church planting

20020317 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SUMMER INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES
  2. GET TESOL IN PA
  3. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
  4. CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR HELP ON CHURCH-PLANTING
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. SERVE IN TURKEY/ISTANBUL THIS SUMMER
  7. NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?
  8. NEW UNLIMITED WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE
  9. COACH AND PLAY BASKETBALL IN CHINA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SUMMER INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES — Want to attend the Summer Institute with the most storied profs. in Islam? Gotta’ write <76361dot3344atcompuservedotcom>. July 8th – Aug. 9th, week by week, it’s the best there is for training in reaching out to Muslims.

  2. GET TESOL IN PA — YWAM, Lebanon (PA) is offering another four-week TESOL course June 17 to July 12. An optional two week outreach to Ukraine is available at additional cost. For information, e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  3. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS — CIT is offering a course on health, wellness, and prevention of disease. Attendees will gain an understanding of typical diseases encountered on an international level as well as their appropriate treatments. Teaching methods include lecture, slides, demonstrations, hands-on individualized practice sessions, and case studies. A primary focus will be given throughout the program on how to appropriately communicate the knowledge and skills cross-culturally in o

  4. CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR HELP ON CHURCH-PLANTING — Are you trying to launch a church-planting movement? Thanks to Jerry for keeping his word. We now have these new resources: The Bible league: www.BibleLeague.org YWAM Church Planting Coaches: http://cpcoaches.pngusa.net/ Train and Multiply: http://www.trainandmultiply.com email: pwrattelusdotnet “Church Growth” at Southern Nazarene University: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert.fs/chgrowth.htm ” Christian Associates: www.christianassociates.org World Team: http://www.churchplanting.net. The Alliance for Saturation Church Planting offering the Omega Course at http://www.alliancescp.org/html/omegacourse.html “Church Planting Movements,” (available on-line, produced by the International Mission Board), www.imb.org/GlobalVision/NewDirections Prepare: http://www.prepareint.org or write <prepareintathotmaildotcom> Church Planting Resources: http://www.missionresources.com/churchplanting.html http://genesis.acu.edu/cplant/resources.html http://www.fcpt.org http://www.nextchurch.org http://members.optushome.com.au/churchplanting www.plantingministries.org UIM International: www.uim.org Antioch Network: www.antiochnetwork.org Global Missions Fellowship: www.gmf.org (Thanks Jerry!) </prepareintathotmaildotcom>

  5. 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.

    Two of the upcoming workshops are: Idyllwild, CA, April 21-26, 2002 and Colorado Springs, Co September 22-27, 2002. Contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information.

    Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>


  6. SERVE IN TURKEY/ISTANBUL THIS SUMMER — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has 3-week and 6-week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Dates: June 27-July 17. ($2500) East Coast De

  7. NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO? — Anyone ever done New Tribes Mission’s “Firm Foundations” via radio? If so, Mark <marktayloratxcdotorg> would love to know. His goal is to end up to end up with 50 English scripts and 50 scripts in specialized English. He’ll share in a future Brigada regarding any scripts that he develops. </marktayloratxcdotorg>

  8. NEW UNLIMITED WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE — With EDUTalk Voice Communicator you can TALK to anyone in the WORLD without any time LIMITS! EduTalk offers High Quality Unlimited Worldwide Voice communications, Group Conferencing with up to 50 participants, Private “One on One” conversations, & Private or Group Text Messaging. It has “Push Technology” for Sharing Educational & Web Materials, Presentations, Photos, etc. It’s a wonderful cost effective alternative to traditional long distance to communic

  9. COACH AND PLAY BASKETBALL IN CHINA — Get involved in an outreach to unreached minority people in rural villages. Bring your hops and heart and minister to people at a Basketball Camp this summer. This camp starts on July 15th and runs for two weeks. It’s not too late to apply! Cost is about $2600 based on length of stay. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples, 1-888-847-6950 or log on at http://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm .

20020203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) RAISE MORE MONEY FOR MINISTRY IN HALF THE TIME!
2) CATCH ALL THE LATEST INFO ON DISTANCE LEARNING
3) IN FACT, ALL BRIGADA AUTORESPONDERS ARE AUTORESPONDING AGAIN!
4) PDA TO PRAY
5) 4th TIE CONGRESS
6) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
7) CHURCH PLANTING MATERIALS NEEDED
8) REACHING THE UNREACHED WITH THE GOSPEL
9) GREAT FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE
10) WEB-WATCH: REACH THE NATIONS
11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) RAISE MORE MONEY FOR MINISTRY IN HALF THE TIME! — Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10-key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Arm yourself with the tools for success. If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference! For more information or to register on-line go to

http://www.PeopleRaising.com/conf_info.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>.

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2) CATCH ALL THE LATEST INFO ON DISTANCE LEARNING — Just send a note to: distance-learningatbrigadadotorg and a 26K file will be emailed to your doorstep. Thanks to Justin for keeping his word! He’s prepared this material in answer to the Dec. 14th request, “Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web- based preferred). Does it exist?” Thanks Justin!

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3) IN FACT, ALL BRIGADA AUTORESPONDERS ARE AUTORESPONDING AGAIN! — Okay… so it’s been a couple of months… but honest… I wasn’t just sitting around goofing off. :-) Tonight I finally got down to it and figured out how to activate all our autoresponders again. So now you can order up any of the following files by simply clicking on it then, if your email client is configured correctly, just hit “send” and the associated file will be emailed back to your inbox. For example, to get a copy of “9-11-tracts”, send an email to this address (click on the address):

9-11-tractsatbrigadadotorg

Here are the some of the files we currently have in the autoresponder library (click on the file name to send an email that’ll automatically retrieve the file):
blind-resources (24K — to help you reach the blind)
brigada-submissions (3K — how to submit items for publication)
children (81K — how to best help the children of the world)
christmas-greetings (5K — Merry Christmas in over 100 languages)
conflict-resolution (27K — how to manage conflict, make peace)
cults-resources (46K — to learn about cults)
deafministry (5K — to help those who cannot hear)
distance-learning (26K — learning resources for new recruits)
email_traveling_tips (14K — travel and stay connected)
evaluating-missions (22K — accountability and missions)
file-list (3K — this file list)
family-missions (6K — resources for helping families in missions)
free-online (18K — free or nearly free Internet services)
housechurches (17 — how to start them)
indigenousmusic (5K — resources to help best bring it about)
brigada-info (2K — this file list, and instructions on how to use it)
interpersonal-skills (3K — learn them!)
jesus-films (3K — info. on how to apply for free copies of Jesus Film)
kosovoresources (43K — resources on how to help Kosovar Albanians)
leadership (7K — resources to learn how to do it)
missionary-care (5K — resources for those pastoring missionaries)
muslim-outreach (58K — understanding how to share hope with them)
muslim-training (15K — where can you receive live training)
opc (3K — read this before sending any forwarded emails!)
packing (36K — the best cartons, routes, routines, etc.)
puppets (70K — how to start a ministry with them)
satphones (7K — resources and tips)
stripreturns (3K — macro for Microsoft Word; removes carriage returns)
tentmaking (2K — links to learn more about it)
teaching-missions-to-kids (99K — Resources for mobilizing children)
tesl (13K — programs to learn how to do it)
tesl_resources (41K — curriculum, guides and other helps)
top20upgs (11K — 20 high priority unreached groups as of early 1999)
transition (12K — transfer your mailing list from xc.org to yahoogroups)
travel (19K — saving money on airfare for international travel)
turkish-resources (11K — Turkish Christian resource directory)
unreached-directory (149K — ministries who provide info on unreached)
untargeted (12K — the least targeted groups as of Aug. 1999)
videos-english (145K — Great Christian videos/sources in English)
videos-spanish (61K — Great Christian videos/sources in Spanish)

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4) PDA TO PRAY — Does anyone know of a PDA (Palm Pilot, Pocket PC… a hand held computer) program which helps a person pray for unreached people groups? YWAM publishes a yearly calendar prayer journal that lists unreached people groups to pray for on a daily basis. If you are aware of a way to keep track of and pray for unreached people groups on one’s hand-held computer, please email the information to Wayne at <wdecostaatfoursquaredotorg>. We’ll ask Wayne to let us know how his study comes out. (Okay Wayne?)

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5) 4th TIE CONGRESS — This one has the theme of “A New Workforce for Mission” a program of active tentmakers will cover the following subjects: Christian Witness without Confrontation, Tentmaking Among Muslims, Tentmaking Among the Chinese, Tentmaking Among Hindus, Tentmaking Through Relief and Development, and The Future of Tentmaking. The Congress starts at 2pm on 20 May and ends up at noon on 24 May. For further information contact: <tieatgatidotwadotcom> or <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom>. Yes, the supporting members of TIE receive a discount on the registration fee.

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6) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. 2002 dates are June 3 – July 28 and the cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please visit their website at

http://www.acts13.tv or write <>.

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7) CHURCH PLANTING MATERIALS NEEDED — The Barnabas Ministry in Poland is looking for materials that would help them launch a national church planting movement. Do you know of any web sites, ministries or resources on the practical aspects of starting a new church? Please share it with them and us! What they want is the experienced planters sharing the details of how to give vision, train, send, start, oversee and support financially new plants. They will be organizing seminars and will also need experienced speakers to teach and answer tough questions. Also they can arrange short or long term mission trips with the goal of establishing new churches. If you can help, send Jerry an e-mail at <jerryatbarnabadotanddotpl>.

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8) REACHING THE UNREACHED WITH THE GOSPEL — The world is changing fast. New technologies and new mindsets require different and creative means to reach the unreached. In Youth With A Mission, a new kind of missionary is taking advantage of these trends. Strategy Coordinators. Study at the Y.W.A.M. Frontier Missions: Strategy Coordinators Short Course 2002, Monday 10th June To Friday 12th July 2002 in Nakuru, Kenya. For more information/application form, contact: <bsloanatovaldotcom> Tel. + 44 1582 463629 Fax+ 44 1582 463305.

