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20050313 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Their Two- Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA) — Most international plans cannot provide on-going health insurance coverage for a person that returns to the USA with a chronic illness. Now an American company is offering international health insurance for individuals that also guarantees continuous coverage in the USA. The plan also provides an HSA option, copays and no waiting period for maternity. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY? — Yes it’s true! If you are looking for international health coverage at a reasonable price be sure to check out the International Citizens Series Economy Plan from Insurance Services of America. A quick glance at the rates will show you that a 25 year old male can get health insurance for an entire year for as low as $380! Rates vary by age and gender, but they are all very affordable! This plan provides excellent coverage underwritten by the oldest and largest insurer in the world. Also, at no extra charge, you will get 15 travel assistance benefits with help provided by a live operator 24 hours a day! You may get complete details at http://www.missinonaryhealth.net or for a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. (Thanks to Mark and Insurance Services for their help with Brigada’s operating expenses!)
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. HURRY – the deadline for registering is March 31, 2005. For more information write: asm(at)interum(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR — Learn exciting strategies that have been used by missionaries and national Christians working in both rural and urban contexts as well as countries closed to the gospel. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from June 13-18. Learn about microfinance and microenterprise development strategies that are appropriate for churches and missionaries and grounded in a Christ-centered message. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — This intense, interactive short-term mission training conference seeks to empower church, school, and agency leaders in Christian short-term mission. Training topics include STM Basics 101; A Host Receivers’ Perspective of STM Teams; Effective Planning, Training, and Leading of STMs; A Prayer Walking Strategy for Your STM; Our Response to the Poor; Understanding Cultural Mannerisms; Reentry, Debriefing, and Follow-up; Risk Assessment; and much more. For information and registration, visit http://www.STEMmin.org or e-mail dbromley(at)STEMmin(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Planning an overseas summer missions experience? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries in mind. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM — Those geeks over at Missionary Tech Support have just added a new online forum to help you with your computer questions and challenges. http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/forum Of course you can still email for tech support help(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com or schedule a “Remote Geek” session. Tech support is always free to the missions community. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com.
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. May 9 – June 3, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates are listed in at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES — Culture shock can hit your funny bone! Siberian Shivers is a great preparation for summer missionaries to any culture. Bill uses humor to tell true stories with cross cultural lessons for missionaries to cap each adventure. Whether you’re headed for Siberia or someplace toasty, get ready with Siberian Shivers! Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). It’s never been cooler.
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP — Got any idea where to find good resources to present the gospel to a Vietnamese, or disciple them? David grsin(at)singnet(dot)com(dot)sg would like to know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT! — The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is all about finding humor, spiritual encouragement, and cultural insight traveling in the middle of nowhere. Journeying this summer overseas or know someone who is? Get ready for your adventure with this funny book. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
14. FESTIVAL DC — The dates are Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 05. Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. For the week leading up to the DC Festival, teams will be involved in saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher Sarjent at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533- 5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: 001-503-669-8048 or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Website:

http://www.deltaministries.com
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR” — This is your opportunity to pray for Myanmar: http://www.p4mm.com The site is initiated by Myanmar Partnership, a group of about 20 Christian organizations with a focus on Myanmar. This website has prayer requests for every day of the month. Subscribe for email updates at the website.
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS — The Mbalantu People of northern Namibia: I. lives in a traditional Mbalantu home which is several small, round huts surrounded by a tree limb fence. He welcomed three believers sharing the Gospel with him one afternoon. He repeated his gratefulness and showed a great desire to learn. However, he never grasped what it means to be saved. It was a prime example of the task of missions to clearly communicate the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). There will be programs for: Children (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and Adults (3 Plenary Speakers, 60 Seminars and 85 Missions Displays!). A special track of seminars will be offered for Missions Pastors, Spanish Speakers, and Children’s Workers. All Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders are invited to attend a special Friday luncheon to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the world-wide missions movement, plan now to attend April 29th to May 1st. And why not sign up to volunteer for a couple of hours? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
18. AMAZING SPONSORS! — Hats off to the 3 anonymous sponsors for sending $10, $15, and $25 respectively (Thanks!), and to Dial-Abroad for sending $142 as a portion of the long distance usage fees from January! Please keep talking! :-) If you need a long distance program, or if you’d just like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050227 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

Oh … and tell ’em Brigada sent you. (I’m actually teasing about the “tell ’em Brigada sent you” part. Google could care less, because, again, like most things Google, Picasa is now absolutely free.)
2. GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUESTING RECRUITS — Check out this new missions and church planting internship program http://www.thegap.com.br The GAP – Global Apprenticeship Program is an internship/apprenticeship program which focuses on all aspects of cross cultural missions and church planting. With a 20-week module students are exposed to morning classes and afternoon “The Apprentice” style discipleship projects. The whole program takes place completely on the mission field in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a faculty that has over 15 years experience in Brazil, Haiti, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, and Mexico. Up to 7 college credits may be awarded for study at Elim Bible Fellowship.
3. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE — The theme is “Serving Christ in the Chinese Century”, April 29-30, 2005, offered Friday evening and all day Saturday at Peninsula Covenant Church Redwood City, CA. The Plenary Speakers are Jamie Taylor IV, OMF International and Dr. Matthew Koh, President, MSI. The program includes plenary sessions, workshops, Win Our World children’s program, prayer and fellowship time with visiting missionaries. The web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest For Conference inquiries, write Julie omfconference(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call +1-925-459-0734
4. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five-and-a- half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. The language will be English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences will follow in Croatia (October and November). For more information, log on: http://www.magazinetraining.com
5. SHARE EXPAT EDUCATION SERVICES TO VISIT CENTRAL ASIA SOON — Beginning in late March, SHARE Education Services will be visiting Bishkek, Tashkent and Almaty to provide educational and family support to expat workers. Children’s educational issues continue to be a great concern to expat workers and a primary reason that they return to their passport countries. SHARE seeks to equip parents and give them counsel to work through the many questions and difficulties that arise on the field. They will provide academic norm-referenced testing, a day-long workshop on troubleshooting home schooling difficulties and curriculum selection, and a 2-day conference dealing with such issues as: boarding school pros and cons from an insiders perspective, how to handle multiple languages for you kids, getting a European perspective on home schooling and transition back into the passport country educational system, and a host of family relational, ministry stress issues to be lead a pair of veteran counselors of expats. They will be in Almaty March 25th and April6-11, Bishkek March 26-29 (no conference here), and in Tashkent March 30-April 5. Please contact Larry at
lmilks(at)share-ed-services(dot)org for info on how to register. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This info should also be on their web site by March 28th: http:\\shareeducation.com
6. CORRECTION TO INT’L STUDENT MINISTRY CONF(ACMI’05) — It’s happening June 3-5, at Pacific University, near Portland, OR. The early-bird rate postmarked by March 15th of $199 is for Members. The early-bird, non-member rate is $239. New membership in ACMI is only $10. For membership form and ACMI’05 brochure, please see http://www.acmi-network.org For questions about the ACMI’05 conference contact Carmen carmenhills(at)earthlink(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or about the Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, Leiton lechinn(at)aol(dot)com ACMI’05, 24th annual, national conference of about 300 participants from the U.S. and Canada, has 50 workshops related to ministry among Int’l students.
7. TWO WORLD RELIGION COURSES — Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, will be offering intensive courses in Aboriginal Spirituality (May 2-6, 2005) and Islam (May 9-13, 2005). Limited on-campus accommodations are available. For information visit http://www.taylor-edu.ca or contact Renetta Renetta.geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. FESTIVAL CASORIA — The Italians need you! The date is Aug. 31 to Sept. 12, 05 w/ add on dates, if desired. DELTA Ministries International, the churches of Italy and long-term missionaries want you to come and work with the Italians through festival style evangelism in one of the neediest areas of Southern Italy. You can be involved in various activities including music, medical, creative booths, interactive crowd games and various others that provide opportunities to connect relationally. Throughout the festival, team members will evangelize and invite Italians to an evangelistic presentation at the end of each evening. In years past, thousands have been in attendance and hundreds have come to know Christ. The registration deadline is April 15, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533-5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: +1-503-669-8048, or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
9. INT’L CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TRAINERS’ INSTITUTE — KidZ At Heart International invites you to attend KidZtitute, April 5-8 or May 10-13, in Phoenix, Arizona. KidZtitute is designed to prepare North American children’s ministry leaders to reach kids around the world for Christ. Successful graduates of KidZtitute are prepared to equip overseas ministry leaders to effectively evangelize and disciple the children of their own communities. Training includes culturally adaptable workshops on how children L.E.A.R.N. best, how to tell a great Bible story, leading a child to Christ, helping children worship and teaching kids to pray. Participants are also trained in workshop presentation techniques, gathering and leading short-term missions teams, being a good guest in another culture and raising funds for short-term projects. Participants may choose to join or lead KidZ At Heart teams ministering in 15 countries around the world. KidZtitute Cost is $395 ($50 discount if received by March 15, 2005). Contact sfletcher(at)kidzatheart(dot)org or visit http://www.kidzatheart.org for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. REYAH BIBLE COLLEGE -– Be discipled through Reyah Bible College. Learn how to reach the lost and disciple them also. Reyah is a nondenominational Christian Bible college with convenient, affordable, high-quality education for busy learners around the world. Courses are taken in English either through streaming audio on-line, audio CDs or tapes, and/or evening classes. Contact Reyah Bible College at: 4049 N. Freeway, Blvd., Sacramento, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1-866- 274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail the college at: contact(at)reyah(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Reyah’s web site at: http://www.reyah.org
11. OAXACA 100 — Do you want to be involved in an extreme makeover? Set aside the dates! From Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 05 Delta Ministries International and Adventures in Life are looking for 100 men to minister to the Zapotecan people of Oaxaca, Mexico. The team will be involved in building a 1,500 sq. ft. ministry center extreme makeover style to serve as a training center for the Tlacolula Valley. Other areas of ministry will include: general maintenance for the church; medical teams to work alongside Mexican doctors; a worship team and a team for communications to do photography; video and writing stories to post daily on the web site along with recording the daily ministry activities. The registration deadline is April 1, 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, contact Asher ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at: http://www.deltaministries.com
12. THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE — Thanks to our friends at Nebraska Christian College, Norfolk, Nebraska, for a great $100 gift to underwrite our Brigada-sponsored secretary and help with common expenses for this newsletter. Adventures in Missions (specifically, author and leader Seth Barnes) added in $100 more, and our loyal subscriber in Europe rounded it out with $5 more this month, making it $205 so far this week! Thanks to one and all. Want to help make this work possible? If so, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

