20060122 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT COVENANT COLLEGE
  2. HOW TO LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES
  3. HAVE YOU SEARCHED VIVISIMO? MSNSEARCH?
  4. WHAT’S CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TECHNICAL SERVICES?
  5. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  6. A VPN THAT MAKES YOU MONEY?
  7. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING
  8. EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  9. ACTING ON AIDS SUMMIT
  10. YAHOO “WEB BEACONS” NOT SO BAD?
  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  12. “IMAGINENATIONS” MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  13. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  14. THE BACKPAGE: DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT COVENANT COLLEGE — Hats off to the people at Covenant College:

    http://www.covenant.edu/

    They are great friends of Brigada (They just sent a $600 gift to say thanks for the students we sent their way in 2005. Whoa.) In particular, check out the Chalmers Center:

    http://www.chalmers.org/site/index.php

    They specialize in community economic development, giving you practical training that equips you to implement programs in your church or community that truly empower the poor. The Institute offers you a choice of 3-5 1/2 days of courses in both the 2/3 World and U.S. contexts, taught by real-world practitioners. I notice they have video and DVD material and a full distance learning program. Cool. Think about a degree in Economics and Community Development. They even have men’s *and* women’s soccer.


  2. HOW TO LOWER YOUR INSURANCE RATES — Jeff and Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance can get quotes from eight different international health insurance companies for international health and life insurance, short- term, long-term and short-term team mission trips. Get group insurance quotes for small and large groups, plans for non-Americans coming to the USA and Americans living in most USA states.

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

    Jeff and Doug have pledged to give an offering to Brigada from every new sign-up. They really are “good neighbors!”


  3. HAVE YOU SEARCHED VIVISIMO? MSNSEARCH? — Thanks to Dale for giving us the tip. I’m ashamed to say — I don’t think I had ever been there before. He suggested I try searching for “Emerald Hills” there (remember our item a couple of weeks back? :-) ) I put in the search criteria “Emerald Hills” (without the quotes) at:

    http://www.vivisimo.com

    and lo and behold, a cluster about Team Expansion’s retreat center ranked as #12 in the list. So… pretty impressive that it had figured out relevancy that quickly. Interestingly, if you put the same words in at:

    http://www.msnsearch.com

    Brigada’s future new home (Emerald Hills) is *first*. Whoa. Cool. :-) Not sure what that proves, except… that maybe they have good taste in trees? Either way, it’s worth bookmarking both of them. :-)


  4. WHAT’S CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY TECHNICAL SERVICES? — Sure looks interesting. Thanks to Tony for tipping us off on their website:

    http://www.cmtsministries.org/

    They apparently arrange loaner cars for missionaries and, in general, just try to procure hard-to-obtain items for missionaries in general. Let’s remember to check ’em out, next time we can’t find something we need. Again, thanks Tony.


  5. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you seeking greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, enroll today in the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. This 20-week dynamic journey includes 12 weeks of life-changing teaching covering Christian world missions, the Father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare, and godly relationships. Students travel to Crimea in Ukraine for 8 weeks to work among an unreached Muslim people group. The lecture phase is April 19-July 14, 2006 with outreach to Ukraine, July 17-September 8, 2006. Find details and application forms at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    or email ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net or call (717)274-9010 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. A VPN THAT MAKES YOU MONEY? — Do you frequently check email in hacker-infested locations such as hotels, airports, or cafes? Are you a missionary who works in a high security country? Does your missions agency need to offer secure internet access? If you said “yes” (even once) a Virtual Privacy Network (VPN) service may be your most affordable *and* comprehensive solution. HotSpotVPN.com’s service is reliable and if you register for affiliate status, you can even earn the small commission on your own purchase! Or, if you don’t want to hassle with becoming an affiliate, consider using this link to sign up for an account:

    https://sales.hotspotvpn.com/info.asp?rid=b2b&pid=2&tc=1

    In addition to securing all your internet activities, you’ll be helping support missionary work in an Islamic country.


  7. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING — Here are four days focused on preparing people to go to the mission field. They’ll give simple steps people need to move forward on their call. Study relational skills, cultural principles, spiritual issues and practical teaching such as developing a prayer and financial support base. Over 165 people have been trained in MTC in just the last five years. Already, 51 are now on the field somewhere in the world. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. Find the Elijah Company manifesto and training info at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    You can get more information and applications by writing to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call (757) 226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE — Ian of the Missionary Training Service reports, that, by God’s grace, they are making good progress with the Evangelical Training Database. Hopefully launching in English and Spanish in February this year, all evangelical institutions world- wide will be invited to put information about their courses on the website, so that those who need training will be able to find out what is available in their country and language. This is an ambitious project aiming to run simultaneously in all major languages. It is committed to being a free service to both providers of courses and those searching for them, though they hope that people will make donations to the project. Find more information at

    http://www.missionarytraining.org/news.htm

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


  9. ACTING ON AIDS SUMMIT — Acting on Aids (AoA), a national collegiate movement among schools within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities will hold its 2006 Leadership Summit at Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) February 2-4, 2006. The Summit will be a chance for students to be together in the same place to collectively learn about the global AIDS pandemic from HIV/AIDS experts. Acting on AIDS is a program started by Christian college students to create awareness and activism of the global AIDS pandemic at colleges and universities across the nation. With the support of World Vision, Christian college students have formed a network of Acting on AIDS chapters which seek to change hearts on campuses, create awareness in communities, and advocate for those impacted by the global AIDS pandemic. In addition to learning about prevention, advocacy and care, students will share with their peers about the work they’re doing on their campuses and work together to find new ways they can get their campuses, communities and local churches involved and invested. For registration information visit

    http://www.actingonaids.org

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


  10. YAHOO “WEB BEACONS” NOT SO BAD? — I received several emails from Brigada participants who observed that the “web beacons” we mentioned an edition or two ago (“YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS” in the Jan. 13th issue) probably weren’t as bad as we imagined. First, they apparently only track us while we’re in the Yahoo system of shopping sites and groups. Second, apparently web beacons are much more pervasive than we imagined:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_beacons

    (thanks for the site, David). So I guess we should at least be glad Yahoo is man enough to admit it. :-) It’s still perfectly wise to opt out, since we’re given the opportunity to do so, however.


  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. The dates are March 13-April 7, May 8-June 2 and June 19-July 14, 2006. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  12. “IMAGINENATIONS” MISSIONS CONFERENCE — PenrithCLC in Sydney Australia are about to launch their 10th annual first priority missions conference. Senior Pastor Jack Hanes is well known for his ability to release finances for world harvest and stir a passion in Christians for the lost. Each year the Conference aims to inspire a passion for mission and see the releasing of finance into world harvest by challenging the church for local and world evangelisation. ImagineNations is 100% missions and runs from 19 to 24 February. To see who the guest speakers will be, view their promotional movie and register for the conference simply go to

    http://www.penrithclc.com/imaginenations

    or call PenrithCLC on +61 2 4736 3000 or email the conference team at missionsconference(at)penrithclc(dot) com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — On April 28-29, 2006, in Redwood City, CA, you can catch this conference with the theme, “Planting Christ’s Church in Asia!” at Peninsula Covenant Church. Dr. Patrick Fung, OMF’s new General Director, will speak. There will be 10 church planting workshops, children’s Win Our World program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. Check out the group and individual registration rates (discounts for students and seniors). Download the conference brochure and speaker schedule from our site:

    http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

    Or contact Julie omfconference(at)yahoo(dot)com or call 925-459-0734 in the USA. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  14. THE BACKPAGE: DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP — I’m am *sooo* tired of the way the Internet allows others to sign me up for mailing lists. Those folks at DARPA who designed the original architecture of the Internet had no idea what would come of their brainstorm. I think they must have thought it would mostly be military- types who would use this network. Because they gave us precious little control over our address. Virtually anyone can sign us up for a newsletter or mailing list. And what’s more, just about anyone can “hijack” our address and use it as a “from:” address to send a virus or attachment. For this reason, we ask that everyone follow the simple courtesy — please, please, please don’t sign others up for regular mailing lists. It’s outa’ hand. Feel free to send someone the invitation — but unless they specifically ask (or unless they work for you or are on your team :-) ), for goodness sake, please don’t spam them. Here’s a “warpath” letter I sent to Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) this past week. Who knows if a human even saw this. I received no reply. :-( — To the Asst. to Chancellor/Chief Operations Office Reformed Theological Seminary RTS.edu Tel. 601-923-1600 EXT – 655

    Dear Mr. Bailey,

    Someone from your school seems to have added me to your newsletter mailing list without my permission or without my request — and without my approval. To you, sir, with all due respect, this must seem like a very small thing. To me, this is happening over and over again by well- intentioned marketing folks.

    In case you’re wondering, I did go to the trouble to unsubscribe. But even that’s a hassle. Because your instructions say “click here to unsubscribe”, rather than giving me the actual link to use, I had to go through the trouble of opening your email in a browser window, then viewing the source code, then copying and pasting that source code into my browser “URL box” manually, then going to the unsubscribe webpage. Why did I have to go through all that? Because so many email “worms” are spread by asking people to click on a link in the email that — readers in my situation are now scared stiff to click on any link in an email. We don’t know, any more, if the link we’re clicking on is actually a true site from your seminary, or if this is a contrived email with a fake “Phishing” link– or worse yet, … some pornographic online service that’s going to try to install malware of some kind on my machine. So even your attempt to make it easy for me to unsubscribe (from something to which I never wanted to subscribe) is a hassle, is misguided, and shows your seminary’s insensitivity to email users across the board today. Yes I’ve unsubscribed… but a) I shouldn’t have had to in the first place, and b) you made it harder for me than it had to be.

    In addition, now I’m setting my anti-spamware to reject anything from your domain. So even if your marketing department *does* try to contribute an item to Brigada Today in the future, now I won’t even see it. Except for one sole address — yours… I’ll leave it open, just in case you have a moment to write back. And if you do, I’ll happily consider publishing your reply too. It’s only fair. (Note to all the others who subscribe us to your prayer lists or newsletter lists or whatever lists, without our permission: Now you see why we aren’t publishing the items you later try to send in to Brigada Today. We’ll never see them… because we’ve black-listed your address in our spam prevention software.)

    Please, please change your practices and begin living by the same laws by which our commercial businesses are supposed to live. Don’t spam us.

    Sincerely, and wearily,

    Doug Lucas Editor, Brigada Today

    >…IN THIS ISSUEIssue#3 -January 24, 2006 … — [end] (Note: I’m sure that’s more information than he wanted to see… if his spam software even let him see my reply. :-) )

20060115 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING?
  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL?
  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT
  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST
  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING
  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST
  11. REENTRY SCHOCK
  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM
  13. COPE WITH IT
  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR?
  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP
  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA
  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL?
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING? — Ever had someone say, “You’re good at that, you should train”? More and more Christian workers find themselves called on to share their skills with others. The International Communication Training Institute has announced plans for two more of its Training of Trainers workshops. These courses have previously been held in Europe, Africa and Latin America and offer you the opportunity to improve your training and teaching skills so you can not only to train more effectively, but also assess and revise your own training methods. Bookings are being taken for a two week course in Accra, Ghana (20-31 March 2006) and a six day course in Leeds, UK (15- 20 May 2006). For full details including cost and online booking visit: http://www.icti.org.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=41 or contact Andrew or Iris by Email at icti(at)icmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND — The revised 12:50 minute show includes narration and a music score. Here are the URLs for downloads with the respective file sizes. http://www.oprev.org/Intel/QuickTimeVersion.ZIP (10.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/Intel/MPegVersion.ZIP (5.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov (2.8 meg) The silent unrevised PowerPoint version is at http://www.oprev.org/Intel/PowerPointVersion.ZIP (3 meg) This show by Operation Reveille details the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may request the presentation on DVD from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE — This September 11-17, 2006 the sixth WCGIP will be hosted by the tribal people of the Philippines in Davao City on the Island of Mindanao. These are remarkable times of teaching, worship, fellowship and networking as Indigenous believers gather together from around the world. Since 1996 they have been hosted by the Maori in New Zealand, Aborigines in Australia, Hawaiians in Hawaii, First Nations in North America, and Saami in Sweden. Richard Twiss is one or the founding members from North American. He extends an invitation to any and all (not exclusive of non-Native-tribal people) to attend this great time of celebration as the cultural gifts of music, dance, ritual and protocol are shared with one another as well as networking to extend the work of “mission from the margins” back to the church in the West. For more information call Wiconi International in the U.S. at 360-546- 1867 or visit the website at http://www.wcgip.org

  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL? — Thanks to David for discovering this past week (by analyzing port traffic on his computer) that *attachments* fly through Gmail unencrypted, regardless of how one logs on at the Google Mail website. Your best bet, perhaps: Lot on to it using POP3 access. Or, if you need real privacy in the country where you’re working, avoid the whole question by using a mail service like http://www.Hushmail.com. Remember to secure your local hard drive using something like PGP or equivalent — or buy one of the new laptops (like the Thinkpads) with built-in fingerprint sign-on and encryption-on-the-chip built in.

  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT — We received some good feedback on the Google experiment relating to the new website, http://www.emeraldhills.info (Jan 13th edition, “14) THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT”. You’ll recall that this site shares news and information about the new missions center where Brigada will be based, hopefully about a year from now.) One Brigada participant pointed out that Google uses very sophisticated routines that aren’t so quickly affected. Another reader referred us to an alternative search engine, http://www.dogpile.com (note that that’s “dogpile” and not “dougpile” :-) ) which, when we put in two simple words, “Emerald Hills” (without quotes) a ranking of 14 out of 88 top searches. Don’t ask me how the programmers at dogpile.com could read my mind and know that I wanted the retreat center and not the golf course or town in California. But bless their hearts for programming the search engine in this way.

