5) Mobile Ministry Strategy Network Formed —

The first-ever “Mobile Ministry Forum” assembled 16 mission strategists representing 15 organizations for two days in early December 2010 to focus exclusively on the mobile platform’s potential role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  Outcomes included plans to develop a mobile ministry training curriculum, establish a global “mobile practitioner” community and expand an existing database of mobile research.  Read the Forum’s report at

http://bit.ly/MobileMinistryForumReport

View a slide show of the forum at

http://bit.ly/ehmIxy

Indicate your interest in joining this network by writing

6) Interactive Missionary Conferences Invite Brigada Participants —

Save money by registering now for a 2011 Caring for Others Missionary Conference. Two will be held this year, June 12-17 and again Nov. 6-11th, for the purpose of equipping Christian workers to better care for each other.  Designed for missionaries, field leaders, and member care specialists, this training conference is an interactive week of skill development in the areas of listening and pastoral care. Team members who want to learn to better care for their colleagues and mission leaders who want to see more effective member care done at the field level would benefit from this conference.  For complete details browse to

http://www.missionary-care.org/missionary-conference.html

To learn more of what Caring for Others is doing to care for missionaries, click on

http://www.missionary-care.org

7) Learn to Do Aquaponics —

If you want to get started producing a constant supply of fish, vegetables and other plants in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system, plan to attend a training session in Florida, Nicaragua or Vermont. Each attendee will learn to construct and manage a variety of highly productive aquaponics systems from barrels and buckets for home or outreach. Plans will be given for a 100′ aquaponics greenhouse for less than $2000. For more information or to register, go to

[sadly, it appears that this training program has gone defunct; the web page no longer links correctly]

8) Kids Mission Skits —

The Kids’ Mission Skits book created by the folks at Caleb Project has been updated to reflect current mission statistics and now comes in downloadable format. 14 creative skits, including a children’s version of the Worldview Demonstration, are suitable for children and youth to perform. The book also contains six historical narratives of famous missionaries. Now available through Pioneers. Check out

http://www.cartpioneers.org/products/Kids%27-Missions-Skits-%252d-Download.html

(Note: That link will wrap. If you have trouble reassembling it, just click on the link below to navigate to the online version of this item, then click on the link there.)

9) “The Waiting World,” = the Best New Missions DVD —

See if you agree: This DVD on the 10/40 Window and the major world religions are destined to become best sellers. I just hope they don’t sell out too soon. Just to get Israel Houghton’s “We Speak To Nations” would be well worth the $12.95. Shew. At that price, this DVD is a steal. Best thing since those Urbana videos from the turn of the new century. Finally, they’re refreshed. Yes!

http://web.me.com/mikeklausmeier/Site/Welcome.html

10) Huge Mongo Jinormous Thank-You to an International Church…

I’m not kidding. I was floored. For the third year in a row, an international church in the Middle East has stepped up to the plate and hit, not just a home run, but a grand slam!!! This past week, we received a very special gift of $2,170. Because of the fact that we counted a very similar gift in both 2008 and 2009, we’re going to go soft just a *tad* on our deadline and count all gifts through *today* toward 2010 donations. We also received a $50 gift in the name of the devotional book “Before You Go” by Jack Hempfling, and another gift of $50 from Caring for Others,

http://www.missionary-care.org

“for continuing operation of your valuable ministry.” (Thanks for the encouragement!)

Taken together, these $2270 new dollars added to our previous total for 2010 result in a grand total of $11,152.90. Whoooo-hooo! Getting to 5 digits makes it look *sooooooo* much closer to what was our goal and true budget needs ($17,120). Once again, because of our new posture,  we won’t make any requests for funds in 2011 until the end of the year (November). We *will* continue to thank donors who give. And once again, hats off to the international church who made a *grand* difference. Shew. Inspiring. God be praised! II Corinthians 9 stuff.

11) The BackPage: So I Talked to New Tribes re: Unreached Peoples…

I was able to get through to Greg, a representative from New Tribes’ Mobilization department. I asked him, in view of “List-mania,” where did New Tribes get their total of “2500 unreached peoples.”

http://www.ntm.org/missiontrips/wayumi

His response? ” We get our figures from our department in NTM that handles such things. They suggest we use the figure of 2500. I do not believe they would claim that the number is precisely 2500 people groups but more a rough estimate.” He went on to say, “In NTM, with our focus primarily on language groups as people groups, we would generally consider such estimates in light primarily of distinct language groups who do not have the Scriptures, do not have or have not had what we would consider a viable Gospel witness in their mother tongue, and obviously no contingent of true believers.”

Well, you already know where I’m going on all this. Once again, I’ll opine, “Can’t we all just get along?” I could see a variance of, say, 1000 people groups. I just regret when there’s a variance of *thousands*. I continue to campaign for a simple solution: Everybody give their corrections to joshuaproject.net. In my opinion, it’s the most *developed* site, the easiest to grasp, and the one with the data out there on the table. If they’re wrong on 3000 groups, please give them the correct figures, for Pete’s sake. If they’re not wrong, then why not quote them?

That’s my two cents. What’s your opinion? Just click “comment” at the web version of this item (noted below). I’ll be looking for your response.

Doug

2) Take a Business-As-Mission Journey to East Asia —

BAM Journey is a 6-month to 1-year participatory, immersion program that seeks to equip and mobilize people with business backgrounds, education and skills to be part of BAM in the world and East Asia. Participants are full-time language and culture students, then weekly meet together to read, discuss and understand Biblical foundations and BAM principles (reading a series of books). Then roughly every other week the facilitator takes them to visit practitioners here in-country.  Once a semester they go on a longer trip to another province to observe and interact with practitioners.  For each semester the participants interact with 10-15 practitioners. Participants then write up case studies on these visits.

