20010311 Brigada Today

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CONFERENCE SUBSCRIPTIONS: THE “EASIEST INTERNET FUNCTION”

letter and ligntening bolt I remember early on in the life of Brigada Today, our early “tech support” helper, Jonathan Marsden, used to say that handling one’s subscription to an email conference should be the most basic, most fundamental interaction with the Internet. All the other items… FTPing a file, writing web pages, etc., were perhaps a challenge, but Jonathan could never figure out why it was so difficult for folks to learn to handle their conference addresses. Well here we are, six years later, and today I’m just as mystified as he was six years ago! Every week I get email from users saying, “I’ve changed email providers; please switch my Brigada Today to the following address…” Sometimes they say, “I’m so-and-so’s secretary and he’s no longer with our organization. Could you please cancel our subscription?” And every once and awhile, someone writes with volcano-like anger in their email, as if they’re about to turn me over to the email police! “If you don’t stop sending me these emails, I’m going to do such-and-such.” My answer is always (always) the same. “Hey… it’s automated. With all due respect, you (or someone from your org.) signed up for it; you maintain it.” Since we never subscribe others to this list, that means all of us signed up for it! :-) So please re-read the first few lines of this message, up there by the address header (beginning with the word, “Important!”).

Bottom line: Let’s learn this fundamental Internet protocol of handling our own subscriptions. Asking the compiler of a list of 10,000 subscribers to change an address manually is a bit like asking a representative from your electric utility to come over to your apartment to change a light bulb.

And probably, the odds of it happening are about the same. :-)

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CALLING ALL PERSPECTIVES COORDINATORS

calendar Perspectives Coordinators are invited to the North American Perspectives Field Council and Alumni Celebration, July 19-21, 2001 at Caleb Project in Littleton, Colorado. The theme is “Shape the Movement, Set the Course.” Council chairman Harold Britton says, “We want to hear from YOU as a coordinator, and see YOU participate in the future of the Perspectives movement.” The Field Council meets every third year to discuss issues, provide leadership, and help determine a future agenda. The weekend includes workshops led by seasoned coordinators across the nation and a special Alumni Celebration. A travel subsidy has been donated to help you get to Colorado. Sign-up today at http://www.calebproject.org
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ANTIOCH NETWORK’S ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES

calendar They’re coming together again! From June 27 to 30, 2001 at the Mission Palms Resort, Tempe, AZ, Antioch Network participants can hear Ted Haggard, Gregg Parris, Bob Roberts, George Miley and Lincoln Murdoch. Join dozens of churches as they learn together how to most effectively impact unreached people groups. For a free brochure write to GatheringatAntiochNetworkdotorg  (GatheringatAntiochNetworkdotorg)   or click on: http://www.antiochnetwork.org
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TENTMAKERS TO PITCH TENTS TOGETHER

calendar The TIE (Tentmakers International Exchange) European 2001 Conference will be held at the Hotel Gallo Negro, Coma Ruga, about 100 kms. south of Barcelona, Spain. What a great venue (for a conference or for a holiday! :-) ) You can get direct and cheap railway fare to the hotel from the Barcelona airport, plus full board and conference fee for about 25 Euros ($23 US) per person. (I think I’m feeling called into tentmaking! :-) ) The dates are June 1 to 3. The focus of the conference will be: The Tentmaker Missionary Today: The Missionary Value of Commerce: The Professional and Mission Strategy; The Student’s Future in Mission; Freedom Within the Structures Imposed on Us; Developing the TIE Network in Europe. For further information, contact Derek dgwgreenataoldotcom  (dgwgreenataoldotcom)   Angela angelaatwornetdotorg  (angelaatwornetdotorg)  . (Thanks to Tim TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg  (TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg)   for the tip!)
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WOMEN’S SUMMIT

calendar Beverly Pegues invites you to join her in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 21 – May 23 for the 3rd annual Women’s Summit on the 10/40 Window conference and/or the 4th annual Praying With Power conference on May 24 – May 28. For more information, see: http://brochures.win1040.com/wspwp_reg.pdf (If you don’t already have Acrobat reader, get it at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)
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DIGITAL HOME OR DIGITAL DOG

lighting the way We continued to receive a flurry of emails, warning Brigada participants about “Digital Home” A.K.A. “Digital Dog” (who would name their business “digital dog“???). (The video camcorder source mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today.) Folks recommended http://www.crutchfield.com or basically anything else besides the “dog” site. Interestingly enough, we had been burned here by the “dog” site before, but didn’t realize the digital “home” site was actually the same company! So… buyers beware. caution
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GRADUATE DEGREES IN ASIA AND OTHER POINTS

graduation cap Scott wrote to remind us that Biola offers classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Chinese New Year’s time and in August. (The next class will be August 6 – 17.) Students get 1/3 discount, have 10 years to finish program, and all work can be done in Chiang Mai. Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  . In addition, Tom pointed us to Azusa Pacific http://www.apu.edu where you can learn about extension courses taught literally all over the globe. (Thanks Tom and Scott!)
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TENTMAKING RESOURCES GALORE

Brigada autoresponder Check out the additions to the tentmaking autoresponder, including some great job source sites. Just send a message to tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)  . The rest is all automatic. The 4K file will soon come winging its way into your inbox.
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THE FIELDS IN JAPAN ARE WHITE FOR HARVEST!

At least two mission organizations are stepping up their efforts for Japan. One, Harvest Fields Ministries, has noted that the economy there is in recession and the people are experiencing job layoffs, early retirement and downsizing–things they haven’t seen in two generations. As a result, HFM is beginning a push to recruit 200 church planters to respond to that open door. If interested, write mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or visit the “How big is your vision?” page on their website at http://www.hfministries.com. You may also telephone Harvest Fields Ministries at 417-883-4134.

The other organization, Team Expansion, is shocked at the incredible size of Tokyo and the opportunities to impact 30 million people in one city! The Louisville-based ministry is putting together a 10-week program for those who’d like to check it out during the summer of 2002. All participants will work with a combination of seasoned missionaries and local Japanese hosts. For more information, visit them on the web at http://www.teamexpansion.org or write infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  .

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FREE SPANISH FLASHCARDS ON YOUR COMPUTER

If you want to improve your Spanish (or other language) vocabulary, you might want to try “Vocabulary Master” from http://www.transparent.com. There’s an extensive list of vocabulary words included in several categories, and you can edit the lists easily. The bad news: their link to the download doesn’t seem to work. The good news: Terri and Steve found options. Just go directly to: http://www.tldownload.com/ Thanks Terri and Steve (in language school in San Jose, preparing for ministry in Venezuela!)
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NEED WEB ACCESS TO YOUR POP3 EMAIL BOX?

letter and ligntening bolt As Natasaha would say, “nyet problem.” :-) Just go to http://www.mail2web.com or http://www.pop3now.com Input your POP3 mail server, your name and password, and use the web interface to do POP3 mail from anywhere, even if you don’t have your laptop with you! The best part is the price — free! (Thanks to Joe in Myrtle Point, OR and Chris in Louisville, KY!)
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VIRTUAL PRAYER FOR THE UNREACHED

praying hands Every Thursday night at 10pm EST, strategicnetwork.org and livethecall.com have been combining chat rooms to hold a prayer meeting for the unreached. A month ago they were praying for Turkey. Then, two weeks ago they prayed for Afghanistan. Last week 20 people spent an hour praying for India. Next came Kazakhstan and this week it might be Indonesia. Check out the transcripts at http://www.livethecall.com/index.html?a=relationships&b=chat If you would like to participate in a prayer for a particular country or people group, contact them at livethecallatlivethecalldotcom  (livethecallatlivethecalldotcom)   or nsmatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (nsmatstrategicnetworkdotorg)   to let us know. (The chat rooms use Java technology; you must use a browser able to run Java applets to use it.)
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SHORT TERM VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE

Adams & Associates International now offers online enrollment for short-termers, complete with immediate acknowledgements and ID cards. Click to http://www.aaintl.com or write aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY PILOT TRAINING

Christian Wings for the World, located in Ironton, MO, USA offers pilot and mechanics (airframe & powerplant) training for missionary aviators. International students are welcome. More information is available at http://www.christianwings.org or email cww1atsocketdotnet  (cww1atsocketdotnet)  .
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MISSIONARY TRAINING AT CORNERSTONE

graduation cap Now is the time to sign up for the English for Missions course that Cornerstone is offering. It takes place from 16 July – 10 August 2001 in the Netherlands. The price is DFL 800, including board, food, lectures, fun. The programme includes lectures in the mornings and practical work in the afternoons. There’s plenty of opportunity to converse and learn English in both formal and informal ways, as well as learn about missions. Apply online at http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or email 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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ROYALTY-FREE LINE DRAWINGS

If you need black-and-white line drawings of (mainly) non-Western faces and people in a variety of settings, for Christian/health education/development literature, the hundreds of pictures in this book are available to use royalty-free in publications which are not sold: Where There Is No Artist, Petra Rohr-Rouendaal, Intermediate Technology Publications, ISBN 1-85339-391-6. (Thanks Tony! http://www.soon.org.uk )
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VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED THIS SUMMER IN HONG KONG

Want to help with English Programs and Camps around Hong Kong this summer? Write elfongataohkdotorgdothk  (elfongataohkdotorgdothk)   or check out http://www.aohk.org.hk (Chinese only) or http://www.asiaonline.net.hk/~asianout
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THE BACKPAGE: 10/40 WINDOW UPDATE

books and pen The 10/40 Window is alive – but isn’t well. Luis Bush writes, in an article soon to appear in Mission Frontiers, “The 10/40 Window continues to represent the primary geographic challenge entering the twenty-first century. By 2025 there will be over 8.3 billion people in our world. Over a billion will need cross-cultural witness to understand the gospel, most of whom will live in the 10/40 Window. It is the geographical location in which the concentration of the main spiritual, ideological, social, urban, people group challenges are most prominent. There are an estimated 1.2 to 1.4 billion people who have never had the chance to hear the gospel and over 95% of these individuals reside in the Window area. It is where 85% of the world’s poorest and most deprived live. It is the residence of over 95% of the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists in the world. Many of the world’s least reached peoples live in this area. From the ‘Joshua Project 2000 list of Unreached People’, there are still 249 of large groups which remain unclaimed, with no agencies reportedly planning to send workers to them; 542 of them currently have no church planting team on-site; and 1,107 are without a congregation of at least 100 believers.” Yikes. gulp With the needs still so stark, we dare not allow our global efforts to fade. We’ve got to avoid missiological “burn-out,” where fads and campaigns give way to complacency and apathy. Let’s retool, retrain, and rebuild our vigor… and let’s not give up or give in until every last inhabitant of the planet has a chance to say “yes” to Jesus! (Thanks to Rick and the folks at: http://www.missionfrontiers.org )
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010304 Brigada Today

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MAKING THE SWITCH TO YAHOOGROUPS

Brigada Logo It’s actually quite painless. Just get in the habit of placing the word “yahoo” wherever you would have typed “e” in egroups. There’s no hyphen. So to find the Brigada Today site on yahoogroups, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today There’s a custom facility to transfer your old “egroups” membership to “yahoogroups”. However, we’re guessing most Brigada Today participants probably never visited the website for egroups.com, and thus, probably never actually had an ID/password. So you can pretty much start from scratch at yahoogroups.com. The service won’t let you subscribe twice from the same email address. However, if you’re still receiving Brigada Today from a previous (and still working) email address, it is possible to receive two copies. The trick is — unsubscribe from the old service first. See the first few lines of this email for instructions.
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HOW DO YOU USE CHRONOLIGICAL BIBLE STORYING IN AN URBAN SETTING?

Bible That’s what Rich untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet  (untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet)   would like to know. He’s looking for a chance to dialogue with others who have used or are currently using Chronological Bible Storying among low-income urban residents. His team of church planters is working in the barrios of Caracas, Venezuela, with a target group numbering more than 3 million (check out http://www.Caracaspoor.net). Because of issues of orality and literacy, the more conventional methods of evangelism have not worked well. Contact Rich with your experiences, things that worked and didn’t work, best ideas, sources, and links and he’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today.
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LOOKING FOR A DIGITAL CAMCORDER?

movie camera Try the Sony DCR-PC110, a brand new unit from Sony that combines a digital video camera (using the new standard, Mini-DV tapes) with a digital still camera — at just over 1 megapixel level. For web sites and most printing jobs, you’ll see little or no “jaggies”. (Higher end printing requires up to 3 or 4 megapixel stills.) The price? $1499 Though that might sound like a lot, this same technology used to cost double or triple that. To find that price, go to a site like http://www.thedigitalbuyer.com Their product ID for the Sony unit is “SNYDCRPC110”.

caution Here’s an important update!
What we didn’t know was that this is simply a DBA (“doing business as”) renaming of a company with really bad reviews… known better as “The Digital Dog”. A tech from the US Center wrote today to supply us with this web page URL: http://www.resellerratings.com/comview.cgi?TheDigitalBuyer That page has some pretty sorry descriptions of their customer service. Mike (from the US Center) recommended instead that we look at these vendors: http://www.profeel.com and http://www.bhphotovideo.com I know we’ve ordered from the BH Photo folks before. As Mike acknowledged, the price will be a bit higher, but at least you’ll get your product in a timely fashion!

Sorry for any inconvenience!

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HOW TO FIND A “MAN OF PEACE”

Hats off to Tony for referring us to the IMB article about locating a “man of peace” — someone to introduce you to the mainstream of the people group with which you’re working. Great stuff. http://www.imb.org/learn/news/story.asp?id=537
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WANT TRAINING AS A MISSIONARY PILOT?

Find out more about it at Missionary Aviation Exploration. This is a two-week program provided by Alpha Aviation designed for prospective students that feel they may have a call to missions aviation, but aren’t sure. Experience firsthand actual training in the pilot and mechanic programs. Participate in a 5- day mission trip. Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or 918-438-7812 or write him at mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)   or click on: http://www.alphaaviation.org
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ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR HIGHER BIBLICAL LEARNING ON THE INTERNET

WebWatch If you’re looking for more options for studying the Bible (either for you or the new believers on your field), check out these options from Stan:

http://www.internetbiblecollege.com
http://www.isom.org
http://www.viu.com

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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Mission Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR WOMEN

The Global Celebration for Women is a worldwide effort to unite the lives and hearts of Christian women in every region, nation, and community in Houston, TX from September 19- 21, 2001. Global Celebration hopes to gather 40,000 women from all over the world for this unprecedented event. Learn more at : http://www.globalcelebration.org or call Jill in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-725-3707 or call 719-528-8728 or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD INTERNATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY SEMINAR TOUR

calendar Neal and Yvonne Pirolo will be embarking on an 8-week seminar/meeting tour beginning in early April. The seminars on cross-cultural ministry and support include topics from the books “Serving as Senders” and “The Reentry Team.” To find out more regarding seminar locations, topics and contact information, check out http://www.eri.org/seminar_schedule.htm or email ERI emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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FOCUSED STRATEGIES

calendar Are your mission efforts coordinated, and focused on the unreached? Attend the Focused Strategies Conference, sponsored by Caleb Project, Antioch Network and Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 2-3, 2001 at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Speakers include Jon Hardin, Shane Bennett, John Rowell and Lincoln Murdoch. For more information & registration contact Mrs. Kris Nelson in the USA or via Net2Phone at 800-269-2007 or 503-652-1662 between 8AM & 4:30PM PST or E-mail kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg  (kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg)   or click on: http://www.wycliffe.org/NWRO/FSC.htm.
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BUILDING CREDIBLE MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

calendar The Middle East Member Care Team will host Dr. Lianne Roembke for a 5 day seminar May 7-11, 2001, in Limassol, Cyprus, aimed at addressing the problems and joys inherent in forming, training, and leading a Multicultural Team. This seminar, specially designed for Member Care providers, personnel directors, regional leaders, and team leaders, will examine many of the issues of “globalization” in the team structure including: communication, identity, stress and burnout, decision-making, leadership, recreation, finances, and lifestyle. More far reaching topics will include discussions of the advantages of working in Multicultural Teams, selection and training of team members, and how leadership can prepare their workers for a Multicultural Team experience. Included in the seminar will be a special workshop on Burnout conducted by Dr. James Roembke of Westview Psychological Services (USA). For further information see http://www.memct.org/programs.php3 or contact timatmemctdotorg  (timatmemctdotorg)  .
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ALTERNATE “HOUSES” BOOK SOURCE

