20040411 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO YOUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS COST?
  2. DISTANCE LEARNING FOR CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILA
  4. NO BIBLE SUNDAY
  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS!
  6. DOWNLOAD CHRISTIAN MUSIC
  7. A GATHERING for KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS
  8. TECHNOLOGY GROUP TO DEVELOP BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTOR
  9. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  10. ZWEMER CENTER FOR MUSLIM STUDIES
  11. THE BACK PAGE: BACKUPS! WHEN WILL WE LEARN!?
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT DO YOUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS COST? — Do you or one of your family members subscribe to a magazine? Does it come monthly? Does your annual subscription cost average $15, even though the magazine is *packed* with full-page ads? As you know, Brigada comes to your screen *weekly*, free of charge. However, to help us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen, we now have a Brigada-sponsored secretary. We could *totally* cover the cost of her annual salary ($16,021) if just 1000 of our readers pitched in $16 each… or if 100 of them pitched in $160. So far, in 2004, these sponsorships have resulted in $2300. So only $13,678 to go! If you’re willing to do more than just “lurk”… If you’re willing to *partner* to help Brigada move forward, log on at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html and use PayPal, any major credit card, or postal mail to send a check. All donations are tax-deductible (please indicate you’d like a receipt). If nothing else, please consider donating the cost of an annual magazine subscription. It’ll make a difference! Thank you!!!!

  2. DISTANCE LEARNING FOR CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — If you’re interested in economic development, don’t forget about the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” program, slated for June 7 – June 25, or the live training events in May in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu. (And thanks again to the Chalmers Center for their part in underwriting the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILA — Azusa Pacific University offers a master’s degree in Manila with courses held every summer. This year’s dates are May 31-June 11. This year’s courses are: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Current Issues in Leadership, Leader as an Agent of Change, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. The cost is minimal compared to on-campus prices. Non-U.S. citizens benefit the most from the price deduction: For US citizens it will be 50% of the new tuition rate on campus so OI will be $212 a unit (or $636 per course) and for non-US it will be 25% of the on campus so OI will be $106 a unit (or $318/course). Non-credit will be half again of each of these so $106 a unit for US and $56 for non-US. For more information please contact Melody Kuka by calling 011-632-658-3807 or emailing kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph

  4. NO BIBLE SUNDAY — Church leaders in three continents are thinking about whether they should take part in No Bible Sunday. This dramatic idea is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators. Christians will be challenged to consider both how much they value the Bible themselves and what it is like for people from 2700 languages who do not have any of the Bible in their own language. Many participating churches are expected to rebel and start using their Bibles by the end of the Sunday service. But hundreds of millions of people don’t have a choice. For them every Sunday is a No Bible Sunday. All that you need to run the event either in full or as part of a church service can be found at http://www.nobiblesunday.org

  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS! – Learn a practical skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. — In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissionsatyahoodotcom

  6. DOWNLOAD CHRISTIAN MUSIC — LifeWay Christian Resources (Nashville) just announced Christian music’s first digital music downloading service. Singles are 99 cents and entire albums for $10 to $12 each. The new service requires no monthly subscription fee and no special software. Songs are offered through Windows Media. Once purchased and downloaded, the file can be burned to a CD up to five times or exported five times for external players such as Apple iPod. More than 4,000 people have subscribed to the free Get Music News. Go to http://www.lifewaystores.com/getmusic for access.

  7. A GATHERING for KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS — You can still register online at http://www.globalspectrum.org/intersection or by mail for the Edge Conference 2004, on April 30 -May 1, themed “INTERSECTION: Where Profession, Passion & God’s Purpose Meet” at Houston First Baptist Church, Texas, sponsored by Global Spectrum (co-sponsors include Union Baptist Association, Faith Bridge, Mission Houston, Living Water Int’l, Houston Perspectives). Connect with accomplished professionals in career fields who see the world differently and link their lives intentionally to God’s purposes and create a new future for discipling neighborhoods and nations. Questions? 415.703.0700 ofc or email leaflineatpacbelldotnet

  8. TECHNOLOGY GROUP TO DEVELOP BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTOR — Remember the inquiry here (Dec. 26, 2003) about the availability of a battery-operated video projector? Perhaps you’ll recall that the responses came back with zero products. Well having seen the interest, yet the lack of options, the Christian Technology Center (CTC) is going to *invent* one! Yahooo! They’re refining specs right now. Bob, at the CTC, wrote, “We think the need could be filled by the development of a consolidated projector, DVD player and PA system designed to function from battery power. We refer to this device as a Compact Video System or CVS. The CVS should be able to project a 50 inch image (from DVD) in a dark environment with good clarity and provide a PA system suitable for a group of 50 people.” If you’d like to give your input on what the machine should be like, just write Bob rhsatthe-ctcdotorg for a copy of the specs. Better act fast though. They’re moving quickly on this!

  9. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Receive training and practice in effective techniques for teaching English to non-English speakers. Prepare for cross-cultural ministry opportunities by becoming an excellent teacher. Earn a TESOL certificate to open doors for ministry in many lands. The next four-week TESOL classes are scheduled to begin May 2 and again June 13, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or direct questions to ywampa at comcast.net. (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  10. ZWEMER CENTER FOR MUSLIM STUDIES — This Center at CIU offers courses in Islam (credit/audit) for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in a Muslim country, pastors in an area where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work with Muslims. Scholarship help is available but apply now. Here are some upcoming courses: (SUMMER, 2004) Introduction to Islam (Johnson) July 5-9; Folk Islam (Cashin) July 12-16; Approaches to Islam (Parshall) July 19-23; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Cate) July 26-30. EXTENSION: Introduction to Islam (Larson); Women in Islam (Stacey) For more information, Ph. 1-800-777- 2227 Ext. 3327 or email RBrasheratciudotedu or register onlin http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies

  11. THE BACK PAGE: BACKUPS! WHEN WILL WE LEARN!? — I’m convinced that the only people who do daily backups are those who are slightly paranoid. However, just because they’re paranoid doesn’t mean somebody’s not out to get them! :-) The truth is… those paranoid people are probably a lot happier when something fails. Occasionally, we’ve written here in Brigada about the importance of disciplined daily backups. However, when my backup solution broke down a few months back, life was rushing on at such a fast pace, I failed to make time to fix it. Months passed. And this past Friday night, on a plane headed home from North Africa, the 60 gig hard drive in my new IBM laptop failed. And it *totally* failed. Won’t even spin up. Unfortunately, my last *full* backup is October 2003. :-( I have *partial* backups from February. Yup. I’m a slackard. Months, even *years* go by without needing backups… then the inevitable happens. Sure.. IBM is providing a new *blank* drive for free. OnTrack Technology has said they’d attempt to provide a full restoration for the low, low price of $700 – $3000, depending on what they find when they open it up. I’ve lost 30% of my doctoral dissertation, all my Brigada notes since October (including any new items sent during the past week — sorry!!), and tons more… not to mention all my notes from the North Africa trip, including a completely-finished grant application to rebuild homes for an earthquake stricken village there. All gone. Yes, OnTrack says they can probably do it for $700, since we’re a nonprofit. But still — wouldn’t it have been so much easier to simply back up those 60 gigs on a daily basis? Even *weekly* backups would have helped. So… please let me go on record: I need to back up *regularly*… and you do too. My IBM laptop was brand new. Your PC could fail too. In my case, it was the logic board. Yours might fail because of a virus or a mechanical fault. Either way, the outcome is the same: Let’s back up!!! Lesson- learned? I hope so. Thanks for participating in Brigada. Doug

20040404 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMAIL DISTANCE LEARNING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  2. GET FREE ‘PRO’ SOFTWARE
  3. FOOT-OPERATED WOOD LATHE
  4. HOSPITALITY BOOK: CUP OF COLD WATER
  5. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  6. NEW BOOK RELEASE: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF PRAYER
  7. “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”
  8. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
  9. TENTMAKING COURSE FOR EUROPEANS IN BERGEN NORWAY
  10. UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE
  11. BRAZILIAN MEDICAL/DENTAL FELLOWSHIP CONGRESS
  12. FUNDING MINISTRY PROJECTS
  13. STM LEADERS TRAINING
  14. STM LEADERS TRAINING – NEW DATES, NEW PLACES, LOWER PRICES!
  15. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING IN EUROPE
  16. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR (YWAM) AFRICA
  17. VOLUME 3 OF “STUFF” NOW AVAILABLE
  18. SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MISSIONS
  19. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS? THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMAIL DISTANCE LEARNING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Do you minister to the poor in the U.S. or in the 2/3 World? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn innovative, holistic economic development strategies and methodologies to help the poor and build the local church. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, Mission to North America, World Relief, and the Christian Community Development Association, is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” June 7 – June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in May in Bangkok, Thailand or in August in Lookout Mountain, GA, USA. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org/ or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu (And again, thanks to the Chalmers Center for their $100 partnership to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  2. GET FREE ‘PRO’ SOFTWARE — If you’re not ready to switch over to Linux, but still don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for Microsoft Office and other MS programs, and then try visiting http://www.openoffice995.com/ and http://www.software995.com/You’ll find a very functional Office package, as well as numerous other programs (including .pdf conversion, a backup program, etc.) Here’s the deal, in their own words: “Professional quality software at affordable prices All of our products are available as FREE downloads. The free versions are fully functional, not a trial and do not expire. The free versions display sponsor pages, which may be disabled at any time by purchasing a key. None of our products contain spyware. Purchasing also entitles users to technical support by email (24 hour response). Keys for any particular product are available from that product’s web site. In addition, we offer the Software995 Toolset key. This is a single key covering nine of our products (with the exception of OpenOffice995), available at 29.95 for individuals, or special volume discounts. The “sponsor pages” of the free versions are very unobtrusive. Your browser will open up, but if you’re not online, there will be nothing to display, and you can use the fully functional program without any problems.

  3. FOOT-OPERATED WOOD LATHE — A small UK engineering company with a Christian director produces a foot-operated wood lathe. It is appropriate for occupational therapy/orthopedic rehab departments in the west, but is also very useful in the non-western world for small craft applications because no electricity is needed. The company is also interested in licensing local production of the lathe in non- western countries. For more information, see… http://www.acres-willington.co.uk/(Thanks Tony! You’re great!)

  4. HOSPITALITY BOOK: CUP OF COLD WATER — Here’s a practical book on hospitality written for YWAM, mission groups and the church. Contact Debbie Rottier at cupofcoldwateratywammtdotorg or at 501 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside, MT, USA 59922. View pages at http:www.ywamconnect.com/sites/Rottier

  5. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — With a theme of “The Great Commission and 21st Century Asia”, this conference is slated for April 30-May 1, 2004 at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. There will be four plenary sessions, 13 workshops, and tons more. For more info, contact Elaine Tai at omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or (650) 559-8088. or browse: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest The early registration discount date is April 20.

  6. NEW BOOK RELEASE: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF PRAYER — With more than 60 true stories from many nations, by Wentworth Pike, this new book includes stories of now-born-again Colombian inmates, President George W. Bush, an Alaskan bush pilot’s SOS to God, an evangelical Arab pastor in Bethlehem, Russian-Jewish refugees in Germany, Gracia Burnham, Todd Beamer, a radio pastor to fellow Khmu tribesmen in Laos, a farm boy in Canada, and many more. Order by credit card: $17.99 (US), Pleasant Word (division of WinePress Publishing), toll-free in N. America: 1-877-421-7323. Others call 1-306-802-9758. Or see more at: http://www.pleasantword.com/

  7. “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” — Everybody’s saying, “You *have* to go see this film!” But are you wondering what your Muslim friends will think about it? The folks from ABC (Association for Biblical Christianity) have written a short tract explaining the death of Christ in a culturally appropriate and challenging way. It fits on a two sided A4 page and can be downloaded free of charge from their website: http://www.christianityexplained.net.tc/ Alternatively e-mail their administrator at AAbrahamatbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk and he will gladly send you a formatted Microsoft publisher version of it.

  8. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fund raising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E- mail newsletter — and 6300 people have reportedly joined! Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom></billatPEOPLERAISINGdotCOM>

  9. TENTMAKING COURSE FOR EUROPEANS IN BERGEN NORWAY — TENT of Norway is running a 4 day intensive tentmaking course in English starting at 18:00 on the 19th of May to 14:00 on the 23rd of May. This intensive course will inform & equip those who are thinking of going as tentmakers. Last year they had 30 people in attendance from UK, Finland and of course Norway. This year’s course is limited to 30 due to space restrictions. Registration before April 20, 2004 is only 1550 NOK, about 180 EUR (850 NOK for students) which includes course fee, course handbook, two meals and housing with local believers. Email Steinar Opheim for more details – steinardotopheimattentdotno For more information and course outline go to http://www.tent.no/ and click on Arrangement bar on bottom of page.


  10. UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE — After more than eight years of searching for ways to provide truly global coverage, TTc has now launched the Omega Program, which is a private medical insurance that provides coverage for either an expatriate or a home country based missionary (or church worker) that gives full worldwide protection …and at wonderfully cost-effective rates, right through into retirement. In other words, the new program will give full worldwide protection at marvelously cost effective rates no matter where a member lives or serves. If you would like further information, please write saraattalent-trustdotcom or visit http://www.talent-trust.com/

  11. BRAZILIAN MEDICAL/DENTAL FELLOWSHIP CONGRESS — From the 14 – 16 of May 2004, it’ll feature “Health A missionary challenge in the 21st century Speakers”, with Dave Stevens, Executive Director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and Dr Bill Herkelrath, dean of graduate psychology department at Northwest College. Email them at evangemedatevangemeddotorg or evangemedatmetodista-riodotorgdotbr . The venue is First Baptist Church in São José dos Campos- Brazil SP. http://evangemed.tripod.com/brazilhealthcarechristiancongress/index.htm l Also posted in our international site http://www.icmda.net/conf.htm

  12. FUNDING MINISTRY PROJECTS — Dr. Viggo Sogaard, Professor of Communication at Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering a two week intensive course from May 10-21 (3-6pm) on raising funds for your ministry project. The course helps with the development of fundraising strategies for missionaries, Christian organizations, and mission agencies. In the process, the student will acquire a biblical and missiological understanding of fundraising and stewardship, so the course will provide basic insights and skills for developing fund- raising strategies, preparation of material, and writing funding proposals. Check out the course description at http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/042/MD523_Sogaard_042.htmlStudents must be admitted to Fuller Seminary prior to enrolling in the class. For more info, contact (800)A-FULLER or http://www.fuller.edu

  13. STM LEADERS TRAINING – NEW DATES, NEW PLACES, LOWER PRICES! — The highly acclaimed 3-day ServantPrep Seminar (for Short-term Mission Leaders & Trainers) was developed by Mission Training International and will be held at 2 more locations yet this Spring. The response from many church leaders and the training directors of 45 agencies has been overwhelming. Experiential, Interactive, Comprehensive, focusing on substantive issues not just logistics and impressive stories. Honolulu – April 22-24 [contact Greg Crawford ucommitatjunodotcom or 808-668-8481], Walnut Creek, CA – June 3-5 [contact Ray Howard servantprepataoldotcom or 800-474-2129]. Registration & Tuition $170.

