Your search for search-for-this returned 499 results.

14) The Last Bit: How to Search for Brigada Content the Easy Way

We know, we know. You’re probably going to say, “Duh — Google.” But hey… it’s a legitimate question. For example, a Brigada participant wrote this past week, saying, “I really enjoy this service that you offer to us missionaries…. [Thanks, by the way! God be praised.] I look forward to the articles each week…. I remembering seeing just recently about the book resilient kids or MK’s or something like that but can’t seem to find the email. We have a potential family coming oversees to live and I would love to get that book into their hands before they come. Would you be able to send that to me again.” Now the truth is, it’s very possible to find this kind of thing using our built-in tools. For example, on the Brigada app on your smart device, just open the app and click the magnifying glass upper right. In this case, you could try, for example, putting in the word, “resilient” in the search box. A nanosecond later, there’s the item for which you were searching. (You haven’t installed the app? Gasp.)

Or head on over to the website at http://www.brigada.org . There, you can find our index-based search engine on the landing page that uses WordPress magic to give you relevant pages from within the Brigada world — thousands upon thousands of past items are searched instantly all the way back to January, 1995 — even faster than Google could search them (especially since you won’t be searching cat videos on YouTube while you look for resilient MK stuff). What’s more, the Brigada search engine is famous because it’s pre-indexed. And there are never any ads — or anything shady. It’s all internally handled for your specific and purposeful use. To use Brigada’s own custom search, just enter your search term beside the magnifying glass upper right. You don’t even have to click to another page. And the results will be whole posts, the way they originally appeared in Brigada. This is super-helpful if you can remember the post by the picture that was associated with it.

You can still use a Google custom search too. We make it easy for you to search only the Brigada site. Just click “Search” in the top line menu. Now — using Google’s site search, you’ll see ads at the top of every search. Unfortunately, Google no longer allows users to pay a fee to get rid of those ads. But the Google search engine is configured slightly differently, so if you can’t find your item in the built-in ad-free Brigada search, you can at least try the Google site search as a backup.

Hope that helps. And yes — we answered the participant looking for the MK book and asked him to try the site search first. If he hadn’t been successful, we would have searched with him. We love you all!

12) Want to Try a Non-Google Search Engine?

Brigada participant, Michael, suggested we might want to try DuckDuckGo instead of Google as a search engine. “They don’t track you,” he explained. Recently they passed 30 million searches a day, and it seems to work about as well as Google. They don’t offer voice input. But if you can work around that, you’re good. You can even make it your default search engine if you prefer.

https://duckduckgo.com

2) Want to Search the Brigada archive? Use This Special Shortcut:

From any browser, at any time, you can always copy and paste this into the address:

 

www.brigada.org/?s=search-for-this

 

where “search-for-this” is the term you’re seeking. For example, you could type in…

 

www.brigada.org/?s=japanese

 

and you’ll see 109 items in which the term, “Japanese” is mentioned in past Brigada episodes. Substitute the word, “Japanese” for anything in the world to see if Brigada has done an article about it.

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DO US A FAVOR: ENTER THE DATES OF YOUR CONFERENCE

calendar Hey, could you do us a favor and jot down the dates of your upcoming conference or training course at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar Brigada participants are all the time asking for the dates of upcoming events. If we all just took a moment to post them, then we would be able to manage the tracking of these events much more easily. For an example of what I mean, check out Feb. 7-9, 2002 in the calendar there. You’ll see PACE-Lab 2002 entered, along with a web site for more info. Be sure to note the location of your event — along with the country in which it will occur. Remember — we have an international audience!
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A NEW (OLD) SLANT ON PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS

The International House of Prayer is a 24-hour/day, 7-day/week, inter-denominational prayer ministry located in the Kansas City area. It’s a great new concept based on an old model–the Tabernacle of David–with singers and musicians leading corporate intercession and worship 24-hours a day. They have particular sessions to pray for the Kingdom to come to the nations, cities, and college campuses of the world. They even have prayer training and a passion to send pray-ers to the nations. Write for information at infoatihopkcdotcom  (infoatihopkcdotcom)  , or check out more at http://www.ihopkc.com/new/ihop247.html. (Thanks Mark!)
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SEARCH BRIGADA ARCHIVES

Brigada Logo There are two ways to search past issues of Brigada Today. Without a doubt, the best way is to go to the Brigada web site: http://www.brigada.org Our amazingly consistent web-volunteer, Bob, has custom-designed a search engine there especially for Brigada Today. You can specify how many years back you want to search (all the way back to the beginning, if you like), as well as how exacting you want the search. What’s more, when you see the results, you’re looking at the item titles themselves, rather than the issue for that week. So when you click on an item that looks promising, Bob’s search engine takes you precisely to the item, even if it was originally at the very end of the issue in which it occurred. By the way, we’ve been running a couple of sister relationships along the way, and Bob’s listed helps for them as well — for Advance and the Web Evangelism Guide. Find it all by clicking on the “Search” line at the home page of Brigada.

So go ahead… give it a try. Click to: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html and search for “water filters”. You get 9 results, some of which go back as far as August ’98. If you drop the “s” and type in just “water filter”, the search engine finds an additional 5 items, 14 in all. Try it yourself with something you’d like to research. “TESL” finds a dozen items, “TESOL” finds 27. The term “Bush” is mentioned a whopping 75 times! :-) “Yahoo!” is there 7 times throughout the past few years. :-)

By the way, there is another way to search more recent issues. About the only time you’d want to use this alternative approach is when Bob hasn’t quite had a chance to post the most recent issue into the Brigada site. For example, you receive a particular issue of Brigada Today, then you delete it, then you wish you could get it back — about 5 minutes later. Odds are, Bob won’t be quite that fast (although he’s usually fairly quick! :-) ). In that case, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/messages At that site, the particular edition is available within about 30 seconds of posting time. Yahoo Groups has Brigada Editions going back to August of 2000. So you should be covered!

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DATE CHANGE ON TESOL SCHOOL IN CHINA

lighting the way Want to learn to teach English? Why not do it in China! Some 40 teachers will be needed at the SIAS University where a TESOL school will be held from June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province (dates changed from previous announcement). The school will provide you with the tools needed to Teach English and build relationships. Whether you are called to China, or other parts of the world, this professional course will prepare you. There are also opportunities to stay on and Teach English for the 2001-2001 academic year at SIAS University. For more information check out: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email TESOL2001athotmaildotcom  (TESOL2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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APOLOGIES TO JERRY RANKIN

lighting the way Oops… contrary to what we reported earlier, Dr. Jerry Rankin is at the helm of the IMB, not Avery Willis (see Feb. 16th edition of Brigada Today, “FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.“). Thanks to those who wrote with that correction. However — it was indeed Avery Willis who announced that the IMB was “opening up the store”, so to speak, at GCOWE ’95. Avery is, however, the Senior VP, not the actual point man.
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NEW ANIMATED BIBLE STUDY SITE FOR CHILDREN

WebWatch The vision behind Charles’ work is to include a dynamic, animated presentation of every major Bible character and theme in this new site http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com Looks to be a powerful tool to reach out to families all over the world. For more info, contact Charles cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom  (cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom)  .
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DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR PATTERSON CD

cd-rom Remember that the manufactured, revised edition of the George Patterson CD is now available for immediate shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, fax 503-517-1801, email bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . The price is US$29.95 plus shipping (volume discount available). While they can accept bank cards, they cannot do billing. [For Windows only.] Microsoft Windows
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ON-LINE REVEILLE SHOFAR IS MOBILIZATION TOOL

WebWatch The Jan/Feb 2001 edition of the Operation Reveille Shofar is posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm. This issue reports about work in northern Iraq, Japan, and the Ukraine as well as ways to study Islam, get map overlays, and help southern Sudan. The web version of the newsletter is cool because it is in color, and one can hyperlink to sites for the opportunities and resources mentioned. For more information on Operation Reveille, a ministry of Mission to Unreached Peoples, write Bruce operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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SURVEY REVEALS BEST TRAITS FOR TENTMAKERS

Here’s a great little study reported by Tim Parker tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg  (tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg)  , the Tentmaking Coordinator for Team Expansion. According to Tim, Don Hamilton (of TMQ Research) recently completed a survey among some 800 people who are serving or have served overseas in a tentmaking capacity. The study revealed that the most effective tentmakers…

  • had led an evangelistic bible study before going overseas.
  • went overseas mainly to share the gospel.
  • believed God called them to be tentmakers.
  • had experience in actively sharing their faith at home.
  • had strong relationships with their local home church.
  • recruited others to be tentmakers.

For further information on the survey, or for a copy of the full report ($10), Tim said we could write directly to Don Hamilton, TMQ Research, 312 Melcanyon Road, Duarte, CA 91010, 626-359-4048. (No email given.) Tim cited the info. with permission from the Canadian Tentmaker Network/Southern Ontario Tentmaker Seminar Workbook). Thanks Tim!

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MISSION ADVENTURE NOVELS?

