20061224 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE
  2. WE GET MAIL
  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT)
  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE?
  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST
  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL)
  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU
  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB
  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS?
  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE
  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES?
  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH
  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS?
  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM
  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES
  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY
  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS
  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008?
  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE
  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY
  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE
  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS)
  25. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE -– Most of the major international health insurance companies that insure overseas workers are holding their present insurance rates until at least March 1. The annual rate increase is between 8-10%. To save money on insurance premiums, you might want to purchase insurance now with an effective date prior to March 1. Most companies will allow you one month’s coverage in the USA prior to leaving the USA. Thus if you need insurance to become effective on March 24th you can ask for a Feb. 24th effective date and thus get coverage in place before the annual international health insurance rate increase. For more information visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    or contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call toll-free in USA 866/636-9100 or (480)813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Note that these guys have been a great friend of Brigada.)


  2. WE GET MAIL — Even the joshua project staff reads & uses Brigada. Thanks to the point man at the Joshua Project 2000 website for writing this past week…

    “Hi Doug,

    Warmest greetings. Just wanted to share with you about how Brigada is such a great tool and having an impact in ways you might not know of.

    A gentleman called the Joshua Project office a couple minutes ago wanting council on how to start ministry among an unreached people group. He was a young, single guy pretty much ready to go anywhere but need some direction on getting started, best practices, etc. I thought to myself, “What can I send this guy to help him?” Then the lights went on and I suddenly occurred to me that you had mentioned Garrison’s book on CPM [Church-Planting Movements] in the last Brigada issue. I found the link in Brigada and sent it to this guy. I am sure he is probably downloading the book right now.

    Thanks so much for the great ministry of Brigada. You are having a significant impact in many unseen ways.

    Warmly in Christ, Dan Scribner

    [glow]

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dan. Every time we send out an edition of Brigada in the middle of the night, it’s always so quiet . . . and I wonder if actually … does anybody *get* this stuff, let alone *read* it! Then we hear back an encouraging email like that… and life is good. :-)

    By the way, find the JP site at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/

    It’s only our favorite site for all unreached people data in the world. There, you’ll find facts like this one: ” The four largest Least-Reached people groups are the Japanese of Japan, the Shaikh of Bangladesh, the Shaikh of India, and the Brahman of India.”

    We also received a note from an on-field missionary, ” I’ve enjoyed reading Brigada, and I’m glad I could help in a small way. The information you include is always interesting and a great way to connect missionaries serving around the world, and I hope you are able to continue providing it for years to come! I will pray that the rest of the money you need comes in!” (Thanks Catherine!)


  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT) — What an amazing week for Brigada finances. We truly feel like Jimmy Stewart — it’s a “Wonderful Life!” This past week, we received $50 from Jack Straus, who compiles the material for

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com (Thanks Jack!!!)

    and $20 from an anonymous representative from Kingdom Come Training

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/ (Thanks you all!)

    and $300 from Steve in Virginia, who wrote, “down to the wire for ’06, that every UPG may hear in ’07!” Thanks Steve!

    and $100 from an anonymous donor who wrote, “Through years of being a lay leader on a church missions team, to going on staff as the missions pastor, and now a missionary representative raising my own support, Brigada has been my most helpful resource and continues to provide me with the latest information I need to serve in missions. Since way back in the first year of Brigada, I’ve been a fan!” (Praise the Lord, Dennis!)

    and $50 from an anonymous member of YWAM-England. (We love YWAMmers. Thanks!)

    Plus… $50 from Glenn, who fills the Maxwell Intercultural Chair at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB Canada. He is also on the Management Team of CrossTraining, a new missionary training program in Calgary Alberta and Toronto Ontario. (Thanks Glenn!)

    Plus, on top of all that, a bundle of other anonymous donations that, all together, totaled $1190 — and all that came in during the past 7 days, for a grand total of $13,244.74 for the year! Frankly, it’s amazing. We’re so thankful. Even as we celebrate, we are aware we are still in the red for 2006. Our previously stated need was $16,650 for the year. But we thank the Lord for the progress that was made. 2006 has already been a record-breaking year for Brigada support & sponsorship.


  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE: — If you would be so kind, would you try your local church missions committee or a foundation? Perhaps someone will even ask you if you know of a good cause. Or is there a chance that some intended to give and just didn’t get time? (We can still apply it toward 2006 tax deductions.) Perhaps your church would have $500, $100, or even $25 remaining in a contingency fund that wasn’t allocated during 2006. Once again, we won’t take more than our stated needs for 2006, but we are allocating to 2006 any funds that come in during the next 10 days. If we *should* by some miracle go over the stated need, we’ll simply apply those funds toward the 2007 budget. Here’s what we’re looking for to finish the task:

    1 to give 1000 — 0 down, 1 to go
    5 to give 500 — 4 down, 1 to go
    8 to give 250 — 3 down, 5 to go
    10 to give 100 — 10 completed! Finished!
    20 to give 50 — 20 completed! Finished!
    50 to give 25 — 23 down, 27 to go

    Can you or someone you know jump in on these last gifts? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.


  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST — Betty did a *super* job compiling resources and sources on prayer. See it by going here:

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

    Betty, thank you, and thanks to all those who wrote to you to give you ideas. This is truly another great example of how the Brigada movement can work out well for everyone involved.


  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL) — Use your vocation to reach the nations. Discover how to use your skills in missions, integrate work and witness. Catch it on Saturday, January 27, 2007, 9am-1pm. at Morningview Baptist Church

    http://www.morningview.org

    Call 334-272-2304 for more info. Pre-register at

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email jonathanoue(at)yahoo(dot)com with any questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Presented by Global Opportunities.


  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU — Another Encountering the World of Islam course is being held in San Diego, California: January 11th – March 29th. If you or friends are at all interested in understanding more about Islam or knowing how to be more effective in reaching Muslims, whether it is across the world or in your own neighborhood, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The course is patterned after the Perspectives course and is becoming more and more popular as Christians are seeing how difficult it is to win and disciple people from Muslim backgrounds. This course will REALLY HELP YOU! More information about the course and other locations can be found at

    http://EncounteringIslam.org .

    For information on the class in San Diego call Becky at (619) 582-7222, ext. 260, or write beckybriggs(at)cabc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA — Four major resource networks who connect with overseas partnerships (China Source, Impact Indonesia, Antioch Network, International Turkey Network) have called for a consultation to be held in the Minneapolis area February 7th through the 9th of 2007. They are asking leaders and key participants in UPG networks and partnership work to come together to see if they can be more effective by working together rather than separately. The key question they are asking is, “Can we do a better job by sharing with each other and if the answer is yes, how do we do this?” To learn more, just go to

    http://www.tinyurl.com/ueg8c

    for more information or contact john.quam(at)msn(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB — We mentioned previously that there were all kinds of new Bible study resources on the web. Dave reminded us not to overlook this one…

    http://www.studylight.org/

    Truth is, Dave happens to have “personally talked to the person who started it. He has a wonderful attitude about wanting to provide Bible study helps for people.” (Thanks Dave!)


  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS? — Ed Brown, a leader in the creation-care movement, will convince you that missions and environmental stewardship go together. He will be doing a workshop at Urbana and he has a new book out, “Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation.” The book is full of practical suggestions for bringing concern for the environment together with the evangelical mission of the church. You can find links to Ed’s blog and get a discount on his book at:

    http://www.careofcreation.org/


  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE — Justin Long, Editor of Momentum Magazine, noted in a recent e-mail to the Lausanne Younger Leader Gathering’s forum that SIM USA has set up a YouTube channel. He wrote Brigada, “This is the first I have heard of any agency doing this. Are other agencies or individual mobilizers using YouTube, Google Video, or other channels to publish videos specifically for missions, mission mobilization, mission education, etc.?” If so, he’d be interested in hearing from these and publishing a list of channels in Momentum (as well as making the list available to Brigada readers and others, obviously for free!). Write JustinLong(at)gmail.com with the subject line “Missions Video Channel” and I’ll compile a list. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Here are 3 samples: Andy Caldwell is producing a few short video updates from Urbana called “Nudge TV.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9siUn9WoL8

    Watch for 1-2 more updates posted on SIM USA’s YouTube channel here:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SIMUSA

    SIM International has a channel for sharing SIM videos/films through YouTube here:

    http://www.youtube.com/SIMinternational


  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES? — Have you tried Christian Image Library? This is an on-line library of images (contrary to earlier reports, most of these actually cost a small fee) that you can use in your handouts and PowerPoint presentations for class lessons. It contains over 34,000 photos and maps to enhance your sermons, lessons, studies, and presentations.

    How to access it? Visit

    http://www.christianimagelibrary.com

    (Thanks Bob!)


  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH — We’ve highlighted it before, but it’s worth a reminder, don’t forget the fish. Like many, Greg has found it to be one of the most effective translator web-engines:

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/

    (Thanks Greg!)


  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS? — It’s happening January 24-27, 2007. The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its annual Symposium to explore the issue of how to measure “success” and effectiveness in the ever-changing world of mission. An interactive Leadership Roundtable is just $15 and held January 24-25 and a free workshop exploring the effectiveness of short-term missions will be held on Saturday, January 27. All events are held at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http:// grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/symposium


  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM — The next issue of Momentum will focus on West Africa and will contain a survey of the people group clusters found within that region. To add to the survey, Editor Justin Long is looking for high resolution (print ready) photographs of a bunch of peoples/clusters. He is particularly looking for photographs that can reproduce well in roughly 2″ square thumbnail photographs. Here’s a list of the people groups:

    Adamawa-ubangi: the Mauye of Nigeria; Hassaniya Arabs, particularly the Moors of Maure; The Atlantic cluster, particularly the Temne of Sierra leone and/or the Serere-Sine of Senegal; The Atlantic-Jola cluster, primarily the Jola (found mainly in Senegal); the Wolof; The Benue cluster, including: ibibio, Tiv, Ebira, Anaang; The Chadic cluster, incl: Angas, Kamwe, Sura; The Kanuri-Saharan: Yerwa, Manga; the Fulani Guinean: Akan, Baule, Ewe, Fon, Edo, Brong; Gur: Mossi, Senufo, Dagaaba Hausa; Igbo; Ijaw; Kru: Basse; Malinke: Maninke, Mandinka; Malinke- Bambara: Bambara; Malinke-Jula: Jula; Mande: Mende, Dan; Nupe Songhai: Zerma of Niger; Soninke; Susu; Tuareg; Yoruba

    Obviously, the Momentum editor will credit you (along with the original source, if you’re not that source). Just write to editoratmomentum-magdotorg with details.


  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES — Here’s a resource for missionaries, worship leaders, churches, small groups and individuals. Free-lance writer, songwriter and photographer Cheryl Rogers would like to make available her growing collection of original Scripture songs, Bible columns and artwork. Visit her website at

    http:// www.SongsfromtheWord.com

    You’ll find music, text, artwork and more. Check it out.


  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY — Accountable2You Internet Partner is a free Internet accountability software promoting openness and transparency between members and accountability partners. Seeking to enhance integrity, trustworthiness and purity as members use the software is the goal! Find it at…

    http://www.accountable2you.com


  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS — In November 2006, all the parts of the six-year development of the Story of the Messiah came together. Sine Ministries released the combination of the seven plus hour audio program and the 350-page book that is richly illustrated with a unique collection of artwork. “The Story of the Messiah” is unique in the way that the events from the four Gospels are woven into one story. The dialogue between the old man (Maxus) and his eleven- year-old friend made it possible to provide helpful information. This helpful background information enhances the story for the listener and reader without confusing the events in the Gospels.

    Complete information as well as a free study guide and audio samples are available on the special website that has been designed:

    http://www.messiahstory.org .

    Perhaps the greatest benefit of the story is to permit the reader to come to know Jesus Christ better – the man the Bible affirms is Savior of the world and coming King. For more information from Sine Ministries write

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


  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008? — Are you or your ministry serving during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? If not, would you like to? Here’s a gal who is compiling a list of those serving. She hopes to be in-country by then, serving with an organization that is not currently planning on doing anything for this big event. She would be interested in learning of any ministries that are planning on doing service, outreach, etc. Write her at…

    MeetMeInBeijing(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Be sure to include in your email any specifics about how tightly you want to secure any of your contact information. If you’re *really* worried about your information getting out there… just tell her she can’t republish it — she can only pass it to contacts that she has secured one-v-one. She’ll come up with a report that we can publish here on Brigada.


  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE — Whether you are looking for short-term, long-term, individual or group mission medical insurance, feel free to email Community Insurance Agency at missionary(at)ciainsagency(dot)com

    or browse to

    http://www.visitorsinsurance.com/missionary_travel_plans.php

    or call 800-344-9540 x15 in the USA, or 847-897-5120 everywhere else.


  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will present another training at Living Waters Farm, Virginia from January 25-28, 2007. The four days is an intensive exposure dealing with a wide variety of essential needs. An alumni said, “Missionary Training Camp jump- started my missions career.” See their web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    for a more complete description of the training. For additional information and applications write to

    elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507 in the USA.


  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY — The 5th Annual North American Consultation for folks with an interest in contextual Hindu ministry will take place from June 22-25, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. This will also be the inaugural gathering of the Hindu Student Friendship Network for those involved in campus ministry. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE -– From May 10 – 12, 2007 in Pasadena, CA, this three-day training will give an analysis of the gospel of Christ in the Hindu world from historical, comparative religious, sociological and theological perspectives. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS) — Didn’t get a chance to send your “wish for 2007”? You’re in luck! Because of an error in configuration, the server didn’t retain any of the wishes! Lest you think your wishes won’t be granted, we’ve been granted a reprieve! Did you happen to save a copy of the email you sent? If so, would you mind terribly if we asked you to send it again? (Please forgive any inconvenience! But hey… what do you expect… we don’t have quite enough yet to pay our secretary the full amount of her part-time salary! :-) ) If you didn’t get a chance this past week, here’s your opportunity! Remember, you can be personal (“I want to lose 25 pounds”), spiritual (“I *will* pray 10′ per day”), or practical (“I will be on time to work throughout 2007”). You can attach your name, or make it anonymous. You can even be romantic, as long as you are sensitive (“By the end of the year, Gladys will agree to marry me” :-) [We reserve the right to edit these; we do have under-age participants in our mix. :-) ] ). (But at the same time, mum’s the word: your secret is safe with me. We won’t give out *any* of your identities! Have you ever read our “PRIVACY INFORMATION” in “CLOSING STUFF” below? :-) ) So send ’em my way. Please type “WISH-FOR-2007” exactly as suggested (hyphenated, all upper case). If there are just 10 or so wishes, we’ll publish them right here in-text. If there are more than 10, we’ll link to a PDF and your 2007 wish will forever be stamped in 2007 history! Give us a view to your life… It’ll be fun to see where everyone is headed. Please limit your text to no more than 8-10 lines max… like a typical Brigada Today item. (ok… tease me all you want. I’m thick- skinned. *Some* go over 10 lines. I know. :-) ) So have at it. Please send your item to:

    WISH-FOR-2007(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] No need to copy me at my DLucas address. :-) (And yes… this time the address really works. I tested it *twice*!)

    In order for them to be granted :-) , all wishes have to be in no later than noon this Friday, January 5th. This will be the first issue of 2007… so don’t be late. Send your “wish-for-2007” today! :-)

    Doug

20061217 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IT TRULY IS A WONDERFUL BRIGADA-LIFE
  2. WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF MAKING OUR GOAL…
  3. ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO REACH OUR 2006 NEEDS: $16,650
  4. WANT TO KNOW THE TOP 3 CRITICAL ISSUES?
  5. VISIT THE PRAYER ADVOCACY MINISTRY: CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS
  6. SPECIAL BRIGADA REPORT: WHAT MAKES A MISSIONARY EFFECTIVE?
  7. 50% OFF ON PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING
  8. LIFEHACKER IS A GOOD READ
  9. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HARD DRIVE CRASHES IN THE BUSH
  10. AMAZINGMAIL TURNS OUT, WELL,… AMAZING MAIL!
  11. RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR IN LIBERIA
  12. BEIJING OLYMPICS, DO RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, THEN SERVE
  13. SEARCHING FOR A PAST ITEM IN BRIGADA?
  14. GREAT “BOOK NOTES”
  15. BARREL AQUAPONICS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
  16. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE
  17. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR WISH-FOR-2007?
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IT TRULY IS A WONDERFUL BRIGADA-LIFE — Thanks to gifts from an anonymous Virginia participant ($250), another from Oregon ($100), Salem Alliance Church from Salem, OR ($100), a medical missionary in Tanzania ($200), $50 from another employee at Johnson Bible College ($50 — that’s two employees in as many weeks!), a worker in Germany ($50), another in Richmond, VA ($50), yet another from Rockville, MD ($50), a servant with www.christiansincrisis.net and finally, Roland Muller of Roland Muller Books, rmuller.com ($100 gift). That takes us from our previous base, as reported last edition, of $11,054.74 to $12,054.74.

