20071125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POLYGAMY?
  2. MOBILE VERSION OF POWEROFCONNECTING
  3. NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK TEACHES PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON MUSLIMS
  4. HELP IN UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE
  5. GET GLOBAL INTEL REPORTS FOR FREE VIA “STRATFOR”
  6. OUTREACH LITERATURE
  7. IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE
  8. TRAIN AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR
  9. AMAZING FEELING OF MOTIVATION
  10. HELP US FINISH STRONG?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIFE IMPROVED IN 2007; TAKE SPAM FOR INSTANCE

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POLYGAMY? — OK… remember my two sons? They’re at it again. Today at lunch they started asking me about polygamy. Well I knew to tell them that elders and deacons should just have one wife. But what do I tell them — scripturally — about marriages in countries that *allow* polygamy legally? I know it’s a problem, when missionaries confront new cultures where polygamy is dominant. Christianity arrives, the missionaries teach monogamy, and — what does that say to existing believers who are already married to 4 wives? If you have an answer… or a good scriptural response (especially one in the New Testament), please browse to

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=55

    and click on “comments” at the bottom. Thanks for any help you can give.


  2. MOBILE VERSION OF POWEROFCONNECTING — On the go? Grab some info on Partnership!” visionSynergy has created a mobile (or cell phone) companion to its PowerofConnecting website, which is viewed by people from over 145 countries. See it at

    http://www.powerofconnecting.mobi

    To see what it looks like, use Testiphone’s simulator at…

    http://www.testiphone.com/?scroll=off&url=http://www.powerofconnecting.mobi/

    View the growing number of iPhone-optimized mobile sites at the Religion section of AppsSafari, at

    http://www.appsafari.com/category/religion/

    PowerofConnecting’s main site, a trove of mission partnership and networking resources and advice, is at

    http://www.powerofconnecting.net

    (Thanks Dave!)


  3. NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK TEACHES PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON MUSLIMS — Charles Gailey and Charles Gailey have just released their new work, “Discovering Missions,” an introductory textbook on world evangelism. The book examines the biblical foundations for global outreach, outlines the history of world evangelism, and has chapters on the globalization of the church, the implications of culture, the importance of language in gospel communication, short-term missions, the missionary call, mobilizing the local church and a peek at some future trends.

    Institutions wanting to look at “Discovering Missions” as a possible textbook may order a copy for half price by writing on institutional letterhead to: Teresa Eller, 2923 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO, USA 64109, or by faxing a request to: 816-531-0923. Upon adoption as a text, the charge will be canceled. The book is also available at discount prices on such sites as Amazon.com.

    One of the co-authors, Howard Culbertson, is putting together a CD of teaching/learning resources. Professors that adopt the textbook can get that CD free by contacting the author through his website:

    http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/


  4. HELP IN UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE — If you need help in sorting through international health insurance visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    and click on “Tips for Understanding International Health Insurance.” You will find over 150 articles dealing with international health insurance. Also, if you want a short understanding of Medicare coverage browse

    http://www.gninsurance.com/medicare.asp

    or email jeff(at)gninsurance

    (dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Call toll free in the USA, 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  5. GET GLOBAL INTEL REPORTS FOR FREE VIA “STRATFOR” — Have you tried it? Our Global Security Coordinator and our New Fields guy both glean resources from it regularly. Browse to:

    http://www.stratfor.com

    Funny… They’ve been using it for years, but it wasn’t until a friend reminded me of it that I realized we haven’t mentioned it in Brigada Today for quite some time. (Thanks Steve!!!) Give it a try; if you want to stay up to date about how global politics are affecting the country where *you* work, odds are, you’ll love Stratfor.


  6. OUTREACH LITERATURE — SOON Ministries has spare capacity to add any of your ministry’s not-yet-Christian contacts (e.g. BCC or radio ministry inquirers) to their mailing list of their easy-English outreach paper SOON or their similar papers in African French, Swahili and Fulani dialects. Larger quantities of these papers are available to national workers and missionaries for outreach:

    http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  7. IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day’s self- assessment tool for church websites now provides a free 15-page evaluation report that can transform the effectiveness of your site:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-design.php

    (Thanks for that referral too, Tony!)


  8. TRAIN AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR — If you intend to design platforms for ministry and launch new outreaches among unreached peoples, the upcoming Strategic Coordinator Seminar to be held in Perth, Australia, 18th February to 7th March 2008. Coming from Hong Kong are guest speakers who will share from their experiences as Strategic Coordinators. Seasoned trainers, they have many stories of how God has used them – and others – as facilitators for evangelism, church planting and community transformation. This one is shaping up to be a challenging and exciting time. So don’t delay. Apply now before time runs out. Download an application here:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au/applications/sc.pdf

    Or email the Registrar to have an application sent to you:

    info(at)ywamperth

    (dot)org(dot)au [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.]


  9. AMAZING FEELING OF MOTIVATION — I’ll have to admit… it’s an amazing feeling of encouragement and motivation when Brigada receives gifts such as a $500 push from a member of Arab World Ministries. Isn’t it kind of ironic that the people who work in some of the toughest places on earth end up with some of the least kudos, partly because they can’t even tell people about their progress? Think about it. When they start being really successful, that’s when they could get in the biggest trouble! So here’s a big prayer of thanks for *all* those who are working in the dry places on earth… in the spiritually parched portions of the planet. Please take this opportunity, on behalf of *all* of them, to offer up a prayer of thanks for those who labor in Jesus- darkness, with hopes of being able to live as a still small voice on behalf of a loving savior.

    Thanks, too, to Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino, California! $200 will go a *long* way… a *very* long way, in fact, toward helping us finish 2007 strong! Thank you!!!


  10. HELP US FINISH STRONG? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $9817.90, bring our 2007 total to $10,517.90. That’s *tremendous*, but is there anyone out there that could help us even try to match 2006’s outcome of $15,096 ? Would you ask your church, group, family, or your own bank account to chip in, if not for you, then for someone overseas who can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. Really, we only need 92 more people, groups, or churches. Would you be one of those 92??? We have 6 more days left, counting today. If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might? We really only need *one* person to give $1000. Would you be willing to be that one person? As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    2 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    5 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIFE IMPROVED IN 2007; TAKE SPAM FOR INSTANCE — Throughout the years, we’ve written quite a lot about spam here in Brigada. (If you’ve been visiting your aunt on Mars for the past 15 years, we’re using the word, “spam”, to describe unsolicited email messages — junk email.) Funny that after all these years, our office finally switched in 2007 to software that allows us to use Outlook. For the first time in my life, I’m finally seeing what Outlook can *do*! It has automatically classified 754 messages as spam in just the past few days. That doesn’t even count the spam that was caught before that by our office’s server-side spam-catcher. Shew.

    So here’s what I’m learning about spam:
    *** Ask your office leadership to install a server-side spam removal tool. Your ISP might be able to give you advice about how to install that. They might even do it *for* you for a small fee of $50 or so. Well worth it.

    *** Try to position yourself to use Outlook. If possible, upgrade to Outlook 2007. I’m convinced its spam removal tools are the best in the industry now.

    *** Configure your email client *not* to download images in emails. Sure you’ll miss all the glitz and glamour. But half of those images are designed to be “bugs” to see if you really open your mail, so the address is verified. Besides, do you *really* want to see those Victora Secret ads? (Get Outlook.)

    *** Configure your email client to ask you before it sends a receipt saying you opened the email. If it’s a personal friend, you can click ‘yes’. If it’s a spammer, you don’t want to say yes. (Get Outlook.)

    *** Whenever a piece of spam *does* get through the gate, tell your email client that it’s spam. With Outlook, that keystroke might be Alt-A|J|B. That stands for clicking “Actions” in the top-line menu, then “Junk email”, “Add Sender to Blocked Sender’s list”. (Get Outlook.)

    *** Check your Junk email folder sometimes. (Yawn. :-) )

    *** Remind your friends that if they send you too many forwarded messages about someone stealing kidneys from a man in an iced bathtub in Portland, you might someday become careless and accidentally hit Alt- A|J|B on one of their emails. (Oops! :-) ) In other words, please be judicious about what you forward. And please *do* ask your friends before you subscribe them to newsletters or email lists. Otherwise, we all become part of the spam problem.

    So with Outlook, suddenly, spam just isn’t that big of a deal to me any more. I used to get 100 or 200 messages a day. Now, 100-150 of those are going in my junk mail folder. Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life *has* gotten better in 2007!

    Has life improved for *you* in 2007? If so, tell us how. Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=54

    to tell your story about how life improved in 2007… or about your battle (hopefully victory?) against spam. Thanks!

20071118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING?
  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)?
  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE
  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR
  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE…
  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN
  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA
  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING? — That’s what Andy would like to know. He’s a leader at Wycliffe and he’d love to help people discover what is God’s will for their lives more effectively with some online tool. “Have you ever run across an assessment tool to help a person especially a young person determine what God’s call on his life may be? I have experienced something like this in a work book like “Jesus on Leadership,” but I was wondering if there was something on line that could do much the same thing?” Can you advise him of any options? If so, please drop by at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=52

    and leave a “Comment.” Thanks!


  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)? — If you’re willing to be a bleeding-edge beta-tester, we’d love to hear your take on the new int’l travel cell sim chip at

    http://www.maxroam.com

    We commented on it earlier. Rates aren’t *quite* as good as predicted (prior to the formal launch of the company), but some of them are actually quite close. It happens I recently bought into another system (go-sim), so I’m not well-positioned to test this one. If you’re willing, please jot a note to that effect at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=51

    Once you’ve formed an impression, please stop back and tell your experience. Check back at this site later to see the comments that have come in. Thanks to anyone willing to try it!!! (And thanks to Steve for keeping this at the forefront of our attention.)


  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — It’s slated for February 7-10, 2008 at Living Waters Farm, Virginia. Invest in four days of focused examination of seven areas critical for becoming one sent from a local church. The days are a balance of hearing principles and receiving impartation from others who have years of experience. For a full description of the training see

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    To personally communicate with an Elijah Company representative write to training(at)elijahcompany

    (dot)org or call (757) 226-3507 or (757) 287-4604. [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 back onto one line.]


  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who are called to missions but need to speak English to fulfill that calling? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA, USA beginning March 2, 2008 and ending May 23, 2008 for those who want to learn to speak and understand the English language. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 with a non-refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact ywampa(at)comcast

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


  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE — Practitioners and scholars working in the field of new religious movements are invited to submit a title and 250-word abstract along with a curriculum vita for consideration in the Post-Christendom Spiritualities conference to be held at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 16-19 October 2008. Special consideration will be given to papers addressing the academic study of new religious movements as well as the praxis of engaging these movements. Papers for the conference might include, but are not limited to, subjects such as Goddess spirituality and the theology of God, Inter-religious apologetics in post-modernity, and the work of the Spirit in mission and New Spiritualities Papers should reflect the ideas expressed in the Lausanne Occasional Paper no. 45 found at

    http://www.lausanne.org/documents/2004forum/LOP45_IG16.pdf

    Please submit a title, abstract and CV to mcooper(at)tiu

    (dot)org by 31 December 2007 [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 back onto one line.] If accepted, a paper must be submitted by 15 August 2008 in order for solicitations of responses from critical respondents.


  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR — Finally, there is a tool for churches to encourage people to pray, worship, serve and connect with God beyond the Sunday service. Prayer Toolbar (TM) enables churches to publish messages that display in people’s web browser anytime they go online. If your church uses bulletins, web sites, email or podcasts to spread the God’s Word, than you owe it to yourself to investigate this new technology to connect people to God through you. What it can do for your church is huge. What it can do for His people is eternal. Visit

    http://www.prayertoolbar.com/

    to see a FREE, online demonstration. There’s never been anything like it.


  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, PA, USA. The school dates are March 9-April 4, 2008 and April 20 – May 16, 2008 and it’s a certificate program. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on our website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    Email questions to ywampa(at)comcast

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


  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE… — Please don’t use “classified ad language.” It’s not really our style. Also, please remember to speak in 3rd person; otherwise our readers will become confused as to which person is speaking. In fact, please check out the short list of suggestions by clicking on “submit” at

    http://www.brigada.org

    Thanks! Your investment in some of these tiny differences would help us a great deal in preparing future editions of Brigada Today – on time.


  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN — If you’re a one-up VPN user (i.e., you don’t need a dashboard for your entire organization), try

    http://www.witopia.net

    It’s about $40/year and several Brigada participants, including Wade and Tony, have found it to be very effective.


