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20010708 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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TESOL IN THE MIDDLE EAST

graduation cap A TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training program will be held in Jerusalem this September. This one-month training course could give you the tools you need for TESL worldwide. When: September 3th – 28th, 2001, Where: Jerusalem, Israel, For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  
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MISSIONS MARRIAGES

WebWatch Former missionaries with Marriage Ministries International, Bill and Carol O’Hara have developed a website Missions And Marriages aimed at encouraging the marriage relationship of missionaries.Topics include dealing with financial pressure, having to “look good”, the pressure to produce results, being open and transparent with nationals, being accountable to someone, and forgiveness issues. They’re also willing to send you a free copy of their booklet “Eyes of Faith”, available in English and Spanish (whiles supplies last). Check out their site at http://www.missionsandmarriages.org/ or email them at infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg  (infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg)   And by the way, your suggestions are welcome!
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MISSIONARIES TOUGH IT OUT

WebWatch Missionaries face unique pressures in their marriage. Former missionaries with Marriage Ministries International, Bill and Carol O’Hara have developed a website Missions And Marriages aimed at encouraging the marriage relationship of missionaries.Topics include dealing with financial pressure, having to “look good”, the pressure to produce results, being open and transparent with nationals, being accountable to someone, and forgiveness issues. They’re also willing to send you a free copy of their booklet “Eyes of Faith”, available in English and Spanish (whiles supplies last). Check out their site at http://www.missionsandmarriages.org/ or email them at infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg  (infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg)   And by the way, your suggestions are welcome!
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LAUSANNE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHERS CONFERENCE

calendar Christian researchers from many countries and denominations are planning to gather in Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 4-8, 2001. The Third Lausanne International Researchers Conference will focus on the application of research for strengthening the church and for better strategic planning by church leaders. For more information contact: Christian Research Association, Vision Building, 4 Footscray Road, Eltham, London SE9 2TZ, United Kingdom e-mail adminatchristian-researchdotorgdotuk  (adminatchristian-researchdotorgdotuk)  , website http://www.christian-research.org.uk.
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RECEIVE MISSION NEWS FAST . . . WHEN IT HAPPENS!

Download the new “Macedonian Call Interactive” and have fresh, up-to-date mission news and screensaver photos delivered directly to your personal computer for free! The next time you log on to the Internet and a report matching your specified interests is available, you will notify you with a flashing icon at the bottom of your screen! Simply click on the icon and view the report . . . hot off the press! Visit the Macedonian Call Interactive download site http://proxy.christianaid.org/mci/ and begin the installation process.
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A DTS FOR SINGLES & FAMILIES

graduation cap Have you wanted to go to a Discipleship Training School with your family, but were not able to find a place where there was room and a program you desired? YWAM, Lebanon, PA is the place for you. School begins October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002. An 8 week outreach follows the lecture phase. For costs of singles and families, contact YWAM, 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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TEE RESOURCE CENTRE

“TEE” stands for… Theological Education by Extension. Based at All Nations Christian College, their main aim is to collect and maintain a database of information about TEE providers and TEE courses worldwide. They can be a source for researchers, and facilitate an exchange of ideas for people setting up or modifying such courses. No need to “re-invent the wheel”! They currently have information on some 100 TEE providers and over 1,000 courses listed. If you can help enlarge the database, or would like more information about TEE courses (be specific) please email for further details on teeatallnationsdotacdotuk  (teeatallnationsdotacdotuk)  .
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FIND A [BRIGADA] OPPORTUNITY… LIKE TEACHING IN CHINA

Brigada Logo Got a missions opportunity? Want one? Have we got the spot for you! And best of all… it’s free! For example, suppose you’re like David and Vicky and you need 8 English Teachers in China. Here’s what I’ll tell them: Just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom)  . You don’t even have to join. Your email will automatically float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the options! When the prospective applicant hits reply to ask for information, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Those who want to see these opportunities need only send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  . Then sit back and read the mail… and maybe see your future! :-) Oh… and by the way, if you’re interested in teaching in China, no experience needed, September 1, 2001-June 30, 2001 (with full airfare reimbursed for 9 month commitment, medical, room, meals, internet, holidays and travel bonus, plus a stipend of the equivalent of $200 USD per month) see the webpage at www.sias.net.cn. To learn more about this and other options, have a look at Brigada-Opportunities!
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MIDDLE EAST CEED SEMINAR

graduation cap A three-week CEED seminar is being planned for November 2001 in Israel! The goal of the CEED Seminar is to equip persons who are called to serve through the vehicle of business.

For More Information: Web: http://www.ceed-middleeast.org
E-Mail: infoatceed-middleeastdotorg  (infoatceed-middleeastdotorg)  

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ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. A “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide will be published this fall. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at: http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: ASMatinterumdotorg  (ASMatinterumdotorg)  .
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TRACKIN’ THE TREK

www.urbana.org is Trackin’ the Trek. The Global Urban Trek is an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sponsored urban mission to various megacities around the world. Students are applying their fields of study to urban transformation as they share the Gospel with the poorest of the poor and consider a lifelong calling to urban ministry. Several times a week, from June 1 through the end of July, urbana.org is providing up-to-date student journal entries, photos, prayer requests, and articles. Viewers can see life in the garbage heaps of Manila, the slums of Nairobi, and the streets of Cairo through the eyes of students. They can learn about labor practices in Calcutta, micro-enterprise development in Bangkok, and ministry to street kids in Mexico City. Log on to http://www.urbana.org/feat.trek.cfm to Track The Trek.
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HONDURAS VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