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9) GREAT FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE — This tool has 34 Bibles (13 in languages other than English – including Hebrew and Greek), 7 commentaries, 9 dictionaries, Atlas, charts, and 18 other books helpful for the study of God’s word. All for free! The program is a hefty download at almost 20 megs, but with a gift of $15 or more you can get all the resources currently available on CD. One useful feature is the KJV+ version: put your mouse over Strong’s number (superscripted after each word) and the Greek or Hebrew word appears with its definition as a tooltip! Go to

http://www.e-sword.net

or write Rick Meyers at Equipping Ministries Foundation, 5902 Parham Road, Franklin, TN, 37064.

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10) WEB-WATCH: REACH THE NATIONS — The site,
http://www.reachthenations.org became officially active as of 2/3/02. This site contains missions resources, research related material, contact information, internship opportunity information, and a photo gallery of portraits of unreached people groups (photos are not to be used without permission). The group is currently in the process of choosing a publisher for its catalog of artistic photographs of tribal groups. Reports will be published on the site as the network of investigators compiles research information regarding specific unreached people groups. This site is expected to be a hub for ethnologic information as it relates to missions. This organizations approach to “network investigation” and information sharing is helping to fill a need for practical and academic information in support of reaching the unreached for Christ. Applications for the NCMO internship program are currently being accepted. The director of New Covenant Missions Organization can be contacted for comments at (860) 250-4792.</bsloanatovaldotcom></jerryatbarnabadotanddotpl></mijohnnyatyahoodotcom></tieatgatidotwadotcom></wdecostaatfoursquaredotorg></billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

20011209 Brigada Today

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OPERATION CHINA CD-ROM IS A HIT

GMI has just finished the CD-ROM version of Paul Hattaway’s incredible Operation China. This beautiful daily prayer guide for all the unreached peoples of China features nearly 500 people profiles with maps, along with 700 color photographs, the full content of the 700-page book, all word-searchable. The CD runs on both Mac and Windows and is priced at $29.95. But we’ve negotiated an exclusive pre-publication special offer for Brigada Today readers good through December 31, 2001 from GMI and Piquant. GMI’s special Brigada price of $19.95 plus $5 shipping/handling is available via the Web at www.gmi.org/brigada or by sending email to Lorri <infoatgmidotorg>. Europeans can send orders to Piquant <infoatpiquantdotnet> to get the special Brigada price of £12.95, plus £2.95 shipping/handling in the UK and £4.95 in the rest of Europe. For more information, see www.gmi.org/operationchina.htm or contact GMI at <infoatgmidotorg>; telephone 719-531-3599; or fax: 719-548-7459.</infoatgmidotorg></infoatpiquantdotnet></infoatgmidotorg>

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PAYPAL CAN BE FRUSTRATING

In last week’s _Brigada Today_, we asked for feedback on PayPal (Item 1, “CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL”). We received about 10 responses — not many, from nearly 10,000 readers. One reader responded, “I run a small business in the US, and use Paypal regularly. I send/receive well over $50,000 per month, and am VERY happy with the system. It’s quite reliable, and I’ve had little or no problems.” But do read http://www.paypalwarning.com/ for the kind of thing that can happen. One email said that the PayPal VeriSign certificate expired in July 2001. That’s probably not a positive thing. :-) Losses ranged, for some, up into the thousands of dollars. One Brigada participant responded in what was probably a very fair assessment: “I’ve had several complaints with paypal, but I also have had great success. Their response is slow, but they DO respond eventually. And they’ve resolved every issue I’ve had to my satisfaction. I get about 20-30 transactions per day, and have been very happy with it.. Just like credit card systems, there are problems.. But Paypal does a pretty good job of resolving the majority of them.” One thing is for sure — several users reminded us that it’s crazy to try to use PayPal from an overseas location where they don’t do business. (They lock up your account the moment they find out where you’re located.) The bottom line of the whole study is probably this: Keep your PayPal balance low, use PayPal only from areas where they have a presence, and be watchful of every transaction. And … I guess to be on the safe side, if you have any other possible way to do the business you have to do, consider it again. It does indeed appear that Paypal is beginning to show some cracks. Rats. Why is it that the really cool ideas that are also cheap end up being short-lived. What does that tell us about “cheap”? :-) (Thanks to those who responded!)

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DISTANCE LEARNING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web-based preferred). Does it exist? If so, Justin <jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg> would like to know. He’s part of a traveling team to recruit and train missionaries and he’d love to have the latest to pass along to others. He’ll also compile a report that we can make available as an auto-responder here at Brigada. Thanks!</jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg>

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CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Idea Ministries is forming a team to help with an on going project in the Middle East. The dates are May 29 to July 10 2002. The cost $1200 per person (plus airfare). Academic credit is available for students. This is a real cross-cultural opportunity — not a tourist option. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at Tel. (616) 698-8393, email <ideaminatideaministriesdotorg> or Dr. Jim Romaine at Tel. (803) 781-1126, email <jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet>.</jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet></ideaminatideaministriesdotorg>

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SCRIPTURE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

Catch this workshop for Local Ethnic Christian Musicians & Poets from the Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland, BC (Canada) region in early Feb. 2002. The application deadline is January 20, 2002. For more info contact <gcwacathotmaildotcom> or check out http://www.skybusiness.com/rield/index93.html </gcwacathotmaildotcom>

The event is sponsored by the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center –

http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew

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FREE BIBLE COURSES LEADING TO CERTIFICATES

Grace Notes now has available verse by verse courses in Ruth, Titus, Ephesians, Hosea, And Mark. Other courses are Doctrine (Bible topics), History, and Foundations (the basics of Bible study). The course materials are delivered to you by email. To see course descriptions, and to register, go to the Grace Notes web site at http://64.226.87.51/, or send an email to Warren Doud <wdoudatbgadotcom>.</wdoudatbgadotcom>

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INFO ON “…SPRING BREAK EXPERIENCE (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”

Apologies to those looking for contact information on Item 5 last week, “WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”. Unfortunately, we clipped it by mistake! Sorry about that. The Spring Break experience is March 11-15 in Tucson. Browse to

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm for more information. To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)826-6028 or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)825-6078.</wade_remeratwycliffedotorg></larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>

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VIRUSES EVERYWHERE

I’m getting, on average, 10 virus-laden emails per *day* now. It’s definitely a new day for email. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but get Norton Antivirus 2002. It updates its own data files automatically, every time you’re on line. The day that gone.scr came out, it not only updated virus data files, it installed new filtering process software on my machine and asked me to reboot… all automatically, without me thinking about it. It not only spots viruses and worms coming *in*, but it also keeps them from going *out*. In other words, even if a Melissa-type virus-trojan-worm *does* sneak by, when it starts to send emails to everyone in your address book, Norton intercepts and stops the behavior. So it nips the *spreading* in the bud. This one simple $30 purchase would, single-handedly, make the Internet an incredibly safer place. Get it at your local computer store or at http://www.symantec.com . You don’t need the bigger “System Works”… just the Antivirus software will do. Watch carefully for all the little checkboxes if you use their site. You probably don’t need any mailings whatsoever… nor do you need any additional products to do the job.

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NETWORK SOLUTIONS FORGETS

Tony at <tonyatsoondotorgdotuk> wrote this past week, “If you have a domain registered with Network Solutions, it is reported that allegedly they have not been always sending reminders to domain holders to request renewal payments. Result – lost domain. And there is a po*n company which buys up non-renewed domains of any sort, if they think there will be plenty of inbound links. Go to: </tonyatsoondotorgdotuk>

http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

and check your renewal date and make a note of it. And note that there are many cheaper domain registrars, and it is easy to transfer to them. (But choose one that others recommend to you as reliable.) And if you have a domain you no longer want, don’t let it lapse, try selling it or passing it on.” (Great input, Tony!) I like www.aitdomains.com .

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS NEEDED

Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada.</briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>

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REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE IN JAPAN

Work with a Japanese Church in Hiroshima! Here’s a unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. You just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff toll-free or via Net2Phone at 888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or click to http://www.mup.org or email <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  >.

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ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Brochure available: E-mail <aptsatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: http://www.apts.edu . Registration deadline: March 01, 2002.</aptsatxcdotorg>

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders seeking a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. The training has been garnered by Interdev in over 16 years of practical hands-on experience, including facilitating the exploration, formation and on-going effective operation of over 70 currently operating partnerships and over 90 currently developing partnerships around the world.

“Kingdom Connections” will be held in Grand Rapids, MI Feb.10-13, 2002. It is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC), and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For registration information, contact <interdev-usatxcdotorg>. Space is limited, so early application is crucial. For those interested in International Kingdom Connection training, please e-mail <trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk>.</trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk></interdev-usatxcdotorg>

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NEW HELP FOR MISSIONARY LEADERS

Roland Muller’s new book, _Missionary Leadership by Motivation and Communication_ addresses many of the leadership issues that arise when leading teams of volunteer Christian workers drawn from a variety of cultures and denominations. It includes many practical concepts and a wealth of resources, along with original cartoons by Jon Clime. Get it at http://www.rmuller.com .

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TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII

The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

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THE BACK PAGE: RESPONSIBLE EMAILING

Lately, I’ve been noticing that, with the increased volume of email that seemingly everyone is getting these days, I’m more and more appreciating those who can be lovingly concise. :-) So here’s a Christmas wish list — that we would get rid of these 4 “most unwanted” email characteristics:

*** Attachments: In short, lose them. Those which end in .pif, .scr, .vbs, and .exe can ruin our hard drives. And Office extensions can contain macro viruses. If you *do* have to send an attachment, it’s polite to write first to ask permission to send it. And the recipient should have antivirus software.

