20050612 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HALF WAY THERE ON FOLLOWERSHIP SURVEYS! (PLEASE HELP!)
2. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES
3. START IN MISSIONS WITH A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
4. NEW WEB BASED CHURCH SOFTWARE
5. MISSIONARY NEEDS A RESOURCE TO ADOPT A TSUNAMI AFFECTED ORPHAN
6. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THIS BRIGADA POSSIBLE
7. FOR STORYTELLING?
8. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR NINE MONTHS
9. TEACH TO REACH
10. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
11. DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY?
12. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE
13. WANT TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT BRIGADA?
14. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT’S IT TAKE TO LAUNCH A MOVEMENT?
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. HALF WAY THERE ON FOLLOWERSHIP SURVEYS! (PLEASE HELP!) — Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. But as of midnight on June 23rd, 247 team members had completed the followership survey that I’m using for my doctoral dissertation! That means we just crossed the halfway mark to our hopeful goal of 500 surveys. What’s more, we’ve approached the leaders of 181 of those followers and 123 have already responded. That means 2 out of every 3 team leaders are taking time to give input! Thank you so much for the time you’ve invested… and for your interest in helping further our joint understanding of followership. Now… the other side of the coin… Gulp… we still have to find another 253 followers… and we have to hope that all their team leaders will respond too. (The surveys can’t be used unless the leader takes part.) Will you take 5 minutes and participate today? Remember, we state in writing — you aren’t going to be added to any lists. (See the privacy release.) (After more than 10 years of preparing Brigada Today, we’ve never sold or distributed a single email address to anyone; we’re not about to start now.) It’s this simple: I’d love to finish my Ph.D. Will you help? Do you know someone who might? Just send them to: http://brigada.org/followership/ Thank you!
2. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES — In 2005, students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified, experienced and passionate professors, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. The Zwemer Center is offering four Muslim Studies seminars during the month of July at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Seminars may also be taken for credit. Summer Studies 2005: July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (CIU faculty) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29 Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

For more information: US callers can dial toll free 800-777-2227 x3327; others may call 803-754-4100 x3327. Or check out: http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies or Email muslimstudies(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] BTW, they also have a significant number of scholarships ($300 each) available.
3. START IN MISSIONS WITH A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006- mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and an 8 week field assignment in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, and much more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
4. NEW WEB BASED CHURCH SOFTWARE — Imagine if all your church leaders, staff and even missionaries around the globe could look up member information via the web at any time from anywhere. Ascribe is a new information solution for churches that integrates both member and website management into a single, powerful web-based solution. With Ascribe you can empower each ministry with online tools to manage information, assign tasks, print labels, send email and build community. You can also use Ascribe to publish your entire website: webpages, calendars, photos, blogs & custom forms. For more information visit http://www.ascribedata.com
5. MISSIONARY NEEDS A RESOURCE TO ADOPT A TSUNAMI AFFECTED ORPHAN — Can you help an American missionary in Spain who desires to adopt a child displaced and orphaned by the Tsunami? Please contact him if you are aware of a reputable agency or a specific need. His email is: adoptachild(at)gmail(dot)com
6. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THIS BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Hats off to the anonymous giver who gave $100 “for the kingdom and what you do to promote Mission Network News.” Thanks, also, to the giver working in Brazil, who shared $50, almost completely anonymously — obviously moved with compassion. And thanks for the gift of $250, writing, “Your work is a constant source of blessing and vital information. May the Lord bless you as you bless His sending community.” We also heard from a worker with “Women of the Harvest”, with resources for missionary women all over the world – $100. Blessed Hope – $14.14 + $15 for someone who opened an Inphonic account.
7. To these and all others who help undergird Brigada, we say thank you!!!! FOR STORYTELLING? — Many of you have purchased Bible-based ESL curriculum from Don Erickson at EFCM International Network. The EFCM domain has been getting more Spam than they can digest. Therefore they are dropping that domain name very soon. Please change the e-mail address for ordering curriculum to DonErickson(at)efcaim(dot)org. In countries where web security is an issue the address sales(at)eslcurriculum(dot)net can be used. If possible please pass this change on to anyone you know that may want or need to know.
8. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR NINE MONTHS — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intensive Bible school open to C/DTS graduates. Inductive study is done book by book employing thorough observation, careful interpretation, and personal application. Students go through the Bible five times in nine months! SBS gives a balanced view of the Scriptures as a whole and exposes students to the richness of the Bible in its continuity, various styles of literature, and historical backgrounds. We’re praying that God is directing you towards this blessing! SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 2006. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca.
9. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. The YWAM TESL center can train you to teach effectively in their TESOL course. Courses will be offered August 29 through September 23 and October 3 through October 28 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at www.ywampa.org or e- mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net
10. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $10 each. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chock full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY? — Neal Pirolo has done it again! If you are in a Youth Group, a Short Term Team, or a High School or College Graduate, a Youth or Missions Leader, any part of the missions endeavor then you need Neal’s latest book, “I Think God Wants Me To Be A Missionary.”

This exciting story features four young people who believe God wants them to be a missionary. Join them as they deal with issues everyone considering going to the mission field should consider long before saying good-bye.

To find out about a special pre-publication offer and to place your order, visit ERI’s website at http://www.eri.org or call 858 292-7020.
12. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE — Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (Pasadena, CA) is offering the course MB530 “Language/Culture Learning and Mission” July 16 (Saturday) to July 29. This 4-unit (quarter system) practical course teaches language and culture learning skills, and includes field-work in one of the many ethnic communities in the Los Angeles area. For more information about the class, please see the course description on Fuller’s website http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/053/MB530_Brewster_053.html or contact Dr. Betty Sue Brewster brewster(at)fuller(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] call 1-800- 235-2222 (USA toll-free) ext 3751, or 626-304-3751. You can enroll for audit or credit – for enrollment information call 1-800-AFULLER (USA Toll Free) or 1-626-584-5400.
13. WANT TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT BRIGADA? — If you’d like to build a bridge to the next Brigada, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising.
14. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT’S IT TAKE TO LAUNCH A MOVEMENT? — Ten Universal Elements. That’s what David Garrison found in research for his little booklet, “Church Planting Movements”. He found that, after surveying church planting movements (CPMs) around the world, these 10 elements seemed present in every single one of them. It probably goes without saying, then, that those who want to start a CPM would want to invest some time in figuring out how to implement these 10 practices as a matter of course:

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

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

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

God bless your weekend!

Doug

PS. Read the full text of David Garrison’s book on “Church Planting Movements” at: http://www.imb.org/CPM/ You can even order a free copy. How ’bout those Baptists. :-)

20050605 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MISSION NANNYS IS OFFERING TO HELP YOU
2. NEW BOOK OFFERS WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON MISSIONS
3. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST
4. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP NETWORK
5. 2005 FULLER HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE
6. MUSLIM STUDIES
7. TEACH ENGLISH IN TSUNAMI IMPACTED THAILAND
8. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EMAIL EXTORTION RING?
9. SEND BRIGADA FORWARD
10. HELP FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF FOLLOWERSHIP
11. THE BACK PAGE: HOW TO LEVEL A REALLY BIG CISTERN
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. MISSION NANNYS IS OFFERING TO HELP YOU — Mission Nannys, an organization created to glorify God by sending volunteer women overseas to help missionary families, is in need of Opportunities of Service from missionaries. They seek free room and board in the home and tender loving care for the volunteer. They love children, helping with homeschooling, cooking, cleaning or whatever is needed. If interested, just write bettysullins(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 see their website at http://www.missionnannys.org (Thanks, Mission Nannys, for the $100 sponsorship for Brigada! We appreciate your help in getting Brigada out the door and onto the screens of the 10,000+ members across the globe.
2. NEW BOOK OFFERS WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON MISSIONS — Here’s a new book by Caleb Project that provides an engaging inside look at the lives of women on the mission field. In an effort to support and encourage women entering or already in missions, Through Her Eyes, by Caleb Project author Marti Smith (published by Authentic Media) shares the personal experiences of women living and ministering in the Muslim world. After seven years as a mission mobilizer with Caleb Project, Marti Smith had the opportunity to get a closer look when she spent a year in a Muslim country with a church-planting team, shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. The result of this experience, the book Through Her Eyes, shares the stories of two dozen women – some single, some married – as they reveal the nuances of their everyday lives as missionaries overseas: dealing with loneliness, learning a new language, helping children adjust to the new culture, maintaining healthy marriages, and balancing ministry and family roles. Purchase this book at http://www.calebproject.org/store. (If you get a chance, let them know you heard about it here. No referral fees or sponsorships involved — just fun when they write and tell me they received 30 new orders during the 48 hours after Brigada released the information.)
3. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST — From July 18nd to 29th, Columbia International University will be offering an introductory course on the Techniques of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Speaking, Listening, and Reading (LNG 6740). This three semester hour graduate level course introduces students to communicative language teaching, lesson planning, and practical techniques for the classroom. The course may be taken as part of Columbia’s MA in TEFL or as a stand-alone introduction to English language teaching. For more information, please see CIU’s Summer Studies website http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies or contact Dr. Kay kherbert(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also call: 1-803-754-4100, ext. 3316, or toll-free in the U.S. or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800-777-2227.
4. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP NETWORK — This network is offered by the Elijah Company and designed to give practical instruction and encouragement. This bimonthly e-mail has been helpful to some already on the field and others planning to go. To subscribe send an empty e- mail addressed to elijahcompany-mentorshipnetwork-subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to http://www.elijahcompany.org for information on other Elijah Company services.
5. 2005 FULLER HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA will be hosting its second annual Healthcare Missions Conference on June 24th and 25th. It will be a wonderful time for those who serve the Lord in healthcare missions, both domestically and abroad. Continuing Education for physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals will be available. Visit the conference website http://fullerhealthcaremissions.info
6. MUSLIM STUDIES — The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University has a significant number of scholarships ($300 each) available. Four weekly subjects (July 4-29) include: Introduction to Islam; Folk Islam, Approaches to Islam; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions. (They are also offering Arabic, June 13- July 8.) If interested, contact them ASAP muslimstudies(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by phone: 800-777-2227, ext. 3325. Register online: http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies.
7. TEACH ENGLISH IN TSUNAMI IMPACTED THAILAND — You can be involved for two weeks up to a semester. The Khao Lak Community Computer Center offers English classes to those impacted directly and indirectly by the Tsunami. People are hungry to learn English and this is an avenue for them to learn about you. You would fly into Bangkok for a cultural and teaching orientation at one of the premier Christian English training schools in Thailand, the Baptist Student Centre. Then fly into Phuket and be taken by road to Khao Lak, the area most impacted by the Tsunami. You will stay in a local, clean hotel within walking distance of the center and would fit right into an existing program. Term example: Two weeks: $1990; One month: $2540; 15 week semester: $4550. For more information, visit http://thailandtsunamirelief.blogspot.com/ and Click on the Volunteer Coordinator on the right bottom. Opportunities start July 30th!
8. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EMAIL EXTORTION RING? — If so, it wasn’t a joke. One of the latest virus attacks, known as PGPcoder, literally encrypts your hard drive then demands “ransom” money to get the key to unlock it. Talk about dirty pool. It leaves a text file instructing users to send a payment for $200 in return for the decryption instructions. What are they thinking? In the first place, couldn’t someone just look up the address where they’re supposed to send the money? Duh. In the second place, wouldn’t one hope that Symantec and everybody else will write preventative measures for this kind of vandalism/extortion? Honestly… the imagination of the “dark side” sometimes astounds me. So… bottom line… keep those antivirus programs up to date and hope for the best. We can’t afford to be without them any more.
9. SEND BRIGADA FORWARD — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising.
10. HELP FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF FOLLOWERSHIP — Will you take 5′ to help further our understanding of followership style and how it impacts team performance and personal job satisfaction? (You’ll also be helping Doug finish his doctorate?) It’s free — and I give you my word you won’t be added to any marketing list! (You have 10+ years of being on Brigada today as evidence. We never sell your identity.) :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ We could really use your help on this. Please ask whomever you can. We need about 500 participants and so far we have just a couple of hundred.
11. THE BACK PAGE: HOW TO LEVEL A REALLY BIG CISTERN — Over the past week, some of our office staff have been participating in a kind of “job enrichment” program. :-) You see, the big-shot contractors wanted thousands of dollars in labor costs to tear down this mice-infested house on the new piece of property we’ve purchased. So a couple of us thought… Hey… if we chip away and even remove a *few* pieces, at least it’ll be farther along than we were before. (See the initial sequence at: http://www.teamexpansion.org by clicking on the link in the upper left entitled, “6/14 Mice-infested House Toppled”. By the way, that’s me in the driver’s seat in… http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01376web-res.jpg and http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01390web-res.jpg Well the next thing you know, I was sitting in the seat of a Cat 953C “High Lift” bulldozer. Well everything was going peachy until we encountered this old cistern at the back corner of the house. See it: http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC04913web-res.jpg Yikes that thing was tough. We tried everything imaginable, even digging it out. But not even this big 953C could penetrate the walls (which were 8″ of concrete with rebar reinforcement). As everybody else went home (around 5:30), I told them I might kind of hang around and putter at it. So I climbed on the D6. See it at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01367web-res.jpg (That’s me brainstorming with my buddy, Bob, who serves as our Outreach Director at Team Expansion.) Well true – this D6 is a big dozer and it’s got a lot of power. But honest… it just couldn’t make a dent (literally) in this cistern. So I began to just try to chip away one corner. I would drive over it. Then I’d tap it, and pick at it, then drive over it some more. After more than an *hour* of patient picking, I experienced a breakthrough: One small 3″ chip of the concrete cap gave way. 30″ later, most of the top was peeled off like the lid of a sardine can. I called a friend with a water pump and, as darkness closed in, we pumped out all the water. The next day, our Ass’t Operations Director, Aaron, finished it off in an hour or so. See the “after” look at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01487web-res.jpg So what did I learn from this whole experience? I learned that even with a big tool, sometimes it still takes a very long time to crack through a strong challenge. Sometimes, in fact, it’s more about the operator’s patience and determination than it is about even the size of the tool. And … ok… I admit it. I also learned that driving a D6 is a rush.

So either way, keep chipping away at that big problem. Maybe just take one single 2-hour class toward your Masters degree. Get started. Putter. Meander. Enjoy the journey. It’s ok if something takes a long time. What’s the hurry anyway. :-)

Doug

20050529 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. :-( WE STILL NEED 300 OR SO MORE SURVEY-TAKERS :-(
2. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS IN US AND CANADA
3. WELCOME, BRACKENHURST CENTER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION
4. SEEKING GLOBAL DIAL-UP SERVICE
5. NEW RESOURCE TO KEEP CHURCHES IN TUNE WITH MISSIONS
6. AIMS APPOINTS THREE NEW VPs
7. PEOPLE RAISING SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL
8. EVERYTHINGMISSIONS.COM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FIELD
9. ADVENTURES WITH INTERACT MINISTRIES
10. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
11. WOULD YOU HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA?
12. PLEASE HELP WITH SURVEY
13. THE BACK PAGE: WHICH IS IT
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. :-( WE STILL NEED 300 OR SO MORE SURVEY-TAKERS :-( — Thanks to the 200 or so people what have logged on at:
http://brigada.org/followership/
where they’ve taken a 5-minute survey that will hopefully allow Doug to finish his dissertation. Trouble is, he needs about 300 more people… 500 in all. One reader wrote this past week, ” Hi, Doug! Can you use my Filipino staff for your dissertation? Most of them are professionals, they raise some of their own support & we are definitely an evangelical mission organization!” The answer? Most definitely. If you’d like to help… or if you know someone (or 300 someones) who can, send them to:
http://brigada.org/followership/
2. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS IN US AND CANADA — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold back-to-back Christian comics seminars in August 2005. Lifewerks will host the US event at Bible Baptist Church in Claymont, DE (greater Philadelphia metro area) on August 8-10. Concept Erya will host the Canadian event at The Baptist Church of Longueil in Longueil (Quebec) from August 12-14. These seminars are for Christian communicators who want training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. Sessions include Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. For the US event please contact Lifewerks at KieffJ5(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 .] Canadians may register for the Quebec event online at http://www.concepterya.com/coursbd.asp To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
3. WELCOME, BRACKENHURST CENTER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION — Reader Ed Brown reports that he and colleagues in Kenya have just formed this new organization to pursue ‘a God-centered response to environmental crises that brings glory to the Creator.’ The US base is in Madison, WI, and the organization has one project running in Kenya. Ed and colleagues hope to be a resource to fellow mission organizations while mobilizing the church toward a meaningful and effective, God glorifying response to environmental challenges. Resources for other ministries will eventually include seminars on such topics as appropriate responses to environmental problems, and using environmental outreach as entry strategies in limited access areas. Consultations are available now. Ed would love to hear from you! Check out their website: http://www.careofcreation.org or write to Ed at careofcreation(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 .]
4. SEEKING GLOBAL DIAL-UP SERVICE — Has anyone a recommendation for a good, economical global internet dial-up service offering multiple connections in Africa and Asia. AT&T has cut back on international numbers. Barb is now using MaGlobe, which is charged by the minute ($8 hourly in Africa). I’ve used GRIC and Skype. Is there anything better? IPass? Others? Please reply to: barb(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] We’ll ask her to assemble a report so we can present it hear at a later date.
5. NEW RESOURCE TO KEEP CHURCHES IN TUNE WITH MISSIONS — Are you looking for a resource that can not only keep missions in front of your church, but also encourages missions involvement? Mission Network News, a service of Cornerstone University, is now producing a monthly church bulletin insert subscription service. The annual subscription provides your church with the latest news from the field each month, plus opportunities to pray and physically help. These stories are taken right from their radio broadcast and are only days old by they time they’re delivered. Go to http://www.MNNonline.org/ and click on the bulletin insert to see a sample and subscribe.
6. AIMS APPOINTS THREE NEW VPs — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has added three new leaders for its global outreach team: Bill Fast, Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer; Donna Fast, Vice President of Financial Operations and Chief Financial Officer; and a new Vice President of International Ministry (omitted for security reasons). Learn more about AIMS at http://www.aims.org
7. PEOPLE RAISING SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term missions trips through a specially designed 16-page People Raising support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. EVERYTHINGMISSIONS.COM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FIELD — This place very well could become your missions outfitters and suppliers discount superstore. They handle short and long term missions supplies, resources and needs.

