community

2) Combined Community Development Training and Personal Debriefing

LRM Being a change-agent in a developing community is greatly rewarding but doesn’t come without its stresses and difficulties. It’s not uncommon to put a lot of energy into a community development project only to have results and community response less than what you had hoped for. The folks at Le Rucher Ministries know – they have years of experience in bringing wholistic Community Development in recovering war-torn areas as well as debriefing cross-cultural workers. They are offering a two week training and personal debriefing combination August 17-29. Explore wholistic biblical principles on how to help a community reach its God-given potential, at the same time as processing the impact of your current experiences and projects. This training is for Community Development practitioners and field workers who want to hone their skills as well as debrief their current experiences. The training is held at their center just outside of Geneva, Switzerland and the cost of 650 Euro covers all materials, meals and accommodation for two weeks – not a bad price! For more information go to their webpage at:

https://lerucher.org

Space is limited so fill out an application today and get ready to hone your skills for greater effectiveness.

5) Join a Conversation about Disciplemaking

DiscipleMaking in the Historic Church is a new Facebook page and blog to explore how the modern best practices of the “Disciple Making Movements” (think “Miraculous Movements”) and “Church Planting Movements” (think “T4T”) can be implemented in association with “historic” churches. Organizers hope to create a community of practitioners and invite you to join the conversation at…

http://www.facebook.com/disciplemakinginthehistoricchurch

6) Toward a Global Community of Mission Information Workers —

Larry, Stephanie and Chris have formed a task force to work toward the creation of a global community of mission information workers.  The purpose of this community is to strengthen and encourage those who work to help the task of world evangelization through strategic information and to promote sharing of information and resources.

 

In July, the first edition of their bulletin “Correct Me If I’m Wrong” went out to over 300 people involved in mission information ministries around the world. If you’d like to read it, click on the following link:

 

http://www.globalcmiw.net/resources/cmiw-bulletin-v1n1-2011-07.pdf

 

If you want to be included in the distribution of future bulletins, please drop an Email to

cmiwatworksmaildotnet

 

Thoughts, comments, suggestions, please click on “Comment” below.

3) School of Reconciliation —

Ever helped a victim forgive the killer of their family? Well, the folks at Le Rucher Ministries have. They’ve been working in Rwanda since just after the genocide in 1994. Their ministry of reconciliation, community transformation, and leadership development has spread to countries around Africa and Europe helping communities reconcile after experiencing ethnic conflict. They’re combining their different Healing and reconciliation, community development, and member care and leadership development workshops and trainings into a 9 week School of Reconciliation held in Rwanda in January. There is a brochure with more details and an application form on their website at

http://www.lerucher.org

Space is limited so fill out an application and sign up to be trained to be an agent of reconciliation and community transformation in your nation today!

9) New Free Online Missionary Community

Missionary Friend is now open for the mission community to start networking.

http://www.missionaryfriend.com

The first free online Christian missionary community devoted to spreading the good works of all missionaries across the world. Missionary Friend is all about sharing mission ideas, successes, and problems within the missionary community. At Missionary Friend each member will have the ability to share photos, videos, experiences and knowledge in any language. The Prayer Wall is a great way to spread the voice of prayer and have the prayer warriors of the mission community praying. So come join this free community of missionaries. Share the word of Missionary Friend.

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10) N. Am. Int’l Student Ministry Workers’ Conference

The annual Association of Christians Ministering To Internationals (ACMI) Conference will be held at Azusa Pacific University, near Los Angeles, CA from May 29 to June 1. The theme is “New Bridges, New Highways: Engaging the Globally and Technologically Connected Community Among Us.” Plenary speakers include Dr. Nabeel Jabbour (Navigators – Muslim Ministry Consultant) Elizabeth Lowe (China Consultant) and Lisa Espineli Chinn (InterVarsity/USA – International Student Ministry Director). In addition there will be 40 workshops. Register online at

http://www.acmi09.org/

or email

To comment on this item, simply click “Comment” below the item at …

7) Personal Growth Conferences For Missionaries

Caring for Others is once again holding two Personal Growth Conferences for Missionaries in 2009. Both will be held in Wisconsin, June 28-July 3 and again November 1-6. Personal Growth that comes through hearing from God and others in ministry is the goal of the conference. It is a highly interactive week of debriefing and interaction with other Christian workers designed to improve relational skills while processing and dealing with the issues related to missionary life. Space is limited and registrations are being accepted now. For more details contact John at

20070812 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY
  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS
  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO
  6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA
  7. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY — Handpiece is a small, viral, ministry of short term dental mission trips where we train nationals in primary dental care. Mike, the dentist behind this ministry, has three grown children who are not dentists. Mike’s children have other gifts, talents, and training, that would be valuable in missions. Should Mike continue to do dental discipleship with other like-minded, like-trained dentists, or should he give thought to coordinating his efforts with the mission interests of his children? If you have heard of fruitful mission work that cross generational lines within the same family, I’d be very interested to hear about it. Sadly I have heard more stories of missionary parents “abandoning” their children for their mission. What is the balance here? To add your comment, click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=30

    Just click on “Add Comment” to brainstorm with “Mike” in the item above.


  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Check out upcoming training dates and additional information at

    http://www.lifewind.org

    or email Kristin(at)lifewind(dot)org


  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS — This new booklet describes in 24 pages the inspiring life and work of a missionary leader in Chennai, India. Stephen Thankappa has served the people in slums successfully and fruitfully for 20 years. Edited by Dr Ms Masilamoni, and written and published by Mr Sam Arackal and Dr Daniel Sathiaraj. The cost (a donation) for 3 copies is just $10 (postage free). Sathiaraj can be reached at dsathiaraj(at)gmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Disclaimer: Dr. Sathiaraj offered in an unsolicited email to send a follow-up gift to Brigada, according to how many booklets were distributed.)

