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20050918 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP?
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? If so, try contacting Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough. Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net, 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 insurance needs.
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Nov. 11-12, at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., USA. In conjunction with the conference and for the first time, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization will host the North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Nov. 10. The committee hopes to draw prominent North American church pastors and Christian leaders to speak out on the AIDS Pandemic and to urge churches to get involved. USAID is sponsoring 16 international participants to attend the Nov. 10 event. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail rebeccab(at)churchcentral(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, retirees. You can get everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. :-) http://www.mats.org or email car(at)mats(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. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS — Preswan Enterprises was recently founded for the purpose of finding and fulfilling needs throughout the world. Currently, Jerry (the export manager) is looking particularly at new/used farm equipment in his home area. Once he finds a need, he then seeks to locate a supplier of the product needed, facilitate the purchase of the product, and arrange for shipment. While he lives in Southeast Michigan (where some car manufacturing HQs are located), you may contact him with requests for any products, and he will work to find a supplier and means of shipment to supply your needs. Try him: jerry(at)firstcomp(dot)biz
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY — TalkDaddy is now offering VOIP phone service from anywhere to the US for $5.95 per month plus and $49.95 startup. To subscribe to this service, you must have broadband internet. After you connect a TalkDaddy module to your internet, you plug a normal USA touch tone phone into the module. When you pick up the receiver, you will have a US dial tone which allows you to call any number in the 48 contiguous United States. Alaska and Hawaii are available for an additional fee.

People can also call you from anywhere in the world. They will dial into an automated system in the 479 area code here in the US and enter your three digit extension code when prompted. A few seconds later, your phone will ring. You can read more about the service at http://www.TalkDaddy.com and you can also subscribe online.

TalkDaddy is owned and operated by Christians serving in the marketplace in Northwest Arkansas. You can contact TalkDaddy at help(at)talkdaddy(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by phone at 479.443.7878.
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING — It’s happening in Perth, Western Australia. If you haven’t already gotten your application in for the training, there is still time and some spaces are available. The teaching approach is very practical and hands-on, not just theory but practice at doing the business of being an SC. Also, you will be looking at the commonalities of church planting movements, how to set things in motion so that if God sovereignly moved, a church planting movement could happen. You’ll put together a profile of your focus city or people, look at how to foster partnerships and create a master plan of how you will get the gospel to your city or people in the most relevant way. You’ll look at strategies that worked for others and some that didn’t fare so well. Just a reminder, the dates are: 13 November to 2 December. At this stage, there are no plans to repeat the course. So now is your chance! Download an application at: http://www.ywamperth.org.au/events/index.asp?tag=sc or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au and ask for one to be emailed to you as an attached file. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL — Youth With A Mission in Jacksonville Florida is hosting this internationally respected 15-week study program developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission. Featuring an experienced speaker each week, you will cover topics such as the Biblical perspective on mission, the spread of Christianity in history, mission strategies, and the mission task remaining. Classes start on January 8, 2006. Call 904-221-5990 or email at perspectivesjax(at)yahoo(dot)com for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS — Here are a few articles on how to write effective fundraising letters. You’ll find dozens more at http://www.FundraisingLetters.org (Note: Although these URLs will break or “wrap” into 2 lines in the email version of Brigada Today, you can jump to the online version and use these as hotlinks there. Just go to brigada.org if these links don’t work in your email client.)

Eleven Reasons Donors Stop Responding To Fundraising Letter Appeals http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/eleven-reasons-donors-stop-responding-to-fundraising-letter-appeals/

How To Create Irresistible Fundraising Letter Envelopes http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/how-to-create-irresistible-fundraising-letter-envelopes/

Where To Look For Creative Fundraising Letter Ideas http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/where-to-look-for-creative-fundraising-letter-ideas/

51 Ways to Say Thank-you in a Fundraising Letter http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/51-ways-to-say-thank-you-in-a-fundraising-letter-2/

(Thanks Alan Sharpe, President of Sharpe Copy Inc., London, England.)
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP? — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR (yes, Arkansas in the Ozarks!). They are looking for a few folks with IT experience (MAC and PC) to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call Dave at 479-587-1919 Ext. 709, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org .
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES — Here’s a great article summing up Gmail and its potential (Thanks Nick!): http://wifi.google.com/faq.html
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL — We’re grateful for those who spur us on here at Brigada Today. This past week, that included Dial-Abroad, who sent $129.30, which represented a sponsorship based on those who used long distance during August. Thanks Andy! To learn more about Dial- Abroad, go to: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and click on the Dial-Abroad icon there.
To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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. If you do know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20050904 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
6. GET YOUR HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!!
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH!
8. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING
9. THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY…
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION — Check out http://www.lingo.com for a good VOIP phone service. For around $20 you can make unlimited calls to the US, Canada, and Western Europe- from where ever you are in the world. They even give you US phone number in the area code of your choice. This is a great way for your friends, family and supporters ‘back home’ to contact you. One catch is that you must have high-speed internet service. If you use the name of this particular Brigada participant as a reference, both he and you will get a $25 credit!! All new subscribers receive one free month also. From Mexico City, he effectively uses the service. Remember, for the $25 credit to work, new subscribers must enter his email klmyers(at)theriver(dot)com as a reference. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Be sure and enter the email address in the traditional format rather than the Brigada “anti-spam” format. Thanks!)
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE — Based on definitive proof from Brian, of UWM, we have concluded that Gmail is definitely not a secure format for workers in sensitive access countries. Apparently, only the log-in is a secure link. Once logged in, looking at email, we’re now told that this all-important stage is completely open and in the clear, to anyone that has access to the web. (This would make Gmail pretty much like sending a postcard.) Word to the wise: Get Hushmail at: http://www.hushmail.com
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE — Tired of waiting forever on conference calls? Here’s a free conference call service that benefits the kingdom. It is found at http://www.greatercalling.org It’s pretty amazing. Dave Butts is a prayer mobilizer from western Indiana. He writes, “We’re using it for prayer calls, conference calls, and long distance teaching. It uses the freeconference calls technology and as a matter of fact, contract with that company to do this as a non-profit benefiting ministry. Hope this is helpful.” Give ’em a try! (Thanks Dave!)
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE — Here’s a conference for anyone interested in Business as Mission or Business as Ministry. This conference will explore the marketplace missions movement, consider models for business as missions, examine principals of great commission companies, and relay practical applications where God is clearly at work through businesses and business people across the globe. Leading authors and missiologists will be the featured speakers at this event. The second conference in 2005 will be hosted at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA on Saturday, 10/22/2005. Learn more at http://www.WorldChristiansThroughBusiness.org
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — The German youth ministry StEP International has a few more openings for their ten-month residential training school in Pirmasens, Germany starting November 5th. The school will be bilingual, in both German and English languages. Blending both local church and missions focuses, the school will include ministry training, life skills training – including English and German language, and introductory missions training. Three months of outreach is planned, including Poland, Germany, and seven weeks in Suriname. For more info, visit the website at: http://www.step-international.de/ or email Joe & Shelli Sellars at office(at)step-international(dot)de. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. GET YOUR HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!! — Looking for more prayer resources for your church or small group? Desiring to reach the world through prayer? Passionate about what is happening among the unreached of Central Asia? Then join the growing number of grassroots prayer warriors who are currently interceding for the people of Tajikistan. Printed and electronic prayer guides are available on the Hope Tajikistan website: http://www.hopetajikistan.com or by emailing PrayerGuides(at)HopeTajikistan(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Hope Tajikistan 2005 is a grassroots prayer mobilization effort burning with the passion to see new intercessors raised up for the people of Tajikistan.
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH! — You are invited to be trained by a loving staff at Utah Partnerships for Christ http://www.upfc.org to reach Mormons with the love of Jesus Christ. There are 60,000 Mormon missionaries around the world. Are you ready to reach them when they come to your door? Contact Russ, Director of UPFC, at (801)645-7433 to learn more about how you can speak the truth in love to Mormons. They have =conducted mission trips to Utah since 2000, and have worked with groups ages 13 on up. For more info, contact them at: info(at)upfc(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. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING – A well established Great Commission Company in China, is currently seeking a Finance Manager and a Human Resources Manager (could the same person). The goal of this GC company is to establish one new GC company in China per year, seeing people’s lives changed long term. They do a combination of consulting work for companies coming to China and management of their own manufacturing companies in China (currently have four manufacturing operations and two other types of GC companies). This company has 15 years of experience in China and has started or helped start over 20 companies during this time. This is a great place to gain insight and contribute towards BAM in China.
9. For more information, write graeme(at)priusa(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY… — Thanks to these courageous donors who paved the way for this Brigada Today to come onto your screen: an anonymous worker in Taiwan gave $67, another reader anonymously gave $25, and a former missionary to Papua New Guinea anonymously gave $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING — As a global missions movement, we need Lausanne to be strong. If you’ve forgotten who Lausanne is, get reminded at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12892 Read the now-famous Lausanne Covenant at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12891 and see a review of their global gatherings at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12736 Anyway, I’m glad to see them “still ticking”. Check out their new “world pulse” newsletter at: http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/ I say, bravo to those who have survived the hype of the turn of the millennium, stayed consistent in the trenches, and remained motivated to move forward. Bravo. Keep up the good work.
Doug

20050828 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TEACH ENGLISH TO REACH NATIONS
2. NEW BOOK EXPLORES LIVES OF EARLY JEWISH BELIEVERS IN JESUS
3. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES
4. RELEASING KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS TO IMPACT THE NATIONS
5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA IN AFRICA
6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
7. WATER PURIFICATION INFO
8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
9. DEBATE ON GOOGLEMAIL CONTINUES
10. TURBO-CHARGE BRIGADA
11. REFLECTIONS ON A HURRICANE AND RESULTING OFFERINGS
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. TEACH ENGLISH TO REACH NATIONS — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. YWAM/PA can train you to teach effectively in their TESOL course. The next course will be offered October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or email questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. NEW BOOK EXPLORES LIVES OF EARLY JEWISH BELIEVERS IN JESUS — Now is your chance to pre-order the much anticipated book, “We Have Found the Messiah, The Jewish Believers in Jesus of Antiquity,” based on Volume One of Dr. Oskar Skarsaune’s ground-breaking research on the history of Jewish believers in Jesus. Get a real sense of how the Jewish believers integrated with the rest of the Church, and learn how this work has potential to reestablish a sense of legitimacy for this group — both within the Church and the Jewish community — that has been owed it for generations. Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies is publishing this outstanding work as the December 2005 issue of the journal, Mishkan. Single copy price is US$19.00, with volume discounts available for 20 copies or more if ordered before October 15, 2005. Delivery in December. Call (630)668-3328 or email caspariusa(at)caspari(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES -— Here’s a web- based, 9-12 month, self paced school for leaders that is accepting applications 24/7/365. Faculty includes YWAM President, John Dawson, and other significant reconcilers from around the world. Mention Brigada when you register. You get world class training in reconciliation and, according to organizers, Brigada will be blessed as well. (This is a class you won’t want to miss! :-) ) Check it out http://www.gracebridge.org or contact fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. RELEASING KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS TO IMPACT THE NATIONS — Again this year Carol Davis is hosting a conference to link professionals with global opportunities in their professional “domains” of business, health care, arts, education, technology, law-government and science. ** Along-side Consultations are for senior pastors to help churches identify, equip and release strategic professionals from their congregations; and for mission pastors and mobilizers to help them better mobilize this strategic work force. ** Each event is two days, and the three events overlap over three days (Oct 20-22nd) at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond (Seattle), WA. ** Discounted registration ends 9/14, so spread the word quickly! Visit http://intersectionconference.com or email information(at)intersectionconference(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. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA IN AFRICA — While on a research trip among the Nama/Damara, one believer encountered three young men. He asked them what they would do when they stand before God after they die. These young men had never heard such a question. They gave all their attention to hearing the Gospel. They eagerly prayed and asked Jesus to save them and be their Lord. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com
6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Elijah Company conducts these four day consultations for up to thirty people presenting practical steps and important concepts. Topics include spiritual development, character issues, relationships, culture and steps to move forward. Participants may also receive personal words and prayer for encouragement and direction. Many have already received this valuable training and are on fields around the world. The next camps are Virginia, October 27-30, 2005; El Salvador November 2005; Guatemala, February 2006. For more information see their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. To subscribe to Elijah Company mentorship network sent a blank letter to elijahcompany- mentorshipnetwork-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 .]
7. WATER PURIFICATION INFO — Check out this site: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~rael/uvtube/uvtubeproject.htm Learn to blend the technical with the available. (Thanks to the anonymous Brigada reader, F.H., for the link! :-) )
8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join with others around the world on October 1st for the October 1st 2005 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(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. DEBATE ON GOOGLEMAIL CONTINUES — Many still view Google’s mail service as ideal, with privacy being, in their opinion, plenty good enough. One reader commented on the item in last week’s Brigada, “One of the sites listed was www.google-watch.org. Most of what I saw there was hate for the big corporations and micheal moore type of name calling and conspiracy theory stuff. They did have a few interesting points about info gathering but to be honest it really turned me off more than anything.” The important thing is to find tools and resources that look and feel secure enough for your context. Just make sure you know exactly how “exposed” you are. Frankly, just about *anything* is better than the unguarded Internet.
10. TURBO-CHARGE BRIGADA — Our 2005 total giving is actually pretty good. At $7,664.18, we’ve got a ways to go (to reach our goal of $16,576 for the year), but year before last, one single donor gave $9,000 in one fell swoop. Perhaps you couldn’t ever imagine doing that… but do you know someone who could? Remember, we *limit* donations to the $16,576. Any excess gifts are escrowed for the next year — and once we make our goal, we no longer mention the appeal in future Brigadas for the remainder of the year. We intentionally try to receive only the *exact* amount needed. 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. To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.
11. REFLECTIONS ON A HURRICANE AND RESULTING OFFERINGS — Maybe somebody living on Mars might have somehow escaped hearing about Katrina, but actually, I imagine Hurricane news would have traveled even there. Some of the best fund-raising for the hurricane has actually taken place at the hands of reporters for the major news networks, whose ratings probably skyrocket in times like these. Either way, viewers see the needs and are moved toward action, even before various aid organizations send appeals. Like many missions committees, the one I lead (at the local church I attend when I’m not traveling) stepped up to the plate, appealed for a matching gift grant from a great foundation, and 7 days later — bam — there was $70,000 ready to mobilize toward the two focal points we had chosen. And so, like many other participant/observers, I came away from the experience with a few conclusions:

*** The book of James (James 4:2b in the New Testament) is right: sometimes we don’t see great offerings because we just don’t ask. (Where would all these people have sent their money if our missions committee hadn’t given them the chance?)
*** Donors are moved by matching gift requests. The one I approached is geared toward the fellowship of churches that I attend. But you can find tons of similar organizations online at Google.com. A simple search on the terms, “grantmaking foundations,” yields half a million pages of results.
*** Donors like it when they know their money will make it to the scene of the tragedy. We made arrangements so 100% of ours would make it to the field. (literally zero overhead) A couple of our staff even accompanied the first wave of ministry implementation (paying their own way). Our response was incredible. Donors have heard about scams where previous collections have been misused and they’re eager for a simple solution that bypasses a “big business” approach.
*** Special offerings for tragedies don’t have to negatively impact regular weekly tithes. We emailed our congregation’s members in advance, to tell them a Hurricane relief offering would be collected at the close of the service. The regular offering was one of the best ever . . . and the hurricane relief offering was remarkable. The Lord and his people are very generous.
*** Unchurched people want to give too. One of our church’s members said she took the appeal to her business place. She intentionally approached non-Christians, several of whom were eager to take part. They explained that they had wanted to help but didn’t know whom to trust. This particular business owner came back with $1200 in 48 hours. Another friend of a friend wrote a head coach of an NFL franchise; lo and behold, the coach immediately offered to give $10,000! If our friend hadn’t approached him, would he have ever gotten around to making such a gift? No one knows.
*** Donors like action. Our entire project, from beginning to implementation, required no more than 10 days. We didn’t ask for pledges over time.
*** At the same time, donors like to know long-term care will be granted. We assured donors of our regard for this by finding room in our budget for long-term hurricane relief funding as a part of the general missions budget, which is funded by regular Sunday offerings. In this way, we hope our members will be further motivated to keep giving their missions dollars to the regular Sunday offering.
*** Empower your missions committee chairman to *act*. Funny… in this particular case, I had been appointed chairman the very week of the hurricane. The chairman of our board and the chairman of the elders gave me a mandate to get the church involved in Katrina relief. I took that to be a clear assignment and proceeded to act pretty decisively, but all the while (daily, in fact), I sent out regular emails of the steps I was taking. These emails went to leadership in all cases, and in some cases, we sent those emails to the entire church membership. In this way, they could see that their agent was taking steps… quick steps. My theory on this was that they would be forgiving of me if I moved forward, forsaking regular monthly missions committee meetings in favor of an action orientation for the here and now. Everything I’m hearing, after the fact, says it was the right thing to do. Act — but keep everyone informed. Don’t wait for a committee meeting. Find out your mandate, then jump in and make it happen. (Example: I applied for the grant the very morning after being appointed, writing as if I represented the church.) Disclaimer: I also set up a meeting one week in the future where I told the committee members I would review the steps I had taken and, as a committee, we would be able to look at the entire project at the 7-day milestone. So they all knew that meeting was coming.

Bottom line: When tragedy strikes, my theory is — people want leadership that takes quick and decisive action. During those first couple of weeks, they’ll be *very* forgiving if someone acts without getting all the normal permissions and approvals, as long as everything is done with good integrity and good ethics, naturally. The key is to understand the mandate, the extent of the expectation to *deliver*, and the “reasonable checkpoints” with the right decision-makers. The corollary of my theory? In catastrophic situations, group members have little toleration for indecision, slow implementation, and wasted time. (View the feeling toward FEMA and other gov’t reps in New Orleans.)

Hurricane Katrina may well turn out to be one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike USA soil. But the response of kind-hearted people from all over the world is helping make a difference today… and it can do so in future catastrophes too.

20050814 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GOOGLE RELEASES “TALK” PRODUCT
2. CONSULTATION ON TURKEY
3. TRANSITION RESOURCE FOR MISSIONARIES
4. WAY-COOL WITNESSING TOOL FOR KIDS
5. MAYBE GOOGLE’S GMAIL IS KIND OF SECURE?
6. SHARE YOUR PAIN
7. PEOPLE RAISING CONFERENCE
8. IS EVANGELISM A FORM OF RELIGIOUS BIAS?
9. SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITY IN SRI LANKA
10. TESOL COURSE IN SE ASIA
11. MUSICAL CONCERT TEAM TO MAINLAND CHINA
12. ENCOURAGERS, PARTNERS, ENABLERS, FRIENDS
13. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO COMBAT HURRICANE KATRINA
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. GOOGLE RELEASES “TALK” PRODUCT — Well the ‘talk of the town’ this past week was Google’s new product, “Google Talk”. It seems like everything Google touches turns to gold and Google Talk will likely follow suit. This free product allows you to email, IM, or “talk” via the microphone attached to your PC. You can use it with the neighbor across the street, or your missionary across the globe. To Google, it’s all the same. Try it today at: http://www.google.com/talk/ (Thanks for the first heads-up on this, Nick! :-) ) Note: You’ll need a Gmail account. Here’s another user offering free invites (Thanks Tina!) urbainti(at)msu(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. CONSULTATION ON TURKEY — It’s happening November 8-12, 2005 in Turkey, an every two- to three-year gathering of national leaders, ex- patriot workers and non-resident partners to consider critical and strategic partnership issues related to the work in Turkey. For more information or an Application to Attend (English, Turkish, Korean, Spanish versions available) write: GlobalConsult(at)intet(dot)org . Registration August 1-September 26.
3. TRANSITION RESOURCE FOR MISSIONARIES — “Leave Right/Enter Right” is a CD for those just starting their international assignment, or experienced sojourners relocating or repatriating back to their passport culture. Hosted by the late Dr. David Pollock, viewers are guided through one of the essential steps to successfully prepare for transition to their new destination. Here’s the best part of this new product: The CD is self-guided for individual, family or small team use. Complete with a 25-minute video, ideas for use and printable worksheets, anyone around world can have personal access to this very valuable resource! Order your copy ($25 US plus shipping) by calling 719-531-6181 or emailing office(at)interactionintl(dot)org Or visit http://www.interactionintl.org
4. WAY-COOL WITNESSING TOOL FOR KIDS — If you want a way-cool witnessing tool for your kids, or your church’s Harvest Festival as an alternative to Halloween’s ghoulish paint this October, check out the free wordless book-type temporary tattoos here. Mine lasted for nearly 2 weeks and I got to explain it to lots of people:

http://www.kidzplace.org/site/c.chJKJXOAJlH/b.475797/k.BE1A/Special_Pro motions.htm If you have trouble copying and pasting this long URL, just use this shorter “tinyurl” we produced at www.tinurl.com

http://tinyurl.com/amnq9 (Thanks Dorothea!)
5. MAYBE GOOGLE’S GMAIL IS KIND OF SECURE? — Because it uses POP3 with SSL security, maybe Google’s Gmail would do for semi-secure email. That was the thought this past week from Garry, a Brigada participant from Australia. Do you agree? He wrote, “Their web-based access is not secure, but it seems that POP3 access (for programs such as Outlook) uses this security. Some purists may not like the idea google automatically searches your email content for key words so that they may tailor sidebar advertisements to you, but nevertheless the magic word is “free”. To try it out, you may like to take up the previous offer from a subscriber for a free referral to get started. In summary: Google Gmail = Free SSL POP3 access, Free non-SSL Web-based access.”
6. SHARE YOUR PAIN — Okay, maybe it was just an “obstacle.” But how did God pull you through a very difficult problem as you pursued a ministry in missions? Nelson at The Finishers Project is working on a new book. The working subtitle is “Passages That Don’t Preach” since the book emphasizes those embarrassing verses about surrendering all, about the total Lordship of Christ, about not taking the easy way, about suffering. Your difficult experience might benefit thousands of others seeking a role in missions. Submit your story ideas at
http://www.Finishers.org/book
7. PEOPLE RAISING CONFERENCE — Attend the People Raising conference October 14-15. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement ten key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by September 14th and receive the early bird special pricing. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_oct2005.cfm or e-mail Bill(AT)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. IS EVANGELISM A FORM OF RELIGIOUS BIAS? — Some would answer yes. Jay Gary, who bills himself as a Christian “futurist”, wrote to us this past week, “As a futurist I’ve been tracking the future of evangelism in American public life, whether in the workplace, school or government. Three years ago most of my scan hits related evangelism with religious freedom. Now they frame evangelism as religious bias.” Read more from Jay on this topic at:

http://www.christianfutures.com/religious_bias.shtml
9. SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITY IN SRI LANKA — COMMIT Ministries is currently recruiting another short term ministry team to serve the needs of the Sri Lanka church in the aftermath of last year’s killer tsunami. They are looking for caring people of various skills and even unskilled folk to help construct an orphan home, medical clinic, church, and a large number of private homes in a very needy area just south of Batticaloa. The cost is $2885.00 per person and includes RT airfare from a US hub city, most meals, ground transportation, hotel and camp style lodging, materials related to the project, and debriefing in Bangkok. Trip dates are February 23 to March 9, 2006. For more information and to register for the team, please contact COMMIT Ministries at commit(at)pixi(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or consult their web site at http://www.commitministries.com If your church or mission organization would care to form their own team at some other time, please contact COMMIT about this right away. This project truly needs your help!
10. TESOL COURSE IN SE ASIA — YWAM and SEA English Academy are offering a TESOL course in Chiang Rai Thailand from October 3 through October 28. This is a four-week intensive course which includes a built-in practicum. Those who successfully complete the course will be equipped to go into the nations as an EFL/ESL instructor which opens doors in many otherwise closed nations. For information and/or an application, email chiangraitesol(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 .] Come and join an exciting team of pioneer-minded people and get ready to have opportunities to teach all over the world. Visit the following websites: http://www.ywamthai.org or: http://www.seaenglishacademy.com
11. MUSICAL CONCERT TEAM TO MAINLAND CHINA — COMMIT Ministries is currently recruiting another short term ministry team to present concerts to public schools and churches in Mainland China. This is an invitation for praise bands, folk artists, professional recording artists, non professional types, soloists, dancers, puppeteers, celebrity impersonators, etc, to offer their collective gift of the arts as part of a cultural exchange. The Chinese government has provided this invitation to COMMIT Ministries yet again because of the successful concert tour earlier this year. The cost is $2685.00 per person and includes RT airfare from a US hub city, most meals, ground and air transportation in China, hotel lodging, and debriefing costs in Guangzhou. Trip dates are October 10-24 2005 and another trip is planned for March 29 to April 11, 2006. For more information and to register for the team, please contact COMMIT Ministries at commit(at)pixi(dot)com or consult their web site at http://www.commitministries.com
12. ENCOURAGERS, PARTNERS, ENABLERS, FRIENDS — That’s what our sponsors and supporters mean to Brigada! Since we last reported, we’ve rec’d $115 from Wilcannia River of Life church in New South Wales, Australia. http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Wilcannia is Advancing Aboriginal Australia through the Gospel of Christ. In addition, an anonymous missionary with GEM, who does TEFL outreach throughout Europe, sent $100! A worker in Switzerland sent $50, with this note: “I and countless others are blessed by your meticulous research and networking. Continue your excellent work.” Whoa. [blush] Again, thanks for the encouragement. We also rec’d $25 with a “Thank you from an anonymous Wycliffe member who especially likes any news about children and missions!” Another worker sent $100, saying, “I’ve been reading Brigada for a while and thought I finally ought to send you something as a small expression of my appreciation. Thanks for your work!” Whoa. One additional Brigada participant wrote, “My only daughter is a Missionary to South Africa. I cannot tell you how many times, Brigada came through with just the right information just at the right time. The LORD truly uses your ministry. Thank you. God bless you.” She enclosed a gift of $50, as did another anonymous giver whose gift meant so much. That brings our 2005 total giving to $7,464.18, still quite a bit short of our goal of $16,576 for the year. These funds encourage Brigada by undergirding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. How many other ministries do you know of with an annual budget of under $20,000? Do they involve 10,000+ people like Brigada? Want to turbo-charge Brigada this week? To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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.
13. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO COMBAT HURRICANE KATRINA — What goes through your mind when a portion of the world experiences pain? As I write this Brigada Today, I’m watching news coverage of Hurricane Katrina as it strikes the Gulf of Mexico shoreline here in the USA. I can almost *feel* the devastation in my bones. My heart goes out to those who are hurting — as well as those who are about to hurt. I’m thankful for the advance notice that allowed 1 million to flee the coast, but my heart goes out to the 1/3 million that couldn’t, for one reason or another.

