20041031 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  2. GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL COULD BE USED AGAINST YOU
  3. DESPERATELY SEEKING HELP SETTING UP AGENCIES
  4. ANOTHER ANTI-VIRUS OPTION, BUT THIS ONE’S FREE
  5. BALKANS CONSULTATION COMING UP
  6. SKYPE IS GREAT
  7. FREE ESL EVANGELISM MANUAL FOR IMMIGRANTS
  8. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  9. GREAT DEAL ON THE 3COM TRAVEL ROUTER
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP! — Thanks to the anonymous participant who gave $25 this past week! You can join in to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary by logging on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL COULD BE USED AGAINST YOU — We’ve bragged here about the free Google desktop search tool… but remember it could also be used against you. You can uncheck “web history” (in preferences) from the searching process, and that should help a bit. Also, if you’re privacy-minded, you probably will *not* want to check the box that sends in reports to the Google programmers, regardless of *what* they promise now. :-) They could always sell the company later and change the privacy policy. :-) Finally, remember that if you keep a Word file filled with user names and passwords, use Word’s security feature to password protect *that* file too. (Go to “Tools|Options|Security” and assign a “Password to open” the file. Then open the Google desktop search tool and intentionally search for some of your known user names [but not passwords, since searches might be recalled in a drop-down box :-) ]. Protect them until they don’t show up any longer.) Bottom line: just be aware of its risks. (Thanks to those who wrote in to ask us to be cautious about this security risk.)

  3. DESPERATELY SEEKING HELP SETTING UP AGENCIES — Does anyone know of a specific conference for newly formed/forming missions agencies? Dan in Spain would like to know. Topics of interest would be organizational structure and strategy, focus, nuts and bolts issues, etc. If something like this hasn’t been offered, Dan’s asking someone to tackle it and let him know. (Dan, if you hear of anything from this item, please send us a follow-up report.) Write Dan at danieljohnson(at)iibet(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. ANOTHER ANTI-VIRUS OPTION, BUT THIS ONE’S FREE — Here’s another anti-virus software program that, according to one Brigada participant, is worth it weight in gold. The product is AVG and it’s available from http://www.grisoft.com They have a free version as well as an advanced version. The free version can be downloaded from the above web site. Free updates are available regularly. (Thanks to the Brigada participant who sent in this tip, whose name is, by some strange and ironic twist in cosmic fate, Norton. :-) Sorry… just ironic.)

  5. BALKANS CONSULTATION COMING UP — Catch a Balkans Consultation, hosted by Bethany Community Church in Tempe, Arizona on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5, 2005. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Peter Kuzmic, Director of the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Osijek, Croatia. Through workshops and panel discussions, you’ll catch strategies and practices designed to lead you in establishing church planting movements throughout the Balkans. Questions? Write Bill wtoannon(at)bethanycc(dot)com (Thanks Tim!)

  6. SKYPE IS GREAT — One thing we failed to mention in last week’s item on Skype is that its calls are encrypted end-to-end, which is superb for those who live in security-conscious areas. It essentially enables communication without worries about who might be listening in — better than the telephone! So far, we’re hearing 100% positive feedback, especially if you have broadband.

    Another option is Secure Shuttle Encrypted Messenger, with a smaller installation file than Skype, but no possibility of connecting to ordinary phone networks. SST enables chat, voice chat, file sharing and e-mail, all encrypted, and all free. See: http://www.secureshuttle.com/ (Thanks Neil!)


  7. FREE ESL EVANGELISM MANUAL FOR IMMIGRANTS – This ESL tool was developed by Boone, an Indonesian immigrant, and Roy, a retired missionary. With it, they train congregations to provide a needed service to immigrants, that wins some to faith. Visit their site at http://www.comtrain.org The manual can be downloaded free from http://tinyurl.com/46uc6 Or write to Boone at Rbsumantriataoldotcom

  8. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 10 March 2005. Read more at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost information at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg

  9. GREAT DEAL ON THE 3COM TRAVEL ROUTER — We failed to mention, last week, that the 3COM travel router is available at http://tinyurl.com/3uqfg (a Provantage site) for $67.92. Thanks for sharing this deal, Tony!

20041024 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  4. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  5. SYNERGY NEWSLETTER
  6. ALERT YOUR CHURCH: WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE IN CALIFORNIA
  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  8. CATCH THE ZWEMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIMS
  9. LIES OF THE ENEMY: THE HERERO PEOPLE of NAMIBIA
  10. HIGH IMPACT WORKSHOP OUT OF AFRICA
  11. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  12. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  13. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
  14. MISSIONARY TECH TEAM WORKS
  15. NOT ALL MISSIONARIES USE A MACHETE
  16. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY TO CUBA
  17. GOOGLE NOT THE ONLY OPTION
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Hats off to the anonymous donors that are helping making Brigada happen… $30 from 1 backer and $15 from another. In addition, we received the Sept. sponsorship from Dial- Abroad for $175! Learn more about their services by logging on at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm Thank you for being a part of the Brigada family! You can join in to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary by logging on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California (ASI) is seeking volunteers in different parts of the country to help promote the Talking Bible Sunday Movement. ASI has a packet of useful information and other helps to enable volunteers who wish to share in churches in their area. The goal of the Talking Bible Sunday movement is that there be an annual Talking Bible Sunday in thousands of churches. Currently there are printed, translated New Testaments in over 1300 languages. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in partnership with World Mission in Michigan are committed to make these available as Talking Bibles for the millions of people in oral cultures who do not read. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)Org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  3. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses or live event training. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US, is offering distance learning courses beginning in January, 2005. For more information, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org

  4. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. January 17 to February 11, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org . E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. SYNERGY NEWSLETTER — This communiqué is a brand-new, missions mobilization ezine published on the Internet by DualReach. It features stories and ideas from churches who are successfully involving their people, particularly younger generations, in cross-cultural ministry. “Synergy Newsletter” also introduces readers to the resources of the expanding DualReach electronic resource centre, including ready-to-use tools that DualReach develops, and examples of best practice they collect from a wide array of dynamic missions churches. Upcoming topics will include helps for developing a great missions page on your church website, guidelines for adopting a strategic focus for greater global impact, and tips for effective budgeting and financial stewardship. Subscribe by visiting the DualReach website http://www.dualreach.org or writing bruce(at)dualreach(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  6. ALERT YOUR CHURCH: WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE IN CALIFORNIA — Wycliffe Bible Translators has a new, unique way to inspire and challenge churches for reaching the nations with God’s Word. They are coming to churches throughout California this Spring (February through May) with a professional live drama and cultural meal that portrays a story of Bible translation in the Philippines. They bring a team of twelve actors, stage crew and kitchen crew along with the stage, lights, sound, tables, dishes, philippino decor and even a portable kitchen to prepare the meal. They need a gymnasium-sized room for the performance. If you would like to work on scheduling an event in your church, give Brenda a call at (800) 269-2007, or e-mail her at brenda_long(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12-week course from January 10 to April 1, 2005. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms on website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  8. CATCH THE ZWEMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIMS –In 2005 students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified educators, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. Make plans now to come to Zwemer at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. for intensive training (credit/audit) in Muslim studies. Visit http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies or http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies for full-course descriptions. Or contact Vanessa VMagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or call 1-800-777-2227, x3327. Scholarship help is available but apply early. Winter Studies 2005 January 10-14 Church Planting Among Resistant Peoples (Zwemer faculty) January 17-21 Issues in Islam (Dr. Nabeel Jabbour) Summer Studies 2005 July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (Dr. Steve Johnson) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29) Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

  9. LIES OF THE ENEMY: THE HERERO PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — Under the cool shade of a tree the Gospel was presented to a small group of Hereros. After the presentation of the Gospel, one man said, “What you are telling me makes sense. Everyone keeps telling us that we must do this or that to go to heaven. And once we get to heaven, we might not stay there.” “You’re the first person to tell us what the Bible says and to let us see it for ourselves,” he added. He told them that Jehovah’s Witnesses where just there, but now they know the truth. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. HIGH IMPACT WORKSHOP OUT OF AFRICA — From research for a Masters in Missiology a workshop entitled We-are-the-Plan was recently developed in South Africa. The workshop introduces those characteristics which accelerate the missional impact of local Churches and emphasizes that the congregation that is different makes a difference. The presentation materials, methods and techniques which are used make this interactive workshop an exciting experience with awesome results. Launched globally in 2005. Interested local churches can contact the researcher directly at prochristo(at)kimnet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  11. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. The lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS –- Sign up now for the “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” (SYIS) workshop to be held February 28 to March 4, 2005 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C. This workshop, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. ACTS Intercultural Ministry Centre and Gateway M T C have offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact Bev SYIS(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or check the web site http://www.gatewaytraining.org

  13. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Are you interested in learning to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables which can be used as an effective “Helps Ministry” or for many other purposes? If so, you will want to attend a practical course entitled, “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7-11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. It will also give an expanded overview of how it can be practically used to integrate all types of agricultural systems, bringing them into a natural balance and turning waste products into an asset. Each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small- scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. Note early discounts.

  14. MISSIONARY TECH TEAM WORKS — Here’s some user feedback on the Missionary Tech Team approach to getting a vehicle: ” We are … on furlough in the US for 8 months. We had to hit the ground running and didn’t want to mess with fixing up a donor car. So we rented a minivan from the folks at Tech Team. It’s $170/month plus $0.10/mile. Tech Team takes care of any repairs. In July the transmission of our Dodge Caravan went out. We stopped at a transmission shop, called Tech Team, and they gave their credit card info to the shop manager. The next day we were back on the road with a next transmission! We love Tech Team.” For more info., see tech’s website: http://www.missionarytechteam.org

  15. NOT ALL MISSIONARIES USE A MACHETE — Youth With A Mission in the Andean city of Merida, Venezuela are running a Discipleship Training School with a difference, that should attract young musos with a heart for missions. It is a 6 month, bi-lingual (Sp./Eng.) Musicians’ DTS. The school is designed to bring musicians, vocalists and sound engineers together to learn more of God’s ways and character as well as personal musicianship, then outreach to Central America and the Caribbean in groups, or bands. For more info., email Blake and Carmen at ladif(at)compuserve(dot)com.

  16. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY TO CUBA — Interested in ministry to Cuba? Check out: http://www.misionmundial.org or contact ericp(at)misionmundial(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  17. GOOGLE NOT THE ONLY OPTION — Thanks to Allan who wrote, “Google may be the most popular search engine, but it’s not unique with its new desktop search tool. There are others, maybe just as good, or better. For some other options like Copernic and Lookout. Check out the possibilities reviewed here on Ziff Davis Net: http://tinyurl.com/5baqm (this “tinyURL” will keep the address from “wrapping”) Most of them are free, just like the google one. Unfortunately they generally work only with Internet Explorer, which is limiting for people who use the excellent (and free) Firefox or other browsers.” Thanks for the new info., Allan. Also, we should remind readers, when installing Google, you need not check the box to send information to Google for marketing purposes! In fact, we’d discourage it. Good luck and happy searching!

