COSIM CONFERENCE: "BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK"

It’s slated for JUNE 9-11, 2008 in the Chicago area and it’s the place to go for “best practices in cross-cultural ministry partnerships.” Discover how godly character, cultural intelligence and organizational competence work together as essential building blocks for partnerships that glorify Christ and really work. Participate in interactive learning sessions to address real-world issues designed around the unique needs of churches and ministries involved in cross-cultural partnerships. For more information, visit

http://cosim.info

or write to Werner, Chairman of the COSIM Resource Team, at

werner(at) mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

We’re so grateful to a great friend in Chantilly, VA, for $30, received this past week, which goes to undergird our ministry here at Brigada. These gifts grant us the ability to go on. Thank you.

CELEBRATE CONNECTEDNESS

Want to do something to celebrate global connectedness? Please pray for Brigada and the ability we have to “connect” through this touchstone. And if the Lord has blessed you with the ability to help others, even in a small way, please undergird that connectedness now and in the future by clicking on “Sponsor/Donate“. If you want to use a credit card (and not PayPal), then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

THE BACKPAGE: VIDEO-MAIL MADE EASY… AND MORE PERSONAL

I’m struck by how easy it’s getting to do video-mail these days. I remember as a kid, while reading a futuristic mystery novel, how fascinating it was to ponder video-phones. I always wondered… will it really be possible someday? Suddenly, not only is it possible, but it’s also easy, cheap, and “one-way.” That last factor (the “one-way-ness”) comes in really handy because sometimes we aren’t really *ready* to be seen. (Maybe we’d feel the need to “spruce up” a bit if we had to be seen right then, you know?) Well today’s video-mail options can make it incredibly easy to do brief one-way “touches” via video-mail. The shocker is how *cheap* they are. (*Free*… or $25/year, for example.) The best deal I’ve seen is EyeJot at:

http://www.eyejot.com

This is a plain case of one beggar telling another where to buy bread. None of those “affiliate fees” going on. I’m just telling you… if you stop by eyejot, pick up a Logitech 9000 webcam next time you’re in the city… You won’t regret it. (That Logitech 9000 is the *best* option; everything else is yesterday’s news.) The really cool part about Eyejot is that your recipients don’t have to “register” or “install” anything. There are no weird security warnings that show up in our browsers and no risky executables we have to download. What’s more, you can set up a “profile” video then feature that profile video on your blog or prayer request website. Change the “profile” video once a week and suddenly you have a weekly podmail that is video-powered and it’s as easy as falling off a log. What used to be a big deal is suddenly fast and effective.

But why, you might ask, video-email better than regular email? I’ve come to believe there are at least three reasons:
*** People *see* your non-verbals in video updates. Otherwise, they’re just plan lost.
*** Your message is *real* in these video updates. They hear it in your voice.
*** Finally, they know it came from *you*. It’s the ultimate way to identify that this email isn’t from some spammer. And when you *say* the other person’s name on video email, suddenly they know you took *time* to communicate with them personally, rather than simply copying and pasting the same email to 1000 others. And I’m telling you… it gets noticed. And Eyejot is video-mail made easy. If you enjoy it like I am, just remember you heard about it on Brigada.

Now if we can just deal with the fact that people will know it when we haven’t changed our shirt in a week. :-)

BOWLED OVER BY THEIR SACRIFICIAL UNSELFISHNESS

Please… this week… just stop by this website:

http://www.nmsi.org

New Mission Systems Int’l is one of the fastest-growing mission organizations on the planet. They also happen to constantly be ranked as one of the Best Christian Organizations with which to work. What’s more, they’re based in Fort Myers, FL, a great place to train. Finally, they just freely made a $1000 gift to Brigada. That alone merits a stop by their page. [grin] But seriously… 170 missionaries, 24 countries, and counting. Even if you’re just curious about them — why they’re growing when other orgs have stagnated? To learn more, just stop by and see their fresh & creative, community-based approach at work. You’ll be glad you did. (Thanks Phil! God bless you and your entire organization!)