WebWatch Here’s the latest in literature… a missions “ebook” adventure story. Check it out at: http://www.adventurebooksonline.com. In each AdventureBook novel, you will be exposed to new and informative insights about exotic cultures and places. The goal of these writings is to elevate the enjoyment level of readers to the point that you will learn things about important cultural and missiological truths without even realizing that they are being taught. (Note that we’re mentioning this site because of its cutting-edge approach to distributing missions information; we’re not necessarily endorsing the fact that the profit from the book goes to help a mission effort in the Philippines. As a general rule, we don’t publish fund-raising appeals. But we do highlight useful and innovative resources, practically all of which tend to result in someone making some small amount of money. Anyway… we thought this was a creative way to get the word out.)
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COFFEE SHOP: TRY AGAIN

lighting the way Some who visited The Coffee Shop following the recent announcement ran into a technical glitch. The problem has been fixed, and missionaries, former missionaries, and pre- missionaries are once again invited to join. The Coffee Shop is an email list service to discuss books, articles and ongoing topics related to life and ministry. To join, send a blank email to thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom  (thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or send questions to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  . For more information, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen Michael Jaffarian recently wrote us with a thoughtful evaluation, after having read the “Back Page” editorial from Feb. 16th (…Good Teams…). I remember meeting Michael on a bus once in Seoul, Korea — of all places. I’ve never forgotten his eye for detail, still apparent in this piece of transparent and honest evaluation:

“My interest perked up at something you wrote in Brigada Today. (So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. )

“Exactly. In our mission, CBI, we realized that we were keeping excellent statistics on finances, pretty good statistics on personnel, but not as good field statistics. In other words, we could report to our churches how much they were sending to us, but not much about what fruit was coming from all that, in concrete, specific terms. Our old field statistics system, of annually getting a count of churches, baptisms, etc., had sort of fallen into disrepair. For one thing, so much of what happens on the field is done by nationals, not by our missionaries. But there are ways to overcome that. So one of my major projects this year is to renew and upgrade that whole system for our mission. What to count, and why, and how.

“I spent a lot of time in January meeting with and talking to field leaders from many of our fields. Each is sooooooooo different from the next. I developed a lot of good, fresh ideas from that. I also spent some time going over our Mission Statement, our Purpose Statement, our Strategic Priorities, and etc., and on all these things asked, are there ways we can monitor this stuff? For most of it, there are. For example, we say that evangelization is a big priority for us as a mission. So I am going to ask every missionary, every year, how many people did you share the gospel with last year? (There are some complexities, definitions to that question, but still, I think I can make it workable). … I believe that just the asking of that question is going to increase the amount of evangelization we as a mission do every year. Similar with many other categories, in the life and work of the missionary, and field-by-field.

“I suspect a lot of missions could do a better job with this business of field statistics – gathering them, analyzing them, reporting them, and strategizing on the basis of things learned and opportunities revealed. The things we want to be doing as a mission, let’s quantify them if possible, and then learn. The point is not to make anybody look good or to make anybody look bad. The point is to give glory to God and serve him well.”

Thanks for your frank and honest sharing, Michael!

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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SOMETHING MISSING THIS WEEK: THE AD TRAILER

Brigada Logo Okay… enough is enough. Thanks to a sponsor or two and some recent PayPal participants, we finally bit the bullet and upgraded Brigada Today to the “no ad option” at eGroups. What that means is a) there will no longer be those little generic eGroups-chosen advertising teasers at the end (touting the latest in some New Age crystal that can be yours for a price :-) ) and b) we’re hoping that will alleviate the way Brigada Today is converting to an attachment for certain email clients. Time will tell. Either way… no more annoying generic ads at the end! Yahoo! And … we are still able to offer Brigada Today at no charge to subscribers! Yay! :-) Thanks again to our sponsors like TealBrook on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com and Taylored Communications on the web at http://www.operatorservices.com and to those who have clicked on: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org
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PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIGADA “READER SURVEY” TODAY! (PRIZES!)

Brigada LogoRemember Jonathan Marsden’s challenge (upon our passing the 10,000 reader mark) to measure the involvement of Brigada readers? Well, with the help of one of our Brigada participants (a ‘pro’ survey researcher) we can now take Jonathan up on his challenge. We’ve commissioned the researcher to design a reader survey that will help us learn more about the Brigada constituency, how you use Brigada Today, and how we can make Brigada even better for everyone — and in keeping with our sensitivity for those working in difficult areas, it’s entirely confidential.

The results will be valuable for us – but only if we can get most of you agree to complete a five-minute questionnaire. So, please do me a favor by letting Jim at Campbell Research know you are willing to help. Just send a message (no text necessary) to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)  .

To sweeten the pot :-) , six lucky participants will be chosen at random to each receive a prize: a brand new “Sport” water purifier for you or the missionary of your choice, courtesy of TealBrook email infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   or on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com (a $30 value! Thanks Mike and Deb!). Results from the survey will be made available to everyone in future editions of Brigada Today.

For the privacy minded, Jim and Campbell Research have committed to absolute confidentiality — your email address won’t be used for any purpose other than this survey. Jim is doing this out of the goodness of his heart, and because he doesn’t mind having the opportunity to let 10,000 missions-oriented people know that Campbell Research specializes in designing, conducting and analyzing research for Christian ministries, including missions organizations. :-) After all, if we want recruits, donors and unreached peoples to listen to us, it’s nice to think about listening to them also. And surveys are a terrific tool for listening to large groups of people. Who knows, you might hear something important!

To find out more about surveying your constituents, write Jim at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)  , or visit www.campbellresearch.com. But do so only after sending a message to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)   agreeing to take the survey. Thanks!

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THE WORLD OF ISLAM CD-ROM

cd-rom We told you a few weeks ago about the new CD coming from GMI. Well it’s here, and it’s something else! This is a serious missions resource for helping us better understand Muslims and minister in the Islamic context. It contains the full text of over 50 of the best books and journal articles on Islam, seminary courses, a bibliography, photographs, maps and Web links. You can get a copy for only $39.95 (now $19.95 for full-time students and Two-Thirds World ministry leaders) plus shipping and tax. GMI did the production work for this partnership with the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity (London), Fuller Seminary and Lausanne. They produced 8000 copies and have already distributed 6000, many going to ministry leaders in the Two-Thirds World. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/islamcd.htm or contact Karen infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 or fax: 719-548-7459. The CD can be ordered from offices in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. We’ve also set up a new Brigada autoresponder file about the CD; to get a 12K email with more details about this resource, send a normal blank email to world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg  (world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg)  .
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FREE BIBLES FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Bible Over 200 million Christians live under restriction and persecution for their faith in Christ. Most do not even have their own copy of the Bible. Now there is a unique way that you can provide them with a portion of God’s Word at no cost to you. By visiting “The Bible Site” on the Internet you can click a button that will send a scripture portion to a persecuted Christian, funded completely by sponsors of the site. The success of this exciting campaign depends upon as many Christians as possible visiting “The Bible Site” and encouraging others to do the same. As more people visit and make free donations, awareness will be raised about Christian persecution and thousands of Bibles will be provided to our suffering brothers and sisters worldwide. Visit “The Bible Site” by clicking: http://www.TheBibleSite.org (Thanks Justin!)
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GET A TASTE OF TRANSLATION AND LINGUISTICS

graduation cap Check out the 5-day course returning to the Portland, Oregon office of Wycliffe Bible Translators, August 14-18. Introductory classes on phonetics, phonology, grammar, language & culture learning, translation & semantics, are all taught by experienced linguists and translators from around the world. Try it on for size, total it up and see if Bible translation might be a good fit for your unique gifts, interests and talents! Field reports, videos, personal testimonies, prayer, devotions and group living build meaningful relationships between staff & students. Tuition, materials, housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and delicious ethnic dinners) are all provided for $100. Scholarship available. Phone John Wilson at 503-652-1662, toll free 800-269-2007, or e-mail Jim Stair at jim_stairatwycliffedotorg  (jim_stairatwycliffedotorg)  . http://www.wycliffe.org/nwro
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ARE FOREIGN MISSIONARIES BEING DRIVEN OUT OF RUSSIA?

“A significant number of foreign Christian missionaries have been expelled from Russia, with an increased number over the past year, reveals a major investigation by Keston News Service. Other missionaries are being obstructed in their work.” (KNS Press Release, 19 July 2000.) Full details of the results of the two-month investigation are available from Keston Institute on request at kestondotinstituteatkestondotorg  (kestondotinstituteatkestondotorg)  , Website: http://www.keston.org. Keston Institute, based in Oxford, United Kingdom, and with representatives in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia, is an NGO founded in 1969 to defend religious liberty in postcommunist and communist countries. (Thanks Kerry!)
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MISSION TO NORTH KOREA IS POSSIBLE

graduation cap You can start by participating in YWAM’s “North Korea Study School.” The school will be held for 3 months, from October 11 through December 29, 2000, in Vancouver, Canada, and Manchuria, China. The purpose of the school is to help participants gain an understanding of North Korea from God’s perspective and to seek, through intercession, lectures from many viewpoints, study trip and project development, a unified strategy for ministry to this important nation. The cost is US $2600 plus airfare to Northeast China. This will be a unique opportunity to understand the North Korean mind, appraise the situation and discover opportunities for ministry. Those interested can contact Christina at nkmatywam-aiimdotorg  (nkmatywam-aiimdotorg)   and/or browse http://www.ywam-aiim.org.
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PAYPAL IS HITTING THE MARK