  2. WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF MAKING OUR 2006 NEED — So as you can see, we’re *so* within striking distance. That means we only have $4,595.26 to reach our 2006 need of $16,650 —– by Sunday. Gulp. But it wouldn’t be so hard… It looks like this. We just need:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet)
    5 to give 500 — 3 down, 2 to go
    8 to give 250 — 3 down, 5 to go
    10 to give 100 — 9 down, 1 to go
    20 to give 50 — 16 down, 4 to go
    50 to give 25 — 7 down, 42 to go

    Look how many folks have pitched in! Yet there are 11,000 Brigada participants in all. The question remains: Can we cover this ground by Sunday. Someone asked, “What will you do if you go *over* the goal amount?” Well please hear this: We will refuse to apply more than the $16,650 to 2006. In fact, if more money were to come in (great leap of faith), we would apply it directly to 2007. If enough money came in to cover 2007, we wouldn’t mention finances through the entire *year*! :-)


  3. ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO REACH OUR 2006 NEEDS: $16,650 — Gulp. Please note… one of our partners mentioned this past week that he wished it would be possible to donate without registering for a PayPal account. Your wish is our command. We have now configured the donations site so you no longer need PayPal. You can now pay directly (simply, and quickly) with any major credit card. Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  4. WANT TO KNOW THE TOP 3 CRITICAL ISSUES? — … for the Cross- Cultural Church-Planter? Find the book at:

    http://www.rmuller.com/

    (And thanks, Roland, for your gracious gift to Brigada this past week.)


  5. VISIT THE PRAYER ADVOCACY MINISTRY: CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS — You’ll be inspired to advocate prayer among your own agency. See their site at:

    http://www.christiansincrisis.net

    (And thanks to Christians in Crisis for helping Brigada out the door with a gracious gift this past week!)


  6. SPECIAL BRIGADA REPORT: WHAT MAKES A MISSIONARY EFFECTIVE? — Rebekah is 22 years old. Next year, she’ll move to India to begin work as a missionary there. She’ll finish Bible college in May . . . and she’s preparing in every way she can. But she’s eager to know… what’s your top-ten list of tips, thoughts, ideas, and principles that can help her become super-effective on the mission field. She’s particularly interested in hearing from veterans on the field… those who can tell her, “Here’s what made the difference.” She’ll assemble all the input into a report and file it here in Brigada in two weeks. So everybody who contributes will be able to see what everyone else recommended. When you write her, be sure to tell her if you’d rather your input be anonymous (like if you’re in a sensitive land). Likewise, be sure to tell her if you’d like to be credited… and if you’d like any particular email address or website to be listed with your input. Here’s a chance for training and resource institutions to be listed along with others around the world, all with a simple goal of saying, “Here’s how to get ready for the field.” It’s simple to participate: Just write Bekah at this address:

    bekahsabs3(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    (If you’d like to see a copy of the kind of thing she might compile, take a look at Heather’s recent compilation for MK’s at this URL:

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


  7. 50% OFF ON PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has its 6-hour award-winning video kit 50% off. Discover firsthand how the 12-step People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for funds. The video kit includes: 4 90-minute videos by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon; 72-page Study Guide, 72-page Facilitator Guide, The People Raising book (now in a 13th printing) and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing this entire kit at 50% off while supplies last. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online

    http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact

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


  8. LIFEHACKER IS A GOOD READ — Thanks to our long-time friend and contributor, Tim (a well-connected I.T. & missions guy from Cincinnati), for putting us on to

    http://www.lifehacker.com

    It makes for a fun and entertaining read. (If those folks get the missions bug, Brigada would be out of business. :-) ) Sometimes I think the blog format would be great for Brigada. But then I think about all the folks who still receive Brigada via a very small pipe. (Contrary to popular opinion, not everybody has broadband yet, you know. We currently estimate that fully 1/3 of our 11,000 participants still view Brigada from developing nations with very slow Internet channels.) Still, if you’re speedy on the Internet highway, check out Lifehacker, a self-proclaimed “software and productivity guide — a blog that covers tips and tricks for streamlining your life with computers (and sometimes without).” Updated several times daily, Lifehacker “points out software downloads, web sites, do-it-yourself projects, how-to’s, tutorials, shortcuts and tips for going beyond the default settings and getting things done in the most clever, unexpected and efficient ways.” Our MAC users should be pleased. They seem to have a decided slant in that direction, if you ask me. :-) (Finally *something* mac-ish. Wait — just teasing! :-) )


  9. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HARD DRIVE CRASHES IN THE BUSH — What do you do when (not “if”) your hard drive gets trashed while you’re traveling or living in the middle of nowhere? Well according to Brigada participant Jonathan, your first concern will actually most likely be email and internet access before file recovery. Here is a quick fix he suggested. PuppyLinux is a free “live” CD operating system that can work without a hard drive present. Just go to

    http://www.puppyos.com/

    to download the ISO, burn it to a CD and boot from that CD for a simple, yet complete OS and office solution. You can save settings to a USB drive, or install the whole thing on a 64MB USB drive, if your computer can boot from a USB drive. It’s even possible to access files from a “dead” hard drive through Puppy Linux – so burn a Puppy Linux CD and keep it nearby. Who needs a hard drive anyhow?

    Important note: This strategy is like fire extinguishers and bug-out bags. It works best if you prepare things *before* the disaster.


  10. AMAZINGMAIL TURNS OUT, WELL,… AMAZING MAIL! — Now that Christmas is over, I know what you’ll say: “Thanks a *lot* Doug. Why couldn’t you have reminded us about this in November!” :-) Well, better late than never. Just make a calendar entry to remember it next time. Here’s the deal: My buddy in China used this service at…

    http://www.amazingmail.com

    Where he uploaded his picture, uploaded the email list, then amazingmail.com did the rest. They print your postcards (quality job, too; very attractive) then mail them out for you complete with postage. All that’s left for you to do is … sit back and enjoy whatever other 65 things you have to do today. Seriously folks… this is a fantastic deal for someone in a sensitive country with a good VPN. Try it out… AmazingMail.com.


  11. RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR IN LIBERIA — These R&D Modules of 2 weeks are open to sit-ins and participants from communities from February 5 to 16, 2007 in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa). The cost is US$ 450 for the two sessions. Applicants from all countries and nationalities are welcome. The organizers suggest you register ahead while slots are still open. Contact the Streams Center: streams7(at)juno(dot)com or phone: +639157843330 +639062343347

    http://www.streams.mysite.com


  12. BEIJING OLYMPICS, DO RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, THEN SERVE — The first School Of Relief & Development (SWORD) will run in Jordan and Dubai in February 2008. A 2-year Field Assignment will follow, which will be spearheaded by the Olympic Outreach in Beijing July 2008. Teams will then disperse back to the Middle East and into their respective target countries. A team will remain in China. Pre-requisite: A successful DTS or CDTS. For more info, contact: The Streams Center – streams7(at)juno(dot)com -or- visit

    http://www.streams.mysite.com


  13. SEARCHING FOR A PAST ITEM IN BRIGADA? — Just click on “search” in the top-line menu above. Put in some key words like… TESL, or “MK” or “trojan” or whatever you’re seeking. Watch the magic happen. :-)

  14. GREAT “BOOK NOTES” –- Want to keep up on current books? Subscribe to book notes. David writes notes on the books he reads on missions, church, leadership, culture, and other topics. He sends them without cost to an email list of subscribers and posts them on the web. To see samples or subscribe go to

    http://www.davidmays.org

    and click on Book Notes or email davidlmays(at)sbcglobal(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. BARREL AQUAPONICS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION — Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a pre- conference workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics: Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 26 & 27, 2007. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics,” which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. Full- time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30. For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org or email:

    aquacultureint(at)yahoo(dot)com “(As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .)”. Also see the next item.


  16. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE — If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, plan to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 28 – 30, 2007. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $60 or $75 for the Workshop and the Conference. For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  17. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR WISH-FOR-2007? — Got a New Year’s wish for 2007? For the final Brigada of the year, we’d love to share yours with the world. You can be personal (“I want to lose 25 pounds”), spiritual (“I *will* pray 10′ per day”), or practical (“I will be on time to work throughout 2007”). You can attach your name, or make it anonymous. You can even be romantic, as long as you are sensitive (“By the end of the year, Gladys will agree to marry me” :-) [We reserve the right to edit these; we do have under-age participants in our mix. :-) ] ). (But at the same time, mum’s the word: your secret is safe with me. We won’t give out *any* of your identities! Have you ever read our “PRIVACY INFORMATION” in “CLOSING STUFF” below? :-) ) So send ’em my way. Please type “WISH-FOR-2007” exactly as suggested (hyphenated, all upper case). If there are just 10 or so wishes, we’ll publish them right here in-text. If there are more than 10, we’ll link to a PDF and your 2007 wish will forever be stamped in 2007 history! Give us a view to your life… It’ll be fun to see where everyone is headed. Please limit your text to no more than 8-10 lines max… like a typical Brigada Today item. (ok… tease me all you want. I’m thick-skinned. *Some* go over 10 lines. I know. :-) ) So have at it. Please send your item to:

    WISH-FOR-2007(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Please don’t copy me at my DLucas address. :-)

    In order for them to be granted :-) , all wishes have to be in no later than noon this Friday, December 29th, at which time Brigada will officially be “caught up” as we conclude 2006. Don’t be late. Send your “wish-for-2007” today! :-)

    Doug

20061210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS
  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO)
  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES
  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL?
  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK
  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL
  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH
  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY!
  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS — Whoa! Several Brigada participants have stepped in to make a *huge* difference in the last week. We dared you to step up to the plate. Praise God for the Missions Prof at Johnson Bible College, Brent, who gave $40 of his own money. Learn more about them at:

    http://www.jbc.edu

    Join us in thanking Russian Language Ministries, now known as Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, who sent $100. See them at:

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

    One anonymous worker at StoryRunners gave $250!

    http://www.storyrunners.com/

    I wish so much you would visit their homepage and learn about this newest ministry of Campus Crusade to help reach Unreached People Groups of the world using oral strategies — storying. Most of those unreached groups, we’re told, are orally-based cultures.

    One donor gave $50 in honor of his Missions Pastor, Mark Struck, from Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, MN. Mark, sounds like you’re loved! Another partner, an African Inland Missionary worker, gave $200! (Amazing) Other anonymous donors gave $20, $500, and $50. And the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI, gave $500. (Makes we want to go visit there.) Another Michigan-ite gave $25 as a gift of love. Thank you all so very much.


  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO) — We had $9244.74 last week. Today we have $11,054.74! Now here’s the challenge. How many folks will step up to the plate in these final 6 days of 2006 to give even $25 in honor of their missions minister… or $50 in honor of a missions-minded senior minister that they love and appreciate. We still need $6600 – in just two weeks. :-( Here’s the way our chart as of today, compared with what we were praying for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 3 down, 2 to go 8 to give 250 — 2 down, 6 to go 10 to give 100 — 6 down, 4 to go 20 to give 50 — 9 down, 11 to go 50 to give 25 — 7 down, 42 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. We only have 2 editions after this one left in 2006. Lord willing, both the 22nd and the 29th will come out this week. We’ll have to average about $3300 per edition to reach our goal. Right now, that seems like the hardest thing in the world. If you could help, we’d so greatly appreciate it.


  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES — That’s what Nick says you can do at:

    http://www.farecast.com

    Check it out! (Thanks Nick!)


  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL? — John the Apostle was a man who was very close to Jesus. His understanding of our Lord’s mission was deeper and more life-changing than that of the other apostles. In his account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus he gives us unique details not found anywhere else. To find an excellent commentary on this book go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and at the top of the list then choose “John tells the Good News about Jesus.” This is in EasyEnglish Level B, using a 2800 word vocabulary.


  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. The focus this time is new laws and regulations taking effect. Included are notes on tax- free contributions of IRA’s to non-profits, increased penalties for excess compensation to insiders, recapture of tax on contributions of non-cash property, new limit on contributions of clothing and household items, new recordkeeping requirements for nonprofits, increased penalties on overstated appraisals, new filing requirement for small organizations, and new inflation adjusted items for 2007 (including the standard mileage rate). What’s more, the author now informs us that a part of each paid subscription will go to Brigada. How ’bout that! :-) Check out more at

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email infoatnpchurchlawdotcom  (infoatnpchurchlawdotcom)  

    The author asked that we make sure we type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us?” field.


  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK — Apparently the news about a worm being circulated via Skype was a bit overblown. Turns out it was only a *trojan*, meaning that Skype users do receive notice that someone is trying to upload a file (presumably an unsolicited file). Only users of Microsoft Windows XP are at risk. Read more at news.com by searching for the terms, “Skype worm”.

  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? — Jeff suggests we check out

    http://www.talent-trust.com [edited]

    It is, according to Jeff, a Christian health-insurance organization with a lot on the ball.


  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL — Thanks to those who responded regarding our item about ESL, TESOL, etc. (Item #5, “YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?),” from Nov. 17th edition of Brigada Today). I was particularly interested in Lydia’s response. She suggested dodging both — and using “EFL” (English as Foreign Language) instead. “The confusion when TESOL is used,” Lydia explained, “is if the teacher is TEACHING English to speakers of other languages or teaching HOW TO TEACH English to speakers of other languages. In my experience, TESOL is usually used for the second, as is shown when we offer TESOL seminars, where people learn how to teach English. And then ESL or EFL is used when they are then doing teaching. There is a lot of confusion though, and in my research I have seen that often they are used interchangeably, which tends to spread the confusion.” I propose that we try to adopt Lydia’s approach. To me it makes the most sense. TESOL, to me, should apply when we’re describing someone presenting a course on how to teach English, and “EFL” should apply to the practice of actually teaching the English. For what it’s worth… :-)

  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH — Big doors are open now at Step Ahead Training Center (YWAM Relief & Development)in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. The horrible waves of Tsunami were followed by waves of God’s love that poured into this very unreached region. Yes, much has now improved, but many Tsunami survivors still want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market of Khao Lak, by building up their English skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Learn more at

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — “Three Years and Counting!” — God has been calling people all over the world to pray for the unengaged peoples of Namibia for more than 3 years now! Is God working among the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and the Namibian Coloured peoples? Organizers of this prayer movement have responded with a resounding, “Yes!” However, there is still only a limited on-going evangelical presence among these four groups. So keep praying for God to give Christians in South Africa and Namibia a burden to take the Gospel message to those who haven’t heard. Pray for Godly wisdom for everyone involved in the effort. Adopt them for prayer yourself by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

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


  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY! — Thanks to Brigada participant, Ron Berrus, the Member Care guy at ABWE

    http://www.abwe.org/

    for writing this meditation — just this past week — and for sending it to us for use with the Brigada family:

    The Wonder of Christmas
    rsb

    The Almighty became an infant
    The Shepherd became a lamb
    The Judge took our sentence
    The Lord became a man
    The Invisible became visible
    The Eternal stepped into history
    To make us His own again
    Amazing beyond explanation
    Too marvelous for words
    That God could become man
    That God would become man
    That God did become man
    That God became man forever
    To make us His own again
    We owed a debt we could not pay
    He paid a debt He did not owe
    We spurned His word, His law, His love
    In spite of all He came to save
    Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us
    Taking our form, our sin, our cross
    To make us His own again
    We ran... He reached
    We sinned... He died
    We left... He came
    We fell... He lifted
    We rejected... He accepted
    We condemned... He forgave
    To make us His own again
    A window of time
    A door of hope
    An offer of opportunity
    To believe the promise
    To receive the Savior
    To bow the knee
    To be made His own again

  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE — During the wrap-up of our recent planning conference at the mission I serve, I showed clips from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Remember the scene where Jimmy Stewart’s character is about to leave to go travel the world, but elects to stay because he feels a debt to all the customers at the “Savings & Loan”? As I showed the clip, I challenged our staff to ask themselves how we could build all the more trust with our missionary family, with the donors that made the work possible, and with one another. I asked the group how we might increase others’ trust in us during 2007.

