20060507 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
  2. GET TOP-FLIGHT TRAINING ON ISLAM
  3. WAYFARING.COM: COOL SITE, GREAT PRICE (FREE), NEAT MAPS
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONS CALENDAR (USA)
  5. FINALLY: THE SKINNY ON GOOGLE’S RANKING STRATEGIES
  6. MORE SITES FOR WEB EVANGELISM
  7. GET READY, GET SET, GO CROSS-CULTURALLY
  8. CHURCH-BASED TEAMS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
  9. CATCH STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING IN SINGAPORE
  10. OPPORTUNITIES AT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES
  11. WANT TO UNDERGIRD BRIGADA?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: 3 CHEERS FOR MISSIONARY MOTHERS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $24.95. Paul & Teresa have trained more than 100 biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at

    http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html

    or email: storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Hats off to these folks for pitching in $25 toward the Brigada cause! Now we hope you’ll order the DVDs, if for no other reason, just to tell them thanks for being a great Brigada participant! :-) )


  2. GET TOP-FLIGHT TRAINING ON ISLAM — At CIU, catch July 3-7, Introduction to Islam (Johnson); July 10-14, Approaches to Islam (Parshall); July 17-21, Folk Islam (Larson); July 24-28, Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Masood) Distance Education: Introduction to Islam (Larson); and/or Women in Islam (Stacey) by calling 803-754- 4100 or by logging on at

    http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies/

    (Many thanks to the folks at Zwemer for helping offset Brigada’s costs to the tune of $100! Thank you, thank you, thank you!)


  3. WAYFARING.COM: COOL SITE, GREAT PRICE (FREE), NEAT MAPS — I’ve been trying out

    http://www.wayfaring.com

    Though I’m still looking for some shortcuts to save me some keystrokes and waiting time, I’m loving the way in which I can set up accurate maps to represent trips and field assignments. I’ve found I can always export the final product by printing it as a PDF (using Adobe Acrobat or whatever solution you’ve cooked up to process PDFs). I can indicate prayer points for various locations around the globe, or zero in on a particular country. Granted… sometimes it seems more difficult than it should be to pinpoint various overseas locations, but, for the price (free!), I can’t think of a better value in real-time mapping. Go ahead. Try it out. Use it on your next prayer journey to leave with home-based prayer partners. (Don’t forget you heard about this great resource on Brigada.)


  4. NATIONAL MISSIONS CALENDAR (USA) — As a way to serve mission agencies and churches, Paraclete has developed a website called the “National Missions Calendar (USA).” The purpose is to provide a free location where missions-related events in the United States can be posted by any ministry group and thereby easily accessible to other churches and organizations. The URL is

    http://www.paraclete.net/web/WelcomeMissionsCalendar.htm

    For more information contact renee(at)paraclete(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with.]


  5. FINALLY: THE SKINNY ON GOOGLE’S RANKING STRATEGIES — Thanks to Brigada participant, Bob, I finally feel I have a better handle on how Google ranks pages. Let’s use this reduced-weight URL for the email version:

    http://tinyurl.com/4zl8q

    But I’ll try to remember to expand out the web version to the “real” link in case you want to look at it there.

    Someone recently asked why we’d want a higher ranking with Google. Call me foolish, but I guess I just want to make it easier for people to find us. For example, we hope by Christmas that we’ll be officially locating the Brigada office at Emerald Hills, in Louisville, KY:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    If someone forgets that we’re “.info”, but searches for us on Google, I’m a *whole* lot more comfortable if they find us on their first search screen than if we’re buried several screens deep.


  6. MORE SITES FOR WEB EVANGELISM — Looking for tips on developing an evangelistic web outreach? Try these:

    http://bridgesites.org

    The Bridge Site Strategy is explained. You can use your hobbies & interests to “bridge” into the world of one who does not know the Lord. Opportunities are also to join a “Bridge Site Team” to develop an evangelistic website centered on one of your favorite interests.

    http://webevangelist.blogspot.com

    “Adventures of a Web Evangelist” by Scott Reese, on how the Internet can be used strategically for world missions.

    http://internetminister.org

    A good place to go to learn about Internet Evangelism. (Thanks, Scott, for these suggestions!)

    As always, you can learn tons just by going to the Brigada site…

    http://www.brigada.org

    Just click on “Evangelism” in the top line menu. (By the way, if you do a Google search on the word, “Evangelism”, the Brigada article comes up 9th in the rankings. If you check it out, please do us the favor of clicking the Google link so it continues to affirm the relevancy of the material there, largely gathered by our good friend and partner, Tony. (Thanks Tony!)


  7. GET READY, GET SET, GO CROSS-CULTURALLY — The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) provides a complete, cross-cultural training program in 9-10 weeks that includes culture prep, language acquisition, and team and relationships skills. A shorter program is also available that includes culture prep and language acquisition. Training is available for the entire family during the spring, summer, and fall terms and can be taken as a complete package or in individual modules. Bible Intensives are offered during the summer months. A Debrief and Reentry module is also offered twice annually. For more information, call 800.887.1786 or visit

    http://www.cit-online.org .


  8. NOW GET THE BIBLE ON A TALKING CHIP — Thanks to Ken for bringing our attention to:

    http://solarpoweredbible.com/

    Basically, it’s a small bible that fits in the palm of your hand and now speaks all the books of the Bible, old and new Testament, in a real human voice. You can jump from book to book, and chapter to chapter with the press of a button. You can also jump ahead or back in 15 second intervals. It’s easy to use and the batteries are built into the unit. It can be powered by the sun or a light bulb or charged from a 9 volt DC adapter (not included). Fully charged batteries will allow the unit to play for approximately 10 hours. You can listen to the human voice reading the bible through the Bible’s excellent speaker, or through ear phones (included). The unit measures 4 1/4 by 2 1/2 by 7/8 inch. This would be great for the visually impaired or for your next road trip.

    In spite of costs as high as $110 at other sites, Ken found it at:

    http://www.kingdom.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SOLBIB

    for just $40 with accessories at

    http://www.kingdom.com/category.aspx?categoryID=602

    Quite a deal. Good find, Ken!


  9. CHURCH-BASED TEAMS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION — Catch this on May 22 from 2-4 pm at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue Washington following the Pastors Luncheon in preparation for Mission Fest Seattle. As a neutral missions organization, Paraclete

    http://www.paraclete.net

    is hosting a series of Round Table Discussions on timely missions topics in order to facilitate communication, understanding and kingdom- cooperation. The church-based team strategy is a growing method for doing missions. Fostering a climate, in which the church-based team is more widely understood and where past challenges and best practices can be learned and shared, would be a kingdom win for all interested in global disciple-making. RSVP to pastorsluncheon(at)comcast(dot)net For further information contact Don don(at)paraclete(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. CATCH STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING IN SINGAPORE — Take in this meeting from 07 to 31 August 2006 with Asia Pacific Mission Limited (APM) in partnership with the Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM). Learn the work of a Strategy Coordinator (SC) to focus on Unreached People Groups, Cities or Regions. It’s happening at the Global Training Centre, Singapore for US$600.00 per single person or married couple (plus your airfare, board and lodging). Sign up before 15 JULY, 2006 or you’ll pay a $50 late fee. For more info, write scanet(at)gmail(dot)com with subject: SCT06 or contact Frank (Mobile: +65-9682-4493; Fax: +65-625-777-29)

  11. OPPORTUNITIES AT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES — Here’s a spot in Istanbul, where you can serve the missionary community in the following positions for 2006-7: Middle School (6-8) Math teacher, Middle School (6-8) Science teacher, High School (9-12) Math Teacher, Secondary Principal (6-12), Computer Technician/Computer Curriculum Development, and School Librarian. IES, a K-12 International School, has an enrollment of over 150 students, and although staff members are responsible for raising their own financial support, furnished housing and local transportation is provided. For more information, check out their website at

    http://www.teachingadventure.org or email Karen recruit(at)teachingadventure(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. WANT TO UNDERGIRD BRIGADA? — When you empower Brigada, you keep Brigada Today editions cranking out each week to people all over the world who perhaps can not, at this time, pay a subscription fee. We keep sending them Brigada Today on a weekly basis — and you have the opportunity to make that possible for them. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  13. THE BACKPAGE: 3 CHEERS FOR MISSIONARY MOTHERS — We lay aside our series on “24” to focus this “BackPage Editorial” on mothers of missionaries and mothers of missionary kids. On this weekend in the USA, Sunday is “Mother’s Day”, a time to remember and say thanks to those who gave us birth. While shopping for a card recently for my wife, the mother of our children, I couldn’t help but notice how many cards seemed aimed at sons and husbands with guilty consciences. “I know we don’t talk much any more…” began one card. Another said, “Perhaps I don’t tell you very often, but I truly do love you.” After seeing entire *rows* of this kind of card, I began to piece together a trend: Hallmark thinks we’re scoundrels, guys. How do we break this mold of “being a guy”, i.e., forgetting holidays, birthdays, and other special events in the lives of those we love, and all the while, ignoring the “regular maintenance” that would kindle a close and warm relationship. Well I, for one, am not about to dismiss their market research casually. How do we turn it around? Here’s a handy 3-point response. Note we’re working under the assumption that your mother (and/or the mother of your kids) is still alive; if she isn’t, you have our deep sympathy. In that case, please just help us convey these thoughts to others:

    *** Communicate: Here me well — Write, Email, or call your mother once a week, if she’s still alive. Use a calendar, Day-timer, Outlook, or some other device if you must. Schedule it in advance. Treat it as an appointment much the same as you would any other fixture in your work or home life.

    *** Mentor: If you’ve got kids, teach them to do the same. Remind them of the importance of recognizing their mother, especially on those special days like birthdays, Christmas, and Mother’s Day (if applicable where you live). Talk about why you set the pace, then walk the talk.

    *** Be faithful regardless: Maybe your mother has written you off (or so it would seem). Perhaps she just isn’t very good at communication. No matter. Follow through with resolve anyway. As far as it concerns you, keep extending an open hand to her regardless of whether or not she reciprocates. The truth is, she probably extended a hand to you when you couldn’t, or wouldn’t reciprocate anyway.

    Many of us have just heard Mother’s Day messages with inspiring mandates to start making a difference with our mothers. Now, let’s put them into action. Because, for the moms of this world, it’s a real jungle out there.

20060430 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA
  2. WHEN WILL WE UNDERSTAND GOOGLE? (“RANKINGS” UPDATED)
  3. A GOD OF COINCIDENCE?: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  4. FREE CHRISTIAN MUSIC CASSETTES?
  5. YEAR-LONG PRAYER & HARVEST INITIATIVE TO UNREACHED PEOPLES
  6. LOOKING FOR A MK/TCK RETREAT ON THE EAST COAST?
  7. GENESIS – THE SEED-BED OF THE BIBLE?
  8. AIMS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
  9. INDIAN POWERVISION TV
  10. BOOK HIGHLIGHTING MINISTRY IN INDIA
  11. OPPORTUNITIES AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF GUATEMALA
  12. OPTIONS IN GHANA
  13. WE GET MAIL
  14. THANKS TO OUR EMPOWERING PARTNERS
  15. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND PRIVATE PAIN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA — From June 16 – 18, 2006 the Rethinking Forum will sponsor its 4th annual conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This Atlanta area gathering will commence at 1 pm on Friday and conclude at 5 pm on Sunday. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. WHEN WILL WE UNDERSTAND GOOGLE? (“RANKINGS” UPDATED) — In our ongoing quest to understand how Google ranks mission pages, check it out again… Go to

    http://www.google.com

    and type in (without quotation marks) “emerald hills”. It *looks* like our Emerald Hills Prayer, Retreat, and Learning Center has now climbed up to #6 in the rankings, out of some 4 million pages, supposedly. How does that happen? If you don’t mind, after you search, would you consider clicking on the Emerald Hills link in the search results and taking a look at the front page of the new campus where Brigada will be based? (Click on “FAQs” in the top-line menu to see an FAQ entry about Brigada being based there.) Could it be that Google somehow can track those click-throughs after all? Someone asked why we even care about rankings on Google. I guess it’s a minor thing really… Just that… if anyone wants to find Brigada’s future base (maybe by this Christmas), and if they’ve only heard of “Emerald Hills”, it’ll be *lots* easier to find if it pops up as #6 rather than as the one- thousandth page down the list. Thanks for whatever part your click- throughs have played in helping raise our profile??? I’ll never understand it. :-)


  3. A GOD OF COINCIDENCE?: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — The place was central and southern Namibia in Africa. Three members of a survey team came upon a group of tough looking men in Karasburg. They were prisoners from the nearby jail. As they began to explain the gospel to the men, they were stopped by the guards who said it was time for the men to go back to their cells. The men were given tracts. The families who were visiting with the men asked the three to tell them the gospel. Sadly, several of them spoke a language which none of the three could speak. The Lord had provided the answer! A Christian man who was visiting a prisoner could speak that language as well as their language. They then presented the gospel. When asked if any of them would like to ask Jesus in their heart, all twelve raised their hands! Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  4. FREE CHRISTIAN MUSIC CASSETTES? — Compu-Books (software developer and publisher of ‘Church Missions’ software) has a collection of 100+ Christian music cassette tapes they would like to donate to a missions based organization that could distribute these tapes to their missionaries.

    Many are Hosanna worship tapes, other worship music collections and contemporary Christian artists. Some of the tapes are brand new and unopened, all English, all Christian. If your organization could use these tapes, please contact

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


  5. YEAR-LONG PRAYER & HARVEST INITIATIVE TO UNREACHED PEOPLES — The recent Ethne06 gathering in SE Asia of 350+ UPG-focused individuals, churches, and ministries launched an unprecedented year-long prayer and harvest initiative to begin immediately following the Global Day of Prayer, Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Beginning with Least-Reached of the South Pacific in June and moving east to west, Ethne links prayer with outreaches to the least-reached for the 90 days during and immediately following the month of prayer (see map at

    http://www.ethne.net/HeLPS/Overview

    Ethne’s newest Volume 1 dvd with resources and video testimonies is NOW available and permission is given to duplicate and distribute.


  6. LOOKING FOR A MK/TCK RETREAT ON THE EAST COAST? -– Missionary Resources Connection is hosting a retreat for Missionary Kids (MK’s) and Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) this upcoming August 7-15, 2006. The retreat is geared towards those who are making the transition between high school and college, or those within the same stage of life. The cost for the retreat is $350/person and includes lodging & food at a beautiful retreat in Gaston, SC (located 30 minutes from downtown Columbia). Registration and deposit of $50 is due by June 1, 2006. For more information, visit MRC’s weblink:

    http://www.mresourcesconnection.org/seminars_and_retreats.htm

    and click on “MK Re-entry” or call at (803)254-3313 or email

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


  7. GENESIS – THE SEED-BED OF THE BIBLE? — Now the book of Genesis is available in easy English at:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Download Genesis from the list of Bible books. In fact, you will find a wide selection of files to help you enjoy this exciting collection of biographies. Choose from Alun Owen’s translations in Level B EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) with a commentary or Christine Muir’s version in Level A (1200 word vocabulary) with short, helpful notes on the text. There are also items at Level AEE (Accessible EasyEnglish) using very simple words in short sentences. These are excellent for anyone who finds standard English too difficult.


  8. AIMS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has introduced a new website at

    http://www.aims.org

    Learn about strategic, new epicenters focus and the latest news about how God is using the AIMS ministry around the world. Download free informational brochures, bulletin inserts to help your congregation pray for the unreached, and tips on planning your next missions conference, or shop for missions books, videos, and other resources in their online bookstore. Plus, find out how you can get involved through short-term missions trips, upcoming conferences, and even strategic prayer.


  9. INDIAN POWERVISION TV — Powervision TV is a multilingual Satellite TV Channel, launched from New Delhi, India to reach unreached people in India with the gospel. This TV Channel needs high quality, excellent Christian TV Program such as Sermon, Musical Show, Films, Dramas, Cartoons and Skit in English or Hindi. Powervision TV prefers any Program aiming to reach Kids and youngsters with the Gospel in attractive format. The mode of the Channel is DVCAM/DV Tapes (PAL). If you’ve got some programming, write kcjohnpowervision(at)yahoo(dot)com or log onto

    http://www.kcjohn.org


  10. BOOK HIGHLIGHTING MINISTRY IN INDIA — Want to read an exciting true story of 31 years of Ministry in India caring for leprosy sufferers, widows, orphans and the disabled? It is an account of real persecution, including one martyrdom, prison experiences, economic standards lower than those of the people served but above all, real Victory for Christ. You may read all about it in “FAITH+ACTION=MIRACLE”, published by LULU.com and available at the following website

    http://www.lulu.com/higges


  11. OPPORTUNITIES AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF GUATEMALA — CAG, which serves the missionary community of Guatemala, has the following positions available for 2006-7: Elementary Classroom Teacher, Girls PE (K-12), Guidance Counselor, Secondary English Teacher, Secondary Social Studies, Computer Instruction, Computer Systems Coordinator, and Development Director. CAG has an enrollment of over 200 students, and although staff members are responsible for raising their own financial support, a monthly stipend of $150 is provided. For more information, log on to their website at

    http://www.christacadguate.org

    or email the school at cagrecruit(at)christacadguate(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with.]


  12. OPTIONS IN GHANA — American International School, Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org or

    http://www.aisaccra.org Applications are now being accepted for students grade pre-K-12. Also accepting applications for teachers. School year 2006-2007 has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact

    CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to those that have written in with encouragement about the “24” series in the “BackPage” editorials. One gentleman wrote, “I’ve been reading your newsletter for over 10 years I think. We were in China and needed something in regard to retired persons serving in the field and was given your site. We have been reading ever since…. Tonight I read your latest and the article on “24” really excited me, especially your use of the underlying urgency. … I am also pleased that the writers make a sharp distinction between right and wrong and how that impacts the events in the show. Good job, keep up the good work. God bless.” (Thanks brother!) Another friend wrote, “24 — Another good one! I love it. Just one suggestion. In keeping with the 24 motif it really should begin with “Previously on 24 …” :-) Keep up the good work and plugging the need for getting the message out to those who have never had a chance to hear!” Thanks Bob. We’ll take your advice! :-) Shawn wrote, “Wow, thanks for the 24 analogy. I had to quit watching it for a whole season — I was so caught up in the show I found myself praying for the characters! But now we are watching again, and I, too, am encouraged spiritually by the show. Mainly by Jack’s passion and courage and willingness to do whatever it takes to complete his mission, regardless of personal expense. I’m often convicted by my own passivity after an episode. Thanks!” Shew — praying for the characters… now *that’s* dedication. :-) Love it.

