20030413 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT “MISLINKS”
  2. TIPS FOR THOSE DOING POWERPOINTS
  3. RADIO TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS
  4. TRAVELING TO A SARS-INFECTED LAND? TRY THIS PURIFIER
  5. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  7. ACCESSIBLE EASYENGLISH – 19 STORIES FROM MARK’S GOSPEL
  8. CIU COURSE ON FOLK RELIGION IN BUDAPEST
  9. CLOUDBURST POETRY PUTS RHYME AT GOSPEL’S SERVICE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT “MISLINKS” — Get some good leads at: http://www.mislinks.org/ It’s maintained by Scott Moreau of Wheaton College and Mike O’Rear of Global Mapping, International — guys who know their stuff and want to share it with others out of the goodness of their hearts! Well done Scott and Mike!

  2. TIPS FOR THOSE DOING POWERPOINTS — And who *isn’t* these days! The good folks at InFocus have made their popular 15-Minute Guide to Winning Presentations available to Brigada Today participants absolutely FREE! Download your copy today — http://ecommerce.rsc03.net/servlet/website/ResponseForm?iklETWTZTW_aNtH g9hgJLiml . In the end, you should see an InFocus form to fill out for the free guide.) You can also visit the Presenters University http://www.presentersuniversity.com/ web site for tons of great presentation information including over 150 FREE PowerPoint templates and Presentation masters. (Note — if you don’t want to get new emails from them, unclick the “send me news” checkboxes.

  3. RADIO TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS — Jan <jan2gedgeatyahoodotcom> wants to know what radio training is available for people in developing nations: nationals who work in missionary organizations or with small local stations. Please contact Jan if you provide training like this, and let her know what resources you have that people she knows might be able to use. Jan is happy to compile a list of your responses and let us all know what’s out there, so if you know of any help in this area of radio training, do get in touch with her. </jan2gedgeatyahoodotcom>

  4. TRAVELING TO A SARS-INFECTED LAND? TRY THIS PURIFIER — So says Eddie, with the U.S. Prayer Center. He says we should go to… http://www.nutriteam.com/as150B.htm and order something like the 150B (if it were still available) or whatever they’re selling in its place. (Thanks Eddie… and thanks to your doc for recommending it to all of us!)

  5. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focuses on teaching missionary kids in a cross-cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held near Waxhaw, NC at Wycliffe’s JAARS center, June 22-27. The cost is $150, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write <ray_gonzalezatwycliffedotorg>. Class size is limited to 30, and the deadline for registration is like… today. So just tell them you only saw it in Brigada Today *today*… and maybe they’ll have mercy on you? </ray_gonzalezatwycliffedotorg>

  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES ON THE WEB — Intermin.org has just come out with “Growing a Great Marriage,” by Mike Constantine. Download the lessons to use in small groups for marriage enrichment or premarriage counseling. Also great for your marriage. Positive Parenting is a series of articles providing a sound biblical basis for parenting. Visit http://intermin.org from time to time to see additional resources as they become available. For additional information email <mhcatintermindotorg>. </mhcatintermindotorg>

  7. ACCESSIBLE EASYENGLISH – 19 STORIES FROM MARK’S GOSPEL — Get these new materials, designed for people with learning disabilities (but also used for new learners of English) from http://www.easyenglish.info . The level A (1200 word lexicon) version of Revelation, now through Advanced Checking is also newly on the same site. This site now averages over 1000 hits each day.

  8. CIU COURSE ON FOLK RELIGION IN BUDAPEST –- September 29 – October 3, 2003, Columbia International University is offering Folk Religion taught by Dr. Phil Steyne. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program at reduced rates that may be completed by attending intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  9. CLOUDBURST POETRY PUTS RHYME AT GOSPEL’S SERVICE — For print media, time and space are critical. Many seekers are not moved by long arguments, and skimmers skip heavy treatments. Poetry is an excellent medium for tapping the nonchurched on the shoulder. With short poems of rhyme and meter that paint life with a positive spiritual brush, missionary author Randal uses a light touch with serious style. Intended especially for print publications, the email list is open to all. A weekly 7-14 line poem is published every Thursday. Anyone can subscribe by sending an email to <cloudburst-subscribeattopicadotcom>. For more information see http://www.cloudburstpoetry.com . </cloudburst-subscribeattopicadotcom>

20030406 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN TO START A BUSINESS FOR HIS SAKE
  2. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS INSURANCE
  3. LEARN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
  4. MEDIASTRATEGY & CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE DEVELOPOING WORLD
  5. IDEAS ON HOW TO SHARE CHRIST
  6. LOOKING FOR CURRENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES
  7. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. PREPARE TO TEACH
  9. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEARN TO START A BUSINESS FOR HIS SAKE — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) and Creative Access Associates is bringing together an unusual combination of top entrepreneurs and business trainers for one dynamic three week seminar. Join Peter Tsukahira, Dwight Nordstrom, David Bussau and others experienced and skilled in Kingdom business planning, financing, managing, and training in China, Mongolia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the 10/40 Window. Participants will experience an intense learning environment, exposing them to the rigors and joys of starting and running a business as missions as well as receive hours of personal assistance from expert consultants on their individual call, business plan, and investment proposals. An optional track prepares students in setting up micro-enterprise programs. The seminar will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 8-26, 2003. Log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org for information and applications or write <infoatceed-uofndotorg> </infoatceed-uofndotorg>

  2. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS INSURANCE — TTc serves overseas missionaries with an affordable range of medical and financial support services for global use. For more information, write <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit <http://www.talent-trust.com> . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  3. LEARN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN — “Learn-Afghanistan” is a daily email sent by strategicnetwork.org. It will give you a brief overview of an issue, city, province, people group, or event in Afghanistan and tips on how to pray. The information is completely public and may be reproduced in newsletters or church publications. If you’re interested in Afghanistan, you can submit short articles or prayer requests and we’ll look at publishing them to the group. To subscribe, send an email to: <learn-afghanistan-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (learn-afghanistan-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  >.

  4. MEDIASTRATEGY & CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE DEVELOPOING WORLD — Here’s a PDF book edited by Professor Dan Henrich, mediastrategy consultant and professor of communications at Liberty University. The book contains articles by mediastrategy personnel as well as case studies. This 315 page book is FREE and available as a PDF download from: http://www.mediastrategy.org (Thanks for the tip, Tony!!!)

  5. IDEAS ON HOW TO SHARE CHRIST — If you’re looking for additional ideas on how to share the message of Christ, the folks at “Sharing Christ” would like to send you a free catalog. Log on at: http://www.sharingchrist.net , or call 386-254-8188, or Fax 386-254- 8188, or email <schrist9atbellsouthdotnet>. </schrist9atbellsouthdotnet>

  6. LOOKING FOR CURRENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES — If you know of any currently serving Af-Am crosscultural missionaries, your help is needed. Previous research was done on why there are so few such missionaries (see http://www.RMNI.org/dissertation ) A follow-up research project is locating those CURRENTLY serving. You can assist in 2 ways. First, you can send any name(s) and contact information, including email, of such missionaries to <jimatrmnidotorg> . Next, you can direct such missionaries to http://www.RMNI.org/research/index.htm where the survey can be completed online (a survey can also be emailed, etc). The research has the endorsement of COMINAD (Cooperative Missions Network of the African Dispersion). Data collection should be complete by 2004. You can call 423-822-1091 in the USA for more information. (Thanks for making your research available to us from the first project, Jim! We’ll look forward to hearing more from this second study!) </jimatrmnidotorg>

  7. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM — Mexican Medical Ministries will offer a cross-cultural immersion training experience called “Missionary in Training” (M.I.T.). This program is for leaders of short mission trips or those that are considering long-term service in a Spanish based country. Some of the training sessions will cover the following: “Using Health Fairs with the Local Church”; “What does it take to make it to the Mission field?” “Discovering and fulfilling the Call of God” “Using Mime on short term mission trips” “Learning Ballooning” The M.I.T. will take place in Baja, Mexico. The dates for the next M.I.T. will be June 4 – 11, 2003. For more information: 619-420-9750 or <caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom> or for information on Mexican Medical Ministries: http://www.mexicanmedical.com . </caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom>

  8. PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH — It takes training to teach well. Prepare by attending a TESOL class. The Lebanon (PA) YWAM branch is offering a TESOL training program June 16-July 11. Completion certificate from Institute for Nations opens many doors to teach English. For information contact <ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or see the website at http://www.ywampa.org . </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  9. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fundraising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. To begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com and see the “subscribe” box in the lower left-hand corner, or simply e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

20030330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR
  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY
  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP
  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS
  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES
  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR — Gateway Missionary Training Centre, Langley. B.C. in co-operation with Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, B.C. is offering a unique training opportunity. Students are able to earn 36 Bible credits through PLBC while also being equipped at Gateway for effective cross-cultural ministry. The course begins in September 2003. For more information check the web page http://www.gatewaytraining.org or write to <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>. </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY – – Since 1993, Healing for the Nations has helped missionaries from all over the world experience healing, restoration and a renewed intimacy with God. Each month a one week retreat consisting of chapels, teaching, small group work and one on one time with the staff is held in a conference facility on a mountain just north of Atlanta, Georgia. If time out for yourself is long overdue and you have a sense that there are some things in your life that need attention, call toll free in the USA at 800-483-2841 or 770-919-0140 (Internationally). You may also access their website at http://www.healingforthenations.org .

  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES — What would happen if you or your short-term team lost all of your baggage or passports and you could not perform your ministry? What if you needed to rebook your flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, or needed emergency cash? Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups with these and many other situations. They offer what they say is the ONLY individual and group short-term international health insurance plans that automatically include true 24-hour travel assistance. To get complete details, go to their web site at http://www.missionaryhealth.net , or email them at <isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom> or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). If you don’t want to use the “missionary” site you may get the same information online at http://www.overseashealth.com . </isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom>

  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Mahayana Buddhism and Japanese Sects” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. If interested, request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu>. </guestservicesataptsdotedu>

  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS — This course is designed to teach the Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) method of presentation. CBS tells selected biblical stories in chronological order in an effort to bring people to genuine faith in Christ, mature discipleship, and fruitful Christian service. Storying is based entirely upon the Bible and is chosen because it is a primary communication vehicle of the target people. Stories are selected based upon the universal biblical truth to be communicated and upon identified barriers in the target people’s worldview. Storying is structured to give an “oral” Bible to individuals and to develop the competency to share it orally. Dates for this course, taught by Dr. Grant Lovejoy, are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact them at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are July 21-August 22, 2003. The cost is approximately 370 US dollars (could change without notice), 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is approximately P8000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES — The Magazine Training Institute announces two courses for Christian magazine publishing staff to be held in Ruminezevo, near Moscow. The Business of Magazine Publishing will be offered June 1-6, and Editing the Magazine will be held June 8- 13. The courses are subsidized by Western Christian publishers, so tuition and room and board costs are minimal. For more information, write <sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom> or check MTI’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com . MTI has been offering conferences and courses for Christian magazine staff since 1989. </sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom>

  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries now have two free evangelistic papers available for the Fula people of West Africa. ‘BADAKE’ is produced in Fulfulde Adamaoua (Toucouleur) while ‘BOOYATAA’ is written in Pulaar-Fulakunda and Pulaar-Futa Toro (Toucouleur). It has glossaries to help speakers of each dialect understand the rest of the material. The dialects are sufficiently similar to Pulaar Futa that those speakers may also find it accessible. Samples are available to download in PDF format, and free copies can be posted to anyone who can use them, in any reasonable quantity: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php For more info, write <guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>. </guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>

  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA — Join YWAM Hakka Church Planting Ministries in a marathon Prayer Net during the rest of the month of May! Of the more than three million Hakkas who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. If you’d like to join the long-term church planting team – and hundreds of others from around the world – in this Prayer Net effort, check it out at… http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2003/howtopray.htm .

20030323 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CD STILL COMING
  2. INSURANCE FOR TERRORISM, TRIP CANCELLATION, & EVACUATION
  3. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  4. MUSIC & MISSIONS CONSULTATION
  5. 2003 ANTIOCH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES
  6. CASE STUDY FOR POLAND
  7. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATES WEBSITE
  8. LOWEST PRICE EVER FOR WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA?
  9. SCREEN SAVERS FOR EVANGELISM
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CD STILL COMING — Sorry the Peoples of the World CD (the cool tool we’ve been mentioning) isn’t out yet. *Just* when they thought it would soon be out the door, a people group committee beefed up the list by 194 groups, creating 194 new profiles worth of work to do! As a result, they decided to stop the presses and make it *state of the art*! So hang tight… It’s coming soon!

