20050220 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
2. NEED A WEBSITE? SERVING HIM? THIS COMPANY PLEDGES IT FOR FREE
3. INTEGRATED AGRICUTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
4. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIP FOR FAMILIES
5. NEW CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY
6. FOR TESL FOLKS, FIND OUT WHICH WORDS ARE IN USE
7. ALSO FOR TESL-ERS, RADIO IN 8 LANGUAGES
8. BOOT CAMPS FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING
9. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
10. MISSION-CHALLENGE MUSIC
11. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING HELP
12. INTERESTED IN A YEMEN PRAYER GUIDE?
13. FESTIVAL DC
14. HELP GET BRIGADA OUT THE DOOR
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — It’s not too late to get in on the unreached peoples consultation scheduled for March 14-17, staged by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN and Regent University, entitled “Breakthrough Among Muslims” at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn from speakers who have ministered successfully in the Muslim world and develop strategies on how you can be involved. This is your last chance to register for this important consultation. For a complete schedule and speaker biographies, visit AFMA on the web at http://www.theafma.org. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(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. NEED A WEBSITE? SERVING HIM? THIS COMPANY PLEDGES IT FOR FREE — Bill is a website developer and hoster who makes it his ministry to offer free website development, design and hosting for “those serving Him”. He says he provides “information architecture, graphic design, and internet technology consulting”. Check him out at: http://www.setlinc.com/ (As is the case with many offers published in Brigada, we don’t have a personal relationship, nor any experience with SetLinc. But that doesn’t stop us from passing along the opportunity for you to check out.)
3. INTEGRATED AGRICUTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Now’s the final chance to register for the “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7 -11. It will be a great time of learning and fellowship with those who are interested in an effective helps ministry of combining fish and vegetable production. As a learning tool, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels. For more information , visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org .
4. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIP FOR FAMILIES — Youth With A Mission Orlando, FL is offering an international mission trip for families. This short 2 week outreach to Panama is designed with families in mind. Toddlers to teenagers will have worship, creative prayer for the nations, family times, and learn how share in God’s work along side their parents and even grandparents. Light construction, children’s ministry, and performing arts will highlight ministry times. Outreach is July 24 to August 6 and applications are due April 25. Includes a day at an Orlando theme park. Go to http://www.ywamorlando.org/kingskids.htm or email: kingskids(at)ywamorlando(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for more information or call 407-273-1667.
5. NEW CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY — Wycliffe Bible Translators and DiscipleLand (Through the Bible Publishers) teamed up to produce a new 12-week curriculum “My Volcano Adventure, Discovering the Bible’s Power”. In child-friendly terms, with an edge-of-your-seat adventure on the volcanic Philippine island of Mindanao, students learn weighty lessons like these: the Bible’s authority (inspiration, canonization, inerrancy); the Bible’s Message (OT Survey, NT Survey, how to navigate book/chapter/verse); the Bible’s Purpose (personal transformation, people from all nations will worship the Lord, the remaining Bible translation task). Every fourth page of the colorful student book (ages 6-9, or 9-12) covers modern-day processes, and challenges, of Bible translation. Every Leader’s Guide comes with a free CD from Wycliffe crammed full of audio, video, flash animation, photos, printable pdf supplements, and more. This study can be used for Sunday School, Home School, Christian School, and more. Browse http://www.DiscipleLand.com/va , phone 800.284.0158 or 970.484.8483, or as a last resort e-mail Mark at myeh(at)discipleland(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. FOR TESL FOLKS, FIND OUT WHICH WORDS ARE IN USE — Thanks to Larry for bring to our attention … http://www.wordspy.com/ a secular website that lists and defines new words that are now in use in the USA.
7. ALSO FOR TESL-ERS, RADIO IN 8 LANGUAGES — Larry also pitched in info. on an internet Christian radio station available in 8 languages– http//:www.bbnradio.org (Thanks Larry!)
8. BOOT CAMPS FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING — The Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation. Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran, God can use a Boot Camp to change your perspective and approach in this critical area where so many stumble and fall with doubts, fears, and questions. Check out their upcoming camps in all parts of the USA by logging on at… http://www.TheBodyBuilders.net
9. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [Please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. MISSION-CHALLENGE MUSIC — If you need good songs for your mission advocacy meetings, and think that 19th century missionary hymns have long since had their day, see what is available on the Internet Evangelism Day site – downloadable MP3s, lyrics, and sheet music. The page also links to free online evangelism-challenge drama scripts. http://ied.gospelcom.net/music.php (Thanks Tony!!!)
11. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING HELP — Pastor Kevin at Southway Community Church has developed an online planning tool for short term mission trips. MissionTripTools.com helps churches plan short term mission trips with experienced advice, free planning tools, links to information sources and suppliers, and products developed to prepare teams. http://www.missiontriptools.com or email kevin(at)missiontriptools(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. INTERESTED IN A YEMEN PRAYER GUIDE? — It’s not available yet, but Caleb Project is preparing to publish a prayer guide for the peoples of Yemen. As much as possible they are trying to get purchase commitments up-front and by March 15. This will allow them to offer the prayer guides at just US$1 a copy, plus shipping. The booklets should be available by June 1, 2005. Know anyone who might be interested in pre- ordering 25, 50, 100 copies or more? A sample prayer guide is online at http://www.calebproject.org/userfiles/sikhpg.pdf For more information or to place a pre-publication order write to Marti at info(at)cproject(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. FESTIVAL DC — From Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, ’05, Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to do saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more info email: ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
14. HELP GET BRIGADA OUT THE DOOR — If so, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050213 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HAVE YOU INSTALLED SKYPE?
2. NEW FOCUS DAY IS FOR MISSION GROUPS TOO
3. TASTE OF TRANSLATION
4. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS TRAINING FOR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD
5. STUDY ARABIC THIS SUMMER!
6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING WEB SITE
7. NEED AN OPTION TO MAKE PDF COPIES? TRY THIS FREE VERSION
8. GETAWAY FOR CHRISTIAN SERVANTS
9. MK REENTRY RETREAT
10. CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GOOD READING?
11. SCHOOL SEEKS SUPER SUPERINTENDENT
12. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH THE COSTS OF BRIGADA?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. HAVE YOU INSTALLED SKYPE? — If you haven’t gotten around to wondering over to http://www.skype.com yet, now’s a great time. They don’t give us a commission (in fact, they don’t *charge* you one). It’s just plain *free*. You can pay a little extra (but not much) to call phone numbers in other countries… and the computer-to-computer calls don’t cost you a single peso. And the calls are encrypted, end to end, for your privacy. Why *wouldn’t* we want to start using this technology. :-)
2. NEW FOCUS DAY IS FOR MISSION GROUPS TOO — The new worldwide Internet Evangelism Day on 24 April is not only for churches. Mission agencies and Bible colleges can use the downloadable video clips, dramas and PowerPoints to create a seminar program explaining the potential of the Web for direct evangelism. Since most mission agencies are not yet using the Internet for outreach, IE Day is an ideal time for their staffs to look together at ideas and strategies. http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php
3. TASTE OF TRANSLATION — Looking for a great spot for Spring Break? This beats the beach in Florida. Try “Total It Up” in Tucson AZ, March 14-16, for a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”). This Three-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, and translation, hear field reports and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced Wycliffe translators. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Cost is $100 per person. Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm
4. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS TRAINING FOR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD –- Learn more about Church Planting Movements, Transformational Community Development, Contextualized Evangelism, and a whole lot more. Check out The International Express http://www.internationalexpress.org is designed to train Kingdom minded Christians how to effectively reach the unreached at home (immigrants) and abroad (10-40 Window) via the best of current missiology, in a setting where students are involved in regular outreach to unreached immigrants. For info, write TIEnyc(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 .]
5. STUDY ARABIC THIS SUMMER! — The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures presents the first year of Arabic Studies, June 6-July 1, 2005. Held on the campus of Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, the tuition is $1,125. It lasts for 4 wks. Optional Room and Board is $820 (CIU facilities-4 weeks). For more information, U.S. callers can dial toll free 800-799-7976; Others may call 803-333-9119, 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 .]
6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING WEB SITE — Kevin Paszalek (long time Brigada participant and contributor) has developed a web site to help churches plan short term mission trips. The site contains mountains of helpful information, links to other sources and suppliers, free planning tools and a few products developed out of Kevin’s experience in preparing teams for short term missions. http://www.missiontriptools.com or email Kevin at bwana (at)missiontriptools(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 AN OPTION TO MAKE PDF COPIES? TRY THIS FREE VERSION — Thanks to Robert, a worker from our own organization in South America, for recommending http://www.download.com/3000-6675-10045636.html Win2PDF. I had forgotten that I used to use this myself, prior to getting Adobe Acrobat. This program is a whole lot cheaper (free). :-)
8. GETAWAY FOR CHRISTIAN SERVANTS — Allison Ranch is a beautiful retreat located on the Salmon River in Idaho’s wilderness territory. A private Foundation makes this accessible to those in full-time Christian Service. For a total cost of $200, your party of up to four will be flown by chartered plane out of McCall, Idaho into your own private vacation cabin. A host couple provides three meals a day in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming in the beautiful Salmon River or sunning of the white sandy beaches, badminton, horseshoes, croquet, photographing wildlife can all be yours on a Monday through Friday basis. Please check out the website for more specific information http://www.replace.com/allison or call Judy at 208-377-3005. Scheduling has just begun for June through September 2005.
9. MK REENTRY RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is hosting a re-entry retreat specifically designed for MKs and TCKs who are high school graduates and/or college students. It will provide insights, activities and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. The retreat will be held at Look-Up Lodge in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina, from August 8-17, 2005. Cost is $325(USD) per person, and the registration deadline is June 1, 2005. Applications can be downloaded directly from the website: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org Or contact Liz at the following email address: nonaliz(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GOOD READING? – Let David help. David writes notes on some of the best books on leadership, management, church, missions, spiritual growth and culture. Get a CD with David’s notes on nearly 450 books read from 1995 through 2004, including title and author indices and a word search engine (all in .pdf). The cost is $12, including shipping. Send a check for $12 (U.S. funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Ask for the Book Notes CD and include your postal address. To see book notes, go to http://www.davidmays.org and click on Book Notes.
11. SCHOOL SEEKS SUPER SUPERINTENDENT — Faith Academy a K-12 MK school located in Manila, Philippines has an immediate opening for a Superintendent. Those interested in this opportunity should contact Keith Rascher at: search(at)faith(dot)edu(dotph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Further information about the school and a job description can be found at the following website: http://www.faith.edu.ph
12. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH THE COSTS OF BRIGADA? — If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050206 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE WRITING TRAINING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL
2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
3. NEW INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BOOK DATABASE LAUNCHES
4. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
5. SERVANTPREP TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS
6. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
7. TENTMAKING EVENTS: GO AHEAD, ATTEND ONE!
8. MINISTRY TO INT’L STUDENTS TRAINING CONF
9. MISSION FOR PRIME-TIME MISSIONARIES
10. CONFERENCE FOR MINISTERING TO JAPANESE IN N. AM.

1. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE WRITING TRAINING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five- and-a-half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. Language: English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences include Croatia October and November. More information: http://www.magazinetraining.com (Thanks Tony!)
2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [Please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. NEW INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BOOK DATABASE LAUNCHES — The Global Publishers Alliance announces the launch of the first online service to provide ministry professionals with information on Christian books translated into the world’s languages. The International Christian Book Database (http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.php?loc=bk) fills a critical need as the only consolidated place where the international ministry community can look for international Christian publishers who are distributing key Christian books already available in the United States and Canada. The database provides flexible searches based on title, author or language. It is a partnership between The Network for Strategic Missions (www.strategicnetwork.org) and the GPA. Any questions, comments or suggestions can be sent to icbd(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Are you interested in learning to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables as an outreach in a needy neighborhood, at an orphanage, or even as a “Helps Ministry” in other countries? If so, you will want to attend a practical course entitled, “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7-11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. It will also give an expanded overview of how it can be practically used to integrate all types of agricultural systems, bringing them into a natural balance and turning waste products into an asset. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and operating these systems which are adaptable to all types of environments. Each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. This will serve as a learning facility before using as an effective outreach or expanding to a larger operation. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , or write: Aquaculture International, Inc., PO Box 606, Andrews, NC 28901.
5. SERVANTPREP TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS — It’s not too late! Two more ServantPrep Seminars for STM leaders will be held yet this spring and it’s not too late to register: Ft. Worth – Feb 25-27 and Waianae, HI April 7-9. (Moving the seminar out of Waikiki has dropped the price.) Contact Ray Howard at 303 757-4442 or servantprep(at)aol(dot)com for more info on either of these 3-day interactive training programs. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also check it out at “Leadership Training” at http://www.commitministries.com
6. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. February 28 to March 25, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
7. TENTMAKING EVENTS: GO AHEAD, ATTEND ONE! — Global Opportunities is excited to report that their training programs are up and running in various locations. Oregon in the USA. Abbotsford BC (near Vancouver) and Calgary Alberta for seminars. If you are interested in something more substantial than a half day seminar, TENT of Norway is offering it’s annual 4.5 day TENTmaking course in Bergen for Europeans in May 2005, in English of course. For you long term planners, there is also a 4.5 day annual course coming up in October 2005 in Pasadena California. Many other cities are being considered for spring seminars, like Kelowna BC, Nanaimo BC, Toronto ON, Seattle WA area etc. You just GO and visit their website to find out about one you might attend. If you would like to host a seminar at your location, we suggest you connect with Ari Rocklin directly at ari.rocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Websites for the above – http://www.globalopps.org http://www.tent.no www.tentmaking.org
8. MINISTRY TO INT’L STUDENTS TRAINING CONF — ACMI’05, June 3-5, near Portland, OR, offers 50 workshops related to ministry among International students. Plenary sessions will address the theology and ethics of ISM. About 300 participants from churches, mission agencies, campus ministries and individual ministries attend the annual (24th) equipping event. Early bird deadline for $199 registration for conference, room, and meals is March 15th. See http://www.acmi-network.org Questions? Contact Leiton Chinn, president, Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, lechinn(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 .]
9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and an adventure in cross-cultural missions? If you are a single or couple age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross-cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
10. MISSION FOR PRIME-TIME MISSIONARIES — Mission to the World of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) will be hosting “Prime Time Missions,” a vision retreat where those over fifty can explore opportunities and practicalities for service in cross-cultural missions April 25-29. The conference will be held at Ridge Haven Conference center, near Asheville, NC and is open to anyone over fifty with an interest in missions. There is a significant discount available to the first fifty folks signing up at http://www.ridgehaven.org or by calling 1-800-270-9932 and ask for Senior vision Registration or 678-823-0004, ext 350 and asking for David White. For more information, write dwhite(at)mtw(dot)org