  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — The Church Planting Institute of Japan (CPI) will be sponsoring “CPI Onward the Japan 2007 National Conference to be held November 6-9 in Hakone near Tokyo. The theme of this bilingual (Eng & Jpn) national conference is “Fellow Workers for the Kingdom of God: Advancing church planting movements through Kingdom partnerships.” This conference is for pastors, church planters, evangelists, tentmakers working to establish church planting multiplication among the unreached people of Japan and among Japanese worldwide. Also at each conference there are several leaders from other countries wanting to learn about CPI and how it can work in their countries. The emphasis of each of these conferences is gospel renewal and church multiplication. The conference contains complete training on church planting with 16 modules taught by over 12 training teams in Japanese and in English. This is the largest interdenominational (over 120 agencies) church planting conference in Japan. Information and registration for this conference is at

    http://www.JCPI.Net

    or email with your specific questions to JCPI2007(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO — While traveling through Hereroland recently, this anonymous Brigada participant remembered, “We met several people at a store in a small town called Okondjatu. After carrying on a light conversation, we began to share with them about the Lord and His plan for all of our lives. Several of the people left, but others stayed and listened. One woman seemed to be particularly interested in what we were saying. After talking with her for a while, she was asked if she would like to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She said she would like that very much but that she had been drinking that day and felt that she could not make such an important decision while drunk. We continued to talk with her and though she was heartbroken she felt she could not do such a big thing in her condition and we agreed. She wanted the group to come back the next day. How we wished we could have, but we had to leave. We talked to a local believer and asked her to follow up with the lady the next day. Please be in prayer for this lady in Okondjatu. Pray that the local believer followed up with her. Pray that the decision is still important to her in a sober condition. Pray for the Herero people, many of who have succumbed to the influence of alcohol. Pray for workers among these Forgotten People. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’ll never know ’til you ask. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click “Donate“.

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

20070722 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG LAUNCHES DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS
  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  3. WHEN SUBMITTING BRIGADA ITEMS, NO NEED TO (DOT) WEBSITES
  4. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP
  5. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG LAUNCHES DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS — Christian owned and operated online travel ministry exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Share this great news with your church, missionaries you support, friends and family. Please visit and share

    or info(at)missiontravel(dot)org and 1-866-855-8850. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 10-15, 2007. Additional information can be found at http://www.lifewind.org/display.asp?Page=TrainingDescribed

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


  3. WHEN SUBMITTING BRIGADA ITEMS, NO NEED TO (DOT) WEBSITES — We often use words to describe the characters in an email address, in a rather obvious attempt to help prevent additional spam for our contributors. Just a reminder… When submitting items for publication in Brigada, there’s never a need to use such words as “(dot)” in website URLs, because URLs can’t/won’t receive spam, per se.

  4. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP — The former Initiative 360 / Caleb Project webstore is now back online and offering full service. The teams in Littleton are working hard to add staff and continue to produce the materials that you love and need for your mobilization efforts. Stop by and see the newly reorganized website at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    with links to the webstore where you can purchase mobilization resources produced by ACMC and Caleb Resources. You can even sign up for an Encountering the World of Islam course in your area!

    http://www.encounteringislam.org/

    for more info: Email: infoattakeitglobaldotorg or infoatencounteringislamdotorg By phone in the USA call 877.522.8718 or from outside the USA call 1.303.459.5400 Organizers would like to thank from everyone at ACMC, Caleb Resources, and The Encounters Group for the prayers and encouragement that helped them restore presence.

20060129 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “WHEN BRIGADA MOVES TO EMERALD HILLS,…”
  2. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  3. MAJOR MISSIONS EVENT IN PHOENIX, AZ, TAKE MY LIFE
  4. 2006 LAUSANNE YOUNGER LEADERS’ GATHERING, RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED
  5. TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  6. BLUEWATER DTS 2006 (MIX YOUR BIBLE WITH SOME SAILING)
  7. NEED ENGINEERING EXPERTISE?
  8. TENTMAKING SEMINAR: USING YOUR PROFESSION OVERSEAS
  9. HOW TO AVOID SENDING YOUR EMAIL RECIPIENTS ON THE WARPATH
  10. WHERE DO WE FIND LARGE MAP TEMPLATES?
  11. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF LAST NAMES A-B SENT A GIFT IN FEBRUARY
  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT SHOULD TEAMS LOOK LIKE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “WHEN BRIGADA MOVES TO EMERALD HILLS,…” — “…Will service be interrupted?” That was the question of one loyal reader of Brigada Today. He continued, “It would be good to clarify that Emerald Hills is the new home of Brigada and that the fine service will continue on uninterrupted from its new home (if that is the case, or whatever the case may be).” Whoa. Honestly… sometimes that’s all it takes to feel warm inside. :-) The answer is — yes!, of course, the move to Emerald Hills shouldn’t interrupt Brigada at all. To learn more about the relationship between Brigada, Team Expansion, and Emerald Hills, just click on over to:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    then click on “About” in the top line menu. Thanks for your interest.


  2. PRINCIPLES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION — Sign up now for Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills (PLANTS) Held in Toronto April 2-14, 2006. PLANTS is a proactive approach to learning a new language. Before you are field-tested you can be language lab- tested. You can evaluate your language learning strengths and weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition, practice with national speakers of your target language, and actually grow in your target language, all within two weeks in the world’s most multi-cultural city – Toronto. For more information go to

    http://www.missionprep.ca or email info(at)missionPrep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. MAJOR MISSIONS EVENT IN PHOENIX, AZ, TAKE MY LIFE — Take My Life is a 2-day event, Feb. 10-11, 2006, that gives college students and twenty-something’s a worship/learning experience that will challenge them to let God use their lives to change the world. Carl Medearis, who has been serving God in the Middle East, will share about trusting Jesus wherever God sends you, living above fear. Local ministries that serve the poor, bless international students, and spread the gospel overseas will be offering workshops. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Room is still available for those who wish to set up a booth. Registration for each person is $20. For more information, email jeremy(at)takemylife(dot)org or browse

    http://www.takemylife.org

    This event is sponsored through Frontiers.