  2. INSURANCE FOR TERRORISM, TRIP CANCELLATION, & EVACUATION –- Will your health insurance cover you if you are injured because of terrorism? Will your airline ticket be reimbursed if due to a political situation you cannot go on the trip you were planning? If, due to political reasons you are forced to evacuate, do you have coverage? Besides health insurance plans, Jeff now has coverage for all these contingencies. For information contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100 or visit http://www.gninsurance.com or http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

  3. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California is still praising God for the growing number of churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday.” Visually impaired people love these Talking Bibles when reading has become difficult. In USA Talking Bibles are available in English, NIV and KJV and in Spanish. As we’ve mentioned previously, the cost of the Talking Bible is $49.95. (includes shipping). For more info., call 1-800-318-7262. (Note the tel. number listed previously was incorrect; this new number is the right one.)

  4. MUSIC & MISSIONS CONSULTATION — The Global Consultation on Music & Missions will be held September 15-18 in Ft. Worth, TX. Organizers are calling together mission, music and worship leaders from around the world to 1) form personal friendships and organizational partnerships, 2) discuss resources, strategies and models, 3) identify current challenges and opportunities. The plenary speakers include John Piper & Dick Eastman. In addition, nearly 50 seminars will touch on many subjects. A special 1-day seminar will be held before GCoMM on Saturday, September 13: “Music & Cross-Cultural Communication.” For further information, visit http://www.swbts.edu/gcom or write <gcomm03atnetscapedotnet>. </gcomm03atnetscapedotnet>

  5. 2003 ANTIOCH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES — Antioch Network and Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse will be hosting the 2003 Annual Gathering of Churches on June 18-21 in Tempe, Arizona. A specific track this year will be offered for those interested in the dynamics of people group- specific networks and partnerships. If you are interested in more information or to request a brochure contact Antioch Network at 602- 589-7777 or by email at <gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg> . You can also view a brochure online or register on the Internet at http://www.antiochnetwork.org/gathering . </gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg>

  6. CASE STUDY FOR POLAND — A web evangelism team in Poland is using an integrated portfolio of websites with some very effective strategies. This case study presents many ideas which could be adapted for other languages and countries: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/poland.php

  7. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATES WEBSITE — Operation Reveille has just updated its website, with articles on: 1.) Struggle between secularism and fundamentalist Islam 2.) Spiritual Landscape of North Korea 3.) News from Yemen, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Jordan 4.) Review of a Book on Islam 5.) Notes on some resources and opportunities in ministry to Muslims. These may be viewed at: http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm .

  8. LOWEST PRICE EVER FOR WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA? — It just might be. If you have been waiting for a good sale price to buy your own copy of the two-volume World Christian Encyclopedia, second edition, the time is now. Up to now the best price has been through Gabriel Resources, at $234/set (vs. full retail of $295). Now Oxford University Press, the publisher, is itself offering the set at a sale price of $175. USA shipping adds only $5, and international shipping adds $35. Check it out at http://www.OUP-USA.org/springsale , or (for those in the USA) 800-230-3242, or fax (USA) 919-677-1303.

  9. SCREEN SAVERS FOR EVANGELISM — The monitor screen ‘real estate’ sitting on your desk is a valuable commodity. Meanwhile, screen savers have evolved in many directions, often to enliven the working environment, sometimes to advertise products. But can a screen saver be used for evangelism? Obviously non-Christians are unlikely to install an evangelistic screen saver themselves. But a new screen saver has been released which Christians can use at work, which rather than preaching, is designed to intrigue and be a conversation starter. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/screensaver.php

20030316 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS”
  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED
  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED
  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE
  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM
  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER
  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA
  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS” — Catch a Richard Twiss’ CC&K Conference in Portland, Oregon on May 9-10, sponsored by Wiconi International and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Hear 3 dynamic First Nations Bible teachers: Terry LeBlanc/Mi’kmaq, Ray Aldred/Cree and Cheryl Barnetson/Carrier, plus Dr. Paul Metzger from Multnomah and Richard Twiss. Hear talks on how to develop a theology of culture, as well as on missiology, critical contextualization, defining syncretism, and much more. For more info, call 360-546-1867 or email <officeatwiconidotcom> or log on at http://www.wiconi.com/calendar/events.htm . </officeatwiconidotcom>

  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED — The Pauline Hord Trust has just released a book (that might be of interest to the U.S. of Americans in the audience) called “Praying for the President”. It is a 365-day guide with Scripture and prayer to praying for the President of the United States. It could be used for anyone in international leadership. <http://www.prayingforthepresident.com> 30% off – Special price for Brigada readers of $10 plus shipping – email Faithe at <brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom> . </brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom>

  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED — Ever use Brigada-Opportunities? Here’s an example of the kind of thing you might want to float there: “The IMB needs volunteer Christian music teachers to lead a music training conference near Les Cayes, Haiti this summer. The dates (including travel days in and out of Haiti) are Aug 2-12, 2003. Choral directors, teachers of voice, piano, handbells, guitar, music theory, music history and music composition are needed. The purpose of this camp is to train music leaders and potential music leaders for existing churches, new church starts, and for church planting. A major focus of the camp is on using music for evangelism and church planting. All students participate in composition of Chronological Bible Storying songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles. For more information contact: <dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet> or <dianahaitiatyahoodotcom> or contact the International Mission Board/SBC directly at 1-800-888-! 8657, in reference to Project Number: 64643 (Joyce Glover in the volunteers dept.) Information can be obtained at this website also: http://www.imb.org

    So how does one float this opportunity at Brigada-Opportunities? Start by sending a message to: <brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> Then email your opportunity to: <brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom>

    There are currently some 160 people listening there… either to a good option that “recruits” them to service, or to give input when someone brings up a great point. If you’re looking for an opportunity, subscribe today using the info. above. Send your opportunity today too! </brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom></brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>


  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE — Hope Africa University, a newly founded liberal arts Christian university in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by the Free Methodist churches of east and central Africa (mentioned in Mission Frontiers, March-April 2003, “The New Evangelical Universities”) has a website http://www.hopeafricauniversity.org . For specific questions email <nijeweatcsdotcom> . </nijeweatcsdotcom>

  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM — The North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies is hosting its second First Nations Missiological Symposium, May 29-31, 2003 at the William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. PURPOSE: The symposium will seek to challenge and strengthen the various models of ministry and mission in Native North America as they relate to evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development and other areas of Christian ministry. The event and the Institute brings together men and women of varied experiences and backgrounds from within the orthodox evangelical Christian community in a forum for biblical and theological reflection which roots in a Native North American world-view and perspective. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from many nationally respected Native and non- native theological leaders, as well as Native pastors. Register before May 20/03 and the cost is $125.00 (US), which includes meals. After May 20, the cost is $100.00 (US), with NO MEALS. For more information call Anita L. Kieth, NAIITS Administrator and registrar (204) 945-1152 or visit http://www.firstnationsmonday.com/NAIITS.htm .

  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER — Here’s a newsletter that compiles reports from prayer networkers, city reachers, pastors and ministry leaders from across the globe. Their stories and strategies are available through a free subscription to the National Pastors’ Prayer Network. Not just for pastors, the NPPN e-casts several editions, including: City Connections, Global Networks Prayer Initiatives, Prayer Evangelism Resources, as well as Special Editions for quick breaking news.

    The NPPN website offers a directory of over 750 Pastors’ Prayer Groups (add yours at: http://www.nppn.org/ppg) as well as over 50 downloadable articles on prayer for local congregations and regional networks. Start your Free Subscription to the NPPN <http://www.nppn.org/subscribe.htm> For more info., contact Phil <updatesatnppndotorg>. </updatesatnppndotorg>


  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a study being done by Mark on missions insurance programs. He is wondering which options would be acceptable or preferable to you and your church:

    (1) That a mission agency provides health insurance as a group plan even though the costs might be higher than individual coverage for many missionaries?

    (2) That a mission agency work with the sending church to help individuals and families to find the best individual policy for themselves which will provide lower coverage for many but perhaps leave some without coverage?

    Respond to Mark <mskiatearthlinkdotnet> with a #1 or #2 and he’ll let us know the results in a week or two. Thanks! (Thanks Mark.) </mskiatearthlinkdotnet>


  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA — Here’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification offered for the first time in Edmond, Oklahoma, to our knowledge. Youth With A Mission (Kona, HI) is teaming up with Community Enhancement Network in Oklahoma to offer 4 weeks of intensive training, followed by 2 weeks practicum. Dates of the school are July 6 – August 15, 2003. Course cost is $600 for tuition and books. Food and Housing will be arranged on an individual basis at a minimal cost. Course graduates will be offered immediate field placement in north-central China. For further information email <choateclanatcsdotcom> or telephone (405) 399-4544 in Oklahoma. </choateclanatcsdotcom>

  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS — Even though the war won’t take place on our own soil, almost everyone will be affected by it in one way or another. That’s why the staff of E-ssentials has produced two new video segments that are available for you to download FREE! E-ssentials is a ministry of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board. These two video clips will help your congregation get personally involved in this crisis by praying for our military and by sharing the peace of Jesus Christ with a world that knows no peace. In an effort to respond to current events in a timely manner, these videos will only be available by download from their website, http://www.essentials.tv , at no charge. These MPEG 1 video files are easily inserted into any PowerPoint presentation, and are also playable through many free software programs like Windows Media Player and QuickTime Player. If, for some reason this link does not work for you, the same information is also available at http://www.namb.net/essentials . (NAMB)

20030309 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE
  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK
  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS
  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT
  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS
  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM?
  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES
  10. UNHINDERED 2003
  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY?
  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN
  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES
  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS
  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE — Designed to equip the missionary with the skills necessary for effective and enduring cross-cultural ministry, this course covers Becoming a student of culture (research required); Entering and beginning a cross-cultural ministry; Discovering existing social structure—systems of relationships and processes; Developing ministry plans based on cultural understanding; Transition process; Culture shock; Realistic expectations; Marriage/single/family preparedness; TCK identity and issues; Practical mechanics of getting to the field; Development of appropriate interpersonal skills, including listening skills, building trust, problem solving, coping with crisis and suffering; Conflict and confrontation skills; and Dynamics of effective teams and team leaders. Dates for the course are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or log on at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California is praising God for the growing number of churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday.” Visually impaired people love these Talking Bibles when reading has become difficult. In USA Talking Bibles are available in English, NIV and KJV and in Spanish. The cost of the Talking Bible is $49.95. (includes shipping). Readers are invited to contact ASI’s Talking Bible Project at 1-800-318-7252.

  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK — Thanks to Christian innkeepers, more than 400 bed and breakfast inns now provide rooms and suites for pastors and missionaries at substantially reduced rates. These inns are located in all 50 states, Canada, England, Honduras, Nicaragua, Thailand and the US Virgin Islands. Each inn offers a minimum of 25% discount to full-time Christian workers. Many innkeepers offer substantially greater discounts. These innkeepers, members of the newly-formed Christian Hospitality Network, recognize the challenges of full-time Christian service and seek to be an encouragement. They invite you to visit their website at: http://www.christianhospitalitynetwork.org .

  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS — This is an invitation to join the mailing list of the international Circuit Riders, a movement of professional and volunteer non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental (NGO) technology assistance providers. A Circuit Rider is someone who provides technology assistance to the nonprofit sector. The help a Rider gives varies from helping to set up a local area network (LAN) to coaching an Executive Director to advocate for technology funding to the board. Part technology cheerleader, evangelist and skilled technologist, Riders come in many forms. In some cases foundations fund several Riders to service their grantees. Riders sometimes are housed within existing technology support provider organizations. Many Riders operate as independent consultants and in some cases a community of nonprofits might pool resources and hire a Rider. The circuit riding community grew out of the U.S. progressive social change and environmental movements, as well as other technology assistance efforts. The Riders hold an annual conference, The Round-Up, and also currently engage in a strategic planning process to determine some coordinated future actions. If the above sounds like the work you do, they’d love you to join. Information on subscribing to their mailing list is at: http://npogroups.org/lists/info/riders

  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT — The “near-wilderness” cabin in the Pike National Forest, 30 minutes from Colorado Springs, is ten minute’s hike from the ranch house of Windmill Meadow Ranch. Originally a family project as a fort for the grandsons, this hand-hewn log cabin is in a beautiful, very quiet section of the property away from lights and any civilized noised except for the occasional over-flying airplane. Ambition got the better of grandpa who’s turned it to a getaway perfect for the pastor, missionary or worker (including couples) who needs to write, reflect, get in touch or just (really !) get away. It’s the hike-in, rustic, dirt-floor, self-support version of the “Elegance and the Wild West” B&B cabin for missionaries on the ranch. No charge, thanks to the courtesy of the owner, <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>. </johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS — Our apologies to those using Netscape. We understand there are formatting problems for Netscape users at our website. We’ll be studying the issues and seeking solutions.