  14. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING IN EUROPE — The BodyBuilders will be sponsoring a Europe based Personal Support Raising Boot Camp in Berlin, Germany, May 14-15, 2004. For details on cost and registration see: http://www.thebodybuilders.net/ or e-mail/call: infoatthebodybuildersdotnet 501-329-4881.

  15. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR (YWAM) AFRICA — Youth With a Mission (YWAM) is organizing a 40-days-of-prayer for Africa. Between 1 April and 10 May thousands of people in and outside of Africa are bringing the continent’s needs before God. John Kisamwa, the Africa Field Director says, “It has become increasingly obvious to me that Africa needs prayer. Africa and her people are faced with many challenges: the AIDS pandemic, malaria, poverty, starvation, wars and conflicts, and the situation in the cities of Africa”. A Prayer Brochure is available, highlighting a different topic every day. For anyone who wants to know more or wants to be involved, see: http://www.ywamsca.com/ You can contact us through: infoatywam-africomdotorg

  16. VOLUME 3 OF “STUFF” NOW AVAILABLE — “Still More Stuff you need to know about Doing Missions in Your Church” is a book-on-diskette (in Word 2000) of one-page lists, handouts, outlines, and summaries of things church leaders ask about doing missions. Mobilizers and mission organization personnel, as well as church leaders, find these “bottom line” summaries handy and practical. Diskettes of individual volumes are available for $12 each (including shipping). All three volumes plus a cumulative index are also available on CD ($26, including shipping). Send a check (in U.S. Funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Specify volume 1, 2, or 3 or the CD and provide your postal address. See portions of the first two volumes and the cumulative index at http://www.davidmays.org/Resources/resmays.html

  17. SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MISSIONS — Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations is holding its first School of Classical Music in Missions in Kiev, Ukraine from July 5 – Dec 15, 2004. Classically trained Christians (intermediate level) with a desire to use their talents in missions can improve their skills further and connect with like minded people for missions preparation, rehearsals, and various outreach concerts during the school. There is also opportunity to help develop the Symphony of Nations full-time after the school. For info http://www.theson.org/ or email Joyce at TheSON.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces.)

  18. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS?: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA — Ten members of a Herero family prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Afterwards the head of the household explained that it has been two years since a Christian has been in their town. The Christians that did come did not tell them how to be saved. They did not tell them the importance of reading the Bible or worshipping the Lord. Now they know and a house church is started. Pray for the Lord to send workers to this ripe harvest. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To learn more about the Herero and other peoples, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info/or email swacsc at iafrica.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).

20040328 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE (THANKS TO MT. SCOTT!)
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. NEW PRAYER-SHARING WEBSITE
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  5. STRATEGIC FRONTIERS TRAINING IN NASHVILLE
  6. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  7. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII
  8. CAN SHORT-TERM WORKERS DEDUCT GIFTS FOR THEIR OWN TRIP EXPENSES?
  9. OPEN SOURCE: SUREFIRE WAY TO BEAT SOFTWARE LICENSING
  10. NEED VIDEO PROJECTORS?
  11. NEW COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY NEWSLETTER
  12. NEED MANUAL TYPEWRITERS?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE (THANKS TO MT. SCOTT!) — This past week, we received a donation (to help cover the costs of the Brigada- sponsored secretary) from the Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland, Oregon. See their website at: http://www.mtscottchog.org What a great encouragement it was to see the way the church is using Brigada. What follows is their own (completely unsolicited) note: “Our Global Ministries Action Team has approved sending via check, $250 from our missions budget to help with funding the Brigada Secretary for 2004. Our church’s missions efforts have been greatly enhanced through the resources that Brigada has brought to our attention since sometime in 1995 when John Robb was here and told us about this new ‘E source’ based on some Russian term or some such. Anyway, thanks Doug for all that you do for missions world wide especially through Brigada. Glad we could help. We really have gained from Brigada.”

    As I was thinking about their gift, which put us over the $2000 mark, by the way, I realized — maybe there are other churches that could pitch in like this. It would only take 56 churches, giving $250 each, to complete the $16,021 our Brigada-sponsored secretary needs for 2004. Interestingly, Dennis (the much-appreciated Brigada participant who requested that his committee consider the gift) added, “The cool thing is that I brought the proposal before our missions team and was asking for $200 but they said make it $250 and we’ll do it. I argued and argued for my proposal but finally gave in.” :-) We appreciate you Dennis! And thanks loads to the committee! If you happen to live in the Portland area and you don’t already have a home church, and if you’d love to throw your hat into the ring with a church that has a global vision, I hope you’ll consider Mt. Scott, 10603 SE Henderson St. Portland, OR 97266 (Tel:503.771.1195). And if nothing else, please join me in praying for them right now, giving thanks, and asking God to bless their leadership, their focus, and their growth.


  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (a 2004 Brigada sponsor!), in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand, May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA, USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training is designed for missionaries, churches, or ministries working in the countries of the Two-Thirds World or in Transitional Economies. By the end of the training, you will be equipped to effectively implement strategies in the areas of microenterprise development or microfinance. Courses offered for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available. See http://www.chalmers.org for details about email-based distance learning, DVD/Video courses. For costs and schedule email CEDI at covenant.edu (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  3. NEW PRAYER-SHARING WEBSITE — If you have something you need prayer for, here’s a new site: visit http://www.prayforthis.com and post your prayer request. You can pray for others who have posted and submit brief comments of encouragement. (The site was created by Justin Long. Way to go Justin! By the way, when we asked Justin what language he used to create this, his answer was “PHP”, his favorite.)

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Receive training and practice in order to become an effective teacher, and earn a TESOL certificate to open doors of opportunity. Attend this four-week training course at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The next class begins May 2, 2004. See their website http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or contact YWAM Lebanon, PA ywampa at comcast.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  5. STRATEGIC FRONTIERS TRAINING IN NASHVILLE — YWAM-Nashville is offering a School of Strategic Missions to be held on its campus in September 2004. Experienced missionaries will train you in cross- cultural communication, ethnographic research, church planting, community development and more! Then join teams in China, Morocco, Sudan, Turkey and beyond on a six-month field assignment leading to placement among a targeted people group. The only prerequisite is successful completion of any YWAM Discipleship Training School. For more information, visit http://www.ywamnashville.org or email ywamregistrar at ywamnashville.org or phone 615-696-3096 ext. 3055. (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  6. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. This 20 week program includes weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, relationships, and more. It also includes weeks of outreach ministry in Ukraine, providing practical cross cultural ministry experience. School begins June 20, 2004. See the website http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or e-mail ywampa at comcast.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  7. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training April 22 – 24, 2004 in Honolulu, HI. This is a comprehensive, interactive session designed to teach any cross-cultural team leader how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But…. you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the cost and travel details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_HI2004.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainer at aol.com . To register, send an e-mail to Greg at ucommit at juno.com (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email addresses, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  8. CAN SHORT-TERM WORKERS DEDUCT GIFTS FOR THEIR OWN TRIP EXPENSES? — Sounds dubious at first, doesn’t it. We recently featured an item on this topic (March 19th issue) and it has generated numerous replies. Evidently, the jury’s still out. Some “accounting types” said the donation *was* tax-deductible if it is turned over to the non-profit organization with no strings attached. Some took the opposing view. Our suggestion: Consult your CPA or tax-advisor before banking on it. Either way, you could definitely deduct the donation as “expenses while performing charitable activities.” (Thanks “FM”!)

  9. OPEN SOURCE: SUREFIRE WAY TO BEAT SOFTWARE LICENSING — We recently featured an item on software licensing. After seeing the item, Brigada participant “Scott” wrote to remind us that Open Source software is a surefire way to escape most licensing fees. For more on that topic, read his thoughts at: http://www.hknet.com/~light/swaysum.html Thanks Scott!

  10. NEED VIDEO PROJECTORS? — Equipping The Saints has supplied over 500 to ministries worldwide. Prices are dropping and quality is improving. Call ETS at 540-234-6222 or send email questions to: ets at rica.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  11. NEW COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY NEWSLETTER — Enjoy up-to-date articles on media and communication strategy, orality and literacy, and events affecting our world today. Take advantage of free downloads on evangelism and church planting strategies, as well as on developing effective communication and media strategies. Participate in discussion groups and network through the numerous links listed. Subscribe to the Communication Strategy Network electronic newsletter by logging on to http://www.communication-strategy.net To subscribe, click on “newsletter” and sign-up.

  12. NEED MANUAL TYPEWRITERS? — Equipping the Saints has hundreds available, ready to ship anywhere in the world. Call ETS at 540-234- 6222 or email your questions to ets at rica.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

20040321 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR SITE
  2. MED/MF TRAINING IN BANGKOK, THAILAND
  3. LEARN SUPPORT-RAISING FROM THE PROS
  4. GREAT SITE FOR “THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST”
  5. RESOURCES FOR NON-TECHIES
  6. HELP-WANTED AT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA
  7. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN FIJI (SEP 1-12, 2004)
  8. NO BATTERY-POWERED PROJECTORS
  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION
  10. YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
  12. FREE RESOURCE NEWSLETTER FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  13. TALKING BIBLES EXPAND SCOPE OF CARE-GIVERS
  14. CLOSING STUFF

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  1. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR SITE — The Web Evangelism Guide (a copy of which is mirrored on the Brigada site) now offers the option to insert the contents of any of their pages into your own website. All you need is to copy/paste a line of Javascript code into your page code. There are over 100 pages to choose from, on many topics relating to mission, evangelism, communication and writing. Easy instructions for insertion are displayed at the end of every page. If you start at this page about the potential of Web, you can find every other page via the contents menu: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/world.php

  2. MED/MF TRAINING IN BANGKOK, THAILAND — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Gustafson from Tokyo Christian University. For information on this event or their email-based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email <cediatcovenantdotedu> </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  3. LEARN SUPPORT-RAISING FROM THE PROS — The Jesus Film Project development leadership team is offering a two-day seminar to share everything from development philosophy, strategy and structure, to direct marketing and new donor acquisition and tons more. It’s slated for April 7 & 8, and costs $150 per person for the workshop, materials, and lunch on Friday. It’s scheduled to take place in San Clemente, CA. For more information and full schedule materials, email amydotelliottatjesusfilmdotorg or call (949) 361-4549. Space is limited, so hurry!

  4. GREAT SITE FOR “THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST” –- Has anyone told you lately, “You should go see the Passion?” Check out http://www.bible.org for helpful supplies related to Mel Gibson’s movie the “THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST”. They have compiled the scripture references that relate to the scenes in the movie and they have selected from their 3500+ free bible studies those that relate to the film.
    ***While you are at the site Download their multimillion dollar NEW English translation (NETBible) for free and enjoy the over 60,000 translator notes that allow one to get inside the heads of the translators as they worked with the original languages or purchase it on CD or in fine leather from $29.95
    *** check out the satellite maps that are in the NETBible http://www.bible.org/docs/about/maps/index.htm
    *** see also the free translated studies they have at http://www.bible.org/foreign/foreigntoc.htm
    *** they are looking for translators that would like to translate any of there free studies into a language that would benefit you. http://www.bible.org/docs/about/translat.htm Contact passionmovieatbibledotorg for more information on any of the above.

  5. RESOURCES FOR NON-TECHIES — Interested in getting help for your computer network — software or hardware? Need tech support for your Christian agency’s Internet connection or firewall? Finally — an answer, and no need to mortgage the team in Taiwan! Just click here for one of Ken’s collection of great reference materials, this one focused on “Tech Help For Non-Techies”. (Thanks again, Ken!)

  6. HELP-WANTED AT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA — A Christian school in the South of India would love to get Christian teachers who are native English speakers and who would come for at least a year to teach the children and to have an impact into their lives. The school is part of the Ywam ministry. Therefore DTS graduates are preferred. You will not be paid but will have to raise your own support, but you will get to know the warm and hospitable South Indian people For more information please write to: Ian Liu akcsatvsnldotnet

  7. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN FIJI (SEP 1-12, 2004) — Is God calling you to Fiji? The Transformational Partnership (Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, CitiReach International, Living Stones Foundation & Sentinel Group), by invitation of the Assembly of Christian Churches in Fiji and in association with government leaders in Fiji, is ready to see God transform entire communities and the nation through the power of Jesus Christ. Together with a vibrant network of organizations, Fiji will be host to: 100+ short-term mission teams from around the world (1,000-1,500 individuals), Luis Palau’s 2- day “Fiji Fest, City wide clean up projects, water projects, business seminars, Bible training courses and much more. Every strata of life will be impacted! God is at work and Fiji is ready! For more information about how to be a part of this large international outreach visit http://www.fiji2004.org or email randydotburtisatpalaudotorg

  8. NO BATTERY-POWERED PROJECTORS — Some time ago, someone asked for a battery-powered data/video projector. Allen and Betty compiled data on those responses and were thus far unable to find *any* leads. However, they did hear of some work in progress and would appreciate your prayers on the inventors’ behalf.

  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION — Check out http://www.eliprojects.org if you want field-tested educational materials or more information on abstinence and its use in missions & cross-cultural work, or simply write to vnurmiateliprojectsdotorg

  10. YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT — Educate young minds overseas! International Education Services (IES) a non-profit faith venture, is seeking the provision of teachers for Grades 3,4 and 5; Grade 6-8 English as well as K-8 ESL, Computer and Art. The school serves 52 families with about 90 students from 12 different countries. Serving at IES places you at the cutting edge of missions in the largest unreached nation in the 10/40 window. For a brief introduction to the school go to http://www.pcpies.com. For more information contact Sally at recruitatpcpiesdotcom

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP — This is a reminder that the Registration Deadline for the Member Care in Crisis Situations and Debriefing Workshop is March 31. This workshop is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators and will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26-May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Registration deadline is March 31. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg.

  12. FREE RESOURCE NEWSLETTER FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Here’s an IFES New Zealander who provides up to date resources, articles and research, books and sites to better equip you to mobilize college students for global mission (and to minister to them while they are on campus) Write the author, Mark markgattscfdotorgdotnz , if you would like to receive a copy. It’s sent to workers in New Zealand, Australia, England and the United States. Thanks Mark!

  13. TALKING BIBLES EXPAND SCOPE OF CARE-GIVERS — The Talking Bible is greatly enhancing Care-giving Ministries in local congregations. The Talking Bible is a marvelous bedside companion for one who is ill or hospitalized. It speaks God’s precious, comforting Word during those long hours when one needs it most. ASI is encouraging every local church to have one or more Talking Bibles for its care-giving ministry. Each Talking Bible has an entire New Testament sealed inside. They are beautiful, inexpensive and easy to use. Talking Bibles are available in English, Spanish and many other languages. Talking Bibles are available from Audio Scriptures International in California. Visit http://www.audioscriptures.org for more information. Or call ASI at 760-745-8105.

20040314 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS!
  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA)
  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT
  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE
  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS
  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES
  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS
  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE
  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION?
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN
  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP?
  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS
  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY
  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
  16. INTERESED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS?
  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE
  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS
  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION
  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS
  22. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in making possible a Brigada-sponsored secretary! The Center is part of the Economic & Development Department at Covenant College, 706-419-1805. Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100, $25 and $10 respectively, this past week. We appreciate you! If you’d like to donate to help underwrite the costs of the Brigada- sponsored secretary, just click “Sponsor” in the menu.

  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country- to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (And thanks to these services for their desire to enable the Brigada- sponsored secretary!!)