20050130 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

USA callers can contact Agape-Biblia toll-free (others can call via Skype or Net2Phone) 1-877-998-0341. By email: stargate(at)agape- biblia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. NEED TRAINING FOR YOUR SHORT TERM TEAM? — Details of your Short- term Mission trips consuming you? Wonder what you’ll do about training this spring? For the harried youth pastor or mission team leader, consider using the study guide “Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart”. It provides what each team member needs through its user- friendly, leader-friendly, spiral-bound Bible Study lessons. It takes a team member through the basics of serving overseas from cultural sensitivity to servant attitudes. A team meeting leaders’ guide is included so you have your training curriculum and devotional guide all in one resource. Check it out and order at: http://www.STEMmin.org or email: Judge190(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. WITH A GRATEFUL HEART… — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center, who pitched in again this past week with a $100 gift. In addition, we’re thankful for the anonymous donor from Colorado who sent $100. And thanks to those talking on the telephone with Blessed Hope, who made possible a $20.83 sponsorship this past month! (Please keep talking! :- ) ) Thanks to the anonymous donor from Sweden who keeps giving $5/mon! And to the second giver from Colorado, this time having given $25. Finally, thanks to the donor who worked with a foundation until he arranged for them to give $750! Yahooo! I hope more will follow his lead. We offer praise to God for the way he’s provided so far. If you’d like to help, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or any credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
9. ISSUES IN MISSIONARY MENTAL HEALTH — It’s coming fast! On February 25th & 26th, Missionary Resources of Columbia will hold their annual Issues in Missionary Mental Health conference. It will be hosted on the campus of Columbia International University (in Columbia, SC) and feature speakers well versed in both mental health and missions life. If you would like to attend this two day conference, please contact the MRC office at (803) 254-3313 or by email: info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org or log on at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org/seminars_and_retreats.htm#IMMH

20041128 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COME UP WITH $9,000
  2. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
  3. MONGOLIA’S RADIO WIND
  4. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  5. HELP COMPILE A LIST OF UPCOMING MISSIONS CONFERENCES
  6. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  7. HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH
  8. LEARN MORE ON HOW TO FORM A MISSION AGENCY
  9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  10. SMALL PACKAGES: UNENGAGED OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COME UP WITH $9,000 — Rats. Only 2 weeks left to try to raise $9,000. It doesn’t look good. On the other hand, we rejoice that the $6,000+ has come in! That’s better than nothing! Still, if you can help with the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please speak up now! Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $10 each. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chocked full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks to Paul for sending $50 to help our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. MONGOLIA’S RADIO WIND — Mongolia’s Radio WIND FM has been publicly praised by the Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia. When giving his public address to the nation during Independence Day celebrations, the Speaker expressed his thanks to Radio WIND for consistently striving to uplift the people of Mongolia with its programming and other off-air activities. The high-ranking government official especially emphasized and supported the campaign WIND FM is promoting this year, the Nine Virtues of the Mongolian, which is based on Galatians 5:22. On the same day, WIND FM covered the National Prayer Day in which more than 1,000 believers gathered to pray for the nation. WIND FM is affiliated with the Far East Broadcasting Company and has been broadcasting in Mongolia since 2001. WIND has based its on-air programming with a health- promoting and community-oriented strategy, devised in collaboration with Health Communication Resources of Australia. To learn more about HCR, check out: http://www.h-c-r.org/ To Learn more about Radio Wind, see: http://www.febc.org/resources/article_32.html

  4. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12-week course from January 10 to April 1, 2005. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms on website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. HELP COMPILE A LIST OF UPCOMING MISSIONS CONFERENCES — Carolyn is looking for “cutting edge” missions conferences in the USA in 2005 and 2006. Got any suggestions for her? If so, write her at cjones(at)westgatechapel(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Carolyn, please don’t forget to send us a summary report so we can all benefit from your findings. Thanks!)

  6. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS -– You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 14-16, 2005, at the Renaissance Hotel near the Orlando, FL, airport. Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. The conference will feature Dr. Tim Dearborn of World Vision, as well as three pre- conference training sessions (on the 13th-14th), including one qualifying your church for the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Missions. Email for information at info(at)nstmc(dot)org or log on (and even register/pay) at http://www.nstmc.org .

  7. HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH — Find out more about how to share your faith at: http://www.evangelize.com/ Billed as “a one-stop evangelism training website filled with information, articles and other important resources to turn the world upside down with the Gospel.” They offer a monthly e-newsletter and other resources. (Thanks Darla!)

  8. LEARN MORE ON HOW TO FORM A MISSION AGENCY — Thanks to Dan who worked hard to assemble a report on resource people that can help you put together a missionary agency. He wasn’t able to find a panoramic A- Z conference at this time. But the resources and experienced people can certainly help. (Thanks again Dan!) See his report at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/forming_agency.html

  9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20-week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  10. SMALL PACKAGES: UNENGAGED OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — As we remember and celebrate the greatest gift in the smallest package this Christmas, please pray for the small work among the unengaged peoples to grow into a mighty chorus of the redeemed worshipping Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the unengaged peoples: Herero, Nama-Damara, Mbalantu, Northern Cape Coloured and Namibian Coloured. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email

  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. January 17 to February 11, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20041121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH FOR SUPPORTING BRIGADA
  2. YWAMMER FROM MALTA PICKS UP THE CHALLENGE
  3. GREAT INTERNET FILTER
  4. EXPANDED BOOK FROM ASI
  5. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. CONFERENCE ACCEPTING REISTRATIONS
  7. TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EZINE
  9. GETTING RID OF SPYWARE
  10. PARTNERSHIPS: WILL WE WORK TOGETHER?
  11. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  12. MISSIONPREP “SHORT” SEMINAR IN 2005
  13. NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE WEB SITE & BLOG
  14. NEPAL AND AFGHANISTAN: MEDICAL OUTREACHES 2005
  15. CALLING ALL MASONS
  16. TEACHERS NEEDED
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH FOR SUPPORTING BRIGADA — If you’d like to help provide for our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please speak up now! We received on anonymous gift this past week for $25 (Thanks!). To learn more, click here (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. YWAMMER FROM MALTA PICKS UP THE CHALLENGE — In response to last week’s challenge that YWAM missionaries around the world each pitch in toward our Brigada-sponsored Secretary, Brian, a YWAMmer from Malta stepped up to the plate. Along with his sponsorship of $40, he wrote, ” We have been enjoying and using Brigada info for a long time here at YWAM’s Church Planting Coaches. I wanted to take the opportunity of the challenge from the Holland YWAMer and give some back. Thanks.” Learn more about their work at http://www.cpcoaches.com where you’ll find tons of church planting resources for free. Thanks Brian!

  3. GREAT INTERNET FILTER — Is there anyone out there looking for a great Internet Filter Plus? Faithful reader, Eric, wrote this past week, “We have found one that we really like at our house. If you are, we recommend the Bsafe filter! It’s a great filter that blocks Internet pornography and other objectionable content. It has Anti-Virus options, Pop-Up Blocker, Spam Filter, and other stuff too. We love it. Our teenage sons enjoy safe internet surfing while doing their homework and while e-mailing their friends. It was easy to download. It’s easy to use. And it *works*! To find out more and get your own free 10-Day Trial, please click on this link: http://www.bsafeonline.com?154701

    (Thanks again, Eric. [Disclaimer: Eric will get a commission from this, out of which he’s promised to give an offering to Brigada for every person that signs up.])


  4. EXPANDED BOOK FROM ASI — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) is offering first-time donors an autographed copy of the expanded version of Dr. Hoekstra’s inspiring book, “Honey, We’re Going To Africa.” During the month of December, in exchange for a donation of $30.00 or more. The expanded version is the captivating personal account of a pioneer missionary family’s years in Africa and beyond. The expanded copy includes special chapters like “From Knotted Strings” and “To Talking Bibles”, over 40 photos, and a total of 472 pages. The most common reader response is, “I love that book. I just couldn’t put it down.” Visit ASI’s website to read the reviews. Dr. Hoekstra’s new book makes an ideal Christmas gift and is a valuable resource in every church library. Your contribution requesting the book is a great way to help ASI provide non-readers with Talking Bibles. Visit http://www.audioscriptures.org or call 1-800-318-7262 for more details. Just ask for Dori.

