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7) Etnopedia; Translation of Unreached People Profiles

etnopediaEtnopedia is an exciting new project involving Christians from around the world in the translation of unreached people profiles. You can translate, or help out with research. You can also request to add another portal so that you can translate people profiles into your own language! Visit the Etnopedia website

http://www.etnopedia.org/

to find out how to get involved.

3) “World Bibles” Site Indexes Over 16,000 Int’l Bibles

worldbibles

The new “World Bibles” web site, just released by Wycliffe Associates UK, will help immigrant populations to find Bibles in their own languages.  It will also help Christian workers wanting Bible resources for outreach to non-English speakers. The site is at

http://www.world-bibles.org/

Resources are listed for hundreds of languages, including printed Bibles, Scripture cassettes, CDs, on line Bible text, downloadable Bibles, and films. Visitors to the site simply type in a language name.  A list appears showing known Bible resources available in that language. Since the site is an index, it provides links to existing sites on the Internet, but it does not offer any specific Bibles. In order to help non-English users, the user interface is available in ten languages, and more are being added. For more information, contact David

world-bibles-email

1) Asia Scripture Engagement Forum

scripture_engagementThe day after the Worldwide Scripture Engagement Consultation in Melaka, Malaysia, there are plans for an Asia Scripture Engagement Forum.  This is an opportunity for Scripture Engagement practitioners working in Asia to talk with each other about their own contexts and how to provide access to Scriptures, create a climate favorable for Scripture use, and facilitate encounters with the Scriptures. Desired outcomes for Asia SE Forum:

  • Strong motivation, encouragement, and enthusiasm of SE practitioners in Asia
  • Foundation for a multi-organizational community of SE practitioners in Asia
  • Joint action plans focused on SE in Asia.

It’s all slated for Friday October 9, 2009, 8:30am-5pm (Note: You must sign up before August 1, 2009). You’ve got plenty of time, but you’ll need to act in the next 10 days.

http://www.scripture-engagement.org/content/asia-scripture-engagement-forum

2) Find a Bible — Quick-like…

forum_of_bible_agenciesThe Forum of Bible Agencies International recently announced the launch of Find A Bible, an innovative and interactive website that gives easy access to Scriptures in more than 3,000 languages.  According to the release, the Find A Bible site

 http://www.findabible.net

provides the most comprehensive and current database of Bibles and portions in majority and minority languages available. “Through Find A Bible,” it explains, “users now have a single place to search, download, view, or listen to these Bibles through links to Forum member agency websites.” The Forum of Bible Agencies International is an alliance of more than 25 leading international Bible Agencies and other missions organizations with a shared vision: “working together to maximize the worldwide access and impact of God’s Word.” For a list of Forum members, point your browser to…

http://www.forum-intl.net

3) New, Free Children’s Curriculum Posted

WycliffekidWycliffe’s Children’s Communications Team has posted a new service-learning curriculum called Scripture Poster Project at

http://www.wycliffe.org/Kids/FreeCurriculum.aspx

You will find interactive lessons on literacy, a colorful PowerPoint slide show on Uganda, games and a drama to help your children make a difference in the world today with the skills that they already possess. Your children get to use their skills to color Scripture posters in one of 3 Ugandan languages. Then children reaching new literacy milestones will joyfully receive them as prizes. How cool is that? Please send questions or comments to the team at

wycliffe_children_email

 

or use the comment box below.

3) Uk Mission News & School Of Missions Celebrates 34 Million Hits

3) UK MISSION NEWS & SCHOOL OF MISSIONS CELEBRATES 34 MILLION HITS — Les from the UK e-mailed Doug recently to say thank you to Brigada participants for giving him the vision and the encouragement way back in 2001 to launch his free World Mission News and School of Missions website

http://www.dci.org.uk/

for leaders and believers in the developing world. Since then the DCI pages have handled over 34,000,000 hits and are now in 16 languages with more on the way as soon as translators can be found particularly for Asian languages which people are continually asking for. Les says that many hundreds of training schools and churches have opened all over the developing world, lots of them in the 10/40 window and that he could never have achieved this any other way. Praise God… and Thanks Les!

6) God Speaks My Language: Hd Gospel On Paper (Tm)

For the child in all of us, here are Bible stories the way you’ve always wanted them — with plenty of details, dialogue, and description. Veteran storyteller, Lauren E. Myers helps a new generation fall in love with Bible stories in today’s language that everyone can relate to, with High-Definition, picture-quality stories you’ll want to read again and again as they put you “at the scene of the action.” Perfect for middle-readers, homeschoolers, pastors, and those who lead children sermons, teen devotions, or adults study groups, who want a fresh way to look at and apply Bible Scriptures (study guides available). Lauren E. Myers has ministered with her husband of 31 years as they pastored in Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, and Florida; she also travels and speaks in India, Canada, Mexico, and the West Indies. “God Speaks My Language” is available exclusively through Spellbound Books and Gifts, 107 Krome Ave Homestead Florida, 33030, tel. (305)247-5097 or be emailing

Get The Tools To Learn An Unwritten Language

Are you interested in Bible Translation or learning a more difficult language for your work as a missionary? Try the 9 weeks linguistics course offered by SIL at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. For 2008 it runs from June 9 – Aug 8. The first year courses typically include: Phonetics, Second Language Acquisition, Syntax & Morphology, and Sociolinguistics. These courses are a good introduction to decide if you should continue more studies to become a Bible translator. They are also just what you need to learn one of those languages that’s not taught at a local language school (often unwritten). After taking these courses many people prefer to direct their own language learning instead of going to a language school or use what they’ve learned to supplement their language learning at a language school. Please see the following website for more information:
http://www.und.sil.org/
or write Albert Bickford at this email address:
director_silund(at)

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

LEARN ABOUT BIBLE TRANSLATION AND MISSION

Let Wycliffe help you totally settle it once and for all. You like the idea of missions but you’re not sure about learning another language. We’ll show you how to learn language the linguistic way. Or you like languages and you’ve wondered about Bible translation, language survey, literacy or other language related ministries. We’ll help you understand the many options in Wycliffe. TOTAL Vision is a new one-week experience in what it’s really like being involved in a vernacular approach to mission. TOTAL stands for a Taste Of Translation And Linguistics. In one week you’ll know if God is leading you into Wycliffe or serious language-related ministry. This new program is being offered twice this summer in Idyllwild, California (in the mountains above Palm Springs): June 8-13 and August 10-15. The cost is only $225 for room and board and all your materials. To get more information and a brochure, call 951-775-7505 or email events_WSW(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]

