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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.

20010520 Brigada Today

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QUESTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’ ELICITS WIDE-RANGING RESPONSE

Brigada autoresponder Just as the seasons change from winter & spring to summer & fall, so flowed the wide-ranging responses to the recent Backpage editorial, “SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?” You’ll recall that in my original editorial, I observed that there seemed to be a kind of “lull” going on out there — at least in some circles — when it comes to large-scale missions mobilization. By and large, it seemed that many agreed. What was notable was the rationale behind the silence. (There were a ton of responses. To read a compilation, send a blank email message to: silent-springatbrigadadotorg  (silent-springatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy of the 38K compilation will be automatically sent to your email inbox immediately.

In her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson effectively raised the national consciousness on all things regarding pesticides, ultimately forcing the government to ban DDT and spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. In addition, Carson’s book was instrumental in launching the “environmental movement.” According to many observers, it is one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Unfortunately, the little item in Brigada Today won’t end up making such a big impact. :-) That’s a shame. First of all, it’s a shame because instead of dying birds, we’ve got eternally lost civilizations. Second, it’s a pity because it seemed we had such momentum going (95-99)! And third, it’s a shame because Rachel Carson became such a famous hero. By contrast, whoever heard of Doug Lucas? :-)

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THEORY 1: MAYBE THERE’S NOISE, BUT WE CAN’T HEAR IT

In this camp were the “it’s-becoming-international” crowd. These folks theorize that the reason it seems so “quiet” is because the mobilization is no longer USA-based — or perhaps because of security issues. Mark (Cleveland, OH) pointed to websites like http://www.jesusfilm.org as proof that world evangelism is actually happening! Another friend in Eastern Europe wrote, “…I can’t tell you how exciting things are here! Not only that thousands are turning to Christ (though they are), but also seeing people from former communist countries dedicating themselves to serving cross-culturally. There’s a big pool of potential missionaries right here in Europe. How neat to see God’s hand at work!” A long-time friend (and former employee of AD2000!) wrote, “…Maybe things are silent because many people went to work among Unreached People Groups and aren’t so interested in loud mobilization efforts. That’s me. Maybe they are working in restricted access countries and don’t want to make loud noises less the authorities notice. …”

I’ll admit that I see some anecdotal evidence of this, now and then, but I’ll hasten to add that, in my travels so far, it seems this non-Western-based mission effort is, at best, “uneven,” in that there are still vast uncharted territories where no one is venturing to set up shop. And dare I say that it seems to mostly be happening in partnership with Western projects rather than totally in isolation of them. Do you agree? If this is the case, the implications are far-reaching. For… (and I know it’ll sound colonial and patronizing, so I’ll only mention the possibility) if we back off, then could it be that we’ll lose whatever ground we’ve gained in helping mission-receiving churches to become mission-senders?

The other side of this theory comes from the “now-it’s-a-grass-roots-affair” believers. These folks argued that the current situation is actually healthier, because instead of having to follow a vocal, motivational leader (like… maybe… Luis Bush???), churches and agencies (Western and non-Western) have caught the vision and they’re functioning in and near unreached peoples with high security — so no wonder I wouldn’t be hearing about it. Okay. Maybe. But in my limited experience, we hear feedback on the field side quite easily, even if we’re not hearing much on the sender-side of things. And on the field side, I must say, I don’t think I’m seeing throngs of new career-oriented cross-cultural witnesses. Lots of short-termers, maybe… in fact hordes of short-termers, in some cases. But, in some areas, I have to wonder who will become the five-year-folks — or better yet — the fifteen year folks — that we so desperately need.

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THEORY 2: MAYBE THE MAGIC MOMENT HAS PASSED

These folks mostly sounded rather like realists. They basically “called a spade a spade.” Having heard lots of “noise” in the latter decade, they’re now wondering what’s become of it all. To these folks — and there were several — the huge groundswell of new full-time workers never really materialized. In its place are the short-term visitors who never really fully integrate. So long-term church-planting and leadership training, at least among the least reached, will suffer. “Jeff” wrote, “Three college grads who caught my missions obsession in 1995-2000 are now raising support and going [to work among unreached peoples]. But I notice that I am not mobilizing new folks as quickly. I have noticed an increased concern and sense of fear that missions is intolerant and destroys native cultures (typical mantra).” Rats. And lest we pat ourselves on the back too much about short-terms, another wrote, “We have had a summer intern program since 1989. For only the second summer, we will not have any this summer.” Yikes. Has the “magic moment” passed?