*** Forwards: We never had to deal with this before the email generation, because nobody wanted to go pay for photocopies. Now it’s too easy to just keep hitting forward after forward after forward, and well-meaning friends leave all those carbon-copied addresses attached. Yikes. When will we learn to in-quote only what is needed. Honestly, I know *many* people who now don’t even download forwarded emails from their POP3 server.

*** Hoaxes: Just when I think we’re starting to be able to recognize hoaxes, another round starts up. Get the Brigada “OPC” protocol so you can spot hoaxes and similar unwarranted emails.

*** Real virus-propagation: I just don’t get it. After Melissa and everything else that has come before and after, why in the world are we still clicking on those attachments!!!??? :-) And when we *do*, why don’t we have antivirus programs with up-to-date virus data definitions. Because then, all our friends have to deal with receiving the brunt of our sloppy computing. Yikes. If these issues were spilling out in the streets, the world would be a very ugly place. As it is, it’s just the information highway that’s getting clogged with wasted virus-worm-spam. If you *must* use Outlook, go to Microsoft’s site and download the fix. Turn off Windows Scripting Host. Engage macro protection in Office. Get Norton. Please. :-)

*** Subscribe/Unsubscribe requests: If you’re part of an automated email list (like Brigada Today), try to be a responsible list member. That means keeping track of how to subscribe and unsubscribe. Some ejournals even include reminders on how to do that… in every issue. Yet literally dozens of subscribers try to prevail upon list-compilers to do their housecleaning for them… to change addresses, or to unsubscribe. Many even become angry when they won’t help. So please… it’s the most basic of all Internet functions. Learn to use the unsubscribe commands of the lists to which you subscribe. Your editors & compilers will love you for it! :-)

Thanks to any and all who can help rid the world of these email problems! :-)

20010923 Brigada Today

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THE FOLKS AT JOSHUA PROJECT II FORGE ON

Curious about what happened to all the AD2000 & Beyond unreached people data? Wonder no more. The legacy lives on . . . in the form of Joshua Project II. They continue to refine their already-completed comprehensive ethno-cultural list of all the world’s peoples. Check it out (viewing and download) at: http://www.joshuaproject.net/datacomplete.html Now, during the next few months, they want to attach various Church Planting progress indicators to that list e.g. % Evangelicals, % Adherents and several others such as Operation World Progress Indicators, status of various ministries tools of Bible Translation progress, Christian Radio Broadcasting, Audio Recordings and Jesus Film.

Then they’ll try to establish criteria to identify the least reached (possibly something like less than 2% Evangelical) and then publish a global comprehensive least reached list. Next they’ll tackle what might be the most important phase — to begin promoting the comprehensive least-reached peoples list and gathering ministry commitments for networking purposes. They’ll also expand the JPII website to be interactive to allow queries such as: “Show me the ten largest groups without a Jesus Film that are considered unreached? Show me all groups in the 10/40 Window that are below 5% Christian and have audio recordings available. Show me the 20 top most adoptable” peoples.”

Let’s all pray that God will bless their work. They are the “Nehemiahs” trudging through the city in the dark, hoping to gain for us a more accurate picture of the walls that most need rebuilding.

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WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT INFOBEAT?

letter and ligntening bolt Email-based global news? Until recently, Infobeat provided an excellent email news service, but they recently changed their format and their range of content. Do you have any suggestions on a comprehensive, free (or inexpensive) email news service providing global coverage that does NOT require web access to read the articles? Send your comments to David davidgatcydotnet  (davidgatcydotnet)   including the URL to contact the news service. A summary report will be made available after a couple of weeks here on Brigada. (Thanks David!!! What a great idea. I feel your pain. My buddies and I went to CNN.com’s email news. It’s still no replacement for the old InfoBeat.)
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SPECIAL OFFER ON “INTO ALL THE WORLD”

book The “annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook” is 132-pages long, brings you 34 excellent articles, and 11 Important “Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts”. It carries DOUBLE the editorial content of the current edition. And, included are two Special Sections: “Working with Children in Crisis,” and “Short-Term Missions: 2002.” The cost for a single-copy is $5.00 (includes S&H). Multiple copies are available for just $2.00 each, plus our modest “out-of-pocket” S&H charges. But for Brigada subscribers, Bill will do this: Order 15 or more copies and he’ll include a free copy of the new 21st Century Edition of Operation World (just published this fall; 798-pages; $18 cover price). (Order 25 and get 2 free copies, order 50 or more and get 5 free copies. To order a supply of the 2002 Edition send an e-mail to intomorecopiesataoldotcom  (intomorecopiesataoldotcom)   indicating the number of copies you wish to receive. An invoice will be sent with the shipment to US and Canadian addresses. All overseas orders must send payment in advance to Bill Berry, Publisher, Into All The World, PO Box 40519, Pasadena, CA 91114, tel: 626-798-8582, fax: 626-798-2712.
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ATTEND A PROMISING JAPANESE CHURCH PLANTING INSTITUTE

calendar It’s still not too late to make arrangements to attend the JEMA Church Planting Institute (CPI). Registrations for this year’s conference November 6-9 in Kawaguchi-ko near Mt. Fuji are ahead of record attendances in previous years (260+). Participants will have to choose from among 4 training tracks, over 20 electives and dozens of regional groups. Registration remains open until October 23rd. For registration and information contact the JEMA office 03-3295-1949 jemaatjemadotorg  (jemaatjemadotorg)  , the CPI web site http://www.jcpi.net or John JMehnatCompuservedotcom  (JMehnatCompuservedotcom)  .
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ANNOUNCING ARABIC VISUALIZED BIBLE SERIES

Bible The Visualized Bible Series is a 78-volume series of flash card Bible-teaching lessons. Each volume contains four lessons and sixteen large, colorful illustrations (10″ x 14″) bound into the book. Each volume teaches one Bible doctrine or topic (i.e.: Faith, Prayer, Repentance, Forgiveness, The Nature of Man, etc.). The entire series is available in English from Bible Visuals International, PO Box 153, Akron, PA 17501-0153. BVI’s web site: http://www.biblevisuals.org. BVI’s email karenewatbiblevisualsdotorg  (karenewatbiblevisualsdotorg)  . The three volumes on the Crucifixion and Resurrection are printed in Arabic and are available from either Bible Visuals International or Clarion Publishing House, PO Box 165740, Beirut, Lebanon. Clarion’s email is Clarionatcyberiadotnetdotlb  (Clarionatcyberiadotnetdotlb)  . Inquire about costs and missionary discounts. There’s a free catalog available from BVI.
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LEARN ABOUT LITERACY AND EVANGELISM

graduation cap An International Training Institute on Literacy and Evangelism will be held in Tulsa/USA from June 9 to July 12, 2002. This five week course prepares persons to start church-based outreach in literacy ministry by using Bible-content materials. For more information (cost etc.), email ort4leiatjunodotcom  (ort4leiatjunodotcom)   or write Literacy and Evangelism Int’l 1800 S. Jackson Ave. Tulsa, OK 74107 or visit LEI’s Website at: http://www.LiteracyEvangelism.org.
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FURLOUGH, FIELD, VEHICLES

MATS supplies vehicles for those in Christian Ministries. Their sole purpose is to save ministry dollars spent on transportation needs. For furloughs, they have the “Rentals at Cost” program, and they also offer insurance and delivery. Or buy new or used from them as well! In addition, they have great prices on new field units for NGOs, shipping most brands most anywhere. Learn more by writing caratmatsdotorg  (caratmatsdotorg)   or see http://www.mats.org. or write MATS International, Inc. 4444 National Road E, Richmond, IN 47374. Phone toll-free 888-776-7211 or 765-965-7777 fax 765-962-9966
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STRATEGY SEMINAR IN NAKURU, KENYA

Unlimited Strategy Evangelism (“USE”) conducted a seminar for Pastors and Church Leaders in Nakuru, Kenya Sept. 11 – 16, 2001. It stressed Laity ministry, discipleship, and edifying the Body of Christ plus emphasizing teaching the Truth of God’s Word. The Sunday after the seminar concluded, the host church canceled their Sunday evening service and went into the community to put into practice what they had learned. As a result sixteen individuals became Believers. Plans are being formulated for additional seminars in Kenya. For more information contact Aranyasataoldotcom  (Aranyasataoldotcom)  . Or visit http://www.hometown.aol.com/aranyas/USE2.html
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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap The following GET mission training schools are scheduled for 2002: One-month full time intensive from February 4th – March 5th in Irvine, California. Two-month summer full- time school from July 8th – September 3rd in Hampton, Virginia USA. Courses being taught include Cross-Cultural Communications; Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Come and learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your cross- cultural call both around the block and around the world. Part-time are students welcome. Evening classes are available. For more details contact Greg gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)   at Global Ministry Teams or call 757-868-1268 or check out http://www.globalministryteams.org.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010722 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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NOT MUCH HYPE ABOUT “GODSMISSION.COMMUNITY”

calendar I would have thought we’d be hearing lots about the big-time gathering that the Billy Graham Center is hosting in Orlando, Sept. 20-23. Supposedly, some 1500 leaders (80% of the leadership of the missionary force in North America) are headed there… including those gathering for the EFMA and the IFMA conventions. But instead, at least from where we’ve been sitting, there has been a pretty strange silence. Speakers include Tom Houston and others. Other groups like ACMC, Willow Creek Int’l, WEF, and Intent are rallying there too. To learn more, click to: http://www.godsmission.com or email gmcatwheatondotedu  (gmcatwheatondotedu)  .
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MISSIONPREP TRAINING IN TORONTO

graduation cap Two important training events coming are to town. SYIS (Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills) will be held in Toronto, Canada from October 1-5. This interactive Workshop for Missionaries by Ken Williams’ International Training Partners is intended for mission personnel wanting to increase their knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216 page workbook is provided, in which each topic includes key articles, a Bible study, a self-assessment, and opportunities for growth. Limited space is available so register now. In addition, Language Acquisition Training is slated for October 14-26. This is a proactive approach to learning a new language. You can evaluate your learning strengths & weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition practice with native speakers of your target language, and actually begin to grow in your target language, all in the space of two weeks in what some say is the world’s “most multicultural city” – Toronto. For more information contact Robert at 416-284-5645 or email him micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)  . For more information see http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep
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WE GET MAIL: HOW DO YOU SAY “FORMER SOVIET UNION”

