20040711 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS
  2. REMEMBER TO EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB
  3. ONLINE TRAINING DATABASE
  4. INTERCESSORS ARISE
  5. THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM
  6. HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY
  7. ATTEND FORESIGHT 2004 SEPT 23-25 IN VA. BEACH
  8. WHAT IS THE X-SPECTRUM?
  9. CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  10. PERTH? NEVER MIND!
  11. FOR THOSE LIVING AND MINISTERING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS
  12. MISSIONARY/HUMANITARIAN SCREENING & SELECTION
  13. GET I.T. TO THE FIELD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous readers who chipped in $50 and $20 respectively this past month! Because of their gifts, we are one step closer to funding the Brigada Secretary for 2004! As a result of his gift, we are now 21% of the way there! Yesss! If my math is correct, we’d need to average about $500/week for the rest of the year in order to cover the costs of our one part-time secretary. Yikes. That puts things in perspective. If your church or group could “adopt” a week to help us make ends meet, we’d be forever grateful!

  2. REMEMBER TO EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB — A couple of Brigada participants wrote about a website we quoted in last week’s _Brigada Today_. Remember to “eat the corn, leave the cob.” If the reference to a particular website doesn’t express a positive outlook on Christianity or is somehow filled with untruths, please let us know. Otherwise, use the parts that make sense, and drop the parts that don’t.

  3. ONLINE TRAINING DATABASE — The World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, working with Trainers of Pastors International Coalition, the Refugee Hightway Partnership and the Missionary Training Service, are putting together an online database of all pastoral, theological and missionary training courses worldwide. Detailed programming is now underway and they hope that this global resource will be ready at the beginning of 2005. All providers of courses world-wide should be able to enter details of their training, and this information will be searchable in all main languages. Please pray for the team working on this as they need God’s help. This project is part of the Global Share System in which information about refugee work and other mission resources should also be available in online. (Thanks Ian!)

  4. INTERCESSORS ARISE — This weekly e-mail network is for intercessors and missionaries worldwide who are interested in global intercession for the end-times harvest. It is designed to train, encourage, motivate, inform and release individuals, prayer groups and churches in global intercession. In each letter, a topic relevant to prayer and intercession is selected to train, inspire and motivate missionaries and intercessors to a higher level of personal and group prayer for world, national and city intercession. Membership is free. To subscribe to Intercessors Arise International, write: intercessorsarise-international-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg See http//www.intercessorsarise.org for more on training and resources.

  5. THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM — Churches observing the annual Talking Bible Sunday help provide Talking Bibles for people with an oral culture who cannot read. There are over 1 billion people who do not read. Among them are millions of new believers who also cannot read. They need God’s Word in audio to learn by listening. The Talking Bible has become the listening device of choice to accomplish this. The Talking Bible Sunday enables whole congregations to become aware and get involved. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) has a short video and a packet of material to make it easy for any church to observe its Talking Bible Sunday. ASI offers a FREE Talking Bible to each participating congregation to demonstrate on its special Sunday and then to keep for use in its own care-giving ministry. Visit ASI’s website: http://www.audioscriptures.org or call them at 760 233 0674 for additional information.

  6. HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY — Here’s a couple that recently attended a talk asserting that “Muslims revere prophet Jesus and would die for him.” and “Muslims consider the Bible to be a sacred source.” Got suggestions for them on understanding these and other questions about the confusion between Christianity and Islam? Got a favorite resource? Just send it to stayton(at)gvtc(dot)com and she’ll compile the responses then report back to us. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. ATTEND FORESIGHT 2004 SEPT 23-25 IN VA. BEACH — How can world missions “lead from the future” rather than the past? Jay Gary, a lead developer of Perspectives (1980-1986) is hosting a national conference on “strategic foresight” this Sept 23-25 at Regent University, with Brian McLaren, Richard Slaughter and Jennifer Jarratt. Discover new paradigms and tools for redesigning ministry for the 21st century. And attend Jay’s “Future Proof Your Ministry” workshop as a pre-conference event. Register by July 30th for $150 and save 25% off walk in rates. Email jay(at)christianfutures(dot)com for invitation [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] , or visit: http://www.regent.edu/acad/sls/conferences/foresight/

  8. WHAT IS THE X-SPECTRUM? — It’s a way of defining the contextualization position of any Christian website or other medium. Based on the church-planting spectrum of C1-C6, it defines websites etc on a scale from X1 to X6: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/x-spectrum.php (Thanks Tony!)

  9. CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — Each year the CPI Conference is historically the largest conference dedicated to church planting in Japan. Each year Japanese and missionary leaders from all over Japan and from nearly 100 different denominations and agencies gather to consider how to see fulfilled the dream of multiple gospel- driven church planting movements. This year’s conference will be held November 9-12 in Hakone a famous resort area near Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. The program includes Dr. Paul Hiebert from Trinity Seminary, Dr. Steve Childers from the US Center for Church Planting, Bill Smith from International Mission Board, and Stu Batstone from World Harvest Mission. Besides the main sessions there will be five training tracks, over a dozen affinity groups, and over 30 electives. The conference is sponsored by the Church Planting Institute (CPI) which is a part of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. For more information see the website: http://www.jcpi.net or email: JEMA(at)JEMA(dot)ORG [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks John!)

  10. PERTH? NEVER MIND! — If you could not attend Create International’s week of Web Evangelism seminars in Perth recently, the summary handouts are available in DOC format as a 152k zipped file. Access this download, and many other ideas for training: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/training.php (Thanks Tony!)

  11. FOR THOSE LIVING AND MINISTERING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS — Written as a basic security awareness training manual and written for missionaries who live in various kinds threat environments, “Missionaries on Alert” is a 2-volume, wire-bound instruction manual subtitled “A Security Awareness Training Manual for Living in Threat Environments.” It is authored by Dr. Trevor A. Douglas, missionary in the Philippines. In 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch, 133-page, full-color, comic book format, Book One tells the fictitious story of two men in separate hostage situations and how they acted, interacted and reacted–what they did wrong and what they did right. Book Two, in 8 ½ x 11 inch, 516-page, black-and-white format, is the teaching manual giving a Biblical basis for assessing what the characters of Book One did right and what they did wrong. The cost of the set is either US $40.00 or CDN $52.00 including shipping and handling; make checks payable to Copy ‘n Print with designation “Missionaries on Alert” and mail to Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada. The books are printed and bound on an “on demand” basis so a 4-6 week delivery period should to be allowed. For a graphic, go to

    http://www.copynprint.com/moa/ To order, contact by e-mail: john(at)copynprint(dot)com or

    fax: 403-443-2120, or write: Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada , or phone 403-443-7041


  12. MISSIONARY/HUMANITARIAN SCREENING & SELECTION — Can we tell who will likely be successful and healthy on the field? Beyond Borders is gathering information on effective tools, processes and research regarding screening and selecting candidates for missions and humanitarian work. Of particular interest are evaluatory instruments (questionnaires, surveys, simulations, etc.) that are used for screening. Also of interest is research and articles that identify indicators of future missionary or humanitarian success (or health) on the field. Email your responses and suggestions to Christian Muntean at: research(at)beyond-borders(dot)com

  13. GET I.T. TO THE FIELD — Would you like a team of computer technicians to come to your next on-field missionary conference and fix missionaries’ computers? Here’s a group of mission technology support agencies that have discovered a good way to involve IT folk in short term mission trips and really bless the missionaries they serve, by fixing their computers. They are currently trying to identify conferences that we can help, especially those in Asia/Pacific and Central & South America. If you know of a suitable conference then please let them know about it, including the contact details of the organisers. Email david(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au for Asia/Pacific and shawn(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com for the rest of the globe! [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.sideros.net/

20040704 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. MORE DONOR MANGER FREEWARE
  4. SET FREE IN JESUS: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  5. TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT(S) NEEDED IN JAPAN
  6. CATCH A FAMILY CAMP IN MONTANA
  7. WHAT DO WE TELL A PASTOR TO STUDY?
  8. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  9. NEW NETWORK FOR CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS
  10. WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR
  11. LEARN BY READING THE OTHER VIEWPOINT
  12. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  13. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  14. AFFORDABLE WEBSITE DESIGN FOR MISSIONARIES, TEAMS AND AGENCIES
  15. WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT STORYING
  16. SOUTH ASIAN GLOBAL CONVENTION (SAGC 2004)

  1. 1) THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Hats off this week to the Brigada participant who sent the $10 “subscription payment” to help provide for the Brigada secretary. Some can give $100, and some, like the donor last fall, might be able to give $5000. If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — How can you start working in poor communities in economic development? Start with the introductory course and progress to hands on implementation through distance learning. The next email based course starts August 30, 2004. Or there is still time to register for the live training event August 2 – 11. Courses are available for working with the poor in the 2/3 world and in the U.S. See http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu for more information. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MORE DONOR MANGER FREEWARE – Donor Manager FREEware written by a veteran missionary specifically for the mission community is available for checking out at http://donormanager.com The author, john(at)donormanager(dot)com, actively maintains and supports the program. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He is ready to integrate new ideas for application to the mission community. User friendly features include importing of monthly emailed reports from most major accounting systems used by sending agencies, one click batch email addressing to the entire donor base, high level filtering, linking of churches to donors, maps, pictures to individual donors, one click analysis of budget goals against pledges and much more. Automated notices of new updates keep the international users informed of easy downloads of the latest developments.

