Buddhist

5) How to Share One’s Faith with a Buddhist? —

Those that have gone through “Bridges” know how it can help one learn to share one’s faith with a Muslim, but  — is there a “bridges” for Buddhism? A friend of mine is asking where are the resources for learning to share with them? If you have a tip or a resource, please use the Comment box associated with the web version of this item to fill us all in! Thanks in advance for any leads.

SIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES MAY 19-30, 2008

If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 2 one week intensive courses at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, May 19-30, 2008. Course #1-May 19-23 Dr. David Lim “Church Planting in the Buddhist World” Course #2-May 26-30 Dr. Paul DeNeui “Missiology in the Buddhist World”. Request an application form from APIBS at gmc(at)

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

20071007 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA
  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE
  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE
  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED
  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS?
  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE
  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES
  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN
  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA — At least one worker there believes that “a major breakthrough is in the offing in the next year or so.” At the same time, he grants that “there are going to be believers suffering to the point of shedding blood at some point in the near-ish future, and some of them might even be westerners.” If this happens, pray that their blood will be the seed of both new and stronger growth in this region where the percentage of adherents to Chr1st is regularly less than 0.3%. Pray that our brother there would remain humble when the harvest comes in. Pray that all glory would go to the Lord of the universe.

  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE — Here’s a free software package available to help missionaries manage communication with their donor base. Features include contact management, budget goals, contribution analysis, and advanced reporting. Download your free copy today at

    http://www.sunergeosystems.com/product_info.php


  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE — This year’s Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., will open with a pre-conference on “Empowering the Indigenous Church,” Nov.8. Steve Saint will begin the discussion during the pre-conference. The main conference will continue this dialogue through workshops and more speakers. Last year’s focus on holistic mission stirred discussion around the role of the broader Christian community in raising up disciples, equipping them, and then disengaging. More fruitful discussion time is planned this year as conference presenters and participants take a look at indigenous churches and the way cross-cultural outreach efforts impact them.

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/


  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED — It’s an ever- growing problem. Thanks to Brigada participant, Dave, who asked this past week, is it still safe — even with our typical “@ to ‘at'” approach. As a result of his questions, we did some reading. Like… at this site:

    http://nadeausoftware.com

    We went to this article: (paste this line after the above line)

    /articles/2007/05/effective_methods_protect_email_addresses_spammers

    As you can see, there are very few safe options these days. As a result of this study, we’re changing our approach effective *immediately*. From this edition onward, we’ll start placing email addresses, when they’re necessary, on separate lines. Web-posted information continues to be a better bet. Thanks for your patience as we wrestle with spam. Sometimes, the actions of a few ruin the fun for all. :-(


  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the Perspectives Reader. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Buy before the end of October and receive an additional $2.00 OFF. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada1007” in your shopping cart purchase at

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info@

    AsteroideaBooks.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble them on one line.]


  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS? — That’s what Brigada Brigade commenter, John, would like to know. See his question at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31#comments

    And, if you know the answer, respond to him in the next comment please.


  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — “Screams in the Desert” is an invitation to participate in one woman’s cross-cultural journey and the lessons she learns along the way. Sue Eenigenburg’s poignant and humorous accounts of life overseas provide insight into issues that many women encounter in the mission field. Join Sue for trips to the zoo, bouts of illness, landmine fields, miscommunications, and other everyday experiences of life in a foreign country. Providing women with examples to learn by, scripture to meditate on, and space to write about personal experiences, Screams in the Desert offers hope and humor to women working cross-culturally.

    During this prepublication offer from William Carey Library, the books are $8.00 individually and $6.00 per 100 books. After November 1, regular prices will be in effect.

    You can order the books through Send the Light at their website. Click on new titles and then pre-publication sales to find the book:

    http://www.missionbooks.org/


  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE — An interdisciplinary multi-denominational group is now forming to develop best practices in short-term healthcare mission work. They welcome input from those who send and receive healthcare and medical short-term missionaries. Their goal is to create a set of Best Practices (Goals and Recommendations) which are Biblically guided, evidence based, consistent with ethical standards and common-sense experience. For more info, e- mail Peter Yorgin at

    pyorgin@

    yahoo.com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. With ministry responsibilities, and all that keeps you constantly moving, it is difficult to have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in. Writer’s Edge 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. Contact them now for 25% off your first letter! Ph: (760) 300-3690. Visit:

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com


  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please send for more information to Karen@

    here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN — That’s what you do every time you give $50… or $500 … or $15. Just click on “Donate” .

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE — Have you ever noticed that, in general, we like the familiar? I thought about that this past week when the online music service, “Urge” did an ‘Urge-merge’ with the online service, Rhapsody. Urge was kind of “built-in” to Windows Vista. It was easy — just ‘turn it on.’ Suddenly, a million titles were yours for the clicking. I play keyboard for our church worship team… so I went for it. It was awesome. They’d give me a list of songs and I’d come home to see if Urge had them. The folks at Urge always did. Until this past weekend. An email had informed me earlier that Urge and Rhapsody were “teaming up.” (Smelled like a buy-out to me, though.) But this past weekend, the hammer dropped. Urge closed. I was being force-fed into Rhapsody’s subscriber list. I called customer support and was suddenly talking to “Bob” in India. (Have you ever met an Asian Indian with a name like “Bob”?) I promptly cancelled the account, partly because of principle. I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t give me a choice. But there was another factor: Rhapsody just didn’t work as well. The Urge plug-in was a 7 meg add-on to Windows Media Player. By contrast, Rhapsody’s software wanted to add over 50 megs to my already crowded hard drive. I balked. Instead of the urge to merge, I felt the balk to walk.

    Which brings me to my point. When we can see that change is on the horizon, here’s Doug’s top-seven ways to soften the blow. Try them out on your next big shift and see what happens.

    *** 1 – If there are ‘victims’ of the change, give them whatever choices you can. Let them be part of the decision. Don’t force them into Rhapsody.

    *** 2 – Explain the true reason behind the change. “Rhapsody has paid us well for this buyout. You’ll profit too. Here’s why.”

    *** 3 – Be personal. Don’t keep your ‘victims’ at arm’s length. “We know this is not going to be easy. That’s why we’ve set up a help line in case you have questions.”

    *** 4 – Try to list tangible benefits of the change. Rhapsody might have argued, “We know you’ll lose hard drive space, but you’ll gain features. Here are 10 things you can do with the new software that you couldn’t do with the old.”

    *** 5 – If possible, *ease* them through the change. For example, Urge might have explained, “Stay with Rhapsody for 3 months before you have to pay a cent. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you can always quite later.”

    *** 6 – Ask several different spokespeople to communicate the change. It would have helped to have heard from the president of Urge. “The reason we’re shutting service down is…”. The top-dog at Rhapsody could have chimed in too.