    What about your own organization or church? How ’bout putting on your thinking caps and asking some of those tough questions too. What principles… what foundational pieces do you feel your staff might be able to address during the coming year? What are the missing pieces that might help your constituency trust you more? Those fundamental truths might be more important than any task or to do item, yet we all seem to be so easily distracted by the tangible. The *intangible* stuff is so hard to embrace. In 2007, let’s do some embracing. :-) Merry Christmas 2006 – from all your Brigada family!

20061203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA?
  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE
  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS
  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA
  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007
  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE
  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE
  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH
  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT
  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — This Christmas season, we here at Brigada Today are very thankful for our partners, those who are spurring us on to good works and keeping Brigada Today headed out the door. This past week, anonymous donors gave $25, $25, and $30. That $30 gift was from a worker in Russia who wrote, “We appreciate your service to the ‘Work’.” Another gave $100, and still another gave $500. That $500 gift came from the Dir. of “Commission to Every Nation,” who wrote, “You have been a source of great information over the years and we appreciate it very much. … I continue to recommend you to anyone looking for data and ideas pertaining to missions. Rich blessings to the entire team!” To learn more about Commission to Every Nation, browse to:

    http://www.cten.org

    In addition, Dial-abroad sent their Sept. and Oct. sponsorship, in view of those who “dialed abroad” during those months (thank you for talking!), a total of $93.75. If you’d like to learn more about their great deals for telecommunicating, just browse to:

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

    Via PayPal, donors gave $50, $10, $25, $100, $100, $25, $25, $100, $100 and $10. All together, those gifts add up to $1198.75!!! To all of these helpers, we say a giant hats-off thank you!


  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA? — A couple of editions ago, we dared Brigada Today participants to pray, in these last couple of weeks of 2006, that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course? We had $8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650 — so now we have $9244.74. Here’s the way it looks in the number of gifts we prayed for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 1 down, 4 to go 8 to give 250 — (Nobody has stepped up to the $250 plate yet) 10 to give 100 — 4 down, 6 to go 20 to give 50 — 3 down, 17 to go 50 to give 25 — 3 down, 46 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. We only have 3 editions after this one left in 2006. Yikes. We’ll have to average about $2500 per edition to reach our goal. Thanks for your prayers on this behalf!


  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE — The editor of Momentum Magazine wrote last week, a few hours after Brigada Today highlighted their new issue, ” Never let it be said people don’t read Brigada. In one day, some 600 people downloaded the State of Global Evangelization presentation! I’m impressed with the concern of Brigada readers for the unreached, and for the willingness of Brigada to consistently highlight them. I hope many more people will follow the Brigada model and be a voice for the voiceless.” Our response back to Justin, “May the Lord receive any of the praise… and may I just receive a challenge that only 600 downloaded that item.” Let’s keep ringing the bell until every last person on the planet has a valid opportunity to hear.

  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — Barnabas International announces that 7 six-day renewal retreats for global workers will be held in Michigan beginning in May, 2007. The focus is personal spiritual assessment in a low-key format, leaving loads of time open to participants. The retreats take place on a private 1400 acre family estate. They take adults only, 16 participants per retreat. 7 homes, fully equipped, on 1.5 miles of quiet and beautiful Lake Huron beach front. To learn more and register, visit

    www.barnabas.org/elimretreats

    or email for information to hstewart5(at)juno(dot)com The best part is — if I understand correctly — the retreats are free.


  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA — As we mentioned previously, the November/December issue of Momentum is online, featuring an in-depth presentation on the State of the Gospel developed by Jason Mandryk (editor, Operation World) and Justin Long (Assoc. Ed. of World Christian Encyclopedia). Find it here:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org

    The next issue – possibly the next several issues – will be focused on the unreached peoples of Africa. (After that they plan to tackle Asia, Europe, etc. in turn).

    If your ministry is focused on Africa (or some sub-region thereof), they would love to hear about it. In particular, they are looking for significant initiatives to highlight and for article submissions. Justin wrote us this past week, “Depending upon response we may either focus on the continent as a whole, or divide it into subregions (in which case the first will probably be West Africa). We look forward to e-mails from Brigada participants.” So send your stories and ideas to: editor(at)momentum-mag(dot)org


  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007 — The North American Azerbaijani Network will host a forum on the Azerbaijani people April 18-21, 2007 in Chicago. The Azerbaijani people are 40 million strong, live predominately in Azerbaijan and Iran, are Muslim, with only 0.03% Christian. This forum will provide vital information for anyone interested in learning more about these gateway people. Opportunities will exist to (1) gain a better understanding of these people’s spiritual importance in the Middle Eastern, Turkic, Russian, and Arabic worlds, (2) hear of work efforts directly from those who have experience there, (3) interact with national and foreign workers, and (4) learn what opportunities exist to participate in sharing hope and help among these dear people. If interested, please send an email to azpartnership(at)galacticomm(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, your loved ones will love this funny book! Order by contacting Bill Harris at: <>. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE — Good news: The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Just go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue. You’ll find info on new laws, regulations, and inflation adjustments which have recently taken effect or will on January 1, 2007, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the standard mileage rate, and the Exempt Organizations Implementing Guidelines for 2007. (Thanks to Jack, a long-time friend, for making the simplified level available to Brigada participants!)


  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. They’ll love this! Order by contacting Bill Harris bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH –- Now you can receive effective, low cost training to raise your support in the convenience your own home. Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100 percent. You can build the relational and communication skills that make raising your support a joy-filled ministry that blesses individuals and churches with greater vision for fulfilling their primary purpose for existence: being the expression of Christ to the nations. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, will send you a laptop and a webcam that is ready to plug and play. You will join a multipoint workshop with a small group of other missionaries. It works as if you are all together in the same room. You will need high speed internet access. The training goes for an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. KCT guarantees results. Single point training is available to groups of six to eight people at an even lower per-person cost. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT — _Mondays in the Middle East: The Lighter Side of Arabian Nights_ by David A. Cross is a newly-published book by an American Midwesterner living in the Middle East. His short glimpses of ordinary life will educate and entertain while giving you a perspective you won’t find anywhere else making it ideal for cross-cultural training. As Russ Lunak, Professor Emeritus at Northwestern College, says in the book’s foreword, “By illustration from his experiences, Cross offers the reader effective coping mechanisms using laughter more readily than lecture.” _Mondays in the Middle East_ is available at online and local bookstores. (Bookstores may order from Spring Arbor Distributors and/or Ingram Book Company). Paperback ISBN 1-60034-652-9; hardcover ISBN 1- 60034-653-7

  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER — How do goals work for you? Our team just spent a week reviewing 2006 and planning for 2007. We’ve been doing this sort of thing for years… but for some reason, this particular year it seemed to go exceptionally well. I’m not sure why, exactly. For what it’s worth, here’s the format we followed:

    *** Day 1, 9-noon: Report on how we did meeting last year’s goals. We gave 2′ to each team member (there are 35 or 40 of us in Int’l Services), plus reported some on departmental goals. Basically, we asked each team member to tell two significant goals he/she accomplished from the previous year’s Field Ministry Plan, then one significant goal that went undone. While the team member talked, we all listened *plus* we jotted a brief one- or two-line note to the person, listing one trait that regularly helped our team fulfill its objectives. (We collected and distributed those at the end, so as not to distract too much during the session.) I gave a frank yet hopeful talk, with a Powerpoint presentation, detailing some of the areas where we seemed to need some extra attention. I gave the group four “dares” (4 general principles that seemed critical to our effectiveness in 2007). I asked them to try to apply the dares in each of their respective sub-team planning sessions. We ended the meeting with lunch and we were done by 1pm.

    *** Days 2-7: Each sub-team conducted its own planning according to its own unique characteristics, setting its own schedule, meeting off-site or on-, short- or longer-term meetings, … it was totally flexible. (In each case, I had met with the respective department heads in Leadership Team meetings, to seek their input on how to structure things, but next year, we want to expand that dimension.) As the week progressed, members keyed their goals into a wiki (a web-based notebook of sorts) that everyone could see. Some of us changed our goals, once we saw the direction or pace others were taking.

    *** Day 8, 9-3pm: On this wrap-up day, we all met together again to share the results of the process. Department heads shared the big picture and, in many cases, individual team members broadened the base by explaining unique roles they hoped to play. Mid-way through the process, we ate a scrumptious lunch together. We ended the day with a full hour of prayer for our goals and for 2007. We especially asked that God would get any glory for what happens.

    *** Day 9, 5:15pm: We staged our annual Christmas dinner and party, played games, played music, sang, and just enjoyed the positive energy that had flowed out of the week.

    It seemed that, without exception, everyone gained perspective on what he or she contributed to 2006 . . . and we hope that, similarly, each team member has gained a sense of vision as to where we’re going in 2007. May God give each of us clear vision.

20061126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS
  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US
  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE
  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS?
  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT
  7. CASPARI STATIONERY
  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI
  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T
  10. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The January 8 – February 2, 2007 offering of the course is now full and the Chalmers Center is taking registration for the May 7 – June 1, 2007 course offering.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: An understanding of poverty and its causes, a relational framework for addressing poverty, principles for doing relief work appropriately, needs-based and asset-based approaches to holistic community development, implications for short-term teams, impact of world view on poverty and development, and integration of biblical messages into development programs.

    This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount are available.

    For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 11/06. (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for all the great times you’ve pitched in to help Brigada move forward! God bless you all!)


  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS — As you read Roger Babik’s ‘A Call Against the Will,’ you’ll be entertained, inspired and challenged. How can so many funny things happen to one family? (How can one family cause so many funny things to happen?) Get ready for a roller coaster ride of faith in action, joy in service, and miles of miracles. This is Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” brought to *life*! Learn how a career businessman does the trading-spaces thing by casting aside his secure management job of 17 years to launch a highly-successful Christian non-profit organization. It’s worth the read just to witness this family’s battle with (and victory over) a life-threatening illness. You’ll want to hurry up and finish it so you can loan it to your best friend.

    See the cover at

    http://www.masterprovisions.org/ by clicking on “Click here to see the cover.” The cost is $12.95 (includes post office shipping) and payment should be made to Master Provisions, 12236 Hutton Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Don’t forget to include your mailing address. Visa and MasterCard transactions will be accepted. Purchase 5 books and the 6th book is free. (For every book purchased, Master Provisions is planning to donate nearly $2.00 per book over to Brigada. Please be sure to tell them you heard about it on Brigada.) It can be ordered through Master Provisions by contacting roger(at)masterprovisions(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US — Here’s a way to get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. They have prepaid service, no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers plus you get up to 470 free minutes on signup. They have lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

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

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up.


  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE — The site is

    http://www.wordreference.com

    It features one-word dictionary meanings in Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as a cool verb conjugator built right in. (Thanks Jason.)


  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS? — Bob found these (featuring “NextBible” helps & tools:

    http://next.bible.org/

    Stable Release Version:

    http://net.bible.org/home.php

    (Thanks Bob — and thanks to the IMB for sharing you!)


  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT — Hats off to Jason Casey, another compiler with a cause. As a Team Expansion missionary in Europe, he volunteered to compile a few “top 10 lists” on how to know when you have a good forwarding agent (i.e., the person handling your funds while you’re serving as a missionary overseas with certain organizations). See his list at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/forwarding-agents

    Thanks Jason!


  7. CASPARI STATIONERY — It’s that time of year again! As you celebrate the birth of the Jewish Messiah this Christmas, share the true meaning of the holiday with family and friends by using unique, high quality stationery designed by the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies. (Proceeds help support Caspari’s work with Israel’s Jewish believers in Jesus.) Letterhead and envelopes are sold separately for just $5 each in packages of 50 through their online store

    http://www.caspari.com/store

    Or call the Caspari U.S. office at (+1) 630.668.3328. Churches and organizations wishing to order a quantity for resale will receive a bulk discount. Contact the Caspari U.S. office by phone or by email at CaspariUSA(at)caspari(dot)com for details. (Price does not include shipping.)


  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI — Here is a wiki use within the mission IT community. The Mission Tech Wiki at

    http://www.missiontech.info/

    aims to capture knowledge about the use of technology in mission. The wiki is run by members of the ICCM community

    http://www.iccm.org/

    There is a great article on what to buy as a laptop for workers – just search for ‘laptop’. Feel free to update the wiki if you see something missing, or wrong. (Thanks ICCM!)


  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T — Because your gifts are such an encouragement. Thanks for keeping the Brigada fires burning! Thanks to an anonymous donor “who appreciates your newsletter. ($50 gift). And to another who wrote, “Thanks for many years of faithfully preparing and sending out Brigada to us as missionaries. It’s been a blessing every time! Merry Christmas!!: $10” [What a great idea — a Christmas gift to keep Brigada going!] Another anonymous donor sent $25… and Judy sent $8 from Tel3 signups (Thanks Judy! and thanks to those who talk on Tel3!). For more info, go to

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

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


  10. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT — This past week, I sold my previous telescope on eBay, bought a more powerful telescope (also on eBay — great deal, by the way), and was almost all ready to go observing when I noticed, inside the enclosed portion of the Schmidt- Cassegrain optics, a single styrofoam peanut. When the eBay vendor sent me the scope, he packed it up with tons of styrofoam peanuts — and one of them had made it into the inside optics because he left the cap off the back of the scope.

    I posted a message on an astronomy forum, asking what to do. I even posted a picture of the optics and the styrofoam peanut. After a brief explanation of the details, the answer came back, “Take the front lense/corrector off.” Yikes, that sounded difficult.

    But even so, tonight I did it. It was like having to do surgery without the undergrad, let alone the residency.

    Nevertheless, I finished it. (I’ll let you know for sure how I did next time we have a clear night.)

    Now the funny thing is… 150+ people have come to that forum thread to read about what happened. Can you imagine? 150+ people have double- clicked to read about one single styrofoam peanut! :-)

    So the thought occurred: how is it that the tiniest thing can cause such a great stir? James 2. A giant ship turns on a rudder. Control a large horse with a tiny bit. Tiny bacteria can cause Amoebic Dysentery The smallest cancer cell can spell torture for patients. And the smallest mispronunciation can change a Bible term to a word that we wouldn’t have ever wanted to say at all!

    One thing’s for sure: to be really good at something, we have to learn to do the small things *well*. Eat right, study the Word, Pray to God, exercise incrementally, etc., etc., etc. And if we do all things right, it won’t be just styrofoam peanuts. It’ll be the difference between success — and failure.

    So this week, let’s focus on the big picture stuff… *and* let’s remember to work equally hard on the small stuff… the “styrofoam peanuts.”

    By the way, I got the scope apart, removed the peanut, and got it back together! It’s like surgery is done! Now the folks on the forum are cheering me on for finishing it. Where’s your own ministry? What styrofoam peanut can you remove? What piece can you improve on and get a substantial increase in your own productivity? *That* is the question that haunts us all. That’s the question for you tonight.

    Doug

20061119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT
  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED”
  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES
  4. NEW ETHNE DVD
  5. PHRONEMA
  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH)
  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES?
  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING!
  9. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING
  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT — Among the offerings in the new issue of Momentum Magazine is a “State of the Gospel” powerpoint presentation with extended notes for each slide, so you can give the presentation too. I can’t say enough good stuff about Justin Long & Jason Mandryk for making this and other resources available at their momentum-mag site. This powerpoint alone, shared as a PDF file, could have easily been marketed for $20… and instead, they’re giving it away for free, then inviting folks to pitch in toward their ministry expenses. (We love that paradigm, of course.) Please give it a look… and pitch in if you can. You won’t want to pass this one up.)