‘EASY BIBLES’ MINISTRY IS ADVANCING RAPIDLY

This month easyUrdu, easyRussian and easyIndonesian have been added to a developing list of 35 ‘easy’ and ‘veryeasy’ language Bible projects now online at

http://www.easyBibles.com

EasyPolish and easyPunjabi are also starting soon. Please pray for this unfolding ministry. More information is available from Martin at mlloyd3000(at)

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

20070617 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY
  2. HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS?
  3. PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY
  4. DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES
  5. GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS
  6. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST?
  7. LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES
  8. JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  9. MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL
  10. BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY — John Lindner sends out a weekly newsletter featuring some aspect of ministry by and among majority-world missions today. He especially is desirous of telling the struggle, victory, and passion of national men and women of God who have overcome difficulties to plant a church or do a work for God. If you know of a third-world missionary or leader who has such a story that you can vouch for, send it to him and he will consider publishing it in his newsletter. Submitting a story does not guarantee it will be published. He can be reached at John(at)WorldChristianMinistries(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Glimpses of his previous newsletters can be found at

    http://www.WorldChristianMinistries.org

    Click on “Books by John Lindner” to get a sample of his biographical writing. Here is a chance to lift up a majority-world national partner. Please advise if names of persons or places need to remain confidential. (John and his ministry have also helped Brigada and its ministries, too. Thanks John!)


  2. HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS? — Do you know of some resource, lesson materials, videos, or other curricula that might help spawn a missions understanding among children? If so, please drop by:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=22

    Leave a comment about your favorite resource, making sure you provide contact information or a URL. This item originated directly as a result of a children’s minister in a local church, asking for help… so your resources will go to work immediately! Thanks for any referrals or resources you can provide.


  3. PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY — Andrew, from IL, is completing a doctoral research project in an area related to crisis in ministry. He and he colleague, Dr. Mills, are seeking to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers. Here is the link to the survey:

    http://www.eiu.edu/~cats/robinsonMillsSurvey/survey.php

    Anyone who has served in any type of international or home missions work (fulltime or part-time) can take the survey, including one-time, part- time, or fulltime missionaries, pastors, evangelists, teachers, doctors, dentists, construction workers, etc. He’s wrapping up the survey in early November, so there’s time to jump in. Thanks.


  4. DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES — You can do that and a whole lot more at the World Bible Translation Center’s homepage at

    http://www.wbtc.com/site/PageServer?pagename=downloads_main

    Chris wrote this past week to bring the site to our attention and, indeed, if you’d like to download the entire Ukrainian NT as a PDF, WBTC is the place to go. While you’re there, check out their work among 50 of the world’s most spoken languages. (Thanks Chris!)


  5. GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, they hoped to equip missionaries to tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. They received an overwhelming response of mail, some of which called them “White supremacists” and “Nazi’s”. A spokesman for The Glory Story said, “Whilst these comments were unnecessary they were valid to a degree, due to the fair skin colour of a lot of the Bible characters.”

    The artists at The Glory Story, have spent the last 8 weeks making the skin colour of the Bible characters more culturally relevant for missionaries. Check out the whole of the Bible in pictures on this link.

    http://www.theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    For more information, write Aleshia(at)Mission316(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 DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST? — An embarrassing question, but so important. Our whole future depends on it. So why not find some help from a new item on the EasyEnglish website? Go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” then download “What do you think about Christ?” You will discover a series of questions (and answers) based on an EasyEnglish translation of Matthew’s gospel.


  7. LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES — This month’s Legal Trends Memo is online, with stories that include, “If you’re changing your bylaws, don’t forget to let the IRS and your state regulatory agency know; Age discrimination laws don’t apply to clergy; If you have donors making contributions by payroll deductions, there are special record-keeping and substantiation requirements; Tax Court issues a new ruling on how to account for your ministry-related cell phone expenses; Volunteer board members are immune from liability if acting within the scope of their duties; If your employment policies require mediation and arbitration first, then even lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act can’t proceed until the arbitration is complete; Extensions to file for the foreign earned income exclusion can be granted under certain circumstances. Check out the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo at

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.


  8. JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — Joint Christian Services International, Mongolia, is seeking an executive director. The executive director will provide strong spiritual and team- building leadership for employees and an administrative team that oversees ministries and projects performed with, through and alongside the Mongolian churches by 70 personnel from 14 member bodies and local staff. The position requires a mature Christian with cross-cultural mission and/or development experience, the ability to implement strategic vision, and good relational and administrative skills. Send inquiries, a letter of application and CV to Sheldon at sheldons(at)mennonitemission(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and visit the JCS web site at

    http://www.jcsintl.org/oppUrgent.html


  9. MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL — Mission:Equip, a new company specializing in online productivity tools and content sharing for the missions community, recently launched its new website. The new online missions portal, which offers a virtual toolkit of services to assist in preparation for missions trips (both short-term and long-term), is located at

    http://www.missionequip.com

    There, you can find links to various resources which will be helpful to long-term missionaries and short-term mission team members as they prepare to travel overseas, a trip planning module, a helpful travel checklist, a printable emergency contact card, links to several communications resources (including 228 country-specific blogs and 228 country-specific wikis). For more information, contact info(at)missionequip(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. BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL — The Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 7-month programme designed for you to know God deeper and to learn how to live out His message of reconciliation and justice in the midst of a hurting world. Participants live aboard the “s/y Next Wave”, a 41-metre sailing vessel, for 4 months of discipleship training, followed by 3 months of outreach in the Middle East or Africa. The next school begins Sept. 8th, so better contact them today. Learn more at

    http://www.marinereach.info

    September 8, 2007 – March15, 2008


  11. THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH” — This past Sunday, I was talking to a good friend who pilots his own biplane. We were talking about some recent tragedies at nearby air shows and I asked him if he was ever scared when flying “loop the loops” and other stunts. His answer? He quoted a highly-respected flying instructor who once told him to start every trick ’10 mistakes high.’ I’m sure I looked confused, because he went on to explain that if the trick required 100′ vertical feet, the instructor wanted him to start it at 1000′. I thought about that for a long time afterward. I’ve concluded that missionaries are more like stunt pilots than trapeze artists. We don’t really have the luxury of a safety net. But we *do* have a band of prayer warriors and supporters that can help us survive a long nose dive. For every difficult task we tackle, we need 10 supporters and prayer partners to make sure we can survive. It’s up to each worker, individually, to gather enough supporters and friends to thereby construct an adequate “safety net.” Only then can we be assured of surviving every mistake. So ‘start ten mistakes high’ and gather your prayer safety net today.