20041017 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAISE FOR PARTNERS
  2. REACH THE WORLD THROUGH THE MEDIA
  3. LOTS OF GREAT STORIES BY HARVEY
  4. MISSIONARY FAMILIES: SEND YOUR KIDS TO THE MKPLANET
  5. IN THE MARKET FOR A CAMCORDER THAT PUBLISHES DIRECTLY TO DVD?
  6. GOT IDEAS FOR YEAR-END CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DONORS?
  7. HEARING GOOD NEWS ABOUT SKYPE
  8. PASTORAL CARE FOR MISSIONARIES
  9. PROVIDE CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS
  10. LONGING TO ENJOY WIRELESS AS YOU TRAVEL?
  11. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAISE FOR PARTNERS — They’re at it again. This past week, we received great help in the form of $50 from an anonymous worker in Thailand, $25 from Harvey Hoekstra (see book item below), $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church (with personal note of encouragement from their Director of Global Outreach), $50 from an anonymous friend in Iowa, and $50 from Julie and the folks at New Link Media (see item below). We’re extremely grateful that these partners brought us closer to covering the costs of our Brigada-sponsored Secretary, but we still have a ways to go. If you’d like to join this lone Alaskan, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. REACH THE WORLD THROUGH THE MEDIA — New Link Media is a full service professional media production company specializing in cross- cultural communication. They create videos, web sites and DVDs and have produced projects in more than thirty countries for mission agencies, churches, and humanitarian aid organizations. From media consulting, script writing, video shooting and editing as well as graphic design, web programming and DVD authoring they will work with you to create a powerful media message. New Link Media combines a wide range of experience with a heart for God and a desire to reach the world for Christ. Check out their web site http://www.newlinkmedia.com to learn more or e-mail andyatnewlinkmediadotcom. (Thanks to New Link for their “thank-you” gift of a $50 check!)

  3. LOTS OF GREAT STORIES BY HARVEY — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra who gave a $25 sponsorship to celebrate his new book, “Knotted Strings” to Talking Bibles, available for $19.95 by writing 710 W. 13th Ave., Escondido CA 92025 or calling 760-233-0674. Published by William Carey Library, this captivating personal account of the Hoekstras years in Africa and beyond is also available in Christian Bookstores. Thanks Harvey!

  4. MISSIONARY FAMILIES: SEND YOUR KIDS TO THE MKPLANET — mkPLANET is a growing community designed and run by current missionary kids (MKs) and adult missionary kids (AMKs) as an active community providing information, interaction, and support. It welcomes friends, family, service providers, and others as well. Check it out at: http://www.mkplanet.com/

  5. IN THE MARKET FOR A CAMCORDER THAT PUBLISHES DIRECTLY TO DVD? — Try the Sony DCR-DVD301 DVD Handycam, which records directly to 3-inch DVD- R/-RW discs, which play in most current home and PC DVD players. It has a huge 3.5-inch screen, reportedly quite bright in broad daylight. It sells on the street for about $700 or $800. However, if you plan on editing the video you’re capture, think again before buying this or any other camcorder that captures directly to DVD. For a full review, along with the rationale behind continuing to use DV tapes, see: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1681879,00.asp

  6. GOT IDEAS FOR YEAR-END CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DONORS? — Larry’s willing to collect them, then compile the list and report back to us here at Brigada. Send him your best Christmas gift ideas for donors, along with the price, how to obtain it and if you have used it before, to Champoux7(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. HEARING GOOD NEWS ABOUT SKYPE — We keep hearing good news about Skype.com. This past week, it came unsolicited from Andrew: “I’ve started using a program/website which offers completely free local and/or international calls. If both parties have a computer with internet and a microphone (no other equipment necessary), you can make all the calls you want for free anywhere in the world. If the other person has no internet, then you can make calls to regular phones at greatly discounted prices.” The service is available at: http://www.skype.com Give it a whirl and let us know your experience.

  8. PASTORAL CARE FOR MISSIONARIES — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for several people to join its member care team in ministering to missionaries serving in Eastern Europe and Asia. For more information, check out http://www.mup.org, email Jeff JeffKatgatiwadotcom, or call (888) 847-6950 or (206) 781-3151.

  9. PROVIDE CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS — You can help equip kids to respond to God’s calling on their lives. Join Frontiers MK Advocate Team in Mesa, Arizona. Coordinate children’s and youth programs for pre-field training and re-entry. If you’re interested, contact Jeff at jeff(dot)sloan(at)gracetogo(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. LONGING TO ENJOY WIRELESS AS YOU TRAVEL? — Maybe you *can* take it with you. One option is the 3COM OfficeConnect Wireless 54MPBS 11G Travel Router. (see it at http://www.3com.com for $89.99 list). It’s about like carrying an extra pack of cards. Or go big with the Linksys WRT54G with dual true diversity antenna and a Wireless G Range Expander. I used the latter two items while camping at a college in Missouri last week. After teaching a missions class all day long, it was great to enjoy wireless Internet in my camper at night. Without the router and the range extender, the signal kept dropping out. Fortunately, I was prepared this time.

  11. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY — If you get a moment, please lift up our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Her uncle died Tuesday, and on Wednesday, her father went into the hospital to ultimately receive a pacemaker. On Thursday her uncle was buried. Another uncle is likely to pass away any day and her son has just been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Not a good week, to say the least. Please lift her up with prayers for encouragement and wisdom.

20041010 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DEEPEST GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. BEAT HIGH PHONE RATES
  3. WHOA — GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL IS A GREAT “FIND”
  4. IF YOU MINISTER TO CHINESE, YOU’LL WANT THIS VIDEO
  5. PROMOTING PRAYER? GRAB THIS $10 DVD
  6. FOLLOW-UP ON INSTALLING WINDOWS SERVICE-PACK 2
  7. HIGH RECEPTIVITY: THE NAMA/DAMARA of NAMIBIA
  8. FREE MISSIONS BIBLE STUDIES
  9. FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
  10. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATED
  11. DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE UNREACHED? TRY THESE SITES
  12. NEED A DATA PROJECTOR? ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR SHORT LIST
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DEEPEST GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous Alaskan who pitched in $25 this past week! We’re greatly appreciative of your willingness to partner with us to cover the costs of our Brigada-sponsored Secretary. If you’d like to join this lone Alaskan, just click “sponsor” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. BEAT HIGH PHONE RATES — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html . (Disclaimer: Both of these phone service providers tithe back a portion of their proceeds to help underwrite our Brigada-sponsored Secretary.)

  3. WHOA — GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL IS A GREAT “FIND” — I can’t overstate what a great job the folks at Google have done on their new desktop searching tool. (It’s available free by clicking to: http://desktop.google.com/ These are the same folks who bring you the search capability on the web (that has practically become synonymous with finding treasure troves of information). Now they have brought you lightning-fast searching for your own hard drive. I’ve thought for some time that the Windows- provided search tool takes so long . . . it’s almost worthless. Google has changed all that. The earth has shifted. Now I’m *often* using it to find a lost item in my archives. We’re grateful to those great Google programmers (and for Matt in Italy, who first called our attention to the fact that the Google folks had released this tool)!

  4. IF YOU MINISTER TO CHINESE, YOU’LL WANT THIS VIDEO — That’s all there is to it. It’s a fantastic resource which promises incredible effectiveness among Chinese-speaking peoples. We’re kicking off a new work among a Chinese group now in North Africa now and we just ordered a copy to use there. The feedback on this film has been outlandish. It’s a “must-have” for ministry to any Chinese, anywhere, anytime. Get it at Good News Productions in Joplin, MO: http://www.cart32.com/estore/template/thumbnails.php?id=010587&cid=20 (Learn more about Good News at: http://www.gnpi.org

  5. PROMOTING PRAYER? GRAB THIS $10 DVD — We just wrapped up participation at a first-rate missions convention which featured some outstanding, short, pithy videos promoting prayer (about 3′ each). I believe this series of six videos will be on sale throughout the end of November for just $10, after which, the word on the street is — the price will double. Believe me… you’ll want these for either price. Pick one up today at: http://www.cart32.com/estore/template/thumbnails.php?id=010587&cid=7

  6. FOLLOW-UP ON INSTALLING WINDOWS SERVICE-PACK 2 — Thanks to the reader who pointed out that Windows XP users on a dial-up connection should probably not try to download the new Windows XP Service Pack 2. It is huge, and will take many hours to download. Microsoft will send a free CD containing SP2 with no shipping charges anywhere in the world (a gift from Bill Gates!). Just go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/ default.mspx to order the free CD in any language. (Again, thanks to the Brigada participant for the reminder!)

  7. HIGH RECEPTIVITY: THE NAMA/DAMARA of NAMIBIA — In two days a couple of believers traveled to three towns in the Nama/Damara territory. After hearing the Gospel, 11 of the 12 Damara people made professions of faith. Pray that evangelical Christians will hear the Lord’s call to evangelize and disciple the Nama/Damara. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. FREE MISSIONS BIBLE STUDIES — “Missions – An Adventure In Faith” consists of 14 bible studies on missions from both Old and New Testaments using a character study approach (e.g. “Power Encounters” examines incidents from the life of Elijah). It covers many of the concepts in the Short World Missions Course. (Note that it is written from a charismatic renewal theological perspective.) Supplementary material includes missions statistics, a “World Missions Update” PowerPoint and a missions glossary. It comes in PDF format, available for free from: http://aibi.gospelcom.net/ebooks/missions/index.html or send an email to johned(at)aibi(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE — Now you no longer have an excuse. Every Brigada subscriber needs some form of antivirus. If you’ve held off because of the $30/year Norton/Symantec wants, click on over to: http://www.avast.com They have a free antivirus program. Learn more at: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_virus_protectio.html (Thanks to Scott in Taiwan for this tip.)

  10. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATED — The Third Quarter Operation Reveille Shofar for 2004 is now posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm The recent articles address: + Public Prayer in Jesus’ Name + Religious Discrimination in Malaysia + Lessons From the 1994 Holocaust in Rwanda + Media and Short Term Ministry Opportunities in the Mid East Feel free to check it out for yourself.

  11. DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE UNREACHED? TRY THESE SITES — One of the best is: http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org/wcd/ (Thanks to Tim in Memphis for reminding us of this site) and it’s *always* a great idea to go to: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ Dan Scribner and the gang there do an amazing job of telling us about the needs among the “final frontier” of unreached peoples. And don’t forget you can still obtain all the “Bethany Unreached People Profiles” at: http://www.ksafe.com/profiles/home.html These and other resources are also available at the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse site at: http://www.adoptapeople.org/

  12. NEED A DATA PROJECTOR? ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR SHORT LIST — If you’re considering purchasing a data projector in the near future, here’s one I’m watching. The Epson PowerLite 740c lists a bright output equal to 2500 ANSI lumens. (For comparison, the one I’ve been using these last 2 years puts out about 1100 lumens and that’s really been ok for all but the brightest sanctuaries.) This new offering has wireless capabilities 802.11g uploads, and photo-display capability directly from digital cameras or via USB memory or external hard drives. Price-wise, it’s within expected range: $2900. Disclaimer: I can’t think of any. Epson unfortunately doesn’t send us a dime for this recommendation. It’s just a case of one beggar telling another where to find *light*.
  13. Ask a dealer near you about it . . . or search for the best price at google.