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THEORY 3: MAYBE THE BEST IS YET TO COME

There were at least a couple of starry-eyed optimists who felt (at least said) that we now stand on the brink of what could turn out to be the greatest decade of missions of all time. These observers point to the perspectives classes (with enrollment at new highs, I might add), the tons of short-termers (already mentioned), international participation (mentioned above), and patient seed-sowing among mission-sending churches. Bit-by-bit, they build a strong case for believing in the tomorrow of world missions. As an example to this group, Dennis (Portland, OR USA) writes, “Perhaps we’ve been motivated enough for a period of time and need to apply some of the theory for a while and then move to the next level where we will need more education/motivation/whatever. I think that we know all we need to know to do what God wants us to do at this time for our particular church anyway. I don’t know how much impact our congregation will have on fulfilling the Great Commission but we seem to be starting to understand that we do have a part.” And Tom wrote from Houston, TX, “I wonder if we are in a sort of “pregnant pause” right now. Perhaps God is on the verge of initiating something new that will demonstrate His power and grace to a waiting world. He did say that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Oh, that it would happen in our cities, in our nation and in the nations of the world. Perhaps this is just a time for some of us to catch our breath before the next big wave.” One very encouraging Brigada participant described the ongoing (rather amazing) mobilization in his congregation, then closed by adding this… “Here’s to a veritable flood of emails like this one, that will encourage your heart, and help you to see that we are ringed about with mighty warriors of God who are standing all around us, and joining with us in the battle that not only rages on, but has already been won. This is not a silent spring at all! All around me I hear the roar of battle, and the praises of newly-born children of God!”
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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Do you have access to the web… or do you know someone who would assist you? If so, head on over to our Brigada-Today poll at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/polls. Mark one of the choices and let’s see what the 10,000 or so Brigada-Today audience believes? The poll closes June 9th (two weeks). More on this possible phenomenon later…
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HARVEST TIME FOR JAPAN?

Harvest Fields Ministries has begun a campaign to recruit 200 church planters for Japan and 50 for the island nation of Taiwan. Harvest Fields is also looking for an Area Director for each country. Contact mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or write: Harvest Fields Ministries, PMB 170, 610-A E. Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807 USA. Meanwhile, Team Expansion is praying God will raise up workers for Tokyo in particular. If you’re interested, write to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   and/or visit the Team Expansion website at: http://www.teamexpansion.org Prospective recruits can begin with the summer in Tokyo during 2002, at which time they’ll help with church growth research and outreach.
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CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) is accepting paper proposals for the 2002 annual conference Feb. 21-23 in Louisville, KY at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The conference theme is “Refining Responses to New and World Religions in the 21st Century.” Proposals should address issues relevant to cults of Christianity, new religious movements and world religions. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to issues of missiological importance. Papers demonstrating up-to-date research, familiarity with and use of primary sources, the integration of history, theology, the social sciences and strategies from a soundly evangelical missiological perspective will be given primary consideration. Proposals shall include an abstract of not less than 250 words and must be postmarked by September 30. Please send all proposals to John Morehead at Watchman Fellowship, P.O. Box 227, Loomis, CA 95650-0227, or via e-mail at moreheadatquiknetdotcom  (moreheadatquiknetdotcom)  . For more information about EMNR visit http://www.emnr.org.
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NEW IDEAS FOR BIBLE TRANSLATORS

Bible Here’s a resource (Thanks Keith!) which may help Bible translators. It’s The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals The Hebrew Source Of English, by Isaac E. Mozeson, 2000. According to the author, Hebrew may be the source and key for all languages. Those outside of American need to put .us on the web addresses and email, after .com. http://www.hebrewworld.com/theword.html http://www.amazon.com for reviews http://www.swrc.com for past audio broadcast and book; http://www.cftinet.com/~mordecai for author’s web site, and email, mozesonatyahoodotcom  (mozesonatyahoodotcom)  .
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TRANSPLANTED AND CONTEXTUALIZED CHURCHES

