20020113 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) ‘WORSHIP & ARTS IN MISSIONS’ WORKSHOP
2) DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY MEDIA TRAINING
3) INSTANT E-CARDS FOR CHRISTIANS AND MISSIONARIES
4) FANTASTIC “MISSIONS” CD
5) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD
6) REPLACEMENT FOR INFOBEAT?
7) APOLOGY FOR “DAMASCUS” QUIP
8) WORLD CHRISTIANITY 1970-2000
9) TENTMAKER INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 4TH CONGRESS
10) THE BACKPAGE: DOING INTERNET BY SATPHONE
11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) ‘WORSHIP & ARTS IN MISSIONS’ WORKSHOP — Register now for WAM! II, a 3-week workshop designed to equip worship and arts leaders for ministry to the nations. Worship leaders or team members and Christian artists of all mediums are invited to register for the WAM! II Workshop being held 16 July TO 7 August, 2002. The vision of WAM! is to see a godly, gifted, trained worship-arts facilitator on every church planting team in Europe and beyond! Based in Budapest Hungary, Week 1 sees students prepare for ministry. During week 2, students serve at the SOZO Music & Arts Festival. Week 3 students evangelize through music and the arts in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia. For registration details, costs and scholarship information, email <wfninfoatyahoodotcom> or visit this site: www.worshipfromthenations.org or

http://www.kegy.hu/virtual/wfn .

WAM! is sponsored by Worship From the Nations; a ministry of PIONEERS.

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2) DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY MEDIA TRAINING — The International Communication Training Institute and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies have released details of a 3-day conference for anyone concerned with the training and development of media professionals working within the framework of their Christian faith. Sessions include: Developments in Francophone Africa; Distance Learning and Media; Leadership Development; Religious Authority and Cyber Islamic Responses to September 11; Media in Christian Witness – exploring the development of reflective practice and Christian apologetics in the media. The event will be hosted at OCMS, Oxford, UK, 4-6 March, 2002.

Get further details from ICTI <adminaticmcdotorg> or http://www.icmc.org/icti/ .

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3) INSTANT E-CARDS FOR CHRISTIANS AND MISSIONARIES –- Want to send stunning photos matched with encouraging scriptures by email directly to recipients’ in-boxes? (Tip: Just first make sure they don’t mind receiving attachments.) These e-Cards are “instant” because they do NOT have to be picked up at a website. Best of all, you’ll find designs made just for missionaries to communicate with the people back home (and vice versa). To send an Instant e-Card, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com .

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4) FANTASTIC “MISSIONS” CD — Missions Pastors and Missionaries! Finally a Missions CD for your upcoming Missions Conference or behind your missions video. This “Answer The Call” CD, with eight original songs, contains music with a strong missions message. From the upbeat “world-tribe” feel of the first track to the introspective message of the last, this album will inspire you to ‘Answer the Call’ and take the message of Jesus to a lost and dying world. This CD makes for easy listening in the car or at home, but is equally well suited for use in the church setting. Need more convincing? Listen to a portion of the songs at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sonm .

You can purchase this CD at www.cdbaby.com for $15 or for $12 by contacting Tom Barnard at 903-297-2424 or <barnardatairmaildotnet>. Their web page is

http://www.roseheightslongview.org/resource.htm .

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5) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD — Prepare to be sent to people groups and nations Come to Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA where a Crossroads Discipleship Training School for singles and families will be held April 22 – July 12,2002. Write Youth With A Mission, 1275 Birch Rd. Lebanon, PA 17042, or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom> .

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6) REPLACEMENT FOR INFOBEAT? — Dennis says he’s finally found a good replacement for InfoBeat:

Check it out — for 6 months at no charge.

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7) APOLOGY FOR “DAMASCUS” QUIP — Oops! I’ll admit it! I shouldn’t have been so flippant with the quote about Paul’s trip to Damascus (“the best thing since the light on the Road to Damascus” in the item on the Alpha Course, “1) ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS”, Jan. 4th Brigada Today). Apologies if anyone was offended. What I really meant to say was that the results enjoyed by those implementing the Alpha Course are so stellar, they’ll seem . . . nearly miraculous!

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8) WORLD CHRISTIANITY 1970-2000 — This book is now available from William Carey Library Publishers. The author, Dr. Winston Crawley, seeks to continue the overview and analysis of current progress in world Christianity contained in Dr. Ralph Winter’s work Twenty-Five Unbelievable Years: 1945-1969 and Kenneth Scott Latourette’s A History of the Expansion of Christianity. This summary of recent world Christian history provides a great backdrop for believers to face the new millennium with hope, determination and an expectation of seeing God work in the world in even greater ways. For orders, pricing and shipping information, contact Gabriel Resources at <gabrielatomlitdotomdotorg>, toll free in the USA 1-866-732-6657, or from outside the USA 706-554-1594, fax 706-554-7444. Check out other WCL titles at http://www.wclbooks.com .

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9) TENTMAKER INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 4TH CONGRESS — Make plans now to attend the 4th TIE Congress that will be held on the resort island of Cheju, near Seoul, Korea on May 20 – 24. For more information contact Johnny Chun at <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom>.

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10) THE BACKPAGE: DOING INTERNET BY SATPHONE — As I compose this edition of _Brigada Today_, I’m on a plane home from serving in a war-torn nation in Central Asia for nearly 2 weeks. In this particular nation, there are probably a total of 150 working phones for a population of *millions* of people. That’s one of the reasons why I took a satphone to connect with my office and family. The most effective deal I found for voice *and* data was through InTouch. Write the rep. at <daiatintouchusadotcom> and tell him you heard about it from Doug Lucas and maybe he’ll knock off just a *few* dollars for you. If you’re headed to Europe, Africa, the Middle East or South/Central Asia (in other words, about all the 10/40 Windwow), ask to rent the Thuraya model. Trouble is, it’ll be pricey… something like $100/week or more. But in judging the alternative (no way to call for help if bandits are approaching from the North, South, East *and* West). With the Thuraya, I connected first time nearly every time, at 19.2K to the Internet. I took along an Iridium satphone and typically connected at *much* lower data speeds for it. Maybe 2 or 3 K — like nearly stone age! :-) But if your work is taking you somewhere other than the Thuraya coverage (see the coverage footprint at www.thuraya.com) maybe you’ll have to give more thought to the Iridium – which works anywhere on the world. Either way, per-minute rates are indeed steep…. somehthing like $2/minute, though we won’t know for sure ’til they’re bliled on my credit card. You can also buy the Thuraya in the Dubai airport duty-free, but the only packages they sell is the “Airport pacakge” with prepaid sim cards, a real hassle in that you have to always buy new cards. That’s why Dai Rees is such a good deal then… because he sells the subsriptions on a month-by-month basis. Try him… You just might like it! (By the way… I get no benefit of any kind by promoting him. In fact, I had to pay the normal full price like anyone else. I’m just “one beggar telling another where to get bread.”

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20020106 Brigada Today

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY, USA
(See your subscription information at the end under “Closing Stuff”!)

In this issue…

1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA
2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC.
3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1
5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE
6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO?
7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING
8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON
10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE
12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES
14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES
16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS
17) CLOSING STUFF

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1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA — The “Intercessors for China 2002” prayer calendar is available at

http://www.prayforchina.com

or by calling 1-888-462-5481!

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2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC. — A Christian film and video library in Minnesota, USA is preparing to close its doors after nearly 30 years of ministry. One of the items it has to dispose of is 16mm film checker, cleaner and previewer. This is a free standing model. There are also cleaning and splicing supplies included. The checker is available free of charge but must be picked up in Minneapolis or you will need to arrange for shipping to you. For more information you can contact: Don Lundeen at gtf media resources, 701 Decatur – Ste. 110, Minneapolis, MN 55427, 763/545-5344, 763/545-5498 fax, <donatgtfmediadotcom></donatgtfmediadotcom>

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3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER — You can still order copies of “Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices From Around the World.” This new book is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations and member care workers are providing missionary care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from both the Newer Sending Countries (NSCs) and the Older Sending Countries (OSCs). It has 50 chapters, 576 pages, (a few surprises), and is presented in three parts: The Member Care Context (5 articles); Regional Issues and Insights (15 articles from Africa, Latin America, the Arabic World, Asia, and India); Providing and Developing Member Care (30 articles categorized according to the books transcultural model of member care). To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit

http://www.membercare.org

Retail price: $24.99; Until Jan. 10: 1-9 books: $15.00; 10-25 books: $12.00; 26-50 books: $11.00; 51-100 books: $10.00; 101+ books: $ 8.00. Prices exclude shipping. For ordering info: Kelly O’Donnell<102172dot170atcompuservedotcom>

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4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1 — If you’ve switched to Office XP, might as well make your way to:

www.office.microsoft.com/productupdates

for Service Pack 1. I didn’t notice a ton of differences, but there are supposed to be some security things handled.

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5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE — Do you struggle with using and understanding English? Help is available! The international mission, Operation Mobilisation, has a school in the UK aimed specifically at those wanting to learn or improve their English for Christian service and missionary work. They promote a friendly atmosphere and small classes. Each day starts with spiritual input. Courses run throughout the year. Minimum stay is 2 weeks. For info email

<englishatrhyldotomdotorg>.</englishatrhyldotomdotorg>

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6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO? — To Every Tribe Ministries is the church planting ministry of the Sitton family, but it shows what one family can do! They focus primarily on church planting among unreached tribes in Papua New Guinea and Mexico. However, they hope that their web site to become a valuable tribal missions resource for the entire Body of Christ. Check out the extensive tribal and general missions information they have put together at:

http://www.toeverytribe.com

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7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING — This two week seminar will help to equip the new missionary with knowledge, skills and attitudes in overcoming the formidable challenge of cross-cultural hurdles. Learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques. Study cross-cultural adaptation & communication, handling stress, Interpersonal relationships, spiritual warfare and much more. A highlight of MissionPrep training is exposure to other cultures through visits to ethnic centres such as “Little India”, “China Town” in the heart of Toronto. For more information contact Robert,

<micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE — The tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th have set off a whole series of global disruptions that are powerfully impacting how we do cross-cultural ministry. The Columbia Biblical Seminary Extension at Toccoa Falls College in NE Georgia, is concerned that God’s cross-cultural servants be uniquely equipped to respond effectively to the whole array of challenge and opportunity that are being presented. To that end, they have scheduled three of the world’s pre-eminent theologian-missiologists to come teach one week modular graduate courses in June 2002. June 3-7, Dr. Bill Larkin (Professor of Theology and Mission) will teach “Acts in Historical, Theological and Missiological Perspective”, June 10-14, Dr. Ken Mulholland (Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary) will lead “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” and June 17-21, Dr. Timothy Tennent (Associate Professor of World Missions and Director of Missions Programs Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) will lead “Biblical Contextualization”. For complete information call Lynette at 1-800-868-3257 Ext. 5423, outside the US call 011-706-886-7299 Ext. 5423, email them at: <gradstudiesattfcdotedu>, or visit the web site at </gradstudiesattfcdotedu>

http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/default.htm

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9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON — Here’s a very unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children preferred but all applicants will be considered, you just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost! Please inquire with us today! Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at

http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>.</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS — Here are transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The MATS “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost, while the New Field Units for NGO missions are built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They’ve got all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Find MATS International at Inc. 4444 National Road E Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email

<caratmatsdotorg>, web: mats.org.</caratmatsdotorg>

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11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE — Grab free content for webmasters. You can now incorporate over 30 pages of detailed resource material directly into your site – just by adding a few lines of code to one of your pages. The pages are completely integrated – they match the appearance of other pages on your site. The material helps Christians to understand the issues involved in effective online communication, and stresses the importance and potential of online cross-cultural evangelism. It also includes a customized poster for the webmaster’s own site.

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

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12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE — The Christian Economic Development Institute is upon us — May 20-31, 2002. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Whether you serve on the foreign missions field or in the inner city in the US, their trainers will start you in the right direction. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org.

Or, contact us at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 31 May 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. Their schedule for this year is: Week 1: 8-12 April Introduction to Islam – Dr. Tan Kim Sai; Week 2: 15-20 April Building Relationships with Muslim & Apologetics – Daoud Irasaneous; Week 3: 22-26 April – Narrative Approach to Reaching Muslims -Dr. Paul Parks; Week 4: 29 April-4 – Muslim Worldview and the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic Law – Sam Solomon; Week 5: 6-10 May – History of Missions to Muslims Sandra Chiew; Week 6: 13-17 May – Church Planting Among Muslims Roger Dixon; Week 7: 20-24 May Muslim Evangelism – Phil Parshall; Week 8: 27-31 May Christian Use of the Quran – Harry Morin. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. All applications need to be in by March 1.</seaiisatmaildotcom>

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14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS — What are the questions we fail to ask in multicultural teams? What are the identity issues of the workers unique to these teams? Are there extra stress factors? What role do the different forms of logic play? How does this play out in relationships? decision-making? leadership? And what about the things that trip us up so easily – retreats and relaxation? And the Achilles heel – finances and lifestyle? Are there advantages to working in multicultural teams?