LOOKING FOR A GREAT VIDEO TO INSPIRE YOUR GROUP? –

If you’d like to promote Asia, try going to…

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6a54d5371f00e3fdd70d

You might find this and other AsiaLink videos at this resource page:

http://www.historymakers.info/video.html

The Historymakers video has the song within it — and the music video is ready for use *immediately* in your group or at your event. (Thanks for the tip, Chris, at:

http://www.storyrunners.com

FREE INTERACTIVE ARABIC LANGUAGE TOOL

Are you learning Modern Standard Arabic? Would you like a free tool to help you practice vocabulary from the widely popular Alif Baa series? Go ahead and check out The Power Tool at this address below. It is fairly comprehensive and customizable to your needs, and best of all, it’s free. *Warning* if you contact the maintainers of the web site, they are NOT believers, so please do not assume it is safe to mention missionary kinds of work.

http://www.pacificarabic.com/vocab_applet.html

TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM

Literacy and Evangelism International is hosting a five-week International Literacy Training Institute from June 8 – July 12, 2008 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Topics include Basic Literacy, developing Bible-content literacy materials in local languages, Evangelism through literacy, Discipleship through literacy, teaching English as a Second Language, how to train tutors, and how to run church-based literacy programs. If you are interested in this training, please visit

http://literacyevangelism.org/resources/training

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

ENGLISH SPEAKERS PRACTICUM AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS

If you are a native English speaker with ESL training, or a non-native English speaker with a certificate in teaching English, an organization in Central Asia provides supervised instruction in the form of practicums so that you too can learn how to operate an English business. If you are interested in the business operations, practicing providing conversational practice in daily contact with local English speakers/ or teaching English in a classroom/outreach oriented environment, please contact pi(at) pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

GOSPEL IN THE AIR: DOCTORAL THESIS ON ARABIC CHRISTIAN RADIO

Arabic Christian radio has a history of over 50 years, but as far as we know, never before was any serious book written on this broad subject. Jos M. Strengholt has now written and published a 996-page doctoral thesis for Utrecht University in The Netherlands. The history of Arabic Christian radio is described from the perspective of question related to indigenization and contextualization. The book can be purchased at a discounted price through

http://www.stfrancismagazine.info

It will be of interest to anyone involved in mission, Arab World, and Christian radio and media in general. Cost: 60 Euro or 90 US$ including S&H.

ACMI’08 CONF ON INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY, MAY 29-31, WASH D.C

They’re billing it as the 27th annual equipping conference for US/Canadian staff and volunteers in ISM (international student ministry) and leaders of ISMs of other countries (ACMI’08 has no financial assistance). It includes I-CARE for International Students (International Consultation About Reentry/Returnees) and also an optional Academic Course on International Student Ministry. For details see

http://www(dot)acmi08(dot)org

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

SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MINISTRIES

The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by field internship opportunities to apply what you have learned. The purpose of the SOFM is to give the candidates the most essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. As students grow in their understanding of missions and God’s heart for the lost, the organizers desire that a commitment to reach those who have never heard the Good News will deepen. School starting dates: August, 2008 For more information please contact Jose at Sofmcmthai (at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the addresses back onto one line.] Or check out the website at

http://www.ywamcmthai.org/sofm

GROUP NEEDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Here’s a group seeking a U.S. based Executive Director to oversee their cutting edge nonprofit corporation contracting human resources for various development related ministries, primarily focused on Southern Asia. Cross-cultural and ministry experience are required. The opportunity requires support- raising for the amount equal to one’ salary, a faith position, with some remuneration. They request that you send your résumé to nonprofexec(at) comcast(dot)net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

UNLOCK RESOURCES FOR YOUR GROUP OR CHURCH; UNDERGIRD BRIGADA

Want to unlock resources, now and in the future, for you, your group, or your church? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate.” If you want to use a credit card (and not PayPal), then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

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