  5. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MISSIONARIES — Need a great idea for a Christmas gift for the missionary you love! Just click here to see the compilation assembled by Larry! (Great job, Larry!)

  6. CONFERENCE ACCEPTING REISTRATIONS — The Next Step is now accepting registrations for its annual “National Missionary Training Forum” conference at the IMB Headquarters in Richmond, VA. The conference is for those involved in missionary training either in the church, educational institutions, or mission agencies. Nine different workshops will be led by experienced trainers focusing on best practices in critical areas identified in its “Missionary Training Assessment” tool (available at website). The conference is preceded by three forums: 4-Mat, DiSC, and Situational Leadership II. Pre- conference begins January 12; conference begins the evening of January 13 and concludes at noon on January 15. For more information, and to register, go to http://www.thenextstep.org .

  7. TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — CIT’s time-tested training package has a unique four-fold focus: The Missionary to the Culture; The Culture to the Missionary; The Missionary to the Missionary; and the Heart of the Missionary. For a moderate time and cost investment, CIT students are anchored with skills to help them survive the storms of cross-cultural entry and move toward long-lasting and effective ministry. The next program begins in early February. Visit http://www.cit-online.org for more information or call 800.887.1786.

  8. SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EZINE — Since 1999, EC Institute has been published a free monthly ezine for entitled “Christians in Global Business.” Globalization is happening largely on the back of economic forces. Join this ezine to learn about conferences and resources that equip global professionals and executives with models of cross cultural faith integration in this rapidly changing global marketplace. To sign up, either email info(at)ec-i(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or sign up online at http://www.ec-i.org

  9. GETTING RID OF SPYWARE — Some pop ups can also be due to spyware programs installed on the system. If you believe you may have spyware on the system read the below information. Visit http://www.lavasoftusa.com and go to the “Ad-Aware Personal” link on the top left. Download and install the free (personal) version of Ad- aware, then run the program and click “check for updates now” to ensure the program is updated. Then click Start to scan your computer. (or, when you first install the program it should prompt you to perform an update and a full system scan, which you can also do). Remove any items it finds (right click the list, select all objects) (Thanks Eric!)

  10. PARTNERSHIPS: WILL WE WORK TOGETHER? — A new web site http/:www.powerofconnecting.net has been launched to assist the Body of Christ to develop methods and strategies for working together. The founder of InterCristo and Interdev, Phill Butler, along with other associates has launched this new site to provide hope and encouragement. This site seeks to (1) provide resources, (2) identify strategic intersections and (3) serve as catalyst, and coach for leaders.

  11. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. Special Christmas Price! http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  12. MISSIONPREP “SHORT” SEMINAR IN 2005 — SHORT stands for “Short- Termers Holistic Orientation & Training For Short-Termers”, and it happens January 6-7, 2005, in Toronto, Ontario. The SHORT seminar is designed for the Christian seeking to serve short-term overseas (less than 12 months). SHORT seminars can be tailor made to the church or mission team needs. Seminars can be brought on site to the church or mission location if requested. Topics include Cultural Perspective, Personal & Interpersonal, Language Acquisition. Write info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or lot on at http://www.missionprep.ca

  13. NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE WEB SITE & BLOG -– A new Christian resource Web site and Blog has recently been launched by Dr. Andrew Jackson andy(at)smartchristian(dot)com) at http://SmartChristian.com It contains extensive references and resources on Bible, world religions, cults, theology, world missions and much more.

  14. NEPAL AND AFGHANISTAN: MEDICAL OUTREACHES 2005 — Medical Boomerang, a ministry of YWAM Perth, is for any Christian medical professional. These teams have a brief orientation of 2 days and are then thrust out like a Boomerang for 2 to 3 weeks. In 2005 teams are going to Nepal and Afghanistan. For more information and updates go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org.au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  15. CALLING ALL MASONS — Looking for an exciting way to use your masonry knowledge? Mission Vision International has a short-term mission trip to rebuild a fallen church steeple in tribal Gujarat India. This historic church is nearly 100 years old and the mother to over 60 tribal churches. Bricklayers, masons, and concrete workers are invited to join them. The trip is planned for the last week of March 2005 and is for nearly 2 weeks. You will need to raise $1799 in support. Mission Vision also plans time for open-air campaigns in villages in the evenings and some work in the slums of Bombay during your STMT. This is a chance to see and minister in parts of India few people ever see. For more information contact Howard HLH(at)MissionVision(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  16. TEACHERS NEEDED — Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers. (2nd Grade Teachers) If you are interested in working among the unreached and untargeted tribes, this may interest you. If you love children and love to teach, this is for you. They are reaching Muslim nation of Guinea in Africa. Dates: August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Please contact CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20041003 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP?
  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE
  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS
  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS
  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY
  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC!
  8. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING
  9. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS
  10. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS
  11. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE
  12. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP? — If you or your church would consider even a small sponsorship of $30 or more, we’d be *so* much farther along toward our goal of paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary. If you can help, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE — Audiopot is an initiative of HCJB- UK. It’s an on-line library containing over 900 audio items relating to the Christian faith, including award-winning material from the UK’s top Christian radio production groups. All this is available free of charge. Designed to challenge a non-Christian audience, the items are short (rarely longer than 3 minutes), creative and thought provoking. If you can use the audio in a church, a classroom or on the radio you can register for free at http://www.audiopot.org or by writing potstirrerataudiopotdotorg .

  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS — Looking to borrow, rent or buy a vehicle for your church or ministry? Thanks to Ken for recommending: http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Vehicles/index.htm Let us know if you like their services!

  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS — Medeserve is a UK based charity which offers people working overseas with a charity or church access to trained family doctors for advice and reassurance via the internet. When working or living overseas travel medical insurance will cover the cost of treatment or repatriation in the event of an emergency. However, there may be times when you would like advice or reassurance and in remote areas such a doctor may be unavailable or communication is difficult. In certain circumstances it is also possible for the doctors to obtain advice from a network of specialists. For further details about medeserve, our services and to meet the doctors please see http://www.medeserve.org

  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference is the largest Medical Missions Conference in the World held in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church at 920 Blankenbaker Pwy on November 11-13. The HIV/AIDS Preconference is on Thursday, with the Main Sessions and workshops on the 12th and 13th. Joni Eareckson Tada is the Friday evening keynote speaker. Go to http://www.medicalmissions.com for more information or call 502-253- 8000.

  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY — Are you looking for a source where you can learn more about those practicing Pentecostal and/or charismatic approaches to faith? The Pneuma Foundation is dedicated to leading Christians to a greater knowledge of God’s Word and encouraging discussion on the person and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Foundation’s quarterly journal and website provide articles, book reviews, and Bible studies all focusing on the Spirit and his work in the church, in the world, and in believers’ lives. You are invited to visit the web site at http://www.pneumafoundation.org

  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC! — Master’s courses are being taught in the Philippines by Azusa Pacific University. The dates are: May 30-June 10. The cost is 50-75% less than on campus fees. Courses this year are: Designing Learning Experiences, Creative/Collaborative Leadership, Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, Leading Across Cultures. This is one of the best leadership training programs in the world! For more information please contact Melody Kuka. kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph
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  9. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING — Take a look at “Pray for Denmark” website: http://www.prayfordenmark.com See a great example of what you could do for your ministry.

  10. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS –[edited for security on 9th of March, 2011]

  11. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS — It’s coming up fast! On Nov. 4-8, climb on board the Mission Exposure Trip & Field Immersion of Bible Colleges/Seminary Students, mission institutions and mission minded Christians targeting the Buddhist Culture, Bangkok Thailand. This trip includes seminar on: a)The Gospel & Culture b)The Missionary Challenge in Thailand c)Missions Education in the Local Church d) Strategy in Evangelism & Church Planting in Urban Buddhist Context. e) Reflection, Integration, Evaluation. Other Activities: Ministry Links among Filipino Missionaries & Thai Churches then familiarizing Bangkok. Resource Persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano; Dr. Richard Herring, Rev. Vernie Compas, Dr. Daniel Saengwichai, Thai Ministers in Thailand, Filipino Ministers in Thailand. The project is Coordinated & Facilitated: by Vernie Compas, iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE — Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren has been translated into Arabic. For information on how you can purchase the Arabic version for your ministry please contact Phil at the address below. Also, if you want to use or plan to use Purpose Driven Life in English in Africa, the ministry version is available in many Africa countries or through the PD Africa office (not for use in the US or for resale, only for use for ministry or 40 Days of Purpose in Africa). Again contact Phil Walker at: pwalker(at)purposedriven(dot)com .
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  14. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT — Dec. 2-6, take part in a Mission Exposure Trip to Bangkok for Philippine Pastors. This trip includes Seminar with the Thai pastors and Filipino pastors/missionaries in Thailand, partnership, ministry opportunity among churches. Resource persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano, Rev. Vernie Compas, Thai ministers, Filipino Ministers/missionaries in Bangkok. If you have any queries on the above mission trip schedules and itineraries, please call the numbers below or email FILNET at iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040711 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS
  2. REMEMBER TO EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB
  3. ONLINE TRAINING DATABASE
  4. INTERCESSORS ARISE
  5. THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM
  6. HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY
  7. ATTEND FORESIGHT 2004 SEPT 23-25 IN VA. BEACH
  8. WHAT IS THE X-SPECTRUM?
  9. CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  10. PERTH? NEVER MIND!
  11. FOR THOSE LIVING AND MINISTERING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS
  12. MISSIONARY/HUMANITARIAN SCREENING & SELECTION
  13. GET I.T. TO THE FIELD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous readers who chipped in $50 and $20 respectively this past month! Because of their gifts, we are one step closer to funding the Brigada Secretary for 2004! As a result of his gift, we are now 21% of the way there! Yesss! If my math is correct, we’d need to average about $500/week for the rest of the year in order to cover the costs of our one part-time secretary. Yikes. That puts things in perspective. If your church or group could “adopt” a week to help us make ends meet, we’d be forever grateful!