  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES — This institute will convene its fourth, “First Nations Missiological Symposium,” June 22nd – 24th, 2006 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Organizers have invited submissions of papers. Tite Ti-nou, Darrell Whiteman, Douglas Hayward, Miriam Adeney, as well as key North American Native men and women have been past presenters. This is a time to learn, rethink and dialogue with others about the changing focus of missions from a Western ecclesiological focus, to a broader global focus with its emerging reorientation of missions from south to north and east to west. Papers should focus around the theme “Historical Efforts to Contextualize the Gospel: Perspectives and Practices,” in particular, as it applies to the North American Native context. For more information contact Richard at Wiconi International at 360-546- 1867.

  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST — Tumaini Counseling Centre of Nairobi, Kenya announces their annual coast retreats for missionaries which will held at the Voyager Hotel just north of Mombasa, Kenya from April 9-13, 2006. The retreat is open to missionaries of all mission agencies. The marriage and singles retreats will share some of their sessions together. The morning sessions will include talks, small groups, private talk times for couples, and break out sessions and additional worship for singles. Afternoons and evenings are free for relaxation and vacation at the all inclusive coast hotel location. Organized childcare is provided during the morning sessions. Initial registration is due by February 10; 50% deposit is due by Feb 20; and balance due March 15. To receive an Email registration form and further information contact Tumaini Counseling Centre at tumaini.ac(at)aimint(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING — How do you know that a particular antispyware software is legitimate? Nick wrote this past week to say, “Be on the lookout for another new supposed anti-spyware program. This one is called PestTrap and it’s a clone of SpySheriff. SpySheriff was one of the top 10 rogue anti-spyware apps of 2005, coming in at number 2. You can see a screenshot of the PestTrap website at SunbeltBLOG and a screenshot of the app itself, along with the false positives in the scan results here. You’ll see that SpySheriff, SpyTrooper, SpyDemolisher, SpywareNo! and Spyware-Stop are almost identical. Check out the full article with links to pictures here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/ So… good idea number 349: By major name-brand antispyware applications like Norton/Symantec, PC Tools, etc. Your mom was right all along: “Don’t get in the car wit a stranger.” :-)

  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST — Women of the Harvest is a ministry of support and encouragement for women serving cross-culturally. Visit http://www.womenoftheharvest.com for current international retreat information and all their free online publications, including a bi- monthly electronic publication (an OnlineMagazine), a Bible study (The Weekly Word Study), and a quarterly e-newsletter that is distributed to parents of people who live overseas (Harvest Legacy).

  11. REENTRY SCHOCK — Study about “Re-Entry Transition and Life-long Care (Re-Entry)” from March 12-16, 2006 in Toronto. Missionaries returning from overseas often experience “Reverse Culture Shock” upon re-entry into their home culture. To assist missionaries in navigating the deep waters of re-entry transition in a healthy way, MissionPrep, in collaboration with other skilled facilitators, offers this four day re-entry workshop. Re-TLC seeks to provide support and encouragement to the entire family. A children’s program will provide age appropriate activities which will assist every member of the family to process and explore the sensitive issues of transitioning into you’re their new culture. Please contact info(at)missionprep(dot)ca for more information or visit http://www.missionprep.ca to register on-line.

  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM — Almost all Christian blogs are written for other Christians. But it is possible to reach non-Christians with blogs, if you use the right strategy. And anyone can do blogging – no technical knowledge is needed at all. http://ied.gospelcom.net/blogging.php

  13. COPE WITH IT — MissionPrep is planning a “Cultural Orientation for Personal Endurance & Enjoyment (COPE) seminar” in Toronto, Feb 12-24, 2006. It’s designed for Christian workers intending to serve for more than one year overseas. This intensive two-week program equips missionaries to live the paradox of the enjoyment/endurance challenge of the cross-cultural experience. Spiritual, personal, language, interpersonal and cultural aspects of the missionary experience are taught through a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction. To register on-line or more information go to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR? — Check out The TentMaker Project! The TentMaker Project is a model of micro-enterprise development in Africa which works through the local church. It provides an efficient way for Christians to help the poor without creating dependence, alleviates poverty to answer family needs, ministers mercy through the church, and equips impoverished Christians and churches for Gospel ministry. For more information about this project and to watch a video interview with a pastor in Uganda, go to http://www.TentMakerProject.org or email Nate at nathan.wilson(at)att(dot)net . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP — Take your Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, while living in the Philippines. Start with classes May 29-June 9 in Quezon City. Two courses are taught each week, for a total of 4 courses in one summer. You complete the reading and coursework during the year. One can also can take on-line courses, transfer in courses, and self-study courses if you want to accelerate your program. Check it out online at http://www.apu.edu Look for the Operation Impact Program. This summer’s courses are: 1. Servant Leadership 2. Mentoring and Developing Leaders for the Future 3. Understanding Vocation in a Changing World 4. Organizational Behavior and Development. Prices are 1/2 of on- campus prices for U.S. Citizens, and 1/4 U.S. prices for the rest of the world. Contact Melody Kuka at kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com.ph for more information, or email graduatecenter(at)apudot)edu

  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA — Thanks to Mark Sneed and the folks at Insurance Services of America, who have just reported they’ve already insured their first customer as a result of the item in last week’s item, “1) NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?” So Mark wrote yesterday, “Hi Doug, I just wanted to let you know that we got our first case through Brigada! The premium was $180, so that’s $18 to Brigada! Not a lot, but it’s a start! I look forward to many more!” (Whoa. Mentioning items in Brigada gets results!) So once again, if you’ve considered changing insurance or opening up a new life, health, or any other policy, check them out at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Thanks for being concerned for your health costs and Brigada too! :-) Want to join ISA in helping underwrite the next issue of Brigada? Just go to http://www.brigada.org and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.

  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL? — It’s funny, isn’t it, that early software authors and personal computer manufacturers thought PCs (and MACs too) would be all about productivity and utility. And that’s the way it looked at first, too. Back in the early 80’s, I was an early user of those original spreadsheets, word processors, and database applications. They fueled the first wave of computers. But no one imagined what would fuel this next wave. Now it’s practically impossible to imagine that the PC revolution was fueled by a spreadsheet program called Visicalc. My 16- year-old has studied everything from falconry to the correct way to hold a pistol for target-shooting, all on the Internet. The truth is, the PC isn’t really so much of a “*personal* computer” any more, at least according to the early intent of the word “personal.” Instead, it’s a node to a great cloud of users that are all working (and playing) on line simultaneously — virtually.

    You see, any more, it doesn’t have to be all about spreadsheets, data, bits and bytes. Here’s an example. Just as he and his family were poised to leave for Southeast Asia as new missionary recruits with our mission org., Mark Trotter learned last Monday that he has malignant brain cancer. His family gave up a successful dental practice to prepare for the mission field. Now, with his departure imminent, he and his wife, Lyla, learned Monday that the fast-growing tumors in his head are inoperable, incurable, and, barring a miracle from God, will inevitably take his life. Within a few hours of hearing about this calamity, our mission created a page on our website where friends and family can “virtually pray” for him. (Please log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org then click on “Caring for Mark” in the right-hand “main menu.” Check out the responses of others. Leave a short prayer yourself. You don’t have to register or sign in. But imagine how a word of encouragement from a dozen or two Brigada readers would help his wife and 10 children [yes, you read correctly; 10 children] make it through the surgery Tuesday (designed, we’re told, to aid his quality of life, but not save his life).]

    Now here’s my point: See how the “personal computer” begins to become *personal* in ways that original creators never imagined. One could say that the machine has become bigger than its creators, in fact. The truth is, the machine *enables* personal ministry to Lyla Trotter and her children… and to Mark as well. Previously, how would we have gotten this news out. There are 10,000 people who read Brigada every week. How could we have asked 10,000 people to pray for Mark Trotter on Tuesday. It would have been impossible. Maybe at times like these, the *personal* computer finally becomes … *really*… ***personal***.

20060108 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06
  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL!’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH)
  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE
  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA
  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE
  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS
  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006
  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM!
  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE
  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT
  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? –- Although you can purchase insurance elsewhere, when you purchase travel medical & international health insurance via the Brigada web site your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community. Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada-sponsored plans, go to http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html . They all benefit from your business and we thank you!.

  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06 — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in the beautiful Tampa Bay area of Florida for two days in November 2006 to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and will teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and small group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org

  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — On February 1-3, 2006, the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting it’s first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/ or e-mail glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL !’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH) — To find out, go to http://www.easyenglish.info Click on ‘What’s new?’ and you will find an EasyEnglish Bible translation of the Book of Esther, with notes that help you to understand the text. This is the wonderful story of how God protected His own people from a wicked plot. At that time they were foreigners in the country of Persia (now called Iran). Robert Bryce has translated this story into EasyEnglish Level B (vocabulary 2800 words).

  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE — Here’s one in Germany (taught in English), 27 March-13 April 2006. Organised by the European Training Programme (ETP) of Wycliffe/SIL, it will be taught by Dr. Julie Taylor, Consultant Ethnomusicologist in the SIL Africa Area. This course is of particular value for those wanting to apply principles of ethnomusicology to their mission work anywhere in the world. Participants will learn how to encourage and develop indigenous worship that is appropriate and meaningful to the culture of the people. It will help if participants have had some musical training, but no specific level or instrument is stipulated. For more details, visit http://www.eurotp.org and click on “courses”, or e-mail Uschi at admin-etp_germany(at)sil(dot)org . The cost is 900 Euro (including full board & lodging). Apply before February 17th. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA — Africa is rising! Join the 2006 Best Hope for Africa Conference. This time of prayer, teaching and networking will be held March 24-25, 2006. Vinelife Community Church in Longmont, Colorado USA will host this dynamic event. Contact Willie wrumenera(at)vinelife(dot)com for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE — Join the more than 10,000 people who receive the free “People Raising” e-mail newsletter each month. Now there is practical advice on fund raising 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 Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS — If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups – be aware that Yahoo is now using “Web Beacons” to track every Yahoo Group user. It’s similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit, even when you’re not connected to Yahoo. Look at their updated privacy statement at http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy bout half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says Web Beacons. Click on the phrase “Web Beacons.” On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled “Outside the Yahoo Network.”

    In that section find a little “Click Here to Opt Out” link that will let you “opt-out” of their snooping. Be careful! NOT to click on the next button shown. It is an “Opt Back In” button that, if clicked, will UNDO the opt-out.

    Note that Yahoo’s invasion of your privacy – and your ability to opt- out of it – is not user-specific.


  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006 — Here’s a global missions mobilization event by Youth With A Mission Singapore and Arise! with a goal to mobilize 4000 people from all over the world and of all ages to 15 Asian nations through 400 outreach opportunities, to reach the marginalized and the perishing. The Conference dates will be from 6th June to 9th June 2006. Misson teams will be sent out to the various outreach locations from 12th June onwards. There will also be an Arise! Children’s Conference running concurrently aimed at instilling in children a heart for the lost, equipping them and giving them opportunities to participate in outreach. For more information, please check out the Go Fest website. http://www.gofestasia.com or email admin(at)gofestasia(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM! — Many companies and ministries survey their employees to learn how to create more effective work environments. But typical workplace surveys don’t address cross- cultural mission issues. So, the WEA Mission Commission, Global Mapping International, Best Christian Workplaces and Generating Change have teamed up to provide Engage!, a process to help current and former field missionaries give feedback to their agencies via email and Internet. Registration is open between now and March for U.S.-based sending agencies (other WEA national movements may consider something similar). The cost is affordable and is tiered by agency size. Learn more and register your agency to participate at: http://www.gmi.org/engage Direct questions to Jim at jim(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION – – Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a pre- conference workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics – Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28, 2006. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30.

  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE – If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, plan to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 29 – 31, 2006. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $60 or $75 for the Workshop and the Conference. Aquaculture International honors Jesus Christ as the organization Head.

  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT — What a boost. In today’s mail, we received a handwritten note of encouragement from an Englishman, intent on seeing us push forward. Inside the note were two $10 bills, sent via air mail from across the Atlantic. It was signed, “Yours in our Lord’s service.” How can we not push on, after receiving notes and encouragement like that? Thank you brother! If you’d like to add to this anonymous brother’s $20, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.

  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT — Does anybody really understand Google? I don’t. Try this experiment. (Please.) Suppose Brigada were going to move to a new site called Emerald Hills. (We are, by the way.) Suppose you were kind enough to help us explore the question, how do we promote the future home of Brigada… just to kind of help out. Well here’s that you could do:

    Open your browser, go to Google.com and search for “Emerald Hills.” When you see, among other things, tons of sites relating to the city in California (Emerald Hills, CA or even “Emerald Lake Hills”) and the golf courses (Emerald Hills), :-) don’t click to them. Instead, without logging off the web, immediately do a follow-up search like… “Emerald Hills pray retreat learn” (which should bring our new Emerald Hills campus to the top of the list: EmeraldHills.info), click on the EmeraldHills.info site so Google learns that people like to go there. Now here’s the weird thing: Google apparently *learns* that you thought Emerald Hills was . . . “more relevant” to your search. In other words, Google memorizes that you found what you were looking for (or at least you *thought* you would) at EmeraldHills.info.

    Now — first of all — thank you for your help (if you chose to give it). But second of all, this has big-time ramifications for your ministry. If you happen to have an email update, you could ask your constituency to do, essentially, the same thing. Instead of always giving them the link in your email update, ask them — just every once and awhile — to go to *Google* and search for it. Help them out by giving them the two-step that I mentioned in the above paragraph: First search for your site by just typing in the name of your org.; but tell them not to click on other stuff. Then give them a more exact criterion that you know will lift your site higher in the rankings, and then ask them to click through to your site now. In this way — apparently — you’ll climb up in the rankings. We did this with a dozen or so people in our home staff . . . and maybe 25 other volunteers… so 50 people in all and suddenly, Emerald Hills climbed from 93rd to 65th out of 2.8 million resulting pages. And that climb took place in just 48 hours. So… don’t just click to it — *search* for it now and then. :-)

    By the way, once you’re there at the Emerald Hills site anyway, why not read one or two pages. Check out the “News” section, especially under “Dreams to Build”. Click on that article, “World Harvest Center Plans Underway.” Dream with us that one day Brigada will have an archive room in that building… one that you can visit if and when you ever pass through Louisville. Dream of prayer walking on those trails… miles of them. Imagine your missions team renting that facility to do a knock- down, drag-out, top-notch retreat focusing on prayer & missions. (OK… so I’m excited about Emerald Hills. But you get the idea. :-) ) (Oh… Once again, thanks for your help with the experiment. Now you go try it on your own organization or group.)

