11) Canada Formally to Launch Zúme Training Initiative

If you live in Canada (or know someone who does), don’t miss the kick-off for Zúme there, April 7, 3pm. Zúme Training is an on-line and in-life learning experience designed for small groups who follow Jesus to learn how to obey His Great Commission and make disciples who multiply. The official kick-off service will take place at Rexdale Alliance Church, 2459 Islington Avenue, Etobicoke, ON M9W 3X9. The entire event will be live-streamed as well. Organizers will introduce the training. They will also be looking for people whom God is raising up to help lead the Zúme project in Canada. Speakers will include Andy Smith, Jonathan and Corinna McMurray, Doug Lucas, and others. Learn more about Zúme at…

14) The Last Bit: Special Request of our Canadian Readers – Please Help

Are you a Canadian participant in the whole Brigada experience? If so, could we please ask for your help? We’ve been asked to help coordinate the Canadian launch of a new web-driven training course called Zúme. Zúme is available online at…


You can start any time (i.e., you don’t have to wait until a certain cycle begins to sign up and get started). All you need is 4-12 people in a group and… bam… you too can learn how to become a disciple worth reproducing as well as how you can work within groups to multiply. Those groups will help you establish greater accountability, a deeper prayer life, more disciples, and much, much more. So the Canadian launch of Zúme is coming up April 7th and 8th. I (Doug) would love to learn how we might make this launch a genuinely Canadian experience. So I have to ask of you, Canadians — please, what are the typical things that annoy you about U.S. of Americans? What do we do that really cheeses you off? How can we keep from pride or jingoism? What might prompt you, as a Canadian, to consider implementing Zúme in your own church or group across the entire (giant) nation of Canada? The first piece of advice we received was to read, “Why We Act Like Canadians,” by Pierre Berton. But we want even more. Please click into the comment box of the web version of this item to let us know how we avoid bungling this. And if you’d like to help plan it, you’re invited. Just send us a note at:


Thanks in advance for any help you can give to help us redeem this.

12) How to Navigate the Maze of USA/Canada Tax/Support Questions

Canada/USA Tax Questions

Canada/USA Tax Questions

Here’s a Brigada inquirer, wondering if there are any good resources out there to help with the question of raising and integrating financial support for natives of USA and Canada. In other words, if the org is a Canadian org, how would they handle funds raised in the USA? … and vice-versa. USA and Canada are great friends. We just need to inform the IRS and Revenue Canada of that fact. Any leads? If so, please let us know in the comment boxes below. Thanks!

20060827 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Now you can get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents) from the USA. Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers. Plus, you can get up to 470 free minutes on signup and get lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    (An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Brigada hasn’t joined, But Judy has — and she’s giving to Brigada a tithe of all that she makes on that agent number. So — talk away, and help Brigada at the same time! :-) ) (Judy, thanks for your recent $10 gift!)

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

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

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

  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas. or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

20040912 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP! — Whoa… We continue to be humbled by those who choose to help us. At the same time, we’d really love to challenge new subscribers and supporters to step up to the plate. Last week’s included: Blessed Hope $17.82 visit An anonymous donor in North Carolina ($30) RKW in Malaysia ($30 given, “to encourage others living in my region to support Brigada.” He added, “May our Heaven Father continue to bless you and all at your end for the helpful service you are providing to our Lord’s work around the globe. Maranatha!”
  2. Want to help? Click here.

  3. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — Got a pesky pop-up or a picture of one? Try closing the window by pressing Alt-F4 (Close Window). It’s probably easier than using the ctrl-alt- delete we recommended last week! Thanks to those who suggested this easier approach! There were plenty who also recommended a browser like Mozilla Firefox or a pop-up blocker like Google, or Windows XP Service Pack 2. Still others suggested yet another software choice: Norton Internet Security. But remember, my problem last week was that I had a *picture* of a pop-up. Google was catching all my “real” pop-ups. Still, thanks for all the user feedback!