  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION — Jaffarian’s Missions Research Ezine is a monthly publication by Michael Jaffarian, who is an Associate Research Editor for the World Christian Encyclopedia, a contributor to Operation World, and the Research Coordinator for CBInternational. It includes facts and quotes, informal book reviews, corrections of misinformation, and a few things (like informal film reviews) just for fun. Missions mobilizers, scholars, and executives often ask Michael questions about missions statistics, information, and ideas, and some of his better answers show up in this ezine. The most recent issue includes his article, “So is the American Missions Movement Growing or Not?” To subscribe, simply write <michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet> and ask to be put on “the ezine list”. </michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet>

  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM? — A worldwide media ministry with a strong missions emphasis is looking for proven leadership development materials or curricula that can be used successfully among diverse groups and cultures. Many such programs authored in North America lack cross-cultural understanding and/or application. This ministry needs something that will resonate with people from European, Asian, Caribbean, and Latin American backgrounds, among others. If you know of and can recommend titles of resources, materials or curricula that fit the bill, let Mark know at <markbatbacktothebibledotorg> . We’ll ask Mark to report back to us once he’s done. </markbatbacktothebibledotorg>

  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a ten-year veteran of television production offering services to help missionaries generate awareness and raise funds through the use of video and multimedia. He’s got experience in Spain, North Africa, and Honduras working for missionaries, and a complete DV camera package with editing and a desire to honor God with exceptional productions. Contact Rodney, MullMan Pictures, 770.385.7085 (USA) or <ironmullataoldotcom>. </ironmullataoldotcom>

  10. UNHINDERED 2003 — Antioch Network is sponsoring “Unhindered 2003” this June 25-29 in Frisco, Colorado. This event is specifically aimed at bringing together young adults from around the world who have a common passion of seeing the world evangelized, and churches planted among the unreached peoples and cities of the world. This is not a conference for the lukewarm or the faint-hearted, but for those desiring God’s very best in their lives. Prayerfully consider joining us this summer in the Colorado Rockies for this special event. For more information, including registration information, check out the website http://www.unhindered2003.com or write <infoatunhindered2003dotcom>. </infoatunhindered2003dotcom>

  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY? — The site’s director wrote this past week, “Interestingly for every 1 e-mail contact and hit we have from the English speaking world we have at least 25 from the Spanish speaking world, and the Francophone world which we have just begun to serve is already at almost the same level of interest as the English speaking world. Most of the French speaking interest is from African nations and sadly not from Europe which is our least fruitful area, especially our own United Kingdom.” Telling, to say the least. He added, “As you were the original launch vehicle of our World Christian news and training pages three years ago, you’ll be interested to know we just passed 2,000,000 hits this week! Well done, World Christians!

  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN — Thanks to Dan, who sent in this note… ” For example, if you wanted to know all the other sites that link to the Brigada site, go to www.google.com . Type in the search box “link:www.brigada.org” (without the quotes). Click search. For the Brigada site it shows that there are about 403 hits. Some of the hits are on the Brigada site itself so have to be discounted, but it lets you see who has linked to your site. Can be done for any site by changing the URL in the Google search box. Another trick that saves lots of typing in IE is just entering “google” or “cnn” or “usatoday” in the IE address / URL box. Pressing Ctrl+Enter adds the “http://www.” at the beginning and the “.com” a the end and takes you to the appropriate site. I have not found a combination that does this for .org or .net addresses.” Thanks Dan!

  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES — Are there large-scale microenterprise development providers in your area, but you don’t know how to work with them? Is there a benefit for the people you minister to if you could learn how to do this? Following is just one of the courses we are offering in May 2003: Partnering with Large-Scale Microenterprise Development Providers: Many churches and missionaries are located in regions in which there are large-scale, microenterprise development programs operated by Christian and secular agencies. The presence of such organizations provides the potential for effective partnership. However, such partnership does not happen automatically and is often inhibited by lack of mutual respect and understanding between the partners. This course is designed to help churches and missionaries in the Two-Thirds World to understand large-scale providers in order to foster more effective partnerships.

    Enter the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. This training opportunity will give you the tools you need to minister effectively to the poor in Christ’s name. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.chalmers.org, e-mail us at <cediatcovenantdotcom>, or call us at 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotcom>


  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS — Global Opportunities tentmaking seminars are attracting record numbers of people. GO and find out why, at their next seminars in Knoxville TN, Minneapolis MN, Sidney BC Canada and their first ever tentmaking course in Europe. Check their website for additional seminars and courses as well as a wealth of resources on tentmaking including free download of the tentmaking journal GO World. GO reports that up to 30% of those attending their seminars and courses first find out about them from Brigada! http://www.globalopps.org/ or email Ari at <infoatglobaloppsdotorg>. </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $370 US dollars, this includes 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P8,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Sam or Melody at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

20030302 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS!
  2. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA
  3. WE GET MAIL…
  4. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW
  5. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA
  6. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  7. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH
  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
  9. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  10. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  11. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS
  12. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS! — Thanks so much for our three Brigada Sponsors so far in 2003. These folks are helping us lay the groundwork for hiring a Brigada Secretary someday! We invite you to check out their respective gifts, skills, organizations, and/or passions. This week, add Nate and Mark at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html Want to become a Brigada Sponsor? We’ve got a ways to go! So just use PayPal or some other means to send your check (the amount of your choosing), then send in a note about the passion or organization you’d like promoted in Brigada Today. (By the way, so far 4 people have bought Integrity Online or its software by clicking through a Brigada link. That’s going to help too! Check Integrity Online out at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA — COMIX35/ROX35 will be holding a 1-day introductory seminar on Writing and Drawing Comics at the Russian Baptist Center in Moscow on Saturday, April 5, 2003. All writers and artists are welcome. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist/writer Nate Butler and local cartoonists Igor Kolgarev and Sasha Galkin. The course will be taught in English and Russian, with translation. Seating will be limited. Please contact Igor Kolgarev for more information, either by telephone: 358-15-11 (in Russian only) or by email at <kolgaratmaildotru  (kolgaratmaildotru)  >. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <COMIX35atcomix35dotorg  (COMIX35atcomix35dotorg)  >.

  4. WE GET MAIL… — Listen to this satisfied Brigada Today participant: “Thank you ever so much for accepting my submission for The Soul Winner’s Devotional. Because of your willingness to further the Kingdom of God, I have received more than 100 new subscribers (with I’m sure more coming)! I am now able to encourage missionaries and brothers and sisters in Christ from almost every continent of the world! Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.” J.M.

  5. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW — Here’s a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course to be offered through Youth With a Mission of Montana. The intensive 4-week course will be offered from July 27 thru August 23, 2003. Cost including books, tuition, and room & board is US $1,000. They will also connect you with full-time missionaries overseas for possible teaching positions. To download an application go to: http://www.ywammt.org or if you have questions, please email <tesolatywammtdotorg  (tesolatywammtdotorg)  >.

  6. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA — Emercy and Palmas de Mamre are partnering this summer to offer their 4th annual Missionary Training School. The school dates are June 3rd – August 3rd and the cost is $550, which covers everything except airfare. Students at the school will learn how to teach, preach, perform drama and mime, coordinate children’s ministry, administer medical treatment, and more. Additional information on the school is available at http://www.missionarytraining.net . If you wish to apply, please visit the website to download an application or call toll free from the US at 877-875-4483. International callers may call 205-657-5674 or e-mail <trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet  (trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet)  >.

  7. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydro-ponics. These versatile systems are ideal for “helps ministries” in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 16-20. For more information, contact Aquaculture International <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus  (cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus)  > or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if you are a missionary. Website: http//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  8. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH — If you enjoy sharing your faith with others and helping people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then Internet Pastors.com needs you. Over the Easter season the Gospel is going to be shared to over 10 million people. No experience necessary! They train everyone. For more information check out the Internet Pastors.com website at http://www.internetpastors.com/ipastors/html/static/join_team.html or email Pastor Todd <discussatinternetpastorsdotcom  (discussatinternetpastorsdotcom)  > by 3/10/2003.

  9. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE — The Hinduism Training Institute is designed to equip missionaries, campus workers and others with a vision for the Hindu world. The five day institute include such sessions as Understanding the Hindu Worldview, Strategies for effectively communicating the Gospel, Nurturing and discipleship of Hindu Believers,Contextualization of the Gospel for the Hindus and Finding resources on Hinduism. The Institute is offered at the premises of Mission Training International, Palmer Lake, Colorado, three times this year: May 4-9, August 24-29 and Sept 7-12..For further information log on to http://www.sitaronline.org or call MTI at 1 800 896-3710 or reach Natun <Natun1219atmsndotcom  (Natun1219atmsndotcom)  > or tel. 719 963-3573.

  10. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Join short-term teams who are serving long-term missionaries working among unreached people groups in restricted-access nations of the 10/40 Window. Central Asia, the Silk Road, Turkey, & N. Africa are ready to be impacted by your on-site prayers and practical help. The earliest application deadline is March 21, 2003. Email <shareatpaulbunyandotnet> or visit http://www.stemmin.org/share.shtml . </shareatpaulbunyandotnet>

  11. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CIT in N. Carolina (May 19-23). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Paul Neeley, ethnomusicology consultant for numerous mission agencies and schools. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See <http://www.citi.org> or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  12. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS –- Now there is a web site for pregnant travelers and expatriates. Remember the people who were doing research a couple of years ago on pregnant expatriates? That data is still being collated and prepared for publication. But meanwhile, they have opened a website devoted entirely to the subject of pregnancy and living/working/traveling overseas. It is The Pregnant Traveler at http://www.pregnanttraveler.com. (Note the American spelling; “traveler: has only one: “l”.) There’s tons of free advice, a forum to express your opinions, medical data for your doctor to browse, and they even (for a fee) will do personal consultation regarding your pregnancy. If you can’t access them via the Internet, their e-mail is <pregnantattravdocdotcom  (pregnantattravdocdotcom)  >.

  13. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY — The Camps are a jump start for those called to missions whether short term or career. The tools offered are also helpful for senders, including church missions leaders, helping them to understand how to help those who are going. Topics cover a range of pertinent issues, alerting an individual of what they will need, be and do. The end result is a solid plan for pursuing the call and motivation for the same. Applications are now being accepted for the next three camps. The places and dates are: Virginia, April 3-6, 2003. Pennsylvania, April 24-27, 2003. Spain May 30-June 12, 2003. For more information write <infoatelijahcompanydotorg  (infoatelijahcompanydotorg)  > or call (757) 639-2906. Also see their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org.

20030223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES
  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED
  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM)
  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE?
  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM!
  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE
  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA
  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS?
  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE?
  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE
  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE
  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS?
  15. ACCREDITED TESOL
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES — Mission Help is designed as a tool to help facilitate questions and responses from one missionary agency to many missionary agencies. Occasionally, one missionary agency will find a better way to do things that may be of some benefit to other mission organizations. To exchange ideas, subscribe to Mission Help and join in emailing questions and responses to members. You may also visit Mission Help’s website to see some of the resources available by going to http://missionhelp.injesus.com

  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > is looking for a good program to track missionaries, their ministries, their vital information, their education, etc.? (HR stuff). If you’ve got a lead, please drop him a note… and he’ll report back here in a couple of weeks.

  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM) — Here’s a seminar being offered from September 8 to December 5, 2003 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre near Vancouver, Canada. EFM is an intensive course designed to take advanced learners (IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 500) to university entrance level (IELTS 6 or TOEFL550). It is also meant for missionaries who need a higher level of English in order to work more effectively on a multi- national team. Each week twenty-one hours of instruction are given. The course fee is $2100 Canadian or approximately $1400 US. The fee includes tuition, room, board, textbooks, internet access and transportation to and from the airport. Health insurance, long distance phone calls and other personal expenses are not covered. The course is open to twelve students. For more information or applications write <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg> or log on at: http//www.gatewaytraining.org </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE? — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > would like to know the effectiveness of CD-Rom recruitment tools that many ministries use. Has anyone studied the return on investment for this medium? How many people joined or found out about the organization because of the CD? Is the CD the main tool or does it supplement other materials? What type of response is your organization receiving because of the CD? Are the people responding in their 20’s-30’s; 30’s-40’s; 40’s-50’s; etc.? How has it affected donations? Jot him a note… and he’ll report his findings back here in a couple of weeks.

  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM! — Here’s a book resource for understanding the church’s approach over the centuries to the people of Kurdistan which includes Northern Iraq and Eastern Turkey. “Ethnic Realities And The Church: Lessons From Kurdistan, A History of Mission Work”, 1668-1990, by Robert I. Blincoe, 1998, 263 pp., is essential reading for those wishing to take the gospel to a post-Saddam Kurdistan. Ethnic Realities can be purchased from the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA, 91104 for $12.95 plus S & H. Website: http://www.prescms.org/pcms_resources.html or email <pcmsatpcusadotorg  (pcmsatpcusadotorg)  >.