20060101 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER
  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE
  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE!
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS
  7. FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA
  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM
  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  13. CENTER FOR TESOL
  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD!
  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN
  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  17. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER –- Talking Bibles International is urging DVBS leaders to engage their students in learning more about families with children living in oral cultures who need Talking Bibles because they do not read. TBI has a packet of information that makes it easy and fun for DVBS leaders to stimulate and involve the children. The packet includes an attractive short video showing how the Talking Bible works and the important difference it makes for those who do not read. Children get excited and are happy to be able to give a Talking Bible in a needed language to someone who cannot read. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org and/or

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

    or Contact info(at)talkingibles(dot)org or call 1-760-745-8150. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE — The End Of The Spear (the movie) comes out Jan. 20th. All over the country, groups are watching premierings at local churches this week. Visit:

    http://www.endofthespear.com

    for more on the movie. (The website is very cool, by the way. :-) ) Seems to be very powerful. A savage killer from a remote Amazon tribe becomes grandfather to the grandchildren of the North American man he killed. End of the Spear is a dramatic feature film based on the true story of the documentary film Beyond the Gates. The movie is rated PG- 13. This is an opportunity for all believers to reach out to others in their workplace and neighborhood by taking in this stirring movie with a story of redemption. See resources to help you use this movie as out reach at

    http://www.daretomakecontact.com

    (Hope you like it Corban! Thanks Herb.)


  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE! — Global Opportunities for tentmakers invites you to attend their Light to the Nations tentmaking course in Dallas Texas February 22-26, 2006. If you want to investigate tentmaking and business as mission or if you are a tentmaker in between jobs, consider attending this one of a kind course. Course material is specifically designed for working and doing ministry in closed countries. Speakers include David English executive director of GO, Steinar Opheim director of TENT Norway, Ari Rocklin international director of GO and guest speakers. They cram a two week curriculum into 4.5 days of intense and fast paced training. If you can not attend this one, there are two upcoming courses in Bergen Norway and BC Canada in 2006. Registration deadline for the Dallas course is January 31, 2006 which can be done directly at the GO website.

    http://www.globalopps.org

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


  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation, whether they are just starting out or are a veterans. Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camps include: Jan 12-13 (Indianapolis, IN), Feb 13-14 (Colorado Springs, CO), March 8-9 (Nashville, TN), May ? (Seattle, WA), May 8-9 (Ft. Meyer’s, FL).


  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA — The COMIX35 ministry will hold their first 2006 Christian comics seminar in Sydney, Australia on May 29-31. The seminar is for any Christian communicator (editor, publisher, writer, artist) wishing to learn about the production and use of comics-style literature for evangelism and discipleship. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. Seminar topics include Identifying Your Audience, Plotting & Scripting, Storyboarding & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, and Cultural/Communication/Evangelism Strategy Considerations. The scheduled teachers include Graham Wade and Nate Butler. To apply, or for more information, contact Graham Wade at grawade(at)ihug(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Since 1996 COMIX35 has held 30 training events around the world, for over 750 attendees representing 49 countries. To learn more about the COMIX35 training ministry, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS — Missions Catalyst (from our friends at Caleb Project) is a weekly ezine designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide to be a voice for strategic ministry. If you’re a mobilizer and don’t know everything already, Missions Catalyst is for you. Original and reprinted content covers missions news, resources, and fresh ideas to facilitate mobilizers. Subscribe by January 10 to receive the Practical Mobilization article advocating youth missions projects among domestic unreached peoples. For more information and a free subscription, go to:

    http://tinyurl.com/ar8ac

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


  7. FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES — missionary411.com is a new website that offers missionaries a free web-managed web site to keep their partners up on what they are doing as a missionary. Creating your own web site is free of charge, though donations to defray server and usage costs are welcome. The site offers a variety of features; a personal web address, anonymity if serving in a sensitive area, unlimited news updates and prayer requests, picture uploading and total management of the web site with no knowledge of html. To find out more information about this ministry, or to sign up for your own account, go to:

    http://www.missionary411.com


  8. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, and retirees. They have everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. For more information, log on at

    http://www.mats.org

    or call (765)965-7777 or fax (765)962-4645 or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA — MIM is seeking English or Spanish speaking Christian women to care for abandoned babies in a small city among mountain tribal peoples in North Africa. French and/or Arabic is useful but not required. For more info, contact MIMUSA(at)telefonica(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Misión Integral Mediterranea (MIM) busca mujeres cristianas de lengua española o inglés para cuidar bebés abandonados – en una ciudad pequeñaa del Nórte De África con tribus de las montañas. El frances y el árabe son utiles, pero no indispensibles. Escriba: MIMUSA(arroba)telefonica(punto)net

  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Thanks to Judy for sending $15 recently from her TEL3Advantage long distance service account. She wanted Brigada Today readers to know that they can get great calling rates while helping Brigada — for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min …UK 3 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents, Israel 3.2 cents, Colombia/SA 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. Lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

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

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Based on sign-ups, she says she’ll send additional sponsorships to Brigada Today. So — please, everybody, call someone! :-)


  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM – Operation Reveille has produced a 12 minute slide show detailing the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may view a low quality QuickTime version of the show at

    http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov

    Higher quality versions in PowerPoint, AVI, ShockWave, Keynote, MPeg, or QuickTime format may be requested on CD-rom or as e-mail attachments from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — February 1-3, 2006, The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/

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


  13. CENTER FOR TESOL — Asia’s Center for TESOL in connection with the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines will be holding its annual TESOL training in Manila Philippines. The 5-week course will run from April 10 until May 13, 2006. The course is 120 hours of instruction, complimented by a 20-hour practicum and observation component. Air conditioned dorm room facilities and meals are available. Class size is limited to 20 students. Non-native English speakers must pass an English Language proficiency test or hold a authentic TOEFL score of 550+. Please inquire to actesol(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph or see their web page

    http://www.actesol.com


  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD! — Here’s a site:

    http://www.mediastrategy.org

    that has general mediastrategy resources on a variety of media types (Thanks to the tip from an anonymous tipster who preferred his name not be mentioned.)


  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN — This conference happens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, 9:30-3:30, Central Michigan University, at His House Christian Fellowship Church. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. For more information contact Rodney: yuen_rj(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — Thanks to the folks at TelligenceTech for sending a gift of $15 in honor of Brigada readers who purchased at: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ You’ll recall that this open software disk — available to the rest of the world at: http://www. TelligenceTech.com at a higher price — is a basket full of goodies that could make you more productive in spite of the low low cost to assemble them. Also rec’d this week was a check for $100 from a couple of American teachers in China who wrote, “We’ve been using bits and pieces and links from Brigada from almost your beginnings in 1995.” Whoa. Sobering. Based on the date on the check… and since it came all the way from China, I’ve added it into the 2005 tally. But get this — a $750 check from an anonymous couple in Indiana. “Thank you for all you are doing to further the kingdom.” Gulp. Whoa. Thank you!!! Add in a $20 check from PA and the total from this past week tallies to $885! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! To all who shared sacrificially in 2005, we’re very grateful! Shew. Now we roll the numbers over to zero and begin 2006.
  17. If you’d like to kick it off… be the very first to give in 2006… just click on sponsor above.


  18. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS — I came in last Wednesday night from church and joined my son in time to catch the 2nd half of the University of Southern California vs. Texas in the Rose Bowl game. Frankly, we had a blast watching it. Those who follow [American] college football know that USC has remained undefeated for nearly the last *3* years. (I believe their last loss was like their 2003 season opener!) So, with 2 season championships already under their belt — and having forgotten what it feels like to lose — USC faced off against Texas, with just about everyone assuming they would walk away with the trophy. Just about everyone except for a certain Texas quarterback named Vince Young.

    Now Young had his doubters. In the first place, to quote one of the announcers, “he just doesn’t throw right.” [sic] :-) I’m telling you. His passing form looks … like … something out of a 6th-grade sand lot football failure. But somehow… it works. Columnist Ivan Maisel (ESPN) wrote, shortly after the game, “Young ran for 200 yards and threw for 267, completing 30-of-40 passes with a motion that still makes NFL scouts reach for their Rolaids. But even the pickiest of scouts knows how to read a scoreboard.” :-) (Read the whole story today at:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/index

    But it’s really his running game that is so bizarre. As he’s running and scrambling, the typical viewer thinks, “Oops.. he’s gonna get sacked.” Well he never does. (He went the whole night without one sack — meaning, they could never catch him and tackle him behind the line of scrimmage to force lost yardage.) Maisel observed, “He makes it sound simple, he makes it look simple, and to him, it probably is simple.” But to all of the mortals on our planet, what he does seems next to impossible.

    Time after time, when one would think that it’s over, Vince Young would slide through some unseen seam and — next thing you know, he’d be scoring. And when he scored the winning touchdown of the game it was almost surreal. The camera caught his eyes after the run, as if he were scanning to see if some official would rule against it. It was as if you could see those little wheels turning in his head, “Did that count? Did I really just do that? Did we just beat USC?” He must have felt that way because — it truly looked so easy for him. The truth is, nobody even *touched* him as he jogged into the end zone… with just 19 seconds to go, against a defense that hadn’t been beaten in about 3 years! Who *does* that? Vince Young does.

    As I was mulling over the game in my mind, I thought to myself, you know… I know some workers who probably look like that now and then in their jobs. We use unorthodox means, we do things in weird ways, but in the end, we get the job done sometimes… and come away with big outcomes for the Lord. I think . . . Vince Young actually teaches us a strong lesson about grace. I heard the coach talk about Young’s freshman year — which wasn’t nearly as successful. He explained that the coaching staff was trying to force Young to use proper form . . . and nothing was working. Last year, to be honest, they finally “gave up” on him and let him try it his own way. Last night was the culmination of grace. And boy did he model it. Boy did it work.

    So … next time somebody doubts your form, don’t be so hard on yourself. Ask (or pray) for some patience. Don’t become so frustrated. Just take it easy, one step at a time. (Granted, if you don’t get the job done, you might need the coaching. Be glad for it.) But if you’re completing your objectives on time, effectively, maybe you need to pull out a video of the Rose Bowl, just to give ’em something to think about. At the very least, they might give you a chance. And sometimes, like Vince Young, a chance is all you’ll need. I pray you can find a mission to work with like the one that employees me. It seems to specialize in granting grace, extending options, giving another chance. Oh yes… there are those times of tough love. But the truth is… if one is trying hard to follow . . . and if he/she is making a difference, Team Expansion, for its part, seems to see a “Vince-Young- future” in those of us lucky enough to work here. That’s the Team Expansion paradigm. I hope your agency or organization is similar. Because there are enough frustrations as it is. (If they’re not, I’ll join you in praying that they’ll *become* so.) Either way, take heart. Pray. Run. Don’t give up. Your Rose Bowl is coming. :-)

    Doug

20051225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE
  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN
  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES!
  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED)
  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEEDD TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM — This course, formerly known as Perspectives on the World of Islam, is coming to San Diego, California, January 26, 2006 – April 20, 2006. For more information about the classes see http://www.EncounteringIslam.org To sign up or to get answers write ewiofsdatyahoodotcom or call Ben (619) 583-0950 in the USA.

  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES — missionary411.com is a new website that offers missionaries a free web- managed web site to keep their partners up on what they are doing as a missionary. Creating your own web site is free of charge, though donations to defray server and usage costs are welcome. The site offers a variety of features; a personal web address, anonymity if serving in a sensitive area, unlimited news updates and prayer requests, picture uploading and total management of the web site with no knowledge of html. To find out more information about this ministry, or to sign up for your own account, go to: http://www.missionary411.com

  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day offers a resource page of tips about how to make church websites evangelistic. This content can, in turn, be inserted into any other website, just by copying a few lines of code. The process is now far simpler than that offered previously, and will enable you to create a new page in seconds. http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-tips.php

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, and retirees. They have everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. For more information, log on at http://www.mats.org or call (765)965-7777 or fax (765)962-4645 or email car(at)mats(dot)org

  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE — Tentmakers International Exchange is organizing on August 16th-19th 2007 the “All Africa Conference.” The theme is: The Way to African Nations. The venue will be the Grand Seminar Saint-Augustine, Samaya, Bamako, Mali, West Africa. This conference is designed to develop tentmaker strategies of mission in Africa, and to train lay people to share their faith in the context of their professions/trades. For more information, contact Tiowa partnerspmgm(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Main speakers include Dr Derek Christensen, (TIE International Director) and many others. Reserve your spot with a deposit of just 5 euros if you reserve in 2006. (Four days full board will cost just 35 euros.) If possible, reserve through your national TIE contact person.

  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN — Need a place to “connect” with other missionary women? “Oaks of Righteousness” group exists to provide a place of support and fellowship for women in missions. Drop a note to the moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com or apply at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES! — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks again to Judy for offering to help sponsor Brigada if folks sign up for this service.)

  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED) — In early 2004, you began praying for the Northern Cape Coloured, an unengaged people. You prayed that men, women and children would have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. You also prayed for the Lord to send Christian workers who would live among these people, demonstrating the love of Christ in their daily lives. God has answered your prayers! Now there are eight missionaries working and living in the Northern Cape (of Northwest South Africa) and who are part of the Northern Cape Evangelism Team. Let us praise God and thank Him for answering these prayers! Praise God that the Northern Cape Coloured are no longer an unengaged people! Enter 2006 with expectancy as God’s Word is proclaimed throughout the Northern Cape! Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za to find out more about Forgotten Peoples.

