20060903 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360
  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT
  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET
  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES
  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN”
  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY?
  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360 — That’s right. Caleb Project is no more. ACMC a thing of the past. Save your books and conference brochures. They’re now collectors’ items. :-) Sell ’em on some eBay missions chat room somewhere. Make millions. Tithe to initiative360. That’s the new result. Greg + Brent equals “Take it Global”. That’s their website, in fact:

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    As a partnership of members, Initiative360 will walk alongside churches on their missional journey with life-changing products, services, curriculum, and real-time experiences. Sounds like a perfect marriage of two top-notch organizations. We look forward to hearing more.


  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT — Here’s a DVD that tells the story from Genesis to Revelation in animation. The whole Bible story in 10 minute chapters, is told in just under two hours. Two Covenants, two DVD’s, one story, The Glory Story. These guys sent me samples of this product and, honestly, it’s a cool idea that you could use with children *and* adults. Pull the snippets for upcoming messages on practically any topic in the Word. Interested? Watch the film trailers at The Glory Story website:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    They’ve also shared still pictures & text CD’s as well. With these, you tell the story personally. View all of the pictures at The Glory Story website.


  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET — I’m kind of surprised by all the free services that are once again cropping up on the Internet. One of the columnists I read regularly was recently observing them: Mapquest, Google search, Google news, YouTube, Flickr, Putfile, Gmail, Skype, GTalk, jot, photobucket, … and the list goes on and on and on… How all these services sell enough ads to stay in business, I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t… in which case they end up getting bought out … or they start charging us someday, once we’re hooked. Either way, in the meantime, those of us who like a good deal should be able to find it out there online somewhere. Just be careful not to tie up a lot of your media without a backup. Someday we might try to access our stuff, only to find it’s vanished like a puff of smoke.

  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — [Thanks to the anonymous worker in an anonymous sensitive country who wrote, …] If you serve in a sensitive country, chances are you try to keep information about your work off the internet. So how would you know if some well-meaning church or organization is posting your newsletter on their website. Of course, you search the internet, right? WRONG! Every time you request info via a search engine you are again reminding that search engine that it needs to keep a history of whatever key words you are searching for. Even if you contact the offending website and get the original page deleted, the page lives on in the history of the search engine. You are in a catch 22 position. The more you do the searches, the more you are hurting yourself. Stop searching so that the history of these search engines will eventually “forget” you. Make sense? Don’t search!

  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN” — Amanda, a 24-year-old Christian woman lives in Grunau, Namibia. She is a single, unemployed Nama. Although she is a member of a Lutheran church, the church does not reach to unsaved people. Amanda wanted to start a Bible study in her home, but the church did not encourage it, and she had no materials. While two Christian workers visited her, they shared and discussed the principles of Pioneer Evangelism and left tracts and Bible portions from the book of John for her to use. They prayed for her mother, who had been a church leader. In the final stages of AIDS, the older woman is no longer welcome at the church. Please pray for Amanda to be strong in her faith. Pray that she will continue to have courage to reach out to the unsaved and ostracized. Pray that the members of this church will come to know the true meaning of grace, peace and mercy that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for continued teaching so these forgotten people will come to know the truth of God’s Word. Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED — Responding to the serious, growing economic challenge for persecuted Christians, 16 leaders from 11 international organizations met recently in Atlanta to form the Persecuted Church Economic Development Network (PCEDN) to explore how the global church can assist fellow believers. In addition to discussing the status of the persecuted church, the group also agreed on broad definitions relating to micro-finance, sustainable small and large enterprise development, tentmaking and macro-economic conditions. Moreover, leaders identified critical roadblocks to economically helping the emerging, persecuted church. PCEDN Working Groups will address the need for sustainable economic develop models and standards for training and consulting with the emerging church. Plans are also underway for a PCEDN enewsletter and website. The next global meeting of the PCEDN will be held spring 2007 in Bangkok. For more information contact David,

    cdmustine(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 .]

    The working consultation was developed and facilitated by visionSynergy

    http://www.visionsynergy.net


  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY? — He tells us he saw the Lord, he heard angels calling to one another, he realized that he himself was ‘unclean’ in the presence of a holy God. So what happened next? To find out, go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “Choose a Bible book” and select Isaiah Unit 9 “The Problem of Guilt” by Raymond Brown is translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS — COMIX35 is calling on all Christian cartoonists and comics artists from Central and South America to gather at this year’s combined Letra Viva Consulta and LITT- WORLD 2006 conference near Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 12 to 17. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and discussion with other Christian comics producers, and to hear practical and inspirational talks by the LITT-WORLD speakers, attending artists will also meet many Christian writers, editors, and publishers.

    For information in Spanish on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06_spanish.htm

    Information in Portuguese on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06/lw06_bro_port.pdf

    To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st begins a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. To be added to the list of those who are taking part, or to receive the prayer guide, write:

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


  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006 — If you were considering helping Brigada during 2006 but haven’t yet, now would be a *reeeeeeeally* good time. Only 3 months remain. Want to help underwrite this weekly newsletter for thousands of overseas readers who don’t have access to checking accounts or credit cards? If you subscribe to another magazine, consider donating the cost of a subscription . . . or give double, so you can pay someone else’s share too. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME” — With 3 school shootings in 5 days, the USA is reeling as it seeks to come to grips with violence played out against its most vulnerable citizens — it’s young people. Our mission happens to be engaged in purchasing some gazebos for use as prayer shelters . . . and we’re buying the kits from a company in Pennsylvania with several Amish employees. Yesterday morning, I picked up the phone and called to let them know that, “If someone hurts one of your children, it’s like they hurt one of mine.” The owner of the company took time to talk to me for 20′, I bet. He had gone to school as a child just a mile from the site of the most recent shooting, a one-room schoolhouse in rural PA. He transferred my call to a sales rep who was having a hard time . . . and before the day was done, they asked my permission to have one of their delivery guys call me. He was on the road in Maine… unable to process and debrief the shootings with his colleagues back in PA. In the middle of our phone call, he broke down and cried at the prospect that a random guy in Louisville would express identification with him and his neighbors of a different faith.

    All of the above led me to conclude that we probably need to be more intentional about *empathy*. I mean… think about Jesus’ life: much of it was built around the concept of empathy. He walked our dusty paths, ate our food, was tempted with the same transgressions — yet remained sinless. Gave his life… rose again… so that in turn, we could empathize with Him in his struggle and victory.

    So maybe it’s a key principle of the Christian faith . . .and one that we should/could employ on a daily basis. With whom can you empathize today? How can you express it? Simple words and prayers might be enough. They seemed to work for a bunch of builders in Pennsylvania. But you could also choose greeting cards, flowers, visits, cookies, emails, phone calls, … the list is endless. Let’s practice empathy and walk dusty roads with someone who needs a friend — today.

20060827 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US
  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER
  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA
  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES
  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA
  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS
  8. BREAKING BARRIERS
  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY
  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Now you can get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents) from the USA. Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers. Plus, you can get up to 470 free minutes on signup and get lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    (An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Brigada hasn’t joined, But Judy has — and she’s giving to Brigada a tithe of all that she makes on that agent number. So — talk away, and help Brigada at the same time! :-) ) (Judy, thanks for your recent $10 gift!)


  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER — We asked recently how to get rank and file Christians to pray, in sending nations. One responded from a Muslim land, “I’m … a first-term missy. Here’s my short prayer story: Bought “Operation: World” (by Patrick Johnstone) in 8/93 after being rebuked as part of a campus ministry staff group of 60 who, among us, only had 2 copies of Op World. Evidently, we weren’t praying for world missions very much, concluded our European director. But it sat on my shelf 4 months, being overwhelmingly large and with small type. Then came a Christmas conference at which an inspiring speaker told about the prayerfulness of Koreans with all their legendary prayer fasts, early mornings, etc. So I covenanted with the Lord to pray 2 minutes a day out of Operation World in 1994, without fail. Maybe I missed 5 or 6 days that year, but I always doubled up the next day. Key Principle: Start small enough to be faithful. Pray the Spirit gets people hooked.

    2 minutes/day in Op World hardly scratches the surface, but it got me hooked. 10 minutes/day in 1995. 1 hour/day in 1996. In 1997 I started using other prayer materials. After getting married it decreased to 30 minutes/day for world missions, where it remains today.” So there you have it… the power of prayer on a daily manageable basis. Want Operation: World for yourself? Get it here on cd:

    http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm


  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Strategic Coordinator Training is about planning and implementing evangelism and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (19th February to 9th March 2007) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. You will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au (They’d like to know if you read about it in Brigada, by the way. :-) )


  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

    http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES — The Canadian subsidy Directory is now available. It contains more than 3100 listings of grants and loans offered by both the federal, provincial governments, foundations and associations. Find a wealth of information that could help you start a business, improve existent activities, set up a business plan, finance personal projects, studies and research or obtain assistance from experts in various fields of interest. The American Grants and Loans Directory is also available for the United States. Get the CD version for $69.95 and the printed version: $149.95. To order call: +1-819-322-7533.

  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA — Interested in nonprofit and church law in the USA. Don’t miss the latest issue of the “Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum.” Just browse to:

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    Take a look at the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for this year. Discover your obligation to report bylaw changes. Learn more about deducting unreimbursed travel expenses, and a whole lot more. As usual, the summary is free . . . and you can always subscribe for deeper explanations.


  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS — Roger Doriot is involved in training Mother Tongue Translators and facilitating several new Bible translation projects in Papua, Indonesia (formerly Irian Jaya). He is very interested in contacting others involved in this area (to share ideas) and others interested in praying for this area. He says: “The Lord is doing some GREAT things in Papua (and world-wide) using national translators to translate back into their own languages!” Write to: rogerdoriot(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 .]

  8. BREAKING BARRIERS — The International School of Reconciliation Studies invites you to spend 3 memorable days with international reconcilers and praying servants as they talk story, laugh, listen, ponder and humble their way deeper into God’s heart, October 16-18 in Rostrevor, North Ireland. For details go to

    http://www.reignbridge.com/?page=ire-res

    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 .]


  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY — Want to help Brigada Today carve out new resources and share them with the circled wagons of Brigada? To make your gift that counts, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE — Remember Tom & Betty Sue Brewster’s little blue booklet on bonding? Do missionaries still do that today? I don’t hear a lot about it . . . and in the hustle and bustle of every day life, I wonder if we’ve lost a bit of that tradition. My wife and I utilized the Brewsters’ “sink-or-swim” method, first for 2 weeks in Chile, then again for a month in Uruguay. It was one of those “best-of-times, worst-of-times” experiences, where our Uruguayan family loved us and sheltered us, while at the same time added a dimension of stress to our lives at a time when we probably already had enough. Nevertheless, for whatever reason (be it bonding or otherwise) we became “best friends” with Uruguayan culture and the language “stuck” in my throat. To this day, for reasons that only God knows for sure, when I speak Spanish, people still ask me if my parents or I am from the Southern Cone [of South America].

    But that was the early 80s. And this is now. How ’bout the rookies of ’06. Are you still moving in with a local family in your destination country of calling? If so, write a quick paragraph about it to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com

    You don’t have to join the group… You’ll receive no reply… (and no chance of spam). There’s only one member there — me. I’ll share a summary report later here in Brigada.

20060820 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP
  2. ADDITIONAL NEW SITE FOR READERS WITH INQUIRING MINDS
  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUALTRACTS
  4. “HAPPINESS METER” LEAVES READERS, WELL, UNHAPPY
  5. WRITERS’ SERVICES
  6. DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES NOW IN AFRICA
  7. MORE IDEAS ON PRAYER FOR MISSIONS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
  8. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS
  9. THE BACKPAGE: THE ABILITY TO IMPROVISE (PEYTON-STYLE)
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP — “All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the music of the nations” traces the amazing use of culturally-appropriate music in evangelism, church- planting, discipleship and worship. This Reader of 45 stories comes bundled with a CD-ROM illustrating the stories with audio, video, pictures, music scores and other media. For information see

    http://www.worldofworship.org/alltheworld/

    Also available is “Sounds of Global Worship II,” an audio CD of 22 songs from 16 regions from around the world. A colorful 28-page booklet serves as a listener’s guide to this tour of the global church at worship. Songs come from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central Europe, Central America and South America. For more information, visit

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    For more information on either one, write

    ffort2(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to these folks for pitching in $50 toward the costs of operating Brigada! We appreciate you!)


  2. ADDITIONAL NEW SITE FOR READERS WITH INQUIRING MINDS — Recently we featured some online news sites, along with “pushed” email news that could inform and enlighten. Inquiring Brigada participants seemed in consensus on at least one overlooked & favorite site that rec’d a resounding vote of affirmation:

    http://www.foxnews.com/foxfan/registration.html

    (Thanks Jim, Joseph and others, for waving the banner for Fox News.)


  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUALTRACTS — Free downloadable tracts for ministry to Muslims, Eastern Orthodox and new believers in several languages are available at:

    http://web.mac.com/kerbyrials1

    The tracts are in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, French, Portuguese, Chechen, Tatar or Korean. Most tracts are in both PDF and Word formats, and print out ready to use or copy. The author, missionary Kerby, asks all who choose to translate any of these tracts into new languages to send the new translation in PDF and Word format to him at kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] That way others can use them, too. (He would also like to know if you are using the tract(s), and any comments you might have.)


  4. “HAPPINESS METER” LEAVES READERS, WELL, UNHAPPY — Thanks to the readers who responded regarding the July 28th item, “6) CHECK OUT THE “HAPPINESS METER” FOR YOUR COUNTRY”. Our faithful Brigada participants found, accurately, that the resource mentioned was no longer available. We contacted the original source and learned that a new study will be posted in September, documenting new and more information about the study. In the meantime, the original source provided these related alternative links:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5224306.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/28_07_06_happiness_map.pdf


  5. WRITERS’ SERVICES — Everything from Manuscript Preparation to Ghostwriting is available at:

    http://willwrite4u.com/

    The staff there is reported to have been named among the Top 1000 Christian Sites. They are thrilled to work with writers from all over the world. You can also write them directly…

    stephanie(at)christfirst(dot)net

    (And no, in case you’re wondering, we’ve never utilized their services for Brigada, although we’re sure they’d do a great job. :-) )


  6. DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES NOW IN AFRICA — Talking Bibles International is excited about the fact that for the first time ever, to their knowledge, digital Talking Bibles are available in Africa. 1,000 Talking Bibles are on their way to Malawi, Africa. Organizers from the Bible Society of Malawi were to have dedicated the first Chichewa First Audio Bible in the stadium in Blantyre, Malawi.

  7. MORE IDEAS ON PRAYER FOR MISSIONS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — Users viewing the web edition of Brigada Today will find here some additional ideas on prayer for missions in the local church. Thanks much to those who took the time to contribute!!!

    Here are some extra ideas…

    Hi, Doug!