  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE — Looking for a comprehensive resource on all things Islamic? Here is what you need: The CD edition of Answering Islam ( http://www.answering-islam.org ) gives you some 270 MB of resource material on understanding Muslims and Islam, evangelistic tracts designed for Muslims, articles defending the Christian faith against the attacks of Muslim polemics, answers to common and uncommon Muslim questions regarding the Bible and the position of Jesus Christ, more than a hundred testimonies of converts from Islam to Christ, an analysis of the political side of Islam and much more. It’s a vast library of some 5,000+ articles and classical out-of-print and hard-to- get books, mostly English, but includes material in eight languages (even a ninth in the first downloadable update to the CD). And the best: The CD comes with the permission to freely copy and distribute it (as long as that is done free of charge) plus regular free internet updates of the CD content as this is a fast growing site. Price: US-$ 15.00 plus shipping. Order the CD: http://www.answering-islam.org/ordercd.html For further questions, email (please manually remove the two _ characters before emailing)

  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA — An aviation group dedicated to meeting the needs of believers (encouraging isolated folks, reaching many unreached groups via many organizations) as well as a blessing to the region (medical and food drops, ambulance flights) is starting in central Asia. Future plans include reaching all of the “-stans” with low-cost flights and cargo deliveries — stuff the commercial guys don’t handle. For less than the cost of an aviation engine in the West, they’ll be flying a freshly refurbished plane, as well as employing locals. If you’d like to fly for them — or pray for them — contact Robert at <robertsatvpn2000dotnet  (robertsatvpn2000dotnet)  >.

  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS? — See if you can get a spot at “The Jesus Film Project Development Training Seminar”, to be held in San Clemente, from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, and 9:00 am until 3:30 pm on Friday. The new $50 registration fee must be received by March 31. If you are planning to attend, please make your check payable to The Jesus Film Project and send it to the attention of Marlene Leake, The Jesus Film Project, 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673.

  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE? —- Do you hanker for the time when people worked with their hands and went to bed tired? Are you in need of a place that is so remote that visitors have to be flown in? How long has it been since you encountered a bear on the way to breakfast? Join the saints of SERVE to work on a retreat facility at Kako in far western Alaska. The time will be spend preparing for a summer of family camps by sawing and dressing wood, building out buildings, cleaning and repairing cabins and cooking for the workers. You will come away refreshed, strong and with a clear certainty that you have been doing the Lord’s work. Dates: May 20-June 5th. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom  (tlcatgatetekdotcom)  > or see the web site: http://www.serve-intl.org.

  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — The long awaited shipment of TapeTalk hand-wind players has arrived at Gospel Recordings. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples. For more information on the players and a full listing of the available languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom  (ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom)  >. In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free.

  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE — The Norwegian tentmaking organisation Tent Ltd together with Global Opportunities is arranging the first Light to the Nations course in Norway. Light to the Nations is known as one of the best and most compact courses for anyone who wants to serve the Lord as a tentmaker. This course takes place in the beautiful city of Bergen on the Norwegian westcoast form April 30th till May 4th. The course-fee is USD 250, which includes several meals. Tent can organise private accommodation in Bergen. If you want to take part in this course you can contact Tent at <postattentdotno  (postattentdotno)  > or visit their website at http://www.tent.no You will also find information on the Global Opportunites website at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn .

  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE — Head to Atlanta, GA from July 1 – 5, 2003 for the JAMA 2003 New Awakening Conference! Plenary speakers include John Piper (Desiring God Ministries), Louie Giglio (Passion), Loren Cunningham (YWAM Founder), and Ken Davis. Worship led by Chris Tomlin and the David Crowder Band. Conference tracks include Missions, College Students, Professionals, International Students and Scholars, Family Ministry, Youth Leadership, and Intercessory Prayer. For more information, go to http://www.newawakening2003.com, or email <nationalatjamaglobaldotcom  (nationalatjamaglobaldotcom)  >.

  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Phillipines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Japanese/Mahayana Buddhism” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu  (guestservicesataptsdotedu)  >.

  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS? — Interested in knowing what is going on with this people group? May 1-3, 2003, Christian Fellowship Church of Evansville, IN will be hosting the 2003 Kazakh Consultation. Visit our website http://www.k-consult.org to access more information. Spaces are still available for table and ministry displays.

  15. ACCREDITED TESOL — Sea English Academy International provides accredited TESOL training courses around the world! The next TESOL course runs 16th June to 11th July 2003 in Brisbane, Australia. In the past few years Sea English Academy has trained over 500 English teachers now working in over 35 nations around the world. For applications and more information visit the website at http://www.seaenglishacademy.com or email <infoatseaenglishacademydotcom  (infoatseaenglishacademydotcom)  >.

20030216 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. STEER YOUR PC AWAY FROM WASTED WEBSITES
  2. WANT TO HELP SPONSOR A FULL-TIME BRIGADA SECRETARY?
  3. MORE TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE
  4. MEDICAL ADVICE FOR REMOTE PEOPLE
  5. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS STRATEGY COORDINATORS SHORT COURSE 2003
  6. CHECK FETCHBOOK FOR FUN
  7. LET SERVE HELP YOU CONNECT
  8. STILL WAITING ON THAT NEW CD TOOL
  9. SPYWARE PROTECTION YOU CAN USE
  10. THE SOUL WINNER’S DEVOTIONAL
  11. INDONESIANS CAN UNITE
  12. DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIANS
  13. FREE STREET CHILDREN MANUAL — $25 VALUE
  14. ACMI2003: REACHING INT’L STUDENTS
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. STEER YOUR PC AWAY FROM WASTED WEBSITES — Don’t forget… if you’re looking for a way to steer your PC away from pornographic websites, be sure to check out: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 Just under 300 Brigada participants checked out this link in the past week. Join them to see why. Do it for your family, or for your kids, or for you. Set a hedge around your life so you won’t be tempted. What’s more, those who actually register to use the filter… or subscribe to Integrity Online through this link will be helping Brigada Today bring a secretary on board to handle troublesome subscribes and unsubscribes. So far, two people have purchased. :-( That generates a total of $10. Okay… so it’s a start. :-) We have one sponsor so far… see below.
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. WANT TO HELP SPONSOR A FULL-TIME BRIGADA SECRETARY? — If you, your business or your church/mission would like to help sponsor a full-time Brigada secretary… to help with troublesome subscribes, unsubscribes, and other communication, please visit: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html to see how it might work. We can feature you for an entire year at that site, and continue to bring traffic to your doorstep. This week’s example from a Brigada Today participant: “I want to thank you for leading me to the Power Bible Cd – I ordered them for our Missionaries and know that it will really enhance their ministry. Thanks again, Mrs. RR, Missions Committee Chairperson”

  4. MORE TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE – Travel health is more than shots. Health Canada reports that only 4% of the problems actually experienced by travelers would have been prevented by shots. And yet 90% of the problems could have been prevented. This is why Travel Medicine has become a medical specialty. You can find a list of travel clinics around the world at the web site of the International Society of Travel Medicine http://www.istm.org . For more information, you can contact Dale at <travdocattravdocdotcom  (travdocattravdocdotcom)  > .

  5. MEDICAL ADVICE FOR REMOTE PEOPLE – An organization in the U.K. has put together a web site giving doctors and patients in remote areas a place to turn when they need medical advice. The folks at http://www.teleserve.org will direct your question to an appropriate specialist in either the U.K or the U.S. Consultation is free to remote physicians. For direct patient consultation there is sometimes a nominal fee. If you are unable to access the Web, a contact in the U.K. is <johnatteleservedotorg  (johnatteleservedotorg)  > and in the U.S. is <travdocattravdocdotcom> . </travdocattravdocdotcom>

  6. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS STRATEGY COORDINATORS SHORT COURSE 2003 — Act now to train to become a “strategy coordinator”, i.e., “a catalyst, a facilitator and a mobilizer, linking people who have knowledge, resources, personnel and expertise to take advantage of ministry opportunities amongst a people group.” The next Strategy Coordinators Short Course will run from Monday 30th June – Friday 1st August 2003. The location will be Bali, Indonesia. The cost will be £595 (UK pounds). Small grants are available for full time Christian volunteer workers. For more information or an application form for the 2003 course, please contact: Philippa <pnewisatovaldotcom  (pnewisatovaldotcom)  >, or call Tel: +44 1582 463269 Fax: +44 1582 463305 .

  7. CHECK FETCHBOOK FOR FUN — Here’s a guy from Israel that has hit on a good concept. His site will check some 62 online bookstores and report the best price back to you. Check him out at: http://www.fetchbook.info

  8. LET SERVE HELP YOU CONNECT — If you want to spend your time in service to others but don’t know how to go about it, let SERVE help you connect. Individual volunteers — especially retired ones — are matched with mission needs and opportunities provided by approximately 65 mission agencies and organizations. First you submit an inquiry, provide your profile and wait for SERVE to match you up with an interested agency. There are at least 45 categories in the computer data base so the chances are good that you will find an opportunity that fits your skills and interests. Don’t wait; time is moving at the speed of light and there is much you can do for others. Don’t waste your time and talent. Contact Tom at <tlcatgatetekdotcom  (tlcatgatetekdotcom)  > or log on at http://www.serve-intl.org .

  9. STILL WAITING ON THAT NEW CD TOOL — We’re still waiting on that new CD tool that will help you find maps and facts and more about people groups and countries around the world. (See Jan 17 and Jan. 24th Brigada Today for more info.). The moment it becomes available, Brigada readers will hear about it first because the suppliers have pledged that it will be announced here first. So stay tuned!

  10. SPYWARE PROTECTION YOU CAN USE — According to one Brigada participant, the spyware at this site… http://www.geocities.com/yosponge/index.html is among the best on the Net. The user (F.L., an IMB missionary to Colombia) attests that this is the best gear he’s seen for protecting your PC from those who would like to follow your tracks on the web.

  11. THE SOUL WINNER’S DEVOTIONAL — Things will try to crowd the heart and diminish a passion for souls. As a tire can get a slow leak, so a love for evangelism can experience passion leaks. The Soul Winner’s Devotional is a free, monthly, e-mail devotional with only one purpose: to help soul winner’s keep their passion. To subscribe, send an e-mail to <soulwinnersdevoatcsdotcom  (soulwinnersdevoatcsdotcom)  >.

  12. INDONESIANS CAN UNITE — If you can speak bahasa Indonesian, now you have a spot on the web. This page just might inspire you to try all kinds of new outreaches for the people of your chosen tongue/language. You can download sermons or illustrations, grab 300 Indonesian song text for OHP/Multimedia Projector (if you are using PC in your service), submit national/international events, find pastoral staff/musicians for your ministry, and even meet other single Indonesian Christian men/women. Log on to All Christian Media Network at http://www.allCmn.com or email Rudy at <rudyatallcmndotcom  (rudyatallcmndotcom)  > for more information.

  13. DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIANS — Want to learn more about microfinance and microenterprise development? Check out this and much more at the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. For more information, please log on at http://www.chalmers.org or write <cediatcovenantdotedu  (cediatcovenantdotedu)  >, or call (706)419- 1805.

  14. FREE STREET CHILDREN MANUAL — $25 VALUE — Action International Ministries (ACTION) in corporation with Viva Network is offering a 154 page (8 ½ x 11) manual entitled Restoring Children Of The Streets (A Guide For Mobilizing And Equipping God’s People Around The World To Minister to Street and Underprivileged Children). Postage would be appreciated, but not requirement. Contact ACTION: <d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet  (d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet)  > or log on at http://www.actionintl.org .

  15. ACMI2003: REACHING INT’L STUDENTS — The 21st annual, national equipping and networking convention, May 29-June 1st, Wheaton College, near Chicago, features about 50 workshops and plenary themes on Hospitality, and ISMs Globally. Join 300 International student ministry(ISM) laborers from N.A. and many countries for training and fellowship. Details at: http://www.acmi-network.org and click on the “brochure” link. Questions: <acmiatjunodotcom  (acmiatjunodotcom)  >

20030209 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FINALLY! A PORNOGRAPHY FILTER THAT WORKS
  2. ORAL “STORYING” TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE
  3. FOR THOSE WHO WANT A FILTERED ISP
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!
  5. DOUG’S WIFE TO HELP CLEAN UP THE MAILING LIST
  6. STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
  7. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
  8. “CRISIS CONSULTING” OFFERS NEW 4-DAY SEMINAR
  9. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED
  10. RASCALS AT SPAMARREST
  11. SPACE SHUTTLE TRACT BRINGS COMFORT IN CRISIS
  12. BOOT CAMP FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING
  13. UPCOMING MISSION CONFERENCE
  14. TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE
  15. FRONTIER MISSIONS “SHORT COURSE” FOR ADVOCATES
  16. MINISTRY VIDEO PRODUCTION SEMINAR
  17. FREE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE CONTENT
  18. NO RISK PREVIEW FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAM LEADERS
  19. WOULD YOU GO IF GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MISSION FIELD?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FINALLY! A PORNOGRAPHY FILTER THAT WORKS — Have you been searching for an Internet pornography filter, just to be on the safe side? Maybe you’re looking for something for the kids’ computer, or even your own. Maybe you have Windows XP and the ones you’ve tried haven’t been fully compatible? Your wait is over. Here’s a piece of software that will protect your entire browsing/email environment … and for a reasonable price. I’ve been trying it out — and I can tell you, there is no noticeable speed hit whatsoever. It’s a great program — and it *works*. Try it out yourself for 10 days for free!!! Just log on at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 What’s more, here’s a chance to protect yourself and your computer *plus* help Brigada! For everyone who clicks through the above link in the next two weeks, then buys “Everyware” there, the designers of the software will send a $5 sponsorship to Brigada!!! With 100% of this new funding, we’d like to hire a secretary to act as a Brigada Customer Service Rep. to make address changes and handle other Brigada-related issues with the Brigada family of participants. We already have a person in mind — and her name is Penny! [my wife!!! As soon as we can get her some money flowing in, she’s quitting her teaching job to do it.] So please… run, don’t walk, and set up your new Integrity Online account!!!) :-)
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. ORAL “STORYING” TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE — What a dynamite series of CD presentations, presented in a folksy “round table” discussion… in a professional yet informal way. Find out about world view and “orality”, see how oral learners take in information, and discover a great case study in presenting an approach for evangelism. Learn more at: http://www.fjseries.org . If you order before April 1st, you can get special start-up pricing. This set would be great to prepare cross-cultural workers in the art of “storying” — chronological story-telling. Use it in your mission’s pre-field orientation, pass the set around to your team members, or “check them out” like a library resource. They’re great!

