20020825 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM
  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA
  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS?
  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS
  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS
  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Did you know that Brigada Today has a sub-list dedicated to helping mission mobilizers? It’s true. The Brigada Mission Mobilizers E-zine posts a column each week with in-depth information about mobilization, including Q&A forums, reviews of mission resources, and articles on mission mobilization. There is also an optional weekly Newsbrief with world news from the perspective of missionaries. The Mission Mobilizers E- Zine is designed to compliment Brigada Today and does not duplicate content already sent out over Brigada Today. Subscribership to the Mission Mobilizers E-Zine has grown over the last seven years to over 2,200. If you are interested in subscribing, please fill out the application form at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/application.html .

  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM — The International Institute for Communication Excellence in Oxford, England is accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice to commence in April 2003. The program is designed for Christians working professionally in the media as journalists, communication officers in churches, NGO’s or mission agencies and practitioners in the Christian media. Organizers say the course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop skills as a media practitioner, engage with the latest scholarship in communication studies and reflect theologically on media practice. The course can be taken full or part time and there are plans to offer it overseas. It is validated by the University of Wales. For a brochure simply write Dave <dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk> or check the Institute website at http://www.iice.org . </dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk>

  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” 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. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA — By Hope Flinchbaugh, this is a novel about a young woman’s faith in the face of persecution. It is reportedly a powerful tool that can be used to mobilize prayer and workers on behalf of the church in China. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order, write <csatbethanyhousedotcom> or call 1-800-328-6109 toll-free or via net2phone or Fax 866-220-8376 / 952- 829-2503. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS? — Try Powermarks (free to try, $25 to keep). A bookmark manager, it stores them as a list, which sounds bad at first… but in practice, the search engine helps you find bookmarks (needle in a haystack style) *quickly*. It lets you assign key words to each bookmark — and also assigns some of its own based on the webpage itself. Check it out at http://www.kaylon.com . So far, I’ll have to admit — I love it! (Nothing in it for me, by the way. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — A new international online publication, Sacred Tribes Journal, represents a fresh approach by Christian scholars and thinkers reaching out to groups society and the media label “cults.” Sacred Tribes will explore outreach to a variety of new religious movements and will feature a blending of the insights found from the best of academic scholarship and missiology, a blend often found in current missiological research, but often missing from traditional “counter-cult” perspectives. Sacred Tribes may be accessed with no subscription costs at http://www.sacredtribes.com or by emailing <moreheadatquiknetdotcom>. </moreheadatquiknetdotcom>

  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Asia Committee for the International Sports Coalition is hosting “The Asian Church and Sports in Kingdom Building” conference in Hong Kong from November 3-9, 2002. Look for plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations on all facets of sports and recreation as an outreach and discipleship. Readers from Asia can contact Johnny <johnnyyiuathknetdotcom> . Others can contact Church Sports International <roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg> . Web site information available at http://www.ymca.org.hk/asc2002.htm . </roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg></johnnyyiuathknetdotcom>

  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS — Learn how to develop indigenous Christian songs at CIT in N. Carolina (Nov. 11-15). 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, taught by Dr. Neil Coulter, ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS — The free memory tool “Wordfast” from http://www.champollion.net integrates into Microsoft Word and helps in translating repeating blocks of text. RWS Tools from http://www.translate.com also combines with Wordfast and Word to give html help. (Thanks to Tony, who first saw this in World Christian News newsletter, http://www.dci.org.uk/main/findout.htm )

20020818 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS THIS FALL
  2. INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BOOK
  3. INCREDIBLE CREATURES THAT DEFY EVOLUTION
  4. POWER BIBLE CD
  5. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
  6. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED
  7. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA.
  8. RESOURCES FOR NGOs
  9. GEORGE PATTERSON’S 15 FACTS OF LIFE & DEATH
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS THIS FALL — One of the major reasons missionaries come home from the field is unresolved interpersonal conflict. This workshop is designed to teach and reinforce the skills of effective interpersonal relationships as well as personal growth. Issues discussed, from a thoroughly Biblical perspective, include building trust, listening and communication skills, giving and receiving confrontation, living in community, managing stress, maintaining margin, being an encourager, etc. Attention is also given to identifying the skills appropriate to the missionary’s destination culture. Dates for the course are October 21- 25, 2002 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact us at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg  (citmailatcit-onlinedotorg)  > or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org .

  2. INCREDIBLE JOURNEY BOOK — A new book, Incredible Journey in the Steps of Greatness (by James Ray / BIMI), is now available. Go on a journey in the steps of David Livingstone, John Wesley, William Tyndale, and many others. Each chapter reveals a little known story about a great person in history and includes many original photographs. Fascinating reading and great fodder for sermon illustrations! For more information and a special discounted price, visit http://www.baptist-books.com <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg  (bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg)  > Use coupon code BRIGADA to save $2 on shipping!

  3. INCREDIBLE CREATURES THAT DEFY EVOLUTION — These remarkable videos (also in DVD) examine several animals and show how there is no credible way evolutionists could explain how these animals evolved. Each is a compelling testimony that God must be the creator. The videos are presented by a scientist who became a creationist after studying the evidence in the animal world. Two of the best and most captivating videos you will find. Visit http://www.baptist-books.com for more information and special price. <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg  (bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg)  > Use coupon code BRIGADA to save $2 on shipping!

  4. POWER BIBLE CD — This Bible program for the computer has many resources integrated for the serious Bible student without having to be unlocked . Strong’s definitions pop up when you hold the mouse over a word. Missionaries on the foreign field can receive one free CD each year by contacting the publisher directly. The CD is available for $13 (33% off normal retail and a fraction of the cost of most comparable programs) at http://www.baptist-books.com <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg  (bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg)  > Use coupon code BRIGADA to save $2 on shipping!

  5. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — Learn to Teach English in China! Take a TESOL Certificate course in Shanghai, China. New dates for 2003 are: 1. Feb. 14-March 28, 2003 2. July 4-August 15, 2003. For more information see http://www.tesoltraining.com or write <tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  > The email will be read IN CHINA so think before you write. David and Vicky Scott

  6. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED — Doing ministry in North India? Need good quality Hindi language materials for Evangelism? Children’s Ministry? Discipleship? Etc.? Or other Indian languages? Wonder if someone has already translated that good book or video into Hindi or other Indian language? Then log onto http://www.indiaresources777.org . Here you can find an extensive database of Christian resources available within India with a focus on Hindi language materials, although other Indian languages are also included. There are well over 700 resources already in this database and it is growing. Email your questions or resources to <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  > .

    Interested in using the web application interface to catalogue resources for other languages, people groups or countries?

    Contact <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  >


  7. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA. — Lebanon’s next TESOL course begins September 23, 2002 and ends October 18, 2002. The total cost: $950.00 plus a $35.00 registration fee. Immediately following this course a Discipleship Training School begins for 5 months. You may wish to enroll in both schools. For further information write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  >. Phone: 717-274-9010.

  8. RESOURCES FOR NGOs — Bridges.org is a S African NGO which has put together an online guide on useful resources for NGOs, including free/low cost oomputers, etc.

    http://www.bridges.org/toolkit/freeIT.html


  9. GEORGE PATTERSON’S 15 FACTS OF LIFE & DEATH — Here’s how to discuss these important facts with family & friends. This free e-study booklet by George Patterson is designed to guide you as you help your family and friends discover the truth about Jesus Christ. The 15 Facts will assist you in walking your pre-Christian friend through the major stories of the Old Testament and how they related to the New Testament and Christ. Not only that, it will also help you gain a greater understanding of these major Biblical events and how they impact you today. This booklet was not written with multi-syllabic, esoteric terms that even a Christian cannot understand. It is easy to read and encourages participation by all involved. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada or write <infoatacquirewisdomdotcom  (infoatacquirewisdomdotcom)  >.