Paypal logo We continue to hear rave reviews by those using PayPal. Many are saying that it’s just a handy way to send secure payments for purchases made at sites recommended by Brigada Today — but this system will only work if vendors and purchasers join PayPal in advance. The only downside we can see of the system is the one brought up by one happy PayPal user (thanks Terry), who writes “If someone sells you something and you pay by Paypal, make sure you know the person is reliable OR you’ve already received the merchandise and it’s in good shape. Because once you pay them with Paypal, the money is gone. If the seller fails to ship the merchandise, or if you return it expecting a refund from Paypal — you won’t get one. That’s not what Paypal is. Admittedly this isn’t a fault with Paypal, it’s just that people should know it’s only a cash transfer agent, not a bank or credit card.” So if you’re trying to find a way to securely send money across the Net, you’ve found it. But if you want buyer protection, look elsewhere. Check out PayPal by clicking below

noteDisclaimer: Remember that, although we would have recommended PayPal anyway, because it “scratches an itch” we’ve felt for a long time, we also want to make it clear that those who enroll in the service will be triggering a referral benefit to Brigada Today in the form of a $5 “thank you” from PayPal to Brigada. Thanks in advance!) https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

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FREE STUFF FOR EDITORS

newspaper If you edit a Christian magazine, newsletter, or ezine, relating to mission or evangelism in general, there are some royalty-free articles and news items available as part of the Web Evangelism Guide (Thanks Tony!): http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/newsreleases.html
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR HINDUS AND SIKHS

calendar With two weeks to go before the strategic Consultation for Ministries to Hindus and Sikhs in North America, (August 3-5, Minneapolis) organizers are requesting prayers for significant outcomes, stronger relationships, and smooth event functioning. If you qualify to participate or wish to recommend someone to attend e-mail the organizers immediately at AugConsultationatcsdotcom  (AugConsultationatcsdotcom)  . But act fast! It’s coming up immediately!
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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES

graduation cap Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing is committed to encouraging and supporting nursing missions. The School is offering a unique continuing education opportunity for missionary nurses to update skills. The next session will be held January 15-19, 2001 on the OBU campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. For more information contact Dr. Lana Bolhouse Lana_Bolhouseatwebmaildotokbudotedu  (Lana_Bolhouseatwebmaildotokbudotedu)  .
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TRAVEL PORTALS

bus Seems like I regularly get requests from folks seeking the best deals in travel. We used to host a special email conference for those who would like to throw out “requests for quotes”, but any more, it’s probably just as efficient to check out any 3 of the following web sites — most are equally good at sniffing out the best deals:

bestfares.com : have to join for $59 for full access, but great site
biztravel.com : somewhat focused on business traveler;
expedia.com : great upgrade recently; simple building your trip
travelscape.com : well organized; linked to expedia
travelocity.com : linked to Sabre, the travel agent reservation system
trip.com : wide selection; comparison shop with links to airline sites
cheapseats.org : this is a wash; extensive registration; hardly worth it
cheaptickets.com : slow, clunky, . . .but cheapest int’l fares
lowestfare.com : airline ticket consolidator; best deals at last minute
priceline.com : these folks you already know about :-)
frommers.com : like the travel guide books by the same name
concierge.com : mapping, destination information (from Fodors), links
fodors.com : same as the popular guidebooks
iexplore.com : aimed at adventure sites
www.lonelyplanet.com : like the books by the same name; rugged traveler
timeout.com : info. about events in 33 cities; 20-something crowd

(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)

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GREAT SEARCH SITES

WebWatch Isn’t it crazy the way it seems you can find out just about anything any more by searching the web? But how does one find a “needle in a haystack”? Well with the following search sites, now you can! Alternate between the following until you’ve found a favorite:

about.com : expert human guides compile links and info.
altavista.com : directory of categories; related to babelfish
askjeeves.com : GREAT site for asking plain English questions about all!
brittanica.com : search the Internet or the whole Encyclopaedia
copernic.com : get a free utility program that searches 12 engines
directhit.com : specializes in returning the most relevant short lists
excite.com : popular, full-service, owns webcrawler.com
magellan.excite.com : concept-based search site
alltheweb.com : claims to have indexed more pages; impressively fast
go.com : search portal using categories, advanced features; metasearch
google.com : goes extra mile, ranks pages, shows search words in context
hotbot.com : owned by Lycos; more advanced search features; fine-tune it
lycos.com : full-service search portal; slightly awkward
metacrawler.com : collect results from a dozen search engines at once
northernlight.com : in addition to normal, one can pay for deeper search
profusion.com : up-and-coming metasearch portal
savvysearch.com : results from 11 different engines
snap.com : owned by NBC Internet; TV ads; personalizable
yahoo.com : full-service portal that pioneered organization by category

(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)

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WIRELESS PORTALS

WAP device Have you made the jump to wireless yet? I’ve been using an OmniSky modem with a Palm V and I’ll have to admit — it’s very freeing. There have been times that I’ve been out on the road, away from the office, when I didn’t want to take time to fire up my laptop and link it to my cell phone — because a quick two-line email would do. The Palm V with the OmniSky modem is perfect — in the USA, that is. In addition, the unlimited wireless web connection is a whole new way to think about the Internet. Anyway… here are some top sites for wireless web users:

avantgo.com : 350 Internet channels for Palm and Windows CE
air.go.com : customize for your unit; use translators and more
go2online.com : address and locator service, info. provider
mobile.msn.com : lately, one of the best
omnisky.com : The broadest available content — for a price
www.oraclemobile.com : customizable portal with tons of options
shadowpack.com : download the new web-clipping application; great portal
speedia.com : free news, finance, weather, stock lists, etc.
wolfetech.com : only available for Motorola or RIM pagers; fee involved
yahoo.com : use your yahoo email account wirelessly; categories
yodlee.com : one password to access all your online accounts; timesaver

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NEW BIBLE COURSE FROM GRACE NOTES

graduation cap On August 11, 2000, GRACE NOTES will begin distribution by e-mail of three new verse-by-verse courses in books of the Bible: 1 THESSALONIANS, 2 THESSALONIANS, and REVELATION. In these courses, lessons are distributed weekly by e-mail. There is no charge! If you prefer, you can request delivery of and (or all) course(s) all at once as a Microsoft Word 6.0 file. It will be sent as an e-mail attachment. Send your request to Grace Notes wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  ; specify which course(s) you want, and which delivery method (weekly e-mail or attachment) you prefer.

note (Note that Brigada Today doesn’t ever “endorse” any particular doctrine or ‘flavor’ of teaching — so you’ll have to decide for yourself which parts of these kinds of courses fit with your own understanding of scripture — “eat the corn and leave the cob.” corn on the cob :-) )

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THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM A STARVING COOK

We recently hosted a series of luncheons and dinners at Team Expansion, all held during a busy [and large] Christian convention here in Louisville, Kentucky. The “Celebration Meal” point person on our team (Yay Todd! :-) ) secured the help of his mother (Yay Peggy! :-) ) and we were off to the races. Of course we realized it would be hard work for everyone involved, but perhaps it didn’t really dawn on us exactly how much work it would be until we started seeing Peggy at work from one meal to the next. Yikes. gulp The truth is, on one particular day she worked from nearly dawn ’til dusk without stopping. When the day was done, we all realized too late that Peggy, the cook, hadn’t stopped to eat even a bite for herself! What’s more, now that the day was done, she was too exhausted to even think about eating. She went home a very tired (albeit fulfilled :-) ) volunteer.

I’ve been thinking about the old adage about cooks who work so hard that they end up starving. At Team Expansion, we have a Pastoral Care specialist who reminds us regularly just how important it is that our missionaries get quality input while on the field. But in spite of Donna’s best efforts — with all the cooperation we can muster — the truth is that we occasionally still see burnout, fatigue, or worse yet, even moral failure and complete crumbling of missionaries’ spiritual foundations.

How can this be? How can these noble professionals leave house and home, family and friends — then end up themselves as a casualty on the highway to Heaven. They sometimes set out with the highest intentions and end up with the lowest inclinations. They witness to countless souls, starving spiritually and/or physically, then end up starving themselves — physically or spiritually.

What can we do about “starving cooks syndrome?” One idea is to designate a “Donna” in your own mission family — someone who will constantly monitor (and wave the flag for) “member care.” That representative could attend the “Pastor to Missionaries” conference in December (to be held at the JAARS Center, Waxhaw NC — read all about it at http://www.barnabas.org/f-ptm.html ). Check out the links at http://www.missionarycare.org/links.html for even more ideas.

But maybe the simplest act of kindness we can do is just to look around us. Those of us working at those meals saw that Peggy was giving of her whole self . . . and we probably urged her to eat something at one point or another that day. But . . . those in leadership probably need to take greater steps than simple words. We probably need to urge and take action to prevent “starving cooks syndrome”. We can’t afford hungry soldiers. It’s just not acceptable in the army in which we all serve.

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20060903 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360
  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT
  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET
  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES
  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN”
  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY?
  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360 — That’s right. Caleb Project is no more. ACMC a thing of the past. Save your books and conference brochures. They’re now collectors’ items. :-) Sell ’em on some eBay missions chat room somewhere. Make millions. Tithe to initiative360. That’s the new result. Greg + Brent equals “Take it Global”. That’s their website, in fact:

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    As a partnership of members, Initiative360 will walk alongside churches on their missional journey with life-changing products, services, curriculum, and real-time experiences. Sounds like a perfect marriage of two top-notch organizations. We look forward to hearing more.


  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT — Here’s a DVD that tells the story from Genesis to Revelation in animation. The whole Bible story in 10 minute chapters, is told in just under two hours. Two Covenants, two DVD’s, one story, The Glory Story. These guys sent me samples of this product and, honestly, it’s a cool idea that you could use with children *and* adults. Pull the snippets for upcoming messages on practically any topic in the Word. Interested? Watch the film trailers at The Glory Story website:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    They’ve also shared still pictures & text CD’s as well. With these, you tell the story personally. View all of the pictures at The Glory Story website.