For more info contact Matt http://www.everythingmissions.com

matt(at)everythingmissions(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. ADVENTURES WITH INTERACT MINISTRIES –- Do you feel the “call of the wild,” or are you just feeling called to the Great White North? Then InterAct Ministries may be a perfect fit for you. InterAct plants churches along the North Pacific Crescent, which includes Western Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. They offer short terms trips (Impacts) every summer and have a wide variety of full-time positions available. Check out their website: http://www.interactministries.org For more information, email Shawn at shawn.strannigan(at)interactministries(dot)org .
10. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS! — Thanks to COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries) for their very kind $100 gift. Learn more about their 2005 conference at http://www.cosimnet.org Thanks, too, to the anonymous encouraging friend who sent $50 with a note attached: “Thank you for your faithful service to us all. No acknowledgement desired.” (glow) :-)
11. WOULD YOU HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA? — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. Our goal is to raise $16,576 for 2005 and so far, we’re up to $5,328.22.
12. PLEASE HELP WITH SURVEY — Will you take 5′ to help Doug finish his doctorate? It’s free! :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ Doug’s making progress. About 180 or so have completed the survey. He has set a goal to finish the entire project during the next 6 months. Please, please tackle a 5-minute survey so Doug can finish this degree! :-) Thanks!!!
13. THE BACK PAGE: WHICH IS IT — A “SIGN” OR A “SINKHOLE” — The mission with which I work, Team Expansion, has recently acquired 61 acres where we hope to build a prayer, retreat, and training center for missionaries and those who send them. In a couple of basins on the property, we have sinkholes. Think of these babies as ‘caves in formation.’ They may be interesting geologically… but they’re kind of a hassle practically. Our volunteers can be walking along through a patch of high weeds and suddenly just vanish. It’s definitely a negative motivator for recruiting new volunteers. (OK… I’m exaggerating just a bit… but only a bit.)

How are we supposed to view these sinkholes? Does it mean God didn’t intend for us to purchase this property? Unlikely… By God’s grace, the project went from start to finish — all 61 acres — 100% paid for in less than 16 months, all by means of a unique strategy that didn’t even require a capital funding campaign. (That’s the subject of another “Back Page”. :-) ) So it’s obvious to us that God has been “in it.” Besides… there are only 2 relatively small areas where they occur… and we’ve already started mitigating both areas with input from a geologist from the US Dept. of Natural Resources (using special forms of French drains). In short, we’re kind of glad they’re there. As I say — they’re kind of an interesting feature. (I say that even as we work to eliminate or lessen their impact on the basin where they occur. :-) )

So if they’re not a “sign” to turn back, what are they then? I look at them like a track runner looks at hurdles. They’re just something else we have to jump over (kind of literally! :-) ).

Sometimes it’s helpful to remember these sinkholes as we tackle other more “spiritual” projects. Having trouble entering a new country? Somebody at the conference table inevitably says, “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.” Maybe. Maybe not. You see, what I’m trying to say is … I don’t believe each and every apparent difficulty is put there as a spiritual signpost to tell us to turn back.

So if you can’t buy the first storefront for your new church facility, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not supposed to buy a storefront. It just might mean you can’t by *that* one. Take Paul for instance. He certainly didn’t stop his missionary journeys when he ran into just any ole adversity. He was shipwrecked, stoned, and even nearly killed — but still felt the power of the Lord urging him forward. (II Cor. 11:23-27, 12:10) When Peter and John encountered arrests and other roadblocks, they actually took them as a kind of ‘dare’, praying to God for all the more boldness (Acts 4:29). Any more, I kind of *savor* the chance to “smile into the face of stress”. By that I mean… when I begin to become aware that stress is building in my life, I break out in this telltale confident grin. In fact, sometimes I think — we must *reeeally* be on to something now, if we’re encountering this kind of challenge. (Satan isn’t going to give up these territories without a fight, you know.)

So — signs or sinkholes — you decide (but only with a lot of prayer). In the meantime, smile into the face of stress. You’ll be glad you did… because it’s a jungle out there. :-) Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go search for those volunteers. I know they’re here somewhere. :-)

Doug

20050522 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PLEASE HELP DOUG FINISH HIS PH.D. – IN JUST 5′
2. UNHINDERED 2005
3. HAS THE GRAY MATRIX HELPED YOU?
4. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN
5. STUDY MISSIONS IN ASIA
6. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
7. WANTED: MISSIONS INTERNS
8. TEACH IN AZERBAIJAN
9. SONG LYRIC SLIDES MADE EASY
10. WE’RE LIKE . . . *REEEEEEALLY* GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
11. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. PLEASE HELP DOUG FINISH HIS PH.D. – IN JUST 5′ — That’s right… Trying to put a ribbon on a Ph.D. in Management. Only my dissertation remains. You know what that means. I need test subjects! :-) If you have a supervisor, and if you work for a non-profit mission agency, church or humanitarian organization, you’re perfect! Nothing gets turned in to your organization — we won’t tell whatever you say. :-) We just need 500 workers from *somewhere*!!! I’m so very thankful for the 74 that have already taken part since last Brigada Today. :-( But I still need about 426 others. Will you take 5′ to help? It’s free! :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ Thanks!!!
2. UNHINDERED 2005 — Consider attending “Unhindered 2005”, located in Frisco, Colorado, on June 23-26. This is an event aimed at missions- minded young adults who have a passion for world evangelization. George Miley and Pete Greig (founder of the 24-7 prayer movement) will be among the speakers. Check out website: http://www.unhinderedgeneration.com for more information such as registration and lodging options.
3. HAS THE GRAY MATRIX HELPED YOU? — The Gray Matrix, a development of the Engel Scale by Frank Gray of FEBC, isa remarkably useful concept. It helps us to understand where someone stands spiritually, and therefore different strategies that can be used to reach them. It also helps us to understand and validate different types of evangelism. http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/gray-matrix.php

Frank is planning to write further material about the Matrix. He would like to have examples of ways in which the Matrix has helped different groups to understand and use evangelism strategies. If the Matrix has assisted you personally, or your ministry or church, please could you write in a few sentences how this happened. Write to: guide(at)web-evangelism(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. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN — CCA is putting on their Third Annual International Conference on August 2nd-6th at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, TN, USA. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Next Steps to Completing the Task” and will feature a unique worship and prayer celebration led by Afghans, specific break out sessions for the younger generation, and much more! Join other believers who are passionate about reaching the peoples of Afghanistan. To learn more about this conference or CCA, check out: http://www.ccafghan.org or email Smoses (at)gbconline(dot)net or call Steve [901]569-9797.
5. STUDY MISSIONS IN ASIA — Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary in Penang, Malaysia, will begin offering two new degree programs in missions in 2006. The Master of Arts in missions will be a 36-credit program, designed to be completed in one year. The Doctor of Missiology program will be a 45-credit program, designed to be completed in 3 years. Both programs will be taught in short-term, one or two-week, courses. All the faculty members who will teach in these programs have earned doctorates in missions as well as considerable field experience. MBTS is accredited by the Asia Theological Association. For further information e-mail missions(at)mbts(dot)net(dot)my or see the seminary’s web site http://www.mbts.net.my for full details.
6. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — There are still a few openings in Essentials of TESOL! Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During this course, July 11-29, 2005, 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 $515. Dorm space may be available. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_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 .]
7. WANTED: MISSIONS INTERNS — Hillside Missions Organization is now accepting applications for the 2005/2006 internship term. They are currently involved in projects that are allowing for people to hear the gospel for the first time, presented in a way that is native to their culture. To be eligible you must be between 18 and 30 years old with a desire to serve God. Participants must be teachable, motivated, and committed to Jesus Christ. The program is designed to provide practical experience in all aspects of missions, with specific focus on people groups within the the 10-40 window. Apply at http://www.reachthenations.org/intern.html Resumes can also be emailed to hillside(at)reachthenations(dot)org for consideration. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. TEACH IN AZERBAIJAN — Friends of Janz Team International run a small primary school in western Azerbaijan. They are looking for a director for the primary school and, if possible, one or more primary school teachers. The school has the potential to have a significant impact on Azerbaijani education and society. You don’t need to speak Azerbaijani, and you can come for short or long periods. For more information please contact Harold hklassen(at)janzteam(dot)com
9. SONG LYRIC SLIDES MADE EASY — For a quick and easy way to create song lyric slides, check out PowerWorship. It’s free at http://www.PowerWorship.com PowerWorship works with Microsoft (c) PowerPoint (c) to allow users to maintain a library of worship songs and to dynamically build slide shows and reusable song groups.
10. WE’RE LIKE . . . *REEEEEEALLY* GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous missionary from Thailand who sent $100. She wrote, “I challenge other missionaries to sow seed into this project!!! :-) God bless you!” Likewise, we’re grateful for the anonymous worker in Honduras who sent $25. Thanks, too, for the reader who also sent $25, along with this note: ” I’m just thankful for all the people that have been contributing in the past to keep Brigada coming. It has been very informational and a blessing.” [blush] :-) Finally, thanks for the worker who sent $30, writing, “As the author of Christianity and Islam: The Final Clash (www.finalclash.com), I really appreciated all the contacts I got through the mention of my book in your newsletter. And 12 people purchased the book directly because of Brigada! But more than that, as a missionary, I’ve appreciated your informative newsletter for years. Here’s a thank you and $30 for all the great work you do.” Whoa. That’s like saying “seek ’em!” to a dog! :-) Thanks again!
11. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD — This past Saturday, I was able to take part in a nature preserve hike specifically designed to teach participants to recognize birds by their *sounds*. One particularly popular singer was the brown-headed cowbird. I had never heard of this little culprit before. A glossy-black bird with a chocolate brown head, the cowbird has a particularly recognizable song. But as I listened to the naturalist teach us about the cowbird, I had to cringe. You see, the cowbird is a parasite — the only one of its kind in our entire state.

The mother lays about 7 eggs at a time. But she never builds a nest of her own. She lays them in the nests of other birds (about 200 host species have been documented). Now the way she goes about this is particularly grotesque. You see, she finds a next with existing eggs, pushes out one of the existing little guys, then deposits her own in its place.

Imagine mother robin, coming home to sniff an egg that doesn’t quite match the others. Some birds flat-out refuse, but most raise the “drop- and-run” baby bird as their very own, even to the exclusion of their own young. You see, in many cases, the young cowbird quickly grows to be bigger than his surrogate siblings. He’ll steal food and even assassinate them when the parents aren’t looking, just to satisfy his greed for food.

We all ache just a bit when we hear such stories. Yet I’m left to wonder… How different are we sometimes?

Before we castigate the criminal cowbird, let’s make sure we don’t gossip about the fallen peer, caught in the grip of some sin. Let’s be sure we aren’t inwardly gladdened when a worker from a sister agency decides to apply to ours instead of remaining with his or her original organization. (Shouldn’t we make it a practice to contact the original agency out of sheer courtesy, if not to find out any “real” reasons for the requested switchover?) And if a group of believers decide to leave their own congregation for ours, let’s make sure they’re doing so for legitimate reasons rather than some petty squabble. For if we fail to maintain unity and common purpose, have we not become just as cannibalistic and cutthroat as our feathery brown-headed friend?

Next time you find yourself celebrating something at the expense of another, remember the story of the cowbird. Remember how you cringed inside. And ask yourself… is it worth it? Are there any “first steps” I need to do to ask permission or bring closure to the original relationship? If we don’t, we prove that it really is a jungle out there. So be careful. Watch your back. Someday *you* might be the egg pushed out of the nest.

Doug

20050515 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GOT 5 MINUTES TO MEASURE YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP STYLE?
2. NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE: YAHOOGROUPS *OR* GOOGLEGROUPS
3. A FLASH DRIVE COMPLETE WITH BROWSER AND SECURITY
4. SPAM PREVENTION STILL NO EASY TASK
5. TIP US: WHAT’S THE BEST DATA PROJECTOR ON THE MARKET?
6. TESOL COURSE IN THAILAND
7. SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
8. GET STARTED IN MISSIONS: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
9. AUTOMATIC SLIDESHOWS IN MS POWERPOINT 2000
10. INTERNET EVANGELISM VIA DVD
11. STILL LOOKING FOR A GREAT FIREWALL?
12. CATCH GLOBAL PASSION
13. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD
14. THANKS TO OUR SPONORS, PARTNERS, HELPERS, FRIENDS!
15. WOULD YOU JOIN THOSE CHIPPING IN TOWARD OUR EXPENSES?
16. THE BACK PAGE: A CHALLENGE FOR ONE IS A GAME FOR ANOTHER
17. CLOSING STUFF

1. GOT 5 MINUTES TO MEASURE YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP STYLE? — The good news is… day before yesterday, my university gave me the green light to proceed with my dissertation questionnaire. The bad news is… Now I have to find 500+ people to *take* it. It’s actually pretty simple. Takes about 5 minutes to finish. I need to find full-time workers in a non-profit mission agency, church or humanitarian organization. It doesn’t matter whether you’re based in the field or in the home office, nor does it matter what role you’re in. If you’re a non-profit or church worker, *and* if you have a supervisor with an email address, you would be an answered prayer for me. Everything’s confidential. We don’t report anything back to anyone else. The results are going to be used *only* to advance our understanding of “followership” and will not be used in any sort of personal sense whatsoever. The first 500 workers will be *greatly* appreciated!!! Thanks a bunch. Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/
2. NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE: YAHOOGROUPS *OR* GOOGLEGROUPS — This past week, we considered switching the Brigada Today mailing list from YahooGroups over to GoogleGroups. We even initiated the command to paste in the mailing list… but, to their credit, the GoogleGroups tech staff intercepted the upload, assuming I was a spammer, and switched the command from “add these addresses” to “invite these addresses.” Thus the confusion some of you reported — my having said “no action necessary”, immediately followed by GoogleGroups saying, “click here if you want to accept.” Confusing, eh? :-) Sorry about that. However, I admire their conservative views on spammers… and in fact, that was half the original reason for the proposed cutover. It seems like YahooGroups is taking a bum wrap these days because of the (perhaps) few who are abusing the service. (Ain’t it always so!)

Anyway, by this evening, some 1611 faithful readers had said, “yes” to the new server. And 9563 on were still hanging on at YahooGroups. In fact, several readers wrote begging, “Please don’t switch us over!” Well … it’s all the same to me. So instead of dropping YahooGroups, what we’ve decided to do is offer *both* channels. It’ll be exactly the same text sent through both services at approximately the same exact minute. So… you’re welcome to keep both for a while and see which delivers the best response rate. Either way, there’ll be no more sending of invitations. If you’d like to switch to GoogleGroups version of Brigada Today, just send message to brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom Please remember, either way, we won’t be subscribing or unsubscribing anyone manually. Everything’s automatic. (Except for those who have sponsored or contributed. We’ll always offer human help to them. Just remind us of your sponsorship within the past 12 months, when and if you ever have to ask for help.

So — again, bottom line — now there are *three* great channels for reading Brigada Today: the web, YahooGroups, and now GoogleGroups.