  4. SET FREE IN JESUS: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — Siela is a 59 year old woman who shows the effects of a hard life. You can see it on her face. She admitted that she had only recently been released from jail. She gladly accepted the gospel and prayed for Jesus to be the Lord of her life. Now she has hope. Pray for Siela to be built up in Christ. Pray for he daughter, Sonja, who was also recently released from jail and was not ready to give her life to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT(S) NEEDED IN JAPAN — Steve & Karen, who work with another couple in an English-teaching evangelistic mission in Japan, are planning to go to America for three to six months starting in September, and are looking for replacements to handle their English teaching responsibilities during that time. They would like a married couple, or one or two single women, to fill this position. A salary and furnished housing is provided, but the replacements will be responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Japan. No experience is necessary – just a heart for God’s work. If you are interested, please contact them directly by e-mail at ingle(at)kisnet(dot)or(dot)jp . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. CATCH A FAMILY CAMP IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission will be hosting a family camp in beautiful western Montana on Flathead Lake just hour from Glacier National Park! July 18 – 24. The camp theme is “Building a Winning Family Team”! Together children, teens, and parents will experience team-building techniques while discovering his/her own unique strengths. The camp consists of interactive, multi-generational activities in helping you build a family of faith. Opportunity will be available for recreation, an evening out for couples and a special closing banquet. Space is limited. Email Halliburton(at)ywammt(dot)org Phone 406 844 3883 or 844 2221 or log on at http://www.familyforjesus.com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. WHAT DO WE TELL A PASTOR TO STUDY? — Here’s a pastor with a growing burden for missions. He’s looking for: 1. I good world map for the wall of my study–The best one that you would choose. 2. Besides Brigada :-) –What mags or ezines does he want to be reading? 3. What book does he need to read to get the scoop on missions today? 4. What authors should he be reading? 5. What conferences does he need to attend. Send your answers to CThomp5201(at)aol(dot)com and he’s agreed to assemble a report that we’ll then make available to all Brigada readers. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION –- Columbia Biblical Seminary is offering a seminar/ course in Budapest – October 12-14, 2004 – with Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest(at)hotmail(dot)com . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. NEW NETWORK FOR CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS — The Church Prayer Leaders Network is unique in its dedication to serving, resourcing and connecting the men and women who mobilize prayer in local congregations. Small and large. City or rural. Membership includes: a subscription to Pray! magazine; Prayer Leader Online, a monthly E- Letter; 30% discounts on Pray! materials; 20% CPLN Conference discounts; plus access to the password protected section of the website. That section catalogs: Prayer Formats, Prayer Guides and how to use them in the church, Prayer Articles, Prayer Networks, Denominational Prayer Leaders Resources, Church Prayer Leaders Ideas, Publishing Company Corner. To learn more, log on at: http://www.prayerleader.com Access to the password protected section of the website is available for $40.00 a year ($52 a year outside U.S.). You can also call 800-366-7788 or send a check to: CPLN Membership, PO Box 35002, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.

  10. WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR — WRG provides training in cross-cultural church planting methodologies based on a worldview approach to ministry. A seminar is scheduled for August 23-27, 2004 in Palmer Lake, CO. Seminar facilitators include: Dr. Tom Steffen, Dr. David Hesselgrave, Mark Zook (Ee-Taow video), George Walker (co-founder of WRG), and Bob Kennell (Executive Committee member of New Tribes Mission). Topics are: narrative as a missiological methodology, worldview analysis, the chronological approach, pre- evangelism, and the developing church. See details at http://www.wrg3.org or email at info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. LEARN BY READING THE OTHER VIEWPOINT — Here’s a page from a group who adamantly oppose missionaries in India. It provides interesting insight. http://www.kentaxrecords.com/iaca/index.php You can find many more details by clicking options on the left side of the page, including links, which will show you many other organizations opposed to missionaries. (Thanks to Mark, who describes himself as “a big Brigada fan for many years”!!! And yes, that *did* get his item printed more quickly than most. :-) )

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

  13. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church is hosting The Global Missions Health Conference on Nov. 11 (HIV/AIDS preconference) and November 12, 13 (main sessions). The conference is dedicated to motivating, training and equipping all health care servants in America and internationally. Although it is geared for healthcare professionals, everyone is welcome. World famous Joni Eareckson Tada will be the main session speaker. Please go to http://www.medicalmissions.org or http://www.southeastchristian.org for more information.

  14. AFFORDABLE WEBSITE DESIGN FOR MISSIONARIES, TEAMS AND AGENCIES — Camomile Media Works provides affordable websites, graphic design, print media and other creative media solutions specifically for those in Christian Missions Ministry. http://www.camomiles.net

  15. WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT STORYING — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for seminars or training courses in the USA on Chronological Bible Storying, and working with Muslim Women. The particularly interesting dates are Oct, Nov, Dec 2004 and Jan, Feb, and Mar 2005. If anyone knows of training in these areas of interest during this timeframe, write Mary D global467(at)earthlink(dot)net . She’s agreed to compile a schedule that we can post here in Brigada.

  16. SOUTH ASIAN GLOBAL CONVENTION (SAGC 2004) — SAGC 2004 is a historic event. Catch this first International gathering of South Asian Youth and Young Adult believers and Ministry Leaders from all over the world. For those who have not registered, this is an urgent reminder to Register for the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) to be held in Vancouver, Canada from August 4th – 8th 2004. The Convention theme is “Serving God’s Purposes in our Generation”, Acts 13:36. For further information on Registration, Accommodation, Resource Personnel, Worship Bands and other details, please check the SAGC 2004 website (and even register online) at http://www.southasianconnection.com OR you may e-mail info(at)southasianconnection(dot)com. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040627 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL ABROAD AND HELP BRIGADA, OR BECOME A DIRECT SPONSOR
  2. FREE SOFTWARE TO TRACK DONOR INFORMATION
  3. NEW MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  4. MEDICAL SEMINARS GIVING PRACTICAL HELP TO MISSION CANDIDATES
  5. NEW PRICING ON OPERATION WORLD
  6. TSI TO HOST ELECTRICITY SEMINAR FOR MISSIONS
  7. EXPERIENCE CHURCH PLANTING
  8. LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING BIBLES
  9. TESOL OPENS DOORS TO THE NATIONS
  10. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  11. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE: TOTAL IT UP
  12. KNOW OF ANY ARABIC WEBSITES THAT EXPLAIN THE KING OF KINGS?
  13. FREE PRINTING EQUIPMENT FOR A CHRISTIAN ORG
  14. LEARN TO TRAIN ENGLISH TEACHERS
  15. CORRECTED URL ON CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  16. MORE TIPS FOR BACKUPS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL ABROAD AND HELP BRIGADA, OR BECOME A DIRECT SPONSOR — When we first heard about Dial-Abroad, I’ll admit – we were skeptical. But this past week, they sent a donation based on Brigada participants’ May telephone bills. Get this – it was $135! If you have to use the phone anyway, you might as well get a great rate and help Brigada pay its part-time secretary! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html If you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-) Thanks, too, to Laura, a missionary with ABWE, for sending $15 to sponsor Brigada… like a magazine subscription! (Thanks Laura!) If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. FREE SOFTWARE TO TRACK DONOR INFORMATION — Can you believe it? A free program to help you track information about your donors and contacts. Check it out at: http://www.sunergeosystems.com/MMBetaReg.asp Thanks to Sunergeo Systems for making the program available to Brigada participants at no charge! Remember – you heard about it on Brigada!

  3. NEW MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  4. MEDICAL SEMINARS GIVING PRACTICAL HELP TO MISSION CANDIDATES — Mercy Ships offers Medical Seminars in East Texas for medical professionals who would like to get into missions but need help making the jump to the mission field. They offer 4 one-week seminars each year (“Navigating Medical Missions”)and 1 four-week seminar a year (“Preparation for Medical Missions”). They give continuing education units to nurses. Call (903) 939 7628 in Texas, USA, or log on at: http://www.mercyships.org

  5. NEW PRICING ON OPERATION WORLD — We are still years away from a new edition of Operation World, but you can get your copy of the current edition at knock-down prices from William Carey Library. SO…spread the vision, go to: http://WCLbooks.com or call 1-800-MISSION to order. IF you get 60 copies, you can even get them for less than $5.00 each! (One copy is $8.95, 3 or more is $6.50 each, 60 or more in case lots of 20 is $4.75 each. All prices are PLUS shipping and handling.)

  6. TSI TO HOST ELECTRICITY SEMINAR FOR MISSIONS — Tech Serve International (TSI) seeks to help missionaries and mission organizations worldwide in three areas: Electricity, Telecommunications, and Construction. This fall they’re hosting a seminar entitled “World Missions Seminar Electricity 101.” For more information, log on at http://www.techserve.org (Thanks for the tip, Ken!)

  7. EXPERIENCE CHURCH PLANTING — Here’s a different approach in learning how to church plant. All Nations Training Center (ANTC) runs a “Church Planting Experience” (CPx) in which seasoned church planters, experienced on four continents, walk side by side with student learners to plant churches in several people groups in Kansas City, Missouri. Participants will start to learn a new language, be resourced, mentored and coached on how to learn and disciple cross-culturally through storytelling and plant church planting churches. CPx runs from September 7th this year for 7 months in the USA and then 2 months overseas. For more details, including course handbook and application form, visit the ANTC web site at: http://www.allnationstraining.com/planting or write to Carrie crowe(at)metroallnations(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING BIBLES — Audio Scriptures International has talking Bibles. Check ’em out at http://www.audioscriptures.org or to call ASI +760-745-8105.

  9. TESOL OPENS DOORS TO THE NATIONS — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course from September 19 to October 15, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See the website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or e-mail your questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. TRANSFORMING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 14-19, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or email Helen(AT)med-amb(DOT)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE: TOTAL IT UP — A “Taste of Translation & Linguistics” is back by popular demand. This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics, phonology, grammar, translation/semantics, and language learning. Field reports, videos, and personal testimonies each night round out the experience. Learn in a relaxed setting with experienced translators from different countries and language projects. Devotions, and worship build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing, meals (breakfast, lunch & supper) are provided. The cost is $200.00 and the dates are August 15-20, 04 in Idyllwild, California. Please contact Vicki vicki_weber(at)wycliffe(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (909)719-1105. Visit the Wycliffe web site for other courses outside California. http://www.wycliffe.org Select “happenings”, “Total It Up”.

  12. KNOW OF ANY ARABIC WEBSITES THAT EXPLAIN THE KING OF KINGS? — Here’s a guy in need of an Arabic website explaining Christianity (in a culturally sensitive way) to Muslims. He would love it if he could also see the English version to be able to communicate better on what they are reading with those to whom he refers it. Got any leads for him? If so, email Chris christopher.lay(at)teenmania(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. FREE PRINTING EQUIPMENT FOR A CHRISTIAN ORG — Here are 4 printing presses, a process camera, 2 folders, misc. darkroom equipment all free to a Christian organization. The equipment in located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Contact danleinbaughatcmfidotorg for more information.