  4. 2006 LAUSANNE YOUNGER LEADERS’ GATHERING, RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED — The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization

    http://www.lausanne.org

    is asking for help in identifying outstanding younger leaders who are committed to world evangelization and whose lives demonstrate exceptional capacity for leadership. The Lausanne movement is committed to developing the next generation of leaders for the cause of world evangelization and will convene a Younger Leaders Gathering (YLG06) 24- 30 September 2006 in Malaysia. Lausanne asks leaders from around the world to recommend younger leaders (between the ages of 25 and 25) to attend YLG06. Younger leaders will be challenged, strengthen, inspired, developed and united in the cause of world evangelization. The YLG06 Participant Recommendation Forms are available in Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English are available for download:

    http://www.ylg06.org

    Just click on “Recommendation” in the left margin. Completed forms should be sent BY 7 FEBRUARY (whoa; better get busy; didn’t receive this ’til Jan. 30th; it didn’t make the last cut-off. Sorry for the quick notice!) to ylg06(at)lausanne(dot)org


  5. TRANSFORMING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How-To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for the USA will take place September 12-17,2006. TOT II focuses on developing teaching materials, methods, and curriculum. TOT III concentrates on the evaluation and management of the project as well as how to multiply into other areas. TOT II, III happen April 3-8, 2006. Additional information can be found at

    http://www.medicalambassadors.org/che_training/training_explained.asp

    or, for TOT I, by writing Helen(at)med-amb(dot)org and for TOT II & III by writing april(at)med-amb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. BLUEWATER DTS 2006 (MIX YOUR BIBLE WITH SOME SAILING) — Marine Reach is excited to announce that the next Bluewater DTS will take place in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, a place that offers good sailing, effective sail training and involvement in the local community. This six-month YWAM Discipleship Training School will begin April 14th. During the land-based lecture days teachings will come from a variety of international speakers on topics ranging from the character and nature of God, to evangelism. During the sailing days you will be on board various yachts (30ft – 45ft), learning to sail, working together and engaging in all the challenges of sailing in the Irish Sea. The plan is to visit ports in Wales, Ireland and potentially England and Scotland. The DTS also offers the chance to gain qualification with the RYA in sailing by the end of the school. The outreach phase of the DTS begins July 22nd. Locations will be confirmed near the start of the school. If you are looking for God-filled adventure, interested in missions, ready to be challenged spiritually and physically, and want to be better equipped to make a difference in the world then this course is for you. For more information contact cassiewilliams(at)compuserve(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. NEED ENGINEERING EXPERTISE? — Here’s a group that offers free architectural and engineering design services to ministries in developing countries helping the poor and advancing the Kingdom. For more info, ministries can contact

    http://www.emiusa.org/requesthelp.html

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


  8. TENTMAKING SEMINAR: USING YOUR PROFESSION OVERSEAS — Here’s a seminar sponsored by TIM Centre, EFC Global Mission Roundtable and CTN. You’ll be able to discover How to find a job overseas, Integration of work & ministry, and just basically — How to get there from here. It’s slated for April 7 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, then again on the 8th 9:00 am to 4:00pm at Willowdale Baptist Church15 Olive Avenue, Willowdale, Ontario. The cost for both days is $30 or April 7th – $10 / April 8th – $25. For more information or to register, call the TIM Centre at 416- 226-6620 Ext. 2708 or browse:

    http://www.timcentre.com


  9. HOW TO AVOID SENDING YOUR EMAIL RECIPIENTS ON THE WARPATH — We received several emails this past week from sympathetic souls that had experienced similar sentiments as those we recounted in last week’s “Backpage Editorial” (“DOUG ON THE WARPATH ABOUT SIGNING OTHERS UP”). Keep in mind, some of our wrath is aimed at the Internet itself. Like we said, the original founders overlooked the fact that we’d need some secure way of verifying we *are* really who we *are*… and prohibiting others from taking actions against our account that we wouldn’t have signed up for ourselves. So how do you avoid abusing others? Simple: maybe send them an invitation to your group . . . then quit. The best favor you can do for your friends is not presume that they want to be on your group in the first place. Call them and ask them, or email them an invitation, then move on and don’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, they fail to sign up. Maybe their inbox is just too busy already to take on even one more email.

  10. WHERE DO WE FIND LARGE MAP TEMPLATES? — Here’s a missionary headed to Africa that is hoping to find templates for painting a large world map (or African continent with countries) on a wall (without using electricity). (So remember not to suggest using an overhead projector.) If you know of a resource, please contact Joy at joy(dot)hancock(at)trinitycville(dot)org (Joy, if you get a lead, please let us know what you found. Others might be interested too.)

  11. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF LAST NAMES A-B SENT A GIFT IN FEBRUARY — Think about it. Wouldn’t it be cool if those of you reading this paragraph whose last names (or the name of your church, group or agency) began with A, B or C were to send in a gift in February? It could be $100, $50, $15, … whatever God led you to give. Our goal to cover the cost of Brigada’s expenses, secretary, time, etc., for 2006 is $16,576. So far we have $620. But in a perfect world, all we’d need in February would be one gift of $500, 5 gifts of $100 each, and 12 gifts of $50 and we’d have 10% of the year covered. So — if God stirs you to donate something during February (whether or not your name begins with A, B or C), we’ll rejoice!!! When we write two issues of Brigada from Sudan during the latter part of February, we’ll have money to pay the connectivity fees. Please consider it. If you’d like to chip in, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT SHOULD TEAMS LOOK LIKE? — When it comes to mission teams, the assumption has been — it’s better to form the team in the sending country and all go overseas together. I just want to point out that as for my part, I’ve seen examples where that scenario has come crashing down in a heap of ashes. In other words, there’s no perfect way to launch a team. Yes it might be true that we *think* it’s generally always better to choose the team leader because of his or her gifts and strengths . . . then facilitate that team leader in recruiting the rest of his/her team. But we’ve also seen it work *plenty* of times the other way around: a bunch of guys and gals come together around some united vision, and once they’re together, God molds them into a team. Regardless of how it forms though, we should all realize — forming teams is hard work, not only for the facilitator, but also for the team members themselves. It takes constant communication, consistent planning and strategizing, and a clear sense of call. In the mission with which I personally work (Team Expansion), we have some teams that still function like a golf team, where everybody’s working on his or her own game. They report their scores at the end of the day. :-) We have other teams that look more like a soccer team. And continuing on that metaphor, without a team member acting as the goalkeeper back there to take up the slack, we would all be in trouble. Some people see their roles primarily as defenders, while others position themselves mostly as goal-scorers (though roles can change during the game for a time). Some teams believe the “soccer model” looks prettier, but honestly . . . I’ve come to the conclusion that it depends on the game itself. Regardless, there needs to be a clear understanding (even before the starting whistle) among the players, or there will be trouble on the field, for sure. The sending agency and/or sending church needs to help the team sort this out in advance — and along the way. In an ideal world, they’re supposed to be able to see into the future, help the team duke it out in advance (:-) ), resolve differences, settle paradigm conflicts, then get to work on what matters. If your agency or church hasn’t been perfect at that job, then rest assured — he/they are probably working on it. The trouble is, we live in an uncertain world. The future isn’t very clear sometimes… Goodness… we have a hard enough time trying to figure out the present. So give ’em a break . . . and keep trying . . . recommit to figuring things out . . . life will get better. :-) Here’s the bottom line of it all: We *have* to learn to get past these questions of who we are, how we work, who’s in charge, etc., because the purpose for which we’ve been sent is so noble — for the glory of God, the hope of the ages. It’s an important mission… more important than anything ‘Jack’ ever tries on “24”. So let’s set our hands to the plow and make like Nike and just do it! :-) Whatever it takes.