(Note: Just because you answered my announcement with the word “accept”, it doesn’t mean you subscribed to GoogleGroups. You would have needed to answer the original GoogleGroups invitation with a reply.)
3. A FLASH DRIVE COMPLETE WITH BROWSER AND SECURITY — See it at… http://www.stealthsurfer.biz/index.html It’s StealthSurfer II and it offers comprehensive protection of personal information, credit card numbers, and financial transactions from online snoops. Tiny enough to carry on a keychain, and bundled with its own high-speed browser, the USB 2.0 flash drive plugs into the USB port of a computer and allows users to surf the Web with total privacy. This would be handy for a worker in a sensitive-access land, especially if he or she had to use public internet cafes.
4. SPAM PREVENTION STILL NO EASY TASK — One user wrote to point out that spam filtering still was no easy task. Getting all those pesky settings hooked up correctly can be a daunting task. The long and short of it: Choose a service that will help you with configuration. We’ve been hooking up our organization with OnlyMyEmail.com. We don’t get a kickback from them… but, as “one beggar telling another where to get bread,” they’ve been very responsive to hooking up our organization’s 160 or so email users in a corporate account. Visit http://www.onlymyemail.com for full information on corporate or individual settings. It’s not free… but it *did* win the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for spam filtering… and they *do* answer their emails. :-)
5. TIP US: WHAT’S THE BEST DATA PROJECTOR ON THE MARKET? — Here’s a Christian worker whose name is *also* Doug (like mine), with email address tank87(at)net66(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], who would like to know if we have any new recommendations for reasonably priced LCD projectors that are fairly rugged and replacement bulb cost is on the lower end. When he says rugged, he means something that can withstand vibration, dust, humidity, etc. Please write him if you have an idea or a spec sheet for something you like!
6. TESOL COURSE IN THAILAND — Learn to teach English in a non-English speaking country. This four-week intensive course is registered with the University of the Nations (YWAM) and with SEA English Academy, Australia. The course will be held in Chiang Rai Thailand and runs from October 3 through October 29, 2005. The Practicum includes teaching English to Asian university students. For more information or to submit questions, please email: Chiangraitesol(at)gmail(dot)com Address your emails to Julie.
7. SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS — Gospel Literature Outreach run one or two week teams throughout Europe and are expanding into Africa. These teams give the opportunity to work alongside a resident missionary team for one to two weeks and are primarily evangelistic in nature with Bible teaching for the team as well. For further information go to http://www.glo-europe.org or contact admin(at)glo-europe(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. GET STARTED IN MISSIONS: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006- mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and 8 weeks of mission work in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Relationships, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Mission work is done among unreached people groups who need the Gospel. Outreach activities may involve helping long term workers, evangelism, prayer ministry, community development projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or…. check out the website: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
9. AUTOMATIC SLIDESHOWS IN MS POWERPOINT 2000 — So often at the end of a conference or retreat it is a neat conclusion to show a quick slideshow of the pictures taken on a digital camera during the event. If you have ever tried to create a simple slideshow from photographs in MS PowerPoint 2000 you know how frustrating it can be. Each slide must be manually created followed by the insertion of a photograph followed by the re-sizing and centering of the picture — it can take 2-3 minutes per slide! Yes, there are some ways to make all these steps simpler, but there’s also a way to have it all done automatically. You can simply choose which photographs/graphics you want included and have a slideshow automatically created with the pictures in various options (full screen, within margins, 2 per slide, 4 per slide, etc.). Amazingly M$ offers this “Photo Album Add-in Program” free! [Thanks for the tip, Peter!] (Note, the following URL will “wrap”. You’ll have to copy and paste it into your browser and “reassemble” it…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID =55d2 4b47-c828-4141-a8de-9a459c63db1a

Or use this tinyURL http://tinyurl.com/9yomg (a shortcut, created at www.tinyurl.com)
10. INTERNET EVANGELISM VIA DVD — A three DVD set is now available of 19 of the workshops presented at the recent Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference held at Liberty University. Cost is only $27.95 with S& H in the USA and $34.95 overseas. See the DVD Ordering Page for a list of workshops included on the set and ordering instructions at http://ie-21stcentury.com.
11. STILL LOOKING FOR A GREAT FIREWALL? — One user, Nick, wrote to recommend: http://smoothwall.org/ It’s a firewall at the right price — free. Nick’s brother-in-law, a computer programmer, had recommended it as being easy to set up… and free to boot! Haven’t tried it ourselves here.. but thanks for the tip, Nick!
12. CATCH GLOBAL PASSION — Global Passion 3 is a two day conference that will reveal the biblical basis for global change, showing us God’s unfolding plan which He is using to transform the world in which we live. Find a way to energise, equip and empower yourself through understanding life priorities, prayer and cultural understanding. It takes place in Liverpool, UK on 10th & 11th June, £35 for both days. For further information contact globalpassion(at)ywamliverpool(dot)co(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check out… http://www.ywamliverpool.co.uk
13. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intense inductive Bible school. Students in this school go through the Bible five times in nine months while using effective study tools. This is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to study and apply God’s Scripture as a whole. SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 3006. Please call 1-403- 933-3755 for information or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. THANKS TO OUR SPONORS, PARTNERS, HELPERS, FRIENDS! — We get *sooo* much encouragement from our sponsors, among whom this week are… an anonymous “David” ($25), an anonymous “Peter” ($100), and an anonymous hosting firm ($25). (We’ll try to get the hosting service to at least give us a domain… so if you need a hosting service, you could consider jumping on board a Brigada sponsor. If you’ve got to choose one anyway, might as well pick one that helped the cause, all things being equal, right? :-) ) Thanks again to these givers!
15. WOULD YOU JOIN THOSE CHIPPING IN TOWARD OUR EXPENSES? — Our goal for 2005 is $16,576, which includes webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. That’s it. Not a penny more. If anything else would come in, we’ll apply it in advance toward 2006. As of today, we stand at: $5,023.22… not quite 1/3 if the way there. It’ll take a special gift of $2,000 or so just to catch up with May. Maybe somebody out there is equipped to do that… but otherwise, it’ll take 20 gifts of $100? Either way, if you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
16. THE BACK PAGE: A CHALLENGE FOR ONE IS A GAME FOR ANOTHER — I’ll never forget one night in 1991 when my family and I stayed in an old basic hotel in Kiev, USSR. (Yes, it was still called the USSR at the time.) We had been working in southern Ukraine and this was one of the only fun getaway trips we could squeeze in. Travel services were still *very* basic (maybe we were the only foreigners in the whole city that night? — ok… maybe it wasn’t quite *that* bad :-)). The particular room we had was so hot and muggy that there were *dozens* of mosquitoes… maybe *hundreds*. Finally, our 4-year-old even got into the act. He would swat with a rolled up magazine using both hands. Splat! (We left quite an impression on the walls that evening.) About an hour later, when the dust had settled, I *think* we finally emerged victorious, he and I. The “Mrs.” was impressed, thanking us for an effective hunting expedition, relieving everybody of dozens of potential bites through the night. To me, it had been a hassle… ridding the room of these interlopers that were about to suck blood from us life and limb. That’s when the 4-year-old chimed in with his characteristic stutter, long since outgrown, and that killer grin: “H- h-h-hey… L-Let’s remember this g-g-game: Killing b-b-b-bugs.” :-) To him, it had been a *game*! Like a 1991-version of something one would do on a Nintendo (sometime later). Splat, splat, splat! :-)

I guess that night I learned a valuable lesson: The degree of “hassle” in a particular activity is tied directly to one’s perspective. The more one can posture it as “fun”, the better off one will be. So… next time we have to do something difficult, let’s re-draw it in our minds. Let’s see if we can reposition it as a kind of game… like Chris did… “killin’ bugs”. :-) Either way, watch out for those bugs – ’cause it’s a jungle out there! :-)

Doug

20050508 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES
2. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD
7. HOME WATER TESTER
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES — Talking Bibles International has Scripture in audio in over 325 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 40 languages with more being processed. New Testaments in MP3 format are currently available from their website in 27 languages — Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, English KJV, Farsi, Foochow, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Khmer, Malayalam, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Tamil, Telegu, Teochew, Urdu, Vietnamese. These are posted for listening and/or downloading for free. Talking Bibles International is encouraging overseas’ churches and ministries to download their materials for duplicating and distribution when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto 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 .]
2. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — Are you taking a team overseas this summer? If so make sure you have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “International Provider” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $1.51 per day for anyone regardless of age. If you have a group that has older individuals going this plan can’t be beat. Also, expenses incurred as a result of an act of terrorism are covered at no additional charge. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST — A one week – two week or more…. tennis course for players and coaches with a Christian mission focus has been organized around the world: Southern France-July, New York City-August, Hong Kong-September to May, Australia-February, Sri Lanka-December

The coaches and players who attended were greatly used and also impacted themselves as they learned the tools to reach others thru sports and fellowship with others from another culture..

For additional information see http://www.tennisministry.com or http://www.tennisministry.com/Missionindex.html

You may attend this training either as an individual or you may bring a team with you.

Please contact them if you are interested in attending. A staff member will then contact you immediately with a reply.

By the way, Rev. Bob Kraft will be at the French Open/Wimbledon/US Open/Australian Open and if you would like to meet up with him, just email to <tmiattennisministrydotcom>
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM — The item on spam struck a resonate chord. How do these spammers sleep at night. And how does the original canned meat (known originally as “Spam”) stay in business!? :-)

In our own organization (Team Expansion), we heard so much support for the war on spam that we’re moving the entire organization’s email accounts into onlymyemail.com. http://www.onlymyemail.com

It turns out to be about $1.25/address per month. Gulp. :-) But David, a Brigada participant laboring in the Amazon (the jungle — not the bookstore :-) ), spoke out for Spamarrest too. ” Spamarrest doesn’t let through more than one or two a month. The cost is $30.00 per year. It’s well worth it to have no hassles. http://www.spamarrest.com Select your weapon of choice. But either way, take up a weapon. Don’t sit back and let spam frustrate your inbox for a single day more.
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU — By the way, one reader wrote to remind us that deliveringonthepromise.com is not actually an insurance program per se. Readers considering using it should be sure they take note of its unique structure.
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD — A missions orientated monthly email newsletter (free) is now available for subscription from Beautiful Feet Task Force, providing sermon outlines on missions and evangelism as well as regular outreach ideas, quotes, stories and web resources. Aimed at providing missionaries, pastors and leaders in developing nations with a contact and referral point and a means of helping others in a similar position by providing feedback, many leaders from western countries are now enjoying the benefits too. Written and edited by Ps Howard Sands, International director of BFTF and 25 year veteran of Asian mission trips, it is brief, punchy and informative. To check it out or to subscribe, visit… http://beautifulfeettaskforce.injesus.com or email subscribe(at)beautifulfeettaskforce-subscribe(at)myinjesus.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. HOME WATER TESTER — Missionaries in doubt of local water quality might be interested to know about a new home water tester for only $17. It allows you to test the water at your location for lead, bacteria, nitrites, nitrates, chlorine, pesticides and pH. This might be handy when you move to a new location and are unsure of the water quality from the tap. Web site: http://www.watersafekits.com It’s also available at some grocery stores in the US.

For a professional lab test (US) go to: http://www.premierlaboratory.com The cost there is $230. You might also be able to get a local health department to check a water sample.

A comparison of the two (home testing kit and the pro lab) in Popular Mechanics (June 2005) shows that the home lab kit is accurate but not to the level of precision of the pro lab test. (Thanks Kerby!)
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS — Here’s a new book on tribal church planting. David Sitton, a 27 year veteran pioneer church planter among unreached tribal peoples writes about the basics of tribal evangelism, including chapters dealing with animism, ancestral spirits, witchcraft, religious syncretism and spiritual warfare in tribal contexts. This newly released book is being offered through June at the introductory price of $8.50 (plus $1.50 S/H). Order from Grace & Truth Books by calling 918-245-1500 or through David Sitton directly at 956-233-4353 or david(at)toeverytribe(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceeding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] While you’re at it, feel free to ask David about the tribal seminars he teaches.
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT — The Caspari Center’s Media Review is an English-language synopsis of articles originally published in the various forms of Israeli press, including the Rabbinic. The articles, most of which are originally written in Hebrew, focus on Messianic Jews, the Hebrew Church and Christianity. They document contemporary topics and news — including how the Israeli people, religious leaders and their government perceive and respond to the Messianic movement. The service is charting trends, creating the only historical archive of its kind for the Messianic movement in Israel, and, through its digital format, providing the world with glimpses into the struggles and sacrifices faced by those who dare to take up the cross in Israel, as well as the progress being made. The Media Review serves as an invaluable research tool for Christian scholars and evangelists while providing insight for members of the secular world and other interested parties in business, government and academia. This service is provided free of charge via email. To subscribe, go to http://www.caspari.com and follow the link to the Media Review.
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS — The Monterrey Institute of Technology High School in Toluca, Mexico is looking for teachers. The candidate must be a native English speaker and have a bachelor’s degree in any field. You would also assist a tentmaker, who is working at this private secular high school, in developing a missions program for Mexican churches to reach the unreached of the world. You can check out the school’s web page and contact Christian directly for further information: http://www.tol.itesm.mx or email cwamission(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 .]
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS — This past week, we’re thanking the Lord for $50 from a new friend, and another $50 from a director at International Students, Inc. (ISI), who wrote, “Your publication is read by many of our staff and has been a significant source of encouragement and resources to our team across the country.” Another $50 came from a New Yorker who wrote, “Keep up the good work– faithful servants such as yourself are a great inspiration!” Finally, a new friend wrote, ” Thanks for the blessing that Brigada has been. I realized that I’ve been taking it for granted for 10 years! This is just the first of many gifts. Bless you guys.” Whoa. Not every day we get a $250 gift *and* a note like that in the same envelope! :-) (Thanks to the new friend from Colorado!)
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET — Curious as to how much your PC is telling the Internet world? Just visit: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 Steve Gibson and company will help you determine how secure you are. You can check file and port sharing, “common ports”, your first 1065 TCP ports, and more. The service is absolutely free. Those with firewalls and routers will probably fare the best.
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU — In my Windows Explorer context menu, now when I right-click on a file or folder in Explorer, I have the option to copy or move it to another location — in one fell swoop. Here’s how you can add it too:

Start by launching RegEdit from the Start menu’s Run dialog. Navigate to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex \ContextMenuHandlers.

Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers entry and from the menu, select New | Key. Name the new key Copy To. Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and set its data to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK, then right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers key and create another new key, naming this one Move To. Set the (Default) value for this one to {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK and close the Registry Editor.

(This great tip came from Sharon Klotz, via PC Magazine’s “User to User” column. See it online at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1813983,00.asp Thanks PC Mag!)
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK — We’ve been talking about “finishing”, i.e., completing what we start. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve brainstormed about ideas that help us keep our focus… and finish our tasks.

However, along with this “end-mindedness” comes a certain risk: that we’ll get caught up in being a kind of slave to the clock… or even a slave to our own task list. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to balance out the admonitions of the past couple of weeks:

*** Think in “slots” — Consider the “typical” 40-hour-a-week job. (Does anyone in ministry actually work one of those? :-) ) It would be five days a week, morning and afternoon each day. So if you think of the day as having 3 major 4-hour slots… 8-12, 1-5, and 6-10… then a 40-hour job would be equal to roughly 10 “slots” of 4 hrs. each. Now let’s make the transition to ministry. Suppose you work 4 evenings/week doing home Bible studies or Jesus Film presentations or whatever. Suppose those roughly take up the 6-10 timeframe. So by my way of thinking, you could consider taking the afternoon off to be with family or friends on those 4 days. You’re still covering 2 slots per day, you see.

On a broader scale, consider that the typical week has 21 slots in all (7 days X 3 slots/day). Make a gift of 2 extra slots per week to your ministry (just because we love God and our ministries, right?), and it’s like you work 6 days/week (so one day off per week). So now you just outline 12 slots per week… any days, any timeframes. Keep a simple record. Don’t cheat the ministry, but don’t cheat your family either.

*** Identify your most creative slots — My wife and boys usually hit the sack around 10pm on school nights. If I’ve been getting enough sleep, the 10pm – midnight mini-slot is great for me to catch up, especially if the day has been hectic. Nobody calls, nobody comes to the door, life is silent. :-) Maybe that won’t work for you. Maybe you’re a morning person. Just figure that out, then use it to tackle the projects that require you to be most creative.

*** Think marathon, not sprint — I’ve heard the guys say, “I’d rather burn out than rust out.” But you know, I keep thinking… I’d rather be around for 40 years of the highest performance possible… than to blow out like a bomb in one burst. So try to pace yourself in such a way that you stay fully engaged, but you’re fully enjoying life. What I’m trying to say is… we want you effective in ministry for the long haul, rather than just for a year or two.

To accomplish this, we need to find work we love, while at the same time completing some of the work we hate. Every job has its downside. Sure lifeguards get to swim in the pool… about 5 minutes every hour. :-) The rest of the time, they roast! There might be something about bathing suits going on … but a lot of their focus has to be on the little five year old who looks to be struggling in the 5′ section. Bottom line: Every day, do something you love to do. And every day, do something you hate to do. Stick around for the long haul. We need you.

*** When you’re on, be on; when you’re off, be off — None of this divided stuff. If you’re watching your kid play soccer, then for pete’s sake, cheer for him. Don’t sit there trying to write your organization’s new constitution and miss him scoring the goal. :-) And while you’re at work, be working. If you’re supposed to finish the article by 3, try to arrange it so you can work from 2-3, rather than watch the 5 preschoolers. (You’ll be short with them anyway, ’cause you’ll want to keep working on the article.)

*** Finally, consider the clock your friend — Think of your clock *and* your calendar as your pace-setter rather than your master. Yes, many of us live in time-oriented societies. But hey… sometimes time- oriented people get more done! :-) They show up on time, finish jobs on time, and frankly, are industrious. At the same time, people-oriented societies have much to teach us. So use the clock as a pace-setter, finish the work, then go *be* with people… talk to them, listen to them, be a friend, a spouse, a dad or a mom. *Be*.

‘Cause after all… it’s a jungle out there. We all face the wild every day. Let’s tame it together.