  14. LEARN TO TRAIN ENGLISH TEACHERS — The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii is beginning a new 6 week TESOL course beginning August 2 and ending September 23. Their course consists of an intensive 4 week lecture phase with a 2 week practicum within our own Cross-Cultural ESL school. For more info, log on at http://www.uofn.org You may also call (808) 326-4433 for more information or (808) 326-4400 Ext 4172. You may also contact Randall Randall_Cavanaughathotmaildotcom

  15. CORRECTED URL ON CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hands-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesoftheheart.org worth visiting just to see the great front page animations

  16. MORE TIPS FOR BACKUPS — Perhaps you recall that I my laptop’s hard drive went completely dead on April 17th. Try as they might, nobody could recover data for me. Now I back up every night, and even use a portable USB “flash” drive for smaller backups, at times, during the day. Several have contributed tips for backing up, and here are a few additional thoughts from an I.T. guy named “Jonathan”:

    a. Keep one backup off site at all times – if you use re-writable media, this means having at least two (three is better so you can keep the third on site at all times for convenience).

    b. Floppies are still good for backing up a limited number of small files.

    c. CD-R’s are great – cheap, convenient and especially reliable. Unfortunately, they are not re-writable but they are cheap enough for most people to throw away once a week or so. Break it (wear goggles or wrap it in cloth!) or melt it thoroughly (in good ventilation) first if it has sensitive data. It takes many CD’s to back up a half-filled modern hard drive, but with good back-up software you can do incremental back-ups that only store the data that has changed since the last back-up in a particular series, so only the first back-up in a series takes a long time and many disks. CD-RW’s are bad since they don’t always work well except in the drive that created them, even when precautions are taken.

    d. Recordable DVD of various types are starting to look good for long term reliability, and they are getting cheaper, though there are possible compatibility issues. Though movies on DVD are pervasive enough that the drives will be around for awhile, not all DVD self- recording systems are inter-compatible. 1 DVD = 5 CD’s

    e. Magnetic media of any kind loses data eventually. Some types of tape reliably last decades some disks only years. Most will last decades to centuries if stored properly, but may have a data error on a file or two after a long time.

    f. Anything exotic or trendy is a bad bet since a new drive may not be available next year after your office burns down. Never buy the “best” or the “latest”. Buy the one that everyone else uses.

    g. Avoid consumer grade Iomega products like Zip, Jazz etc. I really mean it on this. Use professional grade stuff if you use magnetic tapes or disks, but remember that blank media may be special order only and costly.

    h. External hard drives are good – probably the best if you do big backups and want to keep re-writing the same media over and over. Remember – you must buy at least two in order to always have one off- site from the computer! Buy only USB or Firewire – nothing fancy or exotic that may not catch on and be around next year.

    i. Flash memory such as the “film” from digital cameras can be good for small backups – buy a good brand and one that is commonly used for many types of device. Be careful – the flash card for my digital camera is now unavailable and can only be used in the camera even though it was “the only kind” five years ago. The readers for these are so cheap that you can afford to buy a spare to put away for the future if you are paranoid (only paranoids REALLY back up all their files, right?).”

    (Thanks Jonathan!)

20040620 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY!
  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS!
  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE”
  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL
  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ
  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to the worker in Sweden who gave $25 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary this past week. He wrote, “It’s mid-summer here in Sweden and during this holiday time, we give thanks to God for you all there at Brigada. God bless you all and thanks for your labor of love.” Thanks, too, to the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, for their gift of $200! Whoa. Finally, our friends at Dial-Abroad sent for April totaling $164. The more I hear from them, the more I feel the need to say thanks to those who placed their phone service with Dial-Abroad!!! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html Please! And if you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-)

    If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.


  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY! — Here’s one anti-spam service that has written in offering to underwrite the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Naturally, if this service can work for you, we’d love it. Visit them at: http://www.mail-block.com/brigada Sign up anytime within 30 days of visiting and they’ll donate a straight 20% of all proceeds to Brigada! If you have good luck with this service, please let us know so we can spread the word about it here in Brigada. Thanks for anyone willing to give it a try! By the way, if you’re also needing a good Internet Service Provider, they have a flat-rate (unlimited minutes) plan for $9.95/mo. (They call it the “Silver plan”.) As far as I’ve been able to tell, that’s probably the cheapest flat-rate cost of any. *Half* the price of Earthlink or AOL. Once again, they’ll give a gift to Brigada ($6 one-time gift) for everyone who signs up. For more information, check ’em out at https://www.695online.com/brigada (If you’d rather not sign up, you could always just send the $6 gift! :-) )

  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA — We heard back from several readers about the fact that the Movielink site only works in the USA. Sorry about that! We’ll eventually learn of other options and when we do, you’ll be the first to know!

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS! — On October 4-29, 2004, Youth With a Mission (at their “National Centre” (P.O. Box 43 120, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand Att: TESOL Ph: 64-9- 255-1410 Fax: 64-9- 256 1323) will present A Trinity Certificate course offered in association with Edenz Colleges. The course is designed to give the necessary skills to teach Speakers of Other Languages. Edenz is the NZQA Registered Training Provider (est. 15 yrs.) Accommodation will be provided at the Youth With a Mission Campus in South Auckland. For more information email tesol(at)ywamauckland(dot)org (dot) nz [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks J.!)

  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE” — We received several notes about the Arab Bible software. One gentleman, who works with Muslims himself, wrote, “It’s probably worth mentioning that the “Arab Bible” software has taken the liberties of changing “Allah” to “al-Ilah”. Linguistically, I understand their point, but the net effect is to render yet *another* translation in a world of where soon the translation schemes might outnumber the believers. Some readers may not care, but this is an issue for many of us and IMHO it seriously impedes my ability benefit from the software because if I take on yet another “version” I’m going appear even less credible to my Muslim friends.”

  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2005. Catch “Introduction to Buddhism and the History of Christian Mission to Buddhists”, “Contextualizing the Gospel for Buddhist Peoples”, “Church Planting in Buddhist Contexts”, or “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”. You can even get graduate credit. Request a pre- application form from Linda guestservices(at)apts(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant Rich Benson is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For father information, E-mail MRC info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254- 3313, E-mail info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL — Facilitators from the one year-old Missional International Church Network (MICN) announced the 2nd MICN Conference to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 2-6, 2005. For more information on the Missional International Church Network and the 2005 MICN Conference visit http://www.micn.org

  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ — Among the items featured in this month’s Operation Reveille are: * 3 Reasons Why a Good Testimony by Service Christians is Imperative * Spiritual Profile on Pakistan * Eternal Perspective on Abu Ghraib Prisoner Treatment * A University Prof’s Perspective on Rising Non-Western Christianity * The Ambitions of Chinese Missionaries * Church/State Developments in India * Outreach Tools for Iraq * Reception of the Gibson Passion Film in the Mid-East * Opportunity to Help Iraqi Kids and Military Christian Fellowships These articles are newly posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm (Thanks for your work, Bruce!)

  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hand-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesofthetheart.org

20040613 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR DAY!
  2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COMING TO GEORGIA
  3. MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE DOLLARS COUNT
  4. AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP ALREADY STARTED
  5. ONFOLIO: NEW WAY TO COLLECT YOUR WEB RESEARCH
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. CHURCH GROWTH OR DECLINE? BOOK REVIEW
  8. TOOLS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE
  9. NEW DEVOTIONAL FOR REPEAT SHORT-TERMERS
  10. INSIDER SAYS IRAQ IS SAFER THAN IT LOOKS
  11. TRENDS & ISSUES IN 21ST CENTURY MISSION
  12. NEED INPUT ON GETTING WELL OR STAYING WELL?
  13. GREEK SAILING SCHOONER NEEDS COOK AND CREW
  14. SUMMER ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  15. SERVING OVERSEAS WITH BROADBAND? CATCH A MOVIE
  16. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE THIRD WORLD
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR DAY! — Yes, we’ll be honest… When it comes time to paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary, sponsors make our day! Thanks to Paul from Chicago for his $24 sponsorship this past week. We appreciate you Paul! Is there another Brigada participant who would pick up the torch from Paul for this coming week? If so, just click “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COMING TO GEORGIA — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision US and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or their email-based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE DOLLARS COUNT — Cellular contract ending soon? Or new to cellular and wonder where to start? Want access to all the major providers in your area? Now you can get a great plan *and* benefit Brigada with your sign up! With a wide variety of plans available nationwide (in most areas), you should be able to find what you are looking for through Blessed Hope Communications. Plus most plans have free phones, some have cash back and many have free accessories to boot. For every sign-up processed through Brigada’s link, Brigada will earn a $50 bonus ($20 with the prepaid plans) toward the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Let your cell dollars count! Visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. (You might want to also check out the long distance rates in your area while you’re there).

  4. AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP ALREADY STARTED — Just learned that Aquaculture International is conducting a comprehensive course in Integrated Agricultural Systems, throughout the remainder of this week in Bryson City, NC, USA. There are concurrent sessions for: Farmers, Missionaries, Vocational Agricultural Teachers and Youth. Each attendee constructs a small scale system from barrels, with which they will produce fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. After the course, youth and others interested will have the opportunity to be involved in construction of integrated agricultural systems at fish farms in the area which will be used as training facilities for those interested in “helps ministries”. This is in preparation to serve on one of the many teams that Aquaculture International plans to send to construct facilities at orphanages throughout the world. There is no registration fee & inexpensive lodging is available. The theme of the course is “The Restoration of the Garden of Eden”. For more information, go to: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org .

  5. ONFOLIO: NEW WAY TO COLLECT YOUR WEB RESEARCH — Do you often find yourself having to go to the web to collect information on a particular unreached people group, country, or new product your agency/church is considering? Try Onfolio for your research needs. http://www.onfolio.com There’s even a free version available, but the paid version adds quite a bit on the information-sharing side. You can gather, organize, and sort all your links, quotes, websites, etc., then print, email, or file-share them with a friend. The program installs as a kind of add-in menu tool to Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater (like a Google Toolbar). Try it! You’ll like it.