What issues need to be attended to most in selection and training people for these teams? How can leadership prepare their workers for such teams? These and other related subjects will be handled in a workshop from 27-31 May 2002 offered by Lianne Roembke in Limassol, Cyprus. Dr. Roembke has been involved in training such teams for over 25 years and it was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. For more information see

http://www.memct.org or contact <timatmemctdotorg></timatmemctdotorg>

This workshop is offered in German in Korntal/Stuttgart by Seminare für Missionarische Fortbildung, 2.-6. September 2002. Contact <mboeddinghausataemdotde>.</mboeddinghausataemdotde>

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15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — With the tragic events of 9/11 it may be prudent to review your life insurance program and determine if your family will be financially provided for in the case of death. Adams & Associates International (sm) can arrange a 5-year level premium, level term life insurance policy for overseas missionaries through Lloyd’s, London. The initial application proposal is subject to medical underwriting and possibly rated for geographical location including current political and world events. Once the application proposal is approved, the terms agreed to by the applicant and a policy issued, the annual premium rates are level for the 5 year term. The policy is renewable if overseas service is maintained. The cost of international life insurance is now, more than ever, based on world events and location, which we all know, can change quickly and without notice. For complete information, contact Adams & Associates International (sm) at <aaiataaintldotcom> (if in a sensitive area, please type “Restricted” in the subject line) or call 1-800-922-8438 / (803)-758-1400.</aaiataaintldotcom>

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16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS — Today I’m wondering what you ask your prayer partners to pray for. Sometimes I hear missionaries poke fun at those who pray, “Lord bless the missionaries.” But in reality, don’t we have to accept some of the responsibility for our friends and loved ones not knowing how to pray? Some of our Team Expansion missionaries have long ago figured out that prayer covering can mean a *world* of difference. Others are still at the starting gate, wondering how to begin. How ’bout taking some of these idea-starter prayer requests and sending them to a select group of a dozen friends or so. Ask them to pray. Some will write back and say they will. Those could become your new prayer group! (These are written from “First person” point of view.)

When traveling…

*** That we will pass through customs and immigration lines without incident
*** That our planes will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
*** That we’ll make all our connections

Health and Safety

*** Protection from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
*** Protection from all kinds of sickness
*** That we’ll find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
*** That our food and water needs will be met by the Lord

Spiritual Watchcare

*** Good times of intimacy with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
*** Protection from dark forces in spiritual realms
*** Protection from discouragement, fear, and doubt
*** That we’ll demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork

*** That our team will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts
*** That we can resist temptation toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
*** That we’ll be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy.
*** That God will grant us wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that we’ll be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in this land.

Verses to Read as you Pray

*** Exodus 4:12; 33:14
*** Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
*** Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
*** Zechariah 4:6
*** Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
*** Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

(* Portions of the above prayer requests adapted from original prayers by Gail Seiver, as featured in _World Christian_, Vol. 14, Number 4.)

By the way… if you get a chance… 4 of us from Team Expansion are heading into Central Asia tomorrow. We’d actually really appreciate your prayers for us as we travel.

20011230 Brigada Today

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1) ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS

ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS — Are you involved in discipling others to Christ? Ever try the Alpha Course? Check it out at:

http://alphacourse.org/

It’s a 10 week course, complete with videos, outlines, and tons of resource help on the web. One team we just visited says it’s the best thing since the light on the Road to Damascus! (Okay… so maybe they didn’t say it exactly *that* way, but at least they liked it.)

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2) GET A LOOK AT THE GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD

GET A LOOK AT THE GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD — I love this thing. I finally got a personal peak at Wycliffe Canada’s new Great Commission Toolbox. What a wealth of resources… if you have to teach or mobilize for missions — especially for those working with youth! The Adobe PDF lesson sheets are *professionally* laid out, ready to print. I’m tellin’ you… it’s an instant curriculum of seminars and workshops galore! The really surprising thing is that you get all these for less than US$8 ! Canadian residents may contact

<mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca> to order the Great Commission Toolbox CD for $15 Canadian plus GST and shipping–a real deal! Or order from the Wycliffe Canada web page: http://www.wycliffe.ca/resource/HTML/cd_games.html . US residents and others can order for $7.95 US plus shipping and handling at these addresses: e-mail Dennis Cable at <dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg> or ask for extension 3778 at 1-800-WYCLIFFE (800-992-5433) or 1-407-852-3600.</dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg></mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca>

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3) SIX-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING AUDIO KIT

SIX-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING AUDIO KIT — Now there is practical advice on fundraising. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, the 6-hour audio training program is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. Check out the Audio Edition http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>.</billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

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4) WATCH MISSIONS FEST LIVE WORLDWIDE!

This year Missions Fest Vancouver is transmitting live video streaming of their plenary sessions through the internet. To access the live streaming and for more information, go to

http://www.mfest.bc.ca . The video streaming is slated to begin at 12 noon (PST) on Jan. 25, 2002 until approximately 5 P.M. (PST) Jan. 27, 2002 In between the live streaming there will be other pre-recorded broadcasts. E-mail address: <carlaatmfestdotbcdotca> .</carlaatmfestdotbcdotca>

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5) FREE CATALOG FOR THOSE SHARING CHRIST

Pick up the “Living Evangelism Abundant Life Series” and use it to effectively share Christ with neighbors, friends, co-workers, and even strangers without fear. Three different formats are available, including 12 week sessions within your own church, 12 week sessions of home study, and weekend + four sessions in your church. For all the resources you need, call in the USA or via Net2Phone to 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27 or dial +1-386-615-1411 or email

<scministriesatcfldotrrdotcom> or click to </scministriesatcfldotrrdotcom>

http://www.sharechrist.org .

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6) RELOCATED AND READY TO SERVE

Global Economic Outreach is now operating from Wilmington, North Carolina. GEO has registered several hundred volunteers with a wide variety of occupations, hobbies, and skills, willing to answer missionaries’ questions by Internet. Subjects include business, agriculture, health, computers, veterinary, technology, and many more. Missionaries can make requests to GEO by email or using the website. There is no charge for this service. Visit them at

http://www.teamgeo.org or write <mailatteamgeodotorg>.</mailatteamgeodotorg>

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7) ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Get the brochure by emailing <aptsatagmddotorg> or <langfordatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: </langfordatxcdotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

http://www.apts.edu . The registration deadline is March 01, 2002.

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8) MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS

Here are training camps that feature experienced missionaries sharing practical, personal, and biblically-based training to prepare people for missions work. The next camp is at the Triple R Ranch in Chesapeake, Virginia from February 7-10, followed by another in Spain from June 1-10. Past participants say the camps are practical down-to-earth training that may make the difference between success and failure on the mission field, giving steps needed to take to get to the field and stay there. For information and applications, call Elijah Company, Inc. at (757) 474-2054, or write <trumpetcallatelijahcompanydotorg>. See ECI web site for more details</trumpetcallatelijahcompanydotorg>

http://www.elijahcompany.org .

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9) CYBER-EVANGELISM – IS IT EFFECTIVE?

As promised in Jan/Feb 2001, the raw results and a dissertation in the area of the effectiveness of using cyberspace as an evangelistic medium are now available. The URL is:

http://www.mleggett.uklinux.net/weq .

(the last letter is a lower case Q for questionnaire) Further information is available from <ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg> . I love all the charts and graphs. If you ask me, Mick raises the bar and sets the pace for all of us in doing our homework, then presenting it effectively and broadly! Great work Mick!</ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg>

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10) UNLOCKING ISLAM

Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies (Netherlands) is offering a one week course 14 – 18 January 2002, giving an overview on the geographics, demographics, history, theological developments (including divisions), the beliefs and practices of Islam. It also includes how Muslims relate to the Western world, and how Christians can witness to Muslims. Costs only 140 Euro including full board. The organizers offer their apologies for the late notice, but figured better late than never. Apply at

http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or write to

<short-coursesatcornerstone-mtcdotcom>.</short-coursesatcornerstone-mtcdotcom>

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11) ANOTHER NON-MICROSOFT ALTERNATIVE APPLICATION

For those who love the robust power of Microsoft Office but would prefer less expensive alternatives… or even simply non-Microsoft alternatives, check out

http://www.openoffice.org . It’s the “opensource” Star office fork, so it’s free now and should always be (as opposed to Sun’s Star Office featured last week). It’s also actively developed, and a Caleb Project staffer reports that it is “pleasantly Microsoft cooperative compared to Star Office’s Microsoft-hostile posture.” Either way, the price is right! (Thanks John!!!)

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12) CHINA FOCUSED SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS (SOFM)

Do you want to go, but you don’t know how to get there? Youth With A Mission Taiwan will be running a SOFM focused on a few unreached people groups in China. The school will start on March 31, 2002. The lecture phase will last 3 months followed by a 1 or 2 year placement on the field. This school will be bi-lingual using Mandarin and English. The total cost for the lecture phase will be USD750. That’s everything! If you are interested, just contact Don Gillman at <gillmanatm2dotisdotnetdottw>.</gillmanatm2dotisdotnetdottw>

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13) THE BACK PAGE: DEFINING LEADERSHIP

Our organization recently held its 3rd summit of team leaders and, as always, I learn more from this growing group of top-notch workers than I ever can possibly give back. Since our time together, I’ve been mulling over in my mind how to define leadership. I started out thinking about it in terms of activity. I figured leaders should be people who have somehow learned how to get things done… so maybe others rally around them because, well, these would-be teammates see the action and they want to be a part of it. Not only is it more *fun* to be a part of the action, but also it just feels more productive… more effective… more fruitful.

But then I started realizing that some great leaders didn’t really *do* things. They *are*. Gandhi is an example. He stood up for a set of *values*… so people ended up standing up for *him*. They were attracted by his ideas, rather than his actions. Sure he took steps that were visible… tangible… but in the end, it was more a matter of his *principles* than his *tasks*.

As my thinking continued to evolve, I moved on to a phase of focusing on great leaders and their *relationships*. In a way, that’s part of what defined success for Jesus. After all, he never wrote a book (directly) nor did he record any motivational tapes. If his teachings were going to last, it would be because of the notes made by those who followed him. And that’s exactly what happened. The Bible is *full* of eye witness testimony by those who loved him most. More than anything else, it seems, Jesus majored in spending time with *people* … his “teammates” (the disciples), needy folks, and even those who didn’t seem to *think* that they needed him.

So now I’ve come full circle. I’m beginning to conclude that great leaders maybe have all *three* facets. They learn how to get things done… they stand for noble principles… and they invest time in *people*. Part of the magic is… great leaders come to believe that those people are not “projects” but someone to love.

So… I think I’m starting to get it. And I’m further thinking that if we want to train our new disciples to be great leaders in their local churches, we’ve got to model it for them. We’ve got to churn out the work, retain those guiding principles, and love people. I’m starting to believe that only *then* will we really make great leaders.

What do you think? Got an opinion? Let me know at <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>.</dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>

Thanks and may 2002 be a blessed one for you, your team, your family, and your ministry!

20011223 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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1) FEEDBACK ON CHRISTMAS GREETINGS/”12 DAYS”

Thanks to all those who gave feedback to improve the multi-language holiday greetings that appeared in last week’s _Brigada Today_. Next year’s greetings will presumably be better because of it. We’ve also updated the web version of the item at:

http://www.brigada.org/today/2001/bt20011221.shtml

A couple of participants found fault with the “12 Days of Christmas” story, pointing to sites like:

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/twelvedaysofchristmas.htm

(Thanks Doug and John!). My “take” is that even if the origin of the story isn’t very well-supported, it’s still a fun way to view the “12 Days.” Doug and John are probably right though. You wouldn’t want to bet your farm on its truthfulness. As a result, we won’t feature it again and it’s been removed from the web version.

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2) NET-ROAMER

If you are a serious road e-warrior and need internet access, Net- roamer offers the iPass Network of more than 14,000 local call access numbers in 150 countries. Your first half-hour is FREE. Your email address will not change and you keep your regular Internet Service Provider. User-friendly software for Laptops and most PDA’s including Macs. With Net-roamer you surf, send and receive email exactly as you would when at home or office. Click on http://www.net-roamer.com .

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3) OKAY, OKAY… AN ANSWER FOR “SULFNBK” SUFFERERS

Okay.. okay… sorry if we seemed insensitive and unkind last week to those having been fooled by the Sulfnbk “un-virus” (in which unknowing users were tricked into erasing one of their actual Windows files by some vandal virus-writing maniac). If you need to restore your file, go to the fix on this page and everything will be all better:

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/sulf.html

(Thanks Joel and others… Sorry Michelle. Once again, my apologies. I suppose I was only reacting negatively because I’ve been getting so many of these un-virus-laden emails in at work, in an already over-zealous schedule.)

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4) IF YOUR MISSION TRAVEL BUDGET IS FALTERING…

Check out videoconferencing. ViaVideo has the midpriced Polycom ViewStation unit for $4000 or a low-end camera for $595 that you can hold in your hand. It even comes with magical software which actually works well, if you have a fast Internet connection.

http://www.polycom.com/products/viavideo.html

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5) OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE

The conference is coming, “The Heart of China” April 26-27, 2002, at Peninsula Covenant Church (Redwood City, CA). Annual bay area mission mobilization conference featuring 4 plenary speakers and 11 workshops. Web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest Cost $25/person ($20 if registered by April 19). Group rates are available. For registration info, contact Julie Hamiter (925) 459-0734 or <omfregisteratyahoodotcom  (omfregisteratyahoodotcom)  >.

Plenary Speakers:

  • 1. Dr. Eugene Choi, Med. Services Int’l (MSI)

  • 2. Dr. Neil Thompson, OMF US National Director,

  • 3. Elizabeth Lowe, China Program

  • 4. Rev. Doug Vavrosky, OMF Coordinator for Chinese Ethnic Ministries

Subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update (quarterly email notice): omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

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6) HURRY! LAST CHANCE TO TRY STAR OFFICE FOR FREE

If Microsoft has priced itself too far outside your budget… or if you’d simply like to prove to yourself that they’re not the only player in the software industry, try:

www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/6.0beta/get.html

It’s free! Better hurry though. The beta program ends on Dec. 31st!