  14. THANKS TO OUR EMPOWERING PARTNERS — Tonight we’re grateful to Blessed Hope for sharing $10.70 from those who have talked on their phone service. Please, … if you need a long distance service anyway, consider using Blessed Hope at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America, who sent $16.38 based on sales of insurance policies too! If you need coverage, short- or long- term, please consider using them by clicking to this link:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    You can get term life, medical, even trip cancellation insurance… They have it *all*.

    Thanks, too, for the anonymous friend who sent $25 this past week.


  15. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND PRIVATE PAIN — Previously on “24” (in our BackPage Editorials), we’ve discussed courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom, accountability, and a sense of urgency. Today I’d like for us to focus on “private pain.” In the final episode of season 3 (originally aired May 25, 2004), as federal agent Jack Bauer completes 24 straight hours of some of the most hectic and demanding moments of his career, he climbs into his SUV, throws his keys on the dash, and pretty much collapses with the emotion of the day. The truth is, in the privacy of the moment, he weeps, sobs, and pounds his steering wheel. Everything that has happened… all the tough choices, some of which cost his peers their very lives… it all came crashing down at once. He shares his feelings with no one else. Nevertheless, in his own way, he is doing his own “debriefing.” The walkie-talkie then crackles with a request to return to headquarters and help interrogate another bad guy. After a moment of thought — just a moment — he gathers himself, answers that he’s on his way, and starts his truck. Except for a brief off-season breaks :-), his job is never done.

    After watching the scene and taking in “the private pain”, the thought occurred to me that we all have probably known missionaries experiencing something similar. In fact, some of us have sat in that very seat, experiencing that same private pain in one form or another.

    One thing’s for sure: we don’t all grieve in the same way. I remember a chaplain walking up to me after my father passed away. I was alone with him at the time. It was late at night. Both my brothers and my mom had already gone home. It’s true I felt the weight of the situation on my shoulders. But I didn’t cry. I didn’t even let on that I was troubled. I kept trying to make sure the doctors and nurses were doing everything they could do to help him. It was my first time to be with a living soul as he passed from life to death. The chaplain soon approached me and said, “Son, you can’t keep holding this in. Let it out. Go ahead and cry.” What he failed to understand is that not all of us process pain the same way. My advice to all the debriefers and counselors of the world is to realize that not *everyone* needs to cry or air their pain publicly in order to process it. Some of us handle it like Jack did, grieving privately. Some even handle it like I did at my father’s death, focusing on the practical rather than on the emotion itself. There’s probably no one effective way to handle heavy emotions. The important thing is that we must know ourselves well enough to predict with a bit of certainty which methods are effective and which are ineffective. Maybe nobody else will ever know for sure.

    Can we spot those who are *not* handling private pain effectively? Sometimes. They hide it in alcohol or overwork. They take drugs, or become super-irritable at their spouse or children. They over- or under-eat. Any time we notice these or other radical changes of behavior following painful experiences in a friend’s life, let’s gently approach him or her. Some of us don’t know how to handle private pain. When those times come, let’s hope we can be there for those we love. So look around you. Be aware. Let’s bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

20060423 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  3. WORLDMAPPER: THIS IS ONE SITE YOU HAVE TO VISIT
  4. WORLDMAPPER: SEE THE GLOBE IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT
  5. WORLDMAPPER: USE THE TOOLS, EXPLORE, LEARN
  6. SUMMERTIME! HELP BRIGADA! SHORT-TERMERS, GET INSURANCE
  7. LEARN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE
  8. FREE CHURCH PLANTERS TRAINING CD-ROM
  9. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW
  10. FULLER DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON WEB EVANGELISM
  11. BE A PART OF GOD’S WELCOMING COMMITTEE
  12. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR THOSE WORKING WITH CHILDREN
  13. FREE ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL MISSIONS JOURNAL
  14. RESOURCES FOR WORK AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES
  15. VIDEO BLOGING FOR JESUS
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT A US FOUNDATION FOCUSED ON GLOBAL MISSIONS
  17. OPPORTUNTIES AT WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL, BAHAMAS
  18. GO TO SCHOOL IN GHANA
  19. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND A SENSE OF URGENCY
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” course from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (Covenant College) offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier EN-BRN- 04/06.


  2. DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE CHALMERS CENTER — These distance learning options (like the one above) are appropriate for individuals as well as for teams who minister together. In the case of the topic above, the course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: Understanding poverty, when to do relief and when to do development, harm that can come from inappropriately doing relief or development, the response of the local church to poverty, and how to integrate Biblical principles into development programs. This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with the other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed from a remote location will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and Two-Thirds World discounts are available. See the site above for more information.

  3. WORLDMAPPER: THIS IS ONE SITE YOU HAVE TO VISIT — The University of Sheffield and Mark Newman (at the University of Michigan) have pulled off a *major* coup. How in the world they were able to come up with such a cool tool I’ll never know. And how they can do it for free is beyond me. In the old days, this would have cost $29 as a book to sit on your coffee table. It would have been read by a few thousand people, grown obsolete quickly, and been fairly useless in a short number of years. By contrast, remember the name, “Worldmapper”. I wish I’d been able to pull it off. I’d have no trouble raising funds for our secretary *or* some publicity.

  4. WORLDMAPPER: SEE THE GLOBE IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT — I’ve seen a few static books like this before. So it’s not necessarily a *new* idea. They’re called cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. They’re beautiful, colorful and expensive. I can’t paste them into a Powerpoint very easily, nor can we replicate them very adequately — or legally. But in the space of about 1 hour — the time it takes for Brigada Today to make its rounds to 10,000 people around the globe, we can *all* see the globe in a whole new light at worldmapper.org. That’s the site. So although it’s not a new idea, these guys have just implemented it better. Have a look:

    http://www.worldmapper.org


  5. WORLDMAPPER: USE THE TOOLS, EXPLORE, LEARN — Basically, Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. The creators hope to continue to add data throughout 2006. My hunch is, they’ll continue for a long time to come. Click on the thumbnail labeled, “Land Area”, to see a fairly traditional world map. Look at the PDF poster at the bottom of the linked page. Print it for free at your office or in your home. (Proper copyright data is conveniently posted at the bottom in small print.) You can also choose to view Excel data (either smallish or generous), which you can save on your own hard drive, all free of charge. You can even read technical notes about the data. But the cool parts are yet to come. On the “Total Population” map, the territories are resized based on *people* instead of land mass. Again, all the data is provided below. Want to paste a graphic into your Powerpoint? You’re in luck. Right-click on the map, choose “Save Picture as…”, save the PNG file on your drive, then in Powerpoint (or whatever you use for presentations), just “insert|picture file” and paste it in. Done. If you’re using the material to teach a class, “fair use” might be all you need to use that graphic. If you’re using the material for any other reason… say… a profit motive, write to info(at)worldmapper(dot)org and see what you can negotiate. Again, the authors promise in advance that non-profit use will usually be granted.

    With each map there’s a cool block of explanatory text at the right. Very cool. Tells the story in a nutshell. Sometimes the text is *very* cool. On the poster, it’s nice enough to use as a *placemat* at your next missions banquet. Write for permission, then find some generous businessman with a color printer and a laminator. Bam. You’re in business. Today there are 56 maps. Someday there will be 500. Mark my words: this site is a happening place. :-)

    So who can connect with them to get evangelical Christianity mapped. :-) Don’t forget — you heard about it on Brigada.


  6. SUMMERTIME! HELP BRIGADA! SHORT-TERMERS, GET INSURANCE –- As you get ready for short-term mission trips this summer don’t forget to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance! When you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website, your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! (Yay! :-) ) Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

    For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada!


  7. LEARN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE — The Chalmers Center also offers a second distance course (in addition to the one noted above) and a self-study course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a third distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. For more information, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org


  8. FREE CHURCH PLANTERS TRAINING CD-ROM — George Patterson’s interactive novel, “Come, Let Us Disciple the Nations”, is now available as a free download. It will track your learning in 20 skill areas while you choose options for a congregation that reproduces in its own community, in a nearby culture, in a distant land and in a hostile one. The .zip file contains 25 megabytes of programme, text, pictures and sounds.

    http://www.paul-timothy.net/dn/

    Or write to the author at GPatterson(at)cvi2(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The story consists of actual events known to the author that occurred in various church-planting efforts around the globe.


  9. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW — The 2006 COSIM conference is scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Tons of quality speakers and workshops focus on local church involvement, accountability, assessing your cross-cultural partnerships, etc. Visit the COSIM web site and download the fact sheet-registration form at:

    http://www.cosimnet.org

    Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org.


  10. FULLER DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON WEB EVANGELISM — Course MP 537 is a pioneering 10-week distance-learning course on web evangelism starting 19 June:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/links?=fullercourse

    In order to register for this course, students must first be admitted to a short non-degree or certificate program at Fuller Theological Seminary:

    http://www.fuller.edu/admiss/applications/applications.asp

    They then request registration for the MP537 course after 19 May:

    http://fulleronline.org/D2index.real?area=193

    (Thanks Tony!)


  11. BE A PART OF GOD’S WELCOMING COMMITTEE — “Welcome to My House: God’s Invitation to Ethnic America” is the theme of the 6th annual Ethnic Workers’ Summit, sponsored by the Ethnic America Network. The summit is a gathering of people from all over the USA and Canada who are ministering to Ethnic America or are wanting to get started in reaching their international immigrant neighbors. The event begins Thursday, April 27, at 6:45 pm and continues to 9:00 pm Saturday, April 29 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084 (an eastern suburb of Atlanta). Registration for the entire event is $110 for a single person, $170 for a couple, and $60 for a student. Day rates are also available. The three evening plenary sessions at 6:45 pm are free and open to the public. Visit

    http://www.atl06.org

    or write info(at)atl06(dot)org or phone 1-770-936-5217 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR THOSE WORKING WITH CHILDREN — May 15-19 2006 “Offering Healing and Hope for Children in Crisis” is a course developed by Phyllis Kilbourn, author of several books and founder of Rainbows of Hope. This specialized training will be offered at Gateway Missionary Training Centre, May 15-19, 2006. This course has been developed in order to better equip people who will be working with Children in Crisis. It is the first of a series and deals with general trauma issues including the impact of trauma on children and foundational principles for intervention planning to restore healing and hope to these children. The final section also deals with care of the caregiver. These principles are applicable in any cultural contex. The cost is $150.00, plus Room and Board for $20.00 a day if needed. For more information contact: Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Canada via their site:

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  13. FREE ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL MISSIONS JOURNAL — Global Missiology

    http://www.GlobalMissiology.org

    is a free quarterly professional on-line missiological journal that features contributions from a host of today’s top thinkers and practitioners. The April English edition is now available featuring articles on “Pentecost and Missions” among other topics. The journal also features complete archives of previously published editions. There is also a Chinese edition that contains original articles from Chinese missiologists in simplified and full scripts. Global Missiology is launching a French edition and is accepting original articles for that version by queries to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] From the April issue on, readers of the English edition of GM can start receiving free downloads of out-of-print book titles by well known missiologists (e.g. Dr. Yamamori – Executive Director of Lausanne Congress of World Evangelism). To begin receiving an e-mail notice with a link to Global Missiology when new issues appear, send an e-mail message to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org and write “subscribe” in the subject heading. The GM editor will reply to your message with an acknowledgment of your request.


  14. RESOURCES FOR WORK AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES — George Verwer of Operation Mobilization is recommending a new 94 page directory with information on where to obtain key resources for frontier missions world-wide – help with church planting, technical assistance, healthcare, travel advice, training, tentmaking, development, medical supplies, children’s education while abroad, etc. etc.. “Ian Benson is on the cutting edge of mission mobilization and his Resources for Missionary Work is a very useful and valuable tool in the great task that so many of us are involved in.” Cost GB £2.75 or US$5 plus postage. To order, visit

    http://www.missionarytraining.org/resource.htm

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


  15. VIDEO BLOGING FOR JESUS — Makoto and Delaina Miyazaki in northern Japan have just begun a new ministry of Video Bloging. Entertaining, funny and informative, this sure beats the average newsletter! Every Thursday a new edition of Truthwork.com’s Internet Christian News. Check it out and learn what kind of potential video blogging has for sharing Jesus with the target audience of your new home country. Learn what it takes to get this kind of work off the ground. For more information visit

    http://www.truthwork.com

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


  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT A US FOUNDATION FOCUSED ON GLOBAL MISSIONS -– First Fruit, Inc.

    http://www.firstfruit.org

    which is a private foundation that provides grants to Christian ministries and NGOs in the developing world, is seeking a Program Administrator. This individual will be a core member of the programming team, and will have myriad administrative and research responsibilities. The right candidate will be an engaging Christian with a passion for international missions, who would bring a set of administrative and analytical skills and gifts to the position. For more information, please contact Lori lori(at)firstfruit(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  17. OPPORTUNTIES AT WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL, BAHAMAS — Windermere High School has these teaching opportunities for 2006 – 2007: History– Caribbean and World (10-12) and Geography (10), Spanish (7-12) with general subjects, and Computer (7-12) with networking and general repair, or with general subjects. These are full time positions at a Christian school with an enrollment of 70 students. For more information, log on to their web site at

    http://www.windermerehigh.org

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


  18. GO TO SCHOOL IN GHANA — American International School, Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org

    Applications are now being accepted for students grade K-8. They’re also accepting applications for teachers. School year 2006-2007 has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  19. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND A SENSE OF URGENCY — As you know, I’ve been catching up on back-episodes of “24”, the hit TV show from FOX. (Again, the violent parts aren’t pretty sights. I fast forward through those.) But for some reason, I keep gaining insights that seem applicable to my work in missions. Previously, we’ve talked about courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom and accountability. Today, I’d like us to focus on urgency.

    In some ways, “24” and urgency are *synonymous*. Jack Bauer is a federal agent working for a special branch of Homeland Security called “Counter-Terrorist Unit” or “CTU.” You can already guess that most of the plots are pressure-cooked efforts to keep some shopping mall from being attacked by bioterrorists, or to prevent some wacko from setting off a nuclear bomb over downtown LA. Obviously, time is of the essence. Jack yells at the top of his lungs to bad guy after bad guy, “I’m runnin’ outa time!”

    Today, while watching an episode from season three, however, that message of urgency hit me harder than it had before. Here’s this CTU agent tasked with preventing a nerve gas canister from blowing up in front of a giant hotel ventilation system fan. He approaches it gingerly, fan blades still turning, and time just seemed to freeze for me. I found myself nearly trembling as I said in a whisper, “Stop the fan! Turn off the system before it blows!” And suddenly, — pssst! Like that… the canister squirts nerve gas in his face and 1000 hotel guests are exposed to a deadly virus. :-(

    Later as I reflected on that moment with my 16-year-old (who watched the show with the rest of the family for a full 3 years before I started), I realized how relevant it is to all our work. We all face obstacles… spinning blades of confusion, misunderstanding, interpersonal conflict, and more. Sometimes we *creep* toward finding a solution. Sometimes it blows up right in our faces. Meanwhile, the spiritual dilemma of Satan and his dominance over so many lands… it just gets more and more perplexing by the day. Watching that moment of “24” made me think — we can see bioterrorism so clearly. We can easily see how time is of the essence. Don’t waste a moment. Yet we sometimes seem to piddle at frontier missions. I’ve heard from my good friend, Dan Scribner, at joshuaproject.net, that the percentage of funds spent on frontier missions is just 1/2 of one cent per year, when compared to the over all missions giving of all our local churches. If we were to invest only 1/2 of once percent in terrorism-prevention, …. well you can guess the results we’d get. :-(

    So gang, let’s declare this an official emergency. 15,900 people groups, 6700 of which remain essentially unreached. 2 billion people (30% of the world’s population) with virtually no exposure to the gospel. Maybe there will be a day when we can relax. Maybe a day will come when we can pause. Now is not that day. Now is a moment to mobilize. Now is a moment to get *serious* about finishing the task of world evangelism. Let’s plan as if we have another century. But let’s *work* as if we have, fittingly, just 24 hours.

    Doug

20060416 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  2. REAL HELP IN RAISING SUPPORT
  3. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM
  4. ASIAN IT CONFERENCE MARCH 2007
  5. WANT TO STUDY RUSSIAN THIS SUMMER OR FALL?
  6. WHAT’S THE BEST INT’L ISP FOR TRAVEL? AOL?
  7. IN NEED OF GOOD BIBLE TEACHING MATERIALS?
  8. LEARNING ABOUT GOOGLE RANKINGS
  9. WE’RE FOREVER GRATEFUL; WILL GOD EMPOWER YOU TO HELP?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: MORE LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24”
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING –- Do you want your church to have a greater impact in missions? One of the best opportunities in world missions today is in mobilization. Churches around the world are mobilizing their churches to become more involved in reaching people whom have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your church can be one of them. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 19-23 at Regent University in Virginia Beach (VA). Join other pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and students to learn about how you and your church can take part in completing the Great Commission by mobilizing churches here in the United States and around the world. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850, email us at aims(at)aims-usa(dot)org, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at

    http://www.aims.org


  2. REAL HELP IN RAISING SUPPORT -— For more than twenty years with Wycliffe, Jerry and Brenda Long have trained hundreds of missionaries around the world to tell their story over coffee, in small groups and in their churches in such a way that people catch a vision and get involved through prayer and monthly support. Now they are retiring from Wycliffe and offering the same training to anyone who needs it.