The article “Transplanted and Contextualized Churches” is the subject for this Monthly Missiological Reflection by Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen. This is a timely topic because many missions churches, like banana plants in a cold climate, are unable to reproduce and need special care just to survive. You can read this article at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/mmr17.htm You can subscribe to future Missiological Reflections at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/subscribe.asp.
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CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK ON “MISSIONPREP”

lighting the way Well, I had heard that “dot com” companies were dropping like flies, but this is ridiculous. Earlier, “CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING IN TORONTO THROUGH MISSIONPREP“, we neglected the “dot com” in the URL! The proper address should be: http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep/ Please pardon us for any inconvenience! (Thanks for catching it Chris!)
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PRAY ‘ROUND AFRICA

praying hands Have you heard about 2001PRAY? Time to get involved. Check out their website www.2001PRAY.org. According to one researcher, this is one of the biggest prayer efforts for Africa in the 20+years out here. (Thanks Larry!)
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YAHOO TO OFFER PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS – THEN MAYBE NOT

WebWatch If you’re a regular participant in a YahooGroup (formerly eGroups) then maybe you’ve caught wind of the rumor that the service’s management recently decided to offer pornographic materials in a larger, more visible “company-sponsored” way. (To see the original release, have a look at: http://foxnews.com/story/0,2933,5537,00.html ) However, after receiving numerous complaints from customers after revelations that the company had already been peddling x-rated materials anyway, Yahoo announced about a week later that it will no longer be selling pornographic videos period. “We consistently strive to act responsibly and constantly evaluate our policies based on what our users tell us,” said Yahoo president and chief operating officer Jeff Mallet. He added that the company will no longer sell banner ads to the pornography industry. (Source: CNSNews.com — thanks for the tip, Kirk!) Want an alternative to the whole situation? Try out StrategicNetwork.org’s new email conferencing software at: www.strategicnetwork.org It’s free . . . and becoming more powerful all the time. And what’s more, it’s run by Christians for global Christian purposes. So you know the management… (or at least we here at Brigada Today do!). Will Brigada Today switch over? Well… it’s always a possibility… but for now, we’re thrilled that YahooGroups took a stand. So… for the time being, we intend to ride the wave of good will following a decision for the good!
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SATELITE EMAIL FROM ANYWHERE (ALMOST)

letter and ligntening bolt Want to e-mail without phone service? For $3500 (plus shipping) you can purchase one of VITA’s four remaining Portable Ground Stations http://www.vita.org/leo/pgs.htm to tie your laptop into one of two low earth orbit satellites for an email-to-Internet connection at 9600 baud @ ~50 KB transfer per day, and no phone connection needed. Toward the end of the summer a new version of the ground station will be available in quantity, but the price has not yet been set. Watch for more info then. As a beta service, right now there’s no usage fee, but VITA expects an annual charge of $500 when the system is complete. See http://www.vita.org/leo/vitasat-online.htm or email Gary Garriott garygatvitadotorg  (garygatvitadotorg)   for more information.
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NEW PEOPLE RAISING RELEASE: SHORT TERM/SUMMER SUPPORT MANUAL

book 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 or e-mail Mr. Dillon billatpeopleraisingdotcom  (billatpeopleraisingdotcom)  .
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EARN YOUR MA WHILE MAINTAINING YOUR PRESENT MINISTRY

graduation cap Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri http://www.covenantseminary.edu has recently announced that they have been approved to offer their MA (Theological Studies) degree through their Extension studies program. The MA includes 1:1 tutoring (by phone or email), internet-based discussion groups, and three one-week residencies in St. Louis. For more information send an email to admissionsatcovenantseminarydotedu  (admissionsatcovenantseminarydotedu)   or call 314-434-4044 (800-264-8064 if you are in the States.)
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FREE LISTING OF DEVOTIONAL BOOKS FOR MISSIONARIES

