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20061119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT
  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED”
  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES
  4. NEW ETHNE DVD
  5. PHRONEMA
  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH)
  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES?
  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING!
  9. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING
  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT — Among the offerings in the new issue of Momentum Magazine is a “State of the Gospel” powerpoint presentation with extended notes for each slide, so you can give the presentation too. I can’t say enough good stuff about Justin Long & Jason Mandryk for making this and other resources available at their momentum-mag site. This powerpoint alone, shared as a PDF file, could have easily been marketed for $20… and instead, they’re giving it away for free, then inviting folks to pitch in toward their ministry expenses. (We love that paradigm, of course.) Please give it a look… and pitch in if you can. You won’t want to pass this one up.)

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-article1.pdf

    While you’re there, check out…

    Global Map 8: China’s Africa Initiative http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-map.pdf

    Goals http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-goals.pdf

    Reality-Check: The significance of sharing http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-realitycheck.pdf

    Events: what has happened http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-events.pdf

    UpNext: on the calendar http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-upnext.pdf

    Analysis: The Multi-cultural team, money and the glory of God http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-analysis.pdf

    Trends: Time to stop fearing an Islamic invasion http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trends.pdf

    TrendSnaps http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trendsnaps.pdf

    Visions http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-visions.pdf

    Statistics http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-statistics.pdf

    Technology http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-technology.pdf

    Resources http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-resources.pdf

    Persecution http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-persecution.pdf

    Hope: Field reports http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-hope.pdf


  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED” — Our thanks goes out to those who shared information about how missionaries in the field can feed themselves spiritually. I didn’t know what to expect… and frankly, I’m a bit surprised that we didn’t just get lists and lists of URLs where overseas workers could conduct home Bible studies over the web. Instead, there are several key helps — about 30 pages worth, in all — that you can put into use without the Internet fired up at all. Many of these are due to the wonderful unselfishness of Ron, the Member Care Director at ABWE. I wish I could be like them when I grow up. Check out their web page at:

    http://www.abwe.org/

    And see their Bible Study links at:

    http://www.abwe.org/training/mrc/links_2.asp?cat=Bible%20Study

    Now, see the responses we gathered, including notes on spiritual disciplines, Bible reading journal ideas, spiritual growth plan worksheets, a spiritual disciplines inventory, accountability questions, a scripture memory plan, and a sample “My Time with God” bible study fill-in-the-blank booklet — all for free — by opening this PDF (422K) at:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/how-do-i-get-fed.pdf

    (And hats off, again, to Ron. You’re my hero. :-) )


  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES — Thinking about doing a short-term ministry project? These look *awesome*!!! “New Resource: Pre-Field Preparations” in both 7- and 14-day editions are now available as inexpensive, yet effective training materials as you prepare your team for short-term ministry. “Walk As He Walked,” “Abide In The Vine,” and “Ripe For Harvest” devotional Bible studies (in varying lengths of days) are sequenced to the culture-shock curve have been widely use for several years. The best-selling “Coming Home,” and “Coming Home Again” reentry devotionals are sequenced for reentry stress issues have also been used with great success.

    The new “Pre-Field Preparations” materials will help you cover all *three* important areas of spiritual emphasis in short- and long-term missions training. Deeper Roots Publications has been a leader in producing and providing these materials for the past dozen years. (For non-USA orders from the website, use the pay-by-check option. DRP will figure the most economical shipping rates and email you a PayPal payment request so you can conveniently pay by credit card.) This will save a *lot* on your shipping costs when compared to the sea or air standard shipping rates on the website. Just browse to

    http://www.DeeperRoots.com

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


  4. NEW ETHNE DVD — The new Ethne DVD is available. Now you can pray for Unreached Peoples with *tons* more precision and data. For more information and how to get the DVD go to

    http://www.ethne.net


  5. PHRONEMA — It’s a Christian humanitarian search engine. Phronema is a Greek word that translates as mind, or “the framework of knowledge.” The Phronema search engine helps Christian missionaries, NGOs, relief, aid and development workers and others find information on humanitarian topics such as literacy, water purification, or even how to find grants and funding. The aim of Phronema is to help people all over the world, find the key information they need to transform their communities.

    http://www.phronema.org (Thanks Tony!!!)

    Just tried it. Pretty cool!


  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH) — Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, gives us some clues, using the words of Jesus Himself. Matthew also reminds us of many things that God’s prophets said about Jesus, hundreds of years before His birth. To discover more about this exciting secret go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and choose “Matthew Tells Us the Good News about Jesus.” This is a simple translation with notes in EasyEnglish Level A, using a 1200 word vocabulary.


  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES? — Chris would like to know. He wrote, asking, “Doug, during my 7 years of int’l mission service as a worker from the USA, I’ve endured the mechanical crash/failure of two external hard drives. I know of many other cross- cultural workers who have dealt with the same problem. It is an irritant that is magnified by the fact that most of are home only every 3-4 years and have no realistic options for repair in our fields of service, many times because of security concerns.”

    He continued, “Do you know of any folks/companies back in the USA to whom we could have such hard drives sent (usually by a volunteer ministry team returning to USA) to have repair work done at a cheaper cost than what we hear it normally can be? Is this something that you could ask through Brigada? Perhaps there is someone out there who can bring a little hope to those of us who have suffered the sickening feeling of hard drive failure, knowing there is nothing we can do about it on the field?”

    If you have a lead for Chris, please write him directly at:

    chrcarr(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 .]

    (Chris, if you get leads, could you prepare a simple report for us in a couple of weeks? That way, everybody can learn from your new knowledge. Thanks… and hang in there. Ouch.)


  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING! — Is this you? Everyone knows that Christmas is a crucial time to thank your financial partners. It’s also an important time to be visible while they are considering end-of-the-year gifts. But with Christmas, church responsibilities, and everything else that keeps your life constantly moving, do you really have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in? That is where Writer’s Edge International can help you. Writer’s Edge International takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well-written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Interested? Contact them today! Visit

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

    or call (858) 413-5120 or email info(at)writersedgeinternational(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING — Here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

    There are several ways to give. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE — Our organization recently exhibited at what is undoubtedly the major missions convention of the year for us. I was struck by the attendance (which was record- breaking), the college-agers (again, record-breaking numbers), and the *interest* by this new generation of 23- and 24-year-olds (and their near-age peers). We had entire *teams* of young people coming to us to ask, “What would it look like for us to affiliate with your agency?” They were headed to Muslim lands, shopping for the most effective partnerships, and displaying a kind of street-savvy that one wouldn’t have seen 20 years ago… maybe not even 10. What led to this state? Well there are several factors which contribute. At least 3 seem to be chief:

    *** For those who attend Bible college & seminary, their mission profs seem key. For example, we noticed the students from Ozark Christian College and Johnson Bible College were highly tuned and ready to roll. Both schools have strong missions programs which prepare them for events like these.

    *** Many of these college students have participated in numerous short- term experiences. They’ve traveled widely and interviewed broadly, and now they’re cashing in on their experiences by making smart decisions.

    *** They want mentoring. And they’re willing to shop for it. When they say “Mentoring”, they mean the kind of mentoring Luke Skywalker got from Yoda on the planet Dagobah. You remember… Yoda lifted up Luke’s spaceship, showing Luke the ins and outs of the Jedi life. Then he taught Luke how to do it. It almost smacked of near-eastern mysticism, with all the levitation and meditation rituals… but the truth is, I believe the new generation of missionaries wants almost that level of coaching. Gone are the days when we can go over a to do list, pray, then send them out. They want to shadow someone who is truly good at his/her job. And they want *months*, not weeks. Some want two years.

    How does the above change our strategy? I believe it should give us a very promising future… if we can figure out how to deliver the goods. More about that edition.

20060903 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360
  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT
  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET
  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES
  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN”
  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY?
  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360 — That’s right. Caleb Project is no more. ACMC a thing of the past. Save your books and conference brochures. They’re now collectors’ items. :-) Sell ’em on some eBay missions chat room somewhere. Make millions. Tithe to initiative360. That’s the new result. Greg + Brent equals “Take it Global”. That’s their website, in fact:

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    As a partnership of members, Initiative360 will walk alongside churches on their missional journey with life-changing products, services, curriculum, and real-time experiences. Sounds like a perfect marriage of two top-notch organizations. We look forward to hearing more.


  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT — Here’s a DVD that tells the story from Genesis to Revelation in animation. The whole Bible story in 10 minute chapters, is told in just under two hours. Two Covenants, two DVD’s, one story, The Glory Story. These guys sent me samples of this product and, honestly, it’s a cool idea that you could use with children *and* adults. Pull the snippets for upcoming messages on practically any topic in the Word. Interested? Watch the film trailers at The Glory Story website:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    They’ve also shared still pictures & text CD’s as well. With these, you tell the story personally. View all of the pictures at The Glory Story website.


  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET — I’m kind of surprised by all the free services that are once again cropping up on the Internet. One of the columnists I read regularly was recently observing them: Mapquest, Google search, Google news, YouTube, Flickr, Putfile, Gmail, Skype, GTalk, jot, photobucket, … and the list goes on and on and on… How all these services sell enough ads to stay in business, I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t… in which case they end up getting bought out … or they start charging us someday, once we’re hooked. Either way, in the meantime, those of us who like a good deal should be able to find it out there online somewhere. Just be careful not to tie up a lot of your media without a backup. Someday we might try to access our stuff, only to find it’s vanished like a puff of smoke.

  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — [Thanks to the anonymous worker in an anonymous sensitive country who wrote, …] If you serve in a sensitive country, chances are you try to keep information about your work off the internet. So how would you know if some well-meaning church or organization is posting your newsletter on their website. Of course, you search the internet, right? WRONG! Every time you request info via a search engine you are again reminding that search engine that it needs to keep a history of whatever key words you are searching for. Even if you contact the offending website and get the original page deleted, the page lives on in the history of the search engine. You are in a catch 22 position. The more you do the searches, the more you are hurting yourself. Stop searching so that the history of these search engines will eventually “forget” you. Make sense? Don’t search!

  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN” — Amanda, a 24-year-old Christian woman lives in Grunau, Namibia. She is a single, unemployed Nama. Although she is a member of a Lutheran church, the church does not reach to unsaved people. Amanda wanted to start a Bible study in her home, but the church did not encourage it, and she had no materials. While two Christian workers visited her, they shared and discussed the principles of Pioneer Evangelism and left tracts and Bible portions from the book of John for her to use. They prayed for her mother, who had been a church leader. In the final stages of AIDS, the older woman is no longer welcome at the church. Please pray for Amanda to be strong in her faith. Pray that she will continue to have courage to reach out to the unsaved and ostracized. Pray that the members of this church will come to know the true meaning of grace, peace and mercy that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for continued teaching so these forgotten people will come to know the truth of God’s Word. Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED — Responding to the serious, growing economic challenge for persecuted Christians, 16 leaders from 11 international organizations met recently in Atlanta to form the Persecuted Church Economic Development Network (PCEDN) to explore how the global church can assist fellow believers. In addition to discussing the status of the persecuted church, the group also agreed on broad definitions relating to micro-finance, sustainable small and large enterprise development, tentmaking and macro-economic conditions. Moreover, leaders identified critical roadblocks to economically helping the emerging, persecuted church. PCEDN Working Groups will address the need for sustainable economic develop models and standards for training and consulting with the emerging church. Plans are also underway for a PCEDN enewsletter and website. The next global meeting of the PCEDN will be held spring 2007 in Bangkok. For more information contact David,

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

    The working consultation was developed and facilitated by visionSynergy

    http://www.visionsynergy.net


  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY? — He tells us he saw the Lord, he heard angels calling to one another, he realized that he himself was ‘unclean’ in the presence of a holy God. So what happened next? To find out, go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “Choose a Bible book” and select Isaiah Unit 9 “The Problem of Guilt” by Raymond Brown is translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS — COMIX35 is calling on all Christian cartoonists and comics artists from Central and South America to gather at this year’s combined Letra Viva Consulta and LITT- WORLD 2006 conference near Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 12 to 17. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and discussion with other Christian comics producers, and to hear practical and inspirational talks by the LITT-WORLD speakers, attending artists will also meet many Christian writers, editors, and publishers.