20051120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., offers an undergraduate major in community development. The major equips students with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical world-view. It prepares students to be agents of Christian transformation within low-income communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. The major offers three areas of specialization: Economic Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Child and Family Development. A highlight of the major is its research internship in which students live and work for three-to-six months in a poor community under the auspices of a host church or ministry. Students can apply by submitting an application found on the Covenant web site, http://www.covenant.edu. A $9,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. For qualified community development candidates who are not awarded this scholarship, other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 are also available. Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a separate scholarship application found on the financial aid section of the Covenant web site. The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005, so better apply today! For questions about Covenant College, the community development major, or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site or contact the Admissions Office by phone at 706-820-2398 (U.S.) or by email at admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE — Here is a free down load of the popular Missionary Emergency health Book Called; “Where There is No Doctor”. (Thanks Andy!) http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS — For many years, Create International has been looking for more ways to make their multi-lingual evangelistic films available to unreached people groups around the world. Recently, a wonderful brother agreed to put all of these presentations into streaming video format on the Internet. Now you can view all of their evangelistic films produced for thirty different people groups in high quality fast streaming video. They will also make the URLs of these movies available to anyone who wants to put them on their own websites or used them in cyber cafe evangelism. Here are the movies and their URLs:

A Changed Life (Gan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=c6eaaa7f-8ea5-4605-b5ae-b893d42faa3b

A Changed Life (Mandarin)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=2faeff2f-0294-4d34-9bb3-40c1bb08a887

A Greater Love (Myanmar)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=70d5050d-4067-4468-a8c1-9867285422d4

Ahmad’s Dream (Malay)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=268e3447-93bc-4d9c-9330-a886ec9c6341

Building a Family of Love (Mongolian)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=185d34c3-46d0-457d-81fa-92b14061ba08

Debt of Honor (Madurese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=331d09d7-64fd-437e-97d9-f933b2510409

Help From Heaven (Balinese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=deb8c16b-62f0-4698-a5b3-bbd95204b334

New Life (Awadhi)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=5839e83b-2774-4d80-b281-e23622fcf842

The Burning Heart (Bengali)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=46cf2f31-18c9-438a-847b-06aabab61d8e

The Light of Revelation (Hui)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d65ced37-91be-49d9-83df-a3c5b161a2fd

The Return of Singkorn (Isaan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d50bad14-0eb9-43b0-ba25-473729551c36
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL — Here’s an option for educating your kids overseas. The Potters School is http://www.pottersschool.org They offer home schooling over the internet with the availability of audio and video communication. Most communication is by e-mail. The school comes highly recommended, with friends of friends listed among the faculty. (Thanks Chris!)
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE – Are you having a hard time finding term life coverage while serving overseas? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They offer a unique life insurance plan that is not available from traditional life insurance companies. While many companies automatically reject applications of those that intend to leave the United States, ISA has partnered with the oldest and largest financial institution in the World to create a term life plan that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of living abroad. Their plan has options of 1 to 10 year terms with face amounts up to $4.5 Million.

Coverage details, rates and the online application may be obtained online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net . You may also email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net , [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health and life insurance needs. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health and life insurance coverage.
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Spring (Jan. 23 – May 12). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or browse to http://www.strategiclanguages.org
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE — That’s right… Thanks to an educational campaign, sponsored by TechSoup.org and Mailshell, you can pick up something for nothing. The campaign began in November and culminates on December 14 and 15, this Wed/Thurs, when nonprofits and public libraries can order free anti-spam software donated by Mailshell. For more information, browse to: http://www.stopspamtoday.org/stop_spam_fd.html (Note: This is not an endorsement of Mailshell software. Several reviewers currently indicate that the service has significant downtime, so … what’s the phrase… “Caveat emptor”: “Let the buyer beware.” (Thanks Chris!)
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar. Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th.

