OLYMPICS PUT CHINA ON CENTER STAGE

The Olympic Games in 2008 put China on center stage. Chinese people everywhere are eagerly anticipating this national “coming out party.” “Beijing and Beyond” (April 19, 2008, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA) is an event that begins in reverent, exuberant worship of the living God who is sovereign over the events of history. OMF General Director, Patrick, will be the main speaker. Experienced long-term missionaries who have served in diverse fields will also share. Workshops will inspire and inform you so that you will be better equipped to serve as a sender or a goer. Visit

http://www.omf.org/us

and follow links from the home page or e-mail swregion(at)

omf (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 reassemble the address onto one line.]

NEW DVD RESOURCES ONLINE

Check out Create International’s cool new DVD resources at their online store:

http://www.createinternational.com/store

They have finished the first ever Contextual Home Gathering video for people from a Thai Buddhist background, complete with indigenous instruments, dance, symbols and appropriate word choices. Other new resources include, “Contextualization in Action”, a DVD with over ten workers among Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist people groups, sharing breakthroughs and case studies in using contextual principles that are faithful to scripture yet relevant to culture. Also, the “Contextual Gathering Showreel”, which shows six examples of home group gatherings among Hindi, Kurds, Turks, Indonesian, Urdu, and now Thais. Subtitled in English, this is a great tool for showing believers who may worship in different cultural styles, but who are all united in their love for God. Questions? Write admin(at)

createinternational(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

THE DAMARA PEOPLE: PRECIOUS STONES

Driving through the town of Karibib in traditional Damaraland (Namibia, Africa), one cannot help but notice the precious marble laying everywhere. This is a town that primarily survives on its marble excavation and marble work. Traditionally the Damara have been thought of as miners, partly due to marble excavation such as in Karibib. Even with this work, the town is still poor. But the most desperate need here is a spiritual need. Pray for the Damara people. Pray that they will soon hear the message that they are most precious to God. Pray that they accept this precious message that will make them truly rich for eternity. To adopt the Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit

http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

or email forgottenpeoples(at)

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

PARTNERSHIP FOR ASIA CONFERENCE

OMF International will host Partnership For Asia Conference 2008 with the theme: “Glorifying God in Beijing and Beyond” on April 25-26, 2008 (Friday evening and Saturday) at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061). The plenary speakers are Patrick, OMF General Director, and Tony, OMF Director of China Research. Learn more at:

http://www.omf.org/us

FREE DOWNLOADABLE EVANGELISTIC FILMS

Create International’s resource website at:

http://www.indigitech.net

is focused on resourcing Christians around the world with a variety of evangelistic tools. Aiming to enhance one’s personal witness and provide effective cross-cultural tools in multiple languages, this website tool box contains more than 800 external links to resources and informative articles. They now have a searchable database of hundreds of people groups with links to audio, video, and literature tools for evangelism and mission mobilization. Create International has just completed a new section of “FREELY downloadable evangelistic films” for more than 30 of the largest and least reached people groups! They are available in both Apple and PC compatible formats which are playable on any desktop, laptop, or portable media player. Please visit their “Indigitech” website and get equipped to reach the nations! Questions? Send an email to admin(at)

createinternational(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the addresses onto one line.]

INT’L CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN THAILAND NEEDS DIRECTOR

Chiang Rai International Christian School and the current Family Learning Center are “Serving the Servants” (in the beautiful and tropical Golden Triangle area of N. Thailand) is looking for a Superintendent to lead the Family Learning Center through the process of becoming the Chiang Rai International Christian School. If interested, contact infocrics(at)

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

GROUPLY.COM THREAT NOT A PROBLEM FOR BRIGADA

A Brigada subscriber recently asked about Grouply.com, a subscription service (kind of like plaxo on steroids), because it was reputed to be troublesome for those subscribed to Googlegroups and others like it. I was glad to be able to reassure her that Grouply.com only poses a threat for online groups that reveal membership lists to group members. In Brigada’s case, the subscription list is completely private — so no one can access, download, steal, or copy the list. In light of the Grouply.com threat, you might want to consider your membership in *other* email lists (if those lists make the membership list visible to other members), but as far as Brigada is concerned, you’re safe. In 13 years of Brigada history, you’ve never been spammed nor has the list been compromised.

THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE HELP A CHURCH EMBRACE THE LOST?

I’m facing this question now in my own home church, where I’m an elder and where I serve on the worship team when I’m not traveling. Our congregation of 750 – 800 people has, in partnership with Team Expansion, ‘adopted’ an unreached people group in the Middle East. We set the next 6 months as a period of mobilization and activation, with the hopes that during those six months, God would raise up a team of on- site workers… maybe out of our own church… to go live among the group to become agents of change there and to live out & portray, somehow, the message of Christ. So now comes the question: How do we fire up our church? Say you had 6 months to do so, what would you recommend? Would you give us your time line… give us your slate of ideas? If so, please jot down your suggestions and recommendations at

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=65

Just click “Comment” under the item and write away. We suggest you do not put your email address in the text if you don’t want it to appear online. Contributions by spammers will be zapped – so no need to try.