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-article1.pdf

    While you’re there, check out…

    Global Map 8: China’s Africa Initiative http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-map.pdf

    Goals http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-goals.pdf

    Reality-Check: The significance of sharing http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-realitycheck.pdf

    Events: what has happened http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-events.pdf

    UpNext: on the calendar http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-upnext.pdf

    Analysis: The Multi-cultural team, money and the glory of God http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-analysis.pdf

    Trends: Time to stop fearing an Islamic invasion http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trends.pdf

    TrendSnaps http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trendsnaps.pdf

    Visions http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-visions.pdf

    Statistics http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-statistics.pdf

    Technology http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-technology.pdf

    Resources http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-resources.pdf

    Persecution http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-persecution.pdf

    Hope: Field reports http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-hope.pdf


  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED” — Our thanks goes out to those who shared information about how missionaries in the field can feed themselves spiritually. I didn’t know what to expect… and frankly, I’m a bit surprised that we didn’t just get lists and lists of URLs where overseas workers could conduct home Bible studies over the web. Instead, there are several key helps — about 30 pages worth, in all — that you can put into use without the Internet fired up at all. Many of these are due to the wonderful unselfishness of Ron, the Member Care Director at ABWE. I wish I could be like them when I grow up. Check out their web page at:

    http://www.abwe.org/

    And see their Bible Study links at:

    http://www.abwe.org/training/mrc/links_2.asp?cat=Bible%20Study

    Now, see the responses we gathered, including notes on spiritual disciplines, Bible reading journal ideas, spiritual growth plan worksheets, a spiritual disciplines inventory, accountability questions, a scripture memory plan, and a sample “My Time with God” bible study fill-in-the-blank booklet — all for free — by opening this PDF (422K) at:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/how-do-i-get-fed.pdf

    (And hats off, again, to Ron. You’re my hero. :-) )


  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES — Thinking about doing a short-term ministry project? These look *awesome*!!! “New Resource: Pre-Field Preparations” in both 7- and 14-day editions are now available as inexpensive, yet effective training materials as you prepare your team for short-term ministry. “Walk As He Walked,” “Abide In The Vine,” and “Ripe For Harvest” devotional Bible studies (in varying lengths of days) are sequenced to the culture-shock curve have been widely use for several years. The best-selling “Coming Home,” and “Coming Home Again” reentry devotionals are sequenced for reentry stress issues have also been used with great success.

    The new “Pre-Field Preparations” materials will help you cover all *three* important areas of spiritual emphasis in short- and long-term missions training. Deeper Roots Publications has been a leader in producing and providing these materials for the past dozen years. (For non-USA orders from the website, use the pay-by-check option. DRP will figure the most economical shipping rates and email you a PayPal payment request so you can conveniently pay by credit card.) This will save a *lot* on your shipping costs when compared to the sea or air standard shipping rates on the website. Just browse to

    http://www.DeeperRoots.com

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


  4. NEW ETHNE DVD — The new Ethne DVD is available. Now you can pray for Unreached Peoples with *tons* more precision and data. For more information and how to get the DVD go to

    http://www.ethne.net


  5. PHRONEMA — It’s a Christian humanitarian search engine. Phronema is a Greek word that translates as mind, or “the framework of knowledge.” The Phronema search engine helps Christian missionaries, NGOs, relief, aid and development workers and others find information on humanitarian topics such as literacy, water purification, or even how to find grants and funding. The aim of Phronema is to help people all over the world, find the key information they need to transform their communities.

    http://www.phronema.org (Thanks Tony!!!)

    Just tried it. Pretty cool!


  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH) — Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, gives us some clues, using the words of Jesus Himself. Matthew also reminds us of many things that God’s prophets said about Jesus, hundreds of years before His birth. To discover more about this exciting secret go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and choose “Matthew Tells Us the Good News about Jesus.” This is a simple translation with notes in EasyEnglish Level A, using a 1200 word vocabulary.


  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES? — Chris would like to know. He wrote, asking, “Doug, during my 7 years of int’l mission service as a worker from the USA, I’ve endured the mechanical crash/failure of two external hard drives. I know of many other cross- cultural workers who have dealt with the same problem. It is an irritant that is magnified by the fact that most of are home only every 3-4 years and have no realistic options for repair in our fields of service, many times because of security concerns.”

    He continued, “Do you know of any folks/companies back in the USA to whom we could have such hard drives sent (usually by a volunteer ministry team returning to USA) to have repair work done at a cheaper cost than what we hear it normally can be? Is this something that you could ask through Brigada? Perhaps there is someone out there who can bring a little hope to those of us who have suffered the sickening feeling of hard drive failure, knowing there is nothing we can do about it on the field?”

    If you have a lead for Chris, please write him directly at:

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

    (Chris, if you get leads, could you prepare a simple report for us in a couple of weeks? That way, everybody can learn from your new knowledge. Thanks… and hang in there. Ouch.)


  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING! — Is this you? Everyone knows that Christmas is a crucial time to thank your financial partners. It’s also an important time to be visible while they are considering end-of-the-year gifts. But with Christmas, church responsibilities, and everything else that keeps your life constantly moving, do you really have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in? That is where Writer’s Edge International can help you. Writer’s Edge International takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well-written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Interested? Contact them today! Visit

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

    or call (858) 413-5120 or email info(at)writersedgeinternational(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING — Here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

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


  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE — Our organization recently exhibited at what is undoubtedly the major missions convention of the year for us. I was struck by the attendance (which was record- breaking), the college-agers (again, record-breaking numbers), and the *interest* by this new generation of 23- and 24-year-olds (and their near-age peers). We had entire *teams* of young people coming to us to ask, “What would it look like for us to affiliate with your agency?” They were headed to Muslim lands, shopping for the most effective partnerships, and displaying a kind of street-savvy that one wouldn’t have seen 20 years ago… maybe not even 10. What led to this state? Well there are several factors which contribute. At least 3 seem to be chief:

    *** For those who attend Bible college & seminary, their mission profs seem key. For example, we noticed the students from Ozark Christian College and Johnson Bible College were highly tuned and ready to roll. Both schools have strong missions programs which prepare them for events like these.

    *** Many of these college students have participated in numerous short- term experiences. They’ve traveled widely and interviewed broadly, and now they’re cashing in on their experiences by making smart decisions.

    *** They want mentoring. And they’re willing to shop for it. When they say “Mentoring”, they mean the kind of mentoring Luke Skywalker got from Yoda on the planet Dagobah. You remember… Yoda lifted up Luke’s spaceship, showing Luke the ins and outs of the Jedi life. Then he taught Luke how to do it. It almost smacked of near-eastern mysticism, with all the levitation and meditation rituals… but the truth is, I believe the new generation of missionaries wants almost that level of coaching. Gone are the days when we can go over a to do list, pray, then send them out. They want to shadow someone who is truly good at his/her job. And they want *months*, not weeks. Some want two years.

    How does the above change our strategy? I believe it should give us a very promising future… if we can figure out how to deliver the goods. More about that edition.

20061112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED HELP RAISING MISSION SUPPORT?
  2. PRAY FOR MONTENEGRO
  3. TRAIN IN ETHNOGRAPHY
  4. NEED 3 COPIES OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS FOR FREE? TRY GOOGLE CHECKOUT
  5. YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?)
  6. WANT TO BETTER PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSIONARY KIDS?
  7. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH
  8. CHILDREN PRAYING FOR MISSIONS
  9. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  10. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR BRIGADA UNDERWRITERS
  12. THE BACK PAGE: HE KNOWS THE STARS BY NAME
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED HELP RAISING MISSION SUPPORT? — Try calling Jerry. If you’re doubting your calling because support-raising is hard, he’s your man. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to Jerry for his recent gift to help keep Brigada going!)

  2. PRAY FOR MONTENEGRO — Thanks to the anonymous brother who gave a gift to Brigada recently, asking that the gift be dedicated to raise up prayer for the three struggling churches in Montenegro, and the people who live there that haven’t yet joined one of those congregations. (Thanks for the gift to keep Brigada rolling!)

  3. TRAIN IN ETHNOGRAPHY — Pioneering a new ministry or seeking deeper insights into the culture where you live? The folks at Initiative360 know that cultural understanding is a valuable tool for ministry. Especially if church planting is in your future, they can help you gain the cultural-learning skills that will help you succeed. An Ethnography Training Workshop is planned for January 20-27, 2007 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. Experienced trainers will pass on practical tips you can use to find cultural helpers, build bridges of trust, ask engaging questions, analyze findings, work with a partner or team, and explore questions of significance in how churches grow in society. For more information write to research(at)takeitglobal.org or visit

    http://www.snipurl.com/127md


  4. NEED 3 COPIES OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS FOR FREE? TRY GOOGLE CHECKOUT — My buddy, Tom, referred me this past week to Google Checkout. I’ll have to admit — this one caught me by surprise. He apparently came across it while searching for a way to upgrade his Norton Antivirus. (Interestingly enough — our Brigada secretary’s computer was ready for a Norton Antivirus subscription anyway.) Anyway, what Tom found is baffling. You see, by going to the link below, you’ll have to pay (up front) $52.84 for 3 registrations for Norton AV. Then you send away for $40 mail-in rebate leaving the final cost for 3 licenses at $12.84. But then you use Google’s new service to make the purchase and it gives you another $20 discount. So you actually end up making money. Now how can that be? :-) I’m going there right now to check it out.

    It worked. First I went to buy.com:

    www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202988960&adid=17070&dcaid=17070

    When I was ready to check out, I used the button for “Google checkout”. Paid $20 less. Then I’ll fill out the rebate after receiving the package. By the way, I had to use the drop-down box to change the shipping to “7-9 days”. It was about to charge me $6 for “3-5 days.”

    So… instead of paying $40 for 1 copy for my secretary’s computer, I guess … if Tom’s right.. I’ll get 3 copies for zero! What could be cooler than that!? (Tom… thanks brother.)


  5. YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?) — I enjoyed my visit this past week with one of our team leaders and his family in Joplin, MO. While there, my good friend Chris DeWelt asked me to speak in a couple of his missions classes at Ozark Christian College. Whenever I’m with Chris, I usually gain more than I give. This visit didn’t let me down. After I presented, he was teaching a grab bag of loose ends and he happened to mention that his preference was *not* “ESL” — “English as a Second Language.” Why? Because he said it implies that the student is monolingual. As you probably already know, most of the world speaks more than one language… so we could say, “ETL — English as a third language”, or EFL… you get the idea. Or just use the term, “TESOL”: “Teaching English to speakers of other languages.” Point made. TESOL seems like the better approach to me.

  6. WANT TO BETTER PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSIONARY KIDS? — No one wants to even think of child abuse being present within the missions community, but unfortunately it does occur. In September 2006, 12 missions agencies gathered together to candidly examine this issue and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The goal of this network is to collaborate together to increase child abuse prevention and also implement better response and care if it is reported. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10th, and is open to new organizations. To learn more, copy and paste this link into your browser:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/child-safety.pdf

    or write tck-mk-ministry(at)teamexpansion(dot)org and asked to be put on the list of interested participants. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH — Big doors are open now at Step Ahead Training Center(YWAM Relief & Development)in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. The horrible waves of Tsunami were followed by waves of God’s love that poured into this very unreached region. Yes, much has now improved, but many Tsunami survivors still want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market of Khao Lak, by building up their English skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Go now for 3 to 6 months ready to Teach, Share, and Care. Check out:

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  8. CHILDREN PRAYING FOR MISSIONS — Are children praying for you and/or your ministry? Have you seen specific answers to children’s prayers in your work? If the answer is “yes”, please share your stories with Leanna. She is preparing a seminar about how children’s prayers can impact the world. The seminar will inspire children’s workers to encourage children’s involvement in the Great Commission through prayer. Do you have exciting stories that you can share? If so, please send them to Leanna December 31, 2006. leanna_doran(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of his/her own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. Here’s a network that wants to help you get going and stay focused on the task. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The fourth MICN Conference will be 23-27 April 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. For information browse http://www.micn.org or contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced its third Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS). This year’s DTS will be held aboard the 41m ketch, Next Wave. It begins March 20th in London, England and runs until Sept 22nd, 2007. The plan is to visit ports in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. During this time, a variety of international speakers will cover topics ranging from the character and nature of God, to effective evangelism and more. The outreach phase of the DTS begins July 8th. Locations will be confirmed near the start of the school. If you are looking for God-filled adventure, interested in missions, ready to be challenged spiritually and physically, and want to be better equipped to make a difference in the world then this course is for you. You can get full details including the application form by visiting http://www.marinereach.com/bluewaterdts or by emailing bluewaterdts(at)marinereach(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR BRIGADA UNDERWRITERS — We are so grateful for our underwriters anonymous… like this one from last week: “Met some of your … people at the IFMA/EFMA last week. If you want, just say this is an anonymous donor from Wycliffe who has appreciated the weekly bulletin for over 10 years.” Or take George, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Training: “It was good to visit with you and your staff a few weeks ago. … We really appreciate the service Brigada provides and for the opportunity to make quality training at CIT known to the mission community. Have a wonderful Christmas.” (He enclosed a check for $150.) We *heartily* encourage you to check out CIT’s training opportunities by browsing to…

    http://www.cit-online.org

    And here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

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


  12. THE BACK PAGE: HE KNOWS THE STARS BY NAME — Can you believe how big God is? Psalm 147:1,4-5 reads, “Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! … He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Think about that for a minute. At the NASA webpage, someone asked how many stars there are, named and un-named. (See the URL…

    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970115.html

    The answer came back from a NASA astrophysicist: 10 to the 21st power. That’s 1 with 21 zeroes after it: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

    And the really cool thing is… regardless of the exact number, God determined to have exactly that number in the universe… and he “calls them each by name.” Whoa. As a result, I’ve drawn 3 conclusions:

    a) I’m going to start learning some of their names. Now I know I can’t cover all 70 sextillion (or however many there are), but I can at least start with a few dozen of the most well-known. Want to join me? Check out the list at:

    http://www.obliquity.com/skyeye/misc/name.html

    Just click on a star and you’ll find it identified in a star chart. I figure, if they’re important to God, then to be godly, I should make them important to me. :-)

    b) He’s pretty powerful. I mean… who else has created so many furnaces that burn for a few billion years each.

    c) My problems, though seemingly big to me, are such easy problems for God to solve. So bank on it… He’s powerful enough to help us through even the biggest storm.

20061105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS
  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA
  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING
  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER
  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE
  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY
  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS — Bible.org

    http://www.bible.org

    is the home with over 3000 bible study articles, where you can download the NETBible with its over 60,000 footnotes. They’ve just announced the NeXtBible, a web based bible study tool set at

    http://www.nextbible.org

    These tools allow one to search the NET Bible and search dictionaries, view theGreek and Hebrew and see the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Cross-References for each verse. You can compare the NET Bible with other modern translations in “verse view”. They are working to provide access to these tools for free to any Christian web site. If you are interested email Brigada(at)bible(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA — Thanks to Bob, of the IMB, who tipped us off that we can carry a PDA version of the Garrison’s Church Planting Movements Booklet, as well as some additional missions resources, at

    http://www.newwway.org/cafe.htm

    Both the PDF and a Word doc version of the CPM Booklet are available here:

    http://www.newwway.org/cpm/Book.htm

    (Thanks Bob!)