    They use live video conferencing technology to deliver live, interactive training to groups of four to six people at a very low cost anywhere in the U.S. there is high-speed internet access. They send you the equipment which is easy to plug in and use. You connect with them live four to six hours week for three weeks and they deliver training that will increase your skill and confidence to tell your story in an effective way. Click on their website or e-mail them:

    http://kingdomcometraining.com

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


  3. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has published their complete church planting training, normally given to trainees as a two-week seminar during the acclaimed YWAM School of Frontier Mission (SOFM). Now this training can come to you right on your PC (or MAC) with over 30 hours of audio (Brian Hogan teaching in Scotland), PowerPoint presentation, film clips, note taking outline, and every handout that you would get if you were to take it “live”. This is perfect for workers already on the field who need to be trained in CP or to refresh their skills, those preparing to go, and those who have an interest in planting new movements among unreached people groups. The cost is only $29.99 (plus $2.25 S&H within USA). Major credit cards are accepted. Also available is a Video CD of seven amazing films about the CPM that began in Erdenet, Mongolia in the early 1990’s ($20.00). And a Resource CD chock full of CP stuff – a virtual CP Library! (only $4.99 – their cost!) Email brian(at)cpcoaches(dot)com to purchase. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit their store:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches


  4. ASIAN IT CONFERENCE MARCH 2007 — For those involved in computer support or using computers as a key part of your ministry in Asia, you may be interested in a conference to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in March 2007. This is advance warning so you can put it in your diary and budget. Maybe you’ve attended such conferences in the USA previously, but this one will be the first in Asia and will not only discuss issues relating to office IT, but also issues relating to using IT as ministry, eg Internet cafes etc. For more information see

    http://www.iccm-asia.org

    or email info(at)iccm-asia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. WANT TO STUDY RUSSIAN THIS SUMMER OR FALL? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for an 8 week summer course (June 5 – July 28) & a 16 week fall course (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). Interested? Check them out on the web at:

    http://www.strategiclanguages.org

    Or call in the USA toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119 from elsewhere. Or email: RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. WHAT’S THE BEST INT’L ISP FOR TRAVEL? AOL? — Stan uses AOL and has found he can get on AOL with ease in England, China, or Israel. Are there better international service providers available and why? Are some countries better for email than others? If you’ve got an opinion, email Stan Stanpcb(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (He’ll pass along a full report to us in a couple of weeks, right Stan? :-) )

  7. IN NEED OF GOOD BIBLE TEACHING MATERIALS? –- Check out the Visualized Bible Series. Bible Visuals International prints picture- based Bible lessons that cover the entire Bible, highlighting major doctrines, in over 85 languages. They even give rights for national churches to print materials in their language in their country. Contact them to receive a resource catalogue or more information on our overseas printing efforts.

    http://www.biblevisuals.org

    or email info(at)biblevisuals(dot)org or (Intl. Prefix) + 1-717-859- 1131. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. LEARNING ABOUT GOOGLE RANKINGS — Are you interested in learning more about how Google decides which pages to rank first? It’s been an ongoing interest some here in Brigada. One Brigada reader, Joel, recommended these sites for further reading:

    http://www.google.com/webmasters/4.html

    http://www.google.com/technology/

    http://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php

    Bottom line: It appears Google takes into consideration (big-time) how many other pages (and which pages) link people over to your site. I guess the corollary is . . . if you want to be listed higher at Google, see if others will add you to their list of links.

    That’s easy at Brigada. Just write an item and submit it for a future issue. (See our submission guidelines.)

    Now, would you consider doing Brigada a favor? Please take a moment, if you desire, to add Brigada to the list of resources you may or may not provide on your own website. Can’t hurt. Might help. Thanks for your partnership! (And thanks, Joel, for taking time to educate us! :-) )


  9. WE’RE FOREVER GRATEFUL; WILL GOD EMPOWER YOU TO HELP? — Thanks to those who add fuel to our fire by undergirding these Brigada Todays in the form of financial gifts and prayers. This past week, a couple from Mainland China sent $35, saying they were “eating in” (See March 31st Brigada today, Item 10, “WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT?”). Many thanks. Another worker with Zwemer sent $100 to say thanks for the Zwemer announcements. God bless you! And thanks to our great friends at Dial-Abroad.com for the $98.30 gift they sent this past week. I’m still amazed that when you use them for your int’l calls, it results in encouragement to Brigada! Please, please consider signing up with them for service, if you need phone service at all:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Thanks also to the other 3 anonymous Brigada readers who gave $10, $100 & $75 respectively. Want to join them in pitching in? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: MORE LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24” — Last week, I confessed to my newfound fascination with “24”, the hit TV show from FOX. If you haven’t watched it, I hope you’ll still pick up something from my description of the plots. [Disclaimer: I also confessed that I turn my head during the violent parts.] We talked about courage, patient wisdom, and a commitment to always speak the truth.

    Today let’s talk about freedom and accountability. Have you noticed the way the show portrays the tension of Jack’s reliance on CTU . . . versus the “home office’s” eventual respect for the skills of a field agent like Jack? Time and time again, CTU will provide support for an attack. They’ll use satellite infra-red sensors to tell Jack where the bad guys are stationed… or they’ll look up floorplans of some building downtown… all in quick fashion with incredible precision. But while CTU can be very helpful, at times, they can also be a real pain. Have you ever noticed the way Jack sometimes has to “go dark”… become a “rogue”… because somebody’s infiltrated CTU and he can no longer trust them? Or maybe their protocols just don’t apply to the real world when terrorists’ bombs are about to explode.

    To me, this tension between “CTU” and “field agent” is reminiscent of the relationship between — you guessed it — “home office” and “field missionary.” Many are the times when it’s really convenient to have a home office. Representation in the homeland can be tough when one lives a continent away. All those conventions, websites, toll-free numbers, and IRS requirements… they’re sometimes a real burden for the guy or gal in the field. And when a home office is hitting stride, providing great support in a crisis, it’s a great feeling of shelter in the middle of a storm.

    But when a field worker wants flexibility, … when a protocol gets in the way… shew… it can be a real hassle. That 1st-year language learning requirement can really seem to get in the way of quick-start ministries. And who really enjoys all the report forms and accountability sheets?! And those notorious field visits! Shew. No wonder Jack sometimes goes “dark.”

    So what’s a field agent to do? In my opinion, there are lessons to learn on both sides of the fence. For those of us who work in home offices, we probably need to view those protocols a bit more at arm’s length sometimes. We need to remember that they exist to provide shape and forward direction to the missionary enterprise. Inevitably, however, exceptional circumstances are going to require outlandish flexibility. My own take on this is that the home office with the best protocol won’t necessarily always win. If “24” is any kind of case study, what we need are great protocols — and wise leaders. We need leaders who can figure out when protocols don’t serve the situation . . . and then they need courage to take a stand for exceptional situations. One thing I’ve noticed though: When leaders fail to lead, field agents pick up on it… and they have to start improvising on their own, with varying degrees of precision and effectiveness. My own personal take — we need to learn, probably more often than we think, to lead more *decisively* if field agents are going to stay aboard our team. Otherwise, they bail.

    At the same time, those who work in the field — the “Jack Bauers” of the missionary enterprise — need to remember that most of those protocols exist to prevent abuse. Even Jack Bauer makes time to go back to CTU and file his debrief. He calls in a *lot*. And time and time again, he yields the “final call” to the man in charge (sometimes the President himself). How I long for the day when more and more “field agents” in the missionary enterprise can call in and say, “Here’s the situation: help me make the right call.”

    In the end, it’s just a TV show. But if I let my imagination roll… missionary life and work can be a pretty fun ride. :-) Let’s make it work this coming week! Because… shew… it’s a jungle out there.

    Doug

20060409 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW
  2. MISSIONS TODAY, BY THE NUMBERS
  3. YWAM DTS CREDIT TRANSFERS
  4. NEW MISSION TRIP RESOURCE AVAILABLE
  5. INDIA SUBCONTINENT TESOL OPPORTUNITIES
  6. LAUSANNE WORLD PULSE
  7. NEW BIBLE GAME: “WEEKLY BIBLE WORDOKU”
  8. JUST WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED: A MISSIONS *CRUISE*!
  9. CONNECT WITH THE GLOBAL CHURCH
  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24”
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW — The 2006 COSIM conference is scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Speakers include: Gary Edmonds: “From Missions-TO . . . to Missions-WITH” / “Faisal” — “Partnering with indigenous ministries for transformation: A non-Western perspective” / David Kasali: “Will the African Church be ready?” Gloria Landge: “Equipping Christian women in the majority world for their vital role in community transformation” / Dick Robinson: “Partnerships that transform our understanding of . . . mission, the gospel, and the world.” Also: how-to workshops on local church involvement, accountability, assessing your cross-cultural partnerships, etc. Visit the COSIM web site and download the fact sheet-registration form at:

    http://www.cosimnet.org . Or write to

    werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. MISSIONS TODAY, BY THE NUMBERS — Bill and Amy Stearns have studied the numbers and this is what they’ve come up with: –35,000: Total American missionaries (down from 65,000 in 1988) –99%: Those committing to mission service who never make it. –7: The usual years it takes for a wannabe missionary to actually go. –50%: Those missionaries who return before the end of their first term. –40,000: The missionary candidates stymied from going because they can’t raise financial support.

    There’s a lot wrong with this picture. So, Bill and Amy and others are cranking with MissionNext and The Finishers Project–seeing an average of 2 new mid-career missionaries placed with sending agency partners every week now. Something’s going right! Learn more from Bill & Amy at:

    http://www.BillAndAmyStearns.info


  3. YWAM DTS CREDIT TRANSFERS — Gretchen would like to compile a list of US accredited colleges and/or universities which have accepted some or all University of the Nations (UofN) credits associated with completing a YWAM DTS. If you have had credits successfully transferred, please e-mail Gretchen

    billandgretchen(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace (at with @ and (dot) with.] She needs to know the name of the US college or university, when you attended, how many credits were accepted, and the dates and location of the YWAM DTS attended. (She’ll report back to us later.)


  4. NEW MISSION TRIP RESOURCE AVAILABLE –- “TRIP STUFF: Stuff you need to know about Doing Mission Trips in Your Church” is a collection of 230 useful documents developed or used by local churches. It includes samples, forms, guidelines, procedures, policies, tips and hints— everything from Application Forms to Standards of Excellence. TRIP STUFF is available on CD in Microsoft Word for $24. Send a check for $24 (in U.S. funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Request TRIP STUFF and include your postal address. See more details and the contents at

    http://www.davidmays.org/


  5. INDIA SUBCONTINENT TESOL OPPORTUNITIES — Volunteers are needed to teach English at a national teacher training school and to national teachers of English. Other opportunities include teaching within a national public and private school system at multiple levels. It requires English as your first language, a Bachelor degree and teaching English as a second language certificate. Enter ASAP. For more details contact director(at)devcorps(dot)org [As a means if preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. LAUSANNE WORLD PULSE — This monthly magazine is now available free online, and you can sign up for email notification of new issues. The April issue includes a major focus on web evangelism.

    http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com


  7. NEW BIBLE GAME: “WEEKLY BIBLE WORDOKU” — Each week, Cyberspace Ministry issues a new Wordoku, a fascinating Bible puzzle that you can receive by email. Find out more at

    http://www.tagnet.org/cyberspace/eng-word.html

    or email cybermin7(at)yahoo(dot)com


  8. JUST WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED: A MISSIONS *CRUISE*! — Discover the World of Possibilities on a Cruise Aug 18 – 24! Wycliffe is hosting a cruise to Discover opportunities all over the World. The time promises to be fun, rewarding, challenging, and spiritually revitalizing. Speakers who have worked all over the globe will share experiences and teach sessions throughout the six days. There will also be a children’s program covering different world cultures, crafts, and customs from different language groups. There will be fun activities for the whole family in addition to those offered by the cruiseline. There will also be opportunities for individuals across all ranges of giftings and trainings from IT, to Translation, to Management to consider. Wycliffe invites you to discover the possibilities with other believers. The cruise registration deadline is May 29.

    Graduate Credits for Teachers may be earned while taking ICO (International Children’s Education Orientation) on board the cruise ship Inspiration. For more information and to register contact mts travel at

    http://www.mtstravel.com/tours/ctourWTMK06.html

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


  9. CONNECT WITH THE GLOBAL CHURCH — The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) now produces a new monthly E-Newsletter. The WEA is a global network of 127 national alliances representing 420 million evangelical Christians. One of the goals of WEA is to keep evangelical Christians around the world connected, informed and resourced. If you want to keep up to date from a global perspective, go online

    http://worldevangelical.net/newsletter

    and view a sample copy of this bulletin and sign up to receive it every month. This month you can receive a free download of A Study Guide – Working Your Way to the Nations: A Guide to Effective Tentmaking. The general WEA website can be found at

    http://www.worldevangelicalalliance.com


  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24” — OK… I admit it. I’m really enjoying “24” (the TV show). Hope you can view it where you live. I was slow to board the band wagon. What are we — in the 5th season, right? And I just started watching about 5 episodes ago. So… there are all these reflections on previous people that just lose me out… so what I’m having to do is gradually go back and watch the show from the very beginning! (I just finished season 2! :-) )

    Now… I’ll be honest… I turn my head during a lot of the really violent stuff and I can’t *stand* to watch any of the torture or threats against Kim. Yuck. I’m just not a big fan of violence. So why in the *world*, you say, am I watching 24?

    Good question. :-)

    Part of my admiration is based on the character of Jack Bauer. Another part is based on the character of David Palmer (the President — at least up until the end of season 2 that I just finished :-) ). And a third is all the “lessons learned” from the corruption in so many other people on the show.

    So what lessons am I drawing for missions? :-) Here’s one: I’m noticing that Jack is a man of action. (Duh. :-) ) He doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He doesn’t sit around and complain when one approach didn’t work. His mind clicks into gear to plan another… and he just keeps on struggling.

    But in just the same way that Jack is constantly saying, “I’m runnin’ outa time!” :-), I admire the patience and wisdom of President Palmer. (I know… I’m back in the dark ages of Season 2 still.) His willingness to wait . . . and wait . . . and wait on Jack to deliver evidence… is a testimony to a leader that has the endurance beyond the norm.

    Contrast all that integrity with the all the others… the double-no- good-for-nothing politicians who always seem to be hankering for oil money in the Caspian Sea or whatever… and all of a sudden, it pretty much sums up the tension between good and evil.

    Now for those of us working in missions, there are *lots* of applications. Let’s be like-minded to the “never-shy-away-from-a- challenge” mentality. Let’s be action-oriented, yet have the patience of Palmer when it’s necessary. Let’s speak the truth, weigh our choices against the best wisdom we can find, and for goodness sakes, let’s go save somebody’s life today — spiritually or otherwise.

    More lessons from 24 next week.

    Shew. My heart’s pounding already.

    Doug

20060402 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AN ANNUAL TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  2. MATERNITY COVERAGE FOR INT’L WORKERS (NO WAITING PERIOD)
  3. IN SEARCH OF EMERALD HILLS (RANKED 7TH ON GOOGLE??)
  4. NEED TO COMMUNICATE WHEN IN REMOTE AREAS?
  5. PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND COACH TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  7. WANT TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON JUSTIN’S “MOMENTUM MAGAZINE”
  8. MUSLIM STUDIES INTENSIVE COURSES USA SUMMER 06
  9. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  10. SMALL NETWORK GOT YOU DOWN? WORK SOME MAGIC
  11. PARTNERS MAKE OUR WORLD GO ‘ROUND
  12. WOULD YOUR LOCAL CHURCH MAKE A ONECE-A-YEAR GIFT TO BRIGADA?
  13. THE BACK PAGE: EASTER BUNNIES, EGGS, BC/AD, AND JESUS
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AN ANNUAL TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Talking Bibles International continues to urge churches, both large and small, to observe a Talking Bible Sunday. This special Sunday does two things: 1) Helps people in our churches become aware that there are millions of Christians living in oral cultures who need Bibles in audio because they are non-readers. 2) That Sunday’s special offering helps supply the funds required to provide the thousands of Talking Bibles in needed languages. A Talking Bible Sunday kit, including a free Talking Bible, is available to encourage and assist churches that observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

    — contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. MATERNITY COVERAGE FOR INT’L WORKERS (NO WAITING PERIOD) — Almost all international health insurance plans require a 12 month waiting period before maternity is covered. A new company is now offering coverage with the only requirement that the insured is not expecting as of the effective date of the policy. The plan covers one hundred percent of maternity costs. The rates on this policy are very reasonable and, depending on state residency, provides permanent coverage in the USA as well as overseas with no limitations. jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  3. IN SEARCH OF EMERALD HILLS (RANKED 7TH ON GOOGLE??) — Faithful readers will recall our item a few weeks back regarding what it was like to be listed so low in the rankings on Google. Those who searched for “Emerald Hills” at google.com inevitably found our new missions prayer & retreat center to be listed way down around URL #65 or even lower. (Item 14 in the Jan. 13 Brigada Today). Is my Google just teasing me now… or if you now go to google.com and type in “Emerald Hills”, does it now come up to the 7th-ranked item? Either way, stop by and check out the latest. See our plans to kick off a huge prayer & missions emphasis using prayer shelters (actually gazebos), tablet computers, and a prayer center. Find it by going to Google.com, searching for Emerald Hills, then looking about 7 items down to find emeraldhills.info in the list. (How does Google decide those page ranks anyway? :-) )

  4. NEED TO COMMUNICATE WHEN IN REMOTE AREAS? — Satellite phone technology allows you to make calls and send data (connect to the internet or send text messages) from anywhere in the world! Phones start off at $749 and range from $1 to 13 cents per minute. Learn more at

    http://www.daysatphones.com

    According to Aaron, each purchase that goes through him will provide Brigada with a $25 donation! Contact him at avorbau(at)daywireless(dot)com or 1-916-871-2447 or 1-800-503-3433 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (How ’bout that! Thanks Aaron!)


  5. PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND COACH TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Tired of expensive conferences and training that produce too little lasting change in you and your ministry effectiveness? One-on-one coaching is individualized learning based on your agenda, your current situation, and your pace. Coaching works because it brings out your best – what God put in! Studies show that ongoing coaching produces 300% better results than training alone. Why? Because a coach supports you in learning new ways to learn – listening to your heart and the Holy Spirit – then take action to reshape your life around that learning. Coaching can be done by telephone or Skype from anywhere in the world. Go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

    or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — TESOL Training will be conducted on April 13-18, 2006 by Tony Mendoza of Jesus Is Supreme Global Outreach Society based in Hongkong. It is a U.S.-Accredited TESOL Certificate Training Program that will be held in Bacoor, Cavite near SM Bacoor. The course contents are 1) Nature, culture and context, 2) Essential language teaching theories, 3) Lesson planning, assessment and instructional material preparation, 4) Team and individual teaching activities, 5) CD-ROM tutorial training, 6) Tentmaking and Missions, 7) Observed teaching component. For more information email shemfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com or call or text (63)928-3416817.

  7. WANT TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON JUSTIN’S “MOMENTUM MAGAZINE” — The editor of Momentum Magazine is seeking feedback at:

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=704151947995

    It’s just 9 questions. If you visited Momentum, it would help him greatly.


  8. MUSLIM STUDIES INTENSIVE COURSES USA SUMMER 06 — For a comprehensive list of short intensive graduate level studies on Islam form various Christian institutions throughout the United States being offered this summer of 2006 visit

    http://www.oprev.org/Muslimstudies.htm

    or request the pdf page from beside(at)oprev.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — Recently, workers were at an extremely poor area located on the border of Namibia. One family lived under a tree and had a bed and some mattresses and a table. On first entering the village, the workers were told that they were not welcome to “nose” around. The man had been drinking and was very disagreeable at first. The men continued to talk with him and soon he asked the men to pray for him. He then became their “best friend” and followed them around, introducing them to others in the village. They had the chance to lead one young man to the Lord and gave him a Bible. Praise the Lord that He works in all circumstances! Pray that God will raise up Namibian men and women who can share Christ in these remote places where many are hungry to know Him. Continue to lift up the Namibian Coloured, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Namibian Coloured people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    for more information.


