Caleb Project

20060212 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted by International TEAM will be held in Dubai, UAE April 22-27, 2006. Contact Bill Turner at desertspring(at)tapmail(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul plere(at)itpartners(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CALEB PROJECT TO HOST THE CONNECTION CONFERENCE — More than 750 leaders representing more than 100 area churches are expected to tap into an array of workshops and exhibits at a state-wide missions conference called The Connection: God’s People Empowered to Reach Our Communities and the World, March 16-18, 2006, at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver’s south suburb of Highlands Ranch. Urban and Hispanic ministries are a new focus this year, including worship led by the multi-ethnic Confluence Band. The non-denominational event is sponsored by a coalition of churches and international mission agencies. Speakers and mission consultants will offer 72 workshops in eight different tracks. This regional missions conference is designed to equip, empower, and release God’s people in their unique role and application of Acts 1:8.

    The plenary speakers for this conference are Fran Blomberg, adjunct professor of Intercultural Ministries, Denver Seminary, missions consultant, and Doctoral student at Western Seminary; Ted Travis, Pastor of Jubilee Community Church in Denver and president of Neighborhood Ministries; and Scott Wenig, Pastor of Aspen Grove Community Church and professor of Applied Theology at Denver Seminary. The eight equipping tracks will include: Urban Transformation, Church Mobilization, Children’s EXPO, Effective Short-term Missions, Your Next Steps in Missions, Encountering Muslims, Purpose-driven Business, and a track for Hispanic ministry.

    Conference details can be found at

  3. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GCoMM 2006 — Hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders from around the world will gather for the second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006), to be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. At GCoMM 2006, a superb team of plenary and seminar speakers will explore the cultural aspects of music and worship. Register for GCoMM 2006 before April 1 and receive an early-bird rate of $245, which includes 12 meals. The convenient online registration will also allow you to reserve your spot in Bethel University’s on-campus housing, obtainable on a “first come, first served” basis for $25/night. Discounted registration rates are also available for students and those coming from outside of North America. See all details and register now at to take advantage of these select discounts. [GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.]

  4. INTENSIVE CROSS-CULTURAL INTERNSHIP IN NORTH AFRICA — Live with a Muslim family, study Arabic, and learn “how-to” study another culture May 20 – June 3 in North Africa. The program is led by a professor with 20 years of experience in the region, and is an excellent way to experience what it would be like to work long-term among Muslims. Participants include potential missionaries, current missionaries who want to improve their cross-cultural skills, and any who need a first- hand experience with Muslims in order to increase their effectiveness and missionary vision. The internship can be taken for academic credit or noncredit and is sponsored by The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies, based at Columbia International University (CIU) in South Carolina. Registration deadline is April 1. For more information please email eurocourse(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . ]

  5. CALIFORNIA WEB EVANGELISM CONFERENCE — Don’t miss TechVangelism conference on technologies for communicating Christ cross-culturally, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, California, 18 March 2006:

  6. SECOND WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — Internet Evangelism Day this year will be 7 May 2006. The purpose of this focus day is to share with Christians the potential and strategies for effective online outreach. Any church or mission group can create a custom program using downloadable PowerPoint, video clips, dramas, music, handouts and posters from the site:

  7. ZWEMER — What is currently taking place around the world as a result of cartoons about Muhammad suggests we in the West need to focus more on Muslims! This is the 10th Summer Institute in Islam, July 3-28, 2006 on the campus of Columbia International University in South Carolina. In the four, one-week courses, the focus in on understanding Islam, building healthy relationships with Muslims and training workers to effectively present the gospel. With over 35 hours of class instruction for each course, Zwemer’s distinctive over other similar programs is that it provides in-depth training for the Church’s greatest challenge in the 21st century. Material can be taken for credit or as a seminar (non-credit). Please go to and follow the link to Zwemer. You can register on line or e-mail muslimstudies(at) [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call 1-800-777-2227, Ext. 3325.

  8. NEED A GETAWAY? — If you can’t hit the entire Connection, at least take part in a getaway. See it at: — free meals, room, and more… if you’ll rest and enjoy life in a laid back sort of way. Very interesting business model. :-) (Seriously – they want to take care of missionaries!)