    About 8 years ago I heard an OMF missionary speak about the importance of starting a prayer team. I decided to do it & call them “prayer advocates.”
    In a newsletter originally & later when I speak, I ask people to sign up, mostly via email. I won’t add anyone to the prayer advocates list unless they ask. Some Sunday School teachers forward to their whole class. Lots of pastors use the list in their Wed. night prayer meetings. Some will even run it on their church weekly newsletters.
    I send a monthly list of 10 – 12 specific prayer requests with an “Answered Prayer” list at the end. Sometimes I send out one or two emergency requests also during a month. “Specific” is the key, I think. Then it’s easy to see when a prayer is answered & praise the Lord for it.
    From seeing 26,000 pray to receive Jesus when we began, we have now jumped to over 102,000 — & haven’t really added more staff. Only the power of God released thru prayer can account for this! We have seen so many miracles as our prayer advocates prayed!
    Some people only take time to pray right at their computers when the list comes out. Some print it & pray daily for one or two of the requests.
    I hope this is helpful! Feel free to ask questions…….
    Judy

    The best ways I have seen for people to take on a commitment to pray
    for missions, missionaries
    and the lost people their church is seeking to reach are:
    1) start with existing prayer groups in the church. See if they’d be
    willing to adopt a part of the world your church is focused to reach.
    Ask them to make prayer for this country/missionaries and people group
    a regular part of their prayer focus when they meet
    2) Give this group the option (in the future and with training) to be
    a part of the actual ministry to this county. Once they have been
    there, they will pray with more information and more heart
    3) Also, you can make a focus on Prayer for part of the Missions Fair,
    Some ideas that can be effective:
    a) Have a Speaker focus on Prayer (say during a lunch, dinner or
    dessert):
    —form attendees into small groups to pray for the missionaries and
    mission targets that your church supports on the spot
    —Have the Speaker or Missions Chairman challenge people to find a
    way to continue to pray through their existing fellowship groups, Bible
    Study groups or Prayer groups
    b) Have an event in which each target country/people group is
    represented by a table with a Person representing the ministry,
    (oreferably a supporter of the ministry) and a letter or email and
    photos from the missionary on the field.
    —Prepare the Representative at the table to become a prayer group
    leader for that country.
    —Make prayer the immediate focus (modeling!) that will happen when
    others visit that table.
    —Have the Rep. invite those who visit the table and pray for the
    mission of focus to join a prayer group and become
    prayer supporters/prayer warriors for those missionaries.
    —Start with whomever says yes and build, promote, support, inform and
    train this beginning group. If prayer is fostered and the results of
    prayer are promoted to the congregation, more people will want to
    become part of the ministry through prayer.
    c) It usually takes one or two people committed to the missionaries on
    the field to invite others. So another dea is to find out from the
    missionaries whom in the church they have already as part of their
    support network and whom particularly are their prayer warriors. These
    people are your best bet to help expand the prayer network for your
    missionaries.
    d) One last idea, get a few people praying for you in your role as
    Missions Chairman, praying for you, the Missions Committee and the
    Missions Fair and for the Missions Prayer Groups you want to form.

    I hope these ideas help foster more creative thinking on how to
    motivate prayer…
    Blessings,
    Susan

    Have people make a limited time commitment to a definable goal in
    groups of three or more (this prevents a couple from being a “group”
    all by themselves and losing some of the accountability factor).

    Say, they will pray for one hour every month for one year for (fill
    in the blank).

    If there is someone in your church who could compile mission prayer
    requests on a monthly (quarterly, etc.) basis, this is an excellent
    resource, and helps people start to pray. Of course, as you know
    there are also generic suggestions for missions prayer on the web and
    other places.

    You could also compile the prayer requests at your missions
    conference that will be used all year (six-months, whatever).

    Just a thought. Our mission team started some of these groups for
    our work years ago and they are still going strong. We compile the
    requests monthly and send them out.

    God bless you,
    Linda Karner
    in Japan with Mission to the World (PCA)


  8. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100%. Jerry has spent much of his 41- year career with Wycliffe teaching missionaries that partnership development can be a joy-filled ministry that blesses the church with a greater vision. He has founded Kingdom Come Training, a ministry that can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing and equip you with the skills and attitudes that are guaranteed to help you succeed. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    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 .]


  9. THE BACKPAGE: THE ABILITY TO IMPROVISE (PEYTON-STYLE) — Fans of American-style football will have no doubt heard of (if not watched) Peyton Manning and his incredible audible style. In yesterday’s game against Houston (43-24 in favor of Manning’s Indianapolis Colts), one could see Peyton at his best. My 17-year-old son and I watched with smiles on our faces as Manning threw 3 touchdown passes, broke a franchise record set by none other than John Unitas (2797 pass completions), and led his team to touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions. (And even then, the one time they didn’t score, they took the ball all the way to the endzone then the rusher unfortunately fumbled it in front of the goal line.) In fact, they didn’t have to punt until the 4th quarter.

    These fireworks would all be beautiful in and of themselves, but Manning makes it even more interesting by his unique improvisational style. You see, instead of calling his team together for a huddle, during which he maps out the plan and sketches the vision for the team, he repeatedly just motions for them to head back to the line of scrimmage. So… in a manner that seems almost comical at times, he stands there at the line of scrimmage, shouting out signals and instructions on the fly, once he’s analyzed the defense. Now granted, he’s practiced the team on his cadence and his calls. But nevertheless, I have to believe that some of these quick decisions are being made on the spur of the moment, based on the line-up that the defense is throwing his way. I laughed out loud as I would see receivers raising up from the line of scrimmage so they could hear the call… and time after time, successful pass after successful run, Manning’s madness shredded the defense, gained yardage, and ultimately brought victory. Which brings me to my point — 3 of them, in fact.

    a) Practice makes perfect: Experts of Manning’s game say he’s an incredible perfectionist. Apparently he’ll stop practice to go look at a tape of the play, then rearrange everything right there at the moment. The team puts up with his perfectionist tendencies, of course, because they know it results in precision… and professionalism… and purpose. So . . . in the world of missions . . . let’s practice. Let’s do our research, find out what works, then try to reproduce it ’til we get it right. Let’s reinstitute right training, require top performance in the classroom, and focus on mentoring and internships ’til our new guys (and old guys) get it right.

    b) Read the defense: Let’s get to know our enemy, Satan. And let’s understand the challenges thrown at us by alternative religions that would seek to subvert Christian causes. Let’s study their writings, learn the ups and downs of their philosophies and ways, and learn how and where they miss the mark. Let’s show incredible respect and sensitivity — while at the same time explaining the best that Christianity has to offer — then let our audience make the best choice. With the Holy Spirit as their guide, why do we fear?

    c) Let’s have fun: There’s no doubt about it… missions is hard work. (Even Manning gets sacked sometimes. But his line will do anything they can to try to protect him… and that’s hard work too.) But in the midst of it, you can see it in his eyes. In his heart of hearts, he’s just a big kid having fun. Let’s make missions fun again. Let’s enjoy every moment of every new phonetic sound in the new language we’re learning. Let’s see the connections that bring joy to our hearts. Let’s find good in the people with whom we serve. Let’s keep the moments light, make the fun days long, and have a great time making eternal differences in the lives of the people we’ve come to serve. Because after all, at the end of the day, victory will be oh so sweet. :-)

    Doug

20060813 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MORE ON THE NEW “GLOBAL STATUS OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY” MAP
  2. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING
  3. GOOGLE PAGE RANK (FOR EMERALD HILLS) REVISITED
  4. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  5. HOSPITALITY HOMES
  6. WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN CRISIS
  7. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA
  8. MICROSOFT OFFICE TO OFFER “SAVE AS PDF” FEATURE
  9. FRIENDS AND FAMILY DISCOUNT, AIRLINE STYLE
  10. THE BACK PAGE: THE CORE, THE COMMITTED, OR THE CROWD?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MORE ON THE NEW “GLOBAL STATUS OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY” MAP — The World Missions Atlas Project (WorldMAP) and its partners in cooperation with the greater missions community have, with expanded and updated data and technology, completed the “Global Status of Evangelical Christianity” wall map. This map illustrates the status of evangelical Christianity and church planting based upon the CPPI (Church Planting Progress Indicators) database maintained by the Global Research Department of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Included on this map are three inset maps displaying the global status of Bible Translation, global status of the JESUS film translation, and global response to the film JESUS. Highlighted on the map are over 100,000 cities, towns and villages thematically color-coded to depict both their relative size and their evangelical status based upon the primary language and people group living in each location.

    Please pray for the distribution of this map and its global impact for the Kingdom of God. The “Global Status of Evangelical Christianity” may be downloaded as a .jpg or .pdf and ordered from:

    http://www.worldmap.org

    at a very discounted price or contact info(at)worldmap(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].


  2. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING –- God has a place for you in his global plan. He has given you unique passions, skills and resources that can make a difference in his Kingdom. At Urbana 06 over 25,000 will gather to worship and hear how God is using his church to accomplish his purposes throughout the world. Will you be there? Learn about God’s love for people of every tribe, nation, and language, and how you can be a part of his global mission. Register by October 15th and save $75! We look forward to seeing you on December 27, 2006 in St. Louis! For more information, visit

    http://www.urbana.org

    or email info(at)urbana(dot)org or call 608-274-7995. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. GOOGLE PAGE RANK (FOR EMERALD HILLS) REVISITED — Some will recall my interest in observing the Google page rank for the retreat center/campus we’re constructing for Brigada’s home base (along with Team Expansion, the mission organization with which I work). Try it out for yourself to see the latest. Please open up the Google search site at:

    http://www.google.com

    Type in Emerald Hills and hit enter. By my findings, the Team Expansion Emerald Hills website now comes up as the second link out of over 5 million. Remember months and months ago when it started consistently making it in the top 100? :-) By the way, while you’re there, if you don’t mind, go ahead and “click through” the link. My theory is, by doing so, you let Google know that indeed, that link was the one for which you were searching. The import for all of us, relation to the websites we’re promoting, is that the more people use them through a search engine like Google, the more the search engine might regard them highly. By the way, while you’re there, hover your mouse over “Get Involved” then slide down and click on “Pray” and see our Prayer Coordinator’s most recent prayer entry for our Emerald Hills vision. Another theory I have is that Google pays a bit more attention to pages that stay *active*. Betty, our Prayer Coordinator, updates these prayer requests *daily*. Not only is she staying in touch with a battalion of pray-ers, she’s also raising our profile in the eyes of Google. At least… that’s my theory.


  4. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM –- This fall, Gateway Missionary Training Centre (Langley, BC, Canada) is launching a new venture in the Perspectives family of courses. They’ll be offering classes every Wednesday evening, September 13 to November 29. Class size is limited. For more information contact Bev info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check the web site

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  5. HOSPITALITY HOMES — ServantCARE offers hospitality homes to those in ministry. They will be traveling in September and October to Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. They would like your help in connecting them with those who have the gift of hospitality who would like to serve in this manner. All information needed and questions answered is found on their website at

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    under “Hospitality Homes”. They also have posted on their website 30 pages of “Referral Links”, many of them supplied by Brigada, to which they would like to add any other ministries across the country that meet the needs of those in ministry. Contact ServantCARE at icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  6. WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN CRISIS –- This week of training helps to prepare those who will be working with children facing critical needs. It is based on the training developed by Phyllis Kilbourn, author of various books on the subject and founder of Rainbows of Hope. Trainers for the workshop will be Trudy Agawin, DIrector of Gateway Missionary Training Centre and Adrienned Pilkey, ROH representative. Both have had experience in working with traumatized children. Course will be held at Gateway MTC, Langley BC, September 25 -29. For more information contact Bev info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or check the web site

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  7. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA — One anonymous giver this past week sent $11.25. Maybe you might think, “What will $11.25 matter?” Believe me… with Brigada, it matters a great deal! To make your gift that counts, just visit:

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  8. MICROSOFT OFFICE TO OFFER “SAVE AS PDF” FEATURE — You’ve probably already heard the news . . . that Microsoft will be delivering a “save as pdf” option for use with Office 2007. See the full press release by browsing to:

    http://news.com

    then in the search blank, type in “save as pdf”. With that release, users should no longer need to buy Adobe Acrobat or PDF995. I’ve found the PDF format to be a *very* useful feature, especially since it allows several different choices of security settings, including “don’t allow text or graphics to be copied out of this document”.


  9. FRIENDS AND FAMILY DISCOUNT, AIRLINE STYLE — MTS travel is promoting a “friends-and-family-type” discount. You apparently list with them the routes you’re hoping to find (like, “My son is a Christian worker in Senegal; would you alert me when fares to Dakar go on sale?”). Learn more at:

    http://www.mtstravel.com/familyfriendsandpartners/ (Thanks to Emily for letting us know about this one.)


  10. THE BACK PAGE: THE CORE, THE COMMITTED, OR THE CROWD? — Thanks to Brian for his recent referral to the Keith Green article at:

    http://www.lastdaysministries.org/nations/whyyoushouldgo.html

    Brian went on to tie this article to the Rick Warren summary of the typical make-up of a typical church: The Core The Committed and The Crowd

    Brian’s point was . . . maybe the number of consecrated pray-ers will *always* be a bit less than the whole membership (maybe a *lot* less), because the *real* pray-ers will perhaps grow out of the *core* segment of the local church. That *core* will always be a subset of the committed, not to mention a scant sliver of the crowd.

    So maybe the key isn’t to start with numbers. Brian’s right. Maybe we start with a handful of motivated co-workers who will stop at nothing until they accomplish the mission.

    That helps me a lot. It tells me we don’t have to worry about masses. We just have to focus on doing the right stuff with a few of the right people… and God will make things happen.

20060806 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE
  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK
  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA
  4. GLOBAL PASSION
  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS”
  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO
  7. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP
  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE
  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE — Global Mapping International’s newest resource, the CD-ROM edition of Paul Hattaway’s PEOPLES OF THE BUDDHIST WORLD, is packed with 238 people profiles, hundreds of beautiful color photos and *38 brand-new custom maps* which can also be used in personalized documents and ministry presentations! Text is hyperlinked to maps, tables and is fully- searchable in both Windows and Mac. Informative, easy to use and a visual treat, it will bless concerned Christians, missionaries, mission agencies working among Buddhists and ultimately Buddhist peoples themselves. Priced at US$24.95; quantity discounts are available. For more information about this resource and to order visit

    http://www.gmi.org/buddhist

    Now the cool thing is — I got to see s sneak-peak of one of these in advance and, I’ll have to admit, bar none… this might be the single best mobilization piece for evangelizing the Buddhist world in the history of the planet.

    Note: GMI had talked about trying to give $5 to Brigada for every order received during the 10 days following release of this item. However, their original deadline for this program (Sept. 2), is already passed, due to the fact that there were other items in the queue in front of them. No worries. It’s still a great resource so please order it anyway, for the sake of the Buddhist world! :-) (However, just in case, please type “Brigada” in the Comments box on the online checkout form. :-) ) Questions? Write to info(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK — I figured I’d hear back from some friends. Remember the item, “THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK” (July 21st edition)? Thanks to all the lay people *and* the professionals who replied. The latter group included the lead researcher from JoshuaProject.net (Dan Scribner), the editor of Momentum Magazine (Justin Long), and even the author himself of Operation World and “The Church is Bigger than you Think” (Patrick Johnstone). (Can you believe these guys make time to read Brigada? I should send them ice cream cakes from their local Dairy Queens.) Anyway, the bottom line was — they showed convincing proof that the church has grown and is growing by leaps and bounds and that it would *not* be accurate to state, as the article in question had stated, that “3 out of 4 people have not heard the Gospel.” Some of our researcher friends wondered if the author might have misunderstood his secondary citations (there are no research citations given) or maybe he was referring to a special study with different criteria than that used by nearly all of the other researchers in the business — like, maybe he is only counting evangelical gospel presentations, as opposed to counting presentations by Catholics & Orthodox too. Either way, at the end of the day, most researchers seem to feel that at least half the world has been exposed to the gospel. However, some 6,000 people groups definitely have *not*, comprising about 2 billion people — so we still have our work cut out for us.

