10) Hindu Ministry Training

The Rethinking Forum will host a Perspectives follow-up course from September 24-26, 2010 in Pasadena, CA. The Hindu-Christian Interface is a 15 hour course with two major components: understanding the interface between Hinduism and Christianity and the exploration of culturally relevant ways to make Christ known among upper caste Hindus. The five lessons are: The Diversity of India and Hinduism, Understanding Hinduism, The Hindu Christian Interface, Contextualization and Practical Responses. To learn more contact

11) Thank you for a great 2009

We’re *sooooooooooooo* grateful to everybody that has pitched in during 2009. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Here’s a $300 gift from workers who write, “In our work in the restricted access country where we live, we have several times used resources we learned about from Brigada Today.  We realized it was high time we said thank you.  Enclosed is a check for $300. Your efforts to see worshipers among all people groups is an inspiration to us. From some friends with the International Mission Board, SBC.” Whoa. God bless you!

We also received a much-appreciated check for $360 from Los Osos, California, a $100 gift from a friend in Hattiesburg, MS, and a $250 from a True Fan of Brigada from World Vision Switzerland, who wrote, “Your newsletter is greatly appreciated.” God be praised.

To all who gave in 2009, we appreciate you!!!!! The final tally for 2009 gifts came to $14,224.38. We look at this as a direct tribute to God and we lift it up to Him as praise! May He be glorified forever.

(This concludes giving for 2009. Any gift arriving from here on out will begin a new year of giving for Brigada. For 2010, our budget will remain fixed at exactly the same amount it has been for the past few years: $17,120. But for now, we’re thanking God for a great 2009. Even though we didn’t meet our goal, it still goes a long way toward empowering Brigada to get out of our screen and into the inboxes of some 10,000 subscribers the world over. Again, thank you to all who gave from their hearts.

12) The BackPage: Here we are Together Again (United for Haiti)

Is it just my imagination, or are we seeing a bit more cooperation than ever before in the carrying out of humanitarian aid missions. Think about it… Hope For Haiti pulls together like 60 tv networks. Then there’s the new website,

http://www.haitihub.org/

You register if you have a humanitarian need for Haiti, … or if you have a resource to offer to the greater good… facilities, materials, personnel, transportation… you register that too. How ’bout that. (Bravo to CrossGlobal Link for taking initiative to start it.)

I wonder why such cooperative ventures are happening these days. Could it be…

  • The message has finally gotten through — The public is tired of needless duplication and rangling among people who say they’re working for the good of the people?
  • The negative case studies push us toward cooperation?
  • The words of Jesus are finally penetrating our brains — “that they be one” (John 17)

Are you observing similar phenomena — cooperation and unity? What’s your theory as to why it’s taking place? Just click in the comment box below the web version of this item. And thanks in advance for giving your opinion.

Doug

13) Closing Stuff

Disclaimer — We can’t screen ‘em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We try to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply can’t preview everything.

Please Don’t Subscribe us to your List — Sorry — nothing personal –but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-(

Privacy Information — We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You won’t be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. You have my word: We’ll never sell the mailing list to a marketer, spammer, or advertiser. Life is good. :-)

Copyright — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2010. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

1) Care for the Planet, Gain a Missions Platform, all for $39

On March 6th, Brigada is sponsoring a day-retreat at Emerald Hills in Louisville, Kentucky. The focus? How to become a guardian for the planet. Study under master eco-missiologist, Ed Brown, Director of Care of Creation and author of, “Our Father’s World.” He helped create one of the first ‘environmental missions’ organizations with a goal of mobilizing the Church toward a God-centered response to the environmental crisis. He has written, “One of the things creation does is reveal the Creator (‘…since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities… have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…’ Romans 1:20), and we are foolish indeed to ignore such a powerful evangelistic tool.” So it doesn’t matter whether you work in Bangladesh or Burma, Bhutan or Brazil, Belgium or Brownstown, living on the planet is, at least for now, one thing we all have in common. Find out how to make good use of that factor as a platform for evangelism and missions. All the while, you’ll be expressing your love for God by healing and restoring his damaged creation. Ed Brown believes that “helping people live in a way that will preserve their farmland or allow them to drink pure water is as much an expression of love as treating a sick child or helping rebuild a house destroyed by a hurricane.” Learn more about Ed’s organization, Care of Creation, at…

