20020602 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WERE YOU ONE OF THE 100 ORDERS FOR WORLDVUE?
  2. SEVENTY-TWO HOURS
  3. NEED A TENTMAKING PROFESSION?
  4. A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
  5. LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES, IN TORONTO
  6. FUNDING FOR NON-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE USA
  7. INSTANT CONFIRMATION OF SHORT-TERM INSURANCE COVERAGE
  8. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS
  9. PBASE: A GREAT PLACE TO SHOW YOUR PICS
  10. ALTERNATIVES TO “X10 VIDEO” YAHOO! GROUPS
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WERE YOU ONE OF THE 100 ORDERS FOR WORLDVUE? — GMI tells us that within the 24 hours following the Brigada announcement, over 100 Brigada participants placed orders via fax, or email, or phone. Whew! Somebody’s wanting to do some big-time missions mobilization! :-) If you were one of those who placed an order, you already know that WorldVue is a Great Commission Map Collection containing over 500 maps and graphs in popular digital graphics formats. All the missions themes from GMI’s overhead transparency sets are included, plus political maps of each country and region. View them on screen, print them, or copy and paste them into your electronic documents. No royalty fees are required to use the images for most Christian ministry purposes. For Windows and Mac, WorldVue sells for $39.95, but for Brigada Today subscribers we have negotiated the special price of *$29.95* (plus shipping and tax) for orders placed for just 3 additional days… (through June 22 only). To order, go to http://www.gmi.org/brigada or contact Lorri at <infoatgmidotorg> or phone 719-531- 3599. </infoatgmidotorg>

  2. SEVENTY-TWO HOURS — That’s how long you’ve got. So… once again… if you want tons of maps and charts that you can turn around and paste into your Powerpoints, take up to 71 hours to decide — then in the last hour remaining, order WorldVue. There’s so much stuff on this CD that I’d venture a guess that you’d *have* to find at least one map you can use in your next PowerPoint… or … like I said last week… ask them for your money back. They’ll be glad to refund it. I think. ‘Course, I didn’t exactly *ask* them, but I bet they would. Probably. :-)

  3. NEED A TENTMAKING PROFESSION? — Try this one. Tell <garyatglobal-ddotbiz> about your interest and qualifications/vision. He’ll either coach you — and/or give you an idea to get you started. His best-selling idea lately? 3D imagery for ID, phone, bank cards. Sound far out? Probably. But try him. Maybe you’ll be selling 3D stuff 6 months from now and you’ll be able to give a tithe back to Brigada as a sponsor! :-) </garyatglobal-ddotbiz>

  4. A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR — Have you tried PayPal yet? Many are using it to effortlessly transfer money over the Internet. There have been times when the volume of users has forced PayPal to upgrade its services… but they seem to always catch up. Lately, we’ve noticed great speed on all transactions. PayPal lets users send and receive money online. PayPal charges the money to your credit card or bank account. It’s faster, safer and easier than mailing a check. Plus, assuming you qualify, as soon as you sign up and complete the bonus requirements, PayPal will automatically add $5 to your balance! What’s more, if you sign up using the link below, PayPal will also donate $5 in cash to Brigada! If you decide not to use PayPal, just transfer the $5 to your bank account and walk away at any time. No strings attached. Click on this link to sign up and see for yourself: https://www.paypal.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org Remember… last we heard… residents of some countries were still having trouble qualifying. We hope yours is on “the approved list”.

  5. LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES, IN TORONTO – Slated for June 16-28, this ten day seminar helps you to identify your own learning style, understand your strengths and weakness in language learning. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented learning activities, projects, techniques, skills & strategies. There are still a few places open for new participants. Contact Robert <missionprepatsympaticodotca> or call 416-284-5645 for more information. </missionprepatsympaticodotca>

  6. FUNDING FOR NON-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE USA — Do you have a national colleague or counterpart . . . maybe one that you’re training . . . that you’d love to send to the USA for further training? (Maybe your mission organization doesn’t even permit that . . . or maybe it does.) Either way, are there specific sources to which you’d send these kinds of candidates? If you’d feel comfortable sharing those, we have a compiler willing to gather the information, then make it available later to those in similar situations. Specifically, we’re looking for information about scholarships, grants, work opportunities or anything similar. Please send any tips to <handsfeet81athotmaildotcom>. She’ll assemble the information and forward it to us here at Brigada Today. for later publishing. </handsfeet81athotmaildotcom>

  7. INSTANT CONFIRMATION OF SHORT-TERM INSURANCE COVERAGE — Have you waited until the last minute to get health insurance for your team? Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations, now has online applications available for group coverage. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net and click on the link for group coverage. Coverage is available on their “Day Tripper” plan for as low as $1.08 per day! If you have questions email them <healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 in the USA or via Net2Phone. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop FOR the missionary or mission agency. Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>

  8. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS — A lighthearted, fast paced seven and a half minute video narrated by kids for kids, ages 4-9, encourages kids to fast and pray for other nations. The heart of the video is Isaiah 58’s emphasis on the poor and needy, and having a heart for justice. Many non-essential food items and approaches are suggested in a light touch, kid friendly way. You can order Prayer and Fasting for Kids, postage paid for $14.00 (US) by writing Joey and Fawn Parish, 540 W. Highland Drive, Camarillo, California USA 93010 or email <joeyatgracebridgedotorg>. Please let them know you heard about it in Brigada Today! They sometimes send a gift to cover our expenses here! </joeyatgracebridgedotorg>

  9. PBASE: A GREAT PLACE TO SHOW YOUR PICS — So have you ever visited PBase? For now, it’s a free place to host your pix. Maybe they’ll charge someday . . . but for now, they function by donation. Fast. Simple. Smooth. Free.

  10. ALTERNATIVES TO “X10 VIDEO” YAHOO! GROUPS — Searching for an alternative list-serve? Tired of the infamous “x10 wireless webcam ads” on Yahoo!Groups? Here are at least 3 options. For one, try InJesus.com. They offer a free service, and while there are still ads at least they are for Christian products and materials. PLUS if anyone in the group orders a product advertised, the group owner gets 10% of the price. Not bad. For more information, check out http://www.injesus.com . (Thanks for the testimony, Niel!) Peter suggested http://hundred-acre-woods.com/lists/index.html . Pay them $10/month and say goodbye to ads forever. Another option: Peter overcame the ads by placing a small jpeg picture (any picture) at the start of the message. He wrote, “If I sent out just an attached picture on it’s own the ad would appear, but placing a small jpeg in the message somehow eliminated the ads.” Worth a try! (Thanks for the tip Peter!)

20020526 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONS MAPS ON CD-ROM AVAILABLE NOW!
  2. CATCH THE POTENTIAL OF THOSE MAPS
  3. LEARN ABOUT HINDUS
  4. BRAND NEW DONOR TACKING PROGRAM FROM PEOPLE RAISING
  5. MISSIONS TRAINING + FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING
  6. EASY ENGLISH ROLLS COMMENTARY ON LUKE THROUGH CHECKING
  7. GET INVOLVED AT KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS
  8. “OSCAR” INFORMATION SERVICE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION
  9. NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR!
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONS MAPS ON CD-ROM AVAILABLE NOW! — GMI has just released WorldVue: The Great Commission Map Collection, containing over 500 maps and graphs in popular digital graphics formats. All the missions themes from GMI’s overhead transparency sets are included, plus political maps of each country and region. View them on screen, print them, or copy and paste them into your electronic documents. No royalty fees are required to use the images for most Christian ministry purposes. For Windows and Mac, WorldVue sells for $39.95, but for Brigada Today subscribers we have negotiated the special price of *$29.95* (plus shipping and tax) for orders placed by June 22. To order, go to http://www.gmi.org/brigada or contact Lorri at <infoatgmidotorg> or phone 719-531- 3599. </infoatgmidotorg>

  2. CATCH THE POTENTIAL OF THOSE MAPS — I hope you were able to imagine the potential of that map software in the item above. I’ll give you an example. My CD came on a Friday. I grabbed it and headed out the door for a weekend speaking engagement to a church of 2000. By Sunday morning, my presentation was practically *revolutionized* by the inclusion of richly-researched maps about the country I was highlighting in my message. It doesn’t really matter which part of the world you have to cover — this one’s got at least *something* on just about *everywhere*. There are GIFs, TIFs, and a ton of other formats… with all different pixel ratios and sizes, so it’ll adapt to the level of resolution and clarity you need. And the interface couldn’t be simpler. The maps aren’t locked into some kind of weird format that forces you to send royalty payments to the authors every time you turn around. Get this — there are *hundreds*, maybe *thousands* of maps on this CD — and they’re all available for this one $30 price. I bought a CD not long ago from a commercial vendor for $60… something like “Coolmaps” or whatever. I’ve barely used it. The maps weren’t as focused on missions… and frankly, it just wasn’t as easy to implement. If you’re a mobilizer — or if you’re a goer — either way, if you print brochures, newsletters, or flyers, get this CD. I guarantee you’ll find something useful within one month. If you don’t, send it back to GMI and I bet they’ll cheerfully refund your money. And in case you were wondering, I don’t work for them — and they’re not giving me any kind of benefit “cut” for this announcement. I’m just one beggar telling another where to find bread. :-)

  3. LEARN ABOUT HINDUS — A two-week Summer course entitled Christian Witness in the Hindu World will be held at Fuller Theological Seminary, 135 North Oakland, Pasadena, California, from June 24 to July 5, 2002. This course provides an overview of 1) the Hindu World, 2) Hinduism¹s globalization, 3) its relationship to Christianity in the Indian Sub- continent, 4) Christian evangelization attempts in the past, 5) various contextual questions arising, and 6) proposals for finding a new way forward. See the Fuller website for full details: http://www.fuller.edu . It is possible to register on-line. Any questions, please contact Christine Cervantes at the Fuller School of World Mission: <swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu> </swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu>

  4. BRAND NEW DONOR TACKING PROGRAM FROM PEOPLE RAISING — If your organization is like ours, one of the most common problems you face is training new staff people how to find ministry partners, then equipping them with tools that can help them succeed. Now you can reduce the time it takes to raise support as you use the People Raising Tracking Program. In one program are 5 reports. You can prioritize your prospects and donors, estimate donor capacity, develop a weekly strategic plan, measure your fundraising time and effort, track dollars raised, and follow your donors giving patterns. It is available at a special introductory price of only $9.99 http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#tracking or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> . </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  5. MISSIONS TRAINING + FRENCH LANGUAGE LEARNING — Come experience French language learning and culture during a bilingual 5-month Discipleship Training School in Quebec. The three months of practical teaching (including modules on Relief & Development, Missions, Evangelism & Reconciliation) prepare you for two months of creative outreach in a foreign culture. You receive 20 credits from University of the Nations transferable to many other institutions. The school begins September 29. The cost is $2,200 U.S. plus travel expenses. For more information contact Jacques at YWAM Dunham <jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca> or check it out at: http://dunham.jemquebec.ca . </jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca>

  6. EASY ENGLISH ROLLS COMMENTARY ON LUKE THROUGH CHECKING — Hilda Bright’s commentary and text for Luke are often downloaded. So too, are her similar works on Mark, Titus, Jude & 2 Peter. But LUKE joins her Philippians in finishing Advanced Checking. Level B EasyEnglish has a lexicon of 2,800 words. It is for pastors and Bible Study leaders, who do not have English as their mother-tongue. Download Luke and over 50 other commentaries and translators helps from Wycliffe Associates (UK) at http://www.easyenglish.info . This service is free of charge. And so is supplying our materials by email or on CDs. More information from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  7. GET INVOLVED AT KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for servant hearts to lead Korean Language Camps. Participants must be strong in their walk with the Lord so they can be good witnesses to students. Students and teachers will have opportunities to develop relationships outside of class time. Housing and food will be provided by the school. They’d love to find Koreans who speak English, but they’ll take *anyone*. If you have a heart to see the lost won in Mongolia for Jesus, don’t wait! Inquire now at Mission to Unreached Peoples! Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check us out at http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg> </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  8. “OSCAR” INFORMATION SERVICE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION — OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, this month launches a new section of the OSCAR website called the ‘Supporter Index’.