  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA — We *so* appreciate our dear brother in Sweden who came back in 2007 to give $100, and another anonymous couple out East sent $50. On top of that, YWAM in Lebanon, PA bowled us over with a $300 gift! Sobered, encouraged, and motivated… Thank you! Another anonymous sister sent $100. A brother in Texas sent $25, joined by another brother who also sent $25 from the mountains of Northern Thailand and yet another from here in Kentucky (also $25). A missions committee member from Davao sent $50 with a very encouraging note. Workers from Oscar in UK also sent $50 and a couple working in Brazil sent $25. Another mobilizer from the great state of Texas sent $100. We give praise to God for this partnership and help!

  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $8,967.90, brings our 2007 total to $9817.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150 and still quite shy of the $15,096 that came in in 2006. We would *so* love it if we could see some major catch-uppage happen here in the final week. Would you be willing to help make that happen at your church, group, family, or in your own bank account? If God has enabled you to make even a small gift, would you be willing to give it on behalf of someone who, for now, can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Donate“.

    As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    3 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    7 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS — As I write this ‘back page’, it’s Christmas evening. (Yes, I know the edition is dated earlier than that; we’re *trying* to catch up by the end of the year. Pray for us! :-) ) I’m listening to Napster Christmas music in my earbuds, my wife and two sons are fast asleep and I’m redeeming these tranquil moments to reflect on the essence of family. Fresh in my mind is Steve Farrar’s book, “Point Man: How a Man Can Lead his Family.” (See

    http://www.stevefarrar.com/

    for more info on Dr. Farrar.) It always seems to me that families try a little harder to “get together” at Christmas. I saw both my brothers. We spent Christmas Eve with my wife’s family. And today I drove up to see my mom, who now lives alone in the family farmhouse where I was raised. On the one hand, my wife and I are enjoying having our college-aged son home for the holidays, while at the same time, our thoughts fast-forward to summer time, when our other son ships out to begin training as a soldier. We leave day after tomorrow for a week-long family vacation.

    Perhaps, as you read these words, you’re serving overseas. But I bet you’ve Skyped (or wish you had) with a relative too, sometime during these past couple of days. So you can at least identify. We make a special effort to focus on the family this time of year. And I’m wondering — what if we could somehow manage to keep that focus throughout the entire year. Maybe we can’t take a family vacation every month… but we could probably at least do the Skype call, you know? I *try* to motor up to see my mom at least once a month, but there are certainly times that I miss. Someone recently admitted to me that we really don’t know for sure that Jesus was born on — or even around — December 25th. So although Christmas holiday is a great excuse, it really isn’t rooted to December. So as we turn the corner toward the New Year, why not join me in a resolution to “focus on the family” all the more in ’08. If you’re single, call a parent, sibling, or family friend. If we’re lucky enough to still have parents or others alive in your life, let’s seize the moment. Let’s make *every* month like Christmas in ’08. Let’s rebuild broken relationships and strengthen others. Let’s save up and budget for the gifts we wish we’d been courageous enough to give this Christmas. And let’s love like it’s going outa’ style. Let’s make 2008 the year we show family (and the world) a model that Jesus would have loved. After all, he made sure his mother was squared away, even as he hung on the cross. So moms, wives, and kids of the world, get ready — ’cause here we come! :-)

    (Want to comment on this ‘back page’ editorial? Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=53

    and click “comments” in the summary line. Thanks!)

20071111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA
  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL?
  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS
  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES
  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS!
  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada?

    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/brigada

    OR email them at brigada(at)missionaryhealth

    (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] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA — Serving in SE Asia or supporting workers there? Need a documentary piece to take back on furlough, an update of your building project, a documentary of the aid your organization is providing? Acts Multimedia has recently launched a full plan/shoot/edit/package service for missionaries, supporting churches or organizations. Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand their focus is providing services throughout SE Asia. For more information view their video here

    http://actsmultimedia.vox.com/

    or send them an email multimedia(at)actsco

    (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.]


  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING — Check out Wing Clips. They offer a digital download service of feature film clips for pastors and teachers. They have a premium service ($14.95/mo) and a free service. Check them out.

  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Here’s a comment from a recent participant in the Kingdom Come Training course in missionary partnership development: “…The course allowed us the opportunity to craft our ministry presentation under expert guidance. But more importantly, it helped us anchor our efforts in Biblical principles with proven results.” All you need is high speed internet. KCT will send you the webcam equipped laptop with professional video conferencing software and you join a live, interactive course with two other locations. Give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or browse

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining

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


  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL? — After 5 years of being out of print, “The Power of Honor,” by Fawn Parish, is back! Conversations Press will give a $1.00 for every book ordered by Brigada readers. If you order before Christmas, they’ll offer a discount, but better act immediately. You may go to

    http://www.powerofhonor.com to order

    or email fawn(at)reignbridge

    (dot)com [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.] If you think of it, please mention Brigada.


  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS — Tim is working on his Masters Thesis which is taking the form of a website focused on the unreached Dimili Kurds of Turkey. The website will focus on directing prayer for this people group as well as mobilization. He is seeking any information related to work being done with them (feel free to withhold sensitive information, but regardless, all sensitive information will of course be kept confidential), progress of any bible translation etc or a recommendation of resources that would be helpful in his research. Once the website is completed he will send the Brigada family a link so we can all pray together for this people group. He can be contacted with information or questions at dimilikurds(at)allpeoples

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


  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES — Here’s a Brigada participant that is charged with teaching behavioral expectations to her organization’s new candidates. The resources her group has for helping new members understand these behavior parameters are seriously out of date. Before they start a major project they would like to know if any of your groups have some materials that would be instructional, using updated technology and Bible based. If you have any resources that can be shared or know of materials available please log on and share all you can at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=49


  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS! — This past week, we rec’d $15.13 from Blessed Hope in the name of those using their phone services during June & July; See

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

    for ideas on how to lower your bill! $50 from an anonymous long-term participant in Budapest, Hungary $50 from a partner on the East Coast $100 from a great friend in Sweden $300 from YWAM in Lebanon, PA Thank you to these partners and those hooking up with them! This, added to last edition’s total of 8,452.77, brings our 2007 total to $8,967.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150. Gifts in 2006 added up to $15,096. :-( Is there anyone out there that could step up to the plate with a larger one-time gift from an inheritance or some other fund? If you could even get us *closer* to the ball park, we’d greatly appreciate it.


  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T? — Some live in circumstances that essentially do not permit them to give to help make Brigada tick. Would you be able to give something on their behalf? If so, just click on the “Donate” page. We’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 1000 (1 gift of $1000)
    3 of 5 500 (3 more gifts of $500)
    9 of 250 2500 (9 more gifts of $250)
    10 of 13 100 (11 more gifts of $100)
    23 of 27 50 (26 more gifts of $50)
    60 of 70 25 (60 more gifts of $25)

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES? — My boys asked me a pretty tough question today. Frankly, I need your input. They pointed to Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:1, stating that “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. … He who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…” Add to that I Pet. 2:13: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

    They then asked how to reconcile that passage with a nation’s willingness to intervene when another government was committing genocide, whether in the Balkans, with Hitler, or in Darfur. They felt pretty strongly that Hitler had to be stopped. So they couldn’t understand (or ‘explain away’) the verse in Romans 13:1. Can you help me explain these verses to them? If so, please log on at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=50

    Click on the “Comment” line below the item to give your view. Hopefully, we can find the answers. Thanks.18

20071104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WORLDCONNEX CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH UNREACHED PEOPLES
  2. MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  3. GET STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING DOWN UNDER
  4. LEARN DENTAL CARE AT HOME
  5. IN SEARCH OF A LATINO ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST
  6. IN SEARCH OF RUGGED LAPTOPS
  7. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  8. FUND RAISING BLOG / SALE ON VIDEO TRAINING
  9. ESL/EFL TEACHER TRAINER WORKSHOP, JAN 3-5, 2008
  10. IN SEARCH OF MATRIARCHAL PEOPLE GROUPS
  11. PERSPECTIVES COURSES POPPING UP EVERYWHERE, LIKE JAX!
  12. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
  13. MAKING PROGRESS; CAN YOU PUT US OVER THE TOP?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BORROWING?

WORLDCONNEX CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH UNREACHED PEOPLES — WorldconneX works across denominations, agencies and networks. Their only agenda is to help your church connect with its calling, providing as much or as little assistance as you need. They do this in three ways: (1) Activation – Host an Inside Out Weekend event and discover the resources that God has placed inside your church members. WorldconneX will help you discover the uniqueness of your vision, people and resources — then create a plan that leverages those distinctives. They can also assign a certified coach to walk alongside you for a few months up to a year as you implement your strategy. (2) Front Line Services – Whether your church is sending its own or would like to support other church’s missionaries, WorldconneX can help you access resources to successfully plan and execute long term missions. (3) International Connections – WorldconneX is networked with leading missions practitioners throughout the world. They connect you with individuals and resources you might never find on your own. Join one of their Affinity Groups or take a Pastor PLUS vision trip with WorldconneX. Learn more at

http://www.worldconnex.org

or email info(at)worldconnex(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 back onto one line.]


MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting Christian microfinance and microenterprise. The initial course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” (Two-Thirds World section). The “Foundations” course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities within the Two-Thirds World. The course will actually benefit anyone preparing for Christian outreach and ministry among the poor, whether they plan to implement an economic development strategy or not. This course will be offered on Feb. 4 – 29, 2008 and again on April 28 – May 23, 2008. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. Additional courses are available as follow-ups.

To register or to learn more about the distance learning courses, including information about group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount, visit

http://www.chalmers.org

When registering, we’d love it if you’d let them know you heard about it on Brigada. For questions, 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 . and reassemble the address onto one line.]

or call 1-706-419-1805.


GET STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING DOWN UNDER — It’s slated for 17th February to 7th March 2008 in Perth, Western Australia. Strategic Coordinator Training is about planning and implementing evangelism and church planting among your favorite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. Create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. Learn more at:

http://www.ywamperth.org.au/life/?events-44

(We’re also grateful for the $20 gift that this training program sent to Brigada as a thank-you note! Yay! :-) )


LEARN DENTAL CARE AT HOME — Take our multi-media home study course! Basic dental care can help win hearts wherever you go. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment needed. Do you have a compassionate heart and are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone? If yes, then this is for you! see their video on youtube.com -type “Simplified Dental Care.”

http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com

or email: dentaltrainingformissions(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 . and reassemble the email address on one line.]


IN SEARCH OF A LATINO ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST — Brigada sometimes helps search for those “needle-in-a-haystack” personnel needs. Here’s one: A Christian worker is search for a Latino ethnomusicologist. (If you don’t know what that is, no need to reply. :-) ) If you *do* know… or that is, if you have a lead, please ask the cross-cultural musical teacher to drop an email to: 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 . and reassemble the email address on one line.] Dan thanks you in advance!


IN SEARCH OF RUGGED LAPTOPS — (Thanks to Tony, who saw this note by Greg Slade on CamSOC.) Apparently, for some years now, Greg has had an interest in “ruggedized” notebooks for use on the mission field. His interest was sparked even more by two recent camera failures, presumably due to too much bouncing around on bad roads in the developing world. Now, “ruggedized” notebooks cost significantly more than more common ones, and run more slowly, because they use milspec parts, which are never “bleeding edge”. But, the tradeoff is that “ruggedized” systems have better components, and are much less prone to fail. Brands and models he mentioned included:

Rugged Brands:

UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — The Herero, the Namibian Coloureds, the Nama/Damara, and the Mbalantu are all precious people in God’s sight. Pray for those who have heard but do not understand or have not accepted Him as their Personal Savior. Pray for people to come and share the Love of Jesus with them. With no evangelical witness, no workers, no volunteer groups, no one to tell them, many will perish. Please join us as we pray for the Lord to continue to build up prayer support for these unengaged peoples. Pray that all barriers to the Gospel will be removed. To adopt one of these people groups for prayer for to find out more information please contact

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.]


FUND RAISING BLOG / SALE ON VIDEO TRAINING — Now you can get even more practical advice from Bill Dillon, President of People Raising. Learn from his more than 35 years of fund raising experience. Whether raising individual support or organizational support this resource could be invaluable. Pass this important resource on to team members and friends. Also take a look at the award winning 6-hour fund raising training program available in DVD/CD/Video/MP3. Normally priced at $299.99 it is on sale at the low price of $69.99 through Dec. 31st. For more information go to

http://www.peopleraising.com/blog/

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


ESL/EFL TEACHER TRAINER WORKSHOP, JAN 3-5, 2008 — Get professional training for English language teaching as ministry in any country. This workshop, slated for Colorado Springs, demonstrates foundational principles, interactive methodologies and practical applications to improve your own teaching skills or so you can train your staff to teach English with quality and build program credibility. A new ESL/EFL Training DVD will be premiered and it’s ASCI accredited. Local transportation and host homes are available in some situations. Further details can be found at:

http://gemtefl-3.blogspot.com

or send an inquiry to gemtefl(at)gemtefl (dot)com [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.]


