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2009/03/29 – 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

In this issue…
1) Dr. Ralph Winter: 1924 – 2009
2) Get Int’l Roaming For Your Gsm Cell Phone
3) Chronological Bible School Is Now Available
4) Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage In The Us
5) Computer/Tech Conference Coming Up In A Nanosecond
6) Wanted: Cool Or Crazy Missionary Stories
7) What’s Your Favorite Bible Site?
8) Free Leaflet Explains Digital Evangelism
9) Short-Term Health Insurance (Covers Pre-Existing)
10) N. Am. Int’l Student Ministry Workers’ Conference
11) Missions In Sunday School?
12) New Evangelism Blog Launched
13) International Church Conference
14) Oscar Launches Online Mission Community
15) Training Program For Literacy Evangelism
16) We Are Grateful…
17) Help Brigada Help The World Of Missions
18) The Back Page: Surviving The Storm
19) Closing Stuff

1) Dr. Ralph Winter: 1924 – 2009

Here’s your chance to write a favorite tribute to a favorite missionary statesman. Just click “Comment” below the item on this web and write your favorite memory, story (knowing Dr. Winter, some will be funny), or prayer for the family remaining behind. We all mourn the loss for the family, but we’re thrilled at the new home in Heaven Dr. Winter is now enjoying!

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1a) Special Close-up: Dr. Ralph D. Winter Dies at 84

Ralph D. Winter, 1924 – 2009
Renowned Strategist Redirected Church’s Worldwide Mission Efforts

Recognized by TIME magazine in 2004 as one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals, Ralph D. Winter, a world-renowned scholar of Christian mission and the founder and creative activist in a wide range of mission initiatives, has died. He was 84.

Winter died Wednesday, May 20 at his home in Pasadena after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma and after additional struggles with lymphoma since early February.

Many of the accomplishments of Ralph Winter’s long career as a missionary, mission professor and “mission engineer” stemmed from his conviction that Christian organizations accomplish more when they cooperate in strategic ways. It was at the Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974 that Winter burst upon the world stage with innovative analysis and advocacy that have redirected evangelical mission energies ever since.

Born in 1924, Winter spent his boyhood years in South Pasadena and was nurtured in Christian faith by devout parents and membership at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena. He pursued a degree in civil engineering at Caltech, an M.A. at Columbia University in teaching English as a second language, and a Ph.D. at Cornell University in structural linguistics, with a minor in cultural anthropology and mathematical statistics. While in seminary at Princeton, he served as a pastor of a rural New Jersey church.

He married Roberta Helm in 1951 while studying for his Ph.D. at Cornell. Roberta’s expert help in research, writing and editing, among many other gifts, made her a valuable partner to her husband from the time of his doctoral studies onward.

Ordained in 1956, Winter and his wife joined the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. They worked for ten years in Guatemala among the native Mayan people. Along with the development of 17 small businesses for bivocational pastoral students, Winter joined others to begin an innovative, non-residential approach to theological studies known as Theological Education by Extension (TEE), which has since been reproduced in countless mission contexts around the world.

Winter’s creativity with TEE and other initiatives caught the attention of Donald McGavran, who in 1966 invited Winter to join the faculty of the new School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). Between 1966 and 1976 Winter taught more than a thousand missionaries, but he also claimed to learn much from his students. During these years he founded the William Carey Library, a specialized publisher and distributor of mission materials. He also co-founded the American Society of Missiology, helped in starting Advancing Churches in Mission Commitment (ACMC), and inaugurated what is now the Perspectives Study Program (first called the Summer Institute of International Studies).

Building on McGavran’s emphasis on people groups, and gleaning insights from his interaction with students and faculty, in July 1974 Winter presented a seminal address at Lausanne, Switzerland to the International Congress on World Evangelization, underscoring the necessity of pioneer, cross-cultural missionary outreach to thousands of “hidden peoples”, later more commonly known as “unreached peoples”. Winter’s statistics and careful reasoning stunned an audience (and their constituencies) that had previously assumed that “near-neighbor evangelism” by existing churches would be sufficient in world evangelization.

To facilitate creative outreach to unreached peoples, in 1976 Ralph and Roberta Winter founded the U.S. Center for World Mission (USCWM), and in 1977 the related William Carey International University, on the former campus of Pasadena Nazarene College, mobilizing evangelicals to pay for the acquisition of the $15 million campus through a series of campaigns that culminated in 1988 and that emphasized mission vision more than fund-raising. A community of workers in Pasadena and other locations, now known as the Frontier Mission Fellowship (FMF), has developed to sustain an array of cooperative mission projects, and until two weeks before his death Winter served as General Director of the FMF.

John Piper, author of Desiring God and Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN), commented, “Ralph Winter was probably the most creative thinker I have ever known. On any topic you brought up, he would come at it in a way you never dreamed of. This meant that stalemates often became fresh starting points.” Likewise, Dale Kietzman, a professor at William Carey International University, noted, “He was constantly thinking outside the box. He did this to such an extent that you weren’t sure what the box was anymore.” C. Peter Wagner, a colleague at Fuller Seminary, has observed, “History will record Ralph Winter as one of the half-dozen men who did most to affect world evangelism in the twentieth century.”

At 84 Winter continued to work full-time, finding personal satisfaction in addressing a wide range of new challenges and perplexing questions. John Piper noted on his Weblog, “He did not waste his life, not even the last hours of it. He was busy dictating into the last days. He taught me long ago that the concept of ‘retirement’ is not in the Bible.” Greg Parsons of the USCWM observed, “He died with his boots on.”