  10. SMALL NETWORK GOT YOU DOWN? WORK SOME MAGIC — Here’s one great little tool for those with small networks. Imagine… you set up your laptop, a desktop for the kids to use for schoolwork, and a PC for your wife to use to communicate with friends and family. So … in the old days, you’d just plug a printer into one PC and everybody should be able to print, right? Well those were the days. *These* days, there are so many firewalls, antivirus hurdles, spyware blocks, and malware buzz saws, we can’t even print when we *want* to any more!

    Enter “Network Magic” from

    http://www.purenetworks.com

    We don’t get any cuts or commissions from them. We’re just one beggar telling another where to find bread… and “Network Magic” is bread. Buy the “5 PC version” for your family of 4 and that guest missionary from across town that always comes over to use your broadband. It’ll set you back like $50 maybe… but hey… the ability to exchange files, *see* each others’ antivirus subscriptions, and *print*… Shew… How can one put a price on that!? :-) When it installs, you’ll be amazed. The fact that it *works* is kind of a small miracle, judging from the complexity of today’s setups. Tip: Before installing, collect the information on your router (user name and password). (You *did* change the user name and password on your router, right? If not, never fear. Network Magic helps you secure your wired or wireless network anyway. So don’t sweat it. Just get it.) There’s a free dumbed-down version to try first, if you don’t believe me. :-) (Have I ever lied to you? :-) )


  11. PARTNERS MAKE OUR WORLD GO ‘ROUND — Thanks to Blessed Hope Communications, for the $12.16 check that resulted from some of you using their primo phone services. Learn more at

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous family from Edmond, OK, who sent $30. They’re constantly lifting up the needs in Chiapas (Mexico). “You do good work!,” they wrote. “I share pertinent items with missionary friends from time to time to enhance their work. My husband and I particularly liked what you provided regarding churches’ views and missionaries’ wishes regarding mission. You got lots of good and interesting feedback from both sides of the equation. Please do things like that yearly!” [blush] :-)

    Also back again this past week were our faithful friends at Irving Bible Church. They send a gift at least once a year, this time for $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Find them at:

    http://www.irvingbible.org/

    Check out their “Bridges International” page at:

    http://www.irvingbible.org/index.php?id=154

    Thanks this past week for gifts from Mission Nannys for $100! Visit:

    http://missionnannys.org/

    They are *so* needing mature women to help around the world. Would you please give them a look and tell them you heard about them on Brigada? Here’s a chance to be some missionary kid’s grandmother or grandfather, while at the same time allowing the missionary to be all the more effective at the same time!


  12. WOULD YOUR LOCAL CHURCH MAKE A ONECE-A-YEAR GIFT TO BRIGADA? — You might be surprised. Just suggest your whole mission committee subscribe at their respective home email addresses, then ask the committee if they’d consider pitching in $30, once a year. They might sign up for one person to get a printed magazine subscription about missions… and that would just become *cold text* after it was read. This way, they *all* get Brigada for the same gift — and it’s just a gift. They *could* be getting it for free anyway. The money covers the cost of web space, some marketing expenses, and especially a secretary to help make time management and administration possible so Brigada can continue to come to your screen each weekend. Your church might surprise you. Plus they get their church mentioned, along with its website and its missions outreach… which helps promote it in your local city or county, in case there are folks searching for a vital, Great- Commission-committed congregation. Either way, click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: EASTER BUNNIES, EGGS, BC/AD, AND JESUS — As I write this Back Page editorial, the fine state of Kentucky is in the middle of considering whether or not they’ll rename “BC” and “AC” to Jesus- free wording. I forget the new abbreviations… but they basically make it unnecessary to know Latin — or the Christ child. Now I grant it to any government, state or federal, to perform revisionist history on their land. (It’s certainly been done before.) But something about this troubles me. I think it has something to do with the fact that… the more we think we know about diversity, the more we believe it necessary to separate ourselves from our history of faith. The funny thing is… when I visit Djibouti or Yemen on a Muslim holiday, I don’t hold it against the locals if they’re slaughtering a goat or spitting on the sidewalk. (Confession: I *do* sometimes have to dodge the spit; but I could be dodging worse.) So what baffles me is why any country believes that it’s not fashionable to be faithful… faithful to a legacy, faithful to a heritage, faithful to a path that proceeded.

    [Shaking my head.] The trouble is, none of my ponderings is likely to change anything. If I complain to my congressman, I’ll just look like a religious bigot. I mean… I admit it — I always get the “BC” confused with “Before Christ” anyway. :-) But, as we are asked to shed layer after layer of heritage in favor of bunnies, eggs, and BCE and CE (which stand for “Before the Common Era” and “Common Era” respectively), I just hope *somebody* can remember purpose, “first cause”, and “where do we go after we die”… because if we all become very secular, the afterlife is going to be a pretty fearful future.

    That’s all I’ve got to say about that. But as I go, may I just remind you to … be careful. It’s becoming a very (secularized) jungle out there. :-) Doug

20060326 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONSULTATION ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
  2. TAKE CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAMES TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH YOU
  3. TRACK THE AVIAN FLU
  4. BRING THE FACES OF THE 10/40 INTO YOUR CHURCH FOR PRAYER!
  5. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS
  6. 21 DAYS OF BREAKTHROUGH FOR NORTH KOREA
  7. FREE PROJECTORS
  8. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  9. LOVING LAS VEGAS
  10. WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS ARE OBSOLETE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONSULTATION ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE — The Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM) is offering an amazing palette of choices at its July 11-15 event. Registrants will select from over 50 seminars, panels, plenary sessions, and media presentations. Experienced leaders from more than 20 organizations will present seminars within the following tracks: Foundations, Media and Related Arts, Contextualization and Case Studies, Methodology, and Overcoming Obstacles. Break-out sessions organized by geographical area and interest group will provide networking opportunities for participants. Check out the speaker information and seminar abstracts online at

    http://www.gcommhome.org

    Register online today!


  2. TAKE CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAMES TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH YOU — Now you *can* take it with you: Breakthrough Gaming has released its third video game title: Zippy the Circle. For the PC platform, Zippy the Circle is a 3D, adventure game with 13 exciting levels, each with a different style of play. The player takes the role of Zippy the Circle who must save his sister Tina from Jagged, who has taken over his home island. Zippy learns that even though bad things happen, God is still good! Zippy the Circle is available at:

    http://www.zippythecircle.com

    and has a MSRP of $9.95.


  3. TRACK THE AVIAN FLU — Through Google Earth it is possible track the spread of the Avian flu outbreak across the world. The information is easily downloaded. Organizations that go one step further and make placemarks for their missionaries and works will be easily be able to track the vulnerability. (Thanks Wayne!)

    http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/03/enhanced_avian.html

    http://declanbutler.info/Flumaps1/avianflu.html


  4. BRING THE FACES OF THE 10/40 INTO YOUR CHURCH FOR PRAYER! — Volume 3 of “The Waiting World” unreached people group prayer series can help your church or small group pray more effectively for the lost of the 10/40 Window. Thirteen five-minute prayer videos are featured on this volume and offer a mixture of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim peoples. Special features on this volume are the Iraqi’s, as well as a general Arab video. Produced by YWAM Strategic Frontiers, the suggested donation for a DVD of Volume 3 is $29.95 (USD), plus shipping. Order all three volumes on DVD for a suggested donation of $69.95, plus shipping. E-mail Mike at klausmeierm(at)ywamsf(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS — Take a 4 week training course and learn how to teach English at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana USA. The course runs from July 24th – August 18th. For more information go to

    http://www.ywammt.org

    or email schoolinfo(at)ywammt(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]You can also call 406.844.2221.


  6. 21 DAYS OF BREAKTHROUGH FOR NORTH KOREA — God’s been moving, promising, and doing a new thing for His work inside North Korea. NK Missions invites you to join them in praying into North Korea during the 21 Days of Breakthrough for North Korea. (April 3-23) Log on at

    http://www.nkmissions.com/

    to download prayer videos each day from 4/3-23 to pray together.


  7. FREE PROJECTORS — Equipping the Saints will provide slide and 16MM movie projectors free to ministries for the price of shipping (or pick them up at our warehouse!). Over 100 of each are available; some may need repair. Contact Equipping the Saints at

    http://www.etsusa.org

    email at etsusaatricadotnet or call at 540-234-6222.


  8. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days!

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates: Seattle, Washington – April 17-18th Atlanta, Georgia – May 11-12th Austin, Texas – June 8-9th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 17-18th Register online today.

    Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

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


  9. LOVING LAS VEGAS — Mixed in with thousands of tourists exploring Las Vegas every summer, you will notice groups of high school students joining hands in prayer inside casinos, feeding the homeless, and talking about Jesus Christ to locals and tourists all over the city. Braving high temperatures, a blazing sun and the wild party atmosphere of Las Vegas, they stand firm on one unchanging truth: God loves the people of Sin City! In order to host these students, several adults are needed to serve as summer staff for Youth With A Mission – Las Vegas from June 24 – August 12. If you would like to have a blast this summer sharing Jesus Christ to a lost city, call or e-mail Renee at 702-658- 5450 or reneeb(at)ywamlasvegas(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT? — $10/plate, including tip, for a family of four? So how ’bout this: Consider “eating in” just one night a year instead, and send the difference to Brigada. $35 would go a long way if even 100 courageous partners took that stand. Just write in the memo line (or in the PayPal comment line), “eating in” :-) Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS ARE OBSOLETE — I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the whole idea of sending unsolicited attachments is obsolete, broken, and just plain wrong. They’re dead. They should be outlawed. They’re no longer useful. They’re old- fashioned technology that no longer works. This past week, I’ve been visiting one of our newest teams, a five-person team in New Orleans, seconded to a great partner of ours called CrossRoads Missions. They’re working out of a fantastic center with a lot going for it… except they don’t have electricity or Internet yet. (In spite of that fact, they’ll host 4,000 volunteers by Sept. 1st! If you’d like to learn more, just browse to: http://www.crossroadsmissions.com ) So, without electricity and without Internet, it was pretty much like being in a third-world country, at least when it came to connecting to the Internet. I connected via my cell phone at the racing 192K downstream and about half that upstream. (Even so, that’s a ton faster than connecting via a satphone from Sudan, something I had to do just a few short weeks ago.)

    So perhaps you can understand my frustration when friends will unknowingly attach 1 megabyte snapshots of mooing cows, complete with audio. And then there are *enemies* (or vandals) who attach viruses, trojans, and/or worms or other kinds of malware — without asking my permission. The mooing cow can be 25K or 2.5 meg, depending on whether or not it’s compressed, and/or whether or not they compress it first. Sure I can sit there and look at the email on my pop3 server first, manually deleting the emails that look suspect. But remember that I’m sometimes using up valuable satellite minutes.

    Turns out some of my friends agree. Here’s an email just in from Africa, for instance: “… Now living in Africa, I have greater appreciation for the pleas I had often heard from residents in Africa requesting that the missions community reduce the size of emails, use less graphics on websites, do not send unsolicited attachments, and do not require web use. Internet and phone service here is very slow and expensive. In South Africa, for example, I have ‘unlimited’ web access. However, the phone company charges me by the second to use the phone line even for a local number. When traveling in other African countries it can be even worse. I once paid $5 to load the weekly update to my anti-virus software. Obviously, I am not keen to be online for unsubscribing to something I did not request. Thanks for hearing the perspective from another continent!” (Thanks for lending me a sympathetic ear, Barb!)

    So here’s my request: Whenever you’re tempted to send an attached file to a list of people that haven’t requested it, post it, instead, to a website or FTP site, then send a reference to the URL, so the recipient is in the driver’s seat to decide yes or no on downloading the file. (Notice even in this step, please don’t encode the URL to a hot-link word like “click here”. Go ahead and give your recipient the full name of the URL, so he or she has the option of copying and pasting the URL directly into a web browser. This approach insures you’re really going where you think you’re going.) Maybe it’s a soapbox, but in this day of digital-picture-bloat, it’s the only way we’re going to keep our sanity. Oh.. and please be careful out there: It’s a jungle out there (and jungles sometimes have narrow Internet pipes).

20060319 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. UNDERSTAND THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  3. WATERS OF MERCY
  4. KONA, HAWAII CROSSROADS DTS
  5. BRIGADA READERS SLAM “CONNECTED” SITE, FORCE DISCONNECT
  6. GOOD RESPONSE ON SHIPPERS
  7. UK RADIO MISSION OFFERS UNIQUE TRAINING
  8. HOPE FOR AFRICA’S CHILDREN CONFERENCE
  9. WHAT DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?
  10. WHAT NON-ENGLISH CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE?
  11. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR THE LINK IN LAST WEEK’S “CORRECTION”?
  13. THANK THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
  14. THE BACK PAGE: KEEP THINGS FROM GETTING UGLY
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” course from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (Covenant College) offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: Understanding poverty, when to do relief and when to do development, harm that can come from inappropriately doing relief or development, the response of the local church to poverty, and how to integrate Biblical principles into development programs. This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer- to-peer interaction with the other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed from a remote location will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and Two-Thirds World discounts are available.

    The Chalmers Center also offers a second distance course and a self- study course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a third distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier EN-BRN-04/06.


  2. UNDERSTAND THE WORLD OF ISLAM — Global Mapping International has announced the release of Version 2.0 of its popular World of Islam CD- ROM. Updated for 2006, the CD now contains 39 complete books by respected scholars and practitioners, ten newly-updated maps, an extensive new course on Current Issues in Islam, Hughes classic 750- page Dictionary of Islam, new country profiles, and fourteen new articles on current issues like contextualization and the roots of fundamentalism and militancy in Islam and much more… Over 12,000 pages of fully-searchable content! It’s a tremendous resource for any Christian seriously interested in understanding Islam or ministering to Muslims. To learn more, visit

    http://www.gmi.org/islamcd.htm on the web, or email info(at)gmi(dot)org or call 719-531-3599 in the USA.


  3. WATERS OF MERCY — Catch their workshop, “WATER 101”, in Lewisville, TX (north of Dallas) Friday, March 31 – 6 pm to 10 pm and Saturday, April 1 – 9 am to 5 pm. The course concentrates on practical knowledge and application for those interested in water related issues worldwide, with a particular focus on developing countries. You will learn about the water crisis, the water cycle, overview of waterborne illnesses, how disease is transmitted and how to prevent transmission, water assessment, water purification, water tools that are available (hardware), water purification, both as ministry and as a business in support of ministry. For more information, click to:

    http://www.watersofmercy.org

    or contact Waters of Mercy at 972.829.8139 or 888-243-3605 toll free in the USA or email deborah.davis(at)watersofmercy(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. KONA, HAWAII CROSSROADS DTS — The Crossroads Discipleship Training School will again be offered in Kona from June 29 thru November 24, 2006. The school consists of a 12-week lecture phase immediately followed by an 8-week outreach and is open to persons age 25 and older. Applications for the CDTS can be completed on-line and/or are available to download at:

    http://www.uofnkona.edu

    Additional information and application forms are also available from the University of the Nations, Admission Office, 75-5851 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 (808-326-4433). E-Mail: admissions(at)uofnkona(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. BRIGADA READERS SLAM “CONNECTED” SITE, FORCE DISCONNECT — Life can be so ironic sometimes. Like… did you hear the one about the website on connectivity? They published a book and offered it to our Brigada audience at a good price. Well shortly after Brigada came out that night around midnight, there were so many Brigada readers responding that they overloaded the site, we’re told, forcing I.T. specialists to reset the server the following morning. When organizers of the site emailed this past week to share the testimony, the conversation went, “Brigada readers are responsive…. Doug will find this interesting.” Indeed. So, maybe somebody out there *is* reading this stuff that we compile in the still of the night. :-) Yay. :-) (By the way, if you’d like to try the site again, just click on over to…

    http://www.connectedbook.net/

    but please.. not everybody at once. :-)


  6. GOOD RESPONSE ON SHIPPERS — Remember our March 10th item, “10) WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS?” We’ve had a good response to the inquiry. Find the response on the web by clicking *here*.

  7. UK RADIO MISSION OFFERS UNIQUE TRAINING — Radio Worldwide is the radio ministry of WEC International. This summer, from the 3-14 July, they are running another radio training course at their centre in Leeds, (200 miles north of London). Students are first given a week’s crash course in basic radio production. They then gain some practical hands-on experience by broadcasting on Rothwell Carnival Radio for the second week of the course. For more than 10 years Radio Worldwide has been running this special event station in conjunction with the local carnival. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day for a whole week and also streams to the internet during that time. No other Christian organization in the whole of the UK offers this kind of hands-on experience. This full-time residential course normally costs £440. The first ten Brigada Readers are offered a £40 discount; you might even qualify for a bursary if you are full-time Christian worker or a student. For more information on how to reserve your place this year, log on at

    http://radioworldwide.gospelcom.net/org/onairtraining.php or write to training(at)radioworldwide(dot)org or visit [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. HOPE FOR AFRICA’S CHILDREN CONFERENCE — Hosted by Watoto Child Care Ministries, this conference will feature a focus on HIV/AIDS, the world’s greatest social, medical and personal crisis. It will feature evening rallies, dynamic worship, and practical workshops. Speakers include Brian and Bobbie Houston from Hillsong Church, Australia; Dr. Charles Price, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Canada and Pastors Gary and Marilyn Skinner, Founders of Watoto Child Care Ministries. The conference will be held in Kampala Uganda, October 18 – 22, 2006. Visit

    http://www.watoto.com/conference.html for further details or email hopeforafrica(at)kpc(dot)co(dot)ug [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. WHAT DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE? — The folks at The Mission Station are interested in compiling a list of good/bad/indifferent Donor Management software used by various missions groups to handle the accounting and receipting of funds for missions endeavors. It will be good to find out both Pro and Con for the software, and we will include this information in a summary for all to benefit from. Whether you use a home-grown system, or big commercial product, there are many that can benefit by your experience. You can send a note to JohnCLewis(at)missionaries(dot)org (John, please let us know what you find out in your study.)