    *** 7 – Realize that your constituency is always one touch away from disenfranchisement. I liked Urge. I bragged about it. But when it closed, I bolted. I didn’t just blindly follow the crowd to the next big thing. Online music services became a commodity item to me, because I no longer had any owner loyalty. Urge, if they wanted to keep me, probably needed to do a bit more homework.

    What would help *you* in the midst of change? How could *your* employer, agency or church make it easier for you when something has to transition? Got an opinion? Write a comment below. Get it off your chest. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=43

    Click on “Comment” below the post and fill us in on your ideas.

20061105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS
  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA
  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING
  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER
  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE
  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY
  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS — Bible.org

    http://www.bible.org

    is the home with over 3000 bible study articles, where you can download the NETBible with its over 60,000 footnotes. They’ve just announced the NeXtBible, a web based bible study tool set at

    http://www.nextbible.org

    These tools allow one to search the NET Bible and search dictionaries, view theGreek and Hebrew and see the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Cross-References for each verse. You can compare the NET Bible with other modern translations in “verse view”. They are working to provide access to these tools for free to any Christian web site. If you are interested email Brigada(at)bible(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA — Thanks to Bob, of the IMB, who tipped us off that we can carry a PDA version of the Garrison’s Church Planting Movements Booklet, as well as some additional missions resources, at

    http://www.newwway.org/cafe.htm

    Both the PDF and a Word doc version of the CPM Booklet are available here:

    http://www.newwway.org/cpm/Book.htm

    (Thanks Bob!)


  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff tailors each course to your learning needs in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Visit them at their Urbana booth (1203) if you are at the Urbana Conference. They’re now forming classes for their 16-week Spring course (Jan. 22- May 11). Browse to

    http://www.strategiclanguages.org

    or call US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. 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 .]


  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two-week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2007. April 2-13: “Models of Hope for Church Planting in Buddhist Context”- April 16-27: “Communicating Christ in Folk Buddhist Cultures” April 30-May 11: “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”- May 13-24: “Missiology in the Buddhist World” Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request an application form from Alan by emailing alan(dot)johnson(at)agmd(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST — The first School Of Relief & Development (SWORD) will run in Jordan and Dubai in March 2008. A 2-year Field Assignment will follow, which will be spearheaded by the Olympic Outreach in Beijing July 2008. Teams will then disperse back to the Middle East and into their respective target countries. A team will remain in China. Would you be interested in this? For more info, browse to

    http://www.streams.mysite or email

    streams7(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. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER — PTAP needs a graphics designer who will help put together prayer materials (booklet, brochure, etc) for a third year of Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP). Since first starting, this imitative has seen churches planted in the five additional countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Just send a church reference and something indicating your training/experience in the field to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If you’d like to receive a weekly update highlighting similar PTAP needs, send a blank email to PTAP-requestatlistsdoteverybodydotorg with the subject “subscribe”.

  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE — This people of central and eastern Namibia (in Africa) have all the right answers, but no relationship. In Otjomeburndja lives H. H. is a traditional Herero, dressed in a traditional, Victorian-style dress. She is also the typical example of empty Christianized tradition. She even has an “original, Martin Luther Bible.” She knows all the right answers, but sadly she can never remember a time when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As the Herero translator says, “she knows the right answers, but like most Herero, she does not express having a relationship with Jesus.” Like many, she sees no need for Jesus, because she feels she is a Christian. Pray for H. Pray for the Herero people, an unreached people. Pray that workers will be led to the Herero homeland to share the Good News with these people. Pray for God to continue building prayer support for the Herero people. To adopt the Herero people for prayer for more information, please visit the website

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or email us at forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(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. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Don’t tell people what to do, help them to think better! Servant leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. “Coaching skills are essential. The 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program is the first of its kind. This professional program is for leaders who wish to gain coaching skills and take on a part-time or full-time coaching role in their ministry. The next course will be held in Singapore Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2007. For details go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

    or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(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. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE — Thanks to the anonymous user from Centennial, CO who gave $50 to help launch Brigada into a new week! And thanks to the other anonymous user from the UAE who gave $100! We appreciate you!

  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY — Want to get on board and pass some fuel for the missions fire at Brigada? (We’d be eternally grateful!) 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. (Nobody has ever put Brigada in their will to date, as far as we know. But we keep saying that because we think it would be cool if it ever happened. After all, you’ll be gone anyway. Will anyone notice getting 1% less of your estate if you prescribe that 1% to go to Brigada? :-) )

  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY — Have you visited

    http://www.wikipedia.org

    yet? If not, I bet you will soon. Billing itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” wikipedia.org is only one of hundreds of new wiki applications springing up around the web. In all cases, the focus is simple. “Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian. It’s basically just a website that enables users to easily edit and update shared content. Well the whole process got a lot more interested just a couple of weeks ago when Google purchased wiki software maker “JotSpot.” What’s more, Microsoft is incorporating wiki-like features in Office 2007, and IBM is building a similar wiki product in a feature they’re preparing for 2007.

    So why are they so popular? They promote transparency in both reading and authoring. In addition, users get to pitch in together – and the outcome is something the whole organization can then enjoy.

    So how will wikis affect you and your mission or church? How ’bout setting up a wiki to explain your organization’s protocols? Or ask your training guys to start a wiki on “getting from here to there.” Maybe you could do a wiki on a major training component… like … learning a particular language or cross-cultural principles. You *might* even find a wiki that already exists… and maybe you could use it right out of the box!

    Either way, it’s a concept that’s here to stay. Check out some of the “free” software to run a wiki on your own web server. Examine:

    http://www.mediawiki.org

    http://www.twiki.org

    http://www.tikiwiki.org

    There are commercial products too… but why not check these free ones first, to find out if they’ll do the job.

    Next thing you know, we’ll be promoting dozens of wikis right here in Brigada! :-)

20060806 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE
  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK
  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA
  4. GLOBAL PASSION
  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS”
  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO
  7. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP
  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE
  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE — Global Mapping International’s newest resource, the CD-ROM edition of Paul Hattaway’s PEOPLES OF THE BUDDHIST WORLD, is packed with 238 people profiles, hundreds of beautiful color photos and *38 brand-new custom maps* which can also be used in personalized documents and ministry presentations! Text is hyperlinked to maps, tables and is fully- searchable in both Windows and Mac. Informative, easy to use and a visual treat, it will bless concerned Christians, missionaries, mission agencies working among Buddhists and ultimately Buddhist peoples themselves. Priced at US$24.95; quantity discounts are available. For more information about this resource and to order visit

    http://www.gmi.org/buddhist

    Now the cool thing is — I got to see s sneak-peak of one of these in advance and, I’ll have to admit, bar none… this might be the single best mobilization piece for evangelizing the Buddhist world in the history of the planet.