20070107 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOT PASSPORT?
  2. ‘EASY TO READ’ BIBLE PORTIONS IN MANY LANGUAGES
  3. INSTEAD OF GOOGLE, TRY GOODSEARCH FOR A DAY
  4. GET PAID FOR SEARCHING
  5. NOT-SO-GOOD SIDES OF GOODSEARCH
  6. ESL: LEARN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM CLASS IS COMING TO L.A.
  8. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  9. HIRE THE POST OFFICE TO DO YOUR MAILINGS
  10. NEW BOOK HELPING CHINESE RETURN TO THE “FAITH OF OUR FATHERS”
  11. PARTNERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  12. WANT TO HELP BRIGADA FINISH ITS ’07 $ NEEDS EARLY?
  13. THE BACKPAGE: THE BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER…
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOT PASSPORT? –- Have you heard that the US passport laws are changing effective January 23rd? According to the Arizona Republic, travel agents are predicting that the new rules will have its greatest impact this spring and summer as travelers make plans for spring break and summer trips. Are you ready for your spring break and summer mission trips? Do all of your participants have passports? Do you know if you need a passport or visa? One of Brigada’s sponsors, Insurance Services of America, has information on their web site to help you navigate the new passport rules! Check it out at

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

    While you are on that page, take a few minutes to check out the insurance plans that ISA offers for short-term mission trips. Coverage is available for individuals and groups. Remember that Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  2. ‘EASY TO READ’ BIBLE PORTIONS IN MANY LANGUAGES — Martin Lloyd, who for over 7 years co-ordinated the EasyEnglish project for Wycliffe Associates UK

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    is now thrilled to be able to encourage similar projects in major languages on all continents. Thirteen such ‘easy’ languages, namely Chinese, Amharic, Swahili, Lingala, Telugu, Juba Arabic, Bengali, Yoruba, Zulu, Spanish, Portuguese, Welsh and French are displayed on

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    and several more, including Nepali, Tagalog, Konkani, Indonesian, Shona, Tamil and Fulani will soon be added. More information may be obtained from mlloyd3000(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 .]


  3. INSTEAD OF GOOGLE, TRY GOODSEARCH FOR A DAY — Have you Goodsearched yet? If not, would you? … at least for a day. Just try it. Here’s the way it works. Browse to…

    http://www.goodsearch.com

    Type “Team Expansion” into the 2nd blank (“Who do you GoodSearch for?”), then click “Verify”. You’ll notice that it’ll fill in “Team Expansion, Louisville, KY” into the blank for you. (That’s the organization that tries to cover for Brigada’s costs if we don’t come up with the budget here.) Now click on “Amount raised.” It’ll probably be something like $20 or so. Write down that number. Now search for something (something you’d really like to find, that is). Want to learn about the best camcorder? Maybe find a good site on Bosnia? It really doesn’t matter. Whatever you would normally hunt for in Google, you can search for it using Goodsearch.


  4. GET PAID FOR SEARCHING — So how does Goodsearch work? It basically just relies on Yahoo’s search engine for it’s data-gathering ability, selling “hits” to advertisers then giving about 50% of their profits to the charities that recruit eyeballs for them. But there’s one critical difference (get this): Every single time you search for something, it’s just like you gave a penny to Team Expansion. Don’t believe it? Go look for 5 random things… (real things). Type in “Emerald Hills” or whatever *real* stuff for which you’re searching. Click through a few searches. Now go back and look at the “Amount raised”. It’ll probably be about 5 cents more than when you started. Pretty cool, eh? Whoever knew they could give an offering to a mission organization just by searching the Internet?

  5. NOT-SO-GOOD SIDES OF GOODSEARCH — Are there downsides? Well sure. For one thing, the amount that any organization receives will be limited by the number of searchers who make it a *regular* habit to hunt for things via Goodsearch. But there’s more. Once your church or mission finds out about Goodsearch, you’ll likely register your own group, right? So when that happens, you’ll stop helping Brigada. So truth is… we’ll really only have you for about 24 hours (the amount of time it takes Goodsearch to set up your new account).

    Finally, there’s another limiting factor: pennies. (Lest you get the idea of just rat-a-tat-tat machine-gun-searching, please don’t; Goodsearch “listens” to the ports that are searching. If anybody tries anything underhanded like that, they just shut off that charity. :-( So please, in spite of your most noble intentions, make these *real* searches… not just fake searches to up the pennies.) So it takes literally *thousands* of searches to add up to anything significant.

    On the other hand, $20 is $20. :-) So — while you’re all opening your accounts, please… search on! Big-time. :-) Get curious. :-) (Thanks.) And in the end, we hope this gives your organization some dimes and quarters for your annual Christmas party or whatever. :-)

    Is the searching capability as good as Google’s? Jury’s still out. If I don’t find it on Goodsearch on the first couple of tries, I go to Google and try there. But it’s good enough that I’ve made Goodsearch my default search engine now. Maybe you can too. (Instructions are at the bottom of the Goodsearch landing page.)


  6. ESL: LEARN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE — Anyone who has a desire to learn English or to improve their English communication skills is encouraged to apply for this course sposored by Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA. USA. The date of the school is March 12, 2007 – June 1,2007. Details, and applicaton forms are listed on the website

    http://www.ywampa.org or

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


  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM CLASS IS COMING TO L.A. — Encountering the World of Islam is being offered in the Greater Los Angeles area for the first time. This class from Initiative360 is a dynamic and effective 12-week experience that will have life-long impact. Choose from any of three locations. Get info or register at

    http://www.encounteringislam.org

    It’ll happen on Sundays beginning Jan. 28, Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Contact Andy Pearce andy(dot)pearce(at)gmail(dot)com Mondays beginning Jan. 29, Rolling Hills Covenant Church, Rolling Hills Estates, 7:00 – 9:30 pm Contact: Jenny Kottke at southbayewi(at)gmail(dot)com Tuesdays beginning Jan. 30 at Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, 7:00 – 9:30 pm Contact: Tim Hardy thardy(at)cornerstonesimi(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. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA USA. School dates: March 5, 2007 – March 30, 2007 and May 7, 2007 – June 1, 2007. It’s a certificate program. Get details, application forms and alternate dates by browsing to…

