China

9) Make an Impact in China —

1.4 billion people are waiting to hear the gospel in China. You can be part of reaching them. Equip and empower China focused missionaries for life and ministry by sponsoring them in their language and cultural studies. Your contribution will not only provide them with the tools they need, but will also support the work of a long term team serving in Southwest China. For more information, check out

http://www.goservechina.com/

2) Brigada piece on Believers in China turns up Follow-up Story —

Remember when we asked for input on why China is “investing in Christianity?” See the July 18th, 2010 discussion at:

http://www.brigada.org/2010/07/18_5211

One anonymous respondent, writing from within Taiwan, commented, “NPR aired a series this summer entitled “New Believers: A Religious Revolution in China”–on the Web at

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128644059

He continued, “It includes the story ‘Beijing Finds Common Cause with Chinese Buddhists,’ which quotes a researcher at the University of Ottawa as saying, ‘I have reason to believe the Chinese government might be encouraging Buddhist institutions, simply because they’re worried about the rapid spread of Christianity and Protestantism in particular.’ The series also has articles on Protestants and Catholics in China.

7) Live Online Chinese Learning: Get Ready to Go

Whether you are going short or long-term to China, or reaching the Chinese at home, learning the language will make you more effective. With this service created by missionaries serving the Chinese, you can learn Mandarin Chinese online, live and face to face with native teachers in China, right from home. Lessons are interactive, personal and customizable to help equip you specifically for where you are going. Email:

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2) Intensive Course: Chinese Worldview Today

China Academic Consortium (Affiliated with ERRC) has designed a “Chinese Worldview Today” intensive course to be held in Beijing, June 4 to 20, for those who are committed to China ministries. Early registration date is April 15. You can even get credit through Denver Seminary (3 units for their M div program) or Azusa Pacific University (3 units to both undergraduate and graduate programs).  This 2-week intensive course will cover all Chinese philosophy and religions as well as modern thoughts and including a trip to Xian. Learn more at…

http://www.errchina.com/cac

or write to

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10) The Father Loves China —

This is a set of multiple-user online tools to produce a small video project for each of the 490 minority language groups in China that will introduce them to God as their loving Heavenly Father with indigenous pictures, indigenous music and voice — over of 55 scriptures. The organizers invite you to participate. They’re looking for indigenous pictures, music and translators and they’ll be glad to train you. Results will be posted on the web at

http://www.fathersloveletter.com/languages.html

They’ll also supply, at the same site, free downloads in video, audio and print formats. For details and to join the Googlegroup, go to

http://groups.google.com/group/the-father-loves-china/web/project-overview?hl=en

3) China Sojourn: The Children of China

A new 40-page book has been published by media consultant Dan Henrich. Henrich writes: “This first volume represents a small number of children in China. Think of each as representing people groups who have few Christians – unreached with the Good News. I would like to challenge you to simply pray through this book of images.” The book can be previewed and ordered via the link below at $15.95 – affordable for all donors!

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/280075/f3fc95dc9f571f7728cd01fc82e30ad1

4) Chinese and Spanish Marriage and Family Resources Added

Intermin.org is completely rebuilt. Its many articles on marriage, parenting, choosing a life partner, and a chronological study of the Life of Jesus are available now in English, Simplified and Traditional Mandarin. The Marriage articles are also available in Spanish. These resources are easy to download and print for free distribution. Check out

http://intermin.org/

Contact Mike at:

Strategy Coordinators Needed for SE Asia

Is God calling you to invest your life in reaching an unreached group within this region of S.W. China, or S.E. Asia? There are beckoning opportunities in the Mekong Region of Laos, Myanmar, China and Thailand. Check out

info(at)
mekongministries.com (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

CHINA: UNREST RAISES FEARS OF EXECUTION OF CHRISTIAN

The Compass Direct News is reporting that as China deals with the fallout of protests in Tibet and alleged protests in neighboring Xinjiang province, the family of a Uyghur Christian fears he may be sentenced to death this month after officials accused him of endangering national security. Friends said a verdict is expected any time. Track this issue with Compass Direct and don’t forget to pray:

http://www.compassdirect.org

GOING TO CHINA? GO PREPARED

The China Games and Beyond Equipping Kit is a collection of key tools to help prepare teams to serve China during the 2008 Summer Games. The Equipping Kit includes two manuals, CD, DVD, 65 page handbook and more. Teams will learn about strategies for effective ministry, avoiding mistakes, the church in China, needs and opportunities, practical trip essentials, and security issues. For more information about serving China, visit

http://www.servingchina.com

or email information(at)

servingchina(dot)com [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.]