20050130 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
2. USING CYBERCAFES FOR OUTREACH IN THE 10-40 WINDOW
3. AOL PARTICIPANTS GOING STRONG
4. MISSION AND MISSIOLOGY DISCUSION FORUMS
5. EASYENGLISH (WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES UK) INTRODUCE ‘LIFE OF JESUS’
6. “PRACTICAL MINISTRIES” AND “SCHOOL OF MISSION” COURSES
7. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM?
8. WITH A GRATEFUL HEART…
9. ISSUES IN MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH
10. CLOSING STUFF

1. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP — Wycliffe Bible Translators International will offer the 2005 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop June 13-17 in Dallas, Texas. The workshop includes discussion of crisis impact, organization issues related to crisis, and peer debrief training and practice. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $100.00 is due upon registration to reserve a place in the workshop and is refundable until May 13, 2005. Workshop size is limited. Room and board fees for the workshop are $145.00/person, due upon arrival. For information or reservations contact International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
2. USING CYBERCAFES FOR OUTREACH IN THE 10-40 WINDOW — People in poorer countries are desperate to learn computing skills, get online, and communicate by email. Where the ownership of a personal computer is out of the question, cybercafes are strategic. These articles share strategies for implementing a cybercafe ministry: http://www.cybermissions.org/icafe/index.html (Thanks Tony!!! You’re a great helper!)
3. AOL PARTICIPANTS GOING STRONG — Many (and we do mean *many*) AOL participants wrote to say they’re still receiving Brigada just fine. Bottom line: If you’ve had trouble receiving Brigada Today, it could be you need to check your individual anti-spam settings and make sure you didn’t inadvertently block it. (AOL Keyword “spam”) As an example, Mike wrote, ” In the lower left corner of the mailbox screen (the screen that lists the mail you have) there is a blue link which says “Spam Folder.” Click on that link, and it will list all of the mail that has been blocked out because it was suspected as spam. There is a button marked “This is not spam.” With Brigada highlighted on the spam list, click this button. It will send Brigada to the new mail list. Usually it will not be blocked anymore after this. It is a good idea to delete all of the real spam from the spam folder periodically. This will make it easier to find other mail that has wrongly been flagged as spam.” And Larry added, “Doug, Brigada Today is NOT blocked by AOL, I’ve got about 9+ years (from Nov 95) of archives to prove it. It is easy with some AOL versions to list something as span and get it blocked from your individual account. It takes a while to go thru the instructions and unblock an address, but AOL sure doesn’t block the domain or newsletter to all AOL addresses.” Thanks for the help Mike, and encouragement, Larry! And thanks to all the others who responded. (By the way, Larry has held the more-or-less formal role of “Mr. Brigada Tech Support” now for years. You can even write him at: BrigadaTechSupport(at)Brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .])
4. MISSION AND MISSIOLOGY DISCUSION FORUMS — Have you heard about the series of mission and Missiology discussion forums formerly hosted by Global Mapping, and now hosted by FamilyNet? They are available as e- mail mailing lists, as news (NNTP) or (still!) as BBS echoes. For more information see:

http://www.geocities.com/missionalia/lists.htm

(Congratulations to them for being around even longer than Brigada! :-)) (Thanks Steve!)
5. EASYENGLISH (WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES UK) INTRODUCE ‘LIFE OF JESUS’ — The Life of Jesus Bible Study Course is available as a single file or as 112 small files. It was written be Professor Barrie Wetherill at EasyEnglish level B and may be downloaded from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information about EasyEnglish may be obtained from martin(at)easyenglish(dot)info .
6. “PRACTICAL MINISTRIES” AND “SCHOOL OF MISSION” COURSES — You are invited to study for free with other interactive students at the “Agape-Biblia” site! The new intensive schedule starts on 28 Feb., and at two lessons per week you will finish the 13-lesson Introductory Semester in 6.5 weeks. Registration deadline is 23 Feb. You’ll get a unique ID and password. To check out the courses and enroll, go to: http://www.agape-biblia.org

USA callers can contact Agape-Biblia toll-free (others can call via Skype or Net2Phone) 1-877-998-0341. By email: stargate(at)agape- biblia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM? — Details of your Short- term Mission trips consuming you? Wonder what you’ll do about training this spring? For the harried youth pastor or mission team leader, consider using the study guide “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart”. It provides what each team member needs through its user- friendly, leader-friendly, spiral-bound Bible Study lessons. It takes a team member through the basics of serving overseas from cultural sensitivity to servant attitudes. A team meeting leaders’ guide is included so you have your training curriculum and devotional guide all in one resource. Check it out and order at: http://www.STEMmin.org or email: Judge190(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 .]
8. WITH A GRATEFUL HEART… — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center, who pitched in again this past week with a $100 gift. In addition, we’re thankful for the anonymous donor from Colorado who sent $100. And thanks to those talking on the telephone with Blessed Hope, who made possible a $20.83 sponsorship this past month! (Please keep talking! :- ) ) Thanks to the anonymous donor from Sweden who keeps giving $5/mon! And to the second giver from Colorado, this time having given $25. Finally, thanks to the donor who worked with a foundation until he arranged for them to give $750! Yahooo! I hope more will follow his lead. We offer praise to God for the way he’s provided so far. If you’d like to help, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or any credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
9. ISSUES IN MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH — It’s coming fast! On February 25th & 26th, Missionary Resources of Columbia will hold their annual Issues in Missionary Mental Health conference. It will be hosted on the campus of Columbia International University (in Columbia, SC) and feature speakers well versed in both mental health and missions life. If you would like to attend this two day conference, please contact the MRC office at (803) 254-3313 or by email: info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org or log on at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org/seminars_and_retreats.htm#IMMH

20050123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD
2. OPERATION WORLD
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS”
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY?
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN?
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD — Know anybody who can set this new team up with a bulk food wholesale and distribution network? You’d be a part of a “business as missions” approach that would create an alternative platform for Christian workers among Muslim peoples. The workers have found an excellent product that far exceeds its industry standards for the highest grade. Olive oil… their new company can supply it by the pallet in bottles small and large, plus 5 liter tins. If you can help, write to: oliveoil(at)nym(dot)hush(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. OPERATION WORLD — Secure a special price on this landmark book by Patrick Johnstone by ordering through WEC International. Get case lots of 20 for $100.00 plus postage sent to US addresses only. Contact http://www.wec-usa.org or phone 215-646-2322 ext 150. Ask for Dave.
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET — The ability to speak telephone-style to someone else in real-time over the Internet has been around for a while. This VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is certainly highly usable now. SKYPE is a program that is being highly praised; it is essentially an instant-messaging system with voice. Advantages: – it’s no-pay – it works well – it encrypts communications, so missions with staff in Creative Access nations are using it for safe aural communication – it will even access phones for people who do not have the program – it will do conference calls – though their stated limit is 5 persons, apparently there is a way of increasing this. http://www.skype.com/ (Thanks Tony, for this reminder about Skype.)
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS – You can put books into the hands of God’s children with Usborne Books Missions Projects. Mission supporters participate in a pledge-based project that encourages them to read the Bible and devotions together. Supporters can make donations towards the purchase of books for missionaries to give to children. Usborne Books matches the donation with up to 25% cash or 50% value of books. The books benefit schools, orphanages and churches. The fundraisers are perfect for short-term mission trips to English or Spanish-speaking countries. Learn more at http://www.BlessThemWithBooks.com or contact Beth(at)UsborneBooksEshop(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. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS — Ever thought, “I wonder who is working on Bible Reference Materials for all those minority languages?” Michael does too. If you are, know anyone who is or are interested in it please email Michael. He can be reached at Working4eternity(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 .]
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 Youth With A Mission will be held near Bangkok, Thailand March 14-18, 2005. Contact Lennie at lenniev(at)loxinfo(dot)co(dot)th for more information.

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 .]
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Got my own copy in yesterday . . . and it’s *great*. Lots of really cool illustrations, many of which that will preach! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well).
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS — CCB is a national leader in representing nonprofits with special pricing programs since 1991 and is proud to continue providing technology solutions and support at a discount from the industry’s leading vendors, helping nonprofits to carry out their mission more efficiently and affordably. In the US, call 1-800-342-4222 or visit us online at http://www.1computerbargains.com
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS” — In a previous edition of Brigada Today we included a link to a review of a chapter in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Approach. Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost & John Morehead II, eds. (Kregel, 2004; ISBN#: 0-8254-2893-9). This book has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in popular and missions sources, including _Christianity Today_ (where it is a finalist as a 2004 CT Book of the Year), Anvil and Evangelical Missions Quarterly. In the interests of balance, readers will benefit from the following review from Global Missiology:
http://www.globalmissiology.net/docs_pdf/reviews/hexam_encountering_new_religious_movements.pdf
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK! — Where would we be without them?! I remember a time “pre-Brigada-sponsored secretary”, when we were six months behind schedule on releasing these editions. Needless to say, we’re very thankful for the consideration our readers and sponsors give for these ads and charitable gifts/partnerships. This past week, we received help from: AcquireWisdom.com – $157.10 in commissions for those who visited! Anonymous from Newport News, VA – $250 YWAM Lebanon, PA – $300. They included this note: “We know that your newsletter is widely read, because we get inquiries in response to our announcements in your newsletter.” They added, “Right now we have a student from Japan who heard about our ESL school from your announcement…” Praise the Lord… We’re here for the long haul!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY? — We’re here for the long haul. Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World, recently wrote, ” The sad demise of EMIS Pulse means that the role it played in sharing about evangelical missions news from around the world, leadership changes and forthcoming events and conferences is no longer happening in the same way. You do some of this, but are these areas which could be expanded?” We’re willing to serve that role. You can help by…
*** Getting the word out about Brigada. Please mention it to your missionaries, your staffs, your team members and friends, print it in your church bulletins, put it in your church newsletter, post it on your bulletin board, and more. Just point people to the website or ask them to send a simple message to: brigada-today-subscribe-yahoogroups.com
*** Sending in items of interest to missionaries, mission agency reps, church missions team members, and more. When submitting items, you can help by going to the website at http://www.brigada.org and clicking on “submission guidelines” in the top line menu.
*** Praying for Brigada’s future
*** And if you’re led by God, helping provide for our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Your mission or company could do a sponsorship for the publicity, then write off the entire amount as advertising. Or, you or your church could make a gift. Just mention if you need a receipt; be sure the check is made out to Team Expansion.
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN? — (The following item originally ran in the Feb. 5th, 1999, edition of Brigada Today. We run it again this week in celebration of our 10th-year anniversary.)

I’m sure many would have called me crazy. :-) (In fact, that’s actually a pretty regular occurrence. :-) ) I had just flown in from Bosnia about 24 hours earlier. The temp. was 34 degrees F., just above freezing. A cold rain was gradually turning to snow and nightfall had crept in over Louisville’s western skies.

But I couldn’t wait to show up for soccer practice. By the time we got rolling, there were 8 of us there… 4 v 4 in the scrimmage. It was great. I intercepted three low goal kicks and converted 2 of them to goals! Took another great pass from Sergey and left-footed it just inside the left post for a 3rd score.

As we walked off the field after practice, I was trying to explain to Sergey the way I felt. After all, he’s 27 and I figured he had forgotten. “You’ve got to remember, Sergey, that this is all so fresh and new to me. I mean, I’ve only been practicing with you guys for 18 months. Every time I see you run a play, I’m filing it away in my head, trying to soak it all in. The excitement is beyond words. And Sergey,” I looked him in the eye, “maybe you remember what it was like in those first couple of years?? Maybe for you it was when you were 10 or 11 years old or whatever, when the game was still fresh and exciting?” He stopped dead in his tracks, looked deep into my eyes with the slightest smile, then spoke with a soft voice that still carried telltale signs of his Ukrainian roots. “Doug, it still is.”

Duh. Why else was he out there in the rain! The 8 of us probably came for 8 different reasons. But for Sergey and me, it’s pretty obvious. There’s something about the game. You can see it in our eyes when we’re putting the leather conditioner on our boots. You can sense it in the air when we’re stretching before practice. And you can *definitely* see it in that occasional “thumbs up” I get… or, like last Tuesday night, when our coach said one of his first encouraging words to me in 18 months. “See Doug, that all started with you. You stole that ball, passed it downfield quickly, and he scored, partly because of your hustle. Way to go!” I beamed. After practice, he tried to be his normal tough self. But it was too late. He had already let it slip. :-) …

What about your life? What’s going on in your marriage, or your relationship with your friends or parents or brothers or sisters? How are things at work… or on the language route… or in class? And more importantly, what’s going on in your relationship with the Father? If you’re a beginner, like I am in soccer, maybe it’s still fresh and new. But if you’re a long-termer, like Sergey, seems to me like you’ve got to figure out how to rekindle the romance… how to make it fresh again. Maybe it’ll take some extra effort. Or maybe you can remember the early days and say, like Sergey, “It still feels that way.” Whatever the case, I think that’s what the writer of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, in Lamentations 3:21-25: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

So this lesson I’ve learned and I hope I’ve learned it well: Next time you have the opportunity to show up for practice in a freezing rain, go early, and stay late. And find the freshness again. You’ll be glad you did.

20050116 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HAS IT REALLY BEEN 10 YEARS?
2. RUMORS OF BRIGADA’S DEATH WERE EXAGGERATED
3. DAN SCRIBNER SAID “THUMBS UP”
4. IT WILL TAKE TIME
5. PERHAPS THE MOST ENCOURAGING RESPONSE…
6. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
7. SO WHAT WAS THE FIRST TRUE BRIGADA “ITEM”?
8. WANT TO SHARE YOUR OWN BRIGADA EXPERIENCE?
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN FLORIDA
10. ANYBODY ABLE TO WORK WITH AOL?
11. MUSIC AND MISSIONS CD
12. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
13. TALKING BIBLE A GREAT PERSONAL AUDIOVISUAL
14. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD SO THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
15. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL FOCUSED ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
16. GIVE INPUT ON AN MK AND WIN BIG MONEY
17. SYIS IN TURKEY: SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
18. BOOK REVIEW NOT OPEN AND SHUT
19. FAVORITE “BACKPAGE” EDITORIALS
20. CLOSING STUFF

1. HAS IT REALLY BEEN 10 YEARS? — In just 4 days, it will be. The first feeble Brigada Today was actually sent between two people. Late on the evening of January 25th, 1995, I wrote Jonathan Marsden with some newly created gadgetry he had cooked up for me as a worker in a high-tech non-profit called “CrossConnect”. (Turned out that it was *really* non-profit, so CrossConnect was sold a few times and no longer exists as a separate entity. But Jonathan is still there… and occasionally I’ll drop him a note just to see if he still hears about Brigada stuff. So Jonathan, if you’re out there in India or who knows where, if you can see this, please hang with me here a moment.)

