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20061119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

    While you’re there, check out…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    http://www.abwe.org/

    And see their Bible Study links at:

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

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

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

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


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

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

    http://www.DeeperRoots.com

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


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

    http://www.ethne.net


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

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

    Just tried it. Pretty cool!


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

    http://www.easyenglish.info

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

20061015 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET
  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY?
  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES?
  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS
  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE
  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES
  7. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE?
  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS
  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL
  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET — Our Taiwan team recently gathered for a strategy summit in which they reviewed Garrison’s book on church planting movements. You can still get it at:

    www.dawnministries.org/downloads/download_files/CPM%20Booklet.pdf

    (I cut off the “http://” because this link was about to wrap and I didn’t want to go to tinyurl.)

    You can also now find a book by Garrison on the same topic at:

    http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/

    (Thanks for reviewing these with me Scott!)


  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY? — According to Kingdom Come Training, “Raising support isn’t primarily about your need for monthly support. God has obligated himself to meet your need. It is primarily about the church’s need to connect with its primary purpose for existence: to be the expression of Christ to the nations. No one inspires mission vision better than the missionary raising support. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, can equip you with the attitudes, skills and confidence you need to raise your full support in eight to ten months.” He can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.

    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


  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES? — Phill would like to poll Brigada participants to find out if there’s a good website or other resource that publicizes conference calendars and dates for other national and int’l events in the broader evangelical world. Seems like someone would have come up with an approach. If you have a suggestion, send it to: bsunderland(at)visionsynergy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Phill, please let us know your outcome so we can all jump on board. :-)


  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS — Here’s a tip to remember from Brigada participant, Mary: “One of the best ways to get people to pray is when they know the missionaries personally. My church has an annual missions conference week. Our missionaries come home and give reports, have small dinners in host homes and spend personal time with our church members. Each of the missionaries are part of our church and are considered our family. We keep in touch with them throughout the year and we support them both in prayer and finances.”

  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE — Check out the Digital Bible society

    http://www.digitalbiblesociety.org/

    They are a small ministry that has created a searchable CD Chinese Bible (reportedly easy to email) that they give away for free. The CD format allows it to be copied and hidden very easily. They are developing a new upgraded version 4 and it will be out soon. They are also looking for Arabic language help in doing the same project in Arabic. Their work is highly rated and very practical. (Thanks to the anonymous brother for sending this tip.)


  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES — Fast and easy, no HTML required. missionary411.com is a site designed to allow missionaries to create a free missionary website in just minutes. Users can upload pictures, updates, plans, location, prayer requests, financial needs and more. Once your free personal missionary website is set up, simply send sponsors your customized web address. This is a great way to communicate with your supporters, church, family and friends. The service is free and easy-to-use (no HTML required). For more information, go to:

    http://www.missionary411.com

    or contact Noel at noel(at)411ministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE? — I loved the article, “Two of my Kids I Like a Lot. One, Not so Much,” by Shane Bennett (of Caleb Project — which is now i360…. takeitglobal.org). It was funny, yet penetrating… and I wish it was available elsewhere on the web… but for now, I think you’ll just have to get a printed copy of the magazine, which you can request at:

    http://missionmakermagazine.org/coverage


  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS — As a grad student soon to complete his masters degree in ministry leadership, faithful Brigada reader Mike is required to submit a 75-page paper on the subject of how to start a fruitful and sustainable 501c3 missions ministry. He is seeking Christian leaders who have the aforementioned experience to respond to the questions below via email; the responses will serve as part of the qualitative research of the paper. So, how about it? Care to help out a colleague in missions ministry? Send responses asap to the following questions to: mike(at)internationalfaith(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    What are a couple of the most common mistakes made in starting new missions ministries? What can be done to help foster ministry sustainability over the long haul? Describe the most rewarding part of starting a ministry that you have experienced? Looking back, what would you do differently if you could start all over? How is your knowledge of and relationship with God different than before you started your first ministry? (Mike, if you get some feedback, please send us an executive summary of your outcomes.)


  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL — Here’s a new school that’s already accepting applications for the inaugural class starting in the fall of 2007. Enrollment is limited. It’s part of California Baptist University (“A University committed to the great commission!”)

    http://www.calbaptist.edu

    Check the site for details. Large academic scholarships are available. Home schoolers and missionary kids are most welcome. Foreign students are not required to have a minimum TOEFL score because ESL training is available. Send questions to:

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


  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous givers who gave $20, $180, and $100 this past week. Here’s the truth: Many weekends, when it seems so hard to find time to keep Brigada going, these sponsors and donors make *soooo* much difference. Thank you! If you’d like to be a part of that encouragement, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS — Today I’m getting tired. Why? To avoid “WOTS.” Truth is, my previous Bridgestones managed about 70,000 miles before the slipping and sliding started becoming just a bit too noticeable.

    The funny thing about tires… the wear kind of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it. There’s no warning light… no buzzer… and probably nobody in your house reminds you. *Maybe* the guy changing your oil says something… but that’s only if you happen to have someone who thinks outside his own box. So the truth is… you can actually let the situation become pretty dangerous without even knowing it.

    The same thing happens in mission work. We grow lax about monitoring security and the next thing you know, we’re casual. We walk the same routine at the same time everyday, creating a very soft target for a hardened criminal. But beyond security concerns (which are many), maybe we lose our edge by not staying current on the best practices in church planting, discipleship, or even language learning & cross-cultural communications.

    Who reminds us about tire wear? The same people who remind us about mission wear. In other words, unless a missions agency rep or a local church missions minister should happen to advise us, we pretty much have to kick our own tires. And if we wait ’til we start to slip, it just might be too late.

    So what can you do to avoid worn-out-tire-syndrome (WOTS) :-) ? Here are some tips:
    *** Find ways to stay current, regardless of where you live. Subscribe to some basic world news source, as well as a couple of info-sources related to your job. (Like Brigada! :-) ) Be sure to skim or read them regularly. It takes proactive and intentional *work* to do so.
    *** Set a weekly checkpoint in your life where you take time to analyze your to do list and the upcoming week. Do some pondering. Be creative and introspective. Steven Covey helped raise a broader awareness on this, and Frankin-Covey has continued in his legacy. Some like Monday morning… others point to Sunday evening… you decide what works for you. With my truck, for instance, I try to check out the tires every time I buy gas. It’s just a practical stopping point along an otherwise very hectic roadway. Find a checkpoint in your life too.
    *** Ask for coaching. Take advantage of visitors, phone calls, and communiqués of all kinds. Pick their brains. Express a posture of teachability. Check your theories by polling others, whenever you can.
    *** Seek out teammates who believe and think differently. This is counter to our own ego. We normally try to hang with those who affirm us by believing and practicing the ideas we hold dear. It takes *work* to affirm others when they disagree and to let them know that you *value* their contrary theories and beliefs. But I’m convinced when you do so, you become a stronger human being.
    *** Finally, ask God for wisdom. Maybe James 1:5 is talking mostly about wisdom in trials . . . but the principle can apply in other areas as well. Ask God to give you insight. Let’s shoot straight — God’s wisdom would obviously be the most valuable input of all.

    So… let’s walk around our vehicles and kick those tires. And let’s avoid WOTS. :-)

20060827 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US
  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER
  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA
  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES
  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA
  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS
  8. BREAKING BARRIERS
  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY
  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Now you can 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) from the USA. Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers. Plus, you can get up to 470 free minutes on signup and get 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. Brigada hasn’t joined, But Judy has — and she’s giving to Brigada a tithe of all that she makes on that agent number. So — talk away, and help Brigada at the same time! :-) ) (Judy, thanks for your recent $10 gift!)


  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER — We asked recently how to get rank and file Christians to pray, in sending nations. One responded from a Muslim land, “I’m … a first-term missy. Here’s my short prayer story: Bought “Operation: World” (by Patrick Johnstone) in 8/93 after being rebuked as part of a campus ministry staff group of 60 who, among us, only had 2 copies of Op World. Evidently, we weren’t praying for world missions very much, concluded our European director. But it sat on my shelf 4 months, being overwhelmingly large and with small type. Then came a Christmas conference at which an inspiring speaker told about the prayerfulness of Koreans with all their legendary prayer fasts, early mornings, etc. So I covenanted with the Lord to pray 2 minutes a day out of Operation World in 1994, without fail. Maybe I missed 5 or 6 days that year, but I always doubled up the next day. Key Principle: Start small enough to be faithful. Pray the Spirit gets people hooked.

    2 minutes/day in Op World hardly scratches the surface, but it got me hooked. 10 minutes/day in 1995. 1 hour/day in 1996. In 1997 I started using other prayer materials. After getting married it decreased to 30 minutes/day for world missions, where it remains today.” So there you have it… the power of prayer on a daily manageable basis. Want Operation: World for yourself? Get it here on cd:

    http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm


  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Strategic Coordinator Training is about planning and implementing evangelism and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (19th February to 9th March 2007) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. You will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au (They’d like to know if you read about it in Brigada, by the way. :-) )


  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

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


  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES — The Canadian subsidy Directory is now available. It contains more than 3100 listings of grants and loans offered by both the federal, provincial governments, foundations and associations. Find a wealth of information that could help you start a business, improve existent activities, set up a business plan, finance personal projects, studies and research or obtain assistance from experts in various fields of interest. The American Grants and Loans Directory is also available for the United States. Get the CD version for $69.95 and the printed version: $149.95. To order call: +1-819-322-7533.

  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA — Interested in nonprofit and church law in the USA. Don’t miss the latest issue of the “Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum.” Just browse to:

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    Take a look at the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for this year. Discover your obligation to report bylaw changes. Learn more about deducting unreimbursed travel expenses, and a whole lot more. As usual, the summary is free . . . and you can always subscribe for deeper explanations.


  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS — Roger Doriot is involved in training Mother Tongue Translators and facilitating several new Bible translation projects in Papua, Indonesia (formerly Irian Jaya). He is very interested in contacting others involved in this area (to share ideas) and others interested in praying for this area. He says: “The Lord is doing some GREAT things in Papua (and world-wide) using national translators to translate back into their own languages!” Write to: rogerdoriot(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. BREAKING BARRIERS — The International School of Reconciliation Studies invites you to spend 3 memorable days with international reconcilers and praying servants as they talk story, laugh, listen, ponder and humble their way deeper into God’s heart, October 16-18 in Rostrevor, North Ireland. For details go to

    http://www.reignbridge.com/?page=ire-res

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


  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY — Want to help Brigada Today carve out new resources and share them with the circled wagons of Brigada? To make your gift that counts, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE — Remember Tom & Betty Sue Brewster’s little blue booklet on bonding? Do missionaries still do that today? I don’t hear a lot about it . . . and in the hustle and bustle of every day life, I wonder if we’ve lost a bit of that tradition. My wife and I utilized the Brewsters’ “sink-or-swim” method, first for 2 weeks in Chile, then again for a month in Uruguay. It was one of those “best-of-times, worst-of-times” experiences, where our Uruguayan family loved us and sheltered us, while at the same time added a dimension of stress to our lives at a time when we probably already had enough. Nevertheless, for whatever reason (be it bonding or otherwise) we became “best friends” with Uruguayan culture and the language “stuck” in my throat. To this day, for reasons that only God knows for sure, when I speak Spanish, people still ask me if my parents or I am from the Southern Cone [of South America].

    But that was the early 80s. And this is now. How ’bout the rookies of ’06. Are you still moving in with a local family in your destination country of calling? If so, write a quick paragraph about it to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com

    You don’t have to join the group… You’ll receive no reply… (and no chance of spam). There’s only one member there — me. I’ll share a summary report later here in Brigada.