Doug</tmiattennisministrydotcom>

20050501 Brigada Today

miIn this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. IMPROVED “MULTI-TRIP” INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSION LEADERS
3. TEACHERS: SHINE HIS LIGHT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
4. ANOTHER STREAMING MUSIC WORSHIP SITE ON THE NET
5. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DELIVERS
6. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK OR WANT TO SERVE AMONG THE CHINESE
7. TEAMS FIXING COMPUTERS AT MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THAILAND
8. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER
9. EVANGELISM TRAINING FOR JAPANESE CHRISTIANS IN N. AM.
10. FIND YOUR PATH TO THE NATIONS
11. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
12. SICK AND TIRED OF SPAM?
13. PUBLISHER HELPS YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE
14. WE GET LIFTED UP!
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ENABLE BRIGADA PAY THE BILLS?
16. THE BACKPAGE: BABY STEPS
17. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — Equip your church or ministry with the tools you need to promote financial self-sufficiency in poor communities. Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. You will engage in hands-on training through interactive discussion and simulation of real-world issues taught by field practitioners. Their Two-Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers partners include Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US. To register, 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 .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org (Don’t forget, Chalmers is a regular Brigada sponsor. By taking part in their programs, and by telling them, “I heard about you via Brigada”, you’re also kind of helping us keep Brigada heading out the door and onto your screen. Thanks Chalmers Center!)
2. IMPROVED “MULTI-TRIP” INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSION LEADERS -– Now you can take unlimited trips outside the USA for up to 70 days per trip and have access to contracted doctors in 160 countries. The plan provides medical evacuation and $250k of medical coverage. Available in 36 of 50 US States. For more information contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 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 .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. And no matter where you live, you can always visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. TEACHERS: SHINE HIS LIGHT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Here’s an international school providing quality K4 through high school education. This is the 1st time in Afghanistan that local students as well as expats can attend this kind of school. More than half of the students are Afghan nationals, many from homes of government officials! One of the teachers writes, “These children in our classes will be the future leaders in this country!” Unfortunately, many children are turned away due to a shortage of teachers. Only 2 of the 16 teachers needed are available to start the new school year in August ’05. Teachers who come with support from their churches and friends are preferred, but some help is available to those who can’t raise enough money to come by August ’05. For more info, contact Joel at Network of International Christian Schools (1-800-887-6427): info(at)nics(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.nics.org
4. ANOTHER STREAMING MUSIC WORSHIP SITE ON THE NET — Thanks to Andrew, who this past week informed us of another all-free site, with even more choices (8 different “genres”, including Celtic worship, rock, light worship, etc.) and no commercials. http://www.cmradio.net/ This particular site has a great additional feature in that you can see the CD and title of the song currently playing. Very cool. So this brings to *two* our list of online (free) streaming worship music. Yahoooo! :-) (Confession: Personally, I’m somewhat a fan of Riverdance, so I’m trying out the celtic-style worship channel. Cool! Riverdance with a Christian twist! :-) Didn’t even know it existed! Shouldn’t this help our workers in Ireland?) (Thanks Andrew!!!)
5. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DELIVERS — Thanks to the family that signed up for discount health services at “Delivering on the Promise.” As more people become aware of their affordable alternatives to expensive health insurance plans, they hope continue blessing Brigada. (They just sent a check for $5.99 representing a sponsorship/commission from a Brigada participant! Thanks, wherever you are!) For more information, check out: http://www.deliveringonthepromise.com/40207930
6. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK OR WANT TO SERVE AMONG THE CHINESE — Go to http://www.cnwave.com to find a teaching job in China or to find the most qualified foreign teacher(s) for your school. It’s free to post messages at cnwave.com! And here’s a tip if you’re not as fluent in Chinese: Check out the “English” button in the upper right-hand corner. I found it *exceedingly* helpful. :-)
7. TEAMS FIXING COMPUTERS AT MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THAILAND — David is the leader of a team from Australia planning to fix missionaries’ computers during conferences held in Thailand during the Chinese New Year (around Jan 21- Feb 4) in early 2006. David will be in Chiang Mai between May 24-26 and would love to meet anyone leading such conferences while he is there. If you are interested, please email him at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au, even if you won’t be able to meet in person. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more about Crosscape see http://www.crosscape.com.au/
8. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER — Thanks to faithful Brigada participant, Kevin, for giving us the lowdown on the latest “must-have” software to protect you from the hazards on the net these days. He feels that Internet Explorer is no longer a secure web browser as it has been exploited & targeted in most hack attacks. As a result, he suggests that users would be wise to switch to another browser, “mozilla”, for increased security and better functionality. http://www.mozilla.org Now on the other side of the coin, there are those who feel this is not a cure-all either, as mozilla has recently taken its own share of attacks too. So you make the final decision. As for email clients, again… Kevin believes that again, Microsoft Outlook Express has been surpassed in quality by Mozilla Thunderbird. This program is similar to Outlook Express except Kevin believes it is more secure and, like Microsoft Outlook, it has spam filters built in. What’s more, he feels many Internet vandals design their viruses, Trojan horses, and backdoors for Microsoft products. As a result, he believes Mozilla projects have stayed “under the radar”, at times, thereby remaining superior for security. Again… http://www.mozilla.org

As for virus software, Kevin recommends Avast is one of the best virus software applications on the market and it’s free for personal use! This company makes their money by selling corporate licenses but offers their personal virus software for free. Once installed, return to the website to register for your free 14 month license. The software is a real-time scanner with daily virus definition updates. http://www.avast.com

For your firewall needs, Kevin recommends Zone Alarm Basic, since it’s free and easy to install and setup. (A firewall keeps someone from actively probing into your system via your connection to the Internet.) http://www.zonealarm.com

Heard about AdWare/Spyware? Kevin suggests Ad-Aware. It’s a free download, and is one of the best scanners on the Internet, utilizing an easy-to-use interface and a fully update-able definition core. Download it free from download.com and then visit the tips link below to learn how to configure. (P.S. you don’t need to pay for this. If you click on the “pay now” link it will send you to the download page for Ad-Aware SE PLUS. The A-W SE Personal will do fine.) (Note that the following 2 URLs will be broken up when they “wrap”. You’ll have to reassemble them in your browser’s “Address:” line by using copy-and-paste:

http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4- 10045910.html?tag=txt
http://www.download.com/Protect-your-PC-with-Ad-Aware/1200-2023_4- 5144156.html?tag=txt

Kevin recommends CyberSitter for web-filtering, so you don’t get tricked into seeing junk that you didn’t want to see… and so you’re not tempted to see stuff you wish you hadn’t. It’s not free, ($50.00/one time fee) but Kevin figures it’s the best and well worth it.

Three cheers to Kevin for taking time to help. He’s willing to help ministers and missionaries if they have additional questions. He’s a former network engineer & user support technician for a major university. Write him at kevinmullins1(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 .] Thanks Kevin!
9. EVANGELISM TRAINING FOR JAPANESE CHRISTIANS IN N. AM. — Catch it in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. This will occur through a combination of classroom instruction, one-on-one practice, observing a coach share with a non-Christian Japanese and an opportunity for the conferee to share the gospel with Japanese befriended at planned social events and on trips to visit the sights in Seattle with the assistance of a “coach”. For a brochure, go to http://www.TheJapanNet.com. For questions, contact John.Whitehouse(at)uscm(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. FIND YOUR PATH TO THE NATIONS — Living Faith Bible College’s Pathfinder program is an 8-month blended exploratory program launching the September of 2005. 12 weeks are spent in discipleship training, team building, gifts and callings exploration, and formative bible and missions courses. The other 6 weeks are spent in outdoor pursuits training in the Canadian Rockies and 6 weeks in the nation of Turkey doing outreach with university students and some historical/cultural study. This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in finding out where they might fit in cross-cultural missions and the Muslim world while also being further grounded and discipled in a team setting. Graduates receive college credit and a one year Bible and Missions Certificate and the option to continue on in the college’s other programs. Feel free to call 1-800-838-2975 or 1-403-722-2225 for more information or request information from info(at)lfbc(dot)net [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.lfbc.net
11. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can get the training you need to teach effectively in TESOL courses like this one. Courses will be offered June 13 through July 8 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. 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 .]
12. SICK AND TIRED OF SPAM? — I am. I think everybody is. What’s spam? Basically — it’s a piece of marketing email (or other kind of “listserve” email) that comes to you that you didn’t really ask for. There are actually two issues here. First, how can you limit the spam you’ll get — proactively. First, never, never, never respond to unsolicited email. Since it confirms that your email address is active, it makes your address more valuable and susceptible to receiving more spam. And no matter how tempting it might seem, never follow a spam email’s instructions to reply with the word “remove” or “unsubscribe” on the email’s subject line or body unless you trust the source. This is often a ploy to get you to confirm your address as active, which makes your address more valuable when the spammer sells it. And here’s a *very* important one: Never, never, never click a URL or web address listed within a spam email, even if the message says that’s how you unsubscribe. This also alerts the sender that your email address is active and can result in more spam. Also, never send your personal information (credit card numbers, passwords, etc.) in an email. Some spammers fake the format of trusted sites to get you to enter personal information in an email. Most reputable sites will not ask you to enter sensitive information in an email. It’s also useless to sign up with sites that promise to remove your name from spam lists. Most of these sites are actually address collectors who will sell your address to spammers! The rascals. :-) Remember that if you participate in some kind of online discussion group (forum) where your email address is in plain site, you’re toast. Spammers use sophisticated software to search the web far and wide for likely addresses to add to their lists. If yours occurs anywhere on the web, they’ll find it. Even if your email address isn’t plainly visible in your online discussion group, sometimes you might forget and include it in the text. Don’t.

In spite of your best efforts, you’ll still receive spam. Sometimes, it’s because a well-meaning friend included your address in some “Alert a friend of this deal” page … maybe a web-greeting-card, or a “send a copy of this” or whatever. So how do you get off of lists once you’re on? That’s the sad part. It’s nearly impossible (on today’s Internet; things are slated to get better in 2006 when domains begin to be verifiable). However, you can trim the amount of spam you get *significantly* by using a first class antispam program like onlymyemail.com. (We don’t receive a kickback from them for recommending them. They’re just plain good though.) For $3/mo., you can be rid of practically all your spam by signing up with them today. Just go to onlymyemail.coma and follow the instructions. When you notice spam getting through, log the address as a “blocked” address there in your account. At least it’ll help you feel better psychologically. And maybe only 2 or 3 spams/day will get through their filter anyway. Either way, it’ll help. It’s the best.

13. http://onlymyemail.com PUBLISHER HELPS YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE — www.Godsize.com is a revolutionary new “public publishing company.” Not only will they pay you and publish your stories, but they’ll give free advertising for your ministry and a free copy of their next ebook, “Godsize Stories from Around the World.” ($9 Value) Download your copy now and be reading it in minutes! (Complete details: http://www.godsize.com/sampleforministries.html )
14. WE GET LIFTED UP! — Thanks to the great new partners from Rockford, IL, Andrews, NC, and Elkhart, IN who sent $26, $50 and $100 respectively to help us get Brigada out the door and onto your screens! Dial-Abroad sent their monthly sponsorship, this time $171, representing those who use “Dial-Abroad” long distance. (Thanks and please keep talking! :-) ) Also this past week, we rec’d gifts of $25, and $200 (Thanks Greenville, TX!) Thanks, too, to the donor from WEC Int’l reported on previously. Those WEC folks have *heart*!
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ENABLE BRIGADA PAY THE BILLS? — If you’d like to help make Brigada reality for next week and beyond, just click “sponsor” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
16. THE BACKPAGE: BABY STEPS — I don’t like vulgar language. So I’m not telling you to go out and rent the movie, “What About Bob?”. “The language is deplorable in certain segments.” But who can forget Bill Murray’s character (“Bob Wiley”) as he tries to faithfully carry out his psychiatrist’s instructions: “Baby Steps, Bob. Baby steps.”

For the psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), it’s the title of his new book. (He uses the term, “Baby Steps”, to teach that his theory that anxiety disorders develop as a result of being overwhelmed by life’s stressors. By breaking down those hurdles into much smaller problems (i.e. baby steps) life can seem less stressful and easier with which to cope. We won’t get into a discussion of whether such a self- help concept is psychologically very helpful. But it makes a great “hat hook” for our next point about “finishing.”

You see, I’m of the opinion that many of us get stymied by huge projects partly because they look so huge. That’s why one of my major recommendations last week was to break up a major project into more manageable sub-goals. Common sense, I know. But for some reason, we lose sight of it in the midst of the major projects sometimes. We ended last week by suggesting that once you’ve finished a project or even a sub-goal, how can you leverage that finish to move on to the next challenge. This week, let’s look at 3 ways to do that:

*** Take a break — When you finish a sub-step or major hurdle in a big project you’re trying to finish, take a rest to get away and get a fresh perspective. We don’t want any burn-outs on our hands. :-) For me, I can get that fresh perspective through taking a walk in the woods, reading about any number of things on the web, playing soccer, etc. You’ll need to find the dynamic equivalent in your own life. But see the next step..

*** Restart — Before you head off for that break, however, be sure you know what will “restart” your next step of the project. For example, in my own case, I’ll restart my next step of my dissertation when the university gives me the green light to proceed with the questionnaire/survey. What will trigger your own project’s next step?

*** Set an alarm to be a “squeaky wheel” — You know the saying: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Figure out a way to alert yourself if too much time passes while you’re waiting for the trigger to happen. In my own case, I verified that the university had received my 3 chapters. So — yes, now the ball is in their court, and they’ve promised to respond within 4 weeks. So I need an alarm that goes off in 4 weeks so if they haven’t, the project doesn’t fail because of a trigger. Take responsibility. If you don’t, maybe no one else will.

In Bob Wiley’s case, the “vacation” to Dr. Marvin’s summer cottage was very therapeutic, in spite of (or almost *because* of) all the misadventures with Dr. Marvin. By dividing up your next big projects into baby steps, then taking suitable breaks between steps, you *can* finish on time. But how do you keep from that feeling that you are a slave to the clock? More on that next week.

20050424 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT SITE FOR STREAMED COMMERCIAL-FREE WORSHIP MUSIC
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
3. MEDIA & MISSIONS
4. CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS GATHERING
5. FRONT RANGE FINISHERS FORUM
6. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL WITH EMPHASIS ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
7. LEARN ABOUT CREATIVE STORYTELLING
8. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD
9. STAGNANT WATER: THE MBALANTU OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA
10. INTERNET VANDALS SHOW NO SIGN OF LETTING UP
11. HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT SPONSORS?
12. THE BACKPAGE: FIRE UP YOUR FINISH
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT SITE FOR STREAMED COMMERCIAL-FREE WORSHIP MUSIC — OK… this is it… This is the site I’ve been looking for. Have you ever needed some background music in your headphones to help mask that noisy street… or those chickens clucking outside your window? … or maybe for you it’s cubicle noise next to you… people on the phone or whatever… Here’s your God-send, no matter where you are in the world — if you can just get Internet connectivity, you can listen to: http://www.allworship.com Completely free, completely commercial-free, and yes… all worship. Try it. You’ll like it. (They do accept donations, by the way.) (Thanks, Thea, for the tip!)
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: US Senate Committee issues report detailing numerous tax law changes that would have a major impact on all charitable organizations. IRS once again has to define a “church.” Court rules that the Family Medical Leave Act does apply to churches and religious organizations. More guidelines from the IRS on who is an employee and who is an independent contractor. Courts rule on when ministers are mandatory reporters of child abuse, when churches can be liable for dismissing members, and the rights of religious organizations to dismiss employees. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Please let ’em know “Brigada” sent you by typing it in the “How did you hear about us” field. (By the way, there’s no kickback planned or promised here. :-) )
3. MEDIA & MISSIONS — Here’s a new website that offers missionaries the opportunity to share their ministry by video and pictures with supporters and churches – http://www.convergemissions.com. Converge Missions is a company that provides missionaries the opportunity to connect with friends, family, and supporters through the use of interactive media. The video content on this is delivered in flash video. This technology allows most internet users to view and interact with the streaming media in a video on-demand environment. Those that visit this site are given the opportunity to view any video at any time. The company is prepared to receive any kind of media to be edited and delivered online. The founder of this service organization is an MK who has a heart for integrating media and missions. This is a great way to allow supporters to get an eye witness view of your family and ministry. Give it a look.
4. CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS GATHERING — More factories and IT centers around the world are extending God’s Kingdom in powerful ways. Business owners are seeking ways they can minister to their employees and communities around the world. EC Institute and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary have partnered together to present the Christians in Global Business Gathering on June 9-11. Please view the link below for a packet of information: http://www.topica.com/f/v.html?900055965.900031694
5. FRONT RANGE FINISHERS FORUM — The next Finishers Forum will be held in Colorado Springs, June 10-11. What IS the Finishers Forum, you ask? It is a “mini-Urbana-like” missions conference for post-college adults. It is a safe place to explore missions. It is a partnership of more than eighty North American missions agencies, including Great Europe Mission, HCJB World Radio, The Navigators, JESUS Film Project, OCI, etc. For more information visit http://www.finishers.org/events Individuals registering before May 30 receive a $15 early-bird registration discount.
6. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL WITH EMPHASIS ON UNREACHED PEOPLES — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ. Dates for DTS are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006. The schools include 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada. Topics taught include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. DTS includes 8 weeks in Southeast Asia/ North Africa doing mission work with long term missionaries among specific unreached people groups. Outreach activities include evangelism, prayer ministry, community projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
7. LEARN ABOUT CREATIVE STORYTELLING — Here’s a conference, June 21- 23rd, 2005, featuring Imago Media, which focuses on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. You will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and then share the heart of those stories through video. This is a hands-on-training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals, enabling both beginners or advanced workers. Learn more at: http://www.eyesoftheheart.org
8. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD — YWAM Turner Valleys School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intense inductive Bible school. Students in this school go through the Bible five times in nine months while learning effective study tools. This is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to study and apply God’s Scripture as a whole. SBS begins September 12, 2005. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for more information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. STAGNANT WATER: THE MBALANTU OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA — In the traditional lands of the Mbalantu people, there are many mysterious pools of water called “oshanas.” These are actually fed from the water table below and often times contain fish. Just like the fish in the Oshanas, the Mbalantu people are trapped in their world with little or no evangelical influences. The Mbalantu are fed by the trappings of the sin of this world. Pray for fishers of men to come and share Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(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. INTERNET VANDALS SHOW NO SIGN OF LETTING UP — eWeek reported recently that in the first quarter of 2005, Trend Micro documented about 7,600 worms and viruses propagating during the first quarter of 2005, an increase of 300% over 1st quarter 2004! Some of these were now spreading via IM. More than ever, we need good antivirus, antispam, antisyware, and a good firewall… a four-legged stool that has, in effect, become a more or less a required threshold for safe computing in the new Internet century.
11. HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT SPONSORS? — Well let’s put it this way: Our brigada-sponsored secretary wouldn’t. She is solely sponsored by the gifts from subscribers like you. :-) Nor would we be able to pay a bit of a share of our web-hosting fees, promote Brigada at conferences and conventions to new areas of growth and to new subscribers, nor travel to speak on Brigada and the importance of networking to finish the task. Our total budget for 2005 is $16,576. How many ministries have you ever heard of that have an annual budget of that size, ministering to 9,534 active members (as well as 2,626 bouncing ones :-) )? So far, we’ve already received $3,949.23 of that. When we make our goal, this item will vanish — and we’ll only make brief mention of any additional gifts that come in, which will then apply toward 2006 — if that glorious situation ever occurs. In the meantime,…

Thanks to anonymous couple who just decided to help, writing, ” Warm greetings. I just sent a $100 gift via PayPal to help with the Brigada costs. There is no need to acknowledge or mention the gift in any way. Every blessing in your ministry and service to many.” Whoa. Sobering. Thank you so much… and may others pick up your torch. Thanks to the other $100 giver and the $25 donor, again anonymously, from this past week. Whoa.

