Bible translation

2) Let Wycliffe give you a Taste Of Translation And Linguistics

You like the idea of missions but you’re not sure about learning another language… Or you like languages and you’ve wondered about Bible translation, language survey, literacy or other language related ministries… Or you think you know what Bible translation is all about… Let Wycliffe show you how to learn language the linguistic way. You will also learn about the many options in Wycliffe. Your stereotypes will disappear as you are actively involved in the latest paradigms of translation that are propelling the Bible translation movement off the charts. TOTAL Vision is a one-week experience in what it’s really like to be involved in a vernacular approach to mission. In one week you’ll know if God is leading you into a language-related ministry. It is offered twice this summer; June 21-26 and July 25-30, 2010, on the campus of Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, California. The cost is $225 for room and board and all your materials. For more information call 951-775-7505, email

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or visit

http://www.wycliffe.org/TOTALVision

4) Bible and Commentaries at 2800-word level

Hats off to Wycliffe Associates UK for developing their EasyEnglish bible text and commentaries

http://www.easyenglish.info

It’s an easy-to-read Bible text and commentaries (2800 word level) available on a free CD. For more information, email

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3) Looking for a Bible in another language? Try WorldBibles.org

The WorldBibles.org site is a one-stop place for you to find foreign language Bibles.  They list an amazing 14,000 web locations where Bibles can be found in over four thousand world languages. Many Bibles are free downloads, and they list books, audio, video, phone and Braille media. Wycliffe Associates UK who developed the site have tried to make it very easy for users.  They have just added Spanish as a user language, making a total of 18 user languages including Russian, Mandarin, Korean and English. If you know of any Internet places or book stores where people can get foreign language Bibles, especially in minority languages, please let WorldBibles know

and they will add the information to their site.  Check them out at

http://www.worldbibles.org/

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.

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