    This section is specifically for those who are, or wish to be, involved in supporting or facilitating world mission. You’ll be amazed at what you can do without even leaving your home! There is information on the different ways you can assist and support mission work including a comprehensive listing of UK world mission events. A sub-section on communications includes advice and links for using the Internet, email, telephone and post for keeping in touch with folk around the world.

    The launch of this new section comes one month after the successful launch of OSCAR’s Mission Mobilisers Forum that has been buzzing with activity ever since. To access the OSCAR website, go to http://www.oscar.org.uk.


  9. NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR! — Now you can — somewhat affordably. Check out the Portable Solar Charger, which can power a broad range of 6- and 12-volt devices. It even comes with a variety of male and female plug adaptors for laptops and cell phones. All for just $80. For more information, see http://www.isunpower.com

20020519 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS
  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS?
  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD
  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA
  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG
  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS
  8. REACH THE UNREACHED
  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED
  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE
  12. YWAM DTS IN PA
  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM)
  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS — United World Telecom http://www.phone-access.com/uwt/ reportedly offers some of the lowest phone rates around. They specialize in low rates to Africa, South American and Asia. You can reportedly use the service in callback form from any country in the world, from any phone in North America using UWT’s toll free number, and can even get your own US “follow me” toll free number to give to friends and family. All calls to this private toll free number will be automatically re-directed to your phone number of choice anywhere in the world. Very convenient and great to give to supporters, friends and family — especially since it can be used by travelers! There are no sign-up fees, no monthly minimum fees. You ONLY pay for the calls you make, and there’s even online sign up and online billing. The quality is excellent and the cost of calls are the same regardless of direction (Japan to USA is 10 CPM – USA to Japan is also 10 CPM). To learn more about Callback, how it works and how to sign up online visit: http://www.phone-access.com/uwt or write uwtatphone-accessdotcom with any questions that you might have.

  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS? — That seems to be one of the most popular questions asked these days. Here’s the scoop: Back when we were distributing Brigada Today via eGroups, the eGroups people offered a special whereby you could pay a fee to “buy out” the ads. Next thing you know, Yahoo purchased eGroups and the whole thing became YahooGroups. Since that time, I haven’t been able to verify that YahooGroups offers the same deal — but they *did* apparently “grandfather” us in without ads, to honor the previous deal that eGroups had sold. So — the bottom line: I don’t know of any way that new YahooGroups moderators can get rid of those pesky ads on current groups. They can be fairly . . . risque’, eh? Have you seen the one with the scantily clad lady and that bothersome wireless Internet video camera? Yikes. I asked my son, who in the world would want to buy a wireless Internet video camera anyway, and then we saw an ad in the local newspaper about how that little gizmo had become one of the most popular-selling items on the Net. Great. And our groups just keep boosting it along. :-) Anyway… sorry I can’t be of more help! Maybe some Brigada participant has figured them out!

  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD — Catch a Seminar in Hindu Awareness on Saturday 29 June 2002 in Greater Vancouver, Canada the U.S. Centre for World Mission (Institute of Hindu Studies Division), sponsored by the Dusty Sandals Society. Learn about Hinduism & Contextualization – A Critique; Christ Movements in the Hindu World; Expressing Worship of Christ in Hindu Contexts; Challenges to Contextualization. Through HL Richard, Vern Middleton, David Manuel. For more info, log on at: http://www.rethinkingforum.com or write <dustysandalsatshawdotca> or call 604.277.7233 (that must be a Canadian number). </dustysandalsatshawdotca>

  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA — Here’s a TESOL course, June 17 to July 12, 2002, with an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine. Another course is slated for September 23 – October 18, 2002. For info, write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG -– Here’s a service helps missionaries and other expatriates living abroad stay in touch by providing options and recommendations for international long distance phone calls. Organizers there have reportedly saved users lots of money both on home assignment and on the field. Check it out at: http://www.dial-abroad.org (Note that by using one of these services, you’ll be helping referrer Andy and his ministry in Japan, GlobalCompassion.com .)

  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course in Budapest, “Cross-Cultural Communication” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS — Want to use your love of drama to call harvesters into cross-cultural missions? Wycliffe’s new Dinner Theatre, set in the Philippines, needs all kinds of personnel: actors (Filipino- looking actors especially needed), backstage manager, technician, house manager and kitchen manager. Travel the Western USA and parts of the South with room and board provided. They’re just now making decisions on casting, through the end of June. Fall Tour is Sept-Nov, with Spring Tour being Feb-May. Contact Mark Eaton for details: <mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>, 800-269-2007, 503-652-1662, http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Theater/TheaterNW2.htm . </mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>

  8. REACH THE UNREACHED — Learn to be a more powerful communicator for Christ by signing up for “Communication and the Biblical View of Man” (COM 301), Nov. 18, 2002 through Feb. 7, 2003 in sunny Hawaii, USA. Contact Jean Hartley at 73410dot2407atcompuservedotcom or fax 808-326-4446. They offer assistance to eligible students from developing nations. Visit Youth With a Mission’s University of the Nations website for a course application http://www.uofnkona.edu .

  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED — With all the garbage floating around on the internet and with many reports of Christians falling prey to the lure of pornography, now may be a good time to switch to a family-friendly Internet Service Provider (ISP). Chuck is looking for a filtered ISP (one that prevents access to pornographic sites) that provides good service at a low cost. Can you suggest one that can be accessed from most overseas locations? Send information on your favorite with details such as customer service, connection reliability, etc. to Chuck at <winindiaataoldotcom>. Chuck will report back on his findings later. </winindiaataoldotcom>

  10. 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. An upcoming workshop hosted by Campus Crusade For Christ will be held in Orlando, FL, June 5-11. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will host an Advanced CBS Conference on Jan. 10-13, 2003 in Fort Worth. This conference is for people who have (1) done a worldview study of a people group, (2) prepared a story list for the group, and (3) storied with the group. The format of the conference will give ample time for participants to share what they have done in storying, how it has worked, what problems have arisen, and how they have dealt with them. Participants will learn about the latest materials that have been developed, how storying is being used in leadership development and theological education, and continuing research into orality and communication. … For the benefit of people wanting to get started in using storying, Southwestern will also be hosting an Introduction to Chronological Bible Storying workshop Jan. 13-17, 2003. For more info. write <asratswbtsdotedu> or call 817-923-1921, ext. 2440. </asratswbtsdotedu>

  12. YWAM DTS IN PA — Catch the YWAM DTS in Lebanon, PA., a five month course broken into two parts. 1st part-3 months of teaching, topics ranging from the character of God to a life style of repentance. 2nd part-2 month outreach to Cambodia. The school begins October 21, 2002, and ends March 7, 2003. For information e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM) – The Year of Prayer is well underway with participants in 50+ nations. ASM is still seeking churches, groups, and intercessors to join the fray. Email prayer bulletins are sent out twice per month. Short-term outreach teams are forming. An English-language video with seven short programs about Morocco including one for children is available in both NTSC and PAL formats. Spanish and Portuguese versions are now in process. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is available in English, French, German, Dutch and Korean print versions. The “52 Weeks” text is also available for downloading from the ASM website in these same languages plus Spanish, Afrikaans, Chinese and soon in Portuguese. The prayer guide is purposely undated so that it may be used to begin a year of prayer at any time. For more information please go to the website at: or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS — Do you want your son or daughter to have an intellectually resilient Christian worldview coupled with a heart for the nations that will survive college? Are you a missionary wondering how to transition your son or daughter into American college life? If so, then INSIGHT might be for you. The US Center for World Mission is now preparing to run its second year of the INSIGHT program (Intensive Study of Integrated Global History and Theology) on its Pasadena campus, beginning in the fall 2002. Referred to by Dr. Ralph Winter as a “30 year idea”, INSIGHT is designed as a one-year freshman level study program that provides 30 units of general education transferable credit through Northwestern College. INSIGHT prepares students for their college years by giving them a globally aware, mission-minded, big picture, biblically-based foundation. See the web site at http://www.uscwm.org/insight or email <insightatuscwmdotorg> or call 626-398-2104 for more information. </insightatuscwmdotorg>

20020512 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG
  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE!
  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA
  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES
  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE
  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING
  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR
  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING
  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG — Getting started as a church planter? Want to gain more insight in your existing church planting efforts? Trent and Vivian Rowland are seven years into leading a church planting team in Asia. In this handbook they articulate their experiences to help guide and inspire teams. Some items covered include: Basic requirements and practices of a team leader, screening and assessing candidates, preparing new team members, research, networking and strategies, articulating ministry philosophy, setting goals for initial years, and implications for mobilizing new workers. I’ve got to tell you, as I sat down and started paging through my review copy, I began seeing all *kinds* of extra training possibilities for the mission with which I personally work. I’m convinced that we will expand and *improve* our church-planter training program as a result of the changes we incorporate from the Rowlands’ work in this book. I’m thankful to them … and to Caleb Project… for unselfishly making these many tools available to our entire global family. This is a new release (Dec. 2001) and it’s available for $19 for a limited time only at http://www.calebproject.org/books.htm . My encouragement: Get it. You’ll be glad you did. (And in case you’re wondering… there’s no commission coming my way. :-) My only hopeful outcome is that we all do this job more effectively. I’m persuaded that if we followed this book, it would happen.)

  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE! — Here’s a new video adventure for kids 5- 11 years of age. KC, a talking suitcase, is not your average talking suitcase. He’s a seam-stretching, adventure-seeking, live-by-the-seat- of-his rollers world traveler. In this video, he visits the Quechua people of Peru with this digital friend Lynnk. For $10.95 you can jump on board. Order it from Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally) for ordering information. </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA — DramaShare Christian Drama Resources has released their new manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity”, the use of non-verbal drama in missions and outreach, (internationally and locally). This comprehensive program teaches the “how-to’s” of ministering through drama, and also teaches how to pass on your skills to others in the mission field church or group, (a “teaching them to fish” philosophy). Those in the program receive an annual membership in DramaShare, giving them full and free access to over 600 scripts, many of which are non-verbal drama, written for this program. For full details, click on over to http://www.dramashare.org/3c.html or write <contactusatdramasharedotorg> In North America phone toll-free 1-800-DO-DRAMA (363-7262) or Fax (Canada) 306-653-0653. And as the authors say, “May God bless your ministry, dramatically!” </contactusatdramasharedotorg>

  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES — Here’s a great book by June Hathersmith, complete with sound affects on CD, taking you to 26 different peoples without God’s word. Get it for $9.95 (the book and CD combined). To order, or for more information, contact Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally). </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE — Crown College recently launched an online Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies in the Fall 2002, at http://www.crownonline.org . The College is regionally accredited with North Central Accreditation (N.C.A.) and also accredited with Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (A.A.B.C.). Crown is also a full member of Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (C.C.C.U.). Crown has been providing missionary training since 1916. The first course for this degree program begins August 18, 2002.