  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff tailors each course to your learning needs in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Visit them at their Urbana booth (1203) if you are at the Urbana Conference. They’re now forming classes for their 16-week Spring course (Jan. 22- May 11). Browse to

    http://www.strategiclanguages.org

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


  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two-week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2007. April 2-13: “Models of Hope for Church Planting in Buddhist Context”- April 16-27: “Communicating Christ in Folk Buddhist Cultures” April 30-May 11: “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”- May 13-24: “Missiology in the Buddhist World” Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request an application form from Alan by emailing alan(dot)johnson(at)agmd(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST — The first School Of Relief & Development (SWORD) will run in Jordan and Dubai in March 2008. A 2-year Field Assignment will follow, which will be spearheaded by the Olympic Outreach in Beijing July 2008. Teams will then disperse back to the Middle East and into their respective target countries. A team will remain in China. Would you be interested in this? For more info, browse to

    http://www.streams.mysite or email

    streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER — PTAP needs a graphics designer who will help put together prayer materials (booklet, brochure, etc) for a third year of Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP). Since first starting, this imitative has seen churches planted in the five additional countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Just send a church reference and something indicating your training/experience in the field to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If you’d like to receive a weekly update highlighting similar PTAP needs, send a blank email to PTAP-requestatlistsdoteverybodydotorg with the subject “subscribe”.

  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE — This people of central and eastern Namibia (in Africa) have all the right answers, but no relationship. In Otjomeburndja lives H. H. is a traditional Herero, dressed in a traditional, Victorian-style dress. She is also the typical example of empty Christianized tradition. She even has an “original, Martin Luther Bible.” She knows all the right answers, but sadly she can never remember a time when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As the Herero translator says, “she knows the right answers, but like most Herero, she does not express having a relationship with Jesus.” Like many, she sees no need for Jesus, because she feels she is a Christian. Pray for H. Pray for the Herero people, an unreached people. Pray that workers will be led to the Herero homeland to share the Good News with these people. Pray for God to continue building prayer support for the Herero people. To adopt the Herero people for prayer for more information, please visit the website

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Don’t tell people what to do, help them to think better! Servant leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. “Coaching skills are essential. The 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program is the first of its kind. This professional program is for leaders who wish to gain coaching skills and take on a part-time or full-time coaching role in their ministry. The next course will be held in Singapore Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2007. For details go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

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


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE — Thanks to the anonymous user from Centennial, CO who gave $50 to help launch Brigada into a new week! And thanks to the other anonymous user from the UAE who gave $100! We appreciate you!

  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY — Want to get on board and pass some fuel for the missions fire at Brigada? (We’d be eternally grateful!) Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year. (Nobody has ever put Brigada in their will to date, as far as we know. But we keep saying that because we think it would be cool if it ever happened. After all, you’ll be gone anyway. Will anyone notice getting 1% less of your estate if you prescribe that 1% to go to Brigada? :-) )

  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY — Have you visited

    http://www.wikipedia.org

    yet? If not, I bet you will soon. Billing itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” wikipedia.org is only one of hundreds of new wiki applications springing up around the web. In all cases, the focus is simple. “Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian. It’s basically just a website that enables users to easily edit and update shared content. Well the whole process got a lot more interested just a couple of weeks ago when Google purchased wiki software maker “JotSpot.” What’s more, Microsoft is incorporating wiki-like features in Office 2007, and IBM is building a similar wiki product in a feature they’re preparing for 2007.

    So why are they so popular? They promote transparency in both reading and authoring. In addition, users get to pitch in together – and the outcome is something the whole organization can then enjoy.

    So how will wikis affect you and your mission or church? How ’bout setting up a wiki to explain your organization’s protocols? Or ask your training guys to start a wiki on “getting from here to there.” Maybe you could do a wiki on a major training component… like … learning a particular language or cross-cultural principles. You *might* even find a wiki that already exists… and maybe you could use it right out of the box!

    Either way, it’s a concept that’s here to stay. Check out some of the “free” software to run a wiki on your own web server. Examine:

    http://www.mediawiki.org

    http://www.twiki.org

    http://www.tikiwiki.org

    There are commercial products too… but why not check these free ones first, to find out if they’ll do the job.

    Next thing you know, we’ll be promoting dozens of wikis right here in Brigada! :-)

20061029 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. BAG THIS INSPIRATIONAL TESTIMONY ABOUT THE CALL TO MISSIONS
  2. “PRAYER RESOURCE LIST
  3. MULTIPLYING MISSIONS THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH
  4. WANT TO PEEK BACK IN TIME? CHECK OUT THE WAYBACK MACHINE
  5. FREE ONLINE WORSHIP RESOURCES
  6. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  7. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION
  8. HOW HAPPY IS YOUR COUNTRY – REMIXED
  9. EUROPE WORSHIP LINK
  10. THANKS FOR FUELING THE BRIGADA MISSIONS FIRE
  11. COULD YOU HELP FUEL OUR FIRE TO FINISH THE COURSE?
  12. THE BACK PAGE: “HOW DO I GET FED?”
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. BAG THIS INSPIRATIONAL TESTIMONY ABOUT THE CALL TO MISSIONS — Now you can own the book, “Call Against the Will”, and help Brigada too. Read about God’s call to a stubborn phone man. Learn how he went on to establish MASTER Provisions, a global Christian clothing ministry. You’ll be entertained, inspired, and challenged. 161 pages. This book was released about 7 days ago. It is being sold exclusively through MASTER Provisions by contacting roger(at)masterprovisions(dot)org . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The cost is $12.95 (includes post office shipping) and payment can be made to MASTER Provisions, 12236 Hutton Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Orders should include a mailing address. Visa and MasterCard transactions will be accepted. Purchase 5 books and the 6th book is free. MASTER Provisions will donate nearly $2.00 per book purchased to Brigada. Just tell them you heard about it here. (And thanks in advance for your help to Brigada!)

  2. “PRAYER RESOURCE LIST — Betty is the new Prayer Coordinator for Team Expansion and she’d love to compile a list for prayer coordinators of missionary sending organizations, churches sold out on missions, prayer warriors for missionaries on the frontlines, and those concerned for their own personal prayer lives. Which books would you recommend? What conferences would be helpful? Which websites would you explore? What organizations or services would you cite? Let her know! Betty will receive your info and then assemble it for us to reprint as a feature. If you have info, share it with her. You will be helping with the crucial strategy in making Christ Jesus known to the nations.

    Just e-mail Betty at prayer(at)teamexpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. MULTIPLYING MISSIONS THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH -– You have the amazing opportunity to get strategically involved in reaching the world’s least reached people groups. AIMS can help. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” January 8-12 at Bethel Temple in Hampton, VA. Join other pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and students to learn how you can mobilize your church can develop effective strategies to make a greater impact in the Great Commission. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850, email aims(at)aims(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit

    http://www.aims.org/associates


  4. WANT TO PEEK BACK IN TIME? CHECK OUT THE WAYBACK MACHINE — Now I’ve heard it all. Log on at:

    http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

    to see The “Internet Archive Wayback Machine” It’ll show you snapshots in time for just about whatever site you want to remember. Try it out! Wild. (Thanks for the tip, Greg!)


  5. FREE ONLINE WORSHIP RESOURCES — The website of Worship Resources, a department of Greater Europe Mission, has many free resources. Of special interest to Brigada readers is the page entitled “Worldwide Worship,” which has links and articles related to global worship. Check out the article “The Bridge: Worship and Culture” on the Articles page too. “Worship Notes” is a free monthly online worship newsletter found on the site as well. Go to

    http://www.worr.org


  6. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two-day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Its goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out the website for more details at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

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

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates: Oceanside, CA – December 11-12th Colorado Springs, CO – March 26-27th Register online today.


  7. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION — U.S. churches, schools and agencies have come together to set national standards of excellence (SOE) for short-term mission. The seven standards come at a time when more than one million U.S. short-termers serve each year on mission projects of varying quality. Adopting and implementing the standards lets the world know your short-term mission programs operate according to a code of best practices that emphasizes mutual partnership between senders and receivers. Churches, agencies and schools can use these standards as a tool to improve training, relationships with field partners, ministry effectiveness, and debriefing and follow-up. Membership brings professionally structured guidance for achieving goals and an impressive network of organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk and mentoring. For more information, visit

    http://www.stmstandards.org

    or call 1-866-SOE-8221. A Standards Introductory Workshop will be held Jan. 18-19, 2007 during pre-conference seminars at the National Short- Term Mission Conference in Los Angeles, CA. See

    http://www.nstmc.org

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


  8. HOW HAPPY IS YOUR COUNTRY – REMIXED — It’s back. That map that shows the happiness levels of various countries. This time it’s being featured by CNN. See it by logging on at

    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2006/happiness/

    Click on web extras, then “Map: Happiness levels of countries” to see the map.


  9. EUROPE WORSHIP LINK — This Europe-wide worship network is looking for key worship leaders from the nations of Europe for its Conference 2007, to be held in Malenovice, Czech Republic April 18-21, 2007. Scholarships are available (excluding travel) for those who otherwise could not attend. EWL’s website also has information and links for Europe-based worship ministries and information on worship books available in European languages. See

    http://ewl.shorturl.com

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


  10. THANKS FOR FUELING THE BRIGADA MISSIONS FIRE — Thanks so much for the anonymous gifts of $20, $50, $25, $5, and $20 to Brigada! Your generosity and partnership is *such* a shot in the arm! That’s why I’m up at midnight tonight doing this! Thanks, too, for the gift of $150 from VisionSynergy. Learn more about their ministry at:

    http://www.visionsynergy.net/

    This organization picks up where Interdev left off . . . and goes well into the future by connecting networks that can make a difference! Thanks, Bill, for the tremendous help and hope!

    Also we’re grateful for Insurance Services of America (ISA) for their sponsorship of $70.87, due to the overseas travel by folks from College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, MO. (Go College Heights!) It’s a win-win situation. College Heights gets fare protection for all their flights, in case something goes haywire on their trips… and Brigada gets more fuel for the fire of missions! Love it. Learn more about your options with ISA at:

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

    Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope for their $9.27 gift due to long distance phone use. Sign up for their very reasonably-priced services at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Finally — get this — Covenant College’s Chalmers Center has come through again to help us with a $600 gift — as a thank-you note for telling the world about their great programs to help missionaries all over the world. Learn more at

    http://www.chalmers.org

    I’m *completely* humbled by their help — which is allowing us to make good progress toward our hopeful outcome of $16,650 during 2006. We started last edition with 6795.85. Add this edition’s $950.14 and we now stand at 7,745.99! yahoooooooooooooooo! :-)


  11. COULD YOU HELP FUEL OUR FIRE TO FINISH THE COURSE? — Want to get on board and pass some fuel for the missions fire at Brigada? (We’d be eternally grateful!) Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year. (Nobody has ever put Brigada in their will to date, as far as we know. But we keep saying that because we think it would be cool if it ever happened. After all, you’ll be gone anyway. Will anyone notice getting 1% less of your estate if you prescribe that 1% to go to Brigada? :-) )

  12. THE BACK PAGE: “HOW DO I GET FED?” — That question arose in a talk recently with a young missionary. How do we make sure our missionaries continue their spiritual growth… eating at a banquet table of spiritual food … while they’re serving overseas. Some churches mail sermon tapes. Others allow missionaries to tap into their streaming audio — at not cost (other than the missionaries having to pay for the throughput on the field side — a common practice by ISPs overseas). Still others actually send books & even delegations of people to lead in pastoral care visits. But in the end, how can the missionary him/herself take initiative to make sure the spiritual feeding happens?

    If we’re truly trying to prioritize, it seems we would place that question high on the list of tasks missionaries face. Their kids are losing their youth group, the wives are leaving their ladies ministries, and the guys are missing out on that Thursday morning accountability group. So what’s a body to do?

    I wish more of us could put studies like these on the web:

    http://www.thetask.org/thETASK/biblestudy/

    If more of us took this kind of initiative, there’d be more meat on the web. I also wish our missions agencies would come up with more input on this topic. Here I am, president of a mission organization with 300 workers, and I find myself wishing that we did more for our workers overseas too.

    Got ideas? Got resources? Write a quick paragraph to: how-do-I-get-fed(at)googlegroups(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The emails go only to me. This googlegroup is basically just a way to collect these items. I’ll gather up all the input and make sure it’s presented later in another issue of Brigada Today. Let’s find out what’s happening now… and what *should* happen long-term on this important topic.

20061022 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. AVOID TAKING A HIT WHEN YOUR MISSION TRIP CANCELS
  3. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES
  4. GET CREDIT: DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON MICROENTERPRISE
  5. TINYURL TRICK: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER WITH THE TOOL
  6. YWAM OFFERS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELIEF TEAM
  7. THE LINK BETWEEN: CONNECTING CHRISTIANS LIVING BETWEEN CULTURES
  8. INTERNET EVANGELISM COALITION VIDEOS
  9. FREE EPHESIANS BOOKLET
  10. GREAT OPP FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSON IN RALEIGH, NC
  11. YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT WILL VIDEOCONFERENCING DO FOR YOU?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The January 8 – February 2, 2007 offering of the course is now full and the Chalmers Center is taking registration for the May 7 – June 1, 2007 course offering. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. This course is a guided- reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount are available. To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-10/06.


  2. AVOID TAKING A HIT WHEN YOUR MISSION TRIP CANCELS –- Have you ever had to cancel a mission trip due to weather, political unrest, personal emergency or other crisis? Have you lost out on pre-paid travel expenses? What if you could get insurance that would pay you back for nonrefundable trip expenses? And what if you could help Brigada at the same time? Well, through a partnership between Brigada and Insurance Services of America it is now possible to do so! When you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Check out the “Round Trip” travel insurance plan at

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

    In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short- term teams and term life insurance. Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  3. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES — The Reaching Japanese for Christ 6th Annual National Conference will take place February 16- 18 at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington. And now for the first time, on January 27th at Pacific View Baptist Church, Torrance, CA. there will be a one-day RJC conference in Southern California. Besides important workshops Dr. George Gallup, Jr. will speak concerning religious awareness of Japanese. If you are involved in or interested in ministry to Japanese in North America, these conferences are for you! Information is available at

    http://www.rjcnetwork.org

    or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net


  4. GET CREDIT: DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON MICROENTERPRISE — For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format. To learn more or to register, visit http://www.chalmers.org or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-10/06.

  5. TINYURL TRICK: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER WITH THE TOOL — Hats off to Jonathan for pointing out that we don’t have to “go to TinyURL” to create a shorter URL for that long web address. We just put the following Java code in our toolbar in IE, Firefox or Opera. Then we click and — wala! — the page we’re viewing is given a TinyURL! According to Jonathan, this also works a shortcut in Blazer on the Palm/Treo. Here is the javascript:

    javascript:void(location.href=’http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=’+loca tion.href)

    Warning: Ironic, isn’t it . . . that the above script might wrap in your email client — so be sure to reassemble it into one line when we enter the above code into a favorite or bookmark. (Thanks Jonathan!)