    Note: GMI had talked about trying to give $5 to Brigada for every order received during the 10 days following release of this item. However, their original deadline for this program (Sept. 2), is already passed, due to the fact that there were other items in the queue in front of them. No worries. It’s still a great resource so please order it anyway, for the sake of the Buddhist world! :-) (However, just in case, please type “Brigada” in the Comments box on the online checkout form. :-) ) Questions? Write to info(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK — I figured I’d hear back from some friends. Remember the item, “THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK” (July 21st edition)? Thanks to all the lay people *and* the professionals who replied. The latter group included the lead researcher from JoshuaProject.net (Dan Scribner), the editor of Momentum Magazine (Justin Long), and even the author himself of Operation World and “The Church is Bigger than you Think” (Patrick Johnstone). (Can you believe these guys make time to read Brigada? I should send them ice cream cakes from their local Dairy Queens.) Anyway, the bottom line was — they showed convincing proof that the church has grown and is growing by leaps and bounds and that it would *not* be accurate to state, as the article in question had stated, that “3 out of 4 people have not heard the Gospel.” Some of our researcher friends wondered if the author might have misunderstood his secondary citations (there are no research citations given) or maybe he was referring to a special study with different criteria than that used by nearly all of the other researchers in the business — like, maybe he is only counting evangelical gospel presentations, as opposed to counting presentations by Catholics & Orthodox too. Either way, at the end of the day, most researchers seem to feel that at least half the world has been exposed to the gospel. However, some 6,000 people groups definitely have *not*, comprising about 2 billion people — so we still have our work cut out for us.

  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA — Is God calling you to serve in Asia? School of Frontier Mission — YWAM’s SoFM starts 12th April 2007. Read more at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm

    It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. You will be trained to 1) build relationships through language learning, 2) become an insider in the target community, 3) thrive emotionally, spiritually and physically in the mission frontiers, 4) be an effective teamworker and 5) find a place for long term service. They offer internships at various cities in Asia and among UPGs in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm

    This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS)

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GLOBAL PASSION — UK TOUR — Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), is the guest speaker at the upcoming Global Passion UK Tour. Having visited every sovereign nation on earth, Loren has gone into all the world with many seeing him as a hero to the nations. Between 4th – 15th Sept ‘onehundredhours’, with their faith, hope that rock ‘n’ roll, and Loren who has been there and done it and has the air miles, will bring their passion for the nations to seven locations in the UK and sound the call to be part of the new missions movement that is going to surge out of the UK. Admission is free with a ticket which can be booked online.

    For further information and locations visit:

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

    http://www.onehundredhours.com


  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS” — I shared in a recent “BackPage” about visiting with folks in Milan, Indiana, the *real* hometown for the movie “Hoosiers” (July 14th edition). Interesting… in one follow-up email (from Lisa), I learned about the “Hoosier Gym” in Knightstown, Indiana. It was the scene of one of the staged games in the film and, in contrast to the community of Milan, the town there has apparently worked very hard to preserve the gym and showcase it. I’ll have to stop over there on my next trip through that part of the country. (Thanks Lisa!) But the *real* lesson is… we *can* work hard at protecting a legacy, if we just make it a priority.

  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO — Here’s a work seeking a Christian ESL teacher for Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They’ll even pay a monthly salary of $1,500 – $3,750. Low-cost accommodations are available there. Requirements include: Reformed or evangelical doctrinal convictions; willingness to work with evangelicals of various backgrounds; desire to reach Mexicans of all socioeconomic levels with the gospel; experience doing evangelism that involves both verbal witness and exemplary deeds (cf. Harvie Conn, Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace); strong interpersonal skills; strong teaching gifts; basic or better Spanish proficiency. Email C.V. to es(at)dryander(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. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP — We continue to watch with interest the changes in telephone connectivity around the world. For example, Neil recently told us about Webcalldirect, which is another clone of Voipcheap etc, run by the same company. Neil wrote, “Like Coca-Cola, they produce different, apparently competing products with different names and so end up with a larger market share. All the voipcheap clones do phone-to-phone options, also free, with a 3 euro-cent connection charge. They also work direct from a webpage on any computer, or can be accessed via the program itself. Webcalldirect just does not have the computer to computer option.” (Thanks Neil!) Watch for the day we’ll no longer by PBXes for offices but instead, we’ll just connect a bunch of IP Phones via some software info-center… yet all the IP-phones will cooperate together just like the old Panasonic (and other) PBXes of the past.

  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE — Want to send a gift to an organization that rejoices with a hoop and a holler at every single check that arrives? Pick Brigada. There aren’t that many checks, so every single one counts. :-) Support a mission where your financial gift can easily be 50% of the monthly income!!! And all the while, help speed Brigada on its way to thousands of workers around the world, many of which are nationals that could never afford to subscribe to a traditional magazine or printed medium. In return, Brigada will use the money to pay for its website, pay a part-time secretary to keep up with personal emails from 10,000 subscribers, and help with some simple marketing costs. Besides, it’s a tremendous encouragement when you partner to undergird this work. 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.

  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING” — In the July 21st, 2006 edition of Brigada, in the BackPage editorial, we asked the question, “HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?” We received many answers from those who shared our pain. Many fellow workers spoke of the challenge of truly communicating and *activating* a church toward active prayer. Some talked about the multiple distractions our modern world offered, while others pondered the status of prayer in the new millennium.

    By far, it seems that email is the most often-used modern tool to foster greater prayer for world missions. But, according to some, it is precisely due to that very situation (its over-use) that email might be the least effective and ragged approach. Breakfast prayer meetings received much higher marks, as did home meetings around a 5′ DVD video prayer presentation. Some contributors reminded us not to fear start- ups with small numbers, citing haystack prayer meetings in history and home cell group prayer sessions in the Bible itself.

    Either way, it’s a tall order to actually try to involve a local church in prayer for missions. Brian, from Toronto, wrote, “I would expect it is the rare church that builds a church community that places mission at it’s core and driving passion for all ministry. For all congregational members to buy in to that consuming vision where supporting ministries and ancillary programs always support the key vision of world mission would require absolutely committed leadership with a clear world view that sees how marriage enrichment programs or basketball teams or ushering or building maintenance can support missions.

    Brian continued, “I see people getting excited about being married, or playing basketball, or sitting people in seats, or fixing lights – and who see no connection to world mission. Doug- should they see world mission behind or through their activities? Or are we asking that people care passionately about stuff that they don’t really care about.

    He added, “Case in point – I’m single, I don’t have kids, I’m happy to support the SS program and think it’s a great idea, but I’m not active in making it happen, and don’t *really* care about the graduation sunday in June. It’s good, but not my thing. Isn’t that the case with many people when they think about world mission?”

    Shew. Great points, Brian.