http://www.ourfathersworld.org/

Register for the upcoming workshop at…

http://eh.wildapricot.org

The day-retreat runs 8am -4:45pm, including 2 prayer walks on the beautiful prayer trails at Emerald Hills. And now, thanks to some key donations from others, you can attend the entire day, including lunch, for just $39. Reconnect with creation, reconnect with God, and reconnect with missions — all at a beautiful wooded site on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. Hosted by Doug Lucas, who would love to meet you. But sign up today… seating is limited.

2) OPEN Expo 2010

On February 4-6, 2010, OPEN Expo will meet in Portland Oregon with some 280+ tentmakers and Business as Mission people, working to assist or create sustainable, profitable companies among the unreached, with owners and/or employees sharing the hope and Good News of Christ with their new local friends. You can be a part of brainstorming discussions, planning new ways of doing mission and getting personally involved with field practitioners. For more information go to

http://www.OPENExpoUSA.com

or contact Laura

3) What’s available in your target language?

Find out what biblical material is produced in the language you love. Here’s a site that indexes over 16,000 International Bibles on the Internet and also includes many different media (printed, audio, DVD etc.). With a multi-lingual interface, it will help immigrant populations to find Bibles in their own languages. Check it out…

http://www.worldbibles.org

4) ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) Conferences

Three United States Regional Conferences are scheduled for early 2010. ACMC conferences are great for folks who are interested in missions and want their churches to be more effective in reaching the world. The speakers and workshops are helpful and interesting. The issues addressed are issues you are dealing with in your church.  Check out:

http://www.acmc.org/conferences

to download brochures and to get more info.

5) Experience Bible storying like the early church did

The early church spread God’s Word quickly despite political persecution and cultural resistance simply by telling everyone stories from the Bible! Experience 5 days of Bible storying in beautiful Orlando, Florida with Campus Crusade for Christ and then you’ll be able to train others. This trainers’ training is May 10 – 14, 2010 and is for individuals, churches, and mission agencies. Check in time begins on Monday at 2pm. The seminar begins at 6pm and ends at noon on Friday.  The cost for on-site lodging, meals, materials, and airport ground transfers is $299 per person.  Reservations required and training is limited to 18 people.  For reservations and information email

6) Catch this Video on the “10 C’s of a Biblical Worldview”

[Note: We originally included this item without having previewed this free video (using our policy, “We can’t screen ’em all,” as is stated in “Closing Stuff” of each Brigada mailing). However, please remember that the content in this video is that of the producer, not of Brigada — and we’re not asserting that we believe it is necessarily the Biblical worldview. We are leaving it posted here for legacy’s sake — and in case you’d like to comment. The Editor.]

Faithe is offering this video for you!

http://prayerresources.org/the-10-cs-of-biblical-worldview/

Thanks Faithe!

7) Learn to Share Good News with Japanese-speaking People

The 9th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is coming up soon, February 18-20, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. Registration is now open. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

8) Get Literacy/Health and Community Development Materials

Log on at…

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk

where you’ll find an ever-growing series of booklets, produced in MS Publisher and Word, covering a range of simple technologies that enable people to learn new skills. These are fully illustrated and can be freely translated into any other language. The starting languages in which the booklets are available are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. They’re also available on a free CD. Write

9) Grateful for 2009 Gifts (One More Week)

Thanks to these and all those who sponsored Brigada during 2009! They included a missionary couple working in Bosnia ($100), the Asbury United Meth, Tulsa, OK ($200), Good Neighbor Insurance, Gilbert, AZ – ($100), a reader from Manhattan, KS ($100), a great friend from New Albany, Indiana ($50), and a couple from WEC ($50), who included a note, (“Everyone here at WEC International appreciates Brigada!”) [glow]. Another “True Fan of Brigada” sent $100 from Desoto, TX, another stepped to the plate from Cameron Park, CA (also $100), a couple from Bethell, WA helped too ($100) and a friend from Global Mapping sent $100 as well, bringing the week’s total to $1000 to boost us right out of 2009 and into 2010. Thank you so much!