20060820 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP
  2. ADDITIONAL NEW SITE FOR READERS WITH INQUIRING MINDS
  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUALTRACTS
  4. “HAPPINESS METER” LEAVES READERS, WELL, UNHAPPY
  5. WRITERS’ SERVICES
  6. DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES NOW IN AFRICA
  7. MORE IDEAS ON PRAYER FOR MISSIONS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
  8. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS
  9. THE BACKPAGE: THE ABILITY TO IMPROVISE (PEYTON-STYLE)
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP — “All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the music of the nations” traces the amazing use of culturally-appropriate music in evangelism, church- planting, discipleship and worship. This Reader of 45 stories comes bundled with a CD-ROM illustrating the stories with audio, video, pictures, music scores and other media. For information see

    http://www.worldofworship.org/alltheworld/

    Also available is “Sounds of Global Worship II,” an audio CD of 22 songs from 16 regions from around the world. A colorful 28-page booklet serves as a listener’s guide to this tour of the global church at worship. Songs come from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central Europe, Central America and South America. For more information, visit

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    For more information on either one, write

    ffort2(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to these folks for pitching in $50 toward the costs of operating Brigada! We appreciate you!)


  2. ADDITIONAL NEW SITE FOR READERS WITH INQUIRING MINDS — Recently we featured some online news sites, along with “pushed” email news that could inform and enlighten. Inquiring Brigada participants seemed in consensus on at least one overlooked & favorite site that rec’d a resounding vote of affirmation:

    http://www.foxnews.com/foxfan/registration.html

    (Thanks Jim, Joseph and others, for waving the banner for Fox News.)


  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUALTRACTS — Free downloadable tracts for ministry to Muslims, Eastern Orthodox and new believers in several languages are available at:

    http://web.mac.com/kerbyrials1

    The tracts are in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, French, Portuguese, Chechen, Tatar or Korean. Most tracts are in both PDF and Word formats, and print out ready to use or copy. The author, missionary Kerby, asks all who choose to translate any of these tracts into new languages to send the new translation in PDF and Word format to him at kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] That way others can use them, too. (He would also like to know if you are using the tract(s), and any comments you might have.)


  4. “HAPPINESS METER” LEAVES READERS, WELL, UNHAPPY — Thanks to the readers who responded regarding the July 28th item, “6) CHECK OUT THE “HAPPINESS METER” FOR YOUR COUNTRY”. Our faithful Brigada participants found, accurately, that the resource mentioned was no longer available. We contacted the original source and learned that a new study will be posted in September, documenting new and more information about the study. In the meantime, the original source provided these related alternative links:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5224306.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/28_07_06_happiness_map.pdf


  5. WRITERS’ SERVICES — Everything from Manuscript Preparation to Ghostwriting is available at:

    http://willwrite4u.com/

    The staff there is reported to have been named among the Top 1000 Christian Sites. They are thrilled to work with writers from all over the world. You can also write them directly…

    stephanie(at)christfirst(dot)net

    (And no, in case you’re wondering, we’ve never utilized their services for Brigada, although we’re sure they’d do a great job. :-) )


  6. DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES NOW IN AFRICA — Talking Bibles International is excited about the fact that for the first time ever, to their knowledge, digital Talking Bibles are available in Africa. 1,000 Talking Bibles are on their way to Malawi, Africa. Organizers from the Bible Society of Malawi were to have dedicated the first Chichewa First Audio Bible in the stadium in Blantyre, Malawi.

  7. MORE IDEAS ON PRAYER FOR MISSIONS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — Users viewing the web edition of Brigada Today will find here some additional ideas on prayer for missions in the local church. Thanks much to those who took the time to contribute!!!

    Here are some extra ideas…

    Hi, Doug!

    About 8 years ago I heard an OMF missionary speak about the importance of starting a prayer team. I decided to do it & call them “prayer advocates.”
    In a newsletter originally & later when I speak, I ask people to sign up, mostly via email. I won’t add anyone to the prayer advocates list unless they ask. Some Sunday School teachers forward to their whole class. Lots of pastors use the list in their Wed. night prayer meetings. Some will even run it on their church weekly newsletters.
    I send a monthly list of 10 – 12 specific prayer requests with an “Answered Prayer” list at the end. Sometimes I send out one or two emergency requests also during a month. “Specific” is the key, I think. Then it’s easy to see when a prayer is answered & praise the Lord for it.
    From seeing 26,000 pray to receive Jesus when we began, we have now jumped to over 102,000 — & haven’t really added more staff. Only the power of God released thru prayer can account for this! We have seen so many miracles as our prayer advocates prayed!
    Some people only take time to pray right at their computers when the list comes out. Some print it & pray daily for one or two of the requests.
    I hope this is helpful! Feel free to ask questions…….
    Judy

    The best ways I have seen for people to take on a commitment to pray
    for missions, missionaries
    and the lost people their church is seeking to reach are:
    1) start with existing prayer groups in the church. See if they’d be
    willing to adopt a part of the world your church is focused to reach.
    Ask them to make prayer for this country/missionaries and people group
    a regular part of their prayer focus when they meet
    2) Give this group the option (in the future and with training) to be
    a part of the actual ministry to this county. Once they have been
    there, they will pray with more information and more heart
    3) Also, you can make a focus on Prayer for part of the Missions Fair,
    Some ideas that can be effective:
    a) Have a Speaker focus on Prayer (say during a lunch, dinner or
    dessert):
    —form attendees into small groups to pray for the missionaries and
    mission targets that your church supports on the spot
    —Have the Speaker or Missions Chairman challenge people to find a
    way to continue to pray through their existing fellowship groups, Bible
    Study groups or Prayer groups
    b) Have an event in which each target country/people group is
    represented by a table with a Person representing the ministry,
    (oreferably a supporter of the ministry) and a letter or email and
    photos from the missionary on the field.
    —Prepare the Representative at the table to become a prayer group
    leader for that country.
    —Make prayer the immediate focus (modeling!) that will happen when
    others visit that table.
    —Have the Rep. invite those who visit the table and pray for the
    mission of focus to join a prayer group and become
    prayer supporters/prayer warriors for those missionaries.
    —Start with whomever says yes and build, promote, support, inform and
    train this beginning group. If prayer is fostered and the results of
    prayer are promoted to the congregation, more people will want to
    become part of the ministry through prayer.
    c) It usually takes one or two people committed to the missionaries on
    the field to invite others. So another dea is to find out from the
    missionaries whom in the church they have already as part of their
    support network and whom particularly are their prayer warriors. These
    people are your best bet to help expand the prayer network for your
    missionaries.
    d) One last idea, get a few people praying for you in your role as
    Missions Chairman, praying for you, the Missions Committee and the
    Missions Fair and for the Missions Prayer Groups you want to form.

    I hope these ideas help foster more creative thinking on how to
    motivate prayer…
    Blessings,
    Susan

    Have people make a limited time commitment to a definable goal in
    groups of three or more (this prevents a couple from being a “group”
    all by themselves and losing some of the accountability factor).

    Say, they will pray for one hour every month for one year for (fill
    in the blank).

    If there is someone in your church who could compile mission prayer
    requests on a monthly (quarterly, etc.) basis, this is an excellent
    resource, and helps people start to pray. Of course, as you know
    there are also generic suggestions for missions prayer on the web and
    other places.

    You could also compile the prayer requests at your missions
    conference that will be used all year (six-months, whatever).

    Just a thought. Our mission team started some of these groups for
    our work years ago and they are still going strong. We compile the
    requests monthly and send them out.

    God bless you,
    Linda Karner
    in Japan with Mission to the World (PCA)


  8. 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%. Jerry has spent much of his 41- year career with Wycliffe teaching missionaries that partnership development can be a joy-filled ministry that blesses the church with a greater vision. He has founded Kingdom Come Training, a ministry that can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing and equip you with the skills and attitudes that are guaranteed to help you succeed. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    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 .]


  9. THE BACKPAGE: THE ABILITY TO IMPROVISE (PEYTON-STYLE) — Fans of American-style football will have no doubt heard of (if not watched) Peyton Manning and his incredible audible style. In yesterday’s game against Houston (43-24 in favor of Manning’s Indianapolis Colts), one could see Peyton at his best. My 17-year-old son and I watched with smiles on our faces as Manning threw 3 touchdown passes, broke a franchise record set by none other than John Unitas (2797 pass completions), and led his team to touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions. (And even then, the one time they didn’t score, they took the ball all the way to the endzone then the rusher unfortunately fumbled it in front of the goal line.) In fact, they didn’t have to punt until the 4th quarter.

    These fireworks would all be beautiful in and of themselves, but Manning makes it even more interesting by his unique improvisational style. You see, instead of calling his team together for a huddle, during which he maps out the plan and sketches the vision for the team, he repeatedly just motions for them to head back to the line of scrimmage. So… in a manner that seems almost comical at times, he stands there at the line of scrimmage, shouting out signals and instructions on the fly, once he’s analyzed the defense. Now granted, he’s practiced the team on his cadence and his calls. But nevertheless, I have to believe that some of these quick decisions are being made on the spur of the moment, based on the line-up that the defense is throwing his way. I laughed out loud as I would see receivers raising up from the line of scrimmage so they could hear the call… and time after time, successful pass after successful run, Manning’s madness shredded the defense, gained yardage, and ultimately brought victory. Which brings me to my point — 3 of them, in fact.

    a) Practice makes perfect: Experts of Manning’s game say he’s an incredible perfectionist. Apparently he’ll stop practice to go look at a tape of the play, then rearrange everything right there at the moment. The team puts up with his perfectionist tendencies, of course, because they know it results in precision… and professionalism… and purpose. So . . . in the world of missions . . . let’s practice. Let’s do our research, find out what works, then try to reproduce it ’til we get it right. Let’s reinstitute right training, require top performance in the classroom, and focus on mentoring and internships ’til our new guys (and old guys) get it right.

    b) Read the defense: Let’s get to know our enemy, Satan. And let’s understand the challenges thrown at us by alternative religions that would seek to subvert Christian causes. Let’s study their writings, learn the ups and downs of their philosophies and ways, and learn how and where they miss the mark. Let’s show incredible respect and sensitivity — while at the same time explaining the best that Christianity has to offer — then let our audience make the best choice. With the Holy Spirit as their guide, why do we fear?

    c) Let’s have fun: There’s no doubt about it… missions is hard work. (Even Manning gets sacked sometimes. But his line will do anything they can to try to protect him… and that’s hard work too.) But in the midst of it, you can see it in his eyes. In his heart of hearts, he’s just a big kid having fun. Let’s make missions fun again. Let’s enjoy every moment of every new phonetic sound in the new language we’re learning. Let’s see the connections that bring joy to our hearts. Let’s find good in the people with whom we serve. Let’s keep the moments light, make the fun days long, and have a great time making eternal differences in the lives of the people we’ve come to serve. Because after all, at the end of the day, victory will be oh so sweet. :-)

    Doug

20060205 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS
  2. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIBLE TRANSLATION
  3. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS
  4. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES REACHING UPGS
  5. DISCIPLE-EQUIPPING MATERIALS TO ORDER
  6. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE
  7. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  8. ACU SUMMER SEMINAR IN MISSIONS
  9. BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  10. TORONTO SEMINAR: PLANTS
  11. EMERGENCY FOOD SHIPPING CONTACTS NEEDED
  12. INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, PACE-SETTING FRIENDS
  13. THE BACK PAGE: THE POWER OF THE OVERCOMER
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — ELIM Retreats, a ministry of Barnabas International, is offering 7 spiritual formation/re-entry/renewal retreats for missionaries in 2006. The Retreat site is a 1400 acre private, gorgeous family property on the shores of Lake Huron, 2.5 hours north of Detroit, Michigan. The emphasis is on personal spiritual assessment and growth, interacting in small groups around the Word. The Retreat affords lots of unscheduled time. Each Retreat is 6 days. 16 participants of multiple cultures and agencies have their own bedrooms, sitting rooms and in most cases, private baths. Adult couples and singles only. Find pictures, faq’s, dates and registration at

    http://www.barnabas.org/elimretreats

    or email hstewart5(at)juno(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Just one thing I noticed: You’d better be serious about retreating: I notice they ask that we not bring our computers. Gulp. Now there’s a serious retreater. :-) [I think I’d go into convulsions. :-)])


  2. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN BIBLE TRANSLATION — From hard drives to saved lives! Learn how your Information Technology skills can advance God’s Kingdom through Bible translation. Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting two-day conferences on February 24 and 25, 2006 in San Francisco, CA and on March 3 and 4, 2006 in Pasadena, CA. One is also planned for the Seattle area in May. Wycliffe urgently needs over 200 seasoned IT professionals in order to complete the task of Bible translation for millions of Bibleless people. IT professionals are needed in the US and abroad for everything from exciting cutting edge language applications to enterprise systems, business analysis, electronics, management, software development, consultation and training. The “Check IT Out” conference costs $65 and includes 4 meals, materials, and snacks. Housing is available. For more information or to register, go to http://jaars.org/checkitout or you may write to Norm Purvis at: mobilization_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 .]