Whoa… We got a lot of email expressing opinions on the “former Soviet Union” issue. TAKEN TO TASK OVER THE TERM, “FORMER SOVIET UNION”.) The opinions came in all over the board but the general consensus was . . . it’s not an easy task to describe such a complex world! In the end, it seems the consensus is… we have to use several terms. No one term adequately describes the vast mosaic that used to be the USSR. Several Brigada Today participants wrote from within ___ (whatever you want to call it :-) ) to say that they totally understand and that “former Soviet Union” is an understandable compromise (though probably still a compromise). Others urged switching to several terms — like Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, etc. “Russian Speaking Republics” wasn’t at all very popular, for obvious reasons. (Some are trying to lose that language.) So… it’s a naming jungle out there! For those who need to go in print with descriptive terms, we encourage you to be sensitive… and for those reading the terms, we urge you to extend grace! It’s not an easy task.
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MAIL FOR YOUR CONTACTS

letter and ligntening bolt The folks at SOON Gospel Literature produce an evangelistic easy-English paper and an associated evangelistic Bible correspondence course. They are mailing the free paper worldwide to about 100,000 contacts at any one time, using the help of 1000 volunteer mailing groups throughout UK. There is currently spare capacity to send the paper to additional addresses, and SOON’s team is happy to take referral addresses from any organization such as a radio ministry as an add-on to their own follow-up. SOON is particularly appropriate for Africa and Asia, as well as any TEFL situation. To see online samples of the paper, go to:
http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/olympic.html

To discuss the handling of addresses, email: tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . Free copies of the paper in easy-English, French, Swahili and African Portuguese are also available to any Christian group to use for local distribution.

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COMMUNICATION RESOURCES TO REACH ALL PEOPLES

cd-rom Create International now offers both their popular Video People Profiles (documentaries on specific unreached people groups) and Evangelistic films in VideoCD format as well as the original VHS tape format. VideoCDs can be played on both DVD players and on most computers with a CD player. Also, in an effort to make these resources more accessible they have reduced the price of these presentations by 25% across the board and now you can order all of their resources at their new website at: http://createinternational.com/VideoWebPage.html or http://createinternational.com/ev.html.

In addition to their video resources, Create International also produces PhotoCD-ROM disks. Their all-in-one photoCD offers over 300 of their most popular images of unreached peoples along with sample video clips, images of work among UPGs, indigenous music, and more. Their new offer includes customized photoCDs of 50 hiRes images such as: Peoples of China, India, Africa, or Indonesia. Check it out and choose the region or country which interests you, http://createinternational.com/UPGPhotoCD.html. Order online and save 20% off the normal price.

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FIND CONTEXTUALIZED RESOURCES

WebWatch “Indigitech”, is a new website developed by Create International for both education and dissemination of contextual evangelistic resources. It is their desire that Indigitech become a bridge between fieldworkers and contextual resources which are now available. It includes many links to video, audio, tract, and webevangelism resources as well as offering free downloadable materials. Please make use of this vital Internet tool at: http://createinternational.com/indigitech/.
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SIRCAM TROJAN “WORM” (VIRUS) SEEMS RAMPANT IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES

virus The “Sircam worm (kind of like a virus)” seems rampant in Christian circles. I’m not sure why, particularly, except for the fact that maybe we’re more trusting of people we know… and since the trojan contains its own SMTP engine and automatically composes emails to the user’s address book entries, it seems that friends are the biggest victims of the Sircam “worm”. For some reason, McAffee antivirus software seems a bit less effective at handling it. Not sure why. Either way, there’s more information at: href="http://wwwdotsarcdotcom/avcenter/venc/data/w32dotsircamdotwormatmmdothtml">http://wwwdotsarcdotcom/avcenter/venc/data/w32dotsircamdotwormatmmdothtml

Notice that if you can’t afford Norton Antivirus 2001 (which is very effective against this and most other viruses), there are instructions at the site above on how to remove the virus manually. There are also instructions on how to recognize it.

Want to make your PC less vulnerable to attacks from these kinds of viruses or worms? Unhook the Visual Basic script tool. Most individuals probably don’t need it anyway. Just open My Computer, then open Control Panel, then open Add/Remove Programs. Then click on the “Windows Setup” tab. This gets you to Windows features that you can either add or remove. Highlight “Accessories”, then click on the Details button. Scroll down the list of features, uncheck “Windows Scripting Host” Click OK to save changes, and close out each dialogue window. With Windows Scripting Host uninstalled, those silly “Trojan horse virus programs” won’t be able to run Visual Basic Scripts.

They’re rampant… so be careful… It truly is a jungle out there!

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SEE THOSE FONTS ON YOUR PC

Have you noticed how your PC slows down as you add zillions of fonts (some of which you never use anyway?). Get this free viewing utility, then weed out the ones you don’t use. “FontViewer 2” scans the files on your hard drive then tells you which fonts you actually use. Pretty handy! It then highlights the files you don’t use, allowing you to remove them . . . at least for the time being. It runs under Win 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0 or 2000. Just head on over to: http://www.pcmag.com/utilities to get your copy… for free! Tell ’em Brigada sent you! :-)
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WHAT’S THE BEST PATH TO AN INDIGENOUS CHURCH?

Is it your goal to start a church that can stand on its own? How do you get there? Beginning next week, we hope to do a series of “BackPage” editorials on the best path to developing a church that can stand on its own, i.e., become indigenous. Send your best ideas to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   and please make the subject read, simply, “STAND”. We’ll publish a series of quick reports here… then make a compilation report available as an auto-responder. Thanks in advance!!! (Please be sure to make the subject line, “STAND”. It’s the only way we can be sure that all the great contributions will be included! Thanks!)
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010617 Brigada Today

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STUPENDOUS UPDATE FROM OPERATION WORLD EDITOR

We received this note last Thursday from Patrick Johnstone, lead author of Operation World.

“Doug,
“A little message to say that God has been gracious to us and enabled us to complete the text of Operation World (OW) just in time to send off the CD by the deadline with its complex PDF files ready for printing. This we aim to send by DHL or equivalent tomorrow, 30th June.

“The final book with indices on peoples and places is about 824 pages long. The greater length is due to better lay-out, inclusion of new material on top of what has been an almost complete re-write (probably about 80%). New features include answers to prayer for many countries and the index. The book itself will be almost exactly the same size as the last, but with thinner paper.

“Thank you and all Brigada readers for prayer on our behalf. Wonderfully we have had 9 months of only minor computer problems in spite of having no resident computer manager on site and we have been in reasonable health as a team even though we have worked overtime on this for many months.

“I believe this is the best OW yet. It is certainly the best-checked with input from thousands of people. What a wonderful global team we have had! We trust that there are no harmful comments, silly bloobs or serious omissions.

“We are now finalizing the CD version with it ancillary components. Our colleagues of GMI are working hard on this production now. This will, for the first time, give all CD owners access in a more user-friendly way our whole database with sources.

“The new book and CD as well as the completely re-vamped children’s’ version (formerly YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD) and now called WINDOW ON THE WORLD (this looks brilliant!) will be launched in the UK on 6 Sept on the MV Logos II in London and a few days later in the USA at the Florida Jamboree of the EFMA/IFMA/ACMC.

“In Jesus and for world evangelization,

“Patrick and Robyn Johnstone”

[snip snip… end of note from Patrick Johnstone]

Yahooooooooo! This is a great piece of news

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

calendar Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Here is an opportunity to get involved. Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders interested in a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. “Kingdom Connections” will be held in Seattle, October 10-12, 2001, and is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC) and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For brochure and full registration information, please contact Interdev-USatxcdotorg  (Interdev-USatxcdotorg)  . There is a limit to the number of people allowed in these courses so early application and registration is crucial.
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NONPROFIT PUBLISHER FOR CHURCHES AND MISSIONS

books Master Design Ministries is a unique book publisher. They only publish books for churches and missions/missionaries and, because of their missionary staff, at a fraction of the cost of most self-publishers. So if you have a book in any language (from Bibles to primers to biographies to devotionals to Bible studies) that you want to publish, take a look at their services and pricing. You can find them on the web at http://www.masterdesign.org or contact them via email at infoatmasterdesigndotorg  (infoatmasterdesigndotorg)  .
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ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR FREE

virus Thanks to Paul for the great tip regarding AVG by Grisoft. He wrote, “I’ve been using it for a couple of years… it’s completely free, even the monthly updates. It catches one or two viruses every month in my emails now. Some even from computers that supposedly were protected by other virus software such as McAffee :-( It’s very user friendly — don’t know how they can give it away for free (there is a commercial version that they charge for, though).” I guess that’s one of the secrets of the Brigada family. We throw out an idea and someone (among the nearly 10,000 of us) has an even better option! … and at an even more attractive price! :-) Check out Paul’s option at http://www.grisoft.com
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CONFERENCE FOR JAPANESE & THOSE WORKING WITH JAPANESE

calendar For Japanese Christians and those ministering to them, the Equipper Conference 2001 will endeavor to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese from God’s Word to ‘Look Unto Jesus’ thus encouraging one another’s spiritual growth and faith. This conference is also dedicated to help equip those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. The dates are 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA. The conference is sponsored by International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 or e-mail ushqatjcfndotorg  (ushqatjcfndotorg)  .
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ANTICIPATING CHURCH PLANTING? GOT A WEEK?