  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted jointly by Alongside and Project Stephanas will be held near Grand Rapids, Michigan October 3-8, 2004. Contact Steve Maybee stevem(at)alongsidecares(dot)org for information. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul plere at itpartners dot org

  7. CHURCH GROWTH OR DECLINE? BOOK REVIEW — Thanks to Tony for this great review of Growth By Accident, Death By Planning: How Not to Kill a Growing Congregation Bob Whitesel (Abingdon Press, ISBN 0-687-08325- 7). Those who have read Whitesel’s previous two books (A House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps in Your Church, and Staying Power: Why People Leave the Church Over Change and What You Can Do About It) will rejoice to hear of his new book published this month. There are very few people with his sort of ministry – a church doctor/consultant. Most of us see things happening, for good or bad, in the lives of our churches, and have no idea what is driving these events, or how to change them. Whitesel has the insight to see the causes, explain them clearly, and propose solutions. This latest book covers the issue of churches which grow, plateau, or decline. It is packed with common- sense spiritual wisdom and practical steps that churches can take. Only church leadership teams which have no interest in growing, don’t care if they decline, lose members or have generational gaps, should avoid buying Whitesel’s books.

  8. TOOLS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE — For those praying that God will initiate an English language outreach in their church, Don Edic announces the completion of the fourth edition: English Language Ministry Handbook for Christian Tutors. This is a guide for volunteer English tutors needing a brief orientation to this important outreach ministry. Also, English tutors who are currently using Literacy and Evangelism International’s standard textbook series, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD OF ENGLISH may now purchase separately the new Tutor’s Guide for Level One, “Let’s Get Started!” Don services those in an ESL ministry through Literacy & Evangelism International. For other ESL materials available for individuals and churches, contact Don at his new website: http://www.EnglishMinistry.com or email Edic4Lei(at)aol(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. or click to http://www.LiteracyEvangelism.org

  9. NEW DEVOTIONAL FOR REPEAT SHORT-TERMERS — Many have used “Fishers Of Men” (recently retitled “Coming Home”) as a 14 day reentry devotional (sequenced for Reentry Stress issues) with great success and feedback. If you and/or your team have already used the above, and are returning to your home culture for a 2nd or 3rd time, “Coming Home Again” is now available. New devotionals are helpful and the focused reentry questions really help returnee process the experience. Quite a few organizations are having Deeper Roots Publications do “customized” editions of “Coming Home” with their logo and personal messages. Either book is $5.95 each. USA shipping is $1.85 media mail each, overseas shipping is about $5.00 each for airmail or air packet. Other devotionals for individuals or team members (sequenced for the culture shock curve) also available. For more information, click to http://www.DeeperRoots.com or email DeeperRoots(at)aol(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for discounts on larger orders.

  10. INSIDER SAYS IRAQ IS SAFER THAN IT LOOKS — Acorn is a mercy ministry working with local authorities developing services for disabled children in Kurdistan, which they consider a very safe area in Iraq. Did you know that Kirkuk, regularly in the news because of violent incidents, statistically seen, is safer than San Jose (same size, with a similar mix of people groups), which claims to be “the safest big city in America”?. As Iraq has the name of being extremely dangerous, Acorn has an acute need for skilled staff like managers, physiotherapists, special needs educators, etc. Check out their website for more vacancies and details http://www.acorn.nl or contact info(at)acorn(dot)nl [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. TRENDS & ISSUES IN 21ST CENTURY MISSION — Harvest Bible College is excited to offer this new course in its MA program – 20 – 24th Sept, 2004. This course is taught by experienced missiologists, Les Henson (PhD) & Ian Grant (PhD Cand) in Melbourne, Australia, and includes on- line and intensive components. This, and other courses in Intercultural Ministry can be taken either for: (1) professional development, or (2) academic credit toward an MA. For more information see the website – http://www.harvestbc.com.au or write mtaylor(at)harvestbc(dot)com(dot)au [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. NEED INPUT ON GETTING WELL OR STAYING WELL? — Try clicking over to Christian Wellness Association at http://www.ChristianWellness.org Their site is loaded with ideas that you might be able to contextualize for your particular target people group or culture.

  13. GREEK SAILING SCHOONER NEEDS COOK AND CREW — The Genevieve Challenge, a 90-foot sailing schooner based in eastern Greece, has an urgent need for a cook and a crewmember on board the boat for the remainder of the 2004 sailing season. Each will ideally have prior cooking or crewing experience (although not mandatory) and can be male or female or a couple. The boat’s manager, KingFisher Project (part of Torchbearers International) runs Christian sailaway weeks through the end of October 2004, with destinations being the Greek islands of the north Aegean. The current cook and crew have had to leave unexpectedly, thus the urgent need from 1 July 2004. KingFisher will provide food and accommodation aboard Genevieve Challenge and, if one stays for the whole season, $50 per month pocket money. Flights, train from the airport to the boat’s base in eastern Greece and back, insurance and personal expenses must be borne by the individual. Interested parties, even if they can’t stay for the whole of the season, should contact Theo or Marita at KingFisher Project by logging on at http://www.kingfisherproject.org or by phone +30 235 203 1876 or by emailing theodore(at)spark(dot)net(dot)gr [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  14. SUMMER ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — Here’s a school in Kazakhstan that needs English teachers immediately, or for the 2004/2005 school year. Specifically, they’re looking for 2 English teachers/conversational English partners for a 3 to 4 week teaching assignment in Astana, Kazakhstan to provide conversational training for two groups of 16 students. Housing, Food, and Curriculum are provided. If you are interested, please contact Kurt caopscenter(at)pactec(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. They also need 2 English teachers for the fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters in a similar program. They’ll provide training; the only prerequisite is that you must be a native speaker of English.

  15. SERVING OVERSEAS WITH BROADBAND? CATCH A MOVIE — Are you one of the growing number of folks serving cross-culturally, far from your homeland, with broadband Internet? Maybe you’d like to catch a movie now and then, but everything’s in the local language. Need an occasional getaway from the hustle and bustle? Try clicking to: http://www.movielink.com Where you can download a 500 meg movie file and watch it legally and easily (if you have broadband). Costs are low (e.g., $3 for a first-run movie). As always, maintain your vigilance regarding what you download. The Internet is loaded with trash… Be smart.

  16. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE THIRD WORLD — The (secular) P3 Project site is packed with innovative ideas which could be helpful to any mission involved in development work: http://www.p3international.org/ (Thanks for the tip, Tony! You’re great!)

20040606 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE?
  6. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  7. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED
  9. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR
  10. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS
  11. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT
  12. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — If you’ve been vacationing on Mars for the last 9 years, perhaps you’ve missed the fact that we have some great sponsors and friends that are helping us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! :-) This past week, we received $20 from a missions pastor in Southern California (Thanks brother!). We appreciate you! We also rec’d $30 more from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. *And* $100 from Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown, MD. God bless you!!! Are there other churches that can step up to the plate to match Seneca Creek’s faith and vision? We’ll apply the funds toward our Brigada secretary so we can keep these Brigada Todays going out the door on time! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — Missionary Resources of Columbia offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254-3313, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or via the web: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant, Rich Benson, is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For further information, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit our web page: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE? — Have you discovered a wholesale source for vaccinations and malaria medicine for your short term mission trips? Southway Church has a doctor who could prescribe and a nurse who could administer the vaccinations, etc., but they don’t know where to go to purchase the medicine wholesale. Pastor Kevin will share with the rest of the Brigada family whatever information you send him at pastor at southway dot org
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  7. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — While handing out a few gospel tracts, a couple of believers were asked to explain them. Jennifer, a 53-year-old Coloured woman, admitted to never attending a church, yet she seemed desperate to hear the gospel. Over the distractions of her drunken older sister, Jennifer intently listened in hope. She accepted the Lord that day. She thanked the believers over and over for coming to share the Good News. She said, “For the first time, now my heart feels good.” Pray for Jennifer to be built up in Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc at iafrica dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  8. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM — People Raising has just released its 6-hour fund raising training program on DVD. Now you have the opportunity to get the best of People Raising on DVD. This is a great tool to navigate easily through the 12 People Raising steps. With an expanded menu it makes it easier in learning and coaching others in this challenging area of fund raising. Now with a click of a button you can access specific training for some of the toughest fund raising issues. This has been a proven tool in reducing the fear and time it takes to raise needed funds and will streamline your learning and coaching To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#dvd or contact Bill at PeopleRaising dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  9. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED — David Garrison’s new book _Church Planting Movements, how God is redeeming a lost world_ has just been published by WIGTake Resources. Includes more than two dozen profiles of Church Planting Movements, 8 regional maps, more than twenty charts and graphs, an extensive Biblical index, glossary, an extensive list of suggested readings, and three practical appendices featuring the most productive Church Planting Movement methodologies being used today. How to use this book: -Practical guide to the latest Church Planting Movement best practices. -Team resource to Church Planting Movement principles at work around the world. – Education tool for your home church, your supporting churches, prayer network, team members, volunteers, and Great Commission partners. The book retails for $18.95 and can be obtained by calling toll-free phone: (888) 795-4434 or direct (806) 795-4434. Toll-free fax: (888) 795-4451; Other fax: (806) 795-4471 or email: customerservice at lanforceinc dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces).

  10. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR — The time is drawing near for the 2004 Web Evangelism Seminar in Perth, Australia. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to gain skills and new relationships for Internet evangelism ministry. The Web Evangelism Seminar is a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, building cross-cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. You and your students will learn how to harness the power of the Internet to share the Gospel with the world’s unreached and to mobilize the church to reach the world. All are invited to attend! You can find out more about the seminar at our webpage, just click here: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

    You can also download an application at http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/pdffiles/webevapp.pdf and get more details about curriculum and speakers. It also has a cool coloured flyer that you can download and print off for advertisement or just go ahead and email our registrar department to start processing you or your team’s participation at registrar at ywamperth dot org dot au (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces). Seminar dates: June 28th – July 3rd, 2004 Costs: AU$180.00. (accommodation if needed – AU$70)


  11. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS — “Health Advice For Overseas Travelers” by Dr. Jon Askew and “Tips On Understanding International Insurance” by Jeff Gulleson are now available on reconfigured Good Neighbor Insurance website. Also, check out a one page overview of international health plans including coverage for career and short-term workers, team, med-evac, war and terrorism, trip cancellation, furlough, large and small group, settling back into the USA, coverage prior to leaving the USA, and internationals in the USA. For information contact: jeff at gninsurance dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com

  12. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT — ArabBible is a powerful and innovative software tool, designed to help English-speaking missionaries interactively learn the Classical Arabic of the New Testament. Delivered on CD-ROM, there are more than 50,000 definitions so far, with complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Gospels! Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information – not just a dictionary entry for that word, but contextual meaning and thorough grammatical help as well (something that even the best dictionary can never provide). A handy Back Translation helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, and can immediately take the mystery out of a particular verse. A Smart-Search Concordance provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and the Root Analyzer will help you discover, learn and retain entire word families. Another exciting feature of ArabBible is its ability to recite the verse out loud, as read by a native Arabic speaker. You can even slow the speaker’s voice down by 25%, thanks to some high-tech software used in the development of ArabBible! ArabBible can also recite an entire chapter back to you for review. Check out our website at http://www.ArabBible.com and order it online today, or email contact at ArabBible dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) for more details.