  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEED TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS — Two months after the storm, most of the relief agencies have gone home for the holidays never to return to Guatemala. Porch de Salomon (see http://www.porchdesalomon.org ) has shifted its focus to relief work and house-building and is recruiting teams for the 2006 calendar year. If you would be interested in helping the thousands of homeless and hungry storm victims in the Atitlan Basin, the hardest hit area of Guatemala, drop Bill a line at bill(at)porchdesalomon.org They can use medical,/dental, construction, evangelical, youth, and Bible School teams of 12 to 20 members. For some photos of the destruction see: http://www.pananight.com/tormenta_stan_Album.html Also check out the newsletters on their website above for examples of the work their teams have been doing.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR! — As we all begin this new year, I can’t help but wonder — what new habits will we all form. I have this friend and co-worker … His name is Eric… and recently he’s *reeeally* been into this mode of forming good habits. For example, every morning for the past 22 mornings, he’s gotten up early to re- write (remember ink pens?) his entire year’s goals, one line at a time. (OK… so he only writes the broad strokes, but still, it’s a whole page of stuff.) He says it’s really helping him keep his long-range goals in mind.

    So how ’bout you. What habits are you going to form in 2006? Whatever they are, let’s all try to live each moment for the Lord. And may God bless us every one.

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20051218 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TONS OF GREAT RESPONSES ABOUT USING PHOTOCOPIES IN WORSHIP
2. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
3. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM
4. LOOKING FOR ALL THOSE EVANGELISTIC FILMS ONLINE?
5. MISSIONARIES: NEED HELP SEARCHING THE INTERNET?
6. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD!
7. USE THE INTERNET FOR GOOD!
8. ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CONSULTATIONS ON SUDAN
9. VOIP FROM ANY COUNTRY
10. THANK GOD FOR SPONSORS
11. LAST DAY TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. TONS OF GREAT RESPONSES ABOUT USING PHOTOCOPIES IN WORSHIP — Whoa.. had no idea I’d be so flooded with responses regarding the ethics of using photocopying in worship. (Maybe somebody out there is reading Brigada Today after all! :-) ) Thanks to all who responded. By far, most informants told me about “Christian Copyright Licensing International” http://www.ccli.com Ross, an attorney in Arcadia, California, drew my attention to: http://www.ccli.com/Visitors/CopyrightLaws.cfm (Thanks Ross) Basically, as Eddie summarized, a church can simply pay an annual fee depending upon its attendance figures, then have license to copy as described in the respective request (per CCLI’s agreement).

Others referred me to Susan Fontaine Godwin at Church Copyright Administration, which specializes in church copyright compliance: http://www.churchca.com/ Basically, she and her team will administrate these kinds of issues for your church and make it easy for you. I spoke with Susan for some time on the phone. (Thanks Susan.) Here’s what I’m learning: This issue of photocopying music for the worship team is kind of gray. The actual regulation says that the music can be printed for use in singing… so if the music is mostly *words*, I guess it’s okay. However, if the music became actual *scores* (ie., if it were to be broken down as the “sax part”, “bass part”, etc.), it might not be legal to copy it. Lester drew my attention to this quote from the CCLI agreement: “What the License does not cover: Photocopy or duplicate octavos, cantatas, musicals, handbell music, keyboard arrangements, vocal scores, orchestrations or other instrumental works.” Oops.

Anyway, the church I attend — and where I play keyboard quite often — has a CCLI license and the music is mostly for singing, in that it isn’t broken down by part. So — bottom line — CCLI seems to be the way to go. If you copy music (words or otherwise) without a CCLI license, your church is probably, at times, cheating the original creative genius that came up with the lyrics and music. That’s sad.:-(

Do mission organizations need CCLI licenses? Probably. If they do worship sometimes, like ours does. I checked and, sure enough, our guy in charge of promotions and printed stuff was way ahead of me. Come to find out, Team Expansion already has *two* different CCLI licenses, one for music and one for film. (At a boy, Nick.) Again, thanks to all who pitched in so we could figure this out.
2. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Thanks to Judy for sending $15 recently from her TEL3Advantage long distance service account. She wanted Brigada Today readers to know that they can get great calling rates while helping Brigada — for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min …UK 3 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents, Israel 3.2 cents, Colombia/SA 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. Lots of convenience features. For more info go to: http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Based on sign-ups, she says she’ll send additional sponsorships to Brigada Today. So — please, everybody, call someone! :-)
3. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM — Operation Reveille has produced a 12 minute slide show detailing the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may view a low quality QuickTime version of the show at http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov Higher quality versions in PowerPoint, AVI, ShockWave, Keynote, MPeg, or QuickTime format may be requested on CD-rom or as e-mail attachments from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. LOOKING FOR ALL THOSE EVANGELISTIC FILMS ONLINE? — Grab them at: http://www.createinternational.com/films/ (Thanks Cal!)
5. MISSIONARIES: NEED HELP SEARCHING THE INTERNET? — Do you live in a sensitive- or creative-access country? Can’t search for what you’d like, because someone might monitor it? A site launched in September of this year searches the internet for requests submitted by missionaries, church planters, evangelists and those in related occupations, especially those from developing countries. Requests are currently limited so please request a search only if you fall into the above category. Not all information is available on all topics. However, many good resources exist and it is the aim of this site to match these resources up with those who need them most. See http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com or email a request directly to request(at)internetmissionsresearch(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD! — Here’s a site: http://www.mediastrategy.org that has general mediastrategy resources on a variety of media types (Thanks to the tip from an anonymous tipster who preferred his name not be mentioned.)
7. USE THE INTERNET FOR GOOD! — And another… http://www.ie-21stcentury.com has materials in internet evangelism, including links to free IE workshops presented at a recent IE conference.
8. ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CONSULTATIONS ON SUDAN — Are there any consultations focused on Sudan? If so, please email Brian with the JESUS Film Project brian(dot)burchell(at)ccci(dot)org if you know of any consultations, or if you’d like to network around a Sudan focus.
9. VOIP FROM ANY COUNTRY — Interested in calling the US, Canada, the UK or Germany from any country around the world for only $0.029 per minute? With the VoIP solutions offered by United World Telecom (UWT) through our Brigada friend, Phone-access.com, you can make calls over the internet to these countries, and any other countries at very discounted rates. After you have signed up and downloaded the small Softphone you can call from your PC to any landline and mobile line in the world. The Softphone works even with dial up connections – and the rates beat even Skype for many countries. If you prefer using a VoIP handset, UWT can set you up if you already have one – or you can purchase one through them. No monthly fees, no sign up fees, no minimum fees. You only pay for the calls you make. From early 2006 you can even call for free to any other UWT customer within their network. For more info and to sign up please go to http://www.phone-access.com/voip/. Any questions please write to johnfryd(at)phone-access(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. THANK GOD FOR SPONSORS — Thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance ($100), Dial-Abroad ($91.20 for Oct. and $70.81 for Nov.; love it!), Center for Intercultural Training ($50), Blessed Hope Communications ($13.99), the Interserve and the Rethinking Forum ($25), and an anonymous giver who pitched in $25 with a note of encouragement. As always, we encourage you to make good use of these sponsors and their services. Find them at: Good Neighbor: http://www.gninsurance.com/ Dial-Abroad: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm CIT: http://www.cit-online.org/ Blessed Hope: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/ Thank you, thank you, thank you!
11. LAST DAY TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005 — Want to join together to help Brigada cover the cost of a part-time secretary… or just do a good turn to help them with some basic advertising costs? Well if you’d like your gift to count toward their drive in 2005, better hurry. This is the last day. It’s easy. Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. If you send a check, you’ll automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt. If you send your gift via PayPal, please specify in the comment blank on the donor form that you’d like a PDF receipt that you can print on your own printer at home. Will we make our goal for 2005? The next 12 hours will tell! :-)

20051211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY
9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD — Keep your family healthy at home or abroad with clean drinking water. 911 Water provides discounts for missionaries on the best portable water filtration units in the world. Dip water out of a stream, puddle, or any fresh water source and filter out bad tastes and odors, bacteria, harmful chemicals, and more. No electricity or water pressure necessary. Comes with self sterilizing and re-cleanable filters. Order online at http://www.911water.com , or call 877-702-4433 in the US, or 1-205-453- 0471 from overseas. Call or email nicknoll(at)911water(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] to ask about a discount for missionaries and mission agencies. Larger discounts on bulk orders. Also, 911 Water is searching for international dealers and distributors. Up to 50% of global health problems are related to contaminated drinking water. These filtration units can save lives. If you or someone you know is looking for a business platform or a way to be a blessing, email the same address.
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two, four, or six week ministry team to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey June 15th to July 20th 2006. This is an opportunity to join an experienced/ ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, work with local churches and visit and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is to work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. This is an ideal opportunity for a church group or for individual interested in getting started in Muslim ministry. For more information contact Doug dougnann(at)compuserve(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (509)302-0027.
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL — For those who followed up on the item, ” ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD”: http://www.brigada.org/today/2005/20051028.html#7 maybe it’s not so great after all. Turns out that it might be a breach of the conditions of use of websites from which it gets the texts. Our apologies to the publishers who work hard and deserve the meager royalties they receive. A better approach might be to grab the ESV or some other version that is “open” and not copyrighted. When we published these instructions, we didn’t realize that this approach was tantamount to skipping copyright… never a good idea.
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING — Come to think of it — is it legal for a church to make multiple copies of its worship song music for the different members of its worship band? When I play piano or keyboard for the local church I attend when I’m in town, I constantly feel funny about looking at photocopied music, especially when it has the copyright warning at the bottom of each page. Wouldn’t the worship minister have to own literally a songbook for each band member in order to legally photocopy that material? I’m no expert . . . but it makes me feel sheepish to even use it. If you have information on that, would you please drop a note to: copy-music(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS — Change lives before, during and after a Short-Term Mission utilizing The Next Mile follow-through resource. The heartbeat of The Next Mile is built around the spiritual pilgrimage concept. Most publications for short-term ministry revolve around how to prepare for and how to do the ministry. When it comes to keeping the flame alive in people’s lives post- ministry, there are only paragraphs or chapters here and there. While there are some tools available that focus on “debriefing,” there is little done after the ministry. Capitalizing on the experience of more than 30 recognized mission leaders, The Next Mile resource offers practical tools to enable leaders to plan, conduct and follow-through with Short-Term Mission trips for long-term impact. For more information about The Next Mile resource, visit http://www.thenextmile.org or email info(at)thenextmile(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY — Here’s a free seminar scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, co-sponsored by Interserve USA and the host Calvary Bible Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Seminars and workshops throughout the day will feature Rev. Douglas Van Bronkhorst, Interserve Executive Director and six other professionals now serving the needs of the underserved in explaining how professional skills and talents can be used for God’s Glory cross culturally. There is no cost. Registration and details can be obtained by writing gplatte(at)ludlow(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY — Since 1983, World Mission Associates has specialized in how to avoid or overcome dependency in mission- established churches and organizations. Dependency is an unhealthy reliance on foreign resources or personnel. To learn more about how to develop healthy indigenous churches that rely on God to open up local resources in response to His people’s prayers, look at the website http://www.wmausa.org or contact wmausa(at)msn(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping).
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE — The fifth RJC Conference will take place February 17-19. This year there will be five different tracks or emphases. 1) “Foundations” for those wanting basic information about ministering to Japanese. 2) “Leadership” which helps leaders in specific programs for Japanese. Then there will be three tracks in Japanese. One will be a symposium for Japanese pastors working to better minister to returnees. One will be for Christians to become effective witnesses, and the last will be for Japanese seekers. There will also be a Pre-Conference strategy discussion meetings on February 16 and 17, concerning how to reach the 500,000 Japanese who are temporarily in North America. For more details please see http://www.rjcconference.org/. Or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to make your connections to the missions field more effective? On March 21-24, the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) presents “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” at Regent University in Virginia Beach. This consultation will give you the opportunity to network with other agencies working around the world and create strategies that will enhance your missions efforts. You’ll expand your missions vision and network with others who share your passion. For more information, contact AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or visit the consultation website at http://www.upc2006.org
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of a missionary family moving by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” humorously celebrates a slice of life on the mission field. This Christmas, give the gift of adventure. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005 — Thanks to the anonymous donors in Pasadena, CA, who just sent $50. Want to join them in helping Brigada cover the cost of a part-time secretary… or just do a good turn to help them with some basic advertising costs? Well if you’d like your gift to count toward their drive in 2005, better hurry. Just 2 weeks to go. It’s easy. Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. If you send a check, you’ll automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt. If you send your gift via PayPal, please specify in the comment blank on the donor form that you’d like a PDF receipt that you can print on your own printer at home. FYI… So far in 2005, Brigada has rec’d $9,741.28 out of a goal of $16,576. :-( So… over $6000 left to go in 2 weeks. Gulp. What happens if we don’t raise it all? Well eventually, Team Expansion or somebody has to make it up. They’d love it if our readers would pitch in and help. Maybe you could ask your church or group to pitch in? Maybe someone you know is making out a will, or would like to do something as a memorial gift or make a gift in memory of someone? Or maybe there’s a foundation that might contribute? Whatever the case, please consider saying a good word for Brigada in these next 2 weeks. Thank you in advance.
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS — The Dec. 18th, 1998 Brigada Today included about 33 ways to say “Merry Christmas” (or some similar greeting) in languages from all over the world. Today, seven years later, the web gives us amazing resources. For example, check out: http://www.flw.com/merry.htm — which gives *350* ways to say Merry Christmas *and* provides detailed information about each group. Granted, you might have to turn down your speakers (to avoid hearing the incessant hokey midi music). What’s more, let’s pray that the wacko cursors don’t cause you to curse. But other than that, there’s some great information there.

http://users.aol.com/WSCaswell/message.htm — Bill Caswell takes aim at the same goal — hundreds of ways.

http://silentnight.web.za/translate/index.htm — Jako Olivier takes a different approach by displaying the words of “Silent Night” in over 100 languages. In cases where more than one dialect occurs in one location (like Afrikaans and Albanian), he even presents both versions.

http://www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm — one-ups us by purporting to play *audio* of some of those greetings in the original languages.

http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/holidays.htm — goes even one step farther by providing links to *dozens*… maybe hundreds of other sites which give literally *books* full of information about the famous holiday. (And for those worried about exclusivity, you can even pick up your info. on Hanakkah and Kwanzaa there.) :-)

Either way, one thing’s for sure. This Christmas thing is more than a passing fancy. It’s captured a couple of billion hearts… who, in turn, want to share everything they can with the other four billion!