20041003 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP?
  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE
  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS
  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS
  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY
  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC!
  8. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING
  9. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS
  10. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS
  11. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE
  12. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP? — If you or your church would consider even a small sponsorship of $30 or more, we’d be *so* much farther along toward our goal of paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary. If you can help, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE — Audiopot is an initiative of HCJB- UK. It’s an on-line library containing over 900 audio items relating to the Christian faith, including award-winning material from the UK’s top Christian radio production groups. All this is available free of charge. Designed to challenge a non-Christian audience, the items are short (rarely longer than 3 minutes), creative and thought provoking. If you can use the audio in a church, a classroom or on the radio you can register for free at http://www.audiopot.org or by writing potstirrerataudiopotdotorg .

  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS — Looking to borrow, rent or buy a vehicle for your church or ministry? Thanks to Ken for recommending: http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Vehicles/index.htm Let us know if you like their services!

  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS — Medeserve is a UK based charity which offers people working overseas with a charity or church access to trained family doctors for advice and reassurance via the internet. When working or living overseas travel medical insurance will cover the cost of treatment or repatriation in the event of an emergency. However, there may be times when you would like advice or reassurance and in remote areas such a doctor may be unavailable or communication is difficult. In certain circumstances it is also possible for the doctors to obtain advice from a network of specialists. For further details about medeserve, our services and to meet the doctors please see http://www.medeserve.org

  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference is the largest Medical Missions Conference in the World held in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church at 920 Blankenbaker Pwy on November 11-13. The HIV/AIDS Preconference is on Thursday, with the Main Sessions and workshops on the 12th and 13th. Joni Eareckson Tada is the Friday evening keynote speaker. Go to http://www.medicalmissions.com for more information or call 502-253- 8000.

  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY — Are you looking for a source where you can learn more about those practicing Pentecostal and/or charismatic approaches to faith? The Pneuma Foundation is dedicated to leading Christians to a greater knowledge of God’s Word and encouraging discussion on the person and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Foundation’s quarterly journal and website provide articles, book reviews, and Bible studies all focusing on the Spirit and his work in the church, in the world, and in believers’ lives. You are invited to visit the web site at http://www.pneumafoundation.org

  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC! — Master’s courses are being taught in the Philippines by Azusa Pacific University. The dates are: May 30-June 10. The cost is 50-75% less than on campus fees. Courses this year are: Designing Learning Experiences, Creative/Collaborative Leadership, Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, Leading Across Cultures. This is one of the best leadership training programs in the world! For more information please contact Melody Kuka. kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph
  8. . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING — Take a look at “Pray for Denmark” website: http://www.prayfordenmark.com See a great example of what you could do for your ministry.

  10. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS –[edited for security on 9th of March, 2011]

  11. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS — It’s coming up fast! On Nov. 4-8, climb on board the Mission Exposure Trip & Field Immersion of Bible Colleges/Seminary Students, mission institutions and mission minded Christians targeting the Buddhist Culture, Bangkok Thailand. This trip includes seminar on: a)The Gospel & Culture b)The Missionary Challenge in Thailand c)Missions Education in the Local Church d) Strategy in Evangelism & Church Planting in Urban Buddhist Context. e) Reflection, Integration, Evaluation. Other Activities: Ministry Links among Filipino Missionaries & Thai Churches then familiarizing Bangkok. Resource Persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano; Dr. Richard Herring, Rev. Vernie Compas, Dr. Daniel Saengwichai, Thai Ministers in Thailand, Filipino Ministers in Thailand. The project is Coordinated & Facilitated: by Vernie Compas, iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE — Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren has been translated into Arabic. For information on how you can purchase the Arabic version for your ministry please contact Phil at the address below. Also, if you want to use or plan to use Purpose Driven Life in English in Africa, the ministry version is available in many Africa countries or through the PD Africa office (not for use in the US or for resale, only for use for ministry or 40 Days of Purpose in Africa). Again contact Phil Walker at: pwalker(at)purposedriven(dot)com .
  13. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  14. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT — Dec. 2-6, take part in a Mission Exposure Trip to Bangkok for Philippine Pastors. This trip includes Seminar with the Thai pastors and Filipino pastors/missionaries in Thailand, partnership, ministry opportunity among churches. Resource persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano, Rev. Vernie Compas, Thai ministers, Filipino Ministers/missionaries in Bangkok. If you have any queries on the above mission trip schedules and itineraries, please call the numbers below or email FILNET at iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND!
  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER
  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE
  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS
  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET)
  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE
  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER!
  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND! — Thanks this past week to Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX, for their sponsorship gift of $75 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Please visit them on the web at http://www.irvingbible.org/ and if you’re at all ever in the Irving area, please stop by their worship services! Hats off also to the husband/wife team working in Andes Mountains training leaders and overseeing a Bible translation (who sent $100), to the anonymous workers in Western Europe ($25), the one from Eastern Europe too ($100), the gracious reader from Brazil ($5), and another dear friend ($100). We are very grateful. Another participant used the “subscribe” feature to send his regular $10 subscription. What a guy! :-) And hats off to Tom, the Director of MATS, who sent $100 with this note, “Brigada always gets us in touch with those we desire to serve the most: missionaries. You are a blessing; thanks for what you allow GOD to do with your life.” Learn more about them at: http://www.mats.org Thanks, too, to the brother in Seattle who wrote, “Thank you and the Brigada team for your work in serving our Lord with your skills and helping us network with others in similar ministries.” ($100) This and the “Toolbox” gift below, brings us to a total of $5,315.02 collected so far in 2004, nearly a third of the way to our secretary’s hopeful annual salary of $16,140. Unfortunately, only 3 months remain to make up the other two-thirds. If you can help, click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER — Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, available to Brigada readers at 15% off during the month of October. And a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks to author John Walton for the $25 gift this past week!)

  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is offering a free Talking Bible to churches observing a Talking Bible Sunday. ASI wants every church in America to have a Talking Bible of its own. Not only will people who are shut in, hospitalized, vision impaired, or unable to read for some other reason use this Bible – but the entire church will be reminded of the millions of people in the world who have never been able to read God’s Word for themselves – people who need Talking Bibles. Call ASI at 1-800-318-7262 and ask for Dori or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and learn how a church can receive its FREE Talking Bible and observe a Talking Bible Sunday.

  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS — “Tell of His Glory Among the Nations” covers many classic Scriptures passages and themes about world missions, and is ideal for those who want to study the biblical basis for world missions and share it with others. Thirteen lessons are well suited for one Sunday School quarter. Great for adults or youth, small groups or individual study. One page per lesson. Easy to photocopy. http://www.mission1.org

  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT — Several organizations that work with Palestinians have put together a Ramadan prayer guide focusing on Palestinians. The daily selection includes stories about real people and places where Palestinians live. Although the emphasis is during Ramadan, the guide includes information about Christians as well as Muslims. This is a world-wide project and the guide is available in pdf format in Afrikans, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. To receive a copy electronically write to: plstnteam(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Specify what language you’d like and that you heard about the project through Brigada.

  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET) — To make an informed decision, check out http://www.broadbandreports.com/gbu and read the recent individual reviews. There are other options out there for VOIP that are on par with Vonage. Lingo, another provider, includes several European countries in its $20 unlimited plan and offers Asia and International plans. You can even choose a phone number from other countries. Its referral program gives each party $25 – (So maybe use this as a fundraiser for your mission work?). 2 months of personal experience says that despite mixed reviews Lingo works great! (By the way, if you mention Mike’s name and email address [mikeyatmbmsinternationaldotorg], he’ll send the $25 to Brigada if you tell him you heard about it here. He’ll encourage the other party to send a portion too. Thanks Mike!)

  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE — If you ever find yourself in the position of having to transfer a large file to someone else… maybe larger than you can or should send by email… try http://s2.yousendit.com/ This free service acts as a go-between file-server. Looks like their long-term business plan is to depend on ads, but their privacy policy promises not to spam you. If you’re afraid you’ll be targeted, secure a temporary address for you or your recipient. (Thanks to John for the tip!)

  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — An international focus day on web outreach is scheduled for April 2005. The purpose is to equip churches, missions and other Christian groups to use the Web for effective evangelism. There are many ways that you can help this exciting vision to fruition: http://ied.gospelcom.net/helping.php

  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER! — If you haven’t updated your installation of Windows lately (since Sept. 21, 2004), better head on over. Just click to: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Be sure you install all critical updates. There’s a new threat possible within JPG (picture) files. This is one of the most common files on the web, as well as with digital cameras. If you’d like to read more about the threat, see: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-028.mspx Note that no virus has yet been detected “in the wild.” This is only a threat. But now that the threat is verified, viruses are likely to follow. (Thanks for the tip, Jon! Good catch!)

  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS — Here’s a Brigada reader that has offered to supply gift vouchers with Safari Chalets which you can send to any of your friends/family/prayer partners/financial supporters as a year-end thank you gift. It is reportedly a seven-day-free-accommodation-for-two gift voucher, worth up to $900 US, at any one of Safari Chalet’s Private Game Reserves in South Africa, available during October 2004 to December 2005. It is recommended to book your week for 2005 by December 2004, to make sure you get the week of your choice. Your complimentary gift voucher number is BRIGADATODAY. You will need it when you collect the gift by simply completing the on-line Safari Survey at http://www.safarichalets.com/Survey or email Jacques with the voucher number at info(at)safarichalets(dot)nl [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Detail of the Kololo and Moholoholo Game Reserves and the when, what, where, meal and travel costs, will follow immediately after you completed the survey. (Please keep in mind that we have not personally had the opportunity to experience this opportunity, so as is the case in every new situation, we’ll appreciate hearing back from those who try it!)