IN SEARCH OF MATRIARCHAL PEOPLE GROUPS — One Brigada participant is looking for good mission resources that talk about how to reach matriarchal people groups? Got any leads? If so, log on to

http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=47

Dave will appreciate it. And thanks for using Brigada!


PERSPECTIVES COURSES POPPING UP EVERYWHERE, LIKE JAX! — They’re about to start, all over the country. Like… suppose you live in Jacksonville, Florida. Youth With A Mission is hosting the course there. Recall that Perspectives is an internationally-respected 15-week study program developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission. Featuring an experienced speaker each week, you will cover topics such as the Biblical perspective on mission, the spread of Christianity in history, mission strategies, and the mission task remaining. Classes start on January 6, 2008. You can register online at

http://www.perspectives.org

Or in the case of JAX, just call 904-384-8400 or e-mail perspectivesjax(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 . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! — We’re so grateful for those who keep the lights burning here! We’ve recently received these gifts:

  • $45 from Bridge Builder Ministries Int’l ! Thanks Doug!
  • $20 from a Brigada participant who started back in 1995!!!
  • $20 from a Brigada participant “down under”
  • $100 from a participant in Ukraine! Thank you!
  • $300 from WorldconneX Mission Network, www.worldconnex.org . Whoa.
  • $25 from Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyers, http://www.lawyernc.com
  • $25 from New York Mesothelioma Lawyer, http://www.mesotheliomahelp.net (And thanks to Mike at www.consultwebs.com for relaying their gifts!!!)
  • $25 from Mission Travel
  • $25 from Cayucos, CA
  • $50 from from a grateful mission leader in UK
  • $25 from a full-time missionary in Thailand who wrote, “I am blessed to be able to contribute to Brigada. I love Brigada and all the resources available through it. I pray that God will meet your needs above and beyond what you could ask or think.”
  • $100 from a participant in Worthing, West Sussex, UK
  • $25 from a friend in Blacksburg, VA
  • $25 from an encourager nearby in Jeffersonville, IN
  • $100 from a friend laboring in Thailand
  • $200 from a saint focusing on an unreached people group in Iran. (Please pray for Iran on their behalf.)
  • $30 from Magazine Training Int’l — http://www.magazinetraining.com/
  • $9.90 from ISA because Sidney & Eric bought insurance for their trip through them at http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm
  • $200 from Westwood Baptist Church in Olympia, WA http://www.westwoodbaptist.com (Please give thanks for them today!)
  • $350 from Hebron Missionary Advocacy Fellowship http://road2hebron.jesusanswerscom Please visit their site. Thank you so much for your ministry!

    We’re sooooooooooooooooooooooo grateful to these partners! May God bless them in ways beyond belief!


MAKING PROGRESS; CAN YOU PUT US OVER THE TOP? — Whoa. In the last Brigada Today, we reported that we were hovering at $6,752.87 toward our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. Suddenly, we’re within reach! We now have $8,452.77. Just think… if your church or group, or if you as an individual were to have *any* contingency tithe money left… Would you consider investing in something that is mobilizing and resourcing for the unreached… since 1995? If you have ever found something in Brigada to by helpful… or if you’d like to underwrite Brigada for someone who lives in a faraway land who cannot send funds on his or her own, please just click on the “Donate” page.
We’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

  • 1 of 1 1000 1000 (1 gift of $1000)
  • 3 of 5 500 2500 (3 more gifts of $500)
  • 10 of 250 2500 (10 more gifts of $250)
  • 11 of 13 100 1300 (11 more gifts of $100)
  • 26 of 27 50 1350 (26 more gifts of $50)
  • 60 of 70 25 1750 (60 more gifts of $25)

You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  • THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BORROWING? — Our organization is about to commit to building a new Prayer Center & Atrium at our new campus called Emerald Hills. (You can read more, by the way, at

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    So we’re about to commit to a construction loan. What’s your strategy & philosophy on all that? This is a roughly $700,000 project. We have cash and/or commitments in hand for about $350,000 of that amount. As for *our* board of directors, they like for us to have the “stream identified” before borrowing… and, in general, they advise us to only borrow up to the amount equal to what the stream could repay. Is your philosophy similar … or different? What scriptures play into your decision, when you’re tackling something big like this? (This is big to us at least. :-) ) Please stop by and drop a comment at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=48

    Thanks for sharing your approach.

    20071028 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE
    2. ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER
    3. A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY
    4. SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE
    5. SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
    6. PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS
    7. BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE
    8. SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
    9. CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD”
    10. CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT?
    11. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE?

    • SOUNDS OF GLOBAL WORSHIP NOW ON YOUTUBE — 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 on the following link to access:

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

      The channel currently features 17 videos, with many more to be added in the weeks and months ahead. Available for viewing are worship clips from Azerbaijan, Congo, India (Assam, Bengal, Punjab), Himalayas, Malawi, Mongolia, South Africa and Sudan. You are welcome to subscribe to the channel, after which you will be notified as new videos are added.


    • ADOPT-A-TERRORIST FOR PRAYER — This movement has completed a static web site at

      http://www.myatfp.com

      Pray that God will work through this site to head off difficulties and achieve lasting peace. For more information, write admin(at)

      myatfp(dot)com [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 on one line.]


    • A BRIEF TENT-MAKERS SURVEY — The folks at Emercy are conducting a brief survey to learn more about missionary tent-makers and their agency / administrative needs. The survey is only 10-questions long. To take the survey, visit

      http://www.missionaryresources.org/tentmakers.html

      Results to the survey will be posted next month at

      http://www.missionaryresources.org


    • SHARING CHRIST MINISTRIES WEBSITE — There’s something for everyone – – Christian, non-Christian, pastor, missionary, or discipleship organization. You’ll find training materials and resources to equip Christians for the work of the ministry – all free! There is also a CD providing classical, favorite hymns, words of inspiration with heart inspiring readings, a narration of Biblical principles. Find it all and a lot more at:

      http://www.sharingchristworld.org


    • SHIP OR MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Modern Shipping Inc. offers its best efforts to help missionaries ship anywhere around the world. They claim to have an excellent team to assist anyone internationally, regardless of whether the challenge is full container loads, limited container load, ro-ro & purchasing container to worldwide destination. They offer low competitive prices to missionary organizations to achieve their goals. Email shipping(at)

      msifreight(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 on one line.] Alternatively, call toll free in the USA (866)916-0961 Learn more at

      http://www.msifreight.com


    • PERSPECTIVES WEBSITE GIVES ANSWERS — Visit it today if you want to learn the latest about Perspectives…

      http://www.Perspectives.org


    • BUSINESS AS MISSION CONFERENCE — Business As Mission (BAM) aims to assist individuals with an interest in exploring the possibilities and discovering the practicalities of becoming a kingdom-minded business professional in a cross-cultural context. Mission practitioners will give a general overview of the BAM paradigm for ministry while providing practical advice, case studies and stories of their own experience. Join other BAM workers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Loudonville Community Church in Albany, NY. To receive a brochure with all the details please contact Jamie at 603.525.4219 or northeast

      (at)ludlow.net. Sponsored by Interserve USA and Loudonville Community Church. [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 email address onto one line.]


    • CORRECTION ON “HELP MISSIONARIES SERVING ON THE FIELD” — Remember the item about “Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand” (Item #3 in the 10/19 edition of Brigada Today). Nation to Nation provided us with an incorrect email address. It should have been Karen.here4u

      (at)gmail.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), we have broken them up with a carriage return and replaced the “@” sign with “at”.] Please forgive us for any inconvenience.


    • SOBERED BY THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — We are so blessed to have received gifts recently from anonymous donors for $180 (from a worker in China) and $25. We also received $25 from

      http://www.lawyersva.com

      They’re a Richmond Personal Injury Law Firm. If you have *any* reason to have to call a lawyer and you haven’t engaged one yet, I would *sincerely* hope *someone* gives them a call, if for no other reason than they know that Brigada readers appreciate them helping underwrite Brigada.

      Finally — and get this — we received a $300 donation from WorldconneX Mission Network at

      http://www.worldconnex.org

      Expect to hear more about them in the future — and for now, we *greatly* appreciate their help!


    • CAN YOU VAULT US INTO 2008 BY PROVIDING A LIFT? — Yikes. At this point, we have received only $6,752.87 toward our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. If you have ever found something in Brigada to by helpful… or if you’d like to underwrite Brigada for someone who lives in a faraway land who cannot send funds on his or her own, please just click on the “Donate” page. Because, together, we need 6,752.87 by Dec. 31st. Gulp. That could still be done like this…
    • 1 gift of $1000 for a total of $1000
    • 5 gifts of $500 for a total of $2500
    • 10 gifts of $250 for a total of $2500
    • 13 gifts of $100 for a total of $1300
    • 27 gifts of $50 for a total of $1350
    • 70 gifts of $25 for a total of $1750

      Granted — that’s a lot of volunteers. So the question is.. Has God prepared you with the resources to help with any of these gifts to take us to the finish line? You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


    • THE BACKPAGE: WHAT KIND OF HOPE COMES FROM STRIPPING AWAY HOPE? — Today’s Wall Street Journal Europe Edition caught my eye (Dec. 7 issue). The center pages were all about how Europeans, though economically ok, were seemingly more and more afraid… and worse, without hope. The pages were based on a survey of 10,373 Europeans from throughout Western Europe. Control populations were included in the USA, India, Russia and Turkey. In all, they gathered responses from 20,999 people in 20 countries — no small group.

      The outcome? Europeans are scared. Lack of direction, lack of leadership, lessening freedoms, more worries, more selfishness, and increasing pessimism. Interestingly, the responses also revealed a shocking rise in secularism, a loss of purpose, and, in general, a breakdown of society. The study included, among many other references, a quote from Yoda, of all folks (Star Wars; 1999). :-) “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” Sure enough, many Europeans reported fears about terrorism, war, global warming, moral decay, and finances. In fact, as many as 1 out of 10 reported that things were so bad, they simply had no hope — period. Even greater numbers said they had lost hope in the future.

      What’s the source of this fear? Remember that movie, “The NeverEnding Story”? In it, the warrior Atreyu had to go up against the “Nothing Monster”. I remember that giant turtle… what was his name…Morluk? Atreyu had asked him what was left when the Nothing Monster raided a certain town. “What’s left in its wake? Does it leave rocks?” Morluk answered, “Why… no! Rocks would be *something*. The Nothing Monster leaves… well… *nothing*!”

      In the same issue, a reviewer chronicled the new movie, “Golden Compass.” He observed that it was “stripped of ideas,” made little sense, yet was based on anti-religious elements. Apparently, the author is an outspoken atheist making no secret about his efforts to chip away at faith. The reviewer, Joe Morgenstern, wrote, “The script… retains an all-seeing and all-knowing institution that kidnaps children and ships them off to an arctic facility where their souls are permanently separated from their bodies.” In the book form of “Golden Compass,” that institution is clearly identified as “The Church.” Because of public outcry, the movie refers to it as, simply, “The Magisterium,” but the metaphor, nevertheless, clearly remains.

      So I had to grin. I shuttled back between the review of Golden Compass and the outcome of the survey. Duh. Should we be surprised? Clear case of ‘garbage-in, garbage-out.’ If we program our children with movies like “Compass,” we shouldn’t be surprised by the survey results. Morgenstern continued, “Vagueness colors all, banishing emotional connections in the process.” News item: I have seen a better way.

      So what about you? Do you catch yourself inwardly losing your flame? Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? In reality, do you wake up sometimes without hope? If so, you might be suffering from a bit of “Golden Compass” programming. How does one get around it? One idea is — invest. Invest in someone. The way to beat the Nothing Monster (in Never-Ending Story) was to care, love, and take courage. Emily Dickinson wrote, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without the words — And never stops – – at all.”

      So this Christmas, may you experience a renewed sense of hopefulness. May the fire & passion reawaken within you. And, if you go see “Golden Compass,” may it not drag you down. Apparently, it and several other factors have been dragging us down now for several years.

      God bless your weekend.