This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE — If your role includes motivating or recruiting people for evangelism and mission, Tony suggests that you check out the range of downloadable clips available here:
http://the-task-virals.blogspot.com/ (maybe the 1st link is dead here?)
http://viral-life.blogspot.com/ (Thanks Tony)
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN — Thanks for those who pitch in to help motivate us and carry the expenses of our secretary here at Brigada/Team Expansion. Recent gifts include anonymous donors (1 at $5, 2 at $25 each, and a Wycliffe missionary at $45), $20 from the organizers of http://www.witnessJesus.org where you can post your testimony and impact others… and $20 from the folks at Send Global airtime http://www.global-airtime.com where you can get quality international calls on cell and landline phones for a fraction of the normal cost, and also $40 from the folks at: http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html where they teach people how to use storytelling for missions outreach. (Check out their DVDs there and please let them know you heard about them on Brigada!) Finally, we were humbled and astonished at a check from friends at New Mission Systems http://newmissionsystems.org/ for $1,000.00, representing the largest donation received thus far in 2005 and the 2nd largest ever in the history of Brigada. When asked why some of the organization’s members chipped in at this level, the reply came back, “Because we find that we have used items from Brigada over and over again and we here at NMS wanted to give something back to those who were giving to us.” Whoa. Now here’s the deal — I know they aren’t rich there. But they gave sacrificially. May God bring growth to them beyond all that they ask or imagine… That’s my prayer in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL — This brings to $9,691.28 our gifts during 2005, which now represents well over half of our goal of $16,576. What happens if we run short? Team Expansion tries to make up the difference… but you can help by utilizing these last couple of weeks of 2005 to make the best donation you can muster. Maybe you can only pitch in $5. But maybe you can give $1,000 or more. Either way, we’re very grateful. Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER — A couple of weeks ago, I found what looked like a perfectly good Toro leaf blower in a garbage barrel on our property. It looked nearly brand new, but a quick check confirmed what I had suspected: it wouldn’t blow even one leaf, let alone a yard full. In fact, it wouldn’t even start. However, I’ve always been partial to Toro (even if this one was a reject; actually, it was a “Toro 51591 Super Blower/Vacuum”; click here to see it at the Toro website :-) ), so I have to admit — I threw it in the back of my truck and headed home. Tonight I saw the lonely machine sitting there on my workbench. Honestly, it reminded me of that jack-in-the-box on the Rudolph claymation show… You know… the one on the “Island of Misfit Toys.” It was a cast-off… Slated for destruction. Whoa. Only my hands had saved it from the clutches of Mr. Garbage-Truck-Man.

So, I did what every good Toro-lover does this time of year: picked up a screwdriver and started disassembling. About 7 minutes later, my heart leaped for joy. I discovered a fairly simple problem with a safety interlock mechanism inside the machine, designed to prevent operation when the tool was partially cracked open. I grabbed a piece of plate metal from my nuts-and-bolts collection, carefully fitted it in just the right channel, clamped everything back together and — whoosh… Away flew the screwdriver like the down of a thistle! Score one for The Garbage Patrol. :-) One Toro leaf blower salvaged.

Now I ask you: Why do I get so jazzed over rescuing a discarded leaf- blower, aside from the fact that I’m a big fan of Toro? :-) Well it’s hard to describe: There’s something about repairing something that was on the ropes… something about resurrecting a life that others had considered long gone. This leaf blower will always be special to me now… tons more significant than if I’d bought it today at Sears for $29.95 in the Christmas sail. (Did I mention it blows at 215 mph? :-) )

For some reason, I feel the same way about people. There’s a fine line between a “tough love” approach and the “cut-throat” response. That fine line, in my opinion, is the responsibility to weigh out the intent of the worker. If the worker is obviously thumbing his nose at expectations, then after a documented set of warnings, he or she should be let go — I’m convinced. However, if the worker evidences sincere and determined efforts to succeed, I personally believe we should extend some grace, some creative coaching, and see if we can’t salvage a life.

Now my 16-year-old son saw something different in the leaf blower. He thought it could stand for a Christian-waiting-to-happen… blocked only by some piece of faulty behavior, perhaps easily altered by a caring friend or an accepting family.

Either way, the outcome is the same: less junk in the landfill, fewer blisters from raking, and lots of 215 mile-per-hour miracles. And did I mention it’s a Toro? :-)

20051023 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST?
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE?
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., recently established a scholarship for its undergraduate major in community development. The scholarship, valued at $9,000 will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. Other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 will also be available for qualified community development candidates. Students can apply by submitting a scholarship application available from the Covenant web site at

http://www.covenant.edu

The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005. The Community Development major combines a liberal arts education with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical foundation. It equips students to be an agent of Christian transformation within poor communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. For information about the major or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site, call the Admissions Office at 706-820-2398 or 888-451-2683, or send email to admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu – [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES — As a result of modern technology, every translated New Testament, can now be made available in audio form for non-readers in less than ninety days. It can be done for only a very small fraction of the cost of translating and printing it. By putting already translated Scriptures into Talking Bibles, one can reach twice as many people with God’s Word for less than 5% of the initial cost of translating it. To learn more visit

http://www.talkingbibles.org

and

http://www.audioscriptures.org

or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS — You can find current prayer requests and personal experiences with reaching Sikhs by going to

http://www.imb.org/compassionNet/PeopleGroups.asp

and scrolling down to “Jat Sikhs of India.” People profiles on Sikhs are available by going to

http://www.joshuaproject.netpeopctry.php

and selecting country “India” and people “Jat, Sikh” or “Khatri, Sikh.” Also, you can purchase a prayer guide or video on Sikhs by going to

http://www.calebproject.org/store

then use the search button in the upper right-hand corner to search for Sikhs. You’ll see “Sikhs, India Unreached People Group Booklet” and “Sikhs of the Punjab Video – India, 2002.” To learn more about how you can witness to Sikhs, go to

http://www4truth.net/

and click on “World Religions” and then click on “Sikhism.” Or contact Gurmeet & Nitu by emailing: gurmeet(at)pqsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST? — Is someone you know going through deep trials? Are you? Do you need a worship song that declares your willingness to follow the Lord no matter what come your way? “I Will Trust Him” was born in the suffering of ministry and will encourage your soul. Visit

http://www.tonguetied.org/IWillTrustHim

to download the words, lead sheet and MP3. In addition, consider using it for your fellowship or church. No web? Email chap(at)tonguetied(dot)org asking for the song pdf. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE? — Worried about computer theft? Every time a PC PhoneHome or MacPhoneHome-protected computer makes an Internet connection, it sends a stealth email message containing its exact location to a pre-determined email address of the user’s choice and to Brigadoon Software. If your computer goes missing, make a police report and contact Brigadoon. They do the rest. Your missing computer is returned to you with the help of their recovery agents, local police services and global ISPs. A single copy of PC PhoneHome and MacPhoneHome retail for a one time cost of $29.95 USD. No additional charges.