  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT — Have you noticed the way the folks at Joshua Project have meshed so perfectly with the folks from “EveryTongue.com”? Give it a look. For example, see http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=107987&rog3=IR Scroll down to the “Ministry Tools” section and look for the audio link. Find those audio samples at over 5,400 people groups so far! Great stuff. Well done Dan and the gang at Joshua Project… Well done EveryTongue.com. Way to work together!

  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE — This excellent missions resource site continues to expand and add features. The site is divided into useful categories of mission opportunities such as Short Term Missions, Medical Missions, Missions for Medical Students, Vocational Missions, Christian Orphanages, Native American Missions, TESOL opportunities, and more. There are also sections for Missionary Travel and Insurance for Missionaries, plus the newly expanded Resources page. Each category can be searched individually or by groups. Visit http://www.MissionFinder.org and see for yourself! (Thanks Rod!)

  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS — Need travel info for your upcoming venture? Try Mission2go.com, which helps both new and seasoned international travelers deal effectively with the mechanics of travel including ticketing, passports, money, security etc. Additionally, there is much content geared specifically toward the Christian traveler including advice on researching organizations, spiritual preparation, and support raising. Additional areas of interest include a travel equipment Gear Guide, discussion Forum and opportunities for experienced travelers to share their knowledge by submitting stories and articles. Check them out at: http://www.mission2go.com

  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES — Mission ONE offers this new video curriculum based in part on the Perspectives Course, designed to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. Perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups, Operation WorldView asks, “What is The Story above all stories, and what is your Destiny in the Story?” For more information, visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS — Now here’s a fund-raiser that’s going to sound quite random. :-) You know those old cell phone sitting around in your junk drawers or boxes in the basement? Here’s a company that donates $1 (and up to $15) per phone, based on type and condition. So you can collect those old cell phones, ship them for free to the company’s site in L.A., then expect a donation 90 days later. For more information, see their site at: http://www.pledgeaphone.com I checked this to be sure it was for real and couldn’t find any bad news about it on the web. (Go to Google and type in “pledgeaphone scam” and it’ll return nothing… until this item gets indexed by Google, that is. :-) ) (Thanks for the tip, Steven!)

  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE — “Have you seen the Passion of Christ?” That’s one of the most often-asked questions these days, it seems. The movie has sparked conversation and controversy, and Christians around the world are using it to reach out into their communities. But where do these conversations lead? World Harvest Mission (WHM) has just released a new resource, Living in Light of the Gospel Story, to help you engage individuals interested in exploring the gospel story. The course explores six different topics to challenge participants to see how life can be different by living in light of: The Father’s Love, The Cross, A New Reputation, The King’s Forgiveness, Heaven, and The Kingdom. WHM has drawn from its church planting experience around the world to create in-depth studies that capture issues of the heart. Living in Light is highly approachable, affordable, and adaptable. Go online to learn more and place an order. Visit http://www.whm.org/about-news03-02-04.shtml or e-mail bookstoreatwhmdotorg to request more information.

  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION? — Try iDictate.com. (See http://www.idictate.com for full information.) There’s a free trial there… and after the trial, you’ll pay one cent per word, but maybe that’s a reasonable fee compared to hiring a secretary to do it? You’ll have to be the one to decide. As for Eddie Smith, member of the US Prayer Track and Director of the US Prayer Center in Houston, TX, it’s perfect. ” I can telephone and dictate passages for my books. Within mere minutes…or a few hours if it’s long…I receive a text email with it typed out! And no secretary to hire, manage, and insure!! What a world! By the way, a pastor can upload his taped sermon and get the same result.” By the way, Eddie has some pretty great websites of his own at http://www.usprayercenter.org and http://www.prayerbookstore.com (Thanks for the tip, Eddie! And no, I don’t think you saw it originally in Brigada… at least not that I recall! :-) )

  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH — MissionPrep-Toronto is offering a (TEFL- TESOL) May 10–June 4, 2004) Teaching English as a Foreign (Second/Other) Language program that will equip you for an exciting ministry whether at home or overseas. This intensive 4-week training program will provide you with a wealth of practical and proven procedures, resources and models for teaching the full range of required components: listening, speaking, reading and writing; pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language use; etc. During weekly practicums you will observe successful programs within the rich multi- culturalism of Toronto as well as gain a minimum of 20 hours of teaching experience.

    For more information contact Priscilla Marr 905–640-1621 missionprepatglobaltalkdotca


  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN –- Here’s a 4-day/40- hour interactive training course with a 1-week outreach to a Muslim Country in North Africa immediately following. “SIMS-Spain” is an intense training and outreach experience that prepares you to live the gospel in a way that invites Muslims to the Lord. The course will be held early July in Southern Spain. Crescent Project is co-sponsor of the event. Registration deadline is May 21. For more information and exact dates email sims-satinterumdotorg or visit their website at: http://www.interum.org

  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP? — Remember the guy, Jonathan, who needed help with his computers? Well Eduardo offered a solution. Try subscribing to iccm-tech. Just send a message to: iccm-tech-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom You’ll receive an automatic mailing with instructions on how to submit your question. You can always unsubscribe once you get an answer. Painless. (Thanks Eduardo!) In some cases, you might also be able to get help from the International Christian Technologist’s Association (ICTA) www.icta.net. If you’re in Australia, a Brigada participant named David runs an email list with a ton of volunteers waiting to resolve problems. Contact ithelp4missionsatcrosscapedotcomdotau They also have a new project, Sideros (see http://www.sideros.net which aims to set some standards for Christian IT Consultants helping missions, or running short term trips. However both groups have limited capacity, so they can only do so much. (Thanks David!) In addition, The International Conference on Computing in Mission (ICCM) has an email list on yahoogroups called iccm-tasks to share tasks which volunteers/students can be involved in. Email iccm-tasks-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom to join, either to offer help, or to list an IT project with which you need assistance. Of course, because you’re dealing with volunteers, you might have to wait your turn.

  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS — All of the TIE and WEA representatives in each European Country and all other interested Tentmakers worldwide are invited to the TIE European Consultation to be held at the resort Hotel Rila 70 kilometers outside of Sophia, Bulgaria. The consultation will run from May 28 to 31. The fee of 165 euros include the registration, room and all meals. There is an extra fee of 30 euros for a single (non shared) room. Topics to be covered include: tentmaking and the internet, professional and business tentmakers, how we can all support and assist one another. For further details and a copy of the brochure, contact DWGGreenataoldotcom or see the website http://www.tentmakersnet.com

  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY — “Abuse: the Hidden Secret” is a six-video instructional series that provides methods to prevent child abuse, ways to spot abuse, and steps to take when allegations arise. Attorney Scott Ross, who has innumerable hours of research and experience as the lead person in dozens of child abuse cases, spearheaded the project for New Tribes Mission. It comes highly recommended by Frank Severn, President of IFMA and General Director of SEND International. You can see a preview and find out how to order the series online at: http://www.abusethehiddensecret.com Or email bookstore_hqatntmdotorg or call 800-321-5375. Might be particularly appropriate for house parents and boarding school parents working with MKs and others.

  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP –- Here’s a reminder that the Member Care in Crisis Situations and Debriefing Workshop sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26 – May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg If you’re planning on attending this workshop, better act fast. The registration deadline is March 31.

  16. INTERESTED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS? — Youth With A Mission of Montana is offering another intensive, four-week course to train men and women desiring to teach English overseas. This course will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 and is accredited. Application deadline is July 10. For further information visit their website at: http://www.ywammt.org or email tesolatywammtdotorg

  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE — For those with only 3-4 days in North India, the famous triangle of Deli, Agra (Taj Mahal), and Jaipur can provide a wonderful introduction to India’s culture and history. North India Christian Tourist Assistance now offers tours specifically focused covering these three great cities. From one-star to five-star, NICTA provides a range of services. Check their website at: http://www.geocities.com/nictaagra/visittajmahal.html

  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts at the US Center to reach unreached people groups. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS — In the compilation on repeat-funding for mission trips, our compiler included an item referring to the possibility that perhaps the person *going* on the short-term mission trip might receive a tax-deductible receipt for his or her contributions toward the trip itself. Thanks to Marianne for catching the fact that this would not be permissible, due to IRS regulations. (The person going is receiving a form of “goods or services” directly from the donation.)

  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION — Replies to the Brigada question concerning using USA-based non-profit licenses by overseas missionaries reveal that many missionaries just do it! However, those who have tried to determine what is a correct use still have questions. Some suggested using the licenses from the local Microsoft district; however, some districts don’t have licenses for non-profit organizations (Philippines, for example). There was only one response that comes from a person who has tried investigating this with MS representatives (thanks Mike!). Although, the agency Mike represents does not yet give licenses to their missionaries, Mike’s agency maintained that no one at Microsoft or the licensed broker definitively said “don’t do it”. Therefore, our compiler (Thanks Lester!) concluded that he believes it is fine for missionaries to take a U.S. bought computer with U.S. installed Charity MOLP software with them overseas. It is not OK to send licenses to a regional office somewhere comprised of foreign workers and/or machines. The best dividing line: missionaries must be employees of the organization and look to U.S. sources for Microsoft support. Thanks again Lester… and thanks to the great contribution by Mike!

  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS — Read about: + Using Soldiers as tentmakers + News about Afghan warlords + Muslim studies courses in 2004 + Spiritual landscape of Mauritania + News about Christians in Iraq + Helping Iraqi children through service personnel + World conference for military Christians in Korea These are the articles in the latest Reveille Shofar recently posted at www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Keep in mind that, as always, this does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of all the beliefs expressed at the site.

20040307 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS ENABLE US: “PROOF BEYOND A DOUBT” BOOK
  2. TRAIN YOUR MINISTRY TO HELP THE POOR
  3. PERSONNEL WANTED / MISSION OPPORTUNITIES WEB SWITCHBOARD
  4. TESL TRAINING IN TORONTO
  5. CHRISTIAN MUSIC FOR MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM-BACKGROUND BELIEVERS
  6. TIME FOR A CHANGE: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA
  7. JESUS LOVES MUSLIMS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
  8. GET A MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILLA
  9. GOOD BOOK ABOUT IRAQ, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST
  10. PRINCIPAL/TEACHERS NEEDED AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIKE THE MOON, GOD IS THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS ENABLE US: “PROOF BEYOND A DOUBT” BOOK — Thanks to Mark Kelly of Kainos Press for sending $65 as a way of saying thanks to Brigada readers that ordered his book, Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt! (And thanks to the 13 Brigada readers who purchased it!) As you know, gifts like these enable a Brigada-sponsored secretary, which, in turn, helps us get Brigada out the door and on your screen each week! Thanks Mark!

  2. TRAIN YOUR MINISTRY TO HELP THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706-419-1805. (And thanks *tons* to the Institute for the $30 check to help us with the costs of the Brigada-sponsored secretary! Woo-hoo! :-))

  3. PERSONNEL WANTED / MISSION OPPORTUNITIES WEB SWITCHBOARD — So let’s say we’ve got a school in Indonesia, which would normally like to enter an item like the one below (Item #15). Will GlobalMission.org serve to find workers and a suitable opportunity match? I would say so! See http://www.globalmission.org/ for full details. In the “Tools” section, click on “World Mission Directory” to look up a mission organization in what the site claims is “The world’s largest interactive online mission agency directory.” Also in “Tools,” click on “Mission Wanted” to let others know of your willingness to serve. Click on “Short Term Mission Projects” or “Long Term Service Opportunities” to discover options for service, either short- or long-term respectively. If you’re an organization that would like to *list* those, click on http://globalmission.org/tools/member/login.htm If you’re new to the page, you can open a new account, which will then give you all *kinds* of options for posting/editing opportunities. Although the folks there are referring to this as a kind of beta format, it seems to me that it’s already working great! So unless someone has a better approach, I’m suggesting we close out the almost- idle Brigada-opportunities email group in favor of this site. Let us know if you have feedback.

  4. TESL TRAINING IN TORONTO — MissionPrep-Toronto is offering a (TEFL- TESOL) May 10 -June 4, 2004) Teaching English as a Foreign (Second/Other) Language program that will equip you for an exciting ministry whether at home or overseas. This intensive 4-week training program will provide you with a wealth of practical and proven procedures, resources and models for teaching the full range of required components: listening, speaking, reading and writing; pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language use; etc. During weekly practicums you will observe successful programs within the rich multi- culturalism of Toronto as well as gain a minimum of 20 hours of teaching experience.

    For more information contact Priscilla missionprepatglobaltalkdotca or call 905 -640-1621.


  5. CHRISTIAN MUSIC FOR MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM-BACKGROUND BELIEVERS — A Christian radio station for Muslims and Muslim-background believers is seeking indigenous Christian music (in any language) used by Muslim- background Christians around the world. He is willing to promote the albums and those who produce them but is unable to pay royalties for playing the music. If you have any such musical resources or know how to obtain them, please contact: afghanjohnatearthlinkdotnet or mail them (with any usage restrictions) to: John Marion P.O. Box 34 Centreville, VA 20122 USA. English translations of the songs are welcome as are other content suggestions, interviewees knowledgeable about Islam, and studio equipment.

  6. TIME FOR A CHANGE: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA — After hearing the Gospel presented, a young Herero mother prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She told them, “I’ll have to change my church, I will lose many friends and things will be different around here.” The Christians who led her to the Lord told her that they were not telling her to change to another church. She responded, “It is time for a change around here.” The Holy Spirit had worked in her life to desire to follow Jesus at any cost. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To learn more about the Herero people and others visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  7. JESUS LOVES MUSLIMS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. — Join a growing network of Christians in the Washington, D.C. area active or interested in sharing Christ with Muslims. Novices are welcome, and so are veteran missionaries with extensive experience to share. For more information, visit: http://www.jesuslovesmuslims.com

  8. GET A MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILLA — Now is the time to start registering for Azusa Pacific’s masters program in Social Science (emphasis in servant leadership). The dates are May 31-June 11. The venue is Manila Philippines. It is cheaper to fly there and take the courses than to take them on campus! The cost is $375/course (plus books and site fees) which is 1/3 the cost of on-campus prices! This year’s courses are: (week one) Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Current Issues in Leadership, (week two) Leader as an Agent of Change, and Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or call 658-3807

  9. GOOD BOOK ABOUT IRAQ, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST — “What’s Next? God, Israel, and the Future of Iraq” by Charles Dyer (Moody Press) just released last month, is an excellent overview of the complex history of the Middle East and gives a sound Biblical perspective on the future. It is fairly easy reading and does not get too technical but leaves the reader with a good understanding of the current problems between Palestinians and Israel and how Iraq figures into the equation. You can get the book online through Book Heaven at http://www.baptist-books.com or by calling 610-965-4700. (Thanks to Tim of the Lehigh Valley Baptist Church, for this tip!)

  10. PRINCIPAL/TEACHERS NEEDED AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL — Wesley Int’l School (WIS) in strategic (UPG loaded) East Java, Indonesia has a K-12 program. They’re located on a 3-year-old beautiful highland campus, with approx. 100 students from diverse countries & are currently pursuing WASC & ACSI accreditation. If you qualify as a principal, you would assist the current principal during 2004-2005 school year, with a view to serving as the principal beginning in the 2005-2006 school year. They’re also seeking secondary History, English teachers, an elementary & a ESL teacher. Check WIS out at: http://www.wesleyinterschool.org/ Contact Dave: DaudRataoldotcom .