20040919 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE BOOST!
  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS
  3. MAKE INT’L CALLS? BET THESE GUYS BEAT YOUR CURRENT CARRIRER
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. QUALITY TRAINING FOR MID-TERM MISSIONARIES
  6. FIELD MISSIONARY COLLEGE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS?
  7. MORE IDEAS ON RESPONDING TO POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS
  8. TRAINING IN CYBERMISSIONS
  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN PRATTVILLE ALABAMA
  10. PRAYFORDENMARK.COM WEB SITE LAUNCHED
  11. WANT “IN” ON THE GOOGLE “GMAIL” BETA TEST?
  12. ENGLISH SPEAKERS/ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  13. TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM!
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE BOOST! — Thanks to the tribal missionary in Thailand who wrote, this past week, “You are a blessing to us. Thanks for your vision and for sticking with it.” They enclosed $100 with their note of encouragement, to help us underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary. Dial-Abroad sent money from August phone users: $156 more toward our secretary! This brings us to a total of $4,675.02 collected so far in 2004. Whoa we’ve got a ways to go: The Brigada secretary is being paid $16,140 for the year’s work. Can anyone else out there help us make this happen in the last 3 months of the year? If so, just log on to: “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS -– One of our sponsors, TealBrook Supplies, offers a portable water purification system that is excellent for relief situations, operating on gravity and making the water microbiologically safe. Following Hurricane Mitch these were used extensively to bring safe drinking water to the victims, often via the local church creating a direct connection of the church to the hurting. If you’re involved in relief efforts contact TealBrook by visiting their website at http://www.tealbrook.com or emailing them at info(at)tealbrook(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MAKE INT’L CALLS? BET THESE GUYS BEAT YOUR CURRENT CARRIRER — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html [Truth in partnership: These two services support our Brigada-sponsored secretary.]

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS Ministry has been: providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. They try to provide cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. QUALITY TRAINING FOR MID-TERM MISSIONARIES — Mid-term missions is a fast growing segment of the missions endeavor and includes those serving cross-culturally for three months to three years. They need more training than the two-week short-termer, but not as much the career missionary. DELTA Ministries International has developed an intensive, four-day training specifically for the mid-term missionary. The next training will be held in New York City, October 14-17, 2004. You can receive further information by writing to info(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or calling 503-669-8048, or see the web at http://www.deltaministries.com/midterm_training.htm

  6. FIELD MISSIONARY COLLEGE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS? — Is anyone aware of university graduate education (distance) grants/scholarships/major discounts/free tuition/etc. for field missionaries? Catalin (popa(at)euro316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] ) would like to know. Send options to Catalin and he’ll report back to us in a couple of weeks so that everyone can see the list. Thanks Catalin!

  7. MORE IDEAS ON RESPONDING TO POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — No matter *what* kind of browser you use, in Windows, you should be able to right-click then hit “close” on the browser’s tab in your status bar. (Thanks Mark!) But Mary gets the award for the *easiest* method of forcing a window closed: ctrl-W! How’d I miss that before? Thanks Mary!

    Two different Peters plus a Scott wrote with a different approach. They all suggested changing to Mozilla web browser, http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ Scott went on to point out that The Office of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) recently recommended switching from IE to Firefox because of its enhanced security features. Read their recommendations at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6746-2004Jun25.html

    Christopher recommended the Enigma browser http://www.suttondesigns.com/ He said it works with Internet Explorer, but gives multiple tabs, instead of multiple IE windows. It has a built in pop-up filter, inline ad filter, and site filter (on user’s request) and, according to Christopher, it really makes Internet browsing much easier.

    By all means, if you’re in the Windows environment, we assume you’re already running Google’s toolbar (which includes the pop-up blocker) or the new pop-up blocker in Windows Service Pack 2.


  8. TRAINING IN CYBERMISSIONS — http://www.cybermissions.org/training/ A 12-week online course in Cybermissions and Internet Evangelism, covers theology and strategy of Internet ministry, online communication, online community, suitable unreached people groups for Internet outreach, online demographics, reaching post-moderns online, reaching major world religions online, developing bridge sites, and much more. The course starts September 20th but you can enroll until the 30th. Just go to the website above to enroll. The cost is $35 donation for Western students, free for students from developing nations. Run by John Edmiston from the Asian Internet Bible Institute and Tony Whittaker of the Web Evangelism Guide. Email: johned(at)aibi(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN PRATTVILLE ALABAMA — Global Opportunities is offering a FREE half-day seminar (9 am to 1 pm) Saturday, Oct 2, at East Memorial Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama. The church is located at 435 Sheila Boulevard, Prattville, Alabama 36066. See their website for directions: http://www.eastmemorial.org This Seminar will help you understand how you can reach the world as a non-traditional missionary, using your vocation to reach the nations! For further information on this FREE seminar and to REGISTER go to: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar For additional information, please contact Charles at: charles(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PRAYFORDENMARK.COM WEB SITE LAUNCHED — A new Web site, called Pray for Denmark… http://www.prayfordenmark.com has recently been launched to promote prayer by North Americans of Danish descent for the revival of the Christian church in their Danish homeland. The creators hope it will spark similar sites for other countries/homelands.

  11. WANT “IN” ON THE GOOGLE “GMAIL” BETA TEST? — Another Brigada reader has offered his help. Just write frank.e.martin(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. ENGLISH SPEAKERS/ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — They’re needed in Kazakhstan for Fall 2004, Spring 2005, or Summer 2005. If you are a native English speaker and can teach conversational English, please check the website at http://tinyurl.com/kz1v or http://tinyurl.com/469s5 This is a great opportunity to serve with local Kazakhstani teachers and build new friends. You may email Kurt at caopscenter(at)pactec(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  13. TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM! — The GLOBAL Opportunities “Light to the Nations” course still has space available. Enjoy four and a half days of focused teaching on all things tentmaking, stories from experienced tentmakers and time just spent connecting with others of like mind – all in a wonderful setting at the US Center for World Missions in Pasadena California. October 13-17, 2004. To register, click to: http://www.globalopps.org/ltn

20040912 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  2. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS
  3. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004
  4. CLASP TORONTO
  5. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO
  6. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS
  7. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET
  8. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  9. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES
  10. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE
  11. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE
  12. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP! — Whoa… We continue to be humbled by those who choose to help us. At the same time, we’d really love to challenge new subscribers and supporters to step up to the plate. Last week’s included: Blessed Hope $17.82 visit An anonymous donor in North Carolina ($30) RKW in Malaysia ($30 given, “to encourage others living in my region to support Brigada.” He added, “May our Heaven Father continue to bless you and all at your end for the helpful service you are providing to our Lord’s work around the globe. Maranatha!”
  2. Want to help? Click here.


  3. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — Got a pesky pop-up or a picture of one? Try closing the window by pressing Alt-F4 (Close Window). It’s probably easier than using the ctrl-alt- delete we recommended last week! Thanks to those who suggested this easier approach! There were plenty who also recommended a browser like Mozilla Firefox or a pop-up blocker like Google, or Windows XP Service Pack 2. Still others suggested yet another software choice: Norton Internet Security. But remember, my problem last week was that I had a *picture* of a pop-up. Google was catching all my “real” pop-ups. Still, thanks for all the user feedback!

  4. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004 — John Dawson, Loren Cunnignham, Fred Markert & Reona Peterson Joly are plenary speakers. Attend for 4 days of “real worship, real relationship and real mission” at Estes Park, CO. YWAM alumni, supporters, associates and future missionaries are welcome. Costs begin at $200 (includes conference, lodging & meals). Register at http://www.GO-conference.com . Questions GO-conference(at)att(dot)net or AimBarstad(at)aol(dot)com.

  5. CLASP TORONTO — Scheduled for October 17-29, 2004, this two week course integrates the elements of COPE and PLANTS programs with a unique approach to culture adjustments through language learning. Exciting simulations, personal interviews, phonetic training, language learning projects and field experience provide preparation for effective intercultural ministry. For Christian workers serving cross- culturally for more than one year. For more information, click to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  6. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO — Planned for November 14-26, 2004, this ten- day program helps you identify your own personal learning style, understanding your strengths and weakness, overcome fear and inhibitions, as well as design a plan that both fits you and your situation. From the rich resources of Toronto they can arrange for you to actually begin the language learning process on site in your own target language. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented language learning activities, projects, techniques, skills and strategies. For more Information contact : 905- 640-1621 Email > info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Register on-line at http://www.missionprep.ca

  7. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS — VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology has grown up. If you have highspeed internet access and would like to make virtually free phone calls to the U.S. or Canada, and cheap ones to anywhere else, then give Vonage a try. With Vonage, you choose a phone number in the U.S. area code of your choice and receive a small VOIP box (about the size of a highspeed modem) that you connect to your highspeed modem. You then connect any phone to the VOIP box. It’s that simple. It is already being used in countries like Brazil and Belgium and, in theory, should work anywhere in the world that has highspeed internet access. So, suppose most of your friends and family – the ones most likely to call you – live in the St. Petersburg, FL, area. You sign up for a Vonage plan and request a number in the 727 area code. Then your friends pick up their phones, dial a normal seven-digit number, and the phone rings at your house in Timbuktu (assuming you have highspeed internet access in Timbuktu). Plus you can make unlimited phone calls to them and anywhere else in the USA and Canada for $29.95 per month. Calls to anywhere else in the world are VERY cheap and the quality is outstanding. If you want to learn more, contact Jason at jason(at)ccibrasil(dot)org(dot)br [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or at his Vonage number, which is 1-727-490-3314. With his referral, you will get your first month free. Please be sure to tell him you heard about it on Brigada.

  8. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET — Thanks to Justin for the tip about Groove.net. I’ve been trying it out over the past 10 days and, I’ll have to admit, it’s rather impressive. It’s a free download for personal use, although it’s somewhat limited in personal mode. The basic client is $69. According to Justin, it’s being used by a number of non-profits in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows file-sharing, threaded discussions, online group editing of documents, chat, project management, shared calendars, shared contact database – and all of this is end-to-end encrypted. Justin wrote, “It’s a public company so there’s no question about who owns it. I use it myself, and I think it’s great.” So I’ve been trying it since seeing his recommendation and, sure enough, it offers quite a lot. In fact, as a part of the management of web links, one can even surf *with* another Internet user — *and* it’ll seem like you’re using a VPN the whole time. Pretty groovy! (Thanks again, Justin!)

  9. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold their third Christian comics seminar in Mexico in March 2005. It will be hosted again by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX) and Revista Prisma. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. The 3-day course includes sessions on Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at ccmprisma(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Yours truly, may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org

  10. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing TALKING BIBLES. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non-readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact them via asi(AT)audioscripures(dot)org

  11. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE — The Graduate School of Bethel University is answering a burgeoning demand for advanced degrees taught and applied within a framework of Christian values. The school offers a growing choice of master’s, certificate, and licensure programs, including a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration. Most of the program is completed online and requires approximately four years to complete. To learn more, go to http://gs.bethel.edu/doctorate/education/, email d- morrow(at)bethel(dot)edu, or call 800.255.8706. ext. 8000. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE — Desperate For His Presence combines a passionate call to intimacy with the King with God’s desire to have his presence fill our cities. From Rhonda Hughey, who has more than a decade of experience in citywide ministry and the international prayer movement. More information at http://www.bethanyhouse.com/desperatepresence. TO ORDER: orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com / 1-800-877-2665 / (616) 676- 9185

  13. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Thanks to Dial-Abroad.org for their help in sponsoring our Brigada Secretary!)