  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET — I’m kind of surprised by all the free services that are once again cropping up on the Internet. One of the columnists I read regularly was recently observing them: Mapquest, Google search, Google news, YouTube, Flickr, Putfile, Gmail, Skype, GTalk, jot, photobucket, … and the list goes on and on and on… How all these services sell enough ads to stay in business, I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t… in which case they end up getting bought out … or they start charging us someday, once we’re hooked. Either way, in the meantime, those of us who like a good deal should be able to find it out there online somewhere. Just be careful not to tie up a lot of your media without a backup. Someday we might try to access our stuff, only to find it’s vanished like a puff of smoke.

  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — [Thanks to the anonymous worker in an anonymous sensitive country who wrote, …] If you serve in a sensitive country, chances are you try to keep information about your work off the internet. So how would you know if some well-meaning church or organization is posting your newsletter on their website. Of course, you search the internet, right? WRONG! Every time you request info via a search engine you are again reminding that search engine that it needs to keep a history of whatever key words you are searching for. Even if you contact the offending website and get the original page deleted, the page lives on in the history of the search engine. You are in a catch 22 position. The more you do the searches, the more you are hurting yourself. Stop searching so that the history of these search engines will eventually “forget” you. Make sense? Don’t search!

  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN” — Amanda, a 24-year-old Christian woman lives in Grunau, Namibia. She is a single, unemployed Nama. Although she is a member of a Lutheran church, the church does not reach to unsaved people. Amanda wanted to start a Bible study in her home, but the church did not encourage it, and she had no materials. While two Christian workers visited her, they shared and discussed the principles of Pioneer Evangelism and left tracts and Bible portions from the book of John for her to use. They prayed for her mother, who had been a church leader. In the final stages of AIDS, the older woman is no longer welcome at the church. Please pray for Amanda to be strong in her faith. Pray that she will continue to have courage to reach out to the unsaved and ostracized. Pray that the members of this church will come to know the true meaning of grace, peace and mercy that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for continued teaching so these forgotten people will come to know the truth of God’s Word. Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED — Responding to the serious, growing economic challenge for persecuted Christians, 16 leaders from 11 international organizations met recently in Atlanta to form the Persecuted Church Economic Development Network (PCEDN) to explore how the global church can assist fellow believers. In addition to discussing the status of the persecuted church, the group also agreed on broad definitions relating to micro-finance, sustainable small and large enterprise development, tentmaking and macro-economic conditions. Moreover, leaders identified critical roadblocks to economically helping the emerging, persecuted church. PCEDN Working Groups will address the need for sustainable economic develop models and standards for training and consulting with the emerging church. Plans are also underway for a PCEDN enewsletter and website. The next global meeting of the PCEDN will be held spring 2007 in Bangkok. For more information contact David,

    cdmustine(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 working consultation was developed and facilitated by visionSynergy

    http://www.visionsynergy.net


  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY? — He tells us he saw the Lord, he heard angels calling to one another, he realized that he himself was ‘unclean’ in the presence of a holy God. So what happened next? To find out, go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “Choose a Bible book” and select Isaiah Unit 9 “The Problem of Guilt” by Raymond Brown is translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS — COMIX35 is calling on all Christian cartoonists and comics artists from Central and South America to gather at this year’s combined Letra Viva Consulta and LITT- WORLD 2006 conference near Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 12 to 17. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and discussion with other Christian comics producers, and to hear practical and inspirational talks by the LITT-WORLD speakers, attending artists will also meet many Christian writers, editors, and publishers.

    For information in Spanish on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06_spanish.htm

    Information in Portuguese on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06/lw06_bro_port.pdf

    To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st begins a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. To be added to the list of those who are taking part, or to receive the prayer guide, write:

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


  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006 — If you were considering helping Brigada during 2006 but haven’t yet, now would be a *reeeeeeeally* good time. Only 3 months remain. Want to help underwrite this weekly newsletter for thousands of overseas readers who don’t have access to checking accounts or credit cards? If you subscribe to another magazine, consider donating the cost of a subscription . . . or give double, so you can pay someone else’s share too. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME” — With 3 school shootings in 5 days, the USA is reeling as it seeks to come to grips with violence played out against its most vulnerable citizens — it’s young people. Our mission happens to be engaged in purchasing some gazebos for use as prayer shelters . . . and we’re buying the kits from a company in Pennsylvania with several Amish employees. Yesterday morning, I picked up the phone and called to let them know that, “If someone hurts one of your children, it’s like they hurt one of mine.” The owner of the company took time to talk to me for 20′, I bet. He had gone to school as a child just a mile from the site of the most recent shooting, a one-room schoolhouse in rural PA. He transferred my call to a sales rep who was having a hard time . . . and before the day was done, they asked my permission to have one of their delivery guys call me. He was on the road in Maine… unable to process and debrief the shootings with his colleagues back in PA. In the middle of our phone call, he broke down and cried at the prospect that a random guy in Louisville would express identification with him and his neighbors of a different faith.

    All of the above led me to conclude that we probably need to be more intentional about *empathy*. I mean… think about Jesus’ life: much of it was built around the concept of empathy. He walked our dusty paths, ate our food, was tempted with the same transgressions — yet remained sinless. Gave his life… rose again… so that in turn, we could empathize with Him in his struggle and victory.

    So maybe it’s a key principle of the Christian faith . . .and one that we should/could employ on a daily basis. With whom can you empathize today? How can you express it? Simple words and prayers might be enough. They seemed to work for a bunch of builders in Pennsylvania. But you could also choose greeting cards, flowers, visits, cookies, emails, phone calls, … the list is endless. Let’s practice empathy and walk dusty roads with someone who needs a friend — today.

9) Search the Entire 23 Years of Brigada in an Instant

We pay Google for a real-time search engine that is instant — and focused just on Brigada. What does this mean? You’ve got to experience it to see the results. Just type in “YWAM” for example. You’ll receive all 444 items that have included the word, “YWAM,” over the entire 23-year life of Brigada. TESL will yield 408 results. (TESOL will get you 1,220 additional hits, by the way.) The whole thing happens so fast, so instantaneous, you’ll wonder how in the world 23 years can be searched so quickly. (Paying Google some cash can work miracles.) Sure you can go out to “normal” Google and search something like “YWAM in Brigada” — and the first 5 hits are indeed mentions of YWAM in Brigada. But the other 3,015 hits are all over the board. By using the search engine built into Brigada, you can focus JUST on the topic you seek. Try it someday. Remember, just go to…

http://www.brigada.org/

and use the Google search box immediately under the title of the current edition.

20050911 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING)
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD!
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL”
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU!
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY?
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA — There are more than 10 million people in the country of Tunisia, North Africa, with only about 300 following Jesus. This is a country rich in Christian history, but in real need of spiritual breakthrough today. Now you can join many others in praying for the Muslims of Tunisia. Caleb Project has produced a DVD on Tunisian Arabs, along with an accompanying Prayer Guide. The DVD shows the situation in Tunisia today, and includes a special interview with two leaders of the Christian Church in Tunisia. The Prayer Guide is a full-color booklet created to help Christians know how to strategically pray for Tunisian Arabs. The prices for these products are: $20 for the DVD; $2.50 for each Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please send an email to amanis(at)cproject(dot)com or call 303-459-5351. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information on Caleb Project, log onto http://www.calebproject.org
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They offer outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to: http://www.global-airtime.com or contact Andy cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net toll-free in the USA 888-683-0653. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING) — Here’s an organization that offers courses that are just 5 days long but contain an entire 2 week curriculum. Global Opportunities has increased their training programs in both numbers and locations. There is still time to register for the October 12-17, 2005 LTN Tentmaking Course in Pasadena CA at the US Center for World Mission. See them on the web at http://www.globalopps.org or write them an email at goequipped(at)globalopps(dot)org.
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Here’s a magazine for development workers around the world. TEARFund, UK’s evangelical NGO, produces this periodical with ideas for community development projects and support. It is particularly designed for a national Christian who may also be a second-language English speaker, and is equally useful to the mission community. Current and all back issues are available online in PDF format, and it is also available in printed form by post. http://tilz.tearfund.org/ (Thanks Tony!!!)
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD! — Perhaps you’ve already heard of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus which coincides with the annual Muslim fasting month of Ramadan: Oct 5 to Nov 3, 2005. This annual international mobilization (since 1993) calls Christians everywhere to pray for, learn about, and reach out to the Muslim peoples of the world, so that they may at least have an opportunity to consider God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, and that we may live peaceably and respectfully side-by-side. You can order the current prayer booklet from: http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30daysmuslim.html
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES — Are you a missionary woman on the field that could use some encouragement? “Oaks of Righteousness” Yahoo Group has been formed with you in mind. The members there hope you will find a safe place to walk this missionary journey with women on the same path, share life’s ups and downs, and prayer for one another. Just click on the following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness/ and then chose “join group.” For more information please contact the group moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20 — Mark wrote this past week with an important caution about using those bulbs to purify water. (See the 2005/09/02 BRIGADA TODAY). Apparently there are issues being considered when regular, stable electricity is a problem. Just a word to the wise . . . that other purification techniques might be more effective when your electricity isn’t as dependable. (Thanks Mark!)
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL” — We continue to receive lots of responses to our items on Google’s “Gmail”. Frankly, judging by the passion of some of our readers, there must be something to this Gmail craze. (I think I’m going to have to check it out myself! :-) ) Perhaps one of the more studied responses was that of Justin: “While it is true that it’s difficult to secure gmail, its not impossible. First off, once you have logged in to gmail.com, then you can go to https://mail.gmail.com/mail/ (just adding the “s” after http) and the server will preserve the secure link for all of your connections thereafter. Granted that initial blast through is unsecure. One way to deal with this is to login, then once you see the “Loading” immediately close the browser, then reopen and go to the secure link. Once you’ve logged in, its a long time before your logged out anyway.