In this manner the participants get a healthy immersion combination of learning a language and culture and then reading, discussing, praying, observing, asking/interacting and writing about all aspects of BAM. The goal is that participants get a real-life view of BAM and discern how they might be part of it all.  To date over a third of the participants have then been placed in working internships and jobs in-country. BAM Journey is now in its third year. A further write-up on this program is available at:

http://www.christar.org/shortTerm/BAM_Journey.pdf

For more information please contact Ben at

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(Just a couple of weeks ago, a big fan of BAM Journey sent a $250 gift to Brigada, already reported in a previous issue. We’re deeply grateful!)

3) Looking for Training? Try the Heart of God —

The “Heart of God Ministries,” that is. Check out their Beautiful Feet Boot Camp training.

http://www.heartofgod.com/training/index.cfm?page=bfbcchurchplantingtraining

If that link wraps (and you don’t want to browse to a working copy of it at Brigada.org), just browse to

http://www.heartofgod.com

and click on Training in the top line menu. It’s a 10-month course, the first 6 months of which are held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA). The last four months, they do an internship phase, held in partnership with field missionaries. Sounds great — and comes highly recommended by a great Brigada friend, who recently donated to Brigada. (Thanks brother!)

4) Treasure-trove of Very-cool Country Maps from BCWE —

I had to look up those initials, until now. They’re the “Baptists Committed to World Evangelism.” These maps are so cool, they could probably have charged us for them. But then, that’s not BCWE’s style. They’re trying to mobilize, not sell. So they give them away. Check ’em out at…

http://bcwe.org/blog/2011/01/02/free-graphics-with-religious-stats-to-promote-missions/

That link will wrap. But if you use the link, immediately below this item, to find the web version of this item, you’ll be able to click on it and go directly there. They’ve set it up so you can download the entire world full of country maps. And the mention of “BCWE” is very subtle, in the corner, *without* any copyright. Finally — some people who learned to share in kindergarten!

While you’re visiting

http://www.bcwe.org

Check out some of the other resources there. For example, just look at the one article, “100 Fold Men.” (Who does this?)

http://bcwe.org/blog/2010/02/24/100-fold-men/

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many motivational devotions and sermon outlines in one place since undergrad at my Bible college. I’m serious. This place is *loaded* with helpful stuff. Bravo. Thanks BCWE!

(And thanks, Phil, for calling our attention to it!)

5) Are you a Link-copier or a Link-Clicker? —

Myself, I like to *copy* links from emails. I hover over the link with my mouse, then *right* click, then “Copy Link.” Then I paste it into the URL address box of my browser. Then I pause for a moment and study it. I ask myself, “Self, :-) is this the place to which I thought the link would take me?” Just those few quick seconds might save you a ton of worry someday, so you aren’t whisked off to PayPal.tv instead of PayPal.com. You know?

Interestingly, when we send Brigada through the Yahoogroups.com, the good friends at YahooGroups convert all our URLs to *clickable* links, even though we don’t ask them to do that. (So if you prefer to *click* links, subscribe to the YahooGroups service and enjoy the ‘feature.’ See Closing Stuff below for info on how to do that.) By contrast, the good people at Google, who prefer simplicity and — forthrightness — leave our URLs exactly as we type them: as text, ready for copying and pasting into your browser. In fact, if you subscribe to the GoogleGroups version of Brigada, you can probably click them until you’re blue in the face and they take you — nowhere. “That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it. Uh-huh, uh-huh.” :-)

6) Do you need insurance for your short-term teams? —

If the yearly total overseas-days of your teams are more than 800, Good Neighbor Insurance can provide you with a contracted short-term team overseas insurance plan. It is a per-day plan with the same rates for all ages.  You will also be assigned your own website where you will sign up team members.  To calculate total days: Number of teams x average number of workers per team x average number of days.  Example: 10 teams x 8 per team x 10 days outside USA = 800 days.  For more information contact

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7) Engaging Muslims in Our Communities —

Global Initiative and Southwestern Assemblies of God present “Engaging Muslims in Our Communities” on Jan. 22nd Saturday 9-3pm. The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch and snacks.  Topics include: History of Muhammad & Islam, beliefs and practices of Islam, theological issues in Islam, and approaches to reaching Muslims. RSVP by emailing

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8) Reaching Muslims Training, Feb 1-6 in Spain —

“Sahara Challenge: Europe” is designed for those interested in effective Muslim outreach, discipleship, and church planting.  The conference will be held in Valencia, Spain. The cost is $675 USD Double occupancy (shared room) and includes conference registration, lodging, breakfast & lunch & materials. Or, pay $825 USD for Single occupancy (room to yourself) with all the above expenses paid as well. Participants are responsible for transportation to/from Valencia, evening meals, and hotel incidentals. For registration and details, Go to:

https://www.crescentproject.org/saharachallenge/europe

9) Do You or Does Your Agency Use Text Messages for Missions? —

I’m trying to learn more about the viability of using SMS or text-messaging in churches and organizations. Surely someone has written some good explanations of this. I saw the article by Nicole Fesette (see it at

http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Nicole_Fesette

entitled, “Reliable Alternative to Short Codes…”), but I’m still curious. For example, if I set up an account at…

http://www.numbertext.com

will my subscribers (that is, the members of our organization, or the donors with whom I’m communicating, or our prayer chain) be slammed by text-messaging scammers? Is $9/month a reasonable rate? … or are there other ways to go about it? Who knows about this sort of thing? Either way, we need to find a resource that we can trust. None of us wants to annoy and entire list of praying friends, nor do we want to alienate our favorite donors. Thanks for any help you can give. Just click to the online version of this item at brigada.org then click “Comment” below it. Thanks!

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