What did that first issue say? Well a number of things… some of which have long since gone by the wayside — nearly. One of the proposals was that we set up people-specific prayer/news email groups. I wrote, ” On a monthly basis, thousands of additional individuals around the world are gaining access to what amounts to a global communications network, commonly referred to as the Internet.” (Can you believe I had to kind of *define* it? :-) LOL ) … We propose to create a series of ‘electronic newsletters,’ available to anyone with an Internet connection (including those with Compuserve, America Online, Delphi, etc.)” Online services like Delphi faded in importance, but AOL, which eventually bought out rival Compuserve, has survived and thrived.

I went on to add, ” We would start with one simple newsletter, which would, as a minimum, carry news about mobilization for the 100 Gateway cities and the people groups that live in them.” That ‘simple newsletter’ has changed very little in format over the past 10 years. (I haven’t had time to think about it! :-) ) And that “simple newsletter” became, a very short time later, Brigada Today. And yes… it really has been 10 years and . . . whoa . . . there’s a Brigada Today to match every single Friday… all 520 of them… since January 25, 1995. Yikes. :-) See them all on the web for free at: www.brigada.org
2. RUMORS OF BRIGADA’S DEATH WERE EXAGGERATED — Several spoke out in favor of such a proposal. Well-known missions leaders like John Robb, Pete Holzmann, and many others wrote encouraging words. Some, like Patrick Johnstone, originator of Operation World, were just a tad more realistic, even though they agreed upon the need. ” I do not see that any system that tries to collect, collate and disseminate info – even on the 100 Gateway Cities and 130 Gateway Peoples (for a start) can work,” responded Patrick. “The burden on all will bring it rapidly to the point of overload.” Gulp. No wonder I’m tired. And what am I doing staying up ’til 2:30am at a people group consultation in the Mediterranean anyway??? :-) Some things haven’t changed. However, Patrick, if you’re reading — maybe it didn’t exactly *overload*. :-) He added, ” I think your present plans are almost certain to founder on the lack of the right personnel and adequate finance.” Oops. :-) Been a long time since I saw that line. Whoa. Maybe it’s hard to start things. But if it is, maybe it’s even harder to keep them going. Patrick should know. He’s labored tirelessly, day and night, to catalogue and chronicle the growth of the Lord’s church throughout the globe… and many have been inspired by his work, myself among them. Again, I hasten to add, I believe Patrick was only trying to improve on the project by being bluntly realistic. He also said, “To use electronic networks is a real option (of a number) We should develop a workable system, and maybe your proposal could lead to that.” To be fair, Patrick was slated to be married just a handful of days later. He was also planning his honeymoon that same night. What could I expect? :-) His mind was elsewhere. (Speaking with my best impersonation of his ever-so-proper British accent), I was quite fortunate to have gotten so thorough a look at all! :-)
3. DAN SCRIBNER SAID “THUMBS UP” — Whoa… I probably hadn’t taken another look at Dan Scribner’s response since that January of 1995. I’d forgotten he even replied. Ten years ago this week, he emailed back, ” Warmest greetings in the Lord. Brigida [sic :-) ] sounds like a wonderful plan. I hope AD2000 can contribute / assist in any way possible. At the moment we are up to our ears in alligators planning the GCOWE conference in May. We only have about a dozen staff here in the International Office. Please keep me in the loop of communications regarding this and if there are any specific AD2000 related questions I certainly will try to give my input.” Whoa. As you know, Dan went on to become one of 2 key players in making JoshuaProject.Net a reality today! And you know what? He’s still just as encouraging! :-)
4. IT WILL TAKE TIME — John Siewert worked for MARC, the Missions Advanced Research and Communication arm of World Vision. He wrote, in a prophetic tone, ” My experience in serving as discussion leader for one e-mail forum is that any e-mail-based undertaking takes more time than expected if responses are going to go back to those who ask questions, etc. Therefore Doug and the editor need to have some prime time set aside for this project.” Whoa. Was he ever right. (Yawn. I’m sleepy.) :-)
5. PERHAPS THE MOST ENCOURAGING RESPONSE… — But perhaps the most encouraging response of all (to the initial proposal) came from a Global Mapping employee named Dave Nesmith. ” In the vernacular of Madison Avenue, you have run it up the flagpole–I salute it.” He went on to add, ” Let us reject out of hand the notion that it won’t work. The resources and the technology are with us. The only preventive factor is the lack of our will and desire to make it happen. High-tech is handing us a golden opportunity. Let’s grab it!” Whoa. :-) Dave, wherever you are, thanks for the boost 10 years ago!
6. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Then get training from real-world practitioners and colleagues to equip you to implement programs in your church or community that truly empower the poor. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College offers courses for both the 2/3 World and U.S. contexts. Come June 13 – June 18, 2005 to the Christian Economic Development Institute at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
7. SO WHAT WAS THE FIRST TRUE BRIGADA “ITEM”? — Trivia… fun facts to know and tell… :-) Once you get past all the proposing and responding, the actual first true *item* was a note about Sali Berisha, then the leader in Albania, who on January 25th had proposed setting up private radio and TV channels to offer a broader and more impartial dissemination of information. We all know what *that* brought about! :- ) The second item had to do with a proposal of 30 days of prayer for the Muslim world (another proposal which has survived the decade). (Throughout the coming year, we’ll highlight each month “Ten Years Ago This Month in Brigada”. It’ll perhaps give us a chance to take a look back at from whence we’ve come… and sometimes might even clue us in on where we might be headed in the future.)
8. WANT TO SHARE YOUR OWN BRIGADA EXPERIENCE? — Do you have a favorite memory of Brigada? Would you want to take a moment to write about something you purchased, a service you used, or an opportunity you followed? Now you can. Just copy this URL into your browser window: (or, if you’re reading on the web, just click it)

http://distantland.typepad.com/brigada/

Here you’ll find a spot to leave a comment, recall a memory, even offer a testimony. Others in the Brigada family will be able to visit the page and celebrate what God did in your life — and maybe even give glory to God for what happened in your situation. Hey – 10-year-old birthdays don’t come that often! :-) OK… enough sappy stuff.. Let’s get to work! :-)
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN FLORIDA — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give student’s essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics being studied are: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more! School starts on April 17th. For more information contact Jose at myglobito(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904)221-5990. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also check: http://www.ywamjax.com
10. ANYBODY ABLE TO WORK WITH AOL? — Does anyone know anything about the rumor that Brigada-Today is on a “blocked list” with AOL? If so, does anyone know the proper technique to be removed from that list? In contrast to spam (which is unsolicited), Brigada Today only goes out to those who subscribe to it. If we’re on that list, it’s a mistake. Maybe some subscribers don’t know how to remove themselves, but we never send Brigada unsolicited.
11. MUSIC AND MISSIONS CD — The first Global Consultation on Music and Missions was held in 2003. The multimedia CD-ROM of the Proceedings is now available. The CD-ROM has about 50 presentations, about 300 files total. Presenters, including John Piper, shared penetrating insights from around the world. If you are interested in the integration of music, missions and worship, you’ll be thrilled with the wealth of materials. One person said, “This was a phenomenal conference – probably the best conference I have ever attended.” Every missions organization should have one of these CD-ROMs as a reference. Though it is easily worth $40, it is available for only US $10. Write ethnodox1(at)netscape(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see http://www.worldofworship.org/GCoMM/index.htm
12. 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 are 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 .]
13. TALKING BIBLE A GREAT PERSONAL AUDIOVISUAL — ASI in California says that the invention of the Talking Bible revolutionizes how one can now give non-readers access to God’s word in audio. A Talking Bible has an audio recording of an entire New Testament in a desired language sealed inside. It looks like a Bible but has a button to push rather than pages to turn… no longer any need for a cassette player and an album of individually labeled cassettes. The task suddenly becomes doable and affordable…that task is to take the work of the Bible translators, record them and make them available as Talking Bibles.

Half the world’s adult population cannot read. Among them are millions of non-reading Christians. They need God’s Word in audio format. ASI and others can now give them Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments speaking their languages. It seems unthinkable that the church/mission community would not do this.

ASI is appealing for churches to observe an annual Talking Bible Sunday. A Talking Bible Sunday will help church people become aware. The special offering will give them the opportunity to participate in this global effort …. an effort to give Bibleless non-readers Talking Bibles in their languages.

For more information visit ASI’s website http://www.audioscriptures.org. Or call ASI at 1- 800-318-7262 and ask for Dori. You’ll be glad you took the time to do this.
14. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD SO THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers the 9 month School of Biblical Studies (SBS). Students in this school learn how to inductively study the Bible for themselves and are helped to prepare for the important goal of sharing God’s truth. The school begins in September 2005. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for more information or check out http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
15. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL FOCUSED ON UNREACHED PEOPLES — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers exciting Discipleship Training Schools (DTS)! Dates for DTS are March 23 – August 12, 2005 OR September 14th – February 10th 2006. The schools include 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada. Some topics taught are: The Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, the 10/40 Window, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Turner Valley DTS also includes an 8 week mission trip to Southeast Asia or North Africa, working with SPECIFIC unreached people groups. North Americans can call toll free for information to 1-877-FOR-YWAM, Internationals please call 1-403-933-3754. Also check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
16. GIVE INPUT ON AN MK AND WIN BIG MONEY — Here’s a gal who is doing research with MKs and adult MKs at mkPLANET.com. If you are interested in helping out, check out http://www.mkplanet.com/community. Near the top/center of the page is a short message called “Join a research project giving MKs a voice!” That’ll have all the information about the study and the different ways to be involved. Everyone who signs up will automatically be entered for their draw to win one of two $20 US gift certificates to Amazon.com!
17. SYIS IN TURKEY: 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 be held near Istanbul, Turkey April 4-8, 2005. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(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 .] for more information.

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.
18. BOOK REVIEW NOT OPEN AND SHUT — In our item last week, “For Academicians: Reviewing Morehead’s “New Religious Mov’ts”, it’s plain to see we didn’t offer both sides. One responder suggested the inclusion of the following link to give equal time: http://www.globalmissiology.net/docs_pdf/reviews/hexam_encountering_new_religious_movements.pdf Our apologies if we overlooked anyone! Remember we don’t have the luxury of reading *all* the reports and texts mentioned each week. Consider the source.
19. FAVORITE “BACKPAGE” EDITORIALS — Whenever I travel and meet Brigada participants, it’s always amazing to me that they remember these BackPage Editorials. This month, in honor of our 10th birthday, we bring back some of our most oft-requested editorials… Sergey and “Does It Every ‘Just Happen'”, which first aired the 8th of May, 1998:

“DOES IT EVER “JUST HAPPEN???” — Those who know me well (and many who know me only marginally) know that I have a love for God, family, friends, and soccer. :-) (In spite of what some might think, that’s really the order I try to keep them in!) I only hope and pray that somehow we’ll have all four in Heaven. [grin] The first three have been around a while in my life, but the last love, soccer, is fairly new to me. Although I’m playing on a competitive team this year, I’m really just a beginner (I have a whole two years of playing experience in a poorly run recreational league previously). As you might have guessed, it’s not easy to find a competitive team for a 41-year-old. So I play in a league designed for age 20 and up. I’m very fortunate to practice alongside some very talented players. (Our coach took an under-23-year-old team to the national championships last year . . and won!) To land a spot on the team, I just explained how hard I was willing to work and how serious I was about learning. Lo and behold, the coach put me on the team! And when the center forward of our team suffered a broken leg earlier this season, all of a sudden, I found myself as a starter in his place… and this past Sunday, I played the entire game there! (We won 5-2, with only marginal help from me.)

I have several heroes . . . and most are about half my age. :-) One young man from Ukraine is incredible. I mean… when he was born, his mother probably delivered a soccer ball first, and then Sergey. The ball was probably tied to his ankle and. . . I don’t think he’s ever untied it since! I love practice times even more than games because I get to watch him and really study him in action. He’s constantly moving… constantly sizing up the play and constantly vigilant about how he can contribute most. And even though he’s a star (and deep down inside, he has to know it!), he still pushes the ball my way PLENTY of times in any given night.

Last Tuesday evening, at one point during our scrimmage, I chipped the ball to him and, frankly, placed it rather poorly. The ball arrived at chest-height and his back was to the goal with defenders all around. Not a great situation. But for Sergey, it was all automatic. He cushioned the ball down to his feet and instantly faked then back- heeled it with such force that it swished right through the defenders legs. Sergey scored a goal without even looking at the net… without even having to turn around to glance into the eyes of his opponents. Incredible.

As he turned and ran up the field, I turned with him and asked, “How in the world ….?” With a shrug of his shoulders he responded, “It just happened.” I was quick to reply… “It DIDN’T just happen. It took 27 YEARS of daily practice to make it happen!” (He’s 28 years old.)

Ever since that moment, I’ve been reflecting about my fledgling soccer career. I coach an under-14 team (my older son’s) and assist coaching an under-10 team (my younger son’s). I play on a competitive team and sometimes play “pick-up” soccer in between. But maybe I’ll never “catch up” with Sergey. There are too many hours… too many YEARS of his life filled with touches on the ball. However, I’m not exactly envious. Instead, I’m filled with admiration and actually inspired to keep going. I figure I’ve got nowhere to go but up! :-) Who knows… give me another 25 years and maybe I’ll be ready to play! :-)

My REAL job is to lead a mission agency — about 120 missionaries in a couple of dozen countries. Where I sit, I get to read reports literally from all over the world. Now, after last Thursday’s practice, whenever I hear a success story about a villager who has walked in from 50 kilometers away just so he can study the Bible… then take it back to his village and repeat it to dozens of others… I’ll think twice about whether or not it “just happened.” Someone had to sweat bullets on Bible college mid-terms, then raise financial support, leave family and friends to go to the field, learn a foreign language, and most of all be determined enough to not quit when the going got tough. Someone had to pray, trust the Lord for supernatural intervention, and follow His guidance. After all that, if someone walks in and listens, should we be so surprised? Sergey might say, “It just happened…”, but truth be known, it didn’t JUST happen. Someone MADE it happen.

We live in a world of quick fixes — quick food, quick microwaves, quick computers, quick everything … just about. But in the midst of it all, some things aren’t so quick. You can’t learn to play Sergey’s kind of soccer without a few years of daily practice with someone who knows what he’s doing. And you can’t learn a language overnight, either.

I admire Sergey… but my heart is filled with just as much admiration for a guy I know who has invested the last 5 years learning Mandarin. He’ll probably never get a trophy (at least not here on earth), never be named an “MVP” in front of a crowd of 30,000 cheering spectators, and I can predict with a fair amount of certainty that he’ll never make the kinds of salaries that today’s pro athletes take home, either. (At least not as long as I serve as president of his mission agency! :-) ) But can he ever speak Chinese. I mean… it rolls off his tongue. When he opens his mouth, everyone expects English to come out… but if there’s a Chinese person looking on, inevitably, their mouth drops open.. their eyes bug out… (I love seeing that reaction!). His Chinese didn’t “just happen.” He didn’t “just happen” to teach Greek to house church leaders last year. He didn’t “just happen” to train evangelists that ended up baptizing 18 people in just one recent month. It took YEARS… and it’ll take YEARS for many of us to learn language, learn effectiveness, learn the field.