  4. FOR THOSE WHO WANT A FILTERED ISP — As the nation’s leading filtered ISP, Integrity Online has been protecting tens of thousands of families since 1996. Their content management technology works to eliminate all obscene and inappropriate web material and unsolicited junk emails before they reach your computer. Utilizing artificial intelligence, this technology instantly analyzes over 800 different parameters of each web page, determining if the content is obscene or inappropriate. A special Integrity Online block page will appear each time someone in-advertently or intentionally tries to access an inappropriate site from your computer. Integrity Online account includes 5 fully filtered email addresses with a special feature allowing you to decide who can and can’t send you emails. The customizable filter on this service also sends all spam directly to a junk mail folder that is passcode protected. Also, if you have been thinking about getting your own website, Integrity Online will provide you with the web space to put your site online. For only $21.95 per month, you get filtered web access, 5 filtered email addresses, and personal web space from Integrity Online. This price is less than the basic service offered from most unfiltered service providers. To sign up, click on this link: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 Here you can sign up online or call them toll free or via Net2phone for 1.866.449.1736 and they will answer your questions and sign you up. (What’s more, for everyone that signs up with them, they’ll sponsor Brigada to the tune of $25!!! Same as above, with 100% of this new funding, we’d like to hire a secretary to act as a Brigada Customer Service Rep. to make address changes and handle other Brigada-related issues with the Brigada family of participants. Our previous Customer Service Reps. recently informed us that they had been unable to help us for quite some time. They were volunteers… and have just run out of time. :-( So… can you help us make it possible for Penny to do this for our Brigada family? Please… run, don’t walk, and set up your new Integrity Online account!!!) :-)

  5. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA! — WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. China wants trained native English Speakers. Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. Course is taught by qualified American instructors. The course is both academic and practical. A two-three week teaching practicum is part of the course giving you the experience and confidence you need to begin teaching immediately! The next course is scheduled for July 4 – August 15, 2003 in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China. Please note that emails are received and read in China. Please leave out any acronyms or references to organizations. For more info, log on at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)   or> <dvscottatgalacticommdotorg>. </dvscottatgalacticommdotorg>

  6. DOUG’S WIFE TO HELP CLEAN UP THE MAILING LIST — To get to the bottom of the 5,222 or so addresses that seem to be bouncing, Doug’s wife, Penny, is going to start cleaning up the place! :-) Seriously… over the next few weeks, Lord willing (if we can float it!), Penny will begin researching those addresses to determine whether or not they’re “dead” … or just temporarily out of order. Just as soon as we can get some money flowing in to replace her teacher’s salary, she’s going to dive into this full-tilt, and also be available to help Brigada participants with those pesky address changes. Finally… a staff person!!! Either way, we’re thrilled that you’ve helped grow the Brigada family by over 200 addresses in the past month alone! Thanks for spreading the word!!! If we can find just two more participants by next week, we’ll be up to 8,000 *good* addresses! Can you think of two people you can invite on the list? If so, just send them this message: “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! :-) They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for over 8 years! See their back-issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

  7. STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS — Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills is a 5-day workshop developed by International Training Partners Inc. and run by the AIM Centre at Trinity Western University and Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C. Dr. Laurel McAllister and her team of facilitators help to provide training in key areas of knowledge, godly attitudes and the skills needed for developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Training is very interactive, utilizing the most effective methods of adult learning. The course will run February 24 – 28, 2003 at Gateway MTC, with costs running $175.00 CDN. For information contact: <LaureldotMcAllisterattwodotca  (LaureldotMcAllisterattwodotca)  > or log on at: http://www.gatewaytraining.org

  8. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE — L.A.C.E. (Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Effectiveness) is a 9 day intensive workshop designed to make your language learning task as efficient as possible. In this workshop you will discover effective language learning techniques, helpful methods to increase vocabulary, phonetics and pronunciation. This course, a part of the training for students at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C., is now open for others who would like to join the class for this module. The dates are March 17-22/ 24-27, 2003, with costs being $350.00CDN Room & Board $20.00/day CDN. For more information contact <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg  (infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg)  > http//www.gatewaytraining.org

  9. “CRISIS CONSULTING” OFFERS NEW 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of May 5-8, 2003, Dallas, TX, at the SIL Center, CCI will offer this management-oriented course to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities to provide a competent security and crisis management program for teams, leadership groups and executives who have responsibility for security of personnel, assets and programs on the field. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $450 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $400 for each additional registrant from same organization. For more information, call 805-642-2549, email <infoatcricondotorg  (infoatcricondotorg)  > or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2003training.htm. Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks.

  10. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED — Doing ministry in North India? Need good quality Hindi language materials for Evangelism? Children’s Ministry? Discipleship? Etc.? Or other Indian languages? Wonder if someone has already translated that good book or video into Hindi or other Indian language? Then log onto http://www.indiaresources777.org Here you can find an extensive database of Christian resources available within India with a focus on Hindi language materials, although other Indian languages are also included. There are well over 700 resources already in our database and it is growing. Search by category, language and media type to find what you need. Useful website resources are also included. For details, contact <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  >.

  11. RASCALS AT SPAMARREST — Those rascals at SpamArrest. Not long ago, a few of our Brigada participants must have started using their service. We received an email from SpamArrest saying that if these participants were to keep their Brigada subscription going, we had to log on to the SpamArrest website and read this graphic image of a word, then type it into the blank. Well it sounded harmless enough, though I’ll admit — if even 1000 of our readers suddenly set up SpamArrest accounts, we’d never get anything else done! Well either way, like a completely trusting fool, I logged on at the SpamArrest site and dutifully typed in the word. Now, yesterday, I get spam from SpamArrest itself! I’m not joking. It’s one of the most ironic twists in marketing that I’ve ever seen. The very company purporting to stop spam *engaged* in it! I wrote them to complain, but I figure… all it might do is let them know my email address is “good”, so my address will be fired up to a higher level of trust, or something. Sure it had a link on it saying, “Click here to be removed from our marketing list”, but articles everywhere have told us *not* to click there, because sometimes that’s just a trick to discover which addresses are actually *good* (current, or at least spelled correctly). The bottom line: If a spam company is going to require mail senders to fill out a “graphical word” or something, they shouldn’t *market* those who innocently take part. Oh well, … once bitten… twice shy. Just remember — we’ll never be participating in anything SpamArrest sends out again. Rascals.

  12. SPACE SHUTTLE TRACT BRINGS COMFORT IN CRISIS — The American Tract Society has now published a new tract that deals with the recent space shuttle tragedy: “Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia.” ATS says, “Many are turning to God…and the awareness of faith is being played out in all the media. The nation is searching for answers about this tragedy. This is an opportunity to help people come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.” Read these tracts online and order them to use as a Christian witness to your world. Order from the American Tract Society, PO Box 462008, Garland TX 75046-2008 or call toll free or via net2phone 1-800- 548-7228 or log on at http://www.atstracts.org or http://www.atsdirect.org or email <atsatatstractsdotorg  (atsatatstractsdotorg)  >.

  13. BOOT CAMP FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING — Boot Camp is a practical and biblically based 2-day training seminar for new and veteran missionaries alike who need to learn how to raise their personal support or may need a new perspective on this critical area. There are two locations for 2003: (space for the seminars is limited) March 26- 27, Pasadena, CA and June 18-19, Atlanta, GA. For more information or to register, write <infoatthebodybuildersdotnet  (infoatthebodybuildersdotnet)  > or log on at: http://www.thebodybuilders.net or call: (501) 329-4881

  14. UPCOMING MISSION CONFERENCE — Check out the OMF 2003 Bay Area Mission Conference, “Blessing East Asia’s Muslims”, May 2-3, at the Peninsula Covenant Church (Redwood City, CA). For info, lot on at: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest or to register via email, write Elaine <omfconferenceatyahoodotcom  (omfconferenceatyahoodotcom)  > or call (650) 559-8088. Fees run $30 per Adult, but special Student/Senior rates are available. 2 plenary speakers and 7 workshops will enrich your understanding of how to bless Muslims living in East Asia and the Bay Area. Featured will be Dr. Kang San Tan, OMF Malaysia Home Director and Dr. Miriam Adeney, Author of “Daughters of Islam” (Building Bridges With Muslim Women – InterVarsity Press) along with a special “Win Our World” children’s mission program.

  15. TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE — Taking vaccines available easily prevents many of the illnesses missionaries may face whilst on mission away from home. Passport Health, a US based travel medicine clinic, with offices throughout the United States, stresses the importance of keeping all routine vaccines, like Tetanus/Diphtheria, up to date. Other vaccines, for e.g. yellow fever, may be required, depending on your specific destination & medical history. The most common ailment, however, still remains traveler’s diarrhea, as your digestive system struggles to come to terms with the new foods & water sources of your home away from home. The treatment of choice remains taking an antibiotic, anti- diarrheal & fluid replacement. When preparing for your trip, take time to visit your local travel clinic like Passport Health. They have a wealth of up to date information with regard to your destination, which will help keep you safe & healthy during your travels. Remember; don’t let your heart’s work be ruined by falling ill. For further information, see their website at http://www.passporthealthusa.com.

  16. FRONTIER MISSIONS “SHORT COURSE” FOR ADVOCATES — Here’s a YWAM course specifically for “strategy coordinators” (catalysts, who facilitate and mobilize to link people who have knowledge, resources, personnel and expertise to take advantage of ministry opportunities amongst a people group). It’s slated for Monday 1st June – Friday 1st August 2003. The location will be Bali, Indonesia. The cost will be £595 (UK pounds). Small grants are available for full time Christian volunteer workers. For more info or an application, contact Philippa <pnewisatovaldotcom  (pnewisatovaldotcom)  > or call +44 1582 463269 or fax: +44 1582 463305.

  17. MINISTRY VIDEO PRODUCTION SEMINAR — It’s happening May 9 and 10. This day and a half information-packed seminar will help you develop your stories into furlough or ministry videos for communicating more effectively with your constituency. Especially designed for missionaries and ministry workers, and filled with lots of how-to tips, the seminar is conducted by Village Avenue, the team behind the Toolbox for Video Storytelling; How to Write and Produce Your Missionary Video. Visit http://www.VillageAve.com for details, registration, and housing information or Email <JohnWatVillageAvedotcom  (JohnWatVillageAvedotcom)  > if you have questions.

  18. FREE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE CONTENT — Need some fun content to fill in the gaps on that mission or church website you’re preparing? Check out ElmCreek Community Church’s “Free Christian Content” pages. Get sayings, jokes, articles, Bible verses, inspirational stories, animated gifs, banners, photographs, news stories, and more. Some can be configured to automatically update — so you get lots of new content without too much work. For more info, lot on at: http://www.elmcreekchurch.org/Free_Christian_Content.htm or email <webmasteratelmcreekchurchdotorg  (webmasteratelmcreekchurchdotorg)  >. Thanks Elm Creek!

  19. NO RISK PREVIEW FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAM LEADERS — You can preview the 6-Part “GO PREPARED! Essentials” Short-term Missions Video Training Series for 10 day personal review — with no obligation to purchase the set if you are not 100% convinced of its value. The 6 Teaching Sessions (approx. 30 minutes each) are:
    #1-Laying the Foundations;
    #2-Spiritual Preparation;
    #3-Building Your Team;
    #4-Cross- Cultural Training;
    #5-Ministry Without Dependency; and,
    #6-Re-Entry & Debriefing.
    If you decide to keep the “GO PREPARED! Essentials” set, the cost is just $99 + $6 S&H. If not, simply return the video set after your 10 day no risk preview. Send your order to: Bill Berry, Publisher-Into All The World Magazine, at <BBerry4215ataoldotcom  (BBerry4215ataoldotcom)  >. Offer valid in North America only.

