Chalmers Center

1) Chalmers Center Webinar Series to Help You Help Haiti —

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Webinar

To help churches, relief agencies, and individuals respond appropriately to the crisis in Haiti (helping the Haitian people to take ownership of the rebuilding process), the Chalmers Center will host a three-part, webinar lecture series. The webinars are scheduled for February 17th, February 24th, and March 3rd, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (US). They will be presented by Steve Corbett and Dr. Brian Fikkert, authors of “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself,” a paradigm-shifting book on the causes of and solutions to the problem of poverty

http://www.whenhelpinghurts.org

There is no charge for the webinars. However, to join a live webinar session, you must register — and it works best to register ahead of time (like… now). If you cannot join a live webinar, a download link of the recorded webinar will be posted on the webinar registration page within two business days following the date of the live webinar session. Find the registration link at…

http://chalmers.org/when-helping-hurts/webinar/haiti-02-2010.php

This sounds *reeeeeeeeeeally* good. I can’t figure why they’re offering it for free… unless they see their work as ministry, which is very cool.

3) Get Development Training from Those Who Know it Best —

Interested in holistic microfinance and microenterprise development training? For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting holistic microfinance and microenterprise development. The initial course, Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry, is designed to help you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting church-based economic development in poor communities. The next offering of this course is April 5 – 30, 2010. The cost of this four-week course is $120 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The second course, Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development, provides an overview of microfinance and microenterprise development and offers advice to those interested in selecting and designing a holistic intervention appropriate for their ministry context. The next offering of this course is scheduled for April 5 – May 21, 2010. The cost of this seven-week course including materials is $230 (USD). The Foundations course is a prerequisite for this course. The third course in the series is the eight-week course Promoting Church-Centered Savings and Credit Associations. The next offering of this course is May 3 -June 25, 2010. This course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development. The cost of this course including materials is $300 (USD). To learn more about these and other courses and see a complete course schedule visit:

http://www.chalmers.org

2) Learn Holistic Ministry

The Chalmers Center offers a series of two distance courses on conducting economic development ministry. The initial course is called Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry. It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities within North America, addresses questions related to poverty, pro-poses a Biblical framework for understanding poverty and holistic development, and examines the role of the local church in the economic empowerment of poor people. Catch it May 4 – 29, 2009. The cost of this four-week course is $120 plus the cost of separately ordered course materials. Learn more about the Chalmers Center at…

http://www.chalmers.org/

1) Train In Microfinance And Microenterprise Development

For those ministering to the poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Chalmers Center offers a series of three distance courses on conducting Christian microfinance and microenterprise. The initial course is called Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry (International Ministry Track). The Foundations course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian economic development in poor communities. The next instance of this course will take place February 2 – 27, 2009. To register or learn more about distance learning courses at Chalmers, or for information about group and indigenous discounts, visit

http://www.chalmers.org/

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Learn Holistic Ministry at the Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center for Economic Development will offer our “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance learning course twice this fall. The first offering is scheduled for August 18 – September 13, 2008 and the second for October 20 – November 15, 2008. The fall offering of the follow up course, “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development,” has one remaining seat; however, it will be offered again in Spring 2009.

Topics include:

  • “What causes poverty?” and why this question matters.
  • Should development be based upon people’s needs and/or their assets?
  • Who determines the kind of development that is done and how it is implemented?
  • How should the local church respond to poverty?
  • What impact does worldview have on poverty and development?

For more information, browse to

http://www.chalmers.org/

20040516 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!!
  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST
  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE?
  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE
  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH
  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB
  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS
  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION
  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE?
  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS
  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!! — Thanks to those who partnered with us this past week to undergird the Brigada-sponsored secretary. An anonymous WEC worker sent $100, Judith G Russell Ministries sent $15, and an anonymous worker in Thailand sent $100. God bless these tremendous saints in service! If you’d like to PayPal a sponsorship of any amount, 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! 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. Thanks!