    Lisa gave a somewhat more optimistic view. She wrote, citing prayer mobilization guidepoints from the very organization of which I am a part, “We have missions moments once a month to share about various missions we support. Sunday school classes adopt different missionaries to pray for them and send care packages to them. We encourage visits to our missionaries to see their work firsthand and provide encouragement.

20040620 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY!
  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS!
  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE”
  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL
  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ
  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to the worker in Sweden who gave $25 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary this past week. He wrote, “It’s mid-summer here in Sweden and during this holiday time, we give thanks to God for you all there at Brigada. God bless you all and thanks for your labor of love.” Thanks, too, to the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, for their gift of $200! Whoa. Finally, our friends at Dial-Abroad sent for April totaling $164. The more I hear from them, the more I feel the need to say thanks to those who placed their phone service with Dial-Abroad!!! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html Please! And if you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-)

    If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and 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. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY! — Here’s one anti-spam service that has written in offering to underwrite the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Naturally, if this service can work for you, we’d love it. Visit them at: http://www.mail-block.com/brigada Sign up anytime within 30 days of visiting and they’ll donate a straight 20% of all proceeds to Brigada! If you have good luck with this service, please let us know so we can spread the word about it here in Brigada. Thanks for anyone willing to give it a try! By the way, if you’re also needing a good Internet Service Provider, they have a flat-rate (unlimited minutes) plan for $9.95/mo. (They call it the “Silver plan”.) As far as I’ve been able to tell, that’s probably the cheapest flat-rate cost of any. *Half* the price of Earthlink or AOL. Once again, they’ll give a gift to Brigada ($6 one-time gift) for everyone who signs up. For more information, check ’em out at https://www.695online.com/brigada (If you’d rather not sign up, you could always just send the $6 gift! :-) )

  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA — We heard back from several readers about the fact that the Movielink site only works in the USA. Sorry about that! We’ll eventually learn of other options and when we do, you’ll be the first to know!

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS! — On October 4-29, 2004, Youth With a Mission (at their “National Centre” (P.O. Box 43 120, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand Att: TESOL Ph: 64-9- 255-1410 Fax: 64-9- 256 1323) will present A Trinity Certificate course offered in association with Edenz Colleges. The course is designed to give the necessary skills to teach Speakers of Other Languages. Edenz is the NZQA Registered Training Provider (est. 15 yrs.) Accommodation will be provided at the Youth With a Mission Campus in South Auckland. For more information email tesol(at)ywamauckland(dot)org (dot) nz [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks J.!)

  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE” — We received several notes about the Arab Bible software. One gentleman, who works with Muslims himself, wrote, “It’s probably worth mentioning that the “Arab Bible” software has taken the liberties of changing “Allah” to “al-Ilah”. Linguistically, I understand their point, but the net effect is to render yet *another* translation in a world of where soon the translation schemes might outnumber the believers. Some readers may not care, but this is an issue for many of us and IMHO it seriously impedes my ability benefit from the software because if I take on yet another “version” I’m going appear even less credible to my Muslim friends.”

  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2005. Catch “Introduction to Buddhism and the History of Christian Mission to Buddhists”, “Contextualizing the Gospel for Buddhist Peoples”, “Church Planting in Buddhist Contexts”, or “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”. You can even get graduate credit. Request a pre- application form from Linda guestservices(at)apts(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant Rich Benson is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For father information, E-mail MRC info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254- 3313, E-mail info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL — Facilitators from the one year-old Missional International Church Network (MICN) announced the 2nd MICN Conference to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 2-6, 2005. For more information on the Missional International Church Network and the 2005 MICN Conference visit http://www.micn.org

  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ — Among the items featured in this month’s Operation Reveille are: * 3 Reasons Why a Good Testimony by Service Christians is Imperative * Spiritual Profile on Pakistan * Eternal Perspective on Abu Ghraib Prisoner Treatment * A University Prof’s Perspective on Rising Non-Western Christianity * The Ambitions of Chinese Missionaries * Church/State Developments in India * Outreach Tools for Iraq * Reception of the Gibson Passion Film in the Mid-East * Opportunity to Help Iraqi Kids and Military Christian Fellowships These articles are newly posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm (Thanks for your work, Bruce!)

  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hand-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesofthetheart.org

20031116 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. URBANA 03
  3. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  4. ONLINE VISION CASTING TOOL AVAILABLE TO MISSIONARIES
  5. GREAT TEACHING ON MARRIAGE AND PARENTING
  6. INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  7. LOW COST CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONARY TRAINING
  8. WANT TO GIVE A NEW TRAVEL AGENT A TRY?
  9. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  10. WINTER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA
  11. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS
  12. GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND WITNESSING TO BUDDHISTS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — This week, we owe a deep debt of gratitude to an anonymous donor from Louisville, KY ($100 — Whoa… thanks!!!) and to Bill Berry (of Berry Publishing), Pasadena, CA, ($135). Bill was standing good for his special “Brigada offer” of “SEND ME!” books. (Thanks Bill!) About $3500 to go!

  2. URBANA 03 — Register now and receive a $50 scholarship! Urbana 03 is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 20th Student Mission Convention. From Dec. 27 – 31, 2003, over 20,000 students, missionaries, and campus leaders will converge on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five days of seeking their place in God’s mission. The convention consists of general sessions that incorporate worship, theater, and missionary testimonies, as well as small groups, 300 seminar options, various special tracks, and more than 350 mission agency and seminary exhibits. Since the first Urbana in 1946, more than 200,000 people have heard the challenge to participate in God’s global mission. Register now and receive a $50 scholarship! For details, visit http://www.urbana.org If you have questions, call (608) 274-7995 or email urbana03ativcfdotorg

  3. 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. An workshop hosted by The Evangelical Free Church International Mission will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota February 8-13, 2004. Contact Gloria Van Den Bosch at gdvandenboschatefcadotorg for 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 itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet

  4. ONLINE VISION CASTING TOOL AVAILABLE TO MISSIONARIES — CastYourVision.net is a new tool that allows ministry leaders to present their ministry vision online, using only their browser. Easily create impressive presentations, add your own images, and even update your content as often as you like – from anywhere in the world. Visit http://www.CastYourVision.nethttp://www.itpartners.org Or contact infoatcastyourvisiondotnet to learn more Receive 50% OFF between now and January 1st, 2004. USE Coupon Code: Brigada.