  20. WOULD YOU GO IF GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MISSION FIELD? — ‘When God Comes Calling’ is a compelling new book by Mike Linville recounting the inspiring, true story of how God sent an ordinary Midwestern family of five to the mission field, a mere sixty miles from the radioactive wasteland known as Chernobyl. Despite KGB raids and mysterious phone taps, government harassment and eviction, they experienced God’s amazing power and intervention as He used them to build a Bible college in the former Soviet Union, and now what some say is the first pastoral counseling training institute in the former Soviet Union, under the auspices of International Faith Initiatives, Inc. Retailing at $12.99, Brigada readers may purchase at the discounted price of $10.50. Bulk/wholesale pricing is available. To order, email <orderatinternationalfaithdotorg  (orderatinternationalfaithdotorg)  >.

20030202 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL
  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10
  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO
  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES
  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS?
  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS?
  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST
  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD
  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003
  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL?
  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS?
  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW
  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST
  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’
  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT
  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL — Organizers continue to fine-tune the “new tool” we mentioned in “NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS” (Jan 17 and Jan. 24th Brigada Today). They want to have 1000 copies of the CD dubbed by March 1st so they’ll be able to ship immediately. Stay tuned to Brigada Today to learn more about the product, as well as how to get special Brigada Pricing during it’s introduction to the Brigada audience. The most recent addition to the CD? They’ve now added every digital copy of a *very* well known missiology magazine. You’re going to like this one! :-)

  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10 — Thanks to all those who continue to promote Brigada Today among their constituencies, members, family and friends. Remember, it’s incredibly easy to sign up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotorg Thanks! In case anyone asks, since January 25, 1995, not a single email address or identity has been divulged to any outsider. What’s more, we pledge to never sell your address at any point in the future! We’re now up to 13,007 total subscribers (with about 5,000 addresses bouncing on any given week).

  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO — Here’s a Brigada friend and business missionary making a luxury cabin on his ranch available again this year for missionaries and pastors and their kind. He does have a suggested small maintenance donation, but even it goes into the ministry. A former B&B, it was described as “Elegance and the Wild West.” For the author, philosopher, meditator, recluse, or the very poor, he offers a hand-hewn “survival cabin” in a very quiet place away from it all at no charge…UNelegance and the Really Wild West.” Inquire of <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz> or <carolynatglobal-ddotbiz>. </carolynatglobal-ddotbiz></johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will be leading another Christian comics seminar in Mexico on March 21-23, 9:30am to 6:00pm, hosted by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX). This is their only comics training scheduled for the Americas in 2003. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. An average course includes such sessions as Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, and Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist Nate Butler and Mexican illustrator Eric Olarte, with Canadian cartoonist Todd Byers as a teaching assistant. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at <ccmprismaataoldotcom>. You may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <comix35atcomix35dotorg>. </comix35atcomix35dotorg></ccmprismaataoldotcom>

  5. 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 The Evangelical Free Church Mission will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota April 13-18, 2003. Contact Gene <gfvandenboschatefcadotorg> for information. Or, if you prefer, log on at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></gfvandenboschatefcadotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES — Does anyone have any experience of providing TESOL training for missionaries who have English as a second or third language themselves? If so, the workers at a Melanesian Centre for World Missions in Papua New Guinea would like to know. They pledge to collate it for anyone interested. Write to <mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>. </mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>

  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS? — Does ‘Meology rather than Theology’ cloud your mission vision? ACMC’s (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) Bob Sjogren & Dr. Gerald Robison base their new book Cat & Dog Theology on a simple joke about the differences between a cat and a dog. This joke shows us the difference between “us living for God,” versus “God living for us!”, pointing us to our call to see God’s heart for all nations from Genesis to Revelation. Cat & Dog Theology retails for $9.99, but Brigada readers can get a discounted price of $7.99, or if you prefer, contact them for bulk or wholesale pricing. If you want special Brigada pricing, refer to quote BRI03 when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706-554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS? — Now you can get the “skinny” by heading on over to N-TEN’s recent survey report, “Nonprofits, NTAPs, and Information Technology,” prepared by Paul-Brien McInerney. Check out the 2-page Executive Summary or the complete 18- page report at http://www.nten.org/reports . (Thanks Ed!)

  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST — Finishers Project is hosting a Regional Finishers Forum in the Phoenix Area, Arizona March 7-8. Combined conferences by ACMC/Finishers Project are slated for San Diego, Feb 28-Mar 1; Pasadena (LA Area) March 28-29; and in Northern California (Sacramento) April 4-5. These are safe places to explore options and opportunties for you and your church in missions. Do not live in the West? You can have your own mission conference on line at http://www.finishers.org to receive a shopping cart of organizations that can use you with your unique set of interests and skills as an individual or couple. Not on the web? Email officeatfinishersdotorg for brochures.

  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD — Order your copy today of this 53 lesson, book by book overview of the entire Bible, written by George Hammett, missionary to Africa. These lessons were originally designed as Sunday School material, but can easily be adapted for use with a discipleship program, or a group Bible study. Each lesson contains an introduction, detailed outline, and discussion questions at the end. The lessons are in .pdf format, and there is also a free copy of Acrobat Reader contained on the cd. To order visit http://www.baptist-books.com or send an e-mail to <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>. The price is $10, plus shipping and handling. </bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>

  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill with which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. Get enough training in seven days to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or e-mail <dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>

  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003 — The Kazakh Consultation 2003 will be hosted by Christian Fellowship Church, Evansville, Indiana this year. The dates are May 1 – May 3, 2003. Visit the website at http://www.k-consult.org to register and/or request information. If you are interested in hosting a table with your ministry and/or related book and tape display space is still available. Every effort will be made to accommodate you.

  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL? — Look no further than GRC at: http://www.grcomputing.net/netsweeper.html They might just have everything you need.

  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS? — If so, an organization in Germany would like to find out about it. Email them at: <106370dot3020atcompuservedotcom>. (If you’re concerned about security, forward your information to someone in the clear and have them relay it on to the Germany email address.) The ultimate goal for this quest is to create apologetic videos that scratch an itch where one doesn’t exist, so this German group is trying to get an idea of what exists so far. Thanks!

  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW — Capacity crowds met at Canada Place on January 31 – February 2nd. A 3-day estimated aggregate of 35,000 attended the 6 plenary sessions, 6 youth rallies, the 98 seminars, and visited the 230 mission exhibits. Featured speakers were Tony Campolo, Judy Mbugua, Ron Pearce, Ross Hastings and Rick Love. Web site: http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST — Impact teenagers internationally. Speak on a topic related to your profession at student assemblies in four public and private high schools a day for one week in a Latin American city. Spanish language would be an asset, but interpreters will be provided. Some media materials are available for speakers. Sample topics include Teens at Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Be Aware of Abuse; The Value of Life (cloning, abortion, euthenasia, etc.); Drug Abuse; Teen Anger Management; etc. A hispanic youth evangelist will make a moral, ethical and spiritual application after you speak. On average 340 students respond to surrender their lives to Christ in four days and are counseled by the local host church. Proclaim International, Inc. is conservative in doctrine and relationships, and has offered this service to high schools and local host churches for five years. If you’re interested, contact John via tel. (561) 394-9808 or email <proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom> or log on at: http://www.borderstone.com/proclaim . </proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom>

  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’ — Lifting the Veil, the newest book by Dr. Phil Parshall & Julie Parshall has just been released by Gabriel Publishing. Having worked and lived in Muslim Bangladesh & the Philippines for the past 4 decades, Phil & Julie understand the issues, heartaches, and dangers facing Muslim women today. They bring a sensitive perspective to this thoughtful, sobering book that examines the controversy of female circumcision and proof of virginity, the heartache of arranged marriages, divorce, polygamy, ands the status of women living in a male-dominated world. This book will not provide you with easy answers, but will prompt you to begin praying for these “daughters of Ishmael” and give you sensitive awareness to life beyond the veil. Lifting the Veil retails for $12.99. Brigada readers get a 20% discounted price $10.39, just by asking for it. Or, ask for bulk or wholesale pricing. Just tell them “Quote BRI03” when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706- 554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT — For those of you who want to reach the many immigrants in the US, a national worker’s conference will take place May 1-3 at Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. For conference details see: http://www.ethnic-america.net/ .

  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR? -– “Serve” needs you to present opportunities for short and long term missions to churches with the recruitment of volunteers as the goal. The short term missions include evangelism, construction, maintenance, food service and much more. Work in your home state or country serving as Serve’s voice where you can do the most good—in familiar territory. This year is the 10th anniversary of sending volunteers, teams and individuals, to countries in Central and South America, Africa, and Alaska, USA. The focus is on retired persons but all ages have gone on these projects from high schoolers through grandparents. Experienced team leaders to help as you get started. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom> or log on at http://www.serve-intl.org . </tlcatgatetekdotcom>

20030126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR HEALTHCARE
  2. MISSIONS IRC TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES
  3. GET HELP ON ORGANIZING A HEALTH SERVICE
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON
  6. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC
  7. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  8. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA TODAY?
  9. COPIES OF INTO ALL THE WORLD MAGAZINE — FREE, IF NEED BE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR HEALTHCARE — The 17,000 doctors of the Christian Medical Association recently released the second edition of the highly acclaimed Handbook of Medicine in Developing Countries by Dennis Palmer, DO and Catherine Wolf, MD, including a personal digital assistant version available for download. This handy spiral-bound resource helps health care workers and docs to diagnose and treat diseases they may have never seen before. To order, contact the CMA Resource Center at 888-231-2637 or online at http://www.cmdahome.org The cost is $29.95 + postage. A Palm download is also available for only $9.95 when you order the book or $19.95 when ordered alone. Discounts are available for orders in quantity.

  2. MISSIONS IRC TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES — Caleb Project http://www.calebproject.org recently surveyed web visitors regarding how they might want to respond to an on-line mobilization presentation. One common answer was that respondents wanted to be able to chat on- line with missions minded folks. Manning a #Jesus-Missions channel on one of the big IRC networks might work, but we wondered if Brigada readers had suggestions for chat environments where mobilizers could hang out? Send your ideas to <missions-ircatyahoogroupsdotcom>. If you want to read the ideas or discuss the issue, subscribe at <missions-irc-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. (Caleb Project’s John Hanna <jhannaatcprojectdotcom> is coordinating the discussion.) </jhannaatcprojectdotcom></missions-irc-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></missions-ircatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  3. GET HELP ON ORGANIZING A HEALTH SERVICE — Here’s a workshop for Christian health professionals serving the poor, to be held at King College in Bristol Tennessee from May 12 – 23, 2003. It will discuss how to plan, develop, and implement a health service in partnership with the community. The leaders are Dr. Maurice King of the University of Leeds, UK, Dr. Dan Fountain, former medical missionary in the Congo, and Dr. Frank Baer, international health consultant. For information, write to <globalhealthatkingdotedu>, visit http://www.king.edu or call at 423-652-4157 </globalhealthatkingdotedu>

  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who want to learn to speak and understand the English language? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA beginning March 31, 2002 and ending June 20, 2003. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 plus a non-refundable $35 registration fee, and includes tuition, housing, meals, and materials. For more information or to register, contact <ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or visit http://www.ywampa.org. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  5. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 13-15, 2003 in Appleton, WI. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_WI2003(4).pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray <xctrainerataoldotcom> . To register, send an e-mail to Craig <cnissenattdsdotnet> . </cnissenattdsdotnet></xctrainerataoldotcom>

  6. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC — Registrations are still open for the 6th annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar hosted by COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training International. This year’s event will be held at the Ohana West Hotel in Waikiki Beach (Honolulu), Hawaii, March 20-22; cost is just $225 per person and an inexpensive lodging and meal package is available too. A field-proven, comprehensive, and highly detailed program will be given to all participants and researched during our time together. More than 1200 short-term leaders have been trained through this program over the past seven years. Contact Greg or Ray at <commitatjunodotcom> for registration information or access an application at http://www.commitministries.org. </commitatjunodotcom>

  7. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING — 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 7-25, 2003, 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. Earn a certificate for a little more than $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/903-4844 or contact <katherinedotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu> or visit http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </katherinedotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu>

  8. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA TODAY? — Take a look at our Submission Guidelines at: http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html You can save us a ton of time if you write up your item in keeping with these simple guidelines. Thanks!!!

  9. COPIES OF INTO ALL THE WORLD MAGAZINE — FREE, IF NEED BE — Get all the copies of this important missions magazine that you can use. Two editions are available: the new 2003/4 edition–“Short-Term Missions Today”, and the 2002/3 edition–“The Great Commission Opportunities Handbook”. Both are 132 pages in length. (If you would like to see an extensive editorial outline of one or both editions, just go to http://www.aboutmissions.com for full details.) Copies are available as a special offer to Brigada Today readers for just $1/copy…or $0.50/copy….or FREE, plus modest S&H costs. To request all the copies you can use, please send an e-mail to Bill, the Publisher, . If your order is for 25+ copies, give a street address. Also, indicate “per copy” price as above. Note that this offer is valid for North American addresses only. If you’re outside the USA or Canada, we suggest you find a relay person to whom Bill can send the copies.