  13. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA? — Thanks to Brad, who reminded us this past week of the importance of backing up to some kind of removable media. If the external hard drive sits by the laptop and they both burn up in a house fire, we’d better have something stored offsite! :-) You can use external drives, as long as you store one offsite or at a different location. Today, 80GB drives start in the $130 range, although prices climb with storage capacity. Brad recommended some form of removable media, like 1.4MB floppy disks, high-capacity disk formats like the Zip drive and or the new Rev Drive, which holds 35 gigs on a small cartridge. (These Rev drives might actually be the best choice of all on the current market.) You can also use CD-ROM and DVD drives. CDs have enough space for about 600MB of data; DVDs can hold more than 4GB. Both are economical solutions for backing up large amounts of data for easy storage off-site, as long as you’re there to swap disks. Finally, you do Web-based applications like TOP PRODUCER 7i. You can lease space on remote servers for a subscription fee that starts at as little as $9.95 per month for 500MB of storage. Providers include Xdrive, Connected Corp., and My Docs Online. Finally, you can use simple email. Just attach a file to an e-mail message, and send it to yourself. Then you can open and save the attachment on another computer or store it online on the server of a Web-based e-mail account like Yahoo! Mail. But before you count on a Web-based e-mail service as your principal source of backup, find out how much storage capacity you are allowed and how often the service purges old messages.

20040530 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER ANYWHERE
  3. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  4. CELLULAR POSSIBILITIES
  5. GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  6. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  7. GLOBAL RECORDINGS RELEASED!
  8. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM?
  9. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR: TORONTO 2004
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — That anonymous $10/month regular donor was back at it again this past week (Thanks!). If you’d like to jump on board with him, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Sponsor” in the top line menu. Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope, for a $10 sponsorship this past week.

  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER ANYWHERE — One of our sponsors, TealBrook Supplies, has been making water purification products available to missionaries since 1991. Using space age technology that kills viruses too small to filter out, these products are now used by career missionaries and short term mission trips around the world. Most of the systems are portable and deliver biologically safe water for as little as $0.04 (US dollars) a gallon. Contact Mike or Deb Lundeen via email at info at tealbrook.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces), by phone at 1-800-222-6614 in the US/Canada or at 651-365-7714. http://www.tealbrook.com

  3. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces)

  4. CELLULAR POSSIBILITIES — You can now benefit Brigada by choosing your cellular service through Blessed Hope Communications! Not only can Brigada get up to $50 per cellular package sign up, but most of the available plans also come with free phones and some even come with cash back to *you* for signing up through Brigada’s link. Just visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. Enter your zip code on the cellular home page to see what plans are available in your area. Don’t forget … you can usually keep your current cell phone number now even if you switch companies. (You can also still check out the regular long distance plan available at the above link … 8% of your monthly long distance bill will go to Brigada if you sign up through the website!). (Thanks Darla! You’re great!)

  5. GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — Take in this year’s Main Conference from November 12-13, 2004 or the Pre-Conference on November 11 at Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY. Since 1996, Southeast Christian Church has hosted what has become the largest conference of its kind in the world, the Global Missions Health Conference, and since the very first conference, Brigada has been a primary promoter of these events. This year, Joni Eareckson Tada is the Friday evening keynote speaker. Preview Sections are available to give an overview of the Conference and Pre -Conference. The Conference time schedule, plenary session speakers and workshop session speakers are available for review online at http://www.medicalmissions.com or call 502-253-8069. These schedules will give you information about the speaker and their chosen topic for all of the sessions for this year’s conference. No childcare is available.

  6. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International in California is urging thousands of additional churches to observe an annual Talking Bible Sunday. … For churches doing a Talking Bible Sunday, ASI provides a carefully prepared packet of information, including a short video and a FREE Talking Bible to demonstrate and then to keep for use in its own care-giving ministry. This makes it easy for any church to observe a Talking Bible Sunday. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org

  7. GLOBAL RECORDINGS RELEASED! — Global Recordings Network (GRN) has produced evangelistic recordings in over 5500 languages and dialects. These are available to mission agencies, Church mission committees and individuals around the world to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the recordings are also accompanied by sets of pictures to help the non-reader to better understand the Bible teachings. Check the Language Catalogue on their web site to find out what materials are available in each language. Go to http://www.gospelrecordings.com/ and click on the Language Catalogue, or email them at info at gospelrecordings.com (swap in an “@” for the “at” and remove the spaces).

  8. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM? — Overwhelmed by the details of your Short-term Mission trips coming up soon? Wonder what you’ll do about training? It isn’t too late. For the harried youth pastor or mission team leader, find help through “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart” study guide. It provides what you need in a user-friendly, leader-friendly, spiral-bound format through 12 studies. It takes a team member through the basics of serving overseas — from cultural sensitivity to servant attitudes. A ten-day guided journal is included as well. A team meeting leaders’ guide is included so you have your training curriculum and devotional guide all in one resource. Check it out. Questions: judge190 at aol.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or download an order form at http://www.CampfireResources.com

  9. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR: TORONTO 2004 — It’s happening in Toronto, June 13-25, 2004, and “it” is entitled Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills. The location is Tyndale University College & Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, Willowdale, Ontario. Get *Insider skills for Language & cultural Learning *Phonetics Foundations *Language readiness For more information contact 905-640-1621, or email missionprep at globaltalk.ca (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.missionprep.ca

20040523 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE
  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH
  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE
  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK
  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE
  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC
  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING — Thanks to the anonymous donors who gave $50, $49 and $20 each this past week. We’ve *almost* reached the $3000 mark. Trouble is, by the end of 2004, we need to somehow come up with $16,000. By the end of June, we’ll be halfway through the year. Is there any way you could help us reach $8000 during the next month? Whoa … that would take a *lot* of Brigada readers chipping in together. Can you help? Our Brigada secretary would sure appreciate it! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Thanks! Your partnership keeps us going! Team Expansion takes out nothing for administration. 100% of your gift goes to Brigada. Thanks for anything you can do.

  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training is designed for missionaries, churches, or ministries working in the countries of the Two-Thirds World. By the end of the training, you will be equipped to effectively implement strategies in the areas of microenterprise development, microfinance or business development. See http:\\www.chalmers.org for details about email based distance learning, DVD/Video courses, costs and schedule, email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). (And thanks to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in undergirding the costs of the Brigada Secretary!)

  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE — Thanks to Tony, who has generated for Brigada this free ticker with world population, numbers reached and unreached, using the code explained here: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/populationtickerlink.php We’ve tried this and implemented it on the Brigada home page at: http://www.brigada.org See it (last line on the page) for an example.

  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH — … BUT they need to get the orders high enough to keep the price at or about $6.00 each. They are about half way there! IF you can use at least 16 copies of this great resource, in Spanish, email to: greg.parsons at uscwm.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). By the way, our friends at the USCWM are not making any money on this, and Greg is volunteering his (and his staff) time! Why not ship some from your church or ministry to all missionaries or pastors throughout Latin America?

  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE — Thanks to H.V., serving in Mozambique, who jotted us an update this past week: “About your entry ‘NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?’, the drug is made from the Chinese Artemeter plant. Its malaria-combatting properties have been known to the Chinese for thousands of years. The herb is available in tablet and injection form. It is a treatment, not a prophylaxis. Some of the “trade names” for the tablets are “Artemax”, “Artesunate” and “Coartim”. We are missionaries in Mozambique, and I, along with my wife and our two children, have used it to treat myself for malaria. It is much more effective than any other anti-malarial drug available. It has to be used in conjunction with Doxycyclene to combat secondary infection, and of course lots of pain pills!” Again, thanks for the update. This sounds like the most promising treatment yet for malaria.

  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focusses on teaching missionary kids in a cross- cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. The dates are July 11-16. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC. The cost is $200, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write ray_gonzalez at wycliffe.org (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Class size is limited to 30.

  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK — Our friend Eddie Smith is always finding new ways of communication. Now he has an affordable international Internet Television Broadcasting system and an online Video Recording Studio. It does require a webcam and mic, but there’s nothing to download. Find an example plus details: http://tinyurl.com/28f6u (By the way, we’ve converted the long URL to a shorter one at http://www.tinyurl.com so we wouldn’t have to worry about the URL breaking up over two lines in the email. Here was his original link.)

    Eddie also invites you to his “talking website” http://www.usprayercenter.org and his webstore http://www.prayerbookstore.com.


  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE — Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering two one-week courses this summer focusing on leading churches and other Christian organizations. From June 21-25, Understanding Organizational Dynamics, will provide insight on how organizations work and give students a chance to analyze their own organizational contexts according to current theory. On June 28-July 2, Change Dynamics, will look at how leaders can be “change agents” and give new perspectives on how to effectively guide an organization through small and large transitions. For more information on these courses, check Fuller’s website at http://www.fuller.edu/registrar/schedule/display_quarter.asp or contact their advising office at sis-masters5 at dept.fuller.edu (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).