  3. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS — Wycliffe Bible Translators International and Missionary Care International will join forces to offer the 2006 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, June 19-23, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The first half of the workshop will deal with a variety of topics, including: What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can we expect people to respond in times of personal or group crisis? What populations are most vulnerable? How can we respond as an organization? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? The last half of the workshop will focus on debriefing skills for “peer level” debriefing. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $100.00 is due upon registration. Room and board fees for the workshop are $145.00/person, due upon arrival. For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at:

    member_care_intl(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 .]


  4. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES REACHING UPGS — At no time in history have expatriate international churches had more potential to impact the world than today. International churches are filled with unique resources – talented people, money, and know-how. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The third MICN Conference will be 24-28 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. For information contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org or on the web at:

    http://www.micn.org

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


  5. DISCIPLE-EQUIPPING MATERIALS TO ORDER — In the new year it is typical to attempt some well-intended organization for more meaningful ministry in 2006. What is always needed is a fresh look at accepting and applying truly Biblical leadership. Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel has prepared an essential tool for a clear, scriptural vision of leadership, called “Biblical Leadership.” Evangelical Training Association

    http://www.etaworld.org

    has just published this new resource for $11.99. Learn about it and other disciple-equipping materials by accessing the website or by calling at 800-369-8291 or 630-540-7840. You can write Mark Simpson, ETA’s Global Training Consultant, at

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


  6. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE — The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference March 24-25. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. This conference is essential for those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by February 24th and receive the early bird special pricing. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

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


  7. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced its second Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS). After the success of last year’s Bluewater DTS aboard the 90ft schooner, Genevieve Challenge, it was necessary to look for a larger sailing vessel to accommodate more students. The hope is to develop the Bluewater DTS into a long term ministry that not only disciples young people, but also reaches out within the sailing community and beyond. As a part of creating this ministry it was decided to hold this year’s Bluewater DTS in a sailing community. Therefore the next Bluewater DTS will take place in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, a place that offers good sailing, effective sail training and involvement in the local community. It will begin April 14th and ends October 14th 2006. You can get full details including the application form at

    http://www.marinereach.com/dts_bluewater or by email to bluewaterdts(at)marinereach(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. ACU SUMMER SEMINAR IN MISSIONS — Abilene Christian University’s Halbert Institute of Missions is hosting its annual Summer Seminar in Missions May 15-June 2. There will be a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses available for credit or audit: anthropological studies, intercultural competency, evangelistic strategies of Bible translation, evangelism in a post-modern world, history of missions, campus ministry, spiritual formation in missions, and more.

    http://www.acu.edu/missions/summerseminar contact

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


  9. BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER — In the town of Kailua Kona on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, University of the Nations offers a wonderful opportunity to become a certified ESL teacher in six weeks. At the beginning of every quarter this TESOL course uses state-of-the- art curriculum and an emphasis on technology to interweave theory and practical application, giving students intensive well-rounded training. For more info call 808-326-4400 ext. 4178 or write to tesol(at)uofnkona(dot)edu.

  10. MISSIONS FOCUS — Abilene Christian University’s Halbert Institute of Missions is hosting its annual Missions Focus 3 day program May 23- 25. Presenter- Dr. Laura Mae Gardner, D.Min., of Wycliffe Bible Translators on “Missionary Care.” There will also be training modules on the role of the church in the care of missionaries and services for missionaries on furlough: eye exams, dental work and blood tests.

    http://www.acu.edu/missions/summerseminar contact

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


  11. TORONTO SEMINAR: PLANTS — Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab-tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language. All within two weeks in the world’s most multi- cultural city – Toronto. April 2-14, 2006. Register on-line:

    http://www.missionprep.ca


  12. EMERGENCY FOOD SHIPPING CONTACTS NEEDED — Children of the Nations (COTN) is seeking shipping contacts to send containers of emergency food and supplies from Minnesota and Washington State to Malawi, SE Africa. If you have shipping contacts that can help COTN meet the needs of the COTN Orphan homes, school and feeding centers in Malawi, please email Dave Schertzer ASAP at daveschertzer(at)cotni(dot)org For more information on COTN, please visit http://www.cotni.org Thank you.

  13. INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, PACE-SETTING FRIENDS — They’re daring you to step up to the plate. Setting the pace at the head of the pack. And they’re the object of our deepest gratitude. Thanks to Caleb Project (the Training Department, and especially Marti Smith) for the $30 help. Learn more about them at:

    http://calebproject.org/

    And thanks to DialAbroad

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

    for the $90.17 from this past month’s long distance sponsor-ers. Finally, we also really appreciate the two anonymous donors who chipped in $25 and $5 each. Never thrown anything into the pot before? That’s ok. You can start any time. Been reading for 10 years? Now’s as good a time as any. And the whole thing is — Brigada is free . . . so you’ll always be able to keep reading. Chipping in toward our expenses is just a way of saying thanks. Either way, we’ll still show up next week. Just go to “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And… thanks.


  14. THE BACK PAGE: THE POWER OF THE OVERCOMER — Night before last, as I was watching the Olympics, I was struck by the courage of Zhang Dan (and her partner, Zhang Hao – both from China) in her willingness to get back up and finish her routine. She took a nasty fall while implementing a move that had never been attempted before in competition, an unprecedented throw quad Salchow. (Don’t ask me to describe it; I only know it involves spinning around maybe 4 times up in the air.) She kind of did the splits when she landed, only it involved painfully smacking her knee directly on the ice. Ouch.

    The USA — and indeed, the world — loves an overcomer. Well the funny thing was, in spite of the fact that she didn’t stick the quad, because she came back out there and kept skating, they gave her the credit for finishing a *triple* throw. Granted, one could ask all kinds of questions about how they still managed to take the silver medal in spite of the fact that they broke their routine with the 5-minute medical leave. Maybe the judges, in the end, had a heart for them. After all, it’s the Olympics, not the Superbowl. It’s amateur athletics, not professional hockey. It’s young ladies that are 18 and 19, not hardened criminals. So, it would seem — give ’em a break. Some would argue that they deserve it.

    Either way, is there a lesson hiding somewhere here for all of us? I think so.
    *** First, if we fall flat on our faces (or smack our knees), let’s get back up again. Who knows, we might still win — or at least come in 2nd. And no matter what, we’ll be showing gallant effort & unceasing commitment to the calling.
    *** Second, if someone extends grace to one of our peers (or enemies, for that matter), forgiving them for something that we believe should be punished, we’ve got to somehow overcome the tendency within us to question or challenge it. Somewhere in Italy, there’s a skater that’s whining about the fact that this girl complete washed out but still earned a silver medal for it. Jesus spoke to this on more than one occasion. Take, for example, Christ’s parable in Matt. 20:10, where the workers hired at the beginning of the day expected to receive more than those hired in the final hour. In the end, like the judges at the Olympics, the answer comes back, “It’s up to the judge alone to decide.” So let’s quit our whining.
    *** Third, and finally, let’s never let the good grace of the judge become a license to disregard the challenges, thus arriving ill- prepared. In other words, if we are granted grace, we’ll celebrate it. But let’s don’t *presume* grace. Romans 6.

    I guess there’s a corollary: We need to be working as if he’s coming tomorrow, while *planning* as if he’s coming in 20 years. We’ll certainly enjoy the journey a whole lot more.

20051211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20050710 Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY?
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS?
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN?
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE — The advent of the Talking Bible dramatically increases the value of the work done by the Bible translators. By spending just one percent more than what it cost to translate a New Testament in the first place, one can now make that dedicated, sacrificial, costly translation effort available in audio as a Talking Bible for the larger numbers of people who cannot read. It is a possibility we could not have dreamed of less than five years ago. For more information visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY? — Take PC Magazine’s word for it. Their latest editor’s choice is Spyware Doctor 3.2, available for $29.95 at http://www.pctools.com In their benchmark “real-world” tests, Spyware Doctor outperformed other offerings from all the “big guns” like Symantec, Microsoft, Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft, and more. (And by the way, we get no sponsorship from PCTools.com. Just one beggar telling another where to buy bread. But if they ask where you heard about it, feel free to tell them Brigada.org. Maybe they’ll decide to pitch something in after 30 of us buy it! :-) )
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS? — Claudia recommends http://www.photobucket.com (Thanks Claudia!) The free version allows for 25 meg of disk space (about 12 or 13 photos at the 5 megapixel rate) and 1500 meg. of bandwidth, with a limitation of 250K as the maximum size for any image you post. But for just $25 per year, you’ll get 1 gig of photo display space, and unlimited throughput. On this latter plan, maximum image size is bumped up to 1 meg. — still about 1/2 the size of a 5 megapixel image. Check it out!
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site. _NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site.
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3 — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has just released the People Raising 6-hour award winning audio curriculum on CD and in downloadable MP3 formats. Discover firsthand how the People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for support. The Audio kit includes: 5 CD’s by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon, 72 page Study Guide, The People Raising book and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing a special introductory offer through 8/10/2005. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU — There are about 2600 people groups in the world today that don’t have God’s Word in their heart language. Could God be calling you to serve as part of a Bible translation team? “Trans Scan” has the answers! Check out…

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/home.htm

For more info, contact Wade Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org about the August, 20 event at Wycliffe Center in Tucson AZ. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER — “Godsize Stories from Around the World” will bless and inspire you. You can be reading it minutes from now. For less than the price of a lunch at McDonalds you’ll receive the e-book and *two bonuses*. You’ll also receive the complete audio-book, and The e- Book Librarian software to manage e-books on your computer. You can download them or order them on CDs. Listen to the foreword by Eddie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/aroeh Check out this offer at: http://www.godsize.com Or email: carl(at)godsize(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE — From January 23-25, 2006, on the campus of Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand, this interorganizational teachers’ conference will provide a faith-friendly venue for academic interaction and professional development, as well as for networking and fellowship. Proposals for presentations, workshops, resource room, and poster sessions are now being received. For more information on the conference see http://www.cetesol.org For inquiries, or to send a proposal, e-mail Brad bbaurain(at)elic(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN? — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra, of TalkingBibles.com, for the $25 gift to help Brigada step into the next week! We’re grateful for this help and encouragement. This brings to $6,810.36 our sponsorship total for 2005. You might recall that our goal for 2005 is $16,576, meaning we’re just over 4/10ths of the way to the total. Unfortunately, we’re just over halfway through 2005. To make our goal, someone will have to chip in a bit more over the coming weeks or months. Please pray that God will raise up partners to make this gift (these gifts) possible. Thanks! Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN — I’ve enjoyed reading some reader feedback to the last couple of “BackPages”… addressing the issue of “What churches want” out of the church-missionary relationship and, on the other side of the coin, “What missionaries want”. You can read the feedback for yourself at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/what_they_want.html Over all, there seemed to be agreement, at least in principle, that times have changed (duh… :-) ) in the missions arena. Technology, travel, and cultural norms have all made an impact. You’ll have to be the one to decide if we’re better- or worse-off than we were before. Maybe our seemed to land more on the “better-off” side when it comes to gratitude for technology and the connectivity it brings. But if that’s the case, the majority seemed to land a bit on the downside regarding changes in the local church. That having been said, the responses were all over the spectrum.