  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA — Is God calling you to serve in Asia? School of Frontier Mission — YWAM’s SoFM starts 12th April 2007. Read more at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm

    It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. You will be trained to 1) build relationships through language learning, 2) become an insider in the target community, 3) thrive emotionally, spiritually and physically in the mission frontiers, 4) be an effective teamworker and 5) find a place for long term service. They offer internships at various cities in Asia and among UPGs in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm

    This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS)

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GLOBAL PASSION — UK TOUR — Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), is the guest speaker at the upcoming Global Passion UK Tour. Having visited every sovereign nation on earth, Loren has gone into all the world with many seeing him as a hero to the nations. Between 4th – 15th Sept ‘onehundredhours’, with their faith, hope that rock ‘n’ roll, and Loren who has been there and done it and has the air miles, will bring their passion for the nations to seven locations in the UK and sound the call to be part of the new missions movement that is going to surge out of the UK. Admission is free with a ticket which can be booked online.

    For further information and locations visit:

    http://www.globalpassion.co.uk or email lorentour(at)ywamliverpool(dot)co(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.onehundredhours.com


  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS” — I shared in a recent “BackPage” about visiting with folks in Milan, Indiana, the *real* hometown for the movie “Hoosiers” (July 14th edition). Interesting… in one follow-up email (from Lisa), I learned about the “Hoosier Gym” in Knightstown, Indiana. It was the scene of one of the staged games in the film and, in contrast to the community of Milan, the town there has apparently worked very hard to preserve the gym and showcase it. I’ll have to stop over there on my next trip through that part of the country. (Thanks Lisa!) But the *real* lesson is… we *can* work hard at protecting a legacy, if we just make it a priority.

  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO — Here’s a work seeking a Christian ESL teacher for Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They’ll even pay a monthly salary of $1,500 – $3,750. Low-cost accommodations are available there. Requirements include: Reformed or evangelical doctrinal convictions; willingness to work with evangelicals of various backgrounds; desire to reach Mexicans of all socioeconomic levels with the gospel; experience doing evangelism that involves both verbal witness and exemplary deeds (cf. Harvie Conn, Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace); strong interpersonal skills; strong teaching gifts; basic or better Spanish proficiency. Email C.V. to es(at)dryander(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP — We continue to watch with interest the changes in telephone connectivity around the world. For example, Neil recently told us about Webcalldirect, which is another clone of Voipcheap etc, run by the same company. Neil wrote, “Like Coca-Cola, they produce different, apparently competing products with different names and so end up with a larger market share. All the voipcheap clones do phone-to-phone options, also free, with a 3 euro-cent connection charge. They also work direct from a webpage on any computer, or can be accessed via the program itself. Webcalldirect just does not have the computer to computer option.” (Thanks Neil!) Watch for the day we’ll no longer by PBXes for offices but instead, we’ll just connect a bunch of IP Phones via some software info-center… yet all the IP-phones will cooperate together just like the old Panasonic (and other) PBXes of the past.

  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE — Want to send a gift to an organization that rejoices with a hoop and a holler at every single check that arrives? Pick Brigada. There aren’t that many checks, so every single one counts. :-) Support a mission where your financial gift can easily be 50% of the monthly income!!! And all the while, help speed Brigada on its way to thousands of workers around the world, many of which are nationals that could never afford to subscribe to a traditional magazine or printed medium. In return, Brigada will use the money to pay for its website, pay a part-time secretary to keep up with personal emails from 10,000 subscribers, and help with some simple marketing costs. Besides, it’s a tremendous encouragement when you partner to undergird this work. To make your gift that counts, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING” — In the July 21st, 2006 edition of Brigada, in the BackPage editorial, we asked the question, “HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?” We received many answers from those who shared our pain. Many fellow workers spoke of the challenge of truly communicating and *activating* a church toward active prayer. Some talked about the multiple distractions our modern world offered, while others pondered the status of prayer in the new millennium.

    By far, it seems that email is the most often-used modern tool to foster greater prayer for world missions. But, according to some, it is precisely due to that very situation (its over-use) that email might be the least effective and ragged approach. Breakfast prayer meetings received much higher marks, as did home meetings around a 5′ DVD video prayer presentation. Some contributors reminded us not to fear start- ups with small numbers, citing haystack prayer meetings in history and home cell group prayer sessions in the Bible itself.

    Either way, it’s a tall order to actually try to involve a local church in prayer for missions. Brian, from Toronto, wrote, “I would expect it is the rare church that builds a church community that places mission at it’s core and driving passion for all ministry. For all congregational members to buy in to that consuming vision where supporting ministries and ancillary programs always support the key vision of world mission would require absolutely committed leadership with a clear world view that sees how marriage enrichment programs or basketball teams or ushering or building maintenance can support missions.

    Brian continued, “I see people getting excited about being married, or playing basketball, or sitting people in seats, or fixing lights – and who see no connection to world mission. Doug- should they see world mission behind or through their activities? Or are we asking that people care passionately about stuff that they don’t really care about.

    He added, “Case in point – I’m single, I don’t have kids, I’m happy to support the SS program and think it’s a great idea, but I’m not active in making it happen, and don’t *really* care about the graduation sunday in June. It’s good, but not my thing. Isn’t that the case with many people when they think about world mission?”

    Shew. Great points, Brian.

    Lisa gave a somewhat more optimistic view. She wrote, citing prayer mobilization guidepoints from the very organization of which I am a part, “We have missions moments once a month to share about various missions we support. Sunday school classes adopt different missionaries to pray for them and send care packages to them. We encourage visits to our missionaries to see their work firsthand and provide encouragement.

20060730 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW MAP IS REALLY COOL
  2. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP
  3. SENIOR DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  4. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA, PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FINANCIAL LOSS!
  5. HOW SHOULD AN “MK MEMBER CARE” PERSON BEGIN?
  6. TRAINING COORD. POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  7. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  8. MISSIONARIES: FREE HELP FINDING NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT
  9. SUPPORT-RAISING CONFERENCE
  10. NEED TO DIAL ABROAD? CHECK OUT DIALABROAD
  11. FREE CROSS BOOKMARKS TO MISSIONARIES
  12. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ON NONPROFIT LAW
  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY
  14. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LOSS?
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW MAP IS REALLY COOL — Our office is getting tons of positive feedback on a new map we have on display in our auditorium. It’s “The Global Status of Evangelical Christianity Map” and it’s now available online at:

    http://www.campuscrusade.com/Jesus_Film/global_status_map.htm

    When it comes to communicating unreached peoples and providing a global perspective on the current status of world evangelization, it rivals some of the best maps you’ve ever seen. It has a kind of satellite-at- night look to it . . . very high on the “cool factor”. The greatest part is — they’re even going to make a gift to Brigada, if you tell them you learned about it here. What’s more, they’re selling them very close to cost. If you order 10 or more you receive even a greater discount. Feel free to relay this Brigada to them.


  2. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP — “All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the music of the nations” traces the amazing use of culturally-appropriate music in evangelism, church- planting, discipleship and worship. This Reader of 45 stories comes bundled with a CD-ROM illustrating the stories with audio, video, pictures, music scores and other media. For information see

    http://www.worldofworship.org/alltheworld/

    Also available is “Sounds of Global Worship II,” an audio CD of 22 songs from 16 regions from around the world. A colorful 28-page booklet serves as a listener’s guide to this tour of the global church at worship. Songs come from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central Europe, Central America and South America. For more information, visit

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    For more information on either one, write

    ffort2(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to these folks for pitching in $50 toward the costs of operating Brigada! We appreciate you!)


  3. SENIOR DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    a research and educational initiative of Covenant College, seeks to equip churches, missionaries, Christian ministries, and college students to declare the Kingdom of God in word and in deed by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of poor communities around the globe. The Senior Director reports to the Director and is the primary person responsible for managing the Chalmers Center’s human and financial resources in order to maximize the Chalmers Center’s impact.

    [Web-only excerpt: Responsibilities Include: overseeing the design and implementation of a strategic operations plan to achieve the Center’s short- and long-range objectives; hiring and managing all international and domestic personnel; designing and implementing the budget; directly managing approximately six staff members. Qualifications: master’s degree in management, international development, or related field; minimum two years experience in international relief and development work; three years experience with supervision and financial management; outstanding organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to Third World for several weeks at a time; excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated vision, initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; discretion, judgment, and ability to deal with confidential matters. Committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College and to growing increasingly familiar with their distinctives. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.]

    Send resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; 706-820-1560 or email employment(at)covenant(dot)edu – [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (postal address available in the web edition).


  4. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA, PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FINANCIAL LOSS! -– Did you know that a medical evacuation from a foreign country can cost over $100,000 to get a sick or injured person back to the US? What if you could get insurance for a couple dollars a day (or less) that would protect you from having to pay that type of expense yourself? And what if you could help Brigada at the same time? Well, through a partnership between Brigada and Insurance Services of America it is now possible to do so! When you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! 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 catastrophic financial loss!(Thanks to ISA for the great help already given through this program thus far.)


  5. HOW SHOULD AN “MK MEMBER CARE” PERSON BEGIN? — Suppose you were asked to advise a new MK Member Care Rep. at your favorite missionary sending organization. How would you suggest getting started? Which books or websites would you recommend? What conferences would be essential? Which organizations or services would you cite? Well — consider yourself asked! Heather, charged with starting such a ministry at Team Expansion, will receive info then assemble it for us to reprint here as a feature in a couple of weeks. Do you have info for her? By sharing it, you’ll be helping the whole evangelical missions world. Just email Heather at…

    TCK-MK-ministry(at)TeamExpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    She’ll report back in a couple of weeks.


  6. TRAINING COORD. POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER – The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    is seeking a Training Coordinator, who reports to the Senior Director and is the primary person responsible for the development and effective dissemination of the Center’s training products and services.

    [Web-only excerpt: Responsibilities include: developing, managing, and staffing a multi-track, global training program with multiple delivery mechanisms on four continents; overseeing the writing and contextualization of training materials incorporating biblical worldview messages into technical curricula; designing and implementing a strategy for recruiting, developing, and supporting a global fraternity of volunteer trainers. Requirements include: minimum of a master’s degree in adult education or related field; three years experience in adult education in the Two-Thirds World; outstanding skills and demonstrated competency as a trainer; ability to think, train, and write from a biblical worldview perspective; excellent organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to the Two-Thirds World for two to three weeks at a time; superior written and oral communication skills; demonstrated vision, initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College and to growing increasingly familiar with their distinctives. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.]

    Send resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; tel. 706-820-1560 or email employment(at)covenant(dot)edu to check it out [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].


  7. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide, “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join the world on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write:

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


  8. MISSIONARIES: FREE HELP FINDING NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT — “Mission: World” is a new web site to support an upcoming campaign to engage large numbers of U.S. Christians in “Sending” missionaries (starting with regular financial support and growing from there). In preparation for this campaign, they are recruiting missionaries to be “findable” by potential supporters. (They have special provisions for the security of missionaries working in creative access situations.) The unique approach of this site is to provide potential Senders with a database covering the full range of evangelical missionary activity, searchable by location, ministry focus, organization, sending church and denomination. Each registered missionary must have a U.S. based contact (advocate) who is willing to take and screen inquiries about the missionary. This site is privately funded, and there is no cost for this service. There is presently no provision for registration by email. But those of you with web access should register at

    http://mission-world.com

    so you can be found by interested supporters. For a one-page overview visit

    http://mission-world.com/regsamplepdfs/mission-world_one_page_faqs.pdf


  9. SUPPORT-RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into more then 35 years of experience by learning from Bill Dillon as he shares fund raising ideas. The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference September 15-16. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. This conference is essential for those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

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


  10. NEED TO DIAL ABROAD? CHECK OUT DIALABROAD — Thanks to the folks at Dialabroad.com for the $143.27 they sent this past week to say thanks for the phone calls you made in May and June. If you need phone service anyway, and if it’s all the same for you, try using …

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

    You’ll get a great rate and help Brigada at the same time.


  11. FREE CROSS BOOKMARKS TO MISSIONARIES — Crosses for Christ is a new mission project which is a network of crocheters around the world making beautiful white cross bookmarks. These bookmarks are given free to any mission project regardless of denomination. Currently, Crosses for Christ is working on sending 200 crosses to an orphanage in Liberia, 200 crosses to a Leprosy Hospital in Havana, Cuba and another 300 to a mission in the Philippines. Missionaries from any country are welcome to go to the blog at

    http://blog.myspace.com/99002175

    to get an update on the mission and submit information to request crosses for their mission. Email

    aprilajune(at)yahoo(dot)com for inquiries and requests. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ON NONPROFIT LAW — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Click the link or go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue.


  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY — Want to help make Brigada possible for those in other lands? Now you can pitch in on their behalf by clicking on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  14. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LOSS? — I moonlight as a soccer coach for a local Christian high school, the Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL). (See our soccer website at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    This past week, we participated in a tournament in Bloomington, Indiana. It was a great experience. 44 teams, big buses, vendors, the works. For our tournament opener, we were paired with a team that has a real dynasty for soccer in Indiana. They went all the way to the “final four” in the state last year, losing to the championship team by 1 goal. Shew… their speed of play was outlandish. It didn’t matter what they attempted to do, they did it “like killin’ snakes!” Everything was so fast — the thinking, the passing, and … yes… the shooting. :-) So when the final whistle blew, and the score was 12-0 (our loss), maybe you’ll think our team was bummed out. But the funny thing was — just the opposite was true. Several players came off the field saying, “Coach that was the best game we’ve ever played.” “Coach, I loved that. Can we learn to play like that?!” “Coach Lucas, that was a blast!” Why were most of our players able to view that game as an education, rather than a thrashing? I think maybe part of it was due to the position I had taken with them before, during and immediately after the game. Yes I had told them we’d like to win that game, but I had also told them how much I was looking forward to us experiencing a very high level of play. I had prepared them in advance (as much as I could) for the differences they’d see. During the game, I consistently praised them for the good things they were doing right, but I also tried to point out the great things the opponents were doing. I tried to help them *admire* the opponents instead of resent them.

    In missions, my hunch is, we’re all going to experience failure now and then. In fact, sometimes the failure could seem devastating. I’m wondering how we can learn to appreciate the lessons we can learn in the midst of failure… to treat failure like a rubix cube… to twist it and turn it and look at it objectively. How can we learn to treat failure as a *process* rather than an event. We can wallow in it… or we can see it from different perspectives and interrupt it at any time with new behaviors. Sometimes those behaviors will actually be modeled directly after the lessons we learn from mistakes and let-downs.

    Your mission, if you should decide to accept it, is to be mentally ready to learn from failure, then apply those lessons learned to the next game in life.

    Tuesday night is our next game. When is yours?