20020811 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR!
  2. HELP CHILDREN PRAY FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW
  3. SEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  4. CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE TRANSLATION
  5. SERVESAINTS LAUNCHES WEB SITE
  6. ENGLISH SCRIPTURE EDITIONS FOR MUSLIMS INQUIRY
  7. TRAIN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  8. SHORT-TERMERS TRAINING SEMINAR
  9. LAUSANNE TO HOST 2004 FORUM
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous sponsor for making a $125 donation to Brigada! Your generosity and unselfish vision will go a long way toward helping us deliver Brigada Today to a weekly readership of roughly ten thousand missions-oriented participants! May God bless you richly!!! (To take part in sponsoring Brigada Today at $25, $100, or $500 levels, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org and click the “PayPal” sponsorship link at the bottom of the page.)

  2. HELP CHILDREN PRAY FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW — Go to http://www.calebproject.org/winkid6.pdf to download the children’s translation of Praying Through the Window 6: Women and “The Girl Child”. The calendar has been especially rewritten to make it child friendly for easy use. Plan to use it for October or any 31 day period!

  3. SEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — This conference is for anyone interested in medical missions, either in the United States or abroad. Over 1500-2000 attendees are expected to hear speakers like: Ted Yamamori, Pres. Emeritus of Food for the Hungry; Evvy Campbell, Prof. at Wheaton College; Art Jones, Founder of Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Ill.; Phil Fischer, Prof. at Mayo Clinic; and David Thompson, career surgeon in Bongolo, Gabon, who will lecture on the professional and spiritual requirements for future medical missionaries both in the United States and overseas. Information on registration and free housing, if needed, can be found at http://www.medicalmissions.com or by contacting Julie Snipp <jsnippatseccdotorg  (jsnippatseccdotorg)  > . 65 speakers will present 70 workshops on all areas of health care. All workshops are listed on the web site. Continuing educational credit is available for physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists. Over 85 different missions organizations will be vying for your attention as they share their unique and diverse services and opportunities. Come join hundreds of other fellow professionals from all disciplines of health care and learn about opportunities in caring for the disadvantaged both at home and abroad. This weekend will be a priceless experience that will leave you forever changed!

  4. CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE TRANSLATION — George Patterson’s widely-read Guide is now available to be translated into non-English languages, royalty free. You can look over the instructions and download a revised original for non-American translators from <http://currah.info/www/cmg/> Any questions? Write to George at <GPattersonatCVImaildotnet  (GPattersonatCVImaildotnet)  >

  5. SERVESAINTS LAUNCHES WEB SITE — In an effort to improve communication for all Christians everywhere and empower them to better serve one another, ServeSaints has launched its web site http://www.servesaints.com/ . ServeSaints believes it is a great privilege to be able to give our time, talents, and money to support the work of God in the world. ServeSaints hopes that together we may find joy in giving and have the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints for the Glory to God.

  6. ENGLISH SCRIPTURE EDITIONS FOR MUSLIMS INQUIRY — A Christian Researcher in Africa asks: Do you know about any special scripture editions in ENGLISH which are published especially for Muslims? (We asked a while back … but didn’t specify English.) Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture portions? These should be currently available. What is your opinion about these? What is the Muslim’s reaction? Who supplies them? He will compile a report out of the responses. He is currently aware of: 1) “The Holy Gospel – Study Edition” NT, 2001 by UBS, Asia Pacific Region, Brisbane Australia, ISBN 0958641447 using the text of the Good News Bible, with special introduction, parallel notes and glossary. 2) “Holy Injil”, Gospel of Matthew, by IBS, using the New International Readers Version adapted to Muslim vocabulary. Please respond to <researchatsimdotorgdotza  (researchatsimdotorgdotza)  >.

  7. TRAIN TO TEACH ENGLISH — Plan now to take advantage of a new opportunity in the new year. A TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course will be offered Jan. 13 through Feb. 7, 2003 at the YWAM base in Lebanon, PA. The cost for tuition, room and board is a bargain at $950. For more information or an application contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  >.

  8. SHORT-TERMERS TRAINING SEMINAR — Now is a good time to make your plans to attend the 6th annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by ServantPrep International, COMMIT Ministries, and Gateway Mission Training Center, March 20-22, 2003 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 650 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 at the Ohana Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $225 which includes materials and tuition. A Meal and 3 day lodging package is just $199. 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. Low cost airfares are available too. Contact Greg <commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  > for registration materials or more information by e-mail or download an STML registration form at the website http://www.commitministries.org

  9. LAUSANNE TO HOST 2004 FORUM — The biennial meeting of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) held at Belhaven College (Jackson, Mississippi) gave the final approval of plans for a 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Southeast Asia starting 29 September and ending 5 October of that year. Mrs. Robyn Claydon, chair of the program committee, says that the 2004 Forum must not be understood as a “Lausanne III.” “It is rather 24 smaller conferences running simultaneously,” she says. For more information, contact <KaredotMelhusatMediehogskolendotno  (KaredotMelhusatMediehogskolendotno)  >.

20020804 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES
  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE
  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS
  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS”
  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP
  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM
  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES — PeopleTeams.org now has 502 Web sites on its service. Launched 18 months ago as a people group advocacy Web site, PeopleTeams has amazed everyone by its receptivity. There are 293 teams of missionaries who are actually hosted by PT. Each team produces their own Web site in a secure environment by using an account name and password provided by PT’s web managers. Another 209 Web sites have requested a link be listed. A new search feature was added this year. Visitors to PeopleTeams may now search within regions by country or by alphabetical listing. Another unique feature is the ever-growing “Toolbox” page listing dozens of advocacy-related resources. More than 8,000 unique users generate more than 300,000 hits every month. The most frequently visited Web sites are an international mix with increases in interaction based on individual team promotion. For instance, the Dong of China Web site was consistently #1 for months during an intensive prayer focus. Others, such as the Persian-Speaking World, came to the forefront after the war began in Afghanistan. PeopleTeams is hosted by a Great Commission Christian organization that remains anonymous in order to foster a teambuilding environment.

  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE — Wycliffe Associates UK have now put two versions of Luke’s Gospel onto their web site. The URL, http://www.easyenglish.info , is for free downloading, cultural adaptation, illustration and use. These are ideal for counselling after the Jesus Film. More info from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS — Here are some new links to check out regarding planting house churches (Thanks Grace!):

    House Churches as a Vital Part of Discipling the Nations – http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC

    House Churches and Their Vital Roles in the Great Commission – locally and overseas – http://disciplethenations.org/CHCRNNLJunSept02.html#GCPerspectives

    Also, Canadian House Church Resource Network newsletter now online: http://DiscipleTheNations.org/index87.html and a lot more resources on house churches at: http://DiscipleTheNations.org – see CONTENTS and then under H


  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS — For any missions minded individuals/leaders/missions/ministries, etc. that are interested in using the arts in the Great Commission, check out the following resource sheet Print it or just let them know about the web page. It includes enough information/resources/networking opportunities and ministry opportunities to last them a lifetime and it is always being developed further. http://disciplethenations.org/GCWACResourceSheet.html

  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS” — This distance learning course (online) will soon be reality. The Great Commission Worship & Arts Center, with the aid of many other related ministries and individuals, is currently in the process of developing an online distance learning course for those interested in Music, the Arts/Media and Missions training. This course is for candidates, missionaries, missions leaders, Christian music/arts/media and missions educators, worship leaders, etc. – any Christian interested in the subject. At present there is not yet a team to help facilitate the learning by personal email mentoring. As a result, for the time being, it’s all available free! To see what’s ready to roll, go to: http://disciplethenations.org/DistanceLearning.html Course organizers hope to shore things up by November. Those with ideas can write <gracewatidmaildotcom>. This course is also to work along with a number of other resources currently being developed in conjunction with a number of different ministries, such a related PERPSECTIVES course on music, the arts and missions. </gracewatidmaildotcom>