  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC — Remember Apple? Remember MACs? :-) Jonathan wrote this past week to fill me in on the latest virus- protection options for MAC users. “Norton and Macafee both have no frills Mac anti-virus S/W available for under US$10 if you shop and both can be updated (or even purchased with a credit card) via the internet as needed. Users of Mac OS-X can of course explore the Unix world of security S/W which reportedly allows free and truly bomb-proof possibilities. But… Virex and Interferon were both pretty good free options for the Mac, though of course neither has been updated in 7-8 years. … (Though using such obsolete anti-virus S/W for Windows would be suicidal, on the Mac, it may be OK.)” He added a bit of caution for those who use Windows/Microsoft programs on the MAC :-), and also threw in, “Keep up the good work. You are a channel of blessing to the servants of God!” God be praised for good friends. :-)

  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION – Columbia International University is offering a course in Budapest – October 12- 14, 2004 – Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest at hotmail.com (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). Register by September 10, 2004.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED — Well yesterday we received the final slightly-devastating word: Nobody can help us with our ill- fated hard drive. We first tried a local friend, then the folks at DTI (dtidata.com) then the expensive guys (ontrack.com), but alas, no one could recover a speck of data from our bad hard drive. Did I learn a lesson? I hope so. I now have a $279 200-gig external hard drive backing up my entire laptop every night. Let’s hope that’ll do the trick if this ever happens again. I’m convinced: Using a machine with moving parts is like playing Russian roulette. Eventually, the bullet is going to spin around and take its toll. The only reason I mention this again is a) the bad news I rec’d yesterday, and b) the stats I read last week which pointed to the fact that over half of all computer users have never backed up their data. (Gulp. My last partial backup was end of Feb. and I thought *I* was bad! :-) ) Get a Maxtor One-touch or *something* … and back up your stuff today. End of soapbox, for now. :-)

20040516 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!!
  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST
  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE?
  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE
  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH
  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB
  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS
  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION
  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE?
  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS
  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!! — Thanks to those who partnered with us this past week to undergird the Brigada-sponsored secretary. An anonymous WEC worker sent $100, Judith G Russell Ministries sent $15, and an anonymous worker in Thailand sent $100. God bless these tremendous saints in service! If you’d like to PayPal a sponsorship of any amount, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! Be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Thanks!

  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces). (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for its partnership in undergirding our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE? — Try one of our Brigada-sponsoring services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html and Dan, from Liberty U., recommends: http://www.goldprepaid.com

  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE — Want to track a flight or find a plane in the sky just for fun? Check out this site and learn all kinds of things: http://www.flytecomm.com

  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH — “megacities”, a YWAM Perth ministry, targets larger cities to see people saved, churches grow, new churches established and city wide transformation begin. megacities has an opening for medical workers, construction, intercessors, children’s teams, youth, community development workers, support / logistics staff, media missionaries, literacy workers, art evangelists, performing artists, teams of all sorts to join with YWAM Perth teams in Durban in a year long outreach. Teams are needed from July 2004 – March 2005 with an urgent need from July – September 2004. For more information, updates & prayer points on the outreach go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au/megacities or email megacities at ywamperth.org.au (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces)

  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING -– So let’s imagine that God has given you a desire to take the Gospel to the least reached people groups in the world. What’s an appropriate next step? Well one idea is to get some training in mobilizing. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents an option for that called “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA (USA). Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226- 5850 or email us at aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB — Emailweb.us has been providing access to the web via email for about 18 months. This is not a text only service, but delivers formatted web pages by email. Emailweb will soon start charging a small fee to cover the cost of additional computers and internet connections, as needed. To make the service affordable to those overseas, the price is based upon the relative GDP of each country. For example: US $18/yr, Hong Kong $12.35/yr, Costa Rica $4.75/yr, Ukraine $2.12/yr, India $1.27/year, and Zambia is free. The service will continue to be free for missionaries. If you’d like to give the service a try, send email to info at emailweb.us (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or see http://emailweb.us

  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS — Here’s a consultant known as “Dr. Dan” who makes himself available as a catalyst for missional international church ministry. Recently he participated in a conference in Asia for missional international church leaders. He has posted on his web page a report on the conference. He has also posted an account of an international church in a closed country that is having an impact on the indigenous people. Read both at http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004/

  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION – Here’s a consultation that will focus on the missionary work being developed by Latin missionaries in Europe. The event is to be held at Stavanger, Norway, on November 8 to 12, 2004. Latin missionaries from different denominations and mission agencies in Europe are expected to attend the event. The purpose of the consultation is to discuss about Latin missionary works in Europe, ministry among international communities, ministry among Muslin communities in Europe, etc. The speakers include Asaph Borba and Thomas Blackaby. For more information contact Pastor Alex Branco at: consultamissionaria at alexbranco.com (replace “at” with “@” and remove spaces) or go to: http://www.alexbranco.com/consulta_missionaria.html

  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE? — Is there sufficient interest in the Brigada family to establish a courier based remailing service? Your first class mail, magazine, weekly papers even books could be mailed in 1 – 5 pound units weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. If our aggregate quantity is large enough, it would be at 6 – 7 dollars a pound with a 5 – 8 day arrival depending on where in the world you may be. This service would be actual cost of the courier service plus a modest handling fee. Here’s a Brigada participant that wants the service, but must have a volume of friends who also want it, to get those great negotiated low rates. He’s researching the viability of such a service and would love to have your input. Drop him a note at rodpa1 at earthlink.net (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces).

  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS — We’re receiving varied feedback from last week’s recommendation of “F-Prot”. Apparently, DOS-based scanners don’t cover quite everything. Joel, a Brigada participant, reminded us that we need an antivirus that not only scans when you ask it to, but stays in memory and scans every file that is “accessed” on your computer. “Ideally, you probably want an antivirus program that can scan your email as well, since the current crop of viruses are all email based. There was an article in PC World magazine reviewing four free Windows antivirus scanners. http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,113462,00.asp Each of these provides on-demand and on-access scanning, and two of them provide email scanning as well. For free! Of course, there’s also web-based scanners available from all the major antivirus companies: Panda, McAfee, PC-cillin, and Symantec … But like F-Prot, they can’t stay running on your computer, so they’re really only useful as a “second opinion” when you’re just sure you have a virus, but your scans come up clean. To look at a list of possible free backup programs, go to: www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1259,sortidx,2,00.asp ” Another Brigada participant, Mark, also recommended looking at either AVG Anti-virus (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php) or Avast Anti-virus (http://www.avast.com/i_idt_226.html).

  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION — Finally picked up a Maxtor “One touch” external hard drive yesterday. You see, I heard back from the data retrieval company (at least the first one). They said my drive is hopeless. So I figured I’d better get started backing up the new one. It worked pretty flawlessly and now I have a complete image of my new drive. You can pick them up at any computer store. Great solution.

20040509 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES
  4. WE GET MAIL
  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT
  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST
  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?
  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC
  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED!
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5)
  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE
  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS
  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL”
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS — We’re so grateful to those who are undergirding the work of our secretary, thus making is possible to keep Brigada going out the door each week. This week, we’re particularly thankful for the anonymous worker laboring in the Arctic north of Europe! He wrote, along with his $50 sponsorship, “Spring is almost here! God bless you and all who labor to encourage and inform us in the fields that are white to Harvest!” Bless you brother! Another brother wrote (and sent $10), ” I appreciate your hard work and often benefit from articles in your newsletter. Please do not publish my name, Thanks.” Thanks also to Blessed Hope Long Distance, who sent their Feb. sponsorship check for $14.60. God bless those using Blessed Hope for their calls, along with Blessed Hope itself.

  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING — Do you minister to the poor in the U.S. or in the 2/3 world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses or a live event. Learn best practice, holistic economic development strategies and methodologies to help the poor and build the local church. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks via email from June 7 > -> June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 > -> June 2 or Lookout Mountain, GA, USA August 2 – 11. For more information, visit <http://www.chalmers.org> or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES — ASI’s president, Mark Hoekstra, is inviting visitors to download ASI’s masters from its web site and duplicate them freely, particularly where CDs would normally have been impossible. ASI has master cassettes and CD’s of the translated Scriptures in some 350 languages, including more than 150 entire New Testaments. To learn more, log on at http://www.audioscriptures.org Be sure to check out its beautiful “Portrait of Jesus” and “God’s Powerful Savior” recordings. (Thanks for the sponsorship that ASI recently provided to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary!)

  4. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to those who wrote to encourage us on after our sleep-keyboarding apparently allowed an unwanted email through the moderator gatway. ” Dear brother: We are very trankful for the information we receive from you. Unfortunately, viruses are part of our daily struggle with internet. So enjoy God´s grace in spite of the complaints.” God bless you! Carlos and Liliana, Patagonia, Argentina. (Thank *you*, Carlos and Liliana, for taking time to write and encourage! )

    Hello from Kuala Lumpur! Just want to say “thanks” for all you’re doing to inform us practitioners of what’s going on around the world. Don’t worry about the spoofed email. My anti-virus software caught it. And I fully identify with keyboard sleeping! Be blessed and graced! Todd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (We’re grateful for the understanding and grace, Todd!)

    And from Bob in Germany, “I just want to say, it’s not your fault, even if it came to me from your machine! You didn’t generate this virus. I suppose these things happen – like getting flu from someone else! We have to live with this stuff nowadays, but the benefit of email much outweighs the irritation of viruses and worms etc. God bless, Bob” Thanks for your encouraging heart, Bob, but we do take these spoofed emails very seriously. Thanks for understanding that we didn’t design it though.

    And from an anonymous reader, “I must commend your tireless effort in furnishing us with powerful information. God bless you real good.”


  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT — If you need a good antivirus package but have zero funds for it, try F-Prot at: http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/dos/ Their DOS version is free (and has been for like 10 years!) and is said to be quite effective.

  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST — Fuller Theological Seminary will be bringing in healthcare professionals from throughout the world to host the 2004 Healthcare Missions Conference, Aug. 20-21. The conference, entitled “Calling the Church to a Healing Ministry,” will have over 30 speakers from a variety of disciplines. Conference organizers hope it will inspire a diverse group of healthcare professionals, pastors, and missionaries within the church to work cooperatively to bring God’s healing to the “least of these” (Matthew 25), equip Christians who are interested in physical, emotional and spiritual healing with practical tools to implement personal and church-based healthcare responses, as well as to network, to be informed of opportunities to serve and to become aware of relevant programs. Prior to the conference, Peter Yorgin, M.D. and Doug McConnell, PhD will be offering a one week intensive course on Healthcare in Missions. If you would like to register for the course, prior to the conference, and are not presently a student at Fuller, contact our admissions office at (800)AFULLER or http://www.fuller.edu. For more information on the conference go to: http://www.fuller.edu/cll/ce/healthcaremissions.asp.