A team of North American leaders in children’s ministry will journey to Honduras in February of 2002. You might be one of them! The purpose of the vision trip is to ignite or refresh children’s ministry leaders’ vision for the world and equip them to impart that vision to others, especially the kids they lead. Honduras has been identified as the location for the vision trip because of pronounced needs of children and families in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. If you are interested in knowing more about Christian education and service in a cross-cultural context, please send an email to VisionTripatThroughtheBibledotcom  (VisionTripatThroughtheBibledotcom)  . Details of this ministry opportunity will then be sent to you by the end of July. This vision trip is being sponsored by World Concern, World Servants, Through the Bible Publishers, and Restoration Evangelical Church in Honduras. Please inquire or forward this announcement to leaders in children’s ministry that you know.
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EASY SECURE COMMUNICATIONS FOR MISSIONARIES

The FusionPage product makes it easy for anyone to have a great way to communicate, keep supporters up-to-date, and have a private web presence. The FusionPage integrated solution features: Public Web Page Presence, Secure Encrypted Web 2 Web Email, Secure Intranet and Private Web Page, Built-in HTML Editor to build pages, FusionPage Store/E Commerce and donation, News and announcements, Interactive Calendaring, Photograph Galleries, Streaming Video and Audio, Maps area, Virtual File Cabinet (store files or documents for quick access), Discussion Forums and collaborative group interaction, Collaborative interactive mail for projects, all encrypted. Get more information here https://fusionpage.net/?refid=scottringo.com
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WYCLIFFE’S CHURCH TRIPS

Many churches are looking for a way to expand their ministry beyond their doorstep, their community, even their country. On a Vision trip with Wycliffe, a group from a church can reach people around the world with the hope of God’s Word. Each trip is an in-depth cultural experience including visits with local churches and believers, ministry opportunities such as Scripture distribution or assisting translators at work, and a short orientation to linguistics, local culture and overseas living. Participants’ worldview will be changed as they play a part in providing God’s Word to those without it. For more information look at, http://www.wycliffe.org/visiontrips/ ,call 407-852-3600 or e-mail kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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MINISTRY IN THE RUSSIAN-SPEAKING WORLD…

Robert and his daughter, Heidi, recently graduated from Russian Language Ministries housed at Columbia International University in the sunny palmetto state. They attended partially on the recommendation from an earlier edition of Brigada Today! He writes that “they have 50/50 balance of native speakers and American teachers: the first group so you speak correctly, and the second so you can understand how to speak correctly! There is an excellent cultural component to the training.” He served for two years in the former Soviet Union actively studying language, and because the folks at R.L.M. understand how English-speakers think, they were able to surpass all he learned in the first six weeks. He writes, “Russian grammar is incredibly complex, and the folks at R.L.M. make it accessible. I can return to the Russian-speaking world with both linguistic and cultural confidence that I didn’t have before.” Hail the good folks at R.L.M. at 800-799-7976 or 803-333-9119 or rlmofficeatjunodotcom  (rlmofficeatjunodotcom)   or on the web at: http://www.russianlanguage.org. Before going to Russia, go to R.L.M.!!
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010325 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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“WHOA!” – THIS IS A KEEPER – “PEOPLESFILE CD-ROM”

CD romGlobal Mapping (GMI) has done it again, with this great new resource for ministry to unreached peoples. They’ve integrated the latest and best information from the leading global missions databases, along with maps of thousands of people groups, to produce this “factbook and atlas of the world’s peoples and languages from a mission perspective.” As soon as I opened a copy of “Peoplesfile”, the first thing I did was search for information on a particular unreached people group our mission is currently trying to research. Lo and behold, they not only had it listed but also plotted! Here was a beautiful full color map with a polygon showing exactly where the [somewhat obscure] people group lived! We had searched tons of sites on the Internet and weeded through page after page in libraries… but nothing could have been so quick and easy as this beautiful little CD. If I were to have had this information in 1984, I could have saved weeks. Granted, now it’s 2001 — but this CD will still save me hours. I’ll be honest — if your work includes any research or mobilization for unreached people groups, it would seem this program should be on your “top ten must-have list.” It should be shipping by mid-April, and is priced at under $40, with bulk quantity discounts available. Read all about it at http://www.gmi.org/products/peoplesfile.htm or contact GMI infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599.
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“HOUSE CHURCH” NEWSLETTER

letter and ligntening bolt Now you can receive a free quarterly email newsletter on house churches with particular interest to Canadians (but others may be interested as well). It’s produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network, on the web at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the internet at: www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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WHERE DOES YOUR MK GET FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS?

John sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom  (sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom)   is trying to find all scholarships, resources and/or funds available for MKs. Since not all missionary families are able to live close to appropriate schools, it would seem that options for schooling are often very limited … and prohibitively expensive (even for elementary school students). Any suggestions, information or ideas are welcome. John will gather all this information and make it available to everybody interested.
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JOIN IN PRAYER FOR THE HAKKAS OF TAIWAN

praying hands This May the YWAM Hakka church planting team, in co-operation with intercessors from around the world, will sponsor their fourth month-long Hakka Prayer Net. Their desire is to raise up at least 1500 faith-filled intercessors who will pray at least 15 minutes every day during the month of May for this unreached people group. Sign up and find out more on the web at: http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2001/signup.htm Spread the news! Of the nearly three million Hakka Chinese who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. For more information about this prayer project please write hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg  (hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg)  .
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ONE DAY TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN VANCOUVER BC

calendar The Finnish Bethel Church of Vancouver BC and Global Opportunities are hosting a free one- day tentmaking seminar on Saturday May 5, 2001. Learn more on the web at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar or contact AJ at ajatglobaloppsdotorg  (ajatglobaloppsdotorg)  . (If you would like to attend/host one of these seminars in your area, write AJ.)
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap A “Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need),” offered by Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations, is slated for Camaragibe (Recife), Brazil, June 03- October 27. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 2 months practical in Recife. For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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WEST AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATION – “CRAF 2002”

