Afghanistan

12) Evangelism Resource For Afghans In Dari And Pashto

The 10th annual Afghan Christian Calendar is available now. This year’s theme is “The Majesty of God (Azamat-e-Khoda).” All the beautiful calendar pictures and Bible verses proclaim the majesty and greatness of God. This is an eternal message of life and hope for a people who have experienced decades of war-torn tragedy. The calendar is an encouraging and low-threshold evangelism resource appreciated by Afghans. The Afghan New Year begins on the first day of spring, March 21. You can order this calendar for your Afghan friends and acquaintances.

For orders in North America, please go to:

http://www.sadayezindagi.com/store.jsp?CatLang=1

For other orders, contact:

Discounts for orders of 10 or more.

20050522 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PLEASE HELP DOUG FINISH HIS PH.D. – IN JUST 5′
2. UNHINDERED 2005
3. HAS THE GRAY MATRIX HELPED YOU?
4. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN
5. STUDY MISSIONS IN ASIA
6. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
7. WANTED: MISSIONS INTERNS
8. TEACH IN AZERBAIJAN
9. SONG LYRIC SLIDES MADE EASY
10. WE’RE LIKE . . . *REEEEEEALLY* GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
11. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. PLEASE HELP DOUG FINISH HIS PH.D. – IN JUST 5′ — That’s right… Trying to put a ribbon on a Ph.D. in Management. Only my dissertation remains. You know what that means. I need test subjects! :-) If you have a supervisor, and if you work for a non-profit mission agency, church or humanitarian organization, you’re perfect! Nothing gets turned in to your organization — we won’t tell whatever you say. :-) We just need 500 workers from *somewhere*!!! I’m so very thankful for the 74 that have already taken part since last Brigada Today. :-( But I still need about 426 others. Will you take 5′ to help? It’s free! :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ Thanks!!!
2. UNHINDERED 2005 — Consider attending “Unhindered 2005”, located in Frisco, Colorado, on June 23-26. This is an event aimed at missions- minded young adults who have a passion for world evangelization. George Miley and Pete Greig (founder of the 24-7 prayer movement) will be among the speakers. Check out website: http://www.unhinderedgeneration.com for more information such as registration and lodging options.
3. HAS THE GRAY MATRIX HELPED YOU? — The Gray Matrix, a development of the Engel Scale by Frank Gray of FEBC, isa remarkably useful concept. It helps us to understand where someone stands spiritually, and therefore different strategies that can be used to reach them. It also helps us to understand and validate different types of evangelism. http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/gray-matrix.php

Frank is planning to write further material about the Matrix. He would like to have examples of ways in which the Matrix has helped different groups to understand and use evangelism strategies. If the Matrix has assisted you personally, or your ministry or church, please could you write in a few sentences how this happened. Write to: guide(at)web-evangelism(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. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN — CCA is putting on their Third Annual International Conference on August 2nd-6th at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, TN, USA. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Next Steps to Completing the Task” and will feature a unique worship and prayer celebration led by Afghans, specific break out sessions for the younger generation, and much more! Join other believers who are passionate about reaching the peoples of Afghanistan. To learn more about this conference or CCA, check out: http://www.ccafghan.org or email Smoses (at)gbconline(dot)net or call Steve [901]569-9797.
5. STUDY MISSIONS IN ASIA — Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary in Penang, Malaysia, will begin offering two new degree programs in missions in 2006. The Master of Arts in missions will be a 36-credit program, designed to be completed in one year. The Doctor of Missiology program will be a 45-credit program, designed to be completed in 3 years. Both programs will be taught in short-term, one or two-week, courses. All the faculty members who will teach in these programs have earned doctorates in missions as well as considerable field experience. MBTS is accredited by the Asia Theological Association. For further information e-mail missions(at)mbts(dot)net(dot)my or see the seminary’s web site http://www.mbts.net.my for full details.
6. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — There are still a few openings in Essentials of TESOL! Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During this course, July 11-29, 2005, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $515. Dorm space may be available. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. WANTED: MISSIONS INTERNS — Hillside Missions Organization is now accepting applications for the 2005/2006 internship term. They are currently involved in projects that are allowing for people to hear the gospel for the first time, presented in a way that is native to their culture. To be eligible you must be between 18 and 30 years old with a desire to serve God. Participants must be teachable, motivated, and committed to Jesus Christ. The program is designed to provide practical experience in all aspects of missions, with specific focus on people groups within the the 10-40 window. Apply at http://www.reachthenations.org/intern.html Resumes can also be emailed to hillside(at)reachthenations(dot)org for consideration. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. TEACH IN AZERBAIJAN — Friends of Janz Team International run a small primary school in western Azerbaijan. They are looking for a director for the primary school and, if possible, one or more primary school teachers. The school has the potential to have a significant impact on Azerbaijani education and society. You don’t need to speak Azerbaijani, and you can come for short or long periods. For more information please contact Harold hklassen(at)janzteam(dot)com
9. SONG LYRIC SLIDES MADE EASY — For a quick and easy way to create song lyric slides, check out PowerWorship. It’s free at http://www.PowerWorship.com PowerWorship works with Microsoft (c) PowerPoint (c) to allow users to maintain a library of worship songs and to dynamically build slide shows and reusable song groups.
10. WE’RE LIKE . . . *REEEEEEALLY* GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous missionary from Thailand who sent $100. She wrote, “I challenge other missionaries to sow seed into this project!!! :-) God bless you!” Likewise, we’re grateful for the anonymous worker in Honduras who sent $25. Thanks, too, for the reader who also sent $25, along with this note: ” I’m just thankful for all the people that have been contributing in the past to keep Brigada coming. It has been very informational and a blessing.” [blush] :-) Finally, thanks for the worker who sent $30, writing, “As the author of Christianity and Islam: The Final Clash (www.finalclash.com), I really appreciated all the contacts I got through the mention of my book in your newsletter. And 12 people purchased the book directly because of Brigada! But more than that, as a missionary, I’ve appreciated your informative newsletter for years. Here’s a thank you and $30 for all the great work you do.” Whoa. That’s like saying “seek ’em!” to a dog! :-) Thanks again!
11. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD — This past Saturday, I was able to take part in a nature preserve hike specifically designed to teach participants to recognize birds by their *sounds*. One particularly popular singer was the brown-headed cowbird. I had never heard of this little culprit before. A glossy-black bird with a chocolate brown head, the cowbird has a particularly recognizable song. But as I listened to the naturalist teach us about the cowbird, I had to cringe. You see, the cowbird is a parasite — the only one of its kind in our entire state.