  5. GREAT TEACHING ON MARRIAGE AND PARENTING — Intermin is an excellent, free source of lessons on marriage and family issues especially written for the international audience. The Intermin Community includes a monthly newsletter with stimulating ideas for improving relationships and a discussion board to interact with others about the topic. Visit Intermin and Intermin Community at: http://intermin.org Request the newsletter by emailing subscribeICNatintermindotorg

  6. INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Crossroads Christian Academy, Panama City, Panama, needs elementary and secondary teachers at their K3 – 12th grade international school. CCA educates international, Panamanian and MK children. It is a great opportunity to serve. For more information contact Crossroads Christian Academy at cca_panamaathotmaildotcom

  7. LOW COST CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONARY TRAINING — WEC International offer a one year or a two year training programme in English in the Netherlands. The college, which is called Cornerstone, has a holistic approach to training. Students from different countries live in community, putting into practice their theoretical knowledge. There are facilities to accommodate families. Check them out at http:// www.cornerstone-mtc.com Or e-mail administrationatcornerstone-mtcdotcom

  8. WANT TO GIVE A NEW TRAVEL AGENT A TRY? — Try Ted at 800-337-6658, or email him at infoatrivertravdotcom. He’s pledged to be very competitive, and to work hard to meet your needs. He’s a former missionary with Youth for Christ, Int’l.

  9. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) at The University of The Nations in Kona, Hawaii, will begin February 16, 2004. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from February 16, 2004 thru March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  10. WINTER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA — Emercy and Palmas de Mamre are partnering again this winter to offer their 5th semi-annual Missionary Training School. The school dates are January 12 – March 21 and the cost is $800, which covers everything except airfare. Students at the school will learn how to teach, preach, perform drama and mime, coordinate children’s ministry, administer medical treatment, and more. The focus of this missions training is tuned toward going into unreached areas and first hand experience is a part of the curriculum. Additional information on the school is available at http://www.missionarytraining.net If you wish to apply, please visit the website to download an application or call toll free from the US at 877-875-4483. International callers may reach Emercy’s HQ at 205-391-9867 or e-mail infoatmissionarytrainingdotnet . For more information on how Emercy supports missionaries, you can visit their website at http://www.emercy.org

  11. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS — Leading a short-term missions trip? Want to help your team have a long-term impact? Attend Boot Camp for Short Term Missions Leaders in San Diego, CA Jan. 7-9 or in Dallas, TX Feb. 2-4, 2004. This training is conducted by Global Missions Fellowship. GMF has helped thousands of North Americans work with tens of thousands of national believers around the globe doing evangelism and discipleship to plant new churches. For more information about these Boot Camps, email jenniferdotbankheadatgmfdotorg To learn more about the ministry of GMF, click over to http://www.gmf.org/

  12. GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND WITNESSING TO BUDDHISTS — Based on first-hand experience, “Sharing Your Faith With A Buddhist” offers clarity and culturally-sensitive pointers to believers seeking to better understand and reach out to the more than 360 million Buddhists around the world. More information and an excerpt is available at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, email ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 676-9185

20030413 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT “MISLINKS”
  2. TIPS FOR THOSE DOING POWERPOINTS
  3. RADIO TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS
  4. TRAVELING TO A SARS-INFECTED LAND? TRY THIS PURIFIER
  5. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  7. ACCESSIBLE EASYENGLISH – 19 STORIES FROM MARK’S GOSPEL
  8. CIU COURSE ON FOLK RELIGION IN BUDAPEST
  9. CLOUDBURST POETRY PUTS RHYME AT GOSPEL’S SERVICE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT “MISLINKS” — Get some good leads at: http://www.mislinks.org/ It’s maintained by Scott Moreau of Wheaton College and Mike O’Rear of Global Mapping, International — guys who know their stuff and want to share it with others out of the goodness of their hearts! Well done Scott and Mike!

  2. TIPS FOR THOSE DOING POWERPOINTS — And who *isn’t* these days! The good folks at InFocus have made their popular 15-Minute Guide to Winning Presentations available to Brigada Today participants absolutely FREE! Download your copy today — http://ecommerce.rsc03.net/servlet/website/ResponseForm?iklETWTZTW_aNtH g9hgJLiml . In the end, you should see an InFocus form to fill out for the free guide.) You can also visit the Presenters University http://www.presentersuniversity.com/ web site for tons of great presentation information including over 150 FREE PowerPoint templates and Presentation masters. (Note — if you don’t want to get new emails from them, unclick the “send me news” checkboxes.

  3. RADIO TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS — Jan <jan2gedgeatyahoodotcom> wants to know what radio training is available for people in developing nations: nationals who work in missionary organizations or with small local stations. Please contact Jan if you provide training like this, and let her know what resources you have that people she knows might be able to use. Jan is happy to compile a list of your responses and let us all know what’s out there, so if you know of any help in this area of radio training, do get in touch with her. </jan2gedgeatyahoodotcom>

  4. TRAVELING TO A SARS-INFECTED LAND? TRY THIS PURIFIER — So says Eddie, with the U.S. Prayer Center. He says we should go to… http://www.nutriteam.com/as150B.htm and order something like the 150B (if it were still available) or whatever they’re selling in its place. (Thanks Eddie… and thanks to your doc for recommending it to all of us!)

  5. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focuses on teaching missionary kids in a cross-cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held near Waxhaw, NC at Wycliffe’s JAARS center, June 22-27. The cost is $150, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write <ray_gonzalezatwycliffedotorg>. Class size is limited to 30, and the deadline for registration is like… today. So just tell them you only saw it in Brigada Today *today*… and maybe they’ll have mercy on you? </ray_gonzalezatwycliffedotorg>

  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES ON THE WEB — Intermin.org has just come out with “Growing a Great Marriage,” by Mike Constantine. Download the lessons to use in small groups for marriage enrichment or premarriage counseling. Also great for your marriage. Positive Parenting is a series of articles providing a sound biblical basis for parenting. Visit http://intermin.org from time to time to see additional resources as they become available. For additional information email <mhcatintermindotorg>. </mhcatintermindotorg>

  7. ACCESSIBLE EASYENGLISH – 19 STORIES FROM MARK’S GOSPEL — Get these new materials, designed for people with learning disabilities (but also used for new learners of English) from http://www.easyenglish.info . The level A (1200 word lexicon) version of Revelation, now through Advanced Checking is also newly on the same site. This site now averages over 1000 hits each day.