  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING — You have about three weeks left to register for the “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” course taught in the graduate extension program of Columbia Biblical Seminary June 10-14. Dr. Michael Pocock will be on the campus of Toccoa Falls College (90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, GA) for those dates to lead this examination of the major issues that will directly impact how we do missions for decades to come. To register for credit or to audit the course write <gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>. You are welcome to examine the course syllabus online at: http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/two_year_projected_schedule.htm </gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>

  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR — Have you felt the need for training on how to help the poor? Dr. Russell Mask of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development will begin a 6-week module on Christian Microenterprise Development in the Two-Thirds World in August. This course is taught via e-mail. Application deadline is June 14, 2002. For details see the Chalmers Center’s website: http://www.Chalmers.org or email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706-419-1805 in the USA or via Net2phone. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term/summer missions trips through a specially designed “People Raising” support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING” — My apologies to those who were offended by our incorporation of the ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life in last issue’s “Back Page” editorial. Some felt that by saying that my 12-year-old “came up” with the items, I was implying that he composed them himself. I was careful not to actually say that… because he had indeed actually gleaned them from a site he often reads on the web. But as far as I recalled, it was the first time I had seen them myself. And the truth is, after he showed them to me, I did a search at Google.com, prior to including them, in hopes of finding the original source. I only found about 20 copies on the web, and in my cursory search, I saw no one purporting to be the original author. Still, I should have made it clear that he “came up with them” by finding them on a website. Either way, today I rec’d a note from “Chris” pointing me to the page, http://members.kconline.com/kerr/mk.htm) which highlights Andrew and Deborah Kerr’s book, “You Know You’re an MK When…” (Thanks Chris!) Yikes! I had no idea there was even a book about it! As I’ve said before, I’ll try harder to make sure we search for primary sources on everything… and may I just continue to ask your indulgence to let us know when we miss something. Whenever we do, you also have my honest word that we’ll print this kind of apology in the very next edition. I’ll also be more careful not to fall into the trap of saying something that isn’t original… or even allowing you to draw that conclusion — then not telling you that it isn’t original. The burden for the truth is of primary importance in each of our Christian lives. Honestly, I have no false visions of grandeur about convincing you that my kids are child prodigies (although I confess that, at times, I do appreciate their humor a lot :-). Bottom line… again… my apologies if I was at all out of line and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thanks.

20020505 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS
  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL
  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE
  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST
  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD?
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE
  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS — OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, this month launches a new online forum specifically for local church mission mobilisers, secretaries and representatives in the UK, aimed at helping these individuals discuss their helps and hindrances and generally have a place where they can share their experience. Overseeing the group, in partnership with OSCAR, is Joy Piper, author of the book “Bringing the World to Your Church”. To access the forum, log on to http://www.oscar.org.uk , click on ‘Forum’ and then ‘Mission Mobilisers’.

  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL — In our ongoing saga of fixes for my wayward [Sony] modem that wouldn’t dial out in Ukraine, “Mr. O” in SE Asia suggested this (using Windows ME): Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double- click Dial-Up Networking. Click the icon for the connection you want to change. On the File menu, click Properties. Click Configure. Click the Options tab, and then select the Operator assisted or manual dial check box. Connect to a shared resource that uses this connection, or click the icon for this connection. When prompted, lift the receiver of your phone and dial the number. When you hear the tone from the computer, click Connect, and then hang up the phone. (You’ll have to translate it to your own operating system.) Thanks Mr. O!

  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE — AIBI Resources http://www.aibi.org provides Bible training resources including detailed Bible book outlines, Bible survey manuals, training diagrams and much more. Some of the current material is also available on the website in Spanish. One resource that has been kept somewhat secret is a CD version of the resources. To learn more about the CD version, take a look at: http://www.aibi.org/cdrequest.html . Volunteer translations teams are currently being developed to help make these valuable resources available in other languages as well. For more information on being a part of the translation teams, please see http://www.aibi.org/translation.html .

  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST — From July 22nd to August 2nd, Columbia International University will be offering an introductory course on the Techniques of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Speaking, Listening, and Reading. This three semester hour graduate level course introduces students to communicative language teaching, lesson planning, and practical techniques for the classroom. The course may be taken as part of Columbia’s MA in TEFL or as a stand- alone introduction to English language teaching. For more information, please see Columbia’s Summer Studies website http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies/ , or contact Dr. Kay Herbert at <kherbertatciudotedu>. You can also call: 1-803-754-4100, ext. 3316, or toll-free in the U.S. or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800-777- 2227. </kherbertatciudotedu>

  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. of Louisiana has been bringing new ideas to portable sound systems for several years. The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self-contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. These are systems born out of missions for missions. Also check out the Power T12V which is also the number one system in schools and recreation departments in our home state of Louisiana. Contact them on line at http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD? — Could simple acts of humble repentance open the heart of the Arab world to the gospel? For actual case studies explore the site http://www.reconciliationwalk.org which recounts the 3 year journey of Christians retracing the route of the First Crusade. The Crusades were the last time that the Church of Jesus Christ sent representatives to the Middle East in any large numbers. The atrocities committed in the name of Christ by the Crusaders hardened the hearts of the Arab world to the gospel for over 900 years. See how humility expressed in brokenness is softening hearts to the love of God.

  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’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 17-22, 2002. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We%20_Do_TOT.htm OR <helenatmed-ambdotorg>. </helenatmed-ambdotorg>

  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE — Catch this course for hands- on practitioners reaching UPGs : 13 August to 6 September, 2002 (4 weeks) in Singapore, and the side-by-side Go4th National Missions Conference 7- 10 August, 2002. There’s a special package available for both programs US$1000.00 (airfare, board and lodge not inclusive). Closing date: 31 July,2002.Registration or enquiries to Frank at <scanetatwritemedotcom>. </scanetatwritemedotcom>

  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 19 September. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING — My 12-year- old and I were talking recently and he came up with these ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life: 1. You can’t answer the question, “Where are you from?” 2. You read National Geographic and recognize someone. 3. You have a time zone map next to your telephone. 4. You consider a city 500 km away to be “very close”. 5. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried. 6. You can cut grass with a machete, but can’t start a lawnmower. 7. You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel. 8. You read the international section before the comics. 9. You have friends from or in 29 different countries. 10. You sort your friends by continent. 11. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you. 12. You refer to gravel roads as highways. 13. You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price. 14. You don’t think that two hours is a long sermon. 15. You marvel at the cleanliness of gas station bathrooms. 16. You think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you go into a foreign grocery store. 17. You think a “foreign school” conducts classes in English.

20020428 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOT MY COPY OF THE VIDEO TOOLBOX
  2. REACHING THE WORLD IN JAPAN
  3. SCRIPTURERESOURCES.COM
  4. TEACHING IT SKILLS AS OUTREACH
  5. LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL HANDS-ON MISSION TRAINING?
  6. UPCOMING: 10 DAYS FOR HOLLAND
  7. USE YOUR SKILLS IN MEDIA TO REACH THE UNREACHED
  8. AUDIO COPIES OF THE BIBLE
  9. LEARN MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY
  10. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE IN PULAAR
  11. CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING
  12. HOW MANY NIGERIANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCAM THE INTERNET?
  13. ANOTHER FIX FOR LAPTOPS THAT WON’T DIAL
  14. GET TRAINING IN LEADING SHORT-TERMERS
  15. MANY THANKS TO MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES (MUP)
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOT MY COPY OF THE VIDEO TOOLBOX — I finally got a peak at the “Toolbox for Video Storytelling” (a 268 page book with accompanying example CD-ROM). Written by missionaries, for missionaries, it takes you through the steps necessary to effectively tell your story, through a short video, to almost any audience. The authors take readers through organizational topics such as “Tell me the new new story,” “Starting before the beginning,” “Thinking stories, not topics,” and “What’s a good story?” (It’s about time one of these books dealt with something more than just the technical topics!) But that’s just the beginning! You’re also led through organizing your ideas, developing your script (including story-boarding and scriptwriting), developing a shot list, preproduction tips, camera technique, and sound and lighting. What’s more, there’s an entire section on editing, copyrights, and music. The accompanying case studies are chalked full of ideas. Great “101-201” course. It is available from Mission Media Productions, Inc for $35.00, including U.S. shipping, but only until May 15th. (After that, a publisher price increase will force suppliers to up the asking bid.) To get yours, contact Bob <mmpiatmissionmediadotorg> or visit http://www.missionmedia.org/book.html . </mmpiatmissionmediadotorg>

  2. REACHING THE WORLD IN JAPAN — CrossCampus International is now accepting applications for a short-term mission project in Japan. The dates are June 20 – July 3, 2002. This project will focus on doing evangelism and discipleship with university students in Yokohama and Tokyo, as well as, sharing the gospel of Christ around the Fifa World Cup Competition. World Cup organizers expect over 300,000 people from all over the world to visit Japan in June for the World Cup. For more information about this project and other opportunities to reach university students, see the CCI website at http://www.crosscampus.net or write Steve at <ceoatcrosscampusdotnet> or call from within the USA at 817-861-1770 or from outside the USA at 001-817-861-1770. </ceoatcrosscampusdotnet>

  3. SCRIPTURERESOURCES.COM — They provide Christian websites with a free Bible Resource search tool. It allows users to search for Bible resources from around the world without leaving the site they are on. The coding is available for any webmaster to paste onto a webpage. ScriptureResources.com is sponsored by the Forum of Bible Agencies, made up of key Bible translation and distribution organizations that work around the world: http://www.scriptureresources.com/about.asp (Thanks Tony!)

  4. TEACHING IT SKILLS AS OUTREACH — For many years, teaching English has been a major ‘way in’ to evangelism in many cultures – such that a majority of the Christians in Japan first heard the Gospel through English classes. Now, teaching IT and web skills is gaining the same significance and presents a major opportunity for mission agencies: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/teach-it.php (Thanks again Tony!)

  5. LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL HANDS-ON MISSION TRAINING? — Get the skills and experience you need you need in The Timothy Project. The Timothy Project is a field based, hands-on internship developed *by* missionaries *for* missionaries. Since 1996 the Timothy Project has offered effective, cutting-edge mission training. Located in Peten, Guatemala, Central America, the Timothy Project provides training in communication skills, partner/donor relations, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, ministry planning and deployment, budget and itineration planning, principles of language learning, stewardship, medical, and tons of mission ministry outreach. Training and mentoring is by career missionary trainers living on the foreign field.

    The Timothy Project offers two 10-week training programs and one 8-week summer session each year. Each session is limited to 12 people. The next available training session is August 23 – Nov 2, 2002.

    If you’re looking for a track to the mission field, needing to refresh your ministry skills or would like a real-life missionary experience before making a long-term commitment check out the Timothy Project web site at http://www.timothyproject.org or e-mail at <trainingattimothyprojectdotorg> or call 904-398-6559, extension 31. </trainingattimothyprojectdotorg>


  6. UPCOMING: 10 DAYS FOR HOLLAND — The Dutch prayer movement launched a worldwide prayer initiative to cover the Netherlands in prayer. From 9 to 18 May, from Ascension Day to Pentecost, Christians, prayer groups and prayer movements worldwide are called to united prayer and fasting for a spiritual change in the Netherlands. The God-given vision is to kick-start ‘prayer altars’ (places of prayer where Christians covenant with God for the land) in all 500 cities and communities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands are known worldwide for their ‘progressive’ social agenda. In the last eight years the Dutch social- liberal government legalized the practice of euthanasia, the use of soft drugs and xtc, prostitution and gay marriage. With the upcoming elections on 15 May many people are calling for integrity and straightforwardness in leadership. The 10 days will be a crucial time for the Netherlands, and her moral influence in the world. If the Spirit of God moves you to pray for the Netherlands, then join in and mobilize others to pray as well. Sign up at http://www.10dagenvoornederland.nl . Information and resources are available in English. A special feature on the website is that visitors can follow the prayer mobilisation real-time, specified by continent and nation.

  7. USE YOUR SKILLS IN MEDIA TO REACH THE UNREACHED–Create International is a frontier media ministry of Youth With A Mission which focuses on reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel message by producing evangelistic and prayer media tools. They could use individuals who have skills in the area of photography, script writing, videography, video editing or graphic design as they travel to remote lands producing culturally appropriate evangelistic films and Video People Profiles (prayer/documentaries). If you would like more information about this cutting edge ministry please feel free to contact them at either their Australian or USA office.