    For information in Spanish on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06_spanish.htm

    Information in Portuguese on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06/lw06_bro_port.pdf

    To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st begins a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. To be added to the list of those who are taking part, or to receive the prayer guide, write:

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


  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006 — If you were considering helping Brigada during 2006 but haven’t yet, now would be a *reeeeeeeally* good time. Only 3 months remain. Want to help underwrite this weekly newsletter for thousands of overseas readers who don’t have access to checking accounts or credit cards? If you subscribe to another magazine, consider donating the cost of a subscription . . . or give double, so you can pay someone else’s share too. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME” — With 3 school shootings in 5 days, the USA is reeling as it seeks to come to grips with violence played out against its most vulnerable citizens — it’s young people. Our mission happens to be engaged in purchasing some gazebos for use as prayer shelters . . . and we’re buying the kits from a company in Pennsylvania with several Amish employees. Yesterday morning, I picked up the phone and called to let them know that, “If someone hurts one of your children, it’s like they hurt one of mine.” The owner of the company took time to talk to me for 20′, I bet. He had gone to school as a child just a mile from the site of the most recent shooting, a one-room schoolhouse in rural PA. He transferred my call to a sales rep who was having a hard time . . . and before the day was done, they asked my permission to have one of their delivery guys call me. He was on the road in Maine… unable to process and debrief the shootings with his colleagues back in PA. In the middle of our phone call, he broke down and cried at the prospect that a random guy in Louisville would express identification with him and his neighbors of a different faith.

    All of the above led me to conclude that we probably need to be more intentional about *empathy*. I mean… think about Jesus’ life: much of it was built around the concept of empathy. He walked our dusty paths, ate our food, was tempted with the same transgressions — yet remained sinless. Gave his life… rose again… so that in turn, we could empathize with Him in his struggle and victory.

    So maybe it’s a key principle of the Christian faith . . .and one that we should/could employ on a daily basis. With whom can you empathize today? How can you express it? Simple words and prayers might be enough. They seemed to work for a bunch of builders in Pennsylvania. But you could also choose greeting cards, flowers, visits, cookies, emails, phone calls, … the list is endless. Let’s practice empathy and walk dusty roads with someone who needs a friend — today.

20060625 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF
  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY*
  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS
  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED
  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES?
  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS
  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE?
  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-(
  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF — Grab the free July/August issue of Momentum Magazine at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607.pdf (High resolution version, 56 pages, 11MB) or

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607-small.pdf (Low resolution version, 56 pages, 1.8MB)

    Momentum Magazine is edited by Justin Long. I really like the direction Justin is going with his work. To me, he has taken statistics to a new level. Somehow he has transformed mere numbers and math into feelings and people. There are hundreds of little paragraphs I want to memorize or shout from a mountain top or a church pulpit. In short, his work is inspirational, if not sometimes a bit depressing. Sometimes it takes a bit of depression to get us off square one… or square zero. So … in summary, I say bravo to Justin and his efforts to make Momentum Magazine into a rallying cry for masses of new world Christians and the new wave of missionaries they will send. Momentum Magazine is one of the few bright spots in missions mobilization today. It should be required reading for every Brigada subscriber. Do I agree with all his theology? Nope. But do I agree with his ache for the world’s least reached? But of course. And so will you.


  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY* — In April 2006, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board released the pilot version of the North American People Groups Database project,

    http://www.peoplegroups.info

    at the Ethnic America Summit in Atlanta. The website contains 2000 Census data for language spoken at home, country of birth, and ancestry by city, county, and zip code. Additionally, local pilot research in the Atlanta area provided over 30 people groups in the Chinese, Arab, and Mexican communities alone. Many other functionalities exist on the website as well, including: an online discussion forum for North American people group workers, a resource request form, and a toolbox for those wishing to begin people group research in their area. The website is still in the pilot phase but improvements will be made in the months ahead. Get registered today to benefit from all this online database has to offer!


  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE –-

    http://www.trainforChrist.org

    Training organizations that are members of an evangelical alliance or similar association can now register their courses on the international Evangelical Training Database. This is free and courses are then searchable world-wide through English and Spanish interfaces. The Missionary Training Service, sponsor of the project, is liaising with member bodies of the International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and similar associations. They hope it will become a world-wide resource for anyone needing training. Geoff Tunnicliffe, leader of the World Evangelical Alliance kindly said, “We certainly want to find ways of seamlessly integrating this into our WEA web presence”. Dr Chris Wright, Director of the Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries), and chairman of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, is also supporting the project. Translations into other languages are being planned.


  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has just published several new books to help you and your workers to start brand new church planting movements on the frontiers. Stop on by their two internet stores to find out more. Two titles: The Compendium of Church Planting Knowledge and Multiplying Churches Student Notes are available at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches

    These books are not-for-profit and priced at the CafePress base price. Another new title, Keys To Church Planting Movements by Kevin Sutter has just been released at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/stephanas

    This books presents simple, New Testament principles for planting churches cross-culturally. Through attractive cartoons, that can be used in any language, follow Stephanas, a first-century cross-cultural worker, and his apostolic team as they multiply simple churches among the unreached. Learn how to turn the world upside down! Major credit cards accepted.


  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED — Articles include Insights for Persuading Muslims and Post-Moderns, News on Situations in Iran and Afghanistan and on Religious Changes in Africa, A List of Recommended Books on Islam, and more at

    http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm

    You may request a pdf, html, or hard copy from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES? — Was he a stern dictator, the angry judge of a rebellious nation? The Bible calls him ‘the servant of the Lord’ and says that ‘the Lord knew him face to face.’ To discover his true character go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on Exodus, then choose Unit 2: Moses – the problem of feeling inadequate, by Raymond Brown. This interesting study of a great man has been translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS — Free papers for the Fulani of West Africa are available from SOON Ministries in several dialects, and also in downloadable PDF files from the website. In addition, the team will be glad to partner with other groups in producing additional dialect versions.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/fulani/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!!!)


  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS — A DVD compilation of three, six minute videos of Prayerwalking for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, Prayer and Fasting for Kids, and a special bonus track of The 10/40 Window for Adults. This mini-movie library is a great resource for Sunday Schools, Children’s Church, Homeschoolers, and grandparents who want prayer passionate grand-kids. You can order it from Joey and Fawn at…

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    by clicking on resources, or write fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join others on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer For The Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE? — Before you start, there are two key questions to ask, and a detailed profile of your potential visitors to develop. Use Internet Evangelism Day’s printable worksheet to help you.

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/starting.php

    (Again, many thanks, Tony!)


  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous donors who, this past week, gave $10, $10, $25, $25, and $50 to help speed along our work with Brigada. Thanks also to Blessings Int’l in Tulsa, OK, who just sent $100. Does your church operate a medical clinic? Blessings International has pharmaceuticals, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and medical supplies available for use in non-profit clinics at reduced costs. Check them out at:

    http://www.blessing.org

    Thanks to those who have switched their long distance service to Accxx via Blessed Hope. Their conversations yielded a gift of $12.89 to Brigada this past month. Our family is one of those that have switched and I can honestly tell you… the long distance works great! :-) If you’ve ever thought about switching from huge companies who will never miss you if you left, try stopping by the page at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re also grateful to short-term teams from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO) and Highline Christian Church (Seattle, WA) who chose ISA as their insurer during their trip. Because of ISA’s commitment to tithe all of the sales which say, “I heard about you on Brigada,” they sent $145.46 this past week! May God bless these short- term teams and make it so these policies are not needed. That way ISA won’t have to pay out any benefits, making them happy; the teams won’t experience any loss, thereby making *them* happy; yet Brigada will have still benefited making *Brigada* happy! :-) Everybody wins! :-) Check out ISA at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm


  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-( — There are some readers out there with a little extra means. The good news is… those with a little extra can make it possible for *all* to connect with Brigada, simply by saying, “I’ll help.” Maybe you can only spare a $50 gift, once a year. But see… those $50 gifts would add up. As it stands now, we’re 50% through the year with only 25% of the funds for which we had been praying. Would you be able to help fix that problem? If so, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY? — Recently, I had to jot down some of my roles for a brief introduction I was writing and, frankly, it was kind of startling. Is everybody attempting to pull off this kind of schedule? (May I just think out loud here for a sec’?) Maybe it’s a symptom of being too interested in lots of different investments of time. I’m a husband to a great wife and a dad to two incredible sons, a son to my aging mother, an elder in my local church, where I play piano and keyboard with the worship team while serving as Chairman of the Missions Committee. I enjoy trying to stay fairly in tune with developments in technology, communications, computing, photography, and a dozen other interests.

    In addition, I’m a high school varsity boys soccer coach for a large Christian school nearby. So I invest about 3 hours, 5 nights a week in these 18 boys (and their respective families). By the way, just for fun, you can see their progress this coming season at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    [Yes, in case you were wondering, one of my sons is an 11th-grader at that same school and yes, he did make varsity this year (for the first time though). :-) ]

    On the side, I’m president of a missions agency called Team Expansion. (You can learn more about their work at:

    http://www.teamexpansion.org

    They keep me hopping… with 300 missionaries in 37 countries.

    To make life even more interesting, I’m having to help quite a bit with launching their new retreat center — learn more at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    I’m *soooo* close to being done with my Ph.D. dissertation. Just a couple of chapters, actually. But alas, so much of that has gone on hold with Emerald Hills.

    And then there’s Brigada. Eventually, I always manage to catch up… one issue a week for 11 years. Yikes. :-) Brigada participants are so patient, too. Sometimes I get 3 weeks behind . . . yet the kind words and encouraging testimonies give me hope that somewhere, somehow, this information is helpful to someone.

    On top of all that, I’m interested in people’s lives. So last night I drove 40 minutes to go hear one of our workers do a presentation on Afghanistan at a local church camp. Today I’ll drive 30 minutes to pray with the wife of one of our trainers before her surgery. This weekend I’ll drive 5 hours to speak in a local church that’s helping our ministry.

    Shew.

    Are we busy yet? :-)

    So this morning I was just thinking… Is this just my own life… or is this happening to everyone? It’s not that I’m unhappy or feel stressed. The truth is… I’m having a blast in life. I’m happy and eventually, I usually catch up on enough sleep to get by. So why am I writing about this? I guess I’m just wanting to make sure we all examine our respective lives… that we take our pulse to be sure that we still care very deeply about unreached peoples. That we’ll still live our lives, even with all these different involvements, in such a way that they’ll hear the message. That we’ll still dedicate ourselves to trying to reach them. That we still won’t quit ’til they’ve had a chance to hear.

    Are we good on all that?

    Thanks for listening in on my thinking.

    Doug

20060618 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA
  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING
  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP
  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  7. BEST CAMCORDER
  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED?
  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL
  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS
  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS…
  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD
  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA — Lately I’ve been trying out Google’s SMS service. It works through text messaging from your cell phone. First things first — make sure you won’t be charged per SMS. (Many accounts now have unlimited SMSes.) Then just send whatever query you would have typed in at Google.com — only text message it to this number: 46645. Your results will come back momentarily. Grab a movie timetable, a phone listing, an address, convert currency, … the results are practically endless. Best of all, it’s totally free (if SMSes are free on your cell account). Learn more at:

    http://www.google.com/sms


  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES — I know you’ve probably tried out the Steven Covey stuff before, but every once and awhile, I find that it’s helpful to review it. Now, they have so many helps online, it’s pretty much a new day for their stuff anyway. Start at… http://www.FranklinCovey.com then download the application (try it out for free for a month). Then walk through the library… http://www.franklincovey.com/fc/library_and_resources Get in the habit of using the application so you’ll be forced to think in terms of “mission”, roles, and goals again. After the 30 days, figure out your own system again using whatever tools you wish, but with renewed appreciation for the “top-down” planning approach.

  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN — Backpack Missions is an easy, exciting, and effective strategy for teaching Great Commission principles to children in any church. Backpack Missions is comprised of simple mission object lessons presented by a world trekking backpacker character, “Backpack Andy” [or personalize with your own name] who teaches a missions lesson using objects taken from his backpack. Backpack Missions is drop-in mission education and awareness covering international and North American missions. Some Southern Baptist-specific elements can be easily adapted to your own affiliation. Provided free by the North American Mission Board online at http://namb.net/backpack

  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING — The next series of distance learning courses for using the web and IT for evangelism are set for July- September: Cybermissions 101 (Theory) – Monday July 17th 2006 Cybermissions 102 (Practice) – Monday September 18th 2006 Cybermissions 103 (Internet Cafes) – Monday September 18th 2006

    http://www.cybermissions.org/training/


  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP — LongviewNET http://www.longviewnet.com provides web site development and management services for ministries, missionaries, small businesses and organizations. The folks behind LongviewNET are themselves missionaries who use proceeds from LongviewNET to help underwrite their own personal ministry support as a tent-making effort to serve others for the cause of Christ. LongviewNET is a full-service solution provider: web sites, domain names, blogs, hosting and more. Mention Brigada when you enter into an agreement for web site development and management with LongviewNET and 20% of your agreement amount will go directly to Brigada!