      Doug

    20071021 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
    2. GET YOUR OWN MISSIONARY WEBSITE
    3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
    4. AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP
    5. GREAT CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR GIFT FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS
    6. LOOKING FOR AN ITEM IN A PAST BRIGADA?
    7. GAIN NEW INSIGHT: TAKE THIS ONLINE PROFILER
    8. E-TICKETING THROUGH GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS (GTTRENDS)
    9. UNREACHED AND LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES FORUM
    10. GRAND CENTRAL: YOUR FREE PHONE NUMBER FROM GOOGLE
    11. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
    12. INVITE A SPECIAL SPEAKER: ROCCO BADENHORST
    13. READ BILL DILLON’S FUND-RAISING BLOG
    14. SINCE WE LAST REPORTED…
    15. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, GIVE FOR A GLOBAL CITIZEN WHO CAN’T
    16. THE BACKPAGE: THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG TRIP

    1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The next class of the Chalmers Center’s “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” email-based distance learning course is scheduled for Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008. This course gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. (The course will be offered again in Sept. 2008.)

      The course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite course, “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” The “Foundations” course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities within the Two- Thirds World. (It will actually benefit anyone preparing for Christian outreach and ministry among the poor, whether they plan to implement an economic development strategy or not.) This class will be offered on Feb. 4 – 29, 2008 and on April 28 – May 23, 2008, and either class offering can be taken as the prerequisite for the Sept. 2008 “Principles” class. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

      Because these courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

      To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

      http://www.chalmers.org

      or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 10/07.


    2. GET YOUR OWN MISSIONARY WEBSITE — 411 Ministries is offering a new, upgraded service that allows any missionary to bring up their own website within 15-30 minutes without knowing any web programming. Get a free Basic website plus a donation-based Premium website. You can include your personal and family information as well as information about your sending organization. In addition, you can post pictures, prayer requests, news updates, your current support status and needs, and you or your family’s biography. Their management interface includes an easy-to-use button-driven toolbar to add formatting to all your information. Some 180 missionaries have already found a home there. For more information, go to:

      http://www.411ministries.com

      or, contact noel(at)

      411ministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address elements on one line.]


    3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering the issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations throughout the world as well as to locations in the U.S./Canada. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

      The next class is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008. Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

      Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

      To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

      http://www.chalmers.org

      or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 10/07.


    4. AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP — If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, attend an upcoming Aquaponics Workshop. Learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. For more information or to register, visit:

      http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


    5. GREAT CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR GIFT FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS — Here’s a new book, One God One Message, written for Muslims, skeptics and seekers. A newly printed, thinner, attractive edition seeks to clear up the confusion that prevents Muslims from taking the Bible seriously using real-life illustrations and more than a thousand verses from Scripture. Available for $10 a copy from GoodSeed International:

      http://www.goodseed.com/store/us/products/resources/ogom.aspx

      Translations are underway in French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Swahili and German.


    6. LOOKING FOR AN ITEM IN A PAST BRIGADA? — Just use our on-site search capability, powered by Google. Just click on “Search” in the menu at the top of this page. Enter a word or two from the item that you remember and watch it flash before your eyes.

    7. GAIN NEW INSIGHT: TAKE THIS ONLINE PROFILER — Just browse to

      http:// www.cflex.org

      It’s a free online test that helps you analyze your ministry in a whole new objective light. Check it out. (Thanks Rick!)


    8. E-TICKETING THROUGH GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS (GTTRENDS) — Organizers of GT Trends invite you to book global travel through their site, claiming cheaper fares and easy access. You can also become a business partner with GTTrends by investing US$ 299.00 to become an Associate Travel Agent, creating the potential for a stream of income from the customers you attract. For more information, email streams7(at)

      juno (dot) com or benjo_lee(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 . and reassemble the email addresses onto one line.]


    9. UNREACHED AND LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES FORUM — Don’t forget, it happens this week, Nov. 27-29, 2007, at the Irving Bible Church, Irving TX. The goal? To increase and multiply the focus and engagement with Unreached Peoples. In this forum key ministries, churches, agencies, and others from or within North America will meet to interactively: a) Explore the big picture & current realities b) Cross-pollinate c) Engage in strategic conversations around the challenges and issues that emerge. d) Connect to a growing group of partners, models, resources and new ideas e) Intercede and hear from God f) Both give input and receive. Get more info at

      http://www.snipr.com/naupn2

      or email johnq(at)

      missionamerica(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 on one line.]


    10. GRAND CENTRAL: YOUR FREE PHONE NUMBER FROM GOOGLE — Have you ever wanted to have one number that followed you wherever you went? Have you needed an US number when you lived overseas? Dou you need a number in a different area code? Google has launched a new service called GrandCentral. Check it out at

      http://www.grandcentral.com

      It allows you to sign up for a local phone number that forwards to several other phone numbers. It works with landlines, mobile phones, voicemail, and other systems. It is in beta and is free. But for now, users primarily can just *reserve* a number… unless you can find a current Grandcentral user to “invite” you. (Thanks Jonathan!)


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

      http://www.stepuptolife.com


    12. INVITE A SPECIAL SPEAKER: ROCCO BADENHORST — Looking for a speaker for an upcoming missions conference? Rocco Badenthorst is reputed to be such a speaker, having been invited to Brazil for the past three years by invitation at one their key conferences. Many listeners have experienced transformed as a result of his talks. Read more at:

      http://www.integrityministries.org/christianspeaker.htm

      Call him at (309)828-5057 in the USA or rtb4him(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 . and reassemble it onto one line.]


    13. READ BILL DILLON’S FUND-RAISING BLOG — Now you can get even more practical advice from Bill Dillon, President of People Raising. Learn from his more than 35 years of fund raising experience. Whether raising individual support or organizational support, this resource could be invaluable. Also take a look at the award-winning 6-hour fund raising training program available in DVD/CD/Video/MP3.For more information go to

      http://www.peopleraising.com/blog/

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


    14. SINCE WE LAST REPORTED… — Our good friends at Dial-Abroad sent $60.95 in thanks for those who learned about their services via Brigada. Thanks! To try Dial-Abroad’s revolutionary phone services (at a great price), just click to:

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

      In addition, an Oregonian sent $20, joined by a resident of Kentucky who sent $25. And a new friend from the great state of Pennsylvania sent $300!

      This brings to $6,222.87 the total gifts for 2007. We publish our budget needs in the first month of the year. The 2007 budget is $17,150 for *everything*. So… sorry to say… we have quite a bit of ground to cover in the next 6 weeks. Is there *any* way you, your church, or organization could pitch in? Match the giver from Oregon, Kentucky, or Pennsylvania? We would be so grateful. When giving reaches $17,150, we’ll stop receiving money for 2007 and stop mentioning finances in Brigada Today. You have our word on it.


    15. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, GIVE FOR A GLOBAL CITIZEN WHO CAN’T — Notice, you received this edition of Brigada for no charge. We’re a step-out-on- faith initiative. Would you consider giving an offering so that our 2007 needs are met *before* the end of the year? If so, just click “Donate“. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    16. THE BACKPAGE: THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG TRIP — What do you do on the eve of a big trip overseas? (It’s such an evening for me tonight.)

      Do your kids ask you to help them list an item on eBay? :-) My suggestion is — do it. The gesture will take you 30′ and possibly force you to stay up a half-hour longer at the end of the day, but the price will be worth it. Besides… maybe it’ll make you sleep better on the overnight flight. So in general… invest in a high quality time activity for any family member that will receive it. You’ll be glad you did.

      Do you clean out your inbox? I try to, if at all possible. My outbound flight might take me out of commission for as long as 18-24 hours. So if possible, I like to be caught up so things don’t look any worse than they already are! :-)

      Do you look ahead not only at the time you’ll be gone but also at the 7 days immediately after your return? Check out any deadlines or due dates for that next week so you can be working on things during your trip, if need be.

      Do you make arrangements for communicating with your loved ones at crucial junctures? (e.g., arrival at an int’l port of destination, or connecting in a sensitive land) It’s extra work to arrange for cell phones, faxes, or email hook-ups. But it just seems the extra work pays off not only for the ones you love, but also for the ones making your trip possible (donors).

      Finally, do you gather up all your research and notes about your trip? Get your eTicket numbers, reservation numbers, confirmation numbers, etc., and put them all in a file folder in your *carry-on*. If they’re checked, you might never see them again.

      Think ahead before your trip. The time you invest on the front end can pay mongo dividends on the other side.

      Doug

    17. Want to comment on this “BackPage?” Just click here to see it at the Brigada “Brigade” site, where you can add comments.

    20071014 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
    2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH
    3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD
    4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS
    5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE
    6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
    7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE
    8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
    9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING
    10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM
    11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG
    12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
    13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
    14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT

    1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — First time in Europe! A unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. The first European program will be held in Hungary, January 7-11, 2008. Other 2008 courses in Tokyo, Seattle and Singapore. Go to

      http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

      for details. Or emailhelp(at)

      creativeresultsmanagement(dot)com [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 on one line.] (Thanks to Core Coaching for their $75 gift.)


    2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH — Plan and implement evangelism and church planting strategies among your favorite unreached people group, population segment, or mega-city. Go to:

      http://www.ywamperth.org.au/life/?events

      for more information and to download an application. Or contact the registrar: info(at)

      ywamperth.org

      [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.] (And thanks to YWAM Perth for pitching in $20 to help undergird Brigada!)


    3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please inquire with Karen(at)

      here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


    4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS — If you are a Christian university or college student, ISV FaithWorks is looking for you! International Student Volunteers has spent the last 25 years sending literally thousands of students on volunteer adventures on six continents. Now, ISV FaithWorks

      http://www.isvfaithworks.com

      is utilizing their proven infrastructure to provide the mission adventure of a lifetime to Thailand and the Dominican Republic. Experience two weeks of mission work, followed by two weeks of adventure tour (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, river tubing, scuba, etc.) in the country of your choice. They are all about mission, adventure and discipleship! Use the website above or call 519-841-0006 in the USA


    5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE — Are you still using vhs tapes? Master Provisions has 300 blanks that they would love to donate and will ship at their own expense just as a courtesy to some missionary or organization that is still utilizing vhs media. First, check to see if they’re already claimed by logging on at:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=44

      If you see no signs of them being claimed, drop Roger a note at clothesman(at)

      juno.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


    6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader”. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada100” in your shopping cart purchase at

      http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

      For special orders contact info(at)

      AsteroideaBooks(dot)com [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 email address on one line.]


    7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE — Hats off to frequent Brigada contributor, Tony, for telling us, “The future is here, no enormous ‘roaming’ charges to use a phone in different countries.” See the following link:

      http://pacrimmedia.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/a-cellphone-without-borders/


    8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Need a secure VPN solution that can be used virtually everywhere you can get on the Internet? Consider Secure Connect from PCFSoftware Solutions. With almost a decade of supporting remote workers in sensitive areas, PCFSoftware Solutions understands the need for Internet security. Built on OpenVPN, Secure Connect offers secure VPN solutions to users of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with setup as simple as an install, and entering a username and password (for the Windows environment). Subscriptions for individuals and organizations are available. Secure Connect meets the needs of Christian workers in sensitive areas. Learn more at:

      http://www.pcfss.com/secure-connect

      (Note: I’ve personally interviewed the providers of this VPN and they do indeed check out as legitimate. By the way, we’ve rec’d no compensation to list them.)


    9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING — Pick up a certificate at Core Coaching Skills and, in the process, pick up a number of really helpful competencies.

      http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

      (By the way, thanks for the recent thank-you note and $75 sponsorship to Brigada! It’s obvious that Brigada readers know a good skills class when they see it… and those readers are now gearing up effectively with Keith’s team.)


    10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM — A free ebook reader based on the Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference is available by going to

      http://ie-21stCentury.com

      This 300 page PDF file includes all the edited and transcribed workshops presented at the 2005 conference at Liberty University. The site also includes links to the free video workshops themselves and directions on how to order the DVDs for your library. The 21 workshops are by the top names in internet evangelism.


    11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG — Here’s a new blog by educator and media strategy consultant Dan Henrich. Called a “Blog about Innovation”

      http://interactiveconf.wordpress.com/

      it is a compilation of articles and links that address the convergence of media in the word and strategies to use media more effectively.