  2. REMEMBER TO EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB — A couple of Brigada participants wrote about a website we quoted in last week’s _Brigada Today_. Remember to “eat the corn, leave the cob.” If the reference to a particular website doesn’t express a positive outlook on Christianity or is somehow filled with untruths, please let us know. Otherwise, use the parts that make sense, and drop the parts that don’t.

  3. ONLINE TRAINING DATABASE — The World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, working with Trainers of Pastors International Coalition, the Refugee Hightway Partnership and the Missionary Training Service, are putting together an online database of all pastoral, theological and missionary training courses worldwide. Detailed programming is now underway and they hope that this global resource will be ready at the beginning of 2005. All providers of courses world-wide should be able to enter details of their training, and this information will be searchable in all main languages. Please pray for the team working on this as they need God’s help. This project is part of the Global Share System in which information about refugee work and other mission resources should also be available in online. (Thanks Ian!)

  4. INTERCESSORS ARISE — This weekly e-mail network is for intercessors and missionaries worldwide who are interested in global intercession for the end-times harvest. It is designed to train, encourage, motivate, inform and release individuals, prayer groups and churches in global intercession. In each letter, a topic relevant to prayer and intercession is selected to train, inspire and motivate missionaries and intercessors to a higher level of personal and group prayer for world, national and city intercession. Membership is free. To subscribe to Intercessors Arise International, write: intercessorsarise-international-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg See http//www.intercessorsarise.org for more on training and resources.

  5. THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM — Churches observing the annual Talking Bible Sunday help provide Talking Bibles for people with an oral culture who cannot read. There are over 1 billion people who do not read. Among them are millions of new believers who also cannot read. They need God’s Word in audio to learn by listening. The Talking Bible has become the listening device of choice to accomplish this. The Talking Bible Sunday enables whole congregations to become aware and get involved. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) has a short video and a packet of material to make it easy for any church to observe its Talking Bible Sunday. ASI offers a FREE Talking Bible to each participating congregation to demonstrate on its special Sunday and then to keep for use in its own care-giving ministry. Visit ASI’s website: http://www.audioscriptures.org or call them at 760 233 0674 for additional information.

  6. HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY — Here’s a couple that recently attended a talk asserting that “Muslims revere prophet Jesus and would die for him.” and “Muslims consider the Bible to be a sacred source.” Got suggestions for them on understanding these and other questions about the confusion between Christianity and Islam? Got a favorite resource? Just send it to stayton(at)gvtc(dot)com and she’ll compile the responses then report back to us. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. ATTEND FORESIGHT 2004 SEPT 23-25 IN VA. BEACH — How can world missions “lead from the future” rather than the past? Jay Gary, a lead developer of Perspectives (1980-1986) is hosting a national conference on “strategic foresight” this Sept 23-25 at Regent University, with Brian McLaren, Richard Slaughter and Jennifer Jarratt. Discover new paradigms and tools for redesigning ministry for the 21st century. And attend Jay’s “Future Proof Your Ministry” workshop as a pre-conference event. Register by July 30th for $150 and save 25% off walk in rates. Email jay(at)christianfutures(dot)com for invitation [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] , or visit: http://www.regent.edu/acad/sls/conferences/foresight/

  8. WHAT IS THE X-SPECTRUM? — It’s a way of defining the contextualization position of any Christian website or other medium. Based on the church-planting spectrum of C1-C6, it defines websites etc on a scale from X1 to X6: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/x-spectrum.php (Thanks Tony!)

  9. CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — Each year the CPI Conference is historically the largest conference dedicated to church planting in Japan. Each year Japanese and missionary leaders from all over Japan and from nearly 100 different denominations and agencies gather to consider how to see fulfilled the dream of multiple gospel- driven church planting movements. This year’s conference will be held November 9-12 in Hakone a famous resort area near Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. The program includes Dr. Paul Hiebert from Trinity Seminary, Dr. Steve Childers from the US Center for Church Planting, Bill Smith from International Mission Board, and Stu Batstone from World Harvest Mission. Besides the main sessions there will be five training tracks, over a dozen affinity groups, and over 30 electives. The conference is sponsored by the Church Planting Institute (CPI) which is a part of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. For more information see the website: http://www.jcpi.net or email: JEMA(at)JEMA(dot)ORG [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks John!)

  10. PERTH? NEVER MIND! — If you could not attend Create International’s week of Web Evangelism seminars in Perth recently, the summary handouts are available in DOC format as a 152k zipped file. Access this download, and many other ideas for training: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/training.php (Thanks Tony!)

  11. FOR THOSE LIVING AND MINISTERING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS — Written as a basic security awareness training manual and written for missionaries who live in various kinds threat environments, “Missionaries on Alert” is a 2-volume, wire-bound instruction manual subtitled “A Security Awareness Training Manual for Living in Threat Environments.” It is authored by Dr. Trevor A. Douglas, missionary in the Philippines. In 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch, 133-page, full-color, comic book format, Book One tells the fictitious story of two men in separate hostage situations and how they acted, interacted and reacted–what they did wrong and what they did right. Book Two, in 8 ½ x 11 inch, 516-page, black-and-white format, is the teaching manual giving a Biblical basis for assessing what the characters of Book One did right and what they did wrong. The cost of the set is either US $40.00 or CDN $52.00 including shipping and handling; make checks payable to Copy ‘n Print with designation “Missionaries on Alert” and mail to Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada. The books are printed and bound on an “on demand” basis so a 4-6 week delivery period should to be allowed. For a graphic, go to

    http://www.copynprint.com/moa/ To order, contact by e-mail: john(at)copynprint(dot)com or

    fax: 403-443-2120, or write: Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada , or phone 403-443-7041


  12. MISSIONARY/HUMANITARIAN SCREENING & SELECTION — Can we tell who will likely be successful and healthy on the field? Beyond Borders is gathering information on effective tools, processes and research regarding screening and selecting candidates for missions and humanitarian work. Of particular interest are evaluatory instruments (questionnaires, surveys, simulations, etc.) that are used for screening. Also of interest is research and articles that identify indicators of future missionary or humanitarian success (or health) on the field. Email your responses and suggestions to Christian Muntean at: research(at)beyond-borders(dot)com

  13. GET I.T. TO THE FIELD — Would you like a team of computer technicians to come to your next on-field missionary conference and fix missionaries’ computers? Here’s a group of mission technology support agencies that have discovered a good way to involve IT folk in short term mission trips and really bless the missionaries they serve, by fixing their computers. They are currently trying to identify conferences that we can help, especially those in Asia/Pacific and Central & South America. If you know of a suitable conference then please let them know about it, including the contact details of the organisers. Email david(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au for Asia/Pacific and shawn(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com for the rest of the globe! [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.sideros.net/

20040704 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. MORE DONOR MANGER FREEWARE
  4. SET FREE IN JESUS: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  5. TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT(S) NEEDED IN JAPAN
  6. CATCH A FAMILY CAMP IN MONTANA
  7. WHAT DO WE TELL A PASTOR TO STUDY?
  8. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  9. NEW NETWORK FOR CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS
  10. WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR
  11. LEARN BY READING THE OTHER VIEWPOINT
  12. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  13. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  14. AFFORDABLE WEBSITE DESIGN FOR MISSIONARIES, TEAMS AND AGENCIES
  15. WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT STORYING
  16. SOUTH ASIAN GLOBAL CONVENTION (SAGC 2004)

  1. 1) THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Hats off this week to the Brigada participant who sent the $10 “subscription payment” to help provide for the Brigada secretary. Some can give $100, and some, like the donor last fall, might be able to give $5000. If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — How can you start working in poor communities in economic development? Start with the introductory course and progress to hands on implementation through distance learning. The next email based course starts August 30, 2004. Or there is still time to register for the live training event August 2 – 11. Courses are available for working with the poor in the 2/3 world and in the U.S. See http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu for more information. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MORE DONOR MANGER FREEWARE – Donor Manager FREEware written by a veteran missionary specifically for the mission community is available for checking out at http://donormanager.com The author, john(at)donormanager(dot)com, actively maintains and supports the program. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He is ready to integrate new ideas for application to the mission community. User friendly features include importing of monthly emailed reports from most major accounting systems used by sending agencies, one click batch email addressing to the entire donor base, high level filtering, linking of churches to donors, maps, pictures to individual donors, one click analysis of budget goals against pledges and much more. Automated notices of new updates keep the international users informed of easy downloads of the latest developments.