“But the far easier way to secure mail is simply to download mail in Outlook or Outlook Express or some other email client. The way Google Mail is set up, this is completely secure, done over an SSL link (and not working any other way). Granted you don’t get the web-based features of google search, but the great thing is that you get google’s spam protection and the ease of your typical email client. And depending on what client you use, you can integrate something like MSN Search or Google Search on your desktop, and find emails that way.”

Thanks, too, to Bob, who referred us to a study paper on the topic, from a Christian computer conference a couple of years ago. Find the PDF of the paper at: http://tinyurl.com/cf2qf

(Thanks Justin and Bob — and thanks to all the others who have written in on this topic!)
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS — Thanks once more to the 358 people who took part in the survey on followership, and to the 283 corresponding supervisors who came alongside to give comments on their respective team members. Last week I met with the Dean of my doctoral program and received the go ahead to begin the data analysis phase of the project. Again, this kind of project would have been impossible without the many great friends here at Brigada. These participants came from 192 different nonprofit organizations scattered literally all over the world. The survey instrument has been used previously on corporations in the public sector, but this is the first time its been employed to this extent among nonprofit mission agencies, humanitarian organizations, and churches. [Note: One interested reader recently wrote (postal mail) for more information about the project but neglected to enclose a return address. We’ll be happy to send more information it he or she will simply let us know where to send it.] Thanks again for your help and participation. Now to the number-crunching.
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU! — A site http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com was recently launched which proposes to do research for missionaries. This is in response to the growing amount of information on the web which is not searchable by ordinary search engines. This so called “deep web” contains up to 500 times as much information as the “surface” web. Primary documents, such as journal articles can often be found only by querying their respective databases one by one. It is hoped that providing a human powered search facility for missionaries will enable them to spend less time searching for and more time with quality materials. For more information see the website or contact Clarence at cbos(at)execulink(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This is a volunteer service and “space” is limited, so please be patient if requesting a search.
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA — Check out http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com for a reportedly excellent opportunity to acquire shares in a 32000ha Game Reserve in Botswana… Churches, individuals or companies can buy shares in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa)… Since it is 100km from the nearest town… and has its own conference facilities… it makes for a wonderful retreat venue… church group break-away… or missionary resting place… For more information email jacques(dot)debruin(at)gmail(dot)com and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve or go to http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com/contactus.asp and complete the form (tick “Jacques de Bruin” in the “Referred by” field as reference).
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY? — Oops. The original item didn’t contain the contact information (“GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING” in last week’s Brigada Today). For this and other issues that come up following the initial publication of a Brigada Today, you can always go to the web edition to see if the contact information (or other edit) has been added/edited there. We posted this contact within a few short hours of the initial emailing of last week’s issue. And in fact, for any current issue of Brigada, just click to: http://www.brigada.org and in the first paragraph of text, find a link or two to the current issue.
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN — International Christian Concern (ICC) has an opening for a Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICC is an international human rights org. in the Washington DC area that serves the persecuted church. They are looking for a detailed individual with international experience as well as previous management experience. The COO that can manage their headquarters staff, provide general leadership, and coordinate field operations. You can see more detail at the following URL, which “wraps” because it’s so long: http://www.persecution.org/newsite/jobopenings.php?PHPSESSID=e6d7a26e78 11171f37942d5cbe94bd86 If you have trouble reassembling this link, just click on this smaller link which we created for ICC at tinylink: http://tinyurl.com/9dbps They are asking that all applicants apply through the web. If you don’t have web access you can email your resume and cover letter to icc(at)persecution(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $25, and to Dial-Abroad, which sponsored us with a $129 gift as a result of those who use Dial-Abroad’s service in July. (To learn more, visit: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and choose “Dial-Abroad”. In addition, thanks to Andy for sending $10 and his encouraging note, ” Thank you for your efforts in getting our website out to other Missionary organizations and Missionary families via your Brigada Today newsletter. We have gained several new customers because of this. May the Lord continue to bless you and your Missionary news organization.” Learn more about Andy’s company, C Y Technologies Inc, by clicking to: http://www.global-airtime.com or by dialing 888-683-0653 in the USA, toll-free. This weeks’s gifts put us over the $8000 mark for 2005, a tremendous victory and a great milestone on our way to the goal of $16,576. We’re almost halfway there. Would you be able to make it official by providing that last $300 to bring us to 50%? If so, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20071104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WORLDCONNEX CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH UNREACHED PEOPLES
  2. MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  3. GET STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING DOWN UNDER
  4. LEARN DENTAL CARE AT HOME
  5. IN SEARCH OF A LATINO ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
  6. IN SEARCH OF RUGGED LAPTOPS
  7. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  8. FUND RAISING BLOG / SALE ON VIDEO TRAINING
  9. ESL/EFL TEACHER TRAINER WORKSHOP, JAN 3-5, 2008
  10. IN SEARCH OF MATRIARCHAL PEOPLE GROUPS
  11. PERSPECTIVES COURSES POPPING UP EVERYWHERE, LIKE JAX!
  12. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
  13. MAKING PROGRESS; CAN YOU PUT US OVER THE TOP?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BORROWING?

WORLDCONNEX CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH UNREACHED PEOPLES — WorldconneX works across denominations, agencies and networks. Their only agenda is to help your church connect with its calling, providing as much or as little assistance as you need. They do this in three ways: (1) Activation – Host an Inside Out Weekend event and discover the resources that God has placed inside your church members. WorldconneX will help you discover the uniqueness of your vision, people and resources — then create a plan that leverages those distinctives. They can also assign a certified coach to walk alongside you for a few months up to a year as you implement your strategy. (2) Front Line Services – Whether your church is sending its own or would like to support other church’s missionaries, WorldconneX can help you access resources to successfully plan and execute long term missions. (3) International Connections – WorldconneX is networked with leading missions practitioners throughout the world. They connect you with individuals and resources you might never find on your own. Join one of their Affinity Groups or take a Pastor PLUS vision trip with WorldconneX. Learn more at

http://www.worldconnex.org

or email info(at)worldconnex(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 back onto one line.]


MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting Christian microfinance and microenterprise. The initial course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” (Two-Thirds World section). The “Foundations” course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities within the Two-Thirds World. The course 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 course will be offered on Feb. 4 – 29, 2008 and again on April 28 – May 23, 2008. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. Additional courses are available as follow-ups.

To register or to learn more about the distance learning courses, including information about group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount, visit

http://www.chalmers.org

When registering, we’d love it if you’d let them know you heard about it on Brigada. For questions, email

chalmers(at)covenant (dot)edu [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 onto one line.]

or call 1-706-419-1805.


GET STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING DOWN UNDER — It’s slated for 17th February to 7th March 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. Strategic Coordinator Training is about planning and implementing evangelism and church planting among your favorite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. Create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. Learn more at:

http://www.ywamperth.org.au/life/?events-44

(We’re also grateful for the $20 gift that this training program sent to Brigada as a thank-you note! Yay! :-) )


LEARN DENTAL CARE AT HOME — Take our multi-media home study course! Basic dental care can help win hearts wherever you go. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment needed. Do you have a compassionate heart and are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone? If yes, then this is for you! see their video on youtube.com -type “Simplified Dental Care.”

http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com

or email: dentaltrainingformissions(at) yahoo(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.]


IN SEARCH OF A LATINO ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST — Brigada sometimes helps search for those “needle-in-a-haystack” personnel needs. Here’s one: A Christian worker is search for a Latino ethnomusicologist. (If you don’t know what that is, no need to reply. :-) ) If you *do* know… or that is, if you have a lead, please ask the cross-cultural musical teacher to drop an email to: danieljohnson(at) iibet(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 email address on one line.] Dan thanks you in advance!


IN SEARCH OF RUGGED LAPTOPS — (Thanks to Tony, who saw this note by Greg Slade on CamSOC.) Apparently, for some years now, Greg has had an interest in “ruggedized” notebooks for use on the mission field. His interest was sparked even more by two recent camera failures, presumably due to too much bouncing around on bad roads in the developing world. Now, “ruggedized” notebooks cost significantly more than more common ones, and run more slowly, because they use milspec parts, which are never “bleeding edge”. But, the tradeoff is that “ruggedized” systems have better components, and are much less prone to fail. Brands and models he mentioned included:

Rugged Brands:

UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — The Herero, the Namibian Coloureds, the Nama/Damara, and the Mbalantu are all precious people in God’s sight. Pray for those who have heard but do not understand or have not accepted Him as their Personal Savior. Pray for people to come and share the Love of Jesus with them. With no evangelical witness, no workers, no volunteer groups, no one to tell them, many will perish. Please join us as we pray for the Lord to continue to build up prayer support for these unengaged peoples. Pray that all barriers to the Gospel will be removed. To adopt one of these people groups for prayer for to find out more information please contact

http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

or email forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa (dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


FUND RAISING BLOG / SALE ON VIDEO TRAINING — 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. Pass this important resource on to team members and friends. Also take a look at the award winning 6-hour fund raising training program available in DVD/CD/Video/MP3. Normally priced at $299.99 it is on sale at the low price of $69.99 through Dec. 31st. For more information go to

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

or e-mail 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 onto one line.]