LEARN MORE ABOUT REACHING INTO CHINA

Founded by Hudson Taylor, OMF International (formerly China Inland Mission and Overseas Missionary Fellowship) continues a strong presence for Christ throughout East Asia. Learn more from Elizabeth Lowe, featured speaker, and OMF representatives, about how God continues to build on these historical foundations and how you could be involved. Saturday, March 29, 1-4pm at Houston Chinese Church. Contact info(at)

omf (dot) org or 303.730.4160 (800.422.5330 US toll free) for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]

OLYMPICS PUT CHINA ON CENTER STAGE

The Olympic Games in 2008 put China on center stage. Chinese people everywhere are eagerly anticipating this national “coming out party.” “Beijing and Beyond” (April 19, 2008, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA) is an event that begins in reverent, exuberant worship of the living God who is sovereign over the events of history. OMF General Director, Patrick, will be the main speaker. Experienced long-term missionaries who have served in diverse fields will also share. Workshops will inspire and inform you so that you will be better equipped to serve as a sender or a goer. Visit

http://www.omf.org/us

and follow links from the home page or e-mail swregion(at)

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

CHINA ON CENTER STAGE

The Olympic Games in 2008 puts China on center stage. Chinese people everywhere are eagerly anticipating this national “coming out party.” “Beijing and Beyond” (April 19, 2008, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA) is an event that begins in reverent, exuberant worship of the living God who is sovereign over the events of history. OMF General Director, Dr. Patrick Fung, will be the main speaker. Experienced long-term missionaries who have served in diverse fields will also share. Workshops will inspire and inform you so that you will be better equipped to serve as a sender or a goer. Visit

http://www.omf.org/us

and follow links from the home page or e-mail swregion(at)

omf(dot)org [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 back onto one line.]

OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE (APRIL 25-26, 2008)

The theme is “Glorifying God in Beijing and Beyond!” Plenary Speakers include Dr. Patrick Fung – OMF General Director ( Singapore ) and Tony Lambert – OMF Director of China Research ( UK ) plus eight workshops focused on China. For conference inquires, contact Dick (866) 500-1248 or email dandrews(at)

omf(dot)org [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 back onto one line.] or browse to

http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

They have a great Children’s Program and the location is Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. Group, student and senior rates are available.

20071223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHINESE BIBLES: BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT
  2. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS; COULD YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BRIGADA?
  3. ANOTHER CALLING CARD TO TRY
  4. NEED A GREAT PRESENTATION? HAVE YOU TRIED PRO SHOW GOLD?
  5. COMIN’ UP ON 13 YEARS OF BRIGADA
  6. HAVE A GLORIOUS NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!!
  7. THANK THE LORD FOR THESE GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
  8. TEN FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE?
  9. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHINESE BIBLES: BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT — According to a couple of very connected Brigada participants, Amity Press is doing even better than we thought at getting Bibles into the hands of Chinese. Without going into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that it sounds like they’re being very intentional and effective at making that connection. God be praised.

  2. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS; COULD YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BRIGADA? — One Brigada participant wrote that he is not able to make any kind of gift at this time, but he *did* commit to pray for Brigada. Obviously, that would be most excellent. As we turn the corner into 2008, would you also consider trying to find 10 new Brigada subscribers? Just ask them to send an email to:

    brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom)  

    Here’s a block of sample text:

    “Hello. Interested in getting a free email (once a week) highlighting missions resources, opportunities, and helps? I’ve found Brigada Today to be helpful… and so have 11,000 others. It’s easy to get hooked up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom That’s all there is to it. The rest is automatic. And just so you know, they never send out anything else to that address, nor is it sold or made available to anyone else. Just FYI, in case you’re interested!”