  4. SET FREE IN JESUS: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — Siela is a 59 year old woman who shows the effects of a hard life. You can see it on her face. She admitted that she had only recently been released from jail. She gladly accepted the gospel and prayed for Jesus to be the Lord of her life. Now she has hope. Pray for Siela to be built up in Christ. Pray for he daughter, Sonja, who was also recently released from jail and was not ready to give her life to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT(S) NEEDED IN JAPAN — Steve & Karen, who work with another couple in an English-teaching evangelistic mission in Japan, are planning to go to America for three to six months starting in September, and are looking for replacements to handle their English teaching responsibilities during that time. They would like a married couple, or one or two single women, to fill this position. A salary and furnished housing is provided, but the replacements will be responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Japan. No experience is necessary – just a heart for God’s work. If you are interested, please contact them directly by e-mail at ingle(at)kisnet(dot)or(dot)jp . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. CATCH A FAMILY CAMP IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission will be hosting a family camp in beautiful western Montana on Flathead Lake just hour from Glacier National Park! July 18 – 24. The camp theme is “Building a Winning Family Team”! Together children, teens, and parents will experience team-building techniques while discovering his/her own unique strengths. The camp consists of interactive, multi-generational activities in helping you build a family of faith. Opportunity will be available for recreation, an evening out for couples and a special closing banquet. Space is limited. Email Halliburton(at)ywammt(dot)org Phone 406 844 3883 or 844 2221 or log on at http://www.familyforjesus.com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. WHAT DO WE TELL A PASTOR TO STUDY? — Here’s a pastor with a growing burden for missions. He’s looking for: 1. I good world map for the wall of my study–The best one that you would choose. 2. Besides Brigada :-) –What mags or ezines does he want to be reading? 3. What book does he need to read to get the scoop on missions today? 4. What authors should he be reading? 5. What conferences does he need to attend. Send your answers to CThomp5201(at)aol(dot)com and he’s agreed to assemble a report that we’ll then make available to all Brigada readers. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION –- Columbia Biblical Seminary is offering a seminar/ course in Budapest – October 12-14, 2004 – with Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest(at)hotmail(dot)com . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. NEW NETWORK FOR CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS — The Church Prayer Leaders Network is unique in its dedication to serving, resourcing and connecting the men and women who mobilize prayer in local congregations. Small and large. City or rural. Membership includes: a subscription to Pray! magazine; Prayer Leader Online, a monthly E- Letter; 30% discounts on Pray! materials; 20% CPLN Conference discounts; plus access to the password protected section of the website. That section catalogs: Prayer Formats, Prayer Guides and how to use them in the church, Prayer Articles, Prayer Networks, Denominational Prayer Leaders Resources, Church Prayer Leaders Ideas, Publishing Company Corner. To learn more, log on at: http://www.prayerleader.com Access to the password protected section of the website is available for $40.00 a year ($52 a year outside U.S.). You can also call 800-366-7788 or send a check to: CPLN Membership, PO Box 35002, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.

  10. WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR — WRG provides training in cross-cultural church planting methodologies based on a worldview approach to ministry. A seminar is scheduled for August 23-27, 2004 in Palmer Lake, CO. Seminar facilitators include: Dr. Tom Steffen, Dr. David Hesselgrave, Mark Zook (Ee-Taow video), George Walker (co-founder of WRG), and Bob Kennell (Executive Committee member of New Tribes Mission). Topics are: narrative as a missiological methodology, worldview analysis, the chronological approach, pre- evangelism, and the developing church. See details at http://www.wrg3.org or email at info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. LEARN BY READING THE OTHER VIEWPOINT — Here’s a page from a group who adamantly oppose missionaries in India. It provides interesting insight. http://www.kentaxrecords.com/iaca/index.php You can find many more details by clicking options on the left side of the page, including links, which will show you many other organizations opposed to missionaries. (Thanks to Mark, who describes himself as “a big Brigada fan for many years”!!! And yes, that *did* get his item printed more quickly than most. :-) )

  12. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church is hosting The Global Missions Health Conference on Nov. 11 (HIV/AIDS preconference) and November 12, 13 (main sessions). The conference is dedicated to motivating, training and equipping all health care servants in America and internationally. Although it is geared for healthcare professionals, everyone is welcome. World famous Joni Eareckson Tada will be the main session speaker. Please go to http://www.medicalmissions.org or http://www.southeastchristian.org for more information.

  14. AFFORDABLE WEBSITE DESIGN FOR MISSIONARIES, TEAMS AND AGENCIES — Camomile Media Works provides affordable websites, graphic design, print media and other creative media solutions specifically for those in Christian Missions Ministry. http://www.camomiles.net

  15. WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT STORYING — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for seminars or training courses in the USA on Chronological Bible Storying, and working with Muslim Women. The particularly interesting dates are Oct, Nov, Dec 2004 and Jan, Feb, and Mar 2005. If anyone knows of training in these areas of interest during this timeframe, write Mary D global467(at)earthlink(dot)net . She’s agreed to compile a schedule that we can post here in Brigada.

  16. SOUTH ASIAN GLOBAL CONVENTION (SAGC 2004) — SAGC 2004 is a historic event. Catch this first International gathering of South Asian Youth and Young Adult believers and Ministry Leaders from all over the world. For those who have not registered, this is an urgent reminder to Register for the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) to be held in Vancouver, Canada from August 4th – 8th 2004. The Convention theme is “Serving God’s Purposes in our Generation”, Acts 13:36. For further information on Registration, Accommodation, Resource Personnel, Worship Bands and other details, please check the SAGC 2004 website (and even register online) at http://www.southasianconnection.com OR you may e-mail info(at)southasianconnection(dot)com. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040620 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20040502 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY DIAL-ABROAD, HELP BRIGADA
  2. PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES
  3. APOLOGIES! ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER
  4. HELP BY TAKING THIS SURVEY
  5. EQUIPPING WOMEN IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
  6. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR
  7. TEACHERS WANTED!
  8. AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD
  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN MOBILE ALABAMA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY DIAL-ABROAD, HELP BRIGADA — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to- country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  2. PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. For information on these events or our email based distance learning visit http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu

  3. APOLOGIES! ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER — In the 2004/04/02 edition of Brigada Today we announced a new electronic newsletter on communication strategy. Unfortunately, at the time our announcement went out, the newsletter’s server went down, and many of you were unable to subscribe! Please accept our apologies! The server is up and running again, and the newsletter is now available. Subscribe to the Communication Strategy Network electronic newsletter by logging on to http://www.communication-strategy.net. To subscribe, click on “newsletter” and sign-up.

  4. HELP BY TAKING THIS SURVEY — Regent Univeristy and Liberty University are conducting a survey on how churches are using media and the performing arts. The recent phenomenon of the film, The Passion, has renewed an interested in churches to use media and performing arts as an integral part of ministry. Below is a link to a survey that he would like you to complete. Using your web browser, you can find the survey at the following location:

    http://intercom.virginia.edu/SurveySuite/Surveys/media_and_ministry


  5. EQUIPPING WOMEN IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES — A special meeting will take place in the US on August 4-8 to encourage and equip women who have a minimum of two years experience working with Muslims. The $300 conference fee includes housing and meals and must be received by July 1. Twelve worldview workshops and 24 general workshops will provide tools for ministry including survey strategies, effective approaches in eliciting a faith response, communicating the gospel in understandable ways, strategic intercession, etc. Please contact consultwomenatcsdotcom for additional information, and furnish a secure e- mail address to which we can respond.

  6. MISSIONPREP “PLANTS” SEMINAR – TORONTO 2004 June 13-25, 2004 Principles of Language Acquisition: Natural Techniques and Skills Location: Tyndale University College & Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, Willowdale, Ontario *Insider skills for Language & cultural Learning *Phonetics Foundations *Language readiness For more information contact 905-640-1621 OR missionprepatglobaltalkdotca or read http://www.missionprep.ca

  7. TEACHERS WANTED! — Whitman Academy is seeking qualified teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. This school is located in Amman, Jordan, servicing international students. Please write to Andrew for more information at infoatwhitmanacademydotorg.

  8. AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD — Drug costs got you down? The USA government recently passed sweeping changes in the Medicare prescription drug benefit for those over age 65 but what about those under age 65? Well now there is help for individuals and groups that do not benefit from Medicare. Insurance Services of America has for years assisted many missionaries, churches and mission groups with international health and life insurance, now they are offering a brand new Rx discount card. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.EasyRXCard.com , email them at infoatEasyRXCarddotcom, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN MOBILE ALABAMA — Global Opportunities is offering a FREE half-day seminar (9 am to 1 pm) Saturday, May 22, at North Bay Christian Church in Mobile, Alabama. The church is located at 1275 E I65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL 36606-3103 or see their website for directions at http://www.northbaycc.org

    This Seminar will help you understand how you can reach the world as a non-traditional missionary, using your vocation to reach the nations! For further information on this FREE seminar and to register go to: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    For additional information, please contact Charles at: charlesatglobaloppsdotorg

20040418 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
  2. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR TALKING BIBLES!
  3. MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE TRAINING
  4. EPIC STORYING
  5. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING DATES
  6. HOW TO COMMUNICATE?
  7. UPDATE ON LIFEWAY MUSIC
  8. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  9. HYMNS IN SIMPLE ENGLISH
  10. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  11. WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE: NEW WAY TO BLESS YOUR CHURCH
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON THE DISCIPLINE OF BACKING UP
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS! — This past week, several friends took a stand to say they appreciate the ministry of Brigada! David in the UK gave $50, an anonymous couple from Mali gave $25 more, $16 from an anonymous couple in Florida, $10 from an anonymous friend in Colorado Springs, $16 from a retired Wycliffe worker, $20 from a new friend in Georgia, and $25 from the director of Audio Scriptures Int’l ( http://www.audioscriptures.org ). We also received $25 from “Tim”, an attorney headed to Guinea for a nine-month missions assignment. He requested prayer for him and his wife, Shirley, as they labor there with SIM to help the Maninka people. In particular, please take a moment now to ask God to watch over his law practice and his wife’s ministry, “Healing Nations”, while they’re gone. Thanks!!! Would you be willing to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary? If so, click “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks!