The English edition of “Houses That Change The World” by Wolfgang Simson, mentioned in the 23 Feb 2001 edition of Brigada Today, is discount-priced and available in North America through Gabriel Resources, a division of O.M. Literature. Call 8-MORE BOOKS, or e-mail orderatomlitdotomdotorg  (orderatomlitdotomdotorg)  . Be sure to request a copy of “Mission World”, their new catalog of missions-related books at discount prices.
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PETER’S WIFE IS BETTER THAN EVER

Help and encouragement for missionary wives and moms comes as a free email newsletter and new, improved web site. “Peter’s Wife” newsletter is carefully written to protect our sisters in sensitive areas. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: pw-subscribeattopicadotcom  (pw-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or see http://home.earthlink.net/~peterswife/ The website has a full archive of previously sent newsletters and a growing page of Favorite Links to web sites of interest to missionary wives. For more information email peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet  (peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Whether you’re planning an international trip or communicating with friends and family overseas, Ethnicharvest.org’s Travel Tools can help. You’ll find a World Clock with current time and date in any country, Currency Exchange Calculator, and links to international weather reports. There are even links to travel agencies who promise discounts for mission-related travel. It’s all at http://www.ethnicharvest.org/links/travel.htm.
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WHEATON 2001

calendar Billed as a “20th Anniversary, National International Student Ministry Conference”, this conference is sponsored by ACMI (The Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals). Conference dates are May 31 – June 3; location is Wheaton campus, Wheaton IL. For more information, visit the website http://www.gateman.com/acmi/acmi2001.html or contact jcolbertatcoindotorg  (jcolbertatcoindotorg)  . And thanks to Ed for posting these dates on the Brigada calendar at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar
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GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

graduation cap We mentioned before that Biola University and Greater Europe Mission have formed an educational partnership that will allow missionaries in and near Europe to receive quality education, training, and mentoring while they are engaged in their field ministries. As we mentioned, two degree programs will be offered, the MA degree in Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of Missiology degree. Classes will be offered each year in January and May near Kandern, Germany. Well now they have the dates set and are ready to roll. The dates for the first classes are January 16-23, 2002. Students who study in Germany receive an automatic 1/3 tuition reduction. For additional information, please contact Steve SBeckatGemissiondotcom  (SBeckatGemissiondotcom)  . Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  .
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap The Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need) is part of Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations . The course is presently being offered in Camaragibe, Brazil (April 8- June 30). It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 3 months practical here in Recife (July 9- September 28, Graduating September 29). For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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MINISTERING IN AN ORTHODOX COUNTRY?

WebWatch Those ministering to persons from a Russian or Eastern Orthodox background might want to check out: http://www.orthodoxlight.homestead.com The new site, in Russian and English, features a short tract targeted to persons from an Orthodox background. Also included are links to other web sites related to ministry to the Orthodox, and several other articles giving in-depth Biblical responses to the same questions. Questions? Email: orthlightataoldotcom  (orthlightataoldotcom)  
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DIRECTORY OF SPANISH EXTENSION EDUCATION OPTIONS

“Apoyo-Bolivia” is a ministry dedicated to supporting Bolivian Christian leaders. In an attempt to meet a common request for information, Apoyo is developing a directory of post high school education options offered either through extension or over the internet – in the areas of theology, counseling, business, missions and pedagogy — in Spanish. If you are aware of any such education options, please communicate those directly to APOYOatbodotnet  (APOYOatbodotnet)  . Eldon will send us a copy to post here in an autoresponder.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010225 Brigada Today

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DO US A FAVOR: ENTER THE DATES OF YOUR CONFERENCE

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

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

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

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

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

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DATE CHANGE ON TESOL SCHOOL IN CHINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MISSION ADVENTURE NOVELS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your frank and honest sharing, Michael!

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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010218 Brigada Today

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GET YOUR MOSQUITO NETTING FROM TEALBROOK

TealBrook Supplies, one of Brigada‘s sponsors, has just added a line of mosquito netting. To celebrate the new addition to the family, TealBrook will give Brigada subscribers a special 10% discount off the purchase price of the nets PLUS donate an additional 10% to the Brigada Newsletter. This introductory discount offer will be honored through 5/31/01. To view the mosquito nets and other products like the popular PentaPure water purification systems visit http://www.tealbrook.com and be sure to mention Brigada when ordering!
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OFF THE PRESS: HOUSE CHURCHES CHANGE THE WORLD

Ralph Neighbour wrote “A monumental and marvelous piece of work! It is going to be a very important contribution to the present situation faced by the church.” Order your copy (US$ 14.95 plus s&h; quantity discounts available) now at email 100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom  (100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom)   or Fax +49-7745-919531 and could have a sneak preview at http://www.dawn.ch. Other language versions that already are available: German, Dutch, Urdu, Singhala and Chinese (only e.book version). In process: Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Arabic, Norwegian, Telegu, Croatian, Italian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Swedish and Russian.
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BIG DIRECTORY OF YWAM SHORT TERM OUTREACHES

WebWatch Mission Finder Ministries has again come in with a first! – they’ve compiled the web’s only comprehensive list of YWAM short term trips, originating in the US and Canada. There are trips all over the world, many to unreached people groups, and are for youth groups, families, and individuals, for many purposes including construction, VBS, medical, prayer walks, food kitchens, bicycle evangelism, performing arts, etc. Check out this first-ever undertaking at http://www.mfinder.org/ywam.html.
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LET THE US POST OFFICE DO YOUR US MAILINGS

Every so often, someone asks if there’s a way to pump out mass mailings to addresses in the USA, from some point of origination outside the USA. We’ve reported on various ways… but now there’s perhaps an even more direct alternative. Check out the US Postal Service’s offerings on the web at: http://www.usps.gov/mailingonline/ There’s a price for preparation, but it didn’t look outrageous, considering it’s the US Post Office! :-)
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THE NET’S LARGEST DIRECTORY OF CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES

WebWatch Lot’s of compassionate people want to serve the abandoned, orphaned, and otherwise uncared-for children of the world, but hardly know where to start. Our good friends at Mission Finder Ministries have done it again – assembled a great list of Christian orphanages world wide. For those interested in exploring where you might volunteer, short or long term, this is a good place to start. Take a look: http://www.mfinder.org/orphanages.htm.
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NEED AN ONLINE BIBLE SCHOOL? YOU GOT IT

WebWatch Just trot on over to: http://www.hispeople.com His People Online Bible School looks to be a great resource for Christian teaching, whether you’re in Saudi, Siberia, or Seymour.
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PRAY WORLD! 2001 IN PROGRESS

praying hands Billed as a “Millennial Gift to Jesus Christ”, the “Pray World! 2001” emphasis began February 28 and continues through April 8. The focus is prayer and fasting during 40 days of Lent for fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. Check it out at: http://www.prayworld.org/
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DO YOU HAVE MUSLIM NEIGHBORS?

The Center for Ministry to Muslims would like to help you bridge the cultural gap and reach out to them with God’s love. Check out material at: http://www.CMMequip.org or contact CMM 76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom  (76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom)  . For more comprehensive training, catch their two courses — Introduction to Islam and A Narrative Approach for Communicating with Muslims — from July 23 through August 3.
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SE ASIAN CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS

calendar ROX35 COMIX will be holding two comics trainings in Southeast Asia in 2001. The first will be a 2- day training (May 18-19) at the CSI offices in Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA. For more information email: mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh  (mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh)  . The second will be a 3-day training (May 22-24) held at the Vista Pacific building in Chiang Mai, THAILAND. For more information email: silexatbigfootdotcom  (silexatbigfootdotcom)  . These seminars are aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating and using comics for evangelism and discipleship. Both courses will include sessions on Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, “Guerilla Marketing” Ideas, Cultural Considerations, Comics & Communication, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. The teachers at both events will be cartoonist Nate Butler and missionary Len Cowan. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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MIDDLE EAST TESOL

graduation cap Need TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training? Get it in Jerusalem, September 3th – 28th. For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  .
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010211 Brigada Today

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FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.

These IMB people continue to surprise me. I think it all started in Seoul, Korea, when Avery Willis stood up during a session at the AD2000 conference (GCOWE 95). His promise went something like this: “We’re opening up the store!” :-) Maybe you thought he was joking. :-) Now that he’s the top man at the Southern Baptist’s International Mission Board, he’s standing true to his word. Check out the resource below — well worth the download time! Hat’s off to author David Garrison, too. Though he’s copyrighted it (so you can’t ethically print copies and sell them), he’s also made it free for the globe to use. You’ve gotta’ love a guy like that since it stands to reason that several downloads might have possibly been paying customers at the bookstands. Bravo to Mr. Garrison for his unselfish spirit… and here’s hoping that it comes back to him many-fold over in the Kingdom to come!
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GET THIS FREE RESOURCE IF YOU WANT TO PLANT CHURCHES

Funny how I had just told our Personnel guy at the Team Expansion office, “We’ve got to find some more training materials for teaching our new missionaries to plant churches.” The next thing you know, I learn about this 892K Word file, accompanied by a 2.38 Meg PowerPoint teaching presentation that goes with the booklet, and a 318K bonus Powerpoint on “POUCH churches”. So now, tomorrow morning, I’ll say to our Personnel guy, “Chris, thanks to the unselfishness of Avery Willis and David Garrison, we’re ready to rumble! Find them all at: http://www.newwway.org/cpm.htm
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HOW TO PLAN FOR POSTMODERN SENSITIVE MINISTRY

As if the Garrison resource wasn’t already enough, two great articles on the subject of ministry that is sensitive to postmodernism by Ross Rhode are available on newWway this month: “Practical Considerations for Postmodern Sensitive Churches” and “The Gospel and Postmodernism”. Also, part of knowing how to communicate to a target population is knowing in what position the message should be presented. What is Positioning? find out the answer at http://www.newWway.org
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SAFEGUARD THE RTF FILE ATTACHMENTS YOU RECEIVE

virus Do you sometimes receive text files in “RTF” format? (Hint: If you don’t know what RTF format is, then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.) If so, trot on over to this link and install the virus fix: www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms00-005.asp Can you believe it? Not even RTF files are safe anymore (’til you install that link.) What will these vicious virus-laden vandals think of next?
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NEW PACE VIDEO FOR $15

PACE logo Are you on the edge of your seat wondering how the “PACE” concept is working out, nearly five years after it was first introduced at Envision ’96 (a missions mobilization conference held in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 1st – 3rd, 1996)? Do you lie awake at night, tossing and turning, constantly asking yourself questions like, “I wonder if there are any churches actually using the PACE paradigm…” Are you curious as to what the acronym “PACE” even stands for (Hint: Pray, Activate, Commit, Enlist). Fret no more! Now you can order an 11-minute promotional video aimed at helping you remember those three nights in 1996 and how they are impacting the future of missions today. And now, for no extra charge, dubbed onto the same video, see an extra 11-minute video containing footage from last week’s “PACE-Lab” in Louisville, Kentucky. So together, these 22 minutes of fast-paced, music-filled images will encourage your soul and broaden your hopes. (Okay… so maybe they won’t do all that, but at least they’ll fill you in on some positive points of using the PACE approach.) To order, send a check for $15 to Team Expansion (attn: PACE video), 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299 or use PayPal to send payment to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . You can also to the Team Expansion website at http://www.teamexpansion.org, click on “Resources”, then click on the PayPal icon to transfer the $15 instantly and safely using your credit card or bank account. Just add a note to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   that gives your shipping address.
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BECOME A MAP-MAKER

Have you found yourself wishing for a great color map, but unable to lay your hands on one? Now you can! Check out these geographic gold mines, all with free mapping features:

Expedia.com – slanted toward N. Am. and Eur.

mapblast.com – worldwide street maps, driving directions in ten languages, yellow-page listings to print

mapquest.com – slow response at times, banner ads, cluttered screens, world atlas, worldwide road maps, topo. maps, airport locations, white & yellow pages, U.S. traffic reports

maptech.com – maps and charts; enter a town or place name and state, get nautical charts, topo. maps, aeronautical charts, sat. photos

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REVISED PATTERSON CHURCH-PLANTING CD AVAILABLE

cd-rom After weeks of manufacturing delays, Enable! Media is pleased to announce to those who inquired about George Patterson’s e-textbook on CD-ROM, that the manufactured edition is now available and shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland OR 97215 USA, local telephone 503-517-1850, toll-free 800-547-4546, fax 503-517-1801, e-mail bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . Sorry, they cannot accept credit orders at this time. [For Windows only.]
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HOW DO YOU TRAIN KIDS WITH LITTLE OR NO RESOURCES?

That’s what Kerryn skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   would like to know. She’s hunting for training materials for children’s workers in low-resource areas where children’s ministry is starting from scratch. Send her your best ideas, sources, and links and she’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today. Good luck Kerryn!
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ETHNIC WORKERS’ SUMMIT DEADLINE DRAWS NEAR

calendar The deadline for the $60 registration fee for the Ethnic Workers’ Summit (April 19-21 at BIOLA University, sponsored by the Mission America Ethnic America Network) is the end of February. After that the registration fee is $75 (registration for couples is $100 and does not increase). Get more info on the Summit at http://www.ethnic-america.net?
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GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTREACH INTRODUCES GEO ONLINE MISSIONARY FORUMS

WebWatch At Heartland MissionsFest, Global Economic Outreach announced the introduction of GEO Online. GEO Online is a collection of online forums where missionaries and other community development workers can exchange information and post questions on a wide variety of topics. It is also a place where professionals, craftsmen, and hobbyists can answer questions from their own experience. Imagine participating in forums like, “Agriculture, Arts, Community, Construction, Cottage Industry Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, General Administrative issues, Health, Marketing, Missionary Issues, Political Science, Recreation, Small Business, Technology, Transportation, and Import/Export. Plus… I really like this interface! What’s more, regular use of GEO Online helps build the searchable knowledge base. Visit GEO Online at http://www.teamgeo.org/forums. Direct questions, suggestions and feedback to mailatteamgeodotorg  (mailatteamgeodotorg)  .
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GLOBAL ACTION TOUCHING THE WORLD

Global Action is committed to proclaim the kingdom of God in word and deed around the world, and serve the church by empowering, training, motivating and mobilizing its people, so that they become full-devoted followers of Christ. Global Action has five strategic areas. These are: Evangelism and Outreach, Training and Motivation, Compassion, Children and Youth, and Multiplication. Check them out at: http://www.globalaction.nu Global Action also offers short-term mission trips to those who want to serve in a holistic ministry around the world. They offer trips all year long and have a unique opportunity for Christians that are 55 years and older to experience missions. For more info, call Jill in the USA at 888-725-3707, or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .
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NEW INTERACTIVE BOOK DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSIONARIES

letter and ligntening bolt The Coffee Shop is a new email list service for Christian missionaries to discuss and apply books related to cross-cultural mission and ministry. Each monthly issue includes Reader Raves, Discussion Threads, and Short Book Reviews. It’s a great way for missionaries worldwide to communicate and learn together. Joining is easy. Go to http://www.globalcompassion.com/thecoffeeshop.htm for more information, or send an email to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM

graduation cap Prairie Bible College and Graduate School (Three Hills, Alberta, Canada) sponsors an annual Ethnomusicology Institute for five weeks during May and June. The program is designed to provide a basic theoretical foundation in applied ethnomusicology for missionaries and musicians preparing for cross-cultural ministry. Courses may be taken for undergraduate (PBC) or graduate (PGS) credit. These courses will be offered this year:

  1. THEOLOGY & PRACTICE OF WORSHIP (3 credit hours; May 7-11)
  2. MUSIC IN WORLD CULTURES (3 credit hours: May 14-18)
  3. INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (3 credit hours: May 22-June 8)
  4. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FIELD METHODS (3 credit hours: May 22-June 8)

For information on the program, costs, and application procedures, check out: http://www.pbi.ab.ca/college/finearts/ Email VernondotCharteratpbidotabdotca  (VernondotCharteratpbidotabdotca)   or phone 011-1-403-443-5511, ext. 3394.