    12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here is a 4-week TESOL course that will equip you with the skills to effectively teach English as a Second Language (ESL). It will be held January 7 – February 1, 2008 at Youth With A Mission in Fairbanks, Alaska. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. For more information see their website:

      http://www.alaska.net/~ywam

      or e-mail tesolinalaska(at)

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


    13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS — We’re extremely grateful to Insurance Services of America for their recent donations of $78.40, $23.10, and $63.63 to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Thanks, too, to the travelers who used their services — Esther, Irene, Jay, Rena, Rie, Geraldn, Bruce, Ann, Tyler, Savannah, Logan, Donna, Daniel, Yvonne, Ted, … and especially Heather, who, in turn, booked Donna, Chris, Mike, Amber, Aubri, Alicia, David ,Kathryn, Michael. Want to join them in booking quality insurance on your next trip — travel interruption, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, and much more? Just go to:

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


    14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT — We send Brigada free… then ask questions later. How can we do business that way? Only if churches, missionaries and individuals like you pitch in to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Just click “Donate“.
      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    20071007 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA
    2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE
    3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE
    4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED
    5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
    6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS?
    7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
    8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE
    9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
    10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES
    11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN
    12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE
    13. CLOSING STUFF

    1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA — At least one worker there believes that “a major breakthrough is in the offing in the next year or so.” At the same time, he grants that “there are going to be believers suffering to the point of shedding blood at some point in the near-ish future, and some of them might even be westerners.” If this happens, pray that their blood will be the seed of both new and stronger growth in this region where the percentage of adherents to Chr1st is regularly less than 0.3%. Pray that our brother there would remain humble when the harvest comes in. Pray that all glory would go to the Lord of the universe.

    2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE — Here’s a free software package available to help missionaries manage communication with their donor base. Features include contact management, budget goals, contribution analysis, and advanced reporting. Download your free copy today at

      http://www.sunergeosystems.com/product_info.php


    3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE — This year’s Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., will open with a pre-conference on “Empowering the Indigenous Church,” Nov.8. Steve Saint will begin the discussion during the pre-conference. The main conference will continue this dialogue through workshops and more speakers. Last year’s focus on holistic mission stirred discussion around the role of the broader Christian community in raising up disciples, equipping them, and then disengaging. More fruitful discussion time is planned this year as conference presenters and participants take a look at indigenous churches and the way cross-cultural outreach efforts impact them.

      https://www.medicalmissions.com/


    4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED — It’s an ever- growing problem. Thanks to Brigada participant, Dave, who asked this past week, is it still safe — even with our typical “@ to ‘at'” approach. As a result of his questions, we did some reading. Like… at this site:

      http://nadeausoftware.com

      We went to this article: (paste this line after the above line)

      /articles/2007/05/effective_methods_protect_email_addresses_spammers

      As you can see, there are very few safe options these days. As a result of this study, we’re changing our approach effective *immediately*. From this edition onward, we’ll start placing email addresses, when they’re necessary, on separate lines. Web-posted information continues to be a better bet. Thanks for your patience as we wrestle with spam. Sometimes, the actions of a few ruin the fun for all. :-(


    5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the Perspectives Reader. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Buy before the end of October and receive an additional $2.00 OFF. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada1007” in your shopping cart purchase at

      http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

      For special orders contact info@

      AsteroideaBooks.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble them on one line.]


    6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS? — That’s what Brigada Brigade commenter, John, would like to know. See his question at:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31#comments

      And, if you know the answer, respond to him in the next comment please.


    7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — “Screams in the Desert” is an invitation to participate in one woman’s cross-cultural journey and the lessons she learns along the way. Sue Eenigenburg’s poignant and humorous accounts of life overseas provide insight into issues that many women encounter in the mission field. Join Sue for trips to the zoo, bouts of illness, landmine fields, miscommunications, and other everyday experiences of life in a foreign country. Providing women with examples to learn by, scripture to meditate on, and space to write about personal experiences, Screams in the Desert offers hope and humor to women working cross-culturally.

      During this prepublication offer from William Carey Library, the books are $8.00 individually and $6.00 per 100 books. After November 1, regular prices will be in effect.

      You can order the books through Send the Light at their website. Click on new titles and then pre-publication sales to find the book:

      http://www.missionbooks.org/


    8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE — An interdisciplinary multi-denominational group is now forming to develop best practices in short-term healthcare mission work. They welcome input from those who send and receive healthcare and medical short-term missionaries. Their goal is to create a set of Best Practices (Goals and Recommendations) which are Biblically guided, evidence based, consistent with ethical standards and common-sense experience. For more info, e- mail Peter Yorgin at

      pyorgin@

      yahoo.com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


    9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. With ministry responsibilities, and all that keeps you constantly moving, it is difficult to have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in. Writer’s Edge takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well- written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Contact them now for 25% off your first letter! Ph: (760) 300-3690. Visit:

      http://www.writersedgeinternational.com


    10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please send for more information to Karen@

      here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


    11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN — That’s what you do every time you give $50… or $500 … or $15. Just click on “Donate” .

      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


    12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE — Have you ever noticed that, in general, we like the familiar? I thought about that this past week when the online music service, “Urge” did an ‘Urge-merge’ with the online service, Rhapsody. Urge was kind of “built-in” to Windows Vista. It was easy — just ‘turn it on.’ Suddenly, a million titles were yours for the clicking. I play keyboard for our church worship team… so I went for it. It was awesome. They’d give me a list of songs and I’d come home to see if Urge had them. The folks at Urge always did. Until this past weekend. An email had informed me earlier that Urge and Rhapsody were “teaming up.” (Smelled like a buy-out to me, though.) But this past weekend, the hammer dropped. Urge closed. I was being force-fed into Rhapsody’s subscriber list. I called customer support and was suddenly talking to “Bob” in India. (Have you ever met an Asian Indian with a name like “Bob”?) I promptly cancelled the account, partly because of principle. I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t give me a choice. But there was another factor: Rhapsody just didn’t work as well. The Urge plug-in was a 7 meg add-on to Windows Media Player. By contrast, Rhapsody’s software wanted to add over 50 megs to my already crowded hard drive. I balked. Instead of the urge to merge, I felt the balk to walk.

      Which brings me to my point. When we can see that change is on the horizon, here’s Doug’s top-seven ways to soften the blow. Try them out on your next big shift and see what happens.

      *** 1 – If there are ‘victims’ of the change, give them whatever choices you can. Let them be part of the decision. Don’t force them into Rhapsody.

      *** 2 – Explain the true reason behind the change. “Rhapsody has paid us well for this buyout. You’ll profit too. Here’s why.”

      *** 3 – Be personal. Don’t keep your ‘victims’ at arm’s length. “We know this is not going to be easy. That’s why we’ve set up a help line in case you have questions.”

      *** 4 – Try to list tangible benefits of the change. Rhapsody might have argued, “We know you’ll lose hard drive space, but you’ll gain features. Here are 10 things you can do with the new software that you couldn’t do with the old.”

      *** 5 – If possible, *ease* them through the change. For example, Urge might have explained, “Stay with Rhapsody for 3 months before you have to pay a cent. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you can always quite later.”

      *** 6 – Ask several different spokespeople to communicate the change. It would have helped to have heard from the president of Urge. “The reason we’re shutting service down is…”. The top-dog at Rhapsody could have chimed in too.

      *** 7 – Realize that your constituency is always one touch away from disenfranchisement. I liked Urge. I bragged about it. But when it closed, I bolted. I didn’t just blindly follow the crowd to the next big thing. Online music services became a commodity item to me, because I no longer had any owner loyalty. Urge, if they wanted to keep me, probably needed to do a bit more homework.

      What would help *you* in the midst of change? How could *your* employer, agency or church make it easier for you when something has to transition? Got an opinion? Write a comment below. Get it off your chest. Just click to:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=43

      Click on “Comment” below the post and fill us in on your ideas.

    20070930 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. WHAT DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION/MISSION USE FOR A PLANNING TOOL?
    2. NEED A HELPING HAND? WANT TO ACCOMPLISH MORE?
    3. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH A VISION FOR ASIA
    4. GET QUOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS ABOUT MISSIONS
    5. CHRISTIANITY TODAY POLLS CHRISTIANS ON ‘DANGER ZONE MISSIONS’
    6. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION
    7. ONE MORE MICROCREDIT ORG
    8. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE
    9. THERE IS A MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER WAY TO RAISE SUPPORT
    10. SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES & USE THE DIFFERENCE FOR MISSIONS?
    11. THANKFUL BEYOND MEASURE FOR PARTNERS THAT UNDERGIRD BRIGADA
    12. WE’RE PUBLISHING A HALF MILLION BRIGADA TODAYS THIS YEAR
    13. THE BACKPAGE: OUR “30 DAYS” CAMPAIGN WENT WELL; HOW ‘BOUT YOURS?

    1. WHAT DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION/MISSION USE FOR A PLANNING TOOL? — I faced that question this past week, when our team started working on our primary objectives, goals, & tasks for the future — our Field Ministry Plan for 2008 and beyond. After examining a bunch (but certainly not all) of the options, I recommended Central Desktop to our team. See them at:

      http://www.centraldesktop.com

      (Note that we’re not getting any kickbacks or “affiliate” bonuses by recommending them… Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

      Surprisingly, our team embraced it within about one hour.

      There are certainly plenty of tools that teams can use. Everything from sending a Microsoft Word doc (or Excel spreadsheet) to one team member at a time … to Google’s new online apps … to GoogleGroups… to other online collaborative software — ad infinitum. But CentralDesktop, though it cost us something (at the level we chose), seemed to offer a great match of tools. The level we chose was the threshold level where we got SSL (secure) web interactivity with one another. That gave us, in one handy package with one handy secure web address, online discussions (with great notification options), document sharing (with version tracking), task lists and milestone building (yes it’s kind of basic, but it’s at least *there*), basic calendaring, lightweight databases, and light reporting… all in one package. Plus we can invite in non- members (i.e., organization volunteers) to our heart’s content — one workspace at a time. On top of all that, the developers seem very accessible through the online forum (they’ve answered every feature request and help request within 2 hours so far), and they’re bringing out a *monthly* upgrade that’s adding real value, every 30 days.

      So … yes… it’s still early in our use, but it looks extremely promising so far. Check it out for your team.

      Would you mind telling us what your group uses for planning purposes? Just visit:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=39

      and click on “Add a comment” at the bottom of the item. Thanks!


    2. NEED A HELPING HAND? WANT TO ACCOMPLISH MORE? — Consider spending some time with the folks at Creative Results Management. They have a Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program — see it at

      http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

      That could make the difference between your success… or “unsuccess”. :-) Give ’em a try today… (and please thank them for their support of Brigada this past week!)


    3. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH A VISION FOR ASIA — OMF International has been reaching East Asia with the gospel since Hudson Taylor founded the organization as China Inland Mission in 1865. If you would like to learn more about OMF or how you can be involved in the work that includes more than 1,500 workers from 20 countries with a focus on more than 400 unreached people groups throughout East Asia, visit their website

      http://www.omf.org/us

      or attend their “Reach Asia” information evening, October 27, 2007 in Littleton CO, USA (For more information, contact Alicia Abennett(at)omf(dot)org or call 303.730.4160.) [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Sorry about the quick notice. When submitting Brigada items, better give at least 60 days advance notice prior to events that might require flights.)


    4. GET QUOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS ABOUT MISSIONS — Do you need some great missions quotes or Illustrations? The “Blog World Missions 101” has hundreds of quotes illustrations for use in missions presentations, messages, or seminars. Andy has posted his missions illustration file and it is growing rapidly in volume. Why hoard the wealth? All quotes and illustrations are from current missions books, and sources are footnoted. Share the wealth and enjoy. Find it at

      http://www.worldmissions101.blogspot.com I was there about 15 seconds before I found a quote that I put in my permanent quotations database. Thanks to Andy and the group!


    5. CHRISTIANITY TODAY POLLS CHRISTIANS ON ‘DANGER ZONE MISSIONS’ — Did you see the Aug 15-16 survey that Christianity Today conducted with USA Christians about mission works in dangerous regions? Catch it at Christianity Today. Bottom line? USA Christians still seem very supportive of outreaches in dangerous places, even though there are risks involved. Over half of the respondents said work should continue there, even if forbidden by law. Interestingly, they only thought it would be irresponsible if the missionaries are unprepared. Score one for the training types. :-) (Thanks for tipping us on this story, Jeff!)

    6. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION — Brigada reader John is compiling resources on contextualization. This will be similar to his previous work on the must read books for all missionaries. This time he wants to compile material on contextualization.

      He has three questions to which he would love to know your answer.

      1. What is the best definition of contextualization?

      2. What resources would you recommend to a newly enlisted missionary to help them contextualize their ministry?

      3. Where do you point in Scripture that commands the missionary to contextualize in his ministry?

      He’ll greatly appreciate your responses. Just click to:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=41

      and “Add a comment” immediately below the post. Thanks!