  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA? — Thanks to our good friend Marty, from New York, who sent us the heads-up about artemisinin (pronounced are- TEM-is-in-in), a new drug reputed to be quiet effective when used against Malaria. If this drug is indeed shown to be successful, it will perhaps be the most welcome treatment for 50 years! For more information, read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/10/health/10MALA.html (but only if you’re subscribed to the New York Times; Thanks Marty!). See the reprint at the Dehai, Eritrea, Online site: http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/0200.html if you’re not signed up to read the NY Times.

  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC — Marine Reach, the maritime arm of Youth With a Mission is now operating a small medical ship in the South Pacific. Stationed in Fiji the vessel, equipped with an operating theatre, visits the nations outer islands with dental and optical teams. Over the last year nearly 11,000 patients were treated. Marine reach is now running a special Discipleship Training School in Fiji where the students complete a three month lectures phase in Lautoka (Fiji) then spend 6 – 12 weeks on board the M/V Pacific Link severing as part of, or along side, the ship’s medical teams. The dates are 02 August – 16 December 04. For more information log on at http://www.marinereach.com or write dtsatmarinereachdotcom (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED! — The Academia Cristiana Internacional de Caracas (ACIC) is seeking an interim director for the 2004-2005 academic year. This is a K-12 school providing quality Christian Education in English for missionary and international students in Caracas, Venezuela. ACSI accredited. For information please contact Rocky by email at aciccs at cantv.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

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

  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5) — If you want to stay abreast of the cutting-edge issues in language and culture learning or are charged with the responsibility to keep your organization’s personnel pressing on toward communicative competence in language and culture, then the 5TH International Congress On Language Learning (ICLL5) is for you! The Congress is hosted by Mission Training International (MTI) and will be held October 11-15, 2004 in Colorado Springs, CO. The theme is “The Right Help at the Right Level”. Register at http://www.mti.org/icll5.htm or or call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111 or write info at mti.org (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE — This year’s two-day conference will be a premier networking event for local churches, concerned Christians, field workers, missions advocates, and Christian NGOs and professional organizations interested in ministry among Afghans. The conference is to be held at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee on August 13 and 14. Advanced registration is required to attend the conference. You may register by visiting the website where you will find the registration form. http://www.ccafghan.org For any additional questions or information, call Steve 901-260-5712 or email stevem at germantownbaptist.org (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS –- Check out http://www.preparacionymovilizacion.ws where George Paterson’s six P & M manuals are available for free download on the web. The “Preparation & Mobilization” manuals (P & M, for short) are superb, culturally suitable, Spanish pastoral training materials written by George Patterson. Good use of graphics, Q & A’s and practical homework. 120-150 pages each. Set of six and ideal for Spanish pastors. Thanks, George and Galen!!

  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL” — Rats. Last week I shut my 3rd (ring) finger in the door of my truck. How can something so tiny cause so much pain? The morning after, I had to carry around a cup of ice water just go get my breath! You know, life is like that, too. The tiniest piece of a problem can sometimes dominate our thinking so much. One tiny piece that gets trashed can upset the applecart and make everything look bad.

    So maybe I need to keep my fingernail in context. After all, it’s just a nail. Life is good. I’m healthy, except for this rascal nail on my right hand. But hey — it’s nothing life-threatening, actually. I need to “get a grip”, … “buck up”… “dry it up, Doug!” :-) “Quit your whining…” “Be a man!” :-) Seriously… it’s just a nail.

    And … maybe we need to keep things in perspective next time something goes wrong at the church, the studio, or the bookstore. If it’s something that will grow back… if it’s something you can fix.. let’s just forge on. The Lord will help us… and we’ll get through it. If it’s small stuff, then it’s just small stuff. More on the big stuff some other time. But today, let’s forge on… Satan wants to make us think that the small stuff is bigger than life. Forge on. Doug

20040502 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY DIAL-ABROAD, HELP BRIGADA
  2. PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES
  3. APOLOGIES! ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
  4. HELP BY TAKING THIS SURVEY
  5. EQUIPPING WOMEN IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
  6. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR
  7. TEACHERS WANTED!
  8. AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD
  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN MOBILE ALABAMA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY DIAL-ABROAD, HELP BRIGADA — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to- country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  2. PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. For information on these events or our email based distance learning visit http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu

  3. APOLOGIES! ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER — In the 2004/04/02 edition of Brigada Today we announced a new electronic newsletter on communication strategy. Unfortunately, at the time our announcement went out, the newsletter’s server went down, and many of you were unable to subscribe! Please accept our apologies! The server is up and running again, and the newsletter is now available. Subscribe to the Communication Strategy Network electronic newsletter by logging on to http://www.communication-strategy.net. To subscribe, click on “newsletter” and sign-up.

  4. HELP BY TAKING THIS SURVEY — Regent Univeristy and Liberty University are conducting a survey on how churches are using media and the performing arts. The recent phenomenon of the film, The Passion, has renewed an interested in churches to use media and performing arts as an integral part of ministry. Below is a link to a survey that he would like you to complete. Using your web browser, you can find the survey at the following location:

    http://intercom.virginia.edu/SurveySuite/Surveys/media_and_ministry


  5. EQUIPPING WOMEN IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES — A special meeting will take place in the US on August 4-8 to encourage and equip women who have a minimum of two years experience working with Muslims. The $300 conference fee includes housing and meals and must be received by July 1. Twelve worldview workshops and 24 general workshops will provide tools for ministry including survey strategies, effective approaches in eliciting a faith response, communicating the gospel in understandable ways, strategic intercession, etc. Please contact consultwomenatcsdotcom for additional information, and furnish a secure e- mail address to which we can respond.

  6. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR – TORONTO 2004 June 13-25, 2004 Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills Location: Tyndale University College & Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, Willowdale, Ontario *Insider skills for Language & cultural Learning *Phonetics Foundations *Language readiness For more information contact 905-640-1621 OR missionprepatglobaltalkdotca or read http://www.missionprep.ca

  7. TEACHERS WANTED! — Whitman Academy is seeking qualified teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. This school is located in Amman, Jordan, servicing international students. Please write to Andrew for more information at infoatwhitmanacademydotorg.

  8. AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD — Drug costs got you down? The USA government recently passed sweeping changes in the Medicare prescription drug benefit for those over age 65 but what about those under age 65? Well now there is help for individuals and groups that do not benefit from Medicare. Insurance Services of America has for years assisted many missionaries, churches and mission groups with international health and life insurance, now they are offering a brand new Rx discount card. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.EasyRXCard.com , email them at infoatEasyRXCarddotcom, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN MOBILE ALABAMA — Global Opportunities is offering a FREE half-day seminar (9 am to 1 pm) Saturday, May 22, at North Bay Christian Church in Mobile, Alabama. The church is located at 1275 E I65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL 36606-3103 or see their website for directions at http://www.northbaycc.org

    This Seminar will help you understand how you can reach the world as a non-traditional missionary, using your vocation to reach the nations! For further information on this FREE seminar and to register go to: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    For additional information, please contact Charles at: charlesatglobaloppsdotorg

20040425 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-HELPERS
  2. GET REPORTEDLY BEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (HELP BRIGADA)
  3. SETTING UP A BACKUP DEVICE? GREAT TIPS FROM FELLOW STRUGGLERS
  4. AEGEAN SEA: SCHOONER-BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  5. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION
  6. MISSIONS VIDEO SERIES LOOKS GREAT!
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  9. TRAINING OF TRAINERS II & III (TOT II & III)
  10. MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE
  11. FAITH ACADEMY WISHING FOR FAITHFUL SUPERINTENDENT
  12. CLOSING STUFF

SPECIAL SPONSOR NOTE: PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. For information on these events or our email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu.


  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-HELPERS — Thanks to those who stepped up to the plate to say they’d like to help Brigada keep cranking out resources and news! Anonymous donors gave $50 and $25 respectively this past week. The latter wrote, “Thank you for your passion for this ministry.” Thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve, and thanks to these two partners for undergirding our efforts with action. If you’d like to PayPal a sponsorship of any amount, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! Be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Thanks!

  2. GET REPORTEDLY BEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (HELP BRIGADA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm by clicking on “Dial-Abroad.org”. We’re getting great feedback on folks, and believe it or not, there were enough Brigada participants to try them and use them during March that it produced a Dial-Abroad sponsorship of $128 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary! So if you’re dialing anyway, please try to use Dial-Abroad!

  3. SETTING UP A BACKUP DEVICE? GREAT TIPS FROM FELLOW STRUGGLERS — Thanks to Scott, who wrote us about backup hard drives we recently mentioned, “One hint, make sure you get a USB hard disk case that does not need an external power adapter. This is one less item you have to plug in. Mine draws the power through the USB so in case of a power failure, it can still run off the notebook’s battery power, an important feature hear in [our restricted access country]…. Great idea! Called today to check… and the one I had on order wasn’t! I’ll try to change it. Thanks also to Ivan, who wrote, “Systems crash frequently too, requiring days of reinstalling new programmes. I suggest you install DriveImage, and regularly backup your whole drive. … The other major tip is to set up user accounts. Enable a guest account for visitors, with only a few basics enabled, and something personal for yourself. … And make sure you set up a password for your personal account. I knew someone who could not load – a child had been in and set a new password.” Yikes – sad scenario! :-) Thanks Scott and Ivan!

  4. AEGEAN SEA: SCHOONER-BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced Bluewater Discipleship Training School, its first ever sailing DTS. Beginning 1 April 2005, eleven students will join staff and crew aboard the 90-foot schooner Genevieve Challenge for the DTS lecture phase. The boat will cover 1300 nautical miles of the Aegean Sea in three months, with planned stops at Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and other historic places. International speakers will join the boat en route and there will also be free time for the students to explore and relax. Following the return to the boat’s base in eastern Greece, the three-month land-based outreach phase begins in locations yet to be decided. Bluewater DTS finishes on 6 October 2005. You can get full details including the application form at http://www.marinereach.com/dts_bluewater or by email to bluewaterdts at marinereach.com (Please replace the “at” with @ and remove spaces).