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7) HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE FREQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

If you travel outside the USA 3-4 times a year you can save money and also avoid filling out repeat health applications for each trip. For $210 a year you can get $1,000,000 in coverage, medical evacuation, $25,000 AD&D, emergency dental, emergency reunion, repatriation of mortal remains, trip cancellation coverage etc. For information contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org.</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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8) FOR A GOOD DEAL ON A DATA PROJECTOR

Try these sources:

www.projectorpeople.com — where you can finally get a 5-pounder, with 1024×768 resolution, and 1000 lumens of brightness (which I personally believe should be the minimum acceptable threshold) for $2795 while supplies last — the Toshiba TLP-B2.

If two extra pounds won’t bother your back, save even more at…
www.warehouse.com — click on “hardware” then “projectors” to view the latest… including an Epson 50c with 1000 lumens, 6.8 pounds, 800×600, for $1999.95.

www.avmarketplace.com — which is featuring an 800×600 res. unit by Mitsubishi (the SA51), also at 1000 lumens, weighing in at 7.5 pounds, for just $1699.

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9) CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN BACKS BRIGADA

What a tremendous encouragement it is to see Central Pres. Church (in Baltimore, MD) back Brigada with a $250 sponsorship gift for the new year! Would you do us a favor and, in your prayers, would you just pause even for a *moment* and ask God to bless them dearly throughout 2002? Thank you so much. Doug

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10) FOR A DEDICATED VIDEO-EDITING SOLUTION, AT A GREAT PRICE

Try Applied Magic’s ScreenPlay for less than $4000. Check it out at:

http://www.applied-magic.com

Running on a PowerPC chip, it does real-time nonlinear editing with an incredibly easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. This is a dedicated system… so you don’t have to piece together PC components or worry about operating system incompatibilities. Write <sbeanataxxisincdotcom> at Axxis in Louisville for a good price. (You might mention you heard about him from brigada.org, though he’s never heard of us.)</sbeanataxxisincdotcom>

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11) FIND OUT WHAT’S EATING YOUR HARD DRIVE (FOR FREE)

Have you been wondering where all your space went? Find out at:
www.pcmag.com/utilities

Search for DiskPie 2 and download a free solution you can use for life!

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12) DON’T FORGET: “EAT THE CORN AND LEAVE THE COB”

As you read and discover various resources in Brigada Today, be sure to verify that those sources are in agreement with your own beliefs, principles and practice. For example, if, while studying a course that you see featured in Brigada Today, you see references to a doctrine that you don’t believe in, we recommend that you simply ignore it. As we mention weekly in the “Closing Stuff” featured at the end of each Brigada Today, there’s no way we can personally screen each and every course or item featured here. Besides, if we did, you’d probably get a pretty narrow view of the tools and courses out there — namely, my own. :-) Though I personally believe I’m always right, sometimes my friends (and enemies) remind me otherwise. :-) So please, as my college history teacher from Kentucky used to tell me, remember, “Eat the corn, leave the cob.” :-)

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13) HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE FREQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

If you travel outside the USA 3-4 times a year you can save money and also avoid filling out repeat health applications for each trip. For $210 a year you can get $1,000,000 in coverage, medical evacuation, $25,000 AD&D, emergency dental, emergency reunion, repatriation of mortal remains, trip cancellation coverage etc. For information contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org.</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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14) THE BACKPAGE: YOU *DO* MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Last weekend, I was trying to gear up my mind for a trip I have to make soon to a certain Central Asian nation torn by war and strife. I was lamenting the fact that I felt oh-so-small when compared to the awesome needs in that faraway land. Hospitals with no medicines, electric companies idle for lack of fuel, government offices with no workers, illiteracy at 95%, 1 out of 5 infants perishing for lack of food, ongoing violence, decades of misery, prophets of doom… the list is endless.

In the face of all that, it was my wife, Penny, who spoke magical words, surprising me, as she so often does. Though she’s deeply conservative and outwardly shy, she has a way of capturing one’s attention when she chooses to speak up. “Just remember the story of the starfish,” she said. “Starfish… starfish… How’s that go again?” I knew I had heard the well-worn story before… but seeing the chance to hear her repeat it somehow gave me hope.

“You know. The old man is walking along the beach and sees the little boy throwing something back into the sea? He gets closer and closer and realizes there are hundreds of starfish littering the beach, stranded by high tide. Then he realizes… the little boy is approaching them, one by one, picking them up and hurling them back into the ocean. And remember… the old man says, ‘Little boy, this beach is miles and miles long, and there are hundreds… maybe thousands of starfish.”

I was remembering now. But I hung on her every word.

“Remember, the man says, ‘Do you really think you can make a difference with a problem as big as this one?’ And then the little boy picks up another one, studies it for a moment, then, without looking at the man, throws it back into the sea, saying to the man, ‘Well mister, I reckon it makes a difference to this one.'”

Suddenly I noticed my eyes were just a bit more moist than they had been before. I put my spoon back in my oatmeal and thought for a moment. She was right. I had been looking only at the big problem… failing to remember that… Jesus didn’t call us to minister to the masses. He called us to reach out to men and women who would in turn reach out to others. Maybe we can’t change a whole nation but if we change just one family of open hearts, then … well I reckon it’ll make a difference to them.

So as you ponder the new year and consider what kind of impact you can make today and throughout 2002, invest your life as effectively as you can… but realize that in the end, all we can ask is that God would empower us to change even one family . . . and if we can do that… we’ll make a difference.

May God bless us every one.

Doug

PS. Just the same, would you pray that God will guide me as I try to figure out how our organization can make an impact in that war-torn land? Lord willing, four of us from Team Expansion will travel there within the next two weeks. I’ll have to admit… it seems premature to me. But God has used a good friend and colleague (Tim) to open the doors. I dare not tell him no at this critical time in this new nation’s life. Please pray that God will now go before us and smooth the pathway. Thank you.

20011216 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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1) PILAT COMES TO NORTH CAROLINA

From Feb. 18 to Mar. 1, learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques, train the ears to hear and prepare the mouth to reproduce sounds of other languages, learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to help master language learning. This PILAT (Program in Language Acquisition Techniques) course is offered by the Center for Intercultural Training in cooperation with Missionary Training International (MTI). To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1.800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org .</citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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2) A NEW BOOK ON INTERNATIOAL MISSIONARY CARE

Edited by Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, _Doing Member Care Well_ is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations are providing member care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from all over the world. It is being offered at a greatly reduced price until January 10, 2002. To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit http://www.membercare.org . For more information contact the editor at 102172dot170atcompuservedotcom .

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3) NEED FREE IMAGES FOR YOUR NEXT POWERPOINT?

Check out

http://www.goodsalt.com

The images there are updated frequently to reflect current events. Thanks for your work, Bill!

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4) BIBLE COURSE ON THE INTERNET

“BibleKeys” is a dynamic 5-week course for new believers available free on the Internet at http://www.biblekeysonline.com . It works interactively, encouraging students to study and memorize the Scriptures for themselves. Chinese and Hindi are to be added shortly. It’s also available in printed form. Find out more by emailing info at biblekeysonline dot com (replace the “at” with @ and the “dot” with “.” and remove the spaces).

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5) HELP US BIG-TIME WITH FORMATTING ITEMS

Every week, we spend *tons* of time reformatting items that well-meaning contributors send us in the wrong format. Some of these contain words that are incorrectly spelled, while others are just different than the normal way we prepare items. Rats. It could be *so* much easier if our contributing friends would simply take the time to work through our submission suggestions. Get a copy for yourself by sending an email to:

<brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>. It’s that simple. If everybody helped, this job would require tons less time. Thanks for understanding.</brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>

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6) FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-three practical, biblically-based articles important for missionaries are available for download. They may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. To access these, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com and click “Handouts.” If have questions or would like to submit articles for this site, please contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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7) HOW ‘BOUT THAT SULFNBK.EXE “VIRUS”! :-)

Have you been “hit” by the sulfnbk.exe “virus” yet? This thing is sweeping the Internet so fast, we don’t even know what’s hitting us! Here’s the way it works. Someone emails you and says… “Whew… this is serious; check your Windows folder now to see if you’ve got the dreaded sulfnbk.exe file. Yikes! It’s a virus! Erase it immediately.” So we go off deleting files on our computers without even verifying the purpose of the file! Yikes. My buddy and I joked that we could send the same message, except tell people to erase “Win.exe” or “Explorer.exe”. Can’t you hear it? “This Explorer virus automatically begins searching your hard drive for credit card numbers. Once it finds them, it emails them to an anonymous email address in Amsterdam. Dreadful. Erase it now.” Gang… when will we learn. Practically *all* the warnings we get — 99% of them — are hoaxes. Do yourself a favor and send an email to <opcatbrigadadotorg> to learn how to spot them. And… for those hit by the sulfnbk.exe virus, good luck reading long file names. Because your deletion *is* the virus.</opcatbrigadadotorg>

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8) TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM IN THE PHILIPPINES

This is the fourth year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 15th-May 11th, 2002. The cost is only $400 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P10,000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatmtsdotnet>.</kzkukaatmtsdotnet>

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9) …OR LEARN TESOL IN CHINA

WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. Demand will increase over the next several years. Get a head start! Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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10) …OR LEARN TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY

:-) This must be annual TESOL week. :-) YWAM, Lebanon, PA is once again offering TESOL May 6 to May 31, 2002. Cost $950USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. This intensive and highly academic course will give you the ability and self confidence to teach the fundamentals of conversational English plus give you a job skill that opens doors to hard to enter countries. For information, call 717-274-9010 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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11) SHORT- AND LONG- TERM OPTIONS AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES

Mission to Unreached Peoples has short- and long-term opportunities available to Japan, China, India, Russia, Poland and Turkey. The type of work in each country will vary depending on your giftings and the program. You will need to raise support to cover costs for airfare, food and lodging. Cost ranges from $1850-2950. Consider teaching English in China. All it takes is a bachelor’s degree in any field to be qualified to teach English. Those with teaching experience or a MA in TEFL or any English or Education field are especially needed. Many Chinese schools may provide room, board, salary, medical care and vacation allowance depending on your length of commitment. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples toll-free or via Net2Phone at 1-888-847-6950 or write to <mupinfoatmupdotorg> or click on http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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12) SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Biblically based, interactive workshops in relationship skills are available for anyone involved in missions. There are still openings in Colorado Springs February 25 to March 1, and in Southern California April 21-26. If you are interested in participating in one of these, or in any of the other SYIS workshops currently open in nine countries, go to the International Training Partners Web site at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com . For questions or to sponsor a workshop for your organization, contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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13) CORRECTION ON EMERGENCY PLANS GUY

If you tried to reach that emergency plans guy last week and your email bounced back, it’s because he inadvertently put an “org” on his email address (instead of .com). Guess he was trying to be more discrete. :-) Anyway.. let’s try this again… Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada. </briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>

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14) TRAIN AS A SHORT-TERM MINISTRY LEADER

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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15) FOR THOSE SHARING THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH TO JEWS

Check out resources at http://www.howardmorganministries.org , especially the evangelism seminar, “Everyone Can Evangelize.” It has three 90-minute tapes and an illustrated workbook.

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16) RESOURCES FOR SHARING CHRIST DAILY

If you’re looking for resources on how to share Christ as a daily part of your Christian life… including ideas that might apply *wherever* you live, check out:

http://www.sharechrist.org or contact Sharing Christ Ministries toll-free or via Net2Phone 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27, or email <scministries02ataoldotcom>.</scministries02ataoldotcom>

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17) CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL

This is scheduled for April 22, 2002, to July 12, 2002, followed by an 8 week outreach to Crimea Ukraine. Specifically designed for families and singles, this course offers men and women the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in their relationship to Him. Contact YWAM <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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18) REACH STREETCHILDREN AND CHILDREN IN NEED

The Rescue and Restore Training Course (Children In Need) will prepare you! This YWAM course is offered in Recife-Brasil, April 7- August 30, 2002. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and 2 months practical work. The course will be held in two languages: English and Portuguese. Some of the subjects that will be covered are: Family ministries – Working with adolescences – Planning Projects – Community development – Abortion – Stages of child development – Rehabilitation programs for street children. For more info, write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or visit </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>

http://www.recife.jocum.org.br .