  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — Wondering which donor management software packages came to light in our recent survey? John, at The Mission Station, wrote, “There were a total of 15 respondents. Some use(d) more than one package. No one package had more than two users. There were a total of 5 respondents using HomeGrown packages (including MS Access/Excel) on both DOS and Windows platforms. The package currently in use with 2 users was TntMPD for Windows. The packages that had a single user were Logos, Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, NewViews, Church Missions, Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge, Quick Books – Non-Profit, and Quick Books – Standard. All the single packages also ran on Windows platforms of some form.

    There were 4 respondents who indicated that they were presently evaluating Quick Books – Non-Proft, but had not come to any conclusions yet. Overall, the homegrown applications were not well viewed, yet had some customized features that were missed with other “out-of-the-box” packages. The applications that received favorable recommendations were Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, ChurchMissions, Raisers Edge, and TntMPD. Finally, the cost of these packages ranges from FREE to over $3000.00 USD.” John will make sure all of these are incorporated into his Missions Database for all to access at: http://www.missionaries.org


  7. BEST CAMCORDER — Got an opinion about which camcorder gives the best value for the money . . . quality, versatility, compactness, still and video in one. What do you think? Just send your note to: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com There’s no need to join the egroup. It’ll accept your email without being a part. Later, we’ll sum up the responses there and report back in Brigada.

  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED? — Brendan would like some feedback on the viability of establishing a new missions advocacy ministry to promote small, lesser known international missions ministries. Is there a need for this type of ministry and/or are there others out there already doing this on a general (i.e. inter/non-denominational) basis? Please send your thoughts to Brendan advocate(at)pobox(dot)com

  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL — For those willing to experiment with Voice Over IP, Oliver says the frontier is still a good deal. He’s been exploring it for almost a year… He concludes that free calls are more limited now — about 300 min/week and the 10 free EUR are valid for 120 days. He suggests using them on destinations which aren’t free. He also advises that the country lists change without notice, so beware. He says these sites all basically list different deals for the same country:

    http://www.netappel.fr/fr/index.

    html http://www.voipbuster.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/download.html

    http://www.sparvoip.de/de/customerservices.html

    http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipdiscount.com/en/index.html

    http://www.webcalldirect.com/en/index.php

    http://www.poivy.com

    (Thanks Oliver!)


  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS — The Student Christian Organisation (A Malawian locally based interdenominational organisation – SCOM) has seen a tremendous membership growth over the years. Focused to preach the gospel to secondary/high school students, it was established in 1962. Started with only a few members, now membership has grown to thousands and while conferences were held by few individuals now attendance is in hundreds. The organisation has now managed to establish a weekly devotional email called ‘FEED THE FLOCK’ to all interested subscribers. To subscribe send a blank email to feedtheflock_admin(at)christianemailservice(dot)com with subscribe as the subject. You can also access through the web at

    http://trinityzone.org/scomministry/devotions.html . To learn more about the background and the activities of SCOM visit

    http://www.surrender.nl/scom


  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS… — We’re grateful to DialAbroad… http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm for sending $71 this past week to boost our work. Again, if you’ve thought about changing phone services, or if you have to move and pick a carrier anyway, please consider Dial-Abroad as a prime option. They’ll give you the best deal . . . and help Brigada too.

  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, outreach conferences, and the latest trends in missions all around the world? Just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD — Have you noticed how broad the spectrum is getting when it comes to local churches and missions outreach? For missionaries, the landscape has gotten pretty complex lately. Some churches have gotten to the point that they no longer will support “independent” (individual) missionaries. They want all their missionaries to be affiliated with an organization that will help them stay on task and accountable, financially and otherwise. Meanwhile, there are still other churches who almost resent the role of an agency. (They are, in effect, gradually becoming their own agency.) In between is a complex continuum of all the blended mixtures.

    So what’s a missionary to do? Well for what it’s worth, here’s my take: First, when approaching any new situation, you have to use the same principles that you were taught to use when you crossed into another culture. Second, my own opinion is — it’s not our role to try to *change* the church to fit our own opinions (in the same manner that it wasn’t our role to change the culture to fit our expectations). The key is to have a relevant message . . . a relevant *mode* for each context. Once you become irrelevant, you’ve lost touch with that portion of the spectrum. (So get relevant.)

    Next week, we’ll address the spectrum faced by Brigada participants working in local churches. Shew. They face a jungle too. We all do. So be careful out there.

20060416 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  2. REAL HELP IN RAISING SUPPORT
  3. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM
  4. ASIAN IT CONFERENCE MARCH 2007
  5. WANT TO STUDY RUSSIAN THIS SUMMER OR FALL?
  6. WHAT’S THE BEST INT’L ISP FOR TRAVEL? AOL?
  7. IN NEED OF GOOD BIBLE TEACHING MATERIALS?
  8. LEARNING ABOUT GOOGLE RANKINGS
  9. WE’RE FOREVER GRATEFUL; WILL GOD EMPOWER YOU TO HELP?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: MORE LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24”
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING –- Do you want your church to have a greater impact in missions? One of the best opportunities in world missions today is in mobilization. Churches around the world are mobilizing their churches to become more involved in reaching people whom have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Your church can be one of them. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 19-23 at Regent University in Virginia Beach (VA). Join other pastors, missionaries, church leaders, and students to learn about how you and your church can take part in completing the Great Commission by mobilizing churches here in the United States and around the world. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850, email us at aims(at)aims-usa(dot)org, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at

    http://www.aims.org


  2. REAL HELP IN RAISING SUPPORT -— For more than twenty years with Wycliffe, Jerry and Brenda Long have trained hundreds of missionaries around the world to tell their story over coffee, in small groups and in their churches in such a way that people catch a vision and get involved through prayer and monthly support. Now they are retiring from Wycliffe and offering the same training to anyone who needs it.

    They use live video conferencing technology to deliver live, interactive training to groups of four to six people at a very low cost anywhere in the U.S. there is high-speed internet access. They send you the equipment which is easy to plug in and use. You connect with them live four to six hours week for three weeks and they deliver training that will increase your skill and confidence to tell your story in an effective way. Click on their website or e-mail them:

    http://kingdomcometraining.com

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


  3. CP TRAINING COURSE ON CD-ROM — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has published their complete church planting training, normally given to trainees as a two-week seminar during the acclaimed YWAM School of Frontier Mission (SOFM). Now this training can come to you right on your PC (or MAC) with over 30 hours of audio (Brian Hogan teaching in Scotland), PowerPoint presentation, film clips, note taking outline, and every handout that you would get if you were to take it “live”. This is perfect for workers already on the field who need to be trained in CP or to refresh their skills, those preparing to go, and those who have an interest in planting new movements among unreached people groups. The cost is only $29.99 (plus $2.25 S&H within USA). Major credit cards are accepted. Also available is a Video CD of seven amazing films about the CPM that began in Erdenet, Mongolia in the early 1990’s ($20.00). And a Resource CD chock full of CP stuff – a virtual CP Library! (only $4.99 – their cost!) Email brian(at)cpcoaches(dot)com to purchase. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit their store:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches


  4. ASIAN IT CONFERENCE MARCH 2007 — For those involved in computer support or using computers as a key part of your ministry in Asia, you may be interested in a conference to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in March 2007. This is advance warning so you can put it in your diary and budget. Maybe you’ve attended such conferences in the USA previously, but this one will be the first in Asia and will not only discuss issues relating to office IT, but also issues relating to using IT as ministry, eg Internet cafes etc. For more information see

    http://www.iccm-asia.org

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


  5. WANT TO STUDY RUSSIAN THIS SUMMER OR FALL? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for an 8 week summer course (June 5 – July 28) & a 16 week fall course (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). Interested? Check them out on the web at:

    http://www.strategiclanguages.org

    Or call in the USA toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119 from elsewhere. Or email: RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. WHAT’S THE BEST INT’L ISP FOR TRAVEL? AOL? — Stan uses AOL and has found he can get on AOL with ease in England, China, or Israel. Are there better international service providers available and why? Are some countries better for email than others? If you’ve got an opinion, email Stan Stanpcb(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (He’ll pass along a full report to us in a couple of weeks, right Stan? :-) )

  7. IN NEED OF GOOD BIBLE TEACHING MATERIALS? –- Check out the Visualized Bible Series. Bible Visuals International prints picture- based Bible lessons that cover the entire Bible, highlighting major doctrines, in over 85 languages. They even give rights for national churches to print materials in their language in their country. Contact them to receive a resource catalogue or more information on our overseas printing efforts.

    http://www.biblevisuals.org

    or email info(at)biblevisuals(dot)org or (Intl. Prefix) + 1-717-859- 1131. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. LEARNING ABOUT GOOGLE RANKINGS — Are you interested in learning more about how Google decides which pages to rank first? It’s been an ongoing interest some here in Brigada. One Brigada reader, Joel, recommended these sites for further reading:

    http://www.google.com/webmasters/4.html

    http://www.google.com/technology/

    http://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php

    Bottom line: It appears Google takes into consideration (big-time) how many other pages (and which pages) link people over to your site. I guess the corollary is . . . if you want to be listed higher at Google, see if others will add you to their list of links.

    That’s easy at Brigada. Just write an item and submit it for a future issue. (See our submission guidelines.)

    Now, would you consider doing Brigada a favor? Please take a moment, if you desire, to add Brigada to the list of resources you may or may not provide on your own website. Can’t hurt. Might help. Thanks for your partnership! (And thanks, Joel, for taking time to educate us! :-) )


  9. WE’RE FOREVER GRATEFUL; WILL GOD EMPOWER YOU TO HELP? — Thanks to those who add fuel to our fire by undergirding these Brigada Todays in the form of financial gifts and prayers. This past week, a couple from Mainland China sent $35, saying they were “eating in” (See March 31st Brigada today, Item 10, “WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT?”). Many thanks. Another worker with Zwemer sent $100 to say thanks for the Zwemer announcements. God bless you! And thanks to our great friends at Dial-Abroad.com for the $98.30 gift they sent this past week. I’m still amazed that when you use them for your int’l calls, it results in encouragement to Brigada! Please, please consider signing up with them for service, if you need phone service at all:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Thanks also to the other 3 anonymous Brigada readers who gave $10, $100 & $75 respectively. Want to join them in pitching in? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: MORE LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24” — Last week, I confessed to my newfound fascination with “24”, the hit TV show from FOX. If you haven’t watched it, I hope you’ll still pick up something from my description of the plots. [Disclaimer: I also confessed that I turn my head during the violent parts.] We talked about courage, patient wisdom, and a commitment to always speak the truth.

    Today let’s talk about freedom and accountability. Have you noticed the way the show portrays the tension of Jack’s reliance on CTU . . . versus the “home office’s” eventual respect for the skills of a field agent like Jack? Time and time again, CTU will provide support for an attack. They’ll use satellite infra-red sensors to tell Jack where the bad guys are stationed… or they’ll look up floorplans of some building downtown… all in quick fashion with incredible precision. But while CTU can be very helpful, at times, they can also be a real pain. Have you ever noticed the way Jack sometimes has to “go dark”… become a “rogue”… because somebody’s infiltrated CTU and he can no longer trust them? Or maybe their protocols just don’t apply to the real world when terrorists’ bombs are about to explode.

    To me, this tension between “CTU” and “field agent” is reminiscent of the relationship between — you guessed it — “home office” and “field missionary.” Many are the times when it’s really convenient to have a home office. Representation in the homeland can be tough when one lives a continent away. All those conventions, websites, toll-free numbers, and IRS requirements… they’re sometimes a real burden for the guy or gal in the field. And when a home office is hitting stride, providing great support in a crisis, it’s a great feeling of shelter in the middle of a storm.

    But when a field worker wants flexibility, … when a protocol gets in the way… shew… it can be a real hassle. That 1st-year language learning requirement can really seem to get in the way of quick-start ministries. And who really enjoys all the report forms and accountability sheets?! And those notorious field visits! Shew. No wonder Jack sometimes goes “dark.”

    So what’s a field agent to do? In my opinion, there are lessons to learn on both sides of the fence. For those of us who work in home offices, we probably need to view those protocols a bit more at arm’s length sometimes. We need to remember that they exist to provide shape and forward direction to the missionary enterprise. Inevitably, however, exceptional circumstances are going to require outlandish flexibility. My own take on this is that the home office with the best protocol won’t necessarily always win. If “24” is any kind of case study, what we need are great protocols — and wise leaders. We need leaders who can figure out when protocols don’t serve the situation . . . and then they need courage to take a stand for exceptional situations. One thing I’ve noticed though: When leaders fail to lead, field agents pick up on it… and they have to start improvising on their own, with varying degrees of precision and effectiveness. My own personal take — we need to learn, probably more often than we think, to lead more *decisively* if field agents are going to stay aboard our team. Otherwise, they bail.