  8. CIU COURSE ON FOLK RELIGION IN BUDAPEST –- September 29 – October 3, 2003, Columbia International University is offering Folk Religion taught by Dr. Phil Steyne. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program at reduced rates that may be completed by attending intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  9. CLOUDBURST POETRY PUTS RHYME AT GOSPEL’S SERVICE — For print media, time and space are critical. Many seekers are not moved by long arguments, and skimmers skip heavy treatments. Poetry is an excellent medium for tapping the nonchurched on the shoulder. With short poems of rhyme and meter that paint life with a positive spiritual brush, missionary author Randal uses a light touch with serious style. Intended especially for print publications, the email list is open to all. A weekly 7-14 line poem is published every Thursday. Anyone can subscribe by sending an email to <cloudburst-subscribeattopicadotcom>. For more information see http://www.cloudburstpoetry.com . </cloudburst-subscribeattopicadotcom>

20030330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR
  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY
  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP
  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS
  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES
  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR — Gateway Missionary Training Centre, Langley. B.C. in co-operation with Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, B.C. is offering a unique training opportunity. Students are able to earn 36 Bible credits through PLBC while also being equipped at Gateway for effective cross-cultural ministry. The course begins in September 2003. For more information check the web page http://www.gatewaytraining.org or write to <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>. </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY – – Since 1993, Healing for the Nations has helped missionaries from all over the world experience healing, restoration and a renewed intimacy with God. Each month a one week retreat consisting of chapels, teaching, small group work and one on one time with the staff is held in a conference facility on a mountain just north of Atlanta, Georgia. If time out for yourself is long overdue and you have a sense that there are some things in your life that need attention, call toll free in the USA at 800-483-2841 or 770-919-0140 (Internationally). You may also access their website at http://www.healingforthenations.org .

  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES — What would happen if you or your short-term team lost all of your baggage or passports and you could not perform your ministry? What if you needed to rebook your flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, or needed emergency cash? Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups with these and many other situations. They offer what they say is the ONLY individual and group short-term international health insurance plans that automatically include true 24-hour travel assistance. To get complete details, go to their web site at http://www.missionaryhealth.net , or email them at <isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom> or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). If you don’t want to use the “missionary” site you may get the same information online at http://www.overseashealth.com . </isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom>

  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Mahayana Buddhism and Japanese Sects” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. If interested, request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu>. </guestservicesataptsdotedu>

  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS — This course is designed to teach the Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) method of presentation. CBS tells selected biblical stories in chronological order in an effort to bring people to genuine faith in Christ, mature discipleship, and fruitful Christian service. Storying is based entirely upon the Bible and is chosen because it is a primary communication vehicle of the target people. Stories are selected based upon the universal biblical truth to be communicated and upon identified barriers in the target people’s worldview. Storying is structured to give an “oral” Bible to individuals and to develop the competency to share it orally. Dates for this course, taught by Dr. Grant Lovejoy, are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact them at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are July 21-August 22, 2003. The cost is approximately 370 US dollars (could change without notice), 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is approximately P8000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES — The Magazine Training Institute announces two courses for Christian magazine publishing staff to be held in Ruminezevo, near Moscow. The Business of Magazine Publishing will be offered June 1-6, and Editing the Magazine will be held June 8- 13. The courses are subsidized by Western Christian publishers, so tuition and room and board costs are minimal. For more information, write <sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom> or check MTI’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com . MTI has been offering conferences and courses for Christian magazine staff since 1989. </sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom>

  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries now have two free evangelistic papers available for the Fula people of West Africa. ‘BADAKE’ is produced in Fulfulde Adamaoua (Toucouleur) while ‘BOOYATAA’ is written in Pulaar-Fulakunda and Pulaar-Futa Toro (Toucouleur). It has glossaries to help speakers of each dialect understand the rest of the material. The dialects are sufficiently similar to Pulaar Futa that those speakers may also find it accessible. Samples are available to download in PDF format, and free copies can be posted to anyone who can use them, in any reasonable quantity: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php For more info, write <guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>. </guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>

  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA — Join YWAM Hakka Church Planting Ministries in a marathon Prayer Net during the rest of the month of May! Of the more than three million Hakkas who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. If you’d like to join the long-term church planting team – and hundreds of others from around the world – in this Prayer Net effort, check it out at… http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2003/howtopray.htm .

20030223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES
  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED
  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM)
  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE?
  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM!
  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE
  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA
  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS?
  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE?
  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE
  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE
  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS?
  15. ACCREDITED TESOL
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES — Mission Help is designed as a tool to help facilitate questions and responses from one missionary agency to many missionary agencies. Occasionally, one missionary agency will find a better way to do things that may be of some benefit to other mission organizations. To exchange ideas, subscribe to Mission Help and join in emailing questions and responses to members. You may also visit Mission Help’s website to see some of the resources available by going to http://missionhelp.injesus.com

  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > is looking for a good program to track missionaries, their ministries, their vital information, their education, etc.? (HR stuff). If you’ve got a lead, please drop him a note… and he’ll report back here in a couple of weeks.

  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM) — Here’s a seminar being offered from September 8 to December 5, 2003 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre near Vancouver, Canada. EFM is an intensive course designed to take advanced learners (IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 500) to university entrance level (IELTS 6 or TOEFL550). It is also meant for missionaries who need a higher level of English in order to work more effectively on a multi- national team. Each week twenty-one hours of instruction are given. The course fee is $2100 Canadian or approximately $1400 US. The fee includes tuition, room, board, textbooks, internet access and transportation to and from the airport. Health insurance, long distance phone calls and other personal expenses are not covered. The course is open to twelve students. For more information or applications write <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg> or log on at: http//www.gatewaytraining.org </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE? — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > would like to know the effectiveness of CD-Rom recruitment tools that many ministries use. Has anyone studied the return on investment for this medium? How many people joined or found out about the organization because of the CD? Is the CD the main tool or does it supplement other materials? What type of response is your organization receiving because of the CD? Are the people responding in their 20’s-30’s; 30’s-40’s; 40’s-50’s; etc.? How has it affected donations? Jot him a note… and he’ll report his findings back here in a couple of weeks.

  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM! — Here’s a book resource for understanding the church’s approach over the centuries to the people of Kurdistan which includes Northern Iraq and Eastern Turkey. “Ethnic Realities And The Church: Lessons From Kurdistan, A History of Mission Work”, 1668-1990, by Robert I. Blincoe, 1998, 263 pp., is essential reading for those wishing to take the gospel to a post-Saddam Kurdistan. Ethnic Realities can be purchased from the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA, 91104 for $12.95 plus S & H. Website: http://www.prescms.org/pcms_resources.html or email <pcmsatpcusadotorg  (pcmsatpcusadotorg)  >.

  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE — Looking for a comprehensive resource on all things Islamic? Here is what you need: The CD edition of Answering Islam ( http://www.answering-islam.org ) gives you some 270 MB of resource material on understanding Muslims and Islam, evangelistic tracts designed for Muslims, articles defending the Christian faith against the attacks of Muslim polemics, answers to common and uncommon Muslim questions regarding the Bible and the position of Jesus Christ, more than a hundred testimonies of converts from Islam to Christ, an analysis of the political side of Islam and much more. It’s a vast library of some 5,000+ articles and classical out-of-print and hard-to- get books, mostly English, but includes material in eight languages (even a ninth in the first downloadable update to the CD). And the best: The CD comes with the permission to freely copy and distribute it (as long as that is done free of charge) plus regular free internet updates of the CD content as this is a fast growing site. Price: US-$ 15.00 plus shipping. Order the CD: http://www.answering-islam.org/ordercd.html For further questions, email (please manually remove the two _ characters before emailing)

  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA — An aviation group dedicated to meeting the needs of believers (encouraging isolated folks, reaching many unreached groups via many organizations) as well as a blessing to the region (medical and food drops, ambulance flights) is starting in central Asia. Future plans include reaching all of the “-stans” with low-cost flights and cargo deliveries — stuff the commercial guys don’t handle. For less than the cost of an aviation engine in the West, they’ll be flying a freshly refurbished plane, as well as employing locals. If you’d like to fly for them — or pray for them — contact Robert at <robertsatvpn2000dotnet  (robertsatvpn2000dotnet)  >.

