have much more dignity and a higher self esteem than they would have had otherwise. There are sports outreaches in the works, educational groups, kids outreaches, a new “Amigos en Accion” outreach that pulls together buddy groups, a car wash business, flower vender carts, and even knitting groups. The list goes on.

Now all this would be impressive under any circumstances. But what I have a hard time understanding is how they’ve launched all this in less than 3 years! Shew. Makes me tired just thinking about it.

All of which caused me to ask, what *does* it take to ramp up missions today? What will it take to make this kind of *incredible* impact on a city of 1 million people. I’m doing some thinking about that. One of the key conclusions I’ve drawn is — it takes a mover and a shaker who will allow God to work through him or her… to become a vision-caster for the project. Then it takes a battalion of people coming alongside the vision-caster, each taking his or her slide of the pie, carrying out his or her role with excellence. Only God could have caused all this to come together in such a short time… but he chose to do all this through the hands of hard-working visionaries. Only two of these families are from the USA. The rest is being carried out by Peruvians, with the help of a few Chileans along the way. It’s astounding.

Makes me think that sometimes we underestimate what God can do. Makes me admire those who will tirelessly labor, and makes me want to tell them that their labor will not be in vain.

Your labor won’t be in vain either. Let’s all turn our work over to God, ramp it up as much as we’re able — for His glory and His glory alone — and let’s finish the task of the Great Commission so that His Name will receive the credit it deserves.

BOOK REVIEWS WORTH READING

No time to read full length books? Read the David Mays version at

http://www.DavidMays.org

I keep hearing about them from various sources. The training guys upstairs, a team leader friend in North Africa, President Bush (ok… I was just teasing about that last one, but at least it got your attention. :-) Seriously though, these are great reviews. Check it out. Highly recommended.

GET CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY OR YOUR AGENCY’S FAMILIES

Member care is an important topic now at the agency where I work. I suspect it’s important in your world too. Life Impact, Inc. provides International Worker care in quality facilities. Their web-site lists several places for R&R while in the USA for a home leave. They also have a “Hosted” Oasis” in Sunriver, Oregon. From their Central Oregon facility, Dave and Sheri can provide debriefings (processing personal, family, team, and organizational issues), personal life coaching on your roadblocks, and guided spiritual formation. Their desire is to keep you strong so you can effectively help others. Learn more at:

http://www.lifeimpactoregon.org

The ZWEMER CENTER FOR MUSLIM STUDIES

The Zwemer Center at CIU offers courses to help you understand Islam and Muslims (credit/seminar). It’s designed for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in an Islamic country, pastors serving where there are a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work among Muslim people groups. Scholarships are available. Current course offering: SUMMER, 2008: Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Johnson) June 23-27; Responding to Muslim Concerns (McCurry) June 30-July 4; The Spirit World of Islam (Larson) July 7-11; Approaches to Muslims (Parshall) July 14-18; The Sacred Sources of Islam (Masood) July 21-25. BY EXTENSION: Islam through Christian and Muslim Eyes (Larson); Understanding Muslim Women (Stacey) MORE INFORMATION: Ph. 1-800-777-2227, Ext. 5327, or email TBonesteel(at)

ciu(dot)edu or register online [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 onto one line.]

http://www.zwemercenter.com

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