    Thanks for helping us get the word out!


  3. ANOTHER CALLING CARD TO TRY — Brigada participant, Charles, wrote this past week to recommend SpeedyPin.

    http:\\www.SpeedyPin.com

    “The card permits calls to Myanmar for 21 cents per minute with one minute rounding and no weekly fees. Most cards in this price range use three minute rounding with weekly charges until the minutes are used up. SpeedyPin has a great feature whereby they will (optionally, of course) automatically recharge the minutes on the card when they fall below a preset limit – say $5.00 worth, or whatever. This is a great time saver for us. We have been using this site for months with absolutely no problems.” (Thanks for the tip, Charles!)


  4. NEED A GREAT PRESENTATION? HAVE YOU TRIED PRO SHOW GOLD? — One of our team leaders in North Africa put me on to this new product. It’s kinda like a cross between Powerpoint, Adobe Premier, and Microsoft MovieMaker. Just import your MP3 sound track, then drag in your photos, then assemble your slide show and … bam… your presentation is ready to make its way out on the stage! Pro Show “Gold” will probably work for just about everyone; but if you need to produce AVI files, you’ll need Producer. Prices are reasonable, quality is excellent, and the payoff is big-time. Highly recommended.

    www.photodex.com/products/


  5. COMIN’ UP ON 13 YEARS OF BRIGADA — Can you believe it? Brigada will be a teenager? On Jan. 25th, we’ll celebrate 13 years of weekly updates. Well, maybe not always *weekly*, but at least one for each week. :-) Remember you can read every single one (shew; I’m sure that’s your favorite night-time reading, right? :-) ) by simply logging on at…

    http://www.brigada.org

    Click on ‘back issues’ and you can sort through by date… or click “Search” to type in a word or two from the item; just make sure the radio button is clicked to search Brigada domain only (as opposed to searching the entire web).


  6. HAVE A GLORIOUS NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!! — From Brigada to you, we wish you the very best new year celebration ever! Let’s make 2008 the best year ever for global missions!

  7. THANK THE LORD FOR THESE GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT — Just arrived are gifts from anonymous givers in … St. Louis, MO — $100 and Bellflower, CA — $25

    “Lord, please bless these encouragers for undergirding the work of Brigada!


  8. TEN FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE? — For those who mail in checks, we’ll need to allow about ten days for gifts to arrive… (because one could write out a check on Dec. 31st, mail it, and we might not see it for a few days). So … to be fair… we’ll count PayPal gifts toward 2007 needs all the way up through Jan. 10, 2008. As a result, all is not lost! :-) Even though we’re only standing at $11,558.90, we still have time to try to make our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. To pull this off, we’d need 74 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Just *one* courageous soul would need to give $1000 and 2 would have to pray in $500 each, in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here are the gifts we still need to raise in order to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

    1 (of 1) more gift of $1000

    2 (of 5) more gifts of $500

    8 (of 10) more gifts of $250

    0 (of 13) more gifts of $100

    13 (of 28) more gifts of $50

    49 (of 70) more gifts of $25

    The total for 2006 was $15,096. To match 2006 giving, we still need to come up with at least $3,537.10 in these next 10 days. Gulp. Would you pray with us that everyone who *can* *will* step forward? Thanks.

    You can make a gift from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, you can 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.


  9. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? — If you don’t mind sharing, please fill us in. Just go to:

    Click on “Comment” in the lines right below the item.

    What are mine? OK… I’ll get us started. In 2008, I resolve to…

    *** Help our organization make the move to our new campus in 2008. (See our progress at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    *** Finish the corrections to my doctoral dissertation. (I received the feedback from my committee and it’s a good news-bad news kinda’ thing. Not a cakewalk but then, they didn’t tell me to start over, either. I’d love to finish my Ph.D. during 2008.)

    *** Become a better vision-caster, leader, father, husband, and friend.

    Those are 3 from my own list. Now it’s your turn. Let’s hear them! :-)

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