20030119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS
  2. POSTMISSION: WORLD MISSION BY A POSTMODERN GENERATION
  3. TOTAL IT UP
  4. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  5. TEACHING MATERIALS IN NAVAJO
  6. XXXCHURCH HAS FILTERING SOFTWARE
  7. CIU COURSE ON CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN BUDAPEST
  8. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION ON URDU MINISTRIES DEVELOPMENT
  9. GET CERTIFIED IN TESOL
  10. CHECK OUT KENRADIO FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
  11. SHORT-TERMERS NEED A DOC FOR A WEEK
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS — This past week, I gave out presentation notebooks packed with information about a creative access nation to a new team headed there, using material produced from that new tool we mentioned last week. (See “NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD” in last week’s edition of Brigada Today.) It was pretty impressive. Lots of people group profiles — one page each — CIA Factbook stuff, US State Dept. Background notes, maps, lists, … the works. And all of it was copyright-released. The teams really appreciated it… and with a simple bubble-jet printer, the new CD-ROM tool made it work great. The name of this tool? “Countries and Peoples of the World”, produced by ILS. It’s going to be released first right here on Brigada… and if you order during the special exclusive Brigada release period, you’ll get it for $20 less than anyone else in the world! Stay tuned for more release information. You’ll hear it first right here in Brigada Today.

  2. POSTMISSION: WORLD MISSION BY A POSTMODERN GENERATION — Just published, this book comes out of the Holy Island Roundtable, a 5-day 2001 gathering of GenXer leaders from mission agencies all over Europe, North America and New Zealand. With chapters written by several different Xer mission leaders, it looks at ways in which mission agencies need to change so that GenXers can thrive in their ministry (rather than the more common experiences of frustration and disillusion). It has sections on the GenX outlook, leadership of and by Xers, why postmodernity isn’t all bad, and how to develop generational harmony in mission teams. Available from Paternoster Publishing in the UK for £8.99 http://www.paternoster-publishing.com and coming soon to Gabriel Resources in the US for $15.99 http://www.gabriel-resources.com . ISBN 1-84227-165-2. Also check out the website at http://www.postmission.com or contact the editor Richard Tiplady <richardattipladydotorgdotuk  (richardattipladydotorgdotuk)  > .

  3. TOTAL IT UP — Have you heard about Total It Up!? Wycliffe Bible Translators has had people from around the world come to this 5-day action packed course that helps people determine if you have what it takes to be a Bible translator. The course gives an overview of Phonetics, Phonology, Grammar, Language Learning and Semantics/Translation plus great fellowship, ethnic meals, and field reports from real live Bible translators! All this and more for just $150. Come get your feet wet… try translation on for size… have a taste! After 5 spiritually and mentally challenging days, Total It Up, and decide for yourself! Experience, Participate, Total It Up! (Total is an acronym for: Taste Of Translation And Linguistics… pretty clever!) For a complete listing of Total It Up course locations and dates, as well as contact people, head on over to: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total

  4. 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.

    An upcoming workshop hosting by International Training Partners at the new facility of Mission Training International, will be held in Palmer Lake, CO March 2-7. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  > for information.

    Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  >.


  5. TEACHING MATERIALS IN NAVAJO — A worker with the Navajo in Arizona and New Mexico is trying to find Bible studies and other teaching materials available in Navajo (primarily for adults). If you have any suggestions where she might find some materials please email <matt_benjaminatsildotorg  (matt_benjaminatsildotorg)  >

  6. XXXCHURCH HAS FILTERING SOFTWARE — We mentioned a couple of issues ago about the XXXChurch site with info. on Internet pornography, but we *didn’t* mention that they have free filtering software similar to covenanteyes.com. One of our team leaders recently told me he was now requiring it for his whole team. See it at: http://www.xxxchurch.com/patrol/index.asp

  7. CIU COURSE ON CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN BUDAPEST -– On March 31-April 11, 2003, Columbia International University is offering Cultural Anthropology taught by Dr. David Cashin. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom  (ciubudapestathotmaildotcom)  > for more information. 2003 courses include: Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Curriculum Development and Instruction, June 9 –13; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3.

  8. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION ON URDU MINISTRIES DEVELOPMENT — Asia Pacific Mission, Ltd. will be hosting the 2nd International Consultation on Urdu Ministries Development in Singapore from March 25 Tuesday – 28 Friday, 2003. This consultation is for all who are working in urban and rural communities among Urdu-speakers worldwide. This includes missionaries, strategy coordinators, pastors, tentmakers, evangelists, teachers, prophets, social workers, development personnel, and anybody who desires that Urdu-speakers go to Heaven. Consultation fees are US$150 which covers room, breakfasts and Airport Transfer. This cost does not include Airfare and other meals. For more info., contact Frank <SCANetatwritemedotcom  (SCANetatwritemedotcom)  > or phone (65)96824493 [mobile] for registration and donation details.

  9. GET CERTIFIED IN TESOL — Sea English Academy International offers TESOL certificate courses and English language courses. Located in a beautiful region of Australia, they also offer English language training courses to prepare non-English speaking missionaries. They run TESOL courses in February, April and June 2003. Study Tours and English language courses available all year round. For more info, write <seaenglishacademyatyahoodotcomdotau  (seaenglishacademyatyahoodotcomdotau)  >.

  10. CHECK OUT KENRADIO FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY — Interested in technology? Check out http://www.kenradio.com for the latest! Get the newsletter and daily newscast — no matter where you are in the world! (Thanks for the tip, Ed!)

  11. SHORT-TERMERS NEED A DOC FOR A WEEK — A group of Lipscomb University pre-med students are headed out on a medical mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 13-21, 2003. There’s just one problem: they need a doctor or physician’s assistant to accompany them. If you could assist with this mission or know someone who could, contact Cheryl <cheryldotlindsayatlipscombdotedu  (cheryldotlindsayatlipscombdotedu)  >.

20030112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE
  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION
  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS
  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD
  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS
  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES
  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET
  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS
  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM?
  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD — This past week, I had a chance to preview a terrific little tool soon to be made public. With a focus on seeking adoption for every remaining unreached people group, this mission-encyclopedia CD can only be described as one of a kind! It has unique one-page profiles on every country and every people. I know that might sound like “old hat”, but these are beautiful *and* telling. What’s more, get this: the designers have obtained complete copyright releases for the whole CD full of data. If you were to buy a complete set of “Culture-grams”, they might set you back $100. Or you could get the map set in “Facts On File”… and the maps alone would run about $149. (This tool has *beautiful* maps… with full color vector graphics that print out in *stunning* detail at *whatever* size you need. If you bought “Background Notes”, they’d be $59… but no one has them on digital form, and if they did, you wouldn’t have copyright release to copy and paste them into your documents and brochures. If you managed to get digital copies of the CIA World Factbooks, they’d be at least $69 – $79… but get this… *All* those resources and *more* are included on this CD. And these profiles are clear and concise one-page summaries with 59 indicators. And would you believe there are 17,000 of them? I’m not kidding! If they were a penny a profile, that alone would be $170. Imagine your church’s next missions banquet. Just take the list of countries where your church is working, then print out country profiles (or people group profiles) for each of those focus areas. Have someone laminate them and — presto — full-color take-home memento placemats that serve as a permanent prayer reminder. Got a missions prayer night service coming up? Just print out the relevant profiles and you’ll instantly have a snappy hand-out. Or simply copy and paste a copy of the relevant country map into your new missions brochure — a map for each missionary, showing where he/she is laboring! And these are *all* released for reprinting. At times, that’s been the frustration with other profiles — copyright protection. These are “deliverables”!!!

    Here’s the amazing part. The creators of this resource are *talking* about offering it first through Brigada, for a $20-off price of $49. After two or six or 10 weeks, it’ll go on sale for the rest of the evangelical world… at $69. When will it become available? Probably about two months from now. Start saving your pennies. Your agency or church will want at least one copy of this tool!


  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE — If you have a furlough coming up… or you travel and recruit missionaries at colleges, or you have any other reason to put tons of miles on your vehicle in the USA, and you’d like to hang on to it for a while, then you might want to consider purchasing an extended warranty for it. These “service contracts” turn out to be a good deal if the transmission fails or the engine blows while the warranty is in force. We recently conducted a study of about 100 different companies offering these warranties. Based on feedback from many participants and many reviewers, such as http://autowarrantyreviews.org , we concluded that the best warranties currently came from http://www.warrantygold.com . They consistently offered the lowest prices for the best coverage, yet still came away with the best marks for customer service, quick claim handling, and solid appreciation from clients. What’s more, they’re willing to cut deals for missionaries and mission agency staff. They can sell warranties on new or used vehicles, at practically any mileage level. To get a quote for your vehicle, check out: http://www.warrantygold.com . Get the best quote you can, then call them at 888-580-9889, ext. 4765 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). That should put you in touch with Shane. Tell Shane you’re being referred by Doug Lucas of Brigada/Team Expansion and he should be able to give you the best price, plus maybe get you an additional $50 discount from the sales manager, Bob Henfey (ext. 4749). You should see my stack of research notes… and …. no doubt about it, the best deal *and* the best warranty came from these guys. If you don’t believe it, just check out that http://autowarrantyreviews.org site. That site consistently lists Warranty Gold as the #1 warranty in the country. Check ’em out.

  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION — Check out GMU’s new website: http://www.GMU.org They used Computech Business Solutions as their host: http://www.ctbsonline.com and they’re now high on a unique web site content management tool called Site Commander. Check ’em out!

  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003 — The 6th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Take these classes: *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg  (aptsatagmddotorg)  > or <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or Fax (63)(74) 442-7068 or log on at http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg>

  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS — Modeled after the pattern of Luke 10:1-2, 2003, this will be Mission to Unreached Peoples’ third year of the Luke 10 Program. Going out two by two, Luke 10 is an internship program where students can experience and minister in different countries for 3-10 months, beginning in August, 2003. Countries of travel include China, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, India and many others. Learn about missions, then use your individual gifts to minister and share the Gospel to the Unreached. To learn more, contact Beth at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  > Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org .

  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD — “GO World”, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free pdf download. The subscription-only hardcopy circulation is 5900 and growing. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking. Log on at… http://www.globalopps.org (Thanks Tim!)

  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS — Remember our original request for funds-transfer tactics? (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”) Brian came up with one additional idea this past week. His idea reminds me a lot of the technique used by many Somalis throughout the world (or so I hear). Just find someone trustworthy in the US (college student, pastor, etc.) who still has family in the target country. In the USA, the donor gives funds to that person, and the family back in the target country “gives” me money, by passing it along to the intended recipient in the destination land. Brian writes, “We’ve used this to help the family get some of their finances out of the home country (especially Christian families).”

  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES — Here’s a skit to illustrate the entire Church’s role in Jesus’ campaign to bring the nations to worship at His throne: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/two_armies.php (Thanks Mike!)

  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET — Thanks to Brigada participant, Mike <mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom  (mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom)  >, who wrote this past week to say, “In Romans 10:14-15 beautiful feet are the answer to “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” They propel the body of Christ, carrying the Good News to those who have never heard. Those who send are the beautiful feet, the glorious underpinnings of Jesus’ Church’s mission to enable some from every nation to call on Him. Clearly it is not a foot, but the mouth, which preaches. But the Holy Spirit sings that the feet are beautiful. Let those who God has made the feet that send those who are the hands and heads rejoice that He calls them beautiful.” Read more about Mike’s line of thought at: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/beautiful_feet.php

  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS — Are you curious to see how a Muslim presents Islam to prospective converts? Check out this website: http://www.journeytoislam.com/ Get your “Flash” plug-in primed on your web browser! This is an elaborate site!

  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Does anyone know where you can get term life insurance for missionaries? If anyone has any suggestions, send them to <jkbatpoboxdotcom  (jkbatpoboxdotcom)  > and she will compile a list for a future issue of Brigada Today.