    At the same time, those who work in the field — the “Jack Bauers” of the missionary enterprise — need to remember that most of those protocols exist to prevent abuse. Even Jack Bauer makes time to go back to CTU and file his debrief. He calls in a *lot*. And time and time again, he yields the “final call” to the man in charge (sometimes the President himself). How I long for the day when more and more “field agents” in the missionary enterprise can call in and say, “Here’s the situation: help me make the right call.”

    In the end, it’s just a TV show. But if I let my imagination roll… missionary life and work can be a pretty fun ride. :-) Let’s make it work this coming week! Because… shew… it’s a jungle out there.

    Doug

20050515 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GOT 5 MINUTES TO MEASURE YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP STYLE?
2. NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE: YAHOOGROUPS *OR* GOOGLEGROUPS
3. A FLASH DRIVE COMPLETE WITH BROWSER AND SECURITY
4. SPAM PREVENTION STILL NO EASY TASK
5. TIP US: WHAT’S THE BEST DATA PROJECTOR ON THE MARKET?
6. TESOL COURSE IN THAILAND
7. SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
8. GET STARTED IN MISSIONS: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
9. AUTOMATIC SLIDESHOWS IN MS POWERPOINT 2000
10. INTERNET EVANGELISM VIA DVD
11. STILL LOOKING FOR A GREAT FIREWALL?
12. CATCH GLOBAL PASSION
13. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD
14. THANKS TO OUR SPONORS, PARTNERS, HELPERS, FRIENDS!
15. WOULD YOU JOIN THOSE CHIPPING IN TOWARD OUR EXPENSES?
16. THE BACK PAGE: A CHALLENGE FOR ONE IS A GAME FOR ANOTHER
17. CLOSING STUFF

1. GOT 5 MINUTES TO MEASURE YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP STYLE? — The good news is… day before yesterday, my university gave me the green light to proceed with my dissertation questionnaire. The bad news is… Now I have to find 500+ people to *take* it. It’s actually pretty simple. Takes about 5 minutes to finish. I need to find full-time workers in a non-profit mission agency, church or humanitarian organization. It doesn’t matter whether you’re based in the field or in the home office, nor does it matter what role you’re in. If you’re a non-profit or church worker, *and* if you have a supervisor with an email address, you would be an answered prayer for me. Everything’s confidential. We don’t report anything back to anyone else. The results are going to be used *only* to advance our understanding of “followership” and will not be used in any sort of personal sense whatsoever. The first 500 workers will be *greatly* appreciated!!! Thanks a bunch. Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/
2. NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE: YAHOOGROUPS *OR* GOOGLEGROUPS — This past week, we considered switching the Brigada Today mailing list from YahooGroups over to GoogleGroups. We even initiated the command to paste in the mailing list… but, to their credit, the GoogleGroups tech staff intercepted the upload, assuming I was a spammer, and switched the command from “add these addresses” to “invite these addresses.” Thus the confusion some of you reported — my having said “no action necessary”, immediately followed by GoogleGroups saying, “click here if you want to accept.” Confusing, eh? :-) Sorry about that. However, I admire their conservative views on spammers… and in fact, that was half the original reason for the proposed cutover. It seems like YahooGroups is taking a bum wrap these days because of the (perhaps) few who are abusing the service. (Ain’t it always so!)

Anyway, by this evening, some 1611 faithful readers had said, “yes” to the new server. And 9563 on were still hanging on at YahooGroups. In fact, several readers wrote begging, “Please don’t switch us over!” Well … it’s all the same to me. So instead of dropping YahooGroups, what we’ve decided to do is offer *both* channels. It’ll be exactly the same text sent through both services at approximately the same exact minute. So… you’re welcome to keep both for a while and see which delivers the best response rate. Either way, there’ll be no more sending of invitations. If you’d like to switch to GoogleGroups version of Brigada Today, just send message to brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom Please remember, either way, we won’t be subscribing or unsubscribing anyone manually. Everything’s automatic. (Except for those who have sponsored or contributed. We’ll always offer human help to them. Just remind us of your sponsorship within the past 12 months, when and if you ever have to ask for help.

So — again, bottom line — now there are *three* great channels for reading Brigada Today: the web, YahooGroups, and now GoogleGroups.

(Note: Just because you answered my announcement with the word “accept”, it doesn’t mean you subscribed to GoogleGroups. You would have needed to answer the original GoogleGroups invitation with a reply.)
3. A FLASH DRIVE COMPLETE WITH BROWSER AND SECURITY — See it at… http://www.stealthsurfer.biz/index.html It’s StealthSurfer II and it offers comprehensive protection of personal information, credit card numbers, and financial transactions from online snoops. Tiny enough to carry on a keychain, and bundled with its own high-speed browser, the USB 2.0 flash drive plugs into the USB port of a computer and allows users to surf the Web with total privacy. This would be handy for a worker in a sensitive-access land, especially if he or she had to use public internet cafes.
4. SPAM PREVENTION STILL NO EASY TASK — One user wrote to point out that spam filtering still was no easy task. Getting all those pesky settings hooked up correctly can be a daunting task. The long and short of it: Choose a service that will help you with configuration. We’ve been hooking up our organization with OnlyMyEmail.com. We don’t get a kickback from them… but, as “one beggar telling another where to get bread,” they’ve been very responsive to hooking up our organization’s 160 or so email users in a corporate account. Visit http://www.onlymyemail.com for full information on corporate or individual settings. It’s not free… but it *did* win the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for spam filtering… and they *do* answer their emails. :-)
5. TIP US: WHAT’S THE BEST DATA PROJECTOR ON THE MARKET? — Here’s a Christian worker whose name is *also* Doug (like mine), with email address tank87(at)net66(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], who would like to know if we have any new recommendations for reasonably priced LCD projectors that are fairly rugged and replacement bulb cost is on the lower end. When he says rugged, he means something that can withstand vibration, dust, humidity, etc. Please write him if you have an idea or a spec sheet for something you like!
6. TESOL COURSE IN THAILAND — Learn to teach English in a non-English speaking country. This four-week intensive course is registered with the University of the Nations (YWAM) and with SEA English Academy, Australia. The course will be held in Chiang Rai Thailand and runs from October 3 through October 29, 2005. The Practicum includes teaching English to Asian university students. For more information or to submit questions, please email: Chiangraitesol(at)gmail(dot)com Address your emails to Julie.
7. SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS — Gospel Literature Outreach run one or two week teams throughout Europe and are expanding into Africa. These teams give the opportunity to work alongside a resident missionary team for one to two weeks and are primarily evangelistic in nature with Bible teaching for the team as well. For further information go to http://www.glo-europe.org or contact admin(at)glo-europe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. GET STARTED IN MISSIONS: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006- mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and 8 weeks of mission work in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Relationships, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Mission work is done among unreached people groups who need the Gospel. Outreach activities may involve helping long term workers, evangelism, prayer ministry, community development projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(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…. check out the website: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
9. AUTOMATIC SLIDESHOWS IN MS POWERPOINT 2000 — So often at the end of a conference or retreat it is a neat conclusion to show a quick slideshow of the pictures taken on a digital camera during the event. If you have ever tried to create a simple slideshow from photographs in MS PowerPoint 2000 you know how frustrating it can be. Each slide must be manually created followed by the insertion of a photograph followed by the re-sizing and centering of the picture — it can take 2-3 minutes per slide! Yes, there are some ways to make all these steps simpler, but there’s also a way to have it all done automatically. You can simply choose which photographs/graphics you want included and have a slideshow automatically created with the pictures in various options (full screen, within margins, 2 per slide, 4 per slide, etc.). Amazingly M$ offers this “Photo Album Add-in Program” free! [Thanks for the tip, Peter!] (Note, the following URL will “wrap”. You’ll have to copy and paste it into your browser and “reassemble” it…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID =55d2 4b47-c828-4141-a8de-9a459c63db1a

Or use this tinyURL http://tinyurl.com/9yomg (a shortcut, created at www.tinyurl.com)
10. INTERNET EVANGELISM VIA DVD — A three DVD set is now available of 19 of the workshops presented at the recent Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference held at Liberty University. Cost is only $27.95 with S& H in the USA and $34.95 overseas. See the DVD Ordering Page for a list of workshops included on the set and ordering instructions at http://ie-21stcentury.com.
11. STILL LOOKING FOR A GREAT FIREWALL? — One user, Nick, wrote to recommend: http://smoothwall.org/ It’s a firewall at the right price — free. Nick’s brother-in-law, a computer programmer, had recommended it as being easy to set up… and free to boot! Haven’t tried it ourselves here.. but thanks for the tip, Nick!
12. CATCH GLOBAL PASSION — Global Passion 3 is a two day conference that will reveal the biblical basis for global change, showing us God’s unfolding plan which He is using to transform the world in which we live. Find a way to energise, equip and empower yourself through understanding life priorities, prayer and cultural understanding. It takes place in Liverpool, UK on 10th & 11th June, £35 for both days. For further information contact globalpassion(at)ywamliverpool(dot)co(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check out… http://www.ywamliverpool.co.uk
13. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intense inductive Bible school. Students in this school go through the Bible five times in nine months while using effective study tools. This is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to study and apply God’s Scripture as a whole. SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 3006. Please call 1-403- 933-3755 for information or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. THANKS TO OUR SPONORS, PARTNERS, HELPERS, FRIENDS! — We get *sooo* much encouragement from our sponsors, among whom this week are… an anonymous “David” ($25), an anonymous “Peter” ($100), and an anonymous hosting firm ($25). (We’ll try to get the hosting service to at least give us a domain… so if you need a hosting service, you could consider jumping on board a Brigada sponsor. If you’ve got to choose one anyway, might as well pick one that helped the cause, all things being equal, right? :-) ) Thanks again to these givers!
15. WOULD YOU JOIN THOSE CHIPPING IN TOWARD OUR EXPENSES? — Our goal for 2005 is $16,576, which includes webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. That’s it. Not a penny more. If anything else would come in, we’ll apply it in advance toward 2006. As of today, we stand at: $5,023.22… not quite 1/3 if the way there. It’ll take a special gift of $2,000 or so just to catch up with May. Maybe somebody out there is equipped to do that… but otherwise, it’ll take 20 gifts of $100? Either way, if you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
16. THE BACK PAGE: A CHALLENGE FOR ONE IS A GAME FOR ANOTHER — I’ll never forget one night in 1991 when my family and I stayed in an old basic hotel in Kiev, USSR. (Yes, it was still called the USSR at the time.) We had been working in southern Ukraine and this was one of the only fun getaway trips we could squeeze in. Travel services were still *very* basic (maybe we were the only foreigners in the whole city that night? — ok… maybe it wasn’t quite *that* bad :-)). The particular room we had was so hot and muggy that there were *dozens* of mosquitoes… maybe *hundreds*. Finally, our 4-year-old even got into the act. He would swat with a rolled up magazine using both hands. Splat! (We left quite an impression on the walls that evening.) About an hour later, when the dust had settled, I *think* we finally emerged victorious, he and I. The “Mrs.” was impressed, thanking us for an effective hunting expedition, relieving everybody of dozens of potential bites through the night. To me, it had been a hassle… ridding the room of these interlopers that were about to suck blood from us life and limb. That’s when the 4-year-old chimed in with his characteristic stutter, long since outgrown, and that killer grin: “H- h-h-hey… L-Let’s remember this g-g-game: Killing b-b-b-bugs.” :-) To him, it had been a *game*! Like a 1991-version of something one would do on a Nintendo (sometime later). Splat, splat, splat! :-)

I guess that night I learned a valuable lesson: The degree of “hassle” in a particular activity is tied directly to one’s perspective. The more one can posture it as “fun”, the better off one will be. So… next time we have to do something difficult, let’s re-draw it in our minds. Let’s see if we can reposition it as a kind of game… like Chris did… “killin’ bugs”. :-) Either way, watch out for those bugs – ’cause it’s a jungle out there! :-)

Doug

20050220 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

20050116 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held near Istanbul, Turkey April 4-8, 2005. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20041010 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DEEPEST GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. BEAT HIGH PHONE RATES
  3. WHOA — GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL IS A GREAT “FIND”
  4. IF YOU MINISTER TO CHINESE, YOU’LL WANT THIS VIDEO
  5. PROMOTING PRAYER? GRAB THIS $10 DVD
  6. FOLLOW-UP ON INSTALLING WINDOWS SERVICE-PACK 2
  7. HIGH RECEPTIVITY: THE NAMA/DAMARA of NAMIBIA
  8. FREE MISSIONS BIBLE STUDIES
  9. FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
  10. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATED
  11. DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE UNREACHED? TRY THESE SITES
  12. NEED A DATA PROJECTOR? ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR SHORT LIST
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DEEPEST GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous Alaskan who pitched in $25 this past week! We’re greatly appreciative of your willingness to partner with us to cover the costs of our Brigada-sponsored Secretary. If you’d like to join this lone Alaskan, 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.