    Doug

20060723 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEWS SUMMARIES PUSHED TO YOUR INBOX
  2. NEED A RESOURCE TO TRAIN TEAMS GOING OUT FROM YOUR CHURCH?
  3. HOW TO FOLLOW UP YOUR SUMMER TRIPS
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. PLACES AVAILABLE IN BI-LINGUAL DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL
  6. CHECK OUT THE “HAPPINESS METER” FOR YOUR COUNTRY
  7. ORPHANAGE SEARCHING FOR CURRICULUM
  8. IS THERE A TENTMAKING GROUP FOR OIL WELL WORKERS?
  9. MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH BRIGADA
  10. THE BACKPAGE: THE AGE OF PARTNERSHIPS
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEWS SUMMARIES PUSHED TO YOUR INBOX — Do you have trouble remembering to check CNN.com? Or do you live in a place where web access is costly? One of our Team Expansion workers asked this past week if I could recommend a daily email news update, so he wouldn’t be caught in the dark about some major terrorist action or whatever. It was a good question, I thought, and it spurred me to do some research. I found a lot of good help from Dartmouth College Library. For your convenience, I’ve clipped some of the best options for you here. Just scan through and pick out the right level for you. Then click on the link, sign up once and forget about it. The rest will come pushed to you via email:

    BBC: This service lets you specify which categories you’d like from a large list including each continent, subsections of the United Kingdom, Entertainment, Science/Nature, and more. Three to five stories will come in each category, and depending on which you choose, some may overlap. You may also specify delivery time and mail format. A great service for those who’d like a non-US perspective on current events.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/email/

    CNN: A daily e-mail, CNN’s QuickNews features fifteen to twenty headlines and article summaries arranged by category: Top Stories, Weather, US News, World News, Sports, and Business. All link to full content.

    http://www.cnn.com/EMAIL/

    CNN *breaking* news: CNN Breaking News is very fast. The content is typically political, though some financial and other news is delivered. Each alert comes with a link to CNN.com. Highly recommended for those who want to keep aware of current developments.

    http://www.cnn.com/EMAIL/

    CNN *Custom* news alerts: This custom e-mail alert will notify you of any CNN.com article that mentions your selected keywords. You can choose immediate, daily, or weekly delivery. You’ll first have to register as a member; then click the “Create your own” link on the alerts page.

    http://www.cnn.com/youralerts/

    New York Times: This service brings you the top stories from the New York Times, and lets you choose from a diverse set of categories, including Business, Editorial, and Arts. Headlines are followed by a brief summary and links to the full articles.

    http://www.nytimes.com/mem/email.html

    Washington Post: This daily alert briefs you on current events in eight categories–Highlights, Politics, World, Nation, Metro, Business, Technology, Sports, and Style. Each category features one story summary and a link to more news in that category. There are also links to editorials, horoscopes, comics, and a Washington DC webcam.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=admin/email


  2. NEED A RESOURCE TO TRAIN TEAMS GOING OUT FROM YOUR CHURCH? — “Ready Set Go” is a Global Training Ministries DVD for your use. These 2 training DVD’s assist your local church to train your short term missions teams. Each of the 8 sessions gives insights into key missions concepts. Your training coordinator will develop the individual sessions in interaction with the team to enhance the effectiveness of each team members experience. Purchase online for (Aust) $39.95 + postage.

    For more information see

    http://www.globaltraining.org.au or email

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


  3. HOW TO FOLLOW UP YOUR SUMMER TRIPS — “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 missionary mentors from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include agencies guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. For those in south central USA a 2006 retreat will be Sep 29-Oct 1 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). For those in southeast USA a 2006 retreat will be Oct 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Agencies may apply to send a mentor/recruiter. These retreats are presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. For more visit

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


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will host another training October 12-15, 2006 at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. These four-day intensive exposures often illuminate the pathways for those desiring to be in missions. From the last training Robyn wrote: We are still processing the closest four days with Jesus ever! Meaning you discipled us so deeply according to the Word that we felt so close to Him, we truly were able to “hear”. Please do not wait too long to register. For more information and applications write to 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 .] or call 757-226-3507. See their web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org .


  5. PLACES AVAILABLE IN BI-LINGUAL DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL — StEP International, a residential missions and ministry discipleship training center, begins its next school year November 5th in Pirmasens, Germany. During Phase 1 of the 10-month program, students experientially and relationally learn to apply Biblical principles to their every day lives, as well as, learn practical skills, such as budgeting, computers, car maintenance and either German or English. Working closely with a local church, students are also equipped and released to participate in church ministries and outreaches. Then, during Phase 2, students further apply their training through missions work, including outreaches in Europe and a 2-month missions trip to Suriname.

    You can contact Joe and Shelli at office(at)step-international(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], and the school website can be found at

    http://step-internationaL.de


  6. CHECK OUT THE “HAPPINESS METER” FOR YOUR COUNTRY — Browse to:

    http://www.le.ac.uk/psychology/aw57/world/sample.html

    and find an interactive map. The map was constructed with 2002-2005 data from more than 100 studies involving surveys of 80,000 people. Countries with large populations — China, India and Russia ranked 82nd, 125th and 167th, respectively — “tend to do quite badly,” White said. “One of the reasons we put that down to is the collective identity.” [taken from a news source]. TOP 10

    The Top 10 nations on the “world map of happiness”:

    1. Denmark 2. Switzerland 3. Austria 4. Iceland 5. Bahamas 6. Finland 7. Sweden 8. Bhutan 9. Brunei Darussalam 10. Canada The U.S. was ranked No. 23, with Australia close behind at No. 26., While the United Kingdom was No. 41. (Thanks Paul!!!)


  7. ORPHANAGE SEARCHING FOR CURRICULUM — Circle of Hope is a new Christian non-profit organization that is working with orphans in Africa. They currently looking for well written international curriculum for a school that will be built for African students and would like to know if anyone has found or created a really well-done curriculum in English that is appropriate for students in less developed countries. They will be happy to share the information gathered with others. If you have any suggestions please send them to julie(at)newlinkmedia(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. IS THERE A TENTMAKING GROUP FOR OIL WELL WORKERS? — That’s what Hebert would like to know. He’s searching for a missions agency that sends oil well tentmakers to sensitive countries. If you know of one, email hebert67(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 .]

  9. MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH BRIGADA — Want to help make a way for Brigada to keep cranking out the door and onto missions radars worldwide? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: THE AGE OF PARTNERSHIPS — Is this the age of partnerships, or *what*?! In the missions agency I lead, we’re teamed up with medical groups, missionaries who are experts in a particular region, national associations, and more. What kinds of things can you do to maximize the likelihood that these relationships will succeed?

    *** Write down expectations in advance — Before buying airfare for your permanent onsite workers, write up a “letter of agreement” between your work and theirs. Our organization lists categories in the left- hand column, partner involvement in the middle column, and responsibilities of our organization in the 3rd column. We include topics such as policy, selection of team members, granting of visas, selecting a team leader, training responsibilities, language learning, financial responsibility, stateside representation, and conflict resolution.

    *** Clarify the money trail — This one factor can deep-six a partnership as fast or faster than maybe any other issue. Make sure you figure out how much each family has to contribute to any generic project funds, as well as how property is handled once a worker resigns and heads home.

    *** Invest in relationships — It just seems as if our most successful partnerships are those in which someone in our organization is best friends with someone in the partner organization. In other words, partnerships seem to thrive best when they are based on *relationships* rather than contracts.

    *** Start small, grow big — It kills me how many prospective partnerships break down before they ever even get out of the gate, because the would-be partners try to imagine all the various scenarios that could wreck their futures — and in the process, never get off square one. In my opinion, though some of these scenarios need to be considered, the groups *could* go ahead and get started on some small “baby step.” Start small, build trust, then take on more as you build that all-important relationship.

    So there you have it. Not a magic wand… but at least something to chew on getting started. We pray God’s richest blessings on all your future collaborative efforts!

20060716 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK
  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT?
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF)
  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE
  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER -— Emmaus Road International is pleased to announce the reprinting of two of their books: Prepare For Battle; Basic Training in Spiritual Warfare and The Reentry Team; Caring for Your Returning Missionaries. Through September 15th, they are offering a discounted pre-publication sale. You can read more about the books at

    http://www.eri.org/publications.html

    But you must send an e-mail to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org for details of this offer. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK — Just when we thought we were making progress… In 1974, the Lausanne Movement woke us up to “about half” the world being “hidden” from the gospel. Recent years have led us to believe that figure had shrunk to as little as 1/3 or even 1/4 of the world’s population being out of reach of the gospel. But from the looks of the top guy at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Kevin Swanson, maybe we’re farther away from our goal than we thought. His article at…

    http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s06060084.htm

    states that “*three* out of four people alive on the earth today still have not heard the Gospel.” Rats. Back to the drawing board. (Thanks for pointing us to that URL, Matt!)


  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES — Check out the new web site for the World Christian Video Directory at

    http://www.worldchristianvideos.org

    It lists over 900 languages of Christian videos and resellers, organized by title, organization, language and country. It’s an attempt to list evangelistic, apologetic, discipleship and informational Christian videos in all the languages of the world. (Thanks Ken!)


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will host another training October 12-15, 2006 at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. These four-day intensive exposures often illuminate the pathways for those desiring to be in missions. From the last training Robyn wrote: We are still processing the closest four days with Jesus ever! Meaning you discipled us so deeply according to the Word that we felt so close to Him, we truly were able to “hear”. Please do not wait too long to register. For more information and applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Learn more at: http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT? — Fernando wrote this past week about a new and different version of Voice over IP (VOIP) software he had just discovered. “Web Call Direct”

    http://webcalldirect.com

    has two features not found in similar services like VoipCheap or VoipFree; a) you can place a call between any two phones in the world. In other words, you first set the number of a land line accessible to you and then the number of the phone you’d like to call. The first one rings, you pick it up and then the second phone rings and the communication is established. The end result is a communication between regular phones without the computer. b) You can do all of this from a webpage using any computer in the world; no need to download any software. You can also call from your computer (if that is your preference) as with any other VOIP service (computer to computer or computer to phone). Fernando did encounter problems trying to use his credit card, though his PayPal account went through without a hitch. As with the other services mentioned previously in Brigada, US, Europe and a bunch of other countries are totally free. So if they can work out the possible credit card issues, this service will be one to watch. (Thanks Fernando!)


  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

    A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will in Colorado Springs, Colorado October 8-13, 2006. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Go to

    http://www.itpartners.org

    for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring an SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org


  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF) — The 5th Francophone Africa Regional Consultation will take place in May 2007: CRAF Central Africa for central Africa countries will be held on 07-11 May 2007 in Bangui (CAR) and CRAF West Africa for West Africa countries will be held on 14-18 May 2007 in Lome (Togo). CRAF provides an opportunity for innovative leaders to come together to hear how God is at work across Francophone Africa, learn cutting-edge insights from one another, assess where each nation is at the unfinished task of the Great Commission, and engage the critical challenges facing the Church in Francophone Africa. To facilitate this process, two-thirds of the programme is devoted to group interaction. Each morning there will be a key address on Church Planting Movements.

    For more information, contact Mr. Younoussa Djao at ydjao.craf(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 .]


  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE — Roland Muller’s, “The Messenger, the Message, & the Community” examines three critical issues that the cross-cultural church-planter must face. Muller’s popular Honor & Shame, as well as Tools for Muslim Evangelism are included in this book, (revised editions) plus much more. There are over 300 study questions for those who want to interact with the material. This book is now available from

    http://rmuller.com

    Order now, as quantities are limited.


  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA? — Want to help make a way for Brigada to keep cranking out the door and onto missions radars worldwide? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING? — Now that I’m a missions committee chairman in a local church, I’m perplexed with the question, “How do we *really* get people praying about missions, missionaries, and the lost people they’re trying to reach?” Fern Creek Christian Church, where my family attends when I’m not traveling, runs about 800 people in size. Having been at my post for less than a year, I’m still learning the ropes. We’re about to stage our first “Missions Fair”, but I can already sense that it’s going to be a tough challenge to get the rank and file of our church *truly* engaged with prayer and missions . . . and especially, with prayer the unreached peoples. Obviously, we have tons of videos, posters, books and other resources. But people are soooooo busy. They are so distracted. They are so already over-committed with their kids’ sports teams, 60-hour work weeks, and gas prices. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give them booklets, magnets, and lots of stories. We’ll introduce them to 20 or so missionaries that our church supports. They’ll walk through displays in our Fellowship Hall. But the real question remains, “Will their prayer lives be truly affected by what they experience?” That’s the key question. Think about it. I’ll let you know what happens in my situation. I’d love to hear more about yours. Send a message, if you have an idea, to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups.com

    (You don’t have to join the group. No one else will see your response. It’s just a holding tank for future responses.) Thanks for any advice! We’ll feature feedback in a future Brigada Today.

20060709 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  2. MORE ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  3. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06
  4. POST GRADUATE COURSE IN CHRISTIAN MANAGEMENT
  5. A NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF RAISING SUPPORT
  6. INTERNATIONAL TURKEY NETWORK’S N. AM. CONFERENCE 2006
  7. HEART FOR ASIA – VICTORIA, B.C.
  8. OPTIONS IN GHANA
  9. THANKS FOR SPURRING US ON TO GOOD WORKS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS”
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by August 15th and save $50.The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference September 15-16. You’ll learn to implement 10 key habits for success while networking with other Christian leaders. Spouses receive a $100 discount. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

    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 .]


  2. MORE ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — In addition to what was previously mentioned, Ed suggests two additional products, both of which have a long track record of successful service:

    a) Denari Online fundraising management software has actually been on the market for quite a while. It uses a simple Macintosh or Windows web browser front end. It has awesome features and a high-end price tag which varies according to the precise package purchased. Features range from simple donor reports to enabling credit card donations, electronic fund transfers and more. See

    http://www.denarisoft.com/products/denarionline.shtml

    b) A simpler and less expensive solution that might be more appropriate for some organizations is FileMaker Pro (now at version 8.5). In addition to being a very user-friendly database tool, FileMaker has many “vertical market” extensions available for it, such as for non- profit organizations to manage volunteer data, donor info, grants and funding, mailing lists, create and manage surveys, etc. FileMaker has won many awards, such as PC World, PC Magazine, Macworld, Government Computer News, etc. FileMaker is a user-friendly, world class tool that is just as at home in a Mac OS X system as it is in Windows. Ed holds that FileMaker doesn’t require a high level of expensive tech support to run it, yet there is a large network of tech support available for specialized programming needs. Link to reviews at:

    http://www.filemaker.com/company/newsroom/news/product_reviews.html


  3. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06 — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing there? Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, mission agency or church representatives to Tampa Bay, Florida for two days in November 2006. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and speak on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and small group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. Save $$$ by registering before September 15. For more information or to register, go to:

    http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org

    Click on “English” then on “Summit Info”.


  4. POST GRADUATE COURSE IN CHRISTIAN MANAGEMENT — Now, for the first time in India, obtain a M. A. in Christian Management from Martin Luther University, Shillong, Meghalaya in association with Christian Institute of Management (CIM), Chennai. You’ll need an undergrad degree plus 5 years of experience. It lasts for five semesters (2 1/2 years) and begins by the end of August 2006. Apply early. For more information log on to

    http://www.christianmanagement.net/ma/index.html


  5. A NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF RAISING SUPPORT -– Raising support can be made into an exciting and enjoyable ministry. Here’s low-cost, individualized training offered over live, interactive video conferencing. You get the video conferencing unit on loan and you meet online with a skilled trainer for six hours a week for three weeks. Unlike in a weekend seminar, you have the time to actually build the skills that lead to success. It works great, and is cheaper, for groups of four to eight people, but is effective for couples and singles as well.