10) Last Chance to Chip in on 2009 Gifts

With the gifts above, our total for 2009 giving arrives at $13,214.38. This is awesome… but still $3905.62 short of our goal/need for 2009 (same as for 2008) of $17,120. Keep in mind, we could now finish this if just 39 people would step up to the plate during the next 7 days, each sending $100 to demonstrate their desire to be a “True Fan of Brigada.” Last year we *made* the goal. We’re so close this year. Actually, your church, group, or you might even have the capacity to finish this off for the globe-full of subscribers, many of whom can’t afford to send funds. Last year, we received one gift of $5000 in the last breath of 2008. Would you join us in praying that someone will step up to the plate this week? To get involved, just click on one of the “Donor” links at the top of this page. Both are safe, the one with PayPal and the other with one of the most well-known “real” online merchants on the web. Neither requires you to open an account with anyone … and neither ever spams you. We can even set up a regular once-a-month automatic withdraw from your checking account or major credit card. Set it up once and rest easily, knowing that you’re regularly helping get Brigada on the way to the nations. Or, if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens; your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) A gift of any size would help, whether monthly or one-time. If you know someone else who might like to help, just hit reply and tell us about him/her/them. Thank you for your help in fueling the fire of Brigada!

11) The BackPage: How will 2009 be Remembered?

As this Brigada Today goes out the door, we’re a dozen days into the new year. As you look back on 2009… and, in fact, the entire decade, how will you remember the years from Jan. 1st, 2000 to Dec. 31st, 2009? Let me give you some choices… so in the Comment box below, you can just put the letter for your answer.

  • a) social networking (Facebook)
  • b) text messaging
  • c) blogging
  • d) 2 wars
  • e) reality TV
  • f) Destruction of the World Trade Center
  • g) Election of the USA’s first black president
  • h) Darfur
  • i) Rap music
  • j) Y2K (not)
  • k) The fact that the decade never developed a ‘tag name’ of its own?
  • L) YouTube
  • m) AD2000 & Beyond ended and, essentially, nothing took its place
  • n) 2 recessions
  • o) cell phones
  • p) ipod
  • q) Wikipedia
  • r) apathy
  • s) “24” (the TV show)
  • t) Red Sox winning the World Series (2004)
  • u) earthquakes
  • v) the tsunami
  • w) Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize
  • x) Al Gore predicting global warming
  • y) Al Gore saying he created the Internet (on the eve of the decade)
  • (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp)
  • z) [ what’s *your* answer?   “other” ]

12) Closing Stuff

Disclaimer — We can’t screen ‘em all. Please forgive us if a particular site contains offensive information — or no information at all! We try to visit them in advance, but often write “on the road” so we simply can’t preview everything.

Please Don’t Subscribe us to your List — Sorry — nothing personal –but we’re already deluged. We’ll eventually teach our spam filter to just delete it anyway, but in the meantime, we’ll have a sad face because of the volume of mass mailings we receive. :-(

Privacy Information — We will never give your information to anybody. We won’t market you, won’t hassle you, and won’t ever bother you. You won’t be signed up for mailings you didn’t request. Your address is safe and your future is secure. You have my word: We’ll never sell the mailing list to a marketer, spammer, or advertiser. Life is good. :-)

Copyright — (We actually have to say this stuff so the material can’t legally be used by those who are not likeminded.) This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted 2010. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available on the Brigada website, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Jesus Christ to reach the unreached. To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted. When you quote or paraphrase material from Brigada, please include this phrase: “For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, visit Brigada on the web at http://www.brigada.org/.”

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