Columbia

20040620 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY!
  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS!
  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE”
  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL
  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ
  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to the worker in Sweden who gave $25 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary this past week. He wrote, “It’s mid-summer here in Sweden and during this holiday time, we give thanks to God for you all there at Brigada. God bless you all and thanks for your labor of love.” Thanks, too, to the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, for their gift of $200! Whoa. Finally, our friends at Dial-Abroad sent for April totaling $164. The more I hear from them, the more I feel the need to say thanks to those who placed their phone service with Dial-Abroad!!! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html Please! And if you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-)

    If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.


  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY! — Here’s one anti-spam service that has written in offering to underwrite the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Naturally, if this service can work for you, we’d love it. Visit them at: http://www.mail-block.com/brigada Sign up anytime within 30 days of visiting and they’ll donate a straight 20% of all proceeds to Brigada! If you have good luck with this service, please let us know so we can spread the word about it here in Brigada. Thanks for anyone willing to give it a try! By the way, if you’re also needing a good Internet Service Provider, they have a flat-rate (unlimited minutes) plan for $9.95/mo. (They call it the “Silver plan”.) As far as I’ve been able to tell, that’s probably the cheapest flat-rate cost of any. *Half* the price of Earthlink or AOL. Once again, they’ll give a gift to Brigada ($6 one-time gift) for everyone who signs up. For more information, check ’em out at https://www.695online.com/brigada (If you’d rather not sign up, you could always just send the $6 gift! :-) )

  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA — We heard back from several readers about the fact that the Movielink site only works in the USA. Sorry about that! We’ll eventually learn of other options and when we do, you’ll be the first to know!

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS! — On October 4-29, 2004, Youth With a Mission (at their “National Centre” (P.O. Box 43 120, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand Att: TESOL Ph: 64-9- 255-1410 Fax: 64-9- 256 1323) will present A Trinity Certificate course offered in association with Edenz Colleges. The course is designed to give the necessary skills to teach Speakers of Other Languages. Edenz is the NZQA Registered Training Provider (est. 15 yrs.) Accommodation will be provided at the Youth With a Mission Campus in South Auckland. For more information email tesol(at)ywamauckland(dot)org (dot) nz [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks J.!)

  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE” — We received several notes about the Arab Bible software. One gentleman, who works with Muslims himself, wrote, “It’s probably worth mentioning that the “Arab Bible” software has taken the liberties of changing “Allah” to “al-Ilah”. Linguistically, I understand their point, but the net effect is to render yet *another* translation in a world of where soon the translation schemes might outnumber the believers. Some readers may not care, but this is an issue for many of us and IMHO it seriously impedes my ability benefit from the software because if I take on yet another “version” I’m going appear even less credible to my Muslim friends.”

  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2005. Catch “Introduction to Buddhism and the History of Christian Mission to Buddhists”, “Contextualizing the Gospel for Buddhist Peoples”, “Church Planting in Buddhist Contexts”, or “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”. You can even get graduate credit. Request a pre- application form from Linda guestservices(at)apts(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant Rich Benson is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For father information, E-mail MRC info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254- 3313, E-mail info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL — Facilitators from the one year-old Missional International Church Network (MICN) announced the 2nd MICN Conference to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 2-6, 2005. For more information on the Missional International Church Network and the 2005 MICN Conference visit http://www.micn.org

  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ — Among the items featured in this month’s Operation Reveille are: * 3 Reasons Why a Good Testimony by Service Christians is Imperative * Spiritual Profile on Pakistan * Eternal Perspective on Abu Ghraib Prisoner Treatment * A University Prof’s Perspective on Rising Non-Western Christianity * The Ambitions of Chinese Missionaries * Church/State Developments in India * Outreach Tools for Iraq * Reception of the Gibson Passion Film in the Mid-East * Opportunity to Help Iraqi Kids and Military Christian Fellowships These articles are newly posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm (Thanks for your work, Bruce!)

  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hand-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesofthetheart.org