  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP — Need help developing your local praise team, either starting from scratch or taking them to the next level, both spiritually and musically? Reach Out Youth Solutions recently published a free global e-report, compiling successes around the world and giving practical suggestions that transcend culture. This collection of Web-based articles helps leaders choose the most effective styles for their local context, gives extensive wise counsel from others who lead worship, and suggests over 70 “Techniques and Taboos” on adding creative elements to worship. Start the global report at http://www.reach- out.org/article.asp?ai=154&ac=2&al=70 or view all 29 articles at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?al=70&ac=2 . To regularly receive this free report, contact Steve Miller at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM — Rick Meyers has developed an extensive free Bible study program with various multilingual Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, etc., all extensively linked and with a “mouse over” feature that pops up referenced scriptures without having to jump to the reference to read it. Many other features such as bookmarks, highlighting, marking, enhanced browsing, and Quick Search will aid the Bible student in their discovery of Truth. see http://www.e-sword.net . (Thanks Dave!)

  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM — A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, will be offered in five locations this fall. Fall classes are beginning in McLean, VA; Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Lansing, MI; and Houston, TX. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to share with Muslims the life of Christ. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more, log on at http:/www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or you may email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>. </infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — …For one to two years to love and care for children. Teaching experience recommended but not required. B.A. in any discipline. Housing is provided with a month stipend to adequately cover food and laundry. If interested, please send your resume and short essay about your Christian journey from salvation to present, and why you would like to live and work in Thailand to Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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20020728 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  2. “POW!” THOSE POP-UP ADS
  3. MUSIC IN MISSIONS SUMMARY
  4. WE KNEW IT FIRST!
  5. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS – SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  6. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT
  7. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S
  8. KEY CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  9. LIFE INSURANCE THAT COVERS TERRORISM AND ACTS OF WAR
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — From Oct 7-11, 2002 in Toronto, Canada, sharpen *your* interpersonal skills in a course sponsored by MissionPrep/TIM Centre. This workshop for missionaries is taught by Ken Williams’ International Training Partners and is intended for mission personnel wanting to increase their knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216 page workbook is provided, in which each topic includes key articles, a Bible study, a self-assessment, and opportunities for growth. The Facilitator is Matthew Neigh. For more information email <micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call Robert 416-606-9757. </micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

  2. “POW!” THOSE POP-UP ADS — Here is another simple utility that is available to get rid of those annoying popup ads. Run POW! while browsing on the net and it will automatically close those nasty popups that keep appearing. http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm

  3. MUSIC IN MISSIONS SUMMARY — Our compiler, Phil, heard from almost 20 people from all over the world concerning his inquiry about the use of music in missions. … Phil’s address is <pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu> and his website is http://gardner-webb.edu/intra/pperrin/musicinmissions.htm </pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu>

  4. WE KNEW IT FIRST! — The Evangelical Christian Publishers’ Association has recognized what missions groups have always known – Operation World is one of the best books around! The ECPA awarded both Operation World and the family edition “Window on the World” with the Gold Medallion Award for Excellence on July 13 in Anaheim, California. This indicates clearly that people are becoming increasingly missions- minded and are recognizing the value of intercession for the nations!

    Gabriel Resources offers missions discounts on both books, OW CD-Roms, maps & prayer calendars. Email Ellen Graf <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> or call 1-866-732-6657 (toll-free, USA) / 706-554-1594 to order and for more information. </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>


  5. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS – SPECIALIZED TRAINING — The “GO Prepared” specialized video training series known as the “Skills” has recently been released and is already proving to be practical and inspirational. Six new videos dealing with Construction, Medical, Fundraising, Recruitment, Evangelism, and how short-term missions trips impact the life of a church are now available. If you need assistance in any if these areas please contact Jim at <tcciattccidotorg> or visit his website </tcciattccidotorg>

  6. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT — (Here’s some software that was originally featured in the 7/12 Brigada Today, but unfortunately, the site below was down for one week just after the original release.) Keep track of all your ministry supporters using the RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) version 2.0. Written for missionaries, this software helps you keep track of all basic information, communication, and financial transactions for each church or individual that helps support you. According to the author, it also provides an easy way to print out mailing labels for selected groups. Go to http://members.truepath.com/rdma to find out more information and download it. If you have any questions, feel free to email <aldotschaueratnetzerodotnet>. </aldotschaueratnetzerodotnet>

  7. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S — Here’s a great “biblical storying” CD by a talented teller-actor, Robert Delafield. The price is right: FREE!! (They charge “shipping & handling” of $7.50 a disk, but will throw in a free one if you order four.) A NT and an OT CD is available. These videos could be a course in how to use gesture, voice and expression to tell the story. They are for anyone wanting to become a really great biblical storyteller. In stock now, but not sure for how long? For more information, write to: http://free-cdsoftware.com/SKU-BIBGRE?client=58158288

  8. KEY CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — Last year the Japan Church Planting Institute Conference was the largest church planting conference in the history of Japan. Organizers are pulling out the stops again this year, inviting everyone to join in the networking and envisioning for ministry. The conference speaker list includes several key leaders from North America including Dr. Steve Childers (US Center for Church Planting), Dr. Paul Hiebert, Dr. Dan Morgan, Dr. Guy Saffold, Dr. Terry Gyger and Dr. J. Allen Thompson plus six key Japanese speakers. There are 8 separate training tracks, over 40 electives on ministry in Japan, a ladies luncheon, and children’s ministry. This is a bilingual conference in Japanese and English, November 12-15 (Tue-Fri), 2002. Fuji Hakone Land – in the National Park near the ocean and Mt. Fuji. For more information see the CPI website: http://www.jcpi.Net or contact John at <jmehnatcompuservedotcom>. </jmehnatcompuservedotcom>

  9. LIFE INSURANCE THAT COVERS TERRORISM AND ACTS OF WAR — Recent news indicates that Christian schools, churches, hospitals are being targeted by terrorists. A new product, “High Limit Accident Insurance” has optional coverage for acts of terrorism and war. This plan also includes options for flight, common carrier, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage along with permanent total disability insurance. For a hard-copy information packet contact, write <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com, or the “.org” or “.info” extensions. </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

20020721 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A RETREAT CENTER?
  2. ANOTHER POP-UP EXTERMINATOR
  3. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  4. WANTED: A BUSINESS PLAN
  5. ARABIC RESOURCES NEEDED
  6. FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING HOUSE CHURCHES…
  7. LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS AND FRIENDS
  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
  9. PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW 6
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A RETREAT CENTER? — Thanks to the hard work of Jolene, now you’ve got a great list from which to work! Get her list by sending a note to: <retreat-centersatbrigadadotorg> This list of Christian Retreat Centers includes everything from a “prophet’s room” in someone’s home to a luxury resort… from quiet time alone with no interruptions to professional counseling to a full day’s activities… from a percentage off normal fees to partially subsidized to suggested donation to the ministry to completely free of charge … The focus of these centers varies from crisis counseling to solitude, worship and prayer to spiritual revitalization. This same information is also available on the Internet at the Resource Center of the International Worship & Arts Network, where additions and corrections will be made as new information is acquired. See it at: http://www.worship-arts-network.com/OCretreatcenters.html Thanks for your hard work Jolene! </retreat-centersatbrigadadotorg>