  2. A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN REQUESTS FOR TALKING BIBLES! — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California in partnership with Adopt- A-Village (AAV) and World Mission is reporting a dramatic increase in requests for Talking Bibles in additional languages. ASI is urging that thousands of additional churches and scores of mission agencies mobilize to participate in this great unfinished task. ASI is challenging church and mission leaders to recognize that to make and to distribute Talking Bibles in every language should be among our highest priorities in world mission. ASI currently has Talking Bibles available in Albanian, Amuzgo, English KJV, English NIV, Haitian (Creole), Hindi, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Mandarin, Nepali, Sourashtra, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Telegu, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Each Talking Bible is $30.00 plus shipping in quantities of two or more. ASI is a valuable resource center with Scripture in audio in some 350 languages. For more information visit ASI’s web site: http://www.audioscriptures.org. (And thanks to for the $25 sponsorship this past week!!!)

  3. MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE TRAINING — No experience necessary. Training is available through email and at live events! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with World Relief and Food for the Hungry International, offers training in innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that have been field tested with our partners in their own learning labs. Travel to Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2 or to Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. Take the first course in their learning tracks by email starting in June! For more information visit http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu
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  5. EPIC STORYING — Epic Partners is a global partnership involving Campus Crusade; International Mission Board, SBC; Wycliffe Bible Translators & The Seed Company; and Youth with a Mission (YWAM)–using chronological Bible storying among unreached people groups (UPGs). In recent years a growing number of individuals and agencies have periodically gathered for consultations on orality, and have begun working cooperatively on issues like chronological Bible storying and the beginnings of an “Oral Bible” among UPGs. Table 71, a regular gathering of msn-agency leaders arising out of the Amsterdam 2000 conference, has also adopted a cooperative strategy centered on orality and chronological Bible storying. The intersection of the Oral Bible Network and Table 71 has resulted in a partnership of the four largest organizations involved in both gatherings. These four agencies have common motivation, goals and focus in reaching UPG with the Word, yet each brings unique strengths particularly relevant to a Bible-storying partnership. The primary outcome of the partnership is a three-part, introductory set of 40 to 50 storying sessions aimed at supporting evangelism and initial church-planting. Stories are to be pulled from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Acts/Epistles. Read more at: http://www.epicpartners.org/ep/?page=Executive_Summary

  6. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING DATES — To serve the international Christian community, CCI will be conducting the following training courses during the remainder of 2004: CCI’s core 4-Day Crisis Management Seminar (June 28-July 1, Colorado Springs, CO and Dec. 6-9, Orlando, FL) and the specialized 6-Day Hostage Event Management, Negotiation & Resolution Course (Aug. 1-6, 2004, in Oahu, Hawaii). For more information on these courses, go to: http://www.cricon.org/2004training_update.htm

  7. HOW TO COMMUNICATE? — Communication-Strategy.net is now online. Just when we announced it, the site went dark for two weeks. Talk about unfortunate timing! Feel free to sign up for the new newsletter when you visit, too.

  8. UPDATE ON LIFEWAY MUSIC — By the way, LifeWay’s Christian digital music downloading (mentioned last week) is only licensed to work through American-based Internet Service Providers. This is due to the copyright restrictions by the music holders. Also, Windows Media files apparently don’t play on an Apple Ipod. You’d have to export them, then re-import them. (Thanks Mark, Steve & Theresa!)

  9. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850 or email aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) and or log on at http://www.aims.org

  10. HYMNS IN SIMPLE ENGLISH — Keith Simons has written a series of new hymns in simple English. They use traditional hymn tunes, so that they are easy to learn. Suggested applications include churches with lower literacy levels or where English is a second language. Permission is given to copy them free of charge, provided that they are not sold. Click on the “new bible songs and poems” link from: http://www.lawtutor.freeserve.co.uk

  11. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Elijah Company’s next recruits’ conference call is slated for April 29, 8:30 PM est. This conference will discuss further how to prepare for and to survive as a missionary overseas. They will feature a guest who was instrumental to start 24 churches among an unreached people group in western Africa. To get the call number and access code write to mentorship at elijahcompany.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.elijahcompany.org

  12. WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE: NEW WAY TO BLESS YOUR CHURCH — Wycliffe Bible translators sponsors a professional dinner theatre touring group to help inform and mobilize churches across the U.S. for outreach to Bibleless people groups. The talented team of 13 people brings it all: stage, lights, sound, ethnic décor, dishes, tables and kitchen trailer. They present a high-impact story of cross-cultural ministry along with a delicious cultural meal. A free-will offering covers the cost. Call (800)269-2007 or (503) 653-1662 for the touring schedule. E-mail: theatre_booking at wycliffe.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Log on at http://www.wycliffe.org/theatre/home.htm

  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON THE DISCIPLINE OF BACKING UP — We received a number of empathetic replies regarding last week’s “BackPage” editorial about backing up. One Brigada participant, Dottie (who is involved in the adoption of a very strategic unreached people, by the way), drew a comparison between backing up our hard drives and daily devotions, Bible reading and prayer. Without that daily discipline, our data would become corrupt! :-) Several folks thanked us for the reminder to back up more regularly. Perhaps the easiest fix we found was to buy one of the portable hard drives.. like the Maxtor “OneTouch”… 160GB for $250 or so. Hooks up through FireWire or USB either one. Or do like Dan the IT guy in our own office here… who has fixed up “Personal Drive”
  14. space on our team’s workgroup server, which he then faithfully backs up every night. Then users with laptops can save those drives as “offline files” in Windows XP (or “briefcase” in earlier versions). Works pretty well… and his backup routine is faithful each evening, seven nights sequential, so as long as the problem becomes known within a week, the user has a clean trail of 7 earlier backups from which to choose. As for my own drive, I ended up sending it to a data retrieval service. Not fun — but I’ve lost about 30% of the work I’ve been doing on my Ph.D. dissertation. Again… lesson learned… hardware failure is inevitable. It’ll eventually catch up with us. It had been years since any of my hardware had failed. Bottom line: I was due. :-) Don’t wait. Spend the $250 on the front end so you don’t have to spend twice that — or more — on the back end! It’s too big of a hassle to put it off another day!

20040201 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO
  3. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING
  4. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA
  6. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE
  7. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  8. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE
  9. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  10. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON? — What does a Lakota/Sioux rodeo cowgirl, a doctoral student in Poland, and a ship director in Fiji have in common? All three are part of the 130 leaders, from 13 nations enrolled in the International School of Reconciliation Studies, a web-based, self-paced nine month school for leaders, associated with John Dawson’s International Reconciliation Coalition. Comprised of a world class faculty of scholars and storytellers, this school is designed to multiply creative, Biblically anchored, multi- cultural reconcilers throughout the world. Live in a nation without reliable internet access? The school is now available on compact disc. Applications are being accepted now for the next class which begins April 15. Check it out at ..\..\brigada.html or write schoolsatgracebridgedotorg Hats off to the folks at GraceBridge (Joey and Fawn) for their $45 sponsorship of Brigada, to help us pay a Brigada secretary! Would you consider sponsoring too? If so, click to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO — Thanks, too, to the two volunteers trying out iKobo, the Western Union-like cash transfer organization. It will hopefully help them transfer cash sums across time zones and national barriers.
  3. Try them… and help Brigada… at:
    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US


  4. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING — Admit it. It’s the craze now. If you don’t learn it, you won’t be able to “keep up” with the latest talks at big gatherings. Learn more at: http://newwway.org/articles/10steps.htm (And … thanks for access to the info., Mark!)

  5. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES — Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies under Cal DeWitt started the Christian Environmental Stewardship movement and now has a network of 59 participating Christian colleges throughout North America. They are offering courses for agricultural and development workers such as ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, ‘Ecological Agriculture’ and ‘Global Development and Sustainability’. Courses are offered in May (5/14-6/3); and in two summer terms(6/5-7/9 & 7/17-8/16). You can take them at three North American sites (Michigan, Washington, Florida) and two overseas locations (India & Kenya), and you can get credit through any of the 59 participating colleges. See http:www.ausable.org or call 1-800-315-2836 (North America) or +1-231-587-8686 or write to missioncoursesatausabledotorg

  6. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA — There are a lot of hints that environmental problems (degradation of agricultural land, changes in rainfall patterns) are much more severe than, say, 15 years ago. Is this your experience? Ed Brown, COO at Au Sable Institute, would like to get a feel for this problem from the ‘front lines’. If you have been working or have lived in a developing country long enough to observe such changes (or the lack thereof!), would you drop Ed a line at ebrown53717ataoldotcom Responses will be useful in helping Au Sable create appropriate courses and training materials for missionaries and development workers in environmentally degraded areas. (In a couple of weeks, we’ll look forward to a summary from Ed.)