  10. WHAT NON-ENGLISH CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE DO YOU USE? — The same folks are also compiling a list of Church Management packages that have non-English capability (both in entered data, and program/menu language). There is a wide variety of Free to very expensive software available for the English Speaking world, but there are a lot of churches around the world that don’t speak English, yet still need the CMS capabilities. Just send your best ideas to JohnCLewis(at)missionaries(dot)org and they’ll fill us in later on what they find. (Thanks John!)

  11. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — It’s happening April 28-29, 2006 in Redwood City, CA. The theme is “Planting “Christ’s Church in Asia!”, and it’s taking place at Peninsula Covenant Church. The plenary speaker is Dr. Patrick Fung, OMF’s new General Director. Attend 10 church planting workshops, children’s Win Our World program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. There are group and individual registration rates, with discounts for students and seniors. Learn more at

    http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

    or email omfconference(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 925-459-0734 in the USA. You can also subscribe to their quarterly email newsletter by sending an email to: omf_bayarea-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com


  12. LOOKING FOR THE LINK IN LAST WEEK’S “CORRECTION”? — If you’re looking for the link in last week’s item “5) CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK”, just click here.

  13. THANK THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — This week we’re thankful for an anonymous worker from WEC Int’l who gave $150 to undergird the work of Brigada Today. Thanks, too, to New Dimensions Int’l for the very helpful gift of $25. NDI is a small organization that trains, equips and resources church planters among unreached people groups. Want to join them in becoming and amazing partner? Just click *here* (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  14. THE BACK PAGE: KEEP THINGS FROM GETTING UGLY — In this last entry in our series on “Speaking into someone’s life”, we’re focusing on what to do to reduce the stress involved in giving correction. How do you keep your friend from merely thinking you’re being overly critical. He or she might think it’s none of your business . . . or your motives might be misjudged. In these and other cases, here are some key principles to keep in mind:
    *** Wrong time? — Consider waiting until your friend is in a better state of readiness to hear what you have to say. Maybe he or she is under a lot of stress or just having a difficult day. Waiting 24 hours, or even a week, might make all the difference in the world.
    *** Wrong motive? — *Are* they wrong? Try to be objective with yourself. Are you jealous, hurt, tired, etc? Could there be any other agenda affecting you? If you’re 100% convinced that you only have the person’s best at heart, tell them so genuinely. They’ll hopefully see your transparent care and concern, but if they don’t, you’ve at least tried.
    *** Wrong setting? — Did you forget the part about speaking into someone’s life “one-on-one”? If you tried to speak into his/her life in a group, sometimes the group setting alone is enough to cause roadblocks. Closely related: did you speak to others first, before sharing directly with your friend? This can cause *deadly* confusion. Your friend will perhaps feel you’ve got some other agenda besides being helpful. Or — suppose you wait ’til after the assignment is over. Now your friend has no way of changing the behavior or activity that you’re describing. Example: Suppose you’re an elder or pastor in a local church and you’re given the task of leading a short-term mission team to the field of a missionary your church supports. During the visit, you notice the way your missionary treats someone in the group. Every day it pains you, yet you say nothing. Following the two-week experience, you travel home. Only then do you get up the nerve to say something. The trouble with this scenario is that your missionary friend will now feel a bit left behind. Furthermore, even if you’re right, he or she won’t have a chance to correct the error “in flight”. So, whenever possible, we ought to try to offer feedback as close as possible to the actual occurrence, and, whenever possible, at a time when our friend can still effect change, in an effort to set things right. Nothing’s more frustrating than learning about a mistake we made, but not being able to correct it because now it’s too late.

    In summary, try to build trust with everyone, including those who are making mistakes. As we correct, let’s try to make it as easy as possible for our friends to straighten things out. The measure of success, as we try to speak the truth in love, isn’t based on whether or not we were able to speak our mind. The measure of success is — did we help the person improve while maintaining the relationship so we can be there to help again, when and if we’re needed. *That* is how to be an authentic and genuine friend.

20060312 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LATEST CREATE INTERNATIONAL DVD RELEASE
  2. OSCAR HOSTS 1000 AT VIRTUAL PARTY
  3. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK
  6. 25 FREE SECURE EMAIL ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
  7. WEB OUTREACH FOCUS DAY ON 7 MAY
  8. NEWS FROM CHINA
  9. EMERCY’S CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
  10. AQUAPONICS TRAINING
  11. CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY SEMINAR
  12. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  13. LET THE PEOPLE PRAY: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. AMAZING PARTNERS
  15. OPPORTUNITIES AT METRO DELHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INDIA
  16. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO THE LIFE OF A PEER OR BOSS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LATEST CREATE INTERNATIONAL DVD RELEASE — Two years in the making… you can now have your own audio visual tool to invigorate your missions mobilization and training efforts.

    http://www.createinternational.com/

    From Genesis to Revelation, God’s global purpose to reach all peoples unfolds in this power packed graphically dynamic presentation. The whole DVD (20 minutes) also includes 4 chapters (@5 minutes each) Biblical, Historical, Unreached People, and Involvement. Select which section you want to show for your teaching or mission promotions. It’s great for intercession times and even Sunday school classes at your local church.

    This new DVD can be used as a teaching tool for Perspectives courses, mission conferences, churches and schools. It serves as an inspirational visual masterpiece to unfold God’s blessing for every believer – to join Him in reaching all peoples and thus fulfill God’s global purpose.

    View a short sample video clip [mp4] of the Global Purpose:

    http://www.createinternational.com/videos.php?id=48

    To order the Global Purpose, please visit Create’s online store: http://www.createinternational.com/store (Thanks to Create Int’l for pitching in $100 toward Brigada’s 2006 budget. Please thank them with checking out this innovative product.)


  2. OSCAR HOSTS 1000 AT VIRTUAL PARTY — On 1st March 2006, OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, relaunched it’s website with a virtual party on the Internet.

    “We wanted an event that would potentially involve everyone who uses the OSCAR website, wherever they are,” says Mike Frith, OSCAR’s Founding Director. The re-launch also coincided with the organisation’s sixth birthday. Within the first few days of March 1st, the website was achieving over 1000 unique users per day and on the first day over 15,000 page views were reported. Mike continues “With our new website we are seeking to build an online community of people involved or interested in world mission. We want it to provide an interface for all those who wish to engage with the world for Christ’s sake, whether they are working overseas, supporting from home or just surfing for inspiration.”

    Party goers are able to play virtual hide & seek, virtual pass the parcel, and mingle with other virtual party goers during activities and discussions. Everyone is invited to join in the party which continues until the end of March at http://www.oscar.org.uk (Oscar has also pitched in $50 this past week toward Brigada’s 2006 expenses. Please support this new Brigada sponsor . . . and to the folks at Oscar, we say “Thanks!!!”)


  3. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

    For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm . Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! We all benefit from your business and we thank you!


  4. GGING ABOUT 21ST CENTURY MISSIONS — Urbana.org has just launched a new blog called Missional Hands designed to interview personnel staff from various mission agencies about one question – What is the most important skill to be a missionary in the 21st Century? Jon Hirst, Director of Communications for HCJB World Radio is writing the blog and is providing interaction for those students looking for more input on these key questions. This is a great resource for people considering missions as it asks the hard questions and tries to provide straightforward answers. Visit: http://www.urbana.org/blogs/blog.main.hands.cfm

  5. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — With many requests for additional training, Elijah Company has scheduled an additional orientation from May 18-21, 2006. The four days provide steps, stamina and stature for missions. See http://www.elijahcompany.org for a description of the training and comments made by past participants. For additional information write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. Or call with any questions to 757- 226-3507.

  6. CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK — Sorry that the Pastors Retreat Network isn’t in the position to invite missionaries after all. However, you could pass the word to your local church ministry staff. (Feb. 17th Brigada Today, Item #8, “NEED A GETAWAY?”) (To all those who might have checked with them, please pardon any inconvenience. They were recommended to us for that purpose.) However, Chad went beyond the call of duty and scoped out a dozen other locations that *do* take missionaries, some free, some for a charge. Click here to see the list of missionary retreat locations. (Thanks Chad!)

  7. 25 FREE SECURE EMAIL ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION — That’s right. Strategic Kingdom Building Ministries (SKBM) desires to offer the subscribers of Brigada Today, especially brothers and sisters in the field, free Secure E-Mail Accounts. This offer is limited to 25 accounts per ministry or organization. Because this is a public web site, they request an application of need be filled out by your organization’s leader. And because these accounts are secure, they ask also that the organization leader act as the point of contact to validate each account. The organization leader should provide the required information in accordance with the application format below.

    For further information and to set up the accounts, please contact Troy Fournier at troy_fournier(at)yahoo(dot)com. Just send Troy your organization’s name, mission, purpose of the accounts, website, full contact info, along with the Last name, first name, middle initial, and current e-mail address of all members requiring an account.


  8. WEB OUTREACH FOCUS DAY ON 7 MAY — The Internet Evangelism Day website is at http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com. The IE Day website contains many resources to help Christians understand and use the Internet to touch the world. It explains how to build a church website that can reach out into the community, or start an evangelistic blog. There is even a free evangelistic screensaver to download.

    The site also offers materials for a mission team, training institution or church to easily stage a ‘web awareness’ focus program on 7 May (or at any time they choose). These include a PowerPoint presentation, video clips, music, drama skits, posters, discussion papers, handouts and many other ideas. (Thanks Tony!)


  9. NEWS FROM CHINA — Are you interested in current events and news in China? There is a Yahoo Group that is dedicated to bringing you the latest, most relevant and most interesting English-language news items about China, including trends and events that affect the church in China. The purpose of this Yahoo Group is to provide timely information for fellow workers within China as well as Sinophiles around the world. For more details or to subscribe, check out the China News Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/steves_china_news/

  10. EMERCY’S CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING -— Emercy is hosting their second annual Missions Leadership Training Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 7-8, 2006. This workshop is designed to help church leaders mobilize their church for missions. Topics include Church mobilization, short-term teams, and ACMC’s Missions Assessment Profile. To register, call Emercy from the US toll free at 877-875-4483 or internationally: 205-409-4197. You can also register online at http://www.emercy.org/training

  11. AQUAPONICS TRAINING — It is not too late to register for the Barrel Aquaponics Workshop and/or the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28 and March 29 – 31. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. Course participants learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30 for the Workshop, $60 for the Conference or $75 for both.

  12. CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY SEMINAR — Learn how to effectively minister in an international context by participating in short, informal summaries of proven research, strategic planning and biblical principles that have demonstrated real-world results in a variety of contexts. Worldview Research Group of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, invites you to attend its fourth annual Cross-Cultural Ministry Seminar to be held 4-8 September 2006. Missionary Training International, just 15 minutes north of Colorado Springs, in beautiful Palmer Lake, Colorado will once again host the event. Topics include summaries on a worldview approach to ministry, primitive religions, chronological bible teaching and more. Seminar facilitators bring decades of experience, and feature Dr. David Hesselgrave, Dr. Tom Steffen, Bob Strauss, Mark Zook, George Walker and Greg Melendes. Whether heading to the field for the first time, or heading back soon for another term, you will definitely profit from this seminar. For more information regarding curriculum, on-line registration and accommodations, please go to http://www.wrg3.org USA callers can call toll-free at 1-866-750-9743. Others can dial +1-719-282-7891, or e-mail WRG at: info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are May 8 – June 2 and again June 19 – July 14, 2006. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  14. LET THE PEOPLE PRAY: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Almost 4 years ago, God called a young man to Namibia to begin researching the unengaged peoples of this country. Would there be any people groups who had not heard the Gospel message? Yes! During his 2-year assignment, God brought across his path those from the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and Namibian Coloured people groups. They had little or no evangelical presence among them. You have been faithfully praying that these Forgotten Peoples will have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. There continues to be many barriers for evangelical work in Namibia. Pray that the Lord will send workers into His harvest field! Pray that God will raise up Namibian men and women who have a passion to share Christ. Continually lift up the Herero, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Herero people for prayer by visiting http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za

  15. AMAZING PARTNERS — Thanks to Dial-Abroad.com once again for their amazing partnership and great help to keep Brigada coming to your screen each week. If you’ve ever need to change phone services… or start a new service, I really hope you’ll consider them. Just browse to: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm This past week they sent $74 more. Please keep talkin’! :-) Want to join them in becoming and amazing partner? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  16. OPPORTUNITIES AT METRO DELHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INDIA — Metro Delhi Int’l School has tons of opportunities, including Middle School- Secondary School Teacher/Administrator, Secondary English-Language Arts Teacher, and many more. This is a Christian school that uses American Curriculum. They have students from 14 different countries, and they are in our 4th year. Log on at http://www.mdis.net for a free video or more information on the school email them at info(at)mdis(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  17. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO THE LIFE OF A PEER OR BOSS — Ever hear the term “whistleblower?” The term is usually used to describe a worker who turns in the boss or a whole company for something unethical or incompatible with principles of honesty, fairness, or other company values. How can you avoid the stigma (or the pink slip) handed to a whistleblower, while still speaking into the life of a boss or company? First, work to become a supportive insider rather than a fence-sitting cynic. Sometimes, whistleblowers are already alienated long before they get publicity for “turning someone in.” Let’s face it: those who have built up a relationship of trust can usually communicate one-on-one. They don’t have to resort to confrontational “stunts” to get their point across. (*Usually* — there are exceptions.)

    Second, remember that sometimes there are circumstances beyond the control of the boss or company… “Walk a mile in their moccasins” before you become a cynic. In other words, suppose you decide to confront your boss on the company’s lack of follow-through on a policy to recruit customer support personnel, only to find that the company has worked its tail off trying to *find* customer service personnel of the quality they are seeking. What we mean is — sometimes it’s easy to critique your boss or your team from your vantage point. Only as a trusted insider will you truly understand the long-term desires of your leadership.

    Third, try to figure out how you can become a part of the solution, rather than a part of the whistle. If your team is short on finances, ask if you can take a portion of your work-week to take a class on support-raising, with a view to helping shore up needed finances. If you feel your church is losing people out the “back door”, volunteer to take a few hours/week to visit new converts in an attempt to supplement the training they’re getting. You get the idea. Think like an insider… Don’t view yourself as a “victim”. You’re not stuck. Think as a belonger. Ask, “What problem is my boss facing and how can I become a part of the solution to his problem, so it will in turn help me do my job better too?”

    What if things go south? What if your best efforts are misunderstood? How do you handle it if your motives are misjudged? Tune in next week for the final “BackPage” in this series.

20060305 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION
  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE
  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?”
  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS
  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK
  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS]
  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. Some items: the U.S. Department of the Treasury updates its anti-terrorist financing guidelines applicable to nonprofit organizations, common fundraising mistakes, designation of funds by donors should be honored, update on liability associated with 15 passenger vans, the enforceability of written pledges, why consider registering a service mark, trademark, or copyright, including employee benefits in Christian mediation and arbitration agreements, the importance of asking pre-employment questions in the right order. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.

  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION — Check out

    http://www.cit-online.org for the new program schedule which includes multiple cross-cultural prep modules per year and several different program packages for the whole family. Summer Bible Intensives are available as well. Join the many CIT alumni who repeatedly say that “CIT is the best kept secret! I couldn’t have made it on the field without it!” The CIT campus is located in the foothills of the beautiful Blueridge Mountains of North Carolina. Contact them at 800.887.1786 or citmail(at)cit-online(dot)org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE — Contact

    http://joangoddard.charter.net

    for fare quotes for international missionary travel. Joan has 18 years experience arranging travel for missionaries, individuals or groups, worldwide. She began her work in missionary travel as Travel Manager for the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in July 1986 in Amsterdam NL, arranging travel for 8000+ participants to attend the meeting.


  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?” — Wondering about Oliver Twist’s question, “Where is love?” Then you might like to know that God’s answer can be found in the Bible. Visit the EasyEnglish website at:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    If you click on “What’s New?” you can find “A Wonderful Song about Love”. This is Mark Kirkpatrick’s EasyEnglish version of the Song of Solomon and he has added helpful comments on each chapter. And that’s not all! Mark has prepared a second version – “How to love God with all your Heart” with more helpful comments by Keith Simons. Both versions are in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary).


  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD –- Bluefish TV has produced several short video clips that focus on missions. Currently there are nine clips available at their website including the stories of Gracia Burnham’s kidnapping in the Philippines, Don Richardson’s Peace Child, a family serving in Croatia, a couple preparing to leave for India and others. The clips are available for download and are helpful in conveying the emotions and thoughts of real missionaries serving around the world. For questions or feedback, email brian(at)bluefishtv(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.bluefishtv.com/DownloadableVideos-Search.aspx?Topic=1013


  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS — HCJB-UK is the British arm of HCJB World Radio, an international Christian radio and healthcare ministry. HCJB- UK is looking for the following staff in the UK: 1. Programme Manager to develop and oversee radio production. 2. Marketing Manager, to co- ordinate publicity and presence at events. 3. Funding co-ordinator. 4. Prayer co-ordinator. 5. Administrator of Audipot, the online library of Christian audio. 6. Personnel manager. 7. IT Support Engineer. HCJB-UK does not pay salaries but relies on volunteers, with a Christian commitment. Please contact HCJB-UK at vacancies(at)hcjb(dot)org(com)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK — Phill Butler’s new book, Well Connected, addresses the theory, the theology and the practice of networking, which helps mission organizations and churches realize Jesus’ vision that “they may all be one so that the world will know you have sent me.” Order the book at 20% discount at http://www.connectedbook.net (case-lots of 32 books qualify for discount). See more on networking at http://www.powerofconnecting.net For info, write info(at)powerofconnecting(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of their own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. They have different, viable and valuable traditions, preferences, expectations and theological backgrounds. Where did you learn to stack your marbles? Our network will help you get going and stay focused on the task. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The third MICN Conference will be 24-28 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. Register before April 3, 2006, so hurry! For information contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org or on the web at: http://www.micn.org

  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS] — Hats off to those who have sent donations to Brigada during the past month. They include: $100 from Create Int’l, YWAM, “Thanks for your many years of service to mission agencies like ours. You have been a blessing to so many and it is our privilege to contribute to this wonderful ministry.”

    $25 from a top staffer at Audio Scripture Ministries http://www.asmToday.org , “We appreciate your informative ministry.”

    $25 from a missionary with ABWE, “Keep up the great work!” $20 from Global Airtime http://www.globalairtime.com . “Thanks for continuing to provide valuable resource information to the Christian missionary community.” $50 from Oscar – http://www.oscar.org.uk $25, $5, and $10 from anonymous friends of Brigada. $500 from a cross-cultural worker, “I do missionary work in Cuba and Central America. I’ve seen your faithfulness over years, and just wanted to do my part.”