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19) CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Looking for *just* the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she speaks one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s a favorite Brigada feature on how to say “Merry Christmas”:

  • Afrikaans – ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  • Albanian — Gezuar Krishtlindje
  • Arabic – I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
  • Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Basque – Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
  • Bengali – shuva boro din
  • Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
  • Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Celtic – Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda=13=DF
  • Chinese –
  • (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • (Catonese) Sing Daan Faai Lohk
  • (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
  • Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian – Sretan Bozic
  • Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish – Gladelig Jul
  • Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
  • English – Merry Christmas
  • Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian – Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
  • Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
  • French – Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • German – Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
  • Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hindi – Bada Din Mubarak Ho
  • Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
  • Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Kala – Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
  • Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latvian – Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
  • Lettish – Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
  • Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori – Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
  • Navajo – Merry Keshmish
  • Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
  • Norwegian – God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
  • Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Papiamento – Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
  • Pig Latin – Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
  • Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
  • Portuguese – Feliz Natal
  • Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Romanian – Craciun Fericit
  • Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi
  • Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Scottish – Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi!
  • Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish – Feliz Navidad!
  • Swahili – Krismasi Njema!
  • Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
  • Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
  • Thai – Sawat Dee Wan Kritsamas
  • Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu – Bara Din Mubarak Ho
  • Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Waray – Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
  • Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
  • Zulu – Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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“BOAS FESTAS”

“JOYEUX NOEL”

“VESELE VANOCE”

“MELE KALIKIMAKA”

“NODLAG SONA DHUIT”

“BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA”

“GOD JUL”

“BUON ANNO”

“FELIZ NATAL”

“FELIZ NAVIDAD”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

“KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“VROLIJK KERSTFEEST”

“FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN”

“BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR”

“HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH”

“WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC”

“MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU”

“HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK”

“‘N PRETTIG KERSTMIS”

“ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA”

“Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM”

“NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR”

“FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON”

“S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO”

“GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM”

“EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC”

“KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“SELAMAT HARI NATAL – LAHNINGU NAJU METU”

“SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO”

“ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI”

“BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE “

“MERRY CHRISTMAS – – HAPPY NEW YEAR”

“ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN”

“FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR”

“PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE”

“BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL”

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OPERATION CHINA CD-ROM IS A HIT

GMI has just finished the CD-ROM version of Paul Hattaway’s incredible Operation China. This beautiful daily prayer guide for all the unreached peoples of China features nearly 500 people profiles with maps, along with 700 color photographs, the full content of the 700-page book, all word-searchable. The CD runs on both Mac and Windows and is priced at $29.95. But we’ve negotiated an exclusive pre-publication special offer for Brigada Today readers good through December 31, 2001 from GMI and Piquant. GMI’s special Brigada price of $19.95 plus $5 shipping/handling is available via the Web at www.gmi.org/brigada or by sending email to Lorri <infoatgmidotorg>. Europeans can send orders to Piquant <infoatpiquantdotnet> to get the special Brigada price of £12.95, plus £2.95 shipping/handling in the UK and £4.95 in the rest of Europe. For more information, see www.gmi.org/operationchina.htm or contact GMI at <infoatgmidotorg>; telephone 719-531-3599; or fax: 719-548-7459.</infoatgmidotorg></infoatpiquantdotnet></infoatgmidotorg>

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PAYPAL CAN BE FRUSTRATING

In last week’s _Brigada Today_, we asked for feedback on PayPal (Item 1, “CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL”). We received about 10 responses — not many, from nearly 10,000 readers. One reader responded, “I run a small business in the US, and use Paypal regularly. I send/receive well over $50,000 per month, and am VERY happy with the system. It’s quite reliable, and I’ve had little or no problems.” But do read http://www.paypalwarning.com/ for the kind of thing that can happen. One email said that the PayPal VeriSign certificate expired in July 2001. That’s probably not a positive thing. :-) Losses ranged, for some, up into the thousands of dollars. One Brigada participant responded in what was probably a very fair assessment: “I’ve had several complaints with paypal, but I also have had great success. Their response is slow, but they DO respond eventually. And they’ve resolved every issue I’ve had to my satisfaction. I get about 20-30 transactions per day, and have been very happy with it.. Just like credit card systems, there are problems.. But Paypal does a pretty good job of resolving the majority of them.” One thing is for sure — several users reminded us that it’s crazy to try to use PayPal from an overseas location where they don’t do business. (They lock up your account the moment they find out where you’re located.) The bottom line of the whole study is probably this: Keep your PayPal balance low, use PayPal only from areas where they have a presence, and be watchful of every transaction. And … I guess to be on the safe side, if you have any other possible way to do the business you have to do, consider it again. It does indeed appear that Paypal is beginning to show some cracks. Rats. Why is it that the really cool ideas that are also cheap end up being short-lived. What does that tell us about “cheap”? :-) (Thanks to those who responded!)

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DISTANCE LEARNING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web-based preferred). Does it exist? If so, Justin <jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg> would like to know. He’s part of a traveling team to recruit and train missionaries and he’d love to have the latest to pass along to others. He’ll also compile a report that we can make available as an auto-responder here at Brigada. Thanks!</jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg>

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CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Idea Ministries is forming a team to help with an on going project in the Middle East. The dates are May 29 to July 10 2002. The cost $1200 per person (plus airfare). Academic credit is available for students. This is a real cross-cultural opportunity — not a tourist option. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at Tel. (616) 698-8393, email <ideaminatideaministriesdotorg> or Dr. Jim Romaine at Tel. (803) 781-1126, email <jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet>.</jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet></ideaminatideaministriesdotorg>

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SCRIPTURE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

Catch this workshop for Local Ethnic Christian Musicians & Poets from the Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland, BC (Canada) region in early Feb. 2002. The application deadline is January 20, 2002. For more info contact <gcwacathotmaildotcom> or check out http://www.skybusiness.com/rield/index93.html </gcwacathotmaildotcom>

The event is sponsored by the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center –

http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew

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FREE BIBLE COURSES LEADING TO CERTIFICATES

Grace Notes now has available verse by verse courses in Ruth, Titus, Ephesians, Hosea, And Mark. Other courses are Doctrine (Bible topics), History, and Foundations (the basics of Bible study). The course materials are delivered to you by email. To see course descriptions, and to register, go to the Grace Notes web site at http://64.226.87.51/, or send an email to Warren Doud <wdoudatbgadotcom>.</wdoudatbgadotcom>

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INFO ON “…SPRING BREAK EXPERIENCE (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”

Apologies to those looking for contact information on Item 5 last week, “WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”. Unfortunately, we clipped it by mistake! Sorry about that. The Spring Break experience is March 11-15 in Tucson. Browse to

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm for more information. To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)826-6028 or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)825-6078.</wade_remeratwycliffedotorg></larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>

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VIRUSES EVERYWHERE

I’m getting, on average, 10 virus-laden emails per *day* now. It’s definitely a new day for email. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but get Norton Antivirus 2002. It updates its own data files automatically, every time you’re on line. The day that gone.scr came out, it not only updated virus data files, it installed new filtering process software on my machine and asked me to reboot… all automatically, without me thinking about it. It not only spots viruses and worms coming *in*, but it also keeps them from going *out*. In other words, even if a Melissa-type virus-trojan-worm *does* sneak by, when it starts to send emails to everyone in your address book, Norton intercepts and stops the behavior. So it nips the *spreading* in the bud. This one simple $30 purchase would, single-handedly, make the Internet an incredibly safer place. Get it at your local computer store or at http://www.symantec.com . You don’t need the bigger “System Works”… just the Antivirus software will do. Watch carefully for all the little checkboxes if you use their site. You probably don’t need any mailings whatsoever… nor do you need any additional products to do the job.

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NETWORK SOLUTIONS FORGETS

Tony at <tonyatsoondotorgdotuk> wrote this past week, “If you have a domain registered with Network Solutions, it is reported that allegedly they have not been always sending reminders to domain holders to request renewal payments. Result – lost domain. And there is a po*n company which buys up non-renewed domains of any sort, if they think there will be plenty of inbound links. Go to: </tonyatsoondotorgdotuk>

http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

and check your renewal date and make a note of it. And note that there are many cheaper domain registrars, and it is easy to transfer to them. (But choose one that others recommend to you as reliable.) And if you have a domain you no longer want, don’t let it lapse, try selling it or passing it on.” (Great input, Tony!) I like www.aitdomains.com .

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS NEEDED

Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada.</briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>

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REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE IN JAPAN

Work with a Japanese Church in Hiroshima! Here’s a unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. You just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff toll-free or via Net2Phone at 888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or click to http://www.mup.org or email <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  >.

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ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Brochure available: E-mail <aptsatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: http://www.apts.edu . Registration deadline: March 01, 2002.</aptsatxcdotorg>

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders seeking a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. The training has been garnered by Interdev in over 16 years of practical hands-on experience, including facilitating the exploration, formation and on-going effective operation of over 70 currently operating partnerships and over 90 currently developing partnerships around the world.

“Kingdom Connections” will be held in Grand Rapids, MI Feb.10-13, 2002. It is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC), and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For registration information, contact <interdev-usatxcdotorg>. Space is limited, so early application is crucial. For those interested in International Kingdom Connection training, please e-mail <trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk>.</trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk></interdev-usatxcdotorg>

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NEW HELP FOR MISSIONARY LEADERS

Roland Muller’s new book, _Missionary Leadership by Motivation and Communication_ addresses many of the leadership issues that arise when leading teams of volunteer Christian workers drawn from a variety of cultures and denominations. It includes many practical concepts and a wealth of resources, along with original cartoons by Jon Clime. Get it at http://www.rmuller.com .

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TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII

The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

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THE BACK PAGE: RESPONSIBLE EMAILING

Lately, I’ve been noticing that, with the increased volume of email that seemingly everyone is getting these days, I’m more and more appreciating those who can be lovingly concise. :-) So here’s a Christmas wish list — that we would get rid of these 4 “most unwanted” email characteristics:

*** Attachments: In short, lose them. Those which end in .pif, .scr, .vbs, and .exe can ruin our hard drives. And Office extensions can contain macro viruses. If you *do* have to send an attachment, it’s polite to write first to ask permission to send it. And the recipient should have antivirus software.

*** Forwards: We never had to deal with this before the email generation, because nobody wanted to go pay for photocopies. Now it’s too easy to just keep hitting forward after forward after forward, and well-meaning friends leave all those carbon-copied addresses attached. Yikes. When will we learn to in-quote only what is needed. Honestly, I know *many* people who now don’t even download forwarded emails from their POP3 server.

*** Hoaxes: Just when I think we’re starting to be able to recognize hoaxes, another round starts up. Get the Brigada “OPC” protocol so you can spot hoaxes and similar unwarranted emails.

*** Real virus-propagation: I just don’t get it. After Melissa and everything else that has come before and after, why in the world are we still clicking on those attachments!!!??? :-) And when we *do*, why don’t we have antivirus programs with up-to-date virus data definitions. Because then, all our friends have to deal with receiving the brunt of our sloppy computing. Yikes. If these issues were spilling out in the streets, the world would be a very ugly place. As it is, it’s just the information highway that’s getting clogged with wasted virus-worm-spam. If you *must* use Outlook, go to Microsoft’s site and download the fix. Turn off Windows Scripting Host. Engage macro protection in Office. Get Norton. Please. :-)

*** Subscribe/Unsubscribe requests: If you’re part of an automated email list (like Brigada Today), try to be a responsible list member. That means keeping track of how to subscribe and unsubscribe. Some ejournals even include reminders on how to do that… in every issue. Yet literally dozens of subscribers try to prevail upon list-compilers to do their housecleaning for them… to change addresses, or to unsubscribe. Many even become angry when they won’t help. So please… it’s the most basic of all Internet functions. Learn to use the unsubscribe commands of the lists to which you subscribe. Your editors & compilers will love you for it! :-)

Thanks to any and all who can help rid the world of these email problems! :-)

20011202 Brigada Today

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CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL

We’re beginning to hear it from more than one source. Though we haven’t personally experienced any problems with PayPal, we’re starting to wonder… have they extended themselves beyond what they’re able to manage? We’re currently in the process of verifying a couple of horror stories that we’ve heard out there in the Internet “jungle”. So… for now… be cautious and we’d suggest you not tie up a *lot* of money there in a standing balance. Apparently, there are some problems in the system. If you’ve got a PayPal horror story, please send it to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line PAYPAL FEEDBACK. Thanks.

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WANNA’ READ THIS ISSUE ON THE WEB WITH CLICKABLE TITLES?

Now, you can read Brigada right on the web, the day it’s sent, and click directly to the items you’d like to read, then click back up to the executive summary again. What could be easier! Wanna check it out? Just get a connection to the Internet, click to brigada.org, then click on the “Read the current issue” link:

http://www.brigada.org .

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WHERE DO YOU TURN FOR EVANGELISTIC COURSES?

Suppose you’re trying to share your faith with an Italian. You wish that there could be some kind of movie or outline in his or her heart language — Italian, in this case. Where does one go to find resources like that? Is there any one source… like a web-page or a toll-free number where we can all go to find sources for evangelistic material in other languages (not *just* Italian… no *sono* Italiano :-) )? If so, let’s publish promote it. If not, someone needs to probably *start* it! :-) If you’ve got an idea, write me here at <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg> and, if you’d be so kind, put the word “OUTREACH” in upper case in the subject line. Thanks for any lead — a website, an organization, a toll-free number, even an email address. We’ll republish the info here for the world to read.</dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>

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WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)

“Total It Up” Spring Break Is a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) “Are you interested in languages?” 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 Bible translators from many different countries and language projects. Sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators. The fee for the courses will be $125.00, which covers room, meals, and student workbooks. Plan on it — March 11-15 Tucson. For more information, see http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm . To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg  (larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg)  >, 520-826-6028, or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg  (wade_remeratwycliffedotorg)  >, 520-825-6078.

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DECEMBER WORLD CHRISTIAN AVAILABLE

World Christian’s annual “Living the Great Commission” is now available. Brigada Today subscribers can subscribe for $12US (for US addresses) by emailing <winpress7ataoldotcom> or call toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-524-5070 or telephone 708-524-5070. This issue features articles on challenging African-Americans and seniors in missions, spiritual preparations for short-term missions trips and being an advocate for the poor and oppressed. Bulk copies are available for conferences and churches; just call for details.