20040905 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO ARE HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET
  2. AVERT OUTLANDISH LONG DISTANCE
  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  4. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL SERVICE
  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  6. COMPUTER VANDALS ARE GETTING EVEN MORE CLEVER
  7. CREATE TALKING BIBLES
  8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  9. TAKE PART IN “30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS 2004”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO ARE HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET — We pray God’s richest blessings on those who are helping us provide for our Brigada- sponsored secretary. Missionary Training Service sent $30. We appreciate you! To learn more about their services, visit http://www.missionarytraining.org

    Thanks, too, to Jeff & Gloria Gulleson, of Good Neighbor Insurance http://www.gninsurance.com for their tremendous help… a $100 gift! Yahooo! Check out their insurance offerings for overseas *and* home-based workers, and please tell them you heard about them on Brigada! And thanks to the anonymous giver who gave $50 this past week!

  2. Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.


  3. AVERT OUTLANDISH LONG DISTANCE — A guy in our office just got hit with a $510 phone bill after calling his girlfriend, a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia. We’d better do our homework before calling. His call was 100 minutes. That’s all it took to size-down their engagement ring. Learn how missionaries can save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Sign up for long distance and they’ll also help Brigada cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary.)

  4. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII — Making plans for Spring yet? It’s not too early to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training April 7 – 9, 2005 in Honolulu, HI. This is a comprehensive, interactive session designed to teach any cross-cultural team leader how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. Download a brochure with all the cost and travel details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_HI2005.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainer(at)aol(dot)com . To register, send an e-mail to Greg at ucommit(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12 week course from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities, plus immersion in an international community with native-English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to a rich learning environment. Tuition of $2250 includes food and housing. See http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  6. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL SERVICE — Their four-day intensive seminar provides the steps, stature and stamina for cross- culture work. Experienced field workers provide valuable teaching on a wide array of subjects which have helped people on all levels of preparedness to go, stay and succeed in God¹s call. The next training will be in Virginia from October 28-31, 2004. For details write to info(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. To apply to the mentorship network write to elijahcompany-mentorshipnetwork- subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org. Check out their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. October 24 to November 19, 2004. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  8. COMPUTER VANDALS ARE GETTING EVEN MORE CLEVER — Have you noticed how computer vandals are making it tougher and tougher on us? I remember a time… maybe as recently as 1 year ago… when I would tell my kids, “If, while browsing, you see a pop-up with option buttons like, ‘OK’ or ‘No thanks’, never click those buttons because they could actually install an “adware program” or even initiate a malicious script on your PC.” I would suggest, “Instead, close those pop-ups by clicking on the red ‘X’ in the upper right-hand corner of the box.” Well nowadays, I can no longer suggest that… because pop-up designers have become even more clever, designing boxes where even the red ‘X’ can now initiate program material that you didn’t desire. So how *do* you get rid of pop-up boxes for which you didn’t ask? My kids and I only know of one way: In Windows XP, press “ctrl-alt-delete”, then click on the “Task Manager”, click the “Applications” tab, scroll through the list of applications until you find the Internet Explorer application with the offensive “box”, click once on it, then choose “End Task” for that window. That’s now the only way to safely exit from a pop-up without giving some rascal a chance to take over your machine. If you regularly give your kids ideas on how to escape from harmful situations at school or on the street, teach them this safe computing practice too.

  9. CREATE TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing Talking Bibles. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non- readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact them via asi(at)audioscripures(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. This year there is a new, full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available. Please join us on October 1st for the October 1st 2004 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the new prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com.

  11. TAKE PART IN “30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS 2004” — Here’s an annual prayer guide and worldwide prayer focus on the Muslim world during Ramadan. This year it is from October 15 to November 13. There are both adult and “Just for Kids” printed guides in 42 languages. See the website for list. For the free daily email guide – subscribe at: 30- days-subscribeatarchedotc-serverdotnet For general enquiries, write 30-days(at)xodigo(dot)com Their international site with facts, figures, resources, testimonies and much more: http://www.30-days.net Español: 30 días de oración por el Mundo Musulmán: http://www.30-days.net/es/

20040829 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. ONE USER’S OPINION: “HOW CAN WE TRUST FINDNOT?”
  3. DOUBLE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS IN RAISING FUNDS
  4. GET YOUR MASTER OF ARTS
  5. BRIGADA PARTICIPANT OFFERS ACCESS TO GOOGLE’S MAIL BETA TEST
  6. LEARN TO ACCEPT CULTURAL ADJUSTMENTS AND LANGUAGE
  7. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
  8. PAYPAL PROPOSES SETTLEMENT TO USERS
  9. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  10. OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks tons to our sponsors, because they literally make it possible for us to get this journal out the door and onto your screens. The first, who sent $25, prefers to remain completely anonymous, actually designed the PERL script that helps us automate the preparation of the web version of Brigada Today each week. By sending $25 to help provide for our Brigada secretary — this anonymous volunteer is really going beyond the call of duty! Thanks! Meanwhile, those users making calls via Dial-Abroad made possible a July donation of $133. (Thanks Dial-Abroad!) Another anonymous participant expanded giving by another $30, while yet another donor (the only one we have) used the “subscriber” paypal button to give $10 anonymously.

  2. ONE USER’S OPINION: “HOW CAN WE TRUST FINDNOT?” — Last edition, we suggested an internet service that allows you to create a secure channel between your laptop and a particular server, resulting in an “invisible conduit” safe for surfing sensitive sites. The site, www.findnot.com, is anonymously- owned and managed. As a result, at least one Brigada reader asked how he would know whether or not the site itself is really safe. A second user reminded us to examine local laws aimed at preventing Virtual Private Networks. Either way, be sure to check it out for yourself. We’ve received nothing but good comments about it, but as always, you might decide otherwise.

  3. DOUBLE YOUR EFFECTIVENESS IN RAISING FUNDS — Attend the People Raising Basic Coaches Clinic October 22-23. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement ten key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Register by September 22 and save $50. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_oct2004.cfm or e-mail Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  4. GET YOUR MASTER OF ARTS — Liberty University welcomed it’s first 23 students in the Master of Arts in Communication Studies program. The program is 36 hours, including a thesis or project. Students may specialize in Media & Communication Studies, Organizational & Interpersonal Communication, Religious Communication Studies or Public Address. Speciality courses include Mediastrategy; Audience Analysis and Measurement; Communication and Change. For more information, visit http://www.liberty.edu/Academics/Graduate/index.cfm?PID=6048 or email cvkramer(at)liberty(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
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  6. BRIGADA PARTICIPANT OFFERS ACCESS TO GOOGLE’S MAIL BETA TEST — Google is beta-testing a mail service called Gmail that includes 1000MB free (1 gig) email storage. For the time you can only join if you are invited by somebody who is already using Gmail. Gmail is owned by Google, so if you want a pretty reliable 1000MB webmail to store any computer files, please contact Joshua at mdawit(at)gmail(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. LEARN TO ACCEPT CULTURAL ADJUSTMENTS AND LANGUAGE — Attend “CLASP” in Toronto, October 17-29, 2004. This two week course integrates the elements of COPE and PLANTS programs with a unique approach to culture adjustments through language learning. Exciting simulations, personal interviews, phonetic training, language learning projects and field experience provide preparation for effective intercultural ministry. For Christian workers serving cross-culturally for more than one year. Or take in the PLANTS (PILAT) course separately, also in Toronto, November 14-26, 2004. Based upon the best language learning principles available, this ten day program helps you identify your own personal learning style, understanding your strengths and weakness, overcome fear and inhibitions, as well as design a plan that both fits you and your situation. From the rich resources of Toronto, leaders can arrange for you to actually begin the language learning process on site in your own target language. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented language learning activities, projects, techniques, skills and strategies. For More Information call 905-640- 1621, or write info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or register on-line by clicking to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  8. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough! Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1- 480-821-9052 outside of North America) [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  9. PAYPAL PROPOSES SETTLEMENT TO USERS — If you opened a PayPal account between October 1999 and January 2004, you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement. To know if you qualify for a settlement log onto the following site: http://www.settlement4onlinepayments.com/faq.php3 Or you can email Class Counsel paypalsettlement(at)settlement4onlinepayments(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or you may contact the Claims Administrator at the following address: Claims Administrator, In re PayPal Litigation, PO Box 9000 #6248, Merrick, NY 11566-9000 USA. (Thanks to the anonymous user contributing this item!)

  10. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  11. OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES – – Do you have a heart to help the hurting overseas? Do you have professional skills, such as in agriculture, alternate energy, business management or marketing? If so, you may be eligible to be sent as a “team member” of Aquaculture International. The organization is a participant in Volunteers for Prosperity, which was initiated by President Bush. Volunteer assignments will be through various organizations which receive funds from USAID and are usually for two or three weeks with all expenses paid. When going as a team member of Aquaculture International, each volunteer will be encouraged to supervise the construction of a simple, small-scale recirculation fish-vegetable production system at a nearby orphanage or other needy area. Technical support and basic materials will be provided. This will be in preparation for later construction of larger production operations which will provide a constant food supply and create jobs. For more information, email: aquaculturei(at)hotmail(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Web: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Aquaculture International, Inc. honors Jesus Christ as the Head of the organization.

20040822 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY THESE INDUSTRIAL-USE GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS AND TIPS!
  2. NEED A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK AT YOUR MINISTRY? TRY THIS ONE
  3. ONE-DAY COURSE ON ISLAM
  4. GLOBAL (“GO”) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENTMAKERS TURNS 20!
  5. INTERNET SERVICE WITH BUILT-IN VIRUS, SPAM, AND FILTERING
  6. SEPTEMBER IS “PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES” MONTH
  7. IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING DEPT. OF STATE ENGLISH INFO
  8. GET YOUR US TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO ANY PHONE IN THE WORLD
  9. MAKE GREAT DIGITAL VIDEOS
  10. FOUR MONTHS TO GO, $12 THOUSAND TO RAISE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY THESE INDUSTRIAL-USE GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS AND TIPS! — Are you a Google-search-maniac? Become all the more-so by trying these tips:
    *** Put your exact text in quotes and Google will only show you pages where that exact phrase appears
    *** To see a list of pages that link to the one you’re examining, type the word “link:” then your URL, like, “link:www.brigada.org”
    *** To convert one kind of measure to another, just type in the natural language, like this, “100 degrees F. in C.” or “5 gallons in liters”. Experiment.
    *** Watch the “Did you mean” phrase below your search title, in case you misspelled a word ( You type “Brigadaa” and Google returns, “Did you mean brigada?”, and you click on that phrase and Brigada.org is the first listing out of 382,000 pages where the word brigada occurs.)
    *** Looking for a phone number? Try typing in “rphonebook:” followed the name, city, and state abbreviation for a great phone listing. Then go throw away your white pages — or recycle them to be friendlier to the environment. :-) Try the same using “bphonebook:” for a business listing.
    *** Forget your calculator? Never fear. Just use Google. In the Google prompt, type in your functions like this, “16 + (25 * (15 / 3))” and you’ll see 141 as the Google-given result. So… how will Casio stay in business?? :-)
    *** Searching for a particular story for which you know the title? Use the “intitle:” tool. Type “intitle:” followed by the title in quotes. Try, intitle:”Make digital videos worth watching” to see copies of the article we mention in Item 9 below.
    *** Get a great listing of all the Google tools and services at: http://www.google.com/options/index.html which include indexed paper catalogs, product listings from online stores, shopping tools, and even indices of millions of messages on Usenet discussion groups.