20051204 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT SOURCE FOR INSURANCE
2. PICK UP A BASKET OF OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE, READY TO DEPLOY
3. DON’T JUMP TO STAR IN FILMS
4. PORTABLE APPS SUITE: A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR THUMB DRIVES
5. NATIONAL ANTHEMS FOR YOUR COUNTRY
6. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA
7. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
8. WANT TO LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEB?
9. EMPOWER BRIGADA FOR 2005 WHILE YOU STILL CAN
10. THE BACKPAGE: TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT SOURCE FOR INSURANCE — More and more companies have entered the international health insurance market. Here’s one that can now provide quotes on 8 different international health insurance plans for career workers offered by 6 different international companies. Premiums usually increase in the first quarter of the year between late January and early March. If you intend to get insurance, it would be best to apply now. For comparison of quotes from several companies contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
2. PICK UP A BASKET OF OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE, READY TO DEPLOY — Sure you might be able to find all this stuff on the open Internet. But for this price (a special deal for Brigada members), you could sure save a lot of time by going to: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ The provider writes, “Over the past few months I have put together a collection of open source software for Windows on a single CD. The design of the CD is similar to (and based on) theopencd.org, except mine is a much larger collection. My business partner and I typically sell it for $40 (we have sold it for as high as $60). We’d like to clear inventory and would like to make a special offer to Brigada readers.” (Disclaimer: The provider is saying that for every CD sold, he’ll make a $1 donation to Brigada as a way of saying thank-you. So … for $14, you get all that stuff *plus* send $1 to your favorite missions resource magazine! What’s not to like about that! :-) ) The games alone are worth that: Sokoban, Battle of Wesnoth, FlightGear, GNU Chess, FreeCiv, TuxType, TuxType. :-) OK… you can do work with this CD too. You also get, OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, PDFCreator, Gantt Project, and Open Workbench, among many others. Shipping and handling is just $2.50. That should tell you that the provider isn’t trying to make a bunch of profit. (By the way, in case you’d like to see what the rest of the [non-Brigada] world pays, go to: TelligenceTech.com and you’ll see they have to pay $44.45 for the very same applications. :-) Thanks Peter.)
3. DON’T JUMP TO STAR IN FILMS — If you saw the recent note seeking cross-cultural workers to star in a feature film (“FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE”, Nov. 18th Brigada today), think twice — or even three times — before agreeing to anything. At least one Brigada reader feels discretion is the better part of valor… that such films, with good intent or otherwise, raise the level of awareness for non- Christian audiences as well. Accordingly, these films might end up inciting criticism or even violence toward those choosing to star in them. “Hollywood emporium” — or, “let the movie star beware.” :-) Just a word to the wise. Remember that just because the producers of a movie send in the request to feature an item in Brigada Today, it doesn’t mean we know their pedigree. See “DISCLAIMER” in the “CLOSING STUFF”. And remember, fame isn’t eternal fame if, in fleeting, it takes others down with you. (Thanks Mark.)
4. PORTABLE APPS SUITE: A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR THUMB DRIVES — Have you seen Portable Apps Suite, at: http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/portable_apps_suite/ Read more about it at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1849710,00.asp (scroll down ’til you see their mention). This option would give you an anonymous presence on a thumb drive *plus* a great price — free! You get Portable Firefox (web browser), Portable Thunderbird (email client), Portable OpenOffice.org (office suite), Portable AbiWord (word processor), Portable NVU (web editor), Portable Sunbird (calendar & task list), Portable FileZilla (FTP client), Portable Gaim (instant messenger) and it will all fit on a 256Mb USB thumbdrive. Team up this application/hardware with a Gmail account (with a SSL connection to your email) and you’ve got a truly anonymous set-up for next to nothing. The only cost is the cost of the key at your closest computer hardware vendor. (Thanks Paul!)
5. NATIONAL ANTHEMS FOR YOUR COUNTRY — Grab midi music, words, and historical background to the anthems of most countries in the world: http://david.national-anthems.net/ (Thanks Tony!)
6. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA — From June 16 – 18, 2006 the Rethinking Forum will sponsor its 4th annual conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This Atlanta area gathering will commence at 1 pm on Friday and conclude at 5 pm on Sunday. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling: two great DVD workshops. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chocked full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Only $24.95 for the set of two. Check it out at http://doiop.com/storyteller or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
8. WANT TO LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEB? — Try browsing to: http://rightnow.org Looks like they’re onto something big there. Lots of opportunities already on file. More coming almost daily. Jump on board. Help get the word out. Let’s ride this wave! :-)
9. EMPOWER BRIGADA FOR 2005 WHILE YOU STILL CAN — Time’s a wastin’! Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY — I love hearing from our various workers around the world around this time of the year. Many… especially those working in sensitive lands… have abundant opportunities to tell about the Christmas story during December. Maybe they’re teaching English as a second language… or just helping out at a high school or college. Maybe they lead a conversation club or a “Let’s Start Talking” group. Whatever the location, the outcome is the same: When some individuals hear the Christmas story for the first time, something clicks inside. The God-sized hole that was created in all of us yearns to be filled with His love.

So go ahead… make their day. Tell the Christmas story to a friend, regardless of what continent you call home. You’ll be glad you did — and so will they!

20051127 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
2. “STUFF VOLUME IV” NOW AVAILABLE
3. GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS 2006
4. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
5. SPECIAL PRAYER WEEK FOR UNREACHED DEJING ZHUANG OF CHINA
6. ANOTHER OPTION (BETTER?) FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET WORK
7. THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
8. BRIGADA BY THE NUMBERS
9. WANT TO HELP LIGHT A FIRE FOR BRIGADA?
10. THE BACKPAGE: “SYSTEMS” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company’s next Missionary Training Camp is February 23-26, 2006. During those four days, they’ll share crucial highlights for missionary preparation and sending. See their web site http://www.elijahcompany.org for what others have said, their manifesto, course content and more. For applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507.
2. “STUFF VOLUME IV” NOW AVAILABLE — “Stuff IV – Yet More Stuff you need to know about Doing Mission in Your Church” is the fourth volume of an encyclopedia of all the things you wanted to know about doing missions but didn’t know where to find. It is a compilation of one-page concepts, lists, outlines, forms, samples, and resources covering everything from Becoming a World Christian to Missions Web Sites. “Stuff” is available only on CD in Microsoft Word. A CD of all four volumes with cumulative index is available for $26 each (including shipping). Send a check (in U.S. Funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Specify the “Stuff CD” and provide your postal address. See portions of the first two volumes and the cumulative index at http://www.davidmays.org/Resources/resmays.html
3. GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS 2006 — The Global Consultation on Music and Missions will be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Celebrate what God is doing world- wide while learning about music and missions from such recognized experts as I-to Loh, Roberta King, Ronald Man, Mary Oyer, Steven Fry, John Witvliet, and others. Choose from over 30 informative breakout sessions on topics such as syncretism, promoting unity in blended cultural contexts both at home and abroad, and other facets of using culturally relevant music to reach and encourage others with the good news. GCoMM attendees from sponsoring organizations will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on the registration fee. Subscribe to receive free email GCoMM updates at http://www.gcommhome.org . For more information or details on how your church or organization can become a sponsor, write to info(at)gcommhome(dot)org . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.
4. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Come join a two-, four-, or six-week ministry team to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey June 15th to July 20th 2006. This is an opportunity to join an experienced/ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, work with local churches and visit and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is to work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. This is an ideal opportunity for a church group or for individual interested in getting started in Muslim ministry. For more information contact Doug dougnann(at)compuserve(dot)com or (509) 302-0027. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. SPECIAL PRAYER WEEK FOR UNREACHED DEJING ZHUANG OF CHINA — Though they are part of a Gateway people group and receptive to the gospel, the Bible-less, unevangelized 1.1 million Zhuang in the Dejing dialect area continue to be greatly overlooked. If you’d like to bless the Dejing Zhuang with one of the most significant Christmas gifts possible, then join this prayer effort by e-mailing dejingzhuang(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 .] If you write “Send printable 2 page guide” in the Subject box they’ll email you a printable 1 page(front and back) PDF file with the prayer requests for all 7 days. If you write “Send me e-mails December 17-24” in the Subject box they’ll e-mail you one short prayer entry with a picture each day for seven consecutive days beginning December 17.
6. ANOTHER OPTION (BETTER?) FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET WORK — Thanks to Paul in France for suggesting an alternative option for anonymous emails and browsing: Portable Apps Suite. This download allows you to carry all your standard applications on a USB thumbdrive, iPod, portable hard drive or any other portable media. It contains a portable web browser, email client, web editor, office suite, word processor, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client and FTP client… all in one package, all preconfigured to work portably and be easy to back up. Find it at: http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/portable_apps_suite/

Paul has tested it himself and the performance is certainly acceptable. A very good link that discusses this topic: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1849710,00.asp. There you will also find link to encryption tools for USB drives and other security tools.
7. THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — Christian workers arrived in the small, desert village just on the border of Namibia and South Africa. If it is possible, this village was even poorer than the previous ones visited that week. One family lived in the shelter of a tree and everyone carried water from community taps. But even in this harsh climate, God is working. The Gospel was presented and a young man found new life in Jesus Christ! He was given a Bible and encouraged to grow in his newfound faith. The Christian workers pray that the next time they visit this village many others will want to know how they can have a new life in this desert. Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer. Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. BRIGADA BY THE NUMBERS —
*** Total number of editions of Brigada Today since starting: 568, including this one
*** Total pages of text written so far this year: 251
*** Total subscription cost charged to all users since beginning: 0
9. WANT TO HELP LIGHT A FIRE FOR BRIGADA? — You can do it with $25 or $250 or $2500. Just go to “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: “SYSTEMS” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE — If you’re like I am, “systems” can make a huge difference in your life. When I say “system” I mean that you’ve worked out a particular way of doing things and you do it that way every time, or you’ve decided to keep a particular thing in a particular place and now you always know where it is. Here are a few examples of “systems” that I’ve had to work out so I don’t drive myself crazy:

a) In the briefcase I use for my laptop, I have a little pouch in which I carry a “clicker” (radio-controlled rather than infra-red) to advance Powerpoint slides. I keep it there year-round, even though I actually only do an average of 2 or 3 presentations per month. But I noticed time and time again that I’d be up in front of people before I realized I had forgotten to pack my clicker. Now, even if I’ve already started the presentation, I can easily continue the generic intro. while I fish the pouch out of this particular pocket — and never break eye contact with the audience. So I have a system to keep me in business.

b) I try to get rid of all those little message slips or other notes that can accumulate from phone messages or reminders. I just transfer them to my to do list — in one place — along with all the associated phone numbers or other data. (I keep my to do list on my Treo cell phone/PDA, but a paper Day-timer or other calendar/journal would work the same way.) That way my life is all on one list, ready for action when I have the time.

c) I save up and purchase an 2 extra AC adaptors for my laptop, so I have 3 in all. I keep one plugged in at the office, one plugged in at home, and one packed all the time in my briefcase. In this way, I never have to pack up AC adaptors — ever. When I arrive at home or the office, I just plug in . . . and when I’m on the road, I feel relieved that I didn’t have to remember to pack it up before leaving home or the office.

These are 3 examples of simple systems. Maybe to you they seem rather elementary. If so, you probably have your life broken down into systems already. But for the rest of us, we could probably all use some work developing these approaches or routines. Start by identifying something that bugs you… something you forget, or something that seems jumbled or garbled. Then “think outside the box” to try to figure out a solution so you can handle it the same way each time you approach it. Take whatever steps necessary to build that system, then start with the next challenge.

In this way, life gets simpler as each day goes by . . . and less stressful. And less stress is good, because there are enough real reasons to be stressed beyond those that we could resolve more simply anyway. Beside… dealing with life by “systems” can cause us to feel like we’re in control . . . like we have impacted our reality, rather than becoming a victim of it.

So good luck. Go build a system and then celebrate the small stuff. :-)

20051120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., offers an undergraduate major in community development. The major equips students with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical world-view. It prepares students to be agents of Christian transformation within low-income communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. The major offers three areas of specialization: Economic Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Child and Family Development. A highlight of the major is its research internship in which students live and work for three-to-six months in a poor community under the auspices of a host church or ministry. Students can apply by submitting an application found on the Covenant web site, http://www.covenant.edu. A $9,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. For qualified community development candidates who are not awarded this scholarship, other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 are also available. Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a separate scholarship application found on the financial aid section of the Covenant web site. The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005, so better apply today! For questions about Covenant College, the community development major, or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site or contact the Admissions Office by phone at 706-820-2398 (U.S.) or by email at admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE — Here is a free down load of the popular Missionary Emergency health Book Called; “Where There is No Doctor”. (Thanks Andy!) http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS — For many years, Create International has been looking for more ways to make their multi-lingual evangelistic films available to unreached people groups around the world. Recently, a wonderful brother agreed to put all of these presentations into streaming video format on the Internet. Now you can view all of their evangelistic films produced for thirty different people groups in high quality fast streaming video. They will also make the URLs of these movies available to anyone who wants to put them on their own websites or used them in cyber cafe evangelism. Here are the movies and their URLs:

A Changed Life (Gan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=c6eaaa7f-8ea5-4605-b5ae-b893d42faa3b

A Changed Life (Mandarin)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=2faeff2f-0294-4d34-9bb3-40c1bb08a887

A Greater Love (Myanmar)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=70d5050d-4067-4468-a8c1-9867285422d4

Ahmad’s Dream (Malay)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=268e3447-93bc-4d9c-9330-a886ec9c6341

Building a Family of Love (Mongolian)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=185d34c3-46d0-457d-81fa-92b14061ba08

Debt of Honor (Madurese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=331d09d7-64fd-437e-97d9-f933b2510409

Help From Heaven (Balinese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=deb8c16b-62f0-4698-a5b3-bbd95204b334

New Life (Awadhi)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=5839e83b-2774-4d80-b281-e23622fcf842

The Burning Heart (Bengali)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=46cf2f31-18c9-438a-847b-06aabab61d8e

The Light of Revelation (Hui)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d65ced37-91be-49d9-83df-a3c5b161a2fd

The Return of Singkorn (Isaan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d50bad14-0eb9-43b0-ba25-473729551c36
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL — Here’s an option for educating your kids overseas. The Potters School is http://www.pottersschool.org They offer home schooling over the internet with the availability of audio and video communication. Most communication is by e-mail. The school comes highly recommended, with friends of friends listed among the faculty. (Thanks Chris!)
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE – Are you having a hard time finding term life coverage while serving overseas? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They offer a unique life insurance plan that is not available from traditional life insurance companies. While many companies automatically reject applications of those that intend to leave the United States, ISA has partnered with the oldest and largest financial institution in the World to create a term life plan that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of living abroad. Their plan has options of 1 to 10 year terms with face amounts up to $4.5 Million.