The mother lays about 7 eggs at a time. But she never builds a nest of her own. She lays them in the nests of other birds (about 200 host species have been documented). Now the way she goes about this is particularly grotesque. You see, she finds a next with existing eggs, pushes out one of the existing little guys, then deposits her own in its place.

Imagine mother robin, coming home to sniff an egg that doesn’t quite match the others. Some birds flat-out refuse, but most raise the “drop- and-run” baby bird as their very own, even to the exclusion of their own young. You see, in many cases, the young cowbird quickly grows to be bigger than his surrogate siblings. He’ll steal food and even assassinate them when the parents aren’t looking, just to satisfy his greed for food.

We all ache just a bit when we hear such stories. Yet I’m left to wonder… How different are we sometimes?

Before we castigate the criminal cowbird, let’s make sure we don’t gossip about the fallen peer, caught in the grip of some sin. Let’s be sure we aren’t inwardly gladdened when a worker from a sister agency decides to apply to ours instead of remaining with his or her original organization. (Shouldn’t we make it a practice to contact the original agency out of sheer courtesy, if not to find out any “real” reasons for the requested switchover?) And if a group of believers decide to leave their own congregation for ours, let’s make sure they’re doing so for legitimate reasons rather than some petty squabble. For if we fail to maintain unity and common purpose, have we not become just as cannibalistic and cutthroat as our feathery brown-headed friend?

Next time you find yourself celebrating something at the expense of another, remember the story of the cowbird. Remember how you cringed inside. And ask yourself… is it worth it? Are there any “first steps” I need to do to ask permission or bring closure to the original relationship? If we don’t, we prove that it really is a jungle out there. So be careful. Watch your back. Someday *you* might be the egg pushed out of the nest.

Doug

20050501 Brigada Today

miIn this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. IMPROVED “MULTI-TRIP” INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSION LEADERS
3. TEACHERS: SHINE HIS LIGHT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
4. ANOTHER STREAMING MUSIC WORSHIP SITE ON THE NET
5. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DELIVERS
6. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK OR WANT TO SERVE AMONG THE CHINESE
7. TEAMS FIXING COMPUTERS AT MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THAILAND
8. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER
9. EVANGELISM TRAINING FOR JAPANESE CHRISTIANS IN N. AM.
10. FIND YOUR PATH TO THE NATIONS
11. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
12. SICK AND TIRED OF SPAM?
13. PUBLISHER HELPS YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE
14. WE GET LIFTED UP!
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ENABLE BRIGADA PAY THE BILLS?
16. THE BACKPAGE: BABY STEPS
17. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — Equip your church or ministry with the tools you need to promote financial self-sufficiency in poor communities. Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. You will engage in hands-on training through interactive discussion and simulation of real-world issues taught by field practitioners. Their Two-Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers partners include Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org (Don’t forget, Chalmers is a regular Brigada sponsor. By taking part in their programs, and by telling them, “I heard about you via Brigada”, you’re also kind of helping us keep Brigada heading out the door and onto your screen. Thanks Chalmers Center!)
2. IMPROVED “MULTI-TRIP” INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSION LEADERS -– Now you can take unlimited trips outside the USA for up to 70 days per trip and have access to contracted doctors in 160 countries. The plan provides medical evacuation and $250k of medical coverage. Available in 36 of 50 US States. For more information 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. And no matter where you live, you can always visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. TEACHERS: SHINE HIS LIGHT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Here’s an international school providing quality K4 through high school education. This is the 1st time in Afghanistan that local students as well as expats can attend this kind of school. More than half of the students are Afghan nationals, many from homes of government officials! One of the teachers writes, “These children in our classes will be the future leaders in this country!” Unfortunately, many children are turned away due to a shortage of teachers. Only 2 of the 16 teachers needed are available to start the new school year in August ’05. Teachers who come with support from their churches and friends are preferred, but some help is available to those who can’t raise enough money to come by August ’05. For more info, contact Joel at Network of International Christian Schools (1-800-887-6427): info(at)nics(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.nics.org
4. ANOTHER STREAMING MUSIC WORSHIP SITE ON THE NET — Thanks to Andrew, who this past week informed us of another all-free site, with even more choices (8 different “genres”, including Celtic worship, rock, light worship, etc.) and no commercials. http://www.cmradio.net/ This particular site has a great additional feature in that you can see the CD and title of the song currently playing. Very cool. So this brings to *two* our list of online (free) streaming worship music. Yahoooo! :-) (Confession: Personally, I’m somewhat a fan of Riverdance, so I’m trying out the celtic-style worship channel. Cool! Riverdance with a Christian twist! :-) Didn’t even know it existed! Shouldn’t this help our workers in Ireland?) (Thanks Andrew!!!)
5. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DELIVERS — Thanks to the family that signed up for discount health services at “Delivering on the Promise.” As more people become aware of their affordable alternatives to expensive health insurance plans, they hope continue blessing Brigada. (They just sent a check for $5.99 representing a sponsorship/commission from a Brigada participant! Thanks, wherever you are!) For more information, check out: http://www.deliveringonthepromise.com/40207930
6. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK OR WANT TO SERVE AMONG THE CHINESE — Go to http://www.cnwave.com to find a teaching job in China or to find the most qualified foreign teacher(s) for your school. It’s free to post messages at cnwave.com! And here’s a tip if you’re not as fluent in Chinese: Check out the “English” button in the upper right-hand corner. I found it *exceedingly* helpful. :-)
7. TEAMS FIXING COMPUTERS AT MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THAILAND — David is the leader of a team from Australia planning to fix missionaries’ computers during conferences held in Thailand during the Chinese New Year (around Jan 21- Feb 4) in early 2006. David will be in Chiang Mai between May 24-26 and would love to meet anyone leading such conferences while he is there. If you are interested, please email him at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au, even if you won’t be able to meet in person. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more about Crosscape see http://www.crosscape.com.au/
8. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER — Thanks to faithful Brigada participant, Kevin, for giving us the lowdown on the latest “must-have” software to protect you from the hazards on the net these days. He feels that Internet Explorer is no longer a secure web browser as it has been exploited & targeted in most hack attacks. As a result, he suggests that users would be wise to switch to another browser, “mozilla”, for increased security and better functionality. http://www.mozilla.org Now on the other side of the coin, there are those who feel this is not a cure-all either, as mozilla has recently taken its own share of attacks too. So you make the final decision. As for email clients, again… Kevin believes that again, Microsoft Outlook Express has been surpassed in quality by Mozilla Thunderbird. This program is similar to Outlook Express except Kevin believes it is more secure and, like Microsoft Outlook, it has spam filters built in. What’s more, he feels many Internet vandals design their viruses, Trojan horses, and backdoors for Microsoft products. As a result, he believes Mozilla projects have stayed “under the radar”, at times, thereby remaining superior for security. Again… http://www.mozilla.org