But what a powerful force we have in the form of prayer. Wherever you live, whatever your situation, you can lift up an area like the Gulf and, for example, pray for those who didn’t have a chance to leave because they didn’t have anywhere to go… nor the funds to pay for hotels or travel. Give thanks for that advance notice given to residents and pray for those still reeling from events like the tsunami in the Indian Ocean where little communication was possible in advance. Ask the Lord to prepare the disaster relief organizations and personnel. Gather your church or small group and go to the throne room of Heaven for strategic intersession on behalf of those who otherwise might lose businesses, homes, precious belongings, and maybe even their very lives. Read more about prayer and its effects, prerequisites, and possibilities at pages like… http://en.bibleinfo.com/topics/topic.html?id=223 [Note: Next issue’s “BackPage” will be focused on helping you plan a personal spiritual retreat. Our goal is to provide something very tangible, practical, and specific for those who would like to get away for a one- or two-day personal retreat. (Even Jesus went to a mountain, alone, to pray.) If you have ideas or specific resources that might help others, please jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By default, we won’t publish your address. If you’d like folks to see it, however, please mention that in the item and we’ll do our best. Thanks!]

20050724 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FINAL 7 DAYS TO HELP DOUG WITH PH.D. DISSERTATION
2. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR
4. LAUSANNE PAPER ON POSTMODERN AND ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITIES
5. A CONFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA
6. A HARSH LIFE: THE NAMIBIAN COLOURED Of NAMIBIA
7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
8. INVITATION TO FREE E-MAIL ACCOUNT GMAIL
9. EMERCY’S SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOOLBOX IS NOW AVAILABLE
10. TEACH TO REACH
11. BACK PAGE: LIVING IN CHANGING AGENCIES, OR NOT
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. FINAL 7 DAYS TO HELP DOUG WITH PH.D. DISSERTATION — These are the final hours to help Doug with the dissertation project for his Ph.D. degree on followership. The questionnaire helps each individual determine his or her “style of followership” and the results are 100% confidential. “You have my word as your Brigada Today compiler since the very beginning, in 1995, that you won’t be added to any list. No one will call. No one will even email.” Remember that anyone working (or even volunteering in a major way) for a non-profit organization, mission, orphanage or church is eligible. If you aren’t sure you’re the right person to take the survey, please take it anyway. If you can convince 100 people to take it (from your mission or church), and get 50 of them to participate, we’ll be forever grateful. Staff persons in Christian schools, staff people in local churches, resident moms and dads in children’s homes, .. they’ll all be considered for the research. It takes just 5 minutes. This is the final opportunity being offered to Brigada Today participants. Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership After taking the survey, the research asks a few basic questions of your team leader or supervisor, again — in the strictest confidence. “Following this week, we’ll go to the university with the numbers and see if they’ll allow the project. We had set a goal to find 500 pairs of followers and their respective supervisors. We’re roughly halfway there.” :-( Final chance… please take those 5-minute surveys by August 17. Week after week for years, you’ve been reading Brigada. Here’s a chance to give something back — without having to spend a dime of your hard-earned cash. Your responses will be used exclusively as research data for this one project. Please help today. There is obviously no fee involved. This is homework. Are there 375 people out there (out of our 10,000 reachers) who would please pitch in? If so, thank you in advance. http://www.brigada.org/followership
2. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Receive training from the Chalmers Center on how to facilitate economic development among the poor. Here is what Robin and Mike McMahan, Mission to the World missionaries to Ecuador, said about the training they received from the Chalmers Center: “The [Chalmers Center training institute] revolutionized what we were doing. It gave us useful tools and allowed us to help people financially and spiritually without creating dependency. We would definitely recommend the [Chalmers Center training institute] for anyone who is working among the poor.” The Chalmers Center will offer the first two of the courses from the training institute in distance learning format this coming fall. The distance learning courses are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. They will help you understand the needs of the poor and how to determine the design of an intervention that is the appropriate program and strategy for Christian economic development in your context. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers web site at www.chalmers.org. Or, you can contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 or by email at chalmers(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 .]
3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR — The Strategic Coordinator Seminar is about planning and implementing evangelism, business and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (13 November-2 December 2005) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. In the seminar you will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. If you want to see your church take a more active role in evangelizing your focus people through prayer, going and sending out missionaries; if you are a missionary who desires to see more prayer, people and finance on an international level directed towards your focus group, then this seminar is for you. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto: http://www.ywamperth.org.au Please note that the organizers have asked that you be sure to mention the fact that you read about it in Brigada. :-)
4. LAUSANNE PAPER ON POSTMODERN AND ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITIES — One of the more lengthy and significant Lausanne papers from the Oct. 2004 meeting in Thailand is now available. Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 45, “Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in the Western World (“New Age”), is available in PDF format at http://community.gospelcom.net/lcwe/assets/LOP45_IG16.pdf or in booklet format. For information on ordering the 90 page booklet contact John Morehead at johnwmorehead(at)netzero(dot)net
5. A CONFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA — Gather in Longmont, CO Sept. 16 & 17, 2005 for the Best Hope for Africa Conference. This will be a time of prayer for the continent and networking with other native Africans and American workers. Pastor Andre Lottering of African Ministries Network will be the keynote speaker as the group seeks to catch God’s heart for His emerging church in Africa. For more on this free conference, contact Willy Rumenera at rumenera_willy(at)yahoo(dot)fr or Melody at VineLife Community Church at 303-449-3330 ext 101.
6. A HARSH LIFE: THE NAMIBIAN COLOURED Of NAMIBIA — J. is in his late 30’s. He lost his wife to sickness some time ago. He alone takes care of his six-year old son. J. is unemployed and lives in a town with only a couple of businesses. As he lay on his bed on the ground outside his tin shack, he listened to the Gospel. He chose to ask Jesus into his heart. Now there is hope in a harsh life. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Namibian 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
7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — This training camp is by sponsored by Elijah Company from October 27-30 in Virginia. Many have already been trained and are now in overseas work. A special free conference call will be conducted August 11 at 8:30 PM est. The 45 minute conference will share about the training and other tips regarding preparation to go. A former trainee wrote “Missionary Training Camp has given me the steps I need to take to get to the field and the directions regarding how to take those steps.” Write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org for details of training or conference call. See their web at http://www.elijahcompany.org or call (757)226-3507.
8. INVITATION TO FREE E-MAIL ACCOUNT GMAIL — Frank, a Brigada subscriber from Frankfurt, Germany, invites other subscribers to the GMAIL e-mail service. This free mail service is part of the Google- Family, and comes with a huge free space of more than 2 GB, almost no ads – only low-key text ads at the side of the page. It offers a unique system of sorting, with labels instead of folders, that is very flexible and easy to use. The menu language can be chosen from about twenty main languages, including Russian, Chinese and many others. From his own experience, Frank can recommend GMAIL as a useful tool. (And by the way, in case you were wondering, he receives NO goodies from gmail for his recommendation). Please write to him at: frank(dot)e(dot)martin(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. EMERCY’S SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOOLBOX IS NOW AVAILABLE — Emercy is now offering the Toolbox on CD (Mac or PC) with a number of resources for short-term team leaders. The CD includes templates for team member applications, meeting outlines, member handbooks, fundraiser ideas, passport applications, stock photos, and clip art. This resource is helpful for short-term team leaders who are just getting started and don’t have the time to create everything from scratch. The CD also includes a comprehensive planning worksheet in Excel that allows you to calculate your trip expenses. You can purchase it for $19.95 from Emercy’s website at http://www.emercy.org or by calling 877-875-4483 (205-409-4197 for our international readers). You can also email info(at)emercy(dot)org
10. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. We can train you to teach effectively in our TESOL course. Courses will be offered August 29 through September 23 and October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at www.ywampa.org or e- mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net.
11. BACK PAGE: LIVING IN CHANGING AGENCIES, OR NOT — In last week’s Brigada Today, we addressed the shifting sands of culture and time and pointed out how mission agencies seem to be shifting too (along with churches and the actual missionaries themselves). One reader commented on the fact that indeed… technology no only made the world smaller, but also seemed to build a higher level of expectation for accountability and perhaps even power in home offices of mission agencies around the globe. In the opinion of this particular Brigada participant, this immediate communicative ability enables area directors to become (or at least *want* to become :-) ) much more involved in decisions. At the same time, it seemed important to another reader to forge on despite some of the downsides of immediate communication. “The mission agency should be viewed as a valuable partner in the mission enterprise. Nothing is to be gained by being at odds with the agency, and just as a matter of fact, we are enjoined by Christ to love each other. That includes mission agencies in my book.”

So here are 5 tips for navigating the sea of change with your home office and agency.
*** 1) Determine what is the “main thing” you’re supposed to be doing, then do it well. Make the main thing the main thing. If you’re supposed to be raising up a new church, set up a plan to do that. As they say in soccer, take the shortest path to the goal. If, on the other hand, you’ve been hired to oversee a building or facility, don’t get sidetracked working on cars in the back lot. Keep the main thing the main thing. Your agency will notice your attention to the key objective and you’ll be loved for your loyalty to the purpose. Can you see how this simple concept overcomes technology, travel, and treasure.

*** 2) If you have areas of disagreement, gently speak about those with the person(s) influential enough to help you resolve those issues. But don’t talk with outsiders, don’t gossip, and don’t whine or grouse to peers. Change the things you can, then leave the rest to the Lord.

*** 3) If your agency is unable to change to meet your expectations, decide if those unresolved issues are big enough to merit resigning. If they aren’t, then let go of them and get on board. If they’re so big that you’re miserable and you can’t let go of them, then resign and move on. But don’t live your life in that in-between stage where you stay with an agency even though you’re miserable about it. Love it… or leave it. You’ll be happier either way you go… and your productivity will improve when you’re working for an organization you love.

*** 4) Somebody has to pay for services. Either your agency takes a slice of the support you raised, or they raise the support for you, then just hire you… but either way, somebody’s donating or sacrificing somewhere. Realize that those services have value. Be grateful for them when they’re helpful. If none of them are helpful, then rather than become bitter about it, go to step 3. :-) But either way, don’t sit around and complain about the “administrative overhead” cost — if at the same time you’re benefiting from it! Somebody has to pay somewhere.

*** 5) Figure out what are the key administrative and/or communicative expectations, then find a way to make them happen. Everyone will be happier. If your home office expects a weekly update from the field, budget 30′ on Monday morning, first thing, to write it. Turn off the phone, keep the office door closed, and churn it out. Putting it off… or worse yet… not doing it at all… sends a signal that you aren’t placing value on the expectation (or those expecting it). In the end, this translates to #3, again. Let’s face it: every day, no matter what job we hold, there’s paperwork. Nurses have more forms and reports in hospitals. I.T. workers even have more paperwork in information technology these days. So the way I see it, we just figure out what we have to do and make it happen… and quit complaining. Everybody will be happier.

So there are 5 tips. For what it’s worth. Because it’s a jungle out there… and your work brings life to those who need it.

20050717 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS?
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT
12. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP)
13. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT?
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1 — Finally, here’s a plan that puts no limit on length of time workers spend on furlough. It is underwritten by a USA carrier rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Thus this is not “surplus lines insurance” or plan offered by an “off-shore carrier.” The plan includes all standard benefits for the international worker including medical evacuation, etc. plus provides direct pay and has medical and Rx co-pays. The company has developed an international PPO with 1600 contracted doctors who are American Board Certified or the equivalent. They have also contracted 300 international hospitals. This is the largest international PPO in the world. 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
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held at Palmer Lake, Colorado near Colorado Springs October 9-14, 2005. Contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(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. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology http://www.globalmissiology.org is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. In this July issue under the theme Word and Deed, there is a new section “technology & culture” to cover the inter-phase & integration of technology with Christian life and mission outreach. Also, enjoy the new Chinese version in both “full script” and “simplified script” formats for GM readers. Just simply “click” the appropriate language choice to switch back & forth. In accordance to the missiological principle of indigenization, everything in the Chinese version is originally developed by Chinese missiologists; not translation from English. Lord willing, future plan includes GM in other languages such as French, Spanish, and Portuguese to network missiologists internationally to be inclusive and truly global. Send all inquiries to editor(at)globalmissiology(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. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS -– This one-day seminar will be offered on Saturday, October 1 at Taylor Seminary, in Edmonton, Alberta through joint sponsorship of Taylor Seminary and Vanguard College. Early Bird registration (before Sept. 15) is only CAD$35.00 and includes lunch. To register call Renetta at 780-431-5246 or email Renetta(dot)geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a practical skill through which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or write dentaltrainingformissions(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 .]
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY — Thanks to Brian for finding this interesting perspective on the future of airline ticketing, or the lack thereof: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/000574.html Bottom line of this article: etickets and their fallout appear likely to unsettle the traditional world of connecting from one airline to another. Yikes. The jungle just got a little bit more complicated.
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS? — Do you have teams or individuals doing short-term mission trips in the States this summer? If so make sure they have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “Trip Protector” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $24 for trips up to 30 days! This plan will also cover baggage and personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged!