calendar The next West Africa Regional Consultation will take place May 05-12, 2002 and will continue to help to focus the attention of the Church on the needs of frontier church planting among unreached people groups in West Africa. Just as in Dakar and Bassam (sites of previous consultations), organizers hope to provide a forum where key mission leaders can meet, interact and make plans for more effective evangelism among West Africa’s least reached people groups. For more information, write Younoussa YDjaoatcompuservedotcom  (YDjaoatcompuservedotcom)  .
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MISSIONS COMPUTING CONFERENCE (ICCM)

calendar The 11th annual International Conference on Computing and Mission is scheduled for June 8-12, 2001 at the JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina. ICCM provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone seriously interested in the use of information technology in international missions to learn and network with others. Get more info. on the web at: http://www.iccm.org or write to infoaticcmdotorg  (infoaticcmdotorg)  .
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BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

movie camera The new Video Cross-Cultural Training series, “Bridges of Understanding”, is now available through Mission Training International. It is composed of eight video sessions conducted by experts in cross-cultural training and was produced with the format of being video-driven without the need of an experienced facilitator. Though not designed to give one a complete understanding of cross-cultural skills, it should at least serve as an introduction or bridge into another culture. To order call 800-896-3710 in the USA or via Net2Phone or 719-594-0687 from anywhere. Otherwise, write Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or look on the web at: http://www.mti.org.
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WHERE DOES ONE FIND INFO. ON CONFERENCE CENTER OPTIONS?

That’s what Ian idevilliersatvivadotorg  (idevilliersatvivadotorg)   would like to know. For example, he needs a spot for 150 or so participants from South and South-East Asia in 2002 for a conference focusing on ‘children at risk’. So where does he get info. on affordable hotel sites with lots of break-out rooms in a country with visa availability for other Asian nationalities and an international airport? If you know of directories or web sites or whatever, drop Ian a line and he’ll assemble a report for everyone to grab here on Brigada.
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STOPPED IN FOR WEB-PRAYER

Finally, maybe there’s a good reason for this “instant messaging” stuff! :-) Last Thursday night I stopped by the chat room over at: http://www.strategicnetwork.org for a “live” prayer session on Nepal. It was indeed encouraging to “hear” so many people lifting up needs in this one nation… and the same thing has happened recently for Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia. I’ll admit… there was something stimulating about knowing all these folks were praying from somewhere in the world… and they do it every Thursday night. I think this concept is about to explode sky-high. And … while you’re visiting their chat room, check out the growth in groups at Strategic Networks. They’ve been busy!
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WHO WANTS TO BE A MISSIONARY?

Ever fancied a go at “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or the opportunity to prove you’re not “The Weakest Link?” OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched it’s very own “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” quiz online. Designed to test your knowledge as a world Christian and potential missionary, the quiz comprises of 15 multiple choice questions on various topics like geography, religion and the history of mission. Anyone achieving a score of 10 or more will be entered in the bi- monthly “High Scorers” prize draw. Confident? Why not give it a try and see how globally-minded you really are? Go to http://www.oscar.org.uk and click on the “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” link or, if you only have email access, send an email to infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)   with “GET QUIZ” in the subject line.
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CHRISTIAN CHURCH/CHURCH OF CHRIST “ALL-AFRICA” SEMINAR

calendar On October 15-19, 2001, Dr. Leroy Lawson of Hope International University will be the featured speaker at the All Africa Missionary Seminar of the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches (other interested missionaries welcome). The Seminar will be held just outside Cape Town. Ron Butler, veteran missionary, will lead a workshop on “Spiritual Warfare”. For more info, ask Alice fishbackatyebodotcodotza  (fishbackatyebodotcodotza)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: SIX YEARS OF BRIGADA

books and pen That’s right… this issue marks the sixth year anniversary of Brigada Today. Though there were some initial “email conversations” among a handful of individuals as early as January 25th, 1995, we actually “went public” on March 21, 1995. It’s a simple story, really. In November 1994, I was asked to serve as the president of a missions mobilization event that was to take place a couple of years later in Lexington, Kentucky. To prepare for the event, my colleagues and I began to try to find information about unreached peoples. We were aghast that it was still so hard to find good information. To make matters worse, we found it nearly impossible to effectively create or nurture networks among those trying to reach common nations of people. I remembered that a tech from a group called “CrossConnect”, based in Colorado Springs, had helped me send a binary file over the Internet to one of our mission staff in Ukraine. His email address had a funny “xc.org” domain. :-) Boy was I in for a ride. :-) For whatever it was worth, when we began to wonder whether or not the Internet could offer a set of tools for collaboration, I dug out that tech’s name and gave him a call. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. The Internet was something like the “Wild wild West!” And the web was so new, few of us guessed its potential. Over the next few months, that tech — Jonathan Marsden — became one of my closest friends, even though we had never even personally met! He pretty much single-handedly gave us the nuts and bolts and the technical vision for launching a family of interconnected networks via the Internet. When there were no tools for interacting, he would write them. When we had a need for doing something new, he would create. It was truly a time I’ll never forget. Our subscriber base, which started at 2 — Jonathan and I — soon grew to 50 and then, following GCOWE ’95 in Seoul, to 100 and . . . finally thousands. Some of you… many of you… have been with us ever since. There have been Brigada boosters — those who helped us grow the idea. I think of encouragement from people like Luis Bush who gave us a real forum with AD2000’s GCOWE conference. Greg Fritz, of Caleb Project, personally flew at his own expense to several of the initial “launches” for Brigada and the related “PACE Project” meetings. We have received tons of moral support from friends like Eric Derry and Chris Bushnell and many others who actually read this stuff. Amazing. :-) And the mission for which I work (the one which actually pays me! :-)), Team Expansion, has given me lots of latitude to use free time to follow this star. Many other people have helped make the dream a reality down through the years. Revis Ann Massey, an early “tech support” volunteer, answered tons of help questions in a labor of love. Later… and still through the present, Don and Judy Pratt have stood strong in her legacy of offering real live human answers when needed — helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

Many have asked… where’d you get the funny name? :-) Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino (who knows what other languages)! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message — like the old-fashioned bucket-brigades for putting out fires or like my Crimean Tatar friends in Ukraine when they’re passing gravel to build a new house together, helping one another. We needed a name for the service and… it just seemed like something unique and appropriate.