  2. NEED A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK AT YOUR MINISTRY? TRY THIS ONE — Just click on over to http://www.findnot.com Yes, it’ll cost a little bit (less than your Internet Service Provider charges), but then the I.T. guy at your office won’t have to set up and maintain a flawless VPN for your ministry and you’ll enjoy completely anonymous messages and web-searching regardless of where you live on the planet. So… live in a land that suppresses information about Christianity, yet log onto “findnot” then use your newly-encrypted channel to order Bibles and have them shipped to a friend in the land next-door, then go pick them up the following week. Send and receive email without encryption and without worry that someone is “sniffing” your connection. (But, as always, remember to encrypt your local hard drive in case your laptop is seized. We highly recommended IBM Thinkpads because of built-in IBM Client Services encryption.) Check ’em out — and no, we don’t get any kind of “kickback”. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread. (Thanks to our friend in N. Africa for referring us to this service. Believe me, he’ll prefer we leave him unnamed, but he’ll read this via his “findnot” VPN connection :-) .)

  3. ONE-DAY COURSE ON ISLAM — Crescent Project’s Sharing the Hope seminars provide a one-day introduction to Islam, Muslim cultures, and ministry skills designed to provide accurate information about Muslims and equip Christians with biblical attitudes and methods for evangelism so they can confidently and sensitively share their faith with Muslim friends. Upcoming seminars include Owosso MI on Sept. 11, 2004, Muncie IN on Sept. 25, 2004, Portland OR on Oct. 9, 2004 and McAllen TX on Oct. 23, 2004. For more information go to http://www.crescentproject.org/sharingthehope.cfm

  4. GLOBAL (“GO”) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENTMAKERS TURNS 20! — To celebrate their anniversary, they have lined up more training events this fall than ever before. Do you want to investigate tentmaking? Thinking of going as a tentmaker but need more training and encouragement? Let “GO” help you get equipped at their Light to the Nations tentmaker training course 13-17 October at the US Center for World Mission Pasadena CA, or at a half day seminar in Victoria BC, Toronto ON & Delta BC (close to the WA border). According to a recent survey, a large percentage of today’s tentmakers lack ministry skills. Don’t become a part of that statistic. For more info and to register for any of these events visit their website http://www.globalopps.org or email them at training(at)globalopps(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. INTERNET SERVICE WITH BUILT-IN VIRUS, SPAM, AND FILTERING — Check out American Family Online, http://www.afo.net/ or call 888-817-9314 or 850-897-8200 if interested in getting an internet service which filters for viruses, spam, and indecency. The filtering is done *before* it gets to you so that you do not need spam and porno blockers on your computer (an antivirus system on your computer is still necessary). Finding a local call-up number should be no problem. The cost is around $20, slightly cheaper than AOL and other standard services. According to one Brigada participant, “David”, the service performs well and tech support is good.

  6. SEPTEMBER IS “PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES” MONTH -– Sponsored by the missionaries of the International Mission Board’s Pacific Rim Region, the goal is to facilitate fervent prayer from Christians around the world on behalf of Filipinos. The ardent desire is that these prayers will result in a massive outpouring of God’s Spirit upon these great people. Pray that many Filipinos will come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, commit themselves to Bible study and discipleship and carry the Gospel message throughout the Philippines, Asia and around the world. Request more information by contacting Judy Harvey pray4philippines(at)imb(dot)org(dot)ph or Ann Lovell at annlovell1965(at)yahoo(dot)com (Ann can mail you materials for your church within the USA). Christian Light Foundation also has some specific prayer requests they would like to share with you: clfphils(at)pldtdsl(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING DEPT. OF STATE ENGLISH INFO — In last week’s Brigada Today, if you had trouble finding information on the Dept. of State’s “English Language Officer” program, try: http://www.careers.state.gov/specialist/jobs/print/ad_elo.html (The extra “L” on the end of HTML makes a big difference. :-) Sorry for passing through that incorrect link without checking it first. We sometimes compose “on the road” and don’t always get to check links. Like today I’m composing in the back of a truck, out of touch with the Internet. :-( Fortunately, when we include an error, we hear plenty about it from dedicated readers! :-) So we’ll always pass along these corrections in the next issue.)

  8. GET YOUR US TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO ANY PHONE IN THE WORLD — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: This service then sponsors Brigada as a thank-you for being featured here — but they’re good enough to feature anyway. :-) )

  9. MAKE GREAT DIGITAL VIDEOS — This article on making great digital videos can help you take your movies to the next level: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1206386,00.asp (Copy the above URL to your browser’s “Address:” box.)

  10. FOUR MONTHS TO GO, $12 THOUSAND TO RAISE — As you know, Brigada is a free service. But last year, after running behind for months, we launched out in faith to hire a Brigada Secretary. Within *weeks* we were totally caught-up and have remained so ever since. Now, we have just four months remaining in 2004 to raise the balance of her salary for the year. Certainly it’s exciting that nearly $4000 has come in so far… but with only 4 months remaining, we’re wondering if there might possibly be 48 churches out there that could each manage a special one- time gift of $250 to help us over the hump? If so, we’ll be done and we won’t request a dime more throughout the remainder of the year. What do you think? Would your church consider? Would you be willing to ask them? If the Lord blesses you with a “yes” answer, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. And thank you for helping us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen each week!

20040815 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE!
  2. ASI SHARES SCRIPTURE IN 300 LANGUAGES
  3. NEED A DIGITAL PHOTO SERVICE?
  4. COOL INTERACTIVE MAP OF ISRAEL FOR FREE
  5. RESOURCE FILE FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO LOVE MUSLIMS
  6. INTERCESSORS ARISE INTERNATIONAL
  7. HELP I.D. PERSONS OF PEACE
  8. VIRUS AND SPAM-FIGHTING E-MAIL CLIENT
  9. THE DEPT. OF STATE IS RECRUITING ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICERS
  10. NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS FOR CHRIST
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE! — Thanks tons to Covenant College (who gave $100 this past week), Harvey Hoekstra (who sent $25), and Int’l Students, Inc. (ISI) ($50 donation, on the web at http://www.isionline.org/new/ ) . We *really* appreciate you! Thanks for helping make possible the Brigada Secretary! Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. ASI SHARES SCRIPTURE IN 300 LANGUAGES — Audio Scriptures International in California’s Resource Center has Scripture in audio in over 300 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 20 languages with more being processed. New Testaments on CD in MP3 format are currently available from ASI in 17 languages. ASI is encouraging overseas churches and ministries to download via the Internet their materials for duplicating and use in their ministries when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org

  3. NEED A DIGITAL PHOTO SERVICE? — Try http://www.SnapfishPCmag.com where you can get 25 free digital camera prints (normally 19 cents each, every day), free online unlimited photo sharing and unlimited storage, *and/or* your first 2 rolls of film developed free. (This offer is good through June 30, 2005.) Satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Their catch phrase: “Snapfish: Bringing people and pictures together.” Try it!

  4. COOL INTERACTIVE MAP OF ISRAEL FOR FREE — Systematics Ltd. now provides an interactive online map of Israel in both Hebrew and English at no charge. Click on over to: http://www.emap.co.il/eng_index.asp The map can identify street addresses, institutions, services and other point of interest and also mark a route between two points, offering the choice of the quickest and shortest route. The map also provides the option not to include routes passing within the “Autonomy Area” or not to include roads with the “Autonomy Area” that have the status of being “restricted roads”.

  5. RESOURCE FILE FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO LOVE MUSLIMS — If you’re interested in Muslims, you’ll most likely also be interested in this file of questions, answers, and issues generated via responses to the question in the July 16th issue, Item #6: HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY. Check out the original item at: http://www.brigada.org/today/2004/20040716.html#6 Check out the *answers* at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/resources_for_muslims.pdf Note that this is a PDF file. You’ll need Adobe’s free PDF reader to be able to open this file. Get it, if you don’t already have it, at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html (Thanks Claudia!)

  6. INTERCESSORS ARISE INTERNATIONAL — This weekly e-mail network is for intercessors and missionaries worldwide who are interested in global intercession for the end-times harvest. It is designed to train, encourage, motivate, inform, and release individuals and prayer groups in intercession. In each letter, a topic relevant to prayer and intercession is selected to train, inspire and motivate missionaries and intercessors to a higher level of personal and group prayer for world, national and city intercession. Membership is free. To subscribe to Intercessors Arise International, send a blank letter to: intercessorsarise-international(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. HELP I.D. PERSONS OF PEACE — There is a significant gap in the literature on how to find “people of peace.” (Luke 10) What is your experience locating people of peace? Peaceman has agreed to compile the results, which we hope to compile and get back to Brigada Today by November. Express your thoughts to the strategies that seem to work, and provide an opportunity for us all to learn. Write peaceit(at)xs4all(dot)nl who will compile a collection for us. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Thanks!

  8. VIRUS AND SPAM-FIGHTING E-MAIL CLIENT — White Beach Studios, USA has released a new POP3 e-mail client that gives users the ability to fight virus-ridden spam and unwanted content on their desktop. Cabana is a special e-mail client that allows users to preview their e-mail before they download, expediting the mail-checking process by consuming fewer bytes. The customizable filter will block spam, reveal attachments (including viruses/malicious code), and any words or phrases designated by the user as objectionable will be replaced with “XxXxXx.” More information can be found on Java.com at: http://www.java.com/en/lifestyle/messaging/cabana.jsp and at Cabana’s home page: http://cabana.whitebeachstudios.com or by e-mail: infoatwhitebeachstudiosdotcom (Thanks Abe!)