  6. YWAM OFFERS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELIEF TEAM — Join Streams Express in “Streams in the Desert,” a trans-national relief & development ministry of YWAM-MMI. Streams would like to host all types of teams through their dispatches within the 10/40 countries. Streams dispatches are equipped and some are nationals in their country base. Contact the Streams Center now if you know the number of people in your teams coming to which country. Streams dispatches can host your teams and enhance their capability in the outreach with the needs of their target communities. Streams dispatches are particularly in the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Syria, Dubai, China, Albania, Kosovo, etc.

    http://www.streams.mysite.com

    Skype: streams7express or email streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. THE LINK BETWEEN: CONNECTING CHRISTIANS LIVING BETWEEN CULTURES — In searching for support in the wonderful, yet challenging task of uniting across cultures within intercultural marriage, Rukshan and Jody F. have often felt like pioneers. Though globalization increases the stakes of effective cross-cultural skills, much seems left unsaid – especially by Christians. “The Link Between” seeks to provide a network for Christians living out Christ’s call to “live at peace with all men” by crossing the cultural boundaries of parenting, marriage, church, career and life. The Link Between is continually compiling resources exploring these themes. If you are interested in contributing articles are resources, check out Jody’s blog at

    http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com/

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


  8. INTERNET EVANGELISM COALITION VIDEOS — The Internet Evangelism Coalition

    http://www.webevangelism.com/

    is offering free access, until the end of November, to videos of presentations from its 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Just click on “Meetings” in the left margin and you’ll see the selection for all the media. Questions? Just email naomi(at)webevangelism(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. FREE EPHESIANS BOOKLET — SOON Ministries have produced a free 32- page small-group study booklet on Ephesians. Written in easy-English, it is intended primarily for the non-Western world. The booklet is available to download in PDF and Publisher formats, so that users can print it themselves. They are also free to sell copies without restriction, or translate the material.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/studyephesians


  10. GREAT OPP FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSON IN RALEIGH, NC — The Southeast Regional Offices of the Perspectives Study Program is looking for an administratively gifted individual to help work in the office. Bob Stevens is the Regional Supervisor over a nine state region that will run about 30 classes this year alone with over 900 students. Bob is looking for someone who has good administrative abilities, is good at closing out details and follow through, a self-starter with good computer and phone skills. Such a person must be willing to raise support or fund him/herself and be willing to make a minimum 2 year commitment, working at least 1/2 a day for 4 days a week. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Bob at BSUSWCMSE(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE — Let’s talk end-of-year. Did your stocks do well? Got $10,000 you’d like to give to a ministry where it won’t be just another gift? Think about Brigada. With $10K, you could underwrite the rest of our entire calendar year 2006 financial needs. (We’re currently at just under $6800 and we need $16,650.) Once you give the $10K, the entire Brigada list of 11,000 subscribers would receive their weekly Brigada editions courtesy of your special gift! These blips would vanish. You’d make a *huge* impact because the entire annual budget is just $16,650! Perhaps you’ve only got $100? Your $100 would still make a huge difference here. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT WILL VIDEOCONFERENCING DO FOR YOU? — Years ago, when I would hear about videoconferencing, I’d imagine how cool it might be… then quickly snap back to reality when I saw the hefty fees and per-minute charges. Well… welcome to 2006. Just a few days ago, I had the opportunity to greet and pray with 4 of our mission’s teams working on the island of Taiwan. They had come together for a strategy summit, with the intent of improving their respective outreaches. They hooked up a data projector and shined me on the big screen. From my home in Louisville, KY, I shared a 15-minute challenge & devotion, prayed with them, and then we did question and answer about the latest stuff with the over all organization. So basically, we were able to do a half-hour video conference across the Pacific and the total cost for everybody involved totaled zero dollars. Dream come true — for 5 people… or 500 people. You see, it doesn’t matter. If you get a chance, and the opportunity presents itself, try it out. All you need is a Skype ID, a webcam (pick one up for $40 at CompUSA or have someone bring you one on an upcoming visit), broadband Internet (you might have to visit an Internet cafe… which might be a problem if you’re in a limited access country; but except for that, Skype is supposed to be encrypted, as long as the technology they sold the Chinese doesn’t betray us :-) ), and a headset/mic. On the *conference* side, in addition to the above equipment, they’ll need a data projector and a screen.

    Here are some tips you could try to maximize the effectiveness of your videoconference:

    *** Headset/Mic: Be sure to pick up one of these for you, if you’re the main speaker. If you try to use the mic built into your laptop, you’ll get lots of ambient room noises *plus* the rebroadcasted echo of their questions. Look for headset/mic with a broad frequency range like the Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Mic (for about $50-$60).

    *** Outline: Plan your talk, but I’d recommend that you not write it out word-for-word. Part of the magic of these video-conferences is the spontaneity of it all. If you read a prepared speech, it’ll sound more … “canned”. At the same time, have your talk planned so you can get to the point without rambling. See the next point.

    *** Keep it brief: As fun as these conferences are, I’d suggest keeping your prepared talk to 10′ or less. Leave time for your audience to ask you questions. It’ll *soooooo* much more show off the technology. (After all, you could have just sent them a video or DVD of yourself and the quality would have been much higher.)

    *** Practice makes perfect: Try out your connection in advance, before the crowd gathers. Chad (the guy who prepared the equipment at the summit mentioned above) and I got together a week or so beforehand to work out any bugs. Make sure everything is smooth before you feel “under the gun.”

    *** Be on time: Your group will be looking forward to the new technology. But one of the downsides of this format is … you have to *be* there. In other words, email is “send-it-and-forget-it.” You can be 30′ late and nobody cares — or even knows. Videoconferences, by contrast, are “real time.” What does that word, “real” mean? Simple. If you’re not there, they’ll be *real* frustrated.

    Have fun and good luck. And again… welcome to 2006… the day and age of essentially free videoconferencing!

20061015 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET
  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY?
  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES?
  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS
  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE
  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES
  7. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE?
  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS
  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL
  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET — Our Taiwan team recently gathered for a strategy summit in which they reviewed Garrison’s book on church planting movements. You can still get it at:

    www.dawnministries.org/downloads/download_files/CPM%20Booklet.pdf

    (I cut off the “http://” because this link was about to wrap and I didn’t want to go to tinyurl.)

    You can also now find a book by Garrison on the same topic at:

    http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/

    (Thanks for reviewing these with me Scott!)


  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY? — According to Kingdom Come Training, “Raising support isn’t primarily about your need for monthly support. God has obligated himself to meet your need. It is primarily about the church’s need to connect with its primary purpose for existence: to be the expression of Christ to the nations. No one inspires mission vision better than the missionary raising support. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, can equip you with the attitudes, skills and confidence you need to raise your full support in eight to ten months.” He can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.

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

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES? — Phill would like to poll Brigada participants to find out if there’s a good website or other resource that publicizes conference calendars and dates for other national and int’l events in the broader evangelical world. Seems like someone would have come up with an approach. If you have a suggestion, send it to: bsunderland(at)visionsynergy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Phill, please let us know your outcome so we can all jump on board. :-)


  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS — Here’s a tip to remember from Brigada participant, Mary: “One of the best ways to get people to pray is when they know the missionaries personally. My church has an annual missions conference week. Our missionaries come home and give reports, have small dinners in host homes and spend personal time with our church members. Each of the missionaries are part of our church and are considered our family. We keep in touch with them throughout the year and we support them both in prayer and finances.”

  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE — Check out the Digital Bible society

    http://www.digitalbiblesociety.org/

    They are a small ministry that has created a searchable CD Chinese Bible (reportedly easy to email) that they give away for free. The CD format allows it to be copied and hidden very easily. They are developing a new upgraded version 4 and it will be out soon. They are also looking for Arabic language help in doing the same project in Arabic. Their work is highly rated and very practical. (Thanks to the anonymous brother for sending this tip.)


  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES — Fast and easy, no HTML required. missionary411.com is a site designed to allow missionaries to create a free missionary website in just minutes. Users can upload pictures, updates, plans, location, prayer requests, financial needs and more. Once your free personal missionary website is set up, simply send sponsors your customized web address. This is a great way to communicate with your supporters, church, family and friends. The service is free and easy-to-use (no HTML required). For more information, go to:

    http://www.missionary411.com

    or contact Noel at noel(at)411ministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE? — I loved the article, “Two of my Kids I Like a Lot. One, Not so Much,” by Shane Bennett (of Caleb Project — which is now i360…. takeitglobal.org). It was funny, yet penetrating… and I wish it was available elsewhere on the web… but for now, I think you’ll just have to get a printed copy of the magazine, which you can request at:

    http://missionmakermagazine.org/coverage


  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS — As a grad student soon to complete his masters degree in ministry leadership, faithful Brigada reader Mike is required to submit a 75-page paper on the subject of how to start a fruitful and sustainable 501c3 missions ministry. He is seeking Christian leaders who have the aforementioned experience to respond to the questions below via email; the responses will serve as part of the qualitative research of the paper. So, how about it? Care to help out a colleague in missions ministry? Send responses asap to the following questions to: mike(at)internationalfaith(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    What are a couple of the most common mistakes made in starting new missions ministries? What can be done to help foster ministry sustainability over the long haul? Describe the most rewarding part of starting a ministry that you have experienced? Looking back, what would you do differently if you could start all over? How is your knowledge of and relationship with God different than before you started your first ministry? (Mike, if you get some feedback, please send us an executive summary of your outcomes.)


  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL — Here’s a new school that’s already accepting applications for the inaugural class starting in the fall of 2007. Enrollment is limited. It’s part of California Baptist University (“A University committed to the great commission!”)

    http://www.calbaptist.edu

    Check the site for details. Large academic scholarships are available. Home schoolers and missionary kids are most welcome. Foreign students are not required to have a minimum TOEFL score because ESL training is available. Send questions to:

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


  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous givers who gave $20, $180, and $100 this past week. Here’s the truth: Many weekends, when it seems so hard to find time to keep Brigada going, these sponsors and donors make *soooo* much difference. Thank you! If you’d like to be a part of that encouragement, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS — Today I’m getting tired. Why? To avoid “WOTS.” Truth is, my previous Bridgestones managed about 70,000 miles before the slipping and sliding started becoming just a bit too noticeable.

    The funny thing about tires… the wear kind of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it. There’s no warning light… no buzzer… and probably nobody in your house reminds you. *Maybe* the guy changing your oil says something… but that’s only if you happen to have someone who thinks outside his own box. So the truth is… you can actually let the situation become pretty dangerous without even knowing it.

    The same thing happens in mission work. We grow lax about monitoring security and the next thing you know, we’re casual. We walk the same routine at the same time everyday, creating a very soft target for a hardened criminal. But beyond security concerns (which are many), maybe we lose our edge by not staying current on the best practices in church planting, discipleship, or even language learning & cross-cultural communications.

    Who reminds us about tire wear? The same people who remind us about mission wear. In other words, unless a missions agency rep or a local church missions minister should happen to advise us, we pretty much have to kick our own tires. And if we wait ’til we start to slip, it just might be too late.

    So what can you do to avoid worn-out-tire-syndrome (WOTS) :-) ? Here are some tips:
    *** Find ways to stay current, regardless of where you live. Subscribe to some basic world news source, as well as a couple of info-sources related to your job. (Like Brigada! :-) ) Be sure to skim or read them regularly. It takes proactive and intentional *work* to do so.
    *** Set a weekly checkpoint in your life where you take time to analyze your to do list and the upcoming week. Do some pondering. Be creative and introspective. Steven Covey helped raise a broader awareness on this, and Frankin-Covey has continued in his legacy. Some like Monday morning… others point to Sunday evening… you decide what works for you. With my truck, for instance, I try to check out the tires every time I buy gas. It’s just a practical stopping point along an otherwise very hectic roadway. Find a checkpoint in your life too.
    *** Ask for coaching. Take advantage of visitors, phone calls, and communiqués of all kinds. Pick their brains. Express a posture of teachability. Check your theories by polling others, whenever you can.
    *** Seek out teammates who believe and think differently. This is counter to our own ego. We normally try to hang with those who affirm us by believing and practicing the ideas we hold dear. It takes *work* to affirm others when they disagree and to let them know that you *value* their contrary theories and beliefs. But I’m convinced when you do so, you become a stronger human being.
    *** Finally, ask God for wisdom. Maybe James 1:5 is talking mostly about wisdom in trials . . . but the principle can apply in other areas as well. Ask God to give you insight. Let’s shoot straight — God’s wisdom would obviously be the most valuable input of all.

    So… let’s walk around our vehicles and kick those tires. And let’s avoid WOTS. :-)

20061008 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DID YOU KNOW: GOOGLE SEARCHES CAN BE CLEARED
  2. VIDEO EVANGELISM TOOL
  3. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE
  4. GOOGLE OFFERS FREE PDF CREATION; OTHER PDF OPTIONS
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. BRIGADA DONOR ASKS TO DEDICATE PRAYER TO PAKISTAN
  7. TEACH TO REACH
  8. RESEARCHING MISSION WORK IN KIRIBATI (GILBERT) ISLANDS
  9. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  10. HOW TO STRIP CARRIAGE RETURNS IN WORD
  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR RECENT PARTNERSHIP GIFTS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE JOURNEY IS PART OF THE FUN

  1. DID YOU KNOW: GOOGLE SEARCHES CAN BE CLEARED — If you are one of those unfortunate missionaries working in a sensitive area who have had your names and ministry exposed by well-meaning churches on the Internet, take heart — there is a way to clear the Google search engine! Step One is to get the church’s webmaster to remove the offensive page (and ALL links that connect to it) from their web site. Once this is complete, check to make sure the URL returns a “404 Page Not Found” error message in the header of the page. Step Two is to fill out a simple form on Google’s web page to have the dead link removed from their search engine, and it usually happens within five days. Go to this link and follow their simple instructions:

    http://services.google.com:8882/urlconsole/controller?cmd=reload&lastcmd=login

    (be sure to reassemble this line into one long line in your browser’s URL or web “Address” box. Thanks so much, anonymous tipster! :-)


  2. VIDEO EVANGELISM TOOL — There is a new daily video program “What’s Real Today” that is a great evangelism tool. It is a simple 3 min daily lesson about living as a Christian in today’s world. It is a great way to start you day with a spiritual lesson or just to learn about what it is to be a Christian. The programs are simple so it’s a great tool for ESL teachers to share with their students or an easy way to get non Christian friends to think about spiritual things. It is video so it might be hard for people with dialup connection to watch. Check it out at

    http://www.realfusion.com


  3. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE — Take a look at:

    http://www.chinamembercare.com

    Several materials are now available in Chinese to help support Chinese Christian workers. They are free and on-line. Collectively, they are called “Running to Win — Resources for Chinese Workers.” The materials include 16 key articles, five case studies (with audio files), and two books (Thriving in Another Culture, and Through Desert Sands — an account of Chinese workers in Africa). Each article has a short introduction to orient the readers about its relevance to Chinese contexts. Audio files for all the chapters have been finished and will be uploaded soon. Currently all the materials, except the Chinese audios, are in both Chinese and English. (Thanks to the anonymous Brigada participant who contributed this great news.)


  4. GOOGLE OFFERS FREE PDF CREATION; OTHER PDF OPTIONS — Google recently joined two projects they were working on that has some pretty neat features.

    Google Docs: This is an online Word processor that works like Microsoft Word. I wouldn’t recommend this as a replacement to Word, but it has some cool features. For example, it opens up a host of file types (including the latest Microsoft Word format) and will allow you to save (for free) files as PDF’s (without advertisements). So, if you need a PDF converter for Word files here you go.

    Google Spreadsheets: Basically works like Excel and can use excel and many of spreadsheet formats.

    Both of these applications allow you to open collaborate with multiple users. So, you could write a document and give several people the write to live edit with you. The collaboration feature allows you to do this through a live chat feature with those users.

    The main reason Nick brought these to our attention was the PDF converter option that comes with these documents. However, as of right now, these won’t allow you to convert Publisher files. :) Maybe in the future…

    Here is the link to access these services:

    http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html

    In addition, “Ken” has come up with a boatload of other options. We’ve relisted them at:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/pdf-creating-options.html

    Thanks Ken! And thanks, too, Nick!


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience in teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. Dorm space is available for early applicants. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. BRIGADA DONOR ASKS TO DEDICATE PRAYER TO PAKISTAN — Thanks to this anonymous donor ($25) who asked that this prayer be offered up to help people in Pakistan: “That God would work through a couple handfuls of national leaders who have started, this year, to get together to determine how they can catalyze missions awareness and passion at the local church level throughout this country, and eventually establish a missionary training program for local believers.” What an amazing way to ask for a prayer request. I just wish we had 100 more prayer requests like yours! :-) Praise be to God.