    Create International, P.O. Box 6075, E. Perth, WA, 6892, Australia. From outside of Australia call 61-8-9328-5321 or email them at <calvinatcreateinternationaldotcom>.

    Create International, Ohio Production Office, 10228 SR 53 N., Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351, U.S.A., From the USA call 1-419-294-5248, or email them at <darynsandyatcreateinternationaldotcom>. Find out more by visiting their website at: http://www.createinternational.com . </darynsandyatcreateinternationaldotcom></calvinatcreateinternationaldotcom>


  8. AUDIO COPIES OF THE BIBLE — Check out http://www.audiotreasure.com, which offers free MP3s of the Bible for download in a variety of languages (including English, Hindi, Tagalog, Urdu, Slovak, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese). You can download them and burn CDs or you can order them from audiotreasure.com. (Thanks for the great content as always, “Network-news”. To subscribe, write to: <network-news-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg>) </network-news-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg>

  9. LEARN MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY — Train in Folk Religion (June 10-21), Leadership Development (September 16-20), or Multicultural Teams (January 13-24, 2003). Travel to Southern Germany for any one (or all!) of these courses. The German branch campus of Columbia International University at Korntal (near Stuttgart) offers graduate level courses at an incredibly affordable tuition rate (each course = 3 semester hours – € 125,00 per credit, full room and board starting at €124,00 per week). For further information please contact Carmen Crouse at <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

  10. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE IN PULAAR — SOON Ministries have launched a new free evangelistic paper BOOYATAA in the Pulaar language of West Africa. Written in Roman script, it is accessible for Fula/Peul/Fulbe peoples who speak Pulaar (or even Fulfulde). If you have contact with any of these peoples, please write for free copies. A Pulaar language- helper is needed for ongoing development of the paper. (SOON’s other free papers, in easy-English, Franco-phone French, African Portoguese, Swahili, and German for German learners remain available too.) Write <adminatsoondotorgdotuk>. </adminatsoondotorgdotuk>

  11. CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING — Get it July 29-August 2, 2002, from CIT. This course will give missionaries a viable cross- cultural model for the development of youth ministry national leadership and local church strategies in their fields of service. Taught by Randy Smith of Youth Ministry International, the course will also assist pastors, youth pastors and lay youth workers with a Biblical model for contemporary youth ministry here in the U.S. and will address how thy can transfer this strategy to a cross-cultural setting through short-term missions partnerships with national churches. For more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or visit the website at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  12. HOW MANY NIGERIANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCAM THE INTERNET? — The answer? Thousands! Can you believe how this one scan has become so pervasive? I mean… can’t someone be a little more creative and say they’re writing from Benin or Togo? Here’s one guy who decided he would try to turn the tables: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/ He gives specific instructions on how to deal with these guys, if you’re so inclined. Yikes. Why not Guinea?

  13. ANOTHER FIX FOR LAPTOPS THAT WON’T DIAL — I had no idea there were so many others that had experienced similar dialing difficulties overseas. “Jonathan” has an even simpler fix: just carry a small portable phone an accompanying cord splitter. “Dial the number manually, then activate the modem with a null dial string and when it picks up the line, hang up the phone. This phone can also be very useful for troubleshooting, especially if you find one with a mic mute switch so you can listen in while the modem is communicating.” (Elegantly simple, Jonathan! Thanks!)

  14. GET TRAINING IN LEADING SHORT-TERMERS — There is still time to register for the Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by ServantPrep International and Gateway Mission Training Center, May 16-19 in Denver, Colorado. This is a 4-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting- edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre- field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Denver; cost is only $225 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Ray <servantprepataoldotcom>. </servantprepataoldotcom>

  15. MANY THANKS TO MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES (MUP) — What an incredibly helpful tool! Each week, we create Brigada Today as a Word document, send it out in email format, then port it over to the web for the brigada.org site. Previously, the process of porting to the web took no less than 30 – 60 minutes (including inserting bookmarks, table of contents, etc.) and sometimes longer. Now, thanks to a *most* kind web servant at MUP, it takes about 15 seconds! Sadly enough, our now- deceased partner, Bob Mayhew, had authored such a tool for his own personal use, but the “magic” of his code disappeared with his passing out in California. Now, thanks to the anonymous but greatly appreciated servant at Mission to Unreached Peoples (Thanks MUP!!!), we’ll save no less than a week’s worth of work-time, all hours combined, each and every year from now on. Please join me today in asking God to greatly bless Mission to Unreached Peoples, along with its humble and sacrificial staff! The immediate benefit? This issue of Brigada Today is already live on the web at http://www.brigada.org

20020414 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PATTERSON CP TRAINING CD-ROM NOW DOWNLOADABLE
  2. POST 9-11 ENCOURAGEMENT
  3. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS
  4. TRANSPORT TO THE RESCUE
  5. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
  6. RESOURCES ON INTERNATIONALIZING WESTERN MISSIONS
  7. CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES WEBSITE
  8. WANTED: TESOL TEACHERS
  9. PRE-TEST YOUR NEW LAPTOP
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PATTERSON CP TRAINING CD-ROM NOW DOWNLOADABLE — Scores of Brigada readers have asked how they can download the George Patterson “Train and Multiply” materials off the web! If you’d like to do that… or for secure Internet payment with bank cards, just go to: http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada or write to <supportatacquirewisdomdotcom>. Or call toll-free from the USA 1-888-601-3973. From elsewhere, 011-1-360-521-8447. </supportatacquirewisdomdotcom>

  2. POST 9-11 ENCOURAGEMENT — Dan Iverson, a missionary in Chiba, Japan, wrote a very encouraging article regarding the events of Sept. 11 and the “larger perspective” of reaching Afghanistan. Several missionaries (and senders!) have commented on what an encouragement this was. You can reach the article at the web link below or by emailing: <missionschipatmindspringdotcom>.

    First clip and paste this link into your browser’s URL box: http://www.christianity.com then paste these letters behind the above link. /CC/article/0,,PTID23682|CHID125043|CIID872842,00 .html </missionschipatmindspringdotcom>


  3. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS — You know you should spend more time on cross-cultural training, but the planning and logistics of your short-term mission trips are taking all your time and it’s almost summer. Give a 12 lesson Bible Study guide to each member, assign the lessons and debrief some of the lessons together in small groups. You’ll be amazed at how well they can get on track with the help of this book, Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart. God’s word can be used to effectively buihttp://www.CampfireResources.com or email Miriam <answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>. </answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>

  4. TRANSPORT TO THE RESCUE — Now you can find transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. New Field Units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. All the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Our sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for

  5. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS — Check out these five days of intensive, high quality training for people interested in tentmaking. Understand tentmaking and get equipped to be effective. Topics include: Importance of tentmaking today, Biblical basis of tentmaking, Culture shock & how to deal with it, the international job market, Effective, sensitive evangelism, Leading investigative Bible studies, Bonding with the people, Spiritual warfare and disciplines, Church planting, Home church relationship, Hea

    There are two courses offered in 2002: May 15-19 in Cary, NC October 16-20 in Pasadena, CA

    Register at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/index.htm Presented by Global Opportunities. <infoatglobaloppsdotorg> tel: +1-626-398-2393 </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>


  6. RESOURCES ON INTERNATIONALIZING WESTERN MISSIONS — Marty is looking to put together a list of available resources on internationalizing western mission agencies. He is looking for resources that deal with resourcing, governing, planning/strategizing and organizing of missions beyond being only a western sending agency to one that incorporates missions and/or missionaries from around the world. If your mission has “internationalized” or is thinking about doing so, or you have done work in thisMarty <mdshawatworlddotcbidotorg>. Items submitted will be reviewed and compiled and made available through Brigada in the near future. </mdshawatworlddotcbidotorg>

  7. CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES WEBSITE — Here’s a site that attempts to help people find opportunities to serve abandoned or orphaned children, from infants to teens, in Christian child care facilities around the world. This may be the only website that lists nearly 150 such Christian facilities, with links and other contact information. Visit http://ChristianOrphanages.org and see for yourself. You can use the search engine to take you directly to countries or types of ministry in which you may be interested, or take advantage of the “Ask Us” service to obtain personalized assistance.

    Many of these orphanages or homes accept volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including child care, medical and dental services, construction, administration, and teaching. You can learn more from <webmasteratmfinderdotorg>. </webmasteratmfinderdotorg>


  8. WANTED: TESOL TEACHERS — Are you looking for an overseas, cultural experience where you can serve the Lord short term or long term? The Asia Center for TESOL will be opening this year in the Philippines. The purpose of this center is to train nationals with the skills to teach English for the purpose of Evangelism. They need TESL teacher-trainers. All teachers need be self-supporting volunteers so that the students can afford a nominal fee to take the course. For more information contact Sam or

  9. PRE-TEST YOUR NEW LAPTOP — Yikes. I just got ambushed by the “new laptop syndrome.” Picked up a new Sony laptop just prior to the overseas trip I’ve just completed. Unfortunately, after I got it overseas, it wouldn’t pulse-dial. Now I’m back in the states — but I’ll have to call the Sony tech support people to find out what’s up. Either I’ve got an uncooperative modem… or Sony has ditched the pulse dialing protocol! (I tried manually putting the “P” in the dialing sequence.) The moral of the

20020407 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS?
  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK
  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE
  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA
  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY
  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA
  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE
  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED
  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE
  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP
  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE
  14. THE WAITING WORLD
  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH?
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS? — Check ’em out… solar powered, solid state, made by http://www.mymegavoice.net or write <infoatmymegavoicedotnet> in USA. They’re connected with <galcomatgalcomdotorg>, tel. 877-2-GALCOM. They also make fixed tuned solar radios and small broadcasters. Also, http://www.audioscriptures.org has a “talking bible.” </galcomatgalcomdotorg></infoatmymegavoicedotnet>

  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK — A Mormon church leader boasted that he “could throw a dart at a map of Nigeria,” go there, and literally have a church congregation “within a month.” Most new Mormons would be from other churches, fooled by the familiar language and music of Mormonism and unaware of its false teachings. Nigeria is one of the twelve African countries and more than 150 worldwide where Mormons are active. A free email one-page paper, published monthly since 1997 by Immanuel Bible Ch

  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE -– Want intense interaction with church planters? Are you wondering how the local church can be involved in church planting among unreached peoples? Antioch Network will be hosting the 2002 Annual Gathering of Churches on June 12-15 in Tempe, Arizona. The expanded format this year includes three pre-conference intensives as well as display tables for up to 20 invited people group networks. If you are interested in more information or to request a brochuhttp://www.antiochnetwork.org/Gathering .

  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY — Commit Ministries of Waianae, Hawaii, http://www.commitministries.org , is initiating a world wide program called “B-COP” which seeks to Break the Cycle Of Poverty in even the most distant people groups. Working only through accountable, objective missionaries and church leaders, B-COP will purchase items appropriate to the local culture, environment and laws of the country of origin. Examples include weaving, wood, ceramics, metal work, musical and househo

  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission Montana is ready to help you make an impact with the School of Missions & Evangelism (SOME). The program develops the student into a better communicator of gospel at home and cross-culturally. The SOME will inspire the Christian to live a lifestyle of evangelism, to prayerfully consider long-term missions, and to encourage the student in their own ministry development. This is a secondary school with Youth With A Mission. A Dihttp://www.ywammt.org .