graduation cap Too many church planters take the latest church-planting model, transplant it to other parts of the world, then wonder why things didn’t go well. Developing an effective model for the particular context means greater effectiveness. This one week course, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training by Dr. Tom Steffen of Biola University, is a survey and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various church-planting models and strategies used around the world. It identifies key factors that the church planter can implement in a context specific, phase-out oriented church-planting strategy. Course dates are July 30-August 3, 2001. Interested? Write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call (toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 or visit http://www.citi.org.
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DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

graduation cap Here’s a three-week intensive course designed to teach the missionary how to become a student of a destination culture. What’s more, students learn how to enter that culture and begin ministry there. Presenters teach both practical and theoretical tools Taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by international trainer Dr. Richard Lewis, the course will take place from August 9-31, 2001. To register or for more information, write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call toll-free (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 or visit http://www.citi.org.
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FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA

graduation cap Global Opportunities is offering a one-day free tentmaking seminar in Pasadena at Lake Avenue Church on Saturday the 14th of July. If you would like more information or would like to register for this event, please go to www.globalopps.org/seminar. Keep checking this site for future seminars in your area. If you are interested in hosting a seminar at your location, go to the hosting section for more information. If you do not have web access send them an email at infoatglobaloppsdotorg  (infoatglobaloppsdotorg)  . Plan on attending to meet the GO staff and to be challenged for world missions among the unreached using your vocation!
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FREE BOOK FROM BILLY GRAHAM MINISTRIES

book “No catches….just a free book :-)” That’s the word from Julie, you can get a free copy of the Prayers of Jabez book. The book can only be mailed to residents of the USA and Canada. I guess there’s a limit to their free offers. So if you’re not in the USA or Canada, maybe there’s someone there that can receive it for you? Request your free copy online now! http://www.billygraham.org/home/offer_r.asp or if you don’t have web access, write Julie yishpanatwebtvdotnet  (yishpanatwebtvdotnet)  

Most important of all — the address, yishpanatwebtvdotnet  (yishpanatwebtvdotnet)  , was only the original referring party. Please forget I ever mentioned it.

The website… that’s the place to go…

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FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.

These IMB people continue to surprise me. I think it all started in Seoul, Korea, when Avery Willis stood up during a session at the AD2000 conference (GCOWE 95). His promise went something like this: “We’re opening up the store!” :-) Maybe you thought he was joking. :-) Now that he’s the top man at the Southern Baptist’s International Mission Board, he’s standing true to his word. Check out the resource below — well worth the download time! Hat’s off to author David Garrison, too. Though he’s copyrighted it (so you can’t ethically print copies and sell them), he’s also made it free for the globe to use. You’ve gotta’ love a guy like that since it stands to reason that several downloads might have possibly been paying customers at the bookstands. Bravo to Mr. Garrison for his unselfish spirit… and here’s hoping that it comes back to him many-fold over in the Kingdom to come!
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GET THIS FREE RESOURCE IF YOU WANT TO PLANT CHURCHES

Funny how I had just told our Personnel guy at the Team Expansion office, “We’ve got to find some more training materials for teaching our new missionaries to plant churches.” The next thing you know, I learn about this 892K Word file, accompanied by a 2.38 Meg PowerPoint teaching presentation that goes with the booklet, and a 318K bonus Powerpoint on “POUCH churches”. So now, tomorrow morning, I’ll say to our Personnel guy, “Chris, thanks to the unselfishness of Avery Willis and David Garrison, we’re ready to rumble! Find them all at: http://www.newwway.org/cpm.htm
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HOW TO PLAN FOR POSTMODERN SENSITIVE MINISTRY

As if the Garrison resource wasn’t already enough, two great articles on the subject of ministry that is sensitive to postmodernism by Ross Rhode are available on newWway this month: “Practical Considerations for Postmodern Sensitive Churches” and “The Gospel and Postmodernism”. Also, part of knowing how to communicate to a target population is knowing in what position the message should be presented. What is Positioning? find out the answer at http://www.newWway.org
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SAFEGUARD THE RTF FILE ATTACHMENTS YOU RECEIVE

virus Do you sometimes receive text files in “RTF” format? (Hint: If you don’t know what RTF format is, then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.) If so, trot on over to this link and install the virus fix: www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms00-005.asp Can you believe it? Not even RTF files are safe anymore (’til you install that link.) What will these vicious virus-laden vandals think of next?
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NEW PACE VIDEO FOR $15

PACE logo Are you on the edge of your seat wondering how the “PACE” concept is working out, nearly five years after it was first introduced at Envision ’96 (a missions mobilization conference held in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 1st – 3rd, 1996)? Do you lie awake at night, tossing and turning, constantly asking yourself questions like, “I wonder if there are any churches actually using the PACE paradigm…” Are you curious as to what the acronym “PACE” even stands for (Hint: Pray, Activate, Commit, Enlist). Fret no more! Now you can order an 11-minute promotional video aimed at helping you remember those three nights in 1996 and how they are impacting the future of missions today. And now, for no extra charge, dubbed onto the same video, see an extra 11-minute video containing footage from last week’s “PACE-Lab” in Louisville, Kentucky. So together, these 22 minutes of fast-paced, music-filled images will encourage your soul and broaden your hopes. (Okay… so maybe they won’t do all that, but at least they’ll fill you in on some positive points of using the PACE approach.) To order, send a check for $15 to Team Expansion (attn: PACE video), 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299 or use PayPal to send payment to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . You can also to the Team Expansion website at http://www.teamexpansion.org, click on “Resources”, then click on the PayPal icon to transfer the $15 instantly and safely using your credit card or bank account. Just add a note to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   that gives your shipping address.
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BECOME A MAP-MAKER

Have you found yourself wishing for a great color map, but unable to lay your hands on one? Now you can! Check out these geographic gold mines, all with free mapping features:

Expedia.com – slanted toward N. Am. and Eur.

mapblast.com – worldwide street maps, driving directions in ten languages, yellow-page listings to print

mapquest.com – slow response at times, banner ads, cluttered screens, world atlas, worldwide road maps, topo. maps, airport locations, white & yellow pages, U.S. traffic reports

maptech.com – maps and charts; enter a town or place name and state, get nautical charts, topo. maps, aeronautical charts, sat. photos

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REVISED PATTERSON CHURCH-PLANTING CD AVAILABLE

cd-rom After weeks of manufacturing delays, Enable! Media is pleased to announce to those who inquired about George Patterson’s e-textbook on CD-ROM, that the manufactured edition is now available and shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland OR 97215 USA, local telephone 503-517-1850, toll-free 800-547-4546, fax 503-517-1801, e-mail bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . Sorry, they cannot accept credit orders at this time. [For Windows only.]
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HOW DO YOU TRAIN KIDS WITH LITTLE OR NO RESOURCES?

That’s what Kerryn skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   would like to know. She’s hunting for training materials for children’s workers in low-resource areas where children’s ministry is starting from scratch. Send her your best ideas, sources, and links and she’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today. Good luck Kerryn!
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ETHNIC WORKERS’ SUMMIT DEADLINE DRAWS NEAR

calendar The deadline for the $60 registration fee for the Ethnic Workers’ Summit (April 19-21 at BIOLA University, sponsored by the Mission America Ethnic America Network) is the end of February. After that the registration fee is $75 (registration for couples is $100 and does not increase). Get more info on the Summit at http://www.ethnic-america.net?
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GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTREACH INTRODUCES GEO ONLINE MISSIONARY FORUMS

WebWatch At Heartland MissionsFest, Global Economic Outreach announced the introduction of GEO Online. GEO Online is a collection of online forums where missionaries and other community development workers can exchange information and post questions on a wide variety of topics. It is also a place where professionals, craftsmen, and hobbyists can answer questions from their own experience. Imagine participating in forums like, “Agriculture, Arts, Community, Construction, Cottage Industry Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, General Administrative issues, Health, Marketing, Missionary Issues, Political Science, Recreation, Small Business, Technology, Transportation, and Import/Export. Plus… I really like this interface! What’s more, regular use of GEO Online helps build the searchable knowledge base. Visit GEO Online at http://www.teamgeo.org/forums. Direct questions, suggestions and feedback to mailatteamgeodotorg  (mailatteamgeodotorg)  .
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GLOBAL ACTION TOUCHING THE WORLD

Global Action is committed to proclaim the kingdom of God in word and deed around the world, and serve the church by empowering, training, motivating and mobilizing its people, so that they become full-devoted followers of Christ. Global Action has five strategic areas. These are: Evangelism and Outreach, Training and Motivation, Compassion, Children and Youth, and Multiplication. Check them out at: http://www.globalaction.nu Global Action also offers short-term mission trips to those who want to serve in a holistic ministry around the world. They offer trips all year long and have a unique opportunity for Christians that are 55 years and older to experience missions. For more info, call Jill in the USA at 888-725-3707, or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .
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NEW INTERACTIVE BOOK DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSIONARIES

letter and ligntening bolt The Coffee Shop is a new email list service for Christian missionaries to discuss and apply books related to cross-cultural mission and ministry. Each monthly issue includes Reader Raves, Discussion Threads, and Short Book Reviews. It’s a great way for missionaries worldwide to communicate and learn together. Joining is easy. Go to http://www.globalcompassion.com/thecoffeeshop.htm for more information, or send an email to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAM

graduation cap Prairie Bible College and Graduate School (Three Hills, Alberta, Canada) sponsors an annual Ethnomusicology Institute for five weeks during May and June. The program is designed to provide a basic theoretical foundation in applied ethnomusicology for missionaries and musicians preparing for cross-cultural ministry. Courses may be taken for undergraduate (PBC) or graduate (PGS) credit. These courses will be offered this year:

  1. THEOLOGY & PRACTICE OF WORSHIP (3 credit hours; May 7-11)
  2. MUSIC IN WORLD CULTURES (3 credit hours: May 14-18)
  3. INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (3 credit hours: May 22-June 8)
  4. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FIELD METHODS (3 credit hours: May 22-June 8)

For information on the program, costs, and application procedures, check out: http://www.pbi.ab.ca/college/finearts/ Email VernondotCharteratpbidotabdotca  (VernondotCharteratpbidotabdotca)   or phone 011-1-403-443-5511, ext. 3394.