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION POSTPONED –- The Unreached Peoples Consultation, “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” scheduled for March 21-24 in Virginia Beach, VA, has been postponed. The Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) is planning to reschedule the consultation this October or November. An announcement will be released when the dates are solidified. For up-to-date information, visit the consultation website at or call AFMA at (757) 226-5850. (Thanks.)

  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHIP IN — This past week, we received these welcome gifts: $6.38 from Good Neighbor Insurance because someone signed up with them via Brigada,

    and $10.08 from Blessed Hope Communications for those who talked on the phone this past month! :-)

    We also rec’d $18 from Insurance Services of America, where Mark Sneed is the VP, again, as a kind of “finder’s fee”.

    Thank you to these sponsors. Please remember them and the gracious way they’re helping Brigada.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: SNOOPY’S TIPS FOR SAYING THANKS — I remember a Charlie Brown comic that pictured Snoopy trying to make friends with the cat next door. Snoopy walks up to the cat with the “right paw of fellowship” extended . . . but covering his paw is a ball glove (with extra padding). It’s a comical commentary at curing cross-cultural conflict. But the trouble is — sometimes it’s a lot like real life. We reach out to others to say thanks but fail to appreciate the cultural differences.

    Let’s take, for instance, the missionary who gets behind on his or her reports. 2 months pass, 3 months, 4 months… and the next thing you know, a supporting church has to come knocking, with a question like, “Have I somehow been dropped off your mailing list?” :-) Well in this case, the churches that banked on regular reporting are now hearing nothing . . . and that *silence* becomes the distance-maker, pushing more and more *space* between the missionary and the donor.

    So how can we say thanks? I’m learning that it varies some. For one supporter, it truly might be just by sending the written report. For Team Expansion, that’s supposed to go out *monthly*. But for another one, it might be a phone call (upon receipt of an out-of-the-ordinary gift). For another, maybe it could mean attending the funeral of the donor’s close relative. Yet another might appreciate a handwritten thank-you note, “Just writing to tell you that we really appreciate you.”

    In today’s world, we sometimes get so busy with automation and mass production that we forget . . . personal is good. They had to sign the check. Let’s sign the card. So whether it’s with the pen or phone, or a voice or visit, let’s all work harder at saying thank you in a way that inspires greater and greater levels of trust and respect. I believe God will get more and more glory as we do that. And that’s a good thing… because it’s a jungle out there. We need Him.