  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY — Want to teach English in China (or anyplace in the world)? The TESOL certificate is becoming the standard criteria for a job teaching English which is a critical tool especially in limited access countries. Learn to teach English in a TESOL school offered in Shanghai, China starting July 5, 2002. Get a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Learn more at http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom> for more information. </tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA — Due to the overwhelming success of its STML seminars in Hawaii, COMMIT Ministries is now offering Short Term Leaders Training Seminars in the Mainland United States. Collectively through their partnership with ServantPrep Training International, they have trained nearly 1,000 team leaders over the past five years from mission organizations and churches in the United States. Now, they can come to you! If your mission organization or church is in the proceTraining is provided in as few as two days.

  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE – Get God’s Great Ambition, by Dave & Dan Davidson & George Verwer, with inspirational, revolutionary quotes. Or order The Cross And The Crescent by Phil Parshall, Street Boy, by Fletch Brown, and many many others. Gabriel Resources offers great discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Contact them for pricing or to order. Log on at http://www.gabriel-resources.com or write <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA or 706-554-1594 outside USA. </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>

  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED — COMMIT Ministries provides quality, comprehensive, and sensitive Debriefing Services for your short-term ministry team in as little as one day! COMMIT utilizes a proven, Biblically-base 8 step approach to help each team member process what God was teaching in the field. COMMIT Ministries Travel provides lower cost airfares and will route you through European hub cities where one of our qualified debriefers will meet you for a day or two before the team goes home.

  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE – Get instant confirmation of coverage. Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations, now has online applications available for group coverage. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net and click on the link for group coverage. Coverage is available on their “Day Tripper” plan for as low as $1.08 per day! If you have questions email them <healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop for the missionary or mission agency! Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>

  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP — JPII is alive and well. Some special announcements are in the makings in the very near future… but for now, hats off to World Help for “adopting” them!

  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydroponics. These versatile systems are ideal for food production in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 17-21. For a brochure, contact Aquaculture International at <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus> or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if youhttp//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord. </cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus>

  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE — The site map at the Brigada website is up and running again, after a brief hiatus. (Where did that word come from anyway… “hiatus”. I mean . . . think about it. Just say it several times. Hiatus… hiatus… hiatus. What a strange word. :-) ) Anyway… http://www.brigada.org It’s working again. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Greg!)

  14. THE WAITING WORLD — Youth With A Mission, Strategic Frontiers announces the completion of the second volume of “The Waiting World.” Volume #2 features prayer videos for 13 unreached peoples on one 75 min. VHS tape (either NTSC or PAL), showcasing their beliefs, the way they live, the needs of the missionaries working with them, and lists prayer points that will enable you or your group to pray more effectively for them. The video are available for a suggested donation of $49.95 US, including U

  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH? — Check out http://www.pathtogodsglory.org . The wild thing is… you can order it… or download the text right from the site and use it immediately (donations accepted). (Thanks for your unselfishness Joe!)

20020331 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. VIDEO HANDBOOK FOR MISSIONARIES
  2. CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY FOR JESUS
  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP SPAIN
  4. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING
  5. TONS OF GOOD DISCOUNTS ON MISSION BOOKS!
  6. NEW GLOBAL REPORT FOR YOUTH WORKERS
  7. BOOTCAMP FOR TENTMAKERS
  8. INDIGENOUS RECORDINGS IN THE 10/40 WINDOW
  9. EVANGELICAL TRACT DIRECTORY
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO HANDBOOK FOR MISSIONARIES — The “Toolbox for Video Storytelling” is a 268 page book with accompanying example CD-ROM written by missionaries, for missionaries. It takes you through the steps necessary to effectively tell your story, through a short video, to almost any audience. It is available from Mission Media Productions, Inc for $35.00, including U.S. shipping. Foreign shipping is available. This is $4.00 below the price in stores or at other websites. Contact Bob Kelly at

  2. CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY FOR JESUS — Check out http://www.wec-int.org , which has a link, Rainbows of Hope, with lots of general info on missions to children. See the links, and see the books: many by MARC Publications — connected with World Vision; especially see the Briefings book summary. Or, go directly to http://www.marcpublications.com . See the book on complex humanitarian crises. Also, check out the Jan 2001 issue of Global Prayer Digest. http://www.global-prayer-digest.org which, deals with children is crisis. (Thanks much, Keith!!!)

  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP SPAIN — Scheduled for June 1-10, 2002, and sponsored by Elijah Company, Inc., these camps give solid preparation for career missions service. Topics covered include identifying and destroying personal strongholds, understanding people in teams and culture, personal disciplines, and practical issues such as support base preparation. Five days are spent in Spain followed by five days in North Africa. Presenters include experienced missionaries and national leaders. It is

  4. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING — Elim Bible Institute is now accepting applications for this fall’s “Missions and International Community Health Program”. The two-year program provides training in the missionary life, in preventative and curative community health care focusing on developing countries. The program is designed for those with no prior health training or for those such as nurses and EMTs who want practical primary care training. This is the most extensive program of this kind in the chttp://www.elim.edu , e-mail at <admissionsatelimdotedu> or call 1-800-670-ELIM, International Students are Welcome! Scholarships are available for those from developing countries. Call (585)624-4897 in the USA. </admissionsatelimdotedu>

  5. TONS OF GOOD DISCOUNTS ON MISSION BOOKS! — The second edition of MissionWorld catalog is now available from Gabriel Resources. 180 books and resources are included, all at special discounted prices! Gabriel Resources is committed to bringing together resources to mobilize and equip world Christians. This edition also includes articles by Jason Mandryk (Operation World Co-author), Phil Parshall (Author of 9 books on Islam & Ministry to Muslims) & George Verwer (International Director, OM). Emaihttp://www.gabriel-resources.com .

  6. NEW GLOBAL REPORT FOR YOUTH WORKERS — Interested in learning from what God is doing through youth ministries globally? Steve Miller, with Reach Out Youth Solutions, asks youth workers around the globe to share what’s working in a specific area of their ministries. He compiles their replies into an extensive “Professional Youth Ministry Report,” which he then sends back via e-mail. The most recent 25 page report is on “Building Student Leadership.” Read it at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?ai=131&ac=2&al=40 or e-mail Steve <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> directly. </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. BOOTCAMP FOR TENTMAKERS — The Singapore Enterprise Chapter of SITF will be bringing to Singapore for the first time Bootcamp@Asia on 23 – 24 April 2002, led by marketing guru and CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki. A renowned speaker and the founder of several computer companies, Mr. Kawasaki was the former chief evangelist of Apple Computer. He is also the author of seven books including Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Mac

  8. INDIGENOUS RECORDINGS IN THE 10/40 WINDOW — Heart Sounds International (HSI) is a volunteer fellowship of trained worship musicians and recording engineers committed to seeing God release the “heart worship” of people groups and churches. HSI teams accomplish this through teaching in biblical principles of worship, training local musicians to apply their God-given compositional abilities to write their own indigenous worship songs, and recording local believers using state-of-the-art digital re

  9. EVANGELICAL TRACT DIRECTORY — Check out the tract directory of evangelical tract ministries around the world at http://www.tractlist.com . Take in the 125 pages of info on tract ministries including addresses, web addresses, email addresses, titles of tracts , languages, and descriptions of many ministries tracts and goals. Includes reviews from those using the materials! (Thanks Ken!)

20020324 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SO WHY THE BACK DATE???
  2. TRACTS ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES OF SEPT. 11
  3. DID YOU KNOW… (FACTS ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES)
  4. INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH BIBLE?
  5. COME TO THE WORSHIP NETWORK AT HOPE 21
  6. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WEBSITE
  7. WHERE CAN ONE BUY DEHYDRATED GRAPEJUICE?
  8. COLUMBIA’S INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES
  9. RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SO WHY THE BACK DATE??? — So why in the *world* are Brigada Today editions dated, in many instances, in the past? Think of it this way. It’s kind of like getting those National Geographic magazines, when you live overseas. You know… the ones your Uncle Fred mails to you. By the time you get them, the date is sometimes 3 or 4 weeks past… (Unfortunately, sometimes we get behind. :-( ) But the great thing is, if you’re saving the whole set, they’ll eventually all be there for the whole year! :

  2. TRACTS ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES OF SEPT. 11 — Get the free listing by sending a blank email to <tracts-9-11atbrigadadotorg>. (Note that this address is slightly different than the one originally published, which began with the *number* and didn’t work on our new mail server.) </tracts-9-11atbrigadadotorg>

  3. DID YOU KNOW… (FACTS ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES) — Did you know that if you add up the population of all the world’s people groups with populations less than 10,000, you get a total of less than 20 million? (lots of groups, not so many people) …And that the total living in groups considered “least reached” (no church of 100 worshipping in their midst) is less than 6 million? …And that the original Joshua Project 2000 list (released at “The Launch” in Colorado Springs in November of ’95) con

    (We culled these and other facts from a couple of very helpful exchanges with Dan Scribner, the “stats guru” from the JP 2000 list since its inception. He was kind enough to answer several key questions about the new Joshua Project thrust. See more at http://www.joshuaproject.net/ Thanks Dan!)


  4. INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH BIBLE? — Jon wanted this information for his Bible Institute class, and found it hard to come by. Some sleuthing on the web turned up what he needed, but you could save yourself the digging by writing him and requesting the info in Spanish or English. <jonekbladatwritemedotcom> </jonekbladatwritemedotcom>

  5. COME TO THE WORSHIP NETWORK AT HOPE 21 — The first meeting of the “Worship Network” will be at the upcoming HOPE 21 conference, a major pan-European conference for evangelicals taking place in Budapest, Hungary, April 27-May 1, 2002. HOPE 21 purposes to “impart a fresh sense of vision, hope and responsibility towards the re-evangelization of Europe”. Go to be strengthened and encouraged, network, plan. For more information on plenary sessions, and registration details contact Dave

  6. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WEBSITE – Check out http://www.ShortTermMissions.com which seeks to help people connect with short-term mission opportunities. Now in its second year, the website has grown to 37 organizations listing *complete details* on hundreds of opportunities ranging in length from 1 week to 3 years. Some of the organizations listed include: Operation Mobilization, Pioneers, Teen Missions, Royal Servants and International Teams.

    If you plan to participate in a mission trip this summer, you’d better hurry – application deadlines are approaching quickly! Explore the possibilities at http://www.ShortTermMissions.com/search/ .


  7. WHERE CAN ONE BUY DEHYDRATED GRAPEJUICE? — Now before you go thinking that we’ve died on the vine [wah-cah-wah-cah! :-)], keep in mind that some don’t like to use grape Kool-Aid for communion. So, if you’ve got a secret source for real live grape juice, send it to Lee <higtacatjunodotcom> who will collect sources, send us the compilation, then we’ll make it available to all. Thanks! </higtacatjunodotcom>

  8. COLUMBIA’S INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES — Slated for July 8-August 2, Columbia International University will host an Institute for Islamic studies designed 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 Muslim ministry. The 4 weekly subjects include: Introduction to Islam; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions, Folk Islam; and Approaches to Islam

  9. RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN — The U.N. has a web site on humanitarian crises, for areas of the world. Lots of up to date info. http://www.reliefweb.int . There’s auto email access; but use discernment. Mission Network News every day on the radio is a super missions vision builder. They might have a radio log on the web site. You can search the archives, i.e. Afghanistan, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn or search there for talking tracts for Afghanistan.

20020317 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SUMMER INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES
  2. GET TESOL IN PA
  3. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
  4. CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR HELP ON CHURCH-PLANTING
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. SERVE IN TURKEY/ISTANBUL THIS SUMMER
  7. NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?
  8. NEW UNLIMITED WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE
  9. COACH AND PLAY BASKETBALL IN CHINA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SUMMER INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES — Want to attend the Summer Institute with the most storied profs. in Islam? Gotta’ write <76361dot3344atcompuservedotcom>. July 8th – Aug. 9th, week by week, it’s the best there is for training in reaching out to Muslims.