  2. BEAT HIGH PHONE RATES — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html . (Disclaimer: Both of these phone service providers tithe back a portion of their proceeds to help underwrite our Brigada-sponsored Secretary.)

  3. WHOA — GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL IS A GREAT “FIND” — I can’t overstate what a great job the folks at Google have done on their new desktop searching tool. (It’s available free by clicking to: http://desktop.google.com/ These are the same folks who bring you the search capability on the web (that has practically become synonymous with finding treasure troves of information). Now they have brought you lightning-fast searching for your own hard drive. I’ve thought for some time that the Windows- provided search tool takes so long . . . it’s almost worthless. Google has changed all that. The earth has shifted. Now I’m *often* using it to find a lost item in my archives. We’re grateful to those great Google programmers (and for Matt in Italy, who first called our attention to the fact that the Google folks had released this tool)!

  4. IF YOU MINISTER TO CHINESE, YOU’LL WANT THIS VIDEO — That’s all there is to it. It’s a fantastic resource which promises incredible effectiveness among Chinese-speaking peoples. We’re kicking off a new work among a Chinese group now in North Africa now and we just ordered a copy to use there. The feedback on this film has been outlandish. It’s a “must-have” for ministry to any Chinese, anywhere, anytime. Get it at Good News Productions in Joplin, MO: http://www.cart32.com/estore/template/thumbnails.php?id=010587&cid=20 (Learn more about Good News at: http://www.gnpi.org

  5. PROMOTING PRAYER? GRAB THIS $10 DVD — We just wrapped up participation at a first-rate missions convention which featured some outstanding, short, pithy videos promoting prayer (about 3′ each). I believe this series of six videos will be on sale throughout the end of November for just $10, after which, the word on the street is — the price will double. Believe me… you’ll want these for either price. Pick one up today at: http://www.cart32.com/estore/template/thumbnails.php?id=010587&cid=7

  6. FOLLOW-UP ON INSTALLING WINDOWS SERVICE-PACK 2 — Thanks to the reader who pointed out that Windows XP users on a dial-up connection should probably not try to download the new Windows XP Service Pack 2. It is huge, and will take many hours to download. Microsoft will send a free CD containing SP2 with no shipping charges anywhere in the world (a gift from Bill Gates!). Just go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/ default.mspx to order the free CD in any language. (Again, thanks to the Brigada participant for the reminder!)

  7. HIGH RECEPTIVITY: THE NAMA/DAMARA of NAMIBIA — In two days a couple of believers traveled to three towns in the Nama/Damara territory. After hearing the Gospel, 11 of the 12 Damara people made professions of faith. Pray that evangelical Christians will hear the Lord’s call to evangelize and disciple the Nama/Damara. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. FREE MISSIONS BIBLE STUDIES — “Missions – An Adventure In Faith” consists of 14 bible studies on missions from both Old and New Testaments using a character study approach (e.g. “Power Encounters” examines incidents from the life of Elijah). It covers many of the concepts in the Short World Missions Course. (Note that it is written from a charismatic renewal theological perspective.) Supplementary material includes missions statistics, a “World Missions Update” PowerPoint and a missions glossary. It comes in PDF format, available for free from: http://aibi.gospelcom.net/ebooks/missions/index.html or send an email to johned(at)aibi(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE — Now you no longer have an excuse. Every Brigada subscriber needs some form of antivirus. If you’ve held off because of the $30/year Norton/Symantec wants, click on over to: http://www.avast.com They have a free antivirus program. Learn more at: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_virus_protectio.html (Thanks to Scott in Taiwan for this tip.)

  10. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATED — The Third Quarter Operation Reveille Shofar for 2004 is now posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm The recent articles address: + Public Prayer in Jesus’ Name + Religious Discrimination in Malaysia + Lessons From the 1994 Holocaust in Rwanda + Media and Short Term Ministry Opportunities in the Mid East Feel free to check it out for yourself.

  11. DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE UNREACHED? TRY THESE SITES — One of the best is: http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org/wcd/ (Thanks to Tim in Memphis for reminding us of this site) and it’s *always* a great idea to go to: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ Dan Scribner and the gang there do an amazing job of telling us about the needs among the “final frontier” of unreached peoples. And don’t forget you can still obtain all the “Bethany Unreached People Profiles” at: http://www.ksafe.com/profiles/home.html These and other resources are also available at the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse site at: http://www.adoptapeople.org/

  12. NEED A DATA PROJECTOR? ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR SHORT LIST — If you’re considering purchasing a data projector in the near future, here’s one I’m watching. The Epson PowerLite 740c lists a bright output equal to 2500 ANSI lumens. (For comparison, the one I’ve been using these last 2 years puts out about 1100 lumens and that’s really been ok for all but the brightest sanctuaries.) This new offering has wireless capabilities 802.11g uploads, and photo-display capability directly from digital cameras or via USB memory or external hard drives. Price-wise, it’s within expected range: $2900. Disclaimer: I can’t think of any. Epson unfortunately doesn’t send us a dime for this recommendation. It’s just a case of one beggar telling another where to find *light*.
  13. Ask a dealer near you about it . . . or search for the best price at google.

20040924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND!
  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER
  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE
  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS
  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET)
  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE
  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER!
  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND! — Thanks this past week to Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX, for their sponsorship gift of $75 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Please visit them on the web at http://www.irvingbible.org/ and if you’re at all ever in the Irving area, please stop by their worship services! Hats off also to the husband/wife team working in Andes Mountains training leaders and overseeing a Bible translation (who sent $100), to the anonymous workers in Western Europe ($25), the one from Eastern Europe too ($100), the gracious reader from Brazil ($5), and another dear friend ($100). We are very grateful. Another participant used the “subscribe” feature to send his regular $10 subscription. What a guy! :-) And hats off to Tom, the Director of MATS, who sent $100 with this note, “Brigada always gets us in touch with those we desire to serve the most: missionaries. You are a blessing; thanks for what you allow GOD to do with your life.” Learn more about them at: http://www.mats.org Thanks, too, to the brother in Seattle who wrote, “Thank you and the Brigada team for your work in serving our Lord with your skills and helping us network with others in similar ministries.” ($100) This and the “Toolbox” gift below, brings us to a total of $5,315.02 collected so far in 2004, nearly a third of the way to our secretary’s hopeful annual salary of $16,140. Unfortunately, only 3 months remain to make up the other two-thirds. If you can help, click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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 by anonymous.

  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER — Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, available to Brigada readers at 15% off during the month of October. And a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks to author John Walton for the $25 gift this past week!)

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

  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is offering a free Talking Bible to churches observing a Talking Bible Sunday. ASI wants every church in America to have a Talking Bible of its own. Not only will people who are shut in, hospitalized, vision impaired, or unable to read for some other reason use this Bible – but the entire church will be reminded of the millions of people in the world who have never been able to read God’s Word for themselves – people who need Talking Bibles. Call ASI at 1-800-318-7262 and ask for Dori or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and learn how a church can receive its FREE Talking Bible and observe a Talking Bible Sunday.

  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS — “Tell of His Glory Among the Nations” covers many classic Scriptures passages and themes about world missions, and is ideal for those who want to study the biblical basis for world missions and share it with others. Thirteen lessons are well suited for one Sunday School quarter. Great for adults or youth, small groups or individual study. One page per lesson. Easy to photocopy. http://www.mission1.org

  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT — Several organizations that work with Palestinians have put together a Ramadan prayer guide focusing on Palestinians. The daily selection includes stories about real people and places where Palestinians live. Although the emphasis is during Ramadan, the guide includes information about Christians as well as Muslims. This is a world-wide project and the guide is available in pdf format in Afrikans, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. To receive a copy electronically write to: plstnteam(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Specify what language you’d like and that you heard about the project through Brigada.

  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET) — To make an informed decision, check out http://www.broadbandreports.com/gbu and read the recent individual reviews. There are other options out there for VOIP that are on par with Vonage. Lingo, another provider, includes several European countries in its $20 unlimited plan and offers Asia and International plans. You can even choose a phone number from other countries. Its referral program gives each party $25 – (So maybe use this as a fundraiser for your mission work?). 2 months of personal experience says that despite mixed reviews Lingo works great! (By the way, if you mention Mike’s name and email address [mikeyatmbmsinternationaldotorg], he’ll send the $25 to Brigada if you tell him you heard about it here. He’ll encourage the other party to send a portion too. Thanks Mike!)

  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE — If you ever find yourself in the position of having to transfer a large file to someone else… maybe larger than you can or should send by email… try http://s2.yousendit.com/ This free service acts as a go-between file-server. Looks like their long-term business plan is to depend on ads, but their privacy policy promises not to spam you. If you’re afraid you’ll be targeted, secure a temporary address for you or your recipient. (Thanks to John for the tip!)

  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — An international focus day on web outreach is scheduled for April 2005. The purpose is to equip churches, missions and other Christian groups to use the Web for effective evangelism. There are many ways that you can help this exciting vision to fruition: http://ied.gospelcom.net/helping.php

  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER! — If you haven’t updated your installation of Windows lately (since Sept. 21, 2004), better head on over. Just click to: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Be sure you install all critical updates. There’s a new threat possible within JPG (picture) files. This is one of the most common files on the web, as well as with digital cameras. If you’d like to read more about the threat, see: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-028.mspx Note that no virus has yet been detected “in the wild.” This is only a threat. But now that the threat is verified, viruses are likely to follow. (Thanks for the tip, Jon! Good catch!)

  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS — Here’s a Brigada reader that has offered to supply gift vouchers with Safari Chalets which you can send to any of your friends/family/prayer partners/financial supporters as a year-end thank you gift. It is reportedly a seven-day-free-accommodation-for-two gift voucher, worth up to $900 US, at any one of Safari Chalet’s Private Game Reserves in South Africa, available during October 2004 to December 2005. It is recommended to book your week for 2005 by December 2004, to make sure you get the week of your choice. Your complimentary gift voucher number is BRIGADATODAY. You will need it when you collect the gift by simply completing the on-line Safari Survey at http://www.safarichalets.com/Survey or email Jacques with the voucher number at info(at)safarichalets(dot)nl [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Detail of the Kololo and Moholoholo Game Reserves and the when, what, where, meal and travel costs, will follow immediately after you completed the survey. (Please keep in mind that we have not personally had the opportunity to experience this opportunity, so as is the case in every new situation, we’ll appreciate hearing back from those who try it!)

20040222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS
  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE
  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION
  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE
  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR
  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO
  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES
  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates — and Help Brigada! Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html We just received a sponsorship payment of $71.35 from these folks… and it’s a direct result of Brigada readers using this service for their long distance needs. So contrary to some of the other deals about which you might have heard, this one is actually producing results — and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use them. In fact, you might actually *save* money on your long distance! Thanks for your partnership!

  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS — “Time Out” is the title of a series of specialized Bible study materials available for short-term mission groups to use both before and during their time overseas. A copy of all 15 studies is available for a one-time payment of £25 (around U$S45). You can then use them as many times as you like. The ‘Time Out’ studies are now available to purchase and download online so you can access them instantly from wherever you are. A sample study is even provided for free! The notes are available in pdf format or rtf format so that you can adapt them and customize them as you wish. All Tony asks is that you attribute them to him somewhere in what is produced! To sample, purchase and download the ‘Time Out’ studies, see http://www.oscar.org.uk/timeout.htm

  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Allison Ranch is a private retreat on the Salmon River in Idaho wilderness for full-time Christian workers. Guests arrive at the Ranch by chartered plane to be greeted by hosts in charge of any needs including all meals in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming or sunning on the sandy beaches are a few amenities to be enjoyed. Elk and deer graze on a mountain meadow outside each cabin. All the comforts of home are available without the intrusion of the outside world. All of this is made available at cost to the Foundation, short of a $200 deposit. Our website is http://www.replace.com/allison Contact Judy at 208-377-3005 for more information.

  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE — Prayer Australia has recently launched a new website – a seeker-friendly, cartoon gospel presentation. This unique website is designed for non-Christians, so that Christians can either email their non-Christian friends or give them a business card to inform them of the web site. Check out http://www.yourdestinyyourchoice.org Prayer Australia would also like to produce the website in other languages. This would allow the gospel presentation in people’s native language to be emailed all around the world. If you would like to have the website in your language or any further information, email prayeraustraliaatydycdotorg

  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION — We continue to be impressed with the iKobo ATM/Visa card service. Among other things, you can give someone a Visa card even when they couldn’t normally qualify. And if you use this link to sign up, iKobo donates $10 to Brigada for our Brigada Secretary: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE — Here’s a search engine with a missions slant: http://www.christianmissions.net Find mission stories on your town (thanks for the tip, Guy!), search for that hard-to-find organization, or just browse to enlarge your worldview! It’s the “Google of Christian Missions!”