ESL/EFL TEACHER TRAINER WORKSHOP, JAN 3-5, 2008 — Get professional training for English language teaching as ministry in any country. This workshop, slated for Colorado Springs, demonstrates foundational principles, interactive methodologies and practical applications to improve your own teaching skills or so you can train your staff to teach English with quality and build program credibility. A new ESL/EFL Training DVD will be premiered and it’s ASCI accredited. Local transportation and host homes are available in some situations. Further details can be found at:

http://gemtefl-3.blogspot.com

or send an inquiry to gemtefl(at)gemtefl (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 onto one line.]


IN SEARCH OF MATRIARCHAL PEOPLE GROUPS — One Brigada participant is looking for good mission resources that talk about how to reach matriarchal people groups? Got any leads? If so, log on to

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=47

Dave will appreciate it. And thanks for using Brigada!


PERSPECTIVES COURSES POPPING UP EVERYWHERE, LIKE JAX! — They’re about to start, all over the country. Like… suppose you live in Jacksonville, Florida. Youth With A Mission is hosting the course there. Recall that Perspectives is an internationally-respected 15-week study program developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission. Featuring an experienced speaker each week, you will cover topics such as the Biblical perspective on mission, the spread of Christianity in history, mission strategies, and the mission task remaining. Classes start on January 6, 2008. You can register online at

http://www.perspectives.org

Or in the case of JAX, just call 904-384-8400 or e-mail perspectivesjax(at)yahoo (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 onto one line.]


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! — We’re so grateful for those who keep the lights burning here! We’ve recently received these gifts:

  • $45 from Bridge Builder Ministries Int’l ! Thanks Doug!
  • $20 from a Brigada participant who started back in 1995!!!
  • $20 from a Brigada participant “down under”
  • $100 from a participant in Ukraine! Thank you!
  • $300 from WorldconneX Mission Network, www.worldconnex.org . Whoa.
  • $25 from Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyers, http://www.lawyernc.com
  • $25 from New York Mesothelioma Lawyer, http://www.mesotheliomahelp.net (And thanks to Mike at www.consultwebs.com for relaying their gifts!!!)
  • $25 from Mission Travel
  • $25 from Cayucos, CA
  • $50 from from a grateful mission leader in UK
  • $25 from a full-time missionary in Thailand who wrote, “I am blessed to be able to contribute to Brigada. I love Brigada and all the resources available through it. I pray that God will meet your needs above and beyond what you could ask or think.”
  • $100 from a participant in Worthing, West Sussex, UK
  • $25 from a friend in Blacksburg, VA
  • $25 from an encourager nearby in Jeffersonville, IN
  • $100 from a friend laboring in Thailand
  • $200 from a saint focusing on an unreached people group in Iran. (Please pray for Iran on their behalf.)
  • $30 from Magazine Training Int’l — http://www.magazinetraining.com/
  • $9.90 from ISA because Sidney & Eric bought insurance for their trip through them at http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm
  • $200 from Westwood Baptist Church in Olympia, WA http://www.westwoodbaptist.com (Please give thanks for them today!)
  • $350 from Hebron Missionary Advocacy Fellowship http://road2hebron.jesusanswerscom Please visit their site. Thank you so much for your ministry!

    We’re sooooooooooooooooooooooo grateful to these partners! May God bless them in ways beyond belief!


MAKING PROGRESS; CAN YOU PUT US OVER THE TOP? — Whoa. In the last Brigada Today, we reported that we were hovering at $6,752.87 toward our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. Suddenly, we’re within reach! We now have $8,452.77. Just think… if your church or group, or if you as an individual were to have *any* contingency tithe money left… Would you consider investing in something that is mobilizing and resourcing for the unreached… since 1995? 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.
We’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

  • 1 of 1 1000 1000 (1 gift of $1000)
  • 3 of 5 500 2500 (3 more gifts of $500)
  • 10 of 250 2500 (10 more gifts of $250)
  • 11 of 13 100 1300 (11 more gifts of $100)
  • 26 of 27 50 1350 (26 more gifts of $50)
  • 60 of 70 25 1750 (60 more gifts of $25)

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’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BORROWING? — Our organization is about to commit to building a new Prayer Center & Atrium at our new campus called Emerald Hills. (You can read more, by the way, at

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    So we’re about to commit to a construction loan. What’s your strategy & philosophy on all that? This is a roughly $700,000 project. We have cash and/or commitments in hand for about $350,000 of that amount. As for *our* board of directors, they like for us to have the “stream identified” before borrowing… and, in general, they advise us to only borrow up to the amount equal to what the stream could repay. Is your philosophy similar … or different? What scriptures play into your decision, when you’re tackling something big like this? (This is big to us at least. :-) ) Please stop by and drop a comment at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=48

    Thanks for sharing your approach.

    14) The BackPage: Search and Replicate

    sowing good seedThis past week, we received an email from a teammate headed to the Middle East. She was training out in Colorado and, in her training facility, she came across a binder FULL of past editions of Brigada Today’. She asked around and, come to find out, a long-time Brigada participant named Paula had been printing and binding the past editions to benefit the many missionary guests who regularly passed through there. Obviously, the teammate was overjoyed to find people using Brigada. (The Brigada fan in Colorado had said, “In nearly every edition, I find at least SOMETHING to pass along to other missionaries.” God be praised. But what we loved as much as anything was Paula’s willingness to search and redistribute… to share “as one beggar telling another where to find bread.”

    We’re not sure how you see your own role in missions, but we feel like this “search and replicate” strategy is a great one. Why not decide today that you’re going to “search and replicate” the best resources, the best information, and the best data you can — for the good of the Kingdom, for the growth of His cause, and for the glory of the King.

    Your thoughts? Just click “Comment” after the web version of this item. Thanks in advance for sharing.

    9) LOGOS Clause Search has Nothing to do with Santa

    But it might help you find what you DO need a bit more quickly. By following second-generation references in several languages, Logos 5 goes beyond traditional search technologies. For example, if you search for the term, “Jesus,” Logos 5 is smart enough to know you are also wanting to search passages on “Son of Man,” “Prince of Peace,” “Messiah,” and “Lamb of God.” Learn more at…

    http://www.logos.com/brigada

    If you decide to buy Logos software, by buying at that link, you’ll be supporting Brigada without paying any additional dollars for your purchase.

    8) Orality Movement Search Engine —

    Here’s another specialized missions search engine by Phronema.Org. This one is for resources related to the Orality Movement. So if you search for something like “water stories” you will actually get a meaningful result from a missions perspective. There are also search engines for Missions Research, Holistic Ministry, Cybermissions and Mobile Ministry. Its free and its at

     

    http://www.phronema.org

     

    if you have an orality related website and want it included just send an email to John at

    digitalopportunitiesatgmaildotcom

    3) Cool Tools: The Right Bible

    True “Cool Tools” are not all about dazzle and glitz. A true Cool Tool could be as simple as finding the best Bible for you, personally, to carry. And so, on that cue, we proceed to our first Cool Tool item. When I travel, I carry the thinnest Bible I can find that has print that is easily readable for my own eyes, while teaching in a dark environment. In other words, there are thinner Bibles, but my eyes (which are 55 years old) do require just a TAD “beefier” print than they did when I was 25 (even with the multi-focal contacts that I wear). Still, my slightly-stepped-up-font Old and New Testament is no more than 1 inch thick. Sure, I have a Bible on my phone and the Bible is never far away when there’s internet. But I still believe it’s important to have a printed Bible too. For one thing, what if the power goes out for an entire day and I exhaust the batteries on both my laptop and phone? But beyond that, I’m convinced that in some contexts, it still just looks too… WEIRD to teach using a phone or laptop Bible. (After all, people might think I’m up there texting or emailing someone.) Do you disagree? If so, please say so in the comments below.

    But what about the other times, when you CAN read the Bible on your phone or tablet? Which Bible program do you like most as your iPhone, iPad or Android device? Zondervan is currently running a special: They’ll give you the NIV version for free — but only until January 20th. Search the app store for “Bible Gateway.” (Be careful, because a non-Zondervan, non-Bible Gateway scoundrel or two have conspired to confuse you. Make sure you see Zondervan’s logo.) Free. So if price is the primary factor, I don’t think the Bible Gateway app can be beaten. But if you have a few dollars from your Christmas stocking, maybe there’s a better app out there “for pay.” I’ve been a long-time big fan of the Bible+ app from Olive Tree. What’s your own favorite?

    If you’re looking for an app for your PC, many have steered me toward

    http://www.logos.com/brigada

    What’s your own favorite?

    19971109 Brigada Today

    Now with over 6485 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    In this issue….