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  9. HIRE THE POST OFFICE TO DO YOUR MAILINGS — Need to send post cards to addresses in the USA? Turns out the USPS will become your mail room. Thanks to Susie for pointing us to…

    http://www.usps.com/netpost/sendpremiumpostcards_business.htm


  10. NEW BOOK HELPING CHINESE RETURN TO THE “FAITH OF OUR FATHERS” — The Chinese church worldwide is growing rapidly and yet Christianity is still seen as something ‘foreign’ to most Chinese. This book traces ancient Chinese language, culture, and events to show that many throughout Chinese history indeed worshipped the Creator God of the Bible and coming to Christ is a return to the faith of their ancestors. The book is available in Mandarin (paperback only) and English ($15- paperback, $20-hardback + SH) from Leadership Development International, 678/783-4900 or Leaders-Of-Hope(at)ldius(dot) org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. PARTNERS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — Next edition, Brigada will celebrate a dozen years of weekly issues. Confession: we aren’t in it for the money. Having said that, it sure helps cover expenses, including secretarial help. And what a glorious encouragement it is to see a $200 gift from an anonymous donor from Las Cruces, NM. What’s more, here’s an anonymous donor that gave $10 in cash, and a fortune in words: “Thank you Doug for your consistent work for so many years! Not only have you kept our focus on unreached peoples, but you have shared invaluable internet and email security tips and software. Both of these features have been essential for effective international outreach. Thanks a million!” We give praise to God for these encouarging words.

  12. WANT TO HELP BRIGADA FINISH ITS ’07 $ NEEDS EARLY? — Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  13. THE BACKPAGE: THE BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER… — … in American football conference championship play, that is. And a great comeback it was. My son and I started watching the game tonight as father-and-son bonding time, but by halftime, he had pretty much given up. In fact, he left for Walmart. The New England Patriots were ahead of the Indianapolis Colts by a score of… what was it… 24-3? I was born & raised in Indiana though… and, somehow, I just couldn’t give up on Payton. So I came in to start working on this Brigada Today. Fortunately, my son came back from Walmart. And the Colts came back as well.

    What kind of tensile strength does it take be down by 18 points at halftime, then outscore the opponent 32-13 in the second half!? Payton led the charge; he threw for 349 yards and one touchdown, but he also led by believing. He was quick to point out after the game… “everybody did their job,” as the team piled on 455 yards of offense and six of their final eight drives. But regardless of the numbers on the jerseys, everyone knew what it had required: Mental toughness. It was a shining example.

    None of us knows when we’ll be placed in just such a position. Maybe our financial support will take a nose dive, or perhaps we’ll experience a huge hurt or emotional loss. Obviously, coming back in an athletic contest can’t hold a candle to life’s real hurdles… but the principles are the same.

    *** First, we have to believe that it’s possible.
    *** Second, we have to do the fundamentals – patiently & thoroughly.
    *** Third, we can rely on superhuman strength — the Lord’s strength.

    I was glad, in the case of both the owner/CEO of the Colts as well as the coach himself, to hear grown men giving total glory to God. They had found inner strength from above the flurry and the distractions of those who wanted to eat them for lunch.

    Someday, you might need that same inner strength. At that time, you won’t have the luxury to drill, practice or condition. We need to prepare *now* for the day that we’ll be called upon to come back. If you’ve been drifting away… if the job has become routine… if your relationship with God has taken a back seat and now… you’re just going through the motions — find someone to help you. Read a book. The Bible, a devotional guide, a challenging biography… or talk to a team member that can help you catch your breath.

    The game you might have to win someday might call from within you every ounce of mental toughness you can muster. Begin training today.

20061231 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AMAZING DIFFERENCE-MAKERS
  2. SO HOW’D WE DO FINANCIALLY IN 2006?
  3. BIBLE TRANSLATION, LITERACY AND SCRIPTURES IN AUDIO
  4. FREE BOOKS TO MISSIONARIES WAITING FOR PICKUP IN NASHVILLE
  5. CHURCH WEBSITE ASSESSMENT TOOL
  6. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS
  7. E-NEWSLETTER FOR MOBILIZERS
  8. IF YOU’RE CONTRIBUTING TO BRIGADA…
  9. BEST READS FOR 2006 (ACCORDING TO SHAUM)
  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA IN 2007
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MOBILIZE YOUR CHURCH VIA SKITS?
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AMAZING DIFFERENCE-MAKERS — Thanks to the students at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY, from the GIAL program…

    http://www.gial.edu

    which is a dual-degree (M. Div. in Missions and Bible Translation from Southern Baptist and an M.A. in applied Linguistics from GIAL). One couple sent $25 while they were students there. We also received several anonymous donations, including $25, $50 from a YWAMmer in Europe, $100, $60, $100, $50 from Deeper Roots (write them at hlisechataoldotcom ), plus $76.40 from Good Neighbor Insurance. Learn more about their offers at…

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

    Blessed Hope Communications sent $21.83 for Aug. & Sept. ’06 long distance commissions (from Brigada Today participants who signed up for long distance with their service; Thank you for talking!). To learn more or sign up, just visit:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re very grateful to World Indigenous Missions for a $100 gift to keep us going. Learn more about their work at…

    http://www.worldim.com/

    (but as this Brigada goes out the door, that site is not responding).

    Finally, thanks for Bill’s donation of $100 to help Brigada keep pumping out issues. Bill is affiliated with “Into All the World”, which invites any and all who want mission input in Canada to look them up at

    http://www.iatw.ca

    Several other anonymous donors chipped in with gifts of $25, 50, 50, 100, 25, 50, 50, 300, and $25. One of those was from Italy. Several operate various ministries. We appreciate all of them.


  2. SO HOW’D WE DO FINANCIALLY IN 2006? — We did well. We didn’t make our budget. But we did better than before. As of last edition, we had a total of $13,244.74 in 2006 income. Another $1383.23 came in over the past 10 days, making a total of $14,627.97 for 2006. This represents an increase of more than $3600 in giving over 2005… so that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, it was only 88% of our 2006 budget. Let’s just hope that in 2007, we can get the word out earlier and more effectively. But it was a *resounding* last 3 weeks. Thank you one and all!

  3. BIBLE TRANSLATION, LITERACY AND SCRIPTURES IN AUDIO — Both Bible translation and Literacy efforts are foundational tasks. The ultimate goal of every literacy program should be to help people read the translated Scriptures in their language. The advent of the digital Talking Bible dramatically increases the speed in which that goal can be realized. The new digital Talking Bible’s instant “search and find” feature enables the reader to select any chapter, match it with the audio and read while listening. The digital Talking Bible NT is available in English, Spanish, Bengali and a growing number of other languages. For more info visit

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

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


  4. FREE BOOKS TO MISSIONARIES WAITING FOR PICKUP IN NASHVILLE — Lewis and Elsbeth have a thousand various volumes, waiting for missionaries to come by and browse for free pickup. See Brigada on the web for a picture of their shelves. If you’re a missionary on furlough (home service) in the USA, stop by Franklin, TN (suburban Nashville) to check out their stash. For more information, write them directly at:

    Codingt(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 .]