So — should we give up? Not on your life. But we probably SHOULD start thinking about recruiting some additional players for the team. :-) If they have to wait for me to invest the next 25 years to reach Sergey’s level, well, . . . let’s just say I hope my bones will still hold me up on the field when I’m 66! :-)

God bless your day! Be careful out there… it’s a jungle!!! Doug Lucas” [end of quoted story (SPECIAL UPDATE AS OF 23 OF JAN, 2005: Sergey married a Japanese immigrant, moved an hour away and we’ve not heard much from him lately. But the guy learning Mandarin learned it. He’s now a sought-after teacher involved in training house church leaders all over mainland China. Team Expansion now has 250 full-time missionaries, instead of 120. My older son is now 18 and, due to proper humility on his part, he won’t let me tell you the details of the soccer scholarships he’s looking at for college. I’m now coaching my younger son’s high school team at the local Christian School. And next week I start a new season with an over-30 team, where I’ll be captain of the “Energy United” team. God be praised for the incremental gains, step by step… Never, never, never give up. Because, 10 years after the birth of Brigada, it’s *still* a jungle out there.)

20050109 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DONORS HELP US CRANK OUT BRIGADA
2. NEED A NEW CELL PHONE? TRY BLESSED HOPE
3. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING
4. LOOKING FOR A SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES?
5. MOROCCO SUMMIT
6. GOT TESOL?
7. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
8. CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR
9. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
10. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL JACKSONVILLE, FL
11. FOR ACADEMICIANS: REVIEWING MOREHEAD’S “NEW RELIGIOUS MOV’TS”
12. THE BACK PAGE: THREE CHEERS FOR THE BACKSTAGE WORKERS

1. DONORS HELP US CRANK OUT BRIGADA — Cool! Here’s $120 from Family Circus Ministry, $46 from an anonymous donor who gave via Missionary Training Service (MTS). Learn more about their work at http://www.missionarytraining.org In addition, $25 from an anonymous donor in Fort Collins, CO, and $5 from a Christian worker in Sweden. May God bless each of these!!!
2. NEED A NEW CELL PHONE? TRY BLESSED HOPE — If you’re in need of a new cellular plan, don’t forget to check out the plans by Blessed Hope Communications (a Brigada sponsor). You can get service through most major providers; plus free phones, free accessories and even cash back are part of most plans. For every new order activated through Blessed Hope, Brigada receives a $40 sponsorship. (Whoa!) Please visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada for more details and to configure a plan that works for you.
3. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING — Here’s a four day preparation consultation from February 24-27 near Valentine, Virginia. The consultation introduces realities, necessities, models and methods. A close look is given to the personal profile of the missionary and developing relational abilities. The goal is to help provide a road map into missions involvement and motivation for the journey. Prayer is central to the training. Skills are also presented. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. The Elijah Company manifesto is posted on the newly edited web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org . You can get more information and applications by writing to info4(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 .]. The Elijah Company office phone (757) 226-3507.
4. LOOKING FOR A SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES? — Try the interagency retreats hosted by MET in the Czech Republic and South Africa. They bring together an excellent seasoned staff will daily facilitate times of Biblical meditation, prayer, teaching and worship song. Every afternoon MET offers personal relaxation time with the option of benefiting from one to one debriefing and / or counseling. Attend 21 – 28 April 2005 in Czech Republic or 20 – 27 October 2005 in South Africa. For registration or more info, write OfficeMET(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 deadline for application is: Czech Republic – 31 January 2005 ; South Africa 31 July 2005. Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served, basis.
5. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and 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. Discounted early registration is available until February 15. For more information write: asm(at)interum(dot)org
6. GOT TESOL? — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 11-29, 2005, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $515. Dorm space is available for early applicants. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty[dot]purgason[at]biola[dot]edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR — Worldview Resource Group (WRG) is conducting a cross-cultural church planting seminar August 29 – September 2, 2005 at the Mission Training International center in Palmer Lake, Colorado, USA. The seminar provides training in cross- cultural church planting methodologies based on a worldview approach to ministry. Facilitators include: Dr. David Hesselgrave; Dr. Tom Steffen; George Walker, co-founder of WRG; and Mark Zook, featured in the Ee- Taow video. For online information about the curriculum, costs, and logistics go to http://www.wrg3.org You can register online. USA callers can dial toll- free 1-866-750-WRG3 (9743). Also, you can email WRG at info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. February 28 to March 25, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL JACKSONVILLE, FL — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give student’s essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics we will be studying are: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more! Scholl starts in April 17th. For more information contact Jose at myglobito(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904) 221-5990. You can also check
http://www.ywamjax.com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. FOR ACADEMICIANS: REVIEWING MOREHEAD’S “NEW RELIGIOUS MOV’TS” — If you’re the seminary type, you might enjoy a good heady review of John Morehead’s article which appeared in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Approach. Eds. Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost & John Morehead II (Kregel, 2004; ISBN#: 0-8254-2893-9). Mr. Morehead’s article is titled “Where Do We Go From Here?: Transforming Evangelical Responses to New Religions.” The review is by Jeff Downs. Find it at: http://www.rctr.org/transformingreview.htm
12. THE BACK PAGE: THREE CHEERS FOR THE BACKSTAGE WORKERS — Sometimes the hardest workers get the least glory. Do you know the type? Take Bill Morrison, for instance. He’s been a full-time self-funded volunteer for the last five years at JoshuaProject.Net. http://www.joshuaproject.net He’s the “other member” of the Joshua Project “team”. (Truth is, there are only two of them. Dan Scribner is the more well-known, and it’s Dan we normally highlight, but Dan will be the first to tell you that Bill is the one who faithfully and meticulously manages all Joshua Project data, statistics and computer application. Dan’ll go on to point out that Bill is the one who “disassembled” the Bethany profiles into the photo, map and text elements and carefully cataloged each element so we could build the new web profiles. Dan would add that after getting permissions, Bill is the one who spent weeks carefully going through Paul Hattaway’s new Buddhist World people profile book incorporating all the relevant data into the Joshua Project database (this new Buddhist info should be on the Joshua Project website by the time you get around to reading this). Bill is the one who made 150 language maps one-by-one for an Indian researcher. And that is only the beginning. Dan would say, without Bill there is no Joshua Project.

He is the kind of behind-the-scenes servant that would never want us to mention him. Dan Scribner tells folks that Bill “will have a very heavy crown in heaven and a front-row seat.” And you know what? You probably know one too. In Dan’s office, they go by the name of Bill. In my own, they answer to names like Penny, Melanie, Wayne, Julie, Bob, Aaron and others. How ’bout finding one of them in your world today — and say thanks.

Because this is a “Back Page” about the “back stage”, the workers we all know but say so little about. In fact, for all of you today, we give thanks to the Father of Lights, who illuminates the caverns of our minds so we can clearly see through the empty space in our heads to the beauty of the jewels in yours! To all those backstage workers, we give thanks and praise to God!

20050102 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. [DRUM ROLL] THE FINAL TALLY FOR 2004 (THANKS!)
2. MISSION NANNYS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR MISSIONARY KIDS
3. WHOA… UPDATED AND EXPANDED BETHANY PROFILES RELEASED
4. HELP: JOSHUA PROJECT INVITES INPUT ON NEW PROFILES
5. LEADER TRAINING STUDIES FOR CHURCH REPRODUCTION
6. MEMBER CARE IN THE CHINESE WORLD
7. SENDING IN AN ITEM FOR BRIGADA?
8. INSURANCE FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
9. GOT A HAMMER? VISIT THE INDIAN OCEAN
10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION (FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD)
11. AN OPEN HEART: THE MBALANTU of NAMIBIA
12. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
13. D&D MISSIONARY HOMES
14. MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT BEESON DIVINITY
15. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING CAMP
16. INTERNET EVANGELISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
17. THE BACK PAGE: A “RIP IN THE TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM”
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. [DRUM ROLL] THE FINAL TALLY FOR 2004 (THANKS!) — In this first edition of the new year, we’re humbled once again by the special gifts of those who make it possible for us to keep Brigada on your screen and out the door on time. Prior to the secretarial help you’re providing, we sometimes ran 6 months behind. Bottom line: your help keeps us going! Sure we ran short, but at the same time, we made progress! There were a lot more gifts in 2004 than there were in 2003. And besides… the way we see it, $9300 worth of secretarial help is still a tremendous encouragement. And — we’re not running 6 months behind any more!!! :-)

Final gifts included anonymous donations of $100 from Manhattan, KS, $20 from an I.T. guy for 3 major Christian ministries, $5 from an overseas worker in Sweden, $50 from Concord, CA, who volunteers with SERVE (“Sending Experienced Retired Volunteers Everywhere”), working especially with professionals working with disabled children in a mission outreach, and $100 from the Director of Mission Nannys (Thanks Betty!). See their item below. Dial-Abroad sent $199 for November phone calls (Please keep talking!!! :-) ) The team at http://www.thebiblechannel.org the Bible Channel sent $25. “We pray for God’s blessings on your ministry and trust that God will meet all your needs.” Finally, thanks to the anonymous donor from Hungary who gave $25, the last gift of 2004. And so that ends a good year of sponsors for Brigada. The final tally for 2004, at the end of it all, was $9,384.79. It’s a great encouragement. Thanks to one and all. If you’d like to help kick off the 2005 year, please click on “Sponsor” in the top menu. Thanks!
2. MISSION NANNYS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR MISSIONARY KIDS — Mission Nannys, a Brigada sponsor, needs women 50 years of age or older to go overseas and help in domestic situations including homeschooling, child care, and just being extra hands for someone. To learn more, visit: http://www.MissionNannys.org (Thanks again, Betty!)
3. WHOA… UPDATED AND EXPANDED BETHANY PROFILES RELEASED — I’ve had the hardest time keeping this a secret. :-) Over the past few months, I’ve been watching this project grow… and just as it has taken on momentum, so has my heart jumped for joy! You see, in cooperation with the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and the Bethany World Prayer Center, Joshua Project has released updated and expanded versions of the original Bethany People Profiles at:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php

The original Bethany profiles have been matched with updated statistics. There are over 1,700 maps, 1,100 photos (several hundred of them are new), and 1,450 textual descriptions profiling unreached people groups. New non-Bethany profiles have also been added. The easiest place to start might actually be on the listing of people groups in a particular country. For example, see Turkmenistan:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/countries.php?rog3=TX

The columns on the far right show which people groups have a photo, map and text integrated with updated statistics. Any column can be sorted by clicking the column header. Clicking the people name on the far left will drill down to the specific profile. The Turkmen of Turkmenistan is a relatively complete profile with photo, map, text, statistics and links to other profiles and online audio. See:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=110306&rog3=TX

Three cheers to Dan Scribner for the incredible late-night work this project has probably caused in his life. There’s no way this kind of thing can happen without somebody laying his life on the line. Only the Lord knows the number of hours Dan and his cohort(s) have struggled, getting this interface just right… collecting data… bartering with those who owned the rights… Tonight I give thanks for Dan’s work, as a form of worship to the one who deserves the labor Dan has offered up — may it be like a sweet-smelling sacrifice to the Savior of souls!
4. HELP: JOSHUA PROJECT INVITES INPUT ON NEW PROFILES — Joshua Project welcomes updated photos, maps, text and statistics. Have some great mission trip photos? Send them to Joshua Project at photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Done a Perspectives profile of a people group and want to share it? Send it to profiles(at)joshuaproject(dot)net.

Joshua Project is also looking for web surfers who would like to help collect additional photos, maps, text, stats or links to display on unreached peoples profiles. If interested please contact Joshua Project at info(at)joshuaproject(dot)net .
5. LEADER TRAINING STUDIES FOR CHURCH REPRODUCTION — These just- completed “Paul-Timothy” studies are for use by trainers with shepherds whom they coach for reproducing congregations and cells. Trainers use a provided “menu” to choose studies that fit trainees’ needs. Each topic has a shepherd’s lesson and a corresponding children’s lesson. Studies assume non-Christian, non-Western, non-Anglo background. Short studies can quickly be translated. They allow free download and free copying. Available as Word(r) documents and .PDF files, letter and A4 formats. Learn more at http://www.paul-timothy.net . If you require a CD-ROM disc, then write to gpatterson(at)paul-timothy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. MEMBER CARE IN THE CHINESE WORLD — Catch the Asia Member Care Conference in Hong Kong Feb 16-19, 2005. This will be a great opportunity for counselors and member care people in Asia to network, learn, and exchange ideas. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Kelly O’Donnell and Mrs. Kathy Narramore. Topics including:
*** Member Care Update: The Flow of Care and the Flow of Flaws.
*** Best Practice Guidelines for Sending Organizations and Member Care Workers.
*** Field Counseling – Core Issues and Practical Tools.
*** Crisis and Contingency Management.
*** Practice of Pastoral Member Care
*** Cultivating a Caring Community The cost of the conference including lodging and food at the YMCA of Hong Kong is US$300. Register NOW with Scott Geisel at: ccg(at)attglobal(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SENDING IN AN ITEM FOR BRIGADA? — Please read the Submission Guidelines *first*. Some of the most-often missed components?
*** Please turn off publisher’s quotes before composing in Word
*** Hold your item to 8-10 lines (then give a website for more info)
*** Please use 3rd person (don’t say, “We” or “I”; say “They” or “She”)
*** Please *don’t* use classified ad language. We use sentences here.
*** We don’t open attached files — you’re wasting your time. :-)
*** In general, we don’t publish appeals for support. OK… so maybe we try to float one staff person (part-time secretary). But that’s it. :-) See the complete list of Submission Guidelines at: http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html
8. INSURANCE FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS — Are you sending teams on short term trips this year? If you are, be sure to have them insured for medical expenses and medical evacuation! If you currently have a plan for them it is always good to make sure that you have the best plan for your needs. Insurance Services of America can “tailor-make” a plan to fit your teams’ needs. They can put together a proposal that you can use to compare with your current plan and they can include the benefits that you want and need for your people. Many times they have put together plans for organizations that cost less than a dollar per day per person! Not a bad deal, considering all of the coverage that is available. For details, a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
9. Learn more at http://www.missionaryhealth.com/ GOT A HAMMER? VISIT THE INDIAN OCEAN — In response to this major catastrophe, CNFA is looking for potential volunteers to the Indian Ocean region. As a Farmer to Farmer (FtF) implementer, they are searching for people who have experience with post-disaster reconstruction. However, candidates don’t necessarily have to have the typical FtF volunteer credentials. USAID is compiling a roster, and it appears that many people will be called to assist with the recovery from the tsunami. If anyone is interested in helping or knows anyone who is interested in helping, please share those names and contact information immediately by emailing dphillips(at)cnfa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By the way, the USAID might kick in financially for those willing and prepared to participate.
10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION (FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD) –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough Among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14-17, 2005. Learn how to effectively share good news with the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Early bird discounts are available through 2/14/05. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims- usa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information, visit AFMA on the web at http://www.theafma.org.
11. AN OPEN HEART: THE MBALANTU of NAMIBIA — Jason is a young Mbalantu man beginning the life of adulthood. Two believers shared the Gospel with him outside his traditional village home. He prayed for Jesus to save him that day. Then he sincerely thanked them for coming and sharing the Word of God. Please pray for Jason to grow in Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well.)
13. D&D MISSIONARY HOMES — Have you ever come across these guys, who have put together a center in the St. Florida so that missionaries on furlough can have a place to lay their heads? Check ’em out at 4020 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714-1133. tel. 727-522-0522, fax 727-522-0524. email ddmissionaryHomes(at)juno(dot)com, or better yet, see their site at http://www.ddmissionaryhomes.org (I’d hate to wind up in the crossfire of that little girl about to hurl the orange at http://www.ddmissionaryhomes.org/beach.htm “Run for your lives!” Yikes! :-) LOL
14. MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT BEESON DIVINITY — Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced the inauguration of a missionary-in-residence program to begin with the 2005-06 academic year. In exchange for teaching two, two- or three-hour, semester-length courses and speaking in various campus forums, the individual chosen as missionary-in-residence will receive a stipend of $15,000, a four-month auto lease, plus auto insurance, valued at up to $5,000. What’s not to like about that! :-) You’ve gotta have 5 years in the field, and an earned doctorate is preferred but not required. Learn more — and apply — by writing to: global(at)samford(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and see more about the university at http://www.samford.edu/groups/global
15. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING CAMP – Here’s a four-day consultation from February 24-27 near Valentine, Virginia. The consultation introduces realities, necessities, models and methods. A close look is given to the personal profile of the missionary and developing relational abilities. The goal is to help provide a road map into missions involvement and motivation for the journey. Prayer is central to the training. Skills are also presented. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. The Elijah Company manifesto is posted on the newly edited web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org. You can get more information and applications by writing to info4(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or calling (757) 226-3507 in the USA.
16. INTERNET EVANGELISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — This conference will be held April 1-2nd at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. There will be workshops and well known speakers such as David Bruce of HollywoodJesus.com. Visit http://ie-21stCentury.com for more information.
17. THE BACK PAGE: A “RIP IN THE TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM” — Remember in Star Trek, when there would be a “rip in the time-space continuum”? What was that, anyway? I guess… it meant that there was such a disturbance that it threw all nature out of balance. I’ve been thinking about how big of a disturbance has been wrought by this terrible earthquake. Weird… the quake would have cause terrible devastation if it were to have hit in a major city. But it didn’t. It hit in the middle of the ocean — a seemingly innocuous place. Nevertheless, its repercussions were then meted out to practically anyone with real estate bordering the Indian Ocean!