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WEF CD OFFERS VIRTUAL LIBRARY

cd-rom World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) is releasing WEF The Theological Resource Library on CD ROM. This CD ROM is completely searchable and is rich in material for missions, evangelism, discipleship, church history and theology. If you purchase all the material the CD contains in print it would cost you over $1000. WEF is offering this CD at a special price for BRIGADA TODAY subscribers. The CD normally sells for $49.95 but if you tell WEF you saw it in BRIGADA TODAY the cost is only $35.95. The complete run of the WEF Theological Commission journal Evangelical Review of Theology 1977-2000 is on the CD. The journal contains articles from a global perspective covering a wide range of topics in missions and current theological issues such as homosexuality, ethics, salvation, and theological education. The acclaimed, “A Contemporary Evangelical Perspective on Roman Catholicism” both in English and Spanish is included. The resource library contains Bibles, ASV and KJV, in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese. Historic Creeds and Confessions, History of Christianity, eight vol. set by Schaff, sermons by Wesley and Whitefield and WEF publications are also on the CD. The cost for the WEF Theological Resource Library is only $35.95 plus $3, domestic, or $5, international, for shipping and handling. For ordering or to obtain a complete list of contents contact WEF at 630-668-0440 or email Philip Philckenyonataoldotcom  (Philckenyonataoldotcom)  . WEF will accept Visa and Master Charge. Volume discounts are also available.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen So far, in our series on how to good teams become great teams, we’ve covered these four key components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination
  4. Gifted team members

This past week, Pete Holzmann wrote to say that God had been teaching him a ton lately — and most recently, he had appreciated the principles in a book, “Topgrading.” It’s apparently all about choosing, and coaching, the best players for your work team. Though it’s not written from a Christian perspective, necessarily, Pete felt that, if extended into our paradigm, it would offer great help on some 50 different areas of competency. According to Pete, “One of the most valuable little tools it provides is a division of those 50 areas into three categories:

  • Weaknesses easily fixed (through education, etc)
  • Weaknesses NOT easily fixed, but doable with significant effort
  • Weaknesses very difficult if not impossible to fix (without the Lord’s intervention)

Examples:

  • How to choose the right people (easily fixed)
  • How to be more personable (hard to fix but doable)
  • How to be more intelligent (uhhh… that’s a toughie!)

Sounds intriguing. (It’s Topgrading, by Bradford Smart, Copyright 2000 Prentice Hall Press. 403 pages.)

Okay… so we’re ready to expand the list. [drum roll snare drum] From my perspective, another key principle to turn good teams into great teams involves appropriate leadership.

e. Great teams have great leaders — If you don’t believe this, just study some of the great coaches of the world. I think of Anson Dorrance of the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer program. Here’s a coach that has dominated a sport. Probably no other coach in the history of the universe has so effectively captured repeating titles in any other sport in existence. How is it that other great soccer players can assemble great talent, yet come away with mediocre winnings? There’s some kind of chemistry present when a great leader steps onto the field with a good team.

So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. So he has his team members compete in speed races, shoot-outs, and just about every possible soccer skill imaginable. For those of us who work in missions, maybe one parallel would be that we simply meet regularly with our team members to assess how they’re doing.

In our own mission, we recently began a top-to-bottom process of asking team leaders to meet with team members on a monthly basis, to focus not only on “job performance” (as cold as that sounds), but also on spiritual walk, relationships, and a dozen other factors. It’s taken us a while to implement it, but almost without exception, all the teams which have begun the process are reporting amazing feedback. One team leader in Asia wrote that although it’s “frightful territory” to enter into these “checkpoint” sessions, they indeed are promoting better communication, healthier relationships, and better conflict management.

And for good teams to become great teams, all those factors have to be in place.

Brigada autoresponder Want to get a list of the entire discussion so far regarding turning good teams into great teams? Just send an email to great_teamsatbrigadadotorg  (great_teamsatbrigadadotorg)   and you’ll receive the assembled text back in your inbox in minutes. And… be careful out there. It’s a jungle. :-)

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NEW VIDEO FEATURES JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 “AFFINITY BLOCKS”

movie camera According to the Joshua Project 2000 all peoples on the unreached peoples list are represented within a dozen or so affinity blocs. This new video covers 12 affinity blocs and pictures the state of world evangelization at the end of the year 2000. A joint effort of the following agencies, AD 2000 and Beyond, Caleb Project, China Source, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, International Mission Board-SBC, IRRTV-Finland, Jan Karnis, Productions, Operation Mobilization, Presbyterian Church-USA and Procla-Media Productions this new resource covers the 12 affinity blocs in 5-6 minute segments. The peoples covered are: Arab World, Cushitic Peoples, Eurasian Peoples, Indo-Iranians of SW Asia, Indo-Iranians of South Asia, Jewish Peoples, Malay Peoples, Sinitic Peoples, Sub-Saharan Africa, Thai/Dai Peoples, Tibetan Peoples and Turkic Peoples. The cost is $19.95 plus shipping and tax if applicable. (20 % discount to any ministry). NTSC copies can be ordered from OM Literature at 800-733- 5907 or 770-554-5827. PAL copies can be ordered from OM USA at 800- 899-0432 or e-mail randyatusadotomdotorg  (randyatusadotomdotorg)  .
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NEW “HIS” DATABASE NEARLY READY FOR “PRIMETIME”

Have you heard about the new “Harvest Information System” (HIS) being birthed as a follow-up to AD2000 & Beyond’s data on unreached peoples? As it turns out, the HIS “Registry of Peoples” (ROP) list may well be one of the most complete lists of the world’s peoples publicly available. The People/Country table presently contains 16,391 records. By contrast, the new edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia contains 12,582 entries. As the HIS Peoples list has been built, the attempt has been made to err on the side of inclusiveness, not wanting any peoples to be inadvertently omitted. Stay tuned to future editions of Brigada Today for further developments on this project.
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INTERPERSONAL SKILLS NEED SHARPENING?

calendar “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” will be offered April 22 – 27, 2001, for missionaries and church personnel in Idyllwild, CA. This interactive workshop is designed to increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills as you relate to family, co-workers, and those in other cultures. Topics covered include: Biblical Foundations, Loving Listening, Managing Conflicts Well, Building Trust, Managing Stress, Managing Grief, Being an Encourager. Tahquitz Pines Conference Center is the location. Register by March 22 for early fees – total in single room is $422 or shared room $352. If flying, Ontario airport is closest. Map and other details will be given after registration. Visit Mission Training International’s web site for details http://www.mti.org (see under “Workshops”) or contact them at Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or tel. toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687.
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY EXTENSION IN BUDAPEST

graduation capBeginning this fall/winter, CIU is opening a Budapest Extension Center (BEC) as an extension of their graduate school in cooperation with Pioneers for those seeking to work on an accredited MA or MDiv with:

  • intensive one/two week modular courses up to 3 times each school year
  • up to 50% of non-residential course work in Budapest
  • a minimum of 50% of residential courses to be completed at CBS in Korntal, Germany or CIU in Columbia, South Carolina
  • significant tuition savings

This will be graduate level education taught by visiting professors from CIU for nationals and expats in Europe and the former Soviet Union. For more information, write ciu-budatpioneersdotorg  (ciu-budatpioneersdotorg)  .

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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

graduation cap Teach in China! A TESOL training school will be held at SIAS University in XinZheng City of Henan Province, China from June 1-July 14, 2001. The school is geared to train English teachers for placement at SIAS University or other Chinese Universities or for service almost anywhere in the world. The students will learn to live in China, love the people, eat their food, and speak some of their language. For more information, visit the corresponding site on the web at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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ENGLISH TEACHERS FOR TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Would you be interested in teaching English for 3-4 months in this needy post-Soviet country which is trying to rebuild its economy? You can also study Persian, Tajik or Russian language, and this short-term work will be set up by an ex-pat who’s been through the experience and understands the needs of a newcomer. Semesters run Feb-May and Sept-Dec (it’s not too late for this semester!). Accommodation and food provided. Salary $25-50 per month, depending on the number of hours taught. No qualifications required (only some patience and cultural flexibility), but experience of teaching English preferable, since you will have to design your own teaching program. Write to dhj-genatinamedotcom  (dhj-genatinamedotcom)   or phone +992 372 336715.
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TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE

calendar The theme of the 4th TIE Congress has evolved to the TIE Asian Regional Conference. The congress starts March 18th thru the 22nd. The various staff of TIE will be facilitating the workshops. The registration fee of $240 includes transportation from the airport, meals and lodging at the Lumban Caliraya Re-Creation Center. For more information contact Ken tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   or Joy pmamdatpacificdotnstdotph  (pma%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Emdatpacificdotnstdotph)  .
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TIE ASIAN CONGRESS IN MANILA

calendar This year’s “TIE” congress is to take place in Manila, March 18 to 22 at the Caliraya Re-Creation Center south of the city. This is for practicing tentmakers and will concentrate on Asian operations, of training, the Information Technology Center at the Asia Center for World Missions and Business operations. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee and a full board conference cost of $240. For more information contact Joy at pmamdatpacificdotnetdotph  (pma%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Emdatpacificdotnetdotph)   or tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)  .
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CHURCH PLANTER’S SURVEY

Would you be willing to share your experiences so that other church planters can learn from you? According to its authors, this twenty-minute survey will help to identify the common characteristics of a successful church plant. If you’re interested, just send an email to lestonatxsinetdotcodotza  (lestonatxsinetdotcodotza)   and he will gladly forward the survey to you. Thank you for your assistance!

note Note: Brigada does not endorse this survey; we haven’t seen it.

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SURFING WITH A MISSION

A “Surfers For Mission” team in Noosa Australia are committed to using surfing as a strategy for reaching the unreached. Targeting 10/40 window nations like Indonesia where the ‘mega unreached’ coincide with a prolific surfing industry this team hopes to harness the adventurous spirit of surfers for the unfinished task. Their next training school starts March 18th in Noosa. For more info contact Merv ywamnoosaatbigfootdotcom  (ywamnoosaatbigfootdotcom)   or visit http://www.sfmi.net.
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CYBER-EVANGELISM – IS IT EFFECTIVE?

A survey studying the effectiveness of Cyber Evangelism as part of a bible college course is being undertaken by Mick in the UK. If anyone is involved with cyber- evangelism, of whatever kind (web based, chat room, e-mail etc), then it would be a great help if you could complete a web-based questionnaire on the topic. The URL is: http://www.mleggett.uklinux.net/weq (the last letter is a lower case Q for questionnaire). The deadline for completions is 28th February, and the results will be posted back to the web in June/July 2001. Any participants will be emailed when the results are available. Further information is available from ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg  (ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg)  .
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THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen So far, in our series on how to good teams become great teams, we’ve covered these four key components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination
  4. Gifted team members

Last week, after presenting the “gifted team members” item, we received an email from a prospective missionary who wrote:

“Sure, I know that I should wait until next week and see what you are going to offer as the ‘other issues’, but I can’t wait. I found what you wrote this week to be a little discouraging. I mean, I’m not all that gifted. I have my strengths, and I think God can use them somewhere, but I don’t come close to the kind of giftedness you describe. So, I don’t think I would qualify as a member of a great team… Maybe I should just stay home? Just for argument’s sake, of course. I love what you write, and getting Brigada each week! Keep it up!”

I replied… “I hear you, brother. Just remember… Suppose our “game” was basketball. The greatness of Michael Jordan would make us all want to stay home. I’m not suggesting that we hold out only for the ideal. But what I am saying is that as we not be satisfied with slouchy performance on something like, say, a skill issue… take language for instance. One of our workers is currently leaving for a field saying, “I can get by with the language level I already have.” I’m saying he should go to language school for six months first. Because I want him to shine. So… whatever it is you’re called to do, I’m saying become as skilled in it as you can. Work as hard at it as you can possibly work. Make sense? Did you know that, as a freshman, Michael Jordan didn’t make the cut on his high school basketball team? Needless to say, he practiced that entire year — probably harder than any senior did in the entire high school. By the way, as a sophomore, he made it. :-)

More on “great teams” next week.
Doug

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010128 Brigada Today

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HOW MANY SUBSCRIBERS THESE DAYS?

Brigada Logo When EGroups transitioned to Yahoo groups, the code-writers polished up the servers and tightened up the reporting a bit. Turns out we have somewhere above 9,000 subscribers… but not quite 10,000. That’s okay. Nobody gets paid per subscriber. :-)
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DOES EGROUPS (YAHOO) PAY BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Nope. Originally, they talked about it… back at the beginning. Seems like we got 3 checks, each averaging around $25…. spread out over the first 12 months. By that time, they had become convinced that their model would never work… and that was the end of that. Now we pay about $60/year to make sure there aren’t any of those crusty “ad trailers” on the ends of these emails. So… [yawn] nobody’s getting rich from Egroups… that’s for sure. :-)
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DOES BRIGADA RECEIVE ADVERTISING DOLLARS FROM RESOURCE PROVIDERS?

Brigada Logo About 2 or 3 times/year, some enterprising business will say, “Do you guys accept sponsorship dollars?” (The answer is always a resounding “Yes!” :-) ) We place their information prominently on the web site: http://www.brigada.org and feature them in a big headline in the next couple of issues. But we never “charge” the people who list resources in Brigada Today. If someone decides to donate, they give from the heart. Then we pay bills. Like for instance, this past Christmas, we sent nice gift certificates from Circuit City to our web volunteer and customer service volunteers. (In case anyone ever asks you, there’s a “Donate” button at the website that allows folks to give by check or credit card, if they can join PayPal, or, if anyone ever receives an inheritance :-), our address is:

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MINISTRY LIBRARY

Brigada autoresponder Remember Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)  , a missionary church planter, who wanted to classify his personal library? Guess what: He kept his word. If you’d like to see his 46K summary of elegant, sophisticated and simple classification systems to track books, audios, videos, etc., just send an email to library-systemsatbrigadadotorg  (library-systemsatbrigadadotorg)  . Within minutes, you’ll receive an auto-responder full of great brainstorms. And thanks to all those who responded! Some of these library systems are terrific! Great job Mark!
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FREE RADIO SCRIPTS FOR CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING, NOW ONLINE

Log onto the brand new Strategy Network website just uploaded on http://www.newWway.org for 100 free radio scripts suitable for North Africa and Middle Eastern Teams. The series called “The Way of Righteousness: The Stories and Message of God’s Prophets According to the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel” may be something your team would want to translate into your target language. The scripts are at http://www.newwway.org. Once you’re there, paste this additional text into the URL address box in your browser (in other words, add this onto the end of the http://www.newwway.org address:
/strategy_network/storying_resources/sub8/index.html
(If we listed the entire link, it would line-wrap and that always results in a ton of emails saying the link is bad. It’s not bad… but it does require “assembly” since it’s so long.) (Thanks Chris!)
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ROSETTA STONE RELEASES ARABIC LEVEL 2

cd-rom Finally the Rosetta Stone language CD-Rom, Arabic Level 2, that many of you have been waiting for has been completed. If you or someone you know is learning Arabic, this is the program for you. Level 1 is also available for those that are just beginning to learn Arabic. There are 24 different languages available through Mission Training International at an exclusive price for missionaries of $99, plus shipping per level. To order call 800- 896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or write Mission Training International Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and visit http://www.mti.org.
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PEERS ENCOURAGE MISSIONS COMMITMENTS

A new on-line community is ready to serve the English-speaking evangelical missions community: http://www.myglobalimpact.com. This dynamic web site creates small groups (2 – 7 people) of peers with similar missions interests. These virtual groups serve to encourage and help people along their journey discovering God’s will. If you have made a missions commitment and want to connect with others like you, register now at http://www.myglobalimpact.com. You’ll be able to read and post on a variety of subjects, join on-line discussions, or use the real-time chat system, or you can use plain old e-mail. If you are a speaker, pastor, or agency rep who gives missions challenges, see www.myglobalimpact.com/affilaiates.htm to learn how to use www.myglobalimpact.com to help those you challenge follow through on their commitments. Myglobalimpact.com is a free and ad-free service of Caleb Project, http://www.calebproject.org.
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PEOPLETEAMS.ORG LIKE THE DURACELL BUNNY (KEEPS ON GROWING)