As for virus software, Kevin recommends Avast is one of the best virus software applications on the market and it’s free for personal use! This company makes their money by selling corporate licenses but offers their personal virus software for free. Once installed, return to the website to register for your free 14 month license. The software is a real-time scanner with daily virus definition updates. http://www.avast.com

For your firewall needs, Kevin recommends Zone Alarm Basic, since it’s free and easy to install and setup. (A firewall keeps someone from actively probing into your system via your connection to the Internet.) http://www.zonealarm.com

Heard about AdWare/Spyware? Kevin suggests Ad-Aware. It’s a free download, and is one of the best scanners on the Internet, utilizing an easy-to-use interface and a fully update-able definition core. Download it free from download.com and then visit the tips link below to learn how to configure. (P.S. you don’t need to pay for this. If you click on the “pay now” link it will send you to the download page for Ad-Aware SE PLUS. The A-W SE Personal will do fine.) (Note that the following 2 URLs will be broken up when they “wrap”. You’ll have to reassemble them in your browser’s “Address:” line by using copy-and-paste:

http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4- 10045910.html?tag=txt
http://www.download.com/Protect-your-PC-with-Ad-Aware/1200-2023_4- 5144156.html?tag=txt

Kevin recommends CyberSitter for web-filtering, so you don’t get tricked into seeing junk that you didn’t want to see… and so you’re not tempted to see stuff you wish you hadn’t. It’s not free, ($50.00/one time fee) but Kevin figures it’s the best and well worth it.

Three cheers to Kevin for taking time to help. He’s willing to help ministers and missionaries if they have additional questions. He’s a former network engineer & user support technician for a major university. Write him at kevinmullins1(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 .] Thanks Kevin!
9. EVANGELISM TRAINING FOR JAPANESE CHRISTIANS IN N. AM. — Catch it in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. This will occur through a combination of classroom instruction, one-on-one practice, observing a coach share with a non-Christian Japanese and an opportunity for the conferee to share the gospel with Japanese befriended at planned social events and on trips to visit the sights in Seattle with the assistance of a “coach”. For a brochure, go to http://www.TheJapanNet.com. For questions, contact John.Whitehouse(at)uscm(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. FIND YOUR PATH TO THE NATIONS — Living Faith Bible College’s Pathfinder program is an 8-month blended exploratory program launching the September of 2005. 12 weeks are spent in discipleship training, team building, gifts and callings exploration, and formative bible and missions courses. The other 6 weeks are spent in outdoor pursuits training in the Canadian Rockies and 6 weeks in the nation of Turkey doing outreach with university students and some historical/cultural study. This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in finding out where they might fit in cross-cultural missions and the Muslim world while also being further grounded and discipled in a team setting. Graduates receive college credit and a one year Bible and Missions Certificate and the option to continue on in the college’s other programs. Feel free to call 1-800-838-2975 or 1-403-722-2225 for more information or request information from info(at)lfbc(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 visit http://www.lfbc.net
11. 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 get the training you need to teach effectively in TESOL courses like this one. Courses will be offered June 13 through July 8 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail questions to 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. SICK AND TIRED OF SPAM? — I am. I think everybody is. What’s spam? Basically — it’s a piece of marketing email (or other kind of “listserve” email) that comes to you that you didn’t really ask for. There are actually two issues here. First, how can you limit the spam you’ll get — proactively. First, never, never, never respond to unsolicited email. Since it confirms that your email address is active, it makes your address more valuable and susceptible to receiving more spam. And no matter how tempting it might seem, never follow a spam email’s instructions to reply with the word “remove” or “unsubscribe” on the email’s subject line or body unless you trust the source. This is often a ploy to get you to confirm your address as active, which makes your address more valuable when the spammer sells it. And here’s a *very* important one: Never, never, never click a URL or web address listed within a spam email, even if the message says that’s how you unsubscribe. This also alerts the sender that your email address is active and can result in more spam. Also, never send your personal information (credit card numbers, passwords, etc.) in an email. Some spammers fake the format of trusted sites to get you to enter personal information in an email. Most reputable sites will not ask you to enter sensitive information in an email. It’s also useless to sign up with sites that promise to remove your name from spam lists. Most of these sites are actually address collectors who will sell your address to spammers! The rascals. :-) Remember that if you participate in some kind of online discussion group (forum) where your email address is in plain site, you’re toast. Spammers use sophisticated software to search the web far and wide for likely addresses to add to their lists. If yours occurs anywhere on the web, they’ll find it. Even if your email address isn’t plainly visible in your online discussion group, sometimes you might forget and include it in the text. Don’t.

In spite of your best efforts, you’ll still receive spam. Sometimes, it’s because a well-meaning friend included your address in some “Alert a friend of this deal” page … maybe a web-greeting-card, or a “send a copy of this” or whatever. So how do you get off of lists once you’re on? That’s the sad part. It’s nearly impossible (on today’s Internet; things are slated to get better in 2006 when domains begin to be verifiable). However, you can trim the amount of spam you get *significantly* by using a first class antispam program like onlymyemail.com. (We don’t receive a kickback from them for recommending them. They’re just plain good though.) For $3/mo., you can be rid of practically all your spam by signing up with them today. Just go to onlymyemail.coma and follow the instructions. When you notice spam getting through, log the address as a “blocked” address there in your account. At least it’ll help you feel better psychologically. And maybe only 2 or 3 spams/day will get through their filter anyway. Either way, it’ll help. It’s the best.