    When he’s not giving away books to missionaries, Lewis serves as Int’l Development Coordinator for CLC

    http://www.clcusa.org


  5. CHURCH WEBSITE ASSESSMENT TOOL — It is an unfortunate truth that a great many church websites are not really user-friendly to outsiders. Yet there are a range of factors that can make a church site far more effective in reaching the community. A new self-assessment scoring tool is available to help a church identify areas of their site that might need adjustment. See it at…

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-design.php

    (Thanks Tony! For all the times you pitch in ideas, we appreciate you!)


  6. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100%. KCT will send you all the equipment you need to join with others in live, multipoint sessions that work as if you were all in the same room together. The training takes 1 1/2 hrs/day, 4 days/week for 3 weeks. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211, or email 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 .]

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  7. E-NEWSLETTER FOR MOBILIZERS — Interchange Postings is a free, monthly newsletter published by Catalyst Services at:

    http://www.catalystservices.org/resources/index.shtml

    Designed primarily for mission agency personnel involved in agency- church collaboration, Postings is a source of current information and practical ideas for anyone helping churches mobilize.

    Past issues of Postings (also available online) have addressed the P.E.A.C.E. Plan and how to prepare for it, the exploding opportunities of BAM (Business as Mission), the facilitator’s role in partnerships, and what churches expect from agency mobilizers. The Catalyst website also details other services for mission agencies looking to strengthen their collaboration with local churches.


  8. IF YOU’RE CONTRIBUTING TO BRIGADA… — Please turn off those fancy quotes. They’re a killer for those viewing through basic email text. Also, you can help us by sticking to the 8-or-so-line maximum. If your item is over that, you’ll likely get edited anyway. So it might as well be you who picks out what goes in. In fact, see the full formatting instructions by browsing Brigada then clicking on “Submit an item” in the top menu.

  9. BEST READS FOR 2006 (ACCORDING TO SHAUM) — Our ministry has relied regularly on input form Barnabas Int’l for member care ideas and, in particular, on Scott Shaum. His “best reads list” for 2006 is typical of his work… relational, caring, and deep-thinking stuff. Get it at

    http://www.brigada.org/best-reads-2006.html

    (Note that if you want to browse or purchase a particular book, just click on the title and you’ll be taken to Amazon’s offering of that book on the Amazon website. If you use this link to purchase the book, Amazon will make a very small donation to Brigada. But please take note that your purchase price would be the same either way.) Thanks again Scott!


  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA IN 2007 — Want to get Brigada off to a great start in 2007? Remember… once we reach the financial need for a particular year, we stop mentioning money and any additional funds that come in will apply toward the next year’s budget. So… buy out this space in the first month and we’ll have more space for regular items each week! :-) Either way, just click on “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: MOBILIZE YOUR CHURCH VIA SKITS? — This past week, I was helping my local church prepare to do a missions skit for later this month. First I looked for Christian skit ideas. I started at

    http://www.missionresources.com/drama.html then zeroed in on

    http://www.dramatix.org/Linkpages/Missions.html and finally landed on

    http://www.dramatix.org/Mission/WhichWay.html

    But these lines didn’t grab me. So then I went to…

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php to find some better stats.

    Printed the stats page at

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/globalstatistics.php

    then made a copy for each missions committee member, just to give everybody the bigger picture at the Missions committee meeting. I also zoomed in on

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=100153&rog3=AF

    to give them a close-up of one particular people group.

    I then sent PDF copies of the skit, the global stats, the people group closeup to the committee so they could read through it in advance.

    By the way, after the presentation, I’ll write the author of the skit in New Zealand, thank him for his work, and send him a copy of the revised script the way we did it.

    For what it’s worth… Doug

20061224 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE
  2. WE GET MAIL
  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT)
  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE?
  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST
  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL)
  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU
  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB
  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS?
  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE
  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES?
  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH
  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS?
  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM
  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES
  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY
  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS
  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008?
  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE
  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY
  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE
  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS)
  25. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE -– Most of the major international health insurance companies that insure overseas workers are holding their present insurance rates until at least March 1. The annual rate increase is between 8-10%. To save money on insurance premiums, you might want to purchase insurance now with an effective date prior to March 1. Most companies will allow you one month’s coverage in the USA prior to leaving the USA. Thus if you need insurance to become effective on March 24th you can ask for a Feb. 24th effective date and thus get coverage in place before the annual international health insurance rate increase. For more information visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    or contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call toll-free in USA 866/636-9100 or (480)813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Note that these guys have been a great friend of Brigada.)


  2. WE GET MAIL — Even the joshua project staff reads & uses Brigada. Thanks to the point man at the Joshua Project 2000 website for writing this past week…

    “Hi Doug,

    Warmest greetings. Just wanted to share with you about how Brigada is such a great tool and having an impact in ways you might not know of.

    A gentleman called the Joshua Project office a couple minutes ago wanting council on how to start ministry among an unreached people group. He was a young, single guy pretty much ready to go anywhere but need some direction on getting started, best practices, etc. I thought to myself, “What can I send this guy to help him?” Then the lights went on and I suddenly occurred to me that you had mentioned Garrison’s book on CPM [Church-Planting Movements] in the last Brigada issue. I found the link in Brigada and sent it to this guy. I am sure he is probably downloading the book right now.

    Thanks so much for the great ministry of Brigada. You are having a significant impact in many unseen ways.

    Warmly in Christ, Dan Scribner

    [glow]

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dan. Every time we send out an edition of Brigada in the middle of the night, it’s always so quiet . . . and I wonder if actually … does anybody *get* this stuff, let alone *read* it! Then we hear back an encouraging email like that… and life is good. :-)

    By the way, find the JP site at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/

    It’s only our favorite site for all unreached people data in the world. There, you’ll find facts like this one: ” The four largest Least-Reached people groups are the Japanese of Japan, the Shaikh of Bangladesh, the Shaikh of India, and the Brahman of India.”