    So obviously, we can’t possibly list every single opportunity like this. So where would a school go for this kind of thing… if it wanted to find teachers for Indonesia, for instance? And where would teachers go to find a match for their skills? See item #1 above for one option.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIKE THE MOON, GOD IS THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT — Is God there, even while you’re sleeping? You bet He is. We know that in our *heads*, but my wife, Penny, recently learned it in her *heart*.

    A few weeks back, she went into the doctor with severe chest pains. The results of some follow-up tests led both the radiologist *and* Penny’s doctor to the same conclusion: Penny had contracted Emphysema! (By the way, she’s never smoked; nor have I. But though we thought this diagnosis was strange, the doctors seemed so sure, offering stats about non-smokers developing this fatal illness too, in as many as 5-10% of all cases.) During the next couple of weeks of further testing, Penny never wavered in her faith in the sovereignty of God… that He was in control. At the same time, there is no cure for Emphysema, and it normally ends in taking the life of its victim. Those were realities that she had to face, during those days.

    But she remembers waking one morning in particular, very early, while it was still dark. Immediately, she noticed up in the skylight window the giant full moon, shining brightly. To her, it was a kind of affirmation that God had been there all through the night. She took it as a symbol of his ever-present Lordship, beaming into her life. She paused to thank Him for the fact that even while we’re asleep, He’s already at work preparing our tomorrow.

    Paul wrote, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)

    Perhaps you’ve already heard “the rest of the story.” A lung specialist concluded after additional tests that she does not have Emphysema. Instead, the chest x-rays were “overexposed!” We were overjoyed, and we counted it as answered prayer. However, this Friday (March 13), Penny sees a heart specialist about the original symptom: chest pains. We’d greatly appreciate your prayers, that God would grant the doctor wisdom and insight on her condition. Thank you for your concern and prayer during the past month! It means a lot… because it really is a jungle out there!

20040229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS
  2. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY
  3. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  6. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS
  7. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
  8. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION
  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS
  10. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM
  11. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH
  12. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR
  13. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS
  14. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS
  15. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE
  16. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  17. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS — Learn how other missionaries save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html
  2. A portion of your long distance bill will help keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen! The phone company will be “in your corner,” helping you be all the more effective at an all-the-more-reasonable price!


  3. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY — Maybe your church could pitch in… or your organization, if you’ve ever benefited from any item in Brigada? Your partnership gift of $10, $100, or $1000 or more would help sponsor our Brigada secretary for 2004. So far, we have $1673.60 toward the total needed for 2004, which is $16,021 — to completely underwrite the cost of all administrative help for Brigada. (Doug’s compiling is donated free. Brigada participants are asked only to help by covering the cost of his secretary at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html Choose to make a one-time gift, or use the “subscribe” button to be reminded each month of a smaller gift of $10, for instance. Your call. Thanks for your partnership to keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen!!!

  4. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS — We are good at using the web to TALK ABOUT people groups. Now a new website has been launched with the goal of TALKING TO members of every language group on earth. Visit and link to this great new site: http://www.EveryTongue.com – EveryTongue Good News Recordings – Over 1000 links to on-line Good News recordings to which you can click and listen. 72% of the world can find Good News at this site in a language they can understand. On this site, you will also find a list of hundreds of recordings that are on cassette but not yet on the web. If you can help get these languages onto the Internet, go to the site and volunteer. Take a look at the site’s focus country of the month where Good News web pages are being made for every people group in one country — a great model that could be done for any country. The makers of this site have met members of very obscure people groups via the Internet and believe they can get Good News to members of almost every language group on earth.

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — This is your last chance to register for “Transformations,” an Unreached Peoples Consultation sponsored by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear how you can reach the thousands of people who die every day without ever hearing the name of Jesus Christ. The cost is only $169. Register today by calling AIMS at (757) 226-5850. You may also e-mail aimsataimsdotusa-org or log on at http://www.aims.org

  6. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB — http://www.stmnetwork.ca is a website devoted to equipping people for short term missions. Over 1 million North Americans will be part of a short-term missions trip this year. If you are looking for resources, a trip database or general STM help check out http://www.stmnetwork.ca North American callers can dial toll-free: 1-866-999-1STM. International callers can dial (403)813-5765.

  7. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS — Tien Shan Educational Center (TESC) is receiving applications for the upcoming school year beginning August 26, 2004. TESC – K – grade 12 is an English speaking school, meeting the needs of missionary children from nine countries. Presently they are seeking staff for the following positions: Primary teachers for Grades 1-6; Secondary Science teacher (JH Science and HS Chemistry & Physics); Secondary Math teacher (Algebra 1 & 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus); Secondary Language Arts teacher (HS English); Primary & Secondary School Physical Education teacher. For more information or an application please write Craig tienshanatpactecdotkz or Joahna tssecondaryatpactecdotkz

  8. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS — These are offered by the author of “Building Credible Multicultural Teams,” Dr. Lianne Roembke, and have been significant in charting or correcting the course of many teams, leaders and members. The following workshops and accredited courses (*) are being offered in 2004 (facilitator training available): Fuller School of Intercultural Studies – Pasadena, CA* – August 2-13 contact: sis-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu Columbia Int’l Univ – Korntal, Germany* June 28 – July 9 (in German) contact: CCrouseataemdotde Workshop in Korntal, Germany (in German) – Dec. 13-17 contact: smfataemdotde Inquiries on Facilitator Training: LRoembkeataoldotcom  (LRoembkeataoldotcom)  
    http://hometown.aol.de/LRoembke/homepage/weiterbildung.html

  9. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION — You likely know a few people who are considering going on a summer mission, or longer. A great resource to refer them to is http://www.ShortTermMissions.com. The website offers *complete details* on 1,000 one week to three year opportunities from 50 organizations. Quickly find a match with a search by country, length, date, and keyword. Note: Most of the opportunities are with US mission agencies.

  10. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS — Equipping Leaders Internationally is pleased to announce the launch of an abstinence education materials Internet website at http://www.eliprojects.org. The target audience for this website is youth workers, church leaders, and parents in the developing world, who have few printed resources, but want field-tested educational materials which will address sexuality and other areas of potential risk for youth. Now these materials will be available to them through this “virtual library” free of charge. More materials which are written by and for the developing world, as well as additional materials from premier organizations in the developed world, will continually be added. For more information or to submit materials please contact vnurtmiateliprojectsdotorg.

  11. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM — We continue to battle spam, don’t we. With some PC experts beginning to talk about email being “broken”, we’d *better* get to work fixing it! :-) Have you noticed two good solutions sound nearly alike?
    http://about.mailblocks.com/ and
    http://www.mail-block.com/ They appear to be unrelated, but very similar products and both are said to be working great. I use Norton Antispam right now, but kind of regret buying it, when I compare to these two solutions. Don’t sit around deleting 100 emails a day, most of which are trying to sell you on enlarging certain things and energizing others. Get a good antispam solution and start feeling some relief from the stress! :-) (Thanks to all who give input on these kinds of things, like Scot, Sheryl & Corrie!)

  12. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH — We recently reported a dearth of resources for cross-cultural outreach relative to the movie, “The Passion of The Christ.” Well thanks to “Wes” who pointed us to these…
    http://www.TheLife.com – for use with non-Christians
    http://www.sharethelife.com – full of ideas for Christians to use So there *are* some resources out there! In fact, thanks to Ken who recently compiled a whole *listing* of such links for us!
    http://www.christianvideos.org/passion_of_Christ.html

  13. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR — Do you minister to the poor in the developing world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn the basics of microfinance and microenterprise development as tools to help the poor and build the local church. Certification is offered for those who complete these courses, their live training and a ministry plan. See
    http://www.chalmers.org for details about the courses, costs and schedule.

  14. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS — Remember out guy, Kevin, who was going to compile information on repeating short-termers? Well he did! (Thanks Kevin!) Here’s his expanded report:

    + Fund raising for “Repeater short term mission trips”
    – The question asked was, “HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them?”
    – The following responses are given without attribution because I didn’t ask for permission to use names. None of the following ideas are mine, I only edited and arranged them.
    Kevin Paszalek Southway
    Community Church
    Houston, Texas USA
    pastor at southway.org (replace the word “at” with the @ sign and remove the space on either side)

    + Cost cutting
    – Have you considered having fewer trips per year, but each trip be longer duration? I’m sure a majority of the cost is airfares.

    + Participants pay some proportion
    – If a person wants to go on a Short Term Mission trip he (or she) must be approved by the missionary committee and is responsible to pay 25% of his (or her) cost for the trip. The STM person making the trip will receive a tax deductible receipt for this portion of the money contributed as well the other donors If a person wants to take a second STM trip, no matter if it is to the same country or to another country, the person is now responsible to pay 50% of his costs. If a person wants to go on a third trip he must pay 75% of the costs himself. If a person takes 4 or more trips he will be responsible for paying his own expenses and donations from others is neither encouraged nor discouraged, however, the person is not allowed to “solicit” funds through the church.

    + Fund raising events
    – I do a Thai Chicken Curry Lunch right after church at other churches in the area as a fund raiser. I split the money raised with them to support their youth missions. I can talk about the mission I’m doing, give a door prize, and support their youth missions program at the same time. I give private small group Thai cooking lessons-this is my best fund raiser aside from straight donations. So far I’m netting about $250.00 on each class (about 6 hours of time), plus there are a lot of happy people eating Thai food. They aren’t even “church” people…they come from the health club, friends, the beauty salon, etc. to take the class.

    + Don’t do yearly trips with the same people to the same location.
    – Go somewhere else. I know that a mission agency opened up into Africa, from being exclusively central American focussed, since a donor wanted to give to the type of work, (microenterprise) but wanted to influence Africa) Who’s to turn [down] $250,000? Off to Africa they went.
    – 2. Get new people on board. Bring in fresh blood, and their new donor team. You expand the number of committed people to your particular overseas ministry. Fund the team as a team rather than as individuals, so that the pot for all pays for everyone.
    – My suggestion is to consider not doing several repeat trips a year but maybe only one and look for other opportunities.
    – Google “donor fatigue”

    + Add new people to the team
    – Our church does have one trip that we have done three consecutive years and it has worked very well by adding and dropping people but always having a few that are repeats to form a core.


  15. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS — Are you sensing God’s call to commit your life to cross-cultural missions, but you have more questions than answers? TEAM’s “Explore” Workshop may be just what you need! “Explore” is a three-day opportunity to gather good data on your spiritual life, life experience, education, health, values, and calling. It concludes with a personalized debrief in which you set personal goals. They also create a personalized written report for you and your church. Experienced missionaries guide the sessions, and most workshops are sponsored by local churches. Find out more and check the schedule for your area by calling 1-800-343-3144 (North America) or checking at
    http://www.teamworld.org.

  16. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE — Download freely 10 Biblical items (Psalms & Gospels; prayers from the Bible and Drama scripts) in their growing and popular Accessible EasyEnglish series. Just click on ‘AEE’ on their home page http://www.easyenglish.info Many people also use these materials for beginners learning English. More details of AEE and our other products from Martin Lloyd at martinateasyenglishdotinfo

  17. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL – On March 18 at 8:30 PM EST Elijah Company will have a unique conference drawing principles from the life and work of Amy Carmichael, one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century. Her soldierly commitment and unwavering faith has set the course for many in missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. To get to know other Elijah Company services see http://www.elijahcompany.org

  18. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO — I’m really enjoying the opportunity to work on my doctoral dissertation these days. I’m trying to invest each Tuesday and Thursday toward that end, but I’ll confess it’s often difficult to put aside the urgent for the important. Someone needs a report on this or that, deadlines calling, phones ringing, people visiting… And in the thick of the battle, sometimes I put off the really big stuff, partly because it’s more rewarding to finish something smaller.

    But have you noticed that many of the most rewarding things in life come only after a zillion substeps… incremental improvements or subgoals on the way toward completing a major project. Imagine trying to build a nuclear submarine, the Washington Monument, or even learn to play the soprano saxophone (something else I’m attempting these days in my “spare” after-work time). It happens because we take tons of little “baby steps” (watch an edited version of “What About Bob” for a good laugh on that :-) ).

    So what about your work? How do you manage to accomplish the really long-term objectives? Here’s a suggestion that’s as obvious as the nose on your face: break it up in bitesized chunks. For my dissertation, that means, “I’ll try to get 5 more pages done today.” (If I get 2 between emails or phone calls, then sobeit; at least it’s forward motion!) For the sax, it’s even simpler: 30 minutes, 3 times a week. That’s about all I can usually eek out. But hey… why do we humans get in such a hurry, anyway? :-)

    How ’bout your projects? What do you have that’s really big … that you can break up into chunks… and just view it “one line at a time?” I bet once you did, you’d find it energizing to know you’re making progress again. And hey… one line at a time is okay. Just “enjoy the journey, as much as you would the destination,” and suddenly, that big project isn’t as bad as it once was, right?

20040222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS
  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE
  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION
  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE
  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR
  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO
  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES
  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates — and Help Brigada! Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html We just received a sponsorship payment of $71.35 from these folks… and it’s a direct result of Brigada readers using this service for their long distance needs. So contrary to some of the other deals about which you might have heard, this one is actually producing results — and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use them. In fact, you might actually *save* money on your long distance! Thanks for your partnership!

  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS — “Time Out” is the title of a series of specialized Bible study materials available for short-term mission groups to use both before and during their time overseas. A copy of all 15 studies is available for a one-time payment of £25 (around U$S45). You can then use them as many times as you like. The ‘Time Out’ studies are now available to purchase and download online so you can access them instantly from wherever you are. A sample study is even provided for free! The notes are available in pdf format or rtf format so that you can adapt them and customize them as you wish. All Tony asks is that you attribute them to him somewhere in what is produced! To sample, purchase and download the ‘Time Out’ studies, see http://www.oscar.org.uk/timeout.htm

  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Allison Ranch is a private retreat on the Salmon River in Idaho wilderness for full-time Christian workers. Guests arrive at the Ranch by chartered plane to be greeted by hosts in charge of any needs including all meals in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming or sunning on the sandy beaches are a few amenities to be enjoyed. Elk and deer graze on a mountain meadow outside each cabin. All the comforts of home are available without the intrusion of the outside world. All of this is made available at cost to the Foundation, short of a $200 deposit. Our website is http://www.replace.com/allison Contact Judy at 208-377-3005 for more information.

  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE — Prayer Australia has recently launched a new website – a seeker-friendly, cartoon gospel presentation. This unique website is designed for non-Christians, so that Christians can either email their non-Christian friends or give them a business card to inform them of the web site. Check out http://www.yourdestinyyourchoice.org Prayer Australia would also like to produce the website in other languages. This would allow the gospel presentation in people’s native language to be emailed all around the world. If you would like to have the website in your language or any further information, email prayeraustraliaatydycdotorg

  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION — We continue to be impressed with the iKobo ATM/Visa card service. Among other things, you can give someone a Visa card even when they couldn’t normally qualify. And if you use this link to sign up, iKobo donates $10 to Brigada for our Brigada Secretary: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE — Here’s a search engine with a missions slant: http://www.christianmissions.net Find mission stories on your town (thanks for the tip, Guy!), search for that hard-to-find organization, or just browse to enlarge your worldview! It’s the “Google of Christian Missions!”