  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706- 419-1805.

  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO — Canadian Tentmaker Network and GLOBAL Opportunities are excited to announce a first ever full tentmaking seminar at a MissionFest Saturday, March 13th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

    Feel free to take in one or all four sessions of this fast paced informative seminar. Hear seminars on “Why tentmaking?,” “How to find a job in the international job market,” “Workplace Evangelism,” “Your steps to getting there and being effective in ministry.” For more information and to register, please visit their website at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    Both GO and CTN are also looking for former tentmakers to volunteer their services as part of a virtual team. Your skills could be used to mentor new tentmakers, run seminars, speak at events and to help get the word out on today’s tentmaking missions. Contact them at connectatglobaloppsdotorg or infoattentmakingdotorg


  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES — We continue to wonder how in the world we connect opportunities and workers. For example, here’s a guy named Jonathan in Fiji who is seeking help with computer problems in a small Bible College computer lab. Now … surely *somewhere* in the world, there are some tech-types that would love a great excuse to visit Fiji once a year. :-) The machines are 7-year-old Macintoshes running mainly MS Word. They have very few problems but when problems come, local troubleshooting help is very limited and web access and phone support quite expensive. Is there a MS Word expert out there who could consult by e-mail and research solutions for problems a few times per year – and maybe visit to get a face-to-face relationship going.. and do hands-on training, as needed? If so, please e-mail to jonathanatkannerdotcom . And the bigger question is… where does a guy like Jonathan go to find workers for this need? We *do* have the Brigada-opportunities group. But maybe it’s fast-becoming obsolete. Ideas?

  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemkeatcsdotcom

  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic April 30-May 1! Register by April 1st and save $50. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10- key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_apr2004.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? — Have you wanted to get insurance for a short-term mission trip, but hated having to pay for extra days that you are not out of the country? If so, Insurance Services of America has a solution! They now have short-term coverage for individuals, on a daily basis with rates as low as $1.13 per day! Coverage is easy to obtain. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at <healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>

20031214 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS!
  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL
  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS
  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO
  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE
  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS
  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY
  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP
  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM
  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE
  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD
  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS
  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS! — Thanks so much to the family serving in Asia who sent $200 this past month, yet insisted on remaining anonymous. Obviously, the Lord knows who you are. As for the remainder of the hopeful salary for our Brigada Secretary ($15,600), we are just 10 days and $2980 short of finishing the entire year-long budget for our new Brigada Secretary. Bottom line: If you could possibly make a final push in your church, missions committee, mobilization group, or family budget, it would sure be great. If it’s a check, you could send it to: Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. If it’s to be made via credit card, jump on our Sponsors page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html to give via some kind of card. By the way, that anonymous sponsor in Asia wrote, ” I’ve been a member of the Brigada list since the first few months you existed if memory serves me right. … Somewhere in a stack of several hundred floppies I probably have a text archive of the first few messages. Brigada has been a tremendous blessing to me and I have referred hundreds of fellow workers to it as an excellent source of info. I wish I could calculate all the savings and value I have received from the resources you’ve helped us locate over the past years.” Whoa. Thanks for the encouragement, brother! May God bless you mightily in your work and family!

  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL — If you have to travel internationally in January anyway, please try Kingdom Travel (otherwise known as CV Travel). They’ve pledged to contribute $20 *per ticket* for those who, during January, book travel at already-great-low-rates. Learn more at: http://www.kingdomcompany.com (Thanks, too, Donald, for the $100 donation to help us through 2003!)

  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS — Dawson Media has released a short, easy-to-read book offering Christians a crash course on how to relate to Muslim friends, neighbors, and coworkers. “A Muslim’s Heart” was written by Dr. Ed Hoskins, a physician who has spent more than 25 years relating to Muslims in the U.S. and Middle East. Hoskins focuses on the similarities of the two faiths rather than the differences, and offers specific instruction on how to use the Qur’an and Muslim traditions as a bridge to talk about Christ. “A Muslim’s Heart” is ideal for anyone considering short-term missions to a Muslim country or for U.S. churches wanting to reach out to Muslims in their communities. To reach Dawson Media, a ministry of The Navigators, call toll-free (888) 547-9635 in the U.S. or (719) 594-2100 elsewhere, or fax them at (719) 594-2553. Visit their web site at http://www.dawsonmedia.com (international orders must be placed by phone or fax).

  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO — The Yali Story is an award- winning documentary released by Vision Video, great for small groups, college class and Mission Festivals. It’s about a stone-age tribe in Papua that has been transformed by the Gospel … from cannibals to people who walk in faith, hope and love. It will excite people about missions. The tape includes a roundtable discussion, “Lessons from The Yali Story” which will ignite discussion regarding church planting and contextualization. You can link to http://www.worldteam.org and click on “The Yali Story.”

  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE — Thanks to Brigada participant “Ed” for his tip about the free discipleship materials at… http://www.discipleship.info

  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Have you answered the call to reach the unreached? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register by March 1st and pay only $149. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e- mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at… http://www.aims.org

  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS — Remember that March 22nd item entitled, ” NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?” I didn’t think so. Neither did I. :-) But Mark did. He’s the guy that asked for the input about “Firm Foundations.” Turns out he found that FEBC New Zealand have already turned Firm Foundations into 104 radio scripts and produced them in Asian English (in the Philippines). He has since secured permission from NTM to use their material and work with Janice Reid who wrote the original radio scripts. It now appears that he’ll help launch a Firm Foundations Radio project in Africa, working in Johannesburg with World Mission Communications in Africa and Radio Training Services in Asia (Cambodia) – where Janice is now working. In the process he may also be introducing training for Interactive Radio Instruction, to help develop use of radio in Africa for education and discipleship. Pretty cool. If you’re interested in learning more, write him mdtayloratmwebdotcodotza . And when you talk to him, thank him for keeping his word about updating us after he conducted the research! :-)

  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY — Thanks to all those who responded about Fuller Theological Seminary’s project with Muslim leaders. Thanks to your info., we were able to do everthing from read the actual press releases all the way to dialogue directly with the public relations person at Fuller. Turns out that, as is the case with many rumors, the “legend” had become larger than life. True: Fuller is launching a study on the impact of recent events, along with that nature of the conflict between Islam and Christianity. And … true: for the purposes of the study, the parcticipants (all very high level in each respective faith) have covenanted together not to seek out conversion during the project. However, it is important to understand that the position being taken by Fuller is a very specific one, aimed at all situations relating to the *project*. As for the rest of Fuller’s teachings in the School of Church Growth, they remain intact… and those profs. continue to teach those disciplines. It’s only this specific dialogue that is affected. Again, thanks for the input! For more information, see the article at: http://www.fuller.edu/alumni_ae/E-News/2003-12/conflict_resolution.asp

  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD — Vision Euro- Africa (VEA) is a missionary agency with a heart for mobilizing the Latin American Church for missions amongst Muslims. VEA’s general director, Omar Selther (pseudonym), was one of the first full-time missionaries to be sent from Mexico 13 years ago. Since then he and his family have been focused on reaching North Africans for Christ. Three years ago he took over the directorship of VEA, which is committed to getting mature, well-trained Latino workers in the Muslim world. For those interested in learning more, please visit their website http://www.visioneuroafrica.com or email veaatvisioneuroafricadotcom

  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How should your organization respond? How can you use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer-to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26-May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP — A medical missionary in Papua New Guinea has started an email group for missionary doctors who have difficult cases that they want to consult with other doctors about. He’s hoping that a wide spectrum of physicians will join. This may include both active and retired missionaries, and non-missionary physicians in a variety of specialties who are sympathetic to the cause of missions, and who are willing to offer consultation and advice. To join, send a blank email to MedMissCons-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom . You will get an email enquiry from the moderator asking for a brief introduction, but all interested physicians will be placed in the group. For more information, you can contact Andy andybennettatreachonedotcom .

  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM — You may be interested in checking out a new reality series on TBN starring Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, teaching and demonstrating personal evangelism techniques and how to answer the 100 most common objections unbelievers have to the Christian faith. The series is already airing on Saturdays at 12:30 pm. Starting Jan. 5th they will begin showing it a second time on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. I haven’t seen it, nor has Andrew himself. But based on past similar programs, it should be good. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Andrew!)

    The project already has a cool and tech-laden web site at http://www.wayofthemaster.com


  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE — Check out the new article entitled, The Chinese Christian Crusade at: http://www.backtojerusalem.com/

  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD — Commit Ministries & Integrated Pest Management Tech, Inc. have joined forces through their “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program. IPMT has developed about two dozen cutting edge pest control products for improving health, and is now seeking men and women as independent representatives worldwide. A laptop computer connected to the World Wide Web and a reasonably priced sales kit are required for the perfect opportunity to own your own business. Contact Art Simpson artatworldpestcontroldotcom or check out http://www.worldpestcontrol.com which is just beginning.

  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS — Wesley International School is a school for MK’s and other expats located near several major unreached people groups in East Java, Indonesia. Several mission organizations have teams in the area. For the 2004/05 school year, WIS is seeking an elementary teacher, a high school biology teacher and an ESL teacher. If you or someone you know is interested, contact WIS via email principalatwesleyinterschooldotorg or see their website at … http://www.wesleyinterschool.org

  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES — Over 7000 pages of FREE commentary on all 66 books of the Bible are available from http://www.soniclight.com . They represent 20 years of work by Dr. Tom Constable of Dallas Seminary and are intended to help anyone better understand God’s Word. Another entry for “best-kept secrets of the Internet” is http://www.e-sword.net .

  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING — Be better equipped to learn the language and culture in which you serve. This virtual tutor, a set of three instructional DVD’s, will guide language learners of all expertise levels. Complete with interactive resources, “Effective Language Learning: A Story of Hope” was designed for the international worker with limited access to effective language learning resources. Follow the dramatized story of a young couple as they learn the language and culture overseas so that they may personally engage the community around them. Your Price: $60.00 Order. Request the order from IMB, SBC — http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prod/ProdID/1086.htm

  18. FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL — Did you ever wonder, “I wonder who might have invented the ‘smileyface’ :-) that is so popular now on instant messaging and emails?” Check it out at: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/sefSmiley.htm and the original message: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/Orig-Smiley.htm and http://research.microsoft.com/~mbj/smiley/smiley.html See the “real” press coverage at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/sci_tech/newsid_2257000/2257532.stm

20031207 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FAITHFUL SPONSORS…
  2. TEALBROOK WATER PURIFIERS FOR MISSONARIES AT REDUCED PRICES
  3. SAVE ON CERTAIN TITLES WHILE HELPING BRIGADA
  4. TRY APRESO
  5. HAVE YOU SENT CHRISTMAS CARDS YET?
  6. GRAD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES
  7. MISSION NEWS BYTES
  8. ANOTHER OPTION FOR PLAXO’D BRIGADIERS
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDIES TO HELP REACH OTHERS
  10. HOMESCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MISSIONARIES
  11. THE MWANI PEOPLE
  12. DOWNLOAD FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR CHURCH LEADERS
  13. TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (K-9TH)
  14. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  15. PRESS RELEASES
  16. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  17. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
  18. IS PRIMARY EYE CARE INCLUDED IN YOUR MISSION PROGRAM?
  19. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FULLER RECOMMENDATIONS
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FAITHFUL SPONSORS… — That faithful monthly sponsor (who used the monthly link to set up a regular $10/month gift to our Brigada secretary fund, is at it again. (Thanks for the faithful sponsorship!) That brings our year-to-date total to $12,320, or about $3000 short of our full-year needs to help provide a Brigada secretary. If our prayers for you result in you inheriting some money, or if you’d just like to pitch in sacrificially — with $100 … $1000 … or whatever… — just go to

    http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html To send a check, make it out to “Team Expansion (Brigada secretary),” then send it to Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. We appreciate you!!!


  2. TEALBROOK WATER PURIFIERS FOR MISSONARIES AT REDUCED PRICES — TealBrook Supplies, a sponsor of Brigada, has been distributing water purification systems to the mission community since 1991. In the past year they have updated the resin they use to purify the water, improved some of the physical aspects of the units, and most importantly are lowering many of the prices for 2004. TealBrook would like to offer these new prices immediately to Brigada subscribers. Visit their web site at http://www.tealbrook.com/ to see all they have to offer. You will need to request the new price list by emailing them at infoattealbrookdotcom or calling them at 1-800- 222-6614 or internationally at 651-365-7714.