For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.InsuranceForTrips.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [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. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have 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 insurance needs.
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS — The Second Latin Missionary Consultation will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 19 to 23, 2005. The First Consultation was in Stavanger, Norway, on 2004, with a very good result. This will be a good opportunity for Latin missionaries serving overseas to share their ideas and fellowship with other missionaries. For more information visit the consultation website at http://www.missionarios.com
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL — Did you know that Chinese culture/characters contain evidence that the ancient Chinese descended from Noah and knew the Genesis history? Want to learn more and even share this with a Chinese friend? The Intercessors for China 2006 prayer calendar shares some of this evidence and its evangelistic potential in twelve beautifully illustrated monthly profiles and has 365 carefully researched prayer items for China’s cities and minorities. Why should you care about this in July? If you buy before August 1, you can take advantage of their “Two More for China” offer. You’ll get two copies of the 2006 calendar, “Chinese Characters Reveal the Gospel,” plus two copies of the current 2005 calendar, “Chinese Christian Women,” all for less than $15, including shipping. One for you and one to share: that’s two more praying for China! Callers in the US/Canada can dial toll-free 1-888-462-5481. Others can call 1-717-687- 8564. Email: order(at)prayforchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Calendars can be ordered after August 10 at the regular prices as posted at http://www.prayforchina.com
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE — The weekend of the 8-11 July 2005 was very exciting for all those who took part in the very first International Dance Weekend at All Nations Christian College in Ware, Herts. Organised in partnership with the Christian Dance Fellowship of Great Britain, participants and teachers came from all over the country and beyond, including Germany. Three main dance areas were studied from the Indian form of classical dance Bharatha Natyam to Oriental Egyptian dance and Bollywood. … For more information or details of opportunities to study the Arts and Culture, contact Jill Ford on arts(at)allnations(dot)ac(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.allnations.ac.uk
11. NG TO GHANA WEST AFRICA? — The North American Women’s Association, committed for over 35 years to helping women & children in Ghana, has compiled an extensive, resourceful insider’s database for Ghana at http://www.noworriesghana.com Laurie Korum, missionary nurse to Ghana for more than ten years, doesn’t promise to have all the answers but is willing to help field questions for those considering coming to Ghana. Her contact is Ghana_Laurie(at)hotmail(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. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT — This past week, we appreciated a gift from Andy at Dial-Abroad for $105, representing the long-distance calling benefits some Brigada readers generated through using Dial-Abroad long distance. If you’re talking on the phone anyway, and you’re thinking about switching anyway, try Andy’s services by clicking here. Thanks Andy!

Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click here (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.
13. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP) — I know, I know. You’re getting tired of hearing about Doug’s dissertation survey. But the truth is, we really do need some more takers… and this survey only takes 5 minutes. It’s anonymous — in that your input won’t be shared with anyone (especially not with your supervisor). :-) Likewise, the responses of your supervisor are kept secret too. Through these surveys, we’re learning lots about the relationship between followers and their bosses, and the perceptions of each about the other. We’ll publish the broad strokes here — and if all goes well, Doug will finish a Ph.D. out of the whole thing. We’ve had about 250 people participate, and about half that many bosses have completed their matching portion (which, unfortunately, is a necessary part of the project). Would you please consider passing this request to your mission or church staff? If you’re a member of a local church, would you ask your minister(s) to participate? (It’s free of course!) Anyone who has ever completed a Masters Degree or Ph.D. can identify. We just need a bunch of viewpoints… hundreds of them. (To be precise, we need at least 500 pairs of responses — followers and their bosses. :-( Still a ways.) If you’ve ever considered yourself to be Doug’s friend – – or not — now is the time to rally the troops. Just send your staff members to: http://www.brigada.org/followership The simple instructions are all there. I’m really not kidding… maybe this will only take 5′. Please give it a shot. (Any employee of any non-profit or church anywhere in the galaxy can participate.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)
14. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT? — The final installment of our thinking about change in missions is centered on the agency. (For those who have been napping :-), we’ve asked “what does the church want” out of missions today, and what does the missionary want.) Again, it appears to me we’re living through a period of profound change. For example, today’s generation of students are asking completely different questions about their world and how to reach it. Neal Pirolo, author of “Serving as Senders”, wrote us this past week with this observation: “As aging mission agencies are being forced to relate with a younger generation in the Church, they must come to realize that there is a major, basic different point of view. The younger generations more and more want a greater and greater involvement in the decisions relating to the tasks to which they commit. Past generations ‘signed the check’ and said, ‘God bless you. Go do it.’ Today’s (and tomorrow’s) generations want to be a part of the strategizing, planning and execution of the task. (And they are more interested in task-related proposals than ‘career’ commitments.)” This can have a *major* effect on mission agency models, as you can imagine.

But other changes are happening across the board. Again, we see effects brought about by shifts in technology, missiology, cultural values, and even the shrinking nature of a planet perhaps more in tune with itself and its inhabitants.

Our Training Director at Team Expansion, Glen Gibson, handed me an article earlier this week that helped crystallize some of these changes and their impact on missions. In it, the director of CBInt’l, Hans Finzel, lamented that missions agencies ” are not changing fast enough or deep enough to meet the needs of today’s world.” He concludes, “What worked … in the 1980s and even 1990s does not apply today.” He’s observing changes like…
*** Leadership election to leadership selection
*** US-based launching to globalization
*** Country boundaries to people groups [OK Hans… maybe we started this shift back in 1974. :-) ]
*** From territorial divisions to functional teams of ministry
*** From rigid field structures to simplicity and mobility
*** From lifetime mission careers to the revolving door of short-term service
*** From command and control administration to decentralization and regionalization
*** From using the sending churches to serving our partner churches
*** From fee-based administration to funding for value added
*** From recruiting on the campus to mobilizing from the church
*** From classic, narrow ministry focus to 360-degree deployment. [See Hans’s article in the July 2005 EMQ, p. 330.]

Whoa, if that’s not a bunch of major shifts, then I’m not sitting here at 3:18am compiling Brigada Today. Yikes… it’s enough to scare the wits out of the control freaks among us.

What do *you* think today’s mission agency is seeking out of the mission agency – church – missionary continuum? What are the motivations for agencies to move forward? Why do they keep trying to do what they’ve always done? What are the “itches” that they scratch? Why do we need them? What causes their eyes to glisten and their little hearts to warm with gladness? How do we avoid offending them (and do we care? :-) )? How will they best relate to individuals as missionaries and church leaders of today and tomorrow?

Those are the haunting questions that cry out for answers. (Is that melodramatic or *what*? :-) ) 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 will be assumed anonymous, though you’re welcome to leave your name and contact information if you desire. Look for information about these responses in next week’s Brigada Today. And until then, please be careful out there — it’s a jungle you know. Doug

20050710 Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY?
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS?
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN?
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE — The advent of the Talking Bible dramatically increases the value of the work done by the Bible translators. By spending just one percent more than what it cost to translate a New Testament in the first place, one can now make that dedicated, sacrificial, costly translation effort available in audio as a Talking Bible for the larger numbers of people who cannot read. It is a possibility we could not have dreamed of less than five years ago. For more information visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY? — Take PC Magazine’s word for it. Their latest editor’s choice is Spyware Doctor 3.2, available for $29.95 at http://www.pctools.com In their benchmark “real-world” tests, Spyware Doctor outperformed other offerings from all the “big guns” like Symantec, Microsoft, Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft, and more. (And by the way, we get no sponsorship from PCTools.com. Just one beggar telling another where to buy bread. But if they ask where you heard about it, feel free to tell them Brigada.org. Maybe they’ll decide to pitch something in after 30 of us buy it! :-) )
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS? — Claudia recommends http://www.photobucket.com (Thanks Claudia!) The free version allows for 25 meg of disk space (about 12 or 13 photos at the 5 megapixel rate) and 1500 meg. of bandwidth, with a limitation of 250K as the maximum size for any image you post. But for just $25 per year, you’ll get 1 gig of photo display space, and unlimited throughput. On this latter plan, maximum image size is bumped up to 1 meg. — still about 1/2 the size of a 5 megapixel image. Check it out!
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site. _NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site.
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3 — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has just released the People Raising 6-hour award winning audio curriculum on CD and in downloadable MP3 formats. Discover firsthand how the People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for support. The Audio kit includes: 5 CD’s by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon, 72 page Study Guide, The People Raising book and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing a special introductory offer through 8/10/2005. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact Bill(at)PeopleRaising(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. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU — There are about 2600 people groups in the world today that don’t have God’s Word in their heart language. Could God be calling you to serve as part of a Bible translation team? “Trans Scan” has the answers! Check out…

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For more info, contact Wade Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org about the August, 20 event at Wycliffe Center in Tucson AZ. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER — “Godsize Stories from Around the World” will bless and inspire you. You can be reading it minutes from now. For less than the price of a lunch at McDonalds you’ll receive the e-book and *two bonuses*. You’ll also receive the complete audio-book, and The e- Book Librarian software to manage e-books on your computer. You can download them or order them on CDs. Listen to the foreword by Eddie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/aroeh Check out this offer at: http://www.godsize.com Or email: carl(at)godsize(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE — From January 23-25, 2006, on the campus of Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand, this interorganizational teachers’ conference will provide a faith-friendly venue for academic interaction and professional development, as well as for networking and fellowship. Proposals for presentations, workshops, resource room, and poster sessions are now being received. For more information on the conference see http://www.cetesol.org For inquiries, or to send a proposal, e-mail Brad bbaurain(at)elic(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. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN? — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra, of TalkingBibles.com, for the $25 gift to help Brigada step into the next week! We’re grateful for this help and encouragement. This brings to $6,810.36 our sponsorship total for 2005. You might recall that our goal for 2005 is $16,576, meaning we’re just over 4/10ths of the way to the total. Unfortunately, we’re just over halfway through 2005. To make our goal, someone will have to chip in a bit more over the coming weeks or months. Please pray that God will raise up partners to make this gift (these gifts) possible. Thanks! Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN — I’ve enjoyed reading some reader feedback to the last couple of “BackPages”… addressing the issue of “What churches want” out of the church-missionary relationship and, on the other side of the coin, “What missionaries want”. You can read the feedback for yourself at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/what_they_want.html Over all, there seemed to be agreement, at least in principle, that times have changed (duh… :-) ) in the missions arena. Technology, travel, and cultural norms have all made an impact. You’ll have to be the one to decide if we’re better- or worse-off than we were before. Maybe our seemed to land more on the “better-off” side when it comes to gratitude for technology and the connectivity it brings. But if that’s the case, the majority seemed to land a bit on the downside regarding changes in the local church. That having been said, the responses were all over the spectrum.

So allow me to sum up, if I may — at least my own opinion: We live in a rapidly-changing world, where our motivations, our “church culture”, and the “tools of the missionary trade” are seemingly transforming right before our very eyes. As a result, churches, individuals and also agencies would be well-advised to look carefully at how these and other “change factors” are affecting their work now and how they might have a bearing in the future. Only then will we be adequately prepared to walk the jungle of missions in future generations.

Doug

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

20050612 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HALF WAY THERE ON FOLLOWERSHIP SURVEYS! (PLEASE HELP!)
2. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES
3. START IN MISSIONS WITH A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
4. NEW WEB BASED CHURCH SOFTWARE
5. MISSIONARY NEEDS A RESOURCE TO ADOPT A TSUNAMI AFFECTED ORPHAN
6. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THIS BRIGADA POSSIBLE
7. FOR STORYTELLING?
8. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR NINE MONTHS
9. TEACH TO REACH
10. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
11. DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY?
12. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE
13. WANT TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT BRIGADA?
14. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT’S IT TAKE TO LAUNCH A MOVEMENT?
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. HALF WAY THERE ON FOLLOWERSHIP SURVEYS! (PLEASE HELP!) — Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. But as of midnight on June 23rd, 247 team members had completed the followership survey that I’m using for my doctoral dissertation! That means we just crossed the halfway mark to our hopeful goal of 500 surveys. What’s more, we’ve approached the leaders of 181 of those followers and 123 have already responded. That means 2 out of every 3 team leaders are taking time to give input! Thank you so much for the time you’ve invested… and for your interest in helping further our joint understanding of followership. Now… the other side of the coin… Gulp… we still have to find another 253 followers… and we have to hope that all their team leaders will respond too. (The surveys can’t be used unless the leader takes part.) Will you take 5 minutes and participate today? Remember, we state in writing — you aren’t going to be added to any lists. (See the privacy release.) (After more than 10 years of preparing Brigada Today, we’ve never sold or distributed a single email address to anyone; we’re not about to start now.) It’s this simple: I’d love to finish my Ph.D. Will you help? Do you know someone who might? Just send them to: http://brigada.org/followership/ Thank you!
2. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES — In 2005, students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified, experienced and passionate professors, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. The Zwemer Center is offering four Muslim Studies seminars during the month of July at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Seminars may also be taken for credit. Summer Studies 2005: July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (CIU faculty) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29 Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

For more information: US callers can dial toll free 800-777-2227 x3327; others may call 803-754-4100 x3327. Or check out: http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies or Email muslimstudies(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] BTW, they also have a significant number of scholarships ($300 each) available.
3. START IN MISSIONS WITH A DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006- mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and an 8 week field assignment in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, and much more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
4. NEW WEB BASED CHURCH SOFTWARE — Imagine if all your church leaders, staff and even missionaries around the globe could look up member information via the web at any time from anywhere. Ascribe is a new information solution for churches that integrates both member and website management into a single, powerful web-based solution. With Ascribe you can empower each ministry with online tools to manage information, assign tasks, print labels, send email and build community. You can also use Ascribe to publish your entire website: webpages, calendars, photos, blogs & custom forms. For more information visit http://www.ascribedata.com
5. MISSIONARY NEEDS A RESOURCE TO ADOPT A TSUNAMI AFFECTED ORPHAN — Can you help an American missionary in Spain who desires to adopt a child displaced and orphaned by the Tsunami? Please contact him if you are aware of a reputable agency or a specific need. His email is: adoptachild(at)gmail(dot)com
6. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THIS BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Hats off to the anonymous giver who gave $100 “for the kingdom and what you do to promote Mission Network News.” Thanks, also, to the giver working in Brazil, who shared $50, almost completely anonymously — obviously moved with compassion. And thanks for the gift of $250, writing, “Your work is a constant source of blessing and vital information. May the Lord bless you as you bless His sending community.” We also heard from a worker with “Women of the Harvest”, with resources for missionary women all over the world – $100. Blessed Hope – $14.14 + $15 for someone who opened an Inphonic account.
7. To these and all others who help undergird Brigada, we say thank you!!!! FOR STORYTELLING? — Many of you have purchased Bible-based ESL curriculum from Don Erickson at EFCM International Network. The EFCM domain has been getting more Spam than they can digest. Therefore they are dropping that domain name very soon. Please change the e-mail address for ordering curriculum to DonErickson(at)efcaim(dot)org. In countries where web security is an issue the address sales(at)eslcurriculum(dot)net can be used. If possible please pass this change on to anyone you know that may want or need to know.
8. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR NINE MONTHS — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intensive Bible school open to C/DTS graduates. Inductive study is done book by book employing thorough observation, careful interpretation, and personal application. Students go through the Bible five times in nine months! SBS gives a balanced view of the Scriptures as a whole and exposes students to the richness of the Bible in its continuity, various styles of literature, and historical backgrounds. We’re praying that God is directing you towards this blessing! SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 2006. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca.
9. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. The YWAM TESL center can train you to teach effectively in their TESOL course. Courses will be offered August 29 through September 23 and October 3 through October 28 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at www.ywampa.org or e- mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net
10. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $10 each. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chock full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. WANT TO BUILD A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT BRIGADA? — If you’d like to build a bridge to the next Brigada, 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. 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. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising.
14. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT’S IT TAKE TO LAUNCH A MOVEMENT? — Ten Universal Elements. That’s what David Garrison found in research for his little booklet, “Church Planting Movements”. He found that, after surveying church planting movements (CPMs) around the world, these 10 elements seemed present in every single one of them. It probably goes without saying, then, that those who want to start a CPM would want to invest some time in figuring out how to implement these 10 practices as a matter of course:

*** Prayer
*** Abundant gospel sowing
*** Intentional church planting
*** Scriptural authority
*** Local leadership
*** Lay leadership
*** Cell or house churches
*** Churches planting churches
*** Rapid reproduction
*** Healthy churches

I suppose some of those are common sense. For example, healthy churches grow faster than unhealthy churches… “Duh!” But the truth is, we seldom think *proactively* about all 10 items comprehensively. And maybe that’s part of what helps a church to grow — thinking about doing it all right in *concert*, so all 10 cylinders hit in stride at the same time!