13. http://onlymyemail.com PUBLISHER HELPS YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE — www.Godsize.com is a revolutionary new “public publishing company.” Not only will they pay you and publish your stories, but they’ll give free advertising for your ministry and a free copy of their next ebook, “Godsize Stories from Around the World.” ($9 Value) Download your copy now and be reading it in minutes! (Complete details: http://www.godsize.com/sampleforministries.html )
14. WE GET LIFTED UP! — Thanks to the great new partners from Rockford, IL, Andrews, NC, and Elkhart, IN who sent $26, $50 and $100 respectively to help us get Brigada out the door and onto your screens! Dial-Abroad sent their monthly sponsorship, this time $171, representing those who use “Dial-Abroad” long distance. (Thanks and please keep talking! :-) ) Also this past week, we rec’d gifts of $25, and $200 (Thanks Greenville, TX!) Thanks, too, to the donor from WEC Int’l reported on previously. Those WEC folks have *heart*!
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ENABLE BRIGADA PAY THE BILLS? — If you’d like to help make Brigada reality for next week and beyond, just click “sponsor” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
16. THE BACKPAGE: BABY STEPS — I don’t like vulgar language. So I’m not telling you to go out and rent the movie, “What About Bob?”. “The language is deplorable in certain segments.” But who can forget Bill Murray’s character (“Bob Wiley”) as he tries to faithfully carry out his psychiatrist’s instructions: “Baby Steps, Bob. Baby steps.”

For the psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), it’s the title of his new book. (He uses the term, “Baby Steps”, to teach that his theory that anxiety disorders develop as a result of being overwhelmed by life’s stressors. By breaking down those hurdles into much smaller problems (i.e. baby steps) life can seem less stressful and easier with which to cope. We won’t get into a discussion of whether such a self- help concept is psychologically very helpful. But it makes a great “hat hook” for our next point about “finishing.”

You see, I’m of the opinion that many of us get stymied by huge projects partly because they look so huge. That’s why one of my major recommendations last week was to break up a major project into more manageable sub-goals. Common sense, I know. But for some reason, we lose sight of it in the midst of the major projects sometimes. We ended last week by suggesting that once you’ve finished a project or even a sub-goal, how can you leverage that finish to move on to the next challenge. This week, let’s look at 3 ways to do that:

*** Take a break — When you finish a sub-step or major hurdle in a big project you’re trying to finish, take a rest to get away and get a fresh perspective. We don’t want any burn-outs on our hands. :-) For me, I can get that fresh perspective through taking a walk in the woods, reading about any number of things on the web, playing soccer, etc. You’ll need to find the dynamic equivalent in your own life. But see the next step..

*** Restart — Before you head off for that break, however, be sure you know what will “restart” your next step of the project. For example, in my own case, I’ll restart my next step of my dissertation when the university gives me the green light to proceed with the questionnaire/survey. What will trigger your own project’s next step?

*** Set an alarm to be a “squeaky wheel” — You know the saying: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Figure out a way to alert yourself if too much time passes while you’re waiting for the trigger to happen. In my own case, I verified that the university had received my 3 chapters. So — yes, now the ball is in their court, and they’ve promised to respond within 4 weeks. So I need an alarm that goes off in 4 weeks so if they haven’t, the project doesn’t fail because of a trigger. Take responsibility. If you don’t, maybe no one else will.

In Bob Wiley’s case, the “vacation” to Dr. Marvin’s summer cottage was very therapeutic, in spite of (or almost *because* of) all the misadventures with Dr. Marvin. By dividing up your next big projects into baby steps, then taking suitable breaks between steps, you *can* finish on time. But how do you keep from that feeling that you are a slave to the clock? More on that next week.

20041121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20040509 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES
  4. WE GET MAIL
  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT
  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST
  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?
  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC
  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED!
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5)
  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE
  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS
  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL”
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS — We’re so grateful to those who are undergirding the work of our secretary, thus making is possible to keep Brigada going out the door each week. This week, we’re particularly thankful for the anonymous worker laboring in the Arctic north of Europe! He wrote, along with his $50 sponsorship, “Spring is almost here! God bless you and all who labor to encourage and inform us in the fields that are white to Harvest!” Bless you brother! Another brother wrote (and sent $10), ” I appreciate your hard work and often benefit from articles in your newsletter. Please do not publish my name, Thanks.” Thanks also to Blessed Hope Long Distance, who sent their Feb. sponsorship check for $14.60. God bless those using Blessed Hope for their calls, along with Blessed Hope itself.

  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING — Do you minister to the poor in the U.S. or in the 2/3 world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses or a live event. Learn best practice, holistic economic development strategies and methodologies to help the poor and build the local church. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks via email from June 7 > -> June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 > -> June 2 or Lookout Mountain, GA, USA August 2 – 11. For more information, visit <http://www.chalmers.org> or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES — ASI’s president, Mark Hoekstra, is inviting visitors to download ASI’s masters from its web site and duplicate them freely, particularly where CDs would normally have been impossible. ASI has master cassettes and CD’s of the translated Scriptures in some 350 languages, including more than 150 entire New Testaments. To learn more, log on at http://www.audioscriptures.org Be sure to check out its beautiful “Portrait of Jesus” and “God’s Powerful Savior” recordings. (Thanks for the sponsorship that ASI recently provided to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary!)

  4. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to those who wrote to encourage us on after our sleep-keyboarding apparently allowed an unwanted email through the moderator gatway. ” Dear brother: We are very trankful for the information we receive from you. Unfortunately, viruses are part of our daily struggle with internet. So enjoy God´s grace in spite of the complaints.” God bless you! Carlos and Liliana, Patagonia, Argentina. (Thank *you*, Carlos and Liliana, for taking time to write and encourage! )

    Hello from Kuala Lumpur! Just want to say “thanks” for all you’re doing to inform us practitioners of what’s going on around the world. Don’t worry about the spoofed email. My anti-virus software caught it. And I fully identify with keyboard sleeping! Be blessed and graced! Todd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (We’re grateful for the understanding and grace, Todd!)