Well, back to the story, as time passed, there were the inevitable changes. CrossConnect was a brilliant idea but no one knew for sure how to pay for it. What’s more, the “free-wheeling” (pun intended) style of the Internet just made it that much harder for CrossConnect leaders like Pete Holzmann to make ends meet — seemingly everyone wanted a free ride. So in the end, the entire department was sold off to MAF (the airplane people) in Redlands, California. By this time, Brigada had spawned literally dozens of “sub-groups”. There were tons of people-specific conferences, along with role-specialized groups. I suppose they were the true precursors to the “YahooGroups” of today. Though there was no real “web interface”, no one really cared. We didn’t have time to use the web anyway… and few of us had fast connectivity anyway. The web seemed, well, overkill for what we needed — at first. For those who wanted to use it as an archive of past issues, God raised up Bob Mayhew — an amazing volunteer staff-person who is still churning with us today. He’s the single-handed reason that you can go to www.brigada.org and look at all six years of back- issues… and even search them instantly.

The high-tech leaders and the financial numbers-crunchers at MAF’s headquarters were truly caring people. I remember, for example, one week that they flew me out to Redlands to speak in chapel there for the MAF staff. They just wanted to build the relationship all the more. I got to meet with Jonathan and all the others. It was a great celebration… 10,000 subscribers… dozens of functioning sub-groups. We seemed to be flying high. But soon the question was rearing its ugly head again … how do we pay for this technical hardware-heavy, software-laden, connectivity-based cooperating!? MAF finally had to make a tough decision — to start charging either by the byte, or by the message, or by the group, or something. And when they switched over to a fancy new software (remember Lyris?) that was intended to provide new bells and whistles for sub-conference operators, for some reason, many were confused and seemingly left in the cold. As I look back, I don’t think the subconferences every recovered from that shock.

Meanwhile, the web was hot with advertisement-based features at spots like eGroups.com. The very week MAF determined that it had to switch to a fee-based approach, for better or worse, we moved Brigada to eGroups, where we could operate for free. Many sub-group subscribers moved with us. Many found other homes at spots like topica.com. And some probably just disbanded. In the end, with AD2000 hoopla seemingly cooling down and the reality of day-by-day operations setting in, some of the sub- group euphoria just didn’t make the transition. “Brigada” largely settled down to a weekly issue of Brigada Today. [yawn] yawning face [just kidding] :-)

But since those days, StrategicNetwork.org started up… (see item #11 above) and don’t forget www.peopleteams.org (check it out if you haven’t been there lately). These networks filled a real need… and probably did it all the more efficiently using their web interfaces. And since they were run by professionals who were doing it for a living, the staff there had more time — than a Brigada approach, run totally by volunteers, who actually made their living as full-time missionary-types, doing all this Internet stuff on the side as a kind of overgrown hobby. And for those with web access, they probably resonate better than the tools we used to try to pull together in the old CrossConnect days, when a “friendly face” like John Hanna (Caleb Project) had to try to actually manually answer every inquiry personally at the “People Group Consultant” service (remember the “PGC” email on August 25th 1995? If so, you’re showing your “Brigada age”! :-) ).

So today, when people ask, “Where are all the subconferences I’ve heard about on Brigada?”, I just smile to myself and remember the “good ole’ days.” They were filled with high-flying, adrenalin-pumping, marathon all-nighters. They’ll always mean a lot to those who took part in them.

But as always, the real “proof of the pudding” for Brigada (or any other service trying to lift up the needs of the unreached… and the tools for reaching them) isn’t really based in the tool itself… but rather in the act of reaching them. And everywhere we go these days, we see churches and agencies working together to complete the task of world evangelization. As long as that’s happening with gusto, the Brigada dream will still be alive.

But, I must close. We’ve got another six years of Back page editorials to think up. :-) Thanks for being a part of Brigada. I truly hope it’s the best free service you’ve ever bought into. :-) As a final “hoorah” for our sixth-year birthday party, here are three lessons out of many that I’ve learned since those wintery fateful days in January of ’95:

  • RESOURCES — Many Brigada readers seem to like hearing about new resources… maps (remember those 100 Gateway Cities maps from August ’95?), videos, CDs, and even books. Maybe promoting these resources has become one of the key roles of Brigada.

  • RELATIONSHIPS — In the end, it’s not the maps or videos or even the hoopla. It’s the relationships we establish that will last… and those are Brigada-strong.

  • RESOLVE — Many have asked how we’ve managed to keep at it. Though nearly every issue of Brigada Today is “late” :-), we have for better or worse (you be the judge) always gutted it out. In six years time, through thick and thin, sometimes from Africa, Asia, South America, or wherever we happened to be in the world, … we’ve always managed to email you a message… six years times 52 weeks/year… yikes gulp… now there’s a scary thought. 25,733 paragraphs, 85,340 lines, 723,191 words, for a total of 5 megabytes of just verbiage (no pictures)… makes me tired just thinking about it. And speaking of tired, it’s 4:36am. Time to hit the sack.