http://www.brigadoonsoftware.com
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES — You can have security alerts that are relevant to missionaries emailed to you. They cover natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities. Currently, Christian Missionary Alert consists of a team of four moderator specialists who glean updated information from their own resources and security networks. When you join you can choose to have messages come to your inbox or opt to read them on-line. To join, simply send blank message to: cmalert-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD — Did you know you can use a Bible Import Tool to download versions of the Bible such as (NKJV & NIV) which are not available at the eSword website. It’s available at:

http://www.dnspad.com/engine/index.php

(Click on “e-Sword Editors, Templates & Tools” and find the import tool in the list.) Note: When you run the program it may tell you that there is a newer version available for download.
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA — The Christian English Programme (CEPA) can help you improve your English and ability to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Ministry skills. Through formal lessons with experienced TESOL teachers, immersion in the Australian culture through arranged Homestay, electives and excursions. The teaching centre is located in the heart of the central business distinct of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Fees are very reasonable CEPA is an outreach of the Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide in association with SIM Australia. The next course will be held 5 July to 25 August 2006. Enroll early to save your spot. For further information contact johnaukim(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND — There are a number of projects currently requiring English teachers in the Pang Nga region of Thailand. Volunteers should ideally be able commit for a minimum of 3 months and be confident in planning and delivering lessons to groups of adults and/or children. Get involved via either of the two programs listed below in the next 2 items.
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE — This is a training centre for adults and children who have been impacted by the Tsunami. Step Ahead currently run a number of courses, including Hospitality and General English classes. To find out more about the centre please check out the website:

http://www.freewebs.com/stepaheadtrainingcentre
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL — This is a school that is being set up by an Organisation called Habitat to educate the many Burmese children that live in the Nam Kem area (impacted by the Tsunami). The school is looking for English teachers to teach English at the school, which will initially just be for children between the ages of 6 and 12. For more information email: helenmorris7(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at:

http://www.cosimtnet.org

Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Get a clue. Read it at…

http://www.momentum-mag.org

Justin Long is Senior Editor. It’s a free periodical to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least-reached 27% of our world.
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME — Do you ever look at your to do list and wonder how you’ll ever actually finish it? Maybe it even feels a bit overwhelming because there are so many items, you’re convinced it’s just not possible? If you ever feel stuck in this situation, don’t feel alone. Either Churchill, Edison or Oswald Sanders said, “The world is run by tired people.” (The quote has been attributed to them all. Truth is — everybody’s so sleepy, they can’t remember who said it! :-) ) The idea is to make incremental progress. You don’t actually *have* to finish the list. But when you chip away at it and make progress, at least you’re “in route” to finishing it. If your list is too big, train yourself to take about 10 top priority items and list them in a separate location. Focus on those 10 for today. (Few of us can actually finish more than 10 things in any given day anyway.) The trick is to make sure you’re grabbing the right 10 for the day! No matter what, forge on.

Doug

20050925 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN?
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY
14. WE GET HELP FROM…
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College is now taking registration for its winter and spring 2006 distance learning courses (January – May). These courses provide training on how to facilitate Christian community economic development in poor communities and are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. The strategies and programs taught are practical, church- centered, and community-based, and they do not require large operating budgets. The Chalmers Center courses will help you understand the needs of the poor, the design of an intervention that is appropriate for Christian economic development in your context, and how to use economic development as a means of outreach. Three courses are offered – The first lays the goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. The second gives an overview to Christian microenterprise development and microfinance. The third teaches the basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) as a ministry tool. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org and click on “Email Distance Learning Courses” then “Learn more” or call 706-419-1805 (US) or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a deal that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. Outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. Can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. See it all at