  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS? — See if you can get a spot at “The Jesus Film Project Development Training Seminar”, to be held in San Clemente, from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, and 9:00 am until 3:30 pm on Friday. The new $50 registration fee must be received by March 31. If you are planning to attend, please make your check payable to The Jesus Film Project and send it to the attention of Marlene Leake, The Jesus Film Project, 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673.

  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE? —- Do you hanker for the time when people worked with their hands and went to bed tired? Are you in need of a place that is so remote that visitors have to be flown in? How long has it been since you encountered a bear on the way to breakfast? Join the saints of SERVE to work on a retreat facility at Kako in far western Alaska. The time will be spend preparing for a summer of family camps by sawing and dressing wood, building out buildings, cleaning and repairing cabins and cooking for the workers. You will come away refreshed, strong and with a clear certainty that you have been doing the Lord’s work. Dates: May 20-June 5th. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom  (tlcatgatetekdotcom)  > or see the web site: http://www.serve-intl.org.

  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — The long awaited shipment of TapeTalk hand-wind players has arrived at Gospel Recordings. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples. For more information on the players and a full listing of the available languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom  (ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom)  >. In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free.

  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE — The Norwegian tentmaking organisation Tent Ltd together with Global Opportunities is arranging the first Light to the Nations course in Norway. Light to the Nations is known as one of the best and most compact courses for anyone who wants to serve the Lord as a tentmaker. This course takes place in the beautiful city of Bergen on the Norwegian westcoast form April 30th till May 4th. The course-fee is USD 250, which includes several meals. Tent can organise private accommodation in Bergen. If you want to take part in this course you can contact Tent at <postattentdotno  (postattentdotno)  > or visit their website at http://www.tent.no You will also find information on the Global Opportunites website at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn .

  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE — Head to Atlanta, GA from July 1 – 5, 2003 for the JAMA 2003 New Awakening Conference! Plenary speakers include John Piper (Desiring God Ministries), Louie Giglio (Passion), Loren Cunningham (YWAM Founder), and Ken Davis. Worship led by Chris Tomlin and the David Crowder Band. Conference tracks include Missions, College Students, Professionals, International Students and Scholars, Family Ministry, Youth Leadership, and Intercessory Prayer. For more information, go to http://www.newawakening2003.com, or email <nationalatjamaglobaldotcom  (nationalatjamaglobaldotcom)  >.

  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Phillipines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Japanese/Mahayana Buddhism” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu  (guestservicesataptsdotedu)  >.

  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS? — Interested in knowing what is going on with this people group? May 1-3, 2003, Christian Fellowship Church of Evansville, IN will be hosting the 2003 Kazakh Consultation. Visit our website http://www.k-consult.org to access more information. Spaces are still available for table and ministry displays.

  15. ACCREDITED TESOL — Sea English Academy International provides accredited TESOL training courses around the world! The next TESOL course runs 16th June to 11th July 2003 in Brisbane, Australia. In the past few years Sea English Academy has trained over 500 English teachers now working in over 35 nations around the world. For applications and more information visit the website at http://www.seaenglishacademy.com or email <infoatseaenglishacademydotcom  (infoatseaenglishacademydotcom)  >.

20020623 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A TENTMAKING BUSINESS COACH?
  2. NEED A R&R STAY IN THE USA?
  3. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  4. CHINESE AUDIO BIBLE CD-ROM
  5. PLPSM TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE
  6. ELIMINATE POP-UP ADS
  7. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE IN BUDDHIST CONTEXTS
  8. NEW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (FREE!)
  9. ANOTHER OPTION FOR LIST-SERVES
  10. HOW TO BECOME A STUDENT OF CULTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A TENTMAKING BUSINESS COACH? — Global Dimensions is launching a business-as-missions model to serve missionaries and nationals in ministry leadership. It fits creative access, income, and “legitimate presence” needs. Owned and personally guided by an experienced pro committed to “marketplacing the Gospel,” Global Dimensions even has a “business-coaching-by-incubation-team” available. There are positions open for sales representative in each major (some minor) countries for a newly launched 3D imagery for security, phone, and bank cards. Tell <garyatglobal-ddotbiz> about your interest and qualifications/vision. </garyatglobal-ddotbiz>

  2. NEED A R&R STAY IN THE USA? — Here’s a business/rancher/missionary couple with a luxury cabin available on their ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Designed for ministry and missionary types needing a short getaway, they limit it for families with a maximum of two children. They request a very modest cost. For more information or reservations, write <carolynatoperatorservicesdotcom>. </carolynatoperatorservicesdotcom>

  3. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course in Budapset, “Cross-Cultural Communication,” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. 2003 Courses: Intro to Islam, January 6-17; Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  4. CHINESE AUDIO BIBLE CD-ROM — The Chinese Ministry at Lutheran Hour Ministries has just completed the “Chinese Audio Bible CD-ROM” which contains the standard Mandarin reading of the whole Bible in Chinese. The CD-ROM can be played on computers with browser software or MP3 compatible players. The table of contents will be displayed automatically when the CD is loaded so that readers can choose any book to listen to. To request a free copy, please visit the following link: http://www.luthasia.net/china/cbible.html or email your name and address to: <asianminatlhmintdotorg>. </asianminatlhmintdotorg>

  5. PLPSM TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE — Adams & Associates International (SM) has just released a new travel medical insurance plan called Partner Link Plan (PLP sm). This international travel medical plan offers coverage for short to intermediate term travelers (renewable for up to 3 years). Also, there is coverage for non-US citizens traveling outside of their country of citizenship. Emergency medical evacuation, repatriation or emergency reunion is not subject to any pre-existing condition exclusions and there is limited benefit provisions for the sudden recurrence of a pre-existing condition. Coverage is available for individuals or groups of 5 or more and on-line enrollment is available for individuals needing immediate coverage. For additional information, please contact Adams & Associates International at <aaiataaintldotcom> or visit their web-site at . A&AI has served the missionary community, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

  6. ELIMINATE POP-UP ADS — Want to get rid of pop-up ads all together? Just log on to: http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm (Thanks David!)