  3. SAVE ON CERTAIN TITLES WHILE HELPING BRIGADA — Bill Berry, of Into All the World Magazine, is offering on a “mix & match” basis, the following titles. Bill says they must be shipped to a US or Canadian organizational, school or church address. 1-9 total copies ordered, you get a 10% Discount. 10-19 copies total, you get a 20% Discount. 20+ copies total, you get the 30% Discount. Plus, modest S&H charges will be added to the invoice that will be enclosed in your shipment. Send an E-Mail to BBerry4215atAoldotCom. HERE ARE THE BOOKS: ** Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission ($20/copy), from STEM Press. ** Ministering Cross-Culturally ($13/copy, new & revised 2nd Edition), by Lingenfelter & Mayers. ** Teaching Cross-Culturally ($13/copy, brand-new title), by Sherwood & Judi Lingenfelter. ** Let the Nations Be Glad ($15/copy, new & revised 2nd Edition), by John Piper. ** The Short-Term Mission Workbook ($13/copy), by Tim Dearborn. ** Beyond Duty ($8/copy), by Tim Dearborn. ** Mack & Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions ($12/copy). ** The Essential Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips ($16/copy), by David Forward. ** Today’s All-Star Missions Churches ($12/copy), by Tom Telford. ** Missions in the 21st Century ($12/copy), by Tom Telford. ** Operation World: The 21st Century Edition ($18/copy), by Patrick Johnstone. ** The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning ($25/coy), by J. Daniel Hess. ** Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising ($13), by Pete Sommer. Note that Bill is pledging to give 10% of the income from all orders to Brigada. So get these great discounts for yourself & support Brigada. Thanks… and thanks especially to Bill!

  4. TRY APRESO — I did, this past week. *Very* impressive. Get a trial copy at: http://www.anystream.com In a nutshell, it’s a software tool to help you merge PowerPoint charts with a video — then let you spin the result out to a CD, or host them on a web page. We tried it, at Team Expansion, to generate some training materials for our team leaders … and it’s *dynamite*! Very easy, too! Check it out! (By the way, they’re not sponsors. This is just “one beggar telling another beggar where to find breath.”)

  5. HAVE YOU SENT CHRISTMAS CARDS YET? — Read the following review of AmazingMail, and maybe you will decide to give this “amazing” service a try. It meets a genuine need for lots of missionaries and others living worldwide. AmazingMail lets you go online anywhere in the world and create high quality, full color, glossy postcards. These are real postcards that AmazingMail prints for you (in the USA with best printing technology) and sends by first class, US postal mail the next business day. The cost for everything, including postage, is less than $1 per postcard. Finally, you can create and send one card, or easily send cards to your entire mailing list. For more details, read the full review at http://www.globalcompassion.com/mail.htm (Thanks for the tip, Andy!)

  6. GRAD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s Degree in Social Science (emphasis in servant leadership) is in the Philippines May 31-June 11, 2004. They’ve slashed the cost to 1/3 of on-campus prices! The program is called “Operation Impact”. Classes offered this year are: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Leader as an Agent of Change, Current Issues in Leadership, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact: Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph , tel. 632-658-3807.

  7. MISSION NEWS BYTES — News Bytes is a free monthly digest of short, world mission-related news items and resources compiled by Debbie Meroff of Operation Mobilization. An html version is posted on: http://www.om.org/newsbytes/ For an e-mail subscription send a subscribe message to newsbytes-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

  8. ANOTHER OPTION FOR PLAXO’D BRIGADIERS — One Brigada participant (thanks Justin!) recommends opting out of Plaxo at: https://www.plaxo.com/opt_out This step will reportedly “turn off” the flow of Plaxo invite messages to your email address. If it works, it’ll be a welcome step by the Plaxo “pingers”!

  9. FREE BIBLE STUDIES TO HELP REACH OTHERS — ChristianBibleStudies.com, from the editors of Christianity Today, offers dozens of ready-to-download Bible studies for personal or group use. To download the free samples today, simply visit: http://store.yahoo.com/biblestudies/freesamples.html

  10. HOMESCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MISSIONARIES — If you homeschool or are thinking about it, check out this new website geared toward missionaries and Christian workers overseas. There is lots of information, curriculum ideas, links, and articles. Check it out at: http://www.homeschoolingabroad.com Or e-mail krystiathomeschoolingabroaddotcom .

  11. THE MWANI PEOPLE — They live along the coast of northern Mozambique, Africa, and make their living from the sea. “Mwani” means “beach,” as that’s where most of them live. They’ve been Mus1ims for 1,100 years and are known as a people resistant to the Gospel – only about 8 of the 80,000 poeple are Christians. Missionaries from SIL, AIM and World Outreach have started working among them with little fruit so far. Would you like to get involved in adopting and/or praying for them? Contact Hendrik at e-mail <hendrikatnusadotcodotza> . (Remember that we can’t possibly personally visit each and every field so, as always, learn everything you can about this and other opportunities before “signing on”!) </hendrikatnusadotcodotza>

  12. DOWNLOAD FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR CHURCH LEADERS — BuildingChurchLeaders.com, from the editors of Leadership journal, can help build faithful and effective leaders in your church or ministry. Now you can download some free, easy-to-use training resources to use in your regularly-scheduled meetings. Get free samples here: http://store.yahoo.com/buildingchurchleaders/freesamples.html

  13. TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (K-9TH) — If you are a teacher or you know of a teacher who wants to serve the Lord as a missionary, there’s a great opportunity at Christian Academy of Baguio in the Philippines. CAB needs at least two new teachers for the next school year, which will begin in August, 2004. CAB is a small K-9 school serving missionaries from several nations who work in the Baguio area. Teaching is done in English using American curriculum. For more information, please contact Steve at slhongatmissionariesdotcom

  14. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you over age 30 and at a crossroads in your life? Are you looking for a new direction in ministry, or deeper intimacy with God, or a taste of cross cultural missions? Youth With A Mission of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA wants to invite you for three months of preparation and instruction followed by two months of ministry in Ukraine. The course begins April 18, 2004 and is open to adults aged 30 or more and to families with children. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  15. PRESS RELEASES — You can get free publicity for your church or Christian organization from the secular press and broadcasting media – if you do it right. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/writing-pressreleases.php (Thanks Tony!)

  16. AQUAPONICS COURSE — What is aquaponics? It involves combining aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. These ecologically sound, highly productive systems are ideal for food production in almost any part of the world and can be used as a “helps ministry”. The course will be held March 8 – 12, 2004 at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, NC, USA. For more information, visit: http//www.aquacultureinternational.org or email: cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus . Lodging is FREE for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Register early since a limited number of rooms are available. Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  17. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Catch many practical ground-level development ideas for the non-western world from UK’s Christian NGO TearFund: http://www.tilz.info/frameset.asp (Thanks again Tony!)

  18. IS PRIMARY EYE CARE INCLUDED IN YOUR MISSION PROGRAM? — InFOCUS will train you and your mission team to provide affordable Primary Eye Care including eye glass distribution, to people in developing countries. Learn how to use the focometer, a hand-held instrument that measures visual refractive errors accurately. Primary Eye Care and Focometry workshops are held quarterly in Houston, Texas U.S.A. Next workshop is January 23-24, 2004. For more information visit http://www.infocusonline.org or send an email to infoatinfocusonlinedotorg

  19. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FULLER RECOMMENDATIONS — Okay… I give up. What are we supposed to do with the new recommendations floating around the Internet from Fuller Theological Seminary. To see what I mean, just go to your favorite search engine, put in “Fuller prohibit proselytizing” and read any of the hundreds of pages you see, commenting on the subject. (It’s fairly heated, I guess.) The way I get it, Seminary leadership is basically asking for a two-year moratorium on proselytizing the one faith from the other. On the surface, this seems like quite an about-face from the central focal point of Donald McGavran’s “School of World Missions”, which typically teaches entire degrees in how to share Christ’s hope with Muslims. If you’ve got the “inside scoop” on this topic, please drop me a line. I’m eager to learn more. When I do, Brigada readers will be the first to know.

20020804 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES
  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE
  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS
  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS”
  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP
  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM
  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES — PeopleTeams.org now has 502 Web sites on its service. Launched 18 months ago as a people group advocacy Web site, PeopleTeams has amazed everyone by its receptivity. There are 293 teams of missionaries who are actually hosted by PT. Each team produces their own Web site in a secure environment by using an account name and password provided by PT’s web managers. Another 209 Web sites have requested a link be listed. A new search feature was added this year. Visitors to PeopleTeams may now search within regions by country or by alphabetical listing. Another unique feature is the ever-growing “Toolbox” page listing dozens of advocacy-related resources. More than 8,000 unique users generate more than 300,000 hits every month. The most frequently visited Web sites are an international mix with increases in interaction based on individual team promotion. For instance, the Dong of China Web site was consistently #1 for months during an intensive prayer focus. Others, such as the Persian-Speaking World, came to the forefront after the war began in Afghanistan. PeopleTeams is hosted by a Great Commission Christian organization that remains anonymous in order to foster a teambuilding environment.

  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE — Wycliffe Associates UK have now put two versions of Luke’s Gospel onto their web site. The URL, http://www.easyenglish.info , is for free downloading, cultural adaptation, illustration and use. These are ideal for counselling after the Jesus Film. More info from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS — Here are some new links to check out regarding planting house churches (Thanks Grace!):

    House Churches as a Vital Part of Discipling the Nations – http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC

    House Churches and Their Vital Roles in the Great Commission – locally and overseas – http://disciplethenations.org/CHCRNNLJunSept02.html#GCPerspectives

    Also, Canadian House Church Resource Network newsletter now online: http://DiscipleTheNations.org/index87.html and a lot more resources on house churches at: http://DiscipleTheNations.org – see CONTENTS and then under H


  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS — For any missions minded individuals/leaders/missions/ministries, etc. that are interested in using the arts in the Great Commission, check out the following resource sheet Print it or just let them know about the web page. It includes enough information/resources/networking opportunities and ministry opportunities to last them a lifetime and it is always being developed further. http://disciplethenations.org/GCWACResourceSheet.html

  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS” — This distance learning course (online) will soon be reality. The Great Commission Worship & Arts Center, with the aid of many other related ministries and individuals, is currently in the process of developing an online distance learning course for those interested in Music, the Arts/Media and Missions training. This course is for candidates, missionaries, missions leaders, Christian music/arts/media and missions educators, worship leaders, etc. – any Christian interested in the subject. At present there is not yet a team to help facilitate the learning by personal email mentoring. As a result, for the time being, it’s all available free! To see what’s ready to roll, go to: http://disciplethenations.org/DistanceLearning.html Course organizers hope to shore things up by November. Those with ideas can write <gracewatidmaildotcom>. This course is also to work along with a number of other resources currently being developed in conjunction with a number of different ministries, such a related PERPSECTIVES course on music, the arts and missions. </gracewatidmaildotcom>

  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP — Need help developing your local praise team, either starting from scratch or taking them to the next level, both spiritually and musically? Reach Out Youth Solutions recently published a free global e-report, compiling successes around the world and giving practical suggestions that transcend culture. This collection of Web-based articles helps leaders choose the most effective styles for their local context, gives extensive wise counsel from others who lead worship, and suggests over 70 “Techniques and Taboos” on adding creative elements to worship. Start the global report at http://www.reach- out.org/article.asp?ai=154&ac=2&al=70 or view all 29 articles at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?al=70&ac=2 . To regularly receive this free report, contact Steve Miller at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM — Rick Meyers has developed an extensive free Bible study program with various multilingual Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, etc., all extensively linked and with a “mouse over” feature that pops up referenced scriptures without having to jump to the reference to read it. Many other features such as bookmarks, highlighting, marking, enhanced browsing, and Quick Search will aid the Bible student in their discovery of Truth. see http://www.e-sword.net . (Thanks Dave!)