  7. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA can train you to teach effectively in our TESOL course. Courses will be offered January 22 through February 16, 2007 and March 5 through March 30, 2007. Additional information and application forms can be found at

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  8. RESEARCHING MISSION WORK IN KIRIBATI (GILBERT) ISLANDS — John O’Malley is looking for anyone aware of evangelical mission work in the Kiribati islands, about 1000 miles north of Fiji. Any knowledge of past or present ministry work is helpful. He is attempting to help a veteran Pacific Rim missionary who has sensed a burden for this “unreached” region. Please contact John thejohnomalley(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission Lebanon, PA USA is offering a 12 week course from January 8 to March 30, 2007. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms are on website at

    http:www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to

    ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net


  10. HOW TO STRIP CARRIAGE RETURNS IN WORD — We recently rec’d a request from Mark, pointing to a 1999 Brigada item that dealt with stripping carriage returns from Word. (http://www.brigada.org/today/1999/bt19990416.shtml#Ref14) He pointed out that the macro for 1999 no longer worked in Word 2003. Here’s an updated stripcarriagereturns routine that should do the trick, Mark. Another option: Buy Clipmate, which has a bunch of handy utilities that meet all kinds of needs, including that one. Clipmate is available from:

    http://thornsoft.com/

    But in the meantime, here’s that new macro routine:

    Sub stripcarriagereturns() ‘ ‘ stripcarriagereturns Macro ‘ Macro created 1/3/2002 by Doug Lucas ‘ With Selection.Find .ClearFormatting .Replacement.ClearFormatting .Execute Findtext:=”^l”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”^p “, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=” ^p”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”%$#@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll .Execute Findtext:=”%$#@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll End With

    End Sub


  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR RECENT PARTNERSHIP GIFTS — Thanks to those who have recently given, anonymously, to help get Brigada out the door and onto your screen efficiently. These gifts help us with some small marketing costs, scretarial help, web costs, etc. As you may recall, we have set a goal for 2006 to cover $16,650. So far, $5477.34 had come in prior to these gifts. Now we’ve rec’d these donations from partners and friends on a mission: $100.00, $31.72, $25.00, $20.00, $100.00, $100.00, $25.00, $50.00, $50.00, $101.79, $25.00, $25.00, $100.00, which results in $6230.85 be available for the collection of needs mentioned above.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE JOURNEY IS PART OF THE FUN — This past Saturday, I took my two sons hunting on Wildlife Management Land in southern Kentucky. It was a fun day… thousands of acres of forest… having to solve problems like how to get across a swollen creek, how to communicate silently while sneaking up on quail, how to manage without snacks until noon. :-) In the end, we didn’t actually bring home any game. (Perhaps if we’d had dogs we could have stumbled on more game.) But at the end of the day, it really didn’t matter. We stopped in this awesome stream bed, plinked 22’s into the hillside, breathed in the fresh woods air, and enjoyed the moment.

    We were learning a valuable lesson: sometimes the end goal is a signpost in time that caused you to take a journey you needed to take. And sometimes the *journey* is just as enjoyable as accomplishing the goal.

    Life is kind of like that, in general. If we could somehow learn to enjoy the *journey*, for the journey’s sake, then we could truly say, in good conscience, “Getting there is half the fun.”

    This week… don’t give up on your end goals, but while you’re traveling there, try to savor the woods air: enjoy the journey.

    Doug

20061001 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SET UP SHOP FOR FREE AT MISSION-WORLD.COM
  2. TOP 10 LIST ABOUT FORWARDING AGENTS
  3. DO YOU USE A TREO? THEN GET GOOGLE MOBILE MAPS FOR FREE
  4. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS JULY 9-11
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. MORE FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “BONDING” (LANGUAGE-LEARNING & CULTURE)
  8. THE MBALANTU PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA IN AFRICA
  9. MISSING PIECE IN “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS”
  10. YOUR GIFTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: BE A BRIDGE
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MEMBER CARE REQUIRES ADMINISTRATION
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SET UP SHOP FOR FREE AT MISSION-WORLD.COM — It’s a great example of combining web technology with a very real need: Missionaries need financial backing. Donors would like to invest carefully. Now they can… at

    http://www.mission-world.com

    If you’re a mission or missionary, register today to get your free referral signpost on the web. The idea is sort of like applying eHarmony or YahooPersonals to the world of missions. If you’re a donor looking for a great cause, here’s a super place to shop.

    Take a look at the organizations that have already bought into the system and you’ll probably be surprised at how quickly it’s taken off. Use the “Organization” drop-down box and you’ll see that the list reads off like a directory from the latest global consultation on world evangelization. They’re definitely over the hump on the inertia curve. And the best part is … it’s free.

    The developers are doing this all as a labor of love, so it’s hard to offer any objective criticism. (In other words, I like they’re way of doing it better than my way of not doing it at all. :-) ) Still, in its present configuration, the site seems slanted toward listing missionaries as individuals. So a *team* of workers… or an organization with a *goal* to reach a certain unreached people… would have a hard time knowing exactly how to list. But still… the fill-in- the-blank boxes don’t actually force you into any specific pattern. So there really is flexibility once you understand the system. But that flexibility might also get the system into trouble as it grows (rapidly). For example, use the “Denomination” drop-down box and scroll down to “non-denominational”. You’ll see all the different ways that differing individuals have entered their data — which isn’t verified in any way, apparently.

    Still, these are bugs that we’re confident they’ll work out in time. The bigger questions lie with how the team will support itself long- term. Will they eventually ask for a listing fee? Either way, dive in now… because for today, it’s a free referral service — and get this, they don’t even ask for a percentage of your donations! :-) (Thanks to Robby, Bill, and all the rest of the team working on this project.)


  2. TOP 10 LIST ABOUT FORWARDING AGENTS –- Jason, a Team Expansion missionary serving in Italy, will be speaking to a group of forwarding agents who meet regularly for support and encouragement on the 24th of October. He is attempting to put together a list to share with and encourage this group of men and women who have a difficult and sometimes tedious role which includes checking the mail, receipting donations, running reports, paying bills, and communicating with supporters. The list is entitled, “Top 10 Ways you Know you Have a Good Forwarding Agent.” Could you help him by submitting your top reasons and write him at jcasey(at)teamexpansion(dot)org? Thanks! [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Note that you’ll have to write soon. His presentation is coming up quickly. He’ll be greatly appreciative. We’ll ask him to submit a report back to us here at Brigada.


  3. DO YOU USE A TREO? THEN GET GOOGLE MOBILE MAPS FOR FREE — For those in the USA and other Google-mapped countries, or if your furlough is coming up… or you have to speak at a church on the other side of the country next month.. either way… Our Creative Arts guy put me on to this last night…

    http://www.google.com/gmm/treo

    I have the Sprint Treo 700p… so it uses PowerVision and it downloads these maps lickety-split. You can find the closest florist with this application, along with turn-by-turn directions to wherever you want to go. And you can even switch into satellite view to check out the view of your own back yard. :-) Fun. Free. Fantastic.


  4. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS JULY 9-11 — Tentmakers International (TI) formerly TIE will hold it’s 5th Congress in Malaysia. This is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact:

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

    For more details, please go to the TI website:

    http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or

    http://www.tentmakernet.com


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. (Credit is also available.) Dorm space is available for early applicants. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    for more info or call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. MORE FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” _Step Up To Life_ may well be the only piece of gospel literature with evangelistic use of the Ten Commandments combined with the Lordship of Christ. More information, teaching materials, free downloads (several thematic English versions and multiple languages), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com Alternatively, e-mail

    sutlmail(at)aol(dot)com or phone 402 933 4095, or 402 359 1432, or snail mail Step Up To Life Ministries, Box 730, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022-0730, USA. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If your target language is not available, there is a submission box for new languages.


  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “BONDING” (LANGUAGE-LEARNING & CULTURE) — You can still pick up the little book, “Bonding and the Missionary Task”. Just follow this link:

    http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse/Stories.html#Bonding

    And you’ll find that the Brewsters’ work is still alive and well.


  8. THE MBALANTU PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA IN AFRICA — The question is, “Who reigns supreme?” For the Mbalantu people, human nature is constant. They believe in keeping cultural traditions as well as continuing their religious practices. Many of their beliefs and superstitions center around who they believe is their Supreme Being, Kalunga. They also use a tribal diviner, the onganga, for intervening with the spirits. Please pray for the Mbalantu people. Pray that they will come to know the one true Supreme God. Pray that they will hear and accept the true constant, the living Word, Jesus Christ. Pray that workers will come and share with these forgotten people, the Mbalantu. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  9. MISSING PIECE IN “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS” — Several observant readers noticed a missing chunk of text in the item, “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS” (2006/09/22). I don’t really think the missing piece changed the meaning much. The real meaning still gets through — be careful what you post on the web, what you publish, what you show to large groups. Make sure your text/pictures don’t put anyone in the spotlight that would rather be low profile. Either way, please excuse the hiccup. Here was the original item as it was intended: This past week we heard from a brother who had just spent a week with local citizens in a sensitive country. They were training local believers for personal evangelism in hostile environments. Apparently, a recent short-termer had shot video, then published the clips, thereby exposing the decisions of several local nationals. That led to a decision that no team member, including the director, would any longer grant video taped interviews to anyone at all — even when you are one of the team partners as is my case. More than being disappointed in not getting video for a story that select others need to hear, I was really disturbed that some camera happy brother had carelessly put our team members here even more at risk than they already are. It would be even more disturbing if I were to discover that this individual were using those video clips for his own personal gain in support raising. You know the routine — personal publicity about how well connected one is with frontliners, etc. The Church in today’s world needs to care for the security of those who are out there doing the hard stuff, not parade them for all the world to know about. So please, watch what you do with those video clips. (Again, thanks to the anonymous brother who shared this testimony.)

  10. YOUR GIFTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: BE A BRIDGE — There’s no way we could quit this ministry when we receive gifts and encouraging notes like these… $60 from and a great note from a brother in Cedar Hill, TX, $200 and a great note from Plainfield, IL, $5 from a faithful supporter in Europe. Whoa… Thank you so much. These gifts help us with ministry costs (such as some help from a part-time secretary). Just as importantly though, they provide much-needed encouragement! Want to be that bridge for this coming week? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: MEMBER CARE REQUIRES ADMINISTRATION — Recently, our mission organization has been trying to replace a retiring Member Care Coordinator. It’s a tough spot to fill. Over the past few months, we’ve come face to face with the fact that Member Care involves a lot more than Rogerian psychology. We’re learning that today’s missionaries (and, truth be known, probably yesterday’s too) want & deserve:

    *** Help in the transitions of their lives (college-aged kids to the homeland, for example)
    *** Great tracking… ie., where in the world the workers are, when their birthdays occur, what’s their status, what do they need, how are their kids getting along, etc. — all that stuff needs to be tracked.
    *** Effective debriefing after emotional life experiences (because they probably don’t have the degree of Christian family over there that they would have back home)
    *** Assistance with important family decisions & needs — like where do they get homeschooling curriculum… and, just as importantly, how do they make the decision of whether or not to home school or use public schools or … gulp… boarding schools. These are tough decisions for families in the field.

    So you get the picture. It’s not an easy task. Basically, we need a bunch of super heroes to staff these member care positions. We’d better pray hard… because I think they’re pretty difficult to find. To make matters worse, some missions… like ours… function by faith gifts only. So these workers pretty much are responsible for raising the financial support equivalent to their salary, ministry, and travel requirements. Yikes. No wonder they’re tough to find! Pray with me please.

20060924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GO EQUIPPED TENTMAKING COURSE IN OSLO NORWAY
  2. IN SEARCH OF WEBSITE HOSTS FOR TUNISIAN ARABIC MEDIA CONTENT
  3. HOW DO YOU TYPE IN ALL THOSE SPANISH CHARACTERS?
  4. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ACROSS BORDERS
  5. THE LATEST DVD FROM CREATE INTERNATIONAL
  6. HELP THEM FIND THE MASTER COPY OF THE HAO XIAOXI VIDEO
  7. JOIN YWAM’S 48-HOUR DISASTER RELIEF RESPONSE HOTLINE
  8. IN PRAISE OF THOSE STANDING IN THE GAP
  9. THE BACKPAGE: MK RESOURCE LIST YOU’LL WANT TO SEE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GO EQUIPPED TENTMAKING COURSE IN OSLO NORWAY — Global Opportunities and TENT Norway have joined forces to put together intensive, focused courses for those wanting to investigate tentmaking. Yet another new course will be launched this November 16-19, open for everyone as all the teaching is in English. This course is identical to the ones being run annually in Fort Myers FLA in the winter, Bergen Norway in the spring (at the TENT headquarters) and in Victoria BC Canada in the summer. You will hear from international speakers with tentmaking experience: Gerson Celeti from Italy, Ari Rocklin from Canada and Steinar Opheim from Norway. For more information and to register for the Oslo course, browse to

    http://www.tent.no/arrangement

    or write steinar(dot)opheim(at)tent(dot)no [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].


  2. IN SEARCH OF WEBSITE HOSTS FOR TUNISIAN ARABIC MEDIA CONTENT — Some audio recordings of Tunisian dialect Arabic scriptures and worship music have been recorded. Now the question is, how can it be made available for the first time to 10 million Tunisians? If you know of a ministry (maybe especially one that focuses on media and Arabs…?) that would post this content online, please email details to:

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


  3. HOW DO YOU TYPE IN ALL THOSE SPANISH CHARACTERS? — Take a tip from one of the Spanish-speaking Team Expansion workers documented here:

    http://bushnells.teamexpansion.org/Misc/KeyboardLayout.htm

    He says once you’ve shifted to this approach, you’ll never go back. (Thanks Chris!!!)


  4. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ACROSS BORDERS — Streams in the Desert delivers relief and development to the unreached through cyberspace, utilizing a network of dispatches. A dispatch is an individual, team, family, YWAM base, or ministry on location in any part of the world where there is a relief and development need. Streams’ dispatches focus primarily on community-based development, in particular to disabled or handicapped children, involving the child’s family and eventually the neighborhood and surrounding community. Dispatches are primarily linked through Streams’ e-mail group, which facilitates the transfer of external resources with needs in the dispatch’s location. Dispatches are also coordinated with field mediators in a particular region. As of April 2006 there were 24 countries with dispatches. Streams also contribute to relief and development through training. Streams in the Desert is an expanding ministry with expanding staff needs, in particular in the areas of personnel/registrar, administration, mobilization, accounting/bookkeeping, and communication. The door is wide open for dispatches (YWAM or non-YWAM) staff, and outreach teams to join in its strategic ministry of relief and development. For more information, contact or write the Streams Center, Email: streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    or log on at…

    http://www.streams7.multiply.com


  5. THE LATEST DVD FROM CREATE INTERNATIONAL — Hot off the presses is the New Contextual Gathering Showreel. This DVD features 5 examples of how home fellowships can be contextualised to reach the target audience. Now subtitled in English, this resource includes 3-5 minutes preview clips from our Kurdish, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian and Hindi full length productions. Find this powerful example at:

    http://www.createinternational.com


  6. HELP THEM FIND THE MASTER COPY OF THE HAO XIAOXI VIDEO — This evangelistic Mandarin video is having a *huge* impact among villagers and animists in China, but no one’s been able to dub it into minority languages because no one knows who produced this video and thus there’s no way to get hold of the original master audio and video tracks. Rumor has it that this video was produced in Korea. If you have any info on who has produced this video, please write

    taihaole(at)pobox(dot)com and let us know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. JOIN YWAM’S 48-HOUR DISASTER RELIEF RESPONSE HOTLINE — Disaster strikes. News reaches YWAM Kuala Lumpur. E-mails are fired out, phone calls made, meetings arranged. Within 24 hours YWAM recruits are mobilized from nearby bases. 24 hours after that they are on-site. Sound impossible? That’s the vision of the Disaster and Relief Office for Southeast Asia and Australia. Volunteers may come from any ministry in the world, must be available to reach a disaster stricken area once called, and must have the heart first of a servant. Medical training, construction work, and counseling skills are a plus. E-mail Elisha Tan at the Disaster and Relief Office for Southeast Asia and Australia at

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


  8. IN PRAISE OF THOSE STANDING IN THE GAP — Do you think these gifts encourage us here at Brigada? You bet they do. I can’t tell you how motivating it is. (Witness that I’m here at midnight doing this Brigada.) These people and groups stood in the gap this past week:

    GMI – $25 in honor of those who bought the Buddhist World CD. See their website at

    http://www.gmi.org

    In addition, $101.79 from Dial-abroad as a means of saying thanks for several players who went with dial-abroad.com (in July & August) [Please keep talking!] And $11.29 from Blessed Hope (Accxx communications) to say thanks for those who used their long distance service in June. Sign up at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Insurance Services of America stood good on their offer to share from insurance policies you bought for short-term mission trip travel by sending $ 115.92 (Please keep insuring! :-) ). Learn about their great policies at

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

    Hats off, too, to the Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino for sending $150. Please… if you’re searching for a church home with a missions heart, consider them. Learn more at

    http://www.pbcc.org/

    What’s more, we received great and encouraging gifts in these amounts from anonymous helpers: $200, $100, $25, $50, $50, $50, $26, $25, $25, $10 and $100 from the President of initiative 360. One anonymous donor wrote, “I know Brigada has served many Navigator missionaries including me. Thanks for your service to the Body.” Another wrote, “Keep up the excellent work.” Thank you so much for the encouragement.