http://www.global-airtime.com

(And thanks for the partnership gift of $10, Send Global!)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST — A plan offering $50,000 / $250,000 of medical coverage for American and Canadian hurricane relief workers is available online at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . Scroll down the site to “Trip Protection” and click on “Buy This Plan Online” to get a quote. The premium comes in at around $1.00 a day. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit http://www.gninsurance.com
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT — Talking Bibles International (TBI) is seeking Volunteer Representatives nationwide. TBI trains these volunteer reps how to contact local churches and how to help churches in their area observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Millions of Christians living in oral cultures need Talking Bibles because they cannot read a printed Bible. The goal of this movement is a Talking Bible Sunday in every church to help provide a Talking Bible in every language for every person who cannot read. To learn more visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or email harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS — Campus Crusade has produced an evangelistic mini-magazine for hurricane survivors, offering hope, understanding, and Good News. You can read it online in full at: http://KatrinaHigherGround.com and also order copies of the printed version there. It’s tastefully done and definitely seeks to help them understand the “whys” of human tragedy while introducing them to the author of human history.
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD — How much would you pay for an interactive Bible study program that offered the King James Version, Strongs, and your pick of several add-on resources in various languages which all work together interactively? What if you could add on dictionaries, word studies and lexicons, commentaries, maps, and even classic works on Church & Hebrew history, etc. What if I were to tell you you could have it all for free!? Well now you can. The name of the program is E-Sword and the provider is Equipping Ministries Foundation in Franklin, TN. Check it out at http://www.e-Sword.Net (Thanks for the tip, Dennis!) With dozens of different translations, seems like it has just about everything but New Int’l Version. If you can live without the NIV, you’ve found a goldmine. But either way, there’s great value there.
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN? — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for missions mobilization literature or missions news in Italian. They’re willing to include magazines, newsletters, literature, Internet News, etc. If you know of some, write Maurice mauricea(at)coscom(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA — Register now for an exciting fall mission conference, “From Everywhere to Everyone: The New Global Mission”, October 20-22, 2005 in Atlanta. There’s a Georgia Pre- conference networking event Oct. 19-20. Read more at… http://www.globalmissionconference2005.com/ or call 800-720-4PFF for more information.
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED — Justin Long’s written a good summary at http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/10_05/long.php See the contrast and witness several penetrating questions. By the way, you can also see Justin’s bi-monthly magazine on missions momentum at: http://www.momentum-mag.org
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS — For more than 15 years there have been mission and missiology discussion forums on the FamilyNet BBS network, that have linked people interested in missions worldwide. There have now been changes in these forums and the organizers welcome old and new users to join. See: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/philtheo.htm Or e-mail Steve Hayes at hayesstw(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE — Tom found a great deal on a whole batch of software to protect your PC. You can get Norton Systemworks 2005 and Norton Antispam 2005 in a retail bundle for $79.99 and after 2 mail-in rebates your cost will be $4.99. It’s the best deal he’s found this fall. You have to buy it at CompUSA today and mail in the rebate forms by tomorrow, Oct. 8th, to get the rebates. See the ad he found here or just start at COMPUSA http://www.compusa.com and search for the product. (Great find, Tom! Thanks for sharing it!)
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN — There is still time to register for the Japan 2005 CPI Conference, November 8-11 near Mount Fuji and Tokyo. This is the largest church planting conference in Japan each year dedicated to gospel-centered renewal and church planting multiplication. This year there will be 7 learning tracks on church planting and renewal coupled with 9 focused intensive electives on vital signs for healthy churches. The leaders have asked that if you cannot come, could you please pray for this national event. Information is at the CPI website http://www.jcpi.Net.
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY — Have you seen Glory to God Games at: http://www.Mission316.com It’s worth a look. I’m serious. Check out games like “Salvation Challenge” and “Jesus loves kids”. View the video intro. See if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face when the guy tells you that if you land on such-and-such a square, you’ll have to give $100,000 to missions. :-)
14. WE GET HELP FROM… — Several folks have endeavored to help produce Brigada Today by providing sponsorships or donations. This past week, we received $100 from folks who described themselves as “appreciative subscribers.” Well now we’re appreciate for *them*! These funds encourage Brigada by under girding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. If you were subscribing to a monthly magazine, you might be charged $18 per year or more. For that, you’d get 12 issues, one per month, with lots of slick pages that were at least 50% covered by ads for things you didn’t want. By contrast, Brigada Today gives you *weekly* news, with timely and critical items, a free website with every single issue archived all the way back to January 1995, and guess what — you don’t even have to opt out of the bathing suit issue!!! Take a stand today to support a future with Brigada Today by clicking on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. Thanks for any support you can give.
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET — By God’s grace (and with the help of a few streetsmart advisors), our organization has picked up 61 beautifully-wooded acres on the edge of greater metro Louisville, Kentucky. When we first acquired this land, I’ll admit that I was thinking mostly about new office space for our overcrowded staff. Well that’s still on my mind today as we move into the phase where we hope to build a new home office and retreat center. But I’m kind of pleasantly surprised at some other added discoveries along the way. First, I’ve come away with a greater appreciation for our planet. The city of Louisville enforces tons of codes and restrictions, some of which seem silly and over-regulated at first glance. But as we’ve been moving through each phase of the infrastructural development, I’ll have to admit that I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom for some of the practices at which I had earlier scoffed. When I saw black smoke from a burn barrel on our property, I’ll admit I was a bit disgusted at the pollution we were introducing into Louisville’s already troubled sky. (Thus the burning restrictions.) When I saw garbage in the ravines on our property, I began to see the wisdom behind the “no dumping” rules. Once I saw the silt that washes off of newly excavated ground, I realized the importance of silt fence around construction sites. The list goes on and on. I think it’s unfortunate that many of today’s “best practices” are misunderstood as being the domain of tree-huggers and New Age “mother earth” worshippers. (It’s always a shame when the good of many get labeled as the monopoly of a few.) The truth is I’m just starting to understand how caring for all of the creation on our planet goes hand in hand with caring for all of the created ones on our planet. And once we start caring about things like conservation and “green practices”, it’s very easy to make the transition to care about the integrity and well-being of forgotten peoples in faraway lands.

So call me a tree-hugger if you’d like. Yes I’ll admit that the thread about our property, at arborday.org, is now the most-viewed and most- replied thread in the history of the Arbor Day movement. And — guilty as charged — we are even enforcing the burn permit regulation on our 61 acres. But in the end, if organizations like the BBC have noticed the need to care about creation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/state_planet/ why is it sometimes hard for those of us who claim to love the creator? (By the way, if you’d like to see pictures of our land and some of the approaches we’re taking to keep it “green” :-), log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on “Emerald Hills” in the top menu. Check out the photo galleries and maybe you’ll see why I’m learning to love the land.

20050626 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
3. LEARN TO PRODUCE MAPS FOR YOUR MINISTRY
4. NEW PIROLO BOOK: DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY?
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
6. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
7. REACHING NOMADS & RURAL UNREACHED PEOPLES
8. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
9. DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK?
10. THREE CHEERS FOR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!
11. TNX FOR YOUR HELP ON FOLLOWERSHIP: ABOUT 150 TO GO!
12. SPONSOR OR DONATE TOWARD BRIGADA COSTS?
13. THE BACKPAGE:
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE — Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (Pasadena, CA) is offering the course MB530 “Language/Culture Learning and Mission” July 16 (Saturday) to July 29. This 4-unit (quarter system) practical course teaches language and culture learning skills, and includes field-work in one of the many ethnic communities in the Los Angeles area. For more information about the class, please see the course description on Fuller’s website http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/053/MB530_Brewster_053.html or contact Dr. Betty Sue Brewster brewster(at)fuller(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] call 1-800- 235-2222 (USA toll-free) ext 3751, or 626-304-3751. You can enroll for audit or credit – for enrollment information call 1-800-AFULLER (USA Toll Free) or 1-626-584-5400.
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: Federal minimum wage and overtime requirements do apply to churches and religious nonprofits but not to ministerial staff; IRS releases guidelines that can help nonprofit organizations with their employment taxes; principles of international charity have been developed by a working group of charitable organizations; churches, religious schools, and camps may be legally responsible for injuries resulting from failure to exercise adequate supervision of their programs and activities; IRS denies tax deduction for the educational expenses of obtaining an advanced degree. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field. Thanks!
3. LEARN TO PRODUCE MAPS FOR YOUR MINISTRY — Chris is hosting a workshop on the use of the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView in Cape Town, South Africa, rescheduled to 22-26 August 2005. Tony Caito from GMI Global Mapping International will be the trainer. / GMI normally asks that people indicate a strong intention to acquire and use the GMMS before they are invited to participate. GMI is committed to training and supporting people who are committed to doing mapping for church/mission work. http:www.gmi.org You must register by 21 July 2005. To find out more, send a blank email to: map-ct-subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. NEW PIROLO BOOK: DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY? — Neal Pirolo has done it again! If you are in a Youth Group, a Short Term Team, or a High School or College Graduate, a Youth or Missions Leader, any part of the missions endeavor then you need Neal’s latest book, “I Think God Wants Me To Be A Missionary”.