  2. ANOTHER POP-UP EXTERMINATOR — Even though Pop-Up Killer has been killed (see the July 21 issue), there’s another pop-up killer that comes recommended by Tim and it’s also free. It’s called Pop-Up Stopper. It also has the advantage of being able to launch a window that would ordinarily be quashed by using some simple key strokes while clicking. It also comes in enhanced shareware versions. Find out more at: http://www.panicware.com/popupstopper.html

  3. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps “EXPLORE” is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts here to reach unreached people groups out there. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for September 25 – 28, 2002. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email <daviddotflynnatuscwmdotorg> . </daviddotflynnatuscwmdotorg>

  4. WANTED: A BUSINESS PLAN — Here’s a Brigada participant named Roland who would like to know if there are any successful business plans that have been developed which would provide support by and for ministry at the local level. He wrote, “There are passionate and capable indigenous leaders who are often consumed by economic struggle. Traditionally, the solution has been to raise support in America and then ship a portion of that money overseas. This system also has a tendency to develop an unhealthy dependence on stateside resources or force those in ministry to become full-time fundraisers themselves.” If you’re got a suggested plan for Roland to add to his compilation, send it on: <rolanddotheckatattdotnet>. Once he has a collection, we’ll share it with everyone here at Brigada. </rolanddotheckatattdotnet>

  5. ARABIC RESOURCES NEEDED — Workers in the 10/40 are putting together a “virtual library” of Arabic language resources (Bibles, Bible Studies, Books, etc.). This will allow Arab believers to access materials wherever they are via the Internet or CDROM. If you have or know of any resources that could be used in this “virtual library”, please, contact . If you have resources in *print*, please drop a note to <researchatsimdotorgdotza> . Once these directories are compiled, we’ll make them directory available in a sensitive way. </researchatsimdotorgdotza>

  6. FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING HOUSE CHURCHES… — You’ve *got* to see this list of ideas and resources: http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC Whew! What a great collection! (Thanks Grace!!!)

  7. LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS AND FRIENDS — Here’s a course that the author says will help you “Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time.” The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10 key habits for success. In addition, you’ll be able to network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Get it all at a 2-day conference October 11- 12! Register by September 12th and save $50. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE — Here’s an intensive training institute in Hinduism slated for November 11-15, 2002 at the new facilities of Mission Training International at Palmer Lake, Colorado. If you are a missionary candidate, tent maker, or short-term missionary to the Hindu world, this training will assist you in understanding the Hindu worldview and effectively communicate the Gospel to the Hindus. Led by Natun Bhattacharya, himself from a Hindu Priest family and an experienced cross-cultural trainer, the training will also include facilitators from a variety of backgrounds (missionaries and Indian Pastors), with expertise in Hinduism. This is a unique training opportunity for those interested in working with people from Hindu faith. For more information call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <infoatmtidotorg>. Be sure to check out the web site at http://www.mti.org. </infoatmtidotorg>

  9. PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW 6 — This year’s “Praying Through the Window 6” initiative focuses on the needs of Women and daughters in the 10/40 Window. Some 40 million intercessors participate in this thrust annually. To receive a prayer guide or more information log on at: http://www.win1040.com Daily radio profiles are being sent by Window International Network to radio stations across the U.S. to be aired daily in the month of October 2002 and beyond. If you are interested in an interview, contact <julieross6atyahoodotcom> for details. </julieross6atyahoodotcom>

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20020714 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW FREE E-BOOK ON CELL GROUP STRATEGY
  2. NEW BOOK BY FORMER HINDU ON SHARING CHRIST WITH HINDUS
  3. TEACH ENGLISH IN JERUSALEM
  4. GET TO THE CORE OF THE BIBLE… IN THE HOLY LAND
  5. DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST SERVING
  6. HOW DO YOU MOBILIZE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?
  7. BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT YOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE?
  8. AFFORDABLE SECURE WEBMAIL
  9. RETREAT AND “R&R” RESOURCES
  10. TRAVELING? LOOK UP A CLC!
  11. MUSIC MISSIONS RESEARCH
  12. MORE EASYENGLISH PSALMS
  13. IT”S GOOD TO “GO”
  14. ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR SPAM
  15. POP-UP KILLER KILLED, FOR NOW
  16. LOOKING FOR A MISSIONS PASTOR?
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW FREE E-BOOK ON CELL GROUP STRATEGY — Here’s a new e-book by Dr. Mikel Neumann, based on years of experience as a missionary, international seminar leader, and research. His experience in this vital area of ministry, recently gained him funding from the Billy Graham Center to study and write a separate book on home groups around the world. The e-book “Reaching Your City with Cell (Home) Groups” can be downloaded for FREE at http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  2. NEW BOOK BY FORMER HINDU ON SHARING CHRIST WITH HINDUS — Sharing Your Faith With a Hindu explains historical and contemporary Hindu customs, ritual practices, and intellectual obstacles to Christianity, and offers practical tips and tools on how to win Hindus to the Lord. The author, Madasamy Thirumalai, was raised a Hindu and became a believer in Jesus more than 20 years ago. He is a professor of world religions and an academic dean at Bethany College of Missions. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Special discounts are available for ministries who give away copies! Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order: <csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  >; tel. in the USA or via Net2phone 1-800-328-6109 or (952) 829-2079; USA FAX: 866-220-8376 or 952-829- 2503.

  3. TEACH ENGLISH IN JERUSALEM — Want to teach English in Jerusalem? You can! The dates are September 2 – 28, 2002. The cost is US $650.00 which includes tuition and textbooks. Accommodation excluding meals from 2nd to 28th September is just $150.00 per person. For further inquiries, special arrangements or considerations, write <TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  >.

  4. GET TO THE CORE OF THE BIBLE… IN THE HOLY LAND — Now you can study the “School of Biblical Studies Core Course (SBSCC)” in Jerusalem/Israel. It’s 3 months of focused Bible study that reveals the power of the Word of God to penetrate the heart, September 22nd – December 14th, 2002, in Jerusalem. Cost is US$ 2,295. For more information, log on at: http://www.sbscc.net Or write <sbsccatwindowministriesdotorg  (sbsccatwindowministriesdotorg)  >.

  5. DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST SERVING — Here’s a piece of software called Gammadyne Mailer that can be used to maintain email lists, e.g., send prayer updates with addresses from a newsletter list database. It does email merge, will update your existing database for email address errors, and even allows you to host discussion lists simply using your existing POP3 email box and connection to the web. Moderate technical skills are needed and, it’s apparently available only for those running Windows. Registration is US$130. For more information, see: http://www.gammadyne.com/mmail.htm or email: <gregwatgammadynedotcom  (gregwatgammadynedotcom)  > Granted… those with large lists would be overwhelmed by the number of emails coming in . . . and I suppose if you travel some (with your email shut down during your travel), this would not be a good solution.

  6. HOW DO YOU MOBILIZE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS? — Do you have information on Mobilizing/Exposure programs for universities? A professor at a Christian International University in South Korea would like information/leads on missions mobilization and/or exposure programs that have worked at other universities and/or churches. Because the university would like to start an extracurricular program to help mobilize and expose their international students to missions and they’re looking for ideas! Thanks! Please send replies to <joyceat123athotmaildotcom  (joyceat123athotmaildotcom)  >. She’ll compile a report for us to redistribute here on Brigada.

  7. BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT YOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE? — Maybe you’ve heard about the efforts to build connected digital libraries. Maybe you’re doing it to support digital learning from your Christian college or university! :-) Maybe you can read it via 2.5 G cell phones (and later 3G cell phones). If you’re tackling this challenge… and if you’re interested in brainstorming about how subscriptions could be underwritten by western churches, write Ed <editoratadrisdotorg  (editoratadrisdotorg)  >. See his newsletter at http://www.adris.org . He’ll compile a brief report for a future Brigada Today.