If you’d like to help Brigada, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
12. THE BACKPAGE: FIRE UP YOUR FINISH — Last week, we talked about “THE ART OF FINISHING” and the good feeling one gets after finishing something. Today we’re asking the question, “How?” Keep in mind that I’m a fellow-struggler here. But I *would* like to share some “lessons learned”… as long as you consider that they are shared from the perspective of “one beggar telling another where to buy bread.” These are working for me; see how they work for you:

*** For those really big projects, tackle sub-goals one at a time — With my dissertation, I stopped worrying about finishing the whole thing. I’m just trying to get to the next stage. Ch-ching. Three chapters done last week, sent off to the University; now I’m waiting on approval to forge on with the rest.

*** Make appointments with yourself — You’ve got to be ruthless. Realize that saying ‘yes’ to a new request means saying ‘no’ to those that have asked before. So you’re just trading burdens… unless you finish something.

*** Acquire the tools you need to get the job done — One of the tools that helped me was a little bibliography/reference computer program that uses the Internet to look up citations from the Library of Congress, then automatically formats them for my paper. For you, it might be a new power saw or even saving for a new laptop. If it helps you churn out the job, it’ll be worth it.

*** Intentionally delay gratification — In the middle of finishing my final drafts for the 3 chapters, my new laptop arrived from FedEx. I had already decided — I couldn’t open the laptop to even *look* at it until those pages were sealed, ready to send.

*** Map your progress and celebrate each difficult step — When I finished those three chapters, I paged the whole office and announced it over the intercom. I heard applause from every corner. What will *you* look forward to? Go out to eat. Take your spouse or best friend to the movies to celebrate! Hit the beach. Do *something*.

Now once you’ve finished your project or even a major sub-goal, how can you leverage that finish to move on to the next challenge? Come back next week to hear some answers.

In the meantime, be careful… ’cause it’s a jungle out there — for some of you, *literally*! :-)

20050417 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. TALKING BIBLES – BECAUSE THEY NEED TO HEAR
3. MISSIONARIES GET FREE BLOG SITES…
4. MISSIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS: BE SEEN HERE!
5. MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING
6. GET INTERNET-BASED COUNSELING AND MORE
7. WHERE DO MISSIONS PASTORS FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES?
8. ONLINE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS OF ISLAM
9. HANDBOOK FOR HELPERS IN EMERGENCIES
10. PC MAG TOP 100 WEBSITES
11. DAVID HACKETT JOINS VISIONSYNERGY
12. URGENT NEED FOR TEACHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES
13. AMAZING FRIENDS HELP BRIGADA STAY AFLOAT
14. THE BACK PAGE: THE ART OF FINISHING
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center’s fourth annual Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) will be held at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, June 13 – June 18, 2005. During CEDI, you will learn how to facilitate economic and spiritual transformation in low-income and disadvantaged communities. This training equips you with practical, church-centered, and field-tested economic development strategies and programs. These strategies and programs help the poor to become financially self-sufficient through their own work, while at the same time provide you with opportunity for outreach and evangelism. Training focuses on microenterprise development, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, and developing partnerships with large microfinance institutions. If you are unable to attend the June CEDI, consider receiving training through their email- based distance learning classes. To learn more, visit their web site at http://www.chalmers.org You can also call them at 706-419-1805 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 .]
2. TALKING BIBLES – BECAUSE THEY NEED TO HEAR — Now you can learn more about the efforts of Talking Bibles International and its partner, World Mission. Just visit http://www.talkingbibles.org and click on the link at the far right, ‘See the Talking Bible in Action – watch the video’. Regardless of where you are in the world, you’ll be able to watch this ministry at work, providing entire New Testaments inside the Talking Bibles.
3. MISSIONARIES GET FREE BLOG SITES… — at http://www.solidhope.com You can choose from several templates, privacy settings, and more. Check it out!
4. MISSIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS: BE SEEN HERE! — Now there’s a great gathering place for Christian mission photographers to get the word out about their gifts and skills. Just log on at http://www.photomission.com and you’ll see what we mean. Doesn’t matter what country you’re from or how much your camera cost. If you’ve got talent — show it here! Get noticed! (You can even sell some of your missions photos.)
5. MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING — Now you can take in a complete course on Islam in Boulder, Colorado taught by an international, multi ethnic team from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, and the USA from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds. The schedule looks like this:

June 6-10 Inside Islam, history, theology, Muhammad. June 13-17 Quran, Hadith, Sharia, Fundamentalism. June 20-24 Folk Islam, breaking strongholds. June 27-July 1, Culture, Church planting, Discipleship.

An evangelism workshop featuring case studies form different fields is offered daily. Introduction to Arabic language, daily. HIS-TIME combines the academic with the practical. The facility is close to the beautiful rocky mountains allowing for weekend recreational activities. Call 303-442-3333 or visit http://www.histime.org or email main(at)horizonsinternational(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. GET INTERNET-BASED COUNSELING AND MORE — Missionary Outreach Support Services (MOSS) is an organization under the leadership of the Regent University Doctor of Psychology program. MOSS seeks to serve Christian Missionaries and their families, both at home and abroad, by providing internet-based consulting and psycho-educational services. Psychological trainees provide the services under the supervision of licensed psychologists and in the context of a Christian worldview. The services are offered at a reduced rate to provide missionaries with quality care that they can afford to use while serving on the mission field. For more information: http://www.missionaryoutreach.net
7. WHERE DO MISSIONS PASTORS FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES? — We know about sites that let missionaries know about open doors and unreached peoples. But where do missions pastors find news about open doors for *their* skills? If you have resources or know where these folks find out about open missions pastor opportunities, write Mark about it: MarkStephensatadelphiadotnet He’ll share the final report with the rest of us. Thanks Mark!
8. ONLINE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS OF ISLAM — To help propel missions education into the 21st century, Caleb Project recently debuted an on- line classroom designed to augment the Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) course. The http://www.encounteringislam.org on-line classroom features additional relevant readings, extensive course resources, and an electronic forum where students can wrestle with the ideas of the course. As the Muslim world continues to headline global news through peace efforts, wars, and natural disasters, Caleb Project’s Encountering the World of Islam course has grown. The course is designed to help Christians understand Islam and prepare to interact in loving and authentic ways with Muslims. In addition to providing resources and readings, the on-line classroom facilitates these purposes by providing a secure forum for student interaction. EWI students can post thoughts and questions about the course, learn from each other, and pursue community after the course. The EWI on-line classroom is a prototype for additional on-line education efforts. Plans are underway for on-line supplements for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and Perspectives Exposure courses as well as Crossing Cultures, an eye-opening weekend workshop that will expose churches to the needs of ethnic communities in their neighborhoods.
9. HANDBOOK FOR HELPERS IN EMERGENCIES — Here’s a new handbook on debriefing, very relevant for the member care and mission community. “Working Through Trauma – Supporting Staff Responding to Emergencies” This handbook was written for People In Aid by Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker, Clinical Psychologist at Oxford University and mission/aid consultant. The focus is how to cope with aid-sector trauma, and it includes specific reference to the Asian tsunami and practical tools. Costs: £7.50 members, £10 non-members. Contact: info(at)peopleinaid(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. PC MAG TOP 100 WEBSITES – Now you can download the whole list of top 100 websites. (Actually, there are 3 versions… so close to *300* site.) Just go to: http://go.pcmag.com/top100websites then click on the last half of the sentence, “Get our downloadable favorites file!” Then click on check plus “Download Now: Top100installable.zip”. Extract this file, then follow the instructions to add these sites to your presence on the web. This should jump-start your web-link library, … if you’re into that sort of thing. :-)
11. DAVID HACKETT JOINS VISIONSYNERGY — VisionSynergy announced this past week that David Hackett is joining its staff as associate director beginning May 1st. Based in Edmonds, Wash., VisionSynergy is a networking strategy ministry dedicated to helping churches and mission organizations around the world collaborate and network to maximize their potential impact for the global Church. “We are thrilled that Dave will bring his skills to the work of helping the local/global Church work together in Kingdom collaboration,” says Phill Butler, director of visionSynergy. … See http://www.visionsynergy.net or write dhackett(at)visionsynergy(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 .]
12. URGENT NEED FOR TEACHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES — Joy Christian Academy, a small K-8 grade MK school based in Cebu City, Philippines is in desperate need for teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. Staffing levels are critical and the need is urgent. Teachers need to raise support but a single teacher could live comfortably on $1,200 / month. For any information or leads please contact Les jca(at)missionphilippines(dot)org
13. AMAZING FRIENDS HELP BRIGADA STAY AFLOAT — Thanks to the amazing friends who are helping us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen! This past week, hats off to the folks at Bellevue Baptist Church in Arlington, TN, who pitched $50 into the mix for the cost of Brigada’s website, our Brigada-sponsored secretary, and more. Thanks Bellvue!

Thanks, too, to the anonymous missionary in Africa who wishes to let other photographers (pro or amateur) know about the online Photomission.com community.” We appreciate you Photomission.com!

And finally, thanks to Visual Impact Design for their gift of $25. Their newest project is SolidHope.com, where missionaries can find a free blogging site in a Christian blogging environment. Thanks Linda and all at Visual Impact!

Would you like to chip in to help make Brigada’s ministry possible? If so, just click here.
14. THE BACK PAGE: THE ART OF FINISHING — What’s the difference between “finishing” and the alternative? In soccer, sometimes it’s inches. The striker unleashes a rocket of a shot that misses by just inches and the whole stadium erupts in a sorrowful sign of regret.

In life, it’s the same.

The farmer who never quite finishes cleaning out the barn. The engineer who, in the end, never quite delivers the architectural drawings he promised to do for his local church. They finally give up and hire a “real” architect.

Are you in one of those situations? Always intending to finish writing that correspondence course… never quite time. You know you have to turn in information for your W-2, but you’re 3 months late and now you’re in trouble with Financial Director at the “home office.”

Well if you’re one of those statistics, take heart, for hope lies just around the corner. No matter how far behind you are, you can always wake up and make up your mind that today is a fresh start.

Last week, ladies and gentlemen, [drum roll] I finally finished the next stage of my doctoral dissertation. I can’t even remember how many years I’ve been meaning to complete these chapters. I’d start and restart, but something always took precedence. Then came March 2005. “Click.” Something turned on inside of me. And now, the past is the past… and the future is the future!

Is it a good feeling? Well — Duh! :-) As I sealed carefully written 100 pages or so and slipped them into the FedEx drop box, I was thinking, “Sure they’ll tell me everything I did wrong… but who cares! :-) I’m making progress now.”

How do we manage to get “off the mark” and churn through a project like this? Stay tuned for 5 tips next week. In the meantime, be careful out there. It’s a jungle that wants to suck in all your projects so you never complete them. :-)

Doug

20050410 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES!
2. DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2005: CD RESOURCE AVAILABLE
3. NEW BOOK PRICE COMPARISON OFFERS CART COMPARISON SERVICE
4. MUSIC AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TO EVANGELIZE?
5. 60 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CHURCH SITES
6. FIND INSURANCE COVERAGE
7. INTERNET EVANGELISM WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE ONLINE
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST
9. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE
10. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
11. OPORTUNIDADES
12. HOSPITALITY BOOK AVAILABLE: “CUP OF COLD WATER”
13. UK WORKERS GET FREE FAX
14. GET MISSIONS TRAINING ONLINE
15. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
16. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
17. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT DRIVES YOU?
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES! — In 2005, students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified, experienced and passionate professors, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. The Zwemer Center is offering four Muslim Studies seminars during the month of July at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Seminars may also be taken for credit.

Summer Studies 2005: July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (CIU faculty) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29 Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

For more information: US callers can dial toll free 800-777-2227 x3327; others may call 803-754-4100 x3327. Or check out: http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies Email: muslimstudies(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2005: CD RESOURCE AVAILABLE — About 100 participants from 31 countries gathered with twelve international speakers from March 11 – 14 at Mosbach (Germany) to learn about participation, holistic ministry and phasing out – all at the Christian Community Development Conference 2005. The Academy of World Mission (Korntal/Germany) published towards the end of the conference a CD of the event in English containing all speeches (MP3, including powerpoint files) and lots of additional material towards the topics. The table of content is available from johann(at)aem(dot)de including 2.218 into the subject line. The CD costs $20 including international postage. Order the CD at International Christian Books writing to icb(at)aem(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. NEW BOOK PRICE COMPARISON OFFERS CART COMPARISON SERVICE — A free new book price comparison site http://www.booksprice.com There it offers a new innovative service of finding the best price on a purchase of several books together.

Since people usually buy several books together to save on the shipping price and to minimize the number of online transactions, and since each store has unique prices for each book, this new service can save more money than a traditional single-book price comparison. http://www.booksprice.com allows people to search for books, add them to a virtual cart and finally find the best overall price for the total contents of the cart searching the best book prices in over 30 online stores. The store which offers the best overall deal on the cart (including shipping costs) is located and a direct link to the winning store is provided.
4. MUSIC AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TO EVANGELIZE? — Here’s an invitation to apply to join some exciting tours this summer to Italy, Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia! Organizers are seeking talented and gifted musicians as well as roadies and sound and video tech crews to be a part of our tour. They use a variety of music to gain the ear of those who need Christ . They always are eager to have anyone who can serve and be a witness. Log on at… http://www.ProclaimInternational.com . Visit their web site . An application is downloadable for you.
5. 60 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CHURCH SITES — The folks at Internet Evangelism Day have produced a new guide on how to make church websites that are actually evangelistic and reach into the community. You can even insert it into your own site, by copy/pasting some easy code onto a page. http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-tips.php
6. FIND INSURANCE COVERAGE — Looking still for dental, vision, prescriptions, and chiropractic care? The benefits for this plan range from 25% to 80% discounts. Just click on the URL below: http://www.mybenefitsplus.com/40207930 Again, it’s a discount card for dental, vision, prescriptions and chiropractic care.
7. INTERNET EVANGELISM WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE ONLINE — It is possible to register for Virtual status which allows six months of viewing of all the 20 unique workshops presented at the Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century conference. The cost is only $20 which gives an individual repeated access to the video workshops for six months. Watch well known speakers like David Bruce, Allan Beeber, Sterling Huston and others talk about videoblogging, podcasting, follow-up and global internet missions. Each workshop is available in two resolutions for either broadband or dial-up access. Register today at http://www.ie-21stcentury.com.
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST — Here’s an exciting, free family missions conference at the Ontario Convention Center, April 29th to May 1st. No registration required. Featuring free children’s programs (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and world-class adult speakers. Visit 87 Missions Exhibits and choose from 60 Seminars. A special Friday luncheon is being held for Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Saturday Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the worldwide missions movement, plan now to attend MissionsFest weekend, April 29th to May 1st. Why not volunteer an hour or two while you’re there? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail infoatmfestsocaldotorg for further details. Remember, April 29 to May 1 at the Ontario Convention Center. Call (909) 394-1263 for more details.
9. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE — It’s not too late to plan on attending “Serving Christ in the Chinese Century”, April 29-30, 2005 (Friday evening and all day Saturday) at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061). Hear James Taylor IV, OMF International and Dr. Matthew Koh, President, MSI, and take in plenary sessions, workshops, Win Our World children’s mission program, prayer and fellowship time with visiting missionaries. There are even four workshops in Mandarin and English: Befriending Your Mainland Chinese Neighbors – Dr. Doug Vavrosky (Friday – ! 8:30pm), Hong Kong and Macau – James Taylor IV (Saturday – 10:45am), Taiwan Tensions – Paul and Dr. Mary Jeanne Buttrey (Saturday – 1:30pm), Medical Services International – Dr. Matthew Koh (Saturday – 3:00pm). To learn more, visit: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest or email Julie omfconference(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 .] or call +1-925-459-0734.
10. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING –- Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) is presenting, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 20-24 at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850 or email aims(at)aims-usa(dot)org or log on at http://www.aims.org
11. OPORTUNIDADES — Misión Integral Mediterranea (MIM) busca odontologos, higienistas y asistentes dentales – cristianos de lengua española o inglés para trabajar en ciudades pequeñas y aldeas del nórte de áfrica con tribus en last montañas. El frances y el árabe son utiles, pero no indispensibles. Escriba: MIMUSA[arroba]telefonica[punto]net
12. HOSPITALITY BOOK AVAILABLE: “CUP OF COLD WATER” — It’s now available! A practical book on Hospitality written for YWAM and the church. $19.95 plus shipping. Contact Debbie Rottier at cupofcoldwater(at)ywammt(dot)org or at 501 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside, MT,USA 59922. To view some pages go to https://www.ywamconnect.com/sites/Rottier
13. UK WORKERS GET FREE FAX — Of special interest to missionaries from the UK, http://www.voipbuster.com offers free calls when you sign up with EUR5 credit. It also gives a UK telephone number so that people can call you at your PC while you are online. (Similar to Vonage, etc but with no ongoing costs and a UK phone number.) It’s also useful for those who come from USA and some other countries (see web site) as it offers free calls to there, as well as Germany.
14. GET MISSIONS TRAINING ONLINE — Toccoa Falls College is launching TFC Online later this summer. The college has been training missionaries and Christian workers since 1907. This August, TFC Online will start to offer a program called College Level Instruction with Maximum Bible (CLIMB). This program will provide 30 hours of Bible training in a one-year time frame. If you are interested in learning more, call toll free in US – 888.785.5624 or 706.282.6012 or log on at: http://www.tfc.edu/online/ Courses start August 8, 2005.
15. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can take TESOL training May 9 through June 3 and June 13 through July 8 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or email questions 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 .]
16. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to those who have pitched in recently to help sponsor Brigada’s webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. $25 from a family in Colorado, $36.13 from those using “Blessed Hope” long distance (Thanks for talking! :-) ), $5 from an anonymous worker in Europe, and $30 from Audio Scriptures International (http://www.talkingbibles.org ). We appreciate you all!!! If you’d like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
17. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT DRIVES YOU? — Did you ever ask yourself the question, “What drives me to get up on time and show up for work?” Maslow argued that it was self-actualization and the motivation for leadership. But stop and think… how in the world would that motivate someone to leave the home and family he or she loves, to go far, far away to meet people that sometimes could care less he or she is there? I’m thinking Maslow was out to lunch on our missionary-types. I’m thinking our missionary types are committed to something that goes beyond personal stuff, beyond “finding oneself”.