    7. ONE MORE MICROCREDIT ORG — Brigada participant, Norm, had one more organization to add to our list given in the Aug. 31st issue of Brigada Today (#4, “HEARD ABOUT MICROCREDIT?”). He highly recommended…

      http://www.lifewind.org

      He felt they had “the best program of sustainable microbusiness enterprise of any Christian organization and perhaps of many non- christian organizations.” He added, “I am not part of their organization but highly recommend their methods and training that they hand off.” Thanks Norm!


    8. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE — This five week training in Hindu ministry will be offered in Pasadena, CA in the spring of 2008. The class will meet one night a week for three hours. Students can expect a combination of lectures, short reading assignments, multimedia presentations, Biblical reflection, discussion groups and devotional music. For a brochure and more information on dates, venues and fees contact the Pasadena Coordinator at andy(dot)pearce(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    9. THERE IS A MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER WAY TO RAISE SUPPORT — If you depend on church meetings and letters to raise your full support, it may take a long, long time. If you get training in effective relational and presentation skills, you can do it in less than half the average time, and the cost is relatively small. Now you can get full training right in your own home through live, interactive videoconferencing. You will join with up to six others in three other locations for an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. All you need is high speed internet. Jerry, for more than twenty years, has equipped missionaries to share their vision in such a way that people discover their passion and get involved through prayer and giving. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211 or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or browse to:

      http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


    10. SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES & USE THE DIFFERENCE FOR MISSIONS? — That’s what one Brigada reader advocates. He maintains that USA Christians can 1. Reduce expenditures monthly to have more to give to missions? 2. Help bring unchurched people into contact with caring Christians? 3. Help the working poor in their own neighborhoods help themselves? All by utilizing the services of and encouraging your local church to be a host site for… Angel Food Ministries. See his summary of the program here…

      http://www.squidoo.com/angelfoodministries

      Want to comment on this ministry? Just click to:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=42


    11. THANKFUL BEYOND MEASURE FOR PARTNERS THAT UNDERGIRD BRIGADA — We’re grateful this week for Orphan Voice, College Heights Christian Church and a worker from Team Expansion — because they all bought their trip interruption insurance from ISA at:

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

      And ISA, in turn, gave a portion of those funds — $89.05 in face — to help get Brigada onto your screens! Thanks ISA!

      Thanks, too, to Dial Abroad for the $60.95 they sent as a thank you to Dial Abroad “Brigada-based” customers using their services. Thanks for those who keep talking!!! :-) Thanks, too, to the anonymous reader who sent $180 saying “Keep up the great work”, another who sent ***$500***, and another who sent $100 from the Pacific Rim. We were also appreciative of the Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program

      http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

      for sending $75 as a way of saying thanks “all the good information that flows through Brigada.” [blush] (God be praised, Keith!) Please go check out his site today.


    12. WE’RE PUBLISHING A HALF MILLION BRIGADA TODAYS THIS YEAR — With over 11,000 subscribers… 52 weeks… that works out to over 500,000 editions in just one year. Our financial needs seem small enough… just $17,150 for all of 2007. Where else can you get that much bang for your buck!? :-) Want to help pump Brigada’s missions mobilization message out to the masses on every continent? You can. Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    13. THE BACKPAGE: OUR “30 DAYS” CAMPAIGN WENT WELL; HOW ‘BOUT YOURS? — Did your “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” campaign go well? Write about it online at:

      As mentioned earlier (in “THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD”, Sept. 14th, 2007 Brigada Today), some 400 people got involved with either the kids version or the adult version. It’s leading in nicely toward our 30 days of emphasis on a country in the Middle East. We’ll pass out *those* booklets this Sunday and next, then begin the emphasis the week following. We’ll enclose an insert with specific prayers about two of our church members that will be journeying to the country to survey it for our congregation and the mission with which we hope to partner (Team Expansion) for this outreach. It’s an exciting time for the church… and there are lots of folks ready to get involved. So … bravo to the “30 Days” bunch for helping us launch the whole thing. The work is worth it!

      Would you mind sharing how your campaign went? Just click to:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=40

      and click on “add a comment” below the item. Thanks!

    20070923 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. CUTTING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS
    2. ATTEND REGIONAL MOBILIZATION MEETINGS (SAMPLE IN PITTSBURGH)
    3. FREE WEBSITE OFFERS HELPFUL RESOURCES
    4. PRE-FIELD TRAINING IN ASIA FOR ASIA MINISTRY
    5. THE ‘EASY’ TANZANIAN LANGUAGES TEAM NOW HAVE THEIR OWN WEBSITE
    6. OMF BC EVENTS IN OCTOBER
    7. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY “ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY” EDITION
    8. THE COMING REVOLUTION
    9. OMF REACHING CHINA
    10. WHAT’S THE RATIO OF YOUTH WORKERS TO YOUTH IN THE FIELD?
    11. HATS-OFF TO BRIGADA SPONSORS
    12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA?
    13. THE BACK PAGE: EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

    1. CUTTING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS — Cutting health insurance costs for home base staff and overseas workers is always challenging. One solution might be to consider a Self-Funded plan. Now groups as small as 11 employees can get self-funded (StopLoss) quotes. One key advantage of a self-funded plan is that you keep more of your health insurance premium in your organization. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

      http://www.gninsurance.com


    2. ATTEND REGIONAL MOBILIZATION MEETINGS (SAMPLE IN PITTSBURGH) — Are you located in the Pittsburgh area? Here’s a sampling of a couple of major missionary mobilization meetings you can attend. Wouldn’t it be cool of there were more of these kinds of meetings all around the world? As for Pittsburgh, “The Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission” Breakfast meeting is about to cover “Native American Awareness.” The’ll also interview a Cuban Pastor, all on Saturday, Oct.13,2007, 8:30- 10:30am at West Ridge Community Church.

      http://www.wrccc.org

      or call 724-695-7500 RSVP to slonchka(at)comcast(dot)net

      You can also catch “Praise & Prayer over Pittsburgh”, 7:00pm, Oct.13, 2007 at West End Overlook Park. Special Guests include Richard Twiss and Darrell Fields, & Michael Duncan Project, Prayer led by Pittsburgh area Pastors. A coordinated effort by the Pittsburgh Prayer Network

      http://www.prayforpittsburgh.org and the Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission

      http://www.pngc.org (website under construction)

      (Truth in publicizing notice: Hats off to this network for sending in a check to support Brigada! That just makes me doubly want to ask that you’ll be there! :-) )


    3. FREE WEBSITE OFFERS HELPFUL RESOURCES — Looking for info on leadership and leadership training. Check out…

      http://www.teal.org.uk/index.htm

      The best part? It’s all free.


    4. PRE-FIELD TRAINING IN ASIA FOR ASIA MINISTRY — For anyone planning to minister in Asia, an excellent nine-week program is conducted once a year in Malaysia. The Malaysian Cross-Cultural Mission School (MCMS) will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur, beginning January 7 and continuing through March 16, 2008. It is an intensive program that covers the practical challenges of cross-cultural ministry. MCMS faculty includes missionaries and mission leaders from many parts of the world who are involved in the real life of a missionary. This is no “Ivory Tower” theoretical pastime; it’s the real thing! For more details, talk with Peter, the director. E-mail:

      peters(at)linkmail(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. THE ‘EASY’ TANZANIAN LANGUAGES TEAM NOW HAVE THEIR OWN WEBSITE — This site is

      http://easytanzanianbibles.googlepages.com/home

      and it is totally Tanzanian as regards authorship, checking, field- testing, copyright and ownership. The leader is Revd Samuel Mpanilehi at smpanilehi(at)gmail(dot)com , who works in close fellowship with

      http://www.easyBibles.com

      where over twenty such projects are developing.


    6. OMF BC EVENTS IN OCTOBER — OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) in B.C. invites you to the following events: 1. Saturday, October 13 (1:30 – 6:00 pm ending with a Chinese supper), Heart for Asia Conference in Victoria, 2. Friday night, October 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, OMF together with Fujian Evangelical Church (FEC) present Youth and Missions. 3. Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Heart for Asia Conference to be held at Peace Mennonite Church (PMC). The theme for the events is: Passion for the Impossible – Reaching the Neglected Frontiers. For more info, including themes and speakers, email:

      pacificregion(at)shawlink(dot)ca or call 604.278.1208.


    7. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY “ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY” EDITION — Global Missiology is a free quarterly online publication with original research and contributions from practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. The third quarter English language issue is focused on the subject of “Islam and Christianity” and has just been made available. Chinese and French editions are also available with articles that are not translations of the English, but rather original contributions from specialists working in those language contexts. All versions can be found at

      http://www.globalmissiology.org

      as well as a complete searchable archive of more than 4 years worth of articles. email editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    8. THE COMING REVOLUTION — Because, according to at least one author, Status Quo Missions Won’t Finish The Job. Check out this new book just released by R. Mark Baxter. After some stories and shocking statistics, Mark shares reasons for the present state of missions, the potential that exists to see the Great Commission fulfilled, and ways to personally get involved. More information on The Coming Revolution is available at

      http://shop.blessthenations.com

      Also, you can email Mark at missionsconsultants(at)yahoo(dot)com


    9. OMF REACHING CHINA — International has been reaching East Asia with the gospel since Hudson Taylor founded the organization as China Inland Mission in 1865. If you would like to get involved in a work that includes more than 1,500 workers from 20 countries with a focus on more than 400 unreached people groups throughout East Asia, visit

      http://www.omf.org/us


    10. WHAT’S THE RATIO OF YOUTH WORKERS TO YOUTH IN THE FIELD? — Would anyone happen to know about how many young people there are in any cross-cultural settings? … and how many Christian workers are serving primarily for their benefit? In other words, what’s the ratio of youth workers per youth? Got an idea to post? Just navigate to:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=37

      And click “Comment” below the item. Thanks!


    11. HATS-OFF TO BRIGADA SPONSORS — Thanks to the West Ridge Christian Church

      http://www.wrccc.org

      for their innovative and encouraging support of regional missions mobilization meetings. May God bless their $100 gift to Brigada. We appreciate you! Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100 and $25 this past week, along with the prayer coordinator who gave $25. Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope who gave $15.47 in sponsorship gifts. Learn more about their great phone plans at

      http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

      Thanks to the Kingdom Come Training worker who gave $20. May God bless their training outreach for His glory.

      Finally, may God bless the radio ministry workers who just sent $100. We’re so thankful for their love for you, for your work around the world, and for getting the message out via radio.


    12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA? — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    13. THE BACK PAGE: EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER — This past weekend, I was fortunate to have the privilege of leading a couple of sessions for some adult children of missionaries (MKs). One referred to a quote by Mark Twain about sails. I looked it up when I got home. Twain was reported to have said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” It’s important to note that no one can find the source of this quote, so it’s likely that Mark Twain never actually said it. Regardless of who said it, it got me thinking.

      And in the process of thinking about it, I came across something that Twain *did* actually say, in “Innocents Abroad”: “What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not see before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone over before. To be the first–that is the idea. To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else–these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment.”

      When it comes to mobilizing missionaries, we haven’t talked much about discovery and adventure — even though much of evangelistic missionary work involves it. I think it’s because we’re afraid we’ll breed only missionary-tourists. But there is a sense in which the pioneer spirit is not only preferred, but actually *required* by some missionary opportunities. Some call it an “apostolic gift.” Call it what you want, but when Paul forged on through shipwrecks & stoning, the truth is, he was pioneering. When he believed so strongly in the Cause that he traveled on foot throughout the known world of his day, he was pioneering. Paul’s musing about going where no man has gone before (Romans 15:20) is enough to cause me to believe Twain was on the right track. We probably need to talk some about adventure, dreaming, thinking big. We need some big thinkers today. Thinkers that will dream, then *do*. After all, Twain also is reported to have said, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

      Doug

    20070916 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS!
    2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
    3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
    4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
    5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS
    6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE
    7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES
    8. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP
    9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!”
    10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR
    11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION
    12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA
    13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA
    14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON”

    1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS! — It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer and fall short-term mission trips! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

      For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

      Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss! (Thanks Insurance Services!)