So allow me to sum up, if I may — at least my own opinion: We live in a rapidly-changing world, where our motivations, our “church culture”, and the “tools of the missionary trade” are seemingly transforming right before our very eyes. As a result, churches, individuals and also agencies would be well-advised to look carefully at how these and other “change factors” are affecting their work now and how they might have a bearing in the future. Only then will we be adequately prepared to walk the jungle of missions in future generations.

Doug

20050306 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. LEARN HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
3. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE)
4. NW CHILDREN’S EXPO INTENSIVES!
5. OPERATION WORLDVIEW READY FOR ACTION
6. LEGAL & TAX INFORMATION FOR MISSIONS AND CHURCHES
7. WIRELESS NETWORKING ALPHABET SOUP
8. WILLING TO TEACH MKs OVERSEAS IN CENTRAL ASIA?
9. FOUR MORE OPTIONS TO CREATE PDFs
10. OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TSUNAMI RELIEF
11. HAVING TROUBLE GETTING SKYPE FROM OVERSEAS?
12. GET CULTURALLY ORIENTED
13. ARE YOU BURNING CDs? TRY THIS FREE SOFTWARE
14. PREPARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT DRAWS MUSLIMS TO CHRIST
15. THE WONDER OF ANONYMOUS DONORS
16. TASTE OF TRANSLATION
17. BECOME A PART OF THE ENGINE THAT POWERS BRIGADA
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — Equip your church or ministry with the tools you need to promote financial self-sufficiency in poor communities. Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. You will engage in hands-on training through interactive discussion and simulation of real-world issues taught by field practitioners. Our Two-Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers partners include Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org (The Chalmers Center is a regular supporter of Brigada. Please give them a try!)
2. LEARN HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE — Take Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Tools & Strategies, April 1 7-29, 2005 in Toronto. Dr. Tom McCormick builds this workshop on the principles developed in the MTI, PILAT program. PLANTS is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab- tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language, all within two weeks in what some would say is the world’s most multi-cultural city – Toronto. For more information or to Register on-line, click to: http://www.missionprep.ca or email info(at)missionprep(dot)ca
3. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE) — Still searching for that ideal digital photo-editing tool that will let you batch process those 7 megabyte photo files into more efficient sizes for use on the web and in PDFs & Powerpoints? Try Pic2Pic at… http://www.wavelsoftware.com/pic2pic.htm This handy little tool will do batch conversion of image files with rotation, mirroring, and color resolution adjustment! Finally! This is what we’ve needed for so long. Important: Convert those photos headed to the web over to 72dpi, and by the way, they probably don’t need to be any bigger than 3×3″. For the printed page, you could get the max out of the printer by printing to about 300dpi (600 if you have a printer with high-res output and the extra hard drive space on your PC). Always save your original resolution (like 5 megabytes or whatever) for the big-time, like posters or offset brochures and the like. Wanna hear the best news about the Pic2Pic program? (the reason why it’s an answered prayer): It’s free!!!! That’s right – get it from wavelsoftware while you can. Now there’s no excuse. *Everybody* should be able to reduce the size of these mongo photos on the web.
4. NW CHILDREN’S EXPO INTENSIVES! — Now’s the final chance to register for this team-taught intensive seminar at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, OR, April 22-23, designed to meet children’s ministry needs and packed with the most comprehensive children’s mission education training available today. Discover how to nurture a child’s heart for the world. Interact with top regional mission educators and network with other churches. Take home a thick syllabus of the latest resources! Information and registration: http://www.vbconline.org/global/children_s_expo_intensive or or e-mail lesliee(at)vbconline(dot)org, phone Leslie at (503)643-6511. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. OPERATION WORLDVIEW READY FOR ACTION — Check out the new pages in promoting the Perspectives Family Edition of the Operation WorldView Video Series: http://www.mission1.org/opwv_psp.html Don’t forget to tell them Brigada sent you! (Just to spread the word; we don’t make a thing off of recommending them. Thank for your work though, Werner! Great job!)
6. LEGAL & TAX INFORMATION FOR MISSIONS AND CHURCHES — The Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is a newsletter that has been distributed free of charge for over seven years to leaders of churches, missions agencies, and other religious non-profit organizations. The memo regularly recaps the latest news from the U.S. legal and tax front on issues of concern to churches and organizations. It also has a subscriber section with much more detailed analysis of legal and tax issues, along with practical tips to help ministries. The publishers (Nonprofit and Church Law Ministries) are now offering a special arrangement to help Brigada. Two dollars out of every subscription purchase (now $25/year) will be donated to Brigada. Recent issues covered, “How the anti-terrorism laws are affecting missions organizations,” “U.S. Senate panel recommends provisions that would substantially increase regulations on tax-exempt entities,” “IRS releases a memo containing a wealth of material giving helpful guidance for any charitable organization that might have business components,” “Two recent cases address when clergy-penitent conversations can stay private,” “U.S. court rules that mature minors can make their own choices about Christian conversion and baptism, even if contrary to their parents’ desires,” “No religious exemptions to the Family and Medical Leave Act,” “IRS outlined the definition of the term “church.”

Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Please make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field so they’ll know who sent you.
7. WIRELESS NETWORKING ALPHABET SOUP — Have you been confused about the wireless networking “alphabet soup”? No wonder. Here’s a quick summary: 802.11a (Wi-Fi “a”): 54 Mbps on 5 Ghz band 802.11b (Wi-Fi “b”): 11 Mbps on 2.4 Ghz band 802.11g (Wi-Fi “g”): 54 Mbps on 2.4 Ghz band 802.11n (????????): 200 Mpbs on 2.4/5 Ghz band* * Note: 802.11n is a concept, but has not been officially approved. Still, we’re starting to see some early release merchandise designed to work in this spectrum. It’s going to be *twice* as fast as most current wired ethernet connections. (Essentially, only Gigahertz networking is faster!) All four protocols allow communication up to about 150′, depending on the walls you have to traverse. So bottom line: If you’re buying today, try to find a router with at least “b” and “g” networking. That’ll insure the most compatibility. When “n” is finally approved (probably late 2006), it will be backward compatible with “b” and “g” anyway. One final note to confuse it all: Bluetooth is upgrading too. If you’re considering buying something bluetooth, ask if you can get Bluetooth 2.0. It runs at 3Mbps instead of 720kbps…. so over 4 times faster with 2.0. Or better yet, get Wireless USB, which runs at 480 Mbps, faster than anything yet named above! It’ll travel about 32′ away.
8. WILLING TO TEACH MKs OVERSEAS IN CENTRAL ASIA? — Then the folks at Evergreen School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan would love to talk to you. They have a host of opportunities open from Kindergarten through 10th grade, as well as for administrators, too. Write them for more information at calldale(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 .]
9. FOUR MORE OPTIONS TO CREATE PDFs — Need yet one more way to make PDFs? Mike suggests using OpenOffice. It’s free at http://openoffice.org and works on Windows, Macs, Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, is available in 44 different languages, and does spreadsheets (like Excel), presentations (like PowerPoint), and drawings (like Visio), in addition to word processing (like MS Word). Worth a try! Good thinking, Mike! Meanwhile, Steve and Joel like PDFCreator. It is totally free “open source,” cross platform and works very well. Steve has created large and complex PDFs with no problems from several different pieces of software. Get it at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ or http://sector7g.wurzel6.de/pdfcreator/index_en.htm (Thanks Steve and Joel!) Or, try http://www.primopdf.com/ It acts just like a print driver… and is as easy as selecting a printer. *Or* if you don’t like the free options above, just switch to a MAC, says Ed, rubbing it in for the rest of us who have chosen IBM- compatibles. :-) Ed reminds us all of the painful truth that Mac OS X permits users to “save as” in PDF format without the need of special software. (Of course, 90% of the world still isn’t purchasing Macs, but if Ed has anything to do with it, the number of Mac users will grow. :- ))
10. OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TSUNAMI RELIEF — Marine Reach is sending a new ministry called Mercy Trucks to Sri Lanka. Mercy Trucks will use vehicles to deliver aid and equipment to the Tsunami affected areas of Northern Sri Lanka. Roy and Catherine will be establishing the ministry when they arrive in Sri Lanka and would like outreach teams to work with them. They will be cleaning, rebuilding, doing community development projects and counseling. If you would like to hear more please write Jeff at jlyon(at)oval(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check out the Mercy Trucks web site at http://www.mercytrucks.org
11. HAVING TROUBLE GETTING SKYPE FROM OVERSEAS? — Brigada participant “Randy” is in the same boat. But he got hold of the Skype folks over Instant Messaging and reports that they are fixing a new approach whereby credit card sign-up will be easier from overseas. So try again soon if you were frustrated. Again, Skype is the voice-over-Internet phone kind of thing. www.skype.com In the meantime, one reader by the name of Andrew wondered why we didn’t recommend other similar (SIP) services: FreeWorld Dialup (http://www.fwdnet.net) SipGate — http://www.sipgate.co.uk Gossiptel — http://www.gossiptel.com VoIPTalk — http://www.voiptalk.org or the list at http://www.fwdnet.net/content/view/full/333/ Check ’em out! Thanks Andrew!
12. GET CULTURALLY ORIENTED — Now you can participate in Cultural Orientation for Personal Endurance & Enjoyment (COPE), May 30-June 12, 2005 & Culture & Language Learning (CALL) June 13-25, 2005 in Langley BC. This intensive two week program equips missionaries to live the paradox of the enjoyment/endurance challenge of the cross-cultural experience. Spiritual, Personal, Language, Interpersonal and Cultural aspects of the missionary experience are taught through a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction. For Christian workers intending to serve for more than one year overseas. Register on-line at http://www.missionprep.ca or call toll free from the USA or via Net2Phone 866-640-1621 or email info(at)missionprep(dot)ca
13. ARE YOU BURNING CDs? TRY THIS FREE SOFTWARE — Thanks to Scott for recommending the Open CD Project http://www.theopencd.org This includes office productivity, graphics design, internet applications, multimedia programs, utilities, and games. You can download the CD iso image and burn it yourself or go to individual program sites to download particular programs. The advantage of the CD is that it has a very easy to use installer. (Thanks Scott!)
14. PREPARE TO LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT DRAWS MUSLIMS TO CHRIST — Just attend the Sahara Challenge, an intensive one week training and outreach experience, May 28 – June 5, in Orlando, FL. For more information, click to: http://tinyurl.com/65b9s (We’ve used tinyurl because the original link wrapped. Thanks for the tip, Bob!)
15. THE WONDER OF ANONYMOUS DONORS — I still marvel at the graciousness of anonymous donors. Here’s one for $25… “Thanx for the work you do,I would appreciate being annonymous on this.” Amazing. Thank you brother.
16. TASTE OF TRANSLATION — Are you interested in learning about Bible Translation during Spring break? Then you need to check out Total It Up! It’s a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) back by popular demand! This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Class sizes are 20-35 people. Classes include: Phonetics, Phonology, Grammar, Language Learning, Translation & Semantics. Each evening includes a delicious ethnic dinner, staff field reports and personal sharing, an exciting mission video, hang-out time and help with homework, if needed. Cost is $200 per person. The course is being offered at the Wycliffe Northwest Regional Office in Portland, Oregon, March 20-25, 2005. For further information and registration forms contact Kris Russel at: kris_russel(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or phone the Wycliffe Northwest Regional Office at 1-800-269-2007 or check out the web at: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm
17. BECOME A PART OF THE ENGINE THAT POWERS BRIGADA — Want to help make this work possible? If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050213 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HAVE YOU INSTALLED SKYPE?
2. NEW FOCUS DAY IS FOR MISSION GROUPS TOO
3. TASTE OF TRANSLATION
4. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS TRAINING FOR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD
5. STUDY ARABIC THIS SUMMER!
6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING WEB SITE
7. NEED AN OPTION TO MAKE PDF COPIES? TRY THIS FREE VERSION
8. GETAWAY FOR CHRISTIAN SERVANTS
9. MK REENTRY RETREAT
10. CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GOOD READING?
11. SCHOOL SEEKS SUPER SUPERINTENDENT
12. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH THE COSTS OF BRIGADA?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. HAVE YOU INSTALLED SKYPE? — If you haven’t gotten around to wondering over to http://www.skype.com yet, now’s a great time. They don’t give us a commission (in fact, they don’t *charge* you one). It’s just plain *free*. You can pay a little extra (but not much) to call phone numbers in other countries… and the computer-to-computer calls don’t cost you a single peso. And the calls are encrypted, end to end, for your privacy. Why *wouldn’t* we want to start using this technology. :-)
2. NEW FOCUS DAY IS FOR MISSION GROUPS TOO — The new worldwide Internet Evangelism Day on 24 April is not only for churches. Mission agencies and Bible colleges can use the downloadable video clips, dramas and PowerPoints to create a seminar program explaining the potential of the Web for direct evangelism. Since most mission agencies are not yet using the Internet for outreach, IE Day is an ideal time for their staffs to look together at ideas and strategies. http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php
3. TASTE OF TRANSLATION — Looking for a great spot for Spring Break? This beats the beach in Florida. Try “Total It Up” in Tucson AZ, March 14-16, for a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”). This Three-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, and translation, hear field reports and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced Wycliffe translators. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Cost is $100 per person. Wade_Remer(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 .] http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm
4. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS TRAINING FOR WORK AT HOME AND ABROAD –- Learn more about Church Planting Movements, Transformational Community Development, Contextualized Evangelism, and a whole lot more. Check out The International Express http://www.internationalexpress.org is designed to train Kingdom minded Christians how to effectively reach the unreached at home (immigrants) and abroad (10-40 Window) via the best of current missiology, in a setting where students are involved in regular outreach to unreached immigrants. For info, write TIEnyc(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. STUDY ARABIC THIS SUMMER! — The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures presents the first year of Arabic Studies, June 6-July 1, 2005. Held on the campus of Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, the tuition is $1,125. It lasts for 4 wks. Optional Room and Board is $820 (CIU facilities-4 weeks). For more information, U.S. callers can dial toll free 800-799-7976; Others may call 803-333-9119, or email rlmoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING WEB SITE — Kevin Paszalek (long time Brigada participant and contributor) has developed a web site to help churches plan short term mission trips. The site contains mountains of helpful information, links to other sources and suppliers, free planning tools and a few products developed out of Kevin’s experience in preparing teams for short term missions. http://www.missiontriptools.com or email Kevin at bwana (at)missiontriptools(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. NEED AN OPTION TO MAKE PDF COPIES? TRY THIS FREE VERSION — Thanks to Robert, a worker from our own organization in South America, for recommending http://www.download.com/3000-6675-10045636.html Win2PDF. I had forgotten that I used to use this myself, prior to getting Adobe Acrobat. This program is a whole lot cheaper (free). :-)
8. GETAWAY FOR CHRISTIAN SERVANTS — Allison Ranch is a beautiful retreat located on the Salmon River in Idaho’s wilderness territory. A private Foundation makes this accessible to those in full-time Christian Service. For a total cost of $200, your party of up to four will be flown by chartered plane out of McCall, Idaho into your own private vacation cabin. A host couple provides three meals a day in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming in the beautiful Salmon River or sunning of the white sandy beaches, badminton, horseshoes, croquet, photographing wildlife can all be yours on a Monday through Friday basis. Please check out the website for more specific information http://www.replace.com/allison or call Judy at 208-377-3005. Scheduling has just begun for June through September 2005.
9. MK REENTRY RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is hosting a re-entry retreat specifically designed for MKs and TCKs who are high school graduates and/or college students. It will provide insights, activities and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. The retreat will be held at Look-Up Lodge in Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina, from August 8-17, 2005. Cost is $325(USD) per person, and the registration deadline is June 1, 2005. Applications can be downloaded directly from the website: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org Or contact Liz at the following email address: nonaliz(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. CAN’T KEEP UP WITH GOOD READING? – Let David help. David writes notes on some of the best books on leadership, management, church, missions, spiritual growth and culture. Get a CD with David’s notes on nearly 450 books read from 1995 through 2004, including title and author indices and a word search engine (all in .pdf). The cost is $12, including shipping. Send a check for $12 (U.S. funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Ask for the Book Notes CD and include your postal address. To see book notes, go to http://www.davidmays.org and click on Book Notes.
11. SCHOOL SEEKS SUPER SUPERINTENDENT — Faith Academy a K-12 MK school located in Manila, Philippines has an immediate opening for a Superintendent. Those interested in this opportunity should contact Keith Rascher at: search(at)faith(dot)edu(dotph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Further information about the school and a job description can be found at the following website: http://www.faith.edu.ph
12. WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO HELP WITH THE COSTS OF BRIGADA? — If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD
2. OPERATION WORLD
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS”
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY?
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN?
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD — Know anybody who can set this new team up with a bulk food wholesale and distribution network? You’d be a part of a “business as missions” approach that would create an alternative platform for Christian workers among Muslim peoples. The workers have found an excellent product that far exceeds its industry standards for the highest grade. Olive oil… their new company can supply it by the pallet in bottles small and large, plus 5 liter tins. If you can help, write to: oliveoil(at)nym(dot)hush(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. OPERATION WORLD — Secure a special price on this landmark book by Patrick Johnstone by ordering through WEC International. Get case lots of 20 for $100.00 plus postage sent to US addresses only. Contact http://www.wec-usa.org or phone 215-646-2322 ext 150. Ask for Dave.
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET — The ability to speak telephone-style to someone else in real-time over the Internet has been around for a while. This VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is certainly highly usable now. SKYPE is a program that is being highly praised; it is essentially an instant-messaging system with voice. Advantages: – it’s no-pay – it works well – it encrypts communications, so missions with staff in Creative Access nations are using it for safe aural communication – it will even access phones for people who do not have the program – it will do conference calls – though their stated limit is 5 persons, apparently there is a way of increasing this. http://www.skype.com/ (Thanks Tony, for this reminder about Skype.)
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS – You can put books into the hands of God’s children with Usborne Books Missions Projects. Mission supporters participate in a pledge-based project that encourages them to read the Bible and devotions together. Supporters can make donations towards the purchase of books for missionaries to give to children. Usborne Books matches the donation with up to 25% cash or 50% value of books. The books benefit schools, orphanages and churches. The fundraisers are perfect for short-term mission trips to English or Spanish-speaking countries. Learn more at http://www.BlessThemWithBooks.com or contact Beth(at)UsborneBooksEshop(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS — Ever thought, “I wonder who is working on Bible Reference Materials for all those minority languages?” Michael does too. If you are, know anyone who is or are interested in it please email Michael. He can be reached at Working4eternity(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 .]
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by Youth With A Mission will be held near Bangkok, Thailand March 14-18, 2005. Contact Lennie at lenniev(at)loxinfo(dot)co(dot)th for more information.

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Got my own copy in yesterday . . . and it’s *great*. Lots of really cool illustrations, many of which that will preach! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well).
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS — CCB is a national leader in representing nonprofits with special pricing programs since 1991 and is proud to continue providing technology solutions and support at a discount from the industry’s leading vendors, helping nonprofits to carry out their mission more efficiently and affordably. In the US, call 1-800-342-4222 or visit us online at http://www.1computerbargains.com
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS” — In a previous edition of Brigada Today we included a link to a review of a chapter in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Approach. Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost & John Morehead II, eds. (Kregel, 2004; ISBN#: 0-8254-2893-9). This book has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in popular and missions sources, including _Christianity Today_ (where it is a finalist as a 2004 CT Book of the Year), Anvil and Evangelical Missions Quarterly. In the interests of balance, readers will benefit from the following review from Global Missiology:
http://www.globalmissiology.net/docs_pdf/reviews/hexam_encountering_new_religious_movements.pdf
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK! — Where would we be without them?! I remember a time “pre-Brigada-sponsored secretary”, when we were six months behind schedule on releasing these editions. Needless to say, we’re very thankful for the consideration our readers and sponsors give for these ads and charitable gifts/partnerships. This past week, we received help from: AcquireWisdom.com – $157.10 in commissions for those who visited! Anonymous from Newport News, VA – $250 YWAM Lebanon, PA – $300. They included this note: “We know that your newsletter is widely read, because we get inquiries in response to our announcements in your newsletter.” They added, “Right now we have a student from Japan who heard about our ESL school from your announcement…” Praise the Lord… We’re here for the long haul!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY? — We’re here for the long haul. Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World, recently wrote, ” The sad demise of EMIS Pulse means that the role it played in sharing about evangelical missions news from around the world, leadership changes and forthcoming events and conferences is no longer happening in the same way. You do some of this, but are these areas which could be expanded?” We’re willing to serve that role. You can help by…
*** Getting the word out about Brigada. Please mention it to your missionaries, your staffs, your team members and friends, print it in your church bulletins, put it in your church newsletter, post it on your bulletin board, and more. Just point people to the website or ask them to send a simple message to: brigada-today-subscribe-yahoogroups.com
*** Sending in items of interest to missionaries, mission agency reps, church missions team members, and more. When submitting items, you can help by going to the website at http://www.brigada.org and clicking on “submission guidelines” in the top line menu.
*** Praying for Brigada’s future
*** And if you’re led by God, helping provide for our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Your mission or company could do a sponsorship for the publicity, then write off the entire amount as advertising. Or, you or your church could make a gift. Just mention if you need a receipt; be sure the check is made out to Team Expansion.
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN? — (The following item originally ran in the Feb. 5th, 1999, edition of Brigada Today. We run it again this week in celebration of our 10th-year anniversary.)

I’m sure many would have called me crazy. :-) (In fact, that’s actually a pretty regular occurrence. :-) ) I had just flown in from Bosnia about 24 hours earlier. The temp. was 34 degrees F., just above freezing. A cold rain was gradually turning to snow and nightfall had crept in over Louisville’s western skies.

But I couldn’t wait to show up for soccer practice. By the time we got rolling, there were 8 of us there… 4 v 4 in the scrimmage. It was great. I intercepted three low goal kicks and converted 2 of them to goals! Took another great pass from Sergey and left-footed it just inside the left post for a 3rd score.

As we walked off the field after practice, I was trying to explain to Sergey the way I felt. After all, he’s 27 and I figured he had forgotten. “You’ve got to remember, Sergey, that this is all so fresh and new to me. I mean, I’ve only been practicing with you guys for 18 months. Every time I see you run a play, I’m filing it away in my head, trying to soak it all in. The excitement is beyond words. And Sergey,” I looked him in the eye, “maybe you remember what it was like in those first couple of years?? Maybe for you it was when you were 10 or 11 years old or whatever, when the game was still fresh and exciting?” He stopped dead in his tracks, looked deep into my eyes with the slightest smile, then spoke with a soft voice that still carried telltale signs of his Ukrainian roots. “Doug, it still is.”