  7. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE IN BUDDHIST CONTEXTS — The Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines is holding its first annual Institute of Buddhist Studies October 28-December 6, 2002. Two 3 week modules will be offered this year. One module serves as an introduction to Buddhism and the history of the Christian mission to Buddhists. The second, taught by Alex Smith, veteran missionary to Thailand and OMF Northwest Regional Director, focuses on contextualizing the Gospel message for people with Buddhist backgrounds. Both undergraduate or graduate credit are available through APTS. For a pre-application form and more details email <alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg> or APTS at <aptsatagmddotorg>; or you can call Alan in the USA at 425-277-9931 or APTS in the Philippines at 63-74-442-2779. </aptsatagmddotorg></alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg>

  8. NEW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (FREE!) — Want to get free antivirus software for free? Just log on at http://www.grisoft.com and follow the directions!

  9. ANOTHER OPTION FOR LIST-SERVES — Another option for those wanting to send group emails is to register for a site with Christian Web Host at: http://www.christianwebhost.com . For $19.00 per year and $8.95 (US dollars) per month any Christian individual or organization can get a website, web hosting, and list- serve and much more! Thanks to the Brigada reader who highly recommended them!

  10. HOW TO BECOME A STUDENT OF CULTURE — Here’s a three-week intensive designed to teach the missionary how to become a student of the culture to which he/she will be going, with the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in that cross-cultural context. The course moves beyond principles to skill development as the student learns how to discover the structure and organization necessary for successful ministry that already exist within the target culture and then to adapt their plans to these existing systems. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training in NC from August 5-23, 2002. For more info contact <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or toll-free in the USA, 800.887.1786 or visit http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

20020616 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REPORT ON FILTERED ISP’S
  2. FINISHERS FORUM / ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
  3. FOLLOW-UP FOR SOLAR-POWERED LAPTOPS
  4. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  5. LEAD KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS
  6. OPPORTUNITY IN ROMANIA
  7. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
  8. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO BUDDHISTS
  9. ACTIONS AT THE 4TH TIE CONGRESS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REPORT ON FILTERED ISP’S — Remember Chuck’s inquiry about filtered ISP’s that block access to offensive sites? He has finished his research and has assembled a *terrific* summary report. To see it live on the web, just log on to this Brigada edition, or click directly to: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/filtered-isps.html or simply send an empty email to <filtered-ispsatbrigadadotorg  (filtered-ispsatbrigadadotorg)  > to obtain the 8K file.

  2. FINISHERS FORUM / ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE — These two organizations will have a single combined interwoven national conference this year in Atlanta, August 15-17, 2002. Early registration ends July 15. The Finishers Forum portion provides information, challenge and pathways for people to move into missions from their careers. The ACMC portion is jam packed with ideas and resources to assist churches toward excellence in missions. For full information or to order brochures, promotional and testimonial videos email <officeatfinishersdotorg> or visit http://www.finishers.org/events . </officeatfinishersdotorg>

  3. FOLLOW-UP FOR SOLAR-POWERED LAPTOPS — As a follow-on to our earlier item about solar-powered laptops, we thought we should point out that Faithe clarified that the devices mentioned in the item, “9) NEED POWER FOR THAT LAPTOP? TRY SOLAR!” (May 31st edition), are actually fairly low power. To recharge a laptop, one would probably need to link several units together. The wattage for a typical laptop runs about 35 watts. It would take over 15 of these things to power your laptop. Since that’s fairly expensive, Faithe found for us an alternative. For about $129-$450 you can get a portable 12V solar unit which will power a laptop. The price range depends on which laptop you have (how much energy it draws) and how much power you want from the solar system. See http://www.realgoods.com for more info. (Thanks Faithe!) I guess this is one case where we’ll for sure want to, ahem, ‘keep the Faithe’. :-)

  4. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From September 6-8, 2002, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu- Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. You can hear scholarly papers on history, ministry, worship, and more. For more information contact <infoatrethinkingforumdotcom> or view the conference program and registration form online at http://www.rethinkingforum.com . Everyone is welcome! </infoatrethinkingforumdotcom>

  5. LEAD KOREAN LANGUAGE CAMPS — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for servant hearts to lead Korean Language Camps. Participants must be strong in their walk with the Lord so they can be good witnesses to students. Students and teachers will have opportunities to develop relationships outside of class time. Housing and food will be provided by the school. Koreans who speak English are desired, but not necessary. If you want to see the lost won in Mongolia, you’re perfect for this opportunity [I confirmed — “Mongolia” is correct]! Inquire now at Mission to Unreached Peoples! Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  6. OPPORTUNITY IN ROMANIA — FCA missionaries in Romania are looking for willing men, women, and families to come serve the Romanian people. Recently five tons of gospel booklets were given for distribution. People in hospitals are waiting. As well as orphans, street people and those in jail. For more info., contact <steveharrietracicotatyahoodotcom> or log on to http://www.foca.org . </steveharrietracicotatyahoodotcom>

  7. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES? — Do you know of any LIFE insurance providers who are willing to insure missionaries? The risks associated with places like Central Asia or the Middle East disqualify missionaries from coverage by most major insurers. If you know of any providers who offer policies to folks going to odd places, please let Brad <bstoopsatpactecdotnet> know. He’ll compile whatever resources he hears of and make the info available on Brigada Today. Please specify “Life Insurance Providers” as the subject header when writing. </bstoopsatpactecdotnet>
  8. Or if it’s easier, just click here  (bstoopsatpactecdotnet?subject=Life%20Insurance%20Providers)  !


  9. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO BUDDHISTS — The Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines is hodling its first annual Institute of Buddhist Studies October 28-December 6, 2002. Two 3-week modules will be offered this year. One module serves as an introduction to Buddhism and the history of the Christian mission to Buddhists. The second, taught by Alex Smith, veteran missionary to Thailand and OMF Northwest Regional Director, focuses on contextualizing the Gospel message for people with Buddhist backgrounds. Both undergraduate or graduate credit are available through APTS. For a pre-application form and more details email <alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg> or you can call Alan in the USA at 425-277-9931 or APTS in the Philippines at 63-74-442-2779. </alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg>

  10. ACTIONS AT THE 4TH TIE CONGRESS — The 4th Congress included the election of Dr. Danny Martin as the new International Director. His first order of business was commending and thanking the outgoing director, Mrs. Berit Helgoy Kloster, of Norway. Dr. Martin has proposed that TIE (an organization helping tentmakers) become a more service- oriented organization with it’s headquarters in Phuket, Thailand along with the Asia Center for World Missions. Ben Bester, former director and training specialist from South Africa’s Global Careers, has joined the Asia Center staff and will be responsible for TIE’s training information. TIE is planning to send out monthly news letters via email. If you are interested in receiving a copy notify <benjaminatasiacenterdotac> . The full story and list of resources in on the web: http:\\www.tieinfo.com . </benjaminatasiacenterdotac>
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