Coverage details, rates and the online application may be obtained online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net . You may also email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net , [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health and life insurance needs. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health and life insurance coverage.
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Spring (Jan. 23 – May 12). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or browse to http://www.strategiclanguages.org
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE — That’s right… Thanks to an educational campaign, sponsored by TechSoup.org and Mailshell, you can pick up something for nothing. The campaign began in November and culminates on December 14 and 15, this Wed/Thurs, when nonprofits and public libraries can order free anti-spam software donated by Mailshell. For more information, browse to: http://www.stopspamtoday.org/stop_spam_fd.html (Note: This is not an endorsement of Mailshell software. Several reviewers currently indicate that the service has significant downtime, so … what’s the phrase… “Caveat emptor”: “Let the buyer beware.” (Thanks Chris!)
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar. Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th.

This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE — If your role includes motivating or recruiting people for evangelism and mission, Tony suggests that you check out the range of downloadable clips available here:
http://the-task-virals.blogspot.com/ (maybe the 1st link is dead here?)
http://viral-life.blogspot.com/ (Thanks Tony)
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN — Thanks for those who pitch in to help motivate us and carry the expenses of our secretary here at Brigada/Team Expansion. Recent gifts include anonymous donors (1 at $5, 2 at $25 each, and a Wycliffe missionary at $45), $20 from the organizers of http://www.witnessJesus.org where you can post your testimony and impact others… and $20 from the folks at Send Global airtime http://www.global-airtime.com where you can get quality international calls on cell and landline phones for a fraction of the normal cost, and also $40 from the folks at: http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html where they teach people how to use storytelling for missions outreach. (Check out their DVDs there and please let them know you heard about them on Brigada!) Finally, we were humbled and astonished at a check from friends at New Mission Systems http://newmissionsystems.org/ for $1,000.00, representing the largest donation received thus far in 2005 and the 2nd largest ever in the history of Brigada. When asked why some of the organization’s members chipped in at this level, the reply came back, “Because we find that we have used items from Brigada over and over again and we here at NMS wanted to give something back to those who were giving to us.” Whoa. Now here’s the deal — I know they aren’t rich there. But they gave sacrificially. May God bring growth to them beyond all that they ask or imagine… That’s my prayer in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL — This brings to $9,691.28 our gifts during 2005, which now represents well over half of our goal of $16,576. What happens if we run short? Team Expansion tries to make up the difference… but you can help by utilizing these last couple of weeks of 2005 to make the best donation you can muster. Maybe you can only pitch in $5. But maybe you can give $1,000 or more. Either way, we’re very grateful. Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER — A couple of weeks ago, I found what looked like a perfectly good Toro leaf blower in a garbage barrel on our property. It looked nearly brand new, but a quick check confirmed what I had suspected: it wouldn’t blow even one leaf, let alone a yard full. In fact, it wouldn’t even start. However, I’ve always been partial to Toro (even if this one was a reject; actually, it was a “Toro 51591 Super Blower/Vacuum”; click here to see it at the Toro website :-) ), so I have to admit — I threw it in the back of my truck and headed home. Tonight I saw the lonely machine sitting there on my workbench. Honestly, it reminded me of that jack-in-the-box on the Rudolph claymation show… You know… the one on the “Island of Misfit Toys.” It was a cast-off… Slated for destruction. Whoa. Only my hands had saved it from the clutches of Mr. Garbage-Truck-Man.

So, I did what every good Toro-lover does this time of year: picked up a screwdriver and started disassembling. About 7 minutes later, my heart leaped for joy. I discovered a fairly simple problem with a safety interlock mechanism inside the machine, designed to prevent operation when the tool was partially cracked open. I grabbed a piece of plate metal from my nuts-and-bolts collection, carefully fitted it in just the right channel, clamped everything back together and — whoosh… Away flew the screwdriver like the down of a thistle! Score one for The Garbage Patrol. :-) One Toro leaf blower salvaged.

Now I ask you: Why do I get so jazzed over rescuing a discarded leaf- blower, aside from the fact that I’m a big fan of Toro? :-) Well it’s hard to describe: There’s something about repairing something that was on the ropes… something about resurrecting a life that others had considered long gone. This leaf blower will always be special to me now… tons more significant than if I’d bought it today at Sears for $29.95 in the Christmas sail. (Did I mention it blows at 215 mph? :-) )

For some reason, I feel the same way about people. There’s a fine line between a “tough love” approach and the “cut-throat” response. That fine line, in my opinion, is the responsibility to weigh out the intent of the worker. If the worker is obviously thumbing his nose at expectations, then after a documented set of warnings, he or she should be let go — I’m convinced. However, if the worker evidences sincere and determined efforts to succeed, I personally believe we should extend some grace, some creative coaching, and see if we can’t salvage a life.

Now my 16-year-old son saw something different in the leaf blower. He thought it could stand for a Christian-waiting-to-happen… blocked only by some piece of faulty behavior, perhaps easily altered by a caring friend or an accepting family.

Either way, the outcome is the same: less junk in the landfill, fewer blisters from raking, and lots of 215 mile-per-hour miracles. And did I mention it’s a Toro? :-)

20051113 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FREE RESOURCES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
2. BE ANONYMOUS ON THE WEB
3. “BORN IS THE KING!” (UNIQUE CHRISTMAS STATIONERY)
4. INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA 2005
5. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
6. TEACHERS NEEDED IN RURAL NEPAL
7. FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE
8. IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES FOR CHRIST IN ORLANDO, FL!!
9. WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR BRIGADA!
10. MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT
11. THE BACKPAGE: “LORD, TEACH ME ABOUT THE ECONOMY”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. FREE RESOURCES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — COSIM has a web site offering resources for churches and ministries engaging in, or beginning to engage in, cross-cultural ministry partnerships. New there is a downloadable paper from Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta: “What the Global Church Wants the West to Know About Partnership” plus eleven more free document resources in the Resource Center — from evaluating partnerships — to guidelines for submitting a project proposal — to partnership agreements — to short-term missions training manual. Also find information there about the 2006 COSIM Conference, June 12-14 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” Go to: http://cosimnet.org/
2. BE ANONYMOUS ON THE WEB — StealthSurfer II is now available, and comes bundled with Anonymizer and RoboForm. It’s Password protected, with IP masking (through Anonymizer). You get secure user ID/password management with RoboForm. ALL files, including history and cookies, get cached on a flash drive that comes as a system in kit-form. It uses USB v2.0 for fast and easy access. It’s plug and play, so there’s no installation required. Available in capacities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB, starting at $99.29. If you purchase a StealthSurfer product, you also get a free, secure StealthSurfer.com email account. For more information visit http://www.stealthsurfer.biz
3. “BORN IS THE KING!” (UNIQUE CHRISTMAS STATIONERY) — Use this uniquely designed stationery to remind everyone you know of the true meaning of Christmas. Packages of 50 sheets of letterhead or 50 matching envelopes are available for $5.00 each through the Caspari Center office by calling 630-668-3328 or emailing caspariusa(at)caspari(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also view a sample and order the stationery through their web site at http://www.caspari.com Shipping is only available within the U.S. and at an additional cost.
4. INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA 2005 — NK Missions, the World Network for North Korea Missions, is mobilizing 100 prayer meetings for North Korea in homes around the world during Dec. 4-11, the International Week of Prayer for North Korea. You may sign up for a leader’s kit online at http://www.nkmissions.com They actually were hoping to get you signed up by November 23, but maybe you can still talk them out of a kit. Cost is $10, but scholarships are available for those in developing countries.
5. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can take TESOL training February 6 through March 3 and March 13 through April 7, 2006 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. TEACHERS NEEDED IN RURAL NEPAL – Become a blessing in rural Nepal. There is a vital need for two teachers, one elementary and one secondary, to teach a fairly small group of children. One elementary and one secondary teacher are needed. For more information please email sunilpjohn(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 .]
7. FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE — Are you on a mission? Here are some award-winning documentary filmmakers looking for articulate, passionate young Christians who are actively taking the Gospel to the world. You will be a major character in a feature film as you journey from your hometown to foreign countries doing God’s will. If interested, please send a headshot or photograph with a short description of your personal vision and reasons for taking up the mission to: lisakhsu(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 .] Please note: You must already have a mission planned. Your trip will not be funded. Shooting begins in February 2006. http://www.revolutiontheory.com
8. IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES FOR CHRIST IN ORLANDO, FL!! — Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Luis Palau Association to bring individuals and teams to Orlando, FL to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. The first hand will be the week leading up to the Orlando Festival (Operation Compassion). Teams will be involved in practical displays of Jesus’ love including saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes, random acts of kindness and Habitat for Humanity. The second hand will be the gospel proclamation given by Dr. Luis Palau. Involvement needed for the two days of the Orlando Festival include humanitarian projects, children’s area, setup and takedown for the festival, counselors and prayer teams. The dates are March 25 – April 3, 2006. To learn more, email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.deltaministries.com/ or call 1-800-533-5822 in the USA or call +1-1800-533-5822.
9. WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR BRIGADA! — We heard several encouraging words… $15.52 from Blessed Hope Communication (when you sign up to use their long distance service, they make an offering to Brigada in relation to your minutes “on the air”… so — please reach out and touch someone! :-) To learn more, just click to: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada We also received $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church (Thank you!!!), and from anonymous partners, we received gifts of $5, $20, and $25. This latter gift was from an anonymous missionary working with Greater Europe Mission. To these new partners of Brigada, we appreciate you!!!
10. MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT — Don’t forget that with Brigada, the tiniest gift means so very much. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
11. THE BACKPAGE: “LORD, TEACH ME ABOUT THE ECONOMY” — I continue to be in awe of those who understand big business. I have a lawyer friend who understands Washington, history, Wall Street… you know the type. Me? I’m mystified by it all. The preaching minister at our church told me that cumulative spending on world evangelism for 2004 was $1.7 billion. He also said sales figures for Sony Playstations were exactly the same: $1.7 billion. We’ve all heard illustrations like that. I’m sure you have a favorite one about dog food or pet supplies. The point is — how does all this economy of scale work? And does it at all relate to World Evangelism?

On the one hand, I’m thinking the Lord can do whatever He wants to do, with or without the USA fiscal budget, Sony, or the country of San Marino. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills… All he has to do is sell a few head and your next mission project is totally covered.

On the other hand, it *is* sobering how much we spend on small stuff. And it’s telling how much our *supporters* have spent on small stuff… stuff that really won’t matter.

So here’s the thought for the day: Today, let’s all contemplate for a minute about the fact that, when we appeal for someone to give toward our upcoming mission project, we know deep down inside we’re asking them to give toward something that will *matter*… something that will *last*. If we’re convinced of that, then why are we so sheepish asking for money. Next time we have doubts about asking for funds, let’s all remember that if they don’t give toward the particular mission work in which we’re engaging, they’ll probably just use it to buy video games anyway. :-) And that, my friends, … that tiny change in our way of thinking… that can make all the difference.