  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706- 419-1805.

  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO — Canadian Tentmaker Network and GLOBAL Opportunities are excited to announce a first ever full tentmaking seminar at a MissionFest Saturday, March 13th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

    Feel free to take in one or all four sessions of this fast paced informative seminar. Hear seminars on “Why tentmaking?,” “How to find a job in the international job market,” “Workplace Evangelism,” “Your steps to getting there and being effective in ministry.” For more information and to register, please visit their website at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    Both GO and CTN are also looking for former tentmakers to volunteer their services as part of a virtual team. Your skills could be used to mentor new tentmakers, run seminars, speak at events and to help get the word out on today’s tentmaking missions. Contact them at connectatglobaloppsdotorg or infoattentmakingdotorg


  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES — We continue to wonder how in the world we connect opportunities and workers. For example, here’s a guy named Jonathan in Fiji who is seeking help with computer problems in a small Bible College computer lab. Now … surely *somewhere* in the world, there are some tech-types that would love a great excuse to visit Fiji once a year. :-) The machines are 7-year-old Macintoshes running mainly MS Word. They have very few problems but when problems come, local troubleshooting help is very limited and web access and phone support quite expensive. Is there a MS Word expert out there who could consult by e-mail and research solutions for problems a few times per year – and maybe visit to get a face-to-face relationship going.. and do hands-on training, as needed? If so, please e-mail to jonathanatkannerdotcom . And the bigger question is… where does a guy like Jonathan go to find workers for this need? We *do* have the Brigada-opportunities group. But maybe it’s fast-becoming obsolete. Ideas?

  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemkeatcsdotcom

  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic April 30-May 1! Register by April 1st and save $50. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10- key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_apr2004.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? — Have you wanted to get insurance for a short-term mission trip, but hated having to pay for extra days that you are not out of the country? If so, Insurance Services of America has a solution! They now have short-term coverage for individuals, on a daily basis with rates as low as $1.13 per day! Coverage is easy to obtain. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at <healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>

20040215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE?
  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD
  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR!
  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION
  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS?
  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE
  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY
  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS
  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA)
  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM
  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004
  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE? — Check out our recommended services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Not only are they good deals, they also have agreed to sponsor Brigada’s secretary if you use their service! Thanks for giving them a look!

  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD — This iKobo service just keeps adding features. They’ve now upgraded all those ATM cards to ATM/Visa cards! So here’s your chance to give someone a Visa card that couldn’t normally afford one, or even open a bank account! Check ’em out at: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US They also make a gift to Brigada of $10 for every new member who signs on and verifies. We’ve used their services several times now, without a hitch… and just this past week, received a $20 direct payment from a new anonymous sponsor — via the iKobo card! (All you have to do is tell iKobo you’d like to transfer money to account # LD017707US. Thanks for giving iKobo a try!

  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous home-schooling mom who gave $10 this past week to help sponsor our Brigada secretary! We appreciate you and your encouragement that Brigada has even helped a home-schooler! (If you’d like to help sponsor our Brigada sec’y, see: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION — Check out the latest edition of Global Missiology at http://www.globalmissiology.net/ The online version is especially helpful for those unable to subscribe to the printed copy. You’ll find articles like, ” The Contributions Of Cultural Anthropology To Missiology,” by Norman Allison and “Spiritual Warfare And Worldview,” by Paul Hiebert.

  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them? Email your suggestions and experiences to Southway’s pastor, Kevin Paszalek, at pastoratsouthwaydotorg and he will compile the results and share them with all of us. Thanks for any input you can offer, and Kevin, we look forward to your summary!

  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE — It’s a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) back by popular demand! This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time, will build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. The cost is $150, and the dates are March 14 to 19, in Tucson, AZ. Check it out at: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm or contact Wade wade_remeratwycliffedotorg at +1-520-825-6078.

  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY — Outside the USA, it seems there is very little awareness of, or planning for, the imminent release of Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Yet this movie would seem to provide an incredible opportunity for the worldwide church. If so, there is an urgent need for immediate mobilization. For ideas, see: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/passion

  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — These missionary camps offer great encouragement and lots of specifics. Upcoming camps are April 1-4 in Iowa and June 1-10 in Spain. For more details of training content, dates, places of upcoming camps, see the web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS — These are happening in Australia, March-April 2004. They consist of three-day training programs, challenging the Church to take the gospel where it has never been proclaimed and helping local churches to obey the Great Commission. They’ll be held in Brisbane, 25 -27 March and in Melbourne, 31 March to 2 April 2004, and will be led by Dr Howard Foltz of Regent University, USA., founder & president of AIMS. (Accelerating International Mission Strategies) To register, email mobiliseatozemaildotcomdotau You’ll receive a color brochure with full information. Costs start at $70 (students) and $80 (Early bird). Sessions over the three days will include Biblical Basis of Missions, The State of the World, A Mobilized Church, Adopting a People Group, Faith Promise Giving, Church Planting Movements, Biblical Partnerships in mission, Networking Methods and Reliance v Dependency. For more information, see: http://www.mobilise.org.au

  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA) — “Look At The Nations” is a collection of over 50 photographs of the peoples of the world by R. Keith Lindsey, founder and president of the Acts 13 Initiative http://www.acts13.tv Hard-bound with a dust jacket, this book is a perfect gift to remind your family and friends of God’s global purpose. $5 of the purchase price will be donated to Brigada when you purchase using the PayPal option on the Initiative’s website. For more information and to purchase (and support Brigada!) log onto http://www.acts13.tv/Resources.html For more information, email resourcesatacts13dottv

  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM — Here’s a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, designing and building cross- cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories to increase traffic, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. This seminar is co-sponsored by YWAM Perth and Create International. The dates are June 28th – July 3rd, 2004, and the location is YWAM Perth, Western Australia. You can register by writing registraratywamperthdotorgdotau For more Information, email webevatcreateinternationaldotcom or visit http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004 — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will hold an eight-week Missions Internship Program from May 30 to July 25, 2004. Developed for young adults ages 18 – 25, the program encourages the participant to explore God’s call on their life through ministry skill development. For more information, click to http://www.acts13.tv/ministry.html or email infoatacts13dottv

  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA — The Zhuang, China’s largest minority people group, with a population of over 17 million, are unreached with only 1/2% being Christian, but they are currently very responsive to the gospel. Want to learn more about how you or your church could get involved? Check out the North American Zhuang Consultation, this spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The consultation will include introductions to the Zhuang culture and religions beliefs, testimonies from Zhuang who have become believers, current reports from field workers, suggestions from ESL trainers, and sharing from churches already involved in direct ministry. To receive more details and an invitation to this meeting, email Fran Zhuangatpoboxdotcom

20040208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS
  2. NEW SPONSORS!
  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS
  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA
  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS
  7. MORE ON BACKING UP
  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA)
  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION
  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)
  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES
  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS
  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS
  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY
  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS — This is the season for many church missions conferences and the Toolbox For Videostorytelling can make a great gift from your church to your missionary. Check it out at http://www.VillageAve.com And thanks to the author, John Walton, for making a $35 donation to Brigada because of recent purchasers of the Toolbox! Yahooo! :-)

  2. NEW SPONSORS! — Hats off to the repeat anonymous sponsor who used the “PayPal Subscribe” sponsorship button at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html to donate $10 this past month to help with the expenses of our Brigada secretary and to keep Brigada going regularly out the door each week. Thanks, too, for the $50 from the “Arctic North of Sweden!” Way to go *Europe*!!! We appreciate you!

  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS — If you ask me, this new iKobo service easily beats out Western Union. We asked for volunteers to try it out (a couple of weeks ago) and 3 brave souls stepped up to the plate. They’re loving it! You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account, electronically. Sound like PayPal? There’s more. Once the money is there, you can “Send Money” to anyone in the world! If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them an ATM card, at iKobo’s expense. The great thing is — once the person has the ATM card, you can transfer money at will, anytime, night or day. Rather than paying hefty wire transfer fees, the user only has to pay a $2 or so ATM fee. Plus, unlike wires, the transfer is *instant*, and teller has to view the transferred funds.

    Click here for more information, or to get started:

    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

    (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). Note: Believe it or not, iKobo is also offering to send $10/new member to help us sponsor a Brigada secretary — if you use the above link to get started. We’ve already received two of the sponsorships from our trial users new registrations. So it’s working already! What’s more, we’ve both sent *and* received money using the service, all without a hitch.

    So how is it different from PayPal? First, you can use this service to transfer funds to a national preacher or missionary, even if he or she has no web access or bank account. Second, it gives you an ATM card rather than an online prompt. Finally, some recipients don’t want to have “register” at some new online service, just to receive funds. So either way, it’s a great option.


  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA — We’ve had a good response to the offer from Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, to donate up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase of his new book, “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt!” This new e-book explains why Christians are powerless to stop the world’s slide into moral chaos and tyranny. The e-book is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. This offer expires March 1, so there’s still time to profit from this new book and support Brigada in the process!

  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE – The audio Scripture movement made a great step forward with the advent of The Talking Bible. The Talking Bible contains a complete audio New Testament in a sealed unit that has the appearance of a regular Bible. Talking Bibles are already available in many different languages. New ones will be produced in hundreds of other languages as resources are made available. Audio Scriptures International, Adopt-A-Village and World Mission, a non-denominational mission-support organization, are working in cooperation with national Bible Societies to produce and provide Talking Bibles in many of the world’s languages. ASI reports that requests from Africa for Talking Bibles are increasing dramatically. Churches and missions are being challenged to get involved. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org.

  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS — Would you like to catch the latest on media in missions? Stop by http://newWway.org This month’s cover story focus is on “The Passion”, written with missionaries in mind. Although written mainly for Southern Baptist IMB folk, it’s still full of great resources and training bits.

  7. MORE ON BACKING UP — We’ve received quite a lot of feedback on our piece on backing up our computer files (a couple of weeks ago). One participant said he’d personally been hit by tragedy without a recent backup. Now he uses an external hard drive which connects via USB port. He also uses PGP to encrypt the data in case it’s stolen. (Thanks Scott!)

  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA) — Focused on the nations of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, HNA is a new international prayer movement now getting underway for launch in 2005. Harvest North Africa will be working closely with believers and prayer networks throughout the region to produce an array of high quality media that can be utilized by churches and ministries to raise up a tidal wave of new intercessors. HNA is now seeking volunteers to help with mobilization, promotion, translation, regional coordination, distribution, video production, website design and maintenance, and other areas. If you can help with any of these areas, please contact HNA at: moreinfoatharvestnadotorg or visit the HNA website at

    http://www.harvestna.org


  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH — Interested in learning more about how to use press releases as free publicity? Check out:

    http://www.sacklunch.net/churchpr/index.html

    for extensive tips and ideas. (Thanks Brad!)


  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION — Vision Student Conferences has a theme of encouraging students and leaders to become actively involved in God’s missionary plan for the nations. Visit the website at:

    http://www.visionconference.org

    This conference is a one day event geared towards students, primarily from Senior & Junior High, and will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. Many youth groups are using this event as part of their training for summer short term trips. Check-out the website for information on the schedule, available breakout sessions, information about the speaker and worship team. There are opportunities for missions organizations and schools to set-up displays at the conference, call 717-509-6245 for information.


  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)– Have you been thinking about getting your master’s in leadership/administration? Azusa Pacific University holds 4 classes every summer in the Philippines for their Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership studies. The fees are 1/3 of on-campus prices! You get to do the reading and papers during the year, after the courses. The courses this year are May 31-June 11, right after Faith Academy gets out. They will be held in Quezon City, Teacher’s Village, at the SEND International Office board room. For more information contact Melody Kuka, tel 658-3807 in Quezon City, kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph .

  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES — No Frontiers in UK now have an online ordering system for tracts, books, gospels and bibles.

    http://www.nofrontiers.org

    (Thanks Tony!)


  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS — There is a new two-way email discussion list for webmasters: ‘Mishmash’. The list enables webmasters and mission promotion teams to discuss: – technical issues and problems in HTML and other scripting – achieving an effective graphical style and easy site navigation – broader issues of communication: how can we effectively communicate with an online target audience in order to enthuse and mobilize them for world mission So often, in the mission and web world, webmasters or small advocacy teams are working in relative isolation, and cannot easily interact with others in their field. Often, too, the wheel is repeatedly re-invented; or inadequate second-class wheels are used because no-one knows how, or where, a better wheel might be obtained! Sign up at the webpage:

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mishmash.php

    Mishmash is a joint venture between Web Evangelism Guide and Cybermissions.org .


  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS — You’ll be interested in checking out

    http://www.tracts.com/NPFCardinal.html

    for information on “The Cardinal,” a movie based on a Christian comic book hero. There’s even a viewable trailer.


  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Registration is still open for training aquaponics, which involves combining aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. These ecologically sound, highly productive systems are ideal for food production in almost any part of the world and can be used as a “helps ministry”. The course will be held March 8 – 12, 2004 at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, NC, USA. For more information, visit:

    http//www.aquacultureinternational.org

    or email: cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus . There are still a few FREE rooms for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.


  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY — What is the missionary potential of the hundreds of international churches (IC’s) scattered around the world? How are IC’s launching out to upper and middle class nationals in world-class cities? After two years Dan has completed his research project (he’s now Dr. Dan). A synopsis of his project can be found at

    http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004

    You can also contact him about articles he has written on the subject of IC’s serving as launching pads for mission to indigenous peoples, by writing revdanbowatjunodotcom . Thanks Dan!


  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE — May 7-8, 2004. A conference in Houston, Texas that will show you how to add primary eye care and eyeglasses to your international missions outreach. You do not need to be a doctor to attend. For more information call Toll Free 1- 866-398-7525 or register on-line at

    http://www.infocusonline.org

20040201 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO
  3. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING
  4. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA
  6. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE
  7. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  8. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE
  9. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  10. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON? — What does a Lakota/Sioux rodeo cowgirl, a doctoral student in Poland, and a ship director in Fiji have in common? All three are part of the 130 leaders, from 13 nations enrolled in the International School of Reconciliation Studies, a web-based, self-paced nine month school for leaders, associated with John Dawson’s International Reconciliation Coalition. Comprised of a world class faculty of scholars and storytellers, this school is designed to multiply creative, Biblically anchored, multi- cultural reconcilers throughout the world. Live in a nation without reliable internet access? The school is now available on compact disc. Applications are being accepted now for the next class which begins April 15. Check it out at ..\..\brigada.html or write schoolsatgracebridgedotorg Hats off to the folks at GraceBridge (Joey and Fawn) for their $45 sponsorship of Brigada, to help us pay a Brigada secretary! Would you consider sponsoring too? If so, click to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO — Thanks, too, to the two volunteers trying out iKobo, the Western Union-like cash transfer organization. It will hopefully help them transfer cash sums across time zones and national barriers.
  3. Try them… and help Brigada… at:
    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US


  4. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING — Admit it. It’s the craze now. If you don’t learn it, you won’t be able to “keep up” with the latest talks at big gatherings. Learn more at: http://newwway.org/articles/10steps.htm (And … thanks for access to the info., Mark!)