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


  9. THE BACKPAGE: MK RESOURCE LIST YOU’LL WANT TO SEE — I’ve saved this item for the “Back Page” editorial in this rare case for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s probably one of the best compilations we’ve ever seen at Brigada — in 11 long years, a new edition every week, and this one takes the cake. It’s neat, it’s thorough, it’s comprehensive, and yet it’s still easy to digest. What’s more, it’s free and available.

    But we saved it for another reason: because to us, it typifies the spirit of Brigada. Just imagine… an organization (Team Expansion) hires on a new worker as MK Coordinator. How does she get started? She volunteers to serve as the compiler of a resource listing of MK information. She puts her plea in Brigada and dozens of willing contributors send her mongo reference lists of information. Heather has to cull through it all, take out the duplicates, organize it, then return the completed listing back to Brigada.

    Now the payback: Think of the resource she has in her hands. She knows it backward and forward (because she wrote it) and she can instantly use it in her daily work. But unselfishly, she instantly makes it available to an entire *wave* of people in the same vocation. So *everybody* comes out the winner.

    Shouldn’t that be merely an example of what we *all* do for our various roles and specialties? But make no mistake: it takes work, follow- through, and volunteerism. With those 3 ingredients, this system is a lay-down. And Heather had them all, in abundance.

    So — here’s the fruit of her labor… and of everyone working together on Brigada. Thanks to those who contributed:

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

    So… hats off to you Heather… and all those who pitched in ideas. Bravo!

20060917 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE MISSION CHALLENGE VIDEO
  2. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE
  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  4. A CONFERENCE FOR THE PRAYING, MISSIONARY CHURCH
  5. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
  6. WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS
  7. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS
  8. COSIM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
  9. ANOTHER OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE
  10. BONDING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL
  11. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  12. SERVE IN BENIN
  13. ARE YOU A BRIGADA LURKER?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: GRACE IS OUR TEACHER
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE MISSION CHALLENGE VIDEO — PhotoMission offers a free 5-minute downloadable video ‘Every Knee Shall Bow’. With worldwide pictures, appropriate Bible verses and music, but no voice-over, it offers an ideal keynote introduction to the urgency of the mission mandate, which can be used in any mission-advocacy or church meeting. The video is available in a range of resolutions, and PhotoMission is happy for it to be redistributed on, for example, mission promotion CDs and DVDs.

    http://photomission.jkpphoto.com/eksb.htm

    Those who would prefer a different musical background could run a different audio track but still give credit to the original producer for the video content. (Thanks, Tony, for the tip on this resource!)


  2. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE — Check out

    http://www.chinamembercare.com

    Several materials are now available in Chinese to help support Chinese Christian workers. They are free and on-line. Collectively, they are called “Running to Win — Resources for Chinese Workers.” The materials include 16 key articles, five case studies (with audio files), and two books (Thriving in Another Culture, and Through Desert Sands — an account of Chinese workers in Africa). Each article has a short introduction to orient the readers about its relevance to Chinese contexts. Audio files for all the chapters have been finished and will be uploaded soon. Currently all the materials, except the Chinese audios, are in both Chinese and English. (Thanks to the anonymous worker who labored long to develop these.)


  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” More information, teaching materials, free downloads (several thematic English versions and multiple languages), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com

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


  4. A CONFERENCE FOR THE PRAYING, MISSIONARY CHURCH — Please join us at the “Seek Him to Save Them” conference at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, October 26-28, 2006. Pastors John Piper, Jim Cymbala, and Daniel Henderson are the featured speakers. Through seeking the Lord in united prayer and leading your congregation into the harvest fields, your church can experience a renewed vision for Him and for taking His glory to the ends of the earth! This conference is being held in conjunction with Grace Church’s annual Missions Festival. For more information or to register, visit

    http://www.strategicrenewal.com

    or send an e-mail to Lori Lane info(at)strategicrenewal(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS — Here’s an opportunity to travel to Central and North India to capture stories of God’s work in India among the unreached. This two month trip will include visiting our various Bible Colleges, Mercy Homes, and field missionaries – getting professional job experience in various fields. If you are interested in experiencing native missions first hand while using your skills for the kingdom, please contact the Media Director: Stephen Ernst sernst(at)rimi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call +1-847-856-9321 or browse to

    http://www.rimi.org

    to learn more about Reaching Indians Ministries Int’l.


  6. WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS — This past week we heard from a brother who had just spent a week with local citizens in a sensitive country. They were training local believers for personal evangelism in hostile environments. Apparently, a That led to a decision that no team member, including the director, would any longer grant video taped interviews to anyone at all — even when you are one of the team partners as is my case. More than being disappointed in not getting video for a story that select others need to hear, I was really disturbed that some camera happy brother had carelessly put our team members here even more at risk than they already are. It would be even more disturbing if I were to discover that this individual were using those video clips for his own personal gain in support raising. You know the routine — personal publicity about how well connected one is with frontliners, etc. The Church in today’s world needs to care for the security of those who are out there doing the hard stuff, not parade them for all the world to know about. So please, watch what you do with those video clips. (Thanks to the anonymous brother who shared this testimony.)

  7. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS — “The Next Mile” is a collaborative effort of over 30 mission agencies and organizations who believe that a successful short-term mission experience is one that brings about a long-term commitment to God’s purpose in the lives of those participating. Their collective purpose: to address the “black hole” of short-term missions by providing resources for effective follow-through.

    Phase one of The Next Mile includes curriculum for short-term teams that places special emphasis on the follow-up for team members. For example, the Mile Post devotional contains 52 self-paced devotionals designed to encourage returning team members to stretch their experience into a life changing milestone. For more information, USA callers can contact The Next Mile toll free while others can call via Net2Phone at 800-533-5822. Visit on the web at

    http://www.thenextmile.org

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


  8. COSIM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The next annual COSIM conference is scheduled for June 11-13, 2007 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, IL. The theme is “Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: From frustration to joy in cross-cultural partnerships.” The featured plenary speakers and facilitators are Sherwood Lingenfelter. Paul Gupta, and John Watters. This will be a highly interactive conference to facilitate practical training, creative dialog, case study analysis, and strategic thinking – to equip and encourage Christian leaders engaged in cross-cultural ministry partnerships. For more information, visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosim.info


  9. ANOTHER OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE — Check out

    http://www.enjoyprepaid.com

    There are 4 different plans available, so you can scale your plan to your specific pattern of use. Costs per minute for United Kingdom range from 12 cents/min. down to *two* cents/min. Other countries are similar. You’ll call a local number then use a PIN — or a toll-free number (for a bit more) when you travel. You can designate your home phone as “pinless.” (Thanks David!)


  10. BONDING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL — Thanks to those who gave feedback on bonding (as popularized by the Brewsters’ little blue book, “Bonding and the Missionary Task.” It’s plain to see that bonding is still alive and well, and that, though it can introduce hardship, it can also greatly bless. It also seemed that, confirming my hunch, it’s being applied in a very spotty way. There was a clear consensus, though, that it’s worth the effort — when implemented with reason.

  11. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS Ministry has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. They’ve provided cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. Get new or used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! There sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

    http://www.mats.org

    or email car(at)mats(dot)org or call toll free 888-776-7211 in the USA or 765-965-7777.


  12. SERVE IN BENIN — Short-term mission opportunities are available for those wishing to minister to the interior and unreached people of Benin Republic. Serve 3-6 months distributing evangelistic materials, tracts, reading glasses, Bibles and discussion with the villagers. There is no salary for the services but feeding, accommodation and materials for evangelism will be given. Those interested should email

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

    http://pcm.ministryhome.org

    (Remember to check out each ministry for yourself before you seek to serve there.)


  13. ARE YOU A BRIGADA LURKER? — We welcome lurkers… those who participate in this ministry by reviewing Brigada Todays, then occasionally using a resource or two here and there, or even passing something on to a teammate or friend. After all, that’s why we go to all this trouble. But we also are very *grateful* for those who undergird this work with an occasional gift. Whether you’re a missions rep. in a local church or a missionary overseas or a college prof — either way, we’re glad you’re hear. If you would spur along our work, we’d be ever-so-grateful. The moment we make our 2006 budget, we’ll not mention money again for the remainder of the year. For more information, visit:

    http://www.brigada.org

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


  14. THE BACKPAGE: GRACE IS OUR TEACHER — Lately, I’ve been pondering the concept that grace is our *teacher*. It beckons us to walk a pure life because, when given freely, we then serve Him out of *gratitude* rather than because of rules. Galatians 3:24 says the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ . . . but once we come to understand the life of faith, then *grace* becomes our schoolmaster to teach us to be like Jesus himself. Discovering this little point is both freeing and sobering all at the same time. While we celebrate the fact that, in the end, we know we can count on Heaven for eternity (only through the blood of Christ), we are *broken* when we realize that we have abused the freedoms that God gave us, taking them much too far for our own good. So in the end, living life is like constantly walking in that trust… but at the same time, constantly being sorry for the times we’ve abused it. Romans 12:1-2 reads, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” No wonder Paul would break into praise in the middle of his writings. He was so touched by God’s love. Let’s face it — without that love, we’re toast. Thank God for Grace.

20060910 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. FIRST DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES SENT TO AFRICA
  3. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS TO BE JULY 9-11
  4. HUNTING FOR HOSTS & HOSTESSES
  5. MORE FOLLOWUP ON GET PEOPLE PRAYING
  6. HOUSE OR PRAYER
  7. WEBINAR SERVICES?
  8. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE UP FOR LOOKS
  9. A SIMPLER VOICE-OVER-INTERNET OFFER?
  10. PDFS WITHOUT WAITING (OR PAYING) FOR OFFICE 2007
  11. SHARE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARY KIDS
  12. FREE 4-COLOR TRACTS ON MORMONS AND JWS IN 20+ LANGUAGES
  13. THE BACKPAGE: SATELLITES HAVE THE HIGH GROUND
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. This course will be offered on January 8 – February 2, 2007 and again on May 7 – June 1, 2007. Note that the January course is nearly full and limited spots remain.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities.

    For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-10/06.


  2. FIRST DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES SENT TO AFRICA — Talking Bibles International recently sent its first 1,000 new digital, solid-state Talking Bibles to Malawi, Africa. These Talking Bibles have a special arrangement of Scripture passages from the Old Testament as well as the entire New Testament in the Chichewa language. Learn more at…

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

    and

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

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


  3. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS TO BE JULY 9-11 — Tentmakers International (TI, formerly TIE) will hold its 5th Congress in Malaysia, and is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact ticongress(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or browse to

    http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or

    http://www.tentmakernet.com


  4. HUNTING FOR HOSTS & HOSTESSES — YWAM Sahara Center in Torremolinos, Spain is seeking a couple for hospitality ministry. Interested parties can contact Mark at markf(at)gosahara(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. MORE FOLLOWUP ON GET PEOPLE PRAYING —- Why do people not care enough about missions to pray? A reporter interviewed two men who were digging ditches. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” He quickly replied, “I’m digging ditches.” Asked the same question the second man replied, “I am building a cathedral.” The person who only sees what HE is doing, whether it is ushering or getting excited about a friend’s marriage or a basketball game, is living life digging ditches. He does not see the big picture. What he needs is vision. What seems to be lacking in many churches is that vision of the big picture that missions is building the kingdom of God, and that through prayer for missions believers become an integral part of the building process. Until people in the pew catch that vision from their leaders, prayer for missions will continue to be viewed as just digging ditches. (Thanks for sending this item all the way from Russia, Tom!)

  6. HOUSE OR PRAYER — Campo247 for November 06 is in the southern most part of Spain near the Rock of Gibraltar, within eyesight of Morocco. Elijah Company and Intercessors Arise are uniting with the local churches to invite global Christians to join in this 24 / 7 prayer effort. The area is a point of entrance and exits for kingdoms, a focal point for four major ethnic groups and is at the summit between secular Europe and Muslim North Africa. Daily seminars will focus on missions, prayer, and various related topics. For details of the vision and ways to participate on-sight or from a distance see the web site at

    http://www.campo247.com

    or write to info(at)campo247(dot)com or call +1-757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. WEBINAR SERVICES? — Eddie and Alice Smith offer a free 52-week online school of prayer at

    http://www.TeachMeToPray.com

    They have several thousand students and wish to begin conducting teleclasses. Many of their students in other nations can’t afford a one-hour telephone call to the U.S. for training. Most of them utilize dialup Internet services. The Smiths would like your recommendations for inexpensive audio/video Internet training services. Do you use a webinar service? If so, please forward your recommendations to Eddie Smith at usprayercenter(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE UP FOR LOOKS — Check out the latest edition of Momentum Magazine (September/October 2006) at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org


  9. A SIMPLER VOICE-OVER-INTERNET OFFER? — Rod at MissionFinder.org found a different approach to free phone calls, offered by JaJah.com. Nothing to download, no start-up or connection fees, no special equipment. You use your regular phone, cordless phone, or cell phone, and calls are free to other JaJah users in many countries. JaJay says calls to the rest of the world are very inexpensive. You can schedule calls ahead of time, set up conference calls, etc. This can save your money for use for other mission needs! (Thanks Rod!)

  10. PDFS WITHOUT WAITING (OR PAYING) FOR OFFICE 2007 — Neil reminded us of these suggestions for crafting PDFs…

    OpenOffice – which will read and write to Microsoft Office formats has “export as a pdf” built-in.

    http://www.openoffice.org/

    CutePDF converts pdf documents from any Windows program (including Office), and is free. Download from

    http://cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

    (Make sure you download and install the Ghostscript converter too, needed to make it work – available on the same page.)


  11. SHARE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARY KIDS — On October 12th and 13th there will be a conference in Moscow geared toward equipping parents as they seek to raise and educate their kids overseas. Topics will address the needs of parents choosing home schooling and national schooling as well as addressing general TCK and cross cultural parenting issues. North American norm-referenced testing will also be available to students using the IOWA Achievement test. Check out their web site

    http://www.ShareEducation.org

    for detailed information and registration. For inquiries contact Larry at lmilks(at)shareeducation(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. FREE 4-COLOR TRACTS ON MORMONS AND JWS IN 20+ LANGUAGES — Get free tracts on the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormon Church available for the price of shipping, or downloadable from the internet. Most are in 4 color. They are produced by the Institute for Religious Research and available for the cost of shipping only if used for free distribution outside the USA. For downloadable articles organized by language go to:

    http://www.irr.org/languages

    To view sample pdfs go to:

    http://irr.org/resources.html

    To request tracts and get shipping estimates, USA callers may dial toll-free: 1 877-888-4477; outside the USA call 616-451-4562 or request information via email at: sarah(at)irr(dot)org


  13. THE BACKPAGE: SATELLITES HAVE THE HIGH GROUND — It began with a broadcast. Moeb (not his real name), a young man living in North Africa, was flipping through his family’s TV channels when he came across a broadcast about Jesus. He had heard about this prophet. He paused to watch for a minute. At the end of the program, he noticed an address. Curious, he wrote to ask for more information.

    Meanwhile, one of our mission’s workers in North Africa had become interested in satellite broadcasting as a way to “cast the net” larger. He traveled to Amsterdam to learn more from a studio there. As he started to leave, they asked if he would consider taking back some materials for a young inquirer.

    Once he arrived back in the Muslim land where he worked, the Christian worker sought out the address and actually found Moeb. He delivered the information and set up a follow-up meeting to answer Moeb’s questions. Six months later, the Christian worker baptized Moeb and welcomed him to the Kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, the worker is now focusing on satellite broadcasting full-time. His energies will become another piece in the global effort to bless Muslims with more knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray for him and others like him laboring to bring Good News and Hope to those who haven’t heard.

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