People Teams Like that Duracell bunny featured around the world in battery ads… that “keeps on going and going,” PeopleTeams.org (PT) now has 330 websites. Actually, 167 websites are actually hosted by PT; 148 sites are links and 15 were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a msy presence. In addition, there are links to 33 missions resources and 85 missionary-sending agencies. On their birthday, PT had 160,000+ hits for the month. The Miao website was #1 with more than 7,000 hits from 650 unique visitors and the Palestinians were #2 (626 unique visitors). http://www.peopleteams.org
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LINGUALINKS LIBRARY AVAILABLE ON CD-ROM THROUGH MTI

cd-rom The LinguaLinks Library has 8 Bookshelves with over 97 on-line books for you. The Bookshelves include material concerning Anthropology, Language Learning, Linguistics, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Consulting, Scripture Use, and Translation. Also included are Cookbooks, Where There is No Doctor or Dentist, and Solar Electricity. It is compiled by Wycliffe Bible Translators and available through Mission Training International. A sensitive version is available for those in sensitive countries. The cost is $75 plus shipping. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or email Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and browse: http://www.mti.org.
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AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO PERSEVERE

book A new book, Five Loaves and Two Bowls of Borscht, gives church planters (and anyone else involved in ministry) a picture of what God can do with our meager offerings. Using a touch of humor, author Janice Lemke relates lessons learned through struggles on the mission field and shows how God worked in spite of those difficulties to start a successful church planting movement in Ukraine. For ordering information, write cjlemkeatcsdotcom  (cjlemkeatcsdotcom)  .
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STUDY TESOL IN CHINA

graduation cap China needs 250,000 English Teachers for next year! A TESOL course will be held, June 1-July 14, 2001 at a university in Henan Province, China, with hopes of training English teachers to help fill this need. The school will prepare you to teach English almost anywhere in the world! For more information, visit: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OFFERS A DEGREE IN ISLAM

graduation cap Earn a graduate degree with core courses on Islam by studying during the regular academic year, Summer Studies, Winterim (January) and by Extension. Summer Studies 2001 again offers two, 2-week sessions: Session I, July 9-20: Introduction to Islam (Steve Johnson), Folk Islam (David Cashin), Muslim Evangelism (Phil Parshall). Session II, July 23- August 3: Apologetics for Muslim Ministry (John Gilchrist), Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Sam Soloman), Islam in North America (Carl Ellis). Each 3 s.h. course for credit is $897; audit is $150. Room and board is $175 per week. For more information, write Warren muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227 x3325 (803-754-4100). Web: http://www.ciu.edu/programs/sem_ma_muslim.htm
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SUMMER MINISTRY/TRAINING IN TURKEY

graduation cap METS 2001 Middle East Training Session is slated for May 23th – July 4th in Turkey with experienced local workers. There will be ministry opportunities with English speaking Turkish university students, local workers, and at summer camps for Turkish children. Also included: practical and academic studies in Bible, Islamics, history, culture, and conversational Turkish. College credit is available upon request. Cost is U$S 1195 plus airfare and personal spending money. If interested, contact IDEA Ministries ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)   before March 15th.
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HELP THE CRY OF THE HEART

The Cry of the Heart is offering a host of evangelism information, including training in evangelism techniques and testimonies, as well as missions information. They are offering the opportunity for anyone that has a ministry related to evangelism or missions. If you would like to be considered in this project, just fill out the on-line form at http://members.tripod.com/heart_cry/forms/ For more information, see The Cry of the Heart http://www.heart-cry.com or write Diana ldydsthatyahoodotcom  (ldydsthatyahoodotcom)  .
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NEED TO RAISE FUNDS? PLAY GOLF!

I’m serious. If you don’t believe me, just browse: http://www.mindspring.com/~gfgs or write Dan dklkkkckatmsndotcom  (dklkkkckatmsndotcom)  . He’ll help you get set up for all kinds of ministry!
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MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Take a week-long course at CITI in N. Carolina, April 16-20. The focus is on empowering a community to create culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. For course information visit http://www.citi.org and for examples of the approach taught see http://www.worship-arts-network.com/eth-music-articles-list.html.
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THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION VIA PILOT COURSE FROM GERMANY

graduation cap In anticipation of offering a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Columbia International University (CIU), Dr. Robert W. Ferris will lead theological educators in a week of intense instruction and interaction at CIU’s Korntal campus. Dr. Ferris will focus on “Theological Foundations for Educational Practice” (ITE 7320) from June 5-9, 2001 (to be taught in English). Credits earned in this course will be applicable toward current M.A. and M.Div. degrees or toward any future programs. Tuition will be DM 705,00 for students taking the course as part of their Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs. An announcement regarding doctoral program entrance standards, program requirements, and costs will be made during the ITE course in June. For further information please contact cbsinfoataemdotde  (cbsinfoataemdotde)  .
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YOU PLAY TENNIS?

Here’s a group called Tennis Ambassador Christian Ministry that links tennis players, fans, coaches, and playing professionals in 79 nations. A free twice a month newsletter is sent out to members with interesting viewpoints from around the world. In 2001, TACM will begin to financially support orphans in developing countries. Check out http://www.tennisministry.com. Email Bob infoattennisministrydotcom  (infoattennisministrydotcom)   for more info.
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GREAT SLANT ON PRAYER JOURNEYS

praying hands Here’s a church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Clovernook Christian) that has taken a slightly different tack on prayer journeys. They’re asking participants to make a commitment to pray after the prayer journey, on a regular basis, for a minimum of six or twelve months. Great idea! Seems like we should all be implementing that!
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THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and penLast week we wrote that good teams become great teams when they have these three starter components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination

This week we expand the list with 1 more item. Again, most of this stuff is just common sense, but I’ll admit that it comes from having watched 20 years worth of teams in formation. Good teams become great teams when they have…

d. Gifted team members — You thought I’d forget this, didn’t you. But it’s true. As much as we’d like to think that story-book champions come from dreams and passion, the truth is that most championships are won by teams with athletes who are incredibly talented. Look at the way a guy like Pele can seemingly lift a nation to international fame. Born to poor parents, here’s a guy who learned to play soccer by wrapping up his brother’s underwear into little balls! Later, he’d practice with grapefruits and oranges. But all you have to do is watch him chest a ball down to his feet, then shoot it first touch — and then you appreciate the fact that this guy has more natural ability in his big toe than most of us do in our whole bodies! You’re heard the phrase that “winning is 80% motivation.” I believe it. But that other 20% can sure make a difference sometimes. So on our mission teams, we need people who can really share Christ effectively. We need sharp leaders with grace-filled pastoral care gifts. We don’t just want average language guys. We want incredible language speakers. The kind where the words roll off his or her tongue.

I love listening to one guy in our mission who has an IQ off the scoreboard. I’m convinced he could have done anything he set his mind to. I found him (okay… so maybe God found him :-) ) on the campus of a Midwestern Bible College about 10 or 12 years ago. I had gone to the Academic Dean and asked, “Would you write down the name of your best preacher, your most gifted learner, and the most promising student in the college.” He said, “That’s easy — it’s one guy, with all three titles.” The next morning I ate breakfast with that fellow. Probably one of the best breakfasts I ever had… and I don’t even remember what I ate! :-) But that one morning changed our lives… both of our lives! He joined our organization and we’ve never been the same since. His Chinese is so good, nationals have told me it sounds like he was native born. Sometimes they close their eyes and they forget that he’s not Chinese. Once I dared him to be ready for the fall of “the bamboo curtain”… to train Chinese leaders all the more into the very best leaders they can be. Thing is… he isn’t waiting for any curtains to fall. With God’s power, he and his beautiful wife are walking right through them.

Now… when are they going to get around to inventing DNA cloning for humans. Who needs extra sheep! :-)

Seriously — how do we find those kind of guys? Seems to me that today’s missions enterprise depends on us finding the Simon Peters and Andrews (and the guy in the Midwestern college) and all the others who will make a difference. Then we’ll have great teams. Then we’ll see the harvest God promised. Then we’ll see churches pop up like mushrooms around the earth.

Give me a team full of gifted team members and I’ll show you a great team — as long as some other issues are in place. More about those next week. :-)

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20010121 Brigada Today

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EMAIL ENCRYPTION

letter and ligntening bolt… but were afraid to ask . . . is now available online by joining a special email conference headed by Caleb Project’s John Hanna (of the old “Brigada- connections” days; also, remember “Global Glimpse”? :-) ). To join, just send a blank email to: missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . We’ll give John a heads up on the possibility that many will join this group. It’s a hot topic. And… yes… he’ll take into consideration that not everyone joining would be friendly to the cause.
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK

book The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co- authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Pre-publication editions are available in limited quantity from the Chalmers Center. The cost is $10, plus shipping and handling. To order your copy, send a message to the Chalmers Center at: chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  .
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COURSES ON ISLAM OFFERED IN THE SUMMER OF 2001

graduation cap Fuller School of World Mission is offering a great set of courses on Islam, this summer. You can take the course for grad credit for $800 and audit is considerably cheaper. Check out these offerings:

  • June 11-15: Muslim Evangelism, Phil Parshall
  • June 18-29, Women in Islam, Evelyne Reisacher
  • July 2-6: (no class on the 4th), Islam in North America, Steve Johnson
  • July 9-13: Church Planting in Muslim Contexts, Greg Livingstone.

For more information, write Laura swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu  (swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu)  .

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TEACH YOUR AUDIENCE TO LOVE MUSLIMS

movie camera The dynamic attitude-altering video series, “The Real Story: A Christian’s Guide To The Arab World”, is composed of six 20 minute segments, making it ideal for use in adult Christian Ed classes, mission study groups, as a follow up to Perspectives, or even orienting short-termers entering a Muslim context. Includes a 40 page Study Guide summarizing each segment and providing questions for discussion. Cost: $40 Retail, available to Brigada readers at a 30% discount! Contact: MEM-USA ADatmem-usadotorg  (ADatmem-usadotorg)  .
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EASY-ENGLISH NEW TESTAMENT

Bible SOON Gospel Literature has the copyright to a very easy-English New Testament. It can be viewed online at http://bible.gospelcom.net (version ‘WE’). SOON does not distribute it commercially, but prints it primarily for use in its own ministry. Its leaders are willing to collaborate with any ministry which wishes to use part or all of the text for scripture distribution, or as part of any other material. They are also considering the addition of a brief overview of the Old Testament to future issues. Can anyone recommend existing short material which explains God’s dealings with man in the Old Testament, and is designed for a (non-Western) reader who knows nothing of the Bible? If so, write Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BIBLE BASED ESL CURRICULA

graduation cap EFCM International Network has two Bible-based ESL curricula: Adventures in English and Exploring English. During the past year the I-NET staff has rewritten the reading lessons for these two series to make them much more active, requiring more student participation and involvement. Also, there are now reading lessons for beginning and advanced readers. International Network also has developed an 8-lesson ESL Adventures in Business curriculum. If you want to get a sample lesson of the Adventures series or the Exploring series, contact Don 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT

calendar There is a global grassroots movement of young emerging leaders passionate in their devotion to Jesus, fervent in worship and radical in their commitment to see the whole world know Christ. On March 21-24, 2001, these leaders — from the US and throughout the 10/40 Window — will gather at the Christian Aid Training Base in Charlottesville, Virginia to seek God’s direction and network with others who are leading evangelistic initiatives among the unreached peoples of the world. For information about registration, the summit agenda, goals of the Emerging Leadership Network, and other relevant topics visit http://el.strategicnetwork.org or contact the summit coordinator via email to thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  .
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COMICS WITH AN ATTITUDE

Almost any issue or idea can be turned into a story, which can then be made into a comic. This book gives practical advice on how to target and produce comics. It’s free to third World readers, and is also available online: http://global.finland.fi/comics For Christian training in the use of cartooning and comics, Rox35 Media is the place to go: http://www.ROX35Media.org
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WHAT’S GONE WRONG WITH THE HARVEST?

WebWatch Two thousand years ago Jesus gave the Great Commission. Today, many remain unreached. Log onto http://www.newWway.org and read the classic work on communication strategy by James F Engel. Also see newWway.org’s new look and browse the content, there’s about four times more material than before, and more is being added every week!
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WEB-WATCH: CONTEXTUALIZED WORSHIP

WebWatch Those Canadians just keep churning out the great missions stuff. Check out the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center (Canadian based) at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index9.html

Another Canadian site, the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus, can be found at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index62.html

While you’re at it, check out the International Worship & Arts Network at: http://www.worship-arts-network.com

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HOUSE CHURCH NETWORK: GET CONNECTED

If you’re looking for house church resources or relationships, check into the Canadian House Church Resource Network at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/Housechurches.htm
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DON’T FORGET FEBRUARY’S FULANI PRAYER EMPHASIS

praying hands Remember that February is a special month of prayer and fasting for the Unreached Fulani people of the World! There are 26 million Fulani in West Africa. The prayer guide is available in English and in French! Find out more at http://www.africamissions.com/fulbe.htm or write Dave 100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom  (100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom)  .
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TESOL COURSE IN CHINA!

graduation cap It’s six weeks long, starting June 1, 2001. Teachers use proven results. The only entry requirement is that you speak English. Learn more at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  . Please be sensitive to possible Chinese listeners when writing this address.
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NEED A TOSHIBA COMPUTER?

laptop computer DSR, Inc, has specialized in providing Toshiba portable computers to missionaries overseas since 1986. Its techs have lots of experience with delivery, 220 volts, plug ends, etc., and they operate one of 27 major Premier-level repair shop in the USA. They provide “one-business-day” turn around on tech support emails. For info write Steve ssmithatdsr-incdotcom  (ssmithatdsr-incdotcom)   or go to http://www.dsr-inc.com
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DO YOU KNOW A GOOD, SIMPLE LIBRARY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM?

Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)   is a missionary church planter, and is wanting to classify his personal library. He’s not fond of the Dewey system or the Library of Congress classification scheme. Do you know of a simple & helpful classification system to suggest to him (preferably one that will work for books, audios, videos, etc.)? Extensive Internet searching has proven nearly fruitless. PLEASE NOTE: He is not desiring help in managing or cataloging a book collection (much software of that nature is available), but rather a system to use for numbering or classifying items. Please e-mail Mark with your suggestions, and he will let us all know if an answer is found.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen There’s a lot of talk these days about working in teams. Those blessed with the opportunity to serve on great teams are quick to tell you that they love their job. But how do those teams become great? I’m becoming more and more convinced that good teams don’t become great teams by accident. It’s an intentional process . . . and it involves dozens of variables. Gleaned from 20 years of experience watching our own mission teams grow around the globe, here’s the beginning of a short list on some ideas for turning good teams into great teams.

Great teams have…

  1. A clear sense of purpose — Nothing can ‘deep six’ a team faster than floundering in the swamp of wondering why they exist. Write your purpose down. Frame it. Talk about it. Re-read it regularly. Make sure new team members understand it before they even seek membership.

  2. Motivated team members — Okay. This one’s obvious. But think about the difference it makes to just put a basketball great like Michael Jordan onto a court. I’ve been reading a book about Jordan (“For the Love of the Game” — highly recommended for sports fans) and it’s impossible to miss his passion for the sport. Apparently most professional b’ball players in the NBA have provisions which restrict their play during the off-season. Team owners don’t want their prize players getting injured and hurting their winnings the following season. When Jordan came to the Chicago Bulls in 1984, he evidently lobbied long and hard until he achieved what few other players have negotiated: a “Love Of The Game Clause”. Basically Jordan said he loved basketball so much that he couldn’t imagine walking through a summer without it. Bravo for him. It’s about time we respect people because they have a passion for something rather than because they got rich off of it. Likewise, we need missionaries who can’t wait to get up in the morning. They might not really enjoy language learning drills, but their passion for Christ and their devotion to the Lord compel them to study. In short, they need “Love of the Lord Clauses”. … and maybe “Love of the People Clauses” too!

  3. Determination — My 14-year-old son loves soccer. So do dozens of other boys his age. But, if I may say so, something seems to separate him from other boys, especially in the final half of a match. While other players seem to grow more and more weary, especially if they’re behind on the scoreboard, Chris seems to almost play harder as each minute passes. He just won’t quit. He can be 3 goals down… but he just won’t stop trying to come out on top.

These last few days I’ve been meeting with our two full-time teams in Taiwan. The team leader I’m with on this particular day readily admits that he and his wife worked here for 7 years without a single response. Talk about 7 years of famine. Imagine… 7 years without a single success story to write home about. But they didn’t give up. By the 10th year there were a handful . . . and now in the 15 year a church is rising up. Over 100 believers celebrate on Sunday mornings… and cell groups are being birthed all over this bustling city. It’s harvest time.