  5. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES — Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies under Cal DeWitt started the Christian Environmental Stewardship movement and now has a network of 59 participating Christian colleges throughout North America. They are offering courses for agricultural and development workers such as ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, ‘Ecological Agriculture’ and ‘Global Development and Sustainability’. Courses are offered in May (5/14-6/3); and in two summer terms(6/5-7/9 & 7/17-8/16). You can take them at three North American sites (Michigan, Washington, Florida) and two overseas locations (India & Kenya), and you can get credit through any of the 59 participating colleges. See http:www.ausable.org or call 1-800-315-2836 (North America) or +1-231-587-8686 or write to missioncoursesatausabledotorg

  6. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA — There are a lot of hints that environmental problems (degradation of agricultural land, changes in rainfall patterns) are much more severe than, say, 15 years ago. Is this your experience? Ed Brown, COO at Au Sable Institute, would like to get a feel for this problem from the ‘front lines’. If you have been working or have lived in a developing country long enough to observe such changes (or the lack thereof!), would you drop Ed a line at ebrown53717ataoldotcom Responses will be useful in helping Au Sable create appropriate courses and training materials for missionaries and development workers in environmentally degraded areas. (In a couple of weeks, we’ll look forward to a summary from Ed.)

  7. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE — On March 30, 2004, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, in Long Beach, CA, USA plan to attend the first conference to bring together Christians who teach ESL/EFL from many agencies, training institutions, and schools. Sponsored by Christian Educators in TESOL (see http://www.cetesol.org ) and held the day before the national TESOL convention ( see http://www.tesol.org ), this conference will have plenaries, concurrent sessions, poster sessions on best classroom practices, discussion groups, and exhibits. Topics include English camps, materials, ESL in seminaries, church- based ESL, teaching internationally, culture & Christianity, non-native speakers, mentoring volunteers, curriculum design, agency standards, and much more. The cost is $15 before 2/27, $20 before 3/20, and $25 on site. For a registration packet, please e-mail kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu.

  8. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Teaching English is a wonderful “tentmaking” tool. This four week training course will enhance your teaching skills, which will enhance your ministry. Your TESOL certificate will open many doors of opportunity. Next class begins March 7, 2004. See website at http://www.ywampa.org for details, or contact YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  9. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE — A missionary and translator approached an 80 year old man in a village. During the introductions they discovered that the man is an uncle to the translator. The man shared that as he grew older and learned more about God he could clearly see his need for Jesus. He was overjoyed that they were there to tell him about Jesus. Pray for the Lord to use born again Hereros to reach their extensive families. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  10. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — There are several people groups, like the Herero, Nama/Damara and Mbalantu, who have little to no evangelical witness. As they face the struggles of life and the ravages of AIDS, who will tell them about Jesus? Who will pray for them? Who will care? Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for these unengaged peoples. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  11. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from April 4 to June 25, 2004. Full time classroom work in practical English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Live in community with national English speakers as well as others from around the world. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See website at http://www.ywampa.org or contact YWAM Lebanon PA USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  12. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Take in a two or four week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity join an experienced/ ministry team making friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, doing evangelism, showing the Jesus Film, working with local churches and visiting businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. For more information contact Dr. Jim Romaine, Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaineatcableonedotnet.

20040125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS!
  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS
  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA
  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR
  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE
  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  10. BACKING UP?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for the $72 donation to cover last month’s phone use. If you have to make int’l long distance calls anyway, please sign up with Dial-Abroad so you can a) save money and b) help Brigada! See their stuff at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS — Have you tried out Ikobo? Somebody needs to. Evidently, it’s kind of like Western Union, except the recipient of your cash gets an Ikobo cash card that looks sort of like a credit card. There are tons of banks involved. But we need some “taste-testers” to check this service out. Sending cash is free through February. After that, they promise rates that are less than Western Union. Would somebody try them out? Click here: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). If you’re already sending cash somewhere else in the world, this should at least save you money through February. Send $200 for free — anywhere in the world. They have Verisign and “Trust-E” approval… so it seems legitimate. Please let us know what you learn. Thanks! (Note: If this works, there is a referring bonus available for recruiting new Ikobo users.. $10/new referral, so if possible, please click through the above link and you’ll likely be helping us sponsor a Brigada secretary. Keep in mind: this is a new service that we’re trying out.)

  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA — Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, has a new book out and he’s offering up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase by a member of the Brigada family (depending on the quantity of purchasers). “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” shows how only Christians can stop the world’s slide into moral chaos, anarchy and tyranny — but they actually are part of the problem! The book comes to you in a great new e-book format — that means it is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. Don’t delay — this offer expires March 1!

  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR — Just select the cities/time zones that your key colleagues are working in. Bookmark the results page. Voilá, a Personal World Clock just for you. No need to look at everyone’s time zones, you’ll immediately see the time zones that matter most to you. http://www.timeanddate.com

    The service is free. And here’s a bonus: It includes a cool meeting planner that helps sort out time zones if you need to make a conference call to different cities around the world. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html


  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY — Interested in knowing how to become a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene? Attend the free “Global Candidate Orientation” seminar at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma on Thursday March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, email hculbertatsnudotedu

  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Catch the next conference call… February 12, 2004, 8:30 PM est. The calls are 55 minutes long. This is a free service. Hosts and guests have a broad range of experience in missions. These monthly calls allow seasoned missionaries to impart needed practical advice for all those planning on missions involvement. This month the call will focus on personal preparation for missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. See website http://www.elijahcompany.org for other services.

  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Don’t just hear about what others are doing around the world. Discover what YOU can do to reach the unreached. AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations,” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register early and save money — $149 for registrations received by March 1st. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e-mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE — Jump in on the next Foundations in Community Development school (FCD) in beautiful northwestern Montana and learn more on how to bring about God’s intentions in a community. It all takes place March 29 – June 18, 2004 followed by an overseas outreach. For more info, write FCDatywammtdotorg Phone: 406 844 2645 or 2221 USA/Canada 1 800 658 6815 (Can/USA) http://www.ywammt.org

  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — An Elementary Christian Boarding School is opening up in September 2004. They are looking for godly men and women who would volunteer to serve for 10 months of their time to raise future leaders of the unreached peoples in Guinea. First, they will experience the rural village life and minister to the Muslim population. Second, they will concentrate on discipling 12 children. Third, they will be joining the pioneer mission work. The dates are August – June, 2004 Please send your resume to TMAmericaatTeachusMissiondotOrg.

  10. BACKING UP? — So… stop and think… if your PC fried today (or was stolen, or was in a fire, or you forgot/lost your briefcase in the rest room while traveling), what information would you have to recreate? Then why not back it up? Nowadays, backing up is a ton easier than in the old days. Maybe you already have access to a network and can simply copy your files to the other PC. (Maybe somebody already backs up all or part of those files as a part of his or her work responsibilities anyway.) Or, use a CD-burner to back up just the highest-priority information. If nothing else, at least pick up one of those USB memory cache gizmos and backup the absolute minimum 128 meg that you’d value the most (your Quickbooks or Quicken files, for instance?). The events of Sept. 11th should have taught us how vulnerable we all are. Let’s don’t be caught off-guard, if we can at all avoid it. Back up your data today … or tonight.

20040118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE GREAT SUPPORTERS…
  2. TALKING BIBLES TESTIMONY BOOK, ONLINE FREE!
  3. DYNAMIC MISSION: POWERFUL MISSION SOFTWARE
  4. HOW TO GET THAT FREE FAMILY MAGAZINE FOR YOUR MK
  5. TESOL OPPORTUNITY IN THAILAND
  6. “WOW” STORIES NEEDED FOR CATCH THE VISION “2020”
  7. NEED FRENCH MATERIALS?
  8. EVANGELICAL PURCHASING SERVICE
  9. INTERESTED IN MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
  10. FEEDBACK ON SKYPE.COM CALL SERVICE; OPTIONS
  11. CRISIS & TRAUMA WORKSHOP
  12. TV SHOW ABOUT MISSIONS ON DISH NETWORK
  13. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON
  14. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  15. TEE ON RADIO?
  16. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  17. NEED 16MM PROJECTORS?
  18. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  19. PRAYER “SPAM”
  20. VOLUNTEERS (E.G., IN EAST AFRICA)
  21. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE GREAT SUPPORTERS… — We’re so thankful, today, for Family Circus Children’s Ministries, which sent a $100 gift for our Brigada-sponsored secretary, thereby enabling us to continue to get Brigada Today out the door on time! Thanks, too, to audioscriptures.org, which sent $50. (See their item next.)

    Your organization or church could be next. See… http://www.brigada.org/donate.html for complete instructions. Thanks again!


  2. TALKING BIBLES TESTIMONY BOOK, ONLINE FREE! — “From Knotted Strings to Talking Bibles,” Harvey Hoekstra’s latest book, published by William Carey Library is now available on line at http://www.audioscriptures.org The most common reader response is, “I just couldn’t put it down…” Full of anecdotes and photos, this book reads like a novel. Some have said that chapter eight on “Customs and Concepts” alone is worth the price of the book. This is the captivating personal account of a pioneer missionary family’s years in Africa and beyond. “It’s a thrilling story of an adventure in life and an adventure in changing mission that sets the Gospel free among illiterate peoples around the globe,” says the Rev. Harold Kurtz former head of the Presbyterian Mission Fellowship. “Here is an amazingly vivid and marvelously detailed account of mission that captivates you as if you and I were there too,” by Dr. Charles Van Engen, Fuller Theological Seminary. “From Knotted Strings to Talking Bibles” is a book every new missionary contemplating engaging in pioneer evangelism in remote places crossing cultural and linguistic barriers should read. Available on line: http://www.audioscriptures.org for $19.95. All proceeds go to support Audio Scripture International’s Talking Bible Projects.

  3. DYNAMIC MISSION: POWERFUL MISSION SOFTWARE — Tired of managing folders and spreadsheets instead of your mission? Dynamic Mission software helps you efficiently send service teams all over the world. In 2003, Mission to the World used it to send out 6800+ volunteers. It handles projects, teams, staff, finances, travel, work assignments, inventory and more. Built by professionals over the last six years. “We couldn’t manage all the details and paperwork of projects and teams without Dynamic Mission.” — Carol G., MTW Save tons of time using a tool already tailored for the short-term missions environment. Use intuitive screens instead of forcing your process through a generic project tool. Refocus your energy on your mission by purchasing Dynamic Mission today. Try it free at http://www.DynamicMission.com Become a sales affiliate and earn 20% at http://www.DynamicMission.com/ap or email salesatDynamicMissiondotcom or call in the USA 770.978.8468.

  4. HOW TO GET THAT FREE FAMILY MAGAZINE FOR YOUR MK — Several people had difficulties with the Focus on the Family website mentioned in last week’s issue, in relationship to the free magazine offer. Focus on the Family says that you can subscribe through the internet site, but it seems as though no one is having any luck. Therefore, Melissa (the original contributor of the item) called them and they said to send the 1) full name of the child 2) the age and birthdate of the child 3) the full address 4) and the magazine requested either through post mail to their address listed on the website or to serviceatfotfdotorg, and they will be able to process the request. Make sure that you mention that are a missionary asking for a complimentary subscription. You could even tell them you heard about it in Brigada at Brigada.org! :-) I doubt they’ve ever heard of us. (Thanks Melissa!)

  5. TESOL OPPORTUNITY IN THAILAND — Cornerstone Workplace English (C.W.E.) is a legitimate profit making English language school company that employs professionally trained and experienced ESOL teachers to train the staff of Thai business in Chiang Mai North Thailand. The aim of the company is to bypass the “missionary label” and engage the Thai marketplace with the gospel. The company is looking for properly trained ESOL teachers who are believers with a heart for reaching Thais. The long term goal of the company is to see small groups of Thai believers planted within the Thai workplace and to generate a people group movement in a contextualized way. Applicants need to be socially very capable, flexible and willing to bend with an Asian culture, and a strong follower of Jesus with a heart for outreach. Applicants need to speak English with a “western” accent. Contracts available for 6 to 12 months. Visas and work permits available. Contact Stuart cweatloxinfodotcodotth for an information pack.

  6. “WOW” STORIES NEEDED FOR CATCH THE VISION “2020” — The couple who wrote the golden-oldie mission book/Bible study Catch the Vision 2000 is back in the U.S. for a year of R&R (Rest and Riting?). If you know of recent “wow” accounts of mission breakthroughs, contact Bill & Amy CatchTheVision2020atyahoodotcom They know how to handle security issues as they track down the factual details of striking stories for a new, improved Catch the Vision 2020!

  7. NEED FRENCH MATERIALS? — Equipping the Saints offers French Thompson Chain Reference Bibles and French ministry books at up to 90% discount. A resource list is available on the ETS web site. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1-540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  8. EVANGELICAL PURCHASING SERVICE — Thanks, Ken, for the tip about Evangelical Purchasing Service, (EPS), tel in the USA 800-445-6791 or write epscrcataoldotcom or log on at http://www.epurchasingservice.com/

  9. INTERESTED IN MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? — Check out the International Student Ministry Conference May 28-30. International student ministry (ISM) is growing in North America, Europe, and many other countries. ISM will be one of the issue groups for the Lausanne 2004 Forum. Last year leaders of ISM from 12 countries attended the annual equipping conference of ACMI (Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals). ACMI ’04 will have 40 workshops, plenary sessions and special interest groups related to ministry among International students, May 28-30, at Wheaton College, near Chicago, Illinois, USA. There will be a concurrent conference for Christian international students. For brochures and details, go to http://www.acmi-network.org or email acmiofficeatgatemandotcom

  10. FEEDBACK ON SKYPE.COM CALL SERVICE; OPTIONS — We got quite a bit of feedback on that Skype.com peer-to-peer calling service. Bottom line: Be wary of any peer-to-peer service. Since your computer becomes a kind of server for someone else, there’s a certain degree of risk that you’ll be hacked. Course, Andrew wrote with what seemed like a better option, Free World DialUp. http://fwd.pulver.com He added, “FWD currently offers the ability to make outgoing calls to toll free numbers AND incoming numbers (no fee payable for allocation of the number) so someone on a regular phone can call your VoIP number. FWD also offers a voice conferencing service. The advantage of services such as FWD is they are based on the agreed standard known as SIP whereas Skype currently uses its own non-standard protocols.” (Thanks to all – and especially to Andrews — for responding!)

  11. CRISIS & TRAUMA WORKSHOP — Presented by Dr. H. Norman Wright, Wycliffe Counseling Ministries is sponsoring this workshop for missionary personnel, member care workers, counselors, ministers and lay counselors. The workshop will be held on May 14 & 15, 2004 at the Wycliffe US Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. For more information or a Workshop brochure contact Mary Maggio at Wycliffe Counseling Ministries (972) 708-7315 or e-mail Mary_Maggioatsildotorg

  12. TV SHOW ABOUT MISSIONS ON DISH NETWORK — The new weekly television program, MISSION, begins airing on the Dish satellite network, Friday nights at 9pm Eastern Time starting February 6. Co-hosted by Steve Saint, son of martyred missionary Nate Saint, the program features stories about mission work around the world. Stories from AIM, Pioneers, SIM, SEND and World Team as well as mission stories of the Saint family. Friday nights at 9ET on the Dish network – channel 9701, Angel One. Get more information at http://www.faithtelevisionnetwork.com (click on MISSION).

  13. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 12-14, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_FL2004.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainerataoldotcom . To Register or ask questions, send an e-mail to Jamie babbslovefloridaataoldotcom

  14. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 12-30, 2004, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $505. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu for an application.