    2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church hosts the 12th annual Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10, in Louisville, Ky. Speakers this year include: Steve Saint, Dr. Peter Okaalet of MAP International, Yvette Maher of Focus on the Family, and Dr. David Stevens, of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. The theme for the GMHC this year is “Empowering the Indigenous Church.” From clinical practice and community health, to preparation and equipping for cross-cultural outreach, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and technical innovations, breakout sessions offer a variety of learning and networking opportunities. The GMHC is the largest medical missions conference of its kind. Register at:

      https://www.medicalmissions.com/

      or email info(at)medicalmissions(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. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Creative Results Management is now introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. It’s a unique training for missionaries integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. They have programs in 2008 in Hungary, Tokyo, Seattle & Singapore. Go to

      http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

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


    4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA — The new prayer guide (2007) for Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP) is now available – PTAP: Peoples and Topics prayer guide. It is the result of the contribution of people working in the Arabian Peninsula to help you pray and stay informed about the great things that God is doing! Find it at:

      http://www.pray-ap.info/download.htm

      Look under ptap 3 to download high or low resolution versions. Feel free to make copies for yourself and others or order the booklet by writing to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also use this address to sign up to receive weekly praise reports, prayer requests, and testimonies of how God is at work in the Arabian Peninsula.


    5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS — TENT Norway & GLOBAL Opportunities are expanding their annual tentmaking course reach by adding Oslo to the roster. The GUS center is ideally located just outside of Oslo in a forested area. Students are housed in cozy cabins on the grounds and all meals are included in the course fee. TENT reports that this will be the largest tentmaking course yet, with some 40 students already registered, but there is still room for a few more. These courses attract future and current tentmakers from all across Europe and beyond, making the time together a very rich experience for all. If you feel a nudge to attend, contact Steinar Opheim or register on the TENT website.

      http://www.tent.no or email steinar.opheim(at)tent(dot)no

      Course dates are October 11-14, 2007. The complete course is schedule on their website.


    6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE — Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, the ACMC ministry is alive and well! ACMC is about Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Please help everyone know the ACMC website is open. Conferences are scheduled in November in Baltimore, MD and Easton, MA. Online registration and downloadable conference brochures are available on the new website. Contact ACMC for more information via info(at)acmc(dot)org or by phone in the US at 1-800-755-7284 or outside the US at 1-407-382-6000. Watch for future website updates including various mission articles filled with tips and information.

      http://www.acmc.org

      Thanks from everyone at ACMC, Caleb Resources, and The Encounters Group for the prayers and encouragement to their ministries.


    7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES – Share Education Services will be sponsoring a Parenting/Education Conference soon in Kiev (October 19-20) and in Moscow (October 26-27). Author Dr. Kathy Koch will be the primary presenter. Dr. Kathy’s positive and energetic style will encourage and equip you as parents to be a blessing to your TCKs. Sample topics are: -Helping your child to be fulfilled and successful in all of life. This involves understanding their 5 basic needs, and how they can be met in healthy ways. -Learn how to detect in your child which of the 8 intelligences (i.e. word smart, nature smart, self smart) they are strong in and how you can strengthen and develop the other intelligences. Also understand what negative behaviors may by rooted in their intelligence strengths. -How to adapt your home school curriculum to your child’s multiple intelligences -Giving your child fabulous feedback: The art of complimenting and correcting your child -Teaching your child friendship skills For more info browse

      http://www.shareeducation.org

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


    8. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP — The former Initiative 360 / Caleb Project webstore is online and offering full service again. The teams in Littleton are working hard to add staff and continue to produce the materials that you love and need for your mobilization efforts. Stop by and see the newly reorganized website at

      http://www.takeitglobal.org

      with links to the webstore where you can purchase mobilization resources produced by ACMC and Caleb Resources. You can even sign up for an Encountering the World of Islam course in your area!

      http://www.encounteringislam.org/

      For more info email info(at)takeitglobal(dot)org or info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By phone in the USA call 877.522.8718 or from outside the USA call 1.303.459.5400


    9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!” — Recently on a visit to Windhoek, Namibia, a city to the south of Hereroland, two missionaries met T. and her husband, R. T. grew up in the U.K. and she and her parents are well educated. While in High School, her family returned to Namibia. All went well until she decided to marry R. She and R. are Christians. R.’s parents and friends could not understand why she wasn’t marrying a Herero man and why she wanted to be a Christian. Her parents wanted a traditional Herero wedding, usually lasting 2 to 3 days. She agreed to this, but then afterwards the couple also had a Christian wedding. Her parents were not happy. They were talking with the ancestors about her and eventually were so upset they her father declared she was not his daughter. Now, T. and R. have a child and her parents love the child, but she knows that controversy will eventually begin because she will be raising her daughter in a Christian home. Please pray for T. and R. Pray that they have strength and faith to continue to raise their daughter in the way that the Lord would have them raise her. Pray for other Christian Hereros that also have this challenge in their lives. Pray that they will also be a good witness to their families and friends. Pray that the Lord uses them to draw others to Himself. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net

    10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR — Hailida International Kindergarten has openings for 15 teachers in three major provinces: Wuhan, Shenzhen, and Shanghi. Hailida accepts applications throughout the year filling positions on an ongoing basis. Teachers will teach age 2-6 year old children stories and songs using visual art tools, movement and media technology. As always, be sure to check out Hailida’s expectations. Hailida will provide room and food and pay a monthly salary USD $1,000 net and pay personal income tax for teachers. For further questions or an application check out the websites:

      http://www.hailida.com.cn

      http://www.gracegardenchristianpreschool.com

      or contact Judy, Phone in the USA: +1-480-598-5600, or email gracegardenaz(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION — John is compiling resources on contextualization. He has three questions to which he would love to know your answer, all related to definition and meaning of the term. See them and answer them in a “comment” at:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=35


    12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA — Honest. When we received the $25 gift from a Wycliffe worker, we were overjoyed. On top of that, enough of you talked on the phone in July and August that Dial-Abroad could send $105.38 in sponsored commissions! Thanks for talking! If you’d like to set up a similar account, just browse to:

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

      Use that site to set up your phone bill, buy travel phone cards, and help Brigada all at the same time.

      Join us in thanking God for the prayer coordinator who sacrificially gave $25 more dollars to Brigada. Her gift will help us push the gospel message forward — and provide resources for others doing the same. And what about the good folks at the church in Joplin, MO that used ISA to purchase their trip cancellation insurance? $162.24! We’re so thankful. To purchase your trip insurance at below market rates and help Brigada too, just click to:

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

      Finally, we’re so thankful for the Brigada participant who wrote, “Hi guys. I’ve just been sitting here reading all the ‘catch-up’ issues of Brigada. What a wealth of information and opportunities. … I am always encouraged… I am an ex-YWAMer… My heart is divided between being a ‘goer’ and a ‘mobilizer.’ So as you can see, Brigada is the perfect vehicle for me to keep a foot in both areas. … I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into keeping all of us informed. What you do *does* make a difference. … I pray God will supply your needs to continue this ministry.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging… Thanks for the booster shot of $100!!!


    13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page.

      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


    14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON” — The letters stand for “More Tries, More Problems, More Accomplishments.” Have you ever observed it? Sure… if you take more shots in a soccer game (more tries), odds are stacked in your favor that you’ll score more goals eventually (more accomplishments). But you’ll most likely miss more often too (more problems). And have you noticed that the more stuff you add to your life, the exponentially more complicated it gets? In other words, if you already serve on the Missions Committee of your church, and you accept a spot on the worship team, your life isn’t just *twice* as busy. It feels *three* times as complex! Because now, when the worship team guy wants you to practice after Wed. eve. service, you already have Missions Committee. So he’s just a *little* let down that you can’t be present — and now you have to practice some *other* time to make up for missing! M->T-P-A

      Or maybe your mission agency convinces you to help launch a new field. You have to learn a slightly different language, which, for a while, seems to get in the way of the *current* language you’ve just learned, but in the end, enables you to help launch a new work among a new unreached people group. M->T-P-A

      Have you observed the M->T-P-A phenomenon in your own life? Has it sometimes created additional stress? If so, how do you cope? Is it worth it? How do you sort all this out for your own life? Is it helpful to think of M->TPA? (If so, we just made it up. If not, we’re not sure where we first heard of the term. :-) ) Answer by clicking on “Comment” at:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=36

    20070909 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
    2. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG OFFERS DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS
    3. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
    4. YOUR BEST SOURCES FOR RENTING VEHICLES?
    5. CALLING ALL USA-BASED CHRISTIAN WORKERS: TALK TO THE IRS
    6. 24/7 PRAYER MISSIONS TRAINING
    7. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
    8. WHERE WOULD YOU TURN FOR ADDING SUBTITLES
    9. SO THANKFUL FOR GIFTS
    10. HELP US HELP YOU
    11. THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD

    1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The course will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.

      The prerequisite course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on February 4 – February 29, 2008.

      Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

      To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

      http://www.chalmers.org

      or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.


    2. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG OFFERS DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS — Christian owned and operated online travel business exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Pass the word. Visit and share

      http://www.missiontravel.org

      or call 1-888-849-8850 in the USA or email quote(at)missiontravel(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. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL — DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Friday, November 12, in Brentwood, CA (East of San Francisco). Learn more at…

      http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/index.shtml

      or email info(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 .]


    4. YOUR BEST SOURCES FOR RENTING VEHICLES? — Got a favorite source for renting that car or van overseas? This request might sound “off the wall”, but one Brigada participant just asked how he might discover this sort of thing. So, for example, if you know of a good “chain” or website, or even a particular favorite *local* vehicle rental agency somewhere in the world, list it at the link below, then click on “Add Comment”:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=33


    5. CALLING ALL USA-BASED CHRISTIAN WORKERS: TALK TO THE IRS — The IRS has just released a significant redesign of Form 990 – Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. They are proposing that it take effect in the 2008 tax year. Part of this Form would be a new Schedule F – Statement of Activities Outside the United States. This would ask for specific disclosure of the countries where a nonprofit organization has activities. Organizations would be required to list the number of bank accounts and offices in those countries, the number of employees located in each country, the activities conducted in each country, and the total expenditures in each country. Disclosure of this sort of information could easily compromise the safety and security of missionaries working in some countries. Under this proposed form, what they do and where they work will have to be disclosed to the public. Because of the significant issues raised by this new form, a tax attorney in Dallas, TX, has created a special issue of his “Legal Memos” newsletter that he is making available free to anyone who would like a copy. It explains some of the major proposals in the new Form 990, the consequences of public disclosure of Schedule F, and what action you can take to help keep those disclosures private. To get a copy, just go to the Nonprofit and Church Law Ministries website at

      http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

      to download a copy of the Special Issue: IRS Releases Major Redesign of Form 990.


    6. 24/7 PRAYER MISSIONS TRAINING — Elijah Company will join with as many as 300 local believers in the south of Spain in an area called Campo de Gibraltar to conduct a second 24/7 House of Prayer. This is a strategic area sandwiched between Europe and North Africa. An International School of Prayer will be conducted along with a Missionary Training Camp. The objectives of this event are to seek the Lord for this strategic area and mentor others into a stronger missions/prayer focus. Participants can come for any duration. For details see

      http://www.elijahcompany.org

      and

      http://www.campo247.com

      or call (757) 226-3507 or email elijah(at)elijahcompany(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. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

      Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The November offering of this course is full. The next available offering is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008.

      Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

      To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

      http://www.chalmers.org

      or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.


    8. WHERE WOULD YOU TURN FOR ADDING SUBTITLES — Suppose you had to add Czech subtitles to a multimedia presentation. How would you start? Whom would you contact? If you know of someone, just click to

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=34

      And click on “Add Comment” to list your favorite resource.


    9. SO THANKFUL FOR GIFTS — We’re humbled and encouraged by the gifts we receive from new friends of Brigada. This past week, we received $25 from MissionTravel.org. They wrote, ” Thank you for leading the way to equip believers serving in the missions community. We are happy to help in this way as you advance His kingdom. God bless, MissionTravel.org owners.” If you don’t mind, please give them a try in the near future, if at all possible. Thanks!

      http://www.missiontravel.org


    10. HELP US HELP YOU — Want to undergird Brigada? It’s easy. Send any amount to help us reach our goal. Just click on the “Donate” page:

      http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


    11. THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD — In the July 6th edition of Brigada Today, we mentioned the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” (“THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER”). This year, the USA supplier completely sold out, then ordered 10,000 extra copies, then sold completely out of those too. Our own church distributed well over 400 of these to church members who were, for the first time, lifting up the needs and futures of Muslims worldwide.

      Is it a good sign that tens of thousands of us are praying for our Muslim friends and neighbors worldwide? You bet. To me, it’s a great indicator that there’s a strong interest in helping Muslims come in contact with the power of Jesus Christ in a positive way.

      Is it too late for you and your church to get involved? Not at all! Here are some additional resources from the web:

      http://www.30daysfire.net/pgs/Home.php

      Click around the page, select a date, click on a video, show a map, (the “download a PDF” link didn’t work for me on the 13th or 14th). Basically, even without the book, you can still pray from the same text.