    Want to join these and others in making a way for Brigada? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS? — Got a favorite shipper you use (to handle your international moves)? If so, just send a note, with the contact information, to brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com We’ll gather up all the responses, then present a summary report next edition. Note that you don’t have to join this particular group in order to send the message to it — and your message will be read only by me. It won’t be broadcast to any list. Thanks again for any feedback you might have on the best shipping company.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — HOW DO WE DO IT? — Last week we introduced the question of how do we best speak into someone’s life. In other words, how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? Obviously, the first step we’ve got to implement is prayer. We have to ask the Lord to enable us to speak the truth in love. The second step — and this is oh so important — is that I believe we have to approach the person one on one if at all possible. Matthew 18 teaches us the principle when it discusses approaching someone taken in a sin . . . but the same principle, in my opinion, applies to *any* occasion in which we’re broaching on a difficult topic, especially one that might cause the person some degree of shame or embarrassment. So, let’s say during a missions banquet, you observe a fellow missions committee member talking down to a visiting missionary national, while seemingly being enamored with a missions professor from a nearby college. I can’t tell you exactly how to approach the person the *right* way, but I *can* tell you that it *won’t* work as well if you bring it up right there at the supper table in conversation that others can hear. The fellow missions committee member will likely become defensive, at best, and perhaps, at worst, completely offensive in denying what might very well be the truth.

    So… let’s say you’ve prayed, and you’ve pulled the person aside in a quiet corner of the atrium after the banquet. *Now* what do we do? Well that depends on your relationship with the person. If you’re the chairman of the committee, you have a bit more resources at your disposal. You could, for example, simply explain, “On my watch as Chairman, we’re not going to conduct our missions business this way.” Some people might call it “pulling rank.” But it can actually be very effective at stopping the visible forms of the behavior — at least for the time being. Have we internalized long-term change? Have we helped another human being shape behavior for the good? Maybe… or maybe not. But we at least address the problem and end what might be offensive or even deceitful behavior.

    Are there other ways? And… what if we aren’t the chairman? or what if we’re actually trying to *address* the chairman? More about that next week.

20060226 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  2. OOPS – I MEAN FREECYCLE.ORG
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
  4. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS
  5. ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY ONE BIG FAMILY?
  6. NEW CHILDREN’S MISSIONS CURRICULUM
  7. FRENCH EVANGELICAL BOOKS
  8. WHY DO WE REPEAT THE NOTE ABOUT “PREVENTING SPAM?”
  9. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  10. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA…
  11. TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY
  12. SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT THE NATIONS
  13. RESOURCES IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF MEXICO
  14. WOLOF CONNECTION 2006
  15. WOULD YOU TAKE A STAND TO HELP OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY?
  16. THE BACK PAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there’s no contract necessary, nor any monthly, activation, or connection fees. Furthermore, there’s no need to switch carriers. Beyond that, get up to 470 free minutes on signup and lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. (In our own case, the agent has committed to send a gift to Brigada as a way of saying thanks for each new partner that signs up — so please… keep talkin’! (Thanks Judy!)


  2. OOPS – I MEAN FREECYCLE.ORG — Contrary to the vicious rumor (instigated by the “.com” in last week’s Brigada Today), the site is freecycle.org, not freecycle.com. [blush] We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks to those who helped us make this correction.

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — The annual Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference will be held 20-22 April at Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This national training event is designed for anyone in North America who is a church, school, or agency leader, and who is leading, training, organizing, or supervising Christian short-term mission trip efforts. More than one dozen speakers and national leaders will discuss such STM topics as: Partnership or Paternalism, Maximizing Media in Short-Term Mission, and more. The STMLC is one of three national short-term mission training conferences endorsed by the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. For more information, visit

    http://stemintl.org/training/stmlc

    or email stmlc(at)stemintl(dot)org, or call toll-free in the USA 877-STEM-646 or local 952-996-1385. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at

    http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is currently free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks to Judy, who has said she’ll send a gift as a thank-you for everyone that signs up from this Brigada referral.)


  5. ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY ONE BIG FAMILY? — The Bible says that’s how God sees us, but perhaps you feel doubtful? Then visit the EasyEnglish website at

    http://easyenglish.info

    to find out how God has united all Christians under the leadership of Christ. Click on “What’s New?” and choose “One Family in Christ.” Cynthia Green and Carol Betts have translated the book of Ephesians into really simple English and short sentences. (Level A 1200 word vocabulary)


  6. NEW CHILDREN’S MISSIONS CURRICULUM — Caleb Project’s newest curriculum, “Outside the Lines: Connecting Kids to God’s Global Purpose” is being tested at 14 locations around the U.S. and should be released early this summer. The 13 three-hour lessons, based on the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, cover biblical, historic, and cultural themes written at different levels for children from kindergarten to eighth grade. Outside the Lines includes Bible lessons, prayer activities, crafts, skits, games, and simulations, all in printable PDF form, and two DVDs of videos, songs, slide-show presentations, and animation clips. Outside the Lines is a great way to help kids discover they don’t have to wait to grow up before they can make an important contribution. For more information and to receive notification when the curriculum is available, contact outsidethelines(at)cproject(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] To view sample pages and learn more visit

    http://www.calebproject.org/outsidethelines


  7. FRENCH EVANGELICAL BOOKS — Need 6000 French titles to choose from? The website is the catalogue. Discounts are available for mission organizations. The store is located in Quebec, Canada. You can even request a subscription to the Missions Newsletter (25K maximum) sent out about 4 times a year. Call toll-free from Canada & the USA 1-866- 337-7772; or tel. 450-678-7772 elsewhere, or log on at

    http://www.librairiepassages.com or email

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

    (Note that they apologize for the fact that they are not able to ship directly to Africa or Asia at this time, but perhaps a go-between could order the books ad ship them to you on your behalf?)


  8. WHY DO WE REPEAT THE NOTE ABOUT “PREVENTING SPAM?” — Have you noticed how many times we insert the phrase, ” [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]”? We repeat it because we’re told that many of our readers clip only just the one item, then forward it to members of their team, agency, or church. If we only post this explanation at the front of a Brigada Today edition, we fear it might be a tad more confusing for them if they receive the individual item without the benefit of the explanation. Please pardon any inconvenience.

  9. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — With many requests for additional training, the Elijah Company folks have scheduled an additional training from May 18-21, 2006. The four days provide steps, stamina and stature for those in or going into missions. For more information, log on at:

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    or write elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or call with any questions to +1-757-226-3507.


  10. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA… — Click on “submit” in the top line menu. The requests there might seem a bit daunting at first, but another way to get the big picture is just read a couple of editions to Brigada Today first, before you submit items. Notice our style: We don’t use “classified ad” language (skipping articles, etc.). We try to make the items *read*. And we *try* to keep them short (8-10 lines max, preferably). Please remember you’re writing for an international audience, and don’t use first person — “register for our conference,” etc. Above all, please check your spelling and grammar. Thanks!

  11. TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY — For 25 years ACMI (Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals) has hosted a US/Canadian equipping conference for volunteers and staff involved in ministry among international students. ACMI’06 is June 1-3 at Eastern Nazarene College, Boston, MA. For a brochure, list of 50 workshops, and to register on-line see:

    http://www.acmi-network.org

    There’s an early registration discount until March 31st.


  12. SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT THE NATIONS — Hope Builders International, a missions advocacy ministry in Charlottesville, VA. is hosting a summer training session from June 19th to August 11th at their facility. Proven church planters and mission workers from ministries in Asia and the Middle East will attend. The program targets these areas: a) developing a deep relationship with Christ, b) learning methods of meeting under the Lord’s headship that enable the church to grow outside of traditional building related worship c) studying English at a level that makes them better servants of their ministries. HBI is seeking 5-10 Americans to join the program who have a heart to serve, are teachable and dream big. The age range is generally early twenties to early thirties. More information is available at theforge(at)hope-builders(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by clicking on The Forge icon on HBI’s website:

    http://www.hope-builders.org


  13. RESOURCES IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF MEXICO — Millions of speakers of indigenous Mexican languages emigrate from their native areas seasonally or longer, often working in commercial agricultural areas or cities throughout Mexico and the US. Currently there are hundreds of thousands in the US. Contact Allan migration(at)dpmmcomimex(dot)com if you minister to such folks and want help finding out what Christian resources are available in their languages and how to acquire them. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Materials currently exist in about 250 languages and dialects. Check out http://dpmmcomimex.com/usmigration.htm for additional information.

  14. WOLOF CONNECTION 2006 — Are you interested in reaching the Wolof people of Senegal and The Gambia, one of the key people groups in West Africa? Would you like to connect with other leaders, churches and agencies who share your interest? Whether you are just considering becoming involved or are already involved in ministry among the Wolof, the Wolof Connection is for you. This is a growing group of leaders, churches and agencies who meet together annually in North America to consider how they can be more effective by working together than just through individual efforts to reach the Wolof. This year we will be meeting in the Seattle, Washington area for three days in April. Key African and expatriate leaders will be sharing in plenary sessions and leading workshops designed to enable all participants to work more effectively in collaboration with one another to demonstrate and communicate the love of Jesus. For more see

    http://wolofconnection.com

    Direct questions to Mark at mssnelling(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. WOULD YOU TAKE A STAND TO HELP OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY? — While on the road in Sudan, Uganda, and the U.K. these last couple of weeks, I’ve been reminded once again how grateful I am for our Brigada secretary, who has reviewed mail daily and forwarded only what was urgent, filing the rest for my return from Sudan. There’s no way I could have hoped to look at all the Brigada traffic daily. Her help is a great blessing. The founder of the Medical Missions Conference at Southeast Christian Church once told us that Brigada was critical to the establishment of what is now said to be the largest medical missions event in the world. If you or someone you know has benefited from Brigada, would you consider taking a stand to help us pay for her salary? Is there a foundation you could approach… or a good steward who is looking for a project to sponsor… If someone were willing to grant Brigada $15,931, we wouldn’t have to mention finances again until January 5th, 2007. (For that is the amount remaining that we must raise in 2006 to sponsor her salary.) What if you knew that your gift would enable 10,000 readers to pick up resources on a weekly basis – for free, throughout the remainder of 2006. And many of those readers are missions mobilizers in majority world nations, where giving is much more challenging. Sponsoring or even chipping in toward our expenses is a way of saying thanks on their behalf too. But remember, either way, we’ll still show up next week, just as we have for the past 11 years. click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  16. THE BACK PAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — Sometimes, it’s because we’re cowards. But at other times, I’m convinced that it’s because we’re just not sure it’s justified. I’m talking about — how do we know whether or not to open our mouths when we observe something we think could be improved. You see, maybe we say to ourselves, “Hey, I’m a mere mortal too; who am I to get involved.” Or maybe we think, “This is such a minor deal.” We’re afraid if we mention something, it’ll become bigger than life. Or — here’s a big one — we aren’t really the person charged with giving feedback, either because we’re not on the chain of command or because we’ve observed something that ought to be covered by a father or mother figure… and we’re just a friend (maybe not a great friend, at that).

    You know, the more I think about all those premises, the more I’m convinced that they’re all kind of hogwash.

    The truth is… if we really care about someone and *trust* them, then a) we’ll *want* them to speak into our lives, and b) we’ll want to make an investment in theirs.

    So how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? That’ll be the subject of our next “Back Page” editorial. :-) Tune in next week. In the meantime, start noticing everything you’ve always wanted to say to someone else but just couldn’t get up the nerve! :-)

20060219 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  2. NEED FREE STUFF? TRY FREECYCLE
  3. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MK’S NEEDED
  4. PERSPECTIVES IS LOOKING FOR COMPUTER AND WEB DEVELOPMENT STAFF
  5. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM
  6. CHINA RESOURCE PACK AVAILABLE FROM OMF
  7. REACHING CENTRAL MEXICO TRIBES
  8. HOSPITALITY HOMES
  9. MISSIONARY SURVEY FOR MEMBER/MISSIONARY CARE
  10. OF CHURCHES AND FLU PANDEMICS
  11. AIMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY
  12. THE BACKPAGE: “GOD’S SPIRIT IS BLOWING A WIND OF UNITY”
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

    http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com


  2. NEED FREE STUFF? TRY FREECYCLE — First it was a highly energetic gal in our office. :-) Now a Brigada reader from Virginia has written about it… Guess it’s time we mention it:

    http://www.freecycle.com

    I guess you’ll see announcements from the people who have stuff to give away… and if you need it for free, you simply ask for it. That’s it. Free stuff. Try it. Emily says you’ll like it. :-) Jim agrees. (Thanks, you too! :-) )


  3. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MK’S NEEDED — ServantCARE Ministry has recently been contacted by missionaries seeking help locating US college scholarships for their children. ServantCARE needs your help in compiling a list to make available on their website,

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    for missionaries to easily access via the web. Would you help them meet this need? Do you know of colleges? Please send the names, websites, and all pertinent related information to icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  4. PERSPECTIVES IS LOOKING FOR COMPUTER AND WEB DEVELOPMENT STAFF — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR. They are looking for a few folks with IT (MAC and PC) and web development experience to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point, they say that only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call 479-587-1919 Ext. 102, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org

  5. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM — Literacy & Evangelism International is holding a five-week training institute on literacy evangelism. Topics include: Basic Literacy, Developing Bible-content literacy materials in local languages, Literacy Evangelism and Discipleship, Teaching English as a Second Language , How to Conduct Tutor Training Workshops, How to run church-based literacy programs and other topics. If you are interested in this training and want to learn more about Literacy Evangelism, which is a blind spot in Christian missions, visit their website at

    http://www.literacyevangelism.org or e-mail generalatliteracyevangelismdotorg The dates of their International Literacy Training Institute are June 4 – July 8, 2006, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


  6. CHINA RESOURCE PACK AVAILABLE FROM OMF — OMF International has recently published a resource that covers “all things China.” The China Resource Pack includes a book, four videos, a 30-day prayer guide written by China expert Tony Lambert (author of China’s Christian Millions), brochures, PowerPoint presentations and a web site:

    http://www.chinasmillions.org

    The book and web site are each broken down into five main sections: History, Religion, Culture, People and Current Events. This could be a valuable resource for individuals, Sunday school classes, churches or missions organizations with an interest in China. Cost of the complete pack is $30 and is available at

    http://www.omfbooks.com

    For more information, email cberry(at)omf(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. REACHING CENTRAL MEXICO TRIBES — Since 1994 E-VAN ministries have lead mission teams and projects in the cities of Fresnillo and Zacatecas. They have also pioneered with MCE (Ministerio a Grupos Etnicos) to minister to the “unreached” Tepehuan and Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madres. Mission trip opportunities are available for church groups to the cities or the mountain tribes. Teams may participate in pubic evangelism in cities or villages, the Tribal Bible school construction, and children’s ministry. Partnership is desired for the drilling of a water well at the Tepehuan Tribal Bible school, and the building of a simple church building among the Huichol Indians. For more info, contact Tim

    http://www.E-van.org or email missions(at)E-van(dot)org or call Mexico Phone 01152-478-985-1054 or U.S.Phone 361-362-1423


  8. HOSPITALITY HOMES — ServantCARE Ministry offers hospitality homes (US and overseas locations) to those in ministry. They will be traveling in April to establish much needed new homes near interstates in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (Oklahoma City needed badly). They would like your help in connecting them with those who have the gift of hospitality who would like to serve in this manner. All the information needed, and questions answered, is found on their website

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    under “Hospitality Homes” They also have posted on their website 25 pages of “Referral Links”, many supplied by Brigada, to which they would like to add any other ministries across the country that meet needs of those in ministry. Please contact them at icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  9. MISSIONARY SURVEY FOR MEMBER/MISSIONARY CARE — Brenda is working on her doctoral dissertation entitled “Training of Missionary Care Workers”. Missionaries, please complete the anonymous missionary survey on the Internet at weblink

    http://www.palmarium.co.za/mcsurvey

    It will take approximately 12 minutes of your time to complete this survey by merely clicking on your choices before 15 May 2006. This study is an endeavour to enhance the care of missionaries and to resultantly prevent missionary attrition. A safe survey is available for those in restricted areas in a Word file sent via email at request at purejoy(at)gmx(dot)ch [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors in the preceding email address, replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. OF CHURCHES AND FLU PANDEMICS — Here’s an M.D. that feels strongly that churches and mission agencies would be well advised to consider planning for an eventual flu pandemic, not out of fear but out of obedience to Christ’s command to love our neighbors. Specifically, how can churches and mission agencies operate, minister, and stay in touch with members. Explore issues of ethics and morality, such as the order of triage and the allocation of scarce resources. As church members are encouraged and equipped to dialogue with their neighbors with the purpose of forming small mutual assistance groups in Christ’s name, we might even witness unprecedented church growth. If you or your agency/church would like help — or would share your plan, email Tim:

    church_emergency_preparedness-owner(at)yahoogroups(dot)com or log on at

    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/church_emergency_preparedness/


  11. AIMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY — For 20 years, Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has helped churches around the world complete the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. This year, AIMS will celebrate this important anniversary and cast a vision for the next era of ministry at a special celebration banquet. Church leaders, mission agencies, denominations, and individuals interested in learning more about AIMS or partnering with us in international mobilization are invited to join them at the Founders Inn and Conference in Virginia Beach on March 23 at 6:00 pm. Guest speakers include Dr. Howard Foltz, founder and CEO of AIMS, and Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of CBN. Cost is only $35 per person. For more information, call (757) 226-5850 or register online at

    http://www.aims.org/20thanniversary


  12. THE BACKPAGE: “GOD’S SPIRIT IS BLOWING A WIND OF UNITY” — Earlier this evening, I enjoyed the fellowship of some 20 other missionaries, church leaders, and missions committee members. Some were African, others were American, some were non-instrumental church of Christ, others were Christian Church, some were from the South, others from the North, some were sent ones, others were senders. In spite of all these differences, I was in awe at the atmosphere of harmony and unity that wove like a tapestry among us. One field worker summed it up to me in a one-on-one follow-up conversation: “God’s Spirit is blowing a wind of unity to all who will listen. I believe that those who refuse to accept it will be sidelined to a position outside the center of God’s will.” Whoa. Sobering. The cool thing was – this was the noninstrumental church of Christ guy. In former decades, his forefathers would probably have been convinced that I was sliding down the slippery slope to Hell. Now, he was citing statistics like … 70% of all non-instrumental church of Christ seminary students no longer make the instrument a test of fellowship, much less one of salvation.