  9. THE DEPT. OF STATE IS RECRUITING ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICERS — Currently, the U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service English Language Officers. ELOs are responsible for all Department of State-sponsored English teaching activities overseas or, if assigned in Washington DC, design, develop and administer English language programs. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2004. Those who are hired should find many opportunities of ministry on the mission field through such English Programs. For further information visit this site: http://www.careers.state.gov/specialist/jobs/print/ad_elo.htm

  10. NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS FOR CHRIST -– Lust Under the Veil is a new fiction work by writer Um Daoud, who has lived and worked among Muslims for over 15 years. The story is about a young woman named Emira, who is looking for a way of escape from the secluded life she leads as the only daughter of a Muslim sheik. Freedom does come but not in the way that Emira planned. While the book can be an enlightening read for the Christian audience, it is also an effective tool for reaching Muslim readers as well. Lust Under the Veil by Um Daoud is available in English through Amazon.com, XulonPress.com, and other online distributors. ISBN: 1-591606-54-3. Paperback; 352 pages. For questions or comments, contact Um Daoud at UmDaoud2004(at)yahoo(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20040808 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE APPRECIATE SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!
  2. GREAT NEW EXCEL SUMMARY OF MISSIONS CONFERENCES, BOOKS, ETC.
  3. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING (CBS) RESOURCES
  4. WHY DO FEW MISSIONS USE THE WEB FOR OUTREACH?
  5. SHORT FILM AWARDS FOR DIGITAL EVANGELISM CLIPS
  6. DONOR TRACKING SOFTWARE
  7. CROSS AND CRESCENT CONFERENCE
  8. PAYPAL PROPOSES SETTLEMENT TO USERS
  9. TRY MAKING A FULL IMAGE OF YOUR HARD DRIVE
  10. MUSIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  11. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE APPRECIATE SPONSORS AND PARTNERS! — “I love Brigada. It has helped me connect many times. Thanks so much, All for Him,” from an Anonymous Brigada participant in Alabama, USA. Thanks for the encouraging words *and* the $50 gift to help us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! Read more of this donor’s testimony about Brigada by reading this issue on the web and clicking here. ” I really appreciate your site. I find it very useful and have used your links quite a bit,” from missionaries in SW Alaska, who sent $25 toward our secretary here. Thanks! Another great friend added another $25 and here’s a great note from a worker in South Africa in regard to our item on software for the MAC. You’ll recall the free program we mentioned and the way it performed pretty much the same function as the $4400 alternative. “Bob” wrote, “HUGE GRIN. Thanks, Doug — I (and my Mac PowerBook) enjoyed the chuckle and will enjoy the $4,400.00 savings.” Hope Bob and all our Brigada participants can enjoy that and more in future issues of Brigada Today! Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just use some of the money you saved on one of our items! :-) Go here to give via PayPal or credit card, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Remember, your gifts and sponsorships are the only way we can pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Also, remember that once we reach our goal for the year, we’ll no longer seek partnership gifts or donations. So if you’d love to get rid of these ads at the beginning of each issue, give generously and enjoy the rest of 2004 ad-free! :-) By the way, we still have a ways to go. So far, our friends have given $3,818.20 and somewhere we have to find $16,140 for our secretary’s salary. Can you help us reach that goal in the next 4 1/2 months?

  2. GREAT NEW EXCEL SUMMARY OF MISSIONS CONFERENCES, BOOKS, ETC. — Catch Chip’s new summary of the latest and greatest websites, books, resources, and conferences you need to attend in order to stay up on missions. Thanks to Karen, his secretary, for the great job she did organizing the material. Get it by right-clicking here, then choose “Save target as…” and save the file on your hard drive. It’s a virus-free Excel spreadsheet with several worksheet tabs at the bottom. Thanks again Chip – and thanks to all who responded to him! That’s the magic of Brigada!

  3. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING (CBS) RESOURCES — Interested in CBS? So was Jaime … and the Brigada family chipped in with replies. Check out these sites and partners:

    http://EpicPartners.org

    http://www.siutraining.org/training

    http://www.oralbible.com

    http://www.peopleteams.org/miao/storying1.htm

    http://www.newwway.org/articles/10steps.htm

    http://disciplethenations.org/index75.html

    http://www.wycliffe.org/Epic/home.htm

    http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prod/ProdID/1140.htm

    http://wayuu.welcome2cbf.org/default_files/page0007.htm

    http://chronologicalbiblestorying.com

    http://FJseries.org

    Paul(at)FinalApproach(dot)net – training events

    (Thanks for a great job, Jaime!)


  4. WHY DO FEW MISSIONS USE THE WEB FOR OUTREACH? — Although almost every mission agency has a website, these are usually publicity pages aimed at the respective Christian constituency and potential supporters. Very few actually use the Web for outright evangelism. This article analyzes possible reasons for this strange situation, and suggests a way forward: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mission-agencies.php

    And to advocate the Web as a good medium for evangelism, there is a free 1300-word article available for reprint in print media, or to syndicate into any website by Javascript insert.

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/outreach.php


  5. HORT FILM AWARDS FOR DIGITAL EVANGELISM CLIPS — If you enjoy producing digital movies, then there is a new opportunity for you. Submissions for the 2005 Short Film Awards have begun. Send your digital film (up to 3 minutes) in one of four categories: Plan of Salvation, Faith, Hope or Love. Multiple entries are welcome. Numerous great prizes, and finalists will be voted upon by visitors to the site. There is no cost; entry fees are covered by a sponsorship by eMediaLINK. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2004, so don’t delay. Get more information:

    http://www.lifeway.com/emedialink


  6. DONOR TRACKING SOFTWARE — Why do donor tracking software packages cost thousands of dollars? We don’t know either! CMS, Contribution Management System is reasonably priced and support won’t break the bank. Features include: track donations, keep an unlimited number of list designations, utilize CASS Certification information, profit from flexible reports, export data and make your own reports. We look to the users of our software for ideas to improve the software. How important is it to have software do what you need it to do and at a reasonable price? For more information visit our web site:

    http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Software/index.htm

    or email JWood(at)techteam(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The web page has additional contact information.


  7. CROSS AND CRESCENT CONFERENCE — This conference is held throughout the world and is taught by leading scholars from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The purpose of the conference is to train Christians to understand Islam, relate to their Muslim neighbors, and share the Gospel biblically and contextually with them. It will be held at College Church (Wheaton, IL) in Commons Hall on Friday, October 8, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To receive a brochure and registration information, go to

    http://www.college-church.org/media/img/media13-329.pdf

    or e-mail missions(at)college-church(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. PAYPAL PROPOSES SETTLEMENT TO USERS — If you opened a PayPal account between October 1999 and January 2004, you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement. To know if you qualify for a settlement log onto the following site:

    http://www.settlement4onlinepayments.com/faq.php3

    Or you can email Class Counsel at: paypalsettlement(at)settlement4onlinepayments(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or you may contact the Claims Administrator at the following address: Claims Administrator, In re PayPal Litigation, PO Box 9000 #6248, Merrick, NY 11566-9000 USA. (Many thanks to the user who proposed this approach.!)


  9. TRY MAKING A FULL IMAGE OF YOUR HARD DRIVE — Thanks to Scott, a pactec guy, who reminded us that we can use R-Drive software (about $45) to make a mirror image of your drive, complete with your program installations and patches. Check it out!

  10. MUSIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Christian music volunteers are needed to teach in a summer music institute in Haiti July 23-August 2, 2005. This one week institute is held each summer to provide music training for Haitian music leaders and potential music leaders for churches and for church planting. The camp is focused on composition of Bible story songs in Haitian Creole using indigenous Haitian musical styles. These songs are used with Chronological Bible Storying in evangelism and church planting throughout Haiti. For more information write:

    dianahaiti(at)skycasters(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information about this camp go to:

    http://www.geocities.com/dianayiti/index.html

    To view information about the Chronological Bible Story Songs Project go to:

    http://www.geocities.com/dianahaiti/MusicMissionsinHaiti.html


  11. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING — This training presents a wide range of issues for anyone going or sending. Special emphasis is on the spiritual and relational aspects of cross culture team work. Trainers are experienced long-term workers from various contexts. The next training camp will be in Virginia from October 28-31, 2004. For a more detailed description write to

    info(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    As an alternative, see the web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

20040801 Brigada Today

  1. OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART… — Two more sponsors helped this past week: Greg Fritz, Director of Caleb Project, sent $50 of his own personal funds, adding thanks for the mobilization ministry of Brigada. To learn more about Caleb Project and the multitude of resources they make available to churches worldwide, visit them at: http://www.calebproject.org By the way, I recently ordered a set of videos from them. They shipped out the same day, the tape arrived exactly as promised, and I looked very efficient to the church where I was guest speaker. :-) Caleb Project will keep their word.

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous donor who sent $10 again this month. He’s been faithfully sending $10/month for some 9 months now! Want to join these donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Remember, your gifts and sponsorships are the only way we can pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Also, remember that once we reach our goal for the year, we’ll no longer seek partnership gifts or donations. So if you’d love to get rid of these ads at the beginning of each issue, give generously and enjoy the rest of 2004 ad-free! :-)


  2. TRY SKYPE AND ENJOY ENCRYPTED “VOICE OVER IP” — Thanks to Justin, who tipped us off to Skype on the very day we saw a news piece about it on CNN. For example, you can use Skype to call any phone # in Malaysia for $0.05euros (about $0.07 US – that’s 2 cents per minute). Call any of 22 Westernized countries for $0.02/minute. Call any Skype user for free, and have end-to-end encryption. According to Skype, “It’s VOIP, works over your computer, and has very good sound quality.” Click on at: http://www.skype.com (Thanks again, Justin!)

  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities during activity time, plus living in a community setting with native English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to provide a rich learning environment. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. NEW MISSIONARY CARE RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE — ERI is happy to announce that the long-awaited Spanish updated edition of “Serving As Senders” is now available. George Verwer’s comment on this book: “Estoy convencido que éste es uno de los libros misioneros de más impacto de esta década. Al paso que el pueblo de Dios responda a su mensaje, la obra de alcanzar a los no alcanzados avanzará en gran manera.” Details for ordering “Serviendo al enviar Obreros” may be obtained by emailing a request to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with].

  5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — In the desert town of Warm Bad (pronounced “Var-um Bot”), which means “hot springs,” the Water of Eternal Life is now flowing. Two families found salvation through Jesus. When asked, none could explain what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. It was a question they had never heard before. Each family member was asked at different times and places, yet the answers were the same. None of them knew the true gospel. They were all grateful for finding their spiritual thirst forever satisfied in Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. INTERNET EVANGELISM FORUM SEPTEMBER 14 AND 15 — Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will be one of the keynote speakers at the September 14 and 15 meeting of the Internet Evangelism Coalition in Chicago, Illinois (US). Many other speakers and authors will weigh in. The Internet Evangelism Coalition meeting provide a forum for individuals, churches and organizations interested in sharing ideas and information on using the Internet for outreach. For registration information go to http://www.webevangelism.com or email iec(at)webevangelism(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. FREE INTRODUCTORY PAGE ABOUT WEB EVANGELISM — The Web has enormous unused potential for outreach. You can add this page to your own website using a single line of Javascript code, in order to encourage Christians to take up this challenge. It is also designed for re- publication in print media. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/outreach.php