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or write 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 .]


  6. INTERNATIONAL TURKEY NETWORK’S N. AM. CONFERENCE 2006 — Who should come? Those with an interest in or call to partner with God’s work in Turkey, representatives from churches that have made Turkey a special focus, prospective cross-cultural workers to Turkey, anyone seeking to get involved with Turkey, former workers who want to stay involved and informed, organizations and agencies with work in Turkey. Information about and representatives from many of the organizations involved in Turkey will be available. This year’s conference will be held November 15-17 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For a copy of the conference brochure, please contact mail(at)itnet(dot)org

  7. HEART FOR ASIA – VICTORIA, B.C. — Listen to a couple who has worked with the Muslims of East Asia. Empty-nesters – hear what they did with two years of their lives in the Mekong Region. How can you continue to be involved in missions when you have to be home (in North America). Take in the OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) Heart for Asia Conference at the Chinese Pentecostal Church (2215 Dowler Place) in Victoria, B.C. on September 9, 2006. Registration starts at 1:30 pm. Conference is from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, ending with a fellowship Chinese dinner ($8.00). For more information, go to

    http://www.ca.omf.org/pacificregion


  8. OPTIONS IN GHANA — American International School #1 Jungle Road, East Legon Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org or http://www.aisaccra.org

    They’re now accepting applications for students grade pre-K-11, as well as applications for teachers. The 2006-2007 school year has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. THANKS FOR SPURRING US ON TO GOOD WORKS — Want to light a fire under Brigada and help get Brigada Today out the door and onto your screen? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS” — I enjoy pulling lessons from modern-day stories to which Brigada participants will relate. (To me, it’s kind of Jesus-like to tell parables.) Last week I mentioned “Hoosiers,” a 1986 movie starring Gene Hackman which profiled a small-town basketball team from a high school in Indiana. Most people have heard that the movie is based on real history but perhaps fewer have checked out the real story. Being a Hoosier myself, originally, (“Hoosier” is the name used to describe natives from the state of Indiana) I’ve always been interested in the movie. The other night, as I drove across southeastern Indiana on a Saturday evening, I had to take a detour because a bridge was out. As I made my way down the two-lane highways on which the signs sent me, I passed one that said, without much fanfare, “Milan 3 miles”, complete with an arrow to the left. I couldn’t pass it up — because I remembered that “Hoosiers” is actually about the real small-town of Milan, population: about 1000. (Back in the 1950s, there were even fewer.) Driving into this small Indiana farming community took me back home again. (I’m from *Freetown*, Indiana. :-) ) Seeing no signs of the movie — or any other fanfare — I pulled over at the Milan Sports Bar & Grill to play Columbo. Seemed like the right place to begin on a Saturday night. Sure enough, Milan was the place, but they were hard-pressed to figure out where to send me to learn the story behind the movie. Yes, a small antique store had posted some memorabilia, but it was closed. No one could think of anything else. My heart sank just a bit. Here was a town that had played host to one of the greatest sports stories of all time and … they were sending me to a closed antique store.

    After verifying that the store was closed, I began “man-on-the-street” interviews. Shew. Again, I was pretty let-down. One young man knew the story, but he hadn’t seen the movie. He pointed to the water tower, which still sported the words, “1954 State Champs”. But he admitted he hadn’t seen the movie. Another said it might be a great story for a basketball player. A boy installing subwoofers in his car sent me to the Dairy Queen, where, at least, they had posted a picture and a newspaper article on the wall. But the people in the DQ looked at me strangely as I tried to learn more about the “real story.” One of them finally suggested I go to the Jay-C store to buy a copy of the DVD. I shrugged and said ok… but when I got to the grocery store, no one could find even a single copy of “Hoosiers”. (They had plenty of other random movies; just none that told about what just might be the greatest thing in recent history that’s ever happened in their town.) One girl at the cash register smiled apologetically, explaining that she had graduated from Milan High, but again, she admitted that she hadn’t actually watched the movie.

    That’s when I realized… Milan had forgotten a piece of its identity. As I drove on eastward, I pondered what I had just experienced, fearful that the same thing happens in our own lives. Sometimes, we forget who we are. We forget the stories of the people that founded our mission organizations, our companies, and our congregations. Little by little, we move on . . . and the great lessons of the past — like… little schools can win over much bigger rivals if they just train, work hard, and believe in themselves… those lessons become cobwebs in some dark cave of our consciences.

    So here are my 3 “lessons learned” from a Milan sunset: a) Figure out who you are. What’s unique about you, your church, or your mission. In the case of Milan, they lived one of the greatest sports stories of all time. Yet, today, some of their residents hardly understand how it applies to them personally… or to their futures. b) Write it down. Create some kind of signposts that won’t let you forget about it. In Milan’s case, one has to wonder if they couldn’t come up with just a *tad* more of an exhibit or a bulletin board or *something*… (It might actually bring some business to their Jay-C store! :-) ) c) Celebrate it. Be glad for your history. Learn from past mistakes. Move on, yes, but move on with the knowledge that your past can help you make a better future.

    So … next time you’re driving through southeastern Indiana, by all means stop at Milan. But bring your own DVD. And if you stop for ice cream, be prepared for stares if you lean over to read the faded newspaper clippings on the wall. Oh — and … let’s do better with our own stories.

    That’s all I’ve go to say about that. :-)

20060702 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONF: CDs/MP3s NOW AVAILABLE
  2. LINKING LITERACY AND ORAL COMMUNICATION
  3. SO BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE HEARD… CALEB PROJECT & ACMC WED
  4. CHECK OUT THE ALPHA TEST OF THE “MONITOR”
  5. THE RESULTS: WHICH CAMCORDER IS THE BEST?
  6. MORE ON LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING/CONNECTING TO THE ‘NET
  7. THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANG. TRAINING THIS FALL/SPRING
  9. MINISTRYHOME.ORG
  10. FREE PAPERS ON RUSSIAN YOUTH MINISTRY
  11. SPECIAL ARTICLES ON DISCIPLESHIP
  12. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  13. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS”
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONF: CDs/MP3s NOW AVAILABLE — The 2006 COSIM conference, held June 12-14 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, Illinois, advanced the theology and practice of cross-cultural ministry partnerships. COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Speakers included: Dick Robinson: “Partnerships that transform our understanding of . . . mission, the gospel, and the world / Gary Edmonds: “From missions-TO . . . to missions-WITH” / “Faisal” — “Partnering with indigenous ministries for transformation: A non-Western perspective”. Dr. David Kasali’s address, “Will the African Church be ready?” was the high-point of the conference for many. Also, how-to workshops on: accountability — short-term mission trips for long-term transformation — assessing your cross-cultural partnerships — etc. Recordings of all sessions are now available as CD or MP3 download. Visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosimnet.org


  2. LINKING LITERACY AND ORAL COMMUNICATION — Nearly 4 billion people cannot read. But what about the millions who are learning to read but continue to read too poorly to understand? There is a very simple way to help turn poor, struggling readers into good readers. It is the Talking Bible in that reader’s own language. The advent of the talking Bible now offers a wonderful new way to help poor readers become good readers. A poor reader with a talking Bible can open the printed Bible and follow the text while listening to the narration of that text in audio. The new solid state, digital Talking Bible will make it easy to select the exact passage in the printed text. Talking Bibles International says it will have its revolutionary, new solid-state, digital Talking Bible available by summer’s end. An exciting new era is dawning. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. SO BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE HEARD… CALEB PROJECT & ACMC WED — It’s not too late to send a wedding gift (joking). But seriously, Caleb Project and ACMC are merging. See the details at…

    http://www.calebproject.org/main.php/about_us/looking_to_the_future

    See links there for more information. We’re all on the edge of our seats to see how this will shake out in practical details.


  4. CHECK OUT THE ALPHA TEST OF THE “MONITOR” — This is a database of events, trends, analysis, statistics, photographs, reports, etc. that Justin Long, Senior Editor of Momentum, is maintaining to use to build each issue of Momentum Magazine. It is now a web-based database. Each entry has a single brief comment and a link to the website where the article is found. I’m liking this page a *lot*. You can check it out at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/monitor.htm


  5. THE RESULTS: WHICH CAMCORDER IS THE BEST? — [drum roll] OK, thanks too all those who gave input on the question, “Which camcorder is the best?” We’ve combed through the input, and here are some over all themes. First, as Ed pointed out, this is a market that moves fast, so it’s important to figure out your needs based on work process, the user’s technical capabilities, local servicing available, etc. He urges users to see the reviews at web sites such as (in no particular order):

    http://reviews.cnet.com/Camcorders/

    http://www.camcorderinfo.com/ **** This one in particular is great

    http://www.dvspot.com

    http://www.consumersearch.com/www/photo_and_video/ click on camcorders

    http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/camcorders/

    http://www.videomaker.com

    http://www.amazon.com

    Second, don’t assume you have to spend $3000 to get something that works for you. Bob, one of our good friends at Good News Productions (gnpi.org), recently looked at camcorders with a view toward high image quality, manual functions (for aperture, shutter, focus, white balance), ease of use for novices, external audio input, firewire port (for connection to computers), cost, and manufacture track record. Using these as our guide, we chose the Panasonic PV GS500, a 3 CCD DV tape camcorder for around $800. Interestingly, Brad, another Brigada participant, settled on a similar model, the GS-250, as his favorite.

    Bob pointed out that there are multiple options out there in terms of video recording formats (tape, disk, hard drive) and each has its own pros and cons, requiring the smart shopper to consider how and where the camcorder will be used. Also, some features that one camera user insists on having would intimidate others, as in manual controls versus total automation. Image quality ranges from small, single CCD (the image capture device) to 3 CCD models, multiple digital video formats, wide screen, high definition, and a host of other considerations in how different camcorders record the image. The bottom line is truly that you have to pay more for higher quality, so at some point the buyer has to set a limit and choose a camcorder that fits within the budget. The good news is that competition among manufacturers keeps the costs reasonable and the features constantly evolving into better bang for your buck.


  6. MORE ON LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING/CONNECTING TO THE ‘NET — We continue to feel good about using MS Outlook and a secure email account, or at least a secure webmail provider. (Thanks for giving your two cents on this, Justin.) Another Brigada participant, Todd, recently pointed to evidence that maybe Hotmail.com wasn’t so “country neutral” as was originally thought. (For example, he has personally experienced regionally targeted ads which seem country aware.) Also, don’t forget about using a web interface like Hushmail,

    http://www.hushmail.com

    which offers encryption built-in from the server… and you can install an Outlook plug-in that let’s you access your Hushmail messages via Outlook, so you can compose offline and save online minutes (which is probably going to be important if you’re connecting via a remote dial-up). Finally, whatever you use, be sure to try it out in advance. The worst time to be experimenting is when you’re on the road already, under the gun. If at all possible, try out these connections in advance.


  7. THE HERERO PEOPLE — Find these people in central and eastern Namibia in Africa. In the traditional Herero village, the village head is the link between the living members and dead ancestors of the family. He is responsible for keeping the holy fire burning at the main hut of the village. This fire symbolizes continuous contact with the deceased ancestors. In the event the fire should go out, it is a slight or insult to the ancestors and endangers the spiritual security of the offender as well as the other members of the family. If the village head should die, the living link between the village and ancestors is dead. What results is tremendous grief and mourning for long periods of time, until a new head is established. Pray for the Herero people of Namibia, that they may come to know the true intercessor for all people, Jesus Christ. Pray that they come to know the One who will never die and that they will no longer feel the grief that comes with lostness! To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, click to…

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  8. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANG. TRAINING THIS FALL/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you in the Russian language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for their 16 week fall course 2006 (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). Spring 2007 (Jan. 22 – May 11) US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. or click to

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

    or email RLMoffice(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 .]


  9. MINISTRYHOME.ORG — The free online social network for ministry! MinistryHome allows you to promote your ministry, raise funds, build teams and network with like-minded individuals, all for free (Note that some packages are for sale there too… but the $15/mo. cost seems reasonable.) This has the potential to radically change the way missions teams are built and resourced. Joining the MinistryHome community only takes a few minutes. For more information, visit

    http://www.MinistryHome.org


  10. FREE PAPERS ON RUSSIAN YOUTH MINISTRY — Dr. Mark Harris has made available a set of seven papers based on the research he did a few years back among Russian young people. In addition, there are four papers to help you understand Russian Baptist churches, and a few other miscellaneous papers on ministry in Russia. These are free for the downloading at

    http://www.markharris.us


  11. SPECIAL ARTICLES ON DISCIPLESHIP — Here is a whole series of discipleship articles and training materials all available on the web! Some people think of discipleship only at its beginning stages. But that is only the start! The Flow maps out the progress of discipleship from the beginning right to the end: the beginner, the intermediate and the advanced. There are even articles on how this advanced stage connects to leadership training. Also please notice BFF’s special offer. Full-time Christian workers overseas, 4 from each country can get a free BFF CD 2.2 mailed to them. See the homepage for details. The CD has many of these materials in eBook form with lots of Powerpoints, maps and handouts. Printed material can be purchased. BFF has a liberal copy policy which enables a teacher to share the materials with the ones he serves. Learn more at

    http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net


  12. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to the folks at Reignbridge for their gift of $50. Don’t miss their “Kids Praying for Kids” DVD… Learn more at:

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    Want to join them? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS” — You’ve probably seen the 1986 movie, “Hoosiers.” If not, it’s definitely worth the rental. Sites like ESPN and the American Film Institute frequently rave about it (#4 of the “Top 20 Sports Movies of All Time”, #13 on the list of the “100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time”). USA Today found it to be the best sports movie of all time. So over these next three weeks, I’d like to draw some lessons from my personal visit to the “hometown” of Hoosiers… the place where it actually happened. (You’ll actually get more out of these entries if you’ve seen the movie, so if you don’t mind, pick it up and review it again so the lessons will be fresh. Tune in next week, once you’ve done that, for more about my visit to Milan, Indiana, where the *real* Hoosiers story begins.

20060625 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF
  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY*
  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS
  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED
  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES?
  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS
  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE?
  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-(
  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF — Grab the free July/August issue of Momentum Magazine at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607.pdf (High resolution version, 56 pages, 11MB) or

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607-small.pdf (Low resolution version, 56 pages, 1.8MB)

    Momentum Magazine is edited by Justin Long. I really like the direction Justin is going with his work. To me, he has taken statistics to a new level. Somehow he has transformed mere numbers and math into feelings and people. There are hundreds of little paragraphs I want to memorize or shout from a mountain top or a church pulpit. In short, his work is inspirational, if not sometimes a bit depressing. Sometimes it takes a bit of depression to get us off square one… or square zero. So … in summary, I say bravo to Justin and his efforts to make Momentum Magazine into a rallying cry for masses of new world Christians and the new wave of missionaries they will send. Momentum Magazine is one of the few bright spots in missions mobilization today. It should be required reading for every Brigada subscriber. Do I agree with all his theology? Nope. But do I agree with his ache for the world’s least reached? But of course. And so will you.