Duh. Why else was he out there in the rain! The 8 of us probably came for 8 different reasons. But for Sergey and me, it’s pretty obvious. There’s something about the game. You can see it in our eyes when we’re putting the leather conditioner on our boots. You can sense it in the air when we’re stretching before practice. And you can *definitely* see it in that occasional “thumbs up” I get… or, like last Tuesday night, when our coach said one of his first encouraging words to me in 18 months. “See Doug, that all started with you. You stole that ball, passed it downfield quickly, and he scored, partly because of your hustle. Way to go!” I beamed. After practice, he tried to be his normal tough self. But it was too late. He had already let it slip. :-) …

What about your life? What’s going on in your marriage, or your relationship with your friends or parents or brothers or sisters? How are things at work… or on the language route… or in class? And more importantly, what’s going on in your relationship with the Father? If you’re a beginner, like I am in soccer, maybe it’s still fresh and new. But if you’re a long-termer, like Sergey, seems to me like you’ve got to figure out how to rekindle the romance… how to make it fresh again. Maybe it’ll take some extra effort. Or maybe you can remember the early days and say, like Sergey, “It still feels that way.” Whatever the case, I think that’s what the writer of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, in Lamentations 3:21-25: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

So this lesson I’ve learned and I hope I’ve learned it well: Next time you have the opportunity to show up for practice in a freezing rain, go early, and stay late. And find the freshness again. You’ll be glad you did.

20040815 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE!
  2. ASI SHARES SCRIPTURE IN 300 LANGUAGES
  3. NEED A DIGITAL PHOTO SERVICE?
  4. COOL INTERACTIVE MAP OF ISRAEL FOR FREE
  5. RESOURCE FILE FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO LOVE MUSLIMS
  6. INTERCESSORS ARISE INTERNATIONAL
  7. HELP I.D. PERSONS OF PEACE
  8. VIRUS AND SPAM-FIGHTING E-MAIL CLIENT
  9. THE DEPT. OF STATE IS RECRUITING ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICERS
  10. NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS FOR CHRIST
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE! — Thanks tons to Covenant College (who gave $100 this past week), Harvey Hoekstra (who sent $25), and Int’l Students, Inc. (ISI) ($50 donation, on the web at http://www.isionline.org/new/ ) . We *really* appreciate you! Thanks for helping make possible the Brigada Secretary! Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. ASI SHARES SCRIPTURE IN 300 LANGUAGES — Audio Scriptures International in California’s Resource Center has Scripture in audio in over 300 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 20 languages with more being processed. New Testaments on CD in MP3 format are currently available from ASI in 17 languages. ASI is encouraging overseas churches and ministries to download via the Internet their materials for duplicating and use in their ministries when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org

  3. NEED A DIGITAL PHOTO SERVICE? — Try http://www.SnapfishPCmag.com where you can get 25 free digital camera prints (normally 19 cents each, every day), free online unlimited photo sharing and unlimited storage, *and/or* your first 2 rolls of film developed free. (This offer is good through June 30, 2005.) Satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Their catch phrase: “Snapfish: Bringing people and pictures together.” Try it!

  4. COOL INTERACTIVE MAP OF ISRAEL FOR FREE — Systematics Ltd. now provides an interactive online map of Israel in both Hebrew and English at no charge. Click on over to: http://www.emap.co.il/eng_index.asp The map can identify street addresses, institutions, services and other point of interest and also mark a route between two points, offering the choice of the quickest and shortest route. The map also provides the option not to include routes passing within the “Autonomy Area” or not to include roads with the “Autonomy Area” that have the status of being “restricted roads”.

  5. RESOURCE FILE FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO LOVE MUSLIMS — If you’re interested in Muslims, you’ll most likely also be interested in this file of questions, answers, and issues generated via responses to the question in the July 16th issue, Item #6: HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY. Check out the original item at: http://www.brigada.org/today/2004/20040716.html#6 Check out the *answers* at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/resources_for_muslims.pdf Note that this is a PDF file. You’ll need Adobe’s free PDF reader to be able to open this file. Get it, if you don’t already have it, at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html (Thanks Claudia!)

  6. INTERCESSORS ARISE INTERNATIONAL — This weekly e-mail network is for intercessors and missionaries worldwide who are interested in global intercession for the end-times harvest. It is designed to train, encourage, motivate, inform, and release individuals and prayer groups in intercession. In each letter, a topic relevant to prayer and intercession is selected to train, inspire and motivate missionaries and intercessors to a higher level of personal and group prayer for world, national and city intercession. Membership is free. To subscribe to Intercessors Arise International, send a blank letter to: intercessorsarise-international(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. HELP I.D. PERSONS OF PEACE — There is a significant gap in the literature on how to find “people of peace.” (Luke 10) What is your experience locating people of peace? Peaceman has agreed to compile the results, which we hope to compile and get back to Brigada Today by November. Express your thoughts to the strategies that seem to work, and provide an opportunity for us all to learn. Write peaceit(at)xs4all(dot)nl who will compile a collection for us. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Thanks!

  8. VIRUS AND SPAM-FIGHTING E-MAIL CLIENT — White Beach Studios, USA has released a new POP3 e-mail client that gives users the ability to fight virus-ridden spam and unwanted content on their desktop. Cabana is a special e-mail client that allows users to preview their e-mail before they download, expediting the mail-checking process by consuming fewer bytes. The customizable filter will block spam, reveal attachments (including viruses/malicious code), and any words or phrases designated by the user as objectionable will be replaced with “XxXxXx.” More information can be found on Java.com at: http://www.java.com/en/lifestyle/messaging/cabana.jsp and at Cabana’s home page: http://cabana.whitebeachstudios.com or by e-mail: infoatwhitebeachstudiosdotcom (Thanks Abe!)

  9. THE DEPT. OF STATE IS RECRUITING ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICERS — Currently, the U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service English Language Officers. ELOs are responsible for all Department of State-sponsored English teaching activities overseas or, if assigned in Washington DC, design, develop and administer English language programs. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2004. Those who are hired should find many opportunities of ministry on the mission field through such English Programs. For further information visit this site: http://www.careers.state.gov/specialist/jobs/print/ad_elo.htm

  10. NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS FOR CHRIST -– Lust Under the Veil is a new fiction work by writer Um Daoud, who has lived and worked among Muslims for over 15 years. The story is about a young woman named Emira, who is looking for a way of escape from the secluded life she leads as the only daughter of a Muslim sheik. Freedom does come but not in the way that Emira planned. While the book can be an enlightening read for the Christian audience, it is also an effective tool for reaching Muslim readers as well. Lust Under the Veil by Um Daoud is available in English through Amazon.com, XulonPress.com, and other online distributors. ISBN: 1-591606-54-3. Paperback; 352 pages. For questions or comments, contact Um Daoud at UmDaoud2004(at)yahoo(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20040801 Brigada Today

  1. OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART… — Two more sponsors helped this past week: Greg Fritz, Director of Caleb Project, sent $50 of his own personal funds, adding thanks for the mobilization ministry of Brigada. To learn more about Caleb Project and the multitude of resources they make available to churches worldwide, visit them at: http://www.calebproject.org By the way, I recently ordered a set of videos from them. They shipped out the same day, the tape arrived exactly as promised, and I looked very efficient to the church where I was guest speaker. :-) Caleb Project will keep their word.

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous donor who sent $10 again this month. He’s been faithfully sending $10/month for some 9 months now! Want to join these donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Remember, your gifts and sponsorships are the only way we can pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Also, remember that once we reach our goal for the year, we’ll no longer seek partnership gifts or donations. So if you’d love to get rid of these ads at the beginning of each issue, give generously and enjoy the rest of 2004 ad-free! :-)


  2. TRY SKYPE AND ENJOY ENCRYPTED “VOICE OVER IP” — Thanks to Justin, who tipped us off to Skype on the very day we saw a news piece about it on CNN. For example, you can use Skype to call any phone # in Malaysia for $0.05euros (about $0.07 US – that’s 2 cents per minute). Call any of 22 Westernized countries for $0.02/minute. Call any Skype user for free, and have end-to-end encryption. According to Skype, “It’s VOIP, works over your computer, and has very good sound quality.” Click on at: http://www.skype.com (Thanks again, Justin!)

  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities during activity time, plus living in a community setting with native English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to provide a rich learning environment. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. NEW MISSIONARY CARE RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE — ERI is happy to announce that the long-awaited Spanish updated edition of “Serving As Senders” is now available. George Verwer’s comment on this book: “Estoy convencido que éste es uno de los libros misioneros de más impacto de esta década. Al paso que el pueblo de Dios responda a su mensaje, la obra de alcanzar a los no alcanzados avanzará en gran manera.” Details for ordering “Serviendo al enviar Obreros” may be obtained by emailing a request to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with].

  5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — In the desert town of Warm Bad (pronounced “Var-um Bot”), which means “hot springs,” the Water of Eternal Life is now flowing. Two families found salvation through Jesus. When asked, none could explain what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. It was a question they had never heard before. Each family member was asked at different times and places, yet the answers were the same. None of them knew the true gospel. They were all grateful for finding their spiritual thirst forever satisfied in Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. INTERNET EVANGELISM FORUM SEPTEMBER 14 AND 15 — Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will be one of the keynote speakers at the September 14 and 15 meeting of the Internet Evangelism Coalition in Chicago, Illinois (US). Many other speakers and authors will weigh in. The Internet Evangelism Coalition meeting provide a forum for individuals, churches and organizations interested in sharing ideas and information on using the Internet for outreach. For registration information go to http://www.webevangelism.com or email iec(at)webevangelism(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. FREE INTRODUCTORY PAGE ABOUT WEB EVANGELISM — The Web has enormous unused potential for outreach. You can add this page to your own website using a single line of Javascript code, in order to encourage Christians to take up this challenge. It is also designed for re- publication in print media. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/outreach.php

  8. AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AFRICA — Do you have a heart for the Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa? Join the Live School 2005 hosted by World Mission Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, where Focus Teams will be trained specifically to reach out to some of the 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. Their main focus will be to enhance the process of a self-sufficient, self- governing and self-propagating church in each of the remaining 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. The entire training process including outreach will be a year long so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be selected for this rare event! For more information write liveschoolsa(at)worldmissioncentre(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  9. FREE ONLINE CROSSWAY BIBLE GUIDE IN EASYENGLISH — Download in 7 sections Stephen Dray’s exciting guide to Matthew’s Gospel translated with the publisher’s permission into EasyEnglish level B. Find it at: http://www.easyenglish.info EasyEnglish is a department of Wycliffe Associates UK. More information may be obtained from martin(@)easyenglish(dot)info [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  10. QUALITY PUBLISHING FOR OBSCURE SCRIPTS/LANGUAGES — Okay, so here’s one of those hard-to-publish items about MAC computers, so I’ve pushed it way down here at the bottom so that only the faithful few will see it. (Joking! :-) ) Truth is, it’s a pretty good deal. :-) Jonathan Kew of the Summer Institute of Linguistics has released XeTeX (pronounced: zeetek), a powerful Unicode-enabled desktop publishing tool that produces quality PDF output for (theoretically) any language/script in the world. Use it on Macintosh with complex fonts like Arabic, Hebraic, Indic, etc. And get this: XeTeX is free! http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=xetex or email nrsi(at)sil(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Users prejudiced against Macintoshes have a second option: UltraXML on Microsoft Windows that displays complex scripts via OpenType fonts. It costs 2,400 British Pounds (about US$4,400) per license: http://www.webxsystems.com/UltraXML.htm or email sales(at)webxsystems(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Instead, why not buy some Macs with the money saved by getting XeTeX?? :-) )