In the same way, life often hands out a similar blow. The strike will take place in the form of the death of a loved one, or maybe a best friend’s chronic illness. But the impact of that upheaval will, in turn, send shock waves throughout the rest of our existence.

Tonight I pray that God would comfort the fallen, lift up the weak, and strengthen the feeble knees … not only of those that have been struck, not only of those who have lost loved ones… but also of those who are now sacrificing to serve the fallen. The onsite workers, the pray-ers, and the givers… and all those who have longed for help to come to the Indian Ocean shores. Thank you Lord, for being where most of us can’t. Amen.

PS. Don’t miss next week’s Brigada Today, when we begin gearing up to celebrate our 10-year birthday on Jan. 25!

20041226 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR RELIEF EFFORTS
  2. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS; COULD YOU HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE?
  3. WE APPRECIATE CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS MINISTRY
  4. BLESSED HOPE CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH GREAT PHONE SERVICE
  5. GREAT RATE ON OVERSEAS CALLS
  6. BIBLE SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONARIES
  7. WEBSITE REVIVAL
  8. FINALLY AN END-TIMES BOOK THAT STIRS MISSION’S VISION
  9. INTERCESSORS UK
  10. THE BACK PAGE: PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS/FAMILIES OF THE TSUNAMI
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR RELIEF EFFORTS -– TealBrook Supplies, a regular Brigada sponsor, offers a portable water purification system that is excellent for relief situations, operating on gravity, making the water microbiologically safe. With the tragic news of the earthquake and resulting disaster from the tsunami there is currently a need for safe drinking water and that need will be growing. If you’re involved in relief efforts contact TealBrook by visiting their website at http://www.tealbrook.com or emailing them at info(at)tealbrook(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks again for the faithful help, Mike and Deb!)

  2. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS; COULD YOU HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE? — Thanks to Impact Ministries http://www.impactministries.ca/ for their sponsorship gift of $80 today! They have needs of their own, but wrote, “As I was praying about “our” need, the Lord spoke to me about first helping you with “your” need. In reality…it is all “His” work. :) Being located in north central Guatemala, it is wonderful to have a link via Brigada to what is happening in the rest of the world. Thank you for being a blessing and encouragement! Les Peters, Impact Ministries Canada, Ministerios Impacto Guatemala.” (Thanks again, Les!) Would you like to join Les in one last push? So we can make our 2004 goal of being able to pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary? If so, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. We’ll keep the website updated throughout the week… Just go to the Brigada site to see if we’ve reached the goal… and we’ll count any gift sent this week as if it came in during 2004. Starting next Friday, Jan. 7th, we’ll begin a new year. To celebrate a great year (though we’re a long ways yet from our goal of $16,140, still, $9000 or so from our readers is a great year!), we’ll go into “minimal mode” about sponsors for the first month. But at the same time, by faith, we’ll try to commit to another year with our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Gulp. :-) By the way, remember in 2003, we had one single gift of $9000, so subtracting that one special gift, we actually *increased* donations/sponsorships in 2004. Again — a big thank-you to all those who helped!

  3. WE APPRECIATE CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS MINISTRY — If you get a chance, stop by the website at… www.christiansincrisis.org An anonymous friend there just sent $25 for our end-of-the-year push. Thanks!

  4. BLESSED HOPE CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH GREAT PHONE SERVICE — Cellular contract ending soon? Or new to cellular and wonder where to start? Want access to all the major providers in your area? Now you can get a great plan *and* benefit Brigada with your sign up! With a wide variety of plans available nationwide (in most areas), you should be able to find what you are looking for through Blessed Hope Communications. Plus most plans have FREE phones, some have cash BACK and many have FREE accessories to boot. For every sign-up processed through Brigada’s link, Brigada will earn a $50 bonus ($20 with the prepaid plans). Let your cell dollars COUNT! Visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. (You might want to also check out the long distance rates in your area while you’re there).

  5. GREAT RATE ON OVERSEAS CALLS — Save on overseas phone calls and help support Brigada – go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html for more information.

  6. BIBLE SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONARIES — Overseas missionaries can get excellent Bible software that works in 25 languages for only $10, shipping included. Most of the program is also available for download for free. One of our readers, a missionary by the name of Kerby, has been using Online Bible (OLB) for years and recommends it. OLB includes Strong’s Concordance, Thompson Chain Reference, 22 English versions of the Bible and many other languages. The program also can display two or more language versions of the Bible at the same time, which you can display on an overhead or video projector. This makes life easier for missionaries still learning a foreign language, and helps the listeners as well. Mac, DOS, Windows and Palm Pilot versions are available. Go to: http://www.onlinebible.net (Thanks Kerby!)

  7. WEBSITE REVIVAL — “Website Revival” pulls together Christian web developers passionate about serving churches and ministries in communicating the glorious Gospel of God’s grace effectively on the web! Website Revival has a special program that allows its church clients to offer discounted sites to the ministries they sponsor. Are you a Christian web designer or developer? Website Revival offers developer licenses to their content management system. E-mail Eric eric(at)newfangled(dot)com for more info. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit them at:

    http://www.websiterevival.org

    USA callers can dial toll-free (others can call via Net2phone) 1-866- 385-4129 x316. Local calls 401-861-3300 x316.


  8. FINALLY AN END-TIMES BOOK THAT STIRS MISSION’S VISION -– Trying to stir up vision for the unreached? Check out

    http://www.finalclash.com

    In a scholarly, but engaging book, missionary to Muslims, Robert Livingston, excites readers about the Great Commission. Using clear Bible texts, he connects Christ’s coming with the Great Commission’s completion. He bluntly exposes radical Islam, but encourages the gospel in response. Order online, or in the USA, call 1-877-421-7323. For deep discounts, missionaries or individuals buying in bulk should e-mail the author directly at bob(at)finalclash(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. INTERCESSORS UK — They’re aiming to cover the UK with strategic prayer. Intercessors UK is a newly launched web site with the aim of encouraging born-again believers from all denominations to intercede for the UK. They use a special prayer schedule strategy to cover the week with prayer, 24 hours, 7 days a week. They pray about issues such as Church unity, the media and Islam. The site can be found at http://www.intercessuk.org or email Ian at this address if you’d like any further information: facilitator(at)intercessuk(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THE BACK PAGE: PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS & FAMILIES OF THE TSUNAMI — As you celebrate the new year tonight and this weekend, please remember to lift up all those who have lost loved ones… either literally or through painful death.. and ask God to speed aid and organization to the doom and confusion along those shores hit by the neutron bomb-like waves. May God bring peace to this troubled seashore. Let’s lift them up together…

20041219 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WYCLIFFE WORKER COMES THROUGH
  2. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  3. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM
  4. TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE IN CHIANG MAI CANCELLED!
  5. ENGLISH-TEACHING MINISTRY USING BIBLE-BASED CURRICULUM
  6. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK FOR YOUR LOVED ONES
  7. OUTLINE MAPS
  8. START THE NEW YEAR WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK
  9. INTERNATIONAL CARTOON COMPETITION
  10. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM
  11. GIVE SAINT PETERSBURG FOR YOUR NEXT GIFT
  12. INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY OFFERS DRAMAS AND VIDEOS
  13. EASY SWAHILI BIBLE COMMENTARIES AND TEXTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
  14. NEW ENGLISH CURRICULUM
  15. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TRAINERS & LEADERS
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WYCLIFFE WORKER COMES THROUGH — Thanks to the anonymous Wycliffe worker who came through at nearly the very last moment of 2004 with a $40 gift to help us cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. As it turns out, your gift can still be considered as part of the 2004 giving year as long as you postmark it by Dec. 31. So far, 2004 gifts are about $7,000 short. :-(

  2. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — Don’t miss International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaking on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada (Note: Brigada will earn a commission/sponsorship for every DVD sold from this link. Thanks for your partnership!)

  3. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has published their complete church planting training, normally given to trainees as a two-week seminar during the acclaimed YWAM School of Frontier Mission (SOFM). Now this training can come to you right on your PC with over 30 hours of audio (Brian Hogan teaching in Scotland), PowerPoint presentation, film clips, note taking outline, and every handout that you would get if you were to take it “live”. This is perfect for workers already on the field who need to be trained in CP or to refresh their skills, those preparing to go, and those who have an interest in planting new movements among unreached people groups. An excellent gift for your field workers. Brigada cost is only $29.95 plus $5 S&H within USA. PayPal accepted. Orders received by January 31, 2005 will include an extra CD-Rom chock-full of CP resourses and publications. Email brian(at)cpcoaches(dot)com to purchase. Visit their site: http://cpcoaches.com\ (Thanks to Brian for his sponsorship of $200 in advance to help us pay the Brigada secretary.)

  4. TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE IN CHIANG MAI CANCELLED! — We have been informed that the tentmaking track of the ITAG conference in Chiang Mai 6-12 February, 2005 has been cancelled due to very low registrations and scheduling conflicts with many other tentmaking events in the region. The facilitators of the tentmaker track regret the inconvenience this may have caused those who had plans of attending, but are also encouraged that so many other tentmaking events are taking place. To all tentmakers out there: Be encouraged, from the many many year end reports GLOBAL Opportunities is receiving from active tentmakers, it is clear that His kingdom is being built in places where His name has not been heard in increasing measure. All praise be to God for these heroes making a difference far from home. Contact Ari at ari.rocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org 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 .] To view the GO Christmas eCard go to http://www.globalopps.org (Thanks to Ari for the $20 gift he send toward helping us finish the commimitment we’ve made to our Brigada-sponsored Secretary.)

  5. ENGLISH-TEACHING MINISTRY USING BIBLE-BASED CURRICULUM — Ministries around the world have used English in Action, published by The Navigators, to help beginners learn English while introducing them to God’s Word. A new set of books has been released for intermediate students. Developed by Wally Cirafesi, head of the TESOL program at Moody Bible Institute, both sets of books use Bible stories to help students learn and practice English. Each set comes with a student workbook and a teacher’s guide that allows someone with little or no teaching experience to have a powerful ministry teaching English. They also have a new training video to help teachers put the material into practice. To reach Dawson Media, a ministry of The Navigators, call toll-free (888) 547-9635 in the U.S. or (719) 594-2100 elsewhere, or fax them at (719) 594-2553. Visit their web site at http://www.dawsonmedia.com (International orders must be placed by phone or fax).

  6. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK FOR YOUR LOVED ONES — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, order by writing dick(at)sleeper(dot)us. $7 for your first copy; $6 for the second up to infinity. Climb aboard!

  7. OUTLINE MAPS — Maps from all over the world. These maps may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use. http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps (Great catch, Tony! Thanks!)

  8. START THE NEW YEAR WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK — “Siberian Shivers” is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene, whether or not they are headed for cold climates. Get a real eye opener to culture shock issues. Order by writing dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Cost is $7 for your first copy; $6 for the second up to infinity! It’s never been cooler.

  9. INTERNATIONAL CARTOON COMPETITION — Rox35 Media IS an international training ministry for effective Christian cartooning. They have just launched a contest for Christian cartoonists, both amateur and professional. Closing date is March 05: http://www.gospelcom.net/rox35media/ (Appreciate the heads-up, Tony!)

  10. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has published their complete church planting training, normally given to trainees as a two-week seminar during the acclaimed YWAM School of Frontier Mission (SOFM). Now this training can come to you right on your PC with over 30 hours of audio (Brian Hogan teaching in Scotland), PowerPoint presentation, film clips, note taking outline, and every handout that you would get if you were to take it “live”. This is perfect for workers already on the field who need to be trained in CP or to refresh their skills, those preparing to go, and those who have an interest in planting new movements among unreached people groups. An excellent gift for your field workers. Brigada cost is only $29.95 plus $5 S&H within USA. PayPal accepted. Orders received by January 31, 2005 will include an extra CD-Rom chock-full of CP resourses and publications. Email brianatcpcoachesdotcom to purchase. Visit their site: http://cpcoaches.com

  11. GIVE SAINT PETERSBURG FOR YOUR NEXT GIFT — Come explore Russia’s cultural capital with Bill Harris, a missionary in Russia, as he engagingly recounts his adventures. “Peterburgers” is a piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Order by contacting Dick at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!