Oh… did I mention… a lot of Brigada readers like … brevity. Oops. :-)
Yours always,
Doug

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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

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

20010311 Brigada Today

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CONFERENCE SUBSCRIPTIONS: THE “EASIEST INTERNET FUNCTION”

letter and ligntening bolt I remember early on in the life of Brigada Today, our early “tech support” helper, Jonathan Marsden, used to say that handling one’s subscription to an email conference should be the most basic, most fundamental interaction with the Internet. All the other items… FTPing a file, writing web pages, etc., were perhaps a challenge, but Jonathan could never figure out why it was so difficult for folks to learn to handle their conference addresses. Well here we are, six years later, and today I’m just as mystified as he was six years ago! Every week I get email from users saying, “I’ve changed email providers; please switch my Brigada Today to the following address…” Sometimes they say, “I’m so-and-so’s secretary and he’s no longer with our organization. Could you please cancel our subscription?” And every once and awhile, someone writes with volcano-like anger in their email, as if they’re about to turn me over to the email police! “If you don’t stop sending me these emails, I’m going to do such-and-such.” My answer is always (always) the same. “Hey… it’s automated. With all due respect, you (or someone from your org.) signed up for it; you maintain it.” Since we never subscribe others to this list, that means all of us signed up for it! :-) So please re-read the first few lines of this message, up there by the address header (beginning with the word, “Important!”).

Bottom line: Let’s learn this fundamental Internet protocol of handling our own subscriptions. Asking the compiler of a list of 10,000 subscribers to change an address manually is a bit like asking a representative from your electric utility to come over to your apartment to change a light bulb.

And probably, the odds of it happening are about the same. :-)

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CALLING ALL PERSPECTIVES COORDINATORS

calendar Perspectives Coordinators are invited to the North American Perspectives Field Council and Alumni Celebration, July 19-21, 2001 at Caleb Project in Littleton, Colorado. The theme is “Shape the Movement, Set the Course.” Council chairman Harold Britton says, “We want to hear from YOU as a coordinator, and see YOU participate in the future of the Perspectives movement.” The Field Council meets every third year to discuss issues, provide leadership, and help determine a future agenda. The weekend includes workshops led by seasoned coordinators across the nation and a special Alumni Celebration. A travel subsidy has been donated to help you get to Colorado. Sign-up today at http://www.calebproject.org
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ANTIOCH NETWORK’S ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES

calendar They’re coming together again! From June 27 to 30, 2001 at the Mission Palms Resort, Tempe, AZ, Antioch Network participants can hear Ted Haggard, Gregg Parris, Bob Roberts, George Miley and Lincoln Murdoch. Join dozens of churches as they learn together how to most effectively impact unreached people groups. For a free brochure write to GatheringatAntiochNetworkdotorg  (GatheringatAntiochNetworkdotorg)   or click on: http://www.antiochnetwork.org
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TENTMAKERS TO PITCH TENTS TOGETHER

calendar The TIE (Tentmakers International Exchange) European 2001 Conference will be held at the Hotel Gallo Negro, Coma Ruga, about 100 kms. south of Barcelona, Spain. What a great venue (for a conference or for a holiday! :-) ) You can get direct and cheap railway fare to the hotel from the Barcelona airport, plus full board and conference fee for about 25 Euros ($23 US) per person. (I think I’m feeling called into tentmaking! :-) ) The dates are June 1 to 3. The focus of the conference will be: The Tentmaker Missionary Today: The Missionary Value of Commerce: The Professional and Mission Strategy; The Student’s Future in Mission; Freedom Within the Structures Imposed on Us; Developing the TIE Network in Europe. For further information, contact Derek dgwgreenataoldotcom  (dgwgreenataoldotcom)   Angela angelaatwornetdotorg  (angelaatwornetdotorg)  . (Thanks to Tim TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg  (TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg)   for the tip!)
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WOMEN’S SUMMIT

calendar Beverly Pegues invites you to join her in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 21 – May 23 for the 3rd annual Women’s Summit on the 10/40 Window conference and/or the 4th annual Praying With Power conference on May 24 – May 28. For more information, see: http://brochures.win1040.com/wspwp_reg.pdf (If you don’t already have Acrobat reader, get it at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)
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DIGITAL HOME OR DIGITAL DOG

lighting the way We continued to receive a flurry of emails, warning Brigada participants about “Digital Home” A.K.A. “Digital Dog” (who would name their business “digital dog“???). (The video camcorder source mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today.) Folks recommended http://www.crutchfield.com or basically anything else besides the “dog” site. Interestingly enough, we had been burned here by the “dog” site before, but didn’t realize the digital “home” site was actually the same company! So… buyers beware. caution
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GRADUATE DEGREES IN ASIA AND OTHER POINTS

graduation cap Scott wrote to remind us that Biola offers classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Chinese New Year’s time and in August. (The next class will be August 6 – 17.) Students get 1/3 discount, have 10 years to finish program, and all work can be done in Chiang Mai. Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  . In addition, Tom pointed us to Azusa Pacific http://www.apu.edu where you can learn about extension courses taught literally all over the globe. (Thanks Tom and Scott!)
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TENTMAKING RESOURCES GALORE

Brigada autoresponder Check out the additions to the tentmaking autoresponder, including some great job source sites. Just send a message to tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)  . The rest is all automatic. The 4K file will soon come winging its way into your inbox.
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THE FIELDS IN JAPAN ARE WHITE FOR HARVEST!

At least two mission organizations are stepping up their efforts for Japan. One, Harvest Fields Ministries, has noted that the economy there is in recession and the people are experiencing job layoffs, early retirement and downsizing–things they haven’t seen in two generations. As a result, HFM is beginning a push to recruit 200 church planters to respond to that open door. If interested, write mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or visit the “How big is your vision?” page on their website at http://www.hfministries.com. You may also telephone Harvest Fields Ministries at 417-883-4134.