  8. AFFORDABLE SECURE WEBMAIL — Global Resources for Computing, (GRC) just rolled out its new SSL (Secure) Webmail service, an anonymous Webmail service for organizations operating in areas where higher than standard level of security for email is required. This new service will offer SSL Based Webmail, POP3(secure) and IMAP (secure) services. Contact GRC at 909-795-3877 for more information or email <infoatgrcomputingdotnet  (infoatgrcomputingdotnet)  > or log on at http://www.grcomputing.net/webmail.html

  9. RETREAT AND “R&R” RESOURCES — Jolene is compiling a list of R&R/retreat locations especially geared toward those in ministry (artists’ retreats, prayer retreats, personal-solitude-time alone with God locations, vacation spots). If you know of an available guest room, church’s missionary house or retreat location that caters to missionaries or Christian artists, let her know at <jowilsonatiowatelecomdotnet  (jowilsonatiowatelecomdotnet)  > . She will compile the results for an auto responder as well as post them on the internet. Please include as much information as possible (name, type of location, length of stay, what they offer, cost, contact information and URL).

  10. TRAVELING? LOOK UP A CLC! — Are you traveling somewhere this summer on vacation? Look up a Christian Literature Center, pick up something you can hand out to the folks you meet along the way, then prayerfully use your vacation trip for more than a vacation! Wendy did it. Check out the website for one of the stores she visited in Italy… http://www.clcitaly.com/live/home.php (Thanks Wendy!)

  11. MUSIC MISSIONS RESEARCH — Phil is researching the use of music in missions since 1987
    (http://gardner-webb.edu/intra/pperrin/musicinmissions.htm). If you (1) have personal experience that can be included, (2) would like to be included on his website list, (3) have need for musician volunteers to be posted on the website, (4) would like to volunteer for music mission projects, or (5) have resources to add to the resource page or any other corrections or additions, e-mail him at <pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu  (pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu)  > . He’ll send us a brief summary report later.

  12. MORE EASYENGLISH PSALMS — Book four (Ps 90 to 106) is now available from Wycliffe Associates’ web site – http://www.easyenglish.info . Further information may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo  (martinateasyenglishdotinfo)   >.

  13. IT”S GOOD TO “GO” – IT’S CRITICAL TO “GO PREPARED” — “GO Prepared” the “Essential” series is, according to the author, the only Short-Term videotape Training Series of it’s kind in the world today. These tapes are designed to complement the ministry of your local church or mission agency, and are a great training tool for the rookie as well as seasoned Short-Term missionaries. There are three tapes with two training sessions on each. Over three hours of valuable training by Internationally recognized Missions Leaders. Each session can be presented alone or be incorporated into your present training program. For more information contact Jim at <tcciattccidotorg  (tcciattccidotorg)  > or log on at http://www.tcci.org .

  14. ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR SPAM — Here’s another possible solution for getting rid of spam: http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020715TP-iHateSpam At least one Brigada participant says it works for him! (Thanks Phil!)

  15. POP-UP KILLER KILLED, FOR NOW — Those who tried to obtain the pop- up killer highlighted in our July 5th edition (“TIRED OF POP-UP ADS?”) met with a sad message that the pop-up killer software had, itself, been killed! The author has currently given up on publishing his product. But he’s also suggesting that someone else might take over the development. If you’re interested, don’t give up too soon. Check back at: http://software.xfx.net/utilities/popupkiller/ to find out what happens in this defy-death thriller! :-) ‘Course, James wants to let people know Netscape’s new Mozilla (and Netscape) browser can do this without requiring third-party software. Just go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Scripts & Plugins and change to your heart’s content. He usually disallowed webpages from “opening of unrequested windows”, “open link in a new window”, “move or resize existing windows” and “raise or lower windows”. Also, you can restrict animation to just once by changing Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Images. Sounds like a great feature! (Thanks James!)

  16. LOOKING FOR A MISSIONS PASTOR? — ACMC maintains a list of individuals seeking a missions pastor position and a list of U.S. churches seeking a missions pastor. To put your name or your church name on the list or to request a list send an email with appropriate contact information to <davidmaysatacmcdotorg  (davidmaysatacmcdotorg)  > .

20020707 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TIRED OF SPAM? TURN IT IN!
  2. ACTIONS AT THE 4TH TIE CONGRESS
  3. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA.
  4. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN TORONTO
  5. USA RURAL ISP
  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MISSIONS AND THE WEB
  7. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT
  8. NEED A PRIVATE MAILBOX?
  9. GET THE SCOOP ON INSURANCE
  10. TEFL JOB INFO
  11. THE BACKPAGE: 10 CHURCH PLANTING ELEMENTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TIRED OF SPAM? TURN IT IN! — You know… the “remove me” notes at the end of most unwanted junk mail (“spam”) just alerts the spammer that the address is alive. Want a better option? Forward the message to the Federal Trade Commission by sending it to: <uceatftcdotgov  (uceatftcdotgov)  >.

  2. ACTIONS AT THE 4TH TIE CONGRESS — … included the election of Dr. Danny Martin as the new International Director. His first order of business was commending and thanking the outgoing director, Mrs. Berit Helgoy Kloster, of Norway. Dr. Martin has proposed that TIE become a more service oriented organization with its headquarters in Phuket, Thailand along with the Asia Center for World Missions. Ben Bester, former director and training specialist from South Africa’s Global Careers, has joined the Asia Center staff and will be responsible for TIE’s training information. TIE is planning to send out monthly news letters via email. If you are interested in receiving a copy notify <Benjaminatasiacenterdotac  (Benjaminatasiacenterdotac)  > . The full story and list of resources in on the web: http:\\www.tieinfo.com

  3. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA. — Lebanon’s next TESOL course begins September 23, 2002 and ends October 18, 2002. The total cost: $950.00 plus a $35.00 registration fee. Immediately following this course a Discipleship Training School begins for 5 months. You may wish to enroll in both schools. For further information write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  >. Phone: 717-274-9010.

  4. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN TORONTO — Global Opportunities for tentmakers is offering a free, fast paced, 921 seminar (9am to 2pm; get it?) Saturday August 10, at Saalem Church in Toronto Ontario Canada. 2570 Bayview Ave. Willowdale. For information and registration go to: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar. If you are looking for more in-depth training, their Light to the Nations course will be offered again October 16-20 at the US Center for World Missions in Pasadena CA. Global Opportunities desires to partner with mission agencies and churches and would love to co-host a training course or one day seminar at your location. For more information, please contact Executive Director, David English, at: <daveatglobaloppsdotorg  (daveatglobaloppsdotorg)  >

  5. USA RURAL ISP — For those needing an Internet Service Provider in rural areas, try this. The system only uses 1-800 numbers so there is no hassle with local access numbers or credit cards. The charge is 6- 1/2 cents per minute and you can connect at hotels, phone booths, truck stops, libraries or wherever a phone line is that will accept 1-800 numbers (and most will). Prepaid service may be purchased online and there is no expiration date or penalty for not using the minutes and there is no monthly service charge. http://www.BAMnet.com or call 1-877-322-6638. Thanks Rich! ( <richatbamnetdotcom  (richatbamnetdotcom)  >)

  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MISSIONS AND THE WEB — Very few mission groups actually use the Web for direct evangelism, even though it is a key to the 10-40 Window. The Internet is a medium just waiting for missions to exploit – and returned/retired missionaries too. The Web Evangelism Guide is available free for any mission to insert as a syndicated page within their own website, blending in completely and with the opportunity for a customized introduction and ending. See what it could look like on your site:

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


  7. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT — Keep track of all your ministry supporters using the RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) version 2.0. Written for missionaries, this software helps you keep track of all basic information, communication, and financial transactions for each church or individual that helps support you. It also provides an easy way to print out mailing labels for selected groups. Go to http://members.truepath.com/rdma to find out more information and download it. If you have any questions, feel free to email <AldotSchaueratnetzerodotnet  (AldotSchaueratnetzerodotnet)  >.