  7. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE — On March 30, 2004, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, in Long Beach, CA, USA plan to attend the first conference to bring together Christians who teach ESL/EFL from many agencies, training institutions, and schools. Sponsored by Christian Educators in TESOL (see http://www.cetesol.org ) and held the day before the national TESOL convention ( see http://www.tesol.org ), this conference will have plenaries, concurrent sessions, poster sessions on best classroom practices, discussion groups, and exhibits. Topics include English camps, materials, ESL in seminaries, church- based ESL, teaching internationally, culture & Christianity, non-native speakers, mentoring volunteers, curriculum design, agency standards, and much more. The cost is $15 before 2/27, $20 before 3/20, and $25 on site. For a registration packet, please e-mail kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu.

  8. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Teaching English is a wonderful “tentmaking” tool. This four week training course will enhance your teaching skills, which will enhance your ministry. Your TESOL certificate will open many doors of opportunity. Next class begins March 7, 2004. See website at http://www.ywampa.org for details, or contact YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  9. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE — A missionary and translator approached an 80 year old man in a village. During the introductions they discovered that the man is an uncle to the translator. The man shared that as he grew older and learned more about God he could clearly see his need for Jesus. He was overjoyed that they were there to tell him about Jesus. Pray for the Lord to use born again Hereros to reach their extensive families. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  10. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — There are several people groups, like the Herero, Nama/Damara and Mbalantu, who have little to no evangelical witness. As they face the struggles of life and the ravages of AIDS, who will tell them about Jesus? Who will pray for them? Who will care? Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for these unengaged peoples. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  11. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from April 4 to June 25, 2004. Full time classroom work in practical English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Live in community with national English speakers as well as others from around the world. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See website at http://www.ywampa.org or contact YWAM Lebanon PA USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  12. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Take in a two or four week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity join an experienced/ ministry team making friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, doing evangelism, showing the Jesus Film, working with local churches and visiting businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. For more information contact Dr. Jim Romaine, Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaineatcableonedotnet.

20040125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS!
  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS
  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA
  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR
  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE
  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  10. BACKING UP?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for the $72 donation to cover last month’s phone use. If you have to make int’l long distance calls anyway, please sign up with Dial-Abroad so you can a) save money and b) help Brigada! See their stuff at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS — Have you tried out Ikobo? Somebody needs to. Evidently, it’s kind of like Western Union, except the recipient of your cash gets an Ikobo cash card that looks sort of like a credit card. There are tons of banks involved. But we need some “taste-testers” to check this service out. Sending cash is free through February. After that, they promise rates that are less than Western Union. Would somebody try them out? Click here: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). If you’re already sending cash somewhere else in the world, this should at least save you money through February. Send $200 for free — anywhere in the world. They have Verisign and “Trust-E” approval… so it seems legitimate. Please let us know what you learn. Thanks! (Note: If this works, there is a referring bonus available for recruiting new Ikobo users.. $10/new referral, so if possible, please click through the above link and you’ll likely be helping us sponsor a Brigada secretary. Keep in mind: this is a new service that we’re trying out.)

  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA — Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, has a new book out and he’s offering up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase by a member of the Brigada family (depending on the quantity of purchasers). “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” shows how only Christians can stop the world’s slide into moral chaos, anarchy and tyranny — but they actually are part of the problem! The book comes to you in a great new e-book format — that means it is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. Don’t delay — this offer expires March 1!

  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR — Just select the cities/time zones that your key colleagues are working in. Bookmark the results page. Voilá, a Personal World Clock just for you. No need to look at everyone’s time zones, you’ll immediately see the time zones that matter most to you. http://www.timeanddate.com

    The service is free. And here’s a bonus: It includes a cool meeting planner that helps sort out time zones if you need to make a conference call to different cities around the world. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html


  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY — Interested in knowing how to become a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene? Attend the free “Global Candidate Orientation” seminar at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma on Thursday March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, email hculbertatsnudotedu

  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Catch the next conference call… February 12, 2004, 8:30 PM est. The calls are 55 minutes long. This is a free service. Hosts and guests have a broad range of experience in missions. These monthly calls allow seasoned missionaries to impart needed practical advice for all those planning on missions involvement. This month the call will focus on personal preparation for missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. See website http://www.elijahcompany.org for other services.

  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Don’t just hear about what others are doing around the world. Discover what YOU can do to reach the unreached. AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations,” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register early and save money — $149 for registrations received by March 1st. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e-mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE — Jump in on the next Foundations in Community Development school (FCD) in beautiful northwestern Montana and learn more on how to bring about God’s intentions in a community. It all takes place March 29 – June 18, 2004 followed by an overseas outreach. For more info, write FCDatywammtdotorg Phone: 406 844 2645 or 2221 USA/Canada 1 800 658 6815 (Can/USA) http://www.ywammt.org

  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — An Elementary Christian Boarding School is opening up in September 2004. They are looking for godly men and women who would volunteer to serve for 10 months of their time to raise future leaders of the unreached peoples in Guinea. First, they will experience the rural village life and minister to the Muslim population. Second, they will concentrate on discipling 12 children. Third, they will be joining the pioneer mission work. The dates are August – June, 2004 Please send your resume to TMAmericaatTeachusMissiondotOrg.

  10. BACKING UP? — So… stop and think… if your PC fried today (or was stolen, or was in a fire, or you forgot/lost your briefcase in the rest room while traveling), what information would you have to recreate? Then why not back it up? Nowadays, backing up is a ton easier than in the old days. Maybe you already have access to a network and can simply copy your files to the other PC. (Maybe somebody already backs up all or part of those files as a part of his or her work responsibilities anyway.) Or, use a CD-burner to back up just the highest-priority information. If nothing else, at least pick up one of those USB memory cache gizmos and backup the absolute minimum 128 meg that you’d value the most (your Quickbooks or Quicken files, for instance?). The events of Sept. 11th should have taught us how vulnerable we all are. Let’s don’t be caught off-guard, if we can at all avoid it. Back up your data today … or tonight.

20040111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TWO NEW SPONSORS!
  2. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO YOUR PHONE
  3. SEE AN UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILE IN 3 CLICKS
  4. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTORS?
  5. SHOWING THE JESUS FILM?
  6. WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF SPAM?
  7. SIDEBAR EFFECT OF SPAM, RELATIVE TO BRIGADA
  8. “TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY”
  9. TESOL COURSE AVAILABLE IN MONTANA
  10. MISSIONPREP LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINARS IN TORONTO
  11. CUSTOMIZABLE MISSION EDUCATION
  12. MKS GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION AT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
  13. NEW SERVICE LETS YOU MAKE CALLS FOR FREE
  14. EMERCY: SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARIES
  15. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS
  16. SERMONINDEX.NET CLASSIC AUDIO SERMONS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TWO NEW SPONSORS! — Thanks to our new sponsors this week… two anonymous gifts of $100 each. That puts us at $1300.25, so we’re well on our way to being 10% of the way to our $16,021 goal for our Brigada- sponsored secretary! We appreciate your willingness to partner with us to get Brigada out the door and on your screen on time! To sponsor (via PayPal or by snail mail), just click on over to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html for complete instructions. Thanks again!

  2. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO YOUR PHONE — Now you can get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. And all the while, you’ll be helping Brigada reach its 2004 goal for the Brigada-sponsored secretary. Click to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  3. SEE AN UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILE IN 3 CLICKS — That’s what you can do now at the Joshua Project site. 1. Click on the Profiles main menu item 2. Select a country – page will refresh with appropriate peoples list 3. Select a people – page will refresh with the selected people profile On the People Profile, among other things, you can see all the people group specific ministry resources such as Bible translation status, Jesus film availability, audio recordings and radio broadcasting information with links directly into the associated website. An illustrative example is: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=103686&rog3=TH This resource is a *tremendous* step forward for all our networks, churches, and agencies. Let’s pause a moment and give thanks for Dan Scribner and the whole JP.net gang! Thanks for hanging in there, guys!

  4. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PROJECTORS? — Thanks to Allen, for sending a summary of the responses to his questions about projecting video on the road using battery-operated equipment. Turns out that the majority of the responses recommended using a standard DVD, vcd, or vcr along with a multimedia-type projector that could be powered using a battery and an inverter to convert the 12 volt to 110 volts. The problem with this is the very high cost and very high consumption of power thus needing more than just a little battery power. So for now, Allen is back to the 16mm and generator. Apparently, the biggest obstacle is the excessive cost of the available multimedia projectors, the least expensive beginning at $800.00. Allen reported that there was one other option that he is still exploring, and that’s the type used by the “God’s Story” folks. It still uses a small generator, but very small in comparison to what the 16mm projectors require. (Thanks for reporting, Allen! We wish you the best in your continued quest! Don’t miss the very next item for one possible new option. :-) )

  5. SHOWING THE JESUS FILM? — Check out Airborne Ministries JET PAC (Jesus film Evangelism Tool PACkage). Airborne Ministries has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by plane, outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 45-lb. Pelican case contains a complete sound and video projection system, including minidv Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29- lb. Honda generator to power the system. Airborne Ministries donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost. For more info email Bill <billatdunckleedotcom> or check out http://www.airborneministries.org or call 772-778-9106 in the USA. </billatdunckleedotcom>

  6. WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF SPAM? — Here’s the real long-term impact of all that unwanted email: That you won’t get the really *important* message someone was wanting to send you. Why? You will have unintentionally deleted it, along with all the junk mail! What can you do? If you can use Outlook 2003, the spam filter is reputed to be very good — with nearly 100% of spam-capture and very few “false positives.” I’m trying out Norton Antispam for the next few months. So far, it’s catching all but a few of the spams/day.