    And from Bob in Germany, “I just want to say, it’s not your fault, even if it came to me from your machine! You didn’t generate this virus. I suppose these things happen – like getting flu from someone else! We have to live with this stuff nowadays, but the benefit of email much outweighs the irritation of viruses and worms etc. God bless, Bob” Thanks for your encouraging heart, Bob, but we do take these spoofed emails very seriously. Thanks for understanding that we didn’t design it though.

    And from an anonymous reader, “I must commend your tireless effort in furnishing us with powerful information. God bless you real good.”


  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT — If you need a good antivirus package but have zero funds for it, try F-Prot at: http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/dos/ Their DOS version is free (and has been for like 10 years!) and is said to be quite effective.

  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST — Fuller Theological Seminary will be bringing in healthcare professionals from throughout the world to host the 2004 Healthcare Missions Conference, Aug. 20-21. The conference, entitled “Calling the Church to a Healing Ministry,” will have over 30 speakers from a variety of disciplines. Conference organizers hope it will inspire a diverse group of healthcare professionals, pastors, and missionaries within the church to work cooperatively to bring God’s healing to the “least of these” (Matthew 25), equip Christians who are interested in physical, emotional and spiritual healing with practical tools to implement personal and church-based healthcare responses, as well as to network, to be informed of opportunities to serve and to become aware of relevant programs. Prior to the conference, Peter Yorgin, M.D. and Doug McConnell, PhD will be offering a one week intensive course on Healthcare in Missions. If you would like to register for the course, prior to the conference, and are not presently a student at Fuller, contact our admissions office at (800)AFULLER or http://www.fuller.edu. For more information on the conference go to: http://www.fuller.edu/cll/ce/healthcaremissions.asp.

  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA? — Thanks to our good friend Marty, from New York, who sent us the heads-up about artemisinin (pronounced are- TEM-is-in-in), a new drug reputed to be quiet effective when used against Malaria. If this drug is indeed shown to be successful, it will perhaps be the most welcome treatment for 50 years! For more information, read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/10/health/10MALA.html (but only if you’re subscribed to the New York Times; Thanks Marty!). See the reprint at the Dehai, Eritrea, Online site: http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/0200.html if you’re not signed up to read the NY Times.

  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC — Marine Reach, the maritime arm of Youth With a Mission is now operating a small medical ship in the South Pacific. Stationed in Fiji the vessel, equipped with an operating theatre, visits the nations outer islands with dental and optical teams. Over the last year nearly 11,000 patients were treated. Marine reach is now running a special Discipleship Training School in Fiji where the students complete a three month lectures phase in Lautoka (Fiji) then spend 6 – 12 weeks on board the M/V Pacific Link severing as part of, or along side, the ship’s medical teams. The dates are 02 August – 16 December 04. For more information log on at http://www.marinereach.com or write dtsatmarinereachdotcom (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED! — The Academia Cristiana Internacional de Caracas (ACIC) is seeking an interim director for the 2004-2005 academic year. This is a K-12 school providing quality Christian Education in English for missionary and international students in Caracas, Venezuela. ACSI accredited. For information please contact Rocky by email at aciccs at cantv.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Receive training and practice in effective techniques for teaching English to non-English speakers. Prepare for cross-cultural ministry opportunities by becoming an excellent teacher. Earn a TESOL certificate to open doors for ministry in many lands. The next four-week TESOL class is scheduled to begin June 13, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or direct questions to ywampa “at” comcast.net. (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5) — If you want to stay abreast of the cutting-edge issues in language and culture learning or are charged with the responsibility to keep your organization’s personnel pressing on toward communicative competence in language and culture, then the 5TH International Congress On Language Learning (ICLL5) is for you! The Congress is hosted by Mission Training International (MTI) and will be held October 11-15, 2004 in Colorado Springs, CO. The theme is “The Right Help at the Right Level”. Register at http://www.mti.org/icll5.htm or or call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111 or write info at mti.org (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE — This year’s two-day conference will be a premier networking event for local churches, concerned Christians, field workers, missions advocates, and Christian NGOs and professional organizations interested in ministry among Afghans. The conference is to be held at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee on August 13 and 14. Advanced registration is required to attend the conference. You may register by visiting the website where you will find the registration form. http://www.ccafghan.org For any additional questions or information, call Steve 901-260-5712 or email stevem at germantownbaptist.org (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS –- Check out http://www.preparacionymovilizacion.ws where George Paterson’s six P & M manuals are available for free download on the web. The “Preparation & Mobilization” manuals (P & M, for short) are superb, culturally suitable, Spanish pastoral training materials written by George Patterson. Good use of graphics, Q & A’s and practical homework. 120-150 pages each. Set of six and ideal for Spanish pastors. Thanks, George and Galen!!

  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL” — Rats. Last week I shut my 3rd (ring) finger in the door of my truck. How can something so tiny cause so much pain? The morning after, I had to carry around a cup of ice water just go get my breath! You know, life is like that, too. The tiniest piece of a problem can sometimes dominate our thinking so much. One tiny piece that gets trashed can upset the applecart and make everything look bad.

    So maybe I need to keep my fingernail in context. After all, it’s just a nail. Life is good. I’m healthy, except for this rascal nail on my right hand. But hey — it’s nothing life-threatening, actually. I need to “get a grip”, … “buck up”… “dry it up, Doug!” :-) “Quit your whining…” “Be a man!” :-) Seriously… it’s just a nail.