  8. NEED A PRIVATE MAILBOX? — Try http://www.pmbx.net. “Ron” seems to have what it takes to serve you! Check it out!

  9. GET THE SCOOP ON INSURANCE — Thanks to our good friend, Ken, for refreshing the file on insurance for missionaries. Get a copy of the latest compilation by sending an email to: <insuranceatbrigadadotorg  (insuranceatbrigadadotorg)  > and a revised version of our previously available insurance auto- responder will be sent your way. (Thanks Ken!)

  10. TEFL JOB INFO — The English Job Maze is a new secular international ESL/EFL job & information site for ESL teachers and employers around the world. But it is also much more than ‘just another’ ESL job site. It contains a wealth of free TESL industry- related info for teachers, including ‘Countries @ a Glance’ – the most comprehensive TESL guide to pay, taxes, visas, etc, in 50 of the world’s most popular teaching destinations.

    http://www.englishjobmaze.com (Thanks Tony!)


  11. THE BACKPAGE: 10 CHURCH PLANTING ELEMENTS — Ten Universal Elements. That’s what David Garrison found while researching for his little booklet, _Church Planting Movements_. He found that, after surveying church planting movements (CPMs) around the world, these 10 elements seemed present in every single one of them. It probably goes without saying, then, that those who want to start a CPM would want to invest some time in figuring out how to implement these 10 practices as a matter of course:

    *** Prayer
    *** Abundant gospel sowing
    *** Intentional church planting
    *** Scriptural authority
    *** Local leadership
    *** Lay leadership
    *** Cell or house churches
    *** Churches planting churches
    *** Rapid reproduction
    *** Healthy churches

    I suppose some of those are common sense. For example, healthy churches grow faster than unhealthy churches… “Duh!” But the truth is, we seldom think *proactively* about all 10 items comprehensively. And maybe that’s part of what helps a church to grow — thinking about doing it all right in *concert*, so all 10 cylinders hit in stride at the same time!

    That’s probably what it’s going to take in some of our tougher fields. I suppose that’s what it *might* take in yours.

    God bless your weekend! (Note: See David’s complete little booklet at: http://www.imb.org/CPM/default.htm What’s more, at: http://www.imb.org/GlobalVision/NewDirections/new_direction_dir.htm get it as a PDF, or in Spanish as either a PDF or Word doc. To order a free copy while quantities last, see… http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prodlist/CatID/5/DeptID/1.htm Thanks to David and the folks at the IMB for unselfishly making it available on the web!)

20020630 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW TO DE-STRESS HOME SERVICE
  2. CLOSURE OF THE TEE RESOURCE CENTRE
  3. TEE DATABASE GOES ON LINE!
  4. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SMALL GROUPS
  5. TIRED OF POP-UP ADS?
  6. USING CDs, VIDEOCDs and DVDs FOR EVANGELISM
  7. BI-VOCATIONAL PASTORS AND MISSIONARIES
  8. CHURCH WEBSITES
  9. THE PLAN: A MISSIONS-MANDATE MELODRAMA
  10. CHECK OUT THIS SOLUTION FOR BANNER ADS IN YOUR EGROUP
  11. SYNERGY SUMMIT

  1. HOW TO DE-STRESS HOME SERVICE — Thanks to Phil for gathering this info — What are good ways to make less obtrusive housing arrangements, saving money, scheduling visits & reports and connecting with people? How to insure quality time with family and friends who have busy lives and maybe haven’t seen you in a long time?! To get a copy via email, just send a note to: home-serviceatbrigadadotorg

    Thanks Phil!


  2. CLOSURE OF THE TEE RESOURCE CENTRE — As of the end of June 2002, the TEE Resource Centre based at All Nations Christian College closed. It was originally set up jointly by The Evangelical Literature Trust (ELT) and All Nations Christian College (ANCC), and both organisations are glad to have had a part in getting the TEE Data Base (now online – see below) off the ground, but unfortunately for various reasons, neither are in a position to continue with their commitment to the project. The organizers have requested that we please do not send any further communications to the Tee Centre.

  3. TEE DATABASE GOES ON LINE! — Following negotiations with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA – formerly WEF) the information on the TEE database became available on-line through their Global Mission web-site as of this month. For those wishing to become new members and add TEE data: Go to the login page: http://www.globalmission.org/tools/member/login.htm and follow the OPEN NEW ACCOUNT link. Follow the instructions provided online. For those simply wanting to enquire about TEE courses, or to search the TEE database, visit: http://www.globalmission.org where you are supposed to eventually find a link to access the TEE Database. Then use the search form provided online.

  4. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SMALL GROUPS — Here’s an agency with group health insurance available for teams as small as two missionary units. Coverage includes maternity, preventative care, medical evacuation, furlough coverage, life and in some cases dental. If you’re on group insurance for 18 months when returning to USA, there is automatic coverage (no declines) on HIPAA/Portability plans. For an electronic or hard-copy 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>

  5. TIRED OF POP-UP ADS? — Tired of all those annoying sponsors PopUp’s that get displayed when you visit some WEB sites? PopUp Killer is the original and most powerful popups destroying- machine ever created. This program is 100% free, which means that you can copy it, use it as in many machines as you like, and make as many backup copies as you like. The web site for Software Development can be reached at:

    http://software.xfx.net/


  6. USING CDs, VIDEOCDs and DVDs FOR EVANGELISM — Here you’ll find lots of ideas, links and resources for creating or purchasing CDs that will effectively communicate the Gospel: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/cd-evangelism.php

  7. BI-VOCATIONAL PASTORS AND MISSIONARIES — Joe is a tentmaker missionary from a restricted-access country who represents a non-profit Christian organization specializing in mentoring ministers who are bi- vocational to efficiently raise ministry and personal funds so that they can devote more time and resources to their calling. They also work with full time ministers that have a need for additional ministry funds or retirement income working from home with very flexible hours. This is a perfect tentmaker business that is already in 63 countries. Dial toll-free 866-861-8376 and leave your phone number and the best time to call at the end of the recorded message, or Email Joe at <mjbatsecurenymdotnet> in order to receive a text version with more information. Pass this along to those you know who may find this useful. </mjbatsecurenymdotnet>

  8. CHURCH WEBSITES — There are more church sites than any other sort of Christian page. They have great potential for evangelism – but only if they are designed with this in mind. A detailed resource page sets out a range of strategies that are working successfully for many churches: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/church-pages.php

    And it is possible to directly insert this content into your own website, just by copying a line of javascript onto one of your pages: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/churchpage-insert.php


  9. THE PLAN: A MISSIONS-MANDATE MELODRAMA — Here’s a one hour interactive, overly dramatic presentation which demonstrates that God’s salvation plan to reach all peoples [cheer!] is the central theme of the whole Bible. THE PLAN can be performed by the “well-rehearsed” or “barely briefed” and easily involves all generations [clap, stomp] in the play. The melodrama is available from the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies, 1605 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA, and sells for $12.95 plus S & H. Check out: http://www.prescms.org/pcms_resources.html , email <pcmsatuscwmdotorg> or call 626 398 2468. Only one copy of the plan is needed [big sigh] and you can reproduce as many pages as you need for the cast [applause]. </pcmsatuscwmdotorg>

  10. CHECK OUT THIS SOLUTION FOR BANNER ADS IN YOUR EGROUP — John has been using “MyMail” (http://www.codingclick.com/scripts/MyMail/) for his last few newsletters, and has found it to be a wonderful FREE PHP/MySQL product. This is a complete newsletter solution that allows for auto sign-up with double-opt in e-mail replies required for proper sign-up. It is totally automated with great maintenance tools, and even has an archive feature that will archive your old newsletters in an easy to access manner. Check it out!