20050731 Brigada Today

In this issue…


1. FINAL CALL (AUG. 17) FOR HELPING DOUG WITH FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY — Good news on Doug’s dissertation. At last count, 322 followers had completed the 5-minute survey, with 223 of their respective leaders logging in afterward to complete the supervisor’s corresponding portion. (So about 100 leaders still needed to finish their 5-minute questionnaire.) That means we’re halfway there. Only 72 hours or so remains. Can the Brigada family help Doug reach his goal of 500 completed followership surveys by midnight on Aug. 17th? Remember, this doesn’t require any credit card; in fact, it doesn’t cost you a dime. It’s completely confidential. No one will call. It’s just a great way to give back something to Doug (for free!)… he can finally complete his doctorate! :-) Just a couple of hundred followers (and their leaders) to go! Remember, eligible persons would include anyone working or volunteering full-time (more or less) for a church, mission, humanitarian aid organization, or any other non-profit. Please help. Doug is desperate. Just click to: Thank you in advance. This might be the largest academic study on followership ever conducted. This is the last opportunity and the last time it will be promoted in Brigada Today. (If you would like to clip this item and forward it to some friends, we’d appreciate it. Just remember it needn’t be circulated after Aug. 17, 2005.)
2. FROM CALEB PROJECT: 10-WEEK STUDY ON OUTREACH, FOR SMALL GROUPS — In an attempt to equip church leaders seeking a unified local and worldwide outreach, Caleb Project has produced a unique 10-week small- group study for adults entitled “Eternal Impact: Discover Your Role in God’s Worldwide Purpose.” This tool helps church leaders equip their congregations to reach the nations, from neighborhood to distant lands. Learn how to be Pray-ers, Senders, Goers, Welcomers, Givers, and/or Connectors. Find it at
3. PRODUCING FUELS FROM AGRICULTURAL WASTES — Are you interested in economically converting agricultural wastes into valuable fuels and efficiently utilizing the by-products as an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, plan to attend the Producing Fuels from Agricultural Wastes Course held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, September 27, 30, 2005. Instruction will focus on the production of methane from animal and plant waste, but other fuels will be covered, such as ethanol and bio-diesel. Included will be the construction of various types of digesters from locally available material and discarded products, day-to-day operation, utilizing the fuel for heating, running generators and other engines, the profitable use of the valuable by- products and alternative complimentary power production. The same principles can apply to the utilization of sewage for methane production. For more information or to register, visit: . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate ($75).
4. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows family members and friends in the USA to keep in touch with their loved ones serving overseas. They are said to have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. It can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free and look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to… or contact Andy toll free in the USA at 888-683-0653 or write him at cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. BARREL AQUAPONICS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION — Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a practical workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics: Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, October 10 & 11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics,” which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs adaptable to all types of environments. For more information or to register, visit: . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate ($25).
6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD AT SBS — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intensive Bible school open to C/DTS graduates. Inductive study is done book by book employing thorough observation, careful interpretation, and personal application. Students go through the Bible five times in nine months! According to its administrators, SBS gives a balanced view of the Scriptures as a whole and exposes students to the richness of the Bible in its continuity, various styles of literature, and historical backgrounds. SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 2006. For more info, call 1-403-933-3755 or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. PRE-ISLAMIC ARABIA — Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. is offering this special one-day seminar by Roland Muller (author of books such as Tools for Muslim Evangelism) on Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 10am – 5pm. Come away with a new understanding and appreciation for the historical background of the Bible and what happened in Arabia in the years between Noah and Mohammed. Cost for the day, lunch included, is $20.00CDN. Register via phone 604-530-4283 or e-mail Seminar(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This should be very effective at helping people groups in Arabia understand their true native religions (pre-Islam).
8. STARTING OUT IN MISSIONS? TRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006 – mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and an 8 week field assignment in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Relationships, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Outreach activities may involve helping long term workers, evangelism, prayer ministry, community development projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403- 933-3754 for information or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. Check out the website at: [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT — OK, I’ll admit it. It’s encouraging when someone makes a donation or sponsors or donates in any way. And you always know exactly how much comes in… and if we ever took in more than the goal for 2005, we’d just apply it to 2006 — not that that’s going to happen anytime soon though. :-) But this past week, a missionary serving in Guatemala helped us get $25 closer, enclosing a note which said, “thanking you for your service to the Christian community, anonymous.” Thank you so much for fueling our fire all the more. Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20010603 Brigada Today

In this issue….



camera If you prepare visuals (Powerpoint presentations, printed literature, etc.), check out: For non-profit use, they’re about $3 each… which isn’t bad at all for professional quality pictures — if they’re the exact ones for which you’ve been searching! (Thanks for the tip, Tony! Check out Tony’s work at: )


As a youth pastor, mission team leader, or missionary who is hosting a summer mission team, you have a great desire to have spiritually prepared people on the mission team. In this new resource, “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart”, you will find a user-friendly, concise, spiral-bound study guide for team members to do at home in private before the trip. The team member grapples with 12 Bible studies aimed at cultural sensitivity issues, spiritual formation, and team relationships. The author has trained 100’s of teams for 9 years using this material. Team leaders who feel the preparation crunch will be helped by the page of practical ideas on how to use the book effectively in mission trip orientation sessions as well. For more ideas email Cindy at Judge190ataoldotcom  (Judge190ataoldotcom)  . Purchase 25-50 copies at $6.95 or over 51 copies at $5.95 each. Fax orders for books at quantity discounts to 630-682-0926 or click to:


virus Been putting off installing that antivirus software? Better not procrastinate any longer. The frequency of these dastardly programs just keeps stepping up… and the strength and risk are greater than ever. Norton is typically in the winner’s circle for “editor’s choice”, but anything is better than nothing at all. Better act now… or your PC will be toast.