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20031026 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY
  2. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK
  3. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM
  5. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES
  6. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  7. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM
  8. FOLDING DISPLAYS?
  9. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  10. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR
  11. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT
  12. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  14. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  15. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  16. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA
  17. THE MAN FROM GADARA
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY — I want to be perfectly honest: I am completely humbled… even *floored* by your generosity, compassion and love! This past week brought us *significantly* closer to our goal of paying for a Brigada Secretary — to help us stay “up to date” and “in the air” for the long haul, churning out resources and mobilization ideas in Brigada Today. One anonymous donor gave [drum roll please] $5000. (That’s five *thousand* dollars.) He had nothing to sell, declined to feature his own work, and even declined a receipt for a tax deduction! I *will* tell you that he is indeed involved in Christian outreach, but his mission work takes place in a sensitive land. Perhaps you can identify… he wanted to help, but didn’t do it for any personal reward. It was totally an unselfish act, to try to help us get the word out regularly. He wrote, “Thank you for your faithfulness in serving the missions community through Brigada. … I have sent a $5,000.00 contribution toward your secretary. I clearly remember the days when I wished I had one and didn’t have the resources. Please keep this anonymous. Our mission is much better performed when only God knows who we are. You have been faithful to God and God is always faithful to you. We are simply thankful to bring this cup of cool water to your door.” Whoa. That’s quite a swig! :-) I’ll admit, when I first read the note, I figured it was one of those Internet scams. Then seconds later, I saw the PayPal notice that $5000 had been deposited in our PayPal account. Suddenly, weekly Brigada Todays started passing through my mind, … all the way back to January of 1995. Suddenly I realized there really *are* some people out there reading this stuff, and maybe some who are actually *using* it.
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  3. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK — John Walton writes, “Here’s $25 with thanks to the 5 Brigada readers who bought a copy of The Toolbox for Video Storytelling during the month of October. John keeps his word. Don’t forget, if you need a good book on producing videos for your church or mission — John is making good on his promise to donate $5 for each copy sold. Learn more at: http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada Thanks, too, to our new friends at Wilcannia, NSW, Australia, who minister to Australian Aborigines. We appreciate their sponsorship of $25! They have seen in the last 6 years 39% of their town turn to Christ. Learn more at http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Thanks to these new Brigada sponsors!

  4. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE — Now you can help create a *monthly* income for the Brigada secretary and save money at the same time! Through a partnership with Blessed Hope Long Distance, Brigada will begin earning a significant commission each and every month on all the long distance bills of those who subscribe to long distance service through this link: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada 200 new customers would provide about $200 extra dollars each and every month. 1000 customers might just about pay for the secretary! This is a great domestic plan and the state-to-state rate (in the contiguous U.S.) is 4.9 cents/minute with 6-second billing, NO fees and NO minimums. You can find your instate rate and international rates at the website. Blessed Hope is a Christian-owned company so you’ll also know your dollars are not going to fund what some feel are ungodly and anti- family causes of larger secular long distance providers. Our agents for this program, Neil & Darla Sautter, are the missions-minded parents of five who are building their Blessed Hope business as a way of becoming self-supporting so they themselves can return to overseas ministry in the future. Neil would like to be a TESOL teacher in China, Japan or Spain, should the Lord so lead. (Thanks Blessed Hope!)

  5. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM — Here’s a course that… I’ll have to admit… looks *great*. “Outstanding Practices in Mission Training” is the theme for the Forum from January 15-17, 2004, in Richmond, VA , at the IMB’s Missionary Learning Center. NMTF is a gathering of mission trainers from agencies, church, and schools (over 140 people from 60 organizations attended in 2003). There will be 14 workshops profiling “outstanding practices.” Participants will interact with practitioners, learning together how to make mission training more effective. There are three “pre-Forum” sessions so that trainers can get training, including: Church Planting Movements (Training for Trainers), Leadership Encounter with Jesus, and Situational Leadership II. To learn more as well as register, go to: http://www.icelonline.com/NMTF2004.html

  6. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES — Do you want to find missionaries for missions promotion only to be blocked by missions agencies concerned about security? PeopleTeams.org has 576 teams of missionaries online. In fact, PeopleTeams.org boasts of having every missionary team Web site in the world. These are not individual missionary family Webs, but instead, you’ll find online the way that missionaries *prefer* to be contacted. That way you can dialog with the personnel who are working in some very difficult places, not just the easy-to-reach field personnel. PeopleTeams.org is a mixture of many different agencies, too. Individual Web sites are frequently a coalition of many cooperating missions groups that pool their efforts to present the material you see online. You can send emails or letters to teams who will be happy to see that you receive a reply in a timely manner.

  7. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From January 2-4, 2004, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. Friday will focus on the work and witness of individuals past and present while Saturday will be a seminar on practical perspectives and concerns in ministry. The Chicago area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact Jamie infoatrethinkingforumdotcom

  8. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM — The first forum of Finishers Canada is being held Saturday November 22nd at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Speakers include Nelson Annan, Dave Toycen and Dave Mannings. Participants may choose between 5 seminars during the day. Further information, costs and registration information are available from finishersatiatwdotca (or 519-763-6147). They’re also working on a website at http://wwwfinisherscanada.ca though at press time it still returned a “The page cannot be displayed” error.

  9. FOLDING DISPLAYS? — I’m in the thick of trying to purchase a folding display. I must confess, I sometimes go through phases where I ask myself, where did we ever come up with this display thing, anyway? I mean… on the one hand, it seems like few church members actually really *look* at these things up close. Yet a decently designed portable “lit” display seems inevitably to cost hundreds of dollars. Either way, it seems like part of the “missions fair” culture is to ask us to all come with “nimlocks-in-hand”. Yikes. I’ve scouted some sites, but if you have some good ones … or if you know of the “best price” for a Skyline or a “ShowStyle” or whatever, Mark mark_simpson53athotmaildotcom is willing to take down the URL then assemble a report for us. (Thanks Mark! We appreciate your help. And to those with suggested sources, no need to copy me. Mark will compile the list. Thanks again!)

  10. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — After years of planning & preparation, www.globalmissiology.net – a new quarterly electronic journal is now being launched. The organizers there would like us to spread the word, especially to those who can’t afford subscribing to traditional missiological journal but have internet access.

  11. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of Jan. 26-29, 2004, at the Wycliffe Mobilization Center in Orlando, FL, CCI will offer its Crisis Management Seminar. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $495 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $450 for each additional registrant from same organization (includes all meals). For more information, call 805-642- 2549, or email infoatcricondotorg or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2004training.htm Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks!

  12. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT — Users of Logos Bible Software can now get dozens of foreign language Bibles for use with their Logos Bible Software Series X libraries. Arabic, Albanian, Maori, Esperanto, Czech, Serbian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and many more are now available. For a complete list visit: http://www.logos.com/ebooks/groups/ebooks/bibles Call toll-free from the USA 800-875-6467 or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 360-527-1700 or email your questions to infoatlogosdotcom

  13. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, is offering a 5-month school for adults who are at a crossroads in life, and who are seeking increased intimacy with God, deeper understanding of his character and his ways, a new direction in ministry, or an avenue into cross-cultural missions. They’ll host a lecture phase for 3 months followed by 2 months of overseas short-term mission experience. It all starts April 18, 2004 and is designed for adults age 30 or more and families with children. For more info, see http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampaatcomcastdotnet for more information.

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Metro Delhi International School, New Delhi, India, needs teachers for all levels at their K-7 Christian school. MDIS educates international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city in North India. For more information contact Paula Mowry at paulamowatsifydotcom

  15. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out this conference, November 9- 14. The “Revolution” conference is an interdenominational, inter- organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, the US Center for World Missions and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  16. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — Dr. Andrew Jackson’s new book, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” is now available (180 pages). It is the only comprehensive Christian travel and prayer guide available on Turkey. It provides you with up-to-date information for strategic prayer, as well as twelve travel itineraries through Turkey’s eighty-one provinces (including the number of Turkish Christians, churches, and resident workers in each province). It is one of a kind. There is no other book like it. Purchase this book and accompanying wall map from the International Turkey Network by e-mailing mailatitnetdotorg (book cost is $9.50 plus postage). (Note that for security’s sake, the *identities* or locations of these brothers and sisters is not provided.)

  17. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA — The 7th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 05 to May 28, 2004, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Enroll by full program; course; or, “module” [1 week or more]. Get an Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam & Power Encounter, Learn about Contemporary Issues In Islam, Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts, Ministry in Urban Contexts (with Dr. Robert Douglas!), Ministry to Muslim Women, Church Planting in Muslim Contexts. Study Approaches to Islam, including Theological Approaches, Contextual Approach (with Dr. Phil Parshall!), and more. For more information, write iisataptsdotedu or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or fax (63)(74) 442-7068. Or see the website for more details, including exact dates. http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2004.

  18. CHILDREN’S HOME NEEDING WORKERS — The Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home in Reynosa, Mexico is in need of a married couple without children to live with and love four children in a three bedroom apartment at the home. With the original vision stemming from Keith Green, it was named for his two children who died with him in the airplane crash in 1982. Interested applicants can contact Calvary Commission. Call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800.835-4673 or 903-882-5501 or email missionsatcalvarycommissiondotorg. Or see their site at: http://www.calvarycommission.org

  19. THE MAN FROM GADARA — This book tells the true story of Abdalla, a Muslim student from the historical city of Gadara, where long ago Jesus cast demons into swine. Abdalla finds Jesus and attempts to minister among his own people. But can Abdalla’s new faith survive in this tough environment? Discover how God uses this young man to start planting churches in the heart of the Muslim world. Thrill to the stories of lives that have been transformed by the power of the Gospel. This book offers Christians hope and understanding of how God is planting his church among Muslims. In doing so, he is using people like the Man from Gadara. Special Introductory Offer: $8.00 plus S&H. Paypal or cheque. http://rmuller.com or email: ordersatcanbooksdotcom

20021110 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE MOST POPULAR EMAIL SCAM OF ALL TIME?
  2. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS AND ITS LONG-TERM IMPACT
  3. “INTO ALL THE WORLD” READY FOR SHIPPING TO ALL THE WORLD
  4. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  5. SEEDBED: PROMOTING AND NURTURING INNOVATION IN MISSION
  6. COURSES IN ISLAM
  7. CATCH A VISION FOR TRANSLATION
  8. GLOBAL MISSIONS 2003 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
  9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE MOST POPULAR EMAIL SCAM OF ALL TIME? — Perhaps now the most pervasive email scam of all time, the “Can-I-transfer-a-million-into- your-account?” email campaign continues. It has seemingly gotten the attention of just about everybody, including the Federal Government of Nigeria itself. Check out the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recommendations at: http://nopa.net/Useful_Information/419/cbn.html. Perhaps they say it best: “If it sounds too good to be true then it is [probably] not true.” :-) Search Google for the quote “Nigeria Scam” and you’ll see hundreds and hundreds of pages trying to warn us all. Yet dutifully, the scam artists around the world (certainly not only in Nigeria) continue to pump out the emails, giving Nigeria a bad name along the way. We apologize, on behalf of the whole Internet community, for calling this scam the “Nigeria scam alert”. Please forgive us — Brother Udemba and others who might have been insulted for our “catch- all phrase” of “Nigerian scam alert.” It’s a disservice to all the good people of a wonderful African nation. This is not the first time that someone’s good reputation suffered because of the dirty deeds of an unwholesome few. The Snopes urban legends site has a great list of resources to help put an end to it all. See it at: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/nigeria.htm

  2. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS AND ITS LONG-TERM IMPACT — Short term missions has the potential to change lives, churches and nations. The ServantPrep Seminar was developed by Mission Training International to prepare STM leaders as life-changing team trainers. This 3-day program develops the skills needed to understand the spiritual, personal, relational and cultural challenges and opportunities of STM experience. For more information on this intense, experiential, Scripture-packed seminar, read the article “Train That Team Well” in the current Short- Term Missions Today or contact Ray at <servantprepataoldotcom> or Greg at <commitatjunodotcom> about seminars currently scheduled for Juarez, MX (1/8-12/03); Appleton, WI (2/13-15/03) or Honolulu (3/20-22/03) or to host one for your community. </commitatjunodotcom></servantprepataoldotcom>