20020623 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A TENTMAKING BUSINESS COACH?
  2. NEED A R&R STAY IN THE USA?
  3. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  4. CHINESE AUDIO BIBLE CD-ROM
  5. PLPSM TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE
  6. ELIMINATE POP-UP ADS
  7. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE IN BUDDHIST CONTEXTS
  8. NEW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (FREE!)
  9. ANOTHER OPTION FOR LIST-SERVES
  10. HOW TO BECOME A STUDENT OF CULTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A TENTMAKING BUSINESS COACH? — Global Dimensions is launching a business-as-missions model to serve missionaries and nationals in ministry leadership. It fits creative access, income, and “legitimate presence” needs. Owned and personally guided by an experienced pro committed to “marketplacing the Gospel,” Global Dimensions even has a “business-coaching-by-incubation-team” available. There are positions open for sales representative in each major (some minor) countries for a newly launched 3D imagery for security, phone, and bank cards. Tell <garyatglobal-ddotbiz> about your interest and qualifications/vision. </garyatglobal-ddotbiz>

  2. NEED A R&R STAY IN THE USA? — Here’s a business/rancher/missionary couple with a luxury cabin available on their ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Designed for ministry and missionary types needing a short getaway, they limit it for families with a maximum of two children. They request a very modest cost. For more information or reservations, write <carolynatoperatorservicesdotcom>. </carolynatoperatorservicesdotcom>

  3. 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 Budapset, “Cross-Cultural Communication,” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. 2003 Courses: Intro to Islam, January 6-17; Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  4. CHINESE AUDIO BIBLE CD-ROM — The Chinese Ministry at Lutheran Hour Ministries has just completed the “Chinese Audio Bible CD-ROM” which contains the standard Mandarin reading of the whole Bible in Chinese. The CD-ROM can be played on computers with browser software or MP3 compatible players. The table of contents will be displayed automatically when the CD is loaded so that readers can choose any book to listen to. To request a free copy, please visit the following link: http://www.luthasia.net/china/cbible.html or email your name and address to: <asianminatlhmintdotorg>. </asianminatlhmintdotorg>

  5. PLPSM TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE — Adams & Associates International (SM) has just released a new travel medical insurance plan called Partner Link Plan (PLP sm). This international travel medical plan offers coverage for short to intermediate term travelers (renewable for up to 3 years). Also, there is coverage for non-US citizens traveling outside of their country of citizenship. Emergency medical evacuation, repatriation or emergency reunion is not subject to any pre-existing condition exclusions and there is limited benefit provisions for the sudden recurrence of a pre-existing condition. Coverage is available for individuals or groups of 5 or more and on-line enrollment is available for individuals needing immediate coverage. For additional information, please contact Adams & Associates International at <aaiataaintldotcom> or visit their web-site at . A&AI has served the missionary community, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

  6. ELIMINATE POP-UP ADS — Want to get rid of pop-up ads all together? Just log on to: http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm (Thanks David!)

  7. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE IN BUDDHIST CONTEXTS — The Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines is holding its first annual Institute of Buddhist Studies October 28-December 6, 2002. Two 3 week modules will be offered this year. One module serves as an introduction to Buddhism and the history of the Christian mission to Buddhists. The second, taught by Alex Smith, veteran missionary to Thailand and OMF Northwest Regional Director, focuses on contextualizing the Gospel message for people with Buddhist backgrounds. Both undergraduate or graduate credit are available through APTS. For a pre-application form and more details email <alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg> or APTS at <aptsatagmddotorg>; or you can call Alan in the USA at 425-277-9931 or APTS in the Philippines at 63-74-442-2779. </aptsatagmddotorg></alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg>

  8. NEW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (FREE!) — Want to get free antivirus software for free? Just log on at http://www.grisoft.com and follow the directions!

  9. ANOTHER OPTION FOR LIST-SERVES — Another option for those wanting to send group emails is to register for a site with Christian Web Host at: http://www.christianwebhost.com . For $19.00 per year and $8.95 (US dollars) per month any Christian individual or organization can get a website, web hosting, and list- serve and much more! Thanks to the Brigada reader who highly recommended them!

  10. HOW TO BECOME A STUDENT OF CULTURE — Here’s a three-week intensive designed to teach the missionary how to become a student of the culture to which he/she will be going, with the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in that cross-cultural context. The course moves beyond principles to skill development as the student learns how to discover the structure and organization necessary for successful ministry that already exist within the target culture and then to adapt their plans to these existing systems. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training in NC from August 5-23, 2002. For more info contact <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or toll-free in the USA, 800.887.1786 or visit http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

20020616 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REPORT ON FILTERED ISP’S
  2. FINISHERS FORUM / ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
  3. FOLLOW-UP FOR SOLAR-POWERED LAPTOPS
  4. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  5. LEAD KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS
  6. OPPORTUNITY IN ROMANIA
  7. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
  8. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO BUDDHISTS
  9. ACTIONS AT THE 4TH TIE CONGRESS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REPORT ON FILTERED ISP’S — Remember Chuck’s inquiry about filtered ISP’s that block access to offensive sites? He has finished his research and has assembled a *terrific* summary report. To see it live on the web, just log on to this Brigada edition, or click directly to: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/filtered-isps.html or simply send an empty email to <filtered-ispsatbrigadadotorg  (filtered-ispsatbrigadadotorg)  > to obtain the 8K file.

  2. FINISHERS FORUM / ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE — These two organizations will have a single combined interwoven national conference this year in Atlanta, August 15-17, 2002. Early registration ends July 15. The Finishers Forum portion provides information, challenge and pathways for people to move into missions from their careers. The ACMC portion is jam packed with ideas and resources to assist churches toward excellence in missions. For full information or to order brochures, promotional and testimonial videos email <officeatfinishersdotorg> or visit http://www.finishers.org/events . </officeatfinishersdotorg>

  3. FOLLOW-UP FOR SOLAR-POWERED LAPTOPS — As a follow-on to our earlier item about solar-powered laptops, we thought we should point out that Faithe clarified that the devices mentioned in the item, “9) NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR!” (May 31st edition), are actually fairly low power. To recharge a laptop, one would probably need to link several units together. The wattage for a typical laptop runs about 35 watts. It would take over 15 of these things to power your laptop. Since that’s fairly expensive, Faithe found for us an alternative. For about $129-$450 you can get a portable 12V solar unit which will power a laptop. The price range depends on which laptop you have (how much energy it draws) and how much power you want from the solar system. See http://www.realgoods.com for more info. (Thanks Faithe!) I guess this is one case where we’ll for sure want to, ahem, ‘keep the Faithe’. :-)

  4. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From September 6-8, 2002, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu- Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. You can hear scholarly papers on history, ministry, worship, and more. For more information contact <infoatrethinkingforumdotcom> or view the conference program and registration form online at http://www.rethinkingforum.com . Everyone is welcome! </infoatrethinkingforumdotcom>

  5. LEAD 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. Koreans who speak English are desired, but not necessary. If you want to see the lost won in Mongolia, you’re perfect for this opportunity [I confirmed — “Mongolia” is correct]! Inquire now at Mission to Unreached Peoples! Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  6. OPPORTUNITY IN ROMANIA — FCA missionaries in Romania are looking for willing men, women, and families to come serve the Romanian people. Recently five tons of gospel booklets were given for distribution. People in hospitals are waiting. As well as orphans, street people and those in jail. For more info., contact <steveharrietracicotatyahoodotcom> or log on to http://www.foca.org . </steveharrietracicotatyahoodotcom>

  7. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES? — Do you know of any LIFE insurance providers who are willing to insure missionaries? The risks associated with places like Central Asia or the Middle East disqualify missionaries from coverage by most major insurers. If you know of any providers who offer policies to folks going to odd places, please let Brad <bstoopsatpactecdotnet> know. He’ll compile whatever resources he hears of and make the info available on Brigada Today. Please specify “Life Insurance Providers” as the subject header when writing. </bstoopsatpactecdotnet>
  8. Or if it’s easier, just click here  (bstoopsatpactecdotnet?subject=Life%20Insurance%20Providers)  !