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WEB-WATCH: WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG

They say it was here in Brigada that worldchristians.org launched its website not three years ago. Imagine that within the next week they should pass 1,000,000 hits! They had hoped for maybe 5,000 visits in their first year. What’s more, they’ve opened tons of new Schools of Missions, and the news page traffic is unbelievable which reflects the world interest in following the call of Jesus into mission. It’s worth a look, if for no other reason than to take note of what’s hot…

http://www.worldchristians.org

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CORRECTION ON “NEW BOOK ON ISLAM”

Remember that new book on Islam by Don McCurry, _Healing the Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims_? (We featured it in last week’s _Brigada Today_, Item #10.) It explores the roots of Islam through the family of Abraham, historical and cultural aspects of Islam, and effective ministry help. Turns out that the telephone number provided to us was incorrect. The correct toll-free number was supposed to be +1-800-474-4147. (Or avoid the whole phone thing and look at http://www.isionline.org .) Please pardon any inconvenience!

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THE BACK PAGE: THANKSGIVING HAS ALL THE MORE MEANING

Bob Mayhew’s legacy lives on. His memorial fund hasn’t attracted a *lot* of donors yet… but I guess it really only took two. One Brigada participant jumped right in and gave $10 in special tribute. We only received one other donation — but that one other donation basically covered the remainder of what we’ll owe for Brigada web-hosting fees and email services. What’s more, the donor wishes to remain anonymous. “Only for the glory of God,” he said. Goodness… as a tribute to Bob’s 6 years of quiet service… and for the glory of God… $500 will pay all of Brigada’s expenses for a year. (In case you’re curious, Brigada pays no salaries.) So thanks much to the sacrificial friend… and in Bob’s name, and God’s name, Happy Thanksgiving to the whole Brigada family.

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IN MEMORY OF BOB & PATTI MAYHEW, OUR WEB VOLUNTEERS

This past week saw the passing of a great couple for Christ, Bob & Patti Mayhew, both 52 years old. Bob had previously served as a professor at the University of California’s Riverside campus, where he was responsible for PC support for Academic Computing in the Computing & Communications department. Over the years, Bob had developed some *great* tools in Perl that gradually helped him transfer hundreds and hundreds of pages of Brigada issues into HTML language for the web. Patti was quite an artist in her own right. (The logo used for Brigada Today at brigada.org was her creation.) Their tragic deaths this past week, within minutes of one another, signals a great loss for the entire Brigada family. Here was a duo who worked without pay since August 18, 1995 (ever since Brigada participant Paul Lay had recommended them to the job — Thanks Paul)! Here was a married couple totally sold out to missions. Bob had entertained long-term visions of serving some Islamic community in a future era of his life. On behalf of the entire Brigada family, we’ve sent flowers to the memorial service taking place on this very day, Nov. 30th, at a church in Riverside, CA. On an enclosed card, we wrote a message thanking Bob & Patti’s 2 surviving (adult) children for their parents’ incredible and selfless service record, signed by the “Nearly 10,000 members of the Brigada online family.”
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IN HONOR OF BOB & PATTI, THE MAYHEW MEMORIAL FUND

In honor of Bob & Patti, Team Expansion has set up a special trust — the Mayhew Memorial Fund — with the proceeds to be used to specifically underwrite the expenses of the Brigada website and email network. (Team Expansion is a non-profit, 501(c)3 incorporation, so for those in the USA, contributions are tax-deductible.) At Bob’s request, we had always kept it a secret that Bob had funded most of Brigada’s expenses since about 1998. He never wanted any attention. In fact, in most cases, he refused to even publicize or even mention his own name on the website. So it seems somehow fitting that a gift in his name would continue the legacy for which he invested so much of himself, his time, and his treasure. Contributions in Bob & Patti’s name can be sent to: Mayhew Memorial Fund, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Please make the check payable to Team Expansion and write “Mayhew Memorial Fund” in the memo line. A tax-deductible receipt will be sent to USA donors and all others will be sent a thank-you note via email (please don’t forget to provide yours). Those wishing to use the web can go to
http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html and click on the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page to make a donation using a credit card or from a PayPal account. (If for some reason the Brigada site drops out during this transitional period, you could also use the “Donate” link at:
http://www.teamexpansion.org , on the righthand side of the page.)
Please be sure to mention in the “Special Instructions” box that the gift is for the Mayhew Memorial Fund. In addition, please make a note regarding how you’d like your name to be shown on the sponsors page. If you’d like the gift to be anonymous, just mark it as such. Note that it might take us a while to figure out Bob’s system to update everything. Thanks for your patience as we get it going again. Thanks in advance to any who feel led to contribute.
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BRIGADA WEBSITE RUNNING SILENTLY, WITHOUT ITS HELMSMAN

So, if I can speak candidly for a moment, it’s kind of strange today for me to visit www.brigada.org . Really, truth be known, that’s Bob’s site, not Brigada’s. It’s hard for me to put into words what I feel as I click there… the way the web pages still obediently pop up, one after another, running silently, just as if Bob is somehow in the background, serving them personally. To me, it’s almost haunting. It probably sounds corny, but I can’t help but think of some kind of old mystery movie, where the wheel of an old ship has been tied, with the sails set so the bow heads into the wind. The helmsman is missing, having deserted his post for the time being. But the ship sails on into the dark. Those hundreds and hundreds of files, representing hundreds and hundreds of late nights, stand today as his legacy. May God bless his grown daughter, son-in-law, and son. May He raise up others like Bob & Patti for the challenges of tomorrow… and may Bob’s name ever be remembered as synonymous with selfless servanthood and extreme endurance.

Our tribute today isn’t just to Bob & Patti, it’s to all those like the Mayhews, who serve daily in silent ministry for the good of the Kingdom, in hopes that unreached peoples everywhere can one day know Christ as King! To all those servants, we offer thanks . . . and hopes for God’s richest blessings. …

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SOME ARE RECEIVING 10 INFECTED EMAILS PER DAY

And I’m one of them. Believe it or not, there are some who are receiving literally 10 infected emails per day these days (i.e., over the past week). Most are due to incredibly virulent forms of w32dotbadtransdotbatmmdothtml . Read the full security alert on this one at:
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/ (click on the “Security Alert” for the badtrans virus). How does one avoid getting badtrans? You guessed it: Don’t click on the file attachment, make sure your virus definitions are up to date, and finally, make sure you’ve disabled Outlook’s tendency to automatically execute macros and visual basic scripts. The trojan worm attachment will typically have file names that look like:
CARD.Doc.pif or NEWS_DOC.mp3.scr. But the virus (or more properly, the worm) randomly chooses these file names from a list including names like “PICS, IMAGES, README, New_Napster_Site, NEWS_DOC, HAMSTER, YOU_ARE_FAT!, SEARCHURL, SETUP, CARD, ME_NUDE, Sorry_about_yesterday, S3MSONG, DOCS, HUMOR, and FUN.” The trick is… the final extension for the entire file name will *always* end in “pif” or “scr”. For the benefit of all your friends on the Net, *please* make sure your virus definitions are up to date and don’t click on any attachments ending in those extensions. Thanks!
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LET’S START TALKING

Have you heard of the ministry “Let’s Start Talking”? It’s a very specific form of TESL… Check it out at:
http://www.lst.org or call +1-817-684-7LST or write <lstatlstdotorg>
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IF YOU UPGRADE TO XP, TRY POWERTOYS

Over the years, many of us have come to appreciate “Powertoys”, a collection of helpful (but officially unsupported) programs from the hands of Microsoft employees to wring the most out of the Windows operating system. Now, if you’ve upgraded to Windows XP, there’s a new set of powertoys to help. Check ’em out at:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/downloads/powertoys.asp
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GOT CREATIVE FINANCIAL STRATEGY EXAMPLES?

Don in Colorado Springs is doing some research for a project dealing with creative strategic use of finances for kingdom work. If you know of any great examples of how people are defying the cultural norm of spending their resources on themselves and freeing up those finances for missions, please pass them along! Of particular interest would be people who have learned to live off 50% or less of their income, channeling the other 50% or more towards unreached peoples, OR people who have strategically invested for the express purpose of using the extra income for missions. In one example, two families decided to live together in a large house, sharing expenses, and freeing up thousands per year which they channeled towards the kingdom. If you know of other examples, please pass them to Don at <niemyerataoldotcom>. Once his report is completed he’ll send it in and we’ll make it available for all of us via an autoresponder.
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LIFE DIRECTION WEEKENDS

Operation Mobilization is offering US residents a Life Direction Weekend where participants look at their gifts and talents and how they can use them. The weekends help give clarity and vision about how individuals fit into the bigger picture of God’s plan. Plus, through a personality profile and gifts study, participants will better understand who God made them to be.
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OUT OF MORMONISM: A WOMAN’S TRUE STORY

Honest and eye-opening, OUT OF MORMONISM takes readers where few will ever see–behind the doors of the Mormon church and into the lives of a family seeking to leave. Part apologetic and part autobiography, the book begins with an explanation of how author Judy Robertson and her family were drawn into Mormonism, how they were constantly lived a life that never quite measured up even though they were “temple-worthy Mormons,” and how they finally found their freedom. OUT OF MORMONISM also compares Mormon beliefs with biblical truths. A great resource for those participating in the Salt Lake City Olympic Outreach in February 2002. Plus you can now get special rates for ministries! For orders: 1-800-328-6109 (int’l: 1-952-829-2500) or email <csatbethanyhousedotcom> More information at http://www.BethanyHouse.com .
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NEW BOOK ON ISLAM

Don McCurry has recently completed a new book on ministry to Muslims, _Healing the Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims_. It explores the roots of Islam through the family of Abraham, historical and cultural aspects of Islam, and effective ministry help. The book is available by contacting +1-800-447-4147 or +1-719-597-0609 or look for it at http://www.isionline.org . The retail price is $15.00 plus shipping.
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GOOD PRICES ON BOOKS FOR/ABOUT MISSIONARIES

This online bookstore has a niche for missions books, mission biographies, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (best price on web), Patch the Pirate story/song adventures for children, and many other books and gifts. (They accept credit cards and PayPal and ship anywhere in the world.) (Now through Dec 4th, use coupon code “4SALE” and save $4 on shipping.) The site is
http://www.baptist-books.com or email <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>.</bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>

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LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES

MissionPrep (Toronto, Canada) has a course coming on February 10,2002. For a detailed overview of this and other seminars email Robert <micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call him in Canada at 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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LOOKING FOR GOOD CHRISTIAN VIDEOS?

Try GospelDirect.com . They’ve got tons.

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SEND YOUR KIDS TO THIS BIBLE STUDY WEBSITE

Here’s a site that makes the web worth it for kids. Check out
http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com . See the animations galore and the dozens of free games and puzzles.

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ANNOUNCING PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM

A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, is now being offered in seven cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Columbia, SC; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Washington DC. Classes begin in January (Registration deadline for January classes are in mid-January.) or March 2002, depending on location. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to reach Muslims with the Christian message. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more please visit our website at http://www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg> .</infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

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MINI-PERSPECTIVES COURSE AVAILABLE ON-LINE

The 2nd edition of the Path to God’s Glory “mini-Perspectives” Bible-study is now available on-line! You can check it out at http://www.pathtogodsglory.org . This study highlights the main points of the Perspectives material and has been used in over 40 countries to mobilize Christians to join God in His plan to bless all nations. This study can be used as either a 4 or 8-week study with individuals, small groups, Sunday school classes, short term and missions training teams. For more information contact the study’s author, Joe, at <infoatpathtogodsglorydotorg>.</infoatpathtogodsglorydotorg>

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NORTH KOREA INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

The World Center for North Korea Missions is releasing their long-awaited Investigative Report. This 10-part series features written testimonies as well as audio and video of North Korean refugees and mission workers. Receive the report by email by visiting http://www.nkmissions.com/world_network/ or for more info email <wnetworkatnkmissionsdotcom>.</wnetworkatnkmissionsdotcom>

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NEED CHRISTMAS PRAYER CARDS?

There are plenty of people who can do them. We just used http://www.occgrafx.com . They completed the job in one day — literally.

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20011118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) DON’T GIVE UP ON JOSHUA PROJECT II

2) MORE ABOUT THAT NOV. 4TH RALLY IN INDIA

3) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

4) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

5) CORRESPONDENCE GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE COUNTRIES

6) A PLACE TO START TO FIND FILMS

7) STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK

8) THE TALKING BIBLE FOR NON-READERS

9) THE BACKPAGE: HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR THANKSGIVING VACATION?

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) DON’T GIVE UP ON JOSHUA PROJECT II — If you thought they had disappeared, think again. Don’t give up on Joshua Project II. True — their funding is in question . . . but their website is alive and well…

http://www.joshuaproject.net

And they don’t appear to be at *all* ready to give up. :-) Keep up the good work Dan and company!!!

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2) MORE ABOUT THAT NOV. 4TH RALLY IN INDIA — Thanks to Justin, who pointed us to all the more information on the Dalits, that group in India who was reportedly considering converting in mass to Christianity:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&page=search&fto=1739

There are 16 articles, including internal Indian Christian leadership commentary on the event, as well as articles published “before” and “after”. And Justin promised there’d be more to come. (Thanks Justin!)

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3) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE — Join YWAM Montana for a TESOL course that will certify you through the Australian Qualifications Board as well as give you accreditation through the University of the Nations, Hawaii. The course runs from January 7, 2002 through February 1, 2002. The course instructor is Kim Greig from Australia. Kim has been involved in teaching English since 1994 and has led TESOL courses in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Jordan and Singapore. For information write to Julie Smude, TESOL Coordinator at <tesolatywammtdotorg> or download an application at </tesolatywammtdotorg>

http://www.ywammt.org . You may apply for this course through December 14, 2001.