    And … maybe we need to keep things in perspective next time something goes wrong at the church, the studio, or the bookstore. If it’s something that will grow back… if it’s something you can fix.. let’s just forge on. The Lord will help us… and we’ll get through it. If it’s small stuff, then it’s just small stuff. More on the big stuff some other time. But today, let’s forge on… Satan wants to make us think that the small stuff is bigger than life. Forge on. Doug

20030406 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20021229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20020324 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SO WHY THE BACK DATE???
  2. TRACTS ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES OF SEPT. 11
  3. DID YOU KNOW… (FACTS ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES)
  4. INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH BIBLE?
  5. COME TO THE WORSHIP NETWORK AT HOPE 21
  6. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WEBSITE
  7. WHERE CAN ONE BUY DEHYDRATED GRAPEJUICE?
  8. COLUMBIA’S INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES
  9. RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SO WHY THE BACK DATE??? — So why in the *world* are Brigada Today editions dated, in many instances, in the past? Think of it this way. It’s kind of like getting those National Geographic magazines, when you live overseas. You know… the ones your Uncle Fred mails to you. By the time you get them, the date is sometimes 3 or 4 weeks past… (Unfortunately, sometimes we get behind. :-( ) But the great thing is, if you’re saving the whole set, they’ll eventually all be there for the whole year! :

  2. TRACTS ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES OF SEPT. 11 — Get the free listing by sending a blank email to <tracts-9-11atbrigadadotorg>. (Note that this address is slightly different than the one originally published, which began with the *number* and didn’t work on our new mail server.) </tracts-9-11atbrigadadotorg>

  3. DID YOU KNOW… (FACTS ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES) — Did you know that if you add up the population of all the world’s people groups with populations less than 10,000, you get a total of less than 20 million? (lots of groups, not so many people) …And that the total living in groups considered “least reached” (no church of 100 worshipping in their midst) is less than 6 million? …And that the original Joshua Project 2000 list (released at “The Launch” in Colorado Springs in November of ’95) con

    (We culled these and other facts from a couple of very helpful exchanges with Dan Scribner, the “stats guru” from the JP 2000 list since its inception. He was kind enough to answer several key questions about the new Joshua Project thrust. See more at http://www.joshuaproject.net/ Thanks Dan!)


  4. INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH BIBLE? — Jon wanted this information for his Bible Institute class, and found it hard to come by. Some sleuthing on the web turned up what he needed, but you could save yourself the digging by writing him and requesting the info in Spanish or English. <jonekbladatwritemedotcom> </jonekbladatwritemedotcom>

  5. COME TO THE WORSHIP NETWORK AT HOPE 21 — The first meeting of the “Worship Network” will be at the upcoming HOPE 21 conference, a major pan-European conference for evangelicals taking place in Budapest, Hungary, April 27-May 1, 2002. HOPE 21 purposes to “impart a fresh sense of vision, hope and responsibility towards the re-evangelization of Europe”. Go to be strengthened and encouraged, network, plan. For more information on plenary sessions, and registration details contact Dave

  6. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WEBSITE – Check out http://www.ShortTermMissions.com which seeks to help people connect with short-term mission opportunities. Now in its second year, the website has grown to 37 organizations listing *complete details* on hundreds of opportunities ranging in length from 1 week to 3 years. Some of the organizations listed include: Operation Mobilization, Pioneers, Teen Missions, Royal Servants and International Teams.

    If you plan to participate in a mission trip this summer, you’d better hurry – application deadlines are approaching quickly! Explore the possibilities at http://www.ShortTermMissions.com/search/ .


  7. WHERE CAN ONE BUY DEHYDRATED GRAPEJUICE? — Now before you go thinking that we’ve died on the vine [wah-cah-wah-cah! :-)], keep in mind that some don’t like to use grape Kool-Aid for communion. So, if you’ve got a secret source for real live grape juice, send it to Lee <higtacatjunodotcom> who will collect sources, send us the compilation, then we’ll make it available to all. Thanks! </higtacatjunodotcom>

  8. COLUMBIA’S INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES — Slated for July 8-August 2, Columbia International University will host an Institute for Islamic studies designed for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in a Muslim country, pastors in an area where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to Muslim ministry. The 4 weekly subjects include: Introduction to Islam; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions, Folk Islam; and Approaches to Islam

  9. RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN — The U.N. has a web site on humanitarian crises, for areas of the world. Lots of up to date info. http://www.reliefweb.int . There’s auto email access; but use discernment. Mission Network News every day on the radio is a super missions vision builder. They might have a radio log on the web site. You can search the archives, i.e. Afghanistan, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn or search there for talking tracts for Afghanistan.

20011028 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES

2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE

3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA.

4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS

5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS

6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS

7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN

8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT

9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES — The author of “Today’s All-Star Mission Churches”/Strategies To Help Your Church get Into the Game, would like to offer his book to all Brigada subscribers for $7.50 postage paid (sorry… USA only). Just mail a check payable to UWM to Tom Telford, PO Box 50400, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. I just passed along a copy of this to our church mobilization group in Team Expansion and I’ll have to admit, it’s chocked *full* of ideas. There’s enough in there to keep your church (or your mobilization team) busy for months to come… and help you become more proactive all at the same time. (Those outside the USA might consider asking a friend in the US to order the book then relay it overseas.) Thanks much Tom!!!

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2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE — Have you visited:

http://www.marcpublications.com/

lately??? Whew! What a re-make. And they’re now shipping free to all USA addresses (reasonable rates to those outside the USA too). Plus you can get past MARC newsletters and search big-time through everything on their site. So if you need a book or publication about relief and development… or anything else in categories from “Anthropology” to “Women” (that’s *almost* A to Z :-) ) give it a try.

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3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA. — If you’re quick on your heels and/or if you’re desperate for TESL training, it’s not too late to get in on TESOL at YWAM, Lebanon (Pennsylvania). They’re offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information contact YWAM 717-274-90910 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS — Designed specifically to appeal to children, parents, and educators, the new book, “Window On The World”, is an in-depth look at countries, cultures and people-groups around the world. It’s got great pictures… and would work well as a devotional guide. Order at your nearest Christian bookstore or through Bethany House Publishers by calling 1-800-328-6109 or e-mailing <csatbethanyhousedotcom>. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

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5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS — Ralph Winter has written, “The most powerful and significant story of mission is not that of one who becomes a missionary,” writes Ralph Winter, founder of the U. S. Center for World Mission, “but of someone who founds a new structure for mission that throws almost a thousand missionaries into the most needy corners of the earth. That is not common at all. We want reasons…” Now, Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher will give you reasons. His new book, When God Comes Calling, can be ordered by calling 407-382-6000 or by sending $7.95 plus shipping and handling to PIONEERS, 12343 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32827 USA. U.S. shipping is $2/book, but please contact PIONEERS at <infoatpioneersdotorg> for international shipping rates. </infoatpioneersdotorg>