  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY* — In April 2006, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board released the pilot version of the North American People Groups Database project,

    http://www.peoplegroups.info

    at the Ethnic America Summit in Atlanta. The website contains 2000 Census data for language spoken at home, country of birth, and ancestry by city, county, and zip code. Additionally, local pilot research in the Atlanta area provided over 30 people groups in the Chinese, Arab, and Mexican communities alone. Many other functionalities exist on the website as well, including: an online discussion forum for North American people group workers, a resource request form, and a toolbox for those wishing to begin people group research in their area. The website is still in the pilot phase but improvements will be made in the months ahead. Get registered today to benefit from all this online database has to offer!


  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE –-

    http://www.trainforChrist.org

    Training organizations that are members of an evangelical alliance or similar association can now register their courses on the international Evangelical Training Database. This is free and courses are then searchable world-wide through English and Spanish interfaces. The Missionary Training Service, sponsor of the project, is liaising with member bodies of the International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and similar associations. They hope it will become a world-wide resource for anyone needing training. Geoff Tunnicliffe, leader of the World Evangelical Alliance kindly said, “We certainly want to find ways of seamlessly integrating this into our WEA web presence”. Dr Chris Wright, Director of the Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries), and chairman of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, is also supporting the project. Translations into other languages are being planned.


  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has just published several new books to help you and your workers to start brand new church planting movements on the frontiers. Stop on by their two internet stores to find out more. Two titles: The Compendium of Church Planting Knowledge and Multiplying Churches Student Notes are available at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches

    These books are not-for-profit and priced at the CafePress base price. Another new title, Keys To Church Planting Movements by Kevin Sutter has just been released at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/stephanas

    This books presents simple, New Testament principles for planting churches cross-culturally. Through attractive cartoons, that can be used in any language, follow Stephanas, a first-century cross-cultural worker, and his apostolic team as they multiply simple churches among the unreached. Learn how to turn the world upside down! Major credit cards accepted.


  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED — Articles include Insights for Persuading Muslims and Post-Moderns, News on Situations in Iran and Afghanistan and on Religious Changes in Africa, A List of Recommended Books on Islam, and more at

    http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm

    You may request a pdf, html, or hard copy from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES? — Was he a stern dictator, the angry judge of a rebellious nation? The Bible calls him ‘the servant of the Lord’ and says that ‘the Lord knew him face to face.’ To discover his true character go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on Exodus, then choose Unit 2: Moses – the problem of feeling inadequate, by Raymond Brown. This interesting study of a great man has been translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS — Free papers for the Fulani of West Africa are available from SOON Ministries in several dialects, and also in downloadable PDF files from the website. In addition, the team will be glad to partner with other groups in producing additional dialect versions.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/fulani/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!!!)


  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS — A DVD compilation of three, six minute videos of Prayerwalking for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, Prayer and Fasting for Kids, and a special bonus track of The 10/40 Window for Adults. This mini-movie library is a great resource for Sunday Schools, Children’s Church, Homeschoolers, and grandparents who want prayer passionate grand-kids. You can order it from Joey and Fawn at…

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    by clicking on resources, or write 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 .]


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join others on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer For The Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE? — Before you start, there are two key questions to ask, and a detailed profile of your potential visitors to develop. Use Internet Evangelism Day’s printable worksheet to help you.

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/starting.php

    (Again, many thanks, Tony!)


  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous donors who, this past week, gave $10, $10, $25, $25, and $50 to help speed along our work with Brigada. Thanks also to Blessings Int’l in Tulsa, OK, who just sent $100. Does your church operate a medical clinic? Blessings International has pharmaceuticals, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and medical supplies available for use in non-profit clinics at reduced costs. Check them out at:

    http://www.blessing.org

    Thanks to those who have switched their long distance service to Accxx via Blessed Hope. Their conversations yielded a gift of $12.89 to Brigada this past month. Our family is one of those that have switched and I can honestly tell you… the long distance works great! :-) If you’ve ever thought about switching from huge companies who will never miss you if you left, try stopping by the page at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re also grateful to short-term teams from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO) and Highline Christian Church (Seattle, WA) who chose ISA as their insurer during their trip. Because of ISA’s commitment to tithe all of the sales which say, “I heard about you on Brigada,” they sent $145.46 this past week! May God bless these short- term teams and make it so these policies are not needed. That way ISA won’t have to pay out any benefits, making them happy; the teams won’t experience any loss, thereby making *them* happy; yet Brigada will have still benefited making *Brigada* happy! :-) Everybody wins! :-) Check out ISA at:

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


  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-( — There are some readers out there with a little extra means. The good news is… those with a little extra can make it possible for *all* to connect with Brigada, simply by saying, “I’ll help.” Maybe you can only spare a $50 gift, once a year. But see… those $50 gifts would add up. As it stands now, we’re 50% through the year with only 25% of the funds for which we had been praying. Would you be able to help fix that problem? If so, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY? — Recently, I had to jot down some of my roles for a brief introduction I was writing and, frankly, it was kind of startling. Is everybody attempting to pull off this kind of schedule? (May I just think out loud here for a sec’?) Maybe it’s a symptom of being too interested in lots of different investments of time. I’m a husband to a great wife and a dad to two incredible sons, a son to my aging mother, an elder in my local church, where I play piano and keyboard with the worship team while serving as Chairman of the Missions Committee. I enjoy trying to stay fairly in tune with developments in technology, communications, computing, photography, and a dozen other interests.

    In addition, I’m a high school varsity boys soccer coach for a large Christian school nearby. So I invest about 3 hours, 5 nights a week in these 18 boys (and their respective families). By the way, just for fun, you can see their progress this coming season at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    [Yes, in case you were wondering, one of my sons is an 11th-grader at that same school and yes, he did make varsity this year (for the first time though). :-) ]

    On the side, I’m president of a missions agency called Team Expansion. (You can learn more about their work at:

    http://www.teamexpansion.org

    They keep me hopping… with 300 missionaries in 37 countries.

    To make life even more interesting, I’m having to help quite a bit with launching their new retreat center — learn more at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    I’m *soooo* close to being done with my Ph.D. dissertation. Just a couple of chapters, actually. But alas, so much of that has gone on hold with Emerald Hills.

    And then there’s Brigada. Eventually, I always manage to catch up… one issue a week for 11 years. Yikes. :-) Brigada participants are so patient, too. Sometimes I get 3 weeks behind . . . yet the kind words and encouraging testimonies give me hope that somewhere, somehow, this information is helpful to someone.

    On top of all that, I’m interested in people’s lives. So last night I drove 40 minutes to go hear one of our workers do a presentation on Afghanistan at a local church camp. Today I’ll drive 30 minutes to pray with the wife of one of our trainers before her surgery. This weekend I’ll drive 5 hours to speak in a local church that’s helping our ministry.

    Shew.

    Are we busy yet? :-)

    So this morning I was just thinking… Is this just my own life… or is this happening to everyone? It’s not that I’m unhappy or feel stressed. The truth is… I’m having a blast in life. I’m happy and eventually, I usually catch up on enough sleep to get by. So why am I writing about this? I guess I’m just wanting to make sure we all examine our respective lives… that we take our pulse to be sure that we still care very deeply about unreached peoples. That we’ll still live our lives, even with all these different involvements, in such a way that they’ll hear the message. That we’ll still dedicate ourselves to trying to reach them. That we still won’t quit ’til they’ve had a chance to hear.

    Are we good on all that?

    Thanks for listening in on my thinking.

    Doug

20060618 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA
  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING
  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP
  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  7. BEST CAMCORDER
  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED?
  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL
  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS
  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS…
  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD
  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA — Lately I’ve been trying out Google’s SMS service. It works through text messaging from your cell phone. First things first — make sure you won’t be charged per SMS. (Many accounts now have unlimited SMSes.) Then just send whatever query you would have typed in at Google.com — only text message it to this number: 46645. Your results will come back momentarily. Grab a movie timetable, a phone listing, an address, convert currency, … the results are practically endless. Best of all, it’s totally free (if SMSes are free on your cell account). Learn more at:

    http://www.google.com/sms


  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES — I know you’ve probably tried out the Steven Covey stuff before, but every once and awhile, I find that it’s helpful to review it. Now, they have so many helps online, it’s pretty much a new day for their stuff anyway. Start at… http://www.FranklinCovey.com then download the application (try it out for free for a month). Then walk through the library… http://www.franklincovey.com/fc/library_and_resources Get in the habit of using the application so you’ll be forced to think in terms of “mission”, roles, and goals again. After the 30 days, figure out your own system again using whatever tools you wish, but with renewed appreciation for the “top-down” planning approach.

  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN — Backpack Missions is an easy, exciting, and effective strategy for teaching Great Commission principles to children in any church. Backpack Missions is comprised of simple mission object lessons presented by a world trekking backpacker character, “Backpack Andy” [or personalize with your own name] who teaches a missions lesson using objects taken from his backpack. Backpack Missions is drop-in mission education and awareness covering international and North American missions. Some Southern Baptist-specific elements can be easily adapted to your own affiliation. Provided free by the North American Mission Board online at http://namb.net/backpack

  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING — The next series of distance learning courses for using the web and IT for evangelism are set for July- September: Cybermissions 101 (Theory) – Monday July 17th 2006 Cybermissions 102 (Practice) – Monday September 18th 2006 Cybermissions 103 (Internet Cafes) – Monday September 18th 2006

    http://www.cybermissions.org/training/


  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP — LongviewNET http://www.longviewnet.com provides web site development and management services for ministries, missionaries, small businesses and organizations. The folks behind LongviewNET are themselves missionaries who use proceeds from LongviewNET to help underwrite their own personal ministry support as a tent-making effort to serve others for the cause of Christ. LongviewNET is a full-service solution provider: web sites, domain names, blogs, hosting and more. Mention Brigada when you enter into an agreement for web site development and management with LongviewNET and 20% of your agreement amount will go directly to Brigada!

  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — Wondering which donor management software packages came to light in our recent survey? John, at The Mission Station, wrote, “There were a total of 15 respondents. Some use(d) more than one package. No one package had more than two users. There were a total of 5 respondents using HomeGrown packages (including MS Access/Excel) on both DOS and Windows platforms. The package currently in use with 2 users was TntMPD for Windows. The packages that had a single user were Logos, Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, NewViews, Church Missions, Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge, Quick Books – Non-Profit, and Quick Books – Standard. All the single packages also ran on Windows platforms of some form.

    There were 4 respondents who indicated that they were presently evaluating Quick Books – Non-Proft, but had not come to any conclusions yet. Overall, the homegrown applications were not well viewed, yet had some customized features that were missed with other “out-of-the-box” packages. The applications that received favorable recommendations were Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, ChurchMissions, Raisers Edge, and TntMPD. Finally, the cost of these packages ranges from FREE to over $3000.00 USD.” John will make sure all of these are incorporated into his Missions Database for all to access at: http://www.missionaries.org


  7. BEST CAMCORDER — Got an opinion about which camcorder gives the best value for the money . . . quality, versatility, compactness, still and video in one. What do you think? Just send your note to: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com There’s no need to join the egroup. It’ll accept your email without being a part. Later, we’ll sum up the responses there and report back in Brigada.

  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED? — Brendan would like some feedback on the viability of establishing a new missions advocacy ministry to promote small, lesser known international missions ministries. Is there a need for this type of ministry and/or are there others out there already doing this on a general (i.e. inter/non-denominational) basis? Please send your thoughts to Brendan advocate(at)pobox(dot)com

  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL — For those willing to experiment with Voice Over IP, Oliver says the frontier is still a good deal. He’s been exploring it for almost a year… He concludes that free calls are more limited now — about 300 min/week and the 10 free EUR are valid for 120 days. He suggests using them on destinations which aren’t free. He also advises that the country lists change without notice, so beware. He says these sites all basically list different deals for the same country:

    http://www.netappel.fr/fr/index.

    html http://www.voipbuster.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/download.html

    http://www.sparvoip.de/de/customerservices.html

    http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipdiscount.com/en/index.html

    http://www.webcalldirect.com/en/index.php

    http://www.poivy.com

    (Thanks Oliver!)


  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS — The Student Christian Organisation (A Malawian locally based interdenominational organisation – SCOM) has seen a tremendous membership growth over the years. Focused to preach the gospel to secondary/high school students, it was established in 1962. Started with only a few members, now membership has grown to thousands and while conferences were held by few individuals now attendance is in hundreds. The organisation has now managed to establish a weekly devotional email called ‘FEED THE FLOCK’ to all interested subscribers. To subscribe send a blank email to feedtheflock_admin(at)christianemailservice(dot)com with subscribe as the subject. You can also access through the web at

    http://trinityzone.org/scomministry/devotions.html . To learn more about the background and the activities of SCOM visit

    http://www.surrender.nl/scom


  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS… — We’re grateful to DialAbroad… http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm for sending $71 this past week to boost our work. Again, if you’ve thought about changing phone services, or if you have to move and pick a carrier anyway, please consider Dial-Abroad as a prime option. They’ll give you the best deal . . . and help Brigada too.

  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, outreach conferences, and the latest trends in missions all around the world? Just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD — Have you noticed how broad the spectrum is getting when it comes to local churches and missions outreach? For missionaries, the landscape has gotten pretty complex lately. Some churches have gotten to the point that they no longer will support “independent” (individual) missionaries. They want all their missionaries to be affiliated with an organization that will help them stay on task and accountable, financially and otherwise. Meanwhile, there are still other churches who almost resent the role of an agency. (They are, in effect, gradually becoming their own agency.) In between is a complex continuum of all the blended mixtures.

    So what’s a missionary to do? Well for what it’s worth, here’s my take: First, when approaching any new situation, you have to use the same principles that you were taught to use when you crossed into another culture. Second, my own opinion is — it’s not our role to try to *change* the church to fit our own opinions (in the same manner that it wasn’t our role to change the culture to fit our expectations). The key is to have a relevant message . . . a relevant *mode* for each context. Once you become irrelevant, you’ve lost touch with that portion of the spectrum. (So get relevant.)

    Next week, we’ll address the spectrum faced by Brigada participants working in local churches. Shew. They face a jungle too. We all do. So be careful out there.

20060611 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING & CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  3. TERM LIFE INSURANCE
  4. PREPARE TO RAISE SUPPORT IN MUCH LESS TIME
  5. BIBLE STORYING RESOURCE WANTS TO HELP YOU!
  6. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL
  7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  8. FREE ONE YEAR SCHOOL OF PRAYER
  9. TEFL TEACHER TRAINING IN ISTANBUL
  10. WE GET HELP… WE BE THANKFUL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO CORRECT A PEER (OR NOT)
  12. CLOSING STUFF

    1. LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING & CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET — Those involved in outreach activities in foreign countries would be wise to us a HotMail account. While well known ISPs such as AOL have world wide accessibility, using them identifies a person with the nationality associated with that ISP. HotMail is country neutral and doesn’t draw attention. Use of an Internet card with HotMail is usually cheaper too.Most countries have AOL access and AOL has online storage. Messages can be read at a Internet cafe, replied to, and saved on AOL for later retrieval when you get back home.

      Here’s a pay-as-you-go service called Budget Dial Up:

      http://www.budgetdialup.com

      is a recommended when traveling. You purchase time in blocks and only pay for what you use. There are no monthly fees. They have a subsidiary for travelers called

      http://www.mytravelaccess.com

      Thanks to Stan, Mark, Fred, George, and Mike.