Good teams rarely become great teams… but when they do, they seldom reach greatness without a clear sense of purpose, motivated team members, and determination. My challenge to all of us is to seek after those attributes in the teams upon which we labor. [more next week]

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010114 Brigada Today

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PACE-LAB CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE JUST ONE MONTH AWAY

PACE-Lab is a unique event designed to help you and your church maximize the experience of adopting an unreached people group. (Disclaimer: Doug Lucas is one of the key planners and implementers of the event. So there’s got to be a way to work soccer into this somehow. :-) ) Each session is geared for action and results. The dates are Feb. 15-17 at Kavanaugh Conference Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Organizers are setting up an environment that will permit you to link up with other churches and agencies to navigate the potentially-troublesome waters of world evangelism. You’ll be directed toward helpful project outlines, CD’s, job descriptions, web pages, to-do lists, and videos. There’s lots of time for questions and some special time given to Brigada itself, including how we can improve the Brigada experience all the more. We follow up each session by helping participants develop actual plans, measurable goals and, Lord willing, tangible results. Interested? Check it out on the web at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/pacelab You can study the hour-by-hour schedule, look at the map and driving directions, and even register & pay the minimal program fee online! We’d love to have you there!
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SURVEY YIELDS DEMOGRAPHIC SHAPSHOT OF BRIGADA FAMILY

Brigada Logo The results are in (from literally hundreds of participants), and the survey said…

  1. 1/3 of us subscribed to Brigada because of an email from a friend. So… would you send a note to a friend today to ask him/her to subscribe to Brigada?
  2. 1/4 of us have been a part of the family for 4 years or more. Whoa. How in the world have you put up with these weekly emails for all that time??? :-)
  3. 41% said they read 100% of each issue! Another 38% average reading at least 3/4 of each edition. All of which goes to show… we’d better find some good stuff to say or someone’s going to be very bored. :-)
  4. 90% said the typical edition is “the right length”! yahoooooo!Yahoo :-)
  5. 83% preferred to keep our mailings “weekly”.
  6. Well over half said that they gleaned something that “made a positive difference” in their ministries at least once a month. Yikes… Brigada Logo what can we say this week??? :-)
  7. Two-thirds of us have purchased something “technology-related” as a result of seeing it in Brigada Today. (Now if we only had an advertising department that could use that statistic! :-) Just kidding.)
  8. 75% said they had referred someone else to Brigada. Yahooo! :-) No wonder we don’t need an advertising department! :-)
  9. Some 2/3 of us have never visited the eGroups website. So much for their advertising theories! :-)
  10. and now…. [drum roll please snare drum ], the statistic that I was most eager to hear, where do we live? Here’s the breakdown:
    • 59% in USA or Canada
    • 13% Asia & the Middle East
    • 12% Western/Central Europe
    • 9% Africa
    • 4% Latin America
    • 2% Australia/Oceania
    • 1% Eastern Eur./Russia.

    I think what surprised me most was the low numbers in Latin America. (Que lastima!) But I was also pretty shocked that there were just as many Asians involved as there were Europeans!

  11. 1/3 of us are field missionaries and 1/5 are other agency people. A ton of us are lay people, just caring about missions! Yessssss!
  12. 94% of us speak English as our first language.
  13. 3/4 of us are male. But … hey… 1/4 are female! That’s a better result than I see in many other missions venues!
  14. but get this — 1/4 of us are between the ages of 50 and 59! Who says there’s a technology generation gap! :-)

But I guess the feature I enjoyed most was the freeform commentary… all the verbatim responses and “get it off your chest” kinds of things. There were tons of people … I mean scads… who said they regretted that many items seemed designed for a USA audience. (Okay.. so no more editions dedicated to Internet Banking or payment. Sorry about that! :-) ) And many people encouraged briefer items. Oops!! I’m outa here! :-)

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IF YOU NEED TO DO A SURVEY

By the way, if you or your organization would ever like to better understand the needs & values of your field personnel, prospective field workers, donors, church partners, or people groups you’re seeking to reach, I highly recommend you consider Jim McGee at Campbell Research jmcgeeatcampbell-researchdotcom  (jmcgeeatcampbell-researchdotcom)  . It was simply a joy to work with him on the Brigada readership survey and he invested acres of time, simply as a courtesy to the Brigada community. So naturally we’re going to recommend him in hopes that someday someone will actually pay the guy something so he can buy food for his kids!!! Seriously, Campbell Research has done research projects for the likes of Frontiers, Wycliffe, the Far East Broadcasting Company and other missions agencies in the past. Give him a try… please!
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WEB-WATCH: SEE THE CITIES OF THE WORLD BY NIGHT

WebWatch This is what the world looks like at night! http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0011/earthlights_dmsp_big.jpg Give it a minute to load, it’s a high resolution composite of hundreds of images made by NASA satellites orbiting the earth at night. How’s that for perspective? Can you find your favorite cities on this image? Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible. Where are the masses of the 10/40 Window? Take a look! Of course, this doesn’t show the rural masses where electricity and therefore lights are less common, but what a view of the cities! See also http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap001127.html (Thanks to Rod for tipping us off to this great site!)
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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST (50 WORKSHOPS, 100 AGENCIES)

calendar The tenth Heartland MissionsFest will take place Feb. 22-24 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with tracks on long-term missions, short-term trips, and serving as senders. Speakers include George Verwer, David Shibley, Betty Barnett, Bill Berry, John Dupree, Steve Hawthorne, Steve Hoke, Neal Pirolo, David Smithers, Tom Telford, Keith Wheeler and John Zumwalt. The last conference drew 2,000 participants from 15 schools, 21 states, 67 churches and 97 agencies. Co-sponsors include ACMC, Ask A Missionary, Caleb Project, and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Read the brochure and register online at http://www.askamissionary.com/hmf.html or phone 800-366-6641.
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GET READY TO RUMBLE – TRAVEL PREPARATION HELPS

Brigada autoresponder I’m compiling this week’s Brigada Today while traveling through 3 sites in Asia and I’m reminded again just how important it is to do good preparation prior to travel. You can get some great tips for packing (for both short- and long-term experiences) by sending a simple email to: packingatbrigadadotorg  (packingatbrigadadotorg)   Our autoresponder will wing its way into your inbox in no time flat with a 36K file on everything from how to get the most out of a suitcase to what to pack in your carry-on. Literally dozens of Brigada readers participated in compiling this October ’99 file. For those who want to stay connected while venturing abroad, send an email to: email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotorg  (email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotorg)   This 14K file was compiled from a series of items focusing on how to raise your chances of being an effective global communicator while on the road. And when you’re ready to book your flight, write to: travelatbrigadadotorg  (travelatbrigadadotorg)   This 19K annotated list of resources just might refer you to an agent or agency that could save you hundreds of dollars. Thanks to Bob, our volunteer web-genius, for programming this autoresponder feature into our website.
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MORE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION

If you’re having trouble getting along with someone, but can’t afford the shrink next door, you can at least download our help file on the subject. Just send a note to: conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg  (conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg)   Hey… if you can’t settle a fight with someone, just send them that file. Maybe they’ll find it in their heart to get along with you! :-)
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FEBRUARY IS “PRAY FOR THE FULANI MONTH”

Some 26 million Fulani, speaking more than 41 dialects of the Pulaar language, live throughout the Sahel region, across Africa from Senegal in the West, and as far as Sudan in the East! The Fulani have been Muslims for centuries. Patrick Johnston described the Fulani as one of the Gateway people groups of the world. Any significant ‘turning to Christ’ among the Fulani would greatly influence other Peoples throughout the African region. Imagine the impact of 10, 20, 50, or even more than 100 thousand people, all praying and fasting for the Fulani during February 2001! A prayer guide is available for the February “PRAY 4 THE FULBE” prayer project. Full info on the Web site “Pray 4 the Fulbe” http://www.africamissions.com/fulbe.htm If you don’t have access to the web, try writing johandotbesteratlapostedotnet  (johandotbesteratlapostedotnet)   for more information.
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FROM THE “NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK” DEPARTMENT: BAHASA FILMS?

movie camera From time to time, let’s feature a “needle in a haystack” search. The only condition: you’ve got to agree to write back to tell us if you’re successful. Like this week, Tom Tgaudetataoldotcom  (Tgaudetataoldotcom)   is looking for some Moody Science Films in the Bahasa Indonesian language. (Hey… I told you it was a needle in a haystack!) Evidently, Moody did like 8 films in Bahasa… but they’re all out of print. So Tom is holding out hope that somebody has a couple of them sitting, gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. Let’s pitch in and help the guy out. I sent him first to brigada-peoples and he didn’t hear a peep there. I hate it when that happens. So let’s get those wires hot. Start those telegraphs a hummin’. Surely somebody among the 10,000 of us has heard of Bahasa before! :-) (Warning: Please don’t write me about it. I can’t even pronounce Bahasa. :-) Write Tom. He’ll be a happy camper. Thanks!!!)
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AN INTENSIVE COURSE ON CHRISTIAN COMICS AND CARTOONING

graduation cap Centro Cultural Milamex A.C. and Prisma Magazine are hosting a Christian comics training in Cuernavaca, Mexico from February 2-5, 2001. The teachers will be Mexican cartoonist Paco Palafox and ROX35 COMIX instructors Nate Butler and Len Cowan. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  . For more information on this course in Mexico, please contact Centro Cultural Milamex A.C., Matamoros 29 Col. del Carmen, Coyoacan. 04100 Mexico, D.F., Fax/Tel: 5659 6930, email Ccmprismaataoldotcom  (Ccmprismaataoldotcom)  .
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SATURATION CHURCH PLANTING: THREE DAY SEMINAR

calendar Here’s a three-day training course laying out the basic principles and strategies of saturation church planting. This seminar is geared for mission leaders and any missionary who wants to better understand the enabling of national church planting movements in the countries where they work. It is taught in Europe and the United States by those actually doing SCP. The next seminar dates are February 5-7 and will be held at the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, North Carolina. For more information, contact Patti at citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call 800-887-1786 in the USA or via Net2Phone or visit http://www.citi.org.
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EASY-ENGLISH EVANGELISTIC MATERIAL BY EMAIL

The quarterly evangelistic paper SOON in easy-English is now also available by email. Articles may be freely re-used or translated. Send a blank email to: soon-subscribeatsoondotorg  (soon-subscribeatsoondotorg)  
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UREACH.COM SET TO START CHARGING

letter and ligntening bolt In times past, we’ve recommended ureach.com as a universal inbox, including (in its initial year or two) a personal toll-free number for free! Well — no more. Starting next month, ureach.com will begin charging for those types of services. Some are still free, so it’s worth a look — but thanks to Ted and Tom for drawing attention to the fact that the free lunch is over. :-( It was good while it lasted. But hey… these folks have to make a living somehow! :-)
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COLUMBIA LAUNCHES NEW DELIVERY SYSTEM

graduation cap Beginning with the Urbana Missions Conference, Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions launched its Advancement In Ministry (AIM) track for delivering degree programs. AIM enables students to fulfill the residence requirements for a degree by spending a maximum of four weeks per year on the school’s South Carolina campus. One week intensive courses are combined with independent learning courses, enabling students to complete a Certificate (10 courses) in twenty months, a Master of Arts (20 courses) in forty months, or a Master of Divinity (30 courses) in sixty months. AIM’s pages on the CBS website may be viewed at http://www.ciu.edu/aim or write the coordinator jharveyatciudotedu  (jharveyatciudotedu)   directly.
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ESCAPE BIG EMAIL ATTACHMENTS FOREVER

letter and ligntening bolt If your Internet connection is slow or paid for by the minute, you have probably been bothered by people sending you, without asking, huge file attachments which take 5, 10, 15 minutes or more to download. And that’s assuming they don’t stall halfway through the download process! But until they are downloaded, you have a queue of emails you can’t get at! There are several ways to get round the problem:

  1. If you use the excellent Eudora emailer, in Options/Attachments, select ‘put attachments in body of message’, and in ‘checking mail’ select a small maximum file size to skip. (The Pegasus email program offers a similar facility). Reset it after, if you wish to receive normal-sized attachments.
  2. Download the little free utility Email Remover (for Win95+). This allows you to view emails waiting for you, and delete any you wish to from the server without downloading them at all. It can be set up for multiple email accounts: http://www.snip.net/help/eremove.htm
  3. Use the procedure described in a recent Brigada Today to download POP3 email into a Hotmail account. Ensure that it is set up not to leave email on the server. Then delete selected emails via the Hotmail webpage.

(Thanks to Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   from the UK for these tips! And yes… it is a hassle, Tony!)

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THE BACKPAGE: ESCAPING THE RAT RACE

books and penDid you ever have one of those weeks where you just had to say “Whew!” at the end? You know… the hectic kind… with phone calls, to do lists, databases, visits to make, books to read, doctoral dissertations to write, financial reports to compile, lessons to prepare… not to mention personal quiet times waiting in the wings. Is it my imagination, or does it seem to you that there are more of those these days than there were, even, say… five years ago? What’s happening to our lives? Makes me want to wish for one of the stopwatches I saw on an old Twilight Zone re-run. You know the episode… the guy clicks off the watch and the whole world stops except for him? He gets a chance to tidy up his shop or learn the violin, then … click… he starts the watch again and the whole world kicks back into gear without so much as a stutter. “Whoa”, they say, “You’re sure making fast progress on the violin!” :-)

So what can missionary-types do in times like these? Visit your local Dick’s Sporting-goods store and try out all the stopwatches? :-) Nice try. Here’s a more practical alternative. First, go through the list and find any and all items that are so urgent and so important that you simply positively have to finish them before anything else. Rank those as a “1”. Maybe some of them can be delegated to someone else (like, if you’re fortunate enough to have a secretary). Some of them might be so big that you have to break them down into smaller, bite-sized steps. If so, break them out if you must.

Don’t be so quick to rank an item high just because it’s urgent. Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits books) does a good job of helping us see the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important. My doctoral dissertation isn’t urgent, but it’s probably important. (So why am I sitting here writing a Brigada Today BackPage editorial when I could be writing a dissertation? Probably because the dissertation looks so big that it’s no fun to tackle. By contrast, I can whip out a Brigada Today in just a few hours or so. So … here’s a memo to myself: Work the important things in as well as the seemingly urgent.

Next, start assigning a rank to the other items on the list. I used to try ranking things from 1 to a hundred… but I’ve come to believe it’s almost counterproductive to do that. (By the time you finish the list, the day is done!) Use 1 to 10 or whatever is manageable for you.

Once you’re done, change the order of the items to reflect the new look and feel of a managed task list. Now, look at the first item on the list and get started. When you finish it, celebrate (but only for a moment), then take off on the next item and so on.

Now here’s the key to escaping a hectic day. Here’s what I tell our mission’s Personnel Director when he’s feeling the pressure of a whole page full of items: Just do one at a time. That’s the secret to survival in a hurry-up world. “One line at a time.” Avoid seeing the list as a big stack of things. Just see it as one line (the next one) and tackle it ’til it’s finished.

Now a final word about “biggie” items. For example, during the past 2 or 3 weeks, I’ve been working with my boys to build a soccer practice area in our basement. It’s not huge, but it was a big challenge for me – over 26 feet long, just over 13 feet wide, complete with “dasherboards” (like an ice skating rink), goals, real indoor turf, … the works. I set a goal to have it finished before I left for this trip to Asia and just about everything on the to do list had to wait. Now maybe that’s good, in a sense. Singleminded determination and enthusasism are good things. But along the way, I’ve had to review my “family” to do list each evening to see what, if any, smaller items were slipping. Some nights I had to take time away for helping the kids with a homework question, helping Penny hang a curtain in the bedroom, or spending time with a family we might have invited over for a meal. I guess what I’m saying is that we can’t let this “one line at a time” thing keep us from eyeing the rest of the list on a daily basis, to make sure we don’t let a really important item fall through the cracks. Like… I didn’t finish grooming the dog before I left (poor pitiful- looking thing! :-)). But now that I’ve left, I’ve got to let go of it. I can’t let it keep bugging me. I’ve got to let go. Release it.

Okay… so there you have it. Magical stuff . . . stuff that’ll help you hang in there over the long haul. “One line at a time!”