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4) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE — Here’s a three-week intensive course designed to teach missionaries how to become students of the culture to which they will go plus give them the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in that cross-cultural context. The course moves beyond principles to skill development as the student learns how to discover the structure and organization necessary for successful ministry that already exist within the target culture and then to adapt their plans to these existing systems. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training in NC from Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 2002. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or in the USA or via Net2Phone call 800.887.1786 or browse to http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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5) CORRESPONDENCE GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — Does anyone have a brief list of guidelines to follow when corresponding (email or snail mail) with missionaries in closed/restricted access countries? Lifewater International is looking for suggestions to share with their volunteers and would appreciate tips and or suggestions from organizations and people in the field who have already worked this out. Please contact Trudy at <trudyatlifewaterdotorg> if you can help. Check out http://www.lifewater.org . We’ll ask Lifewater to send us a summary when completed. Thanks. </trudyatlifewaterdotorg>

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6) A PLACE TO START TO FIND FILMS — Okay… So even though http://www.ChristianSpotlight.com

isn’t *exactly* what we were looking for to find old Christian films, at least it’s a start. (See Item #3, “HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS?” in the Nov. 16th issue of Brigada Today.) They have reviews of numerous Christian and secular films, both recent and older, with a constantly expanding listing. The site organizers have many contacts in the Christian film industry (and have personally been involved as an organization in Christian film since the 1950s), so you could also drop them an email c/o <spotlightatedendotorg> to explore unanswerables. (Thanks Tim, for your ministry and service!!) You could also search: </spotlightatedendotorg>

http://www.gospelvideos.com

http://www.Christianvideos.org

There you’ll find a search engine feature for video titles. Also try http://www.gospeldirect.com . Thanks Ken!

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7) STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK — “Siberian Shivers” is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene–whether or not they are headed for cold climes. Here is an entertaining way to get a real eye opener to culture shock issues sure to be faced in any culture. Order Siberian Shivers in time for Christmas! You can read the first story “Uaz Adventure” for free by going to:

http://www.geocities.com/HarrisesInRussia/sibshivers.htm

or order immediately by writing to: <>. Don’t miss the Christmas special: $10 for your first copy; $8 for the second up to infinity! It’s never been cooler.

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8) THE TALKING BIBLE FOR NON-READERS — Folks at Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in Escondido, California are praising God for their success in creating what they dub the world’s first “Talking Bible.” The Talking Bible is the brainchild of ASI’s President, Mark Hoekstra. This patented listening device looks like a Bible, is the size of a Gideon Bible and costs about what people pay for a printed Bible. The Talking Bible has an entire, translated New Testament in a desired language sealed inside. Combining high tech sound programs in the computer with the low tech of the analog cassette makes this revolutionary listening device possible. The first four thousand Talking Bibles have been manufactured in India. The first languages are Tamil and Telegu and are being used in the Adopt-A-Village Bible listening program there. Twenty thousand units are also being manufactured in China. In their enthusiasm for the Talking Bible, ASI is saying that, as a starter, all printed translations of the New Testament should be made available in audio for non-readers as Talking Bibles. They are saying that the ease with which Talking Bibles can be produced and their relatively low cost puts such a goal within reach. ASI is saying that it seems unthinkable that this would not be done when one considers the enormous cost and effort required to translate a New Testament into another language. Dr. Harvey Hoekstra, founder of ASI says, “The advent of the Talking Bible makes doable what was once only a distant dream. The Talking Bible will give non-readers the same opportunity to HEAR God’s Word by listening as anyone has who reads!” For more information check out ASI’s website: http://www.audioscriptures.org or email: <asi-caatxcdotorg>. </asi-caatxcdotorg>

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9) THE BACKPAGE: HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR THANKSGIVING VACATION? —

[Note: Doug sent the following letter to all Team Expansion workers

on Thanksgiving Day. Here, we’ve changed only the verb tense to

reflect the fact that it’s now history.]

Though Thanksgiving Day is largely celebrated only by those of us from the USA, my impression is that much of the rest of the world at least identifies with it in principle. The idea is simple — to pause at least on Thanksgiving Day, as a nation, to give thanks for the way God has brought us all through hard times. Here in Louisville, Thanksgiving Day struck a very special chord in America’s heart. In the morning paper, one editorial spoke about “the New Normalcy”, referring to a newfound set of values this holiday season. Instead of focusing on glitter, gold, and glitz… the nation’s families were zeroing in on things that maybe matter more… like family, friends, and the value of life itself.

It is said that on that first Thanksgiving Day, a native American named Squanto helped newly-arrived Pilgrims make it through the season. The year was 1621 and Pilgrims were having a pretty tough time making a go of it in this new land. Squanto stepped in, acting as an interpreter, helping piece together a treaty between the Pilgrim settlers and Chief Massasoit. Interestingly enough, historians now tell us that Squanto had been kidnapped by Capt. Thomas Hunt in 1615, lived in England, and returned (1619) to North America with Capt. Thomas Dermer. So within a short space of only 4 years, Squanto had somehow managed to transform the feeling of hurt and betrayal (being kidnapped by one of these new European interlopers) into an unselfish life-risking effort that involved helping the very people who had previously sought to take advantage of him. He taught them to plant, fish, and love the land they had come to pillage. Little did he know that an even sadder fate awaited him in the wings. Just a short time later, while acting as a guide and interpreter on William Bradford’s expedition around Cape Cod, he contracted smallpox and died. In the end, he had paid the ultimate price to assist these pilgrims from another land.

I can think of several lessons after hearing such an awesome story of self-sacrifice. From one perspective, I think of you. You’re a modern-day Squanto. You’re out there putting yourself in harm’s way, leaving friends and family (often most obvious on a day like today), in hopes of helping pilgrims from other lands find new honor in values that they’d never before imagined. We know, from personal experience, that those values are worth living for. In fact, probably we’d be willing to give our very lives for those values. I think about the 8 Christian foreign aid workers recently released from Taliban captors. One of our own team members here in Louisville at Team Expansion knew several of them personally and even stayed over night with one of them on a recent visit to Central Asia. Now *those* 8 Squantos had something to celebrate this Thanksgiving Day, eh?

But I can also think of another perspective. There are those modern-day cross-cultural Squantos that many of us have experienced… those blessed souls who have helped us find local markets and renew our paperwork in the downtown offices. They’ve taught us local language and introduced us to their friends, who in turn have helped us accomplish more than we could have ever hoped to do by ourselves. They’ve paved the way for us … even though at times it has meant suffering for them. They’ve sometimes had to put their own personal career plans on hold. And what about the dozen or so Afghans arrested for helping those 8 Shelter Now aid workers in Kabul? They nearly lost their lives. (Today we give thanks that the latest news is that every single one has found freedom today, thanks largely to the incredible efforts of our men and women in uniform… combined with Northern Alliance freedom fighters.) Down through the years, I’ve given thanks for Squanto-like friends… I remember “Never” and “Amilcar & Charro” in Uruguay, …. “Tanya”, “Vlad”, and “Costia” in Kherson, …. and many many more… all the way up through even the last 24 hours, when a new Squanto is helping us get started in Afghanistan at this very moment.

Finally, there is the most obvious and life-changing Squanto of all — Jesus Christ. He, too, came to our assistance as we tried to learn to navigate the waters of this new land. He taught us a “New Normalcy”… new values, new truth, and a new love . . . .to find new life. Is there any higher purpose? Can you think of any higher values? Can you ever imagine any higher reason to live? The funny thing is that, like Squanto, helping pilgrims ended up costing him his very life. For Squanto, though, it was a tragic ending. But in Jesus’ case, it was an incredibly ironic *beginning*. Satan thought he was doing the ultimate evil terrorist act. What a surprise it must have been … an incredibly shocking surprise… when Jesus raised from the dead. Satan’s work will never be the same. His powers on this planet were forever altered … forever weakened… and in the end, forever destroyed.

The events of September 11th have, for our nation . . . and indeed for a world-full of people with civilized motives . . . galvanized our thoughts and values. If before, we were even tempted to yearn for glitter, gold, and glitz, people *everywhere* now see that it’s all going to perish in the end. It might be later… but it could also be much sooner than anyone thought. Our understanding of our own vulnerability is forever changed. Sales of Bibles and Christian books have skyrocketed. Publishers can’t even keep up. Meanwhile, bicycle manufacturers are backlogged this Christmas with inventories they can’t even imagine. Though terrorists meant this ugly deed for evil, it has instead brought about a) their own undoing, b) our own value-renewal, and c) a near-global awakening in spiritual things.

So… we have a lot to be thankful for. There is no greater love than that of a man willing to lay down his life for his friends. Squanto knew it. His name became a legend. Jesus knew it. In one final act of love, he changed eternal destinies. And today, in my prayers for you and all of those in our global family, I’m going to thank God for our modern-day Squantos… people like you… this very Thanksgiving Day!

Be careful out there. Helping those modern-day pilgrims is risky business… a bit like a jungle!

Doug

PS. Ironically, as I was proof-reading this note on Thanksgiving Day, the Radio City Rockettes came through Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Talk about glitter, gold, and glitz. Okay… so maybe some things never change. :-) Back to reality. :-)

20011111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) HOW TO INCREASE PRAYER SUPPORT?

2) OPTIONS FOR TRAINING YOUR SHEPHERDS?

3) HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS?

4) GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY REPORT

5) A CASE STUDY IN PARTNERSHIPS

6) CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AT A DISTANCE

7) EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS

8) NEW EMAIL LIST FOR UK MISSION STAFF

9) WANT TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A PARTICULAR WEBSITE CHANGES?

10) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

11) GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD

12) CLOSING STUFF

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1) HOW TO INCREASE PRAYER SUPPORT? — Most cross-cultural workers agree that their number one need is a high level of prayer support. However, transforming that need into a consistent reality is often an ongoing challenge. If you have a method or idea that has worked well for you or your organization, Kerry would love to hear about it. Possibly you know a website with some creative ideas. Send your best ideas to <khawkinsatteamexpansiondotorg>. In a couple of weeks, he’ll share his findings with us and we’ll publish the results here as an auto-responder. Thanks Kerry! </khawkinsatteamexpansiondotorg>

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2) OPTIONS FOR TRAINING YOUR SHEPHERDS? — The International School of Ministry offers a 159 hour International Curriculum for the training of shepherds. In cooperation with Vision University of California, they offer not only their own diploma, but an Associates of Biblical Studies to all registered students. The International Curriculum is available in over 50 languages on VHS, VCD, Audio Cassette and via internet. Some of the contributors are Jack Hayford, Reinhard Bonnke, Dick Eastman, A. L. Gill, LaMar Boschman, etc.

It is the work of Pastor Berin Gilfillan who traveled with Reinhard Bonnke for more than three years. In those travels he saw the mass conversion of 100s of thousands and he also saw how small was the available body of Christ to absorb such huge numbers of new believers. There are presently over 3000 schools operating around the world. Only 300 of them are the United States. One of the newest is in Corpus Christi (Body of Christ), TX. ISOM is part of Good Shepherd Ministries Intl. P.O. Box 368, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0368, USA, 800.901.8175 or 001-562.594.9123 or fax 001-562.594.6143. Their website is http://www.isom.org . Their email address is infoatisomdotorg.

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3) HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS? — Suppose you knew someone who wanted to find… “The Mystics” (originally used by Campus Crusade), “The Lie”, and “He Restoreth My Soul” — three films from the past. Is there a web-search tool that can help? A Brigada participant wants to know . . . and the answer might be useful for many. Drop us a line if you’ve got a solution and we’ll publish the answer for all. Thanks!

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4) GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY REPORT — Doing youth ministry outside the USA or training youth workers globally? A new free service, “The Global Youth Ministry Report” sends out an e-mail to find out what’s working globally in such areas as “Training Student Leadership,” “Reaching Lost Youth,” or “Developing Indigenous Worship for Youth.” Then, a writer compiles this global wisdom and e-mails back a free report. In this way, youth workers glean ideas from practitioners in various cultures that may well work in their own setting. Finally, each report will be archived at http://www.reach-out.org in the “ARTICLES” section (Whew! What a great site!) so that further input from readers can add to this global I.Q. of youth ministry. Interested in this free wisdom exchange? E-mail Steve, in cooperation with Reach Out Youth Solutions, at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

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5) A CASE STUDY IN PARTNERSHIPS — Nepal, the only official Hindu kingdom in the world, was closed to the outside world until the 1950’s when the king opened the country for development and education. The 1990 democratic revolution further opened the doors to the gospel. Reportedly, for the first time in Nepal history, the Nepal government has turned over a district government hospital to a community based non governmental organization (NGO). The organization, ‘Human Development and Community Services’ (HDCS), is a Nepali Christian NGO. HDCS is partnering with MMD, a European medical mission that will send equipment and medical personnel. Future Nepal government – Nepali Christians relationships will depend upon positive results. There will be much attention on HDCS. More information can be obtained about HDCS, the Lamjung District Community Hospital Project and opportunities for service by logging on to the HDCS website: http://www.hdcsnepal.org .