So what *does* drive you to get up? In many cases, I’m thinking it’s the same thing that drove the Apostle Paul:

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (II Cor. 5:14-20)

With this kind of motivation, you see, the actualized self falls into alignment with the actualized *Lord*, who suddenly becomes more supreme than anything else in the universe.

Sure we care about being fulfilled. But my point is that, at the end of the day, it’s not really all about us. It’s about Him. And that’s why you bought airfare to parts unknown.

But … please do be careful. Motivation or not, it’s still a jungle out there. :-)

Doug

20050403 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TENTMAKING COURSES – WHEN DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY
2. NEED TO POST PICTURES ON THE WEB? TRY THIS NEW SITE
3. TEACH SWEDISH, GERMAN, OR ENGLISH TO THAI TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
4. “STORIES FROM ACTS” IN EASYENGLISH (LEARNING DISABLED)
5. CAT & DOG THEOLOGY SEMINAR NOW ON DVD
6. INTERNET EVANGELISM – IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN APRIL
7. WAITING FOR THE GOOD NEWS: THE NAMA/DAMARA OF NAMIBIA
8. GET SYNERGY NEWSLETTER FREE
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA
10. CHURCH BUILDERS AS A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY?
11. NEED AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?? TRY THE AZERBAIJANI
12. URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
13. THE BACK PAGE: “GET A LIFE!”
14. CLOSING STUFF

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1. TENTMAKING COURSES – WHEN DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY — When people interested in tentmaker training start flying halfway around the world to get this 4.5 day training, the only solution is to add more courses. Easier said than done with limited resources of two small agencies working together called GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT of Norway. With a very short lead time, a new course has just been launched for Victoria BC Canada, and already it is more than half full. The TENTmaking course in Norway (in English) geared toward Europeans, but all are welcome, is taking place 4-8 May, 2005. The course in Victoria takes place 29 Jun – 3 July, 2005. Register soon, space is limited. For more info visit their websites http://www.tent.no/arrangement and http://www.globalopps.org Email Ari at arirocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org if you do not have web access. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. NEED TO POST PICTURES ON THE WEB? TRY THIS NEW SITE — Thanks to Scott for tipping us off to http://www.imageevent.com/ Scott writes, ” All you have to do to post the photos is to email them to the site and they will be posted in your ‘inbox’. From there you can create albums and you can directly email them to people or add them to a website. You can make hidden albums or password protected albums for those concerned with security. We’ve been using it for the past couple of weeks and we’ve been pleased. You can start using it for free and then if you want all the bells and whistles you just have to pay about $25 for a year which we did.” (Thanks for the tip, Scott!)
3. TEACH SWEDISH, GERMAN, OR ENGLISH TO THAI TSUNAMI SURVIVORS — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development (YWAM Relief & Development) is opening a Mult-faceted Training Center in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand as part of the Economic Development initiative of “We Love Thailand”, a united response of the love of God after the Tsunami.

If you’d like to serve by teaching your language to Tsunami survivors in Thailand contact : info(at)stepaheadmed(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

To learn more visit http://www.stepaheadmed.org and http://www.welovethailand.in.th
4. “STORIES FROM ACTS” IN EASYENGLISH (LEARNING DISABLED) — These may be downloaded from http://www.easyenglish.info Just click on AEE. See other Accessible EasyEnglish materials on this site too; together with commentaries and Bible texts for a wide range of readers. More information available from martin(at)easyenglish(dot)info
5. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] CAT & DOG THEOLOGY SEMINAR NOW ON DVD — ACMC/UnveilinGlory speakers have been presenting Cat & Dog Theology seminars around the world with amazing results. Many tell of being set free from self-centeredness to a new or renewed devotion to living for God’s glory and seeing that glory proclaimed among all peoples. Now individuals, families, youth groups, cell groups, Sunday School classes, and entire congregations can experience these same life-changing presentations on DVD! To learn more, read great testimonials, or purchase a set (at 60% discount!), contact Dave Imboden at: dave(at)acmcsouthwest(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. INTERNET EVANGELISM – IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN APRIL — This month sees three significant web evangelism initiatives, all of them keys to cross-cultural evangelism. The 21st Century web evangelism conference at Liberty University is being webcast, so you can watch all the sessions in the coming months, for a modest 20 US dollars: http://ie-21stcentury.com On 11 April, the next 12-week session of distance learning Cybermissions training starts. Cover a detailed and highly-praised curriculum from your own home: http://www.cybermissions.org/training And 24 April sees the first Internet Evangelism Day – an awareness day with downloadable resources (PowerPoint, drama, video clips etc) so that any church or mission group can build a customized program or seminar: http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com (Thanks Tony!)
7. WAITING FOR THE GOOD NEWS: THE NAMA/DAMARA OF NAMIBIA — This small town is made up of a guesthouse, general store and petrol station. It is 100k in any direction to the next settlement and at the intersection of two sand and gravel roads. Turning at this intersection, two believers saw several people sitting under a tree. Six of the seven Nama men and women were here visiting from another farm. The two believers asked if they could talk to them. They were all eager to talk! The believers shared the Gospel and all seven prayed to receive Christ as their personal Saviour! Right here, in the middle of nowhere, God had seven people together waiting for these believers to come and tell them about Jesus! Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call out missionaries for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(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. GET SYNERGY NEWSLETTER FREE — Signing up for Synergy Newsletter, the free missions newsletter, supplies you with a toolkit for mobilizing people in your church. Recent tools you can access now, include: “Short Term Team Follow up Kit”; “Mobilizing your church on behalf of the persecuted church”, a “Missionary Assessment and Preparation” tool; a way to “Map your church’s DNA”, and great ideas for “Choosing a Strategic Focus.” Subscribe to the FREE newsletter by visiting the DualReach web site http://wwww.dualreach.org or by writing bruce(at)dualreach(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. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give students essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more. The next School starts in July 24thth. For more information contact Jose or Elizabeth at ywamjaxsofm(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904) 221-5990 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. You can also check http://www.ywamjax.com
10. CHURCH BUILDERS AS A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY? — Here’s a Brigada participant compiling a list of church-building groups who donate (or partially donate) labor and/or materials for start-up ministries. If you’re one of those, please write Matt mjbenj777(at)netzero(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He’ll compile the list. We’ll ask him to send us the compilation and will report it later here… but you’re welcome to write him directly and ask him for a copy too. Thanks Matt… and good luck!
11. NEED AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?? TRY THE AZERBAIJANI — The Azerbaijani Partnerships-N.American Forum will be held May 19-21st, 2005, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa OK. This growing network consists of agencies and a wide variety of church denominations. They exist to bring the gospel to Azerbaijanis worldwide, form indigenous churches, and provide a convening place for local and expatriate workers to come together in collaborative partnerships that will further those aims. This meeting will provide vital information for church’s or agency’s entry to ministry among the Azerbaijanis. Strategies, cultural information, reports from the field, and advances in the ministry will be shared at the meeting. Please contact Mary Ann, 918.392.1117 or masmith(at)asburytulsa(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 register online at http:www.cefc.com/missions/azericonsultaton.html .
12. URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS — Nations Light http:/www.nationslight.org is pulling together a short-term medical care trip for Sri Lanka, May 26-June 10, 2005, for 2 health care teams of 6-8 each to serve the continuing needs of the tsunami victims. Each team will have 2 dentists who will only remove painful teeth. Our teams will also dispense reading glasses. There is need of eye care specialists, pediatricians, dermatologists, internists, ER and family practice MDs. They already have 2 RNs committed and can use P.A.s and paramedics. They’ll be working in the Northeast Tamil areas. Since the disaster, there has been a cease fire in the civil war and these previously closed areas are open. Another team will do follow-up for those with spiritual questions. Team members may stay longer if they desire. For more information, contact Randy drpoe(at)mcsi(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 541-673-3233(office)
13. THE BACK PAGE: “GET A LIFE!” — What do you do for a diversion? In our first year in cross-cultural missions, my wife and I took off for downtown each Wednesday afternoon. We visited a special library with English magazines, took in a movie, then went out for supper together. Nowadays, years later, among other things, I like soccer. In fact, in the 14’x27′ mini-arena the boys and I built downstairs (complete with netting, turf, dasherboards and goals!), I probably play 2 or 3 nights per week with the boys, plus I play in an adult “over-30” league as well (in a slightly bigger arena, needless to say).

But I also love trees and the outdoors. I know, … call me a tree- hugger… but it’s true. Last night I went out in the rain and planted 5 new seedlings Penny ordered for me. Something mystical about knowing I’m trying to take care of the earth God created.

Meanwhile, I’m learning to play soprano sax, reading about landscape architecture, wishing I had time to learn the names of all the constellations, learning to do CAD/CAM architectural drawings, selling unused stuff on eBay… and — a dozen other things on any given day.

These diversions give me great “fresh air” in between the day’s phone calls, emails, trips and meetings. I confess that half the time, I only sleep 4 hours or so at night, but that’s as much as anything due to the fact that I’m having too much fun reading the forums at ArborDay.com or reading about restoring natural prairies. (The other half, I catch up with 7 or 8 hours each night.) In summary – I’m having a ball in life… and I just dread having to close my eyes to go to sleep… because I keep thinking about all the fun things I could be doing next!

So what’s your diversion? What do you do for a sport, for exercise, or for a hobby? And can you think of at least a few things that pull you closer to family instead of taking you farther away?

My *hope* is that these types of diversions can keep us from “burning out.” Just talked to a former missionary today about that. After a number of years in a Southeast Asian land, he grew so burdened with his daily grind that he sunk into a kind of depression… and had to come back to the USA in a heap. Five years later, he’s still trying to fully recover. Needless to say, we want to try to avoid these kinds of returns whenever we can.

So… please… “get a life!” Find a hobby. Walk in the park with your kids. Start a weekly movie habit with your spouse or friends. Do *something* that involves a change of pace and fresh air. We’ll all be glad you did. You’ll last longer on the job, work harder while you’re at it, and have more fun every moment. And fun’s important… because it’s a jungle out there — so please take care.. and go have some fun! :-)

Doug

20050330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA!
10. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING)
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE
21. SPONSORS ROCK!
22. CLOSING STUFF

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID — The new Seth Barnes book, “The Art of Listening Prayer,” seems to fill a real void, creating a theology of *communicating* with God (including listening) as opposed to merely giving God a list of grievances or requests. “Create a conversation with God – Focus, repent, Ask, and Listen.” If new recruits find out about this book, choosing a field might become tons easier. In the end, the name says it all… it’s an art available at: http://www.adventures.org Seth Barnes is the founder of Adventures in Missions, which is set on mobilizing new missionaries and other radical disciples. To get your copy, browse at: http://adventures.org (and by the way, thanks for the help with the sponsorship gift, Adventures!!)
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN — On April 1st Audio Scriptures International and its sister organization, Adopt-A-Village, merged to become Talking Bibles International. This change will allow them to serve the non-reading community from a larger platform, more effectively and efficiently. The goal and focus of the ministry will remain the same, namely, to reach non-readers with the Word of God in a format they can understand and relate to, namely, the Talking Bible in their own languages. Talking Bibles International’s goal and desire is to place 100,000 Talking Bibles into non-reading homes in India over the next 5 years. During this same period Talking Bibles International’s partner, World Mission, will be pursuing a similar goal in Africa … 100,000 Talking Bibles in ten African languages. Talking Bibles International will continue serving as an audio Scripture resource center for churches, individuals and ministries in the USA. It will continue recording New Testaments in more languages, reaching homes with the Bible in audio through its extensive website … providing Talking Bibles in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe. For more information 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 .] or visit http://www.talkingbibles.org
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT — Interested in that film that might win a few Muslims? The earlier link was gone. http://www.crescentproject.org/sahara_faq.cfm Works. The URL reported for this movie in a previous edition seemed to have issues. Sorry about that.
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 Cosim Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER — This Joint Gathering will be September 12-15, 2005 in Denver. The theme will be: Synergistic Kingdom Advance Among the Least and the Lost Participating groups include the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM), Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO), the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) and Churches Together. The gathering will seek to encourage deeper evangelical engagement with a range of issues. The hope is to approach these issues from both a hands-on process that will enable networking between organizations and allow leaders to clarify the core issues that face the body of Christ in its global mission. Participating mission and church leaders, strategists, and field practitioners will seek to take seriously issues like: Dealing with the AIDS crisis together, Rebuilding in Asia after the tsunami, Becoming a “Christian” in a post-Christian World, …. and more. Support/service organizations are encouraged to exhibit at the event. Watch for more information at http://www.efmamissions.org or call: 770-457-6677
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS — The item we featured on compressing photos generated a ton of user feedback. Seems like we’ve hit a chord with which several Brigada participants have struggled. “Jim” pointed out that Word has a Picture toolbar (View|Toolbars|Pictures) with an icon for “Compress Pictures”. Just click it and apply it to all pictures in document, then change the resolution to either web/screen or print. (Thanks Jim!) Peter, from Australia, added, “A word of warning: if you have already saved the document before compressing, save it as a new file (SAVE AS ..) after compression. If you just save to the same file it can actually make the file LARGER, for some reason.” Another liked WordPerfect, which in two clicks, any WP file converts to PDF. Just select File >> Publish to >> PDF. Easy! (Thanks Claudia). Several others pointed out that not all the products we mentioned were totally free. So be sure to read their descriptions fully before buying. Jim, along with Peter, added, “This dpi conversion feature is not listed in the advertised FREE Pic2Pic; nor in the Pic2Pic Plus $15 version; but only in the top-of-the-line Pic2Pic Pro $30. Feels like bait-and-switch from free Brigada advertising.” Oops. Well I can honestly assure you, Jim… we used a review to write that item — we’ve not had the time to play with the program personally. If only the $30 version has the capability, then Google’s Picasa is the better option (again, free). Either way, we don’t work for Pic2Pic nor do we receive any commission or kick-back from them. We were just “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” If your pictures are in Word, the above click tool seems like the easiest option! If you’d like to try yet another free option, “Peter” recommended: http://users.pandora.be/david.de.groot/progs/PIXresizer.zip
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY — From May 6-8, 2005 the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a weekend conference on the Hindu- Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This New York City area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact 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 .]
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org for full details or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA! — Which generation can send the most new missionaries? In the USA, believers in the post- World War II “Baby Boomer” generation are primed to move into a second career in missions. (The Finishers Project has placed nearly 800 new fulltime missionaries with other agencies in the past six years, 40% of whom are already fully funded.) But Finishers gets so many Gen-Xers posting profiles that it’s time for… MissionNext in Omaha Nebraska May 6-7! Missionaries, check out http://www.MissionNext.org and send your unsuspecting constituents to Omaha. They’ll soon be joining you! Go to the website, visit http://www.Finishers.org or email Bill and Amy at William(at)Finishers(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. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW — This new edition of the acclaimed Operation WorldView Video Series is an ideal stepping-stone to the Perspectives course. It features introductory comments from Steven Hawthorne for the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic components, plus promotional videos for the Perspectives course from Caleb Project in lesson 8. Featuring compelling mission videos and powerful lessons based on classics such as “The Story of His Glory” and “The Kingdom Strikes Back” — Operation WorldView is perfect for small groups and local churches wanting to explore profound truths in Scripture, history and culture — to motivate greater involvement in world missions. For more information, visit the Mission ONE web site: http://www.mission1.org/opwv_psp.html
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP — HGM is a training and sending agency dedicated to making disciples among the remaining peoples of the earth that have yet to receive the Gospel. HGM’s ultimate aim is to plant living, self-reproducing churches in these cultures through a missionary witness centered on the living, biblical Jesus and free of unnecessary Western influences. To accomplish this, HGM has instituted five months of intense and very relevant training for long-term missionary church-planting—Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT — John Zumwalt reveals the fiery heart of the pioneer missionary in this explosive call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. Zumwalt takes a hard look at history and Scripture to discover God’s purposes for his saints in every age. A radical reminder of truth central to the life of the Christian yet continually set aside by the Church at large. A powerful antidote to the deadly self-absorption of western Christianity. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 COSIM Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING) — A prayer card company founded by former missionaries and owned and run by MKs (missionary kids) is introducing a new support-raising tool for mission teams – Individualized Team PrayerCards. Team Cards were created specifically for short-term mission teams and they allow individuals within teams to customize cards for personal use while giving team leaders the ability to maintain a professional and cohesive look for the teams’ materials. Team members will receive cards with both a photo of the team as well as their individual photo in as little as one week’s time. Text on the cards can include both the team and individual contact information, and thanks to group rates, individual costs remain low.