That’s probably what it’s going to take in some of our tougher fields. I suppose that’s what it *might* take in yours.

God bless your weekend!

Doug

PS. Read the full text of David Garrison’s book on “Church Planting Movements” at: http://www.imb.org/CPM/ You can even order a free copy. How ’bout those Baptists. :-)

20050605 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MISSION NANNYS IS OFFERING TO HELP YOU
2. NEW BOOK OFFERS WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON MISSIONS
3. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST
4. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP NETWORK
5. 2005 FULLER HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE
6. MUSLIM STUDIES
7. TEACH ENGLISH IN TSUNAMI IMPACTED THAILAND
8. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EMAIL EXTORTION RING?
9. SEND BRIGADA FORWARD
10. HELP FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF FOLLOWERSHIP
11. THE BACK PAGE: HOW TO LEVEL A REALLY BIG CISTERN
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. MISSION NANNYS IS OFFERING TO HELP YOU — Mission Nannys, an organization created to glorify God by sending volunteer women overseas to help missionary families, is in need of Opportunities of Service from missionaries. They seek free room and board in the home and tender loving care for the volunteer. They love children, helping with homeschooling, cooking, cleaning or whatever is needed. If interested, just write bettysullins(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 .] or see their website at http://www.missionnannys.org (Thanks, Mission Nannys, for the $100 sponsorship for Brigada! We appreciate your help in getting Brigada out the door and onto the screens of the 10,000+ members across the globe.
2. NEW BOOK OFFERS WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE ON MISSIONS — Here’s a new book by Caleb Project that provides an engaging inside look at the lives of women on the mission field. In an effort to support and encourage women entering or already in missions, Through Her Eyes, by Caleb Project author Marti Smith (published by Authentic Media) shares the personal experiences of women living and ministering in the Muslim world. After seven years as a mission mobilizer with Caleb Project, Marti Smith had the opportunity to get a closer look when she spent a year in a Muslim country with a church-planting team, shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. The result of this experience, the book Through Her Eyes, shares the stories of two dozen women – some single, some married – as they reveal the nuances of their everyday lives as missionaries overseas: dealing with loneliness, learning a new language, helping children adjust to the new culture, maintaining healthy marriages, and balancing ministry and family roles. Purchase this book at http://www.calebproject.org/store. (If you get a chance, let them know you heard about it here. No referral fees or sponsorships involved — just fun when they write and tell me they received 30 new orders during the 48 hours after Brigada released the information.)
3. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST — From July 18nd to 29th, Columbia International University will be offering an introductory course on the Techniques of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Speaking, Listening, and Reading (LNG 6740). This three semester hour graduate level course introduces students to communicative language teaching, lesson planning, and practical techniques for the classroom. The course may be taken as part of Columbia’s MA in TEFL or as a stand-alone introduction to English language teaching. For more information, please see CIU’s Summer Studies website http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies or contact Dr. Kay kherbert(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also call: 1-803-754-4100, ext. 3316, or toll-free in the U.S. or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800-777-2227.
4. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP NETWORK — This network is offered by the Elijah Company and designed to give practical instruction and encouragement. This bimonthly e-mail has been helpful to some already on the field and others planning to go. To subscribe send an empty e- mail addressed to elijahcompany-mentorshipnetwork-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 .] Go to http://www.elijahcompany.org for information on other Elijah Company services.
5. 2005 FULLER HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA will be hosting its second annual Healthcare Missions Conference on June 24th and 25th. It will be a wonderful time for those who serve the Lord in healthcare missions, both domestically and abroad. Continuing Education for physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals will be available. Visit the conference website http://fullerhealthcaremissions.info
6. MUSLIM STUDIES — The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University has a significant number of scholarships ($300 each) available. Four weekly subjects (July 4-29) include: Introduction to Islam; Folk Islam, Approaches to Islam; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions. (They are also offering Arabic, June 13- July 8.) If interested, contact them ASAP muslimstudies(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by phone: 800-777-2227, ext. 3325. Register online: http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies.
7. TEACH ENGLISH IN TSUNAMI IMPACTED THAILAND — You can be involved for two weeks up to a semester. The Khao Lak Community Computer Center offers English classes to those impacted directly and indirectly by the Tsunami. People are hungry to learn English and this is an avenue for them to learn about you. You would fly into Bangkok for a cultural and teaching orientation at one of the premier Christian English training schools in Thailand, the Baptist Student Centre. Then fly into Phuket and be taken by road to Khao Lak, the area most impacted by the Tsunami. You will stay in a local, clean hotel within walking distance of the center and would fit right into an existing program. Term example: Two weeks: $1990; One month: $2540; 15 week semester: $4550. For more information, visit http://thailandtsunamirelief.blogspot.com/ and Click on the Volunteer Coordinator on the right bottom. Opportunities start July 30th!
8. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EMAIL EXTORTION RING? — If so, it wasn’t a joke. One of the latest virus attacks, known as PGPcoder, literally encrypts your hard drive then demands “ransom” money to get the key to unlock it. Talk about dirty pool. It leaves a text file instructing users to send a payment for $200 in return for the decryption instructions. What are they thinking? In the first place, couldn’t someone just look up the address where they’re supposed to send the money? Duh. In the second place, wouldn’t one hope that Symantec and everybody else will write preventative measures for this kind of vandalism/extortion? Honestly… the imagination of the “dark side” sometimes astounds me. So… bottom line… keep those antivirus programs up to date and hope for the best. We can’t afford to be without them any more.
9. SEND BRIGADA FORWARD — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, 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. 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. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising.
10. HELP FURTHER UNDERSTANDING OF FOLLOWERSHIP — Will you take 5′ to help further our understanding of followership style and how it impacts team performance and personal job satisfaction? (You’ll also be helping Doug finish his doctorate?) It’s free — and I give you my word you won’t be added to any marketing list! (You have 10+ years of being on Brigada today as evidence. We never sell your identity.) :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ We could really use your help on this. Please ask whomever you can. We need about 500 participants and so far we have just a couple of hundred.
11. THE BACK PAGE: HOW TO LEVEL A REALLY BIG CISTERN — Over the past week, some of our office staff have been participating in a kind of “job enrichment” program. :-) You see, the big-shot contractors wanted thousands of dollars in labor costs to tear down this mice-infested house on the new piece of property we’ve purchased. So a couple of us thought… Hey… if we chip away and even remove a *few* pieces, at least it’ll be farther along than we were before. (See the initial sequence at: http://www.teamexpansion.org by clicking on the link in the upper left entitled, “6/14 Mice-infested House Toppled”. By the way, that’s me in the driver’s seat in… http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01376web-res.jpg and http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01390web-res.jpg Well the next thing you know, I was sitting in the seat of a Cat 953C “High Lift” bulldozer. Well everything was going peachy until we encountered this old cistern at the back corner of the house. See it: http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC04913web-res.jpg Yikes that thing was tough. We tried everything imaginable, even digging it out. But not even this big 953C could penetrate the walls (which were 8″ of concrete with rebar reinforcement). As everybody else went home (around 5:30), I told them I might kind of hang around and putter at it. So I climbed on the D6. See it at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01367web-res.jpg (That’s me brainstorming with my buddy, Bob, who serves as our Outreach Director at Team Expansion.) Well true – this D6 is a big dozer and it’s got a lot of power. But honest… it just couldn’t make a dent (literally) in this cistern. So I began to just try to chip away one corner. I would drive over it. Then I’d tap it, and pick at it, then drive over it some more. After more than an *hour* of patient picking, I experienced a breakthrough: One small 3″ chip of the concrete cap gave way. 30″ later, most of the top was peeled off like the lid of a sardine can. I called a friend with a water pump and, as darkness closed in, we pumped out all the water. The next day, our Ass’t Operations Director, Aaron, finished it off in an hour or so. See the “after” look at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/images/emerald_hills/DSC01487web-res.jpg So what did I learn from this whole experience? I learned that even with a big tool, sometimes it still takes a very long time to crack through a strong challenge. Sometimes, in fact, it’s more about the operator’s patience and determination than it is about even the size of the tool. And … ok… I admit it. I also learned that driving a D6 is a rush.

So either way, keep chipping away at that big problem. Maybe just take one single 2-hour class toward your Masters degree. Get started. Putter. Meander. Enjoy the journey. It’s ok if something takes a long time. What’s the hurry anyway. :-)

Doug

20050522 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PLEASE HELP DOUG FINISH HIS PH.D. – IN JUST 5′
2. UNHINDERED 2005
3. HAS THE GRAY MATRIX HELPED YOU?
4. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN
5. STUDY MISSIONS IN ASIA
6. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
7. WANTED: MISSIONS INTERNS
8. TEACH IN AZERBAIJAN
9. SONG LYRIC SLIDES MADE EASY
10. WE’RE LIKE . . . *REEEEEEALLY* GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
11. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. PLEASE HELP DOUG FINISH HIS PH.D. – IN JUST 5′ — That’s right… Trying to put a ribbon on a Ph.D. in Management. Only my dissertation remains. You know what that means. I need test subjects! :-) If you have a supervisor, and if you work for a non-profit mission agency, church or humanitarian organization, you’re perfect! Nothing gets turned in to your organization — we won’t tell whatever you say. :-) We just need 500 workers from *somewhere*!!! I’m so very thankful for the 74 that have already taken part since last Brigada Today. :-( But I still need about 426 others. Will you take 5′ to help? It’s free! :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ Thanks!!!
2. UNHINDERED 2005 — Consider attending “Unhindered 2005”, located in Frisco, Colorado, on June 23-26. This is an event aimed at missions- minded young adults who have a passion for world evangelization. George Miley and Pete Greig (founder of the 24-7 prayer movement) will be among the speakers. Check out website: http://www.unhinderedgeneration.com for more information such as registration and lodging options.
3. HAS THE GRAY MATRIX HELPED YOU? — The Gray Matrix, a development of the Engel Scale by Frank Gray of FEBC, isa remarkably useful concept. It helps us to understand where someone stands spiritually, and therefore different strategies that can be used to reach them. It also helps us to understand and validate different types of evangelism. http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/gray-matrix.php

Frank is planning to write further material about the Matrix. He would like to have examples of ways in which the Matrix has helped different groups to understand and use evangelism strategies. If the Matrix has assisted you personally, or your ministry or church, please could you write in a few sentences how this happened. Write to: guide(at)web-evangelism(dot)Com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN — CCA is putting on their Third Annual International Conference on August 2nd-6th at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, TN, USA. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Next Steps to Completing the Task” and will feature a unique worship and prayer celebration led by Afghans, specific break out sessions for the younger generation, and much more! Join other believers who are passionate about reaching the peoples of Afghanistan. To learn more about this conference or CCA, check out: http://www.ccafghan.org or email Smoses (at)gbconline(dot)net or call Steve [901]569-9797.
5. STUDY MISSIONS IN ASIA — Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary in Penang, Malaysia, will begin offering two new degree programs in missions in 2006. The Master of Arts in missions will be a 36-credit program, designed to be completed in one year. The Doctor of Missiology program will be a 45-credit program, designed to be completed in 3 years. Both programs will be taught in short-term, one or two-week, courses. All the faculty members who will teach in these programs have earned doctorates in missions as well as considerable field experience. MBTS is accredited by the Asia Theological Association. For further information e-mail missions(at)mbts(dot)net(dot)my or see the seminary’s web site http://www.mbts.net.my for full details.
6. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — There are still a few openings in Essentials of TESOL! Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During this course, July 11-29, 2005, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $515. Dorm space may be available. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. WANTED: MISSIONS INTERNS — Hillside Missions Organization is now accepting applications for the 2005/2006 internship term. They are currently involved in projects that are allowing for people to hear the gospel for the first time, presented in a way that is native to their culture. To be eligible you must be between 18 and 30 years old with a desire to serve God. Participants must be teachable, motivated, and committed to Jesus Christ. The program is designed to provide practical experience in all aspects of missions, with specific focus on people groups within the the 10-40 window. Apply at http://www.reachthenations.org/intern.html Resumes can also be emailed to hillside(at)reachthenations(dot)org for consideration. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. TEACH IN AZERBAIJAN — Friends of Janz Team International run a small primary school in western Azerbaijan. They are looking for a director for the primary school and, if possible, one or more primary school teachers. The school has the potential to have a significant impact on Azerbaijani education and society. You don’t need to speak Azerbaijani, and you can come for short or long periods. For more information please contact Harold hklassen(at)janzteam(dot)com
9. SONG LYRIC SLIDES MADE EASY — For a quick and easy way to create song lyric slides, check out PowerWorship. It’s free at http://www.PowerWorship.com PowerWorship works with Microsoft (c) PowerPoint (c) to allow users to maintain a library of worship songs and to dynamically build slide shows and reusable song groups.
10. WE’RE LIKE . . . *REEEEEEALLY* GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous missionary from Thailand who sent $100. She wrote, “I challenge other missionaries to sow seed into this project!!! :-) God bless you!” Likewise, we’re grateful for the anonymous worker in Honduras who sent $25. Thanks, too, for the reader who also sent $25, along with this note: ” I’m just thankful for all the people that have been contributing in the past to keep Brigada coming. It has been very informational and a blessing.” [blush] :-) Finally, thanks for the worker who sent $30, writing, “As the author of Christianity and Islam: The Final Clash (www.finalclash.com), I really appreciated all the contacts I got through the mention of my book in your newsletter. And 12 people purchased the book directly because of Brigada! But more than that, as a missionary, I’ve appreciated your informative newsletter for years. Here’s a thank you and $30 for all the great work you do.” Whoa. That’s like saying “seek ’em!” to a dog! :-) Thanks again!
11. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD — This past Saturday, I was able to take part in a nature preserve hike specifically designed to teach participants to recognize birds by their *sounds*. One particularly popular singer was the brown-headed cowbird. I had never heard of this little culprit before. A glossy-black bird with a chocolate brown head, the cowbird has a particularly recognizable song. But as I listened to the naturalist teach us about the cowbird, I had to cringe. You see, the cowbird is a parasite — the only one of its kind in our entire state.