GET TOP-NOTCH TRAINING IN CHE, WATER, FOOD PRODUCTION, ETC.

Equip, Inc. is changing the way the world sees evangelical missionaries with training in Missionary Medicine Intensive, Community Health Evangelism, Water Technologies – Well Drilling and Filters, Food Production and Construction Tech courses. Catch Missionary Medicine Intensive March 30 – April 10, May 18 – 29, July 13 -24 (in Canada), September 7 – 18. Learn Water Technologies & Filters – April 13 – 18, September 28 – October 3. Pick up Well Drilling – April 20 – 25, October 5 -10. Do Community Health Evangelism TOT 1 – June 1- 6, September 21 – 26, July 27 – August 1 (in Canada). Top it off with Food Production – May 4 – 16 and Construction Tech – April 27 – May 2, October 26 – 31. For more information, see..

http://www.equipinternational.com

E-NEWSLETTER FOR CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERS AND AGENCY MOBILIZERS

POSTINGS is a free, on-line newsletter from Catalyst Services chock full of practical ideas on how to help churches discover and fulfill their global mandate. To subscribe and review past issues, go to:

http://www.catalystservices.org/resources/index.shtml

The January issue focuses on Rapid Response Teams, including the story of how one church has prepared to serve disaster victims in many places, along with information on training, free resources, and more. Other recent issues have featured articles on the essentials of successful international partnerships, new ways to structure the church missions team, and the church/agency/missionary sending triangle. Some issues of POSTINGS specifically address ways missionaries and mission agencies can better collaborate with churches.

SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW INCLUDES 34 SAMPLES ON YOUTUBE

This is double the number when Brigada first featured this resource. God is receiving worship from many nations, people, tribes and languages in their indigenous heart music. Heart Sounds International has created a YouTube broadcast channel to present a series of these worship videos entitled “Sounds of Global Worship”. Click to …

http://www.youtube.com/HSIOM

Many more videos are to be added in the weeks and months ahead. Available for viewing are worship clips from Azerbaijan, Congo, India and a ton of others. You are welcome to subscribe to the channel, after which you will be notified as new videos are added.

WHERE CAN WE LEARN ABOUT AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS?

That’s what Earnest would like to know. He wrote recently, “Who would have course materials on African Tradition Religions. We are seeing the younger generation responding to the call of Missions and are looking for practical materials that will help them as they ‘launch out’ into their calling.” Good question. Where can Earnest find help? If you know of a source, just click to:

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=63

Click on “Comment” below the item to add your source. Thanks!

SUPERINTENDENT/DIRECTOR WANTED FOR AN INT’L CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Chiang Rai International Christian School and the current Family Learning Center are “Serving the Servants” in the beautiful and tropical Golden Triangle area of N. Thailand. CRICS is looking for a Superintendent to lead the Family Learning Center through the process of becoming the Chiang Rai International Christian School. The Superintendent will lead this organization into the future working with a very supportive school board, staff and Ministry of Education in Chiang Rai. Email them at infocrics(at)

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

DRIP IRRIGATION AS A TOOL FOR EVANGELISM AND CHURCH PLANTING

Chapin Living Waters exists to help poor people in third world countries grow vegetables when there is insufficient rain. They serve development groups, relief organizations, and mission groups working with people in third world countries. Their “Bucket Kits”, consisting of 100 feet of drip hose, fittings and connecting tubing, are ideal for poor families in communities where running water and pumps are not available. The family connects the kit to a 5-gallon bucket elevated at least 1 meter above the ground, and fills the bucket with water twice daily. This simple, inexpensive, gravity fed system will provide enough moisture for a vegetable garden large enough to feed a small family during periods when there is absolutely no rainfall. If you are a pastor, missionary, or NGO, and you feel you can use this technology, please contact Dick to obtain a bucket kit to be used as a tool for outreach. Find them on the web at

http://www.chapinlivingwaters.org

or dial 315-788-0891 or email rchapinw(at)

imcnet.net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

CAREER TRANSITION SERVICES FOR REENTERING MISSIONARIES

Are you a missionary transitioning to a new career in your passport country? Brad, a former missionary in Africa has been there. He found that generic, government provided resources did not factor in the unique and difficult reality of missionary reentry. Nor did it factor in the missionary’s critical need to find meaningful work rather than just a job. Brad provides professional outplacement services to those who have none. He provides an end to end program which prepares reentering missionaries (and those assisting reentering workers) in every way for their transition to the globalized workplace.

All the details are at

http://www.setanewdirection.com

or contact Brad at info(at)

setanewdirection.com to find out more. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

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