And be careful… it’s a jungle out there. :-)
Doug

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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010107 Brigada Today

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LAST CHANCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION CONFERENCE

calendar Here’s your last chance to register for the National Short Term Mission Conference in Atlanta, Jan. 26-28. Attend with your church mission leadership and choose from 45 Workshops taught by experienced leaders on the things your church needs to know for doing short term missions. Workshops include: how to recruit, how to interview, how to teach missions, how to do great team meetings before, on-site and after a trip, cultural dilemmas, conflict management, emergency issues, mobilizing families, the host’s perspective, large church issues, and more. The plenary theme is Storytelling. Guest musician, Ken Medema will be putting music to stories….His story and your mission stories. Register through the website http://www.NSTMC.org or email DennisdotKdotMassaroatjunodotcom  (DennisdotKdotMassaroatjunodotcom)  .
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TRADE NOT AID

Check out this new ministry formed to promote self- sustainability for poorer nations. “10-40 Trading” infoatwinintdotorg  (infoatwinintdotorg)   (subject line: attn: Keith) is a trading venture hoping to pair up partners in the West with needy, industrious folks in other lands. Its leaders want to create conduits for import and export of goods to create healthy, long-term jobs, income and capitol for projects. If you can locate bankrupt merchandise, end of line product and other goods to pass to developing nations or if you can purchase goods made in other lands, then 10-40 Trading might be your ticket! For more info., go to http://www.winint.org.
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TESL IN ASIA

Want to teach English in East Asia this summer? Call Mike in the USA or via Net2Phone at 800-670-7742 ext. 137. Or email him MmccalleyatGlobalresourcesdotorg  (MmccalleyatGlobalresourcesdotorg)  .
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ELIJAH COMPANY’S MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP

graduation cap ECI’s ministry is to identify, instruct, impart to, and impel missionaries to the field. To learn more, go to http://www.elijahcompany.org. One of the ways that the Elijah Company trains missionaries is through its Missionary Training Camp (MTC). Here they help identify and destroy personal strongholds, train in cross-cultural communications, and assist in the identification of missionary calls. The next MTC will be held 1-4 February 2001 in Chesapeake, VA at the beautiful RRR Ranch. Please email infoatelijahcompanydotorg  (infoatelijahcompanydotorg)   or phone in the USA at 757-474-2054 for more information. The application deadline is January 25.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING AT CORNERSTONE

graduation cap The Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies offers many one-week courses for anyone to attend. It’s good, not expensive, and lasts you a life time. To see all the different courses they’re offering, go to http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or email 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20001231 Brigada Today

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WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA FINALLY SHIPPING!

book This long-awaited Second edition, updated and expanded, in a two-volume set, an unparalleled source of information… is now available. Order it from WorldChristian News (a ministry of YWAM International), and get it at a 22% discount (save $64.90) if you order during January 2001. For more information, visit http://www.ywam.org/books/wce.htm or email Paul wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  . Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if he’s using PayPal yet… so you can also be on the safe side and fax your order to: 719-380-0936.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN RESOURCE DIRECTORY NOW ONLINE

WebWatch Thanks to Ken, who recently managed to get all his resource lists online! This is an incredible stack of pointers, vendors, and other resources of al kinds. Check it out at: http://www.missionresources.com

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MORE INFO ON THE CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR

praying hands The new Intercessors for China 2001 prayer calendar is now available in both Engish and Chinese versions on the web! Themes this year are The Persecuted, the Poor, and the Pioneer Missionaries. Use this calendar to pray strategically, comprehensively, and specifically for China. Each month profiles a province. Each week features a city. Each day features a person or group. To order a calendar, go to http://www.prayforchina.com or call 888-462-5481 in the USA or via Net2Phone.

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CULTURE & LANGUAGE TRAINING SEMINARS

calendar MissionPrep is now offering it’s cross-cultural seminars ifor new missionaries in Vancouver and Toronto. Culture & Language Training– February 11-23 2001 in Toronto. This seminar integrates Cross-Cultural and Language Acquisition Skills for the new missionary going overseas. Language Acquisition Seminar– March 31st- April 12th in Vancouver. This seminar is jointly sponsored by Gateway, AIM Centre & MissionPrep. It provides foundational skills for learning another language. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or browse http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep
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MINISTRY MATERIALS FOR WOMEN

In an effort to network women leaders around the world, Kim latvia4himatjunodotcom  (latvia4himatjunodotcom)   would like to compile and share a list of training materials specifically for ministry to women. Would you happen to know of training materials that are available in languages other than English, such as Russian, Spanish, German, French, etc. An example of these materials might be: bible studies, leadership courses or training materials, team development materials, church planting, evangelism and discipleship materials, etc. All responses will be complied and made available through Brigada. Thanks!
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SECOND CONSULTATION ON MINISTRY TO MUSLIM WOMEN

Christar, Arab World Ministries, US Center for World Mission, and Frontiers mission organizations are working together to hold The Second Consultation on Ministry to Muslim Women. It is going to be held at Eastern College (St. David’s, PA, near Philadelphia), June 8-10, 2001. College students, missionaries and lay women are invited to learn from experienced workers among Muslim women, to network with women involved in ministry to Muslims and to become better prepared and equipped for this ministry. To register or get more information, visit our website at www.gospelcom.net/awm/womens.html or contact Debi by e-mail at debiatawmdotorg  (debiatawmdotorg)  
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MORE TIPS FOR PICKING UP POP3 EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt First, Mike told us about a secure option that uses SSL technology. You can find out more at http://www.pop3now.com. Here, you can create an SSL link directly to your POP3 account and read or write e-mail securely. With Hotmail, you can pull in a copy of mail on your external POP3 server, but cannot manage the mail on the server. Using www.pop3now.com is also more secure since it uses SSL encryption. You might also try http://www.yahoo.com. At least one Brigada paricipant likes Yahoo because they don’t ever cancel your service.
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SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF SHORT-TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

WebWatch Mission Data International recently rolled out a new website devoted to short- term missions — ShortTermMissions.com. The website features a fully searchable database of short-term mission opportunities. It provides detailed descriptions & requirements on short-term opportunities from many organizations. ShortTermMissions.com also includes in-depth mission agency information, articles, and discussion forums. It is an excellent resource to refer people to. Take a look! Go to http://www.shorttermmissions.com/ and try a search for a 1-2 week short-term opportunity to Latin America for instance. Also, stop by the discussion forums. For more information e-mail InfoatShortTermMissionsdotcom  (InfoatShortTermMissionsdotcom)  .
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BULLETIN GOES BIWEEKLY

The Web Evangelism Bulletin is relaunching as a shorter biweekly ezine in January. It will continue to cover important issues in communicating the Gospel online – and in other ways too – stressing the need for outreach to other cultures and languages. Ideas for church websites are frequently featured. Every issue brings news of effective outreach, new site launches, ideas that you can use, plus webmaster tips.

To subscribe, send blank email to: web-evangelism-subscribeatlistsdotgospelcomdotnet  (web-evangelism-subscribeatlistsdotgospelcomdotnet)   or visit: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webevangelismbulletin.html

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FREE EMAIL TO MOBILIZE GERMAN-SPEAKING BELIERS (GERMAN)

“Perspektive” ist ein zweiwöchentlicher Informationsdienst, um interessierte Institutionen (Gemeinden, Missions- und Hilfswerke, Kirchen) und Personen (Missionare, Laien, Pastoren)auf Angebote zur praktischen Arbeit in der Weltmission Gottes hinzuweisen. Ein Service der Akademie für Weltmission, Korntal. (Hindenburgstr. 36; 70825 Korntal; smfataemdotde  (smfataemdotde)  ) Info: http://www.egroups.com/group/Perspektive. Subcribe: Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  
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FREE EMAIL TO MOBILIZE GERMAN-SPEAKING BELIEVERS (ENGLISH)

“Perspektive is a free biweekly email-service to inform institutions (churches, Missions, NGO’s) and individuals (missionaries, pastors, christians) about world mission. It’s a service of the AWM at Korntal, the german center of world mission (Hindenburgstr. 36; 70825 Korntal; Germany). Info: http://www.egroups.com/group/Perspektive. Subscribe: Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  
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MOBILIZE FOR MISSIONS WITH THE BOMM

Brigada Logo Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers (BOMM) is an electronic forum where anyone interested in mobilizing Christians to complete world evangelization can exchange questions & answers, testimonies, resources, news, needs, and addresses having to do with world mission. This conference is based on brief articles submitted by subscribers for the benefit of others. To participate, send submissions to NateWilsonatXCdotorg  (NateWilsonatXCdotorg)  . (Congratulations, Nate, on just passing the 1000 subscriber mark! Yahoooo!)
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INTEGRATING MEDICAL PRACTICE WITH MINISTRY

syringe Many health professionals and students want to address their patients’ spiritual needs, but simply don’t know how. The Medical Strategic Network (MSN) of Campus Crusade for Christ offers professional conferences to train health workers to sensitively and ethically integrate faith and practice. Led by an on-site faculty team of practicing physicians and nurses, participants will become equipped through lecture, case studies, panel discussions, role-play, small group interaction, Q & A, and a field practicum. You’ll learn to take a spiritual history, master a gospel presentation, and get hands-on experience with patients. There are 25 hours of CME, Category 1 and 31 hours of CEU are available. Upcoming 2001 conferences: Southern California Feb 15- 19 and June 17-21; Orlando Oct 17-21. Visit http://www.GoMETS.org or call 909-797-2549, or e-mail fireseedsatGoMETSdotorg  (fireseedsatGoMETSdotorg)  .
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20001224 Brigada Today

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AD2000 & BEYOND CLOSES ITS DOORS

ad2ksm Well, as of this issue, we close a chapter not only on a decade but also on a millennium. Interestingly enough, we also say goodbye to a close friend of Brigada Today, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Started in the late 80s in an attempt to mobilize and unite splintered outreach efforts from around the world, the AD2000 staff, headed by a visionary leader named Luis Bush, coined or at least popularized such now-common terms the “10/40 Window” and the “Joshua Project List of Unreached Peoples.” Created with a mandate that had eternal ramifications, AD2000 was carefully crafted to never become a permanent power base. As a result, its founders imagined a movement as flat as a pancake. To emphasize its humility, it purported to dissolve itself at the end of the decade. I suspect that many along the way must have quipped, “Yeah, right… Like AD2000 is going to close its doors.” I mean, after all, I imagine missions history books will probably write it up as one of the most influential missions mobilization movements of the 20th century — if not one of the ten most successful movements in history. So my hunch is that probably nobody really thought they’d close down. Well guess what: They’ve apparently done it!

And, though they weren’t able to go out with a bang (at Celebrate Messiah 2000, which was canceled due to a host of problems, not the least of which were striking visa clerical workers in Israel and ongoing tensions among Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land), they at least did what unfortunately few organizations dare to do: They kept their word. They closed the doors. Though we ache at its passing, we celebrate its integrity. Though we dread the vacuum left behind in its wake, we year to be so true to our principles. Though we can’t imagine life without its colorful presentations of the planet’s least reached peoples, we now carry with us a pattern for telling others — and Luis, we will carry the baton forward as best we can . . . though perhaps we will never be able to carry it with as much class as you did! Thanks to you, Luis, and to Barb, Dan, Deb, Tom, Mary Ann and the many other sometimes unsung heroes of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. To all the National and Regional leaders, to all the Track Coordinators and Chairmen (I never did figure out the difference between a Coordinator and a Chairman :-) ), to all the volunteers, to all the donors . . . thank you, thank you, thank you!

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AD2000’S LEGACY LIVES ON: ATTEND THE CONFERENCE THAT NEVER WAS!

ad2ksm Virtually, that is. You see, AD2000’s legacy lives on. For example, maybe Celebrate Messiah is one of the most interesting conferences that you’ll never get to attend. And maybe it’s one of the few in history that you can still attend even though it never happened! :-) I’m talking about the materials that were dutifully posted on their web site day by day, at the appointed times (as if they were real-time), even though the conference didn’t happen. So basically, you can experience just about everything but the traveler’s diarrhea. :-) Just click to: http://www.ad2000.org and select the Celebrate Messiah link at the top of the page. You can read the greeting from Luis Bush, just as he would have given it; you can almost hear Eric Watt as he excitedly explains that as “A Movement Ends. A Revolution Begins.” Hear as he talks about “Standing on the Shoulders and not in the Shadow,” “The World Sees Bones, We See an Army,” and “A Movement Ends.. A (Spiritual) Revolution Begins.” You can even do an all night prayer session with David Bryant! So don’t be a no-show at Celebrate Messiah. Be there… virtually! :-)
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LAST SUMMARY (PROBABLY) FROM AD2000

ad2ksm We tip our hats one last time to Dan Scribner who became the data-cruncher par excellence for AD2000. His latest report…

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1581
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1095
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 499
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” end year 2000 – 232
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” mid-year 2002 – 0

He has posted current copies of all JP2000 files at: http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/download.htm Also, if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free on the web) you can get a fully formatted, printable version of the Joshua Project list is now at: http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/jpllist.pdf

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TEMPTED BY ONLINE PORN?

In February 2000 a study revealed an “alarming rate growth in the number of [Chr] men becoming addicted to viewing online pornography”. Pride makes men believe they are “mature enough” not to be ensnared. Only 5% of all Chr households block pornography or provide a method of accountability. But it has been said that pornography intensifies an individual’s drive to serve oneself rather than serving others. What’s more, 70% of pornography websites are accessed during the 9-to-5 workday. Two tips to nip it in the bud: 1) set up a technological solution to deny access to online pornography and (2) set up some method of accountability–a pro-active solution that will keep the problem from happening and provide an example to other men.
Helpsites:

  • http://www.onlinesexaddict.org
  • http://www.victimsofpornography.org/index.htm
  • http://www.porn-free.org
  • http://www.SettingCaptivesFree.com
  • http://www.safesitesyellowpages.com (under construction)

    Filters:

  • http://info.lifewayonline.com
  • http://www.hedgebuilders.com
  • http://www.characterlink.net
  • http://www.fol.net
  • http://www.711.net
  • http://www.safeaccess.com
  • http://www.afafilter.com
  • http://www.iExalt.net

    (Congrats to Chr Computing Mag for tackling the subject. CCM Special Issue Fall 2000)

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    FREE WEBHOSTING

    WebWatch Those looking for free or low cost web hosting for their church or mission should check http://100best-free-web-space.com/ which has reviews and specifications of 100 hosting services. You can see if a site offers cgi support, or has annoying pop-up ads, or will allow you to use your own domain name. (Thanks to Steve shayesatdunelmdotorgdotuk  (shayesatdunelmdotorgdotuk)   for the tip!)

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    PICK UP NORMAL POP3 EMAIL FROM ANYWHERE

    letter and ligntening bolt Traveling and want to pick up your POP3 normal email? Open a Hotmail account. Then enter ‘Options’. Insert details of your POP3 server, user ID and password and click OK. By logging onto Hotmail and clicking ‘POP Mail’, you can pick up your real email, from several POP3 accounts if wish, from any computer anywhere. Note – if you reply, the message will appear to come from your Hotmail account rather than your real account – unless you go back to potions/Preferences, find the ‘Reply to’ feature, enter your real email address here. Then your replies will be shown as coming from your real email address. Note – if you don’t use your Hotmail account every 60 days, they will cancel it. http://www.hotmail.com (Thanks to Tony for the tip!!!)

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    THE FOOLISHNESS OF GOD

    book The book “The Foolishness of God” is an autobiography of a young woman from Georgia who obeyed the call of God on her life and went to Mexico in obedience to the Great Commission. Her vision was to “sow the seed of the word, and it won’t return void”. In April of 1964, her husband, Jerry Witt, was shot down in his plane while dropping in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. He and his fellow labourer who accompanied him that day were killed instantly, and their bodies were taken to the county seat and placed on public display to demonstrate “the judgements of God against these protestant christians”. This book is published by Creation House, and if you’d like to order a book (or books) please feel free make requests to:

    Sarah Henley
    653 Ellerbe Gardens Blvd.
    Shreveport, LA. 71106-7456
    sagehenatbellsouthdotnet  (sagehenatbellsouthdotnet)  
    Tel: 318-869-0134
    Fax: 318-869-0136

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    READ THE BIBLE THROUGH IN 2001, CHRONOLOGICALLY!