Winter is preceded in death by his parents, Hugo H. Winter (a civil engineer recognized as “Mr. Freeway” for his leadership in the development of the Los Angeles freeway system) and Hazel Patterson Winter, and by his first wife of nearly 50 years, Roberta Helm Winter. He is survived by his second wife, Barbara; by his and Roberta’s four daughters (all of whom are active in Christian mission), Elizabeth Gill (Brad), Rebecca Lewis (Tim), Linda Dorr (Darrell), and Patricia Johnson (Todd); and by 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He is also survived by his older brother, Paul H. Winter (Betty), a graduate of Caltech and a well-respected structural engineer; by his younger brother, David K. Winter (Helene), president of Westmont College in Santa Barbara for more than 25 years; and by nephews, nieces, and numerous friends and colleagues worldwide.

A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m. at the Worship Center of Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Details will be posted to the website of the U.S. Center for World Mission at
http://www.uscwm.org/

4) Short-Term Health Insurance Coverage In The Us

Are you having a hard time finding affordable health insurance here in the US? Have you recently become unemployed? Have you just recently returned to the US from overseas and without insurance?

If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America and ask for their “Amigo” short-term major medical plan. ISA is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. In the past you have seen listings on Brigada for their fantastic international plans – now they can help you while you are inside the US as well!

For complete details, rates and to apply for coverage online go to

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

email them at

or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Not only will you be able to get affordable short-term medical coverage, but ISA has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link; so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself from financial loss!

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5) Computer/Tech Conference Coming Up In A Nanosecond

International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) is an annual informal gathering of women and men who have a common interest in computers and mission. They share a vision of cooperation for effective use of technology bringing the Gospel to every nation. The dates are June 12 – June 16, 2009 at Taylor University, Upland, IN, USA. For more information visit

http://www.iccm.org/

Registration closes May 29th, so better type fast.

6) Wanted: Cool Or Crazy Missionary Stories


Authentic Books has decided it’s time to compile the 10 years of

http://www.AskAMissionary.com/

questions and answers into a wow book. To intro each chapter, the editors need stunning tall tales from missionaries on guidance, training, agencies, professional skills, singles/families and, of course, funding. Send your funniest, most sobering, oddest or most God-honoring anecdotes to

If your story is selected, you’ll get a freebie copy of the book–plus, undoubtedly, global fame!

8) Free Leaflet Explains Digital Evangelism

A new leaflet has been published by Internet Evangelism Day, to explain the potential of digital evangelism. This two-page overview can be downloaded in Word or PDF formats, ready to print and use as a handout. Users have complete freedom to adapt it, or republish it (either extracts or in full) in print, web or email publications.

The PDF version is also an ideal addition to any website, providing a one-click introduction to web outreach. Webmasters can link directly to it, or add the file to their own server:

Word version:
http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com/handout

PDF version:
http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com/pdfhandout

(Thanks Tony!!!)

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9) Short-Term Health Insurance (Covers Pre-Existing)


Concerned about pre-exisiting condition flare-up when traveling overseas? If you have a US based health insurance plan or Medicare A, B & C and plan to travel overseas, you can now purchase a short-term plan (good for up to six months) that will provide medical evacuation, repatriation and medical coverage for all pre-exisiting conditions. For more information contact

or call 480/813-9100. Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit

http://www.gninsurance.com/travel-3

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10) N. Am. Int’l Student Ministry Workers’ Conference

The annual Association of Christians Ministering To Internationals (ACMI) Conference will be held at Azusa Pacific University, near Los Angeles, CA from May 29 to June 1. The theme is “New Bridges, New Highways: Engaging the Globally and Technologically Connected Community Among Us.” Plenary speakers include Dr. Nabeel Jabbour (Navigators – Muslim Ministry Consultant) Elizabeth Lowe (China Consultant) and Lisa Espineli Chinn (InterVarsity/USA – International Student Ministry Director). In addition there will be 40 workshops. Register online at

http://www.acmi09.org/

or email

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11) Missions In Sunday School?

Long-time Brigada participant ‘Ed’ was wondering if anyone had any good books or manuals which can be used for an adult SS Class on missions. Ideally, this should be a course that’s fairly self-programmed (i.e., didn’t require outside speakers to fulfill it). Any ideas? If so, please click “Comment” below this item on the web at…

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12) New Evangelism Blog Launched

Digital Evangelism Issues (DEI) focuses on news and ideas for any type of digital outreach – web, mobile phone, video clip, social networking and more. It often looks at issues relating to cross-cultural mission opportunities. DEI is the blog associated with Internet Evangelism Day (IED), hence the mirror-image acronym! Classical language scholars and those with a Catholic background will notice a second reference: ‘dei’ is Latin for ‘belonging to God’.

http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/

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13) International Church Conference

Since 2004, the Missional International Church Network has been conducting conferences. They began as a small group that believed the International Church could make a difference! They continue to work out their DNA through ongoing exploration of their first name, “Missional.” In Kuala Lumpur, April 28-May 2, 2009, they will investigate what it means to shape the International Church for the future to come.
You can register online at …

http://www.micn.org./

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14) Oscar Launches Online Mission Community

OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched it’s own social network for those involved or interested in cross-cultural mission. OSCARactive, as it’s called, utilises Ning to create a number of interactive features to help people across its network and beyond give peer-to-peer support, advice and encouragement. All of those who are interested or involved in world mission are welcome to join. Go to

http://www.oscaractive.net/

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