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6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS — The third Nomads Consultation will be held January 7-11, 2002, in Pasadena, California, co-sponsored by Institute for Nomadic Ministry of the U.S. Center for World Missions, The International Journal for Frontier Mission, and Interdev. This event seeks to look at strategies, networking and a whole lot more. For more information and registration, go to: http://uscwm.org/thegathering or contact Malcolm <nomadatsierrateldotcom> or Brian <brianoconnellatxcdotorg>. </brianoconnellatxcdotorg></nomadatsierrateldotcom>

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7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN — With all the recent events in Afghanistan, there’s a lot of interest in how to help the *people* there. Here’s a tangible way to learn more. An NGO working with Afghan refugees recently produced a 12 minute video featuring the plight of Afghan women. Entitled, “Tears For Afghanistan”, this video was featured at the Global Conference for Women in Dallas recently, and is being made available to interested parties. If you would like to order a copy for your church or prayer group, or would like to make a gift of the video to someone you know who needs to get a better understanding of what women there are going through, you may email <afghanwomenataoldotcom> . The suggested donation for the video is $5.00 US, plus $2.00 US for postage in the US. It is available on VHS in NTSC and PAL. </afghanwomenataoldotcom>

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8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Want to learn more on crisis management? Check out the 7 articles at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=642

and the 6 items on Security at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=643

Thanks Justin!

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9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth, June 3 – July 28, 2002. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please email

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10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL — Females have *always* wanted to know more about how to handle the mail. :-) Well now there’s hope. Fresh from the postal service in the USA, here are some helpful tips. We share them knowing full well that some will say we’re overreacting… because after all, only a *handful* of letters have been determined to have been contaminated with anthrax in recent days in the USA. But hey… some of this stuff is probably common sense for all of us… because it’s a new day. So maybe… it’s not a bad idea to at least take notice. For example, maybe we’re all going to have to start looking at the return address. If the letter is at all lopsided or lumpy in appearance, don’t be so quick to tear it open. Be suspicious. What else should make you suspicious?

*** It’s hand-addressed and has no return address or bears one that you can’t read

*** It’s sealed with excessive amounts of tape

*** It’s marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “confidential”.

*** It has excessive postage.

Now I’m not suggesting we become paranoid… but postal workers are advising all of us… worldwide… to begin realizing that … hey… the mail *can* contain stuff that *shouldn’t* “go through.” So what do we do in those cases? Here are some precautions:

*** Don’t handle it if you suspect at all that it might be contaminated

*** Don’t shake it, bump it, or sniff it

*** Wash your hands thoroughly

*** Notify your local law enforcement authorities.

20011007 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

book Short-term mission trips are just that–short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants’ hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Reasonably priced at $8.00, Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you’ve been looking for. For more information look at http://www.wycliffe.org/short-term/guidebook/home.htm or call Kyle at 407-852-3660, or email kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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FREE CARTOONS AND PICTURES

comic bear Now you can receive regular free cartoons and pictures, ideal for overheads, teaching, sermons and evangelism. For more information, contact Peter at the following email address or sign up for Pictures With A Message list (click petermillatlineonedotnet  (petermillatlineonedotnet)   type SUBSCRIBE in the subject bar and send). All free cartoons and pictures are black and white line art, and are sent as small email attachments to reduce download time. The organizer tries to send out one cartoon or picture per week. Click to http://picturemaker.safeshopper.com for archives.
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GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

graduation cap Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. You can further your education, earn an MA, gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk — all without leaving Europe. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7- 18, 2002. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail jmitchellatpioneersdotcom  (jmitchellatpioneersdotcom)  . There is limited space available, so early application is encouraged. If possible, apply by November 1.
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UPDATE ON HUMANITARIAN WORKERS IN AFGHANISTAN

Several have asked about the Shelter Now folks in Afghanistan. Apparently, their lawyer visited Kabul yesterday, but was not able to see the judge, or even speak with him. A man with the protocol department reportedly told the lawyer that everyone in the court was busy, and now not concerned with the case. In addition, these 8 friends have also been moved to a different location, described more “like a dungeon”. If you haven’t already prayed for these folks, now would be a good time.
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WANT MORE INFO ON MILITARY COMPARISONS?

If your interest was whetted by the piece on using military terminology “LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS“, you can read the whole report at: http://globalmission.org/canada/ (Thanks Geoff!)
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SPECIAL PREPUBLICATION OFFER FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS

book Eddie and Alice Smith have written a new 206 page, 12-lesson, interactive book for individual or group study entitled: “Drawing Closer To God’s Heart”. This practical, non-religious guide to understanding prayer can be used by anyone regardless of where they are on their journey of faith. The release date is October 15th. Brigada subscribers save $3 by placing your order before November 15th. For information or to order, visit: http://usprayercenter.org/DCSpecial.html or call 713-466-4009.
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TESOL COURSE

graduation cap YWAM, Lebanon is offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information call 717-274-90910 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ISSUE ON TENTMAKING

The latest issue of World Christian addresses tentmaking and its role in the missions spectrum is now available. Dave English from Global Opportunities describes how the Apostle Paul’s strategy is essential for missions in the 21st century. Teri McCarthy from International Institute for Christian Studies issues a call for academic tentmakers and shares her experience as a teacher in Russia. Brigada members can subscribe for $12US ($19.95 to international addresses) by emailing winpress7ataoldotcom  (winpress7ataoldotcom)   with their address to be billed or pay by credit card by calling 888-524-5070 or 708-524-5070.
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MISSION TO MUSLIMS IN MOSQUE DESPITE CURRENT CRISIS

How do they do that? The answer is ‘Through Meetings for Better Understanding.’ (MBU) And it works! The pioneer of the method, a Egyptian Christian, says that several Muslims have become Christians through those gatherings. They can take place alternatively in a mosque, church, or a small group. A day after the bombs started falling on Afghanistan a previously planned MBU on the subject of war took place peacefully in a mosque in the UK. A Muslim and a Christian leader spoke for 30 minutes each on what their books say regarding the subject. This was followed by 30 minutes question time. MBU’s are not debates where each others faiths are publicly attacked. Neither are they dialogues with the goal to compromise the message. Each side simply presents its view on theological and social topics. Of course, the Christians have a tremendous advantage because the word of God is sharper than a two edged sword…(Heb. 4:12) In the time of fellowship that follows relationships are built and so the witness goes on and on. For more information and practical help on how to set up those meetings in your area contact administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk  (administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk)  . Their web site, http://www.biblicalchristianity.freeserve.co.uk offers helpful articles on explaining the Gospel to Muslims and those of other faiths.