WebWatch Hakka Church Planting Ministries has just launched a new web site that they hope will build a bridge between the worldwide body of Christ and the unreached Hakka Chinese of Taiwan. In an effort to raise awareness, rally prayer support, and release workers, this rather extensive site invites viewers to learn about who the Hakkas are, why they are so hard to reach, and how the on-site missionary team is striving to pioneer a church planting movement in their midst. The site also offers an abundance of yours-for-the-taking small group resources such as Bible Discussions, Icebreakers, and Leadership Tips. What’s more, it’s nicely done, serving as a great sample of what all mission teams could do on the web, if they only had the funding and/or the volunteers to make it happen. Check them out at: (Way to go John! Keep up the good work!)


mailbox If you’re a USA reader and you’ve been nagged by those trips (and lines!) to the post office and back, “Simply Postage” by Neopost might be just the solution you need. For more information, click to: and read all about it. There’s even a great comparison chart there so you can see all the competitive plans too. You’ll notice that “Simply Postage” is the best solution because

  1. you aren’t charged a service fee each time you refill postage,
  2. you can refill anytime you want via the Internet,
  3. you pay only for the exact postage you download (plus a $15/mo. subscription fee), and
  4. you can even print postage while offline.

I’ve been using one of these machines now for about six months. I can tell you that it has been one of the handiest gadgets I’ve ever purchased. At the end of the month, when I need stamps for my regular monthly report, I print them 10 at a time until I have enough for the whole mailing. (The machine will “background print”.) At other times, if I just need one stamp, I just click for the one stamp I need. If the $15/month is worth it to you to escape regular trips to the lines at the post office, it’s a no-brainer! To get connected, just call toll-free to 877-499-3739. (Note — this month they have a special offer going on. If you tell them that Doug Lucas sent you (3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299; DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg, 502-297-0006), you get $25 of free postage and my mission postage account will be credited with $20 of free postage too. Not a bad deal — again… if you don’t mind the $15/month user fee. If you need a meter, give it a try! The scales are built right in so you can weigh, print, and post — then forget about it!



Thanks to Phil for following up on his quest to find Christian Education resources on the Net. The one find he discovered was “Universiti Biblique Virtuelle”, available via email at InfoDEQatSympaticodotCa  (InfoDEQatSympaticodotCa)   or on the web at: That’s not a great quantity, but it looks like great quality!


Do you know of outstanding kids reaching the world for Jesus whose stories could inspire other kids? They could be reaching out through agencies, denominations, on their own, with their families or through a local church or school group. Sandy wants to hear from you! E-mail her at koop1smatyahoodotcom  (koop1smatyahoodotcom)   and tell her what you know. In a couple of weeks, she’ll compile a report for all of us.


Caleb Project logo Caleb Project announces the new Unreached Peoples Calendars for 2002, featuring the beautiful paintings of Hyatt Moore. Each month features a Scripture verse, descriptions of the unreached people group and ways to pray for them. They will be available to ship on July 25th. Major discount pricing is available for orders over 300. Contact Paul at pmerrillatcprojectdotcom  (pmerrillatcprojectdotcom)   for large quantity discounts. To view the calendar and for smaller quantity orders, see their website at:


Doug's backpage I was impressed (in fact, amazed ) at all the feedback on the “Silent Spring” item. (It has continued to flow in, though more slowly.) It’s clear that many Brigada participants have a very strong view on the current status of mobilization. Some felt that the pendulum has now swung in the direction of non-Western evangelicals, therefore resulting in less “noise” and more action. Others felt that the momentum now favored congregations, whereas before it was focused on well-known individuals (such as special speakers and itinerant evangelists) or agencies. Whatever the case, one thing is clear: there’s a huge percentage of readers out there who feel that global evangelization is by no means finished. What’s more, there’s still a ton of interest in completing it . . . regardless of how long it takes. Bravo to that intent… and that determination!

(As to the YahooGroups polling feature, what a bust that was! We learned the hard way that many Brigada participants don’t ever log into the YahooGroups site and therefore, they have no web-id or password for online access. And that’s fine. Just don’t count on another YahooGroups poll showing up here anytime soon! :-) What a hassle it was for people to try to figure it out and use it. Our apologies to all those who were perplexed!)


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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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