    We also received a note from an on-field missionary, ” I’ve enjoyed reading Brigada, and I’m glad I could help in a small way. The information you include is always interesting and a great way to connect missionaries serving around the world, and I hope you are able to continue providing it for years to come! I will pray that the rest of the money you need comes in!” (Thanks Catherine!)


  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT) — What an amazing week for Brigada finances. We truly feel like Jimmy Stewart — it’s a “Wonderful Life!” This past week, we received $50 from Jack Straus, who compiles the material for

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com (Thanks Jack!!!)

    and $20 from an anonymous representative from Kingdom Come Training

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/ (Thanks you all!)

    and $300 from Steve in Virginia, who wrote, “down to the wire for ’06, that every UPG may hear in ’07!” Thanks Steve!

    and $100 from an anonymous donor who wrote, “Through years of being a lay leader on a church missions team, to going on staff as the missions pastor, and now a missionary representative raising my own support, Brigada has been my most helpful resource and continues to provide me with the latest information I need to serve in missions. Since way back in the first year of Brigada, I’ve been a fan!” (Praise the Lord, Dennis!)

    and $50 from an anonymous member of YWAM-England. (We love YWAMmers. Thanks!)

    Plus… $50 from Glenn, who fills the Maxwell Intercultural Chair at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB Canada. He is also on the Management Team of CrossTraining, a new missionary training program in Calgary Alberta and Toronto Ontario. (Thanks Glenn!)

    Plus, on top of all that, a bundle of other anonymous donations that, all together, totaled $1190 — and all that came in during the past 7 days, for a grand total of $13,244.74 for the year! Frankly, it’s amazing. We’re so thankful. Even as we celebrate, we are aware we are still in the red for 2006. Our previously stated need was $16,650 for the year. But we thank the Lord for the progress that was made. 2006 has already been a record-breaking year for Brigada support & sponsorship.


  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE: — If you would be so kind, would you try your local church missions committee or a foundation? Perhaps someone will even ask you if you know of a good cause. Or is there a chance that some intended to give and just didn’t get time? (We can still apply it toward 2006 tax deductions.) Perhaps your church would have $500, $100, or even $25 remaining in a contingency fund that wasn’t allocated during 2006. Once again, we won’t take more than our stated needs for 2006, but we are allocating to 2006 any funds that come in during the next 10 days. If we *should* by some miracle go over the stated need, we’ll simply apply those funds toward the 2007 budget. Here’s what we’re looking for to finish the task:

    1 to give 1000 — 0 down, 1 to go
    5 to give 500 — 4 down, 1 to go
    8 to give 250 — 3 down, 5 to go
    10 to give 100 — 10 completed! Finished!
    20 to give 50 — 20 completed! Finished!
    50 to give 25 — 23 down, 27 to go

    Can you or someone you know jump in on these last gifts? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.


  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST — Betty did a *super* job compiling resources and sources on prayer. See it by going here:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/prayer.pdf

    Betty, thank you, and thanks to all those who wrote to you to give you ideas. This is truly another great example of how the Brigada movement can work out well for everyone involved.


  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL) — Use your vocation to reach the nations. Discover how to use your skills in missions, integrate work and witness. Catch it on Saturday, January 27, 2007, 9am-1pm. at Morningview Baptist Church

    http://www.morningview.org

    Call 334-272-2304 for more info. Pre-register at

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email jonathanoue(at)yahoo(dot)com with any questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Presented by Global Opportunities.


  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU — Another Encountering the World of Islam course is being held in San Diego, California: January 11th – March 29th. If you or friends are at all interested in understanding more about Islam or knowing how to be more effective in reaching Muslims, whether it is across the world or in your own neighborhood, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The course is patterned after the Perspectives course and is becoming more and more popular as Christians are seeing how difficult it is to win and disciple people from Muslim backgrounds. This course will REALLY HELP YOU! More information about the course and other locations can be found at

    http://EncounteringIslam.org .

    For information on the class in San Diego call Becky at (619) 582-7222, ext. 260, or write beckybriggs(at)cabc(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. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA — Four major resource networks who connect with overseas partnerships (China Source, Impact Indonesia, Antioch Network, International Turkey Network) have called for a consultation to be held in the Minneapolis area February 7th through the 9th of 2007. They are asking leaders and key participants in UPG networks and partnership work to come together to see if they can be more effective by working together rather than separately. The key question they are asking is, “Can we do a better job by sharing with each other and if the answer is yes, how do we do this?” To learn more, just go to

    http://www.tinyurl.com/ueg8c

    for more information or contact john.quam(at)msn(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB — We mentioned previously that there were all kinds of new Bible study resources on the web. Dave reminded us not to overlook this one…

    http://www.studylight.org/

    Truth is, Dave happens to have “personally talked to the person who started it. He has a wonderful attitude about wanting to provide Bible study helps for people.” (Thanks Dave!)


  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS? — Ed Brown, a leader in the creation-care movement, will convince you that missions and environmental stewardship go together. He will be doing a workshop at Urbana and he has a new book out, “Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation.” The book is full of practical suggestions for bringing concern for the environment together with the evangelical mission of the church. You can find links to Ed’s blog and get a discount on his book at:

    http://www.careofcreation.org/


  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE — Justin Long, Editor of Momentum Magazine, noted in a recent e-mail to the Lausanne Younger Leader Gathering’s forum that SIM USA has set up a YouTube channel. He wrote Brigada, “This is the first I have heard of any agency doing this. Are other agencies or individual mobilizers using YouTube, Google Video, or other channels to publish videos specifically for missions, mission mobilization, mission education, etc.?” If so, he’d be interested in hearing from these and publishing a list of channels in Momentum (as well as making the list available to Brigada readers and others, obviously for free!). Write JustinLong(at)gmail.com with the subject line “Missions Video Channel” and I’ll compile a list. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Here are 3 samples: Andy Caldwell is producing a few short video updates from Urbana called “Nudge TV.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9siUn9WoL8

    Watch for 1-2 more updates posted on SIM USA’s YouTube channel here:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SIMUSA

    SIM International has a channel for sharing SIM videos/films through YouTube here:

    http://www.youtube.com/SIMinternational


  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES? — Have you tried Christian Image Library? This is an on-line library of images (contrary to earlier reports, most of these actually cost a small fee) that you can use in your handouts and PowerPoint presentations for class lessons. It contains over 34,000 photos and maps to enhance your sermons, lessons, studies, and presentations.

    How to access it? Visit

    http://www.christianimagelibrary.com

    (Thanks Bob!)


  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH — We’ve highlighted it before, but it’s worth a reminder, don’t forget the fish. Like many, Greg has found it to be one of the most effective translator web-engines:

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/

    (Thanks Greg!)