  12. INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY OFFERS DRAMAS AND VIDEOS — The site for this new focus day offers several short dramas and links to downloadable outreach challenge video clips: http://ied.gospelcom.net/planning.php (Thanks Tony!)

  13. EASY SWAHILI BIBLE COMMENTARIES AND TEXTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE — These are written and checked by Kenyans and Tanzanians and are on http://www.bibliakiswahili.info . More information about this exciting development may be obtained from Eric ericlmorris(at)comcast(dot)net or Martin mlloyd3000(at)aol(dot)com .

  14. NEW ENGLISH CURRICULUM — Many of you have used the Bible-based English curriculum from International Network as part of your evangelism strategy. For several years Adventures in English And Exploring English have been available. International Network now has a third option: Discoveries in English is a 12-lesson curriculum using reading lessons from the New Testament. Teachers’ books and student books are available. For a sample lesson of any of the three books send an e-mail to Don DonatOEC(at)efcm(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or USA callers can call Don at 262-697-1180 for a sample lesson.

  15. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TRAINERS & LEADERS — In addition to the ServantPrep Seminar In Honolulu in April, there are several others scheduled in the next few months: Jan 27-29 in Juarez, Mexico (almost full); and February 25-27 in Ft. Worth, TX. This intensive, experiential 3-day program is currently being used by more than 250 churches and 45 missions agencies – including some of the largest. For more information, contact Ray servantprep(at)aol(dot)com or call 303 564-7041. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20041212 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING: $2000 GIVEN TO BRIGADA IN ONE WEEK!
  2. “THE TRAVEL DOCTOR” WILL MEET YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS
  3. INTERNATIONAL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR “COUNTRY SPECIFIC” TEAMS
  4. RELY ON LIFE SKILLS TO FINE-TUNE RELATIONSHIPS
  5. FIVE MORE DAYS FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING
  6. AD 2005 – THE YEAR OF THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  7. SUPPORT BRIGADA WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS MISSIONS DVD
  8. LEARN HOW TO DRAW THE SEARCH ENGINES TO YOUR SITE
  9. GET YOUR MISSIONS PAGE INTO THE DIRECTORY
  10. BECOME A GROUPER AND GET FREE ENCRYPTED FILE SHARING AND MORE
  11. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES
  12. WEBSITE REVIVAL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES
  14. FRONTIER MISSIONS FOCUSED DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING!
  15. MISSIONARY UPDATE IS NOW ONLINE
  16. WORD TRAINER (WT) … A HANDY TOOL
  17. WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES(UK) EASYENGLISH GENESIS COMMENTARY READY
  18. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES (CIU)
  19. HELP ASSEMBLE A REPORT ON TOP-NOTCH CONFERENCES
  20. PROFESSIONALS IN MISSION
  21. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  22. ISSUES IN ISLAM (CIU)
  23. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING: $2000 GIVEN TO BRIGADA IN ONE WEEK! — What a week it has been! As you know, we’re trying to wrap up our 2004 year in the black so our Brigada-sponsored secretary can be paid. These gifts and her work make it possible for us to keep Brigada going out the door ontime and full of resources for you. Many recall what it was like prior to bringing her on board. We were sometimes as much as 6 months behind. Now, thanks to her work, we are always at least within 1 week of the published date. (And that’s with her working just 3 days/week.) Thanks this past week to workers in Russia who sent $40, our good friends at the Chalmers Center who sent $200, and the ICE folks who sent $50 along with this note: “We so appreciate your ministry! Like so many Christian organizations that rely on you for networking, the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) is behind you 100%. May God bless you all the more in 2005 as you help so many participate in the spread of Christ’s kingdom!” We received a grand total of $568 from a “story-teller,” a tentmaker mobilizer with Global Opportunities, workers in Alaska, PA, the UK, Arizona, from a fellow missionary, from Denver, Texas, Panama. Want to help with the 2004 cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary? This is absolutely your last chance. Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. Your gift can still be considered as part of the 2004 giving year as long as you postmark it by Dec. 27. So far, 2004 gifts total up $8,575.79 out of a total budgeted $16,140. What will happen if we run short? Well something will have to give. We’ll try our best make sure she’s paid, but it will have to come from somewhere. Please pray with us during this final week that God would empower a partner or several partners to step forward to make up the missing $7,500.

  2. “THE TRAVEL DOCTOR” WILL MEET YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS — We get support from The Travel Doctor, Grandville, MI, an organization dedicated to the health care of missionaries and other expatriates. Find them on the web at http://www.travdoc.com and http://www.pregnanttraveler.com Their services aren’t free, but the charges are fair and square and the knowledge can’t be beat anywhere. Trust them for your travel questions. (Thanks to the Travel Doctor for a $1000 sponsorship, the largest so far in 2004! They wrote, “Our accountant tells us that by giving to most charitable organizations, we can deduct 10% of our donation as a ‘charitable donation’, whereas by donating to Brigada, we can deduct 100% of it as ‘advertising costs.’ ” Yahooo! :-)

  3. INTERNATIONAL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR “COUNTRY SPECIFIC” TEAMS – Often it is difficult to get all workers in an agency on-board for group health insurance. But some insurance companies will provide group insurance for all workers in a specific country. If your agency is not able to provide an agency-wide group medical plan, it may be that you can provide a field-wide group plan. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(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 call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com (Thanks to “Good Neighbor” for $100!!!)

  4. RELY ON LIFE SKILLS TO FINE-TUNE RELATIONSHIPS — Life Skills International exists to reach out to individuals who want to break free from behavior that can cause strained, broken or abusive relationships. They teach skills to promote growth as each person learns the reasons for behaviors without placing guilt or blame. “Fine-tuning” for any marriage occurs in gender-separate classes, as each person becomes a healthier adult and better parent. Life Skills Centers in the United States can be located by calling (303)340-0598 or log on at http://lifeskillsintl.org/ (Thanks for the $100 sponsorship gift!)

  5. FIVE MORE DAYS FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING — They’re continue their discount through the end of the year—“Toolbox For Video Storytelling” is 15% off through December! Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, and a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks for their partnership gift of $25!)

  6. AD 2005 – THE YEAR OF THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California in partnership with World Mission in Michigan is appealing to thousands of churches to participate in the Talking Bible Sunday Movement! They are asking congregations to designate one Sunday in AD 2005 as their church’s “Talking Bible Sunday.” Each church’s “Talking Bible Sunday” special offering will enable ASI to provide Talking Bibles in needed languages to Bibleless people who need Bibles but cannot read. Among Bibleless people are millions of Christians, many of whom are new believers, who cannot read. To enable them to learn God’s Word by listening, they urgently need Talking Bibles in their languages. ASI is asking people to pray that God will lead thousands of churches to observe a “Talking Bible Sunday” in this new year, AD 2005. For details and to learn more, visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or call ASI and ask for Dori at 1-800-318-7262 (Thanks to the Hoekstras for the gift of $30!)

  7. SUPPORT BRIGADA WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS MISSIONS DVD — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada 35% of your purchase price is given to support the work of Brigada.

  8. LEARN HOW TO DRAW THE SEARCH ENGINES TO YOUR SITE — Check out Aaron’s site and his “SEO Book” http://www.seobook.com/ Find out how to pull people into your missions site. (Thanks, Aaron, for the $25 sponsorship.)

  9. GET YOUR MISSIONS PAGE INTO THE DIRECTORY — Stop by the Web Atlas http://www.webatlas.org/ This is a Directory-oriented search page. (And thanks to Rachel for her support of $25.)

  10. BECOME A GROUPER AND GET FREE ENCRYPTED FILE SHARING AND MORE — That’s right. Check ’em out at http://www.grouper.com You can chat in groups, IM with individuals, share large files at will, all peer-to-peer without circulating the files through 3rd parties. The install file plugs into your computer and creates a secure tunnel all the way to the computer of your buddies. Use it with a whole team in a sensitive area. It’s free during beta… and the publishers have sworn that there will always be a “basic” service level that’s free or ad- supported. Someday, there will probably be a small fee for the more advanced services. Become a grouper!

  11. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES — Attend an important class at CIU, January 10-14, 2005. How do you plant churches in a Muslim society? Explore major issues involved in pioneer church planting among unreached people groups and develop principles for establishing and nurturing biblically rooted churches in Muslim settings. In addition, vital aspects of apostleship, ecclesiology, evangelism, discipling, eldership, accountability and team life will be explored in their New Testament dimensions, with application to current field realities, and with an eye toward church planting movements. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from an authority who has written a book on the subject!
  12. It’s not to late to register for these winterim classes! Register online at http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies. Questions? Contact Vanessa at vmagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (803) 754-4100 ext. 3327.


  13. WEBSITE REVIVAL –-Are you a Christian web designer or developer? Website Revival offers developer licenses to their content management system. E-mail: andy(at)websiterevival(dot)org or visit them http://www.websiterevival.org USA callers can dial toll-free (others can call via Net2phone) 1-866- 385-4129 x316. Local calls 401-861-3300 x316

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES -— This is a web- based, 9-12 month, self paced school for leaders that is now accepting applications 24/7. The faculty includes YWAM President, John Dawson and other significant reconcilers from around the world. For those registering and mentioning Brigada, the school will tithe to Brigada a portion of the registration fee. So you get world class training in reconciliation and Brigada gets a blessing as well. Check it out http://www.gracebridge.org or contact fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com (Thanks Joey and Fawn!)

  15. FRONTIER MISSIONS FOCUSED DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING! — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada is running Discipleship Training School (DTS) to grow your faith and help you to participate in reaching the nations. The focus is on unreached peoples in Southeast Asia and North Africa. DTS includes 3 months of training and a 2 month mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: March 23, 2005 – August 12, 2005, and September 14, 2005 – February 10, 2006. Prices: $ 3200 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $ 1750 + airfare CND (missions trip). Please send an email for further information: turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca Or visit the website: http://www.ywamturnervlley.com

  16. MISSIONARY UPDATE IS NOW ONLINE — This sites hopes to be a total resource site for Missionaries. They’re still in the building mode. But they plan is that Christian Missionaries receive a free web site to which they can keep their family and church updated from their mission field. There isn’t even a charge for the design of the site! Also on the site is one of the Most extensive Missionary Forums online, a chat room, messages, and many other resources are being added daily. The site address is http://www.missionaryupdate.com or email them at mailatmissionaryupdatedotcom

  17. WORD TRAINER (WT) … A HANDY TOOL — Catch this handy tool for studying a foreign language by learning new words from user-created dictionaries (you can make as many as you need). E.g. download a small sample dictionary containing about 800 most frequently used English words along with their semicolon-separated Russian equivalents (variants of translation can be separated from each other with commas). You can also create such dictionaries in any language provided that you have the corresponding localization on your PDA so that you can read special characters and input answers correctly. The dictionary can in be written in unicode. Check it out at http://www.freewareppc.com/educational/wt.shtml

  18. WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES(UK) EASYENGLISH GENESIS COMMENTARY READY — Get this level B commentary, together with translated text, in four sections, and Deuteronomy at EasyEnglish level A from http://easyenglish.info . More information on EasyEnglish may be obtained from martinateasyenglishdotinfo .

  19. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES (CIU) — Catch this class January 10-14, 2005. How do you plant churches in a Muslim society? Explore major issues involved in pioneer church planting among unreached people groups and develop principles for establishing and nurturing biblically rooted churches in Muslim settings. In addition, vital aspects of apostleship, ecclesiology, evangelism, discipling, eldership, accountability and team life will be explored in their New Testament dimensions, with application to current field realities, and with an eye toward church planting movements. http://www.ciu.edu/

  20. HELP ASSEMBLE A REPORT ON TOP-NOTCH CONFERENCES — If you know of a top-notch, cutting edge missionary conference in the USA in 2005 or 2006, please drop a note to Carolyn cjones(at)westgatechapel(dot)com When she’s assembled the report, we’ll feature it here in Brigada.

  21. PROFESSIONALS IN MISSION -– Here’s the Interserve USA Bay Area Conference, a gathering for individuals wanting to learn more about “tentmaking” in the “10/40 Window” and how you can use your professional skills in mission service. Speakers include Interserve USA’s Executive Director, Douglas Van Bronkhorst and Interserve workers serving in Central Asia. Join them on Saturday February 5, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Berkeley, CA. Lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee for this event. Please contact Jamie westcoast(at)ludlow(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or 626.252.5648 for more details.

  22. 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. These folks offer courses 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 .]

  23. ISSUES IN ISLAM (CIU) — January 17-21, 2005 — What is behind the anger and agenda of the militant Islam and what should our response be? This course looks carefully at the war waging for the minds and hearts of Muslims and at the roots of Islamic fundamentalism and the reasons for growing Muslim radicalization.

    It’s not to late to register for these winterim classes! Register online at http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies. Questions? Contact Vanessa at vmagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (803) 754-4100 ext. 3327.

20041205 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PROGRESS… BUT DEADLINE LOOMS
  2. CHECK OUT THE MMMM
  3. IN HONOR OF WORLD AIDS DAY
  4. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR *DONORS*
  5. EVANGELISM FOR THE TONGUE-TIED
  6. IGNITE YOUR PASSION FOR SOUL WINNING
  7. FREE 9-VOLUME PASTORAL TRAINING SET IN ORDINARY SPANISH
  8. CHINESE MISSION CONVENTION 2004
  9. PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS IN SIMPLIFIED CHINESE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PROGRESS… BUT DEADLINE LOOMS — Thanks to the anonymous donors who came through with gifts of $5, $25, and $25 (“from a fellow missionary!”), while Blessed Hope gave $17.77 and Dial-Abroad gave $180 in the name of those who use their respective long distance services. We’re down to the final 10 days. Sponsors and participants have given $6210.02 toward the final goal of $16,140. If you can help with the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please jump in now! Log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. For a gift sent via mail from within the USA, you’d need to mail it by the 20th for it to arrive in time for Christmas.

  2. CHECK OUT THE MMMM — … Short for the Minute Monthly Mission Mentor, a generic letter to encourage church missions committees and individuals with ideas, suggestions, questions, examples of bringing missions to life in their location. For a sample or to subscribe, send an email to mmmm(at)iatw(dot)ca requesting the Mentor.” [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] And thanks to author Bill Lewis for the $100 sponsorship gift to help us cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary!