20010812 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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CONTACT INFO FOR “SEND ME” AND “INTO ALL THE WORLD”!

Last issue, we reported that you can now order “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations,” by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, for half-price in case lots of 38 copies for just $4.00/copy + UPS Shipping Charges ($7.16 to $20.75 per case to USA addresses). We told how that was a 50% Discount off the normal single copy price is $8/copy. We even clarified that your cost per case lot of 38 would then just be $152!! On top of all that, we told how they can ship within 24 hours of the receipt of your order by return e-mail. And we added that you could order as many case lots as you wish. And these people were even willing to invoice you later. What more could you have wanted? Maybe an email address? Picky, picky, picky. :-) Write directly to the publisher, Bill BBerry4215ataoldotcom  (BBerry4215ataoldotcom)   and all your questions will be answered. And… please excuse any inconvenience. How was I to know you’d need his contact information! :-) (To make up for my mistake, he’s arranged to give a free copy of Operation World for an order of 20 or more of “Into All the World 2002”. Thanks Bill. :-) )
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN LONDON

graduation cap ROX35 COMIX will be holding a 1-Day Introductory Training Session at The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity in the UK on Saturday, 15 September 2001, from 9am – 5pm. ROX35 has been involved in training over 500 people in missions and literature ministry from 22 countries, showing them how to create quality Christian comics and use them effectively as part of an overall outreach. At this 1-day session, participants will be given an overview of the whole comics creative process and highlights of the ROX35 course topics, including Writing & Scripting, Visual Storytelling, Editing, and Cultural Considerations. This is not a “how to draw” class and attendees do not need to be illustrators. The presenter/instructor is Nate Butler, who has worked on over a dozen internationally known characters, including “The Muppets,” “Tiny Toons,” and “The Jetsons,” and has packaged and published Christian comics. During scheduled breaks and lunch, Mr. Butler will be available for additional one-on-one discussion and consultation requests, as time permits, as well as for prayer and fellowship. Registration fee: 15 pounds (includes handout materials, a morning and afternoon coffee break, but not lunch). Seating is limited to just 12 people, so advance registration is necessary. Email ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)   or ROX35Mediaataoldotcom  (ROX35Mediaataoldotcom)   for registration information.
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ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO SHARE YOUR PICTURES ONLINE

In addition to the photo-sharing site mentioned in the last issue of Brigada Today (clubphoto.com), Kimberly suggests you try: http://www.PictureTrail.com
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NEW SHARING FAITH TOOLBOX FOR NORTH AMERICA

A new Sharing Faith Toolbox designed for North Americans to use to reach out to their neighbors has just been published by Harbor Publications, 2060 Stonington Ave, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60195 USA. This includes four color Christmas and Easter pieces, as well as evangelistic Bible Studies from John’s Gospel, a booklet explaining the way of salvation, a booklet answering the five most often asked questions, and the Jesus video. There are quantities of each in the box. Check out http://www.harborpublications.com or phone 847-519-1995 or email kevinandeloiseatcompuservedotcom  (kevinandeloiseatcompuservedotcom)   for information.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS

Many people have a sense they are called but do not have the keys to unlock that call, nor a realistic idea to what they are called. Missionary Training Camps, presented by Elijah Company, Inc. aim to expedite the process of being sent by tapping into the experience of the people who are and have been there. According to reports, all participants leave with a clear idea of the cost of missions. Crucial issues are dealt with to insure swift movement toward an assignment and longevity. The next Camp is September 27-30, 2001 near the historic first landing in Virginia. For details contact Elijah Company, Inc. at 757-474-2054 or TrumptCallataoldotcom  (TrumptCallataoldotcom)  . See ECI web page at http://www.elijahcompany.org.
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ENGLISH KOREAN SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS

graduation cap Do you have a heart for the unreached? The Frontier Missions Centre of South Asia is hosting its 2nd English Korean School of Frontier Missions from January 6th – March 29th, 2002. This school will give you the skills and attitudes necessary to effectively church plant among the 4,500 + unreached people groups of India and South Asia. A two-year internship working among an unreached people group will follow the 12-week classroom phase. For more information and to receive an application, email Anjali anjalisatgmxdotnet  (anjalisatgmxdotnet)   or Cheryl loveupgsatyahoodotcom  (loveupgsatyahoodotcom)  .
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ANSWERS FOR YOUTH

Reach Out Youth Solutions seeks to reach as many youth as possible by offering training and resources to those who work with youth. They offer their online premium resources free of charge for those outside the USA and to all who can’t afford to pay for them inside the USA. These resources include 700 pages of extensive lesson plans, over 1000 speakers illustrations, and 90+ how-to articles (and growing rapidly!) on many aspects of youth work, written by some of the top people in youth ministry. Many of the lessons are used in various countries and can be translated free of charge as long as permission is secured through Reach Out’s web master. Use these lessons in youth ministry and bible schools galore. Check ’em out at http://www.reach-out.org. Just click on “Your Account” on the top menu and sign in for either the free month or the free year long scholarship. The lessons and illustrations are on the top menu and the articles are on the left menu. For further information, contact Steve smilleroatmindspringdotcom  (smilleroatmindspringdotcom)  .
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MODERN MISSIONARIES IN AFGHANISTAN

I trust you’ve been following all the press on the Christian workers in Afghanistan? Check out an example (submitted by Gene) at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/from_our_own_correspondent/newsid_1508000/1508120.stm
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FOURTH INT’L CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING

calendar It takes place Oct. 15-19 in Colorado Springs, hosted by Mission Training International, and it already has 100 registrants! This Congress puts language teachers, language school administrators and language supervisors from around the world in touch with each other and with academicians, pre- field trainers, personnel directors and agency executives, all committed to enhancing the quality of language learning and cultural integration for Christian workers. The theme this time is “Language Learning in its Cultural Context”. For more information, go to MTI’s website at http://www.mti.org or contact Karen at 800-896-3710.
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