    1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. For specific information about the courses taught and to register for the CEDI, visithttp://www.chalmers.org

      and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


    1. TERM LIFE INSURANCE -– There are an increasing number of term life insurance options available for the international worker. If desired, coverage can be limited to AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) only. Amounts of coverage can be as low as $50,000 and up to and over $1,000,000. If purchased together with health insurance, term life coverage can be found for any country in the world. For term life quotes: name, age, overseas residence (country and city) and type of work are needed. For more information contactjeff(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


    1. PREPARE TO RAISE SUPPORT IN MUCH LESS TIME -– It doesn’t have to take years to raise your support for mission service. There are proven, transferable attitudes and skills that you can develop which will make support raising quicker, easier and much less terrifying. A new training option is now available through live, interactive video conferencing. You can receive, on loan, a high tech video conferencing unit which is easy to plug in and use. You need high speed internet access and a TV monitor. You meet live on line with an experienced trainer for five hours a week three weeks. It is low cost and it will equip you with the communication and relational skills you need to be successful in partnership development ministry for a lifetime.http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

      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 .]


    1. BIBLE STORYING RESOURCE WANTS TO HELP YOU! — Please tell story4all about your storying work, training or events and your ministry could receive a highlight on the story4all podcast, with events listed in the web site “Calendar”. story4all is here to help those who want to learn more about Bible storying, oral strategies, those who want to make disciples of oral learners, as well as to facilitate networking between agencies and individuals and vice versa. Check out the story4all web site and podcast, and contact story4all by visiting:http://story4all.com

      Have you heard the story4all podcast yet? Cut & paste this URL into your “podcatching” software to freely subscribe to the weekly show:

      feed://story4all.libsyn.com/rss


    1. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for our 16 week fall course (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119.RLMoffice(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 .]

      http://www.russianlanguage.org


    1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating effectively to one another and to the host people.A workshop hosted by Arab World Ministries will held near Sanary-sur- Mer, France September 10-15, 2006. Please contact Carrie Lyon at clyon(at)marnet(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

      Go to

      http://www.itpartners.org

      for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    1. FREE ONE YEAR SCHOOL OF PRAYER — There are keys to answered prayer. Best-selling authors, prayer leaders, and conference speakers, Eddie and Alice Smith, with the U.S. Prayer Center now offer their 52-Week School of Prayer online! Imagine receiving a unique lesson on prayer in your email inbox each week for an entire year! You’ll never need to leave home to attend a class or pay an enrollment fee. They will teach you how to have a fulfilling quiet time; to experience intimacy with God through prayer; to pray our family and friends to Christ; and more. Appropriate across denominational lines. Offer it to your friends, your church, or ministry. Be one of 100,000 the Smiths will mentor with this free course. Receive as a bonus for enrolling the amazing PDF report, “138 Ways to Mobilize Prayer.” Simply enter your first name and email address at:http://www.TeachMeToPray.com

    1. TEFL TEACHER TRAINING IN ISTANBUL — It’s slated for July 6 – 8. Here is an opportunity to learn how to teach English to non-native English speakers. Teaching techniques, language skill development and curriculum selection and options will be just some of the topics. The primary focus of the seminar will be Conversational English.

    2. WE GET HELP… WE BE THANKFUL — Thanks to the church in Tulsa, OK, which sent $125 along with a thank-you note for the “resources Brigada keeps on supplying.” Well we’ll be honest — your support helps us keep on supplying. God be praised! Thanks! Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? Just go tohttp://www.brigada.org

      and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  1. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO APPROACH A PEER (OR NOT) — Last week we talked about the concept of approaching “the head man” in a tribe . . . or a company. Our basic premise was: go to the person in charge. But what if you have an issue with someone who is your peer… someone “across departmental lines” or someone in the team across town. You feel funny going to his/her team leader or boss because you’re afraid you’ll get him/her in trouble, right? Good answer. What’s more, the boss might not know you or accommodate your desire to discuss the matter. He or she might think you’re stepping out of line to bring up something that had nothing to do with your work area.So what if you observe shoddy or less-than-best performance on the part of the guy across the hall, who serves under a different boss? My own take is — it depends. If the team member has a reasonable team leader (one who is reasonably gifted in leadership), sometimes it might make more sense for you to report the troubling behavior or less-than-best performance. Speak directly to the person’s overseer. However, if the team member’s point-man is seemingly less understanding… or if you’ve had a hard time getting your point across to him or her (sometime before), then there are times where you’ll feel uncomfortable going to the team leader of the friend. In cases like these (where the team leader isn’t as present), you might decide to throw out the “head man” rule and approach the struggling brother or sister directly. Here are some important and easy tips to maximize your chance of success:

    *** Focus on one thing at a time, in a positive way, if possible: Refuse the temptation to bring up a laundry list. For example, if the I.T. guy can’t train, can’t program, can’t write instructions, and can’t show up to work on time, and, to make matters worse, if his boss is unreasonable as well, yes you might have to approach him directly, as a peer. But don’t make a list… or at least, don’t *show* him the list. Just decide on the highest priority item and approach him on that item first. In the previous case, maybe you begin by pulling him aside and asking him to help you understand a particular protocol or command. In the process, you coax him to train you in a friendlier fashion, then you tell him, “It really helped me when you described the solution in such-and-such a terms.” Make sure the guy knows you *appreciate* what he just did (the helpful training behavior). Truth be known, you’re mentoring him… but it’s perhaps team-member-specific-mentoring, in that he’ll probably interpert it as being the kind of behavior he ought to show *you* and you alone. That’ll be ok at first. At least it’ll help you do your job better.

    *** Go one-on-one: Trust us… If you go as a group, it’ll feel more embarrassing, more overwhelming, and bigger than life. Go one-on-one.

    *** Uplift the positive: Whenever possible, try to “catch her in the act of being good” rather than criticizing her errant behavior.

    *** Try to establish a relationship first, *then* correct: It’s a *ton* easier to take correction from a *friend* rather than someone at a distance. What’s more, we’ll *care* more when a friend gives us feedback. We seem to always be able to rationalize or justify when it’s someone about whom we have little invested interest.

    *** Whenever possible, use metaphors if appropriate: For some reason, people remember stories better. So if you can say it with an illustration, without it becoming hokey, do it.

    Using these 5 simple approaches, perhaps you can turn a lemon into lemonade: The person with troubling behavior just might become a close friend, believe it or not. And friends are good, … because it’s truly a jungle out there!

    Doug

20060604 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS!
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB”
  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING
  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE
  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION
  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST…
  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. To register for the CEDI, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS! -– It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer short-term mission trips! PLUS, when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website, your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! 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! (It’s working! See below.)


  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact

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


  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB” — Want some free tips on doing research on the web? Check out:

    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective


  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING — Just click on over to

    http://flightaware.com

    It contains a fantastic quiver of tools to track commercial and private flights. (Thanks to Mark and the Courier Journal for this tip.)


  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE — A new resource is available to help women working around the world as they counsel and help other women. Muriel Cook, a long-time missionary in Taiwan, and her daughter Shelly Cook Volkhardt, have just released Kitchen Table Counseling, a resource that takes the fear away from addressing difficult problems and empowers women to reach out to those around them. The book focuses on guidelines for kitchen table counselors and then provides help with specific issues. One of the most helpful pieces is the Topical Scriptural reference index that counselors can return to as they help others. Soon you’ll be able to visit

    http://www.kitchentablecounseling.com

    to interact with the authors, schedule speaking engagements and purchase the book.


  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — These people of northern Namibia in Southern Africa build Owambo homesteads, which are circular, near spirallic arrangements of homes. The labyrinthine passages may weave in and out to confuse a stranger or an evil spirit, but all they all lead to the central meeting place, the olupale. Continue to pray that the center of these homesteads will one day welcome the Holy Spirit into their presence and that all will come to know the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray that there will be no need to confuse strangers as the Truth is heard. Continually lift up the Mbalantu, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or contacting those who are trying to reach them at lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION . . . — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $10, with this note: “Thanks for all you do with Brigada! I wish I could send more, but I know every little bit helps. PS. I enjoyed the “mole” story!” Mark, that $10 meant more than you know! We’re running in the red this month, and $10 can mean a *lot*! Thanks! And thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance for the $183 they sent in recognition of folks like you who bought various kinds of insurance from them at:

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

    Thanks, too, to two different groups from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO), and several other individuals, who bought trip cancellation insurance from ISA, resulting in a special gift of $306.31 from them to Brigada !!!! Please … next trip you take, consider their policy at:

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

    Just think — the more secure you become, the more you help Brigada!


  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST… — Here’s a like-minded organization that would love to learn from your experience. They’re heavily involved in doing exactly that — building hope and help for the homeless. For example, they’re building dozens of homes for those who lost everything in New Orleans. If you have experience or ideas, please drop them a note at… rebuildneworleans(at)crossroadsmissions(dot)com See their website at:

    http://www.crossroadsmissions.com

    Crossroads Missions is based in Louisville, KY. They are partners with Team Expansion and Brigada and will be moving soon to Emerald Hills. Learn more about Emerald Hills at…

    http://www.emeraldhills.info


  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN — Most of us have watched enough missionary movies to know the importance of checking in with the “head man” in a village, prior to trying to start any work there. The same principle applies in our daily jobs. And the funny thing is — in a weird sort of way — I believe it applies in both directions across the organizational chart. See if you agree.

    I serve as the president of an agency with just over 300 full-time missionary workers. It’s set up in such a way that I coach just 4 workers (heads of departments). They, in turn, lead sub-team leaders in their respective divisions. If a sub-team *member* on one of those sub- teams comes directly to me with an issue… say… regarding a sub-team leader, I have a choice: I can a) try to fix it by going to the department head that I coach, b) try to fix it by going directly to the sub-team leader, or c) briefly mentor the sub-team member on how to fix it solo. The correct answer? You probably already guessed: I believe it is “c”. I have to apply the “go to the head man” rule — in reverse. I have to mentor that worker on the importance of going one-on-one with the sub-team leader to work out the issue. Then I let the process take its course and trust the respective leader to work it out.

    Imagine… if I go to the department head (the one that I coach), he first of all feels a bit embarrassed and ashamed that I became involved in an issue in his department — one of which he probably wasn’t even aware. But what’s worse, he now has to go to his sub-team leader and explain that this issue came to the president’s desk. He has to ask all about it . . . and the wild thing is… maybe the sub-team leader didn’t even *know* about it. So now the sub-team leader is mad at the sub-team member and all this is in *addition* to the original presenting issue. By this time, perhaps the *process* has become bigger than the original issue. By now the problem is bigger than life because people have emailed and met and phoned and… well you get the picture.

    So I’m convinced, after having made more than my share of errors on this part of the game plan… I have to say to the sub-team member, “Have you discussed this issue with your sub-team leader?” If the answer is, “Well … no.,” then my answer has to be, “Well trust me — that’s where this needs to start. If, after sharing it with your sub- team leader, you feel you can’t work it out, then explain to your sub- team leader that you’d love a chance to talk it through with your department’s head, with the sub-team leader present. If you still can’t resolve things, ask them if we can all meet — the four of us. Until you’ve taken those steps, trust me … you don’t want me to barge in like gangbusters to try to fix this.” Does this process sound familiar? I have found that it functions equally as well in the workplace as it does in Matthew 18:15-17. True — the passage deals with sin. But in everyday management and problem-solving, I have found it to function well in teams. Next week… what to do if the problem is with someone in a different department or team.

20060528 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-LABORERS
  2. MEDIA SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CALLS OVER VOIP
  4. DISK DRIVE RESURRECTION SERVICE NEEDED
  5. PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER BUTTON
  6. FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS IN 3190 LANGUAGES
  7. NEED A RESOURCE TO MENTOR OTHERS?
  8. MENTORING WORKSHOP
  9. NEW RESOURCE ON BIBLE STORYING AMONG ORAL LEARNERS!
  10. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-LABORERS — Every so often, we receive a note of encouragement that reads something like, “How do you do it? How do you keep those Brigada editions coming each week, after all these years?” I’ll be honest. Sometimes schedules go ballistic. This past week, I took a week of vacation to lead a new soccer clinic here in Louisville, Kentucky. The week was wacko. In the back of my mind, I find myself thinking, “How/When will I get time to assemble another Brigada?” And then it comes: a gift from someone like Andy at Dial Abroad ($74.18 this time). And I realize that in this special case, his gift is based on people who have signed up their long distance with him so that, in turn, he will help Brigada keep going. (Thanks Andy!) If long distance is a commodity item for you, would you consider switching to Dial Abroad? Maybe you have a cell phone these days and make almost no long distance calls. That’s still ok. Even if it’s only an occasional call, you still could switch over to Andy for the few times in the future when you *will* need it. His rate is probably better and I *know* the accompanying Brigada gift is appreciated. Learn more at:

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


  2. MEDIA SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES — MullinsMedia has been providing media support to missions and missionaries since 2001. Recognizing that a well-designed and regularly updated website is the best communication tool available today, they specialize in providing low-cost, easy-edit web spaces to missionaries (hosting, training and maintenance included). MullinsMedia also travels worldwide to produce documentary- style DVDs that mission organizations use to tell their story. Visit

    http://www.mullinsmedia.com

    and click on “links” to see some of the sites they have developed. Special Offer: For each site built for a Brigada subscriber, MullinsMedia will make a $20 donation to support the great work of Brigada!


  3. FREE CALLS OVER VOIP — Call free to over 40 destinations. No catch, no setup fee, no special equipment needed, just a microphone -and headphones if possible – and your computer with broadband connection. (Dialup is possible too, but quality can be low.) Open an account with €10 and calls to landlines in over 40 destinations are free, and very low-rate calls to others. The same company operates under two names – with a few different free countries on each, so check each out before deciding which to go with.

    http://www.voipbuster.com/

    http://www.voipcheap.com/


  4. DISK DRIVE RESURRECTION SERVICE NEEDED — Here’s a Brigada participant named Mic from Operation Mobilization (OM) reporting that a disk drive on his office computer died that supposedly contained only “back-up data”, when in fact, it had some important files that were not stored anywhere else. He says his friendly technician took the drive out and put it another system and tried to read it but it just “clicks” and fails to read. He’s checked with some data recovery specialist who can take the “platter” out of this drive and install it in another drive and copy the data onto CDs – the cost? ($1200 – $2500 depending upon size, GULP!). He’s wondering if anyone knows of another way. Mic, all I can tell you is that, having suffered the same malady about 2 years ago, I paid to have an analysis done from my laptop drive, only to be told, in the end, that the data were unreadable anyway. So the sidebar comment for the rest of our Brigada family is — we have to learn to back up these drives. After my own failure, which temporarily set me back *months*, I purchased a Maxtor “one-touch” external hard drive and, I’m happy to tell you, having been a fellow-struggler, I now back up my entire hard drive every night. (‘Course, if my house burns down, I’m still out of luck if both units are stored in the same fire! :-( ) But enough of the prevention — can anyone help Mic with a cure? I don’t think there are any out there, but if you have an idea, write him directly at: mister_mic_323(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Mic, if you come up with a solution, please drop us a line reporting how it worked. Best of luck. Now, suggestion: go order your external back-up for the next time.