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WEF CD OFFERS VIRTUAL LIBRARY

cd-rom World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) is releasing WEF The Theological Resource Library on CD ROM. This CD ROM is completely searchable and is rich in material for missions, evangelism, discipleship, church history and theology. If you purchase all the material the CD contains in print it would cost you over $1000. WEF is offering this CD at a special price for BRIGADA TODAY subscribers. The CD normally sells for $49.95 but if you tell WEF you saw it in BRIGADA TODAY the cost is only $35.95. The complete run of the WEF Theological Commission journal Evangelical Review of Theology 1977-2000 is on the CD. The journal contains articles from a global perspective covering a wide range of topics in missions and current theological issues such as homosexuality, ethics, salvation, and theological education. The acclaimed, “A Contemporary Evangelical Perspective on Roman Catholicism” both in English and Spanish is included. The resource library contains Bibles, ASV and KJV, in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese. Historic Creeds and Confessions, History of Christianity, eight vol. set by Schaff, sermons by Wesley and Whitefield and WEF publications are also on the CD. The cost for the WEF Theological Resource Library is only $35.95 plus $3, domestic, or $5, international, for shipping and handling. For ordering or to obtain a complete list of contents contact WEF at 630-668-0440 or email Philip Philckenyonataoldotcom  (Philckenyonataoldotcom)  . WEF will accept Visa and Master Charge. Volume discounts are also available.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen So far, in our series on how to good teams become great teams, we’ve covered these four key components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination
  4. Gifted team members

This past week, Pete Holzmann wrote to say that God had been teaching him a ton lately — and most recently, he had appreciated the principles in a book, “Topgrading.” It’s apparently all about choosing, and coaching, the best players for your work team. Though it’s not written from a Christian perspective, necessarily, Pete felt that, if extended into our paradigm, it would offer great help on some 50 different areas of competency. According to Pete, “One of the most valuable little tools it provides is a division of those 50 areas into three categories:

  • Weaknesses easily fixed (through education, etc)
  • Weaknesses NOT easily fixed, but doable with significant effort
  • Weaknesses very difficult if not impossible to fix (without the Lord’s intervention)

Examples:

  • How to choose the right people (easily fixed)
  • How to be more personable (hard to fix but doable)
  • How to be more intelligent (uhhh… that’s a toughie!)

Sounds intriguing. (It’s Topgrading, by Bradford Smart, Copyright 2000 Prentice Hall Press. 403 pages.)

Okay… so we’re ready to expand the list. [drum roll snare drum] From my perspective, another key principle to turn good teams into great teams involves appropriate leadership.

e. Great teams have great leaders — If you don’t believe this, just study some of the great coaches of the world. I think of Anson Dorrance of the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer program. Here’s a coach that has dominated a sport. Probably no other coach in the history of the universe has so effectively captured repeating titles in any other sport in existence. How is it that other great soccer players can assemble great talent, yet come away with mediocre winnings? There’s some kind of chemistry present when a great leader steps onto the field with a good team.

So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. So he has his team members compete in speed races, shoot-outs, and just about every possible soccer skill imaginable. For those of us who work in missions, maybe one parallel would be that we simply meet regularly with our team members to assess how they’re doing.

In our own mission, we recently began a top-to-bottom process of asking team leaders to meet with team members on a monthly basis, to focus not only on “job performance” (as cold as that sounds), but also on spiritual walk, relationships, and a dozen other factors. It’s taken us a while to implement it, but almost without exception, all the teams which have begun the process are reporting amazing feedback. One team leader in Asia wrote that although it’s “frightful territory” to enter into these “checkpoint” sessions, they indeed are promoting better communication, healthier relationships, and better conflict management.

And for good teams to become great teams, all those factors have to be in place.

Brigada autoresponder Want to get a list of the entire discussion so far regarding turning good teams into great teams? Just send an email to great_teamsatbrigadadotorg  (great_teamsatbrigadadotorg)   and you’ll receive the assembled text back in your inbox in minutes. And… be careful out there. It’s a jungle. :-)

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010204 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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NEW VIDEO FEATURES JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 “AFFINITY BLOCKS”

movie camera According to the Joshua Project 2000 all peoples on the unreached peoples list are represented within a dozen or so affinity blocs. This new video covers 12 affinity blocs and pictures the state of world evangelization at the end of the year 2000. A joint effort of the following agencies, AD 2000 and Beyond, Caleb Project, China Source, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, International Mission Board-SBC, IRRTV-Finland, Jan Karnis, Productions, Operation Mobilization, Presbyterian Church-USA and Procla-Media Productions this new resource covers the 12 affinity blocs in 5-6 minute segments. The peoples covered are: Arab World, Cushitic Peoples, Eurasian Peoples, Indo-Iranians of SW Asia, Indo-Iranians of South Asia, Jewish Peoples, Malay Peoples, Sinitic Peoples, Sub-Saharan Africa, Thai/Dai Peoples, Tibetan Peoples and Turkic Peoples. The cost is $19.95 plus shipping and tax if applicable. (20 % discount to any ministry). NTSC copies can be ordered from OM Literature at 800-733- 5907 or 770-554-5827. PAL copies can be ordered from OM USA at 800- 899-0432 or e-mail randyatusadotomdotorg  (randyatusadotomdotorg)  .
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NEW “HIS” DATABASE NEARLY READY FOR “PRIMETIME”

Have you heard about the new “Harvest Information System” (HIS) being birthed as a follow-up to AD2000 & Beyond’s data on unreached peoples? As it turns out, the HIS “Registry of Peoples” (ROP) list may well be one of the most complete lists of the world’s peoples publicly available. The People/Country table presently contains 16,391 records. By contrast, the new edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia contains 12,582 entries. As the HIS Peoples list has been built, the attempt has been made to err on the side of inclusiveness, not wanting any peoples to be inadvertently omitted. Stay tuned to future editions of Brigada Today for further developments on this project.
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INTERPERSONAL SKILLS NEED SHARPENING?

calendar “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” will be offered April 22 – 27, 2001, for missionaries and church personnel in Idyllwild, CA. This interactive workshop is designed to increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills as you relate to family, co-workers, and those in other cultures. Topics covered include: Biblical Foundations, Loving Listening, Managing Conflicts Well, Building Trust, Managing Stress, Managing Grief, Being an Encourager. Tahquitz Pines Conference Center is the location. Register by March 22 for early fees – total in single room is $422 or shared room $352. If flying, Ontario airport is closest. Map and other details will be given after registration. Visit Mission Training International’s web site for details http://www.mti.org (see under “Workshops”) or contact them at Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or tel. toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687.
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY EXTENSION IN BUDAPEST

graduation capBeginning this fall/winter, CIU is opening a Budapest Extension Center (BEC) as an extension of their graduate school in cooperation with Pioneers for those seeking to work on an accredited MA or MDiv with:

  • intensive one/two week modular courses up to 3 times each school year
  • up to 50% of non-residential course work in Budapest
  • a minimum of 50% of residential courses to be completed at CBS in Korntal, Germany or CIU in Columbia, South Carolina
  • significant tuition savings

This will be graduate level education taught by visiting professors from CIU for nationals and expats in Europe and the former Soviet Union. For more information, write ciu-budatpioneersdotorg  (ciu-budatpioneersdotorg)  .

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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

graduation cap Teach in China! A TESOL training school will be held at SIAS University in XinZheng City of Henan Province, China from June 1-July 14, 2001. The school is geared to train English teachers for placement at SIAS University or other Chinese Universities or for service almost anywhere in the world. The students will learn to live in China, love the people, eat their food, and speak some of their language. For more information, visit the corresponding site on the web at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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ENGLISH TEACHERS FOR TAJIKISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA

Would you be interested in teaching English for 3-4 months in this needy post-Soviet country which is trying to rebuild its economy? You can also study Persian, Tajik or Russian language, and this short-term work will be set up by an ex-pat who’s been through the experience and understands the needs of a newcomer. Semesters run Feb-May and Sept-Dec (it’s not too late for this semester!). Accommodation and food provided. Salary $25-50 per month, depending on the number of hours taught. No qualifications required (only some patience and cultural flexibility), but experience of teaching English preferable, since you will have to design your own teaching program. Write to dhj-genatinamedotcom  (dhj-genatinamedotcom)   or phone +992 372 336715.
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TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE

calendar The theme of the 4th TIE Congress has evolved to the TIE Asian Regional Conference. The congress starts March 18th thru the 22nd. The various staff of TIE will be facilitating the workshops. The registration fee of $240 includes transportation from the airport, meals and lodging at the Lumban Caliraya Re-Creation Center. For more information contact Ken tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   or Joy pmamdatpacificdotnstdotph  (pma%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Emdatpacificdotnstdotph)  .
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TIE ASIAN CONGRESS IN MANILA

calendar This year’s “TIE” congress is to take place in Manila, March 18 to 22 at the Caliraya Re-Creation Center south of the city. This is for practicing tentmakers and will concentrate on Asian operations, of training, the Information Technology Center at the Asia Center for World Missions and Business operations. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee and a full board conference cost of $240. For more information contact Joy at pmamdatpacificdotnetdotph  (pma%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Emdatpacificdotnetdotph)   or tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)  .
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CHURCH PLANTER’S SURVEY

Would you be willing to share your experiences so that other church planters can learn from you? According to its authors, this twenty-minute survey will help to identify the common characteristics of a successful church plant. If you’re interested, just send an email to lestonatxsinetdotcodotza  (lestonatxsinetdotcodotza)   and he will gladly forward the survey to you. Thank you for your assistance!

note Note: Brigada does not endorse this survey; we haven’t seen it.