The other organization, Team Expansion, is shocked at the incredible size of Tokyo and the opportunities to impact 30 million people in one city! The Louisville-based ministry is putting together a 10-week program for those who’d like to check it out during the summer of 2002. All participants will work with a combination of seasoned missionaries and local Japanese hosts. For more information, visit them on the web at http://www.teamexpansion.org or write infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  .

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FREE SPANISH FLASHCARDS ON YOUR COMPUTER

If you want to improve your Spanish (or other language) vocabulary, you might want to try “Vocabulary Master” from http://www.transparent.com. There’s an extensive list of vocabulary words included in several categories, and you can edit the lists easily. The bad news: their link to the download doesn’t seem to work. The good news: Terri and Steve found options. Just go directly to: http://www.tldownload.com/ Thanks Terri and Steve (in language school in San Jose, preparing for ministry in Venezuela!)
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NEED WEB ACCESS TO YOUR POP3 EMAIL BOX?

letter and ligntening bolt As Natasaha would say, “nyet problem.” :-) Just go to http://www.mail2web.com or http://www.pop3now.com Input your POP3 mail server, your name and password, and use the web interface to do POP3 mail from anywhere, even if you don’t have your laptop with you! The best part is the price — free! (Thanks to Joe in Myrtle Point, OR and Chris in Louisville, KY!)
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VIRTUAL PRAYER FOR THE UNREACHED

praying hands Every Thursday night at 10pm EST, strategicnetwork.org and livethecall.com have been combining chat rooms to hold a prayer meeting for the unreached. A month ago they were praying for Turkey. Then, two weeks ago they prayed for Afghanistan. Last week 20 people spent an hour praying for India. Next came Kazakhstan and this week it might be Indonesia. Check out the transcripts at http://www.livethecall.com/index.html?a=relationships&b=chat If you would like to participate in a prayer for a particular country or people group, contact them at livethecallatlivethecalldotcom  (livethecallatlivethecalldotcom)   or nsmatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (nsmatstrategicnetworkdotorg)   to let us know. (The chat rooms use Java technology; you must use a browser able to run Java applets to use it.)
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SHORT TERM VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE

Adams & Associates International now offers online enrollment for short-termers, complete with immediate acknowledgements and ID cards. Click to http://www.aaintl.com or write aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY PILOT TRAINING

Christian Wings for the World, located in Ironton, MO, USA offers pilot and mechanics (airframe & powerplant) training for missionary aviators. International students are welcome. More information is available at http://www.christianwings.org or email cww1atsocketdotnet  (cww1atsocketdotnet)  .
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MISSIONARY TRAINING AT CORNERSTONE

graduation cap Now is the time to sign up for the English for Missions course that Cornerstone is offering. It takes place from 16 July – 10 August 2001 in the Netherlands. The price is DFL 800, including board, food, lectures, fun. The programme includes lectures in the mornings and practical work in the afternoons. There’s plenty of opportunity to converse and learn English in both formal and informal ways, as well as learn about missions. Apply online at http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or email 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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ROYALTY-FREE LINE DRAWINGS

If you need black-and-white line drawings of (mainly) non-Western faces and people in a variety of settings, for Christian/health education/development literature, the hundreds of pictures in this book are available to use royalty-free in publications which are not sold: Where There Is No Artist, Petra Rohr-Rouendaal, Intermediate Technology Publications, ISBN 1-85339-391-6. (Thanks Tony! http://www.soon.org.uk )
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VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED THIS SUMMER IN HONG KONG

Want to help with English Programs and Camps around Hong Kong this summer? Write elfongataohkdotorgdothk  (elfongataohkdotorgdothk)   or check out http://www.aohk.org.hk (Chinese only) or http://www.asiaonline.net.hk/~asianout
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THE BACKPAGE: 10/40 WINDOW UPDATE

books and pen The 10/40 Window is alive – but isn’t well. Luis Bush writes, in an article soon to appear in Mission Frontiers, “The 10/40 Window continues to represent the primary geographic challenge entering the twenty-first century. By 2025 there will be over 8.3 billion people in our world. Over a billion will need cross-cultural witness to understand the gospel, most of whom will live in the 10/40 Window. It is the geographical location in which the concentration of the main spiritual, ideological, social, urban, people group challenges are most prominent. There are an estimated 1.2 to 1.4 billion people who have never had the chance to hear the gospel and over 95% of these individuals reside in the Window area. It is where 85% of the world’s poorest and most deprived live. It is the residence of over 95% of the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists in the world. Many of the world’s least reached peoples live in this area. From the ‘Joshua Project 2000 list of Unreached People’, there are still 249 of large groups which remain unclaimed, with no agencies reportedly planning to send workers to them; 542 of them currently have no church planting team on-site; and 1,107 are without a congregation of at least 100 believers.” Yikes. gulp With the needs still so stark, we dare not allow our global efforts to fade. We’ve got to avoid missiological “burn-out,” where fads and campaigns give way to complacency and apathy. Let’s retool, retrain, and rebuild our vigor… and let’s not give up or give in until every last inhabitant of the planet has a chance to say “yes” to Jesus! (Thanks to Rick and the folks at: http://www.missionfrontiers.org )
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

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

20010225 Brigada Today

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DO US A FAVOR: ENTER THE DATES OF YOUR CONFERENCE

calendar Hey, could you do us a favor and jot down the dates of your upcoming conference or training course at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar Brigada participants are all the time asking for the dates of upcoming events. If we all just took a moment to post them, then we would be able to manage the tracking of these events much more easily. For an example of what I mean, check out Feb. 7-9, 2002 in the calendar there. You’ll see PACE-Lab 2002 entered, along with a web site for more info. Be sure to note the location of your event — along with the country in which it will occur. Remember — we have an international audience!
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A NEW (OLD) SLANT ON PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS

The International House of Prayer is a 24-hour/day, 7-day/week, inter-denominational prayer ministry located in the Kansas City area. It’s a great new concept based on an old model–the Tabernacle of David–with singers and musicians leading corporate intercession and worship 24-hours a day. They have particular sessions to pray for the Kingdom to come to the nations, cities, and college campuses of the world. They even have prayer training and a passion to send pray-ers to the nations. Write for information at infoatihopkcdotcom  (infoatihopkcdotcom)  , or check out more at http://www.ihopkc.com/new/ihop247.html. (Thanks Mark!)
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SEARCH BRIGADA ARCHIVES

Brigada Logo There are two ways to search past issues of Brigada Today. Without a doubt, the best way is to go to the Brigada web site: http://www.brigada.org Our amazingly consistent web-volunteer, Bob, has custom-designed a search engine there especially for Brigada Today. You can specify how many years back you want to search (all the way back to the beginning, if you like), as well as how exacting you want the search. What’s more, when you see the results, you’re looking at the item titles themselves, rather than the issue for that week. So when you click on an item that looks promising, Bob’s search engine takes you precisely to the item, even if it was originally at the very end of the issue in which it occurred. By the way, we’ve been running a couple of sister relationships along the way, and Bob’s listed helps for them as well — for Advance and the Web Evangelism Guide. Find it all by clicking on the “Search” line at the home page of Brigada.

So go ahead… give it a try. Click to: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html and search for “water filters”. You get 9 results, some of which go back as far as August ’98. If you drop the “s” and type in just “water filter”, the search engine finds an additional 5 items, 14 in all. Try it yourself with something you’d like to research. “TESL” finds a dozen items, “TESOL” finds 27. The term “Bush” is mentioned a whopping 75 times! :-) “Yahoo!” is there 7 times throughout the past few years. :-)

By the way, there is another way to search more recent issues. About the only time you’d want to use this alternative approach is when Bob hasn’t quite had a chance to post the most recent issue into the Brigada site. For example, you receive a particular issue of Brigada Today, then you delete it, then you wish you could get it back — about 5 minutes later. Odds are, Bob won’t be quite that fast (although he’s usually fairly quick! :-) ). In that case, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/messages At that site, the particular edition is available within about 30 seconds of posting time. Yahoo Groups has Brigada Editions going back to August of 2000. So you should be covered!

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DATE CHANGE ON TESOL SCHOOL IN CHINA

lighting the way Want to learn to teach English? Why not do it in China! Some 40 teachers will be needed at the SIAS University where a TESOL school will be held from June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province (dates changed from previous announcement). The school will provide you with the tools needed to Teach English and build relationships. Whether you are called to China, or other parts of the world, this professional course will prepare you. There are also opportunities to stay on and Teach English for the 2001-2001 academic year at SIAS University. For more information check out: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email TESOL2001athotmaildotcom  (TESOL2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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APOLOGIES TO JERRY RANKIN

lighting the way Oops… contrary to what we reported earlier, Dr. Jerry Rankin is at the helm of the IMB, not Avery Willis (see Feb. 16th edition of Brigada Today, “FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.“). Thanks to those who wrote with that correction. However — it was indeed Avery Willis who announced that the IMB was “opening up the store”, so to speak, at GCOWE ’95. Avery is, however, the Senior VP, not the actual point man.
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NEW ANIMATED BIBLE STUDY SITE FOR CHILDREN

WebWatch The vision behind Charles’ work is to include a dynamic, animated presentation of every major Bible character and theme in this new site http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com Looks to be a powerful tool to reach out to families all over the world. For more info, contact Charles cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom  (cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom)  .
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DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR PATTERSON CD

cd-rom Remember that the manufactured, revised edition of the George Patterson CD is now available for immediate shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, fax 503-517-1801, email bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . The price is US$29.95 plus shipping (volume discount available). While they can accept bank cards, they cannot do billing. [For Windows only.] Microsoft Windows
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ON-LINE REVEILLE SHOFAR IS MOBILIZATION TOOL

WebWatch The Jan/Feb 2001 edition of the Operation Reveille Shofar is posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm. This issue reports about work in northern Iraq, Japan, and the Ukraine as well as ways to study Islam, get map overlays, and help southern Sudan. The web version of the newsletter is cool because it is in color, and one can hyperlink to sites for the opportunities and resources mentioned. For more information on Operation Reveille, a ministry of Mission to Unreached Peoples, write Bruce operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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SURVEY REVEALS BEST TRAITS FOR TENTMAKERS

Here’s a great little study reported by Tim Parker tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg  (tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg)  , the Tentmaking Coordinator for Team Expansion. According to Tim, Don Hamilton (of TMQ Research) recently completed a survey among some 800 people who are serving or have served overseas in a tentmaking capacity. The study revealed that the most effective tentmakers…

  • had led an evangelistic bible study before going overseas.
  • went overseas mainly to share the gospel.
  • believed God called them to be tentmakers.
  • had experience in actively sharing their faith at home.
  • had strong relationships with their local home church.
  • recruited others to be tentmakers.

For further information on the survey, or for a copy of the full report ($10), Tim said we could write directly to Don Hamilton, TMQ Research, 312 Melcanyon Road, Duarte, CA 91010, 626-359-4048. (No email given.) Tim cited the info. with permission from the Canadian Tentmaker Network/Southern Ontario Tentmaker Seminar Workbook). Thanks Tim!

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MISSION ADVENTURE NOVELS?