    This is good news for guys in my position. (Who wants to be cast into Hell? :-) ) There are probably similar things happening in the stream of faith that you identify as your own. Here are some key factors we’ll have to consider: a) What are the absolutes for you and your congregation/agency? In other words, what is the core of the core for you — doctrinally? b) Will you write that down, knowing full well that the moment you do, you’ve “fenced out” certain others? Or will you leave it verbal only, so you have a chance to explain it? c) What projects can you and your “new neighbors” embrace, in order that you can immediately go to work together? You see, some experts in conflict resolution say that newly-united movements profit from immediately getting to work on a project. Think of it this way: In a war, the definition of an ally is “someone shooting at the same enemy at which I’m shooting.” Go to work. You’ll form alliances that solidify relationships . . . and once you’re in a relationship, it’s much easier to be unified. Very intriguing. What’s your project going to be?

20060212 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  2. CALEB PROJECT TO HOST THE CONNECTION CONFERENCE
  3. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GCoMM 2006
  4. INTENSIVE CROSS-CULTURAL INTERNSHIP IN NORTH AFRICA
  5. CALIFORNIA WEB EVANGELISM CONFERENCE
  6. SECOND WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  7. ZWEMER
  8. NEED A GETAWAY?
  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION POSTPONED
  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHIP IN
  11. THE BACKPAGE: SNOOPY’S TIPS FOR SAYING THANKS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted by International TEAM will be held in Dubai, UAE April 22-27, 2006. Contact Bill Turner at desertspring(at)tapmail(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul plere(at)itpartners(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CALEB PROJECT TO HOST THE CONNECTION CONFERENCE — More than 750 leaders representing more than 100 area churches are expected to tap into an array of workshops and exhibits at a state-wide missions conference called The Connection: God’s People Empowered to Reach Our Communities and the World, March 16-18, 2006, at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver’s south suburb of Highlands Ranch. Urban and Hispanic ministries are a new focus this year, including worship led by the multi-ethnic Confluence Band. The non-denominational event is sponsored by a coalition of churches and international mission agencies. Speakers and mission consultants will offer 72 workshops in eight different tracks. This regional missions conference is designed to equip, empower, and release God’s people in their unique role and application of Acts 1:8.

    The plenary speakers for this conference are Fran Blomberg, adjunct professor of Intercultural Ministries, Denver Seminary, missions consultant, and Doctoral student at Western Seminary; Ted Travis, Pastor of Jubilee Community Church in Denver and president of Neighborhood Ministries; and Scott Wenig, Pastor of Aspen Grove Community Church and professor of Applied Theology at Denver Seminary. The eight equipping tracks will include: Urban Transformation, Church Mobilization, Children’s EXPO, Effective Short-term Missions, Your Next Steps in Missions, Encountering Muslims, Purpose-driven Business, and a track for Hispanic ministry.

    Conference details can be found at http://www.calebproject.org/connection


  3. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GCoMM 2006 — Hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders from around the world will gather for the second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006), to be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. At GCoMM 2006, a superb team of plenary and seminar speakers will explore the cultural aspects of music and worship. Register for GCoMM 2006 before April 1 and receive an early-bird rate of $245, which includes 12 meals. The convenient online registration will also allow you to reserve your spot in Bethel University’s on-campus housing, obtainable on a “first come, first served” basis for $25/night. Discounted registration rates are also available for students and those coming from outside of North America. See all details and register now at

    http://www.gcommhome.org to take advantage of these select discounts. [GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.]


  4. INTENSIVE CROSS-CULTURAL INTERNSHIP IN NORTH AFRICA — Live with a Muslim family, study Arabic, and learn “how-to” study another culture May 20 – June 3 in North Africa. The program is led by a professor with 20 years of experience in the region, and is an excellent way to experience what it would be like to work long-term among Muslims. Participants include potential missionaries, current missionaries who want to improve their cross-cultural skills, and any who need a first- hand experience with Muslims in order to increase their effectiveness and missionary vision. The internship can be taken for academic credit or noncredit and is sponsored by The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies, based at Columbia International University (CIU) in South Carolina. Registration deadline is April 1. For more information please email eurocourse(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . ]

  5. CALIFORNIA WEB EVANGELISM CONFERENCE — Don’t miss TechVangelism conference on technologies for communicating Christ cross-culturally, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, California, 18 March 2006:

    http://techvangelism.org


  6. SECOND WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — Internet Evangelism Day this year will be 7 May 2006. The purpose of this focus day is to share with Christians the potential and strategies for effective online outreach. Any church or mission group can create a custom program using downloadable PowerPoint, video clips, dramas, music, handouts and posters from the site:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php


  7. ZWEMER — What is currently taking place around the world as a result of cartoons about Muhammad suggests we in the West need to focus more on Muslims! This is the 10th Summer Institute in Islam, July 3-28, 2006 on the campus of Columbia International University in South Carolina. In the four, one-week courses, the focus in on understanding Islam, building healthy relationships with Muslims and training workers to effectively present the gospel. With over 35 hours of class instruction for each course, Zwemer’s distinctive over other similar programs is that it provides in-depth training for the Church’s greatest challenge in the 21st century. Material can be taken for credit or as a seminar (non-credit). Please go to http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies and follow the link to Zwemer. You can register on line or e-mail muslimstudies(at)ciu.edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call 1-800-777-2227, Ext. 3325.

  8. NEED A GETAWAY? — If you can’t hit the entire Connection, at least take part in a getaway. See it at: http://www.pastorsretreatnetwork.org/ — free meals, room, and more… if you’ll rest and enjoy life in a laid back sort of way. Very interesting business model. :-) (Seriously – they want to take care of missionaries!)

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION POSTPONED –- The Unreached Peoples Consultation, “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” scheduled for March 21-24 in Virginia Beach, VA, has been postponed. The Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) is planning to reschedule the consultation this October or November. An announcement will be released when the dates are solidified. For up-to-date information, visit the consultation website at http://www.upc2006.org or call AFMA at (757) 226-5850. (Thanks.)

  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHIP IN — This past week, we received these welcome gifts: $6.38 from Good Neighbor Insurance because someone signed up with them via Brigada,

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    and $10.08 from Blessed Hope Communications for those who talked on the phone this past month! :-)

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We also rec’d $18 from Insurance Services of America, where Mark Sneed is the VP, again, as a kind of “finder’s fee”.

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Thank you to these sponsors. Please remember them and the gracious way they’re helping Brigada.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: SNOOPY’S TIPS FOR SAYING THANKS — I remember a Charlie Brown comic that pictured Snoopy trying to make friends with the cat next door. Snoopy walks up to the cat with the “right paw of fellowship” extended . . . but covering his paw is a ball glove (with extra padding). It’s a comical commentary at curing cross-cultural conflict. But the trouble is — sometimes it’s a lot like real life. We reach out to others to say thanks but fail to appreciate the cultural differences.

    Let’s take, for instance, the missionary who gets behind on his or her reports. 2 months pass, 3 months, 4 months… and the next thing you know, a supporting church has to come knocking, with a question like, “Have I somehow been dropped off your mailing list?” :-) Well in this case, the churches that banked on regular reporting are now hearing nothing . . . and that *silence* becomes the distance-maker, pushing more and more *space* between the missionary and the donor.

    So how can we say thanks? I’m learning that it varies some. For one supporter, it truly might be just by sending the written report. For Team Expansion, that’s supposed to go out *monthly*. But for another one, it might be a phone call (upon receipt of an out-of-the-ordinary gift). For another, maybe it could mean attending the funeral of the donor’s close relative. Yet another might appreciate a handwritten thank-you note, “Just writing to tell you that we really appreciate you.”

    In today’s world, we sometimes get so busy with automation and mass production that we forget . . . personal is good. They had to sign the check. Let’s sign the card. So whether it’s with the pen or phone, or a voice or visit, let’s all work harder at saying thank you in a way that inspires greater and greater levels of trust and respect. I believe God will get more and more glory as we do that. And that’s a good thing… because it’s a jungle out there. We need Him.

20060205 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS
  2. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIBLE TRANSLATION
  3. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS
  4. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES REACHING UPGS
  5. DISCIPLE-EQUIPPING MATERIALS TO ORDER
  6. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE
  7. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  8. ACU SUMMER SEMINAR IN MISSIONS
  9. BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  10. TORONTO SEMINAR: PLANTS
  11. EMERGENCY FOOD SHIPPING CONTACTS NEEDED
  12. INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, PACE-SETTING FRIENDS
  13. THE BACK PAGE: THE POWER OF THE OVERCOMER
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — ELIM Retreats, a ministry of Barnabas International, is offering 7 spiritual formation/re-entry/renewal retreats for missionaries in 2006. The Retreat site is a 1400 acre private, gorgeous family property on the shores of Lake Huron, 2.5 hours north of Detroit, Michigan. The emphasis is on personal spiritual assessment and growth, interacting in small groups around the Word. The Retreat affords lots of unscheduled time. Each Retreat is 6 days. 16 participants of multiple cultures and agencies have their own bedrooms, sitting rooms and in most cases, private baths. Adult couples and singles only. Find pictures, faq’s, dates and registration at

    http://www.barnabas.org/elimretreats

    or email hstewart5(at)juno(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Just one thing I noticed: You’d better be serious about retreating: I notice they ask that we not bring our computers. Gulp. Now there’s a serious retreater. :-) [I think I’d go into convulsions. :-)])


  2. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIBLE TRANSLATION — From hard drives to saved lives! Learn how your Information Technology skills can advance God’s Kingdom through Bible translation. Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting two-day conferences on February 24 and 25, 2006 in San Francisco, CA and on March 3 and 4, 2006 in Pasadena, CA. One is also planned for the Seattle area in May. Wycliffe urgently needs over 200 seasoned IT professionals in order to complete the task of Bible translation for millions of Bibleless people. IT professionals are needed in the US and abroad for everything from exciting cutting edge language applications to enterprise systems, business analysis, electronics, management, software development, consultation and training. The “Check IT Out” conference costs $65 and includes 4 meals, materials, and snacks. Housing is available. For more information or to register, go to http://jaars.org/checkitout or you may write to Norm Purvis at: mobilization_wsw(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS — Wycliffe Bible Translators International and Missionary Care International will join forces to offer the 2006 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, June 19-23, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The first half of the workshop will deal with a variety of topics, including: What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can we expect people to respond in times of personal or group crisis? What populations are most vulnerable? How can we respond as an organization? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? The last half of the workshop will focus on debriefing skills for “peer level” debriefing. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $100.00 is due upon registration. Room and board fees for the workshop are $145.00/person, due upon arrival. For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at:

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


  4. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES REACHING UPGS — At no time in history have expatriate international churches had more potential to impact the world than today. International churches are filled with unique resources – talented people, money, and know-how. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The third MICN Conference will be 24-28 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. For information contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org or on the web at:

    http://www.micn.org

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


  5. DISCIPLE-EQUIPPING MATERIALS TO ORDER — In the new year it is typical to attempt some well-intended organization for more meaningful ministry in 2006. What is always needed is a fresh look at accepting and applying truly Biblical leadership. Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel has prepared an essential tool for a clear, scriptural vision of leadership, called “Biblical Leadership.” Evangelical Training Association

    http://www.etaworld.org

    has just published this new resource for $11.99. Learn about it and other disciple-equipping materials by accessing the website or by calling at 800-369-8291 or 630-540-7840. You can write Mark Simpson, ETA’s Global Training Consultant, at

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


  6. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE — The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference March 24-25. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. This conference is essential for those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by February 24th and receive the early bird special pricing. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

    or e-mail Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced its second Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS). After the success of last year’s Bluewater DTS aboard the 90ft schooner, Genevieve Challenge, it was necessary to look for a larger sailing vessel to accommodate more students. The hope is to develop the Bluewater DTS into a long term ministry that not only disciples young people, but also reaches out within the sailing community and beyond. As a part of creating this ministry it was decided to hold this year’s Bluewater DTS in a sailing community. Therefore the next Bluewater DTS will take place in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, a place that offers good sailing, effective sail training and involvement in the local community. It will begin April 14th and ends October 14th 2006. You can get full details including the application form at

    http://www.marinereach.com/dts_bluewater or by email to bluewaterdts(at)marinereach(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. ACU SUMMER SEMINAR IN MISSIONS — Abilene Christian University’s Halbert Institute of Missions is hosting its annual Summer Seminar in Missions May 15-June 2. There will be a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses available for credit or audit: anthropological studies, intercultural competency, evangelistic strategies of Bible translation, evangelism in a post-modern world, history of missions, campus ministry, spiritual formation in missions, and more.

    http://www.acu.edu/missions/summerseminar contact

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


  9. BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER — In the town of Kailua Kona on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, University of the Nations offers a wonderful opportunity to become a certified ESL teacher in six weeks. At the beginning of every quarter this TESOL course uses state-of-the- art curriculum and an emphasis on technology to interweave theory and practical application, giving students intensive well-rounded training. For more info call 808-326-4400 ext. 4178 or write to tesol(at)uofnkona(dot)edu.

  10. MISSIONS FOCUS — Abilene Christian University’s Halbert Institute of Missions is hosting its annual Missions Focus 3 day program May 23- 25. Presenter- Dr. Laura Mae Gardner, D.Min., of Wycliffe Bible Translators on “Missionary Care.” There will also be training modules on the role of the church in the care of missionaries and services for missionaries on furlough: eye exams, dental work and blood tests.

    http://www.acu.edu/missions/summerseminar contact

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


  11. TORONTO SEMINAR: PLANTS — Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab-tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language. All within two weeks in the world’s most multi- cultural city – Toronto. April 2-14, 2006. Register on-line:

    http://www.missionprep.ca


  12. EMERGENCY FOOD SHIPPING CONTACTS NEEDED — Children of the Nations (COTN) is seeking shipping contacts to send containers of emergency food and supplies from Minnesota and Washington State to Malawi, SE Africa. If you have shipping contacts that can help COTN meet the needs of the COTN Orphan homes, school and feeding centers in Malawi, please email Dave Schertzer ASAP at daveschertzer(at)cotni(dot)org For more information on COTN, please visit http://www.cotni.org Thank you.

  13. INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, PACE-SETTING FRIENDS — They’re daring you to step up to the plate. Setting the pace at the head of the pack. And they’re the object of our deepest gratitude. Thanks to Caleb Project (the Training Department, and especially Marti Smith) for the $30 help. Learn more about them at:

    http://calebproject.org/

    And thanks to DialAbroad

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    for the $90.17 from this past month’s long distance sponsor-ers. Finally, we also really appreciate the two anonymous donors who chipped in $25 and $5 each. Never thrown anything into the pot before? That’s ok. You can start any time. Been reading for 10 years? Now’s as good a time as any. And the whole thing is — Brigada is free . . . so you’ll always be able to keep reading. Chipping in toward our expenses is just a way of saying thanks. Either way, we’ll still show up next week. Just go to “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And… thanks.


  14. THE BACK PAGE: THE POWER OF THE OVERCOMER — Night before last, as I was watching the Olympics, I was struck by the courage of Zhang Dan (and her partner, Zhang Hao – both from China) in her willingness to get back up and finish her routine. She took a nasty fall while implementing a move that had never been attempted before in competition, an unprecedented throw quad Salchow. (Don’t ask me to describe it; I only know it involves spinning around maybe 4 times up in the air.) She kind of did the splits when she landed, only it involved painfully smacking her knee directly on the ice. Ouch.

    The USA — and indeed, the world — loves an overcomer. Well the funny thing was, in spite of the fact that she didn’t stick the quad, because she came back out there and kept skating, they gave her the credit for finishing a *triple* throw. Granted, one could ask all kinds of questions about how they still managed to take the silver medal in spite of the fact that they broke their routine with the 5-minute medical leave. Maybe the judges, in the end, had a heart for them. After all, it’s the Olympics, not the Superbowl. It’s amateur athletics, not professional hockey. It’s young ladies that are 18 and 19, not hardened criminals. So, it would seem — give ’em a break. Some would argue that they deserve it.

    Either way, is there a lesson hiding somewhere here for all of us? I think so.
    *** First, if we fall flat on our faces (or smack our knees), let’s get back up again. Who knows, we might still win — or at least come in 2nd. And no matter what, we’ll be showing gallant effort & unceasing commitment to the calling.
    *** Second, if someone extends grace to one of our peers (or enemies, for that matter), forgiving them for something that we believe should be punished, we’ve got to somehow overcome the tendency within us to question or challenge it. Somewhere in Italy, there’s a skater that’s whining about the fact that this girl complete washed out but still earned a silver medal for it. Jesus spoke to this on more than one occasion. Take, for example, Christ’s parable in Matt. 20:10, where the workers hired at the beginning of the day expected to receive more than those hired in the final hour. In the end, like the judges at the Olympics, the answer comes back, “It’s up to the judge alone to decide.” So let’s quit our whining.
    *** Third, and finally, let’s never let the good grace of the judge become a license to disregard the challenges, thus arriving ill- prepared. In other words, if we are granted grace, we’ll celebrate it. But let’s don’t *presume* grace. Romans 6.

    I guess there’s a corollary: We need to be working as if he’s coming tomorrow, while *planning* as if he’s coming in 20 years. We’ll certainly enjoy the journey a whole lot more.

20060129 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “WHEN BRIGADA MOVES TO EMERALD HILLS,…”
  2. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  3. MAJOR MISSIONS EVENT IN PHOENIX, AZ, TAKE MY LIFE
  4. 2006 LAUSANNE YOUNGER LEADERS’ GATHERING, RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED
  5. TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  6. BLUEWATER DTS 2006 (MIX YOUR BIBLE WITH SOME SAILING)
  7. NEED ENGINEERING EXPERTISE?
  8. TENTMAKING SEMINAR: USING YOUR PROFESSION OVERSEAS
  9. HOW TO AVOID SENDING YOUR EMAIL RECIPIENTS ON THE WARPATH
  10. WHERE DO WE FIND LARGE MAP TEMPLATES?
  11. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF LAST NAMES A-B SENT A GIFT IN FEBRUARY
  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT SHOULD TEAMS LOOK LIKE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “WHEN BRIGADA MOVES TO EMERALD HILLS,…” — “…Will service be interrupted?” That was the question of one loyal reader of Brigada Today. He continued, “It would be good to clarify that Emerald Hills is the new home of Brigada and that the fine service will continue on uninterrupted from its new home (if that is the case, or whatever the case may be).” Whoa. Honestly… sometimes that’s all it takes to feel warm inside. :-) The answer is — yes!, of course, the move to Emerald Hills shouldn’t interrupt Brigada at all. To learn more about the relationship between Brigada, Team Expansion, and Emerald Hills, just click on over to:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    then click on “About” in the top line menu. Thanks for your interest.