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SURFING WITH A MISSION

A “Surfers For Mission” team in Noosa Australia are committed to using surfing as a strategy for reaching the unreached. Targeting 10/40 window nations like Indonesia where the ‘mega unreached’ coincide with a prolific surfing industry this team hopes to harness the adventurous spirit of surfers for the unfinished task. Their next training school starts March 18th in Noosa. For more info contact Merv ywamnoosaatbigfootdotcom  (ywamnoosaatbigfootdotcom)   or visit http://www.sfmi.net.
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CYBER-EVANGELISM – IS IT EFFECTIVE?

A survey studying the effectiveness of Cyber Evangelism as part of a bible college course is being undertaken by Mick in the UK. If anyone is involved with cyber- evangelism, of whatever kind (web based, chat room, e-mail etc), then it would be a great help if you could complete a web-based questionnaire on the topic. The URL is: http://www.mleggett.uklinux.net/weq (the last letter is a lower case Q for questionnaire). The deadline for completions is 28th February, and the results will be posted back to the web in June/July 2001. Any participants will be emailed when the results are available. Further information is available from ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg  (ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg)  .
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THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen So far, in our series on how to good teams become great teams, we’ve covered these four key components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination
  4. Gifted team members

Last week, after presenting the “gifted team members” item, we received an email from a prospective missionary who wrote:

“Sure, I know that I should wait until next week and see what you are going to offer as the ‘other issues’, but I can’t wait. I found what you wrote this week to be a little discouraging. I mean, I’m not all that gifted. I have my strengths, and I think God can use them somewhere, but I don’t come close to the kind of giftedness you describe. So, I don’t think I would qualify as a member of a great team… Maybe I should just stay home? Just for argument’s sake, of course. I love what you write, and getting Brigada each week! Keep it up!”

I replied… “I hear you, brother. Just remember… Suppose our “game” was basketball. The greatness of Michael Jordan would make us all want to stay home. I’m not suggesting that we hold out only for the ideal. But what I am saying is that as we not be satisfied with slouchy performance on something like, say, a skill issue… take language for instance. One of our workers is currently leaving for a field saying, “I can get by with the language level I already have.” I’m saying he should go to language school for six months first. Because I want him to shine. So… whatever it is you’re called to do, I’m saying become as skilled in it as you can. Work as hard at it as you can possibly work. Make sense? Did you know that, as a freshman, Michael Jordan didn’t make the cut on his high school basketball team? Needless to say, he practiced that entire year — probably harder than any senior did in the entire high school. By the way, as a sophomore, he made it. :-)

More on “great teams” next week.
Doug

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20010114 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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PACE-LAB CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE JUST ONE MONTH AWAY

PACE-Lab is a unique event designed to help you and your church maximize the experience of adopting an unreached people group. (Disclaimer: Doug Lucas is one of the key planners and implementers of the event. So there’s got to be a way to work soccer into this somehow. :-) ) Each session is geared for action and results. The dates are Feb. 15-17 at Kavanaugh Conference Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Organizers are setting up an environment that will permit you to link up with other churches and agencies to navigate the potentially-troublesome waters of world evangelism. You’ll be directed toward helpful project outlines, CD’s, job descriptions, web pages, to-do lists, and videos. There’s lots of time for questions and some special time given to Brigada itself, including how we can improve the Brigada experience all the more. We follow up each session by helping participants develop actual plans, measurable goals and, Lord willing, tangible results. Interested? Check it out on the web at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/pacelab You can study the hour-by-hour schedule, look at the map and driving directions, and even register & pay the minimal program fee online! We’d love to have you there!
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SURVEY YIELDS DEMOGRAPHIC SHAPSHOT OF BRIGADA FAMILY

Brigada Logo The results are in (from literally hundreds of participants), and the survey said…

  1. 1/3 of us subscribed to Brigada because of an email from a friend. So… would you send a note to a friend today to ask him/her to subscribe to Brigada?
  2. 1/4 of us have been a part of the family for 4 years or more. Whoa. How in the world have you put up with these weekly emails for all that time??? :-)
  3. 41% said they read 100% of each issue! Another 38% average reading at least 3/4 of each edition. All of which goes to show… we’d better find some good stuff to say or someone’s going to be very bored. :-)
  4. 90% said the typical edition is “the right length”! yahoooooo!Yahoo :-)
  5. 83% preferred to keep our mailings “weekly”.
  6. Well over half said that they gleaned something that “made a positive difference” in their ministries at least once a month. Yikes… Brigada Logo what can we say this week??? :-)
  7. Two-thirds of us have purchased something “technology-related” as a result of seeing it in Brigada Today. (Now if we only had an advertising department that could use that statistic! :-) Just kidding.)
  8. 75% said they had referred someone else to Brigada. Yahooo! :-) No wonder we don’t need an advertising department! :-)
  9. Some 2/3 of us have never visited the eGroups website. So much for their advertising theories! :-)
  10. and now…. [drum roll please snare drum ], the statistic that I was most eager to hear, where do we live? Here’s the breakdown:
    • 59% in USA or Canada
    • 13% Asia & the Middle East
    • 12% Western/Central Europe
    • 9% Africa
    • 4% Latin America
    • 2% Australia/Oceania
    • 1% Eastern Eur./Russia.

    I think what surprised me most was the low numbers in Latin America. (Que lastima!) But I was also pretty shocked that there were just as many Asians involved as there were Europeans!

  11. 1/3 of us are field missionaries and 1/5 are other agency people. A ton of us are lay people, just caring about missions! Yessssss!
  12. 94% of us speak English as our first language.
  13. 3/4 of us are male. But … hey… 1/4 are female! That’s a better result than I see in many other missions venues!
  14. but get this — 1/4 of us are between the ages of 50 and 59! Who says there’s a technology generation gap! :-)

But I guess the feature I enjoyed most was the freeform commentary… all the verbatim responses and “get it off your chest” kinds of things. There were tons of people … I mean scads… who said they regretted that many items seemed designed for a USA audience. (Okay.. so no more editions dedicated to Internet Banking or payment. Sorry about that! :-) ) And many people encouraged briefer items. Oops!! I’m outa here! :-)

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IF YOU NEED TO DO A SURVEY

By the way, if you or your organization would ever like to better understand the needs & values of your field personnel, prospective field workers, donors, church partners, or people groups you’re seeking to reach, I highly recommend you consider Jim McGee at Campbell Research jmcgeeatcampbell-researchdotcom  (jmcgeeatcampbell-researchdotcom)  . It was simply a joy to work with him on the Brigada readership survey and he invested acres of time, simply as a courtesy to the Brigada community. So naturally we’re going to recommend him in hopes that someday someone will actually pay the guy something so he can buy food for his kids!!! Seriously, Campbell Research has done research projects for the likes of Frontiers, Wycliffe, the Far East Broadcasting Company and other missions agencies in the past. Give him a try… please!
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WEB-WATCH: SEE THE CITIES OF THE WORLD BY NIGHT

WebWatch This is what the world looks like at night! http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0011/earthlights_dmsp_big.jpg Give it a minute to load, it’s a high resolution composite of hundreds of images made by NASA satellites orbiting the earth at night. How’s that for perspective? Can you find your favorite cities on this image? Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible. Where are the masses of the 10/40 Window? Take a look! Of course, this doesn’t show the rural masses where electricity and therefore lights are less common, but what a view of the cities! See also http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap001127.html (Thanks to Rod for tipping us off to this great site!)
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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST (50 WORKSHOPS, 100 AGENCIES)

calendar The tenth Heartland MissionsFest will take place Feb. 22-24 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with tracks on long-term missions, short-term trips, and serving as senders. Speakers include George Verwer, David Shibley, Betty Barnett, Bill Berry, John Dupree, Steve Hawthorne, Steve Hoke, Neal Pirolo, David Smithers, Tom Telford, Keith Wheeler and John Zumwalt. The last conference drew 2,000 participants from 15 schools, 21 states, 67 churches and 97 agencies. Co-sponsors include ACMC, Ask A Missionary, Caleb Project, and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Read the brochure and register online at http://www.askamissionary.com/hmf.html or phone 800-366-6641.
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GET READY TO RUMBLE – TRAVEL PREPARATION HELPS

Brigada autoresponder I’m compiling this week’s Brigada Today while traveling through 3 sites in Asia and I’m reminded again just how important it is to do good preparation prior to travel. You can get some great tips for packing (for both short- and long-term experiences) by sending a simple email to: packingatbrigadadotorg  (packingatbrigadadotorg)   Our autoresponder will wing its way into your inbox in no time flat with a 36K file on everything from how to get the most out of a suitcase to what to pack in your carry-on. Literally dozens of Brigada readers participated in compiling this October ’99 file. For those who want to stay connected while venturing abroad, send an email to: email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotorg  (email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotorg)   This 14K file was compiled from a series of items focusing on how to raise your chances of being an effective global communicator while on the road. And when you’re ready to book your flight, write to: travelatbrigadadotorg  (travelatbrigadadotorg)   This 19K annotated list of resources just might refer you to an agent or agency that could save you hundreds of dollars. Thanks to Bob, our volunteer web-genius, for programming this autoresponder feature into our website.
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MORE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION

If you’re having trouble getting along with someone, but can’t afford the shrink next door, you can at least download our help file on the subject. Just send a note to: conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg  (conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg)   Hey… if you can’t settle a fight with someone, just send them that file. Maybe they’ll find it in their heart to get along with you! :-)
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FEBRUARY IS “PRAY FOR THE FULANI MONTH”

Some 26 million Fulani, speaking more than 41 dialects of the Pulaar language, live throughout the Sahel region, across Africa from Senegal in the West, and as far as Sudan in the East! The Fulani have been Muslims for centuries. Patrick Johnston described the Fulani as one of the Gateway people groups of the world. Any significant ‘turning to Christ’ among the Fulani would greatly influence other Peoples throughout the African region. Imagine the impact of 10, 20, 50, or even more than 100 thousand people, all praying and fasting for the Fulani during February 2001! A prayer guide is available for the February “PRAY 4 THE FULBE” prayer project. Full info on the Web site “Pray 4 the Fulbe” http://www.africamissions.com/fulbe.htm If you don’t have access to the web, try writing johandotbesteratlapostedotnet  (johandotbesteratlapostedotnet)   for more information.
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FROM THE “NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK” DEPARTMENT: BAHASA FILMS?

movie camera From time to time, let’s feature a “needle in a haystack” search. The only condition: you’ve got to agree to write back to tell us if you’re successful. Like this week, Tom Tgaudetataoldotcom  (Tgaudetataoldotcom)   is looking for some Moody Science Films in the Bahasa Indonesian language. (Hey… I told you it was a needle in a haystack!) Evidently, Moody did like 8 films in Bahasa… but they’re all out of print. So Tom is holding out hope that somebody has a couple of them sitting, gathering dust on a shelf somewhere. Let’s pitch in and help the guy out. I sent him first to brigada-peoples and he didn’t hear a peep there. I hate it when that happens. So let’s get those wires hot. Start those telegraphs a hummin’. Surely somebody among the 10,000 of us has heard of Bahasa before! :-) (Warning: Please don’t write me about it. I can’t even pronounce Bahasa. :-) Write Tom. He’ll be a happy camper. Thanks!!!)
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AN INTENSIVE COURSE ON CHRISTIAN COMICS AND CARTOONING

graduation cap Centro Cultural Milamex A.C. and Prisma Magazine are hosting a Christian comics training in Cuernavaca, Mexico from February 2-5, 2001. The teachers will be Mexican cartoonist Paco Palafox and ROX35 COMIX instructors Nate Butler and Len Cowan. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  . For more information on this course in Mexico, please contact Centro Cultural Milamex A.C., Matamoros 29 Col. del Carmen, Coyoacan. 04100 Mexico, D.F., Fax/Tel: 5659 6930, email Ccmprismaataoldotcom  (Ccmprismaataoldotcom)  .
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SATURATION CHURCH PLANTING: THREE DAY SEMINAR

calendar Here’s a three-day training course laying out the basic principles and strategies of saturation church planting. This seminar is geared for mission leaders and any missionary who wants to better understand the enabling of national church planting movements in the countries where they work. It is taught in Europe and the United States by those actually doing SCP. The next seminar dates are February 5-7 and will be held at the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, North Carolina. For more information, contact Patti at citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call 800-887-1786 in the USA or via Net2Phone or visit http://www.citi.org.
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EASY-ENGLISH EVANGELISTIC MATERIAL BY EMAIL

The quarterly evangelistic paper SOON in easy-English is now also available by email. Articles may be freely re-used or translated. Send a blank email to: soon-subscribeatsoondotorg  (soon-subscribeatsoondotorg)  
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UREACH.COM SET TO START CHARGING

letter and ligntening bolt In times past, we’ve recommended ureach.com as a universal inbox, including (in its initial year or two) a personal toll-free number for free! Well — no more. Starting next month, ureach.com will begin charging for those types of services. Some are still free, so it’s worth a look — but thanks to Ted and Tom for drawing attention to the fact that the free lunch is over. :-( It was good while it lasted. But hey… these folks have to make a living somehow! :-)
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COLUMBIA LAUNCHES NEW DELIVERY SYSTEM

graduation cap Beginning with the Urbana Missions Conference, Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions launched its Advancement In Ministry (AIM) track for delivering degree programs. AIM enables students to fulfill the residence requirements for a degree by spending a maximum of four weeks per year on the school’s South Carolina campus. One week intensive courses are combined with independent learning courses, enabling students to complete a Certificate (10 courses) in twenty months, a Master of Arts (20 courses) in forty months, or a Master of Divinity (30 courses) in sixty months. AIM’s pages on the CBS website may be viewed at http://www.ciu.edu/aim or write the coordinator jharveyatciudotedu  (jharveyatciudotedu)   directly.
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ESCAPE BIG EMAIL ATTACHMENTS FOREVER

letter and ligntening bolt If your Internet connection is slow or paid for by the minute, you have probably been bothered by people sending you, without asking, huge file attachments which take 5, 10, 15 minutes or more to download. And that’s assuming they don’t stall halfway through the download process! But until they are downloaded, you have a queue of emails you can’t get at! There are several ways to get round the problem:

  1. If you use the excellent Eudora emailer, in Options/Attachments, select ‘put attachments in body of message’, and in ‘checking mail’ select a small maximum file size to skip. (The Pegasus email program offers a similar facility). Reset it after, if you wish to receive normal-sized attachments.
  2. Download the little free utility Email Remover (for Win95+). This allows you to view emails waiting for you, and delete any you wish to from the server without downloading them at all. It can be set up for multiple email accounts: http://www.snip.net/help/eremove.htm
  3. Use the procedure described in a recent Brigada Today to download POP3 email into a Hotmail account. Ensure that it is set up not to leave email on the server. Then delete selected emails via the Hotmail webpage.

(Thanks to Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   from the UK for these tips! And yes… it is a hassle, Tony!)

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THE BACKPAGE: ESCAPING THE RAT RACE

books and penDid you ever have one of those weeks where you just had to say “Whew!” at the end? You know… the hectic kind… with phone calls, to do lists, databases, visits to make, books to read, doctoral dissertations to write, financial reports to compile, lessons to prepare… not to mention personal quiet times waiting in the wings. Is it my imagination, or does it seem to you that there are more of those these days than there were, even, say… five years ago? What’s happening to our lives? Makes me want to wish for one of the stopwatches I saw on an old Twilight Zone re-run. You know the episode… the guy clicks off the watch and the whole world stops except for him? He gets a chance to tidy up his shop or learn the violin, then … click… he starts the watch again and the whole world kicks back into gear without so much as a stutter. “Whoa”, they say, “You’re sure making fast progress on the violin!” :-)

So what can missionary-types do in times like these? Visit your local Dick’s Sporting-goods store and try out all the stopwatches? :-) Nice try. Here’s a more practical alternative. First, go through the list and find any and all items that are so urgent and so important that you simply positively have to finish them before anything else. Rank those as a “1”. Maybe some of them can be delegated to someone else (like, if you’re fortunate enough to have a secretary). Some of them might be so big that you have to break them down into smaller, bite-sized steps. If so, break them out if you must.

Don’t be so quick to rank an item high just because it’s urgent. Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits books) does a good job of helping us see the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important. My doctoral dissertation isn’t urgent, but it’s probably important. (So why am I sitting here writing a Brigada Today BackPage editorial when I could be writing a dissertation? Probably because the dissertation looks so big that it’s no fun to tackle. By contrast, I can whip out a Brigada Today in just a few hours or so. So … here’s a memo to myself: Work the important things in as well as the seemingly urgent.

Next, start assigning a rank to the other items on the list. I used to try ranking things from 1 to a hundred… but I’ve come to believe it’s almost counterproductive to do that. (By the time you finish the list, the day is done!) Use 1 to 10 or whatever is manageable for you.

Once you’re done, change the order of the items to reflect the new look and feel of a managed task list. Now, look at the first item on the list and get started. When you finish it, celebrate (but only for a moment), then take off on the next item and so on.

Now here’s the key to escaping a hectic day. Here’s what I tell our mission’s Personnel Director when he’s feeling the pressure of a whole page full of items: Just do one at a time. That’s the secret to survival in a hurry-up world. “One line at a time.” Avoid seeing the list as a big stack of things. Just see it as one line (the next one) and tackle it ’til it’s finished.

Now a final word about “biggie” items. For example, during the past 2 or 3 weeks, I’ve been working with my boys to build a soccer practice area in our basement. It’s not huge, but it was a big challenge for me – over 26 feet long, just over 13 feet wide, complete with “dasherboards” (like an ice skating rink), goals, real indoor turf, … the works. I set a goal to have it finished before I left for this trip to Asia and just about everything on the to do list had to wait. Now maybe that’s good, in a sense. Singleminded determination and enthusasism are good things. But along the way, I’ve had to review my “family” to do list each evening to see what, if any, smaller items were slipping. Some nights I had to take time away for helping the kids with a homework question, helping Penny hang a curtain in the bedroom, or spending time with a family we might have invited over for a meal. I guess what I’m saying is that we can’t let this “one line at a time” thing keep us from eyeing the rest of the list on a daily basis, to make sure we don’t let a really important item fall through the cracks. Like… I didn’t finish grooming the dog before I left (poor pitiful- looking thing! :-)). But now that I’ve left, I’ve got to let go of it. I can’t let it keep bugging me. I’ve got to let go. Release it.

Okay… so there you have it. Magical stuff . . . stuff that’ll help you hang in there over the long haul. “One line at a time!”

And be careful… it’s a jungle out there. :-)
Doug

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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