  2. GET TESOL IN PA — YWAM, Lebanon (PA) is offering another four-week TESOL course June 17 to July 12. An optional two week outreach to Ukraine is available at additional cost. For information, e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  3. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS — CIT is offering a course on health, wellness, and prevention of disease. Attendees will gain an understanding of typical diseases encountered on an international level as well as their appropriate treatments. Teaching methods include lecture, slides, demonstrations, hands-on individualized practice sessions, and case studies. A primary focus will be given throughout the program on how to appropriately communicate the knowledge and skills cross-culturally in o

  4. CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR HELP ON CHURCH-PLANTING — Are you trying to launch a church-planting movement? Thanks to Jerry for keeping his word. We now have these new resources: The Bible league: www.BibleLeague.org YWAM Church Planting Coaches: http://cpcoaches.pngusa.net/ Train and Multiply: http://www.trainandmultiply.com email: pwrattelusdotnet “Church Growth” at Southern Nazarene University: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert.fs/chgrowth.htm ” Christian Associates: www.christianassociates.org World Team: http://www.churchplanting.net. The Alliance for Saturation Church Planting offering the Omega Course at http://www.alliancescp.org/html/omegacourse.html “Church Planting Movements,” (available on-line, produced by the International Mission Board), www.imb.org/GlobalVision/NewDirections Prepare: http://www.prepareint.org or write <prepareintathotmaildotcom> Church Planting Resources: http://www.missionresources.com/churchplanting.html http://genesis.acu.edu/cplant/resources.html http://www.fcpt.org http://www.nextchurch.org http://members.optushome.com.au/churchplanting www.plantingministries.org UIM International: www.uim.org Antioch Network: www.antiochnetwork.org Global Missions Fellowship: www.gmf.org (Thanks Jerry!) </prepareintathotmaildotcom>

  5. 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.

    Two of the upcoming workshops are: Idyllwild, CA, April 21-26, 2002 and Colorado Springs, Co September 22-27, 2002. Contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information.

    Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>


  6. SERVE IN TURKEY/ISTANBUL THIS SUMMER — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has 3-week and 6-week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Dates: June 27-July 17. ($2500) East Coast De

  7. NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO? — Anyone ever done New Tribes Mission’s “Firm Foundations” via radio? If so, Mark <marktayloratxcdotorg> would love to know. His goal is to end up to end up with 50 English scripts and 50 scripts in specialized English. He’ll share in a future Brigada regarding any scripts that he develops. </marktayloratxcdotorg>

  8. NEW UNLIMITED WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE — With EDUTalk Voice Communicator you can TALK to anyone in the WORLD without any time LIMITS! EduTalk offers High Quality Unlimited Worldwide Voice communications, Group Conferencing with up to 50 participants, Private “One on One” conversations, & Private or Group Text Messaging. It has “Push Technology” for Sharing Educational & Web Materials, Presentations, Photos, etc. It’s a wonderful cost effective alternative to traditional long distance to communic

  9. COACH AND PLAY BASKETBALL IN CHINA — Get involved in an outreach to unreached minority people in rural villages. Bring your hops and heart and minister to people at a Basketball Camp this summer. This camp starts on July 15th and runs for two weeks. It’s not too late to apply! Cost is about $2600 based on length of stay. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples, 1-888-847-6950 or log on at http://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm .

20020310 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE
  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002
  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR
  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP
  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS
  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES
  8. FAITH TO FAITH
  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL
  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES
  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS
  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE — Would you and your pals like to invest a summer reaching unreached peoples, but your parents and pastor have said no to most countries in the world, at least for awhile? How about lending a shoulder to a new church planting effort among Muslims in Western Europe? Caleb Project Europe is launching both Research and Discovery Teams this summer. They run May 29 to August 17 for Research Teams and July 1 to August 3 for the Discovery Teams. Applications are duhttp://www.calebproject.org/CPE/cpeSummer.asp

  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002 — Come get fired up about discipling kids deeper in the Word of God so they understand God’s heart for the world. From Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13, sample from 50 different workshops presented at Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus. Ohio. Find the latest top-notch curriculum, creative crafts and add-on resources including giving project ideas and free catalogs. Also, on Saturday, April 13, from 8am – 12:15pm, children from Kindergarten to 6http://www.calebproject.org/ChildrensExpoRegister.asp or contact Jill <kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>, toll free 888-345-6276 or outside the USA 303-730-4170. </kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>

  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR — “Dispossessed” is a missions endeavor helping urban squatters in destitute poverty to share their stories, stories of need as well as healing in Christ. The project, which can be found at http://www.landtenure.com , is a great way to share with others what God is doing in our world’s cities. They’re seeking ministry partners who have an interest in urban missions, development, and praying for our urban centers. For more information, contact Mark <exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom> or call (608) 273-3171. </exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom>

  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has a 3 week and 6 week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Please contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mihttp://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm for other summer opportunities. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) invites entrepreneurs, pioneering business teams, and creative field workers to a premier seminar on: Kingdom business creation in Muslim and frontier locations The CEED Middle East Team combines business expertise with decades of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Join top entrepreneurs, business consultants, and adventurous and dedicated nationals in an intense and interactive three week seminar designed to teach biblical foundations of business, and equip you with the practical tools and skills necessary to successfully launch or join a business with kingdom goals. The seminar will take place in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact <infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>. </infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is still accepting nominations to fill the last open spaces for EuroTrain 2002 – an innovative training experience for North American young leaders! EuroTrain (for leaders age 16-22) is a completely unique experience… and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. During July 2002, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry shttp://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for three English Bible Study series for 3 kinds of ESL students (from university, middle school, and elementary school). The students may or may not be Christian and are Korean. He’ll use any Bible Study using simple English with comprehension & discussion questions. Also, looking for English lessons using the Bible as a basis. These ESL lessons should teach students how to communicate in English but use the Bible as a basis (su

  8. FAITH TO FAITH – Face to Face Brothers and Sisters in Jesus You can now See and talk with a Christian friend across the city or a missionary on the other side of the world. Right on your own computer screen! You can even have a group video conference with 3 or 4 or more people at once. Meet new Christian friends from around the globe every day in our Christian video chat rooms. For personal use, church groups, prayer networks, para-church organizations, denominational leaders, and as a way to fe

  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL — Take Essentials of TESOL at Biola University (in southern California), July 8-26, 2002 for intensive, practical, and enjoyable training in how to teach English as a second or foreign language. The course includes a strong emphasis on being a Christian teacher among the unreached. There is also a practice teaching component. The certificate program costs $505 (with room and board for an additional $515). Check out http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm . For further information or an application, e-mail <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>. </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS — A new journal is devoted to the multifaceted music and worship of God’s people around the world. “EthnoDoxology” is a key resource for people interested in cross-cultural Christian music communication, and indigenous worship (rural and urban). It is geared towards teachers, missionaries, students, libraries, national church leaders, and mission organizations. Articles in the first issue include “What is Christian in Music?”, a detailed case study of a Scriphttp://members.aol.com/ethnodox or write <ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>. </ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES — Educational debt will not prevent you from serving the Lord without delay. Project MedSend will enable you to serve where you are called in a timely way. See http://www.medsend.org .

  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS – Now being offered by Grace Notes as a course leading to a certificate, this study deals verse-by-verse with each of the 433 verses of Romans. There are two ways to register: (1) at the Grace Notes web site: http://64.226.87.51 ; or (2) send an email to Warren Doud, <wdoudatbgadotcom>. There is no charge for Grace Notes courses. Remember to make your own decisions about doctrine. In other words, Brigada can’t be sure that Warren’s doctrines and yours would always be in agreem</wdoudatbgadotcom>

  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE — Lexington Baptist Church of Lexington, SC, USA has an immediate opening in its missionary house. The house has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and is fully furnished. The missionary pays all long distance charges; the church pays all other utilities. If interested, please contact Todd <gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg> or call in the US (803) 359-4146. </gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg>

20020303 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NEED ANONYMOUS WEBMAIL?
2) UK INTERNET AND MISSION CONFERENCE
3) INT’L CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS
4) NEED TRIBAL MEDICINE TRAINING?
5) MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS PUBLICATION
6) GRACE NOTES HAS MOVED
7) NEW MULTI-MEDIA MINI-MISSIONS COURSE
8) WEBWATCH
9) TRAIN IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
10) SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN SOUTH ASIA
11) STATS NEEDED: % GOING TO THE UNREACHED
12) ENGLISH CURRICULUM
13) GET SOME WHEELS!
14) “CAN I HAVE A WITNESS?”
15) MISSIONARY TRAINING SET OFFER
16) LOVE GOD AND SPEAK ENGLISH WELL?
17) SEAFARERS A FORGOTTEN UNREACHED PEOPLE
18) NEW SITE TO INTRODUCE MUSLIMS TO ISA
19) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NEED ANONYMOUS WEBMAIL? — Now you can get it . . . and the staff people are folks you can trust. The leadership at Global Resources for Computing (GRC) actually hails from MAF’s old “xc.org” legacy. Down through the past few years, these are the same guys that have consistently tried to fuel information technology for global missions. Now working under the banner of GRC, they’ve set up a SSL (Secure) Webmail service to beat the band. It’s anonymous — meaning that you could use it for sensitive messages, where higher standards of security are required. This new service will offer SSL Based Webmail, POP3 and IMAP services. The service is due to roll out April 20th, 2002. Currently GRC is accepting applications for Beta Testers to test the new service in field type use. There is no charge for the beta testers to use the service during the beta testing period (Mar 12 – Apr 18th). If you or your organization is interested in Beta Testing this new service, please contact GRC at (909) 795-3877 or FAX (909) 795-0327 or email <infoatgrcomputingdotnet>. This offer is open to individuals and organizations involved in non-profit humanitarian organizations, or faith based ministries. GRC will be offering the service on a monthly subscription basis. The fees will be affordable for individuals and there will be price breaks for multiple addresses or corporate users. Read more at http://www.grcomputing.net</infoatgrcomputingdotnet>

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2) UK INTERNET AND MISSION CONFERENCE — Global Connections (formerly the UK Evangelical Missionary Alliance) is organizing a one day conference, Tues. May 7th, for anyone in the UK interested in the use of Information and Communication Technology by mission agencies and others involved in mission work. It is aimed at both technical and non-technical folk. Sessions will feature using the Internet in evangelism, public relations, and information sharing. The conference will be held at The Wycliffe Centre, near High Wycombe, Bucks, UK, from 10am – 4pm, and costs £25 per person. Further details and booking information can be found at

http://www.globalconnections.co.uk/groups_details.asp?ID=30

or from <infoatglobalconnectionsdotcodotuk  (infoatglobalconnectionsdotcodotuk)  >.

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3) INT’L CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS — The International Congress on Language Learning has produced a book and a CD-Rom of the materials presented at the Congress. Both are edited by Lonna Dickerson and available through Mission Training International. The book, “Helping Learners Develop Second Language Proficiency,” is from the Second and Third International Language Congresses on Language Learning and offers practical help for those who work with language and culture learners. The cost is $24.00. The CD-Rom, “Proceedings from the International Congress on Language Learning,” contains papers from the First, Second and Third International Congresses on Language Learning and costs $14.00. To order call toll-free or via Net2Phone to 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <resourcesatmtidotorg>. Be sure to check out the web site at </resourcesatmtidotorg>

http://www.mti.org .