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6) CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AT A DISTANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (USA) is offering an email-based distance course that trains missionaries and Christian Development workers in basic principles and practice of microenterprise development and microfinance for poor people in the Two-Thirds World. The 8 week course is taught by staff of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (USA) and has weekly readings, short written assignments, and interaction with other learners in the course from around the world. More advanced MED-Microfinance distance courses are available following completion of this introductory course. Course Dates: January 14 – March 8, 2002; Registration Deadline: December 7, 2001; Course Fee: $250 (which includes tuition/registration, course CD, readings and texts). Contact Person: Mrs. Cathy Dreger <cdregeratcovenantdotedu> Phone: 706-419-1805; Website: http://www.chalmers.org </cdregeratcovenantdotedu>

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7) EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2002 – an innovative training experience for North American young leaders! EuroTrain (for leaders age 16-22) is a completely unique experience…and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. During July 2002, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, gaining a heart for unreached peoples around the world, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

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8) NEW EMAIL LIST FOR UK MISSION STAFF – Global Connections (formerly Evangelical Missionary Alliance) in UK has started an email support list. It is to assist and encourage UK-based mission staff to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) including the Internet for all aspects of mission support and also for evangelism. A conference is proposed for Spring 2002. To subscribe, send a blank email to

<gc-ict-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> or visit http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/GC-ICT </gc-ict-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

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9) WANT TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A PARTICULAR WEBSITE CHANGES? — Try using http://www.web2mail.com . You can even register to have the web information itself sent to your email address! (Thanks Keith!)

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10) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE — Learn tips on how to become a student of culture and how to enter and figure out ministry. In this 3-week course, students will gain both the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in a cross-cultural context. This class, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by international trainer Dr. Richard Lewis will be held from Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 2001. To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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11) GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD — Wycliffe Canada has crammed tons of mission education material onto one delightful little CD. You get all 30 lessons from the three bulky Bright Ideas! notebooks, plus an extra 24 lessons from Wycliffe UK. PDF lets you print them out and teach a lesson to Preschoolers, Grades 1-6, or Teens through Adults. They’ve also included interactive games in Shockwave and several videos in Mpeg format. The new “I Say Old Chap” video is smart, funny and appeals to younger audiences. Canadian residents may contact <mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca> to order the Great Commission Toolbox CD for $15 Canadian plus GST and shipping–a real deal! Or order from the Wycliffe Canada web page: http://www.wycliffe.ca/store/soft.html#toolbox . US residents and others can order for $7.95 US plus shipping and handling at these addresses: e-mail Dennis Cable at <dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg> or ask for extension 3778 at 1-800-WY! CLIFFE (800-992-5433) or 1-407-852-3600. </dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg></mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca>

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20011104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”)

3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA

5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE

6) WEBWATCH

7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS

8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW”

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED — Interested in learning more about what really happened on Nov. 4th in India? (Had you rec’d the email asking for prayer for all those lower caste folks searching for a new religion?) Read all about it:

http://www.aiccindia.org/

Thanks to Rick Wood of the US Center for the tip on this article. The summary? Well… not as many as the press releases promised… but still… some positive outcomes.

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2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”) — How can you pray effectively for the Muslim world? How can you join some 20 million other Christians doing so? Simple! Pray during Ramadan, 17 November – 16 December 2001. The 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus guides are short, daily, and full of information and prayer items. This 10th anniversary edition is especially relevant to the needs of today. To subscribe to the email edition, just send any email to <30-days-onatlsdotpmbxdotnet> or use the simple secure server at http://www.pmbx.net/subscribe.html . Thanks Ron!

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3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 1 June 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. The purpose of SEAIIS will be to provide and in-depth academic Islamic program each year in the region. It will operate in a city in southern Thailand located one hour north of the Malaysian border and is facilitated by a working committee whose members are from the region of South East Asia and who represent many organizations. The instructors this year will include Sam Solomon, Phil Parshall and many others. There will also be instructors from the region to “localize” the subject matter whenever possible. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. </seaiisatmaildotcom>

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4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 8-26, 2002, 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. Earn a certificate for around $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/944-0351 x 5694 or contact <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu> or visit www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

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5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE – Want to reach those in SE Asia? Mission to Unreached People is looking for Teacher Trainers with a Masters degree (preferable). For more info., contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

And as always, look for more of these kinds of opportunities by joining Brigada-opportunities. It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to

<brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. </brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

That will make you a member of the email conference, where you will be able to sit back and receive occasional announcements about mission needs.

And if you’ve got an opportunity, please subscribe to publish your job option or ministry need, even if you only stay on the conference temporarily. Just join per the above instructions, then once you’ve heard that you’re subscribed (probably about 2 minutes later), email a note to <brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>. You’ll be placing your notice in front of many who are searching for opportunities like yours! When the prospective volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So go for it! I hope your need will be met *today*! (Apologies to those who try to list job opportunities for specific roles; we just can’t possibly publish all of them.) </brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>

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6) WEBWATCH — Looking for ideas for your agency’s webpage? Check out

http://www.gfa.org . Notice how many things the visitor can do with one click. Look at the clear site navigation, using the bar at the left-hand side. Notice how many different kinds of readers are served… those wanting to sponsor a national, those looking for news, there’s a free book offer, you can read past articles, find out what’s new, even sign up for free web mail! I think the GFA site significantly raises the bar for mission web pages. Great work GFA!!!

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7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS — An excellent source of news about world current affairs (secular and religious) is available from Wycliffe Associates (UK) News Abstracting Service, which provides twice-monthly e-mail news digests to subscribers via Yahoo! To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to one or more of the following:

NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 01)

NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 02)

NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 03)

NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 04)

NewsAbstracts-CIS-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 05)

NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 06)

NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 07)

NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 08)

NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 09)

NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zones 1-9;ZIP file)

NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 11)

To see a description of, for example, the Africa e-mail list, go

to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsAbstracts-Africa . If you

are a member of the list, you will be recognized. If not, you’ll probably have to join first. Great stuff. thanks Alan!

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8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001 — This conference is for Japanese Christians and those ministering to them: to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese, and for those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA 92339. Sponsoring Organizations include International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information e-mail <ushqatjcfndotorg> or go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 . (By the way, if you don’t want to install Japanese, just hit cancel if your browser asks.) </ushqatjcfndotorg>

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9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW” — Have you seen the service at:

http://toolbox.airsecurity.com/ . What a great site. You can quickly click to news sources, US government resources (some of which might be helpful regardless of where you live in the world), travel tools, and even some cool software to keep you “in the know”. Check it out! (Thanks to the Brigada participant who contributed this site… and asked to remain anonymous.)

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20011028 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES

2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE

3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA.

4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS

5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS

6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS

7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN

8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT

9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES — The author of “Today’s All-Star Mission Churches”/Strategies To Help Your Church get Into the Game, would like to offer his book to all Brigada subscribers for $7.50 postage paid (sorry… USA only). Just mail a check payable to UWM to Tom Telford, PO Box 50400, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. I just passed along a copy of this to our church mobilization group in Team Expansion and I’ll have to admit, it’s chocked *full* of ideas. There’s enough in there to keep your church (or your mobilization team) busy for months to come… and help you become more proactive all at the same time. (Those outside the USA might consider asking a friend in the US to order the book then relay it overseas.) Thanks much Tom!!!

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2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE — Have you visited:

http://www.marcpublications.com/

lately??? Whew! What a re-make. And they’re now shipping free to all USA addresses (reasonable rates to those outside the USA too). Plus you can get past MARC newsletters and search big-time through everything on their site. So if you need a book or publication about relief and development… or anything else in categories from “Anthropology” to “Women” (that’s *almost* A to Z :-) ) give it a try.

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3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA. — If you’re quick on your heels and/or if you’re desperate for TESL training, it’s not too late to get in on TESOL at YWAM, Lebanon (Pennsylvania). They’re offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information contact YWAM 717-274-90910 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS — Designed specifically to appeal to children, parents, and educators, the new book, “Window On The World”, is an in-depth look at countries, cultures and people-groups around the world. It’s got great pictures… and would work well as a devotional guide. Order at your nearest Christian bookstore or through Bethany House Publishers by calling 1-800-328-6109 or e-mailing <csatbethanyhousedotcom>. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

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5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS — Ralph Winter has written, “The most powerful and significant story of mission is not that of one who becomes a missionary,” writes Ralph Winter, founder of the U. S. Center for World Mission, “but of someone who founds a new structure for mission that throws almost a thousand missionaries into the most needy corners of the earth. That is not common at all. We want reasons…” Now, Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher will give you reasons. His new book, When God Comes Calling, can be ordered by calling 407-382-6000 or by sending $7.95 plus shipping and handling to PIONEERS, 12343 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32827 USA. U.S. shipping is $2/book, but please contact PIONEERS at <infoatpioneersdotorg> for international shipping rates. </infoatpioneersdotorg>

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6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS — The third Nomads Consultation will be held January 7-11, 2002, in Pasadena, California, co-sponsored by Institute for Nomadic Ministry of the U.S. Center for World Missions, The International Journal for Frontier Mission, and Interdev. This event seeks to look at strategies, networking and a whole lot more. For more information and registration, go to: http://uscwm.org/thegathering or contact Malcolm <nomadatsierrateldotcom> or Brian <brianoconnellatxcdotorg>. </brianoconnellatxcdotorg></nomadatsierrateldotcom>

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7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN — With all the recent events in Afghanistan, there’s a lot of interest in how to help the *people* there. Here’s a tangible way to learn more. An NGO working with Afghan refugees recently produced a 12 minute video featuring the plight of Afghan women. Entitled, “Tears For Afghanistan”, this video was featured at the Global Conference for Women in Dallas recently, and is being made available to interested parties. If you would like to order a copy for your church or prayer group, or would like to make a gift of the video to someone you know who needs to get a better understanding of what women there are going through, you may email <afghanwomenataoldotcom> . The suggested donation for the video is $5.00 US, plus $2.00 US for postage in the US. It is available on VHS in NTSC and PAL. </afghanwomenataoldotcom>

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8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Want to learn more on crisis management? Check out the 7 articles at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=642

and the 6 items on Security at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=643

Thanks Justin!

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9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth, June 3 – July 28, 2002. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please email

<>.

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10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL — Females have *always* wanted to know more about how to handle the mail. :-) Well now there’s hope. Fresh from the postal service in the USA, here are some helpful tips. We share them knowing full well that some will say we’re overreacting… because after all, only a *handful* of letters have been determined to have been contaminated with anthrax in recent days in the USA. But hey… some of this stuff is probably common sense for all of us… because it’s a new day. So maybe… it’s not a bad idea to at least take notice. For example, maybe we’re all going to have to start looking at the return address. If the letter is at all lopsided or lumpy in appearance, don’t be so quick to tear it open. Be suspicious. What else should make you suspicious?

*** It’s hand-addressed and has no return address or bears one that you can’t read

*** It’s sealed with excessive amounts of tape

*** It’s marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “confidential”.

*** It has excessive postage.

Now I’m not suggesting we become paranoid… but postal workers are advising all of us… worldwide… to begin realizing that … hey… the mail *can* contain stuff that *shouldn’t* “go through.” So what do we do in those cases? Here are some precautions:

*** Don’t handle it if you suspect at all that it might be contaminated

*** Don’t shake it, bump it, or sniff it

*** Wash your hands thoroughly

*** Notify your local law enforcement authorities.

20011021 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT

2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE

4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI

6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE

7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER

8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR

9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES

10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT — HCF would like you to be part of the Intercessor’s database in Zambia who will be praying for people in the Healthcare field (Nurses, Doctors and all paramedics and their patients) for salvation. A database for intercessors is being developed. For details contact the Chairman, Kedrick <kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm> or <hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom> or ring the Chairman on Cell: 260-96-788463. </hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom></kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm>

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2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST — Make plans now to come to Budapest for a time of instruction, practical training, and spiritual renewal within the context of genuine Christian fellowship. Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. If you are looking to further your education (earn an MA without leaving Europe!), gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk, come to Budapest. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7-18, 2002 and perhaps there’s still time for you to get in on that class… however… if you’re interested, you’d better inquire *immediately*. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail <jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>. </jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>

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3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE — In the light of recent tragic events insure your domestic and/or international trip against everything from luggage that never arrives to planes that never leave. Coverage is for trip cancellation, interruption, delay, lost baggage, medical evacuation, flight accident, medical, 24hour AD&D coverage. Apply online at http://www.onlinetripinsurance.com . For international health insurance contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO – Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running in five languages. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is now available. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at:

http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

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5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages )will be held at the University of the Nations – Kona beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

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6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE — Living in Europe and no time to travel to the US for continued education? Here’s your chance to get 1 Course in 2 Weeks for 3 Credit Hours. Here’s a Graduate level two-week intensive course on “World Church Growth” taught in English!

Where: German Branch of Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions at Korntal (near Stuttgart, Germany)

When: January 7 – 18, 2002

What: MIS 6080 World Church Growth with Dr. Craig Ott (Dean at Korntal, 18 years experience as a cross-cultural church planter)

Cost: EUR375 for the three semester hour course; Room and Board: EUR124 per week. For further information contact Mrs. Carmen Crouse <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

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7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fundraising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. To begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

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8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR — Registrations are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. A special 3 night and meal package is available at a cost of $199 (double occupancy) and low cost airfare is available through COMMIT Ministries Travel. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information by e-mail: <commitatjunodotcom>. </commitatjunodotcom>

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9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — Global Mission Medical Insurance SM is designed for individuals or families not covered by an international group medical plan. Coverage is worldwide for non-US. Citizens and for U.S. Citizens serving outside the USA (excepting furlough periods). GMMI SM includes a (US) $5,000,000 lifetime maximum with a full range of benefits and deductible choices. Also, group medical insurance is available for as few as 2 units through Mission Plus (MP+). To obtain additional information, please send an email message to Adams & Associates International SM at <aaiataaintldotcom>. Adams & Associates International SM is an independent insurance agency specializing in missionary insurance, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

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10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS — Is your organization like ours? We see press releases about how important it is to do emergency response planning… so then we draw something up… but then years pass without its use… and everything gets out of date. If the events of Sept. 11th have taught us anything, they’ve taught us to be prepared for disasters beyond our imagination. No one in the FAA or FBI imagined the evil that could be carried out against the civilized world… until they saw it unfolding on their own office televisions. I guess… it’s time we dusted off those emergency response procedure instruction manuals again, eh? For us in Team Expansion, we’re going back to basics with simple stuff. We’ve had written instructions for all our teams now for 15 years… but few have actually implemented them. We don’t have fingerprint cards… or even data cards completed on every worker yet. But we’re about to re-start with new energy. My hunch is… there are many others feeling the same burden these days. May God grant us all mercy as we cautiously proceed forward.