For more information about Team PrayerCards, visit http://www.creativeplus.com/teamcards or call 1-800-347-2848 (US/Canada) or 1-704-843-5040 (International).
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL — If you’ve ever needed to send a large file (up to 1GB) to someone, but had problems sending it through email, here’s a solution. YouSendIt is a service that allows you to choose who you want to send a file to (an email address or multiple email addresses), select a file to send (you can send photos, audio, documents or anything else – your file will be stored by YouSendIt), and simply click on Send. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to your file stored on their server. Your file will be deleted after seven days. http://www.yousendit.com (Thanks Faithe!!! We’ve got to make sure we keep you. :-) )
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE — Have you been thinking you needed to get your master’s degree? Azusa Pacific University from California teaches four courses each summer in the Philippines. The program is in leadership. The cost is 1/2 to 1/4 on campus prices (depending on nationality)! Contact Melody Kuka for more information kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The courses this summer are: May 3-June 4 Creative/Collaborative Leadership, and Designing Learning Experiences. June 6-10: Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, and Leading Across Cultures.
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA — Thrive Africa, based in Harrismith, South Africa, focuses on developing emerging leaders. They run a year-long missions immersion program called 24/7 for young adults who are interested in full-time missionary work. Interns in 24/7 serve alongside career missionaries and are involved in all aspects of Thrive Africa’s ministry. 24/7 runs January through December and is currently accepting applications for the 2006 program. For more information check out http://www.thriveafrica.org or email internship(at)thriveafrica(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE — The World Evangelical Alliance is calling North American Church and Ministry leaders to meet with senior WEA leaders from every major region of the globe. During this event, you will meet WEA’s senior regional leaders and International Council members; meet with executives from WEA’s commissions engaged in Religious Liberty, Missions, Women’s Concerns, Youth, and Theology; engage leaders from affiliates working with children at risk, HIV/AIDS, poverty, refugees, and saturation church planting. You will also hear an exclusive first hand report on the tsunami relief efforts by Godfrey Yogarajah, a Sri Lankan who heads up the Evangelical Fellowship of Asia, and is heavily involved in coordinating efforts in his own country. To register for this event please go to their website: http://worldevangelical.org/ call (425) 778-5513. email: infoatworldevangelicaldotorg
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS –- Enjoy life-changing Biblical Study Tours to the Holy Lands of Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. Read an Integrated Gospel with color photos and gain understanding through Biblical Theological Books. Contact Glory Quest Books and Tours at: P.O. Box 1207, Citrus Heights, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1- 866-274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail Glory Quest at Contact(at)GloryQuests(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 further information, please check out Glory Quest’s web site at: http://www.GloryQuests.com
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE — This one-of-a kind training seminar is designed to equip and challenge individuals to be effective missions advocates. Participants will learn from seasoned advocates and leave with concrete objectives on how to develop an advocacy strategy for their church, denomination, and network. This training is May 6 and 7 in Denver, Colorado and the cost is $65 per person. Register online at http://www.calebproject.org/store or email advocacy(at)cproject(dot)com for more information. The deadline for registration is April 30.
21. SPONSORS ROCK! — Thanks for the $100 donation from an anonymous WEC missionary, and the $180 from ” an anonymous couple in China,” who wrote, “Thank you for the continued blessing of Brigada!” Dial-Abroad also sent their monthly sponsorship to Brigada based on participants using their service at paypal. For more on their ministry, click “donate” and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.

20050327 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT RESOURCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLS VIA CELL PHONES
2. THE BIBLE AND MISSIONS
3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES AND ADOPT-A-VILLAGE MERGE
4. X-ERS & BOOMERS IN MID-AMERICA MAY 6-7
5. FINISHING WELL IN COOL COLORADO JUNE 10-11
6. MIM SEEKS DENTISTS, HIGIENISTS, ASSISTANTS
7. LEARN MORE ABOUT MARTYRS
8. WANT TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING?
9. ANOTHER GREAT TOOL FOR MAKING LOCAL/LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS
10. BEST PRACTICES IN CHURCH MISSIONS WEB PAGES
11. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE WORLD ISSUES SUMMIT
12. LEARN TO REACH JAPAN
13. WORLD METHODIST EVANGELISM’S INT’L CHR YOUTH CONF.
14. GET YOUR MUSIC
15. COME TO PERTH, W. AUSTRALIA TO TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR!
16. HELP THIS RESEARCHER LEARN ABOUT YOUR MOTIVES :-)
17. FLASH! ANONYMOUS DONOR GIVES $1,000 TO BRIGADA!
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT RESOURCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLS VIA CELL PHONES — Gotta make a cell phone call to another country? Get ready to mortgage the farm, unless — you’ve got Nickel Talk! Thanks to Donna for tipping us on this one… Check it out at… http://www.nickeltalk.com/ 5 cents per minute to some countries, 26 cents/min. to others, like Bosnia (but then again, it’s a verified $4.38/min. from our landline). No commission here. No affiliation fees. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.
2. THE BIBLE AND MISSIONS — The main goal for students in the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is to know God and be equipped to make Him known. In YWAM Turner Valley’s School of Biblical Studies, students receive training and assistance as they carefully study the entire Bible using the inductive method. This nine month course goes from September 12, 2005 to June 30, 2006. YWAM Turner Valley is Frontier Missions focused, and works to help disciple two unreached people groups. For more information on SBS and other opportunities, please email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [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.ywamturnervalley.com
3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES AND ADOPT-A-VILLAGE MERGE — On April 1st Audio Scriptures International and its sister organization, Adopt-A-Village, merged to become Talking Bibles International. This change will allow them to serve the non-reading community from a larger platform, more effectively and efficiently. The goal and focus of the ministry will remain the same, namely, to reach non-readers with the Word of God in a format they can understand and relate to, namely, the Talking Bible in their own languages. Talking Bibles International’s goal and desire is to place 100,000 Talking Bibles into non-reading homes in India over the next 5 years. Talking Bibles International will continue serving as an audio Scripture resource center for churches, individuals and ministries in the USA. It will continue recording New Testaments in more languages, reaching homes with the Bible in audio through its extensive website … providing Talking Bibles in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe. For more information 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 .] or visit http://www.talkingbibles.org
4. X-ERS & BOOMERS IN MID-AMERICA MAY 6-7 — Heard of the Finishers Project? Well now there’s a similar service at http://www.MissionNext.com What’s more, they’re pulling together a “MissionNext” face-to-face gathering gets Xer and Boomer adults together May 6-7, 2005 in Omaha, Nebraska. For more info, call +1 203 740 7278. Or email Headquarters(at)Finishers(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. FINISHING WELL IN COOL COLORADO JUNE 10-11 ­- Nelson, Bill & Amy and Paulette at The Finishers Project are inviting a few mission-minded Boomers to get together in Colorado Springs. Well, more than a few–as in a few hundred. Front-Range hospitality, living-sacrifice conversations, seminars & workshops, encouragement and tons of info for adults considering mission service. But watch it: From the first Finishers conference, 96 of the 300 participants ended up on the mission field within two years! Complete info at http://www.finishers.org/events/index.html or call 1 203 740 7278. Or email Headquarters(at)Finishers(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. MIM SEEKS DENTISTS, HYGIENISTS, ASSISTANTS — Mediterranean Integral Mission (MIM) is seeking English or Spanish speaking Christian dental professionals for work in small cities and remote regions among mountain tribal peoples in North Africa. French and/or Arabic is useful but not required. Contact MIMUSA[at]telefonica[dot]net
7. LEARN MORE ABOUT MARTYRS — The 8th National Conference on the Persecuted Church will be held in Columbia, SC on April 15/16, 2005. Speakers representing different countries where great persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters has been going on will be presenting reports and answering questions. There will also be time allotted for prayer on behalf of those who suffer silently. For further information, please contact the Director, Sam Elisha, 803-754-4030 or email semintinc(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. WANT TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING? — It’s all the rage, no matter where you go. Now *learn* it! Pick it up on September 13-15, 2005 in Anaheim, California, USA. Register on-line at International Orality Network http://www.oralbible.com or e-mail Tom Meiner tmeiner(at)ccci(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Register now (by April 15, 2005) for a $50 discount. (Hats off to Emily at Team Expansion, Bill at Power of Connecting http://powerofconnecting.com and Missions Catalyst Newsletter from Caleb Project for letting us know about this important event.)
9. ANOTHER GREAT TOOL FOR MAKING LOCAL/LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS — While we’re on the subject of phones, don’t forget: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada is a great site to learn the best routes and carriers for phone calls. You’ll probably be able to save $10/mo. or more, depending on your use and call times. Thanks!!!
10. BEST PRACTICES IN CHURCH MISSIONS WEB PAGES — Is your church hitting on all cylinders when it comes to the missions pages on its web site? This MS Word file from ACMC will help take the guesswork out of the kinds of information and inspiration your church can place on its missions web pages by showing what other churches are providing. Check out links to pages from over fifty categories and sub-categories. Chosen from dozens of churches—including many of North America’s most notable missions churches. For more information contact: dave(at)acmcsouthwest(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE WORLD ISSUES SUMMIT — With the theme of “Move the Stones”, it’s slated for May 3-6, 2005 Orlando, Florida (Co- sponsored by National Association of Evangelicals and Evangelical Fellowship of Canada). It’s the World Evangelical Alliance Issues Summit. You will meet WEA’s senior regional leaders and International Council members, along with specialists in Religious Liberty, Missions, Women’s Concerns, Youth, and Theology, and a whole lot more. To register go to… http://worldevangelical.org/ call (425) 778-5513. email: info(at)worldevangelical(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. LEARN TO REACH JAPAN — Purchase CD’S of 21 recorded workshops from the recent “Reaching Japanese For Christ” conference. Workshop presenters included Japanese missionaries, Japanese pastors, para- church staff workers in ministry to Japanese from OMF-JCFN, Campus Crusade for Christ, IVCF, ISI, BGC, etc. Price of the 2 CD set (in MP3 format) in English is $15 which covers postage in the US & Canada. For an order form and a list of the workshop topics, go to http://www.TheJapanNet.com . For questions, contact John.Whitehouse(at)uscm(dot)org
13. WORLD METHODIST EVANGELISM’S INT’L CHR YOUTH CONF. — Slated for July 19-26, 2005, in Teresopolis, Brazil, young people, ages 17-30, are invited to this conference to be hosted by the youth and evangelism leaders of the first Region Conference, the Methodist Church in Brazil. The conference is being planned around the theme, “That the world may know Jesus Christ!” as part of the World Methodist Evangelism Emphasis 2004-2006. Join young people from around the world at the 8th International Christian Youth Conference on Evangelism — the first time for ICYCE in South America! http://www.worldmethodist.org/youthevents.htm or email worldevangelism(at)scarrittbennett(dot)org or write: World Evangelism, World Methodist Council Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee, 37212-2166 ,USA or call 1-615-340-7541 or Fax: 1-615-340-7549.
14. GET YOUR MUSIC — Mount Carmel provides music CDs, and DVDs to missions and missionaries at wholesale prices. New releases and popular music CDs from Michael W. Smith, Caedmon’s Call, Third Day, Amy Grant, Chris Rice, Integrity, Hillsongs, Selah, Fernando Ortega (the list is endless) at nearly 50% off retail. They also offer the complete Adventures In Odyssey and Focus On The Family’s Radio Theater titles at up to 50% off. Mount Carmel ships to almost any country in the world. In most countries, 10 CDs can be sent for as little as $11.00 via Air Global Priority. Their web address is http://www.mountcarmel.com and for e-mail correspondence contact Bill at wic(at)mountcarmel(dot)com
15. COME TO PERTH, W. AUSTRALIA TO TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR! — The Strategic Coordinator Seminar is about planning and implementing evangelism, business and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (13 November-2 December 2005) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. In the seminar you will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. If you want to see your church take a more active role in evangelizing your focus people through prayer, going and sending out missionaries; if you are a missionary who desires to see more prayer, people and finance on an international level directed towards your focus group, then this seminar is for you. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto: http://www.ywamperth.org.au Please tell them you read about it in Brigada!
16. HELP THIS RESEARCHER LEARN ABOUT YOUR MOTIVES :-) — Here’s a researcher working on a private research project to benefit missionary candidates who are trying to determine what skills and experience are needed beyond Bible school for entry into pioneer evangelism and church planting ministry environments. He’s asking the Brigada community to participate in an anonymous poll online by going to http://www.Propempo.com and answering on the far right: “What best describes the business purpose for your presence in a limited access country?” There are six choices given: 1/ community development & relief; 2/ medical; 3/ tourism & travel; 4/ micro-economic or business development; 5/ education – ESL; 6/ other For those skittish about the online poll, they could email/phone him directly. He’ll share his results with those who ask for it.
17. FLASH! ANONYMOUS DONOR GIVES $1,000 TO BRIGADA! — Can you believe it? In this one fell swoop, this guy underwrites 1/16 of the total expenses we’ll need for an entire year’s worth of secretarial, web-hosting, communications, advertising, postage, and more! We appreciate you!!! Now here’s the challenge: Do you know of someone who might join this guy and also become of volunteer anonymous supporter!? If so, please step up to the plate! Bottom line: 13 more like this guy… and we’re done talking about it for a whole year! Thanks again to the anonymous friend!!! May God raise up more like you! If you’d just like to help Brigada, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050313 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY?
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT!
14. FESTIVAL DC
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR”
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
18. AMAZING SPONSORS!
19. CLOSING STUFF

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Their Two- Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, 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 .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA) — Most international plans cannot provide on-going health insurance coverage for a person that returns to the USA with a chronic illness. Now an American company is offering international health insurance for individuals that also guarantees continuous coverage in the USA. The plan also provides an HSA option, copays and no waiting period for maternity. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 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 .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY? — Yes it’s true! If you are looking for international health coverage at a reasonable price be sure to check out the International Citizens Series Economy Plan from Insurance Services of America. A quick glance at the rates will show you that a 25 year old male can get health insurance for an entire year for as low as $380! Rates vary by age and gender, but they are all very affordable! This plan provides excellent coverage underwritten by the oldest and largest insurer in the world. Also, at no extra charge, you will get 15 travel assistance benefits with help provided by a live operator 24 hours a day! You may get complete details at http://www.missinonaryhealth.net or for a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. (Thanks to Mark and Insurance Services for their help with Brigada’s operating expenses!)
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. HURRY – the deadline for registering is March 31, 2005. For more information write: asm(at)interum(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. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR — Learn exciting strategies that have been used by missionaries and national Christians working in both rural and urban contexts as well as countries closed to the gospel. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from June 13-18. Learn about microfinance and microenterprise development strategies that are appropriate for churches and missionaries and grounded in a Christ-centered message. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(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 .]
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — This intense, interactive short-term mission training conference seeks to empower church, school, and agency leaders in Christian short-term mission. Training topics include STM Basics 101; A Host Receivers’ Perspective of STM Teams; Effective Planning, Training, and Leading of STMs; A Prayer Walking Strategy for Your STM; Our Response to the Poor; Understanding Cultural Mannerisms; Reentry, Debriefing, and Follow-up; Risk Assessment; and much more. For information and registration, visit http://www.STEMmin.org or e-mail dbromley(at)STEMmin(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. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Planning an overseas summer missions experience? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries in mind. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [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). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM — Those geeks over at Missionary Tech Support have just added a new online forum to help you with your computer questions and challenges. http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/forum Of course you can still email for tech support help(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com or schedule a “Remote Geek” session. Tech support is always free to the missions community. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com.
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. May 9 – June 3, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates are listed in at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES — Culture shock can hit your funny bone! Siberian Shivers is a great preparation for summer missionaries to any culture. Bill uses humor to tell true stories with cross cultural lessons for missionaries to cap each adventure. Whether you’re headed for Siberia or someplace toasty, get ready with Siberian Shivers! Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). It’s never been cooler.
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP — Got any idea where to find good resources to present the gospel to a Vietnamese, or disciple them? David grsin(at)singnet(dot)com(dot)sg would like to know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT! — The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is all about finding humor, spiritual encouragement, and cultural insight traveling in the middle of nowhere. Journeying this summer overseas or know someone who is? Get ready for your adventure with this funny book. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
14. FESTIVAL DC — The dates are Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 05. Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. For the week leading up to the DC Festival, teams will be involved in saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher Sarjent at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533- 5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: 001-503-669-8048 or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Website:

http://www.deltaministries.com
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR” — This is your opportunity to pray for Myanmar: http://www.p4mm.com The site is initiated by Myanmar Partnership, a group of about 20 Christian organizations with a focus on Myanmar. This website has prayer requests for every day of the month. Subscribe for email updates at the website.
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS — The Mbalantu People of northern Namibia: I. lives in a traditional Mbalantu home which is several small, round huts surrounded by a tree limb fence. He welcomed three believers sharing the Gospel with him one afternoon. He repeated his gratefulness and showed a great desire to learn. However, he never grasped what it means to be saved. It was a prime example of the task of missions to clearly communicate the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). There will be programs for: Children (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and Adults (3 Plenary Speakers, 60 Seminars and 85 Missions Displays!). A special track of seminars will be offered for Missions Pastors, Spanish Speakers, and Children’s Workers. All Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders are invited to attend a special Friday luncheon to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the world-wide missions movement, plan now to attend April 29th to May 1st. And why not sign up to volunteer for a couple of hours? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
18. AMAZING SPONSORS! — Hats off to the 3 anonymous sponsors for sending $10, $15, and $25 respectively (Thanks!), and to Dial-Abroad for sending $142 as a portion of the long distance usage fees from January! Please keep talking! :-) If you need a long distance program, or if you’d just like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050306 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. LEARN HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
3. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE)
4. NW CHILDREN’S EXPO INTENSIVES!
5. OPERATION WORLDVIEW READY FOR ACTION
6. LEGAL & TAX INFORMATION FOR MISSIONS AND CHURCHES
7. WIRELESS NETWORKING ALPHABET SOUP
8. WILLING TO TEACH MKs OVERSEAS IN CENTRAL ASIA?
9. FOUR MORE OPTIONS TO CREATE PDFs
10. OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TSUNAMI RELIEF
11. HAVING TROUBLE GETTING SKYPE FROM OVERSEAS?
12. GET CULTURALLY ORIENTED
13. ARE YOU BURNING CDs? TRY THIS FREE SOFTWARE
14. PREPARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT DRAWS MUSLIMS TO CHRIST
15. THE WONDER OF ANONYMOUS DONORS
16. TASTE OF TRANSLATION
17. BECOME A PART OF THE ENGINE THAT POWERS BRIGADA
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — Equip your church or ministry with the tools you need to promote financial self-sufficiency in poor communities. Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. You will engage in hands-on training through interactive discussion and simulation of real-world issues taught by field practitioners. Our Two-Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers partners include Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US. To register, 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 .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org (The Chalmers Center is a regular supporter of Brigada. Please give them a try!)
2. LEARN HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE — Take Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Tools & Strategies, April 1 7-29, 2005 in Toronto. Dr. Tom McCormick builds this workshop on the principles developed in the MTI, PILAT program. PLANTS is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab- tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language, all within two weeks in what some would say is the world’s most multi-cultural city – Toronto. For more information or to Register on-line, click to: http://www.missionprep.ca or email info(at)missionprep(dot)ca
3. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE) — Still searching for that ideal digital photo-editing tool that will let you batch process those 7 megabyte photo files into more efficient sizes for use on the web and in PDFs & Powerpoints? Try Pic2Pic at… http://www.wavelsoftware.com/pic2pic.htm This handy little tool will do batch conversion of image files with rotation, mirroring, and color resolution adjustment! Finally! This is what we’ve needed for so long. Important: Convert those photos headed to the web over to 72dpi, and by the way, they probably don’t need to be any bigger than 3×3″. For the printed page, you could get the max out of the printer by printing to about 300dpi (600 if you have a printer with high-res output and the extra hard drive space on your PC). Always save your original resolution (like 5 megabytes or whatever) for the big-time, like posters or offset brochures and the like. Wanna hear the best news about the Pic2Pic program? (the reason why it’s an answered prayer): It’s free!!!! That’s right – get it from wavelsoftware while you can. Now there’s no excuse. *Everybody* should be able to reduce the size of these mongo photos on the web.
4. NW CHILDREN’S EXPO INTENSIVES! — Now’s the final chance to register for this team-taught intensive seminar at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, OR, April 22-23, designed to meet children’s ministry needs and packed with the most comprehensive children’s mission education training available today. Discover how to nurture a child’s heart for the world. Interact with top regional mission educators and network with other churches. Take home a thick syllabus of the latest resources! Information and registration: http://www.vbconline.org/global/children_s_expo_intensive or or e-mail lesliee(at)vbconline(dot)org, phone Leslie at (503)643-6511. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. OPERATION WORLDVIEW READY FOR ACTION — Check out the new pages in promoting the Perspectives Family Edition of the Operation WorldView Video Series: http://www.mission1.org/opwv_psp.html Don’t forget to tell them Brigada sent you! (Just to spread the word; we don’t make a thing off of recommending them. Thank for your work though, Werner! Great job!)
6. LEGAL & TAX INFORMATION FOR MISSIONS AND CHURCHES — The Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is a newsletter that has been distributed free of charge for over seven years to leaders of churches, missions agencies, and other religious non-profit organizations. The memo regularly recaps the latest news from the U.S. legal and tax front on issues of concern to churches and organizations. It also has a subscriber section with much more detailed analysis of legal and tax issues, along with practical tips to help ministries. The publishers (Nonprofit and Church Law Ministries) are now offering a special arrangement to help Brigada. Two dollars out of every subscription purchase (now $25/year) will be donated to Brigada. Recent issues covered, “How the anti-terrorism laws are affecting missions organizations,” “U.S. Senate panel recommends provisions that would substantially increase regulations on tax-exempt entities,” “IRS releases a memo containing a wealth of material giving helpful guidance for any charitable organization that might have business components,” “Two recent cases address when clergy-penitent conversations can stay private,” “U.S. court rules that mature minors can make their own choices about Christian conversion and baptism, even if contrary to their parents’ desires,” “No religious exemptions to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” “IRS outlined the definition of the term “church.”

Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Please make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field so they’ll know who sent you.
7. WIRELESS NETWORKING ALPHABET SOUP — Have you been confused about the wireless networking “alphabet soup”? No wonder. Here’s a quick summary: 802.11a (Wi-Fi “a”): 54 Mbps on 5 Ghz band 802.11b (Wi-Fi “b”): 11 Mbps on 2.4 Ghz band 802.11g (Wi-Fi “g”): 54 Mbps on 2.4 Ghz band 802.11n (????????): 200 Mpbs on 2.4/5 Ghz band* * Note: 802.11n is a concept, but has not been officially approved. Still, we’re starting to see some early release merchandise designed to work in this spectrum. It’s going to be *twice* as fast as most current wired ethernet connections. (Essentially, only Gigahertz networking is faster!) All four protocols allow communication up to about 150′, depending on the walls you have to traverse. So bottom line: If you’re buying today, try to find a router with at least “b” and “g” networking. That’ll insure the most compatibility. When “n” is finally approved (probably late 2006), it will be backward compatible with “b” and “g” anyway. One final note to confuse it all: Bluetooth is upgrading too. If you’re considering buying something bluetooth, ask if you can get Bluetooth 2.0. It runs at 3Mbps instead of 720kbps…. so over 4 times faster with 2.0. Or better yet, get Wireless USB, which runs at 480 Mbps, faster than anything yet named above! It’ll travel about 32′ away.
8. WILLING TO TEACH MKs OVERSEAS IN CENTRAL ASIA? — Then the folks at Evergreen School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan would love to talk to you. They have a host of opportunities open from Kindergarten through 10th grade, as well as for administrators, too. Write them for more information at calldale(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. FOUR MORE OPTIONS TO CREATE PDFs — Need yet one more way to make PDFs? Mike suggests using OpenOffice. It’s free at http://openoffice.org and works on Windows, Macs, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, is available in 44 different languages, and does spreadsheets (like Excel), presentations (like PowerPoint), and drawings (like Visio), in addition to word processing (like MS Word). Worth a try! Good thinking, Mike! Meanwhile, Steve and Joel like PDFCreator. It is totally free “open source,” cross platform and works very well. Steve has created large and complex PDFs with no problems from several different pieces of software. Get it at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ or http://sector7g.wurzel6.de/pdfcreator/index_en.htm (Thanks Steve and Joel!) Or, try http://www.primopdf.com/ It acts just like a print driver… and is as easy as selecting a printer. *Or* if you don’t like the free options above, just switch to a MAC, says Ed, rubbing it in for the rest of us who have chosen IBM- compatibles. :-) Ed reminds us all of the painful truth that Mac OS X permits users to “save as” in PDF format without the need of special software. (Of course, 90% of the world still isn’t purchasing Macs, but if Ed has anything to do with it, the number of Mac users will grow. :- ))
10. OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TSUNAMI RELIEF — Marine Reach is sending a new ministry called Mercy Trucks to Sri Lanka. Mercy Trucks will use vehicles to deliver aid and equipment to the Tsunami affected areas of Northern Sri Lanka. Roy and Catherine will be establishing the ministry when they arrive in Sri Lanka and would like outreach teams to work with them. They will be cleaning, rebuilding, doing community development projects and counseling. If you would like to hear more please write Jeff at jlyon(at)oval(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 check out the Mercy Trucks web site at http://www.mercytrucks.org
11. HAVING TROUBLE GETTING SKYPE FROM OVERSEAS? — Brigada participant “Randy” is in the same boat. But he got hold of the Skype folks over Instant Messaging and reports that they are fixing a new approach whereby credit card sign-up will be easier from overseas. So try again soon if you were frustrated. Again, Skype is the voice-over-Internet phone kind of thing. www.skype.com In the meantime, one reader by the name of Andrew wondered why we didn’t recommend other similar (SIP) services: FreeWorld Dialup (http://www.fwdnet.net) SipGate — http://www.sipgate.co.uk Gossiptel — http://www.gossiptel.com VoIPTalk — http://www.voiptalk.org or the list at http://www.fwdnet.net/content/view/full/333/ Check ’em out! Thanks Andrew!
12. GET CULTURALLY ORIENTED — Now you can participate in Cultural Orientation for Personal Endurance & Enjoyment (COPE), May 30-June 12, 2005 & Culture & Language Learning (CALL) June 13-25, 2005 in Langley BC. This intensive two week program equips missionaries to live the paradox of the enjoyment/endurance challenge of the cross-cultural experience. Spiritual, Personal, Language, Interpersonal and Cultural aspects of the missionary experience are taught through a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction. For Christian workers intending to serve for more than one year overseas. Register on-line at http://www.missionprep.ca or call toll free from the USA or via Net2Phone 866-640-1621 or email info(at)missionprep(dot)ca
13. ARE YOU BURNING CDs? TRY THIS FREE SOFTWARE — Thanks to Scott for recommending the Open CD Project http://www.theopencd.org This includes office productivity, graphics design, internet applications, multimedia programs, utilities, and games. You can download the CD iso image and burn it yourself or go to individual program sites to download particular programs. The advantage of the CD is that it has a very easy to use installer. (Thanks Scott!)
14. PREPARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT DRAWS MUSLIMS TO CHRIST — Just attend the Sahara Challenge, an intensive one week training and outreach experience, May 28 – June 5, in Orlando, FL. For more information, click to: http://tinyurl.com/65b9s (We’ve used tinyurl because the original link wrapped. Thanks for the tip, Bob!)
15. THE WONDER OF ANONYMOUS DONORS — I still marvel at the graciousness of anonymous donors. Here’s one for $25… “Thanx for the work you do,I would appreciate being annonymous on this.” Amazing. Thank you brother.
16. TASTE OF TRANSLATION — Are you interested in learning about Bible Translation during Spring break? Then you need to check out Total It Up! It’s a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) back by popular demand! This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Class sizes are 20-35 people. Classes include: Phonetics, Phonology, Grammar, Language Learning, Translation & Semantics. Each evening includes a delicious ethnic dinner, staff field reports and personal sharing, an exciting mission video, hang-out time and help with homework, if needed. Cost is $200 per person. The course is being offered at the Wycliffe Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon, March 20-25, 2005. For further information and registration forms contact Kris Russel at: kris_russel(at)sil(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 phone the Wycliffe Northwest Regional Office at 1-800-269-2007 or check out the web at: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm
17. BECOME A PART OF THE ENGINE THAT POWERS BRIGADA — Want to help make this work possible? If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050227 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05)
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE
11. OAXACA 100
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE) — Occasionally I’ll notice that one of our workers has splashed a 2 megabyte photo into a Word document (with a size something like 2″ x 3″), or worse yet, onto a web page (with a size perhaps even smaller). Powerpoint now has a tool to compress these oversize mammoths (Word doesn’t, and FrontPage’s is awkward to use, at best). We need to invest more time training our workers to custom-tailor the resolution (dots per inch) to the job (screen or web page, printed page, or actual photo). My understanding is — we basically need to teach 72 dpi for PowerPoint’s or websites, 300 or 600 dpi for pages to be printed on lasers (600 dpi can grow big pretty fast), and the more dpi the better for a photo. (5 megapixel cameras produce about a 2 megabyte picture that doesn’t look pixilated until you get up to 9×12″ or bigger.)

But how do we help our workers make these adaptations? My belief is — teach them to *capture* the art at the highest resolution possible, all the time. It takes more hard drive space to store them, but always hang onto the high-res original. Then use some kind of photo-editing software to reduce the resolution and image size to the exact dimensions and desired application.

One good option for our workers these days is Picasa. It’s now owned by Google and, like most things Google-ized, it’s getting better with age. With version 2.0, it became just as good as Photoshop Album and easier to use than ACD-see. Get it at http://www.picasa.com. With it, you can organize, edit, and even share all your digital photos. Save them to an external drive (you do back up your photos, right?), add captions, clean them up, and even play with lighting and color effects. Upload them to popular photo-sharing websites for others to see. (Obviously, be careful with pictures of sensitive situations, workers, and nationals.)

Oh … and tell ’em Brigada sent you. (I’m actually teasing about the “tell ’em Brigada sent you” part. Google could care less, because, again, like most things Google, Picasa is now absolutely free.)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS — Check out this new missions and church planting internship program http://www.thegap.com.br The GAP – Global Apprenticeship Program is an internship/apprenticeship program which focuses on all aspects of cross cultural missions and church planting. With a 20-week module students are exposed to morning classes and afternoon “The Apprentice” style discipleship projects. The whole program takes place completely on the mission field in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a faculty that has over 15 years experience in Brazil, Haiti, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, and Mexico. Up to 7 college credits may be awarded for study at Elim Bible Fellowship.
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE — The theme is “Serving Christ in the Chinese Century”, April 29-30, 2005, offered Friday evening and all day Saturday at Peninsula Covenant Church Redwood City, CA. The Plenary Speakers are Jamie Taylor IV, OMF International and Dr. Matthew Koh, President, MSI. The program includes plenary sessions, workshops, Win Our World children’s program, prayer and fellowship time with visiting missionaries. The web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest For Conference inquiries, write Julie omfconference(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 .] or call +1-925-459-0734
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five-and-a- half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. The language will be English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences will follow in Croatia (October and November). For more information, log on: http://www.magazinetraining.com
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON — Beginning in late March, SHARE Education Services will be visiting Bishkek, Tashkent and Almaty to provide educational and family support to expat workers. Children’s educational issues continue to be a great concern to expat workers and a primary reason that they return to their passport countries. SHARE seeks to equip parents and give them counsel to work through the many questions and difficulties that arise on the field. They will provide academic norm-referenced testing, a day-long workshop on troubleshooting home schooling difficulties and curriculum selection, and a 2-day conference dealing with such issues as: boarding school pros and cons from an insiders perspective, how to handle multiple languages for you kids, getting a European perspective on home schooling and transition back into the passport country educational system, and a host of family relational, ministry stress issues to be lead a pair of veteran counselors of expats. They will be in Almaty March 25th and April6-11, Bishkek March 26-29 (no conference here), and in Tashkent March 30-April 5. Please contact Larry at
lmilks(at)share-ed-services(dot)org for info on how to register. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This info should also be on their web site by March 28th: http:\\shareeducation.com
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05) — It’s happening June 3-5, at Pacific University, near Portland, OR. The early-bird rate postmarked by March 15th of $199 is for Members. The early-bird, non-member rate is $239. New membership in ACMI is only $10. For membership form and ACMI’05 brochure, please see http://www.acmi-network.org For questions about the ACMI’05 conference contact Carmen carmenhills(at)earthlink(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 about the Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, Leiton lechinn(at)aol(dot)com ACMI’05, 24th annual, national conference of about 300 participants from the U.S. and Canada, has 50 workshops related to ministry among Int’l students.
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES — Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, will be offering intensive courses in Aboriginal Spirituality (May 2-6, 2005) and Islam (May 9-13, 2005). Limited on-campus accommodations are available. For information visit http://www.taylor-edu.ca or contact Renetta Renetta.geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA — The Italians need you! The date is Aug. 31 to Sept. 12, 05 w/ add on dates, if desired. DELTA Ministries International, the churches of Italy and long-term missionaries want you to come and work with the Italians through festival style evangelism in one of the neediest areas of Southern Italy. You can be involved in various activities including music, medical, creative booths, interactive crowd games and various others that provide opportunities to connect relationally. Throughout the festival, team members will evangelize and invite Italians to an evangelistic presentation at the end of each evening. In years past, thousands have been in attendance and hundreds have come to know Christ. The registration deadline is April 15, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533-5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: +1-503-669-8048, or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE — KidZ At Heart International invites you to attend KidZtitute, April 5-8 or May 10-13, in Phoenix, Arizona. KidZtitute is designed to prepare North American children’s ministry leaders to reach kids around the world for Christ. Successful graduates of KidZtitute are prepared to equip overseas ministry leaders to effectively evangelize and disciple the children of their own communities. Training includes culturally adaptable workshops on how children L.E.A.R.N. best, how to tell a great Bible story, leading a child to Christ, helping children worship and teaching kids to pray. Participants are also trained in workshop presentation techniques, gathering and leading short-term missions teams, being a good guest in another culture and raising funds for short-term projects. Participants may choose to join or lead KidZ At Heart teams ministering in 15 countries around the world. KidZtitute Cost is $395 ($50 discount if received by March 15, 2005). Contact sfletcher(at)kidzatheart(dot)org or visit http://www.kidzatheart.org 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 .]
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE -– Be discipled through Reyah Bible College. Learn how to reach the lost and disciple them also. Reyah is a nondenominational Christian Bible college with convenient, affordable, high-quality education for busy learners around the world. Courses are taken in English either through streaming audio on-line, audio CDs or tapes, and/or evening classes. Contact Reyah Bible College at: 4049 N. Freeway, Blvd., Sacramento, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1-866- 274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail the college at: contact(at)reyah(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Reyah’s web site at: http://www.reyah.org
11. OAXACA 100 — Do you want to be involved in an extreme makeover? Set aside the dates! From Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 05 Delta Ministries International and Adventures in Life are looking for 100 men to minister to the Zapotecan people of Oaxaca, Mexico. The team will be involved in building a 1,500 sq. ft. ministry center extreme makeover style to serve as a training center for the Tlacolula Valley. Other areas of ministry will include: general maintenance for the church; medical teams to work alongside Mexican doctors; a worship team and a team for communications to do photography; video and writing stories to post daily on the web site along with recording the daily ministry activities. The registration deadline is April 1, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, contact Asher ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at: http://www.deltaministries.com
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE — Thanks to our friends at Nebraska Christian College, Norfolk, Nebraska, for a great $100 gift to underwrite our Brigada-sponsored secretary and help with common expenses for this newsletter. Adventures in Missions (specifically, author and leader Seth Barnes) added in $100 more, and our loyal subscriber in Europe rounded it out with $5 more this month, making it $205 so far this week! Thanks to one and all. Want to help make this work possible? If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

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