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4) NEED TRIBAL MEDICINE TRAINING? — One participant in Brigada Peoples (Thanks Judy!) recommends these sites:

Medical Ambassadors International <infoatmed-ambdotorg>, </infoatmed-ambdotorg>

http://www.med-amb.org

or

Lifewater International <infoatlifewaterdotorg>, </infoatlifewaterdotorg>

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5) MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS PUBLICATION — The Compendium of Presentations from the 1998 & 1999 Mental Health & Missions Annual Conferences, edited by John Powell and Dave Wickstrom is available through Mission Training International. The themes of the two conferences are Preventative Approaches to Mental Health in Missions and Integrating the Spiritual and Psychological in Mental Health Services to Missionaries. The Compendium costs $12.00. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <resourcesatmtidotorg> and also at http://www.mti.org .</resourcesatmtidotorg>

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6) GRACE NOTES HAS MOVED — For those looking for Great Commission Worship & Arts Center (GCWAC) and the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus (EW&AF), the web site has moved to http://DiscipleTheNations.org .

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7) NEW MULTI-MEDIA MINI-MISSIONS COURSE — Mission ONE leaders say their new multi-media course is like a Perspectives all rolled up in a dynamic, live 6-hour seminar. It’s purpose is to help mobilize local churches in North America for missions — and serve the unique vision of the local church family at which it is presented. They bill it as being “Perfect for mission conferences, Operation WorldView covers the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic aspects of global missions.” Check out the Mission ONE web site:

http://www.mission1.org or write to Werner <werneratmission1dotorg> and ask for the e-mail brochure.</werneratmission1dotorg>

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8) WEBWATCH — I continue to be amazed at

http://www.worldchristians.org . Take a look sometime. For example, check out the pages in Cebuano. 109!!! Have you ever seen 109 pages in Cebuano before? (Have you ever seen *any* pages in Cebuano before? :-) ) These people are raising the bar for great web-missions outreach and training. They also have Moore, Russian, Hindi, Telegu, Portugues, Spanish, Romanian and Indonesian, and even 25 pages so far in Chinese! Way to go Les.

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9) TRAIN IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE — Lifewater International (on the web at:

http://www.lifewater.org )

will be holding “Participatory Hygiene Education Training” seminars in April and July 2002. The seminars are specifically designed to give short-term Christian workers an alternative to traditional missions trips focused on curative medical clinics. Short-term overseas medical clinics typically focus on western style curative care without addressing the root causes of disease. Participatory Hygiene Education involves people in the local community in the process of determining their health problems, how to prevent them and how to train others in the process. Based on Medical Ambassadors International Community Health Evangelism program, Lifewater’s hygiene training program integrates scriptural and physical principles to address the cycle of disease and death related to water, sanitation and hygiene practices. For more information or for a registration packet, contact Trudy at Lifewater. 1-888-543-3426 or 1-805-772-0600 or email <trudyatlifewaterdotorg>. The April class will be held in California and the July class will be held in Texas. Registration deadline for the April class is </trudyatlifewaterdotorg>April 1, 2002.

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10) SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN SOUTH ASIA — Do you have a heart for the unreached in South Asia? The YWAM Frontier Missions Centre of South Asia is hosting it’s next School of Frontier Missions from July 1, 2002 – September 20, 2002. This school is addressing the challenge of reaching the 4,500+ unreached people groups in South Asia by training and equipping people to join teams. In this school you will learn practical skills and attitudes necessary to effectively see a church plant movement among an unreached people group. Course topics are taught by experienced South Asian and international speakers. A two year internship working among an unreached people group will follow the 12-week classroom phase. For more information or to receive an application, email <loveupgsatpqsadotnet> or <phulpakhruatpqsadotnet>.</phulpakhruatpqsadotnet></loveupgsatpqsadotnet>

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11) STATS NEEDED: % GOING TO THE UNREACHED — One of Caleb Project’s hallmarks has been the “World-View Demonstration,” a skit which uses volunteers to illustrate demographics such as world religions, level of gospel-reachedness, and missionary sending. Nate Wilson is helping with a revision of this demonstration to update the statistics from the time the skit was developed twenty years ago, and is looking for current documentation which could substantiate (or update) the statistic of one out of ten missionaries going to the unreached part of the world. Can you help him find up-to-date documentation on what percentage of foreign missionaries are sent to unreached parts of the world? Send Nate an email if you have information for him: <nwilsonatcprojectdotcom>, and yes, Nate will get back with us when he has his answer!</nwilsonatcprojectdotcom>

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12) ENGLISH CURRICULUM — Many of you have heard of and used the EFCM International Network ESL curriculum Adventures In English in your outreach programs. This Bible-based curriculum has been used in many countries by missionaries and national host churches. They have now cleaned up the 12 English lessons so that they can be used in creative access countries. International Network also has a non-Bible reading book for intermediate and advanced readers. The book, called Pathfinders, contains 12 short biographies of American who changed the way we live. Each reading lesson also includes related questions and activities. Send an e-mail to Don <donatoecatcsdotcom> for more information. Ask for the Adventures in English curriculum, the Clean Adventures book or Pathfinders.</donatoecatcsdotcom>

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13) GET SOME WHEELS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministries? Check out MATS’ Furlough Rental Program, which provides rental cars at cost. They also obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at

http://www.mats.org or email <caratmatsdotorg>.</caratmatsdotorg>

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14) “CAN I HAVE A WITNESS?” — Gaylan is looking for a book similar to “Death of a Guru” or “I Dared to Call Him Father”, except detailing a testimony of someone’s conversion to Christianity from Buddhism. He needs it for a World Religions college level course. Any leads? If so, email <gkmatnwcdotedu> and be sure to ask him to let you know if he finds one.</gkmatnwcdotedu>

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15) MISSIONARY TRAINING SET OFFER — Nine booklets in the Missionary Training Service series are now available for US$45 (normal price US$58). Ralph Winter, founder of the US Center for World Mission says, “Here is a set of materials designed specifically for missionary training. Many people study in schools that are not primarily designed for this purpose and do not get as concentrated and as strategic an exposure as is offered in this program.” Included: The Missionary Training Guide, Unreached Peoples of the World, The Missionary Team, How to make Disciples in Other Cultures, How to Learn Another Language, The Effective Sending Church, Tentmaking Missionaries, Evangelizing Muslims, Evangelizing Hindus and Buddhists. To order or for more info, contact Ian Benson <coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg> or see the web at:</coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg>

http://www.missionarytraining.org .

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16) LOVE GOD AND SPEAK ENGLISH WELL? — Learn to teach English for mission by obtaining accredited Trinity TESOL cert, with 5 weeks training at Europe’s only Christian teacher training centre for TESOL cert. The course starts 8th April. Other courses start: June 17th; Aug 5th; Sep 30th; and Nov 11th. Learn more at

http://www.internationaltraining.net

Tel. UK: 01202 789089 outside UK (0044) 1202 789089 or write

<johnatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk>.</johnatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk>

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17) SEAFARERS A FORGOTTEN UNREACHED PEOPLE — As far as we know, the first book ever about reaching seafarers for Christ is now available in German language. The title is: “Seeleute – ein vergessenes Volk?!” (“Seafarers a forgotten people”). The book tells about the many many opportunities to share Christ with seafarers who are away from home for 9 months and more. It also tells about the wonderful ways to reach the unreached. This book is presently translated into English and will be on the English market by Jan. next year. The German edition can be ordered by writing <bestellserviceatcmf-verlagdotde> or logging on at</bestellserviceatcmf-verlagdotde>

http://www.cmf-verlag.de .

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18) NEW SITE TO INTRODUCE MUSLIMS TO ISA — IsaalMasih.net is a new Website designed specifically for explaining Isa al Masih’s (Jesus Christ’s) message of peace and salvation to seeking Muslims worldwide. A cooperation of various groups and ministries, IsaalMasih.net provides information about the following: Dreams & Visions of Jesus happening today (including stories), general information about Jesus and His message to all, information about the Holy Scriptures, the Way to Paradise, evidences from Biblical Archaeology and Creation Science, and more…

Plans are underway to begin translations in Arabic, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and more. Volunteer Christian translators, ministry workers who can supply content for the site, and email-based counselors are needed. For more information, email <mailatIsaalMasihdotnet  (mailatIsaalMasihdotnet)  >.

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20020224 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) FINISHERS, CANADA-STYLE?
2) NEED ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE?
3) TENTMAKERS (TIE) CONGRESS
4) CHINA TESOL COURSE DATE CHANGES
5) OPEN LETTER TO MISSION EXECUTIVES
6) MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
7) OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
8) SEMINAR ON CREATING NEW BUSINESSES
9) FROM MY 12-YEAR-OLD
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) FINISHERS, CANADA-STYLE? — Here’s a Round Table to consider launching a “Finishers” movement in Canada, to be held at the TIM Center in Toronto, Thursday, April 11, 2002. Canadian mission agency and church leaders interested this no-obligation consultation should visit

http://www.finishers.org/canada for information and registration. Contact: Bob Morris <bmorrisattyndaledotca>.</bmorrisattyndaledotca>

The Finishers Project in the US is a partnership of over 75 leading mission agencies aching for more laborers for His harvest. The purpose of the Round Table is to consider together the merits of launching a similar Canadian movement run by Canadian leaders. The full range of disciplines is needed in missions. Adults of all ages are healthy and well prepared to be involved in the enterprise to disciple the nations.

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2) NEED ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE? — The Operation Mobilisation language school in the UK is open for anyone, but specializes in teaching English to those who need it for Christian service. That might be for missions, for Bible College, for church work or sharing the gospel with someone. Daily devotions help you to grow spiritually, and English classes help your English to grow. Learn about living in another culture. Study with others from different countries. Check out their website at

http://www.conwyhouse.com .

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3) TENTMAKERS (TIE) CONGRESS — TIE organizers are launching the 4th TIE at the resort KAL Hotel on Cheju Island, Korea. The dates have changed slightly as the conference will start at noon on May 20th and will close on the evening of May 23rd. Cost for the hotel, meals and airport pick up service is $350.00 per delegate. Registration forms and more information can be obtained from <tieatgatidotwadotcom> or from <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom> . All TIE supporting members receive a discount on the registration fee.</mijohnnyatyahoodotcom></tieatgatidotwadotcom>

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4) CHINA TESOL COURSE DATE CHANGES — Impact the world by learning to teach English. Find out about excellent tentmaking opportunities in China and throughout the world. Taking the TESOL Certificate course in China is a practical, cross-cultural application of the course content. The course will utilize proven instructors and curriculum. Course dates are July 5-August 16, 2002. Please contact for more information or visit

http://www.tesoltraining.com. Email received and read IN CHINA.

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5) OPEN LETTER TO MISSION EXECUTIVES — Read a letter from a mission leader who writes to query why, seven years into the Internet, every mission has a website to communicate with its own supporters, but only a tiny handful are involved in using the Web for its God-given strength: targeted evangelism to non-Christian groups. The letter is available for re-publication:

http://www.web-evangelism.com/mission/openletter.php

He also points out that the Internet uniquely allows returned and retired missionaries to maintain a witness to their country of service. The letter also offers the online Web Evangelism strategy resource for missions to use:

http://www.web-evangelism.com/mission

“If you can use this site to encourage both your staff and supporters to use the Web for evangelism, I believe – indeed promise – they will find an exciting and fulfilling ministry that can literally touch millions,” he writes. (Go for it, Tony!)

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6) MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long ethnomusicology course at CIT in N. Carolina (April 29-May 3). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See

http://www.citi.org or write <neeleyplatnetscapedotnet> for information.</neeleyplatnetscapedotnet>

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7) OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — Catch “A Heart for China and East Asia”, April 26-27, 2002, at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Rd., Redwood City, CA 94061). It’ll feature 4 plenary speakers and 11 workshops. Web site:

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

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8) SEMINAR ON CREATING NEW BUSINESSES — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) invites entrepreneurs, pioneering business teams, and creative field workers to a premier seminar on kingdom business creation in frontier locations. The CEED Middle East Team combines business expertise with decades of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Join top entrepreneurs, business consultants, and adventurous and dedicated nationals in an intense and interactive three week seminar designed to teach biblical foundations of business, and equip you with the practical tools and skills necessary to successfully launch or join a business with kingdom goals. The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development has successfully run seminars in China, Israel, Singapore and Korea. Individuals from over 30 different nations have been trained and businesses have been launched or enabled around the globe. The next CEED seminar will take place in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact: <infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>.</infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

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9) FROM MY 12-YEAR-OLD — Here’s the latest global observation from my 12-year-old, who is always looking to try to make me smile:

You think gasoline is expensive?