    * PARDON OUR BURP!
    * URGENT – 24-HOUR RESPONSE TIME REQUESTED!
    * ALL AROUND THE WORLD, NIGHT OR DAY, LISTEN TO THE LORD
    * GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF A HAUNTING RELIATY
    * HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA??? DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO TRAIN!
    * WEB-WATCH
    * WANT TO STUDY SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION IN ARGENTINA?
    * SEARCH FOR BURIED WEB TREASURE
    * WHAT WILL YOUR HOUSE-GUEST SEE?
    * TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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    PARDON OUR BURP!
    Looks like another message burped through the gateway into the full Brigada mailing list Sunday morning (Eastern Time). (Some… maybe all the Brigada mailing list rec’d a copy.) It gave information about a Philippine mission that was celebrating a 90-year anniversary. Normally, messages sent to bounce to the moderator — and most are then forwarded to for consideration in a future edition of Brigada Today. However, once in a blue moon O (which hung high over the sky on Sunday, apparently :-)), such a message somehow burps out onto the mailing list in all its glory. Please forgive any inconvenience. We’ll ask MAFxc to check and re-check all their safeguards and, as for all of us on the list, let’s just realize that we’re navigating uncharted waters — and that MAFxc is learning from the “Brigada experiment!” To our knowledge, they don’t have any other mailing list with 6500 subscribers… not that size should matter in those kinds of safeguards. And in the end, the truth is, judging from the fact that literally hundreds of messages are sent to that address in a given week, is it any wonder that one might sneak by in a “blue moon???” O By the way, you could reduce the chance of slippage all the more if you sent administrative items to and news items to . But please — don’t subscribe us to any mailing lists! Any contributions should be custom-prepared for the Brigada Today mailing and should not simply be carbon copies of tons of pages of your favorite announcements! :-) We see plenty of those. :-)

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    URGENT – 24-HOUR RESPONSE TIME REQUESTED!
    Thanks loads to Revis Ann Massey, Brigada’s Customer Service Manager since about December, 1995!! For two years she has served willingly and without a break! Well — she needs one! And she’s leaving the country to get it! :-) Tuesday — yes… in 36 hours — she leaves for language school in Costa Rica, where she’ll be dedicating herself totally to Spanish, in preparation for all the more church-planting with Team Expansion’s InterAmerican Team in Miami. So — EMERGENCY!!!!! — :-) — We need a new Interim Brigada Customer Service Manager until March, ’98 (when she’s coming back to the USA and will reassume the role — Thanks Revis Ann!!!) The only requirements are: receive zillions of email requests per day, process millions of them, ditch the rest. :-) Like all Brigada roles, it’s volunteer . . . and free… and there’s very little glitz and glamour… but it’s a great opportunity for someone to serve… Experience with MAFxc email conferences preferred but not required (we’ll train you if you’re a willing worker!) Estimated time required??? Maybe an average of one hour per day… Must be a MAFxc member. If you’re not a MAFxc member already, but are willing to work hard, Brigada will pay the $52 to buy your membership. So — any takers? If so, answer now. Gulp. Come Monday night (24 hours!), Doug will be switching them all his way and with his mission’s board meeting coming up on Friday and an endless loop of responsibilities coming after that, … Helllllllllllpppppppp! :-) Don’t look for many answers to Brigada mail ’til March… :-) unless someone pitches in! :-) Oh — and Revis Ann — Suerte con el espanol! Gracias por la ayuda estos dos anos pasados!

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    ALL AROUND THE WORLD, NIGHT OR DAY, LISTEN TO THE LORD
    One Brigada participant reminded us this past week that radio waves are beaming Bible broadcasts to the far-flung corners of the earth, 24 hours per day. To get up to date schedules for your particular area, you used to have to write stations in faraway lands and send self-addressed, self-stamped envelopes. Those were the days. What a hassle. Nowadays, just open your web browser and check out:
    http://www.wb2000.org/airtotal.html for World by 2000,
    http://www.febc.org/schedule.html for FEBC [note free video]
    http://www.gospelcom.net/twr/t_schedules.htm for TWR [free magazine]
    http://www.feba.org.uk/langschd.htm for FEBA
    http://www.hcjb.org.ec/$dir/frequncy/int_freq.txt for HCJB

    What? No web access? No problem. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words
    get brigada access-via-email

    in the text of the message. A report will be emailed to you explaining how to download web pages via email! So — let the whole world know!

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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF A HAUNTING REALITY
    Missionaries Dave Mankins, Rick Tenenoff, and Mark Rich have been held hostage in Colombia for almost five years now. On January 31, 1993, armed Colombian guerrillas entered the small village where these men worked, raided their homes and took the men back across the border into Colombia. The families, including seven children, returned home to the US. Now the youngest child is 5 and the oldest is 28. The youngest four children cannot remember their daddies. At a recent summit the guerrilla group denied having the men.
    (Source: New Tribes Mission Media Release, October 24, 1997, Macon Hare Jr. or Scott Ross New Tribes Mission 1000 East First St.Sanford, FL 32771-1487 Phone: (407) 323-3430 E-Mail: ntmatntmdotorg )
    Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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    HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA??? DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO TRAIN!
    The Central Asian Study Center (CASC) offers an 8-week intensive prefield training and orientation course especially for you! This course is highly recommended by the Central Asia Consultation for all those going to Central Asia, the Caucuses, and western China. Curriculum includes language sills acquisition, studies in Islam, CA peoples, history and culture, issues of Muslims evangelism, contextualization appropriate to Central Asia and church planting. CASC is held in the Middle East in a Muslim environment and led by experienced field leaders. The next CASC will be in June – July 1998 with a possible special one month session in Central Asia in October. For more information about either of these sessions contact Dr. Robert Douglas or tel. (773) 728-8661 fax (773) 728-8662 or Dr. Jim Romaine jromai19atidtdotnet. “Don’t leave home without it!”

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    WEB-WATCH
    Check out the International Institute of Technology and Theology (IITT) http://www.iitt.org. They reportedly provide FREE helps service to missionaries and pastors world-wide in Computer Hardware and Software, Medical, Church Administration, Church Planting, Counseling, Systematic Theology, Old and New Testament Studies, and Mission Strategy. The faculty of IITT are said to all have extensive educational and practical experience in their fields. Let us know if you try it out — and tell us how it worked.

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    WANT TO STUDY SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION IN ARGENTINA?
    Now you can. Write dreigelatsiondotcom for all the details. The course runs December 1-5, 1997 in Instituto Biblico Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Bible Institute) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cost is just $105. Tel. (54-1) 784-7501, Fax: (54-1) 786-4404.

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    SEARCH FOR BURIED WEB TREASURE
    Have you noticed the trend on the web lately? It would be hard to miss it. More, more and MORE !!! There’s so much, it’s hard to find everything you’re looking for, in fact! So, where do you start? The best place to begin are search pages… and not necessarily the one that’s built into the browser you use — the one that pops up when you hit “search” on your tool bar! PC Magazine just did a study and found incredibly differing results, depending on which search engine you used for gold-mining on the web. Their findings? They might surprise you. For surgical precision — finding the exact page you need — forget the famous pages like Lycos, Excite, and Yahoo (though they liked Yahoo for an all-purpose page). Instead, turn to HotBot! http://www.hotbot.com Try it. You’ll probably love it. If it’s a person you’re searching for, try http://www.four11.com. But if you’re searching for a business, try http://www.bigbook.com. For Usenet news, try http://www.dejanews.com. And for “metasearches” (complex language searching that utilizes dynamic language at multiple search sites), jump to http://www.metacrawler.com or, for advanced queries, try your luck with http://www.designlab.ukans.edu/profusion/. Those are the PC Magazine Editors’ Choices (Dec. 2, ’97 edition). I’d say a hearty amen! The differences are astounding. Try them out! At least bookmark them now… so when you need to search later you can try them out.

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    WHAT WILL YOUR HOUSE-GUEST SEE?
    I spoke in Chicago last week. And I tried my best to bless the church… but it was probably I that received the bigger blessing. The married couple which housed me was an exceptional life-lesson in parenthood. They had raised their 3 daughters in a kind of “old-fashioned” way. For example, if someone wanted to take one of their daughters out on a date, he first had to come to the house and have dinner with the Dad and Mom. If he didn’t “pass the test,” no dice! :-) Maybe Father really does know best. All three daughters have married marvelous Christian men, and now the whole extended family has lunch together every Sunday after church — with zillions of grandkids running between everyone’s legs! They all went camping together this past summer . . . and even built a big screen house for the whole clan to picnic under. Dobson would have been envious. :-) So — what makes a successful family? Gary and Laretta found the secret.

    First, they never gave up. Every single morning they did Bible devotions together as a family. And even when things got hectic in high school, they never let schedules squeeze it out. (Our family is still on track in reading a chapter per night together, but our kids are only 11 and 8; I realize the bigger battles probably lie ahead in high school years. But at least we’re in the habit now! Even when I’m overseas or out of town, we still read the same chapters together each night to stay “in sync” — and I try to call them each night from wherever I am in the world, just to check in and see how they’re doing. Not always possible.. but most of the time it works.)

    But second, Gary and Laretta kept hold of their responsibility as parents. They didn’t release their kids to the world. If you’ve been letting go, it won’t come over night to pull them back out of the fire. It’ll take work. But it’s apparently worth the effort. Now that Gary and Laretta are grandparents, you can see the fruit of their work!

    Finally, they obtained good resources and helps. As for Gary, he happens to be a top guy at Gothard’s Institute of Basic Life Principles. So he’s actually using the materials he’s helping develop. (But ya know what? They apparently work! For an example of what they’ve done, see http://www.characterlink.net or call 630-323-9800. If you don’t have access to the web, write Gary at gnfatiblpdotorg, thank him for being a good dad all these years, tell him you read about him in Brigada Today, and ask him to forward your note to someone who can send him a catalogue. :-) I suppose you’re already plugged into Dobson, or Promise-Keepers or someone … but the key is to get some material and use it.

    If the family is indeed the smallest fighting unit in God’s army, then, if the family crumbles, the entire army crumbles. It’ll behoove us to put some time in, then, eh? :-)

    God bless your week.