  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM? — Big news. Who isn’t. Yikes… My 13-year-old gets 35 – 40 unsolicited commercial emails/day. I can’t even imagine how many *you* get. You can take a look at: http://www.junkbusters.com/ or if you operate an ISP, check out… http://www.brightmail.com/ for anti-spam software. And if the spam is pornography, and it’s got you hooked, try doing some reading at sites like: http://www.xxxchurch.com (Thanks Robert!) for help on that. Either way, this is a problem we’re going to be dealing with for a long time to come… unless somebody gets busy and invents a magic wand! :-)

  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST? — This week we hit 12,809 subscribers. ‘Course, at any one time, something like 5000 of those addresses are “bouncing” … and many are “bad for good,” if you know what I mean. But we still had a net gain over last week. (So if you invited others to participate, Thanks!!! Hats off to you!!!) Would you do us a favor? Since we have no marketing budget (for the most part, we don’t have *any* budget; just check out our “sponsors” page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html. So… since we don’t have a marketing budget, can we hire you as a volunteer? Would you invite your personal mailing list to subscribe? Just send them a note like this:

    “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for something like 8 years! See their back- issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

    ‘Course, you could write up your own item too… but it would sure be great to get our numbers up a bit by next week, when we cross our official 8-year anniversary. Thanks for your help!!! Doug

20030105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE?
  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE
  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS
  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS
  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY
  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK
  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD
  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS?
  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE? — Well that depends on whether or not you count the 5040 members whose addresses are currently bouncing. The moral of the story: be sure to unsubscribe from your old address before you unplug for good. Then subscribe anew from your new service once it’s up and running. There are currently about 7694 “active” or “good” addresses, meaning that we’ve seen over 12,000 different subscriber addresses down through the last few years. (Please remember: It’s easy to maintain your own address information. What’s more, there’s no way Brigada volunteers can hope to do it for you. There are just too many subscribers, too little time, too many changes. Thanks for understanding!) Would you do us a favor and help us increase our readership over these next 3 weeks? We don’t have funds for big marketing gimmicks, but we’d love to grow. If every active participant would find just one new subscriber, we could easily break back above the benchmark of 10,000 active addresses. Please help! Just suggest to your mission or church staff that they subscribe. It’s easy. All they have to do is write to <brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. By the way, we will never give your information to *anybody*. </brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE — Need good options for keeping your family … or *you* … honest on the web? (… so that you don’t get caught in the trap of looking at sites or pictures that you know you shouldn’t). One option: Check out http://www.covenanteyes.com These folks have designed software that automatically emails your accountability partners a list of the sites you’ve visited over the past month. The service will set you back about $7/month, but it’ll keep you honest. No extra cash for the moment? Try http://www.we-blocker.com The we-blocker people offer their software for free (donations suggested). They maintain both a central list of sites that are “off- limits”, as well as allow you to customize a list of “forbidden words”. Sites that contain these words are automatically blocked as well. You can over-ride those settings with a completely flexible set of conditional configurations. Great little program, little performance hits, big payoffs for your kids, family, and you. Tip: If you have trouble with this area, ask your spouse to type in the master password so you’ll enjoy filtered Internet browsing as well.

  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS — Have you ever wondered just how much of a help it is to hire househelp? Now you can get the lowdown without ever leaving your doorstep, by reading Beatrice Lawson’s book, “Househelps: Blessing or Curse?” Published by Africa Christian Press (Achimota, Ghana), this little booklet teaches you how to make the most of a househelper if you choose to hire one. Learn how to recruit, set up a contract, and head off potential pitfalls. To negotiate a price for your own organization or training program… or to get a copy for your own family, inquire about pricing directly with the publisher at <acpbooksatghanadotcom> . </acpbooksatghanadotcom>

  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five-week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, take in the 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic, March 21-22! Register by Feb 21st and save $50. Some claim this course has helped them raise funds in half the time. In addition, network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_mar2003.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — Gospel Recordings, a mission which produces evangelism tools in over 5,500 languages, will have a new supply of 20,000 TapeTalk hand-wind players by February 2003. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples.

    For more information on the players and the languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom> In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free. </ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom>


  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003 — The 6th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg> <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> *Telecom (63)(74) 422-6977. *Fax (63)(74) 442-7068. *Web: http://www.apts.edu/ Registration deadline: March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS — Church Planting Coaches http://cpcoaches.com has established a refuge on the Island of Malta. Part of the vision the Lord has given them is a “Bed and Breakfast” for church planters who need a break from the difficult pioneer fields in which they work. Available now is hospitality consisting of a beautifully appointed bedroom with private bath and outdoor patio nook, with additional beds available for groups larger than one or two. Room and board are provided on a suggested donation basis. Availability varies and booking priority is given to YWAM church planters, though they are happy to serve others too! The house is just minutes from beaches and Malta’s other attractions. http://visitmalta.com Imagine what a refreshment of body, mind, spirit, vision and purpose will come as you walk in the Apostle Paul’s footsteps on Malta. The host family are experienced church planters and trainers and are ready to provide as much coaching and counsel as the individual or team desires. They look forward to receiving your inquiries. Email: <cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>. </cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>

  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY — Get all 150 of Gordon Churchyard’s very popular Psalms, which are in EasyEnglish level A from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information on Wycliffe Associates (UK) and their EasyEnglish may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo> . </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Do you want to minister to the poor, but are not sure what to do next? If so, consider taking in the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. Apply now as space is limited. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or write <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can your organization best respond? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s expanded Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer- to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 28-May 3, 2003. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $140 room/board. Participation is limited. For information or reservations contact <member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>. </member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>

  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK -— “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission (MISTM)” is a 250+ page book for any person with a leadership, teaching, receiving, or planning role in short-term mission. MISTM provides a solid framework for understanding, structuring, and planning short-term missions done right! Scheduled for release in March 2003. Order pre-press by January 31 for $14.99 with free shipping. After January 31, MISTM retails for $19.99 plus shipping. Order online or by phone from STEM Press http://www.STEMmin.org Toll-free 1-877-STEM-min, or 952-996-1385 For more information call or email <mistmbookatstemmindotorg> . </mistmbookatstemmindotorg>

  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD — Here’s Greg’s summary of the responses he received regarding how to transfer money to and from the mission field. (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”): “Put money in US bank account and have person use debit card or credit card in receiving country at an ATM or bank (7 mentions) This was clearly the cheapest and quickest. You just have to be careful who has access to the account and in a few places it can be hard to find an ATM or a bank that will advance local money against your card. Others suggested the old standby… Western Union (4 Mentions). Reliable but not cheap. Can be done on the web. Another response: Wire transfer to bank in receiving country (2 mentions), which is a bit costly and if the money gets lost (and they do) banks will not accept responsibility. Finally, one party mentioned actually hand-carrying the funds. So… no real surprises. Maybe we’ll see more developments on this in the next decade, but for now, it seems we’re stuck with these old standbys. (Thanks Greg!)

  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS? — Try Talent Trust Consultants (TTc). They are an international ministry serving Church and Missions workers with dedicated and affordable worldwide medical insurance. Established 12 years ago as an independent ministry serving alongside YWAM, TTc now supports more than 1,400 members and their families from over 260 missions and churches. A number of programmes are available, all of which can be uniquely tailored to suit your individually needs. Write to <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit http://www.talent-trust.com . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN — Aventura Asombrosa is a bi- lingual, Spanish/English, Bible study for children by Through The Bible Publishers. Children’s ministries that have a mix of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking kids will find this resource useful. It is also an easy-to-use tool for missions groups since English speaking missionaries have the English and Spanish text in the same book. My Awesome Adventure, the English-only version, has been recommended by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Check out http://www.DiscipleLand.com for more information and a FREE sample lesson. E-mail requests to <myehatdisciplelanddotcom> or call toll free in the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-284-0158 or call 970-484- 8483. </myehatdisciplelanddotcom>

20021229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. A TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  2. HELP WANTED: EDITOR/EVANGELIST FOR ONLINE MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION GEAR STORE DEFUNCT
  4. VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE
  5. AFGHANISTAN PRAYER VIDEO IN TWO VERSIONS WITH PRAYER BLITZ
  6. BE PART OF A SHORT-TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM
  7. WORLD PRAYER CENTER OFFERS SITE
  8. TESOL TRAINING/PRACTICUM AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP
  9. XBRL INTERNATIONAL’S MISSION
  10. KEEP IN TOUCH FROM ANYWHERE!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. A TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International in California is offering a Free Copy of its revolutionary, new, patented Talking Bible in Spanish or English to the first 100 churches responding to this announcement in Brigada Today. The only condition attached to this offer is that the church must commit to demonstrate the Talking Bible during the worship service on its designated Talking Bible Sunday followed by a special offering to help provide Talking Bibles for those who cannot read. ASI’s free offer is intended to jump start a larger movement dubbed “The Talking Bible Sunday Movement.” ASI believes the time is right to launch a movement similar to the Gideons who give millions of printed Bibles to readers. A similar, parallel movement is needed now to provide Talking Bibles for nonreaders. Churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday” will help ASI’s Talking Bible Project provide Talking Bibles with the translated Scriptures in audio in languages needed for the millions who cannot read. A church requesting a Bible or wanting more information should call ASI at 760- 745-8105.

  2. HELP WANTED: EDITOR/EVANGELIST FOR ONLINE MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS — Interested in winning Muslims to Christ? IsaalMasih.Net is a ministry of the Christian Answers Network, a non-denominational, faith-mission mega-site receiving over 1.3 million hits daily. Many missionaries spend a lifetime waiting for the kind of response that this site gathers on a regular basis! Their multilingual ministry to Muslims was created in early 2002 as a unique approach to sharing the truth about Jesus and the Gospel using terminology and a context that Muslims are most comfortable with–sensitive to their culture. This effective ministry regularly attracts seekers with an interest in Jesus and the Bible. If you’d like more information, please e-mail <mailatisaalmasihdotnet  (mailatisaalmasihdotnet)  >. Or visit http://IsaalMasih.Net to chat live with the current coordinator.

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION GEAR STORE DEFUNCT — Best we can tell, the short-term “mission store” reported on in last week’s Brigada Today is now defunct. The toll-free number no longer functions… and the website is no longer up and running. We apologize for any inconvenience. (We composed last week’s issue while helping with a retreat in the mountains of Tennessee and therefore couldn’t check to make sure all sites were current. Again — our apologies!)

  4. VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE — Adams & Associates International offers several medical plans for volunteers traveling outside their country of citizenship for short and intermediate term mission service. For those on short term projects just ask for Volunteer Travel Insurance, which is designed for those who will not cancel their major medical insurance stateside. For longer periods of travel, when a domestic medical plan would not provide coverage, then ask for PLP Travel Medical Insurance. On-line enrollment is available, but they prefer to counsel each client first to best determine their respective needs. Contact Adams & Associates International at 1-800-922-8438 or by email at <aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  >. They’ve asked that you add “Brigada” to the subject line when sending an email message so they’ll know how you heard about them.

  5. AFGHANISTAN PRAYER VIDEO IN TWO VERSIONS WITH PRAYER BLITZ — This is a professional production, the first in the Carey Taylor Tool Box series emphasizing the importance of prayer for selected people groups. One version includes a creative emphasis on spiritual warfare, the other is more traditional. The one minute prayer blitz, suitable for youth groups, is included on the video and is also available in RealMedia format for free. Available in VHS, PAL, DVD, and VCD. Go to http://www.spearbooks.com to learn more and order online or email <infoatspearbooksdotcom  (infoatspearbooksdotcom)  >.

  6. BE PART OF A SHORT-TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM — Project Compassion announces its 2003 trip schedule. Project Compassion has provided short-term medical missions trips for over 10 years. By partnering with missionaries, local churches, and health officials, Project Compassion conducts evangelical medical clinics throughout the world. Several churches have been planted as a direct result of these outreaches. Medical skills or not, you can be a part of evangelism with a short- term medical team. Check out http://www.ProjectCompassion.org for trip locations and details. You can also e- mail <infoatProjectCompassiondotorg  (infoatProjectCompassiondotorg)  >.

  7. WORLD PRAYER CENTER OFFERS SITE — According to my good friend Dan, there is now a way to have your most urgent prayer requests remembered by thousands of people around the world at the speed of light. Whenever you have a need, post your request to this service anytime of the day or night, 365 days a year, and it will be prayed for immediately, not hours or days later. According to Dan, a team of concerned Christians all around the world is waiting right now to pray for your needs, or to welcome you to join their team to pray for others. It is all very high- tech, operated in real-time on the Internet. Dan says you’ll have to see it to believe it, so check it out now. Go to: http://www.worldprayerteam.org By the way, the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, operates the site. Dan insists that there is never a fee and that all names are kept confidential.

  8. TESOL TRAINING/PRACTICUM AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $500 US dollars, this includes board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph  (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  > or telephone her in Quezon City, Philippines 632-658-3807.

  9. XBRL INTERNATIONAL’S MISSION — “Transforming Business Reporting” took on new urgency and importance in 2002. High profile financial abuses in the United States and elsewhere brought unprecedented international focus on accounting practices and the need for greater transparency in financial reporting. The XBRL International consortium represents over 170 organizations around the world committed to transparency and the efficient transfer of information. In that spirit, see the XBRL web site at http://www.xbrl.org . In particular, if you’re into those sort of discussions, see the white papers at: http://www.xbrl.org/resourcecenter/whitepapers.asp?sid=21 (Thanks Ed!)

  10. KEEP IN TOUCH FROM ANYWHERE! — Purchase a refurbished Motorola 9500 Iridium satellite phone for $535. This is the phone that has almost complete global coverage, even the middle of the ocean! This phone is being replaced by the 9505 which is a bit smaller and sells for $1,500. Missionaries or missions-minded churches pay a small monthly charge and pay by the minute for usage. Or, save money by buying a package of minutes and pay no monthly fee. Send out your next overseas team with a sat phone. Only a few left at this price. Contact Chandra Birdwell at 512-260-2899, or <chandradotbirdwellatgitsatdotcom  (chandradotbirdwellatgitsatdotcom)  >. To get that price, tell her that Eddie <usprayercenteratcsdotcom  (usprayercenteratcsdotcom)  > suggested that you call. (Thanks Eddie!)
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