  3. IN HONOR OF WORLD AIDS DAY — Here’s a note from Melvain Donyes, Director; F.R.O.M. (Friends Reaching Out Ministries): “Hi there! Thanks for your powerful and unique ministry; I’ve been a longtime reader, and this is the first time I’ve taken the opportunity to “give back”… How about THIS for a challenge? In honor of Worlds AIDS day, a donation to help support a ministry which helps us ALL stay connected, Brigada.org. I chose to give the $29 and ninety eight cents because I’m a sucker for round figures! Probably cuz I’m one myself! :-) Now, if we could just figure out a way to raise the remaining $9,900.00…” (Thank you Melvain! God bless you!)

  4. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR *DONORS* — Oops… Find the list at http://www.brigada.org then click on the link to this Brigada edition (Click here) to see the compilation assembled by Larry for Christmas gift ideas for *donors*, rather than missionaries. (Sorry Larry!)

  5. EVANGELISM FOR THE TONGUE-TIED — Burdened for evangelism but not gifted? Chap Bettis writes for the 94% of us who have difficulty talking about our faith. Key points include: understanding biblical evangelistic prayer, what genuine relationships are and aren’t, and two question that will open up spiritual conversations. Chap has field tested this book in secular, resistant New England. The author is offering a free pdf copy to ministry leaders who will prayerfully consider using it as a resource to equip those around them. Check out this resource, endorsements and first chapter at http://www.tonguetied.org (And while there, check out the new worship song, I Will Trust Him, written for those in the midst of trials.) No web? Email chap(at)tonguetied(dot)org asking for the book or song pdf. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. IGNITE YOUR PASSION FOR SOUL WINNING — A new website has been launched to get you trained in sharing the Good News with boldness and confidence. Whether you are new to witnessing, or a pro at reaching the lost, Jamie Morgan at http://www.evangelize.com helps you take your place in the end-time harvest of souls. An extensive How-To section is available, as well as an evangelism resource page and a product guide. She also has information on seminars she can conduct for your church or organization. As you apply what you learn, you will decrease the size of hell and increase the population of Heaven — leading someone to Jesus Christ is the most exciting thing you will ever do! Jamie also has a monthly Soul Winner’s Devotional (via email) in either English or Spanish, designed with one purpose in mind: to encourage soul winners. You can reach her at evangelizeatevangelizedotcom to subscribe.

  7. FREE 9-VOLUME PASTORAL TRAINING SET IN ORDINARY SPANISH — Theses nine ‘compendia’ bring together scores of lessons written in Spanish for Honduran church planters, resulting to date in 100s of church plants. Written for TEE, the new format makes these materials suitable for Bible schools, as well. View and download them at http://www.preparacionymovilizacion.ws “Preparacion y Movilization” was written over many years, by George Patterson; e-mail gpatterson(at)cvimail(dot)org. and has been updated and edited by Juan Patricio O’Connor, e-mail oconnor(at)hondutel(dot)hn . (Thanks Galen!)

  8. CHINESE MISSION CONVENTION 2004 — The CMC2004 will take place December 26-30, at the Radisson Valley Forge Convention Center in greater Philadelphia, PA in the eastern United States. CMC2004 challenges Christians to become a vital mission force to reach Chinese and the world for Christ! The convention will have both Mandarin and English language tracks and special programs for pastors, youth and children. There are many renowned speakers including Dr. Stuart Briscoe as Bible Expositor. A pre-convention Symposium on Dec. 26 features Dr. Os Guinness. Check http://www.cmc2004.org for complete information or contact Ambassadors for Christ at 1-717- 687-8564. Chinese Mission Convention promises to challenge the whole family!

  9. PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS IN SIMPLIFIED CHINESE — Project WorldReach has announced that the widely-used “Train & Multiply”(R) program (George Patterson)is now available in modern Chinese script. Used in many countries by many denominations, these materials are suitable for use by those who train and coach indigenous church planters. Licensed users can make unlimited copies for their ministries. Visit their site at http://www.TrainAndMultiply.com . Write to Lloyd Niles at PWR(at)trainandmultiply (dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Other languages are also ready and many more under way. Ask about your language.

20041128 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COME UP WITH $9,000
  2. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
  3. MONGOLIA’S RADIO WIND
  4. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  5. HELP COMPILE A LIST OF UPCOMING MISSIONS CONFERENCES
  6. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  7. HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH
  8. LEARN MORE ON HOW TO FORM A MISSION AGENCY
  9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  10. SMALL PACKAGES: UNENGAGED OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COME UP WITH $9,000 — Rats. Only 2 weeks left to try to raise $9,000. It doesn’t look good. On the other hand, we rejoice that the $6,000+ has come in! That’s better than nothing! Still, if you can help with the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please speak up now! Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $10 each. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chocked full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks to Paul for sending $50 to help our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. MONGOLIA’S RADIO WIND — Mongolia’s Radio WIND FM has been publicly praised by the Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia. When giving his public address to the nation during Independence Day celebrations, the Speaker expressed his thanks to Radio WIND for consistently striving to uplift the people of Mongolia with its programming and other off-air activities. The high-ranking government official especially emphasized and supported the campaign WIND FM is promoting this year, the Nine Virtues of the Mongolian, which is based on Galatians 5:22. On the same day, WIND FM covered the National Prayer Day in which more than 1,000 believers gathered to pray for the nation. WIND FM is affiliated with the Far East Broadcasting Company and has been broadcasting in Mongolia since 2001. WIND has based its on-air programming with a health- promoting and community-oriented strategy, devised in collaboration with Health Communication Resources of Australia. To learn more about HCR, check out: http://www.h-c-r.org/ To Learn more about Radio Wind, see: http://www.febc.org/resources/article_32.html

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

  5. HELP COMPILE A LIST OF UPCOMING MISSIONS CONFERENCES — Carolyn is looking for “cutting edge” missions conferences in the USA in 2005 and 2006. Got any suggestions for her? If so, write her at cjones(at)westgatechapel(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Carolyn, please don’t forget to send us a summary report so we can all benefit from your findings. Thanks!)

  6. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS -– You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 14-16, 2005, at the Renaissance Hotel near the Orlando, FL, airport. Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. The conference will feature Dr. Tim Dearborn of World Vision, as well as three pre- conference training sessions (on the 13th-14th), including one qualifying your church for the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Missions. Email for information at info(at)nstmc(dot)org or log on (and even register/pay) at http://www.nstmc.org .

  7. HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH — Find out more about how to share your faith at: http://www.evangelize.com/ Billed as “a one-stop evangelism training website filled with information, articles and other important resources to turn the world upside down with the Gospel.” They offer a monthly e-newsletter and other resources. (Thanks Darla!)

  8. LEARN MORE ON HOW TO FORM A MISSION AGENCY — Thanks to Dan who worked hard to assemble a report on resource people that can help you put together a missionary agency. He wasn’t able to find a panoramic A- Z conference at this time. But the resources and experienced people can certainly help. (Thanks again Dan!) See his report at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/forming_agency.html

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

  10. SMALL PACKAGES: UNENGAGED OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — As we remember and celebrate the greatest gift in the smallest package this Christmas, please pray for the small work among the unengaged peoples to grow into a mighty chorus of the redeemed worshipping Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the unengaged peoples: Herero, Nama-Damara, Mbalantu, Northern Cape Coloured and Namibian Coloured. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email

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

20041121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH FOR SUPPORTING BRIGADA
  2. YWAMMER FROM MALTA PICKS UP THE CHALLENGE
  3. GREAT INTERNET FILTER
  4. EXPANDED BOOK FROM ASI
  5. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. CONFERENCE ACCEPTING REISTRATIONS
  7. TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EZINE
  9. GETTING RID OF SPYWARE
  10. PARTNERSHIPS: WILL WE WORK TOGETHER?
  11. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  12. MISSIONPREP “SHORT” SEMINAR IN 2005
  13. NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE WEB SITE & BLOG
  14. NEPAL AND AFGHANISTAN: MEDICAL OUTREACHES 2005
  15. CALLING ALL MASONS
  16. TEACHERS NEEDED
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH FOR SUPPORTING BRIGADA — If you’d like to help provide for our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please speak up now! We received on anonymous gift this past week for $25 (Thanks!). To learn more, click here (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. YWAMMER FROM MALTA PICKS UP THE CHALLENGE — In response to last week’s challenge that YWAM missionaries around the world each pitch in toward our Brigada-sponsored Secretary, Brian, a YWAMmer from Malta stepped up to the plate. Along with his sponsorship of $40, he wrote, ” We have been enjoying and using Brigada info for a long time here at YWAM’s Church Planting Coaches. I wanted to take the opportunity of the challenge from the Holland YWAMer and give some back. Thanks.” Learn more about their work at http://www.cpcoaches.com where you’ll find tons of church planting resources for free. Thanks Brian!

  3. GREAT INTERNET FILTER — Is there anyone out there looking for a great Internet Filter Plus? Faithful reader, Eric, wrote this past week, “We have found one that we really like at our house. If you are, we recommend the Bsafe filter! It’s a great filter that blocks Internet pornography and other objectionable content. It has Anti-Virus options, Pop-Up Blocker, Spam Filter, and other stuff too. We love it. Our teenage sons enjoy safe internet surfing while doing their homework and while e-mailing their friends. It was easy to download. It’s easy to use. And it *works*! To find out more and get your own free 10-Day Trial, please click on this link: http://www.bsafeonline.com?154701

    (Thanks again, Eric. [Disclaimer: Eric will get a commission from this, out of which he’s promised to give an offering to Brigada for every person that signs up.])


  4. EXPANDED BOOK FROM ASI — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) is offering first-time donors an autographed copy of the expanded version of Dr. Hoekstra’s inspiring book, “Honey, We’re Going To Africa.” During the month of December, in exchange for a donation of $30.00 or more. The expanded version is the captivating personal account of a pioneer missionary family’s years in Africa and beyond. The expanded copy includes special chapters like “From Knotted Strings” and “To Talking Bibles”, over 40 photos, and a total of 472 pages. The most common reader response is, “I love that book. I just couldn’t put it down.” Visit ASI’s website to read the reviews. Dr. Hoekstra’s new book makes an ideal Christmas gift and is a valuable resource in every church library. Your contribution requesting the book is a great way to help ASI provide non-readers with Talking Bibles. Visit http://www.audioscriptures.org or call 1-800-318-7262 for more details. Just ask for Dori.

  5. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MISSIONARIES — Need a great idea for a Christmas gift for the missionary you love! Just click here to see the compilation assembled by Larry! (Great job, Larry!)

  6. CONFERENCE ACCEPTING REISTRATIONS — The Next Step is now accepting registrations for its annual “National Missionary Training Forum” conference at the IMB Headquarters in Richmond, VA. The conference is for those involved in missionary training either in the church, educational institutions, or mission agencies. Nine different workshops will be led by experienced trainers focusing on best practices in critical areas identified in its “Missionary Training Assessment” tool (available at website). The conference is preceded by three forums: 4-Mat, DiSC, and Situational Leadership II. Pre- conference begins January 12; conference begins the evening of January 13 and concludes at noon on January 15. For more information, and to register, go to http://www.thenextstep.org .

  7. TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — CIT’s time-tested training package has a unique four-fold focus: The Missionary to the Culture; The Culture to the Missionary; The Missionary to the Missionary; and the Heart of the Missionary. For a moderate time and cost investment, CIT students are anchored with skills to help them survive the storms of cross-cultural entry and move toward long-lasting and effective ministry. The next program begins in early February. Visit http://www.cit-online.org for more information or call 800.887.1786.

  8. SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EZINE — Since 1999, EC Institute has been published a free monthly ezine for entitled “Christians in Global Business.” Globalization is happening largely on the back of economic forces. Join this ezine to learn about conferences and resources that equip global professionals and executives with models of cross cultural faith integration in this rapidly changing global marketplace. To sign up, either email info(at)ec-i(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 sign up online at http://www.ec-i.org

  9. GETTING RID OF SPYWARE — Some pop ups can also be due to spyware programs installed on the system. If you believe you may have spyware on the system read the below information. Visit http://www.lavasoftusa.com and go to the “Ad-Aware Personal” link on the top left. Download and install the free (personal) version of Ad- aware, then run the program and click “check for updates now” to ensure the program is updated. Then click Start to scan your computer. (or, when you first install the program it should prompt you to perform an update and a full system scan, which you can also do). Remove any items it finds (right click the list, select all objects) (Thanks Eric!)

  10. PARTNERSHIPS: WILL WE WORK TOGETHER? — A new web site http/:www.powerofconnecting.net has been launched to assist the Body of Christ to develop methods and strategies for working together. The founder of InterCristo and Interdev, Phill Butler, along with other associates has launched this new site to provide hope and encouragement. This site seeks to (1) provide resources, (2) identify strategic intersections and (3) serve as catalyst, and coach for leaders.

  11. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. Special Christmas Price! http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  12. MISSIONPREP “SHORT” SEMINAR IN 2005 — SHORT stands for “Short- Termers Holistic Orientation & Training For Short-Termers”, and it happens January 6-7, 2005, in Toronto, Ontario. The SHORT seminar is designed for the Christian seeking to serve short-term overseas (less than 12 months). SHORT seminars can be tailor made to the church or mission team needs. Seminars can be brought on site to the church or mission location if requested. Topics include Cultural Perspective, Personal & Interpersonal, Language Acquisition. Write info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or lot on at http://www.missionprep.ca

  13. NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE WEB SITE & BLOG -– A new Christian resource Web site and Blog has recently been launched by Dr. Andrew Jackson andy(at)smartchristian(dot)com) at http://SmartChristian.com It contains extensive references and resources on Bible, world religions, cults, theology, world missions and much more.