  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS? — It’s happening January 24-27, 2007. The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its annual Symposium to explore the issue of how to measure “success” and effectiveness in the ever-changing world of mission. An interactive Leadership Roundtable is just $15 and held January 24-25 and a free workshop exploring the effectiveness of short-term missions will be held on Saturday, January 27. All events are held at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

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


  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM — The next issue of Momentum will focus on West Africa and will contain a survey of the people group clusters found within that region. To add to the survey, Editor Justin Long is looking for high resolution (print ready) photographs of a bunch of peoples/clusters. He is particularly looking for photographs that can reproduce well in roughly 2″ square thumbnail photographs. Here’s a list of the people groups:

    Adamawa-ubangi: the Mauye of Nigeria; Hassaniya Arabs, particularly the Moors of Maure; The Atlantic cluster, particularly the Temne of Sierra leone and/or the Serere-Sine of Senegal; The Atlantic-Jola cluster, primarily the Jola (found mainly in Senegal); the Wolof; The Benue cluster, including: ibibio, Tiv, Ebira, Anaang; The Chadic cluster, incl: Angas, Kamwe, Sura; The Kanuri-Saharan: Yerwa, Manga; the Fulani Guinean: Akan, Baule, Ewe, Fon, Edo, Brong; Gur: Mossi, Senufo, Dagaaba Hausa; Igbo; Ijaw; Kru: Basse; Malinke: Maninke, Mandinka; Malinke- Bambara: Bambara; Malinke-Jula: Jula; Mande: Mende, Dan; Nupe Songhai: Zerma of Niger; Soninke; Susu; Tuareg; Yoruba

    Obviously, the Momentum editor will credit you (along with the original source, if you’re not that source). Just write to editoratmomentum-magdotorg with details.


  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES — Here’s a resource for missionaries, worship leaders, churches, small groups and individuals. Free-lance writer, songwriter and photographer Cheryl Rogers would like to make available her growing collection of original Scripture songs, Bible columns and artwork. Visit her website at

    http:// www.SongsfromtheWord.com

    You’ll find music, text, artwork and more. Check it out.


  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY — Accountable2You Internet Partner is a free Internet accountability software promoting openness and transparency between members and accountability partners. Seeking to enhance integrity, trustworthiness and purity as members use the software is the goal! Find it at…

    http://www.accountable2you.com


  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS — In November 2006, all the parts of the six-year development of the Story of the Messiah came together. Sine Ministries released the combination of the seven plus hour audio program and the 350-page book that is richly illustrated with a unique collection of artwork. “The Story of the Messiah” is unique in the way that the events from the four Gospels are woven into one story. The dialogue between the old man (Maxus) and his eleven- year-old friend made it possible to provide helpful information. This helpful background information enhances the story for the listener and reader without confusing the events in the Gospels.

    Complete information as well as a free study guide and audio samples are available on the special website that has been designed:

    http://www.messiahstory.org .

    Perhaps the greatest benefit of the story is to permit the reader to come to know Jesus Christ better – the man the Bible affirms is Savior of the world and coming King. For more information from Sine Ministries write

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


  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008? — Are you or your ministry serving during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? If not, would you like to? Here’s a gal who is compiling a list of those serving. She hopes to be in-country by then, serving with an organization that is not currently planning on doing anything for this big event. She would be interested in learning of any ministries that are planning on doing service, outreach, etc. Write her at…

    MeetMeInBeijing(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Be sure to include in your email any specifics about how tightly you want to secure any of your contact information. If you’re *really* worried about your information getting out there… just tell her she can’t republish it — she can only pass it to contacts that she has secured one-v-one. She’ll come up with a report that we can publish here on Brigada.


  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE — Whether you are looking for short-term, long-term, individual or group mission medical insurance, feel free to email Community Insurance Agency at missionary(at)ciainsagency(dot)com

    or browse to

    http://www.visitorsinsurance.com/missionary_travel_plans.php

    or call 800-344-9540 x15 in the USA, or 847-897-5120 everywhere else.


  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will present another training at Living Waters Farm, Virginia from January 25-28, 2007. The four days is an intensive exposure dealing with a wide variety of essential needs. An alumni said, “Missionary Training Camp jump- started my missions career.” See their web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    for a more complete description of the training. For additional information and applications write to

    elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507 in the USA.


  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY — The 5th Annual North American Consultation for folks with an interest in contextual Hindu ministry will take place from June 22-25, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. This will also be the inaugural gathering of the Hindu Student Friendship Network for those involved in campus ministry. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE -– From May 10 – 12, 2007 in Pasadena, CA, this three-day training will give an analysis of the gospel of Christ in the Hindu world from historical, comparative religious, sociological and theological perspectives. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS) — Didn’t get a chance to send your “wish for 2007”? You’re in luck! Because of an error in configuration, the server didn’t retain any of the wishes! Lest you think your wishes won’t be granted, we’ve been granted a reprieve! Did you happen to save a copy of the email you sent? If so, would you mind terribly if we asked you to send it again? (Please forgive any inconvenience! But hey… what do you expect… we don’t have quite enough yet to pay our secretary the full amount of her part-time salary! :-) ) If you didn’t get a chance this past week, here’s your opportunity! Remember, you can be personal (“I want to lose 25 pounds”), spiritual (“I *will* pray 10′ per day”), or practical (“I will be on time to work throughout 2007”). You can attach your name, or make it anonymous. You can even be romantic, as long as you are sensitive (“By the end of the year, Gladys will agree to marry me” :-) [We reserve the right to edit these; we do have under-age participants in our mix. :-) ] ). (But at the same time, mum’s the word: your secret is safe with me. We won’t give out *any* of your identities! Have you ever read our “PRIVACY INFORMATION” in “CLOSING STUFF” below? :-) ) So send ’em my way. Please type “WISH-FOR-2007” exactly as suggested (hyphenated, all upper case). If there are just 10 or so wishes, we’ll publish them right here in-text. If there are more than 10, we’ll link to a PDF and your 2007 wish will forever be stamped in 2007 history! Give us a view to your life… It’ll be fun to see where everyone is headed. Please limit your text to no more than 8-10 lines max… like a typical Brigada Today item. (ok… tease me all you want. I’m thick- skinned. *Some* go over 10 lines. I know. :-) ) So have at it. Please send your item to:

    WISH-FOR-2007(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] No need to copy me at my DLucas address. :-) (And yes… this time the address really works. I tested it *twice*!)