  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces). (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for its partnership in undergirding our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE? — Try one of our Brigada-sponsoring services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html and Dan, from Liberty U., recommends: http://www.goldprepaid.com

  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE — Want to track a flight or find a plane in the sky just for fun? Check out this site and learn all kinds of things: http://www.flytecomm.com

  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH — “megacities”, a YWAM Perth ministry, targets larger cities to see people saved, churches grow, new churches established and city wide transformation begin. megacities has an opening for medical workers, construction, intercessors, children’s teams, youth, community development workers, support / logistics staff, media missionaries, literacy workers, art evangelists, performing artists, teams of all sorts to join with YWAM Perth teams in Durban in a year long outreach. Teams are needed from July 2004 – March 2005 with an urgent need from July – September 2004. For more information, updates & prayer points on the outreach go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au/megacities or email megacities at ywamperth.org.au (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces)

  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING -– So let’s imagine that God has given you a desire to take the Gospel to the least reached people groups in the world. What’s an appropriate next step? Well one idea is to get some training in mobilizing. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents an option for that called “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA (USA). Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226- 5850 or email us at aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB — Emailweb.us has been providing access to the web via email for about 18 months. This is not a text only service, but delivers formatted web pages by email. Emailweb will soon start charging a small fee to cover the cost of additional computers and internet connections, as needed. To make the service affordable to those overseas, the price is based upon the relative GDP of each country. For example: US $18/yr, Hong Kong $12.35/yr, Costa Rica $4.75/yr, Ukraine $2.12/yr, India $1.27/year, and Zambia is free. The service will continue to be free for missionaries. If you’d like to give the service a try, send email to info at emailweb.us (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or see http://emailweb.us

  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS — Here’s a consultant known as “Dr. Dan” who makes himself available as a catalyst for missional international church ministry. Recently he participated in a conference in Asia for missional international church leaders. He has posted on his web page a report on the conference. He has also posted an account of an international church in a closed country that is having an impact on the indigenous people. Read both at http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004/

  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION – Here’s a consultation that will focus on the missionary work being developed by Latin missionaries in Europe. The event is to be held at Stavanger, Norway, on November 8 to 12, 2004. Latin missionaries from different denominations and mission agencies in Europe are expected to attend the event. The purpose of the consultation is to discuss about Latin missionary works in Europe, ministry among international communities, ministry among Muslin communities in Europe, etc. The speakers include Asaph Borba and Thomas Blackaby. For more information contact Pastor Alex Branco at: consultamissionaria at alexbranco.com (replace “at” with “@” and remove spaces) or go to: http://www.alexbranco.com/consulta_missionaria.html

  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE? — Is there sufficient interest in the Brigada family to establish a courier based remailing service? Your first class mail, magazine, weekly papers even books could be mailed in 1 – 5 pound units weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. If our aggregate quantity is large enough, it would be at 6 – 7 dollars a pound with a 5 – 8 day arrival depending on where in the world you may be. This service would be actual cost of the courier service plus a modest handling fee. Here’s a Brigada participant that wants the service, but must have a volume of friends who also want it, to get those great negotiated low rates. He’s researching the viability of such a service and would love to have your input. Drop him a note at rodpa1 at earthlink.net (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces).

  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS — We’re receiving varied feedback from last week’s recommendation of “F-Prot”. Apparently, DOS-based scanners don’t cover quite everything. Joel, a Brigada participant, reminded us that we need an antivirus that not only scans when you ask it to, but stays in memory and scans every file that is “accessed” on your computer. “Ideally, you probably want an antivirus program that can scan your email as well, since the current crop of viruses are all email based. There was an article in PC World magazine reviewing four free Windows antivirus scanners. http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,113462,00.asp Each of these provides on-demand and on-access scanning, and two of them provide email scanning as well. For free! Of course, there’s also web-based scanners available from all the major antivirus companies: Panda, McAfee, PC-cillin, and Symantec … But like F-Prot, they can’t stay running on your computer, so they’re really only useful as a “second opinion” when you’re just sure you have a virus, but your scans come up clean. To look at a list of possible free backup programs, go to: www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1259,sortidx,2,00.asp ” Another Brigada participant, Mark, also recommended looking at either AVG Anti-virus (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php) or Avast Anti-virus (http://www.avast.com/i_idt_226.html).

  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION — Finally picked up a Maxtor “One touch” external hard drive yesterday. You see, I heard back from the data retrieval company (at least the first one). They said my drive is hopeless. So I figured I’d better get started backing up the new one. It worked pretty flawlessly and now I have a complete image of my new drive. You can pick them up at any computer store. Great solution.
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