This exciting story features four young people who believe God wants them to be a missionary. Join them as they deal with issues everyone considering going to the mission field should consider long before saying good-bye.

To find out about a special pre-publication offer and to place your order, visit ERI’s website at http://www.eri.org or call 858 292-7020.
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. They have classes forming for Fall (Aug. 29 – Dec. 16). In the USA, call toll Free: 1-800-799- 7976 or 1-803-333-9119 or see them on the web a: http://www.strategiclanguages.org or email them at RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA:October 11-16, 2005. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We _Do_TOT.htm or Helen(at)med-amb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. REACHING NOMADS & RURAL UNREACHED PEOPLES — 3 months of structured learning followed by 2 months of practical overseas application from Aug. 22- Jan. 31, 2005 is being offered by YWAM Western Frontiers (formerly Cowboys With a Mission) in Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. Prerequisites are a high school diploma and a passion for Jesus. Check out http://www.WesternFrontiers.com or contact DTS(at)WesternFrontiers(dot)com
8. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. Can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at our website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world at http://www.global-airtime.com
9. DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK? — “The Writer’s Workshop” is a free monthly e-letter designed to help you write your book and get it published. To subscribe, write to workshop(at)peapodpublishing(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Type “subscribe” in the subject line, and include your name and country in the message box. E-letter editor Diana Scimone has helped numerous people write and publish their books. She’s author of “Adventures With PawPaw,” a series of children’s books about a little dog who travels to a different country in each book, introducing young children to other countries and cultures. A portion of book sales goes to PawPaw’s Pals, an international relief agency helping children in disaster and crisis situations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.adventureswithpawpaw.com and http://www.pawpawspals.org
10. THREE CHEERS FOR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!– Thanks to the anonymous partners who pitched in $25, $35, $50, $100, $50, $50, and $100. One donor wrote, “It’s quite generous of you to let donors voice some preferred interest…but mine is just thanks. I read your newsletter to get a sense of the pulse of missions of folks personally living the Great Commission. … So keep me anonymous and let me say to YOU, thanks for all you do!” Whoa. Thank you out there! Another said, “I live in the Middle East and work with an org. I can’t mention here. I’m originally from Switzerland. I just want to support that this helpful snippets of information continues to go out. Let the people know that there are many more workers needed a) in the arab/muslim countries and b) among muslims in the west (France, GB, Africa, …)” In addition to the above gifts, DialAbroad sent commissions for April ($136) and May ($136). Thanks to anyone that has signed up for long distance as a result of this great phone service. The April Commission was $136 and May brought $132. For more on their ministry, click to: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
11. TNX FOR YOUR HELP ON FOLLOWERSHIP: ABOUT 150 TO GO! — Great progress this past week on the dissertation research. I only need about 150 more completed sets of followers and their respective leaders. If you work for a church, mission or other non-profit, I’d sure appreciate your help. Would someone out there help me find just 150 more pairs? Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership First, click on the link for “Team Members and staff persons” and make sure you supply the info. on your team leader — totally secure. (No lists are being created from this data. It’s pure doctoral research.) We’ll report back the findings in Brigada Today. Thanks for your help.
12. SPONSOR OR DONATE TOWARD BRIGADA COSTS? — Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? We’re thankful for the $6,107.36 that has come in so far toward our 2005 goal of $16,576 (about 36%). To chip in or make a substantial donation, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), 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 be anonymous.
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO CHURCHES WANT? — Lately I’ve been wondering… what do local churches want back out of missions? Over the past 27 years in this business, I have detected a slight shift in motives among certain kinds of churches. For example, these days I seem to hear more about local churches wanting to have a role in visiting and advising their workers overseas. Maybe 25 years ago, some lay people hadn’t traveled as much, so they wouldn’t have presumed to be advisors. And maybe, with the advent of the “megachurch” (congregations of 1,000 or more members), there’s a greater sense of responsibility to give back something to the mission field — besides a monthly check. What’s more, over that same time period, several news stories have emerged which perhaps have given way to doubts about the use of funds designated for foreign outreach and nonprofit use. We hear a whole lot more of the stories about the certain humanitarian aid organizations refitting administrative offices with newer fax machines . . . and less about troubleshooting the urgent flood, earthquake, or fire in whose name the gift was donated. So, in response, perhaps local churches want to create a gentle accountability via their onsite visit. And beyond all this, the short-term missions movement, which began in earnest in the 70s and 80s, is now producing a generation of leaders who aren’t a bit shy about visiting the bush. Their passport is already full of stamps from multiple continents.

Meanwhile, many missionaries and humanitarian aid workers have perhaps been laboring under the false assumption that motives and methods have remained unchanged back home. So when leaders of the local church mention their upcoming visit, perhaps it strikes the on-site worker with a bit of surprise. He or she might be tempted to feel singled-out or put on the defensive. In reality, it’s perhaps a nationwide shift, or even a global one.

What’s your opinion? Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback can even be anonymous, if you desire.

We probably need to delve deeper into this question of “what churches want”… because it’s a financial jungle out there. Doug

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