  15. TEE ON RADIO? — A group of missions in Cambodia are interested to learn if anybody has TEE lessons as radio scripts. If you know of somebody who does, please contact Janice jreidatrtsinternationaldotorg (If you’d like a copy of the results, be sure to tell her.)

  16. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. The three month lecture phase begins April 18, 2004. It includes topics such as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, prayer and intercession, evangelism and missions, and spiritual warfare. The following two month outreach to Ukraine provides practical experience in cross cultural ministry. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or email ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  17. NEED 16MM PROJECTORS? — Equipping the Saints offers good used 16MM film projectors at $125-150. These are Eiki SSL or SL units and are in good working order. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1- 540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  18. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE – Catch “The Great Commission and 21st Century Asia”, April 30-May 1, 2004 at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. There will be four plenary sessions, 13 workshops, children’s program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. Featured speakers include OMF’s General Director Dr. David Harley and Professional Service China’s Field Director Dr. Rudolph Mak. For registration, contact Elaine Tai omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or (650) 559- 8088. Or log on at http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

  19. PRAYER “SPAM” — It’s really a shame that, once I’ve seen my 200th prayer request email in a single day, sent to me without request, those prayer request emails begin to *feel* a lot like *spam*, especially when I’m traveling, collecting messages via my cell phone. On the one hand, I feel *guilty*, because when would a prayer request ever become a piece of spam. On the other hand, they meet the definition, in that they’re a) unsolicited, b) clogging up my channel so I can’t get my work done as effectively, and c) ultimately undesirable, since I already have 240 missionaries to pray for in the mission with which I work! So — warning: Before adding someone to a prayer request list, even though your motives are noble and admirable, better ask first. If they don’t answer, don’t add them. Because, I’m just adding *all* those prayer request email addresses to my “blocked list” in my Norton AntiSpam. So… unfortunately, if those folks ever want to send an item to Brigada Today, I won’t even know they wrote me. :-(

  20. VOLUNTEERS (E.G., IN EAST AFRICA) — Occasionally we get email from volunteers ready to serve in a particular place. How do we get that word out. Obviously, we can’t promote them all. Say a gal wants to serve in the Kenya/Uganda area this summer. She’s a missionary with experience working with orphans and street children in that area looking for information on opportunities and the state of affairs in that area. So … you could write Tammy tammymariedonahueatyahoodotcom but… how do we help the other *thousand*? I think one of the best models is Brigada Opportunities. But for it to work well, reps from the various missions have to be *listening*. Then when willing workers want to see options, they’ll just join and drop their interest inquiry to the group. To learn more, write: brigada-opportunities-subscribeatTeamExpansiondotorg You can unsubscribe at any time. There are nearly 200 mission leaders waiting online right now, to help you.

20040111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TWO NEW SPONSORS!
  2. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO YOUR PHONE
  3. SEE AN UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILE IN 3 CLICKS
  4. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTORS?
  5. SHOWING THE JESUS FILM?
  6. WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF SPAM?
  7. SIDEBAR EFFECT OF SPAM, RELATIVE TO BRIGADA
  8. “TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY”
  9. TESOL COURSE AVAILABLE IN MONTANA
  10. MISSIONPREP LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINARS IN TORONTO
  11. CUSTOMIZABLE MISSION EDUCATION
  12. MKS GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION AT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
  13. NEW SERVICE LETS YOU MAKE CALLS FOR FREE
  14. EMERCY: SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARIES
  15. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS
  16. SERMONINDEX.NET CLASSIC AUDIO SERMONS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TWO NEW SPONSORS! — Thanks to our new sponsors this week… two anonymous gifts of $100 each. That puts us at $1300.25, so we’re well on our way to being 10% of the way to our $16,021 goal for our Brigada- sponsored secretary! We appreciate your willingness to partner with us to get Brigada out the door and on your screen on time! To sponsor (via PayPal or by snail mail), just click on over to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html for complete instructions. Thanks again!

  2. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO YOUR PHONE — Now you can get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. And all the while, you’ll be helping Brigada reach its 2004 goal for the Brigada-sponsored secretary. Click to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  3. SEE AN UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILE IN 3 CLICKS — That’s what you can do now at the Joshua Project site. 1. Click on the Profiles main menu item 2. Select a country – page will refresh with appropriate peoples list 3. Select a people – page will refresh with the selected people profile On the People Profile, among other things, you can see all the people group specific ministry resources such as Bible translation status, Jesus film availability, audio recordings and radio broadcasting information with links directly into the associated website. An illustrative example is: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=103686&rog3=TH This resource is a *tremendous* step forward for all our networks, churches, and agencies. Let’s pause a moment and give thanks for Dan Scribner and the whole JP.net gang! Thanks for hanging in there, guys!

  4. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTORS? — Thanks to Allen, for sending a summary of the responses to his questions about projecting video on the road using battery-operated equipment. Turns out that the majority of the responses recommended using a standard DVD, vcd, or vcr along with a multimedia-type projector that could be powered using a battery and an inverter to convert the 12 volt to 110 volts. The problem with this is the very high cost and very high consumption of power thus needing more than just a little battery power. So for now, Allen is back to the 16mm and generator. Apparently, the biggest obstacle is the excessive cost of the available multimedia projectors, the least expensive beginning at $800.00. Allen reported that there was one other option that he is still exploring, and that’s the type used by the “God’s Story” folks. It still uses a small generator, but very small in comparison to what the 16mm projectors require. (Thanks for reporting, Allen! We wish you the best in your continued quest! Don’t miss the very next item for one possible new option. :-) )

  5. SHOWING THE JESUS FILM? — Check out Airborne Ministries JET PAC (Jesus film Evangelism Tool PACkage). Airborne Ministries has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by plane, outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 45-lb. Pelican case contains a complete sound and video projection system, including minidv Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29- lb. Honda generator to power the system. Airborne Ministries donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost. For more info email Bill <billatdunckleedotcom> or check out http://www.airborneministries.org or call 772-778-9106 in the USA. </billatdunckleedotcom>

  6. WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF SPAM? — Here’s the real long-term impact of all that unwanted email: That you won’t get the really *important* message someone was wanting to send you. Why? You will have unintentionally deleted it, along with all the junk mail! What can you do? If you can use Outlook 2003, the spam filter is reputed to be very good — with nearly 100% of spam-capture and very few “false positives.” I’m trying out Norton Antispam for the next few months. So far, it’s catching all but a few of the spams/day.

  7. SIDEBAR EFFECT OF SPAM, RELATIVE TO BRIGADA — Now here’s a corollary for Brigada. Let’s say you subscribe us to your group (without asking). We mark your email as spam… then you later write us an item that you’d like to submit, from the same address. You wonder why the item ever shows up… It’s because we’ve marked your address as spam — and now your message isn’t getting through. (Sorry about that!) Bottom line: It’s always more polite to ask before subscribing others to your list. (By the way: In 8 years of work on Brigada, we’ve never subscribed anyone else.)

  8. “TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY” — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) is reporting that the fledgling “Talking Bible Sunday Movement” is gaining momentum. According to ASI leadership, the slogan, “A Talking Bible Sunday in Every Church”, is taking hold. ASI is urging that in every church there be an annual “Talking Bible Sunday” with a special offering to help provide Talking Bibles to non-readers in their languages. The Talking Bible is a revolutionary, user-friendly, listening device the size and shape of a pew Bible in which an entire New Testament in a desired language is sealed inside. For more information go to http://www.audioscriptures.org For more information, write Harvey hthoekatjunodotcom toll-free or via Net2phone 1-800-318-7262.

  9. TESOL COURSE AVAILABLE IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission, Montana, is again offering an intensive, four-week TESOL course which will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 in Lakeside, Montana. This course will prepare you to teach English in any setting and in any country. A practicum is also included within the time-frame of this course. Early application is encouraged as this course fills up quickly. For further information email: tesolatywammtdotorg or visit their website: http://www.ywammt.org and click “schools”.

  10. MISSIONPREP LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINARS IN TORONTO — Are you preparing for overseas ministry? Then take advantage of this tailor- made Language and Culture training held in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. February 8-20 is Missionprep’s Culture & Language seminar. April 18-30 Missionprep will host its two week Language Acquisition Seminar. For more information contact Priscilla priscillaatglobaltalkdotca or call 905-640-1621 or visit http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep

  11. CUSTOMIZABLE MISSION EDUCATION — Are you looking for a new, more customizable way to do mission education with preschoolers, children, youth, and adults? If so, you may be interested in a resource called “WINGS: Catch the Wind of God’s Spirit” produced by Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia. It aims to help all of Jesus’ followers to become missionaries in their daily lives, and encourages teachers to draw on their own insights and cultural contexts. A leader’s guide is available now on cd-rom ($30) and will be available as a book/cd set ($50) in March 2004. For more information, or to order online, go to http://www.co-missioners.com or send email to wmuvatwmu-vadotorg

  12. MKS GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION AT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY — Thanks to Melissa for clueing us in on Focus on the Family’s offer of magazines to missionary kids. MKs are able to receive a free (no S&H as well) subscription to one Focus on the Family magazine. The magazine they receive will depend upon their age. To order a subscription you can call the order line at 1-800-232-6459 and ask for the specialty line. Stuck in Benin, and can’t get to an overseas telephone line, but *can* get access to the web at the local library? Not to worry. They’ve got you covered. Just go online at family.org and order the magazine there. (Thanks for the member care help, Melissa! Keep up the good work!)

  13. NEW SERVICE LETS YOU MAKE CALLS FOR FREE — Here’s a great new free service online which allows you to make phone calls anywhere around the world for free. It is based like a p2p (peer to peer) service where you can only call those who have the program installed. The neat thing is you can buy a VoIP enabled phone and when someone calls it rings your external phone. Pick up the handset and start talking. Go to http://www.skype.com for details. (Thanks to Matt, serving in Europe!!! Yahooo!)

  14. EMERCY: SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARIES — As an organization dedicated to the success of missionaries, Emercy’s mission is to provide a wide variety of services and projects that undergird missionaries and the churches that support them. Some of these services include research, logistical support, consulting, short term teams, supply shipments, care packets, and interim position filling. Each relationship that Emercy forms with missionaries is tailored to the needs of the missionary. If you are interested in finding out more about the services that Emercy offers, visit their website at http://www.emercy.org or call them toll free from the US: 877-875-4483. International callers please dial 205-391-9867. You can also send your email to infoatemercydotorg

  15. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada desires to equip, train and challenge you to reach the unreached! A Discipleship Training School (DTS) challenges you to grow in your faith, and equips you to reach the nations with the Gospel. It includes 3 months training with 2 months mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: March 23-August 13/04 and September 15/04- February 4, 2005 Prices: $2950 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $3500 CND (missions trip). To DTS grads, they also offer the School of Biblical Studies (SBS), a 9-month inductive study of each book of the Bible. Dates: September 13/04 to July 1/05. Price:$8100 CND. Contact: turnervalleyatywamdotca http://www.ywamturnervalley.com YWAM Turner Valley, Box 730, Turner Valley, AB, T0L 2A0, Canada, or tel/fax 403-933-3754.

  16. SERMONINDEX.NET CLASSIC AUDIO SERMONS — SermonIndex is an internet tape ministry with free mp3 audio sermons! Just download them, then burn them to cds or simply listen to them live on the computer. Many of the sermons offered are rare and have an underlining theme of revival. Some of the speakers include: A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, J. Edwin Orr, Alan Redpath, Duncan Campbell, T. Austin Sparks, and many more. To date there have been an estimated 1 million+ downloads of the 3000+ sermons. Greg has been running this ministry for just over 1 year now and is 24 yrs old and lives in Toronto, Canada. For more info, log on at http://www.sermonindex.net or email sermonindexatmsndotcom or call Canada 416-624-4734.

20040104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR
  2. OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS
  3. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  4. RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED
  5. WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES?
  6. NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES?
  7. MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES
  8. FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT?
  9. A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING
  10. VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  12. TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES
  13. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
  15. NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
  16. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
  17. ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY?
  18. THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III?
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR — Thanks to the sponsors that have paved the way into the new Brigada year! The anonymous sponsor that gives $10/month regularly, using the new “Subscribe” feature that he asked for, was back at it again this past week. (Thanks!) Thanks, too, to Info. & Learning Systems Int’l, producers of the “Countries & Peoples of the World” CD, who sent $461.25 more to express their appreciation for Brigada readers who have purchased the product. Yahooo! :-) And hats off to the anonymous couple in N. IN ($50!), the Irving Bible Church (also $50), the anonymous couple with Young Life Europe ($100)!!! We appreciate your help! Please consider joining these and others sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html You’ll see one button for “Donate” (any amount, one-time), and another for “Subscribe” ($10/mo). These great sponsors help us get Brigada out the door and to your screen each weekend! (If you help the new Brigada Secretary, then she’ll help keep me on time. :-) Also, please remember, once we make our goal for the year [$16,021], we will no longer ask for sponsors.)

  • OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS — Remember Mark, the guy that wanted to track down some options for creating simple missions displays? Well guess what: he followed through! To view his full report, click here. (Thanks Mark!)

  • RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 2-4, 2004 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom or phone 1-800-366-6641.

  • RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED — It turns out that Interdev might not totally disappear after all. I heard this past week from a former Interdev Central Asia Team member that maybe she wouldn’t end up being a “former”! :-) She wrote, “The ministry will carry on, even though some formal office spaces have closed in USA, UK, and India. We still have offices—they’re just … in our homes, garages, or church corners. … The functions needed by Interdev Partnership Associates will inform the structure, and we will begin as a decentralized group, committed by covenant with one another, founded on our relationships, connected through a facilitation team! Rather than one central INTERDEV organization, INTERDEV Partnership Associates connects 16 Partnership Advisors, basing from 10 organizations, dispersed regionally across India, Indonesia, Africa, Philippines, USA, Canada, and UK!” Sounds great! Bravo to those forging on!

  • WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES? — Here’s a Brigada reader desperate to learn more about organizations and missions that minister and encourage missionaries around the world and in their home country. Would you write Felicia feliciabucatearthlinkdotnet with information on the group, what they do and offer, how long they have been ministering and any links that would prove helpful? She wrote, “Many churches and individuals are interested in ‘ministering to the ministers’, so they’d like to know who is already doing it and how well they are doing it. Individual organizations and groups within missions or any other ideas are welcome.”

  • NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES? — Check out http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php You can do all the following:
  • Get a complete picture of the unreached peoples and the unfinished task of the Great Commission.
  • View all people groups for any country.
  • View all countries for any specific people group.
  • View a people profile for any people group on the planet.
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Affinity Blocs and People Clusters
  • Download free of charge a complete MS Access application and data for viewing data from numerous perspectives.
  • Download Joshua Project data in various formats or an up-to-date Powerpoint presentation on the status of World Evangelization.
  • Find specific ministry tool availability by unique linking into other sites
  • Submit updates such as: your ministry activity commitments, statistical updates (they want to hear about the errors!), URLs of other people profiles and more.
  • See a global summary and interesting people group facts.
  • Try various unreached peoples queries
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Church Planting Progress Indicator
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions such as “Why the jump from 1,600 to 6,300 unreached peoples?”, “Why are there so many different people group numbers in the mission community?” and “Where else on the web can I find unreached peoples data?”