The mother lays about 7 eggs at a time. But she never builds a nest of her own. She lays them in the nests of other birds (about 200 host species have been documented). Now the way she goes about this is particularly grotesque. You see, she finds a next with existing eggs, pushes out one of the existing little guys, then deposits her own in its place.

Imagine mother robin, coming home to sniff an egg that doesn’t quite match the others. Some birds flat-out refuse, but most raise the “drop- and-run” baby bird as their very own, even to the exclusion of their own young. You see, in many cases, the young cowbird quickly grows to be bigger than his surrogate siblings. He’ll steal food and even assassinate them when the parents aren’t looking, just to satisfy his greed for food.

We all ache just a bit when we hear such stories. Yet I’m left to wonder… How different are we sometimes?

Before we castigate the criminal cowbird, let’s make sure we don’t gossip about the fallen peer, caught in the grip of some sin. Let’s be sure we aren’t inwardly gladdened when a worker from a sister agency decides to apply to ours instead of remaining with his or her original organization. (Shouldn’t we make it a practice to contact the original agency out of sheer courtesy, if not to find out any “real” reasons for the requested switchover?) And if a group of believers decide to leave their own congregation for ours, let’s make sure they’re doing so for legitimate reasons rather than some petty squabble. For if we fail to maintain unity and common purpose, have we not become just as cannibalistic and cutthroat as our feathery brown-headed friend?

Next time you find yourself celebrating something at the expense of another, remember the story of the cowbird. Remember how you cringed inside. And ask yourself… is it worth it? Are there any “first steps” I need to do to ask permission or bring closure to the original relationship? If we don’t, we prove that it really is a jungle out there. So be careful. Watch your back. Someday *you* might be the egg pushed out of the nest.

Doug

20050330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA!
10. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING)
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE
21. SPONSORS ROCK!
22. CLOSING STUFF

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID — The new Seth Barnes book, “The Art of Listening Prayer,” seems to fill a real void, creating a theology of *communicating* with God (including listening) as opposed to merely giving God a list of grievances or requests. “Create a conversation with God – Focus, repent, Ask, and Listen.” If new recruits find out about this book, choosing a field might become tons easier. In the end, the name says it all… it’s an art available at: http://www.adventures.org Seth Barnes is the founder of Adventures in Missions, which is set on mobilizing new missionaries and other radical disciples. To get your copy, browse at: http://adventures.org (and by the way, thanks for the help with the sponsorship gift, Adventures!!)
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN — On April 1st Audio Scriptures International and its sister organization, Adopt-A-Village, merged to become Talking Bibles International. This change will allow them to serve the non-reading community from a larger platform, more effectively and efficiently. The goal and focus of the ministry will remain the same, namely, to reach non-readers with the Word of God in a format they can understand and relate to, namely, the Talking Bible in their own languages. Talking Bibles International’s goal and desire is to place 100,000 Talking Bibles into non-reading homes in India over the next 5 years. During this same period Talking Bibles International’s partner, World Mission, will be pursuing a similar goal in Africa … 100,000 Talking Bibles in ten African languages. Talking Bibles International will continue serving as an audio Scripture resource center for churches, individuals and ministries in the USA. It will continue recording New Testaments in more languages, reaching homes with the Bible in audio through its extensive website … providing Talking Bibles in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe. For more information contact info(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 .] or visit http://www.talkingbibles.org
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT — Interested in that film that might win a few Muslims? The earlier link was gone. http://www.crescentproject.org/sahara_faq.cfm Works. The URL reported for this movie in a previous edition seemed to have issues. Sorry about that.
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 Cosim Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER — This Joint Gathering will be September 12-15, 2005 in Denver. The theme will be: Synergistic Kingdom Advance Among the Least and the Lost Participating groups include the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM), Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO), the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) and Churches Together. The gathering will seek to encourage deeper evangelical engagement with a range of issues. The hope is to approach these issues from both a hands-on process that will enable networking between organizations and allow leaders to clarify the core issues that face the body of Christ in its global mission. Participating mission and church leaders, strategists, and field practitioners will seek to take seriously issues like: Dealing with the AIDS crisis together, Rebuilding in Asia after the tsunami, Becoming a “Christian” in a post-Christian World, …. and more. Support/service organizations are encouraged to exhibit at the event. Watch for more information at http://www.efmamissions.org or call: 770-457-6677
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS — The item we featured on compressing photos generated a ton of user feedback. Seems like we’ve hit a chord with which several Brigada participants have struggled. “Jim” pointed out that Word has a Picture toolbar (View|Toolbars|Pictures) with an icon for “Compress Pictures”. Just click it and apply it to all pictures in document, then change the resolution to either web/screen or print. (Thanks Jim!) Peter, from Australia, added, “A word of warning: if you have already saved the document before compressing, save it as a new file (SAVE AS ..) after compression. If you just save to the same file it can actually make the file LARGER, for some reason.” Another liked WordPerfect, which in two clicks, any WP file converts to PDF. Just select File >> Publish to >> PDF. Easy! (Thanks Claudia). Several others pointed out that not all the products we mentioned were totally free. So be sure to read their descriptions fully before buying. Jim, along with Peter, added, “This dpi conversion feature is not listed in the advertised FREE Pic2Pic; nor in the Pic2Pic Plus $15 version; but only in the top-of-the-line Pic2Pic Pro $30. Feels like bait-and-switch from free Brigada advertising.” Oops. Well I can honestly assure you, Jim… we used a review to write that item — we’ve not had the time to play with the program personally. If only the $30 version has the capability, then Google’s Picasa is the better option (again, free). Either way, we don’t work for Pic2Pic nor do we receive any commission or kick-back from them. We were just “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” If your pictures are in Word, the above click tool seems like the easiest option! If you’d like to try yet another free option, “Peter” recommended: http://users.pandora.be/david.de.groot/progs/PIXresizer.zip
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY — From May 6-8, 2005 the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a weekend conference on the Hindu- Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This New York City area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org for full details or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA! — Which generation can send the most new missionaries? In the USA, believers in the post- World War II “Baby Boomer” generation are primed to move into a second career in missions. (The Finishers Project has placed nearly 800 new fulltime missionaries with other agencies in the past six years, 40% of whom are already fully funded.) But Finishers gets so many Gen-Xers posting profiles that it’s time for… MissionNext in Omaha Nebraska May 6-7! Missionaries, check out http://www.MissionNext.org and send your unsuspecting constituents to Omaha. They’ll soon be joining you! Go to the website, visit http://www.Finishers.org or email Bill and Amy at William(at)Finishers(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW — This new edition of the acclaimed Operation WorldView Video Series is an ideal stepping-stone to the Perspectives course. It features introductory comments from Steven Hawthorne for the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic components, plus promotional videos for the Perspectives course from Caleb Project in lesson 8. Featuring compelling mission videos and powerful lessons based on classics such as “The Story of His Glory” and “The Kingdom Strikes Back” — Operation WorldView is perfect for small groups and local churches wanting to explore profound truths in Scripture, history and culture — to motivate greater involvement in world missions. For more information, visit the Mission ONE web site: http://www.mission1.org/opwv_psp.html
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP — HGM is a training and sending agency dedicated to making disciples among the remaining peoples of the earth that have yet to receive the Gospel. HGM’s ultimate aim is to plant living, self-reproducing churches in these cultures through a missionary witness centered on the living, biblical Jesus and free of unnecessary Western influences. To accomplish this, HGM has instituted five months of intense and very relevant training for long-term missionary church-planting—Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT — John Zumwalt reveals the fiery heart of the pioneer missionary in this explosive call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. Zumwalt takes a hard look at history and Scripture to discover God’s purposes for his saints in every age. A radical reminder of truth central to the life of the Christian yet continually set aside by the Church at large. A powerful antidote to the deadly self-absorption of western Christianity. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 COSIM Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING) — A prayer card company founded by former missionaries and owned and run by MKs (missionary kids) is introducing a new support-raising tool for mission teams – Individualized Team PrayerCards. Team Cards were created specifically for short-term mission teams and they allow individuals within teams to customize cards for personal use while giving team leaders the ability to maintain a professional and cohesive look for the teams’ materials. Team members will receive cards with both a photo of the team as well as their individual photo in as little as one week’s time. Text on the cards can include both the team and individual contact information, and thanks to group rates, individual costs remain low.

For more information about Team PrayerCards, visit http://www.creativeplus.com/teamcards or call 1-800-347-2848 (US/Canada) or 1-704-843-5040 (International).
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL — If you’ve ever needed to send a large file (up to 1GB) to someone, but had problems sending it through email, here’s a solution. YouSendIt is a service that allows you to choose who you want to send a file to (an email address or multiple email addresses), select a file to send (you can send photos, audio, documents or anything else – your file will be stored by YouSendIt), and simply click on Send. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to your file stored on their server. Your file will be deleted after seven days. http://www.yousendit.com (Thanks Faithe!!! We’ve got to make sure we keep you. :-) )
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE — Have you been thinking you needed to get your master’s degree? Azusa Pacific University from California teaches four courses each summer in the Philippines. The program is in leadership. The cost is 1/2 to 1/4 on campus prices (depending on nationality)! Contact Melody Kuka for more information kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The courses this summer are: May 3-June 4 Creative/Collaborative Leadership, and Designing Learning Experiences. June 6-10: Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, and Leading Across Cultures.
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA — Thrive Africa, based in Harrismith, South Africa, focuses on developing emerging leaders. They run a year-long missions immersion program called 24/7 for young adults who are interested in full-time missionary work. Interns in 24/7 serve alongside career missionaries and are involved in all aspects of Thrive Africa’s ministry. 24/7 runs January through December and is currently accepting applications for the 2006 program. For more information check out http://www.thriveafrica.org or email internship(at)thriveafrica(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE — The World Evangelical Alliance is calling North American Church and Ministry leaders to meet with senior WEA leaders from every major region of the globe. During this event, you will meet WEA’s senior regional leaders and International Council members; meet with executives from WEA’s commissions engaged in Religious Liberty, Missions, Women’s Concerns, Youth, and Theology; engage leaders from affiliates working with children at risk, HIV/AIDS, poverty, refugees, and saturation church planting. You will also hear an exclusive first hand report on the tsunami relief efforts by Godfrey Yogarajah, a Sri Lankan who heads up the Evangelical Fellowship of Asia, and is heavily involved in coordinating efforts in his own country. To register for this event please go to their website: http://worldevangelical.org/ call (425) 778-5513. email: infoatworldevangelicaldotorg
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS –- Enjoy life-changing Biblical Study Tours to the Holy Lands of Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. Read an Integrated Gospel with color photos and gain understanding through Biblical Theological Books. Contact Glory Quest Books and Tours at: P.O. Box 1207, Citrus Heights, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1- 866-274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail Glory Quest at Contact(at)GloryQuests(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Glory Quest’s web site at: http://www.GloryQuests.com
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE — This one-of-a kind training seminar is designed to equip and challenge individuals to be effective missions advocates. Participants will learn from seasoned advocates and leave with concrete objectives on how to develop an advocacy strategy for their church, denomination, and network. This training is May 6 and 7 in Denver, Colorado and the cost is $65 per person. Register online at http://www.calebproject.org/store or email advocacy(at)cproject(dot)com for more information. The deadline for registration is April 30.
21. SPONSORS ROCK! — Thanks for the $100 donation from an anonymous WEC missionary, and the $180 from ” an anonymous couple in China,” who wrote, “Thank you for the continued blessing of Brigada!” Dial-Abroad also sent their monthly sponsorship to Brigada based on participants using their service at paypal. For more on their ministry, click “donate” and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.