  9. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO BUDDHISTS — The Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines is hodling its first annual Institute of Buddhist Studies October 28-December 6, 2002. Two 3-week modules will be offered this year. One module serves as an introduction to Buddhism and the history of the Christian mission to Buddhists. The second, taught by Alex Smith, veteran missionary to Thailand and OMF Northwest Regional Director, focuses on contextualizing the Gospel message for people with Buddhist backgrounds. Both undergraduate or graduate credit are available through APTS. For a pre-application form and more details email <alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg> or you can call Alan in the USA at 425-277-9931 or APTS in the Philippines at 63-74-442-2779. </alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg>

  10. ACTIONS AT THE 4TH TIE CONGRESS — The 4th Congress included the election of Dr. Danny Martin as the new International Director. His first order of business was commending and thanking the outgoing director, Mrs. Berit Helgoy Kloster, of Norway. Dr. Martin has proposed that TIE (an organization helping tentmakers) become a more service- oriented organization with it’s headquarters in Phuket, Thailand along with the Asia Center for World Missions. Ben Bester, former director and training specialist from South Africa’s Global Careers, has joined the Asia Center staff and will be responsible for TIE’s training information. TIE is planning to send out monthly news letters via email. If you are interested in receiving a copy notify <benjaminatasiacenterdotac> . The full story and list of resources in on the web: http:\\www.tieinfo.com . </benjaminatasiacenterdotac>

20020609 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MORE OPTIONS FOR EGROUPS
  2. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS
  3. THANKS TO NEWEST SPONSOR, EMERCY
  4. CHURCH WEBSITES
  5. CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS TOOLBOX
  6. NEW BOOK: “IN THE IMAGE OF GOD…”
  7. MINI-CD: “WHO IS HE?”
  8. WORK ALONGSIDE A JAPANESE
  9. NEW COMPUTER MANUALS FOR MISSIONARIES
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MORE OPTIONS FOR EGROUPS — This week, there are even more options for those wishing to opt out of YahooGroups (maybe because you’re tired of seeing that wireless webcam ad with the girl in the police officer’s get-up?). Try using http://mojo.skazat.com . Mojo mail is a free PERL program that you install at your own web- server host. I thought it would be a hassle . . . and honestly, it wasn’t exactly *easy*. I went out and bought a PERL book for $20 so I could learn some of the code. It was my first exposure to it. I got through about half the book . . . then tackled it . . . and it maybe took me 4 hours to figure it out and get it working. There’s no charge for non-profit groups. (Thanks to Tim for the suggestion!) I’m still in “testing” mode. So far, for example, I’ve only figured out how to trigger email broadcasts via a web-mail interface (as opposed to sending an email to a trigger address). But hey… that’s a minor inconvenience. I have a feeling that once I’ve confirmed it all, *many* of our Team Expansion missionaries will want to shift to this approach. And it’s all free!

    Another option, especially if you don’t have a web-host… or you don’t want to learn any PERL… use the Network for Strategic Missions at http://www.strategicnetwork.org . They’re now hosting over 100 groups with a grand total of 15,000 subscribers, free of charge, with no advertising at all.


  2. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS — Here’s a lighthearted, fast paced seven-and-a-half-minute video narrated by kids for kids, ages 4-9, encouraging 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) on line at http://www.reignbridge.org using Paypal or you can write Joey and Fawn Parish, 540 W. Highland Drive, Camarillo, California USA 93010 or email <joeyatgracebridgedotorg>. Don’t forget to tell them you heard about it on Brigada! </joeyatgracebridgedotorg>


  3. THANKS TO NEWEST SPONSOR, EMERCY — Thanks to Joshua, of Emercy International, providing missionary resources via http://www.missionaryresources.org . Write <joshatmcsnetworkdotorg> for more information, or see the website. Also, note his sponsorship has been posted at http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html . Thanks Joshua!!! </joshatmcsnetworkdotorg>

  4. CHURCH WEBSITES — There are more church sites than any other sort of Christian page. They have great potential for evangelism – but only if they are designed with this in mind. A detailed resource page sets out a range of strategies that are working successfully for many churches: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/church-pages.php

    And it is possible to directly insert this content into your own website, just by copying a line of javascript onto one of your pages: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/churchpage-insert.php


  5. CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS TOOLBOX — The Evangelism toolbox CD-ROM, produced by the WorldLinc Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, contains, according to Campus Crusade, more evangelistic materials in more languages and from more organizations than any other known tool. In book form the contents on this disc would take more space than the Encyclopedia Britannica! It also contains material that is not available on evangelismtoolbox.com. All the materials on the CD can be printed, which makes it especially useful for sharing Christ with internationals stateside or for leaving with nationals when you or groups from your church go on overseas projects. It’s available for a donation of $2.95 from http://www.campuscrusade.com/Outreach_Strategies/etoolbox.htm . Quantity discounts are available for donors by contacting Janice Wells, WorldLINC, 100 Lake Hart Dr., MC 18-00, Orlando, FL 32832. Or you may call (407) 854-1361 (EST). (Thanks for the tip, Elaine!)

  6. NEW BOOK: “IN THE IMAGE OF GOD…” — This colorful book is about translation: God’s creativity translated in color, texture, form and daily life. Made in God’s image, people of all cultures and languages reflect something of His likeness. This wonderful book, filled with the paintings and drawings of 52 people, is available for only $11.95. To order, or for more information, please contact Wycliffle Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or call toll-free 1-800- 992-5433, ext 3778 (407-852-3600 locally). Thank you. </patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  7. MINI-CD: “WHO IS HE?” — From WorldLINC, here’s a novel and brand new evangelistic tool (a mini-CD) the size of a business card! It’s called “Who is He?” and there’s no Christian jargon on the package. In a clear, interactive presentation (in 20 languages, by the way), it explains the gospel message. Moreover, interested seekers may contact a Christian Webmaster who speaks their language if they have web access. You can obtain one or more mini CDs for $2.75 each. Orders can be made online at http://www.campuscrusade.com/Outreach_Strategies/whoishe.htm . Quantity discounts are available for donors by contacting Janice Wells, WorldLINC, 100 Lake Hart Dr., MC 18-00, Orlando, FL 32832 or by calling 407-854-1361. (Thanks again Elaine!)

  8. WORK ALONGSIDE A JAPANESE — Here’s a very unique opportunity to work alongside an English-speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would reportedly have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People, via Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org . Their email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  9. NEW COMPUTER MANUALS FOR MISSIONARIES — The newly revised PC Seminar and Workshop for Missionaries Manuals have been posted and are ready for direct free download from http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/manual/index.html . Written by missionaries for missionaries, they cover everything from packing to field repairs. The manual now comes in two flavors: Windows ME/98/95 and Windows XP/2000. Be sure to check out the rest of the MissionaryTechSupport.com website for downloads and helpful troubleshooting. If you’d like to submit a tip or story about computers on the mission field send a note to Shawn at <snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>. </snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>

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.
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