    Get it all at Joshua Project.net!


  • MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University offers a Masters in Social Science (with an emphasis in Servant Leadership) in the Philippines! The cost is 1/3 of on-campus prices. Fly to the Philippines and pay less for your flight and your courses than you would pay on campus for the same courses! 4 courses are taught each summer (June). For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph, Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City, 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807

  • FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT? — A recent Brigada item recommended purchasing licenses for Microsoft software through http://www.1computerbargains.com They are one source for the open charity licenses from Microsoft. A contact from one mission agency, however, has stated that their licenses can be used in the home office but not by their missionaries serving around the world. (They cited a Microsoft policy says that a license cannot be used by affiliates outside of North American. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/open/opencharity_faq.asp ) The same mission would love to know if Microsoft has indicated that missionaries working out from a USA office may use these licenses in spite of the policy wording. If you have info. on this, write Lester semdeanataiiasdotedu and he’ll report back to us in 2 weeks. (Thanks Lester!)

  • A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING — Most leaders want to mentor others but often don’t know where to begin. “Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships,” by Phillip Jeske, is a model that is designed to help someone intentionally mentor others. This 12 chapter, 250-page manual (printed or as PDF) is not only has an introduction to mentoring but also a tool with which to walk through key personal and leadership issues with someone else. Partnerships are also possible to translate the materials into other languages (currently English & German). For more info check out http://www.icmeurope.org/mentor.html or contact International Christian Ministries ICMcanadaatcsdotcom

  • VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Catch it Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2004, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hundreds of agencies and tens of thousands of participants take part in the weekend. For more info check out http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — These unreached people can be found in central and southern Namibia in Africa. Among them is a young Nama mother who welcomed a presentation of the Gospel. She indicated a desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus. However, while surrounded by older Nama ladies who were unwilling to pray to receive Christ, she put off the decision. As she held her baby she explained that she is an unwed mother living with the father. In her mind she needs to “clean up” her life before accepting Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES — If you feel the Lord calling you into missions and would like to use TESOL as a tool, check out these two intensive classes of five weeks each this spring. April 19- May 21 is in Manila, and April 12 to May 14 is in Davao with a practicum to an unreached people group. For more information and applications contact Melody at kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or Box 1415 Quezon City 1154, Philippines, tel. 632-658-3807.

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Among this African group (in central and eastern Namibia) is a 50-year-old man who has lived in the small village of Okatjoruu, Namibia all his life was open to hearing the Gospel. He follows the tribal religion of the Herero in ancestor worship. When asked about going to heaven when he dies, he said that the “ancestors will keep” him. He resisted accepting Christ. He said that he was too old to change and preferred to go the same way as his ancestors in death – wherever that is. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for kingdom-minded people aged 18-30 who are interested in experiencing life on the mission field while being supervised by a long-term missionary. Placements are available in Eastern Europe and Asia, and last 3-9 months. Check out http://www.mup.org or email Pete PeteEatgatiwadotcom, or call(888) 895-4657 or (509) 483-4792

  • NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE — Winkie Pratney & Trevor Yaxley have teamed up their years of experience in evangelism and discipleship to produce “Ultimate Core”, an in-depth approach to discipleship designed for teens and twenty-somethings who want to experience and radiate the core of heart commitment to Christ. Covering topics from purity to spiritual gifts and evangelism, this is a great life manual for missions training centers. You’ll find more information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 or dial (616) 676-9185.

  • SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — Catch this workshop in Toronto, March 22-26, 2004. It’s designed especially for missionaries and those in the local church who relate to missionaries on Home Assignments. This interactive workshop will increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216-page work book is provided covering such topics as: Loving Listening; Confronting effectively, Building Trust; Helping others Grieve Well; Managing Stress and much more. For more information contact Robert at missionprepatsympaticodotca

  • ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY? — It’s swelling. For example, in about a week or so, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary In Fort Worth, TX, will host the “2004 Consultation on Orality, Literacy & the Oral Bible.” It’s very significant here that this conference is being co-sponsored, so to speak, by Wycliffe, Campus Crusade, YWAM, and the Int’l Mission Board. (In sheer numbers, those 4 organizations probably represent the geocenter of evangelical mission outreach.) As I interviewed personnel from the Jesus Film and Wycliffe this past week, I couldn’t help but take note of the fact that interest in the Oral Bible is at an all-time high. See this page… http://www.oralbible.com/ for more information. The idea is that many of the world’s remaining unreached peoples value *oral* tradition, as much or more than written. As a result, these organizations (and now a dozen others, as well) are setting bold goals to produce and utilize recorded *stories*. (They’re using the IMB’s term: “Chronological Bible Storying.”) Watch this trend… and the growing interest in addressing it. For example, the 4- way partnership above has now embraced a common strategy and sending approach, as can be seen at http://www.bibleless.org/involved/epic.html

  • THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III? — Will it become Lausanne III? Only time will tell. You’ll probably recall the now-famous missions conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. There, Ralph Winter announced his outlandish suspicion that there were *thousands* of groups of people “hidden” from the gospel. Out of that consultation came a movement of people that later came to bear the name of the consultation’s venue: The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization. I was just a junior in high school, so I didn’t make that one. But I definitely enjoyed Lausanne II in Manila, in 1989. At that conference, Ed Dayton made sure every participant understood our changing world, the complexities of reaching out to urban masses, and the hazards of modernity. Now I’m wondering how this fall’s conference in Thailand will shape up. Billed not as “Lausanne III”, but rather as 30 smaller conferences running simultaneously, I’m curious about how things will play out. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/chartdia.htm for a timeline chart of the “big picture” of Lausanne’s various meetings. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/issues.htm for a breakdown of the 30 issues. And http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/brochure.pdf is a summary brochure. On behalf of Brigada, I’m supposed to participate in Issue #6, “Those who have never heard the name of Jesus.” Would you begin praying today for this conference, slated for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2004 (in Thailand)? Let’s ask God to act in this way:
    *** To reawaken His global forces to bold new steps for those who remain untold
    *** To speak in a resounding way through veteran leaders, so that younger generation leaders will gain a clearer sense of purpose
    *** To stoke the fires of passion for today’s churches and agencies, so the fire of world evangelism won’t die down until we completely finish the task of world evangelism! Thanks!!! Doug

20031228 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL!
  2. OVER THE TOP!
  3. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004!
  4. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES
  5. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND
  6. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE
  7. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”?
  8. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO
  9. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL
  10. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION
  11. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND
  12. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK
  13. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  14. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!)
  15. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER”
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL! — Can you believe it? And the donors even said some really things! “Thanks for the 9+ years I’ve been reading Brigada Today. Glad for another chance to help out.” Larry the head of BrigadaTechSupport, a group that attempts to provide free technical support to missionaries all over the world. We appreciate his sponsorship of $120!!! Email them at BrigadaTechSupportatBrigadadotorg about appliances, electrical problems, and really, just about anything technical! “Thank you so much for all of the good work you do to contact and inform missionaries of the many services available to them. Two years ago, you placed word about Mission Nannys on your weekly sheet and combined with our new brochure, webside ( http://www.missionnannys.org ) and God’s direction, we sent out 14 women volunteers last year to help 14 missionary families. Truly a remarkable thing! Up until 2000, which was 10 years of ministry, we had sent out 22 women. In 2002 we sent 12 and in 2003, 14. Thank you for your help in publicizing the mission activity. Enclosed is a check for $100 to help you with the financial costs of the secretary!” Betty Sullins, Dir., Mission Nannys. ($100 sponsorship enclosed!)

  2. OVER THE TOP! — And finally — are you ready for this? — Thanks to the anonymous donor who PayPal’d $3000 to help us go “over the top” on the amount remaining at the end of 2003! Yahooo! I’m humbled, sobered, challenged, excited, thankful, overwhelmed — all at once! :-) Our total for 2003 was $15,600… an incredible work from some very determined people, working under God’s empowerment!

    One of our readers asked, “so… now that you have a secretary, does she help you with things besides Brigada?” You bet she does! We stretch her all we can. But in the final analysis, we have understood from these sponsors that a critical part of her work is to help us keep Brigada Today on time and out the door for the roughly 10,000 or so weekly readers, and others who see the information archived at the website. Thanks to her input, we’ve managed not only to catch up, but also to *keep* up… on Brigada Today, as well as our work mobilizing and resourcing many missionaries around the globe among unreached peoples. Thank you for your help in this critical task!

  3. Want to help us with a jump start on 2004? Sponsor our Secretary.


  4. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004! — Thanks to some great friends, as well as the 11 people who have ordered Clipmate so far, we’re scheduled to receive a total of $83 soon from Clipmate’s publisher (due to the 11 offers for Clipmate so far), we’re already well on our way to starting our secretary in 2004. She won’t receive any kind of raise, per se, although we do hope to make available the Kentucky state-recommended cost-of-living increase of 2.7%. That means our goal for 2004 will be $16,021.

  5. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES — George Patterson and an international team are editing free, short, biblical, illustrated, translatable, training studies (in US-letter and A4 formats). These are suitable for mentoring new leaders of new congregations and cells in church planting movements. Each study has a lesson for group leaders and a lesson for children’s workers; many also have lessons for deacons and advanced learners. New studies are being added every week. Preview and download them from http://www.paul-timothy.net

  6. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND — Please lift up the anonymous donor who gave the $8,000. He and his wife are currently in Thailand, establishing a missionary R&R program (counseling, physician care, dentist, etc) so that missionaries and their families can have a break in a 5-star resort for one week with their kids and receive all the services for which they typically travel back to the west. Please pray for wisdom and direction in negotiating contracts for accommodations and programs. And once again, please thank the Lord for the generosity and selflessness of this family.

  7. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE — Consistent Computer Bargains is the sole outlet selling Microsoft software to charities and non-profits at greatly reduced prices. Churches and mission organizations and missionaries qualify. Brigada reader Dave says it’s a great service! Check this out: A license for full install version of Windows Office Professional 2003, just $69 plus $30 for the media — far below the list price. Fine print: Initial order must be any combination of 5 or more MS licenses, and CCB must have a copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) form (from the IRS) and State Tax Exempt Form in their files. Hint: Buy one license for MS Office and four throw-away licenses (at $4 each) for Windows Server. See http://www.1computerbargains.com (Thanks to Dave, and to others that have suggested this step in the past! I know it’s a real help each year in our own mission agency office!)

  8. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”? — Outreach International has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 80-lb. suitcase contains a complete sound and video projection system, including 8mm Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29-lb. generator to power the system. Outreach International donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost or as a gift to those ministering in remote areas. For more info write Bill <billatoutreachinternationaldotorg> or check out http://www.outreachinternational.org or call 970-249-0306 in the USA. </billatoutreachinternationaldotorg>

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO — A cooperative multi-national effort for placing church planting teams among the unreached people groups of Mindanao is being developed by several U.S. local churches in cooperation with Filipino mission groups. Due to the sensitive nature of this area, new paradigms of church planting strategies will need to be developed. Is your church currently ministering in this part of the world? Interested in knowing more? Please contact tokyocarterathotmaildotcom . (Also, feel free to register your intent at the Joshua Project site: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ . If everyone did, we’d be a lot more savvy regarding questions like this one!)

  10. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 12 – 14, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_FL2004.pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainerataoldotcom To Register, get a brochure, or ask questions about the seminar and location, contact Jamie babbsloveflorida.aol.com

  11. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/ for prayer mobilization documentaries and evangelistic films for unreached people groups. Their website describes the ministry of Create International and helps visitors do research on unreached people groups. They also make their audio visual resources available for purchase online. They produce a photoCD of very useful images for missions publications.

  12. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/indigitech/index.html for help in communicating the gospel message to peoples who have little or no access to it. Indigitech is a combination of ‘indigenous’, ‘digital’, and ‘technology’ — reflecting their desire to make use of indigenous arts and symbol systems as well as 21st century technology. It is their desire that Indigitech be a bridge between the fieldworkers and contextual resources which are now available.

  13. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK — “Serve Him With Mirth” by Leslie Flynn, asks if humor is a forgotten area of Christian ministry. It is one of a handful on this subject published in the past 50 years, and it remains the only book which covers all aspects in detail. For example, the cultural and linguistic gap between us and the books of the Old and New Testaments can prevent us from understanding the frequent use of irony, whimsy, word-play and puns. We expect no humor, so we see none. This is tragic. Learn more at http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mirth.php (Thanks Tony!)

  14. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. The TESOL training given at The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii will equip you to teach & credential you by awarding a Certificate of Course Completion. A letter is also supplied that explains the curriculum & course of study. This is a four week academic curriculum immediately followed by a two week practicum conducted on the Campus. The school begins on Feburary 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  15. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!) — Check out: http://www.yourdictionary.com/ It has all sorts of info put online by linguists. For those that are interested in a particular language and would like to know where to go to find more language resources in obscure languages or major ones, this should be your first stop. There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 191 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 260 are represented by on-line dictionaries. New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to yourDictionary.com; as a result, they reportedly have the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web: http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages.html Here you will find grammars and language courses for over 100 languages on line, on CD ROM, and in books. (Thanks Mert! mertakaateverybodydotorg)

  16. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER” — As we were putting the finishing touches on this edition of “Brigada Today”, Nasa’s “Spirit Rover” touched down on Mars and promptly sent its telltale tones, thereby signalling a successful landing. It was an exciting event, watching the members of the Mars Exploration Rover team react to Spirit’s landing on Mars. I immediately went upstairs to tell Caleb, our 14-year-old, about the landing. “How long did it take, Dad?” “Well, the mission has been in planning for years, but the flight itself took about seven months,” I answered. “Whoa. Seven Months. Planning for years,” Caleb pondered. He looked me straight in the eye: “Can you imagine going to work every day for years, hoping for something that you won’t be able to see, wishing that it would come true, then finally hearing that it happened?” (Picture at left courtesy NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.*)

    He was right. Day in, day out, for *years*, these guys had been coming into their offices, creating software, hardware, and ideas… hoping against hopes for this night. And here it was! No *wonder* they were happy.

    As I returned to my desk, downstairs, I couldn’t get it out of my mind… We too long for that day, when we can finally leap into the air and say, “Yesss!!! I didn’t labor in vain!” We long to see members of the tribe we’re seeking to reach, dressed in white robes, glorifying God on that Final Day.

    Well here’s my take on this: If NASA can focus for some 16 years on a single mission to Mars, we should be able to stay riveted to making sure the message of hope gets to long-forgotten unreached peoples! In NASA’s case, they’re hoping to garner 3 months of science experiments from a red planet. In our case, we’re trying to change an eternity for millions. Get the picture?

    No wonder we’re waiting with expectation.

    So… as you close out the books for 2003, just remember one thing: Think NASA. Think how long they have to plan, how carefully they have to calculate, … how many scenarios they have to imagine. And then multiply the task by an eternity. No *wonder* it’s hard reaching your tribe or group. So hey… don’t be too hard on yourself. And if you lose one project, try another. If something goes haywire, figure out a new solution… or start over. The end result will be worth it. In fact, you’ll hear a *whole* lot more than a few tones from a spaceship.

    (*For more information about The Spirit Rover and its exploration of Mars, log on at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html For more information on reaching tribes for Christ, read the Bible. :-) )

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