  7. SIDEBAR EFFECT OF SPAM, RELATIVE TO BRIGADA — Now here’s a corollary for Brigada. Let’s say you subscribe us to your group (without asking). We mark your email as spam… then you later write us an item that you’d like to submit, from the same address. You wonder why the item ever shows up… It’s because we’ve marked your address as spam — and now your message isn’t getting through. (Sorry about that!) Bottom line: It’s always more polite to ask before subscribing others to your list. (By the way: In 8 years of work on Brigada, we’ve never subscribed anyone else.)

  8. “TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY” — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) is reporting that the fledgling “Talking Bible Sunday Movement” is gaining momentum. According to ASI leadership, the slogan, “A Talking Bible Sunday in Every Church”, is taking hold. ASI is urging that in every church there be an annual “Talking Bible Sunday” with a special offering to help provide Talking Bibles to non-readers in their languages. The Talking Bible is a revolutionary, user-friendly, listening device the size and shape of a pew Bible in which an entire New Testament in a desired language is sealed inside. For more information go to http://www.audioscriptures.org For more information, write Harvey hthoekatjunodotcom toll-free or via Net2phone 1-800-318-7262.

  9. TESOL COURSE AVAILABLE IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission, Montana, is again offering an intensive, four-week TESOL course which will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 in Lakeside, Montana. This course will prepare you to teach English in any setting and in any country. A practicum is also included within the time-frame of this course. Early application is encouraged as this course fills up quickly. For further information email: tesolatywammtdotorg or visit their website: http://www.ywammt.org and click “schools”.

  10. MISSIONPREP LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINARS IN TORONTO — Are you preparing for overseas ministry? Then take advantage of this tailor- made Language and Culture training held in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. February 8-20 is Missionprep’s Culture & Language seminar. April 18-30 Missionprep will host its two week Language Acquisition Seminar. For more information contact Priscilla priscillaatglobaltalkdotca or call 905-640-1621 or visit http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep

  11. CUSTOMIZABLE MISSION EDUCATION — Are you looking for a new, more customizable way to do mission education with preschoolers, children, youth, and adults? If so, you may be interested in a resource called “WINGS: Catch the Wind of God’s Spirit” produced by Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia. It aims to help all of Jesus’ followers to become missionaries in their daily lives, and encourages teachers to draw on their own insights and cultural contexts. A leader’s guide is available now on cd-rom ($30) and will be available as a book/cd set ($50) in March 2004. For more information, or to order online, go to http://www.co-missioners.com or send email to wmuvatwmu-vadotorg

  12. MKS GET A FREE SUBSCRIPTION AT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY — Thanks to Melissa for clueing us in on Focus on the Family’s offer of magazines to missionary kids. MKs are able to receive a free (no S&H as well) subscription to one Focus on the Family magazine. The magazine they receive will depend upon their age. To order a subscription you can call the order line at 1-800-232-6459 and ask for the specialty line. Stuck in Benin, and can’t get to an overseas telephone line, but *can* get access to the web at the local library? Not to worry. They’ve got you covered. Just go online at family.org and order the magazine there. (Thanks for the member care help, Melissa! Keep up the good work!)

  13. NEW SERVICE LETS YOU MAKE CALLS FOR FREE — Here’s a great new free service online which allows you to make phone calls anywhere around the world for free. It is based like a p2p (peer to peer) service where you can only call those who have the program installed. The neat thing is you can buy a VoIP enabled phone and when someone calls it rings your external phone. Pick up the handset and start talking. Go to http://www.skype.com for details. (Thanks to Matt, serving in Europe!!! Yahooo!)

  14. EMERCY: SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARIES — As an organization dedicated to the success of missionaries, Emercy’s mission is to provide a wide variety of services and projects that undergird missionaries and the churches that support them. Some of these services include research, logistical support, consulting, short term teams, supply shipments, care packets, and interim position filling. Each relationship that Emercy forms with missionaries is tailored to the needs of the missionary. If you are interested in finding out more about the services that Emercy offers, visit their website at http://www.emercy.org or call them toll free from the US: 877-875-4483. International callers please dial 205-391-9867. You can also send your email to infoatemercydotorg

  15. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada desires to equip, train and challenge you to reach the unreached! A Discipleship Training School (DTS) challenges you to grow in your faith, and equips you to reach the nations with the Gospel. It includes 3 months training with 2 months mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: March 23-August 13/04 and September 15/04- February 4, 2005 Prices: $2950 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $3500 CND (missions trip). To DTS grads, they also offer the School of Biblical Studies (SBS), a 9-month inductive study of each book of the Bible. Dates: September 13/04 to July 1/05. Price:$8100 CND. Contact: turnervalleyatywamdotca http://www.ywamturnervalley.com YWAM Turner Valley, Box 730, Turner Valley, AB, T0L 2A0, Canada, or tel/fax 403-933-3754.

  16. SERMONINDEX.NET CLASSIC AUDIO SERMONS — SermonIndex is an internet tape ministry with free mp3 audio sermons! Just download them, then burn them to cds or simply listen to them live on the computer. Many of the sermons offered are rare and have an underlining theme of revival. Some of the speakers include: A.W. Tozer, Leonard Ravenhill, J. Edwin Orr, Alan Redpath, Duncan Campbell, T. Austin Sparks, and many more. To date there have been an estimated 1 million+ downloads of the 3000+ sermons. Greg has been running this ministry for just over 1 year now and is 24 yrs old and lives in Toronto, Canada. For more info, log on at http://www.sermonindex.net or email sermonindexatmsndotcom or call Canada 416-624-4734.

20040104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR
  2. OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS
  3. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  4. RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED
  5. WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES?
  6. NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES?
  7. MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES
  8. FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT?
  9. A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING
  10. VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  12. TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES
  13. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
  15. NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
  16. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
  17. ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY?
  18. THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III?
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR — Thanks to the sponsors that have paved the way into the new Brigada year! The anonymous sponsor that gives $10/month regularly, using the new “Subscribe” feature that he asked for, was back at it again this past week. (Thanks!) Thanks, too, to Info. & Learning Systems Int’l, producers of the “Countries & Peoples of the World” CD, who sent $461.25 more to express their appreciation for Brigada readers who have purchased the product. Yahooo! :-) And hats off to the anonymous couple in N. IN ($50!), the Irving Bible Church (also $50), the anonymous couple with Young Life Europe ($100)!!! We appreciate your help! Please consider joining these and others sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html You’ll see one button for “Donate” (any amount, one-time), and another for “Subscribe” ($10/mo). These great sponsors help us get Brigada out the door and to your screen each weekend! (If you help the new Brigada Secretary, then she’ll help keep me on time. :-) Also, please remember, once we make our goal for the year [$16,021], we will no longer ask for sponsors.)

  • OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS — Remember Mark, the guy that wanted to track down some options for creating simple missions displays? Well guess what: he followed through! To view his full report, click here. (Thanks Mark!)

  • RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 2-4, 2004 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom or phone 1-800-366-6641.

  • RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED — It turns out that Interdev might not totally disappear after all. I heard this past week from a former Interdev Central Asia Team member that maybe she wouldn’t end up being a “former”! :-) She wrote, “The ministry will carry on, even though some formal office spaces have closed in USA, UK, and India. We still have offices—they’re just … in our homes, garages, or church corners. … The functions needed by Interdev Partnership Associates will inform the structure, and we will begin as a decentralized group, committed by covenant with one another, founded on our relationships, connected through a facilitation team! Rather than one central INTERDEV organization, INTERDEV Partnership Associates connects 16 Partnership Advisors, basing from 10 organizations, dispersed regionally across India, Indonesia, Africa, Philippines, USA, Canada, and UK!” Sounds great! Bravo to those forging on!

  • WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES? — Here’s a Brigada reader desperate to learn more about organizations and missions that minister and encourage missionaries around the world and in their home country. Would you write Felicia feliciabucatearthlinkdotnet with information on the group, what they do and offer, how long they have been ministering and any links that would prove helpful? She wrote, “Many churches and individuals are interested in ‘ministering to the ministers’, so they’d like to know who is already doing it and how well they are doing it. Individual organizations and groups within missions or any other ideas are welcome.”

  • NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES? — Check out http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php You can do all the following:
  • Get a complete picture of the unreached peoples and the unfinished task of the Great Commission.
  • View all people groups for any country.
  • View all countries for any specific people group.
  • View a people profile for any people group on the planet.
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Affinity Blocs and People Clusters
  • Download free of charge a complete MS Access application and data for viewing data from numerous perspectives.
  • Download Joshua Project data in various formats or an up-to-date Powerpoint presentation on the status of World Evangelization.
  • Find specific ministry tool availability by unique linking into other sites
  • Submit updates such as: your ministry activity commitments, statistical updates (they want to hear about the errors!), