Monthly Archives: October 2008

3) China Sojourn: The Children of China

A new 40-page book has been published by media consultant Dan Henrich. Henrich writes: “This first volume represents a small number of children in China. Think of each as representing people groups who have few Christians – unreached with the Good News. I would like to challenge you to simply pray through this book of images.” The book can be previewed and ordered via the link below at $15.95 – affordable for all donors!

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/280075/f3fc95dc9f571f7728cd01fc82e30ad1

4) Chinese and Spanish Marriage and Family Resources Added

Intermin.org is completely rebuilt. Its many articles on marriage, parenting, choosing a life partner, and a chronological study of the Life of Jesus are available now in English, Simplified and Traditional Mandarin. The Marriage articles are also available in Spanish. These resources are easy to download and print for free distribution. Check out

http://intermin.org/

Contact Mike at:

5) Use Your Blog And Website To Point People To The Bible

Websites and blogs are tremendous tools for ministry. In order to help webmasters and bloggers point people to the Bible, Logos Bible Software has released a free site plugin called RefTagger

http://www.reftagger.com/

that will convert any Bible reference on your website into a link that, when hovered over, will display the actual text of scripture. Scriptures can be displayed in the Bible version of your choosing and the plugin can be used on church websites, forums, ministry sites, blogs, and just about any site on the internet.

6) Free Medicine

6) FREE MEDICINE SHIPMENT FOR THOSE WHO CAN HELP DISTRIBUTE — Can you help distribute medicines to small clinics around the world? If so, the people at “Giving Children Hope” need your help. They are distributing pharmaceutical packages air freighted to international airports in developing countries. The package contains a mix of medicines including anti-worming meds and doxycycline among others. Giving Children Hope will work to raise the $1,500 sponsorship per package needed to procure and ship the medicines to your location. To qualify, you must be able to clear customs and ensure that the medicines are distributed to developing country clinics and the poor. Interested? Fill out an application:

http://www.gchope.org/partner-with-us.html

For more information visit:

http://www.gchope.org/

or all 714-523-4454

or contact Jenise

7) Learn to Lead Spiritual Formation Retreats

Dr. Evelyn Davis, International Training Consultant (with others assisting), will train participants how to facilitate half or full days of reflection and prayer, and short retreats, May 13-22, 2009 at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC (not far from our JAARS location in Waxhaw).

The reflection and prayer topics are: A Spiritual Inventory and Spiritual Markers ; Personal Worship; Finding A Rhythm of Rest ; Life Tasks : Strength for the Journey ; Our Time of Need; Prayer Areas and Issues; and The Servant Leader . The two retreat topics are: Life Passages and the Missionary Experience and New Testament Images of Adult Growth and Change.

The total cost for accommodations, meals, and the basic books and materials is $675. Please note that partial scholarships are available if needed . For the detailed information, and an application form, contact

evelyn_davisatsildotorg .

8) Will The Real Chief Stand Up?

Namibia has elected officials but it also has a system of chiefs for the different people groups. Recently, a debate arose and continues over which leader should be chief. Maybe this can serve as a reminder of Namibia’s need for the chief of chiefs. Pray for the unreached peoples of Namibia. As they search for truth through the ancestors, pray for them to see that truth is only found through the chief shepherd, Jesus Christ. Pray that through all of the political bureaucracy, missionaries will be allowed to share among the people groups in Namibia. For more information on the unreached people of Namibia, visit

http://www.forgottenpeoples.info/

or write to

10) Thanks to Those Who Pay the Bills

Hello Tigard, Oregon! Thanks for sending $25 to enable Brigada’s servers to serve the world! We appreciate you!!! Thanks to Blessed Hope for sending $20.16 — a direct result of those who use their quality telecommunications services. Learn more about them at:

http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

Thanks also to San Luis Rey, California ($100) and, most amazing of all,

http://www.worldconnex.org/

which sent a large share of the “true fan” commitment. Shew! Remarkable! Amazing. With grateful hearts. Please, please visit their website. At their request, we aren’t saying exactly the size of the gift. Just suffice to say they are a big “True Fan” of Brigada, to use Justin Long’s term. Their staff wrote this past week to explain, “WorldconneX believes Brigada is a key missions connector, and we generously support your efforts.” More about them next week. But for now, thanks again!

11) Already Have First 53 Of 90 "True Fans"

Per Justin Long’s idea (or momentum.org), for the rest of 2008, we’re trying to find just 90 “True Fans”, each to give one gift of $100. Amazingly, already the equivalent of 53 have stepped up to the plate. (See our banner at the top of this page with the “Wilsons” volleyballs on it — 53 out of 90 so far. Remember “Wilson” in the movie, “CastAway?” Talk about a true fan! :-) His friendship helped Tom Hanks’ character make it through the cast away experience. In the same way, these “true fans” for which Justin Long has called can help Brigada make it through 2008!)

Just click one of the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link on the upper left if you prefer. Remember, even with the PayPal links, you don’t have join PayPal to give through it. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 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.

Comment on this item below, and also see the comments at:

http://www.brigada.org/2008/10/10-true-fans.html

12) The Backpage: Trouble In Vpn-City

I just returned tonight from a trip to the Middle East, primarily in a country that filters Internet access through a national proxy. None of the hotel rooms (that I stayed in) had in-room Internet… so it was Internet cafes for me in each stop. You’ve heard us say before on Brigada — the only way to safely access POP3 email at an Internet café is to shield your communication in a secure software tunnel referred to as a virtual private network (VPN). There *are* solutions for encrypted email (like Hushmail), but none of them allow you to use a simple POP3 box with a client like Outlook. For example, I *was* able to access my Hushmail account, but … it’s just not as quick and easy. Plus, it’s not very dependable off-line (I’ve had annoying glitches keeping the Outlook IMAP3 plug-in to stay in the running with Hushmail.) So… for convenient POP3 email *and* for secure web-browsing to the site of your choice, you really need a VPN in any country which would misunderstand your good intentions… or anytime you’re exchanging information about sensitive finances.

In the old days, a VPN might have raised your profile; not so any more. Every business man that passes financial information uses (or ought to use) a VPN. You usually wouldn’t have to carry around a hardware device to run a VPN. Many “software” versions are available, usually by running a “client-side” application on your laptop — which, in turn, talks to a VPN “server-side” mother-ship application, either on your own server back in your homeland, or, alternatively, via a server maintained by the company from which you buy or rent the VPN service. Some companies will offer a VPN for free (usually with other, more powerful services sold for pay), while other charge a nominal fee per month.

One thing I noticed was that it seemed there was no consistent result with the VPN that we hand out to our workers going to sensitive fields. We use Cisco and we oversee the “dashboard” for this VPN ourselves, so it’s really easy to maintain. But, not in this particular land. For example, at the first Internet café I visited on the opening day of this trip, every time I logged on to the VPN, the connectivity to the Internet would vanish. (Have you encountered something similar to that in other instances? If so, please click on “comment” below this item and give your testimony — completely anonymously if you desire.) That night, I tried Wytopia, HotSpotVPN, PublicVPN, and a handful of other VPN suppliers. *Hushmail* worked (without the VPN), but, as for my POP3 mail, I left empty-handed that night. I wasn’t willing to download it into the open. Now later in the week, I went back to that same café and tried again — and this time it worked! (Have you experienced that too?) I wondered later… if I had rebooted, would it have reset some routine that allowed it to connect? Either way, let’s start a list below of our favorite vendors for VPNs, along with anything to beat the problems. Here are the issues we seem to be battling, in the “real-world testing” department:

*** Some internet cafes seem to have blocked the port that the VPN uses?
*** It seems inconsistent; it’ll work sometimes and not work other times.
*** The VPN would sometimes just drop… like… if the wireless radio in the coffee shop had a hiccup, the secure-conduit would drop. (Sometimes when I’d try to launch it again, it wouldn’t have exited cleanly, so I’d have to reboot first. Hassle. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind all the hassles in the world, if they help us do this stuff securely. I’m just wondering if there’s a better way out there.)

Maybe we’ll find an obvious lay-down best VPN in the world? :-) Or maybe a satellite solution has leap-frogged the old technology and now we don’t even need internet cafes anymore?

13) Closing Stuff

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COPYRIGHT — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2008. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write and/or visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

2008/10/12 — Brigada Today

“Brigada: Since 1995… Buckets full of Resources, Trends, Challenges — all in a weekly e-zine & website…”
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(Thanks for your patience as we ‘catch up’ with the publishing date.)

In this issue…

2) New Book: Preach And Heal

Humanitarian and evangelistic missions often are portrayed as incompatible with each other. We’ve all heard the arguments; some of us have even been caught up in them. We’ve all seen missions that limit themselves to one or the other. Doesn’t humanitarian work inevitably compromise the evangelistic message? Isn’t a ministry of presence sufficient without a verbal witness? In a new book, “Preach and Heal,” Charles Fielding offers a compelling argument that Jesus’ intention is for his disciples to do both. Fielding, a medical doctor who has served as a church planter, explores the concept of balanced ministry and offers insights into a dozen practical strategies for reaching the lost by both preaching and healing. Fielding presents a balanced approach to a wide range of ministry approaches, from hospice and rehabilitation to tuberculosis and AIDS, in villages as well as slums, prisons, and refugee camps. Four appendices break down the steps of hospice, rehab, community development, and tuberculosis strategies. Preach and Heal is available at

http://imbresources.org/
or by calling (800) 999-3113 or (804) 219-1000. Quantity discounts are available.

4) Raise Your Full Support In Less Than Ten Months

Guaranteed Results! Kingdom Come Training has recently completed an eight-month study of six leading faith mission agencies, and has learned that with the right training, coaching and follow-up process missionaries can reasonably expect to raise their full budget within ten months. As a result, KCT has added expert staff and revised its identity from being just a training provider, to a provider of training, coaching and accountability through the entire process of raising support. They now guarantee if you apply their training and coaching you will add $500 to $1000 to your support goal every month or your fees will be refunded. There is no financial risk. The training and coaching is done conveniently in your home through live, interactive multipoint videoconferencing. No travel costs! Log on at

http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/

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

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