WebWatch Here’s the latest in literature… a missions “ebook” adventure story. Check it out at: http://www.adventurebooksonline.com. In each AdventureBook novel, you will be exposed to new and informative insights about exotic cultures and places. The goal of these writings is to elevate the enjoyment level of readers to the point that you will learn things about important cultural and missiological truths without even realizing that they are being taught. (Note that we’re mentioning this site because of its cutting-edge approach to distributing missions information; we’re not necessarily endorsing the fact that the profit from the book goes to help a mission effort in the Philippines. As a general rule, we don’t publish fund-raising appeals. But we do highlight useful and innovative resources, practically all of which tend to result in someone making some small amount of money. Anyway… we thought this was a creative way to get the word out.)
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COFFEE SHOP: TRY AGAIN

lighting the way Some who visited The Coffee Shop following the recent announcement ran into a technical glitch. The problem has been fixed, and missionaries, former missionaries, and pre- missionaries are once again invited to join. The Coffee Shop is an email list service to discuss books, articles and ongoing topics related to life and ministry. To join, send a blank email to thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom  (thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or send questions to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  . For more information, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen Michael Jaffarian recently wrote us with a thoughtful evaluation, after having read the “Back Page” editorial from Feb. 16th (…Good Teams…). I remember meeting Michael on a bus once in Seoul, Korea — of all places. I’ve never forgotten his eye for detail, still apparent in this piece of transparent and honest evaluation:

“My interest perked up at something you wrote in Brigada Today. (So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. )

“Exactly. In our mission, CBI, we realized that we were keeping excellent statistics on finances, pretty good statistics on personnel, but not as good field statistics. In other words, we could report to our churches how much they were sending to us, but not much about what fruit was coming from all that, in concrete, specific terms. Our old field statistics system, of annually getting a count of churches, baptisms, etc., had sort of fallen into disrepair. For one thing, so much of what happens on the field is done by nationals, not by our missionaries. But there are ways to overcome that. So one of my major projects this year is to renew and upgrade that whole system for our mission. What to count, and why, and how.

“I spent a lot of time in January meeting with and talking to field leaders from many of our fields. Each is sooooooooo different from the next. I developed a lot of good, fresh ideas from that. I also spent some time going over our Mission Statement, our Purpose Statement, our Strategic Priorities, and etc., and on all these things asked, are there ways we can monitor this stuff? For most of it, there are. For example, we say that evangelization is a big priority for us as a mission. So I am going to ask every missionary, every year, how many people did you share the gospel with last year? (There are some complexities, definitions to that question, but still, I think I can make it workable). … I believe that just the asking of that question is going to increase the amount of evangelization we as a mission do every year. Similar with many other categories, in the life and work of the missionary, and field-by-field.

“I suspect a lot of missions could do a better job with this business of field statistics – gathering them, analyzing them, reporting them, and strategizing on the basis of things learned and opportunities revealed. The things we want to be doing as a mission, let’s quantify them if possible, and then learn. The point is not to make anybody look good or to make anybody look bad. The point is to give glory to God and serve him well.”

Thanks for your frank and honest sharing, Michael!

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

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010204 Brigada Today

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NEW VIDEO FEATURES JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 “AFFINITY BLOCKS”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SURFING WITH A MISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on “great teams” next week.
Doug

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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

20010114 Brigada Today

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PACE-LAB CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE JUST ONE MONTH AWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IF YOU NEED TO DO A SURVEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE BACKPAGE: ESCAPING THE RAT RACE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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20010107 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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LAST CHANCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION CONFERENCE

calendar Here’s your last chance to register for the National Short Term Mission Conference in Atlanta, Jan. 26-28. Attend with your church mission leadership and choose from 45 Workshops taught by experienced leaders on the things your church needs to know for doing short term missions. Workshops include: how to recruit, how to interview, how to teach missions, how to do great team meetings before, on-site and after a trip, cultural dilemmas, conflict management, emergency issues, mobilizing families, the host’s perspective, large church issues, and more. The plenary theme is Storytelling. Guest musician, Ken Medema will be putting music to stories….His story and your mission stories. Register through the website http://www.NSTMC.org or email DennisdotKdotMassaroatjunodotcom  (DennisdotKdotMassaroatjunodotcom)  .
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TRADE NOT AID

Check out this new ministry formed to promote self- sustainability for poorer nations. “10-40 Trading” infoatwinintdotorg  (infoatwinintdotorg)   (subject line: attn: Keith) is a trading venture hoping to pair up partners in the West with needy, industrious folks in other lands. Its leaders want to create conduits for import and export of goods to create healthy, long-term jobs, income and capitol for projects. If you can locate bankrupt merchandise, end of line product and other goods to pass to developing nations or if you can purchase goods made in other lands, then 10-40 Trading might be your ticket! For more info., go to http://www.winint.org.
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TESL IN ASIA

Want to teach English in East Asia this summer? Call Mike in the USA or via Net2Phone at 800-670-7742 ext. 137. Or email him MmccalleyatGlobalresourcesdotorg  (MmccalleyatGlobalresourcesdotorg)  .
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ELIJAH COMPANY’S MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP

graduation cap ECI’s ministry is to identify, instruct, impart to, and impel missionaries to the field. To learn more, go to http://www.elijahcompany.org. One of the ways that the Elijah Company trains missionaries is through its Missionary Training Camp (MTC). Here they help identify and destroy personal strongholds, train in cross-cultural communications, and assist in the identification of missionary calls. The next MTC will be held 1-4 February 2001 in Chesapeake, VA at the beautiful RRR Ranch. Please email infoatelijahcompanydotorg  (infoatelijahcompanydotorg)   or phone in the USA at 757-474-2054 for more information. The application deadline is January 25.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING AT CORNERSTONE

graduation cap The Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies offers many one-week courses for anyone to attend. It’s good, not expensive, and lasts you a life time. To see all the different courses they’re offering, go to http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or email 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

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