  8. AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AFRICA — Do you have a heart for the Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa? Join the Live School 2005 hosted by World Mission Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, where Focus Teams will be trained specifically to reach out to some of the 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. Their main focus will be to enhance the process of a self-sufficient, self- governing and self-propagating church in each of the remaining 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. The entire training process including outreach will be a year long so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be selected for this rare event! For more information write liveschoolsa(at)worldmissioncentre(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  9. FREE ONLINE CROSSWAY BIBLE GUIDE IN EASYENGLISH — Download in 7 sections Stephen Dray’s exciting guide to Matthew’s Gospel translated with the publisher’s permission into EasyEnglish level B. Find it at: http://www.easyenglish.info EasyEnglish is a department of Wycliffe Associates UK. More information may be obtained from martin(@)easyenglish(dot)info [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  10. QUALITY PUBLISHING FOR OBSCURE SCRIPTS/LANGUAGES — Okay, so here’s one of those hard-to-publish items about MAC computers, so I’ve pushed it way down here at the bottom so that only the faithful few will see it. (Joking! :-) ) Truth is, it’s a pretty good deal. :-) Jonathan Kew of the Summer Institute of Linguistics has released XeTeX (pronounced: zeetek), a powerful Unicode-enabled desktop publishing tool that produces quality PDF output for (theoretically) any language/script in the world. Use it on Macintosh with complex fonts like Arabic, Hebraic, Indic, etc. And get this: XeTeX is free! http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=xetex or email nrsi(at)sil(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Users prejudiced against Macintoshes have a second option: UltraXML on Microsoft Windows that displays complex scripts via OpenType fonts. It costs 2,400 British Pounds (about US$4,400) per license: http://www.webxsystems.com/UltraXML.htm or email sales(at)webxsystems(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Instead, why not buy some Macs with the money saved by getting XeTeX?? :-) )

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20040725 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLY HAVE $25? ADDED TOGETHER, IT WOULD DO THE TRICK!
  2. DIALING OVERSEAS? SAVE BUCKS; HELP BRIGADA
  3. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS
  4. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5)
  5. HOW TO HANDLE TRAVEL WARNINGS
  6. HELP FOR AWANA CLUBS
  7. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  8. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  9. SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH UNITE
  10. GREAT TIP FOR WORD USERS: CALCULATE!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLY HAVE $25? ADDED TOGETHER, IT WOULD DO THE TRICK! — Thanks to the anonymous donor who sent $25 this past week. So, if you were feeling bad because you can’t give a larger gift, just realize… if everybody pitched in together, it would go a long way toward helping us provide for the Brigada-sponsored secretary. Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. DIALING OVERSEAS? SAVE BUCKS; HELP BRIGADA — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html And thanks to our friends at Dial-Abroad for the $162 they sent as a result of Brigada users’ calls on their network during the past month. I’m telling you… Dial-Aboard is a big help to covering the cost of the Brigada-sponsored secretary!

  3. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada is staging a Discipleship Training School (DTS) to grow your faith and equip you to reach the nations with the Gospel. It includes 3 months training with 2 months mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: September 15 / 04 to February 4 / 04 and March 23 / 05 to August 12 / 05. Prices: $ 3,200 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $ 3,500 CND (missions trip). To DTS grads, they also offer the School of Biblical Studies (SBS), a 9-month inductive study of each book of the Bible. Dates: September 13 /04 to July 1 /05. Price : $8100 CND. Contact: turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.ywamturnervlley.com

  4. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5) — If you want to stay abreast of the cutting-edge issues in language and culture learning or are charged with the responsibility to keep your organization’s personnel pressing on toward communicative competence in language and culture, then the 5TH International Congress On Language Learning (ICLL5) is for you! The Congress is hosted by Mission Training International (MTI) and will be held October 11-15, 2004 in Colorado Springs, CO. The theme is “The Right Help at the Right Level”. Registration closes September 20. Register at http://www.mti.org/icll5 or get more information by writing info(at)mti(dot)org or call 800-896- 3710 or 719-487-0111. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. HOW TO HANDLE TRAVEL WARNINGS — Here’s a Missions Pastor in Phoenix named Jeff who is trying to find out how other churches and mission organizations deal with State Dept travel warnings such as “defer non- essential travel.” How do you deal with church leaders who fear putting short-term teams at risk and protect the church from lawsuits by families should a team member be injured or killed on a trip? Do you have ways to protect the church from the non-Christian relative who might want to sue the church if there was an incident? Email Jeff Jeff(at)fccstriving(dot)com. He’ll share the results with us here later.

  6. HELP FOR AWANA CLUBS — One or our greatest mission fields is children. Awana Clubs address this field and now there is help for those working in the local church in clubs: ARK – Awana Record Keeping software to keep track of information on the clubers, their awards, their progress, even inventory tracking of all the supplies. Software is available from Missionary TECH Team for $25 yearly support update service fee. For more information http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Software/index.htm or email JWood(at)techteam(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The web page has additional contact information.

  7. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, PA, USA, will run from September 19 to October 15, 2004, and it will be offered again from October 24 to November 19, 2004. See the website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or e-mail your questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE — This year’s Mental Health and Missions conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary by capturing glimpses of the past, present and future. They will remember how God inspired mental health professionals to serve missions and how he has used the conference to aid that work, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This annual conference will be held November 18-21, 2004 at the Potawatomi Inn located in Indiana. Registration ends November 1, 2004. Register at http://www.mti.org/mhm For more information, write info(at)mti(dot)org or call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH UNITE — SAGC 2004 is the first International gathering of South Asian Youth and Young Adult believers and Ministry Leaders from all over the world. It’s happening in Vancouver, Canada from August 4th – 8th 2004. The Convention theme is “Serving God’s Purposes in our Generation” Acts 13:36. For further information on Registration, Accommodation, Resource Personnel, Worship Bands and other details, please check the SAGC 2004 website at http://www.southasianconnection.com OR you may e-mail us at info(at)southasianconnection(dot)com. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. MORE GOOD NEWS ABOUT PANERA — Jeffrey wrote (after last week’s reference to Panera giving away free wireless broadband to its customers) to fill us in on the fact that they also give away leftover bread supplies to non-profits after closing time! Cool! So — here’s one beggar telling another where to find bread — Panera! :-)

  11. GREAT TIP FOR WORD USERS: CALCULATE! — Here’s a great tip for users of Microsoft Word. Open “Tools|Customize”, then click on the “Commands” tab. Scroll down in the left-hand side for the “Tools” menu heading, then highlight it. Now in the right-hand side, scroll down ’til you find “Tools Calculate”. Drag and drop that item to the top menu bar. You can right-click on it to “change button image” to a picture of a calculator, then right-click again to “default” style to get rid of the words. Now, next time you have a column of figures in a table, or several figures (one after another) in a line of text, highlight it, then click the calculate button, and see the result in the status bar. Better yet, do a ctrl-v “Edit-Paste” and you’ll see the total appear before your very eyes. It’s a great time-saver to have a first-class calculator in Word! Yahooo! :-)

20040718 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT SPONSORS MAKE FOR INFORMATIVE BRIGADA TODAYS
  2. BRIGADA BY RSS?
  3. NEED COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY CALLING?
  4. USE MS Office? CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAVORITES
  5. VISITED YOUR LOCAL PANERA BREAD STORE LATELY?
  6. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING IN SINGAPORE
  7. MESHING AN OUTREACH WEBSITE WITH A LOCAL OUTREACH TEAM
  8. AFFORDABLE SHORT-TERM GROUP COVERAGE
  9. WHO IS JAY?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT SPONSORS MAKE FOR INFORMATIVE BRIGADA TODAYS — Thanks much to our sponsors, who help us get Brigada out the door and on your screen, chalked full of “all the news that’s fit to email!” By helping sponsor our Brigada secretary, you can enable thousands of Brigada participants to hear the latest, whether it’s about your own ministry or that of another global servant or clearinghouse. It’s easy to sponsor Brigada. Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. BRIGADA BY RSS? — One Brigada participant recently wrote that perhaps we should consider distributing Brigada by RSS. (The initials apparently originally stood for “Really Simple Syndication.”) For now, we’ll probably just stick with email and web, but if a volunteer wanted to set up an RSS feed for the Brigada info, we’d be glad to publish the instructions on how to receive it. Thanks for the idea, Joel!

  3. NEED COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY CALLING? — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html You’ll see on the “Sponsors” page how your gifts are adding up to help sponsor the Brigada secretary!

  4. USE MS Office? CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAVORITES — Brigada’s kind of an eclectic mix of things, don’t you think? :-) I mean… one minutes we’ll be talking about unreached peoples, then we’ll suddenly present an item on backing up. It’s just been part of our history, you know? Well here’s a cool item that deserved a hearing. Do you use Microsoft Word? (Seems like just about everyone does these days.) Do you notice yourself going “File|Open” then clicking through a hierarchy of folders these days, trying to click through to the folder you want? Well why not add that favorite folder to the “My Places” list on the left side of the “file|open” dialogue box! In Office XP, it’s easy. While in the “File|Open” dialogue box of any Office application, highlight the folder you want to put on the “My Places” bar, click on “Tools” in the toolbar at the top of the dialog, and choose “Add to ‘My Places'” from the drop-down menu. You can also choose “Small icons” to add even more shortcuts there. For information on how to accomplish the same thing in other versions of Office, click to: http://www.pcmag.com/usertouser (Thanks to PC Magazine for featuring this great little time-saver.)

  5. VISITED YOUR LOCAL PANERA BREAD STORE LATELY? — Whoever imagined working on one’s doctoral dissertation from the local Panera Bread store? But now it’s possible — with Panera Bread Stores making Wireless Internet access available to their customers for free. These and hundreds of other hot-spots are cropping up all over the world. Pick up an 83-cent bagel, and belly on up to the bar! :-) Log on to your favorite website for free… use your webmail interface to send and receive messages (but don’t plan on using an outside SMTP server; apparently they’ve blocked access to that to prevent spammers from using their services). You can stay for 1 hour… or 6… or as long as you like. All this for 83 cents… What’s not to like about that? No Panera Bread Store in your village? Just stand by. It won’t be long ’til *some* enterprising entrepreneur figures out how to make money at a café near you. In a study by the Yankee Group (July 2003), hot spots were found to be multiplying at an astounding rate — like by a factor of 24 times as many hot spots over the next 5 years. So keep that wireless card handy and save up your pennies for that bagel.

  6. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING IN SINGAPORE — Asia Pacific Mission, together with Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM), is conducting a month-long full-time training course for Strategy Co- ordinators in missions. The course deals with research, planning and strategising and developing a Master-plan to nurture Church-planting Movements (CPM) among UPGs. For more information, contact Frank Teo of APM SCANet(at)writeme(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Include your Name, Birthdate, Passport No, Date/Place of Issue and Expiry Date for a Letter of Invitation for this training.

  7. MESHING AN OUTREACH WEBSITE WITH A LOCAL OUTREACH TEAM — The Web can be used to multiply the effectiveness of an on-the-spot outreach team. Here’s an outline of a strategy that could be highly effective: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/locality-teams.php

  8. AFFORDABLE SHORT-TERM GROUP COVERAGE — Are you taking a team overseas sometime soon? If so make sure you have adequate medical and evacuation coverage. You might want to check out the “International Provider” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan features a low daily rate for medical and medical evacuation. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.Com , email them healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom , or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  9. WHO IS JAY? — He or she is the typical unchurched person, in the West or beyond. What do the Jays of this world think about? What are their needs. Get inside Jay’s head here: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/notchristian.php
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