    Doug

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    NEW VIDEO – THE RIFFI BERBERS OF NORTHERN MOROCCO

    movie cameraApart from the famous carpets that bear their name, the Berber people of Northern Africa are virtually unknown by the outside world. In the rugged, isolated Rif Mountains of Northern Morocco live a freedom-loving people who have clung tenaciously to their distinct cultural identity and language – the Riffi Berbers. Caleb Project has recently produced a 28 page prayer guide and 11 minute video (with a condensed 3 minute version on the same video) focusing specifically on the 1.8 million Riffi (reef – ee) Berbers. There is no Bible in their native language and no indigenous Riffi church movement. According to workers serving among them, there are fewer than 50 Riffi believers in the world! Use these new tools to pray for the Kingdom of God to be established among one of the least evangelized people groups in the world. To order this prayer guide and video call Caleb Project at 303-730-4170, or email infoatcprojectdotcom  (infoatcprojectdotcom)  .
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    NEW POSSIBILITY FOR INT’L COMMUNICATION: “FAMILYPOINT”?

    Have you heard about FamilyPoint? Browse it for free at: http://www.familypoint.com/html/registernow.cfm?ts=1089 I’m still trying to size it up, to be honest. But on the surface, it looks to have possibilities for creating quick and dirty international communication networks. Though definitely designed for “family” interaction (e.g., the homepage is affectionately code-named, “the fridge” – complete with a ton of notes! :-) ), once you look past the cutesy interface you see a powerful enterprise-computing environment. It accepts uploaded pictures and attached files for each message in the topic-oriented password-protected forums. AND there’s live chat to boot – it even tells you which “family members” are online at the top of your screen at all times. Within seconds, I had set up a test “family” (for our 10 International Services team members in Louisville), within a larger “big picture” extended family (the whole Team Expansion organization throughout 24 countries). You can send “invitations” to prospective subscriber “family members” with the press of a button… so it’s easy to let people know about the conference. And it’s fast (at least, so far). There are ads at the top, but they’re not all that distracting, in my opinion. And most are very “family oriented” – toys and all. And wait ’til you see the graphical interface on the calendar! Each and every appt. is coded to a particular family member – and you can zoom in and look at notes for each one! This kind of stuff costs thousands in a professional computing environments… and you need a web administrator to figure it out . . . and you STILL won’t get the ease of conference-creation that you get in these easy “family” screens. ‘Course, there’s no email echo, so your international friends without web access will be out in the deep freeze, rather than the fridge. And those who *have* web access aren’t likely to want to waste it monitoring “the fridge” each day, unless there’s something pretty valuable there. So MAFxc still has it beat for the email list-server back end. But the folks at MAFxc could take a lesson from the ease-of-use and tons of options at FamilyPoint . . . Maybe banner ads will enable the future of enterprise computing? If I find out for sure, I’ll leave you a message on the fridge. Oh – and one other thing… don’t expect Brigada Today to transfer over there. I doubt they had families of 7500 in mind. :-)
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    TIRED OF TURNING UP 65000 SEARCH HITS?

    Try Infoseek’s new “Express” meta-searching tool. Amazingly, it’s free! It’s got GREAT browsing capabilities for search results (the end of the “back” key when searching), excellent configuration options, but granted, lacks support for advanced search techniques. Still, for the price, you won’t beat it. For example, I got a note this past week from a friend in a creative-access country saying he had heard that his entire work was posted on a web page for the whole world to see. I hopped on HotBot and couldn’t find a thing, then wrote him back and said not to believe a word they said. He wasn’t there. The next day I discovered “Express,” did the search again and located 3 pages immediately! They were at the top of the order, too. The secret? Express uses multiple search engines simultaneously. My guy was listed at Altavista but not HotBot! So… if you want to save tons of time and make your searches on the web more effective, get Express by browsing to http://www.infoseek.com and click on the “get Express” button in the upper-right-hand corner. It’s the best for the money! :-)
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    INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY KIDS

    Now you can get it for free via “Kids’ World,” a new email newsletter for kids, co-authored by Rachel Timperon (age 14). Rachel and her Dad (or was it her grandfather?) pull together a weekly mix of stories, quizzes, competitions, birthday announcements, and personal greetings. Aimed at 8-15-year-olds, this email is sure to encourage your son or daughter on the field… or on home service… or simply at home in the USA! To subscribe, write rachelattassiedotnetdotau  (rachelattassiedotnetdotau)  . Thanks to the Southeast Outlook (of the Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY) for the tip!
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    PROGRAMMERS LEAVE THEIR MARKS

    Have you ever heard about those “Easter Eggs” that programmers hide in the code of the applications they’re writing? My opinion of them varies according to what kind of mood I’m in and which day it is. :-) Some days I think they must have too much time on my hands if they resort to stuff like this. Other days I realize that it’s frustrating work trying to get everything working together. It’s no wonder they resort to writing surprising “hidden features” – just for some fun after hours! :-) I hope they’re not using up TOO many bytes and bits though. We already have enough code bloat! :-) Anyway, to see an Easter Egg in Windows 98 (consisting of a slide program about the Microsoft campus and surrounding area, complete with a credit roster of every last person who ever worked on Windows ’98), follow these secret steps: Step 1: Double-click the clock in the tray portion of the Task Bar. This opens the Date/Time properties dialog box. Step 2: Click the Time Zone tab. Step 3: Press and hold your Ctrl key. Place your mouse pointer over Memphis, Egypt (you might have to look this up on a map) then press and hold your left mouse button. Pretend to drag something to Memphis, TN, then release the left mouse button. (Memphis, of course, was the code name for Windows ’98.) Don’t let go of your Ctrl key. Step 4: Still holding down the Ctrl key, point to Memphis, Tenn., then pretend to click and drag something from there to Redmond, Wash. (again, check a map). Then release the left mouse button. You won’t see anything happen on screen while you do this. There aren’t any numbers of objects on the map in the dialog box. Step 5: Release the Ctrl key. An animated dialog box should appear, listing several Microsoft developers, complete with images of the Microsoft campus and the Seattle area. If you don’t see it, try the steps again carefully. It takes some people two or three tries. Thanks to Frank Condron and Brian Livingston for this tip.
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    OKAY, OKAY – I GIVE – SO WHAT ABOUT THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM?

    I’ve put this off as long as I dare. Okay. Uncle. Our organization has finally organized a Year 2000 (Y2K) initiative. If you haven’t hear about the Y2K programming problem [time to crawl out from under your rock!], it stems from the fact [yup… it’s a fact] that many programs were created by programmers who didn’t want to be so presumptuous as to think that their stuff would be used past 1999. Call it short-sighted… or call it humble… either way, they dropped the ball on us. And the sorry thing is.. they dropped it as recently as 2-3 years ago, even while some were already warning of impending doom! So… for example, say your organization is currently gearing up to begin using a new accounting package, say… Quickbooks, with a template custom-designed by your accountant guy. You’d better warn him to switch to Quickbooks 6.0 (June ’98), because previous versions aren’t going to be reliable come Monday morning, January 3rd, 2000. (Did I hear a “gulp” gulp in your office?) So … how do you learn about this Y2K stuff? Best pick up a copy of any current computer journal (e.g., the Oct. 6th PC Magazine) or check it out on the web at any (or all!) of the following sites:
    http://www.pcmag.com/y2k
    http://www.zdnet.com/y2k
    http://www.y2knews.com
    http://www.year2000.com
    http://www.yahoo.com/computersandinternet/year_2000_problem
    http://www.garynorth.com
    http://www.mitre.org/research/y2k
    http://www.y2k.com
    http://www.bug2000.co.uk
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    BOSNIA VIDEO ONE OF MOST POPULAR

    movie cameraThe new 14-minute video, “A HOPE AND A FUTURE FOR BOSNIA,” is turning into one of the most popular yet! This new look at “a cauldron of conscience” is organized in 5 major sections (in case you want to use it across 5 different meetings): Introduction, History, Situation, Challenge, and Testimony. With this one video and the tons of actual on-site footage, you’ll finally figure out what has happened there and how desperately that we need to pray. The producer, Dave Dunlap, worked in audio and video for NBC television for over 10 years. He still freelances regularly for CNN and documentaries like 20/20 and 60 Minutes. Digitally processed from start to finish, this Bosnia work is top quality for viewing or projecting to your family, at your local church, or in your mission office, regardless of continent or color. For more information, write Dave at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom  (104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom)   or simply send a check or money order payable to Team Expansion, attn: Dave Dunlap, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Tel. 1-800-447-0800. Fax 502-297-9823. (Dave says sorry, no credit cards please.) If you’re ordering the tape for a particular showing, please note your deadline. Don’t forget to add $3 shipping (unless you can pick up the tape in person). If ordering from within the state of Kentucky, add $1.02 sales tax.
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    ALGERIA… AUSTRALIA… THEY BOTH START WITH “A”!

    lighting the wayOkay. So it was probably late. And I was probably blitzed. But that doesn’t give me permission to substitute the word “Australian” for “Algerian”! :-) (Nov 11th item “DO YOU WORK WITH ALGERIAN ARABS?“). The address is correct at t-workatpoboxdotcom  (t-workatpoboxdotcom)  . But note in the text about “Australian Arabs” was, as you guessed, pure “sleep-keyboarding!” :-) Apologies to my Muslim friends… and everybody down under. :-)
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    ONLINE EVANGELISM PAGE UPDATED

    WebWatchThe Brigada online guide to using the Web for evangelism has been extensively updated. It includes suggestions for writing evangelistic pages and testimonies, how to promote pages on search engines and in other ways, foreign language pages, witnessing in chat rooms and lists, church pages, plus links to lots of top webmaster resources, tutorials, and software. There is even a poster you can print out for your church noticeboard to tell others about this resource. http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html
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