  5. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION — A group of U.S. mission agencies and short-term practitioners have developed nationally-derived Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) at http://STMstandards.org The seven standards were developed on the heels of similar codes in the UK and Canada. The need for such standards is growing as each year more than one million U.S. volunteers are sent out as short-term missionaries. Churches, agencies and schools can use these standards as a training and assessment tool and can choose to adopt the standards as a way of demonstrating a commitment to excellence in their outreaches. Membership brings professionally structured guidance for achieving goals and an impressive network of organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk, and mentoring. Members of the steering committee come from Campus Crusade for Christ, YWAM, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Reign Ministries, Teenmania, STEM Int’l, Adventures in Missions, Perimeter Church (Atlanta), Taylor University, Northwestern College and many other groups.

  6. MISSIONS VIDEO SERIES LOOKS GREAT! — Previously, we mentioned the “Operation WorldView Video Series.” I just got my own copy and … whoa… I can’t remember anything like this in years! It’s like a video curriculum, based in part on the Perspectives Course — to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. It seems perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups. If your church would like to introduce a Sunday night elective, a special study for your missions committee, a missions class for a week of church camp, … tons of other options.. visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’ Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 14-19, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or by emailing Helenatmed-ambdotorg

  8. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts here to reach unreached people groups out there. The USCWM is the organization behind such ministries like the Perspectives On The World Christian Movement Course, Mission Frontiers Magazine, the Global Prayer Digest, and World Christian Foundations Study Program. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Registration deadline is May 14th. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  9. TRAINING OF TRAINERS II & III (TOT II & III) — Medical Ambassadors International provides a seconded training for those who have completed TOT I. TOT II & III concentrates on how to teach adults to evaluate and manage a project and multiply its impact into other areas/communities in your ministry. Spiritually, it concentrates on follow-up and discipleship. As in TOT I, the emphasis is on the practical How Tos of carrying this out. It builds on and uses the LePSAS approach. Attending TOT I is a prerequisite to this course. Dates for USA: June 15-20, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or by emailing Helenatmed-ambdotorg

  10. MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for several people with business backgrounds for financial, administrative, and human resources positions. Most of the openings are for placement in Asia, one is US based. Minimum BS degree required. Check out http://www.mup.org email Jeff JeffKatgatiwadotcom or call (888) 847-6950 or (206) 781-3151.

  11. FAITH ACADEMY WISHING FOR FAITHFUL SUPERINTENDENT — Faith Academy, a school for the kids of Missionary parents in Manila (enrolment 600) is looking for a Superintendent beginning school year 2005-2006. Suitable applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to the Chairman of the Board at search at faith.edu.ph (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Details of the school can be found on their website: http://faith.edu.ph

20040418 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
  2. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR TALKING BIBLES!
  3. MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE TRAINING
  4. EPIC STORYING
  5. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING DATES
  6. HOW TO COMMUNICATE?
  7. UPDATE ON LIFEWAY MUSIC
  8. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  9. HYMNS IN SIMPLE ENGLISH
  10. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  11. WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE: NEW WAY TO BLESS YOUR CHURCH
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON THE DISCIPLINE OF BACKING UP
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS! — This past week, several friends took a stand to say they appreciate the ministry of Brigada! David in the UK gave $50, an anonymous couple from Mali gave $25 more, $16 from an anonymous couple in Florida, $10 from an anonymous friend in Colorado Springs, $16 from a retired Wycliffe worker, $20 from a new friend in Georgia, and $25 from the director of Audio Scriptures Int’l ( http://www.audioscriptures.org ). We also received $25 from “Tim”, an attorney headed to Guinea for a nine-month missions assignment. He requested prayer for him and his wife, Shirley, as they labor there with SIM to help the Maninka people. In particular, please take a moment now to ask God to watch over his law practice and his wife’s ministry, “Healing Nations”, while they’re gone. Thanks!!! Would you be willing to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary? If so, click “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks!

  2. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR TALKING BIBLES! — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California in partnership with Adopt- A-Village (AAV) and World Mission is reporting a dramatic increase in requests for Talking Bibles in additional languages. ASI is urging that thousands of additional churches and scores of mission agencies mobilize to participate in this great unfinished task. ASI is challenging church and mission leaders to recognize that to make and to distribute Talking Bibles in every language should be among our highest priorities in world mission. ASI currently has Talking Bibles available in Albanian, Amuzgo, English KJV, English NIV, Haitian (Creole), Hindi, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Sourashtra, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telegu, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Each Talking Bible is $30.00 plus shipping in quantities of two or more. ASI is a valuable resource center with Scripture in audio in some 350 languages. For more information visit ASI’s web site: http://www.audioscriptures.org. (And thanks to for the $25 sponsorship this past week!!!)

  3. MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE TRAINING — No experience necessary. Training is available through email and at live events! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with World Relief and Food for the Hungry International, offers training in innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that have been field tested with our partners in their own learning labs. Travel to Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2 or to Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. Take the first course in their learning tracks by email starting in June! For more information visit http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu
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  5. EPIC STORYING — Epic Partners is a global partnership involving Campus Crusade; International Mission Board, SBC; Wycliffe Bible Translators & The Seed Company; and Youth with a Mission (YWAM)–using chronological Bible storying among unreached people groups (UPGs). In recent years a growing number of individuals and agencies have periodically gathered for consultations on orality, and have begun working cooperatively on issues like chronological Bible storying and the beginnings of an “Oral Bible” among UPGs. Table 71, a regular gathering of msn-agency leaders arising out of the Amsterdam 2000 conference, has also adopted a cooperative strategy centered on orality and chronological Bible storying. The intersection of the Oral Bible Network and Table 71 has resulted in a partnership of the four largest organizations involved in both gatherings. These four agencies have common motivation, goals and focus in reaching UPG with the Word, yet each brings unique strengths particularly relevant to a Bible-storying partnership. The primary outcome of the partnership is a three-part, introductory set of 40 to 50 storying sessions aimed at supporting evangelism and initial church-planting. Stories are to be pulled from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Acts/Epistles. Read more at: http://www.epicpartners.org/ep/?page=Executive_Summary

  6. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING DATES — To serve the international Christian community, CCI will be conducting the following training courses during the remainder of 2004: CCI’s core 4-Day Crisis Management Seminar (June 28-July 1, Colorado Springs, CO and Dec. 6-9, Orlando, FL) and the specialized 6-Day Hostage Event Management, Negotiation & Resolution Course (Aug. 1-6, 2004, in Oahu, Hawaii). For more information on these courses, go to: http://www.cricon.org/2004training_update.htm

  7. HOW TO COMMUNICATE? — Communication-Strategy.net is now online. Just when we announced it, the site went dark for two weeks. Talk about unfortunate timing! Feel free to sign up for the new newsletter when you visit, too.

  8. UPDATE ON LIFEWAY MUSIC — By the way, LifeWay’s Christian digital music downloading (mentioned last week) is only licensed to work through American-based Internet Service Providers. This is due to the copyright restrictions by the music holders. Also, Windows Media files apparently don’t play on an Apple Ipod. You’d have to export them, then re-import them. (Thanks Mark, Steve & Theresa!)

  9. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850 or email aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) and or log on at http://www.aims.org

  10. HYMNS IN SIMPLE ENGLISH — Keith Simons has written a series of new hymns in simple English. They use traditional hymn tunes, so that they are easy to learn. Suggested applications include churches with lower literacy levels or where English is a second language. Permission is given to copy them free of charge, provided that they are not sold. Click on the “new bible songs and poems” link from: http://www.lawtutor.freeserve.co.uk

  11. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Elijah Company’s next recruits’ conference call is slated for April 29, 8:30 PM est. This conference will discuss further how to prepare for and to survive as a missionary overseas. They will feature a guest who was instrumental to start 24 churches among an unreached people group in western Africa. To get the call number and access code write to mentorship at elijahcompany.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.elijahcompany.org

  12. WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE: NEW WAY TO BLESS YOUR CHURCH — Wycliffe Bible translators sponsors a professional dinner theatre touring group to help inform and mobilize churches across the U.S. for outreach to Bibleless people groups. The talented team of 13 people brings it all: stage, lights, sound, ethnic décor, dishes, tables and kitchen trailer. They present a high-impact story of cross-cultural ministry along with a delicious cultural meal. A free-will offering covers the cost. Call (800)269-2007 or (503) 653-1662 for the touring schedule. E-mail: theatre_booking at wycliffe.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Log on at http://www.wycliffe.org/theatre/home.htm

  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON THE DISCIPLINE OF BACKING UP — We received a number of empathetic replies regarding last week’s “BackPage” editorial about backing up. One Brigada participant, Dottie (who is involved in the adoption of a very strategic unreached people, by the way), drew a comparison between backing up our hard drives and daily devotions, Bible reading and prayer. Without that daily discipline, our data would become corrupt! :-) Several folks thanked us for the reminder to back up more regularly. Perhaps the easiest fix we found was to buy one of the portable hard drives.. like the Maxtor “OneTouch”… 160GB for $250 or so. Hooks up through FireWire or USB either one. Or do like Dan the IT guy in our own office here… who has fixed up “Personal Drive”
  14. space on our team’s workgroup server, which he then faithfully backs up every night. Then users with laptops can save those drives as “offline files” in Windows XP (or “briefcase” in earlier versions). Works pretty well… and his backup routine is faithful each evening, seven nights sequential, so as long as the problem becomes known within a week, the user has a clean trail of 7 earlier backups from which to choose. As for my own drive, I ended up sending it to a data retrieval service. Not fun — but I’ve lost about 30% of the work I’ve been doing on my Ph.D. dissertation. Again… lesson learned… hardware failure is inevitable. It’ll eventually catch up with us. It had been years since any of my hardware had failed. Bottom line: I was due. :-) Don’t wait. Spend the $250 on the front end so you don’t have to spend twice that — or more — on the back end! It’s too big of a hassle to put it off another day!

20040411 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20040404 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20040328 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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