    In order for them to be granted :-) , all wishes have to be in no later than noon this Friday, January 5th. This will be the first issue of 2007… so don’t be late. Send your “wish-for-2007” today! :-)

    Doug

20061126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS
  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US
  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE
  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS?
  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT
  7. CASPARI STATIONERY
  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI
  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T
  10. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The January 8 – February 2, 2007 offering of the course is now full and the Chalmers Center is taking registration for the May 7 – June 1, 2007 course offering.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: An understanding of poverty and its causes, a relational framework for addressing poverty, principles for doing relief work appropriately, needs-based and asset-based approaches to holistic community development, implications for short-term teams, impact of world view on poverty and development, and integration of biblical messages into development programs.

    This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount are available.

    For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 11/06. (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for all the great times you’ve pitched in to help Brigada move forward! God bless you all!)


  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS — As you read Roger Babik’s ‘A Call Against the Will,’ you’ll be entertained, inspired and challenged. How can so many funny things happen to one family? (How can one family cause so many funny things to happen?) Get ready for a roller coaster ride of faith in action, joy in service, and miles of miracles. This is Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” brought to *life*! Learn how a career businessman does the trading-spaces thing by casting aside his secure management job of 17 years to launch a highly-successful Christian non-profit organization. It’s worth the read just to witness this family’s battle with (and victory over) a life-threatening illness. You’ll want to hurry up and finish it so you can loan it to your best friend.

    See the cover at

    http://www.masterprovisions.org/ by clicking on “Click here to see the cover.” The cost is $12.95 (includes post office shipping) and payment should be made to Master Provisions, 12236 Hutton Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Don’t forget to include your mailing address. Visa and MasterCard transactions will be accepted. Purchase 5 books and the 6th book is free. (For every book purchased, Master Provisions is planning to donate nearly $2.00 per book over to Brigada. Please be sure to tell them you heard about it on Brigada.) It can be ordered through Master Provisions by contacting roger(at)masterprovisions(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US — Here’s a way to get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. They have prepaid service, no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers plus you get up to 470 free minutes on signup. They have lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

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

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up.


  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE — The site is

    http://www.wordreference.com

    It features one-word dictionary meanings in Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as a cool verb conjugator built right in. (Thanks Jason.)


  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS? — Bob found these (featuring “NextBible” helps & tools:

    http://next.bible.org/

    Stable Release Version:

    http://net.bible.org/home.php

    (Thanks Bob — and thanks to the IMB for sharing you!)


  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT — Hats off to Jason Casey, another compiler with a cause. As a Team Expansion missionary in Europe, he volunteered to compile a few “top 10 lists” on how to know when you have a good forwarding agent (i.e., the person handling your funds while you’re serving as a missionary overseas with certain organizations). See his list at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/forwarding-agents

    Thanks Jason!


  7. CASPARI STATIONERY — It’s that time of year again! As you celebrate the birth of the Jewish Messiah this Christmas, share the true meaning of the holiday with family and friends by using unique, high quality stationery designed by the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies. (Proceeds help support Caspari’s work with Israel’s Jewish believers in Jesus.) Letterhead and envelopes are sold separately for just $5 each in packages of 50 through their online store

    http://www.caspari.com/store

    Or call the Caspari U.S. office at (+1) 630.668.3328. Churches and organizations wishing to order a quantity for resale will receive a bulk discount. Contact the Caspari U.S. office by phone or by email at CaspariUSA(at)caspari(dot)com for details. (Price does not include shipping.)


  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI — Here is a wiki use within the mission IT community. The Mission Tech Wiki at

    http://www.missiontech.info/

    aims to capture knowledge about the use of technology in mission. The wiki is run by members of the ICCM community

    http://www.iccm.org/

    There is a great article on what to buy as a laptop for workers – just search for ‘laptop’. Feel free to update the wiki if you see something missing, or wrong. (Thanks ICCM!)


  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T — Because your gifts are such an encouragement. Thanks for keeping the Brigada fires burning! Thanks to an anonymous donor “who appreciates your newsletter. ($50 gift). And to another who wrote, “Thanks for many years of faithfully preparing and sending out Brigada to us as missionaries. It’s been a blessing every time! Merry Christmas!!: $10” [What a great idea — a Christmas gift to keep Brigada going!] Another anonymous donor sent $25… and Judy sent $8 from Tel3 signups (Thanks Judy! and thanks to those who talk on Tel3!). For more info, go to

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

    Want to join the foundation builders? 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: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT — This past week, I sold my previous telescope on eBay, bought a more powerful telescope (also on eBay — great deal, by the way), and was almost all ready to go observing when I noticed, inside the enclosed portion of the Schmidt- Cassegrain optics, a single styrofoam peanut. When the eBay vendor sent me the scope, he packed it up with tons of styrofoam peanuts — and one of them had made it into the inside optics because he left the cap off the back of the scope.

    I posted a message on an astronomy forum, asking what to do. I even posted a picture of the optics and the styrofoam peanut. After a brief explanation of the details, the answer came back, “Take the front lense/corrector off.” Yikes, that sounded difficult.

    But even so, tonight I did it. It was like having to do surgery without the undergrad, let alone the residency.

    Nevertheless, I finished it. (I’ll let you know for sure how I did next time we have a clear night.)

    Now the funny thing is… 150+ people have come to that forum thread to read about what happened. Can you imagine? 150+ people have double- clicked to read about one single styrofoam peanut! :-)

    So the thought occurred: how is it that the tiniest thing can cause such a great stir? James 2. A giant ship turns on a rudder. Control a large horse with a tiny bit. Tiny bacteria can cause Amoebic Dysentery The smallest cancer cell can spell torture for patients. And the smallest mispronunciation can change a Bible term to a word that we wouldn’t have ever wanted to say at all!

    One thing’s for sure: to be really good at something, we have to learn to do the small things *well*. Eat right, study the Word, Pray to God, exercise incrementally, etc., etc., etc. And if we do all things right, it won’t be just styrofoam peanuts. It’ll be the difference between success — and failure.

    So this week, let’s focus on the big picture stuff… *and* let’s remember to work equally hard on the small stuff… the “styrofoam peanuts.”

    By the way, I got the scope apart, removed the peanut, and got it back together! It’s like surgery is done! Now the folks on the forum are cheering me on for finishing it. Where’s your own ministry? What styrofoam peanut can you remove? What piece can you improve on and get a substantial increase in your own productivity? *That* is the question that haunts us all. That’s the question for you tonight.

    Doug

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