  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM — A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, will be offered in five locations this fall. Fall classes are beginning in McLean, VA; Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Lansing, MI; and Houston, TX. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to share with Muslims the life of Christ. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more, log on at http:/www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or you may email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>. </infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — …For one to two years to love and care for children. Teaching experience recommended but not required. B.A. in any discipline. Housing is provided with a month stipend to adequately cover food and laundry. If interested, please send your resume and short essay about your Christian journey from salvation to present, and why you would like to live and work in Thailand to Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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20020310 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE
  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002
  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR
  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP
  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS
  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES
  8. FAITH TO FAITH
  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL
  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES
  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS
  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE — Would you and your pals like to invest a summer reaching unreached peoples, but your parents and pastor have said no to most countries in the world, at least for awhile? How about lending a shoulder to a new church planting effort among Muslims in Western Europe? Caleb Project Europe is launching both Research and Discovery Teams this summer. They run May 29 to August 17 for Research Teams and July 1 to August 3 for the Discovery Teams. Applications are duhttp://www.calebproject.org/CPE/cpeSummer.asp

  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002 — Come get fired up about discipling kids deeper in the Word of God so they understand God’s heart for the world. From Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13, sample from 50 different workshops presented at Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus. Ohio. Find the latest top-notch curriculum, creative crafts and add-on resources including giving project ideas and free catalogs. Also, on Saturday, April 13, from 8am – 12:15pm, children from Kindergarten to 6http://www.calebproject.org/ChildrensExpoRegister.asp or contact Jill <kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>, toll free 888-345-6276 or outside the USA 303-730-4170. </kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>

  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR — “Dispossessed” is a missions endeavor helping urban squatters in destitute poverty to share their stories, stories of need as well as healing in Christ. The project, which can be found at http://www.landtenure.com , is a great way to share with others what God is doing in our world’s cities. They’re seeking ministry partners who have an interest in urban missions, development, and praying for our urban centers. For more information, contact Mark <exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom> or call (608) 273-3171. </exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom>

  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has a 3 week and 6 week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Please contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mihttp://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm for other summer opportunities. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) invites entrepreneurs, pioneering business teams, and creative field workers to a premier seminar on: Kingdom business creation in Muslim and frontier locations The CEED Middle East Team combines business expertise with decades of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Join top entrepreneurs, business consultants, and adventurous and dedicated nationals in an intense and interactive three week seminar designed to teach biblical foundations of business, and equip you with the practical tools and skills necessary to successfully launch or join a business with kingdom goals. The seminar will take place in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact <infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>. </infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is still accepting nominations to fill the last open spaces for EuroTrain 2002 – an innovative training experience for North American young leaders! EuroTrain (for leaders age 16-22) is a completely unique experience… and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. During July 2002, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry shttp://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for three English Bible Study series for 3 kinds of ESL students (from university, middle school, and elementary school). The students may or may not be Christian and are Korean. He’ll use any Bible Study using simple English with comprehension & discussion questions. Also, looking for English lessons using the Bible as a basis. These ESL lessons should teach students how to communicate in English but use the Bible as a basis (su

  8. FAITH TO FAITH – Face to Face Brothers and Sisters in Jesus You can now See and talk with a Christian friend across the city or a missionary on the other side of the world. Right on your own computer screen! You can even have a group video conference with 3 or 4 or more people at once. Meet new Christian friends from around the globe every day in our Christian video chat rooms. For personal use, church groups, prayer networks, para-church organizations, denominational leaders, and as a way to fe

  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL — Take Essentials of TESOL at Biola University (in southern California), July 8-26, 2002 for intensive, practical, and enjoyable training in how to teach English as a second or foreign language. The course includes a strong emphasis on being a Christian teacher among the unreached. There is also a practice teaching component. The certificate program costs $505 (with room and board for an additional $515). Check out http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm . For further information or an application, e-mail <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>. </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS — A new journal is devoted to the multifaceted music and worship of God’s people around the world. “EthnoDoxology” is a key resource for people interested in cross-cultural Christian music communication, and indigenous worship (rural and urban). It is geared towards teachers, missionaries, students, libraries, national church leaders, and mission organizations. Articles in the first issue include “What is Christian in Music?”, a detailed case study of a Scriphttp://members.aol.com/ethnodox or write <ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>. </ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES — Educational debt will not prevent you from serving the Lord without delay. Project MedSend will enable you to serve where you are called in a timely way. See http://www.medsend.org .

  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS – Now being offered by Grace Notes as a course leading to a certificate, this study deals verse-by-verse with each of the 433 verses of Romans. There are two ways to register: (1) at the Grace Notes web site: http://64.226.87.51 ; or (2) send an email to Warren Doud, <wdoudatbgadotcom>. There is no charge for Grace Notes courses. Remember to make your own decisions about doctrine. In other words, Brigada can’t be sure that Warren’s doctrines and yours would always be in agreem</wdoudatbgadotcom>

  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE — Lexington Baptist Church of Lexington, SC, USA has an immediate opening in its missionary house. The house has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and is fully furnished. The missionary pays all long distance charges; the church pays all other utilities. If interested, please contact Todd <gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg> or call in the US (803) 359-4146. </gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg>

20011216 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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1) PILAT COMES TO NORTH CAROLINA

From Feb. 18 to Mar. 1, learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques, train the ears to hear and prepare the mouth to reproduce sounds of other languages, learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to help master language learning. This PILAT (Program in Language Acquisition Techniques) course is offered by the Center for Intercultural Training in cooperation with Missionary Training International (MTI). To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1.800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org .</citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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2) A NEW BOOK ON INTERNATIOAL MISSIONARY CARE

Edited by Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, _Doing Member Care Well_ is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations are providing member care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from all over the world. It is being offered at a greatly reduced price until January 10, 2002. To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit http://www.membercare.org . For more information contact the editor at 102172dot170atcompuservedotcom .

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3) NEED FREE IMAGES FOR YOUR NEXT POWERPOINT?

Check out

http://www.goodsalt.com

The images there are updated frequently to reflect current events. Thanks for your work, Bill!

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4) BIBLE COURSE ON THE INTERNET

“BibleKeys” is a dynamic 5-week course for new believers available free on the Internet at http://www.biblekeysonline.com . It works interactively, encouraging students to study and memorize the Scriptures for themselves. Chinese and Hindi are to be added shortly. It’s also available in printed form. Find out more by emailing info at biblekeysonline dot com (replace the “at” with @ and the “dot” with “.” and remove the spaces).

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5) HELP US BIG-TIME WITH FORMATTING ITEMS

Every week, we spend *tons* of time reformatting items that well-meaning contributors send us in the wrong format. Some of these contain words that are incorrectly spelled, while others are just different than the normal way we prepare items. Rats. It could be *so* much easier if our contributing friends would simply take the time to work through our submission suggestions. Get a copy for yourself by sending an email to:

<brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>. It’s that simple. If everybody helped, this job would require tons less time. Thanks for understanding.</brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>

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6) FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-three practical, biblically-based articles important for missionaries are available for download. They may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. To access these, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com and click “Handouts.” If have questions or would like to submit articles for this site, please contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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7) HOW ‘BOUT THAT SULFNBK.EXE “VIRUS”! :-)

Have you been “hit” by the sulfnbk.exe “virus” yet? This thing is sweeping the Internet so fast, we don’t even know what’s hitting us! Here’s the way it works. Someone emails you and says… “Whew… this is serious; check your Windows folder now to see if you’ve got the dreaded sulfnbk.exe file. Yikes! It’s a virus! Erase it immediately.” So we go off deleting files on our computers without even verifying the purpose of the file! Yikes. My buddy and I joked that we could send the same message, except tell people to erase “Win.exe” or “Explorer.exe”. Can’t you hear it? “This Explorer virus automatically begins searching your hard drive for credit card numbers. Once it finds them, it emails them to an anonymous email address in Amsterdam. Dreadful. Erase it now.” Gang… when will we learn. Practically *all* the warnings we get — 99% of them — are hoaxes. Do yourself a favor and send an email to <opcatbrigadadotorg> to learn how to spot them. And… for those hit by the sulfnbk.exe virus, good luck reading long file names. Because your deletion *is* the virus.</opcatbrigadadotorg>

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8) TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM IN THE PHILIPPINES

This is the fourth year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 15th-May 11th, 2002. The cost is only $400 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P10,000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatmtsdotnet>.</kzkukaatmtsdotnet>

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9) …OR LEARN TESOL IN CHINA

WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. Demand will increase over the next several years. Get a head start! Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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10) …OR LEARN TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY

:-) This must be annual TESOL week. :-) YWAM, Lebanon, PA is once again offering TESOL May 6 to May 31, 2002. Cost $950USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. This intensive and highly academic course will give you the ability and self confidence to teach the fundamentals of conversational English plus give you a job skill that opens doors to hard to enter countries. For information, call 717-274-9010 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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11) SHORT- AND LONG- TERM OPTIONS AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES

Mission to Unreached Peoples has short- and long-term opportunities available to Japan, China, India, Russia, Poland and Turkey. The type of work in each country will vary depending on your giftings and the program. You will need to raise support to cover costs for airfare, food and lodging. Cost ranges from $1850-2950. Consider teaching English in China. All it takes is a bachelor’s degree in any field to be qualified to teach English. Those with teaching experience or a MA in TEFL or any English or Education field are especially needed. Many Chinese schools may provide room, board, salary, medical care and vacation allowance depending on your length of commitment. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples toll-free or via Net2Phone at 1-888-847-6950 or write to <mupinfoatmupdotorg> or click on http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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12) SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Biblically based, interactive workshops in relationship skills are available for anyone involved in missions. There are still openings in Colorado Springs February 25 to March 1, and in Southern California April 21-26. If you are interested in participating in one of these, or in any of the other SYIS workshops currently open in nine countries, go to the International Training Partners Web site at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com . For questions or to sponsor a workshop for your organization, contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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13) CORRECTION ON EMERGENCY PLANS GUY

If you tried to reach that emergency plans guy last week and your email bounced back, it’s because he inadvertently put an “org” on his email address (instead of .com). Guess he was trying to be more discrete. :-) Anyway.. let’s try this again… Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada. </briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>

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14) TRAIN AS A SHORT-TERM MINISTRY LEADER

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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15) FOR THOSE SHARING THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH TO JEWS

Check out resources at http://www.howardmorganministries.org , especially the evangelism seminar, “Everyone Can Evangelize.” It has three 90-minute tapes and an illustrated workbook.

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16) RESOURCES FOR SHARING CHRIST DAILY

If you’re looking for resources on how to share Christ as a daily part of your Christian life… including ideas that might apply *wherever* you live, check out:

http://www.sharechrist.org or contact Sharing Christ Ministries toll-free or via Net2Phone 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27, or email <scministries02ataoldotcom>.</scministries02ataoldotcom>

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17) CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL

This is scheduled for April 22, 2002, to July 12, 2002, followed by an 8 week outreach to Crimea Ukraine. Specifically designed for families and singles, this course offers men and women the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in their relationship to Him. Contact YWAM <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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18) REACH STREETCHILDREN AND CHILDREN IN NEED

The Rescue and Restore Training Course (Children In Need) will prepare you! This YWAM course is offered in Recife-Brasil, April 7- August 30, 2002. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and 2 months practical work. The course will be held in two languages: English and Portuguese. Some of the subjects that will be covered are: Family ministries – Working with adolescences – Planning Projects – Community development – Abortion – Stages of child development – Rehabilitation programs for street children. For more info, write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or visit </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>

http://www.recife.jocum.org.br .

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19) CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Looking for *just* the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she speaks one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s a favorite Brigada feature on how to say “Merry Christmas”:

  • Afrikaans – ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  • Albanian — Gezuar Krishtlindje
  • Arabic – I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
  • Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Basque – Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
  • Bengali – shuva boro din
  • Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
  • Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Celtic – Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda=13=DF
  • Chinese –
  • (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • (Catonese) Sing Daan Faai Lohk
  • (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
  • Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian – Sretan Bozic
  • Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish – Gladelig Jul
  • Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
  • English – Merry Christmas
  • Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian – Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
  • Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
  • French – Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • German – Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
  • Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hindi – Bada Din Mubarak Ho
  • Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
  • Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Kala – Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
  • Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latvian – Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
  • Lettish – Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
  • Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori – Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
  • Navajo – Merry Keshmish
  • Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
  • Norwegian – God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
  • Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Papiamento – Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
  • Pig Latin – Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
  • Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
  • Portuguese – Feliz Natal
  • Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Romanian – Craciun Fericit
  • Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi
  • Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Scottish – Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi!
  • Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish – Feliz Navidad!
  • Swahili – Krismasi Njema!
  • Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
  • Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
  • Thai – Sawat Dee Wan Kritsamas
  • Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu – Bara Din Mubarak Ho
  • Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Waray – Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
  • Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
  • Zulu – Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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“BOAS FESTAS”

“JOYEUX NOEL”

“VESELE VANOCE”

“MELE KALIKIMAKA”

“NODLAG SONA DHUIT”

“BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA”

“GOD JUL”

“BUON ANNO”

“FELIZ NATAL”

“FELIZ NAVIDAD”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

“KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“VROLIJK KERSTFEEST”

“FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN”

“BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR”

“HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH”

“WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC”

“MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU”

“HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK”

“‘N PRETTIG KERSTMIS”

“ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA”

“Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM”

“NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR”

“FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON”

“S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO”

“GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM”

“EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC”

“KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“SELAMAT HARI NATAL – LAHNINGU NAJU METU”

“SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO”

“ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI”

“BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE “

“MERRY CHRISTMAS – – HAPPY NEW YEAR”

“ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN”

“FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR”

“PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE”

“BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL”

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