20011014 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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HOW DO WE REPLACE INFOBEAT? (EMAIL NEWS SOURCES)

Brigada autoresponder Looking for some news source that will replace InfoBeat? Want to get news into your inbox on a daily basis? David sought answers (in a previous Brigada Today) and has stood well on his promise, and thanks to his faithful follow-through, we can now publish his findings. Just send a note to: email-newsatbrigadadotorg  (email-newsatbrigadadotorg)   to get his full report. Unfortunately, according to David, the replacements weren’t tremendous… but he does give some options. Check it out. Thanks David!
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OPPORTUNITIES TO MINISTER TO MUSLIMS

Have the events of Sept. 11th put to an end any hopes of service in the Muslim world? Not on your life. For example, listen to Jeff, from Mission to Unreached Peoples: “Yes – we have numerous teaching opportunities (even invitations!) to serve the Lord in Muslim countries. Some positions have stipends, as well as additional financial help for housing and transportation.” Certainly the world situation compels us to be all the more vigilant in caring for the personal safety of our family and friends. But does that mean doors are closing. Quite the contrary. Listen again to Jeff, describing at the very least, mission opportunities that he’s trying to fill: “All you need to be an effective tool for the Lord is to have a heart for missions, a degree of any kind, and be a native English speaker. You will be blessed and you will be a blessing. The Lord can use you!” For more information, contact Jeff mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)   in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or check out http://www.mup.org.
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IS ISLAM THE FASTEST-GROWING RELIGION?

Read about this and other insights in a special edition of the Reveille Shofar at http://www.oprev.org/shofar.htm

Other features include:

  • Radical Islam Collides with the American Way
  • News from the Front Lines of Colliding Spiritual Systems
  • Understanding Human Rights under Muslim Law

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DOWNLOAD SOURCES FOR TRACTS ABOUT HANDLING THE TRAJEDY

Brigada autoresponder Are you receiving requests for help on dealing with the events surrounding the tragedies of Sept. 11th? If so, call in our list of sources for tracts and other helpful booklets. Just send a message to: 9-11-tractsatbrigadadotorg  (9-11-tractsatbrigadadotorg)   This is a free service. You’ll receive a 9K file with some great possibilities. Thanks to the anonymous Brigada Today participant who assembled this file for the good of our whole Brigada family.
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HOW CAN YOU HELP THE POOR?

graduation cap Have you made a heart commitment to help the poor in the U.S. or internationally, but don’t know what to do next? Consider joining the Christian Economic Development Institute, May 20-31, 2002, at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA USA. The Christian Economic Development Institute is designed to equip you to implement successful programs in your church or community which truly empower the poor. This Institute is for any Christian who wants to minister effectively to the poor in the U.S. or internationally: missionaries, church leaders and lay-people, Christian relief and development workers, college students or recent graduates. Visit their website at http://www.chalmers.org or call 706-419-1805, or e-mail chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)   for more information or to register. Space is limited, please apply early!
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SCANDINAVIAN CONFERENCE

calendar Norway’s Gospelsearch have arranged a one-day web evangelism conference in Oslo on 23 November. (Conference language is Norwegian.) More details: http://www.gospelsearch.no/2001
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JOHN’S GOSPEL

Bible It’s now ready in EasyEnglish level A (1200 word lexicon) through Advanced Checking by Wycliffe Associates from: http://www.easyenglishworld.com
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WEB-EVANGELISMO

letter and ligntening bolt Check out this new email newsletter in Portuguese about all aspects of online evangelism. To subscribe, visit http://www.webevangelismo.com.br
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THE WEB EVANGELISM GUIDE

Brigada Logo This Guide is now available in Finnish, French, German and Japanese as well as English. Follow the links at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html
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INTERNATIONAL TRAINING NETWORK

graduation cap ITN is offering readers of BRIGADA TODAY a 22% discount on their five week TESOL/TEFL training courses thru’ January/February/March 2002. This is a first come first serve offer and is motivated by their passion for mission through teaching English. This leads to an Internationally recognised qualification and the courses will be held in Bournemouth UK. There is a maximum of 15 on each course. Accommodation can be arranged with Christian families at a very reasonable rate. Apply a.s.a.p. at http://www.internationaltraining.net or email offeratinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk  (offeratinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk)  .
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20011007 Brigada Today

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GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

book Short-term mission trips are just that–short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants’ hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Reasonably priced at $8.00, Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you’ve been looking for. For more information look at http://www.wycliffe.org/short-term/guidebook/home.htm or call Kyle at 407-852-3660, or email kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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FREE CARTOONS AND PICTURES

comic bear Now you can receive regular free cartoons and pictures, ideal for overheads, teaching, sermons and evangelism. For more information, contact Peter at the following email address or sign up for Pictures With A Message list (click petermillatlineonedotnet  (petermillatlineonedotnet)   type SUBSCRIBE in the subject bar and send). All free cartoons and pictures are black and white line art, and are sent as small email attachments to reduce download time. The organizer tries to send out one cartoon or picture per week. Click to http://picturemaker.safeshopper.com for archives.
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GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

graduation cap Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. You can further your education, earn an MA, gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk — all without leaving Europe. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7- 18, 2002. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail jmitchellatpioneersdotcom  (jmitchellatpioneersdotcom)  . There is limited space available, so early application is encouraged. If possible, apply by November 1.
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UPDATE ON HUMANITARIAN WORKERS IN AFGHANISTAN

Several have asked about the Shelter Now folks in Afghanistan. Apparently, their lawyer visited Kabul yesterday, but was not able to see the judge, or even speak with him. A man with the protocol department reportedly told the lawyer that everyone in the court was busy, and now not concerned with the case. In addition, these 8 friends have also been moved to a different location, described more “like a dungeon”. If you haven’t already prayed for these folks, now would be a good time.
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WANT MORE INFO ON MILITARY COMPARISONS?

If your interest was whetted by the piece on using military terminology “LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS“, you can read the whole report at: http://globalmission.org/canada/ (Thanks Geoff!)
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SPECIAL PREPUBLICATION OFFER FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS

book Eddie and Alice Smith have written a new 206 page, 12-lesson, interactive book for individual or group study entitled: “Drawing Closer To God’s Heart”. This practical, non-religious guide to understanding prayer can be used by anyone regardless of where they are on their journey of faith. The release date is October 15th. Brigada subscribers save $3 by placing your order before November 15th. For information or to order, visit: http://usprayercenter.org/DCSpecial.html or call 713-466-4009.
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TESOL COURSE

graduation cap YWAM, Lebanon is offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information call 717-274-90910 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ISSUE ON TENTMAKING

The latest issue of World Christian addresses tentmaking and its role in the missions spectrum is now available. Dave English from Global Opportunities describes how the Apostle Paul’s strategy is essential for missions in the 21st century. Teri McCarthy from International Institute for Christian Studies issues a call for academic tentmakers and shares her experience as a teacher in Russia. Brigada members can subscribe for $12US ($19.95 to international addresses) by emailing winpress7ataoldotcom  (winpress7ataoldotcom)   with their address to be billed or pay by credit card by calling 888-524-5070 or 708-524-5070.
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MISSION TO MUSLIMS IN MOSQUE DESPITE CURRENT CRISIS

How do they do that? The answer is ‘Through Meetings for Better Understanding.’ (MBU) And it works! The pioneer of the method, a Egyptian Christian, says that several Muslims have become Christians through those gatherings. They can take place alternatively in a mosque, church, or a small group. A day after the bombs started falling on Afghanistan a previously planned MBU on the subject of war took place peacefully in a mosque in the UK. A Muslim and a Christian leader spoke for 30 minutes each on what their books say regarding the subject. This was followed by 30 minutes question time. MBU’s are not debates where each others faiths are publicly attacked. Neither are they dialogues with the goal to compromise the message. Each side simply presents its view on theological and social topics. Of course, the Christians have a tremendous advantage because the word of God is sharper than a two edged sword…(Heb. 4:12) In the time of fellowship that follows relationships are built and so the witness goes on and on. For more information and practical help on how to set up those meetings in your area contact administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk  (administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk)  . Their web site, http://www.biblicalchristianity.freeserve.co.uk offers helpful articles on explaining the Gospel to Muslims and those of other faiths.

20010930 Brigada Today

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MISSIONARY CRISIS MANAGEMENT MATERIALS

This is a horrific, but appropriate time to remind mission leaders and missionaries that if you don’t manage the crisis, it will manage you. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. Many missionaries and missions have contributed to a fairly large amount of crisis management information that is available free for missionaries to use to develop their own crisis plans. Information is available that relates to kidnapping, car bombs, record keeping, evacuation, Rapid Kidnap, home security, a generic security manual and more. Contact Rich – rcwagneratcompuservedotcom  (rcwagneratcompuservedotcom)   or rcwagneratenlacedotnet  (rcwagneratenlacedotnet)  . He’ll verify that you are who you say you are, then send you some free crisis consulting materials. Now… I’ve told him he might get… literally… hundreds of requests… but hey… the guy has survived car bombs, kidnapping, and tons more. So what’s a flooded email inbox among friends! :-) He says he’ll do it for the Brigada family! Yahooo!Yahoo :-)
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OXFORD MA IN COMMUNICATION PRACTICE

graduation cap The MA in Communication offered by the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies has recently been revalidated and OCMS are now accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice. Printed copies of the course brochure are available on request from the course manager, Geoff Morgan gmorganatocmsdotacdotuk  (gmorganatocmsdotacdotuk)   The brochure may also be downloaded from the ICTI web site http://www.icmc.org/icti/ma.pdf or the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies website.
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STRESS MANAGEMENT

book “Big Book” Stress Management is a new book by chr. author and counselor, Eva-Maria Woodruff. Originally written as a doctoral thesis, it is now available in book form. It seeks to warn “Family Members” about the deceptive and dangerous pseudo-scientific practices used in counseling, medicine (especially cancer treatment and pain management), business and education. It then offers sound “Big Book” alternatives compatible with true scientific findings. You may order it from any bookstore that has an account with Spring Arbor distributors or e-mail the author at evamwoodataoldotcom  (evamwoodataoldotcom)  . To open a new account with Spring Arbor (in case your area has no bookstore) you may call 800-937-0152. They require no minimum purchase.
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OPERATION WORLD CD CORRECTION

lighting the way In the 2001/08/31 BRIGADA TODAY we said: “Patrick and the GMI folks have given you permission in advance to utilize these resources in your newsletter or website”. Those who followed our advice to “read the details on the CD” will have noticed that except for brief quotations, the permissions granted in advance are only for printed materials. Sorry about that!!!
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IMPROVED OPERATION WORLD WEB LINKS

WebWatch Michael Jaffarian, who researched most of the web links for the Operation World Book and CD- ROM, has provided his full research database (including star ratings and abstracts not included in the book or CD-ROM) for inclusion on the Operation World web site. These expanded listings may be reached from: http://operationworld.org/updates/website.html

or using the “For updated links, see . . .” links at the bottom of the Internet Links pages on the OW CD-ROM. From any country web site update page, click “Web Sites” on the Table of Contents to see the World and subject-related sites.

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OPERATION WORLD WANTS YOU!

WebWatch The new web site update pages have a form where you can suggest new web sites. Afghanistan, for example, has only one entry currently. Please add your favorite web sites for countries, regions, or topics of interest to you.
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WANNA’ HELP WITH AN INTERNET SECURITY SURVEY?

Here’s the chance you’ve been dreaming about! :-) Mike, an “Aussie”, is doing a survey from “down under”, and he’d love to get your input. Here are the questions:

  • What is your role in missions?
  • How important for you is internet security in missions?
  • What security measures do you take in getting information to your counterparts around the world?
  • What ways do you protect the sending and receiving of information?
  • How do you handle emails with those in secure countries/regions?
  • What and/or is your biggest security threat?
  • In what ways has your security been breached in the past?
  • How did you deal with that breech?
  • How is publicity of your organization done using the Internet? i.e. in regard to websites or other.
  • Are you concerned with the names of domains and/or email addresses associated with your organization?
  • Any other comments you have about internet security and missions.

If we participate, he’ll report about the outcome of the survey here on Brigada! Just email your response to: mikeallatworldviewdotedudotau  (mikeallatworldviewdotedudotau)   To qualify, make sure you email the response within 7 days of receiving this Brigada Today! Thanks!

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MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CIT in N. Carolina (Oct. 29-Nov. 2, also end of April 2002). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See http://www.citi.org or write NeeleyPLatnetscapedotnet  (NeeleyPLatnetscapedotnet)   for information.
noteSorry the notice is short… but we’re hoping that if you can’t make the 10/29 class, maybe you can shoot for the April version!
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“COUNTRY NETWORK” MISSION DOMAINS

A Christian initiative to assist in promoting mission advocacy networking worldwide, is offering “network domains” for almost every country in the world. For example “TheAfganistanNetwork.com” or “ThePakistanNetwork.com” For inquiries on country availability and price email jacksonatdoctordotcom  (jacksonatdoctordotcom)  .
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