20051106 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT?
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP!
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development provides distance learning courses on church- based, field-tested strategies that promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor. These courses are email-based guided readings with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments along with peer interaction. Three courses are offered. The first is scheduled for Jan. 2-27, 2006. It provides an understanding of the needs of the poor and lays the goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. The second gives an overview to Christian microenterprise development and microfinance. The third teaches the basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) as a ministry tool. To learn more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org . You can also contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 (US) or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE — Caleb Project is pleased to announce EWI Online, the distance-learning version of Encountering the World of Islam. In 12 weeks, EWI Online provides a positive, balanced, and biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims and equips Christians to reach out to them in Jesus’ love. Students learn about Muhammad and the history of Islam, gain insight into today’s conflicts, discover the frustrations and desires of Muslims, and learn how to pray for and befriend them. EWI Online involves textbook readings, downloadable lectures, weekly online discussions, meeting a Muslim and visiting a local Islamic center, four quizzes, one paper and a Concert of Prayer. Students complete one lesson each week. Winter classes begin January 2! For more information, email info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see http://www.encounteringislam.org
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY — The “American Grants and Loans Directory” is now available. This publication contains more than 1500 financial programs, subsidies, scholarship, grants and loans offered by the US federal government. It also includes over 700 financing programs available by foundations across the United States. The Canadian Subsidy Directory is also available for Canada. The CD version is $69.95 and the printed version is $149.95. To order, just call 450-224-9275 in Canada.
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP — Catch some introductory training for the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView, December 5-9, 2005 at Global Mapping International (Colorado Springs, CO). Learn how to implement the GMMS for your ministry. Tuition will be $300.00 for GMMS licensees & $500.00 for those who have not acquired the GMMS (Price includes printed materials and lunches/snacks). Multiple attendees from a single organization will each receive a $50.00 tuition discount. For more information, contact Tony tony(at)gmi(dot)org or call 1-800-569-6312. Remember to respond quickly. Space is limited to 10 participants. If you sign up by November 21st, you’ll guarantee your spot and save $25.00 off registration. (Note: The cost of lodging and meals other than lunch are not included in the tuition fees.) Visit http://www.gmi.org/gmms to find out more.
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar.) Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th. This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — This valuable workshop will be held February 27 to March 3, 2006 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. The Cost will be $190.00CDN which includes lunch and course materials. This course, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. Gateway Missionary Training Centre has offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or call 604-530-4283 and ask for Beverly.
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT? — Then go to http://www.easyenglish.info and click on ‘What’s new’. Now download ‘Stories from the Book of Genesis’. Helen Sealey has written these exciting stories in short sentences, using Accessible EasyEnglish (level A 1200 words in the lexicon). She has designed them especially for anyone who struggles to read English. The EasyEnglish Bible Dictionary is also available now, from the same website. This item explains over 800 Bible words in EasyEnglish.
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR — Here’s a Christian-owned company that does Web & Flash Publishing/programming, Graphics Designing, Database Programming, Image Processing and Data Capturing (data capturing from faxes, books, magazines, forms), Admin Support, Data Entry, File conversion (from one file format to another). For more information, please contact Brian cbpdirect(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for their sponsorship in response to Brigada readers signing up with their service. This past week, they sent $103.76… so if you ever need phone services, please consider them first. Just go to http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT — When I’m not writing Brigada material, I’m trying to do my best to lead a little missions agency called Team Expansion, with about 260 full-time workers in 36 countries. When our field workers experience a loss of a parent or child, we try to make sure someone from our “home office” attends the funeral with them. I’m guessing most other agencies do the same. Well one of those funerals was scheduled to happen today. The funeral was slated to take place in a small rural community in Central Illinois. Commercial flights just didn’t line up . . . so I was forced to plan to make the 9-hour drive (originating at a missions convention I was attending), leaving at 2am or so. Not an ideal situation… but doable. (We do what we have to do, right? :-) ) Well the truth is, my co-workers love me… so after I went to sleep at 9:30pm or so, they were like little elves, scurrying around arranging better options for me. :-) When my alarm went off at 1:30, I found a note under my door explaining that they had managed to secure a friend of the mission to fly me there in a private plane. What’s more, another staff person had volunteered to accompany me. I was instructed to go back to bed and sleep for another 4 hours. Instead of having to drive 9 hours one way, the pilot got me there and back in 5 hours round trip!

As I pondered the events of the day, I took away a few lessons from the whole process.

First, I’m convinced that scheduling the trip to the funeral was the right thing, even though it was hard. The truth is — sometimes we evaluate our courses of action based on how difficult we guess they’ll be. More and more I’m realizing that if I just focus on doing what’s right, lots of the infrastructure grows up after the decision is made.

Second, traveling by plane — “as the crow flies” — sure makes a lot more sense than driving along traditional roads. The metaphor is probably goes without saying: Let’s solve problems by tackling them “head-on.” Let’s don’t allow traditions to slow us down, regardless of how many times “we’ve done it that way before.”

Finally, I was thrilled at my team’s willingness to take initiative. Can you believe they changed my travel plans “while I was sleeping!” But one of the reasons they took that initiative, I think, was because they knew me well enough to know that I’ve empowered them to do more than just *talk*. They know they can take action and, within reason, make big changes — even changes that impact the president :-) — and life will go on. In fact, lots of times, it goes on better!

So … next time you think you have your travel plans set for the morrow, beware closing your eyes to go to sleep — if you’ve trained your team to dream, plan, and take action. You just might wake up to learn that the tables have turned… and the outcome just might be tons better than what you had originally hoped!

And that’s a good thing… because it’s truly a jungle out there.

Doug

20051030 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS?
3. MISSION NETWORK NEWS
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES?
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 22nd-27th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflife(at)bigpond(dot)com
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS? — No worries. It’s easy to fix. Just take note of which one arrives first. (The originating address will either be YahooGroups or Googlegroups.) Unsubscribe from the *slower* service by using the unsubscribe information in the “Closing stuff” below. You shouldn’t have to see 2 of those come in each month. These dual Brigadas resulted from our switch over to GoogleGroups, which helped dozens, if not *hundreds* of Brigada subscribers start seeing Brigada again. (For some reason, it seems that YahooGroups sometimes *loses* or stops sending to certain addresses.) The loose end is — pick the service you want to lose [the 2nd email you receive?], then follow the instructions in the “closing stuff” below to unsubscribe. Thanks!
3. MISSIONS NETWORK NEWS — Mission Network News is now available in four languages. MNN is a mission news service. Their goal is to share headline news with a twist. They always answer the question, “How is God using this to draw people to Himself?” MNN wants to get people out of the pew and involved in Great Commission outreach. While MNN is on the air on more than 900 radio stations in 31 countries in English, Romanian and Russian, they also have a website where the radio broadcast scripts are translated into Romanian, Russian and now Spanish. These translations will allow even more Christians to be encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and more involved in outreach. It helps Christians stay plugged in to missions so they can pray more effectively, give to key ministries and go on mission trips either short term or full time. If you’d like to see a sample of MNN’s translations go to http://www.MNNonline.org/translations
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER –Every culture has its philosophers and thinkers. On a research trip to the Mbalantu people (Of Northern Namibia In Africa), two believers encountered a man named P. He would not listen to the Gospel. He bombarded them with questions and opposition to their presence. Pray that the Lord would open P.’s eyes to the truth and save him. His influence could be used to bring many Mbalantu to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is now online. Some items: How much private benefit can you have before your organization is no longer exempt? Non-clergy employees of religious organizations can sue for civil rights violations. Religious school can fire a teacher for advocating abortion. Supreme Court ruling might lead to more eminent domain land grabs of tax-exempt organizations. Volunteer Protection Acts are not a complete shield from liability. INS improperly denied a religious organization’s application for a religious worker visa. Some ministry expenses must be allocated to non-taxable housing allowance so are not 100% deductible. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at: http://www.cosimtnet.org. Or write to 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 .]
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES? — I’m still partial to Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com It’s easy, it’s free, and USA viewers can order copies of the pictures with all the ease in the world — at the low-low price of $12 cents each when you have them shipped from the site. There are no editing controls, but you could edit before you upload. What’s more, if you live in the U.S., you can do a one-hour service with your neighborhood Walgreens and pick them up locally. There are plenty of other services out there (most of them charge a small fee), but to me, none surpass the smooth ease of use that Snapfish provides. Since it was recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard, it seems destined to continue its legacy and move forward into the future with promise. And if you don’t live in the USA, you can still enjoy a great picture-posting site.
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous new partner who send the gift of $30 to help us stay at this. This donor gave similarly last year. We appreciate those who undergird our expenses and thus propel Brigada forward into the future. Want to be a part of those who invest in the future? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs” — Lately I’ve been enjoying the movie, _Sahara_. The plot’s interesting (though far out), the characters make it a fun ride, and the comedy/timing is, at times, hilarious. But maybe what attracted me most to the movie is the great relationship between the star and his right-hand man (Dirk and Al). For some reason, it feels like the “Lone Ranger & Tonto” duos have become all too few and far between these days. Dirk & Al recover it. How ’bout you? Got a chance to create that “Bonny & Clyde” partnership with someone? If so, don’t pass it up. Work on it today… and enjoy the camaraderie. Want to see a fun example? Rent “Sahara” and use it as a key part of your next team meeting or luncheon. Note the way the actors have different gifts, different styles of thinking. Remember the place where Al says “I just wondered when we’re going to modify our decision- making paradigm”? I laugh and laugh . . . because that *soooo* typifies the struggle with some people (maybe a visionary leader like Dirk) when they try to march forward in spite of the fact that the team doesn’t have all the information, is short on resources, and is, in fact, kind of clueless as to how to really accomplish the mission. When the team member (“Al”) questions the direction, Dirk responds, “Seems like it’s working pretty well for us so far.” Love it.

20051023 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST?
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE?
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., recently established a scholarship for its undergraduate major in community development. The scholarship, valued at $9,000 will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. Other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 will also be available for qualified community development candidates. Students can apply by submitting a scholarship application available from the Covenant web site at

http://www.covenant.edu

The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005. The Community Development major combines a liberal arts education with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical foundation. It equips students to be an agent of Christian transformation within poor communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. For information about the major or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site, call the Admissions Office at 706-820-2398 or 888-451-2683, or send email to admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu – [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES — As a result of modern technology, every translated New Testament, can now be made available in audio form for non-readers in less than ninety days. It can be done for only a very small fraction of the cost of translating and printing it. By putting already translated Scriptures into Talking Bibles, one can reach twice as many people with God’s Word for less than 5% of the initial cost of translating it. To learn more visit

http://www.talkingbibles.org

and

http://www.audioscriptures.org

or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS — You can find current prayer requests and personal experiences with reaching Sikhs by going to

http://www.imb.org/compassionNet/PeopleGroups.asp

and scrolling down to “Jat Sikhs of India.” People profiles on Sikhs are available by going to

http://www.joshuaproject.netpeopctry.php

and selecting country “India” and people “Jat, Sikh” or “Khatri, Sikh.” Also, you can purchase a prayer guide or video on Sikhs by going to

http://www.calebproject.org/store

then use the search button in the upper right-hand corner to search for Sikhs. You’ll see “Sikhs, India Unreached People Group Booklet” and “Sikhs of the Punjab Video – India, 2002.” To learn more about how you can witness to Sikhs, go to

http://www4truth.net/

and click on “World Religions” and then click on “Sikhism.” Or contact Gurmeet & Nitu by emailing: gurmeet(at)pqsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST? — Is someone you know going through deep trials? Are you? Do you need a worship song that declares your willingness to follow the Lord no matter what come your way? “I Will Trust Him” was born in the suffering of ministry and will encourage your soul. Visit

http://www.tonguetied.org/IWillTrustHim

to download the words, lead sheet and MP3. In addition, consider using it for your fellowship or church. No web? Email chap(at)tonguetied(dot)org asking for the song pdf. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE? — Worried about computer theft? Every time a PC PhoneHome or MacPhoneHome-protected computer makes an Internet connection, it sends a stealth email message containing its exact location to a pre-determined email address of the user’s choice and to Brigadoon Software. If your computer goes missing, make a police report and contact Brigadoon. They do the rest. Your missing computer is returned to you with the help of their recovery agents, local police services and global ISPs. A single copy of PC PhoneHome and MacPhoneHome retail for a one time cost of $29.95 USD. No additional charges.

http://www.brigadoonsoftware.com
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES — You can have security alerts that are relevant to missionaries emailed to you. They cover natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities. Currently, Christian Missionary Alert consists of a team of four moderator specialists who glean updated information from their own resources and security networks. When you join you can choose to have messages come to your inbox or opt to read them on-line. To join, simply send blank message to: cmalert-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD — Did you know you can use a Bible Import Tool to download versions of the Bible such as (NKJV & NIV) which are not available at the eSword website. It’s available at:

http://www.dnspad.com/engine/index.php

(Click on “e-Sword Editors, Templates & Tools” and find the import tool in the list.) Note: When you run the program it may tell you that there is a newer version available for download.
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA — The Christian English Programme (CEPA) can help you improve your English and ability to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Ministry skills. Through formal lessons with experienced TESOL teachers, immersion in the Australian culture through arranged Homestay, electives and excursions. The teaching centre is located in the heart of the central business distinct of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Fees are very reasonable CEPA is an outreach of the Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide in association with SIM Australia. The next course will be held 5 July to 25 August 2006. Enroll early to save your spot. For further information contact johnaukim(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND — There are a number of projects currently requiring English teachers in the Pang Nga region of Thailand. Volunteers should ideally be able commit for a minimum of 3 months and be confident in planning and delivering lessons to groups of adults and/or children. Get involved via either of the two programs listed below in the next 2 items.
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE — This is a training centre for adults and children who have been impacted by the Tsunami. Step Ahead currently run a number of courses, including Hospitality and General English classes. To find out more about the centre please check out the website:

http://www.freewebs.com/stepaheadtrainingcentre
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL — This is a school that is being set up by an Organisation called Habitat to educate the many Burmese children that live in the Nam Kem area (impacted by the Tsunami). The school is looking for English teachers to teach English at the school, which will initially just be for children between the ages of 6 and 12. For more information email: helenmorris7(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 .]
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at:

http://www.cosimtnet.org

Or write to 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 .]
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Get a clue. Read it at…

http://www.momentum-mag.org

Justin Long is Senior Editor. It’s a free periodical to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least-reached 27% of our world.
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME — Do you ever look at your to do list and wonder how you’ll ever actually finish it? Maybe it even feels a bit overwhelming because there are so many items, you’re convinced it’s just not possible? If you ever feel stuck in this situation, don’t feel alone. Either Churchill, Edison or Oswald Sanders said, “The world is run by tired people.” (The quote has been attributed to them all. Truth is — everybody’s so sleepy, they can’t remember who said it! :-) ) The idea is to make incremental progress. You don’t actually *have* to finish the list. But when you chip away at it and make progress, at least you’re “in route” to finishing it. If your list is too big, train yourself to take about 10 top priority items and list them in a separate location. Focus on those 10 for today. (Few of us can actually finish more than 10 things in any given day anyway.) The trick is to make sure you’re grabbing the right 10 for the day! No matter what, forge on.