  2. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION — Sign up now for Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills (PLANTS) Held in Toronto April 2-14, 2006. PLANTS is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab- tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language, all within two weeks in the world’s most multi-cultural city – Toronto. For more information go to

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


  3. MAJOR MISSIONS EVENT IN PHOENIX, AZ, TAKE MY LIFE — Take My Life is a 2-day event, Feb. 10-11, 2006, that gives college students and twenty-something’s a worship/learning experience that will challenge them to let God use their lives to change the world. Carl Medearis, who has been serving God in the Middle East, will share about trusting Jesus wherever God sends you, living above fear. Local ministries that serve the poor, bless international students, and spread the gospel overseas will be offering workshops. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Room is still available for those who wish to set up a booth. Registration for each person is $20. For more information, email jeremy(at)takemylife(dot)org or browse

    http://www.takemylife.org

    This event is sponsored through Frontiers.


  4. 2006 LAUSANNE YOUNGER LEADERS’ GATHERING, RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED — The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

    http://www.lausanne.org

    is asking for help in identifying outstanding younger leaders who are committed to world evangelization and whose lives demonstrate exceptional capacity for leadership. The Lausanne movement is committed to developing the next generation of leaders for the cause of world evangelization and will convene a Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG06) 24- 30 September 2006 in Malaysia. Lausanne asks leaders from around the world to recommend younger leaders (between the ages of 25 and 25) to attend YLG06. Younger leaders will be challenged, strengthen, inspired, developed and united in the cause of world evangelization. The YLG06 Participant Recommendation Forms are available in Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English are available for download:

    http://www.ylg06.org

    Just click on “Recommendation” in the left margin. Completed forms should be sent BY 7 FEBRUARY (whoa; better get busy; didn’t receive this ’til Jan. 30th; it didn’t make the last cut-off. Sorry for the quick notice!) to ylg06(at)lausanne(dot)org


  5. TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How-To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for the USA will take place September 12-17,2006. TOT II focuses on developing teaching materials, methods, and curriculum. TOT III concentrates on the evaluation and management of the project as well as how to multiply into other areas. TOT II, III happen April 3-8, 2006. Additional information can be found at

    http://www.medicalambassadors.org/che_training/training_explained.asp

    or, for TOT I, by writing Helen(at)med-amb(dot)org and for TOT II & III by writing april(at)med-amb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. BLUEWATER DTS 2006 (MIX YOUR BIBLE WITH SOME SAILING) — Marine Reach is excited to announce that the next Bluewater DTS will take place in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, a place that offers good sailing, effective sail training and involvement in the local community. This six-month YWAM Discipleship Training School will begin April 14th. During the land-based lecture days teachings will come from a variety of international speakers on topics ranging from the character and nature of God, to evangelism. During the sailing days you will be on board various yachts (30ft – 45ft), learning to sail, working together and engaging in all the challenges of sailing in the Irish Sea. The plan is to visit ports in Wales, Ireland and potentially England and Scotland. The DTS also offers the chance to gain qualification with the RYA in sailing by the end of the school. The outreach phase of the DTS begins July 22nd. Locations will be confirmed near the start of the school. If you are looking for God-filled adventure, interested in missions, ready to be challenged spiritually and physically, and want to be better equipped to make a difference in the world then this course is for you. For more information contact cassiewilliams(at)compuserve(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. NEED ENGINEERING EXPERTISE? — Here’s a group that offers free architectural and engineering design services to ministries in developing countries helping the poor and advancing the Kingdom. For more info, ministries can contact

    http://www.emiusa.org/requesthelp.html

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


  8. TENTMAKING SEMINAR: USING YOUR PROFESSION OVERSEAS — Here’s a seminar sponsored by TIM Centre, EFC Global Mission Roundtable and CTN. You’ll be able to discover How to find a job overseas, Integration of work & ministry, and just basically — How to get there from here. It’s slated for April 7 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, then again on the 8th 9:00 am to 4:00pm at Willowdale Baptist Church15 Olive Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario. The cost for both days is $30 or April 7th – $10 / April 8th – $25. For more information or to register, call the TIM Centre at 416- 226-6620 Ext. 2708 or browse:

    http://www.timcentre.com


  9. HOW TO AVOID SENDING YOUR EMAIL RECIPIENTS ON THE WARPATH — We received several emails this past week from sympathetic souls that had experienced similar sentiments as those we recounted in last week’s “Backpage Editorial” (“DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP”). Keep in mind, some of our wrath is aimed at the Internet itself. Like we said, the original founders overlooked the fact that we’d need some secure way of verifying we *are* really who we *are*… and prohibiting others from taking actions against our account that we wouldn’t have signed up for ourselves. So how do you avoid abusing others? Simple: maybe send them an invitation to your group . . . then quit. The best favor you can do for your friends is not presume that they want to be on your group in the first place. Call them and ask them, or email them an invitation, then move on and don’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, they fail to sign up. Maybe their inbox is just too busy already to take on even one more email.

  10. WHERE DO WE FIND LARGE MAP TEMPLATES? — Here’s a missionary headed to Africa that is hoping to find templates for painting a large world map (or African continent with countries) on a wall (without using electricity). (So remember not to suggest using an overhead projector.) If you know of a resource, please contact Joy at joy(dot)hancock(at)trinitycville(dot)org (Joy, if you get a lead, please let us know what you found. Others might be interested too.)

  11. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF LAST NAMES A-B SENT A GIFT IN FEBRUARY — Think about it. Wouldn’t it be cool if those of you reading this paragraph whose last names (or the name of your church, group or agency) began with A, B or C were to send in a gift in February? It could be $100, $50, $15, … whatever God led you to give. Our goal to cover the cost of Brigada’s expenses, secretary, time, etc., for 2006 is $16,576. So far we have $620. But in a perfect world, all we’d need in February would be one gift of $500, 5 gifts of $100 each, and 12 gifts of $50 and we’d have 10% of the year covered. So — if God stirs you to donate something during February (whether or not your name begins with A, B or C), we’ll rejoice!!! When we write two issues of Brigada from Sudan during the latter part of February, we’ll have money to pay the connectivity fees. Please consider it. If you’d like to chip in, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT SHOULD TEAMS LOOK LIKE? — When it comes to mission teams, the assumption has been — it’s better to form the team in the sending country and all go overseas together. I just want to point out that as for my part, I’ve seen examples where that scenario has come crashing down in a heap of ashes. In other words, there’s no perfect way to launch a team. Yes it might be true that we *think* it’s generally always better to choose the team leader because of his or her gifts and strengths . . . then facilitate that team leader in recruiting the rest of his/her team. But we’ve also seen it work *plenty* of times the other way around: a bunch of guys and gals come together around some united vision, and once they’re together, God molds them into a team. Regardless of how it forms though, we should all realize — forming teams is hard work, not only for the facilitator, but also for the team members themselves. It takes constant communication, consistent planning and strategizing, and a clear sense of call. In the mission with which I personally work (Team Expansion), we have some teams that still function like a golf team, where everybody’s working on his or her own game. They report their scores at the end of the day. :-) We have other teams that look more like a soccer team. And continuing on that metaphor, without a team member acting as the goalkeeper back there to take up the slack, we would all be in trouble. Some people see their roles primarily as defenders, while others position themselves mostly as goal-scorers (though roles can change during the game for a time). Some teams believe the “soccer model” looks prettier, but honestly . . . I’ve come to the conclusion that it depends on the game itself. Regardless, there needs to be a clear understanding (even before the starting whistle) among the players, or there will be trouble on the field, for sure. The sending agency and/or sending church needs to help the team sort this out in advance — and along the way. In an ideal world, they’re supposed to be able to see into the future, help the team duke it out in advance (:-) ), resolve differences, settle paradigm conflicts, then get to work on what matters. If your agency or church hasn’t been perfect at that job, then rest assured — he/they are probably working on it. The trouble is, we live in an uncertain world. The future isn’t very clear sometimes… Goodness… we have a hard enough time trying to figure out the present. So give ’em a break . . . and keep trying . . . recommit to figuring things out . . . life will get better. :-) Here’s the bottom line of it all: We *have* to learn to get past these questions of who we are, how we work, who’s in charge, etc., because the purpose for which we’ve been sent is so noble — for the glory of God, the hope of the ages. It’s an important mission… more important than anything ‘Jack’ ever tries on “24”. So let’s set our hands to the plow and make like Nike and just do it! :-) Whatever it takes.

20060122 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT COVENANT COLLEGE
  2. HOW TO LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES
  3. HAVE YOU SEARCHED VIVISIMO? MSNSEARCH?
  4. WHAT’S CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TECHNICAL SERVICES?
  5. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  6. A VPN THAT MAKES YOU MONEY?
  7. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING
  8. EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  9. ACTING ON AIDS SUMMIT
  10. YAHOO “WEB BEACONS” NOT SO BAD?
  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  12. “IMAGINENATIONS” MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  13. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  14. THE BACKPAGE: DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT COVENANT COLLEGE — Hats off to the people at Covenant College:

    http://www.covenant.edu/

    They are great friends of Brigada (They just sent a $600 gift to say thanks for the students we sent their way in 2005. Whoa.) In particular, check out the Chalmers Center:

    http://www.chalmers.org/site/index.php

    They specialize in community economic development, giving you practical training that equips you to implement programs in your church or community that truly empower the poor. The Institute offers you a choice of 3-5 1/2 days of courses in both the 2/3 World and U.S. contexts, taught by real-world practitioners. I notice they have video and DVD material and a full distance learning program. Cool. Think about a degree in Economics and Community Development. They even have men’s *and* women’s soccer.


  2. HOW TO LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES — Jeff and Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance can get quotes from eight different international health insurance companies for international health and life insurance, short- term, long-term and short-term team mission trips. Get group insurance quotes for small and large groups, plans for non-Americans coming to the USA and Americans living in most USA states.

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    Jeff and Doug have pledged to give an offering to Brigada from every new sign-up. They really are “good neighbors!”


  3. HAVE YOU SEARCHED VIVISIMO? MSNSEARCH? — Thanks to Dale for giving us the tip. I’m ashamed to say — I don’t think I had ever been there before. He suggested I try searching for “Emerald Hills” there (remember our item a couple of weeks back? :-) ) I put in the search criteria “Emerald Hills” (without the quotes) at:

    http://www.vivisimo.com

    and lo and behold, a cluster about Team Expansion’s retreat center ranked as #12 in the list. So… pretty impressive that it had figured out relevancy that quickly. Interestingly, if you put the same words in at:

    http://www.msnsearch.com

    Brigada’s future new home (Emerald Hills) is *first*. Whoa. Cool. :-) Not sure what that proves, except… that maybe they have good taste in trees? Either way, it’s worth bookmarking both of them. :-)


  4. WHAT’S CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TECHNICAL SERVICES? — Sure looks interesting. Thanks to Tony for tipping us off on their website:

    http://www.cmtsministries.org/

    They apparently arrange loaner cars for missionaries and, in general, just try to procure hard-to-obtain items for missionaries in general. Let’s remember to check ’em out, next time we can’t find something we need. Again, thanks Tony.


  5. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you seeking greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, enroll today in the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. This 20-week dynamic journey includes 12 weeks of life-changing teaching covering Christian world missions, the Father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare, and godly relationships. Students travel to Crimea in Ukraine for 8 weeks to work among an unreached Muslim people group. The lecture phase is April 19-July 14, 2006 with outreach to Ukraine, July 17-September 8, 2006. Find details and application forms at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    or email ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net or call (717)274-9010 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. A VPN THAT MAKES YOU MONEY? — Do you frequently check email in hacker-infested locations such as hotels, airports, or cafes? Are you a missionary who works in a high security country? Does your missions agency need to offer secure internet access? If you said “yes” (even once) a Virtual Privacy Network (VPN) service may be your most affordable *and* comprehensive solution. HotSpotVPN.com’s service is reliable and if you register for affiliate status, you can even earn the small commission on your own purchase! Or, if you don’t want to hassle with becoming an affiliate, consider using this link to sign up for an account:

    https://sales.hotspotvpn.com/info.asp?rid=b2b&pid=2&tc=1

    In addition to securing all your internet activities, you’ll be helping support missionary work in an Islamic country.


  7. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING — Here are four days focused on preparing people to go to the mission field. They’ll give simple steps people need to move forward on their call. Study relational skills, cultural principles, spiritual issues and practical teaching such as developing a prayer and financial support base. Over 165 people have been trained in MTC in just the last five years. Already, 51 are now on the field somewhere in the world. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. Find the Elijah Company manifesto and training info at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    You can get more information and applications by writing to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call (757) 226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE — Ian of the Missionary Training Service reports, that, by God’s grace, they are making good progress with the Evangelical Training Database. Hopefully launching in English and Spanish in February this year, all evangelical institutions world- wide will be invited to put information about their courses on the website, so that those who need training will be able to find out what is available in their country and language. This is an ambitious project aiming to run simultaneously in all major languages. It is committed to being a free service to both providers of courses and those searching for them, though they hope that people will make donations to the project. Find more information at

    http://www.missionarytraining.org/news.htm

    or write coord(at)missionarytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. ACTING ON AIDS SUMMIT — Acting on Aids (AoA), a national collegiate movement among schools within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities will hold its 2006 Leadership Summit at Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) February 2-4, 2006. The Summit will be a chance for students to be together in the same place to collectively learn about the global AIDS pandemic from HIV/AIDS experts. Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and activism of the global AIDS pandemic at colleges and universities across the nation. With the support of World Vision, Christian college students have formed a network of Acting on AIDS chapters which seek to change hearts on campuses, create awareness in communities, and advocate for those impacted by the global AIDS pandemic. In addition to learning about prevention, advocacy and care, students will share with their peers about the work they’re doing on their campuses and work together to find new ways they can get their campuses, communities and local churches involved and invested. For registration information visit

    http://www.actingonaids.org

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


  10. YAHOO “WEB BEACONS” NOT SO BAD? — I received several emails from Brigada participants who observed that the “web beacons” we mentioned an edition or two ago (“YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS” in the Jan. 13th issue) probably weren’t as bad as we imagined. First, they apparently only track us while we’re in the Yahoo system of shopping sites and groups. Second, apparently web beacons are much more pervasive than we imagined:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacons

    (thanks for the site, David). So I guess we should at least be glad Yahoo is man enough to admit it. :-) It’s still perfectly wise to opt out, since we’re given the opportunity to do so, however.


  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. The dates are March 13-April 7, May 8-June 2 and June 19-July 14, 2006. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  12. “IMAGINENATIONS” MISSIONS CONFERENCE — PenrithCLC in Sydney Australia are about to launch their 10th annual first priority missions conference. Senior Pastor Jack Hanes is well known for his ability to release finances for world harvest and stir a passion in Christians for the lost. Each year the Conference aims to inspire a passion for mission and see the releasing of finance into world harvest by challenging the church for local and world evangelisation. ImagineNations is 100% missions and runs from 19 to 24 February. To see who the guest speakers will be, view their promotional movie and register for the conference simply go to

    http://www.penrithclc.com/imaginenations

    or call PenrithCLC on +61 2 4736 3000 or email the conference team at missionsconference(at)penrithclc(dot) com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — On April 28-29, 2006, in Redwood City, CA, you can catch this conference with the theme, “Planting Christ’s Church in Asia!” at Peninsula Covenant Church. Dr. Patrick Fung, OMF’s new General Director, will speak. There will be 10 church planting workshops, children’s Win Our World program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. Check out the group and individual registration rates (discounts for students and seniors). Download the conference brochure and speaker schedule from our site:

    http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

    Or contact Julie omfconference(at)yahoo(dot)com or call 925-459-0734 in the USA. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  14. THE BACKPAGE: DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP — I’m am *sooo* tired of the way the Internet allows others to sign me up for mailing lists. Those folks at DARPA who designed the original architecture of the Internet had no idea what would come of their brainstorm. I think they must have thought it would mostly be military- types who would use this network. Because they gave us precious little control over our address. Virtually anyone can sign us up for a newsletter or mailing list. And what’s more, just about anyone can “hijack” our address and use it as a “from:” address to send a virus or attachment. For this reason, we ask that everyone follow the simple courtesy — please, please, please don’t sign others up for regular mailing lists. It’s outa’ hand. Feel free to send someone the invitation — but unless they specifically ask (or unless they work for you or are on your team :-) ), for goodness sake, please don’t spam them. Here’s a “warpath” letter I sent to Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) this past week. Who knows if a human even saw this. I received no reply. :-( — To the Asst. to Chancellor/Chief Operations Office Reformed Theological Seminary RTS.edu Tel. 601-923-1600 EXT – 655

    Dear Mr. Bailey,

    Someone from your school seems to have added me to your newsletter mailing list without my permission or without my request — and without my approval. To you, sir, with all due respect, this must seem like a very small thing. To me, this is happening over and over again by well- intentioned marketing folks.

    In case you’re wondering, I did go to the trouble to unsubscribe. But even that’s a hassle. Because your instructions say “click here to unsubscribe”, rather than giving me the actual link to use, I had to go through the trouble of opening your email in a browser window, then viewing the source code, then copying and pasting that source code into my browser “URL box” manually, then going to the unsubscribe webpage. Why did I have to go through all that? Because so many email “worms” are spread by asking people to click on a link in the email that — readers in my situation are now scared stiff to click on any link in an email. We don’t know, any more, if the link we’re clicking on is actually a true site from your seminary, or if this is a contrived email with a fake “Phishing” link– or worse yet, … some pornographic online service that’s going to try to install malware of some kind on my machine. So even your attempt to make it easy for me to unsubscribe (from something to which I never wanted to subscribe) is a hassle, is misguided, and shows your seminary’s insensitivity to email users across the board today. Yes I’ve unsubscribed… but a) I shouldn’t have had to in the first place, and b) you made it harder for me than it had to be.

    In addition, now I’m setting my anti-spamware to reject anything from your domain. So even if your marketing department *does* try to contribute an item to Brigada Today in the future, now I won’t even see it. Except for one sole address — yours… I’ll leave it open, just in case you have a moment to write back. And if you do, I’ll happily consider publishing your reply too. It’s only fair. (Note to all the others who subscribe us to your prayer lists or newsletter lists or whatever lists, without our permission: Now you see why we aren’t publishing the items you later try to send in to Brigada Today. We’ll never see them… because we’ve black-listed your address in our spam prevention software.)

    Please, please change your practices and begin living by the same laws by which our commercial businesses are supposed to live. Don’t spam us.

    Sincerely, and wearily,

    Doug Lucas Editor, Brigada Today

    >…IN THIS ISSUEIssue#3 -January 24, 2006 … — [end] (Note: I’m sure that’s more information than he wanted to see… if his spam software even let him see my reply. :-) )

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