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Paul michalikattexasdotnet  (michalikattexasdotnet)   for keeping his word. He’s assembled a great little listing of devotional books and links for missionaries as a result of the item in the March 23rd Brigada Today. Get your free copy by sending a blank email to devotional-booksatbrigadadotorg  (devotional-booksatbrigadadotorg)  . Way to go Paul!
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO OFFER “BRIGADA SPECIAL”

graduation cap Columbia International University (home of Columbia Bible College and Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions) is offering a “Brigada Special” for Brigada Today subscribers between April 16th and June 30, 2001 on its extension courses and materials. Columbia Extension has received numerous awards for their more than 60 undergraduate and graduate courses in Bible, Missions, Theology, Church History and more. You will receive 20% OFF on Study Guides and Tapes PLUS the year round Missionary Discount of 10% OFF Tuition with a credit enrollment. One of the caring faculty assistants (of pastors, missionaries, etc) will be assigned to mentor you through the course. You can check it out and even enroll online at http://www.ciuextension.com. Remember to use the special Brigada Promotion Code: 589-BR8MZ when ordering. If you prefer, you can call there friendly staff at 800-777-2227 extension 3710 in the US or 803-754-4100 from outside the US or e-mail them at extoffatciudotedu  (extoffatciudotedu)  . Thanks Columbia! We appreciate you!!!
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WHY MUSLIMS CHOOSE JESUS

Here’s a survey of Muslim-background believers gives the Christian community an opportunity to hear what fellow Christ-followers found attractive in Christ-centered faith. Key article from Mission Frontiers. (Thanks for raising it to our attention Tony!) http://www.missionfrontiers.org/2001/01/muslim.htm
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MOTIVATING COMFORT-MINDED ADULTS FOR MISSIONS

Joseph labtoesatjunodotcom  (labtoesatjunodotcom)   is looking for recommendations on an adult Sunday School curriculum that is very introductory, motivating, on God’s heart for the world. He’s searching for something inspiring, with visionary stories on what God is doing around the world — and something that doesn’t require extensive research and pulling together of materials for the teacher. What do you recommend? Write Joseph for ideas . . . and we’ll ask him to assemble a report for a future autoresponder here in Brigada Today. Thanks!
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DEAF MINISTRY RESOURCE LIST UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Ken kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)   for substantially updating the deafministry file on the Brigada autoresponder server. To get your free copy — about 20K — just send a note to this address: deafministryatbrigadadotorg  (deafministryatbrigadadotorg)  
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BE A DISCIPLE

Youth With A Mission (Lebanon, PA. USA) is offering a Crossroads Discipleship Training School, October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002 with an eight-week outreach immediately following. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,595.00 USD per person plus a $35.00 USD per person registration fee, while the Outreach adds on approximately $2,000.00 USD more. For more information contact call 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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BIBLES IN 140 LANGUAGES

Bible “Bibles in Your Language” is a new site that makes it easy to find online, print, or audio Bibles in 140 languages. It’s produced by Ethnic Harvest, on the web at: http://www.ethnicharvest.org/bibles/. If you know of additional foreign language Bibles available in the USA, please write Barb at barbatethnicharvestdotorg  (barbatethnicharvestdotorg)   so she can add them to the site.
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FREE NETWORKING SITE: “MISSIONARIES FOR THE LORD”

WebWatch Check out the new “Missionaries for the Lord” portal for missions and missionaries. It’s organizers are seeking missionaries and organizations to link up completely free of charge. They need writers, researchers, and other volunteer staff since they’re hoping to provide information on locations, religions and beliefs around the world, articles on how to get started, fundraising ideas, etc. as well as book reviews, organizations links, and missionaries listings. They already have a message board area, a newsletter, and a chatroom. For more information, write Trisha trishaatmftldotnet  (trishaatmftldotnet)  .
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DRAMATISTS NEEDED

theater mask “Spread The Word Dinner Theatre” (Wycliffe Bible Translators) needs acting enthusiasts to travel the Western USA to take part in a Colombian drama with Colombian food (Hispanic actors encouraged to apply). Its organizers need technicians, a stage manager, a restaurant/house manager and a kitchen manager, too. Room and board are provided plus a small honorarium per showing. The fall tour runs September-November and the Spring Tour is February-May. Call Mark 800-269-2007 in the USA or via net2phone or write mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg)   for details.
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

graduation cap Youth With A Mission, (Lebanon, PA, USA) is offering a TESOL course September 24, 2001 to October 19, 2001. This intensive and highly academic course qualifies the graduate to teach English as a second language nearly anywhere in the world. For more information, call 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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