      See the “sights and sounds” at:

      http://www.30-days.net/reveal/sights/

      Hear the call to prayer, … and see the “What is Ramadan?” video.

      See the page at:

      http://www.30-days.net/shop/download.htm

      which is offering free resources there throughout the month, including a PDF download of the children’s booklet in several languages. See the calendar at:

      http://www.30daysprayer.com/muslim/2007/default.htm

      which lets you click on one day at a time and really see the regional organization.

      Using these online resources, booklet or not, you can keep pace with life-changing, world-impacting prayer.

    20070902 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. A NEXT STEP AFTER SUMMER MISSIONS
    2. NEW WEBSITE WITNESSING TO MUSLINS
    3. CHALLENGES IN LATIN AMERICA EXPOSED
    4. SUDAN CONSULTATION
    5. NEW LEGAL TRENDS EDITION POSTED
    6. LEAVE A MEMORIAL FOR A LOVED ONE VIA YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA

    1. A NEXT STEP AFTER SUMMER MISSIONS — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The first 2007 retreat will be Oct 5-7 in Pasadena, California on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Missions. The other 2007 retreat will be Oct 26-28 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co- sponsored by Finishers, MissionNext, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Most mentors have already been selected but space remains for prospective missionaries. Apply online at

      http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp


    2. NEW WEBSITE WITNESSING TO MUSLINS — Take a look at the latest resource in witnessing to Muslins.

      http://www.ruhallah.org/

      (Thanks Stacy!)


    3. CHALLENGES IN LATIN AMERICA EXPOSED — Political instability, leftist governments, environmental problems, poverty, corruption and open borders that allow drugs, terrorists and millions of immigrants into the United States are challenges from Latin America. Events south of our border are affecting us daily and changing our society, yet, to our peril, we ignore this region at our doorstep. And, Latin America, as well as Latin immigrants to the U.S., is a fertile field for missionary work. Veteran missionary, Kenneth D. MacHarg has written a new book, From Rio to the Rio Grande: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America focusing on Latin America, its people, issues and opportunities. And, he helps us to understand the unique characteristics Latin American immigrants bring that are changing our culture. This book is excellent for missionaries, missionary candidates and missionary staff working in Latin America and for Christians working with Latino immigrants in North America. It can be ordered from:

      http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/01969.htm

      or by calling 1(800)247-6553.


    4. SUDAN CONSULTATION — E3 Partners Ministry is hosting a Sudan Consultation in mid-October. The goals of the consultation are mutual learning, cross pollination, potential partnerships, and improved stewardship. If you are working in Sudan and would like more information about the Consultation, please contact either Mike at 214.440.1141 or email Steve at steve(dot)grote(at)e3partners(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. NEW LEGAL TRENDS EDITION POSTED — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online at

      http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

      In this issue, learn about the major redesign of IRS Form 990. Learn about how, next year, many nonprofits that don’t file a 990 will need to start filing an “e-Postcard,” and in 2010, organizations that have neglected to file their annual returns or e-Postcards will start losing their exemptions. Find out about the tax implications of going overseas on short-term missions.


    6. LEAVE A MEMORIAL FOR A LOVED ONE VIA YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’re your memory message to a global Brigada audience. Just click on the “Donate” page:

      http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    20070826 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. GET TRAINING AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR
    2. DIRECT A PROGRAM OF CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS
    3. GOT FEEDBACK ON THE MANNACARD?
    4. HEARD ABOUT MICROCREDIT?
    5. CHECK OUT THIS FREIGHT SWITCHBOARD
    6. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA

    1. GET TRAINING AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR — The Great Commission Initiative provides strategy coordinator level training designed to facilitate global church planting movements by equipping church planters, pastors, discipleship directors, lay leaders and mission strategists with the most current missiological thinking and practice. GCI uses the very best trainers available from various parts of the world-people who have first-hand experience with Church Planting Movements and other phenomenal movements of God. Participants are taught how to learn foundational and biblical principles from these men and women, and then to contextualize them to their particular people group. They focus on four specific areas of training: (1) worldview analysis (2) church planting movements, (3) the discipleship methods that facilitate them and (4) oral communication strategies. Participants who complete the entire cycle of training do so having completed a Master Plan for evangelizing their people group. The training involves three phases of training accomplished in three separate weeks. Each week of training is separated from the others by three to four months. In between training sessions, participants are given assignments relating to the development of an evangelistic strategy for their people group. The $450 per week registration fee includes food and lodging, as well as training costs. For more information, please visit

      http://www.txgci.org


    2. DIRECT A PROGRAM OF CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS — Frontiers US Sending Base needs a Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator to direct a program of care for TCK’s and their families. The Coordinator will oversee pre-field and re-entry care for families and coordinate kids programs at annual events. This position is full-time and will be fully underwritten by personal ministry partners developed by the candidate. If you are interested, please contact Pamelaia pamelaia(dot)sanders(at)gracetogo.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    3. GOT FEEDBACK ON THE MANNACARD? — Mark recently asked if we had received any feedback on the MannaCard, mentioned in the March 16th edition. There, we said, It’s a method of moving money and information to/from the mission field. They claim they can significantly reduce the expense & wait involved for wires, checks or cash. Try them out at:

      http://www.mannacard.com

      Got feedback? If so, just start/add a comment at


    4. HEARD ABOUT MICROCREDIT? — One anonymous Brigada reader encourages you to give it a try providing “Microcredit” to small businesses in the developing world so that they can better their economic situation and thus come out of relative poverty. These may not be Christian organizations, but they may allow Christians to express love while making contacts in unreached parts of the world in order to gain an opportunity to live and share the Gospel in the long (or short) term. The Brigada participant emphasized that he had not fully reviewed any of the sites so he encourages all of us to read everything before making any commitments.

      http://www.kiva.org/

      http://www.unitus.com

      http://www.GlobalPartnerships.org

      http://www.accion.org

      http://www.GrameenFoundation.org


    5. CHECK OUT THIS FREIGHT SWITCHBOARD — According to one anonymous Brigada participant, you don’t have to call multiple carriers or check multiple Web sites to gather rates and service information. Freightquote.com has already done it for you! Their online solution needs only a few pieces of information from you, and then it returns a complete menu of options. You choose the carrier, service, and price that best fits your need. Then book, track, and manage all your shipments in one place-through your secure Freightquote.com account. According to this user, their system is fast, easy, and free to use.

      http://www.freightquote.com


    6. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA — Got a statement, memorial, remembrance, sponsorship, or other message to share to the 11,000 people in the Brigada audience throughout the globe? Just click on the “Donate” page:

      http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    20070819 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE
    2. USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR OUTREACH
    3. MISSIONAL ENTERPRISE BLOG
    4. NEW SOUTH ASIA FOCUSED KIDS MATERIALS AND WEB SITE
    5. HAVE YOU EVER USED A RESOURCE ON BRIGADA?
    6. CLOSING STUFF

    1. HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE — A new witnessing tool is now available for sharing Christ with Hindus. The Vedic Bridge is a contextual Gospel tract ready for you to download and print in PDF format. The Vedic Bridge tracts are free to download and distribute. To get there, click to: http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31

      Find the link (which was too long to include in this enewsletter; it wrapped to the next line) and click on it there to bounce to the correct page. The Vedic Bridge is also available by contacting information(at)go2southasia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

      This print ready tract is designed for tri-fold to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to make witnessing to Hindus simple for Christians who do not have a background in understanding Hinduism.


    2. USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR OUTREACH — With 80% of the world’s population in an area with mobile coverage, and 2 billion cell-phone users, there is serious potential for evangelism and discipleship using mobile devices, both in technically advanced and developing nations. Internet Evangelism Day has produced a page on using mobile devices:

      http://ied.gospelcom.net/mobile-outreach.php


    3. MISSIONAL ENTERPRISE BLOG — Mike, who is a church planter in Glasgow Scotland, has developed a blog about ‘missional enterprises’ (sometimes know as kingdom businesses, tent-making, etc.). He is hoping for an ongoing conversation about business as a means to reaching the developed nations and living out a theology of work. Many resources exist for those looking to reach the underdeveloped or closed access nations but what about the Western World? It’s a place to share his own journey, network, resource other for the same purpose, encourage one another, spur creative missional enterprises and chew over theology. Check it out at

      http://missionalenterprise.wordpress.com/


    4. NEW SOUTH ASIA FOCUSED KIDS MATERIALS AND WEB SITE — The South Asia Region of the International Mission Board would like to introduce you to The Caravan. Raj, Hati, Sindi, Googly and Bangles are the core members. The Caravan is a group of cartoon characters whose goal it is to teach others about the places and peoples of South Asia.

      Each character represents Christians from different cultural and religious backgrounds found throughout the region. Through the Caravan’s stories, activities and other resources, they aim to tell about the life of believers in South Asia and the vast lostness that also abounds in the region.

      The Caravan has just premiered on the web at

      http://www.go2southasia.org

      The Caravan site has many great resources for parents and teachers to use to teach kids about missions in South Asia. It also has many fun games and stories for kids. The authors will continue to add new stories and materials each month, so visit regularly. For questions, email them at TheCaravan(at)wigtake(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. HAVE YOU EVER USED A RESOURCE ON BRIGADA? — If so, would you consider a gift of encouragement? Click on the “Donate” page.
      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

    20070812 Brigada Today

    In this issue…

    1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY
    2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
    3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS
    4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
    5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO
    6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA
    7. CLOSING STUFF

    1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY — Handpiece is a small, viral, ministry of short term dental mission trips where we train nationals in primary dental care. Mike, the dentist behind this ministry, has three grown children who are not dentists. Mike’s children have other gifts, talents, and training, that would be valuable in missions. Should Mike continue to do dental discipleship with other like-minded, like-trained dentists, or should he give thought to coordinating his efforts with the mission interests of his children? If you have heard of fruitful mission work that cross generational lines within the same family, I’d be very interested to hear about it. Sadly I have heard more stories of missionary parents “abandoning” their children for their mission. What is the balance here? To add your comment, click to:

      http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=30

      Just click on “Add Comment” to brainstorm with “Mike” in the item above.


    2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Check out upcoming training dates and additional information at

      http://www.lifewind.org

      or email Kristin(at)lifewind(dot)org


    3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS — This new booklet describes in 24 pages the inspiring life and work of a missionary leader in Chennai, India. Stephen Thankappa has served the people in slums successfully and fruitfully for 20 years. Edited by Dr Ms Masilamoni, and written and published by Mr Sam Arackal and Dr Daniel Sathiaraj. The cost (a donation) for 3 copies is just $10 (postage free). Sathiaraj can be reached at dsathiaraj(at)gmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Disclaimer: Dr. Sathiaraj offered in an unsolicited email to send a follow-up gift to Brigada, according to how many booklets were distributed.)

    4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — The Church Planting Institute of Japan (CPI) will be sponsoring “CPI Onward the Japan 2007 National Conference to be held November 6-9 in Hakone near Tokyo. The theme of this bilingual (Eng & Jpn) national conference is “Fellow Workers for the Kingdom of God: Advancing church planting movements through Kingdom partnerships.” This conference is for pastors, church planters, evangelists, tentmakers working to establish church planting multiplication among the unreached people of Japan and among Japanese worldwide. Also at each conference there are several leaders from other countries wanting to learn about CPI and how it can work in their countries. The emphasis of each of these conferences is gospel renewal and church multiplication. The conference contains complete training on church planting with 16 modules taught by over 12 training teams in Japanese and in English. This is the largest interdenominational (over 120 agencies) church planting conference in Japan. Information and registration for this conference is at

      http://www.JCPI.Net

      or email with your specific questions to JCPI2007(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 .]


    5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO — While traveling through Hereroland recently, this anonymous Brigada participant remembered, “We met several people at a store in a small town called Okondjatu. After carrying on a light conversation, we began to share with them about the Lord and His plan for all of our lives. Several of the people left, but others stayed and listened. One woman seemed to be particularly interested in what we were saying. After talking with her for a while, she was asked if she would like to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She said she would like that very much but that she had been drinking that day and felt that she could not make such an important decision while drunk. We continued to talk with her and though she was heartbroken she felt she could not do such a big thing in her condition and we agreed. She wanted the group to come back the next day. How we wished we could have, but we had to leave. We talked to a local believer and asked her to follow up with the lady the next day. Please be in prayer for this lady in Okondjatu. Pray that the local believer followed up with her. Pray that the decision is still important to her in a sober condition. Pray for the Herero people, many of who have succumbed to the influence of alcohol. Pray for workers among these Forgotten People. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail 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 .]

    6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’ll never know ’til you ask. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click “Donate“.

      You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

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