20040606 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE?
  6. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  7. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED
  9. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR
  10. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS
  11. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT
  12. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — If you’ve been vacationing on Mars for the last 9 years, perhaps you’ve missed the fact that we have some great sponsors and friends that are helping us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! :-) This past week, we received $20 from a missions pastor in Southern California (Thanks brother!). We appreciate you! We also rec’d $30 more from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. *And* $100 from Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown, MD. God bless you!!! Are there other churches that can step up to the plate to match Seneca Creek’s faith and vision? We’ll apply the funds toward our Brigada secretary so we can keep these Brigada Todays going out the door on time! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — Missionary Resources of Columbia offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254-3313, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or via the web: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant, Rich Benson, is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For further information, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit our web page: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE? — Have you discovered a wholesale source for vaccinations and malaria medicine for your short term mission trips? Southway Church has a doctor who could prescribe and a nurse who could administer the vaccinations, etc., but they don’t know where to go to purchase the medicine wholesale. Pastor Kevin will share with the rest of the Brigada family whatever information you send him at pastor at southway dot org
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  7. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — While handing out a few gospel tracts, a couple of believers were asked to explain them. Jennifer, a 53-year-old Coloured woman, admitted to never attending a church, yet she seemed desperate to hear the gospel. Over the distractions of her drunken older sister, Jennifer intently listened in hope. She accepted the Lord that day. She thanked the believers over and over for coming to share the Good News. She said, “For the first time, now my heart feels good.” Pray for Jennifer to be built up in Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc at iafrica dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  8. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM — People Raising has just released its 6-hour fund raising training program on DVD. Now you have the opportunity to get the best of People Raising on DVD. This is a great tool to navigate easily through the 12 People Raising steps. With an expanded menu it makes it easier in learning and coaching others in this challenging area of fund raising. Now with a click of a button you can access specific training for some of the toughest fund raising issues. This has been a proven tool in reducing the fear and time it takes to raise needed funds and will streamline your learning and coaching To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#dvd or contact Bill at PeopleRaising dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  9. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED — David Garrison’s new book _Church Planting Movements, how God is redeeming a lost world_ has just been published by WIGTake Resources. Includes more than two dozen profiles of Church Planting Movements, 8 regional maps, more than twenty charts and graphs, an extensive Biblical index, glossary, an extensive list of suggested readings, and three practical appendices featuring the most productive Church Planting Movement methodologies being used today. How to use this book: -Practical guide to the latest Church Planting Movement best practices. -Team resource to Church Planting Movement principles at work around the world. – Education tool for your home church, your supporting churches, prayer network, team members, volunteers, and Great Commission partners. The book retails for $18.95 and can be obtained by calling toll-free phone: (888) 795-4434 or direct (806) 795-4434. Toll-free fax: (888) 795-4451; Other fax: (806) 795-4471 or email: customerservice at lanforceinc dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces).

  10. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR — The time is drawing near for the 2004 Web Evangelism Seminar in Perth, Australia. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to gain skills and new relationships for Internet evangelism ministry. The Web Evangelism Seminar is a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, building cross-cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. You and your students will learn how to harness the power of the Internet to share the Gospel with the world’s unreached and to mobilize the church to reach the world. All are invited to attend! You can find out more about the seminar at our webpage, just click here: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

    You can also download an application at http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/pdffiles/webevapp.pdf and get more details about curriculum and speakers. It also has a cool coloured flyer that you can download and print off for advertisement or just go ahead and email our registrar department to start processing you or your team’s participation at registrar at ywamperth dot org dot au (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces). Seminar dates: June 28th – July 3rd, 2004 Costs: AU$180.00. (accommodation if needed – AU$70)


  11. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS — “Health Advice For Overseas Travelers” by Dr. Jon Askew and “Tips On Understanding International Insurance” by Jeff Gulleson are now available on reconfigured Good Neighbor Insurance website. Also, check out a one page overview of international health plans including coverage for career and short-term workers, team, med-evac, war and terrorism, trip cancellation, furlough, large and small group, settling back into the USA, coverage prior to leaving the USA, and internationals in the USA. For information contact: jeff at gninsurance dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com

  12. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT — ArabBible is a powerful and innovative software tool, designed to help English-speaking missionaries interactively learn the Classical Arabic of the New Testament. Delivered on CD-ROM, there are more than 50,000 definitions so far, with complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Gospels! Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information – not just a dictionary entry for that word, but contextual meaning and thorough grammatical help as well (something that even the best dictionary can never provide). A handy Back Translation helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, and can immediately take the mystery out of a particular verse. A Smart-Search Concordance provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and the Root Analyzer will help you discover, learn and retain entire word families. Another exciting feature of ArabBible is its ability to recite the verse out loud, as read by a native Arabic speaker. You can even slow the speaker’s voice down by 25%, thanks to some high-tech software used in the development of ArabBible! ArabBible can also recite an entire chapter back to you for review. Check out our website at http://www.ArabBible.com and order it online today, or email contact at ArabBible dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) for more details.

  13. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA? — Thanks to Brad, who reminded us this past week of the importance of backing up to some kind of removable media. If the external hard drive sits by the laptop and they both burn up in a house fire, we’d better have something stored offsite! :-) You can use external drives, as long as you store one offsite or at a different location. Today, 80GB drives start in the $130 range, although prices climb with storage capacity. Brad recommended some form of removable media, like 1.4MB floppy disks, high-capacity disk formats like the Zip drive and or the new Rev Drive, which holds 35 gigs on a small cartridge. (These Rev drives might actually be the best choice of all on the current market.) You can also use CD-ROM and DVD drives. CDs have enough space for about 600MB of data; DVDs can hold more than 4GB. Both are economical solutions for backing up large amounts of data for easy storage off-site, as long as you’re there to swap disks. Finally, you do Web-based applications like TOP PRODUCER 7i. You can lease space on remote servers for a subscription fee that starts at as little as $9.95 per month for 500MB of storage. Providers include Xdrive, Connected Corp., and My Docs Online. Finally, you can use simple email. Just attach a file to an e-mail message, and send it to yourself. Then you can open and save the attachment on another computer or store it online on the server of a Web-based e-mail account like Yahoo! Mail. But before you count on a Web-based e-mail service as your principal source of backup, find out how much storage capacity you are allowed and how often the service purges old messages.

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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