  14. NEPAL AND AFGHANISTAN: MEDICAL OUTREACHES 2005 — Medical Boomerang, a ministry of YWAM Perth, is for any Christian medical professional. These teams have a brief orientation of 2 days and are then thrust out like a Boomerang for 2 to 3 weeks. In 2005 teams are going to Nepal and Afghanistan. For more information and updates go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org.au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  15. CALLING ALL MASONS — Looking for an exciting way to use your masonry knowledge? Mission Vision International has a short-term mission trip to rebuild a fallen church steeple in tribal Gujarat India. This historic church is nearly 100 years old and the mother to over 60 tribal churches. Bricklayers, masons, and concrete workers are invited to join them. The trip is planned for the last week of March 2005 and is for nearly 2 weeks. You will need to raise $1799 in support. Mission Vision also plans time for open-air campaigns in villages in the evenings and some work in the slums of Bombay during your STMT. This is a chance to see and minister in parts of India few people ever see. For more information contact Howard HLH(at)MissionVision(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  16. TEACHERS NEEDED — Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers. (2nd Grade Teachers) If you are interested in working among the unreached and untargeted tribes, this may interest you. If you love children and love to teach, this is for you. They are reaching Muslim nation of Guinea in Africa. Dates: August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Please contact CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20041114 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS
  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT
  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX
  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC
  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT
  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION
  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE
  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY
  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS?
  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO”
  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS)
  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP
  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU
  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS — Thanks for the wonderfully encouraging note from the Director of Sub-Sahara Africa for Good News Productions, who wrote, “I’ve personally enjoyed Brigada over the years … Your ezine recently mentioned two of the recent GNPI productions… As a result of that mention in Brigada, nearly 150 copies combined were sold! We, the GNPI team, just want to say thanks and express our appreciation for the faithful work all of you do to make Brigada a premier communication tool.” [whoa :-) ] To add some punch to his note, the producer sent $50 “as a small token of appreciation”. (Learn more about them at gnpi.org) Thanks, too, for the $50 gift from Cafe’ 1040, http://www.cafe1040.com , tapping the potential of globally-minded college students for Christ. Enclosed was an encouraging note, “I have just returned from North Africa and have loved your newsletter… It is very helpful and encouraging to those of us on the field. Blessings to you and your staff.” [glow :-) ] Thanks to Bruce and Retta Renich who served at the Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea, who sent $50 with this note: “Glad to help with your ministry. I would not like to be without it. We were missionaries in Papua New Guinea and hope to return after completion of studies.” We appreciate you! They added in a P.S., “And I know it is still a long way to the total for the secretary, but miracles have happened before!!” Finally, thanks to the anonymous readers who sent $30 and $20 respectively, with one writing a note, ” Thanks so much for your continued dedication and service to the Lord. He has used, does use, and will use your ministry as a source of blessing to outreachers in Christ everywhere.”

  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT — Here’s a YWAM worker in Holland who sent $40, challenging all other YWAM missionaries worldwide to match his gift to Brigada. How ’bout it, YWAMmers: Any takers?

  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN — Thanks to the anonymous family from Action Int’l Ministries who sent $50 to help cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. See their site at: http://www.actionintl.org/ where you’ll see News from the Field (PDFs), Photo Galleries, Action Point Magazine, and the free manual for ministry to street children, “Restoring Children of the Streets” as a download.

  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14- 17, 2005. Learn how to effectively evangelize the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to develop effective strategies and network with other churches, agencies, and interested individuals who all have a passion to reach Muslims for Jesus Christ! To request a brochure, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX — Missionaries in Eastern Europe know that it is often an uphill battle to convince locals that protestants are really Christian! The tract, “Protestants: Who are they?” explains the essential unity of the three branches of Christianity while noting where protestants differ on infant baptism, icons, the apocrypha, etc. It concludes with a salvation prayer. The English version is at: http://hometown.aol.com/kerbyrials/page1.html The Russian version is at: http://orthodoxlight.narod.ru/ Ukrainian and Georgian versions are also available. Write author Kerby Rials at: kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)com The Russian version has been printed and is sold for 7 cents each by Global University. Email: mail(at)globalcenter(dot)ru [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.globalcenter.ru

  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two- or four-week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity to join an experienced ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, show the Jesus Film, work with local churches and visit businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. For more information contact Jim at Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaine(at)cableone(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC — Here’s a Brigada participant, Neil, who warned us to be careful leaving sensitive information on our PC’s. He said Word encryption was ok, and Excel could even encrypt just 1 column of cells, but he also pointed out that we could try a password manager, which really does make life easier and safer – such as Password Keychain from http://www.nfxtech.com/products_passwordkeychain.htm (Thanks Neil!) Brigada participant, Jon, wrote to point out that Google Desktop might actually help you do a great “audit” of your system and its ability to give away personal information. He said, ” If Google can find it, someone else can too!! :-)”

  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT — Are you the type who loves to create and collect MP3 songs from your CDs and digital music? While you’re browsing at Kaylon’s website (to see “Powermarks”, mentioned below), check out “MP3Rat” http://www.kaylon.com/mp3rat/index.html Seems to make life so much easier for digital music lovers!

  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION — Thanks to Stephen, who wrote about another free antivirus option this past week: “I switched to a German based free antivirus software available from http://www.free-av.com AntVir’s drawback is that each antivirus upgrade downloads 6 program files which can take a while to download on a 56kbps connection.” Still, it looks like a great option, Stephen, especially for the price! Thanks! (And yes… I still love playing soccer. Getting together as pickup game tomorrow afternoon, in fact! :-) )

  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE — Here’s a Spanish Bible-study (kind of like Perspectives), called “Path to God’s Glory.” Published in English several years ago, it has been distributed and studied around the world. Now, a Spanish version of both the study and leader’s guide are available online at http://www.southeastchristian.org/missions_ptgg_sp.cfm?doc_id=956 The English version is available at http://www.pathtogodsglory.org If you have questions, comments or are interested in a bound hardcopy of the study or guide, write info(at)pathtogodsglory(dot)org

  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY — English speakers can now fulfill most requirements for a MA degree (Muslim Studies) without relocating to N. America! The rest can be done through short courses at the Columbia International University campus, Columbia, South Carolina, or by IDL (Independent Distance Learning). Folk Islam – Dr. Warren Larson (May 30-June 10, 2005) Women in Islam – Dr. Elsie A. Maxwell (May 30-June 10, 2005) Multicultural Teams – Dr. Lianne Roembke (June 13-24, 2005) Approaches to Islam – Dr. Andreas Maurer (June 13-24, 2005) Tuition is approximately $500 per 3 semester hours. Auditors are welcome for less, and all kinds of plans are available for food and housing. The campus is centrally located in Europe near Stuttgart, Germany. For more information email ccrouse(at)aem(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS? — In my own browsing, I’ve also appreciated Powermarks from Kaylon Technologies http://www.powermarks.com/ This is a great utility to help you find bookmarks or “favorite places” on the web, and as an added benefit, you can also use it to save passwords for other things too.

  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO” — Global Economic Outreach partners skilled volunteers with field missionaries seeking expertise by email or telephone. Their emphasis is on development. GEO recently launched HOTLINKS, an online content management system for sharing documents and web links. Benefit from the knowledge, experience, and ministry of others by visiting http://www.teamgeo.org/links.php Submit relevant content to mail(at)teamgeo(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 use the online contact form.

  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — Browse the new articles at http://www.GlobalMissiology.net. The latest issue’s theme is Ethnic Ministry and Missions. You’ll find: * 5 Feature Articles by thoughtful writers around the globe * New perspectives on ethnic ministry contemplating its manifestations in research and practice * Enjoyable and informative reviews of cutting-edge missiology books some of which have recently been released.

  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS) — Mark your calendars now for the Music Ministry Development Seminar, February 21 – April 1, 2005. It’s a six-week seminar focusing on songwriting, digital recording, music business, missions, band arranging, growing in ministry communication, presented by Musicians For Missions International – a ministry of Youth With A Mission. Learn more at http://www.MusiciansForMissions.com or MMDSeminar(at)cs(dot)com

  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP — If your readers have a Mac (or are considering it), the Mac’s iChat system is wonderful. According to Dave, it is standard in all current and recent (2000 + newer) machines, running OSX and features voice over IP as well as full live video as well.

  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU — :-) Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers (2nd Grade Teachers in particular) If you are interested in working among the unreached, take note of their location. If you love children and love to teach, this could be just the opportunity for you. They are sharing hope and love with others in the Muslim nation of Guinea, Africa. The dates are August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Write CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org

  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS — In the USA and many other lands, it’s Thanksgiving today. It happens to be one of my most favorite holidays of the year. It’s somehow escaped most of the “Hallmarketing” :-) and has its origin in something identifiable, instead of in alleged pagan rituals or witches’ covens burning goats under some bridge in an inner city. Nobody has to buy gifts, so there’s no chance big store at the mall will make a dime off of it. About the only people who make a profit are the turkey breeders, who probably do as much business this week as in the other 51 weeks combined. :-) Sure there are dishes to wash afterward, but you don’t have to bag up mangled wrapping paper (and nobody is sticking bows on your head or throwing wrapping paper balls in your face). Surprisingly, there’s very little music — except for that one song that, instead of gives thanks, gathers everyone together “to ask the Lord’s blessing.” Best of all, there’s no hangover (hangover = having to take down all the decorations), no cavities (like you get from eating all that chocolate from trick-or-treating or hollow Easter bunnies), and no credit card bill to pay off in 25 days or less.

    All kidding aside, though, maybe Thanksgiving is *the* most religious holiday we have left. My theory is — people actually really do still think about praying and giving thanks. And that’s cool.

    Let’s not be the exception.

    Let’s circle the globe this Thursday with a ring of thanksgiving prayers that will gladden the heart of God. Happy Thanksgiving, Doug

20041107 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE YEAR IS SLIPPING BY
  2. TALKING BIBLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
  3. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
  4. ACTIVE TENTMAKER CONFERENCE IN SE ASIA
  5. SUMMER CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY
  6. AIDS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CHURCH
  7. MIXED REPORTS FROM SKYPE USERS
  8. FOR THOSE LIVING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS
  9. ANNOUNCING HOPE TAJIKISTAN 2005
  10. NEW INTERNATIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS
  11. COMPUTER SUPPORT MINISTRY FOR MISSION
  12. MISSIONS/BIBLE COLLEGES PLAN TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE YEAR IS SLIPPING BY — Thanks much to the anonymous donor in Colorado who gave $25 to help undergird the ministry of our Sec’y here. And here’s $10 from the good friend who pioneered the concept of “subscribing* to Brigada as a way of partnering with us to pay her salary. (To learn more, http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. TALKING BIBLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California tells of many ways the Talking Bible is making a difference. The Talking Bible has an entire New Testament sealed inside in a growing number of languages. Poor readers become good readers when they read their New Testaments and listen to their Talking Bible simultaneously. People learning to speak the English language become more fluent when they listen repeatedly to the NIV Talking Bible. These are just a few of the many reasons why Audio Scriptures International (ASI) and its partner World Mission (WM) have as their goal “A Talking Bible Sunday in Every Church” to help provide “A Talking Bible in Every Language for Every Person Who Cannot Read.” For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org, or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)org, or call 1-800 318 7262 and ask for Dori.

  3. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Get practical training to equip you to implement programs in your church or community that truly empower the poor. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College offers courses for both the 2/3 World and U.S. contexts. Email-based distance learning courses begin in January, 2005 and a live training event is scheduled for June, 2005. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org

  4. ACTIVE TENTMAKER CONFERENCE IN SE ASIA — Here’s a get-together for tentmakers, February 6-11, 2005 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for fellowship, encouragement, and learning from each other. It’s open to all tentmakers. The conference is taking place in conjunction with the ITAG Worldwide conference and includes child care and a program for teens, so bring the family. Rooms are reasonable. Registration before Dec. 31 is only US$125.00. You can register on the internet at http://www.gati.info/TntRegister.php (Note the capital letters) This fee includes material, coffee breaks, and opening and closing banquets. For further information and a brochure contact: ari.rocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Also see www.tentmakernet.com

  5. SUMMER CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY — Interested in Turkey? Join a church planting team to help with an on-going church planting project there. The dates are two weeks in June of 2005. The cost is $55 per day (plus air fare). This is a real cross-cultural church planning opportunity among Turkish Muslim business people and students, not a tourist trip. It is ideal for anyone interested in church planting or ministry to Muslims. For more information contact Jim jimromaineatcableonedotnet

  6. AIDS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CHURCH —- AIDS is now the greatest problem in the world, according Former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. It will certainly affect every aspect of missionary work in many countries. But it also affords some of the greatest opportunities for demonstrating the Kingdom of God that the Church has had in all of history! Here’s a week-long biblically based training that promises to equip you to mobilize people to fight AIDS and care for those affected by it, whether in your own church, in your city, on your short-term mission trip, or in your career as a missionary. Training will take place in Goshen, Indiana, USA, December 13-17, 2004. For more information go to http://www.hopeinview.org/train/workshop.pdf or e-mail training(at)hopeinview(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. MIXED REPORTS FROM SKYPE USERS — We’re getting mixed reports from those trying out Skype, the voice-over-IP phone/Internet solution. One Brigada participant named Dennis has informed us that he has tried Skype.com and continually gets disconnected during conversations. He has since been using AOL Instant Messenger. He says that the communication on AIM is consistent and much clearer. Both programs do about the same, but he recommends AIM. Still others have given glowing reports on Skype. Tom, another Brigada participant, wrote, ” This program is excellent. We’ve been using it now for a few months and it keeps on amazing us that we can get such excellent reception without any lagtime anywhere in the world and it’s free! I would highly recommend this to anyone.” Maybe it’s the broadband that makes the difference? http://www.skype.com

  8. FOR THOSE LIVING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS — “Missionaries on Alert” is a 2-volume, wire-bound instructional manual subtitled “A Security Awareness Training Manual for Living in Threat Environments.” It is written from a Biblical perspective as a basic security awareness training manual for missionaries. Book One tells a fictitious story of two men in separate hostage situations and how they acted, interacted and reacted. Book Two gives an assessment of what the characters of Book One did rightly and what they did wrongly. The cost of the set is either US $42.00 or CDN $54.00 including shipping and handling; make checks payable to Copy ‘n’ Print with the designation “Missionaries on Alert” and mail to the address below. The books are printed and bound on an “on demand” basis so please allow a 4-6 week delivery. For a graphic of the book, go to http://www.copynprint.com/moa/ To order, write: Copy ‘n’ Print, Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada or e-mail john(at)copynprint(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 fax: 403-443-2120 or phone 403-443-7041.

  9. ANNOUNCING HOPE TAJIKISTAN 2005 — 2005 is slated to be an International Year of Prayer for the country of Tajikistan. The Tajik Partnership has begun a grassroots movement to see 10,000 intercessors raised up to pray for Tajikistan. Located in Central Asia, this Muslim country has many spiritual strongholds, and needs the focused prayers of Christians worldwide for spiritual breakthrough! Fear, Hopelessness, Islam, Superstition, and a Thirst for Money and Power keep people from the Truth of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in praying with or helping this movement write to HopeTajikistan(at)yahoo(dot)com or check out the website at http://www.HopeTajikistan.com

  10. NEW INTERNATIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS — Short-term coverage for mission teams is now available with some new benefits from Insurance Services of America. They have added terrorism coverage, coverage for complications of pregnancy and a hospital indemnity benefit that pays the missionary $100 per day that they are in the hospital. All of the new benefits come without a rate increase, so they are still able to insure your people for as little as $1.00 per day! For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.missionaryhealth.net , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  11. COMPUTER SUPPORT MINISTRY FOR MISSION — InTime Ministries are a new IT mission support team. They need more volunteer IT people to help overseas mission teams, and train and help on projects etc. Typical trip 3 days to 3 weeks. http://intime-international.org/ (Thanks to Tony for this item and the one immediately below!)

  12. MISSIONS/BIBLE COLLEGES PLAN TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY — The April 2005 new focus day on web evangelism is being taken up not only by churches. Mission and training agencies also plan to adapt the downloadable materials to their own needs. http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com
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