  3. “INTO ALL THE WORLD” READY FOR SHIPPING TO ALL THE WORLD — The brand-new, 2003/4 Edition of “Into All the World Magazine” is now available. This issue has a special feature (80 pages out of the 132 page issue) on “Short-Term Missions Today.” (You can go to http://www.aboutmissions.com to see a complete editorial outline of the 28 important articles.) Copies are available for just $2/copy for the first 20 copies ordered, and just $1/copy (plus modest S&H charges) for all copies over twenty. An invoice will be enclosed with your shipment. Request all the copies you can use. Send an e-mail to Bill Berry, Publisher, at <intomorecopiesataoldotcom>. </intomorecopiesataoldotcom>

  4. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries’ new evangelistic paper in the Pulaar language of West Africa is now available in PDF format, as well as free by post. The members of team are seeking additional language helpers and also anyone who might wish to adapt the material into other Fula dialects: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php

  5. SEEDBED: PROMOTING AND NURTURING INNOVATION IN MISSION — Seedbed has been set up to assist missionaries and mission agencies respond effectively to the extraordinary challenges facing Christian mission in our times. Many consider that the time is right to be more proactive in seeking out and encouraging creative new forms of mission that God is raising up across the world, and Seedbed is an attempt to turn this desire into reality. Visit the Seedbed website to find out more: http://www.seedbed.info or contact the Seedbed Coordinator <peteratseedbeddotinfo>. </peteratseedbeddotinfo>

  6. COURSES IN ISLAM — Columbia International University offers courses in Islam for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in a Muslim country, pastors in an area where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work with Muslims: WINTERIM: Church Planting Among Resistant Peoples (Bailey), Jan. 6-17, 2003. SUMMER, 2003: Introduction to Islam (Johnson), July 7-11; Folk Islam (Cashin), July 14-18; Approaches to Islam (Joseph C.), July 21-25; Women in Islam (Maxwell), July 28-Aug. 1. EXTENSION: Introduction to Islam (Larson) and Women in Islam (Stacey) For more information, telephone (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 1-800-777-2227 Ext. 3325 or email <muslimstudiesatciudoteduu>. You can also apply on line http://www.ciu.edu . </muslimstudiesatciudoteduu>

  7. CATCH A VISION FOR TRANSLATION — This spring break, “total” it up in Tucson AZ, March 10-14, at the “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”). This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced SIL translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Cost is $125 per person. Scholarships are available. For more info, write <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>. </wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>

  8. GLOBAL MISSIONS 2003 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE — Global Missions Fellowship (GMF), an evangelical ministry of church planting through saturation evangelism of communities worldwide, is holding its biannual International Conference in the Dallas area January 23-25, 2003. The Conference features speakers like Dr. James Draper, President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. The conference worship times will be led by talented worship leaders, such as the nationally known Chris Machen, with more than two dozen unique workshops grouped into six ministry tracks, so that attendees can adapt their conference experience to their individual ministry needs. The conference will be held at the Harvey Hotel near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Thursday through Saturday, January 23-25, 2003. Registrations are being taken online now at GMF’s website — http://www.gmf.org For more info, visit the site or call toll-free in the US or on Net2Phone, 1-800-5-I-CAN-GO.

  9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a long-term missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. A number of these are being planned across the U.S. with the first being Feb. 28 – March 2 near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email <missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom>. </missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom>

20020825 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM
  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA
  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS?
  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS
  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS
  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Did you know that Brigada Today has a sub-list dedicated to helping mission mobilizers? It’s true. The Brigada Mission Mobilizers E-zine posts a column each week with in-depth information about mobilization, including Q&A forums, reviews of mission resources, and articles on mission mobilization. There is also an optional weekly Newsbrief with world news from the perspective of missionaries. The Mission Mobilizers E- Zine is designed to compliment Brigada Today and does not duplicate content already sent out over Brigada Today. Subscribership to the Mission Mobilizers E-Zine has grown over the last seven years to over 2,200. If you are interested in subscribing, please fill out the application form at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/application.html .

  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM — The International Institute for Communication Excellence in Oxford, England is accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice to commence in April 2003. The program is designed for Christians working professionally in the media as journalists, communication officers in churches, NGO’s or mission agencies and practitioners in the Christian media. Organizers say the course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop skills as a media practitioner, engage with the latest scholarship in communication studies and reflect theologically on media practice. The course can be taken full or part time and there are plans to offer it overseas. It is validated by the University of Wales. For a brochure simply write Dave <dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk> or check the Institute website at http://www.iice.org . </dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk>

  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA — By Hope Flinchbaugh, this is a novel about a young woman’s faith in the face of persecution. It is reportedly a powerful tool that can be used to mobilize prayer and workers on behalf of the church in China. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order, write <csatbethanyhousedotcom> or call 1-800-328-6109 toll-free or via net2phone or Fax 866-220-8376 / 952- 829-2503. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS? — Try Powermarks (free to try, $25 to keep). A bookmark manager, it stores them as a list, which sounds bad at first… but in practice, the search engine helps you find bookmarks (needle in a haystack style) *quickly*. It lets you assign key words to each bookmark — and also assigns some of its own based on the webpage itself. Check it out at http://www.kaylon.com . So far, I’ll have to admit — I love it! (Nothing in it for me, by the way. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — A new international online publication, Sacred Tribes Journal, represents a fresh approach by Christian scholars and thinkers reaching out to groups society and the media label “cults.” Sacred Tribes will explore outreach to a variety of new religious movements and will feature a blending of the insights found from the best of academic scholarship and missiology, a blend often found in current missiological research, but often missing from traditional “counter-cult” perspectives. Sacred Tribes may be accessed with no subscription costs at http://www.sacredtribes.com or by emailing <moreheadatquiknetdotcom>. </moreheadatquiknetdotcom>

  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Asia Committee for the International Sports Coalition is hosting “The Asian Church and Sports in Kingdom Building” conference in Hong Kong from November 3-9, 2002. Look for plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations on all facets of sports and recreation as an outreach and discipleship. Readers from Asia can contact Johnny <johnnyyiuathknetdotcom> . Others can contact Church Sports International <roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg> . Web site information available at http://www.ymca.org.hk/asc2002.htm . </roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg></johnnyyiuathknetdotcom>

  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS — Learn how to develop indigenous Christian songs at CIT in N. Carolina (Nov. 11-15). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Dr. Neil Coulter, ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS — The free memory tool “Wordfast” from http://www.champollion.net integrates into Microsoft Word and helps in translating repeating blocks of text. RWS Tools from http://www.translate.com also combines with Wordfast and Word to give html help. (Thanks to Tony, who first saw this in World Christian News newsletter, http://www.dci.org.uk/main/findout.htm )

20020512 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG
  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE!
  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA
  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES
  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE
  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING
  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR
  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING
  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG — Getting started as a church planter? Want to gain more insight in your existing church planting efforts? Trent and Vivian Rowland are seven years into leading a church planting team in Asia. In this handbook they articulate their experiences to help guide and inspire teams. Some items covered include: Basic requirements and practices of a team leader, screening and assessing candidates, preparing new team members, research, networking and strategies, articulating ministry philosophy, setting goals for initial years, and implications for mobilizing new workers. I’ve got to tell you, as I sat down and started paging through my review copy, I began seeing all *kinds* of extra training possibilities for the mission with which I personally work. I’m convinced that we will expand and *improve* our church-planter training program as a result of the changes we incorporate from the Rowlands’ work in this book. I’m thankful to them … and to Caleb Project… for unselfishly making these many tools available to our entire global family. This is a new release (Dec. 2001) and it’s available for $19 for a limited time only at http://www.calebproject.org/books.htm . My encouragement: Get it. You’ll be glad you did. (And in case you’re wondering… there’s no commission coming my way. :-) My only hopeful outcome is that we all do this job more effectively. I’m persuaded that if we followed this book, it would happen.)

  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE! — Here’s a new video adventure for kids 5- 11 years of age. KC, a talking suitcase, is not your average talking suitcase. He’s a seam-stretching, adventure-seeking, live-by-the-seat- of-his rollers world traveler. In this video, he visits the Quechua people of Peru with this digital friend Lynnk. For $10.95 you can jump on board. Order it from Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally) for ordering information. </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA — DramaShare Christian Drama Resources has released their new manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity”, the use of non-verbal drama in missions and outreach, (internationally and locally). This comprehensive program teaches the “how-to’s” of ministering through drama, and also teaches how to pass on your skills to others in the mission field church or group, (a “teaching them to fish” philosophy). Those in the program receive an annual membership in DramaShare, giving them full and free access to over 600 scripts, many of which are non-verbal drama, written for this program. For full details, click on over to http://www.dramashare.org/3c.html or write <contactusatdramasharedotorg> In North America phone toll-free 1-800-DO-DRAMA (363-7262) or Fax (Canada) 306-653-0653. And as the authors say, “May God bless your ministry, dramatically!” </contactusatdramasharedotorg>

  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES — Here’s a great book by June Hathersmith, complete with sound affects on CD, taking you to 26 different peoples without God’s word. Get it for $9.95 (the book and CD combined). To order, or for more information, contact Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally). </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE — Crown College recently launched an online Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies in the Fall 2002, at http://www.crownonline.org . The College is regionally accredited with North Central Accreditation (N.C.A.) and also accredited with Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (A.A.B.C.). Crown is also a full member of Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (C.C.C.U.). Crown has been providing missionary training since 1916. The first course for this degree program begins August 18, 2002.

  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING — You have about three weeks left to register for the “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” course taught in the graduate extension program of Columbia Biblical Seminary June 10-14. Dr. Michael Pocock will be on the campus of Toccoa Falls College (90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, GA) for those dates to lead this examination of the major issues that will directly impact how we do missions for decades to come. To register for credit or to audit the course write <gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>. You are welcome to examine the course syllabus online at: http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/two_year_projected_schedule.htm </gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>

  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR — Have you felt the need for training on how to help the poor? Dr. Russell Mask of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development will begin a 6-week module on Christian Microenterprise Development in the Two-Thirds World in August. This course is taught via e-mail. Application deadline is June 14, 2002. For details see the Chalmers Center’s website: http://www.Chalmers.org or email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706-419-1805 in the USA or via Net2phone. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term/summer missions trips through a specially designed “People Raising” support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING” — My apologies to those who were offended by our incorporation of the ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life in last issue’s “Back Page” editorial. Some felt that by saying that my 12-year-old “came up” with the items, I was implying that he composed them himself. I was careful not to actually say that… because he had indeed actually gleaned them from a site he often reads on the web. But as far as I recalled, it was the first time I had seen them myself. And the truth is, after he showed them to me, I did a search at Google.com, prior to including them, in hopes of finding the original source. I only found about 20 copies on the web, and in my cursory search, I saw no one purporting to be the original author. Still, I should have made it clear that he “came up with them” by finding them on a website. Either way, today I rec’d a note from “Chris” pointing me to the page, http://members.kconline.com/kerr/mk.htm) which highlights Andrew and Deborah Kerr’s book, “You Know You’re an MK When…” (Thanks Chris!) Yikes! I had no idea there was even a book about it! As I’ve said before, I’ll try harder to make sure we search for primary sources on everything… and may I just continue to ask your indulgence to let us know when we miss something. Whenever we do, you also have my honest word that we’ll print this kind of apology in the very next edition. I’ll also be more careful not to fall into the trap of saying something that isn’t original… or even allowing you to draw that conclusion — then not telling you that it isn’t original. The burden for the truth is of primary importance in each of our Christian lives. Honestly, I have no false visions of grandeur about convincing you that my kids are child prodigies (although I confess that, at times, I do appreciate their humor a lot :-). Bottom line… again… my apologies if I was at all out of line and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thanks.
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