20050327 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT RESOURCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLS VIA CELL PHONES
2. THE BIBLE AND MISSIONS
3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES AND ADOPT-A-VILLAGE MERGE
4. X-ERS & BOOMERS IN MID-AMERICA MAY 6-7
5. FINISHING WELL IN COOL COLORADO JUNE 10-11
6. MIM SEEKS DENTISTS, HIGIENISTS, ASSISTANTS
7. LEARN MORE ABOUT MARTYRS
8. WANT TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING?
9. ANOTHER GREAT TOOL FOR MAKING LOCAL/LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS
10. BEST PRACTICES IN CHURCH MISSIONS WEB PAGES
11. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE WORLD ISSUES SUMMIT
12. LEARN TO REACH JAPAN
13. WORLD METHODIST EVANGELISM’S INT’L CHR YOUTH CONF.
14. GET YOUR MUSIC
15. COME TO PERTH, W. AUSTRALIA TO TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR!
16. HELP THIS RESEARCHER LEARN ABOUT YOUR MOTIVES :-)
17. FLASH! ANONYMOUS DONOR GIVES $1,000 TO BRIGADA!
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT RESOURCE FOR INTERNATIONAL CALLS VIA CELL PHONES — Gotta make a cell phone call to another country? Get ready to mortgage the farm, unless — you’ve got Nickel Talk! Thanks to Donna for tipping us on this one… Check it out at… http://www.nickeltalk.com/ 5 cents per minute to some countries, 26 cents/min. to others, like Bosnia (but then again, it’s a verified $4.38/min. from our landline). No commission here. No affiliation fees. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.
2. THE BIBLE AND MISSIONS — The main goal for students in the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is to know God and be equipped to make Him known. In YWAM Turner Valley’s School of Biblical Studies, students receive training and assistance as they carefully study the entire Bible using the inductive method. This nine month course goes from September 12, 2005 to June 30, 2006. YWAM Turner Valley is Frontier Missions focused, and works to help disciple two unreached people groups. For more information on SBS and other opportunities, please email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES AND ADOPT-A-VILLAGE MERGE — On April 1st Audio Scriptures International and its sister organization, Adopt-A-Village, merged to become Talking Bibles International. This change will allow them to serve the non-reading community from a larger platform, more effectively and efficiently. The goal and focus of the ministry will remain the same, namely, to reach non-readers with the Word of God in a format they can understand and relate to, namely, the Talking Bible in their own languages. Talking Bibles International’s goal and desire is to place 100,000 Talking Bibles into non-reading homes in India over the next 5 years. Talking Bibles International will continue serving as an audio Scripture resource center for churches, individuals and ministries in the USA. It will continue recording New Testaments in more languages, reaching homes with the Bible in audio through its extensive website … providing Talking Bibles in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe. For more information contact info(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 .] or visit http://www.talkingbibles.org
4. X-ERS & BOOMERS IN MID-AMERICA MAY 6-7 — Heard of the Finishers Project? Well now there’s a similar service at http://www.MissionNext.com What’s more, they’re pulling together a “MissionNext” face-to-face gathering gets Xer and Boomer adults together May 6-7, 2005 in Omaha, Nebraska. For more info, call +1 203 740 7278. Or email Headquarters(at)Finishers(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. FINISHING WELL IN COOL COLORADO JUNE 10-11 ­- Nelson, Bill & Amy and Paulette at The Finishers Project are inviting a few mission-minded Boomers to get together in Colorado Springs. Well, more than a few–as in a few hundred. Front-Range hospitality, living-sacrifice conversations, seminars & workshops, encouragement and tons of info for adults considering mission service. But watch it: From the first Finishers conference, 96 of the 300 participants ended up on the mission field within two years! Complete info at http://www.finishers.org/events/index.html or call 1 203 740 7278. Or email Headquarters(at)Finishers(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. MIM SEEKS DENTISTS, HYGIENISTS, ASSISTANTS — Mediterranean Integral Mission (MIM) is seeking English or Spanish speaking Christian dental professionals for work in small cities and remote regions among mountain tribal peoples in North Africa. French and/or Arabic is useful but not required. Contact MIMUSA[at]telefonica[dot]net
7. LEARN MORE ABOUT MARTYRS — The 8th National Conference on the Persecuted Church will be held in Columbia, SC on April 15/16, 2005. Speakers representing different countries where great persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters has been going on will be presenting reports and answering questions. There will also be time allotted for prayer on behalf of those who suffer silently. For further information, please contact the Director, Sam Elisha, 803-754-4030 or email semintinc(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. WANT TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING? — It’s all the rage, no matter where you go. Now *learn* it! Pick it up on September 13-15, 2005 in Anaheim, California, USA. Register on-line at International Orality Network http://www.oralbible.com or e-mail Tom Meiner tmeiner(at)ccci(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Register now (by April 15, 2005) for a $50 discount. (Hats off to Emily at Team Expansion, Bill at Power of Connecting http://powerofconnecting.com and Missions Catalyst Newsletter from Caleb Project for letting us know about this important event.)
9. ANOTHER GREAT TOOL FOR MAKING LOCAL/LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALLS — While we’re on the subject of phones, don’t forget: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada is a great site to learn the best routes and carriers for phone calls. You’ll probably be able to save $10/mo. or more, depending on your use and call times. Thanks!!!
10. BEST PRACTICES IN CHURCH MISSIONS WEB PAGES — Is your church hitting on all cylinders when it comes to the missions pages on its web site? This MS Word file from ACMC will help take the guesswork out of the kinds of information and inspiration your church can place on its missions web pages by showing what other churches are providing. Check out links to pages from over fifty categories and sub-categories. Chosen from dozens of churches—including many of North America’s most notable missions churches. For more information contact: dave(at)acmcsouthwest(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE WORLD ISSUES SUMMIT — With the theme of “Move the Stones”, it’s slated for May 3-6, 2005 Orlando, Florida (Co- sponsored by National Association of Evangelicals and Evangelical Fellowship of Canada). It’s the World Evangelical Alliance Issues Summit. You will meet WEA’s senior regional leaders and International Council members, along with specialists in Religious Liberty, Missions, Women’s Concerns, Youth, and Theology, and a whole lot more. To register go to… http://worldevangelical.org/ call (425) 778-5513. email: info(at)worldevangelical(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. LEARN TO REACH JAPAN — Purchase CD’S of 21 recorded workshops from the recent “Reaching Japanese For Christ” conference. Workshop presenters included Japanese missionaries, Japanese pastors, para- church staff workers in ministry to Japanese from OMF-JCFN, Campus Crusade for Christ, IVCF, ISI, BGC, etc. Price of the 2 CD set (in MP3 format) in English is $15 which covers postage in the US & Canada. For an order form and a list of the workshop topics, go to http://www.TheJapanNet.com . For questions, contact John.Whitehouse(at)uscm(dot)org
13. WORLD METHODIST EVANGELISM’S INT’L CHR YOUTH CONF. — Slated for July 19-26, 2005, in Teresopolis, Brazil, young people, ages 17-30, are invited to this conference to be hosted by the youth and evangelism leaders of the first Region Conference, the Methodist Church in Brazil. The conference is being planned around the theme, “That the world may know Jesus Christ!” as part of the World Methodist Evangelism Emphasis 2004-2006. Join young people from around the world at the 8th International Christian Youth Conference on Evangelism — the first time for ICYCE in South America! http://www.worldmethodist.org/youthevents.htm or email worldevangelism(at)scarrittbennett(dot)org or write: World Evangelism, World Methodist Council Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee, 37212-2166 ,USA or call 1-615-340-7541 or Fax: 1-615-340-7549.
14. GET YOUR MUSIC — Mount Carmel provides music CDs, and DVDs to missions and missionaries at wholesale prices. New releases and popular music CDs from Michael W. Smith, Caedmon’s Call, Third Day, Amy Grant, Chris Rice, Integrity, Hillsongs, Selah, Fernando Ortega (the list is endless) at nearly 50% off retail. They also offer the complete Adventures In Odyssey and Focus On The Family’s Radio Theater titles at up to 50% off. Mount Carmel ships to almost any country in the world. In most countries, 10 CDs can be sent for as little as $11.00 via Air Global Priority. Their web address is http://www.mountcarmel.com and for e-mail correspondence contact Bill at wic(at)mountcarmel(dot)com
15. COME TO PERTH, W. AUSTRALIA TO TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR! — The Strategic Coordinator Seminar is about planning and implementing evangelism, business and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (13 November-2 December 2005) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. In the seminar you will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. If you want to see your church take a more active role in evangelizing your focus people through prayer, going and sending out missionaries; if you are a missionary who desires to see more prayer, people and finance on an international level directed towards your focus group, then this seminar is for you. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto: http://www.ywamperth.org.au Please tell them you read about it in Brigada!
16. HELP THIS RESEARCHER LEARN ABOUT YOUR MOTIVES :-) — Here’s a researcher working on a private research project to benefit missionary candidates who are trying to determine what skills and experience are needed beyond Bible school for entry into pioneer evangelism and church planting ministry environments. He’s asking the Brigada community to participate in an anonymous poll online by going to http://www.Propempo.com and answering on the far right: “What best describes the business purpose for your presence in a limited access country?” There are six choices given: 1/ community development & relief; 2/ medical; 3/ tourism & travel; 4/ micro-economic or business development; 5/ education – ESL; 6/ other For those skittish about the online poll, they could email/phone him directly. He’ll share his results with those who ask for it.
17. FLASH! ANONYMOUS DONOR GIVES $1,000 TO BRIGADA! — Can you believe it? In this one fell swoop, this guy underwrites 1/16 of the total expenses we’ll need for an entire year’s worth of secretarial, web-hosting, communications, advertising, postage, and more! We appreciate you!!! Now here’s the challenge: Do you know of someone who might join this guy and also become of volunteer anonymous supporter!? If so, please step up to the plate! Bottom line: 13 more like this guy… and we’re done talking about it for a whole year! Thanks again to the anonymous friend!!! May God raise up more like you! If you’d just like to help Brigada, 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. 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.

20050313 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY?
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT!
14. FESTIVAL DC
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR”
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
18. AMAZING SPONSORS!
19. CLOSING STUFF

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Their Two- Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email 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 .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA) — Most international plans cannot provide on-going health insurance coverage for a person that returns to the USA with a chronic illness. Now an American company is offering international health insurance for individuals that also guarantees continuous coverage in the USA. The plan also provides an HSA option, copays and no waiting period for maternity. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” 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. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY? — Yes it’s true! If you are looking for international health coverage at a reasonable price be sure to check out the International Citizens Series Economy Plan from Insurance Services of America. A quick glance at the rates will show you that a 25 year old male can get health insurance for an entire year for as low as $380! Rates vary by age and gender, but they are all very affordable! This plan provides excellent coverage underwritten by the oldest and largest insurer in the world. Also, at no extra charge, you will get 15 travel assistance benefits with help provided by a live operator 24 hours a day! You may get complete details at http://www.missinonaryhealth.net or for a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [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. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have 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 insurance needs. (Thanks to Mark and Insurance Services for their help with Brigada’s operating expenses!)
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. HURRY – the deadline for registering is March 31, 2005. For more information write: asm(at)interum(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. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR — Learn exciting strategies that have been used by missionaries and national Christians working in both rural and urban contexts as well as countries closed to the gospel. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from June 13-18. Learn about microfinance and microenterprise development strategies that are appropriate for churches and missionaries and grounded in a Christ-centered message. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(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 .]
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — This intense, interactive short-term mission training conference seeks to empower church, school, and agency leaders in Christian short-term mission. Training topics include STM Basics 101; A Host Receivers’ Perspective of STM Teams; Effective Planning, Training, and Leading of STMs; A Prayer Walking Strategy for Your STM; Our Response to the Poor; Understanding Cultural Mannerisms; Reentry, Debriefing, and Follow-up; Risk Assessment; and much more. For information and registration, visit http://www.STEMmin.org or e-mail dbromley(at)STEMmin(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. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Planning an overseas summer missions experience? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries in mind. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM — Those geeks over at Missionary Tech Support have just added a new online forum to help you with your computer questions and challenges. http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/forum Of course you can still email for tech support help(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com or schedule a “Remote Geek” session. Tech support is always free to the missions community. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com.
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. May 9 – June 3, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates are listed in at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES — Culture shock can hit your funny bone! Siberian Shivers is a great preparation for summer missionaries to any culture. Bill uses humor to tell true stories with cross cultural lessons for missionaries to cap each adventure. Whether you’re headed for Siberia or someplace toasty, get ready with Siberian Shivers! Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). It’s never been cooler.
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP — Got any idea where to find good resources to present the gospel to a Vietnamese, or disciple them? David grsin(at)singnet(dot)com(dot)sg would like to know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT! — The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is all about finding humor, spiritual encouragement, and cultural insight traveling in the middle of nowhere. Journeying this summer overseas or know someone who is? Get ready for your adventure with this funny book. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
14. FESTIVAL DC — The dates are Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 05. Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. For the week leading up to the DC Festival, teams will be involved in saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher Sarjent at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533- 5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: 001-503-669-8048 or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Website:

http://www.deltaministries.com
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR” — This is your opportunity to pray for Myanmar: http://www.p4mm.com The site is initiated by Myanmar Partnership, a group of about 20 Christian organizations with a focus on Myanmar. This website has prayer requests for every day of the month. Subscribe for email updates at the website.
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS — The Mbalantu People of northern Namibia: I. lives in a traditional Mbalantu home which is several small, round huts surrounded by a tree limb fence. He welcomed three believers sharing the Gospel with him one afternoon. He repeated his gratefulness and showed a great desire to learn. However, he never grasped what it means to be saved. It was a prime example of the task of missions to clearly communicate the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). There will be programs for: Children (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and Adults (3 Plenary Speakers, 60 Seminars and 85 Missions Displays!). A special track of seminars will be offered for Missions Pastors, Spanish Speakers, and Children’s Workers. All Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders are invited to attend a special Friday luncheon to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the world-wide missions movement, plan now to attend April 29th to May 1st. And why not sign up to volunteer for a couple of hours? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
18. AMAZING SPONSORS! — Hats off to the 3 anonymous sponsors for sending $10, $15, and $25 respectively (Thanks!), and to Dial-Abroad for sending $142 as a portion of the long distance usage fees from January! Please keep talking! :-) If you need a long distance program, or if you’d just like to help Brigada, 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.