Doug

20051016 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FREE “CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE” IN FRENCH
2. WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN MY LANGUAGE??
3. CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION
4. BOTSWANA INVITES YOU TO AN AFRICAN RETREAT
5. NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22,2006
6. HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES
7. SEE A MODEL EFFORT FOR MISSION & THE ENVIRONMENT
8. SCRIPTURE PROMOTION AND RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE: SPARK!
9. USE GOOGLEMAIL FOR YOUR BACKUP
10. REACHING MIDDLE CLASS THAIS
11. PARTNERS ROCK!
12. THE BACKPAGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANKS
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. FREE “CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE” IN FRENCH — George Patterson’s popular “Church Multiplication Guide” is now available in French as a free download from http://currah.info/www/paul-timothy/_francais/guide.html You may freely reproduce, distribute and sell this version of the Guide. Those who wish to translate it into yet other languages (Portuguese is already done) should first obtain a translator’s English original from http://currah.info/www/cmg/ or write to gpatterson(at)cvi2(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN MY LANGUAGE?? –- Are you frustrated by the fact that you just can’t seem to find any Christian / Church Education materials in the language you speak or the language of the people you serve? Bible Visuals International has been printing picture-based Bible lessons for over 45 years. The teacher’s texts have been translated in over 85 languages and the lessons used in over 150 countries. Check out what’s available by visiting http://www.biblevisuals.org or by contacting them at info(at)biblevisuals(dot)org or (Intl. Prefix) + 1-717-859-1131. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION — On environmental matters, check out A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation now working in over a dozen countries. Try http://www.arocha.org for details. (Thanks Chris!)
4. BOTSWANA INVITES YOU TO AN AFRICAN RETREAT — Been overworking a bit lately? Burning the candle at both ends? Have a look at http://www.limpopo-lipadi.co.za for an excellent opportunity to acquire shares (at a bargain price of USD3.30 per hectare) in a 32000ha Game Reserve – with 6 luxury air-conditioned lodges – in Botswana. Churches, families or companies can buy a share together and rotate shareholder nominees on a yearly basis. Enjoy natural wilderness in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa). Since it is 100km from the nearest town and has its own conference facilities it makes for a wonderful retreat venue, church group break-away, or missionary resting place. For more information click http://www.limpopo-lipadi.co.za/faq.asp or email jacques(at)limpopo-lipadi(dot)co(dot)za and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22,2006 — This is the 17th annual conference to train, equip and mobilize teams for short-term mission. Paul Borthwick is the featured speaker and along with 15 other short term mission experts will provide insight and encouragement. The conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Catch 3 in depth pre-conference options starting on January 19th. Check out the website at http://www.nstmc.org for complete registration information or contact us at info(at)nstmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Registration discounts are available for early registrations, groups, spouses and colleges.
6. HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES — There is a movement for the development of house churches in the west based upon the concept of “reproducibility”. The aim is to encourage relationally based experiences of the body of Christ without the infrastructure, hierarchy and complexity of traditional church organizations. In more hierarchical and segregated societies, such as Islamic societies, this is being translated into what may be termed “household churches”. That is, the members of the church are limited to members of a particular family. Although there is much that has been written about house churches in western societies, Mark would like to find information and examples of such “household churches” that have come into existence in other parts of the world. If our readers could provide any information about “household churches,” Mark would be grateful. email: mark(dot)naylor(at)twu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SEE A MODEL EFFORT FOR MISSION & THE ENVIRONMENT — “Care of Creation”, a non-profit whose first project is in Kenya in partnership with the International Mission Board, SBC entity. Web: http://www.careofcreation.org/home.cfm In Kenya, the person who is heading up that project is an MK named Craig. His hope is to empower believers and churches to have a positive impact on the environment and to use the project as a springboard for reaching some unreached people groups with the gospel. Check it out and see if you can replicate his efforts.
8. SCRIPTURE PROMOTION AND RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE: SPARK! — Check out this new website from Vernacular Media Services, a division of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Drill to this introduction to the Storying Scarf and hit the links to see how it works on four levels — products, training, case studies, and search. SPARK is an acronym for Scripture Promotion and Resource Knowledge. They’ve provide us all with a great site, whether it’s Scripture-specific or applying media within a cross- cultural missions context. http://spark.vernacularmedia.org/products/info/159
9. USE GOOGLEMAIL FOR YOUR BACKUP — Still looking for a great way to archive those official documents? Try Larry’s idea. He scanned essentials to a JPEG file and emailed the whole thing to a googlemail address and let them store it for him. Create any address you can remember — doesn’t have to be yourname(at)gmail(.)com, and email the JPEG to yourself, with subject line of say “Uncle Joe’s birthday party”, to bore to death any hacker who got this far. Leave the mail stored there with the attachment. Scan and email a copy of your ticket before you leave on an out of country trip. Lose a passport overseas? (not fun!) At the embassy explain the process and help them download a color scan of the original, with matching photo. Sort of self authenticates, since they can also match their file copy. Thanks Mark! Great idea. (By the way, Mark did not scan the SS card. He rightfully figured there was too much risk with just that number.)
10. REACHING MIDDLE CLASS THAIS — Cornerstone Workplace English is an innovative work which is reaching Middle Class Thais in the Workplace. CWE is based in Chiang Mai, North Thailand, but has the aim to grow further afield. You can view the website on http://www.cornerstone.co.th/cwe The company is looking for properly trained, experienced ESL teachers. Contact the manager on ilkkamaree(at)csloxinfo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. PARTNERS ROCK! — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
12. THE BACKPAGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANKS — Here’s a quick thought for those who live on mission support: Let’s remember to say thanks. Regardless of the size of the gift, our donors are often making sacrifices to send us out. Let’s remember to say thanks. It’s not exactly rocket science. Write or type a note on the receipt, scratch out an email, send a thank-you note, make a phone call, or even visit them personally. Either way, let’s invest as much time and effort being grateful as we invest making requests. Long-term, we’ll be glad we did. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :-) Doug

20051009 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
2. ABC, AIDS, AFRICA: CONFERENCE EXAMINES HARVARD RESEARCH
3. PREPARE YOUR ENCRYPTED “BUG-OUT BACKUP”
4. ARE YOU TRYING TO STRIP AUTOFORMATTING FROM WORD?
5. UNITED EFFORT TO PROMOTE MISSIONS IN GHANA
6. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM THE USA
7. PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO THE LIVING GOD
8. ASIAN INDIAN WORK LOOKING FOR TEAMMATES
9. THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOAD
10. THE BACK PAGE: LET’S DO OUR HOMEWORK (SOCCER SCOUTING)
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. By God’s grace and with your support, this humble free e- journal is entering the 3rd year in circulation starting “Volume 3” and marked by the new color and layout. Theme: Holistic Missions/Ministry. Feel free to browse the following distinct English and Chinese communities within Global Missiology. http://www.globalmissiology.org email editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. ABC, AIDS, AFRICA: CONFERENCE EXAMINES HARVARD RESEARCH — The 10th annual Global Missions Heath Conference will gather Nov. 11-12 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. (And by the way, on the day before, Nov. 10, Edward C. Green, senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, will address the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization’s North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic.) Green will speak about ABC programs in Africa. More than 100 additional workshops are offered, as well as sessions with World Vision’s Richard Stearns, Food for the Hungry’s Ben Homan, and Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail jsnipp(at)secc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. PREPARE YOUR ENCRYPTED “BUG-OUT BACKUP” — Thanks to Ray, who wrote us this past week to recommend that missionaries make a disaster plan that includes putting all one’s personal info on an encrypted thumb drive (aka: flash drive, USB drive, memory stick), so they can quickly establish or rebuild their official identity. My 16-year-old son, Caleb, has been telling me about survival kits and their importance. So taking a page from a recent term he used, let’s call it… our “bug-out backup”. :-) Ray suggested including emergency phone #’s of family and co-workers, scans of all personal ID’s (drivers license, passport, visas, credit cards, etc.), scanned photos for emergency visas, etc., and perhaps even personal email or mailing lists. These could all be stored on a medium-sized thumb drive and easily carried while traveling (or fleeing!). Encrypt the contents using a file encryption program such as PGP, available at: http://www.pgpi.org or http://www.pgp.com/products/freeware.html
4. ARE YOU TRYING TO STRIP AUTOFORMATTING FROM WORD? — Maybe you compose a document in Word, then wish you could email it to someone in the simplest form, as an ASCII text message? Here’s the most foolproof method I know… and the simplest too. In Word, open the document, then use “file|save as” to save the document as a “plain text (*.txt)” file. Then close the file, reopen this new plain text version (it will be document #1 in your numbered list under the “File” menu), select all using shortcut keystroke “ctrl-a”, then copy using “ctrl-c”, then switch to your email application with “alt-tab”, then use “ctrl-v” to paste the text into your email. That should do it.

One sticky point: publishers’ quotes and other MS Word advanced features will convert to ugly boxes. So, it’s better, in my opinion, to keep these options shut off permanently. (In Word, go to “Tools|Autocorrect” and uncheck *everything* under the “autoformatting” tab.)

Another sticky point: If you’ve pasted in emails, then you might have to wrestle with hard-coded carriage returns in the body text. These might cause the text to “wrap” in locations that break up the reading – – with shorter lines of text. To fix this, you’ll need a good macro in Word. Try inserting this one into the Word macro editor:
Here’s a Visual Basic Macro to remove unwanted carriage returns from emails in preparation for inserting them in a Word template:

Sub stripcarriagereturns()

‘ stripcarriagereturns Macro
‘ Macro published in Brigada Today 14 of Oct., 2005 issue

With Selection.Find
.ClearFormatting
.Replacement.ClearFormatting
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”@$$@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”@$$@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^l”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p “, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=” ^p”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”%$#@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”%$#@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End With
End Sub

5. UNITED EFFORT TO PROMOTE MISSIONS IN GHANA — Globeserve Ministries and the Ghana Evangelism Committee have organized an eight-week missions-awareness lecture series that will run from October 27th to December 15th. Leaders from the major denominations and ministries are teaching in the course, and an accredited university — Pentecost University College — is making it possible for participants to get college credits. For more information, please contact Jeff Korum. His e-mail address is awakentotheworld(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM THE USA — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min … UK 3 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents, Israel 3.2 cents, Colombia 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service. There are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers, and up to 470 free minutes on signup plus lots of convenience features. For more info go to: http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. (By the way, just FYI: Brigada is not linked with this service in any way.)
7. PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO THE LIVING GOD — Check out witnessJesus.org, a collection of personal testimonies to what God is doing in the lives of people. The testimonies are shared over the internet with people from all over the world. Contact witnessJesus.org if you would like to contribute your own. Visit http://www.witnessJesus.org Contact at cbrook(at)witnessJesus(dot)org if you have questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. ASIAN INDIAN WORK LOOKING FOR TEAMMATES — They are looking for teammates! Their life calling is to the high caste (Jat & Khatri) Sikhs in an urban location in Punjab, India. Their approach is reportedly very culturally relevant, living as part of the community reaching out to friends, and neighbors. They have a for-profit business which serves as a role, platform, and network for outreach. If you or someone you know has an “until the job is done” call to see an indigenous movement of multiplying churches established among high caste Sikhs in the Punjab, contact Gurmeet & Nitu gurmeet(at)pqsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOAD — We appreciate those readers and organizations that want to step up to the plate and share in making Brigada happen. This past week, we appreciated support from an anonymous worker in Sweden (he sends $5/mo., every month of his life!), and $20.58 from Blessed Hope, in appreciation for the Brigada Today participants that have subscribed to that service. So if you need regular long distance, and if it’s all the same to you, might as well check ’em out if you don’t mind. Every little bit helps! If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “Donate” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. Thanks for any support you can give. No amount is to small. We’re about halfway there in raising finances to cover the 2005 budget. We need about another $8,000 (of $16,576) to finish out 2005’s expenses. (Just over $8,200 has come in so far this year.) If you or someone you know could write that amount out in one check, we’ll stop mentioning the need for finances for the remainder of the year! :-)
10. THE BACK PAGE: LET’S DO OUR HOMEWORK (SOCCER SCOUTING) — Since July 15th, I’ve had the privilege (and responsibility) of coaching a high school boys varsity soccer team at Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL). We weren’t fortunate enough to be handed any natural-born stars, but we worked hard, night after night, week after week, and finally found ourselves in the District Tournament, facing the #1 ranked team in our region.

Now I have a question for you: If you were in my shoes, would you enter that game blind? Of course not. I’m sure you’d ask some questions. I know I did. I began doing my homework and found out that there was only one other team in the city that had managed to beat this particular team (they were like 17-1-1). So what do you suppose I did? Of course: I called the coach that beat them and asked how he managed to do it. He had nothing to lose. (The truth was, if we beat them, then his team would play our team instead! So his response was, “Heck yeah I’ll tell you everything I know. I’d lots rather play you than them.” :-) )

The thought occurred to me that we often go into life situations much less prepared. Maybe we have the opportunity to present our story to a prospective supporter. Or maybe we’re given the opportunity to lead a small group study or guest-instruct in a college class or chapel service. Do we invest the same amount of energy for that God-event as we do for my sports event? I hope so. Because we might find out that the prospective supporter prefers helping on projects that address the needs of kids, so we can suggest an appropriate focus on children. Or maybe we learn that the small group Bible study happened to focus *last* week on the passage we were going to present *this* week. Or that the class loves powerpoints, but falls asleep during lectures.

So next time we’re asked to come up big in a special presentation, let’s do our homework. Let’s find out the score in advance.

Oh… almost forgot… we learned that the opposing team had a star striker that couldn’t be stopped, once he got the ball at his feet. He led the state in scoring, averaging 2 goals per game. Our solution? Try to control the ball at midfield, hoping nobody could ever pass to him. Then we’d pray for a chance to sneak in a goal somehow. If the ball *did* ever get to him, we’d have our fastest player haunting him like butter on bread. Well the night of the big game came. We knew our roles and responsibilities. The hot-shot striker only got the ball about 5 times the whole game, and our defender came up big. The keeper made a few great saves, … everybody pitched in, … and when the dust settled, we had upset the 1st ranked team by a grand score of 1-0. But that’s all we needed. One goal. We went on to regionals because of that game. Our opponent had lost only once throughout the entire season! 17 wins. Only 1 previous defeat. Until that night. To make it even more exciting, it was the first time in history that a team from CAL had won a birth in the regionals. Exciting stuff. And it happened, at least in part, because we asked some questions in advance. So let’s do our homework. Because it’s a jungle out there.

Doug

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