  4. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004 — John Dawson, Loren Cunnignham, Fred Markert & Reona Peterson Joly are plenary speakers. Attend for 4 days of “real worship, real relationship and real mission” at Estes Park, CO. YWAM alumni, supporters, associates and future missionaries are welcome. Costs begin at $200 (includes conference, lodging & meals). Register at . Questions GO-conference(at)att(dot)net or AimBarstad(at)aol(dot)com.

  5. CLASP TORONTO — Scheduled for October 17-29, 2004, this two week course integrates the elements of COPE and PLANTS programs with a unique approach to culture adjustments through language learning. Exciting simulations, personal interviews, phonetic training, language learning projects and field experience provide preparation for effective intercultural ministry. For Christian workers serving cross- culturally for more than one year. For more information, click to:

  6. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO — Planned for November 14-26, 2004, this ten- day program helps you identify your own personal learning style, understanding your strengths and weakness, overcome fear and inhibitions, as well as design a plan that both fits you and your situation. From the rich resources of Toronto they can arrange for you to actually begin the language learning process on site in your own target language. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented language learning activities, projects, techniques, skills and strategies. For more Information contact : 905- 640-1621 Email > info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Register on-line at

  7. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS — VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology has grown up. If you have highspeed internet access and would like to make virtually free phone calls to the U.S. or Canada, and cheap ones to anywhere else, then give Vonage a try. With Vonage, you choose a phone number in the U.S. area code of your choice and receive a small VOIP box (about the size of a highspeed modem) that you connect to your highspeed modem. You then connect any phone to the VOIP box. It’s that simple. It is already being used in countries like Brazil and Belgium and, in theory, should work anywhere in the world that has highspeed internet access. So, suppose most of your friends and family – the ones most likely to call you – live in the St. Petersburg, FL, area. You sign up for a Vonage plan and request a number in the 727 area code. Then your friends pick up their phones, dial a normal seven-digit number, and the phone rings at your house in Timbuktu (assuming you have highspeed internet access in Timbuktu). Plus you can make unlimited phone calls to them and anywhere else in the USA and Canada for $29.95 per month. Calls to anywhere else in the world are VERY cheap and the quality is outstanding. If you want to learn more, contact Jason at jason(at)ccibrasil(dot)org(dot)br [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or at his Vonage number, which is 1-727-490-3314. With his referral, you will get your first month free. Please be sure to tell him you heard about it on Brigada.

  8. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET — Thanks to Justin for the tip about I’ve been trying it out over the past 10 days and, I’ll have to admit, it’s rather impressive. It’s a free download for personal use, although it’s somewhat limited in personal mode. The basic client is $69. According to Justin, it’s being used by a number of non-profits in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows file-sharing, threaded discussions, online group editing of documents, chat, project management, shared calendars, shared contact database – and all of this is end-to-end encrypted. Justin wrote, “It’s a public company so there’s no question about who owns it. I use it myself, and I think it’s great.” So I’ve been trying it since seeing his recommendation and, sure enough, it offers quite a lot. In fact, as a part of the management of web links, one can even surf *with* another Internet user — *and* it’ll seem like you’re using a VPN the whole time. Pretty groovy! (Thanks again, Justin!)

  9. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold their third Christian comics seminar in Mexico in March 2005. It will be hosted again by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX) and Revista Prisma. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. The 3-day course includes sessions on Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at ccmprisma(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Yours truly, may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at

  10. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing TALKING BIBLES. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non-readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, or contact them via asi(AT)audioscripures(dot)org

  11. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE — The Graduate School of Bethel University is answering a burgeoning demand for advanced degrees taught and applied within a framework of Christian values. The school offers a growing choice of master’s, certificate, and licensure programs, including a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration. Most of the program is completed online and requires approximately four years to complete. To learn more, go to, email d- morrow(at)bethel(dot)edu, or call 800.255.8706. ext. 8000. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE — Desperate For His Presence combines a passionate call to intimacy with the King with God’s desire to have his presence fill our cities. From Rhonda Hughey, who has more than a decade of experience in citywide ministry and the international prayer movement. More information at TO ORDER: orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com / 1-800-877-2665 / (616) 676- 9185

  13. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to (Thanks to for their help in sponsoring our Brigada Secretary!)
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