20050227 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05)
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE
11. OAXACA 100
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. TIPS AND TOP TOOLS (FOR WORKERS EVERYWHERE) — Occasionally I’ll notice that one of our workers has splashed a 2 megabyte photo into a Word document (with a size something like 2″ x 3″), or worse yet, onto a web page (with a size perhaps even smaller). Powerpoint now has a tool to compress these oversize mammoths (Word doesn’t, and FrontPage’s is awkward to use, at best). We need to invest more time training our workers to custom-tailor the resolution (dots per inch) to the job (screen or web page, printed page, or actual photo). My understanding is — we basically need to teach 72 dpi for PowerPoint’s or websites, 300 or 600 dpi for pages to be printed on lasers (600 dpi can grow big pretty fast), and the more dpi the better for a photo. (5 megapixel cameras produce about a 2 megabyte picture that doesn’t look pixilated until you get up to 9×12″ or bigger.)

But how do we help our workers make these adaptations? My belief is — teach them to *capture* the art at the highest resolution possible, all the time. It takes more hard drive space to store them, but always hang onto the high-res original. Then use some kind of photo-editing software to reduce the resolution and image size to the exact dimensions and desired application.

One good option for our workers these days is Picasa. It’s now owned by Google and, like most things Google-ized, it’s getting better with age. With version 2.0, it became just as good as Photoshop Album and easier to use than ACD-see. Get it at http://www.picasa.com. With it, you can organize, edit, and even share all your digital photos. Save them to an external drive (you do back up your photos, right?), add captions, clean them up, and even play with lighting and color effects. Upload them to popular photo-sharing websites for others to see. (Obviously, be careful with pictures of sensitive situations, workers, and nationals.)

Oh … and tell ’em Brigada sent you. (I’m actually teasing about the “tell ’em Brigada sent you” part. Google could care less, because, again, like most things Google, Picasa is now absolutely free.)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS — Check out this new missions and church planting internship program http://www.thegap.com.br The GAP – Global Apprenticeship Program is an internship/apprenticeship program which focuses on all aspects of cross cultural missions and church planting. With a 20-week module students are exposed to morning classes and afternoon “The Apprentice” style discipleship projects. The whole program takes place completely on the mission field in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a faculty that has over 15 years experience in Brazil, Haiti, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, and Mexico. Up to 7 college credits may be awarded for study at Elim Bible Fellowship.
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE — The theme is “Serving Christ in the Chinese Century”, April 29-30, 2005, offered Friday evening and all day Saturday at Peninsula Covenant Church Redwood City, CA. The Plenary Speakers are Jamie Taylor IV, OMF International and Dr. Matthew Koh, President, MSI. The program includes plenary sessions, workshops, Win Our World children’s program, prayer and fellowship time with visiting missionaries. The web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest For Conference inquiries, write Julie omfconference(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 .] or call +1-925-459-0734
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five-and-a- half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. The language will be English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences will follow in Croatia (October and November). For more information, log on: http://www.magazinetraining.com
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON — Beginning in late March, SHARE Education Services will be visiting Bishkek, Tashkent and Almaty to provide educational and family support to expat workers. Children’s educational issues continue to be a great concern to expat workers and a primary reason that they return to their passport countries. SHARE seeks to equip parents and give them counsel to work through the many questions and difficulties that arise on the field. They will provide academic norm-referenced testing, a day-long workshop on troubleshooting home schooling difficulties and curriculum selection, and a 2-day conference dealing with such issues as: boarding school pros and cons from an insiders perspective, how to handle multiple languages for you kids, getting a European perspective on home schooling and transition back into the passport country educational system, and a host of family relational, ministry stress issues to be lead a pair of veteran counselors of expats. They will be in Almaty March 25th and April6-11, Bishkek March 26-29 (no conference here), and in Tashkent March 30-April 5. Please contact Larry at
lmilks(at)share-ed-services(dot)org for info on how to register. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This info should also be on their web site by March 28th: http:\\shareeducation.com
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05) — It’s happening June 3-5, at Pacific University, near Portland, OR. The early-bird rate postmarked by March 15th of $199 is for Members. The early-bird, non-member rate is $239. New membership in ACMI is only $10. For membership form and ACMI’05 brochure, please see http://www.acmi-network.org For questions about the ACMI’05 conference contact Carmen carmenhills(at)earthlink(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or about the Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, Leiton lechinn(at)aol(dot)com ACMI’05, 24th annual, national conference of about 300 participants from the U.S. and Canada, has 50 workshops related to ministry among Int’l students.
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES — Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, will be offering intensive courses in Aboriginal Spirituality (May 2-6, 2005) and Islam (May 9-13, 2005). Limited on-campus accommodations are available. For information visit http://www.taylor-edu.ca or contact Renetta Renetta.geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA — The Italians need you! The date is Aug. 31 to Sept. 12, 05 w/ add on dates, if desired. DELTA Ministries International, the churches of Italy and long-term missionaries want you to come and work with the Italians through festival style evangelism in one of the neediest areas of Southern Italy. You can be involved in various activities including music, medical, creative booths, interactive crowd games and various others that provide opportunities to connect relationally. Throughout the festival, team members will evangelize and invite Italians to an evangelistic presentation at the end of each evening. In years past, thousands have been in attendance and hundreds have come to know Christ. The registration deadline is April 15, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533-5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: +1-503-669-8048, or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE — KidZ At Heart International invites you to attend KidZtitute, April 5-8 or May 10-13, in Phoenix, Arizona. KidZtitute is designed to prepare North American children’s ministry leaders to reach kids around the world for Christ. Successful graduates of KidZtitute are prepared to equip overseas ministry leaders to effectively evangelize and disciple the children of their own communities. Training includes culturally adaptable workshops on how children L.E.A.R.N. best, how to tell a great Bible story, leading a child to Christ, helping children worship and teaching kids to pray. Participants are also trained in workshop presentation techniques, gathering and leading short-term missions teams, being a good guest in another culture and raising funds for short-term projects. Participants may choose to join or lead KidZ At Heart teams ministering in 15 countries around the world. KidZtitute Cost is $395 ($50 discount if received by March 15, 2005). Contact sfletcher(at)kidzatheart(dot)org or visit http://www.kidzatheart.org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE -– Be discipled through Reyah Bible College. Learn how to reach the lost and disciple them also. Reyah is a nondenominational Christian Bible college with convenient, affordable, high-quality education for busy learners around the world. Courses are taken in English either through streaming audio on-line, audio CDs or tapes, and/or evening classes. Contact Reyah Bible College at: 4049 N. Freeway, Blvd., Sacramento, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1-866- 274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail the college at: contact(at)reyah(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Reyah’s web site at: http://www.reyah.org
11. OAXACA 100 — Do you want to be involved in an extreme makeover? Set aside the dates! From Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 05 Delta Ministries International and Adventures in Life are looking for 100 men to minister to the Zapotecan people of Oaxaca, Mexico. The team will be involved in building a 1,500 sq. ft. ministry center extreme makeover style to serve as a training center for the Tlacolula Valley. Other areas of ministry will include: general maintenance for the church; medical teams to work alongside Mexican doctors; a worship team and a team for communications to do photography; video and writing stories to post daily on the web site along with recording the daily ministry activities. The registration deadline is April 1, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, contact Asher ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at: http://www.deltaministries.com
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE — Thanks to our friends at Nebraska Christian College, Norfolk, Nebraska, for a great $100 gift to underwrite our Brigada-sponsored secretary and help with common expenses for this newsletter. Adventures in Missions (specifically, author and leader Seth Barnes) added in $100 more, and our loyal subscriber in Europe rounded it out with $5 more this month, making it $205 so far this week! Thanks to one and all. Want to help make this work possible? If so, 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.

20050130 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
2. USING CYBERCAFES FOR OUTREACH IN THE 10-40 WINDOW
3. AOL PARTICIPANTS GOING STRONG
4. MISSION AND MISSIOLOGY DISCUSION FORUMS
5. EASYENGLISH (WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES UK) INTRODUCE ‘LIFE OF JESUS’
6. “PRACTICAL MINISTRIES” AND “SCHOOL OF MISSION” COURSES
7. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM?
8. WITH A GRATEFUL HEART…
9. ISSUES IN MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH
10. CLOSING STUFF

1. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP — Wycliffe Bible Translators International will offer the 2005 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop June 13-17 in Dallas, Texas. The workshop includes discussion of crisis impact, organization issues related to crisis, and peer debrief training and practice. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $100.00 is due upon registration to reserve a place in the workshop and is refundable until May 13, 2005. Workshop size is limited. Room and board fees for the workshop are $145.00/person, due upon arrival. For information or reservations contact International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
2. USING CYBERCAFES FOR OUTREACH IN THE 10-40 WINDOW — People in poorer countries are desperate to learn computing skills, get online, and communicate by email. Where the ownership of a personal computer is out of the question, cybercafes are strategic. These articles share strategies for implementing a cybercafe ministry: http://www.cybermissions.org/icafe/index.html (Thanks Tony!!! You’re a great helper!)
3. AOL PARTICIPANTS GOING STRONG — Many (and we do mean *many*) AOL participants wrote to say they’re still receiving Brigada just fine. Bottom line: If you’ve had trouble receiving Brigada Today, it could be you need to check your individual anti-spam settings and make sure you didn’t inadvertently block it. (AOL Keyword “spam”) As an example, Mike wrote, ” In the lower left corner of the mailbox screen (the screen that lists the mail you have) there is a blue link which says “Spam Folder.” Click on that link, and it will list all of the mail that has been blocked out because it was suspected as spam. There is a button marked “This is not spam.” With Brigada highlighted on the spam list, click this button. It will send Brigada to the new mail list. Usually it will not be blocked anymore after this. It is a good idea to delete all of the real spam from the spam folder periodically. This will make it easier to find other mail that has wrongly been flagged as spam.” And Larry added, “Doug, Brigada Today is NOT blocked by AOL, I’ve got about 9+ years (from Nov 95) of archives to prove it. It is easy with some AOL versions to list something as span and get it blocked from your individual account. It takes a while to go thru the instructions and unblock an address, but AOL sure doesn’t block the domain or newsletter to all AOL addresses.” Thanks for the help Mike, and encouragement, Larry! And thanks to all the others who responded. (By the way, Larry has held the more-or-less formal role of “Mr. Brigada Tech Support” now for years. You can even write him at: BrigadaTechSupport(at)Brigada(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. MISSION AND MISSIOLOGY DISCUSION FORUMS — Have you heard about the series of mission and Missiology discussion forums formerly hosted by Global Mapping, and now hosted by FamilyNet? They are available as e- mail mailing lists, as news (NNTP) or (still!) as BBS echoes. For more information see:

http://www.geocities.com/missionalia/lists.htm

(Congratulations to them for being around even longer than Brigada! :-)) (Thanks Steve!)
5. EASYENGLISH (WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES UK) INTRODUCE ‘LIFE OF JESUS’ — The Life of Jesus Bible Study Course is available as a single file or as 112 small files. It was written be Professor Barrie Wetherill at EasyEnglish level B and may be downloaded from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information about EasyEnglish may be obtained from martin(at)easyenglish(dot)info .
6. “PRACTICAL MINISTRIES” AND “SCHOOL OF MISSION” COURSES — You are invited to study for free with other interactive students at the “Agape-Biblia” site! The new intensive schedule starts on 28 Feb., and at two lessons per week you will finish the 13-lesson Introductory Semester in 6.5 weeks. Registration deadline is 23 Feb. You’ll get a unique ID and password. To check out the courses and enroll, go to: http://www.agape-biblia.org

USA callers can contact Agape-Biblia toll-free (others can call via Skype or Net2Phone) 1-877-998-0341. By email: stargate(at)agape- biblia(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. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM? — Details of your Short- term Mission trips consuming you? Wonder what you’ll do about training this spring? For the harried youth pastor or mission team leader, consider using the study guide “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart”. It provides what each team member needs through its user- friendly, leader-friendly, spiral-bound Bible Study lessons. It takes a team member through the basics of serving overseas from cultural sensitivity to servant attitudes. A team meeting leaders’ guide is included so you have your training curriculum and devotional guide all in one resource. Check it out and order at: http://www.STEMmin.org or email: Judge190(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. WITH A GRATEFUL HEART… — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center, who pitched in again this past week with a $100 gift. In addition, we’re thankful for the anonymous donor from Colorado who sent $100. And thanks to those talking on the telephone with Blessed Hope, who made possible a $20.83 sponsorship this past month! (Please keep talking! :- ) ) Thanks to the anonymous donor from Sweden who keeps giving $5/mon! And to the second giver from Colorado, this time having given $25. Finally, thanks to the donor who worked with a foundation until he arranged for them to give $750! Yahooo! I hope more will follow his lead. We offer praise to God for the way he’s provided so far. If you’d like to help, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or any 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.
9. ISSUES IN MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH — It’s coming fast! On February 25th & 26th, Missionary Resources of Columbia will hold their annual Issues in Missionary Mental Health conference. It will be hosted on the campus of Columbia International University (in Columbia, SC) and feature speakers well versed in both mental health and missions life. If you would like to attend this two day conference, please contact the MRC office at (803) 254-3313 or by email: info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org or log on at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org/seminars_and_retreats.htm#IMMH

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