Diet Snapple 16oz for $1.29 = $10.32 per gallon
Lipton Ice Tea 16oz for $1.19 = $9.52 per gallon
Gatorade 20oz for $1.59 = $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16oz for $1.25 = $10.00 per gallon
Pint of milk 16oz for $1.59 = $12.72 per gallon
STP Brake Fluid 12oz for $3.15 = $33.60 per gallon
Vick’s Nyquil 6oz for $8.35 = $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4oz for $3.85 = $123.20 per gallon
Whiteout .7oz for $1.39 = $25.42 per gallon
Scope 1.5oz for $0.99 = $84.48 per gallon

And this is the REAL KICKER……

Evian water 9oz for $1.49 = $21.19 per gallon …..$21.19 FOR WATER!!

So next time you’re at the pump, be glad your car doesn’t run on Nyquil, or Scope, or Whiteout!!!! (Note: I searched for a while for the original source for this quote, but it’s spread all over the web and who knows who originally wrote it! )

20020217 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) WANT INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS?
2) THE BEST OF MISSIONS-CRYPTOGRAPHY
3) TRAIN TO LEAD SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
4) TOOL UP TO HELP WITH ECONOMIC START-UPS
5) LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TEACH ENGLISH?
6) OPTIONS FOR OUTREACH
7) SHARE YOUR WISDOM FOR FURLOUGH “DE-STRESSING”
8) COMMUNICATING BY DRAMA
9) LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) WANT INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS? — Check out the JPII download files and PDF peoples by country at…

http://www.joshuaproject.net/datacomplete.html

The Joshua Project II data are all on the web and have been recently refreshed. Thanks to Dan Scribner and the whole JPII team!… and to World Help for adopting them!

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2) THE BEST OF MISSIONS-CRYPTOGRAPHY — Here it is… everything you’ve always wanted to learn about missions cryptography but were afraid to ask. A while back, some loyal and faithful Brigada participants got together to discuss encryption and other related topics . . . and they just kept on meeting! Well here’s a compilation of a “best-of the dialog” over the last year+. Folks on the list have ok’d it for public distribution. Thanks to John Hanna for putting it together for us here! To get a copy, just send a message to <missions-cryptoatbrigadadotorg>. Be aware that the file is 136K.</missions-cryptoatbrigadadotorg>

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3) TRAIN TO LEAD SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. Since 1997, more than 350 short-term mission leaders from churches and agencies have completed this program and have had very positive results. You can too. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. A special 3 night and meal package is available at a cost of $199 (double occupancy) and low cost airfare is available through COMMIT Ministries Travel. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information by e-mail: <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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4) TOOL UP TO HELP WITH ECONOMIC START-UPS — The Christian Economic Development Institute is coming, May 20-31, 2002. Be sure to register before April 8th for the lowest rate. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org or contact the Chalmers Center at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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5) LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TEACH ENGLISH? — Look no further. The Church of the Brethren needs volunteer English teachers in the Dominican Republic. Any baptized, committed Christian can apply. For more information, please contact Dan <dmcfadden_gbatbrethrendotorg> or call </dmcfadden_gbatbrethrendotorg>

1-800-323-8039 or 1-847-742-5100.

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6) OPTIONS FOR OUTREACH — Want to reach out to orphans in China and Russia? Go short- or long-term. Help with children’s ministry, train childcare workers, be a physical or occupational therapist, or a special education teacher. Keep in mind, you’ll need to raise your own support. If interested, contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mission to Unreached Peoples to learn more about these opportunities. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151. Also see…</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

http://www.mup.org .

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7) SHARE YOUR WISDOM FOR FURLOUGH “DE-STRESSING” — Visiting family, friends, and supporters is a blessing and a “stressing” for young families. Young children don’t always remember life before the field and the constant moving, visiting, and being “on stage” is difficult – especially for those short 1-3 month furloughs. Can you share your wisdom and practical experience? Phil & his wife have two boys [age 4-6] and they need to reduce the anticipated stress of traveling and being in people’s homes. What are your good ways to make less obtrusive housing arrangements, saving money, scheduling visits & reports and connecting with people? How do you insure quality time with family and friends who have busy lives and maybe haven’t seen you in a long time? Send your responses to <philatlookforwarddotorg> and he’ll compile them and make them available in a few weeks. (Thanks Phil!)</philatlookforwarddotorg>

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8) COMMUNICATING BY DRAMA — The folks at ‘Dramashare’ are in the final stages of an exciting project, writing a manual on the use of non-verbal dramatic ministry in cross-cultural circumstances. This manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity” will cover what short-term missions teams need to understand about this type of outreach, preparation for the ministry, training required. They will also have many non-verbal scripts included in the manual.

They are looking for input from those who have experience in cross-cultural ministry, also from those looking for this kind of guidance, what specific information are you looking for? The more input they receive the greater the potential that the 3C program will have the greatest impact on your needs. Write to: contactusatdramasharedotorg .

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9) LIGHT TO THE NATIONS — Here are five days of intensive, high quality training for people interested in tentmaking. Understand tentmaking and get equipped to be effective. Topics include: Importance of tentmaking today, Biblical basis of tentmaking, Culture shock & how to deal with it, The international job market, Effective, sensitive evangelism, Leading investigative Bible studies, Bonding with the people, Spiritual warfare and disciplines, Church planting, Home church relationship, Healthy team relationships, Preparing for effectiveness, and Practical issues. You can choose from two courses in 2002: May 15-19 in Cary, NC October 16-20 in Pasadena, CA. Register at

http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/index.htm

Presented by Global Opportunities. <infoatglobaloppsdotorg> 626-398-2393.</infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

20020210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) SO WHAT’S UP WITH JOSHUA PROJECT II?
2) INEXPENSIVE PER-DAY HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS
3) PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING “BOOT CAMP”
4) RADIO PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH PROMOTION
5) CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPESTZ
6) TEACH ENGLISH OVER THE INTERNET
7) WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE 10/40 WINDOW
8) HEADED TO KYRGYZSTAN? YOU NEED THIS
9) MORE EASY ENGLISH HELPS
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) SO WHAT’S UP WITH JOSHUA PROJECT II? — Remember AD2000’s thrust to list the world’s least reached peoples, the Joshua Project 2000 list of unreached peoples? Remember how the JP2000 list spun out into its own under the banner of “Joshua Project II”? Well recently, their lease ran out, so to speak, and their future was, for a while, a bit uncertain. But thanks goes to World Help for adopting the people with the adoption list! World Help, an international ministry based in Forest, Virginia, has taken Joshua Project II into its fold. Joshua Project II is a continuation and expansion of the original Joshua Project initiative created by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. It is an effort to “highlight least-reached peoples through information sharing and networking.” World Help is actively involved in facilitating church-planting movements, leadership training and Bible distribution among the least-reached peoples. Three cheers for their vision, insight, and courage to take risks for the sake of the lost! World Help and Joshua Project II will soon release a comprehensive unreached / least-reached ethno-cultural list of all people groups, regardless of size. This list, planned for release in the spring of 2002, will help provide a Great Commission blueprint or roadmap, revealing the extent of the unfinished task of world evangelism.

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2) INEXPENSIVE PER-DAY HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS — For as little as $1.08 per day per team member you can have: $50,000 of health insurance coverage, medical evacuation, repatriation, $5,000 trip cancellation, $25,000 AD&D plus coverage for ambulance, emergency reunion, lost luggage, emergency dental etc. For information packet contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org .</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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3) PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING “BOOT CAMP” — On August 14th and 15th ACMC and the Finishers Project are sponsoring a Personal Support Raising Boot Camp preceding their annual national conference at the downtown Atlanta Sheraton for any missionary or missions related personnel. If you or someone in your ministry or church: 1) Needs to raise their support, 2) Is trying to get to 100% budget or, 3) Has never been properly trained in support raising – this seminar is for you. The 24 hours of required pre-seminar preparation combined with the two days of intense in class training gives you the essential tools to get to your assignment quickly- and fully funded! This Boot Camp will be led by Steve Shadrach, founder of Student Mobilization and President of The BodyBuilders. He has been training Christian workers in support raising for the last 17 years. The first 40 to register will be guaranteed a spot. For more information and registration go to:

http://www.thebodybuilders.net. This seminar is recommended by: John Kyle-VP of EFMA, Scott Morton-VP of The Navigators, Ellis Goldstein of Campus Crusade, and Jim Killgore- President of ACMC. Contact person: <brianatthebodybuildersdotnet></brianatthebodybuildersdotnet>

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4) RADIO PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH PROMOTION — Check out this training course in the use of radio programming for health promotion and social development in Perth, Western Australia, June 2002. Organizers will equip participants to use radio programming as a communication medium in health and social development. They’ve designed the course for anyone currently involved (or intending to be involved) in social development, health education and the allied health professions. The course will run from 5-28 June 2002, as organized by Health Communication Resources (HCR) and the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia. HCR coordinates health and community development training and radio programming for the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC). For information and registration go to

http://www.h-c-r.org or email <infoath-c-rdotorg>.</infoath-c-rdotorg>

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5) CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Masters degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course, “Biblical Theology of Missions” is scheduled for May 6-17, 2002, in Budapest. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information.</ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

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6) TEACH ENGLISH OVER THE INTERNET — If I understand it correctly, the opportunity to do ESL (English as a Second Language) ministry via the Net is kind of unique, with both local and global implications. Check it out at…

http://www.CyberESL.org/messages/cybereslltr.html or send a blank email to <initial_inquiryatcyberesldotorg> and receive an auto responder within minutes. Sojourners Ministries, Inc. is the sponsor.</initial_inquiryatcyberesldotorg>

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7) WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE 10/40 WINDOW — Organizers of the fourth annual Women’s Summit On The 10/40 Window are gearing up for their conference for missions-minded women in leadership from the US and around the world, May 13 – May 17, 2002 at the Billy Graham Training Center’s The Cove conference center in Asheville, North Carolina USA. This conference will challenge you to pray for, encourage and connect with women working and living in the 10/40 Window. They’ll feature strategies on prayer and biblical worldview, evangelism and discipleship, microbusiness, education, medical outreach, and persecution and relief efforts. Call Cynthia Johnson, WIN conference project manager, for information on this conference at 719-522-1040 or register online at http://www.win1040.com .

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8) HEADED TO KYRGYZSTAN? YOU NEED THIS — If you’re headed to Kyrgyzstan… or somewhere close by, check out this new autoresponder to learn about cultural differences there. Or use this as a template to write about the differences in your own culture. To see it, just click to this location:

http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/kyrgyzstan.pdf

You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the document. Get it for free at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Thanks to Ian Kirby for raising the bar on sharing this kind of information!

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9) MORE EASY ENGLISH HELPS — Have you seen the resources at…

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk/ee/tee.htm

Incredible. One of our own workers in mainland China recently discovered the page and later remarked to me what a treasure trove it is. Thanks to Wycliffe for making this material available online. We’ve heard rumors that if you are unable to access the web, you can write Martin & Jenny Lloyd <mlloyd3000ataoldotcom> and obtain information by email or CD. Great stuff. Thanks Martin. And thanks to the mainland China worker who brought it to our attention. What a great friend he’s been to me down through the past 13 years or so!</mlloyd3000ataoldotcom>

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