  5. PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER BUTTON — PrayerGuard.net working with the Joshua Project has come up with a cool way to mobilize prayer for the 6,900 Unreached People Groups listed under the Ethne to Ethne prayer movement. The UPG Prayer Button displays a different people group every hour, and when clicked, takes you to a 3 Minute on-line prayer session for that group. The goal is to pray through all 6,900 people groups over the next 10 months, as part of the Ethne prayer focus. By pasting a few lines of code into your website, you can mobilize prayer for thousands of Unreached People Groups. How cool is that? See it in action, and get the code for this button at:

    http://prayerguard.net/upg

    I did this prayer and it’s really well done. Hats off to those who are making it possible.


  6. FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS IN 3190 LANGUAGES — Global Recordings Network (Gospel Recordings) has placed 4326 evangelistic audio programs in 3190 languages and dialects on their web site. These can be downloaded free in MP3 format. Audio Cassettes and CD’s can also be obtained in many more languages through this site. Go to

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    Look for “RESOURCES” on the sidebar and click on “Language List” or “Country List”. You can also order cassettes or CD’s in 5,500 speechforms by emailing the following address: orderdept(at)Globalrecordings(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. NEED A RESOURCE TO MENTOR OTHERS? — Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships by Phillip Jeske is a 250 page (8.5×11) manual to help you walk with someone in a mentoring relationship. Since it was first introduced to Brigada readers, it is now being used by missionaries, pastors, and Christian leaders around the world. While there are books about mentoring, this resource provides you with a tool to actually do it. The 12 Chapters cover issues relating to personal growth and leadership development, designed to guide someone through one-on-one discussions and small groups, so that they may most effectively make a contribution for the Kingdom. It is available as pdf file on CD ($12USD) or in printed form ($29USD) and can be purchased using PayPal or major credit card through the webpage:

    http://www.icmcanada.org or by writing icmcanada(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The Introduction can be downloaded for free from the Website. It is also available as pdf in German & Russian and later this year French and Spanish.


  8. MENTORING WORKSHOP — The author of the resource, Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships, is now available to present a workshop on mentoring. This workshop has been shared with groups such as the Campus Crusade staff in Germany, Church Planters Academy in Canada, and Russian Assemblies in Moscow. The author has years of missions and leadership experience with a focus on mentoring others. If you are a missions leader or pastor and see the need for mentoring but perhaps don’t know where to start in your church or missions organization, this workshop might just be the answer. To inquire regarding available bookings or for further information write: icmcanada(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or through

    http://www.icmcanada.org


  9. NEW RESOURCE ON BIBLE STORYING AMONG ORAL LEARNERS! — Check out the story4all podcast and website! “story4all” produces a free weekly 20 minute program of stories, discussion and interviews from the field about how Bible storytelling is changing nations and aiding church planting movements to occur in places once termed “hard”. 4 billion people in our world are oral learners (those who can’t, won’t or don’t read) and they need to hear the Gospel that is proclaimed. story4all is a weekly podcast (Internet show) and web site with resources to help you ­ whether you are working in remote fields, are in training or training others to go, or, whether you just know there’s more to sharing God’s Story. Explore and find more details at:

    http://story4all.com or send your questions to:

    story(at)story4all(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS — Our hats go off to those who make our work possible, for example, the Fellowship of Believers in Sarasota, FL, who pitched in $30 this past week. Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD — Well if you’ve been monitoring World Cup news, you know that most commentators are saying some pretty hideous things about the USA’s opening game against Czech Republic. I heard one observer say the USA looked “flat”. That was probably the nicest way of saying it. Another said we looked “awful”, and others have used even dicier terms.

    But I’d just like to point out . . . Czech Republic is a great soccer team. Sometimes it’s important to see things in perspective. If we had been playing against a lesser side, maybe we would have come out on the field with more confidence, charisma, creativity, and success . . . and maybe our same tactics would have turned out to be more effective.

    The same thing happens in missions. The team in Latin America reports amazing success. Hundreds of baptisms, a dozen new church plants, and lots of great stories. Meanwhile the team in North Africa works for 30 years with only 2 converts. Before long, some church in Georgia is rethinking their support so they’ll get better “return on the investment” (ROI) of missions dollars. It’s beyond Receptivity/Resistance ratios. Sometimes it can’t even be charted in any tangible sense.

    So what do we do? Do we pull those workers home? … or transfer them to a different field? I don’t think so . . . any more than we would want our National Team to quit the World Cup. We keep on competing… adjusting our strategy wherever necessary, subbing players in and out to keep them fresh, and investing in better training & evaluation. But in the end, we realize — we can’t ask Landon Donovan to do better than his best. And if McBride doesn’t get the ball, there’s not a whole lot he can do. Likewise, in the world of missions, my take is — we keep investing energy in playing on tough turf. We don’t quit, just because the opponent is strong.

    I told my sons this morning, “I’m not so sure I would have said the things that Bruce Arena said. The critical question is — did these players give it their all.” If they did, I’m not sure *any* of us should be so quick to pass judgment.

    Unfortunately, their next game will be against Italy. Likewise, Italy will be a tough challenge too. Let’s hope the USA guys will put forth a better outing, but if they don’t, I’ll still be backing them just the same. Because hey… it’s not easy going up against tougher sides.

20060521 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIALIZED MINISTRIES FOR SPECIAL TASKS
  2. CATCH TESOL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US
  4. PROFESSIONAL COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  5. PARTNERSHIP TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS
  6. ANOTHER WAY TO GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  7. CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2006
  8. MISSION COMMISSION LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE AT CONFERENCE
  9. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS
  10. TESOL TRAINING IN EUROPE!
  11. INVEST IN BRIGADA’S FUTURE
  12. WHERE DO YOU TURN TO FIND MISSIONS PASTOR OPPORTUNITIES?
  13. THE BACKPAGE: TODAY I SHOT A MOLE
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPECIALIZED MINISTRIES FOR SPECIAL TASKS — God raises up unique ministries for special tasks in Christ’s mission. Talking Bibles International trains and equips people from other churches and missions to help them provide Talking Bibles for non-readers and the blind. If you or your ministry could use help from a Talkingn Bibles representative, perhaps to shape strategy or plan outreach, visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or write info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CATCH TESOL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA — Now you can study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, October 2-27, 2006 . This TESOL is a four-week course to teach people how to teach English as a second/foreign language. This course is registered with the University of the Nations, Kona, the international training body of Youth With A Mission and is accredited through Sea English Academy International in Australia and carries with it an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV. Upon successful completion of this course, the TESOL graduate will be qualified to teach ESL or EFL in almost every country in the world. The class size is limited so early inquiries are recommended. Application and reference forms will be sent via email. Contact chiangraitesol(at)gmail(dot)com for further information or for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. Lots of convenience features. For more info go to: http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. (By the way, thanks to Judy and her crew for the recent sponsorship $14 gift to Brigada based on those of you that had signed up for long distance with her. It’s a great system. Have at it!)

  4. PROFESSIONAL COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Don’t tell people what to do, help them to think better! Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Introducing the 65-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. A first of it’s kind, this program is for leaders who wish to gain coaching skills and take on a part-time or full-time coaching role in their ministry. The “beta” course will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand October 30 – November 3, 2006. For complete details go to: http://www.mcoaches.com or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(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. PARTNERSHIP TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS — If you are called to faith ministry and terrified of raising support, this training can work for you. It gives you the thorough communication training, coaching and relational skill development that will equip you for a lifetime of ministry. The secret for results is two-way, live, interactive video conferencing that builds skill and confidence over a three week period. They send you the video conferencing unit which is easy to plug in and use. You meet on line for two or three hours a week and work on practical assignments in between sessions. All you need is high speed internet and a TV monitor. It is low cost (especially if you can get four to six people together) and results are guaranteed. Check out the website:

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    Or send an e-mail:

    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 .]


  6. ANOTHER WAY TO GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — Can’t wait ’til October? Thailand not in your travel plans? Try TESOL Training in Hong Kong, July 18-21, 2006 by Tony Mendoza of Jesus Is Supreme Global Outreach Society. It is a program of Project Light International, a U.S.-Accredited TESOL Certificate Training Program from that will be held at Shepherd’s Heart Family Christian Church, Longos, Bacoor, Cavite (just right after the Las Pinas and Bacoor Boundary at Coastal Road). The course contents are 1) Nature, culture and context, 2) Essential language teaching theories, 3) Lesson planning, assessment and instructional material preparation, 4) Team and individual teaching activities, 5) CD-ROM tutorial training, 6) Tentmaking and Missions, 7) Observed teaching component. There will also be TESOL Trainers Training Course during the afternoon sessions. For more information email shemfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com or call or text Carol at (63)928-3416817. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2006 — From September 22-26, 2006 about ten international speakers will meet about 140 participants to discuss development issues from a Christian perspective. Main topics include “The role of local Christians in Community Development (Focus on HIV/AIDS and Reconciliation)” and “Linking Relief and Development”. Keynote addresses, practical workshops, and tracks are offered to help participants in aspects of their work and life. More information at http://wwww.ccd-network.net While there, pick up a CD of the last conference containing all speeches (mp3, ppt) and lots of additional material for just $20. See the content at

    http://www.ccd-network.net

    Send your request to ccd(at)awm-korntal(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]”


  8. MISSION COMMISSION LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE AT CONFERENCE — South Africa will mark a leadership transition during the Mission Commission’s 10th International Convocation, June 18-24. At this global consultation for mutual encouragement, common work and greater understanding of the mission enterprise around the globe, participants examine global issues and challenges, plan their joint work and strategies, and foster the in-depth relationships without which the MC could not function. This will be a special conference, because after twenty years at the helm of the MC, Dr. William (Bill) Taylor will hand over the direction of the MC to Dr. Bertil Ekstrom. Learn more at http://www.wearesources.org

  9. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is currently free to offset some of the initial costs. A portion of every new subscription will allow Judy to pitch in on Brigada costs here… so please … let’s all get talking! :-)

  10. TESOL TRAINING IN EUROPE! — YWAM Latvia is running a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification course this summer! So if neither Thailand nor Hong Kong will work, maybe Latvia will do it. They’ll cover topics such as basic theories and methods of teaching English, intercultural communication for teachers, classroom management, how to work with different learning styles, testing, principles of language acquisition, as well as the how to use English as a ministry tool. The certificate you will receive at the end is an internationally recognized TESOL certificate and will be accredited through the University of the Nations. It will be a 4-week course with an optional 5th week of English camp/outreach at the end. It will be held at the YWAM base in Valdemarpils, Latvia, and will run from July 23 – August 18 (or to the 23rd for camp). The cost is only $995 which includes all teaching, room & board and materials. (To stay for camp will be an extra $100.) For more information, contact Lydia at tesol(at)ywamlatvia(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/or find more info at http://www.ywamlatvia.com

  11. INVEST IN BRIGADA’S FUTURE — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  12. WHERE DO YOU TURN TO FIND MISSIONS PASTOR OPPORTUNITIES? — Mark’s wondering where you go for Missions pastors’ openings. He’s visited ChurchStaffing.com but sees almost nothing from churches looking for a missions pastor or director or outreach pastor or director. Now he’s wondering if there’s a better option somewhere. Is there a site that is more focused on finding missions personnel? If you have an option, write Mark mark_simpson53(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. THE BACKPAGE: TODAY I SHOT A MOLE — That’s right. I’m a murderer. :-) Last week my wife complained that a mole was tearing up our front yard. Those new runways were for him, I’m sure, shopping aisles for all sorts of snacks. But for her, they were ugly cracks in the new lawn we had just re-seeded last fall. And her flower bed was nearly vaporized by the little guy. I felt sorry for Penny, but didn’t know how much good I’d do. I scattered the obligatory white grubworm poison — instant death to the mole’s favorite party menu items. No dice. He still kept nosing around our yard, in search of other tidbits. Next I scattered some castor-oil-type powder, guaranteed to annoy him. I guess the stuff is supposed to taste, to him, about like onions do to me. Sadly enough, our unwelcome guest seemed all the more determined to haunt our front hard like a devious ghost from a bad science fiction movie.

    Today it was time for desperate measures.

    As I returned the ladder to the garage after mounting a wall hanging for her, I saw the sod had been pushed a little farther than it had been earlier in the morning. Quietly, I just stood there watching the grass, frozen in my tracks. Sure enough, in a few moments, the ground started quivering. I was witnessing “mole at work” in real-time. This was an amazing moment… surreal… almost religious in nature. :-) Ever so gently, I laid down the ladder and retreated to the basement for my Ruger .22 Mark III Hunter handgun, complete with standard fiber- optic sights. Yes we live in a subdivision, and yes today was a holiday with *lots* of neighbors of all ages outside…. and yes I held the gun pointed at the ground, kind of like a federal agent stalking a mole at CTU. (Remember, I’ve just finished watching 5 seasons worth of “24” in 5 weeks. :-)) I paused just long enough to try to imagine where his head might be. (Well you didn’t think I was going to aim for his knee did you? I was trying to *stop* him, not interrogate him.)

    That’s when it happened. As the shot rang out, I pictured every housewife (and househusband, for that matter) within a 10-block radius calling 911 with a report of a madman stalking something in the sod. The good news was, the kill was swift. All it took was 1 round and, I suppose you could say the little critter then had quite a headache. I parted the sod with a shovel I had retrieved from the garage. There he was. (Right through his skull. And he would have made such a nice mount, otherwise. :-) ) Well, you can guess my glee when my wife proclaimed me her hero… and my 16-year-old added that I was, “Cooler than ever.” Later, as I buried the little guy in strip of woods behind our backyard, I wondered what one says at a graveside service for a mole. Surely there are certain prescribed words expected at all such events. And in fact, as I pondered the moment, I began to draw some hard-earned lessons from the day’s events — some of which just might apply to missionaries, as they enter new cultures. Let’s see…

    *** First, find a way to bring value: If, when we enter someone else’s yard, we only focus on our own interests, some host, somewhere, is bound to eventually become annoyed by *something* we break or abuse. We’ve got to bring something of value if we expect to survive in life. Leave the world better than you found it. In the mole’s case, some might argue he brings air to the roots. My wife thinks otherwise when the mower chokes on his runways and mine shafts, spewing out dirt in all directions. So — lesson learned… find a way to bring some value to your host country’s lives. Keep your nose clean.

    *** Observe, like the bunny: Of all things… my wife *feeds* the bunny rabbits. They’re somehow cool and furry. Meanwhile, she hires hit men for the moles. These dirty guys are like… in their own world. But the bunnies sit there quietly, across the yard, taking everything in — learning about their environment, carefully aware of their surroundings. So observe; listen; inquire. Be a bunny.

    *** Finally, don’t dare be caught sneaking around: Part of the reason my wife was so quick to take out a contract on this guy was because he was nameless, faceless, invisible — yet troublesome. So make friends. Establish relationships. It was ok for E.T. to be an alien, but it won’t work for you. It sure didn’t for this mole. You’ve got to forge *friendship* with your new world. And not just with anybody. Find the people in charge. (In this case, my wife. :-) ) Engage. Build bridges, not tunnels. You’ll be glad you did.

    With the graveside service complete, I turned the last spade of dirt and headed for the house. Supper tasted extra good tonight. I was a hero. Order was restored… for everyone but the mole, that is. Now it was time for debriefing. Sigh. Oops. Forgot to clean the gun. Gotta run.

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