    Bible Read through the Bible in a year, using a daily Bible reading schedule from Grace Notes. With this arrangement, you read the whole Bible in a year, but in the chronological order of events. So, for example, many of the Psalms are included with the readings for historical books, because they were written at the time of those events. Likewise, the writings of prophets are included with contemporary historical events. To receive the Bible Reading list, send a request to Grace Notes wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  .

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    GREAT PRICES ON TOSHIBA LAPTOPS

    computer Todd, our good friend working in Bosnia, tipped us off on what he says is a great location for cut-rate pricing on Toshiba laptops. See for yourself at: http://www.cornerstoneportable.com or contact Steve Maurer, CornerStone SMaurer4JCataoldotcom  (SMaurer4JCataoldotcom)  . (Thanks Todd!)

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    LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!

    graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 1-July 14, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Be language sensitive. Unsecured internet site in China. For more information, write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  . http://www.tesoltraining.com

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    MISSIONS BOOKS CAN BE FUNNY TOO

    book A funny missions book? Unbelievable but true, Siberian Shivers is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene, whether or not they are headed for cold climes. Here is an entertaining way to get a real eye opener to culture shock issues sure to be faced in any culture. Check out Siberian Shivers! You can read the first story “Uaz Adventure” for free by going to: www.william.n.harris.homepage.com/sibshive.htm or order directly by writing to: sleepydickatbigfootdotcom  (sleepydickatbigfootdotcom)  . It’s never been cooler.

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    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
  • 20001217 Brigada Today

    In this issue….

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    THE BURNING QUESTION: WHERE DO WE GET THE PRAYER CALENDAR?

    lighting the way That was the hot topic this past week… “Where in the world do we get a copy of that China prayer calendar mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today?” :-) Well, unfortunately, I can see why you would ask! Last week’s item “CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR” contained not a shred of a web URL or email address. We went back and searched for the original email and, sure enough, it wasn’t in there either. However, the contributor was johnswematyahoodotcom  (johnswematyahoodotcom)  . So I have a hunch he should be able to help you. Sorry for any confusion!
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    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH THE PAUL BORTHWICK’S CALL TO MISSION

    WebWatch Join more than 20,000 students, missionaries, pastors and other guests as Urbana 2000 continues its broadcast over the web this week at http://www.urbana.org. The webcast includes on-demand audio and video clips of speakers and worship music, summaries of talks, prayer requests, stories and testimonies of students, as well as chats with speakers. Paul Borthwick’s call to mission takes place Saturday night, the evening of the 30th.
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    ACTORS NEEDED FOR WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE

    theater mask Wycliffe Bible Translators is in need of actors for its USA-based traveling dinner theatre, Spread The Word. They’re raising the temperature for missions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Northern California this spring with the drama “Martyred: the Chet Bitterman Story.” Check out the website at http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Theater/NWactor.htm or e-mail mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg)  . Also, if you are interested in catching a performance in your area (they serve an authentic South American meal with every production), call Wycliffe Bible Translators Northwest regional office at 800-269-2007, or e-mail holly_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (holly_eatonatwycliffedotorg)  .
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    GEO ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE TO ANSWER MISSIONARIES’ QUESTIONS

    WebWatch Global Economic Outreach (GEO) is making its Personal Touch (TM) search engine available to missionaries worldwide. Missionaries can complete a simple online form describing needed information on a professional, vocational, technological, or related issue. The request may be to advance community / economic development efforts or to address operational needs. A GEO staffer or volunteer will research the issue and respond with the needed information and/or introduce a skilled advisor. For more information, visit GEO’s site http://www.teamgeo.org/agencies.htm.
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    DOOR-MATS

    car At MATS “the sole objective is to save you money when you need to purchase, lease, or rent vehicles for ministry”. We serve both Foreign Mission and Domestic Ministry needs. Furlough Rental Program, Field Vehicles, New, Used, Most any make most anywhere. Check out their webpage at: http://mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg  (caratmatsdotorg)  
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    TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM AMONG AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP

    graduation cap This is the third year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 17 -May 15, 2001. The cost is only $400 US dollars which includes board, lodging, 4 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P 10,000 RP Pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph  (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  .
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    EMMAUS ROAD INTERNATIONAL MINI-ACTS TRAINING COURSE UPDATE

    graduation cap Due to an increasing demand on ERI’s schedule to conduct seminars and training sessions internationally, the scheduled dates for the four- week course are (at least temporarily) suspended. This includes the previously scheduled dates in March of 2001. Please see http://www.eri.org or email emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)   for further information.
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    COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    20001210 Brigada Today

    In this issue….

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    PACE-LAB CONFERENCE TO BUILD ON BRIGADAFEST

    PACE Logo It all started back in 1995. I had been asked to serve as point-man for a missions mobilization event in Lexington, Kentucky that we eventually dubbed Envision ’96. Our agenda was clear — to seek to link local churches and partner missions agencies with least reached peoples around the globe. Right away we discovered just how hard it was to get information about unreached peoples. In an effort to build networks, pass along information and share resources, we kicked off Brigada Today in January 1995. About one year later, we sponsored the first-ever “Pit-Stop” in Louisville, Kentucky. About 35 people showed up. Later in the spring, another Pit-Stop in Dayton drew just over 100 mobilizers. But by the time we got to Envision ’96 in Lexington the following fall, over 4000 excited missions enthusiasts gathered together in the largest arena in the city. There were exhibits everywhere. An “Adoption Center” registered people group selections by hundreds of participating registrants. The dream took hold.

    Now, five years later, the dream is still alive. And those who wish to pursue it — and launch new initiatives along the way — are gathering at PACE-Lab in Louisville, Kentucky. There, you will be blessed in hearing the past failures and successes of other PACE Projects. You’ll have the chance to link together with other churches and agencies, relying on others’ expertise in various ways. You’ll be directed toward helpful project outlines, CD’s, job descriptions, web pages, to-do lists, videos, etc. etc. etc. And we follow up by helping you develop actual plans, measurable goals and, Lord willing, tangible results.

    Interested? Check it out on the web at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/pacelab You can study the hour-by-hour schedule, look at the map and driving directions, and even register & pay online! We’d love to have you there!

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    AD2000 & BEYOND MOVEMENT: CLEANING OUT ITS DESK

    ad2ksm It must have been discouraging for the AD2000 folks to have to finally pull the plug on the “Celebrate Messiah” shin-dig they had been planning in Jerusalem. My own take on the cancellation announcement? Not all that surprising. First, the ongoing regional tensions in that part of the world were only worsened by the bombing of the Cole. Then when those Israeli visa staffers went on strike, leaving half the registrants with no hope of permission to enter . . . well . . .let’s just say that it’s unhandy to organize an international conference without visas for the visitors. :-) But reading between the lines, I’m guessing that it was also disappointing to only have 1300 registrants to begin with. This was supposed to be AD2000’s big end-of the-decade celebration. Some 4000 people brought the movement into full swing at GCOWE ’95 in Seoul. To have less than a third of that number join in the close-out rally must have seemed somewhat anti-climactic. So add in all those factors and it should come as no surprise that Luis Bush sent out apology emails yesterday, canceling the entire event.

    Is it a step backward? Only if you think the AD2000 Movement consists primarily of convention events. (If you believe that, just check out their website at: http://www.ad2000.org

    By next week this time, they will officially have shut down just about all operations. But to me, AD2000’s primary accomplishments had more to do with building networks, goals, passion and a list for the unreached. Now that I think about it, maybe it’s a more humble exit this way. I mean… after all… we can’t really celebrate yet… because the vision of “a church for every people and the gospel for every person” has not yet been completed. So maybe we should save the “Celebrate Messiah” conference for the actual accomplishment of the original vision. So maybe we’ll have no trouble with that conference. Maybe the visas won’t be a problem. Because maybe that event of all events will take place in the air!!! :-)

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    ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

    graduation cap Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies to be held April 09 to June 01, 2001 on the contemplative mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines.

    • Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”:
      • Wk 1-Historical Development & Overview (Dale Fagerland);
      • Wk 2-Folk Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas);
      • Wk 3-Peoples of Islam (Dr. Jim Bennett).
    • Course 2: “Apologetics”:
      • Wk 4-Comparative Theologies (Faouzi Arzouni);
      • Wk 5-Answering Islamic Objections (Daniel S. Scot).
    • Course 3: “Approaches to Islam”:
      • Wk 6-Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall);
      • Wk 7-Narrative Approach (Dr. Paul Parks);
      • Wk 8- Practical Approach (Dr. Stuart Robinson).

    Brochures available from aptsatxcdotorg   (aptsatxcdotorg)   or by calling (63)(74) 422-7068. Or, on the web at http://www.apts.edu/. Registration deadline: March 01, 2001.

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    BRIGADA SURVEY SAYS…

    Brigada Logo Remember that readership survey we conducted to learn more about our Brigada family? Some of the results are now in hand… with more to follow. So far, it looks as if about half our readers are from North America. The other half is from everywhere else on the globe, just about, with Asia in the lead with 17% of all readers. Two out of five of us are field missionaries. Some 20% are mission agency types and another 20% are some other full-time ministry role. A final fifth are lay people. Students make up about 3% of the readership, according to the survey thus far. 93% of us speak English as our first language, with the final 7% divided between everything else. About 2 out of 3 of us are male. And over 1/3 of us learned about Brigada Today via an email from a friend who had already subscribed.

    That last stat was telling. If you know of someone who should be reading Brigada Today, would you tell them about it? Thanks for your help in promoting world evangelism! (Thanks to Jim McGee of Campbell- Research for all the data reporting! We’ll look forward to more later!

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    TESOL COURSE

    graduation cap Youth With A Mission (Lebanon, PA USA) is offering a TESOL course June 18 to July 13,2001. This extensive and highly academic course enables the graduate to teach English as a second language in most countries of the world. The entire cost of the course is $900.00 USD. If you feel this skill will enhance your effectiveness on the mission field or at home contact: Youth With A Mission, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, Pa 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  
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    LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!

    graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 1-July 14, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Be language sensitive. Unsecured internet site in China. For more information, write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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    CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL (CDTS)

    graduation cap Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, Pa USA is offering a CDTS April 23, to July 13, 2001 with an eight week outreach to the Muslim Tatar people of Crimea, Ukraine. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,495.00 plus $25.00 registration fee. The outreach has a cost of approximately $2,000.00. For information contact: Youth With A Mission, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone 717-272-3153. or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  
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    CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR

    praying hands The new Intercessors for China 2001 prayer calendar is now available in both Engish and Chinese versions. Themes this year are The Persecuted, the Poor, and the Pioneer Missionaries. Use this calendar to pray strategically, comprehensively, and specifically for China. Each month profiles a province. Each week features a city. Each day features a person or group. “Oh Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from an honest heart.” Psalm 17:1 (NLT)

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    20001204 Brigada Today

    In this issue….

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    NEED FREE COMPUTER HELP?

    computer Try Wycliffe Associates! This is one item you might want to file away somewhere!! Just send an email describing your computer problem to the appropriate email address below.

    • General Computer help-computergeneralategroupsdotcom  (help-computergeneralategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Desktop Publishing help-dtpategroupsdotcom  (help-dtpategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Microsoft Outlook help-msoutlookategroupsdotcom  (help-msoutlookategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Network Questions help-networksategroupsdotcom  (help-networksategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Internet related help-webategroupsdotcom  (help-webategroupsdotcom)  

    A page of useful computer tips and resources on the Internet is available at http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/pctips.html

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    EUROTRAIN 2001

    Top Flight Leadership invites you to nominate a young leader (high school or college age) for EuroTrain 2001, a unique adventure style leadership and ministry training experience. Accepted participants benefit from a mentoring relationship at home prior to assembling in Denver, Colorado for additional training. The training includes everything from rock climbing in Wyoming to field trips and practical ministry in Europe. EuroTrain utilizes a strong historical mentoring component. Each student will read a historical biography and later visit strategic locations in the life of these historical mentors. Imagine reading about William Carey and then visiting the church where he pastored when he wrote his Enquiry and made his maps of the world! EuroTrain participants will gain an understanding of servant leadership, develop practical ministry skills, expand their vision for the world and take beginning steps toward developing a personal mission and life map. For more information and to nominate online go to http://www.experiencingleadership.com or email infoattopflightdotorg  (infoattopflightdotorg)  .
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    DAILY UPDATE FROM MISSION NETWORK NEWS

    letter and ligntening bolt Want a free update from Mission Network News? Get all the news that’s fit to email by sending a blank message to mnn-news-subscribeatmnnonlinedotorg  (mnn-news-subscribeatmnnonlinedotorg)  . (Thanks Greg!)
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    NEED A VIDEOPHONE? CHECK OUT HOWARD’S

    telephone Maybe it’s time for a dedicated “videophone” like we used to read about in those old “Tom Swift” science fiction books. :-) If you’d like to learn more about this AT&T product, write Howard Indialoverataoldotcom  (Indialoverataoldotcom)  . Though, according to Howard, it retails for $1299, he’s able to offer them to Brigada Today participants for just $299 plus $14 shipping. His supply is limited… so better act fast! It doesn’t use the Internet… and a videophone would be needed on each end of the conversation.
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    HOW TO ORGANIZE A CONFERENCE

    A worker home on furlough wants to learn the ins-and-outs of organizing a field retreat/conference. Can anyone put her on the trail of good courses, web sites or other venues for becoming educated in this type of thing? For example, what’s the best software for registration info, what should a hotel contract say, common practices in dealing with the hotel & charter bus companies, list of tasks for a generic event, etc. She’s also wondering if anyone can suggest what venues / organizations might be contacted in an attempt to recruit experienced conference planners to do this work on behalf of field workers, or their sending agencies, on a full or part time basis? Please send your suggestions to Sharen sjedenatpoboxdotcom  (sjedenatpoboxdotcom)   and she will be happy to collect the responses and make them available to the Brigada family in the future. Thanks!
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    TRAINING FOR CHURCH PLANTERS

    graduation cap Maybe you’d like to learn about church planting? The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in Union Mills, NC is hosting a seminar on Church-Planting in a cross-cultural setting, Jan. 8-12, 2001. Taught by Dr. Tom Steffen of Biola University, this course is a survey and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various church-planting models and strategies used around the world. It identifies key factors that the church planter can implement in a context specific, phase-out oriented church-planting strategy. For more info, write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call toll free (or via Net2phone) 800-887-1786. You can also visit their website at http://www.citi.org.
    (Thanks to Chris and the Team Expansion HeartBeat Online for this info! To subscribe to the “HBO”, just send a message to heartbeat-online-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (heartbeat-online-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .)
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    FREE WEBHOSTING RESULTS

    Brigada autoresponderTwelve people responded to Ross’ request for information about website hosting for non-profits at relatively cheap cost or free of charge. The key stipulation was that the host allow domains. An investigation of the sites recommended by the Brigada family indicates the range extends from free to low cost website host providers. Some of them are operated by Christians to support mission and mission agencies. Some provide email services as well, while others do not. One provider lets you build a free web page (similar to eGroups) with online giving facilities from surfers/donors. Some allow domains while others allow only sub-domains. For the full report, send a blank email to web-hostingatbrigadadotorg  (web-hostingatbrigadadotorg)  . Ross’ new site, by the way, can be found at http://www.h-c-r.org.

    Thanks Ross!!!

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    DIRECTORY OF INDIA MISSIONS

    book Here’s a book that reportedly contains information about major missions in India. It includes a brief history of missions, objectives, types and areas of ministry, and postal and E-mail addresses. A model study of four missions is also included. (Published by IMA in October 2000; Pages 180). For your own copy, just send a donation of 150 Indian Rupies (plus Rs. 20 for postage) or $10 for overseas orders (including postage) to INDIA MISSIONS ASSOCIATION. Inquiries and orders can be directed to the:
    INDIA MISSIONS ASSOCIATION
    PB 2529 48 FIRST MAIN ROAD
    EAST SHENOY NAGAR
    CHENNAI TAMIL NADU 600 030
    INDIA
    Email them at imahqatvsnldotcom  (imahqatvsnldotcom)  .
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    FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MISSIONS MAJORS

    graduation cap Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB) is offering full-tuition scholarships to any full-time student intending to go into missions or ministry. CCCB’s goal is for students to be able to graduate debt-free, so they can go overseas or start ministry immediately. Details of the program are on their web site under “Admissions”. Room & board costs will be less than $3200/year. CCCB is receiving four times as many applications as there are available spaces, so early application is recommended. For additional information, or to apply on-line visit http://www.cccb.edu or contact the admissions department at iwant2beatcccbdotedu  (iwant2beatcccbdotedu)   or call toll-free or via Net2Phone 888-263-3900. CCCB has been devoted to training preachers, ministers and missionaries for nearly half a century. (Thanks Wendy!)
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    PERSPECTIVES IN 2001

    Over 100 Perspectives courses begin in January 2001. Bill Bright calls its “unbeatable”, Floyd McClung says “It’ll ruin you for the ordinary!”, George Verwer suggests it is “absolutely essential”; it is standard training for mission mobilizers continent-wide. Beginning in January, 105+ sites throughout North America “open wide their gates” to Christians of all backgrounds for 15 evenings of mission challenge and study through the Perspectives Study Program. Graduate and undergraduate credit is offered at nearly every location. See http://www.perspectives.org for Perspectives Spring 2001 start dates, contact info, local web site links and general endorsements. Who in your church needs to be discipled with the whole world in view? Send them to Perspectives! (Thanks Mark!)

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    BIBLE MEMORY MULTI-LINGUAL

    Bible What computer programs might be out there (preferably economical) that assist in Bible Memory? Of special interest are ones where the user can customize the passages to memorize and even use other languages. In other words, the program will basically provide the structure, some sort of review feature, perhaps grade your progress, keep track of topics, etc. Current user feedback on efficiency – ease of use appreciated. Please respond to Jon jonekbladatwritemedotcom  (jonekbladatwritemedotcom)   His results will appear in a future Brigada Today.
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    BUILDING MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

    book Building Credible Multicultural Teams by Lianne Roembke has been republished by William Carey Library. This “landmark study on multicultural mission team… is filled with significant data, relevant insights, and practical ways to help multicultural teams work well.” (Dr. Ken Williams, International Personnel Training Consultant, Wycliffe.) It can be ordered by emailing Ordersatwclbooksdotcom  (Ordersatwclbooksdotcom)  , or, in German, Multikulturelle Teams: Risiken und Chancen, write verlagatcampus-ddotde  (verlagatcampus-ddotde)  . Dr. Roembke travels widely speaking on this and related subjects. The next weeklong seminar for mission leaders, HR and Member care staff will be in Cyprus, May 7-11, 2001. For registration information contact: Timatmemctdotorg  (Timatmemctdotorg)  .
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    CROSS-CULTURAL PREPARATION COMING UP

    graduation cap Anthropology for Strategic Ministry Planning is a three-week intensive course which covers the foundational issues needed for all cross-cultural ministries. Major topics covered are the study of social organization of communities and people groups, research methods, the anthropology of religion, cultural analysis, and culture theory. It is through the framework of this study that a strategic ministry plan can be developed. This class, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by Dr. Richard Lewis will be held from January 15-February 2. To register or for more information, write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call 800-887-1786 or visit http://www.citi.org.
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    SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ TRAINING

    graduation cap COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training Int’l have announced their 3rd Annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar, April 26-28, 2001, in Honolulu Hawaii. This 3-day intensive program focuses on building a short term training program that can be used in your own setting with coaching, resources, and other fine help available from experienced training staff. Tuition is $199 per person and lodging and meal packages are available from $189 for the three days. For more information and discount airfare quotes contact Greg commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   or access the COMMIT Ministries web site http://www.commitministries.org.
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    SHORT-TERM MISSIONS IN HAWAII

    (Okay . . . I won’t make a single joke about how it’s a “dirty job”. I’ll print this exactly as we received it! :-) ) Are you willing to give just four weeks of your life to help needy churches with their VBS programs this summer…on the outer islands of Hawaii? The schedule is set for July 8-August 5, 2001. The team will work with needy churches in Maui, Molokai, and Oahu and help with a work project in Waianae. Cost is just $2285 per person and includes RT airfare from just about anywhere in the US, ground transportation, Interisland air travel, most meals, lodging, adult supervision, and all materials related to the work project. For more information contact Greg commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   or you may access the COMMIT Ministries web site http://www.commitministries.org.
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    ‘BUILDING NETWORKS’ GUIDE

    ad2ksm AD2000 & Beyond tells us that they only have 42 Building Networks books left. Here’s your last chance before their office closes down forever. This book contains the networking and resource sections of the Adoption Guidance Program at: http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/index.htm. Sale price: $10 plus postage. Order from infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  .
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    RADIO TRAINING

    Want a short residential course on both the practical and communication aspects of evangelistic radio? Radio Worldwide, based in Leeds UK, offer regular short courses, particularly suitable for non-Western Christians wishing to work in radio. Radio Worldwide sometimes also operate training courses on the field. http://www.rww.clara.net or write adminatrwwdotclaradotnet  (adminatrwwdotclaradotnet)  .
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    COMPUTER HELP FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED

    computer Associate of Christian Community Centers aims to encourage Christians to help the underprivileged (especially youth) gain empowering computer expertise. Their email list shares information on grants, computer donations and other information. They are also looking for similar ministries to be added to their website.
    List: http://www.egroups.com/subscribe/acccc/
    Site: http://www.acccc.org/
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    NOW AVAILABLE

    book The 2001 edition of Into All The World, the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook, is ready for action! It’s 100-pages in length with 16 articles and includes “Short-Term Missions Today” as a special 40-page Editorial Feature Section, plus, 9 Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts, and an 8-page Resource Product Section offering 84 different books, videos and training manuals. Request all the copies you can effectively use! They come for the modest S&H costs, plus (your budget permitting) a requested 50 cents/copy ordered. An invoice will be enclosed with the shipment. Contact Bill Berry, Publisher, at BerryMissionsataoldotcom  (BerryMissionsataoldotcom)  .
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    ATTENTION CHRISTIAN SCUBA DIVERS

    Does anyone know of an international organization for Christian scuba divers? Even national organizations would be a start. The question comes from intercessors with a burden for a small country in the Indian Ocean that is a divers’ paradise. It seems like Christian divers would be a natural pool to draw from to mobilize intercession for this otherwise little-known, very Muslim country. If you have leads, please contact Jane at jrumphatlibertybaydotcom  (jrumphatlibertybaydotcom)  .
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    CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

    Brigada Logo Looking for just the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she is from one of the following languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s how to say “Merry Christmas” in over 33 languages!, as published previously in Brigada Today:

    Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
    Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
    Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
    Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
    Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
    Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
    Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
    Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
    Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
    Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
    Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
    Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
    Chinese :
    Mandarin Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
    Catonese Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
    Hong Kong Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
    Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
    Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
    Croatian Sretan Bozic
    Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
    Danish Gladelig Jul
    Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
    English Merry Christmas
    Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
    Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
    Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
    Finnish Hyvaa joulua
    French Joyeux Noel
    Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
    German Froehliche Weihnachten
    Greek Kala Christouyenna!
    Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
    Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
    Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
    Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
    Icelandic Gledileg Jol
    Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
    Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
    Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
    Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
    Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
    Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
    Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
    Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
    Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
    Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
    Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
    Maori Meri Kirihimete
    Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
    Navajo Merry Keshmish
    Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
    Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
    Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
    Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
    Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
    Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
    Portuguese Feliz Natal
    Rapa Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
    Romanian Craciun Fericit
    Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
    Serbian Hristos se rodi
    Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
    Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
    Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
    Serbian Hristos se rodi!
    Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
    Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
    Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
    Spanish Feliz Navidad!
    Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
    Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
    Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
    Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
    Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
    Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
    Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
    Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
    Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
    Welsh Nadolig Llawen
    Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni

    In addition, here’s a piece of artwork originally from “Mark.” Best wishes from all of us at Brigada Today (like we’ve got this great big staff! :-) )

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    "BOAS FESTAS"
    "JOYEUX NOEL"
    "VESELE VANOCE"
    "MELE KALIKIMAKA"
    "NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
    "BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
    "GOD JUL"
    "BUON ANNO"
    "FELIZ NATAL"
    "FELIZ NAVIDAD"
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS"
    "KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
    "VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
    "FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
    "BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
    "HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
    "WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
    "MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"
    "HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"
    "'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
    "ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
    "Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
    "NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
    "FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
    "S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
    "GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
    "EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
    "KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
    "SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
    "SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
    "ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
    "BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
    "ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
    "FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
    "PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
    "BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

    20001126 Brigada Today

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    In this issue….

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    LEARN TO MULTIPLY CHURCHES VIA A CD-ROM???!

    cd-rom Believe it or not, it appears that this CD really can help! Remember the CD-ROM we mentioned a while back (Sept. 29th edition, item 2), featuring Church multiplication specialist, George Patterson? You’ll recall that we said he’s managed to put a life-time of experiences into this new form of training, an interactive e-textbook, with graphics, sounds, pop-ups, skill learning scores and more. We said it would be suitable for training courses and near or distance mentoring. Well guess what – – it is!!! I just got my first look at a copy . . . and I can tell you… I wish our team could have had access to all this information when we first left for South America in 1982. All of us were new at missions and this programmed self-paced instruction would have really “scratched an itch!” Bible colleges could take this CD and build an entire class around it. Mission orgs. could make it required reading for church planting training. Can’t beat the price, either. Many would have been willing to pay $90 or more just to attend a 5- hour workshop with George Patterson, plus the costs of traveling to it! This is so much better (nothing personal, George :-)), because we can take the training with us! Well get this — they’re charging just $29 plus shipping! To order, send an email to DiscipleNationsatServants-Incdotorg  (DiscipleNationsatServants-Incdotorg)  . Because the sales folks don’t apparently have a PayPal account :-), you’ll have to use some kind of encryption to seal up your email… like going to http://www.hypersend.com to open an account, then send it via hypersend on the web. It’ll work… (just not as conveniently as PayPal :-) ).
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    PEOPLETEAMS HAS A NEW LOOK!

    People Teams Have you visited peopleteams.org lately? (peopleteams.com and peoplteams.net take you there too.) More than 300 different peopleteam networks are now connected and the site continues to enjoy more than 100,000 hits each month from thousands of unique users. Take a look! http://www.peopleteams.org
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    DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE RAMADAN INFO

    Time’s a wastin’ for you to check out the info. on Ramadan, the period of Muslim fasting, at: http://www.hfe.org/prayer/ramadan/30days.htm
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    DO YOUR RELIGIOUS ADHERENTS RESEARCH AT ADHERENTS.COM

    “Adherents.com” is a growing collection of over 50,000 adherent statistics and religious geography citations – references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc. Basically, researchers can use this site to answer such questions as “How many Presbyterians live in California?”, “What are the major religions of Yemen?”, or “What percentage of the world is Jewish?” Adherents.com presents data from both primary research sources such as government census reports, statistical sampling surveys and organizational reporting, as well as citations from secondary literature which mention adherent statistics. http://www.adherents.com/
    (Thanks to Tony for passing on this item and the one below from webgrammar.com!)
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    LEARN A LOT ABOUT LANGUAGES

    You can learn a lot about languages from The Human Languages Page, an astounding work site offers an index of resources, organized by type and by language. Its database currently contains over 1800 resources covering more than 100 different languages. http://www.june29.com/HLP/
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    WANTED: FEEDBACK ON “BUILDING ON FIRM FOUNDATIONS”

    A pastor in Austria is interested in running this chronological course by NTM on the OT and the Gospels. He is looking for feedback from church leaders in first and second world countries who have used this course. “What were your experiences using this approach? How well did you reach non-Christians with it? What did the course do to those who were already disciples? What was the time frame for your study and its setting? Can the study be incorporated into a discipling process?” Franz will share the results of this query with Brigada participants. send your feedback to Rathmairatgmxdotnet  (Rathmairatgmxdotnet)  . Thanks!
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    FREE TENTMAKING PERIODICAL VIA EMAIL

    letter and ligntening bolt GO World is the only periodical that focuses on tentmaking – it’s power, challenges, successes, impact and questions. Each quarterly issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and highlights of God’s work in the world. Now you can subscribe to the email text only version for free. http://www.egroups.com/subscribe/GOWorld Of course you can also go to the Global Opportunities website and subscribe to the hardcopy version, but note that it is free to US residents only. For more info contact infoatglobaloppsdotorg  (infoatglobaloppsdotorg)   or visit http://www.globalopps.org
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    LOCAL CHURCH MISSION ENTHUSIASTS

    letter and ligntening bolt The School of Cross Cultural Mission at Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Australia has a monthly e-zine for mission secretaries and mission enthusiasts in local churches. Known as NAME (Network of Australian Mission Enthusiasts) the email publication contains biblical reflections on the role of the local church in world mission, practical ideas on how to raise mission awareness in a local church, and news on appropriate resources. While the latter section is particularly focused on Australia, the rest would be of interest to anyone seeking to build mission awareness in his or her local church. To become a recipient, send an email to Bruce at smbcatozemaildotcomdotau  (smbcatozemaildotcomdotau)   with the message
    subscribe-NAME
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    MISSIONARY TRAINING SET OFFER

    books Now all nine booklets in the current Missionary Training Service series are available for US$45 (normal price US$58). Jim Yost in Indonesia says, “well refined, concise, practical and easily applicable anywhere.” Included:

    • The Missionary Training Guide
    • Unreached Peoples of the World
    • The Missionary Team
    • How to make Disciples in Other Cultures
    • How to Learn Another Language
    • The Effective Sending Church
    • Tentmaking Missionaries
    • Evangelizing Muslims
    • Evangelizing Hindus and Buddhists

    To order or for more info, contact Ian Benson coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg  (coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg)  .

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    WYCLIFFE CORRECTION

    lighting the way Those looking for the info. from Wycliffe will have an easier time by clicking to: http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk/ee Apologies come from Martin, the Wycliffe Associates contact.
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    LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!

    graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 1-July 14, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive. (It’s an unsecured Internet site in China.) For more information, write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  
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    LOOKING FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING?

    graduation cap Look no further. A web-based Christian Microenterprise Development (CMED) course begins in January 2001. Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Development Coordinator, at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, will teach this 16-week, three-credit course designed to help you learn the right way to approach CMED (The course may also be taken as non-credit). Dr. Mask is an experienced CMED practitioner and co-author of the new book “The Christian Microenterprise Development Handbook.” Learn how to reach the poorest of the poor spiritually and economically. Properly done, CMED can give churches a visible tool for holistic outreach, help in evangelism and discipleship and help form community groups while improving the lives of the poor. For more information, contact the Chalmers Center at chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  , or by phone: 706-419-1805.
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    TAGALOG BIBLE AT BIBLE GATEWAY NOT COMPLETE. SAYANG!

    Bible I guess “sayang” means “too bad!” :-) According to Mike, a missionary studying Tagalog in the Philippines, the Tagalog Bible at Bible Gateway is only the 27 books of the New Testament. Also, according to a note on the site, the version of the Tagalog Bible on the Bible Gateway site is an outdated translation. A newer translation, provided by Bibles International, will be available soon. For more information check out: http://bible.gospelcom.net/bg/tagalog-copyright.html
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    STORY-BASED TRAINING MATERIALS NEEDED

    Brad needs training materials that are based around stories or case studies. ideas for OT and NT surveys, doctrine, leadership, prayer, etc. Materials that are somewhat contextualized for Muslim-background believers and/or available in Russian would be especially helpful, but anything that is story-based would be of interest. If you know of training materials that meet fit these criteria, contact Brad at BStoopsatpactecdotnet  (BStoopsatpactecdotnet)  .
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    CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING IN TORONTO

    graduation cap Take a two week course that integrates Cross-Cultural training and Language Acquisition skills using a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction, February 11-23. According to organizers, “You will be exposed to the language of your intended host culture as well as having a genuine intercultural experience in one of the city’s ethnic communities. This course is a great opportunity for those participants living within a one day commute from Toronto.” For more information contact Robert, tel. 416-284-5645, micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or visit http://www.timcentre.com/missionPrep.
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    GET GRANTS FOR COMPUTER ED.

    The Association of Christian Community Centers aims to encourage Christians to help the underprivileged (especially youth) gain empowering computer expertise. Their email list shares information on grants, computer donations and other information. They are also looking for similar ministries to be added to their website.
    List: http://www.egroups.com/subscribe/acccc/
    Site: http://www.acccc.org/
    (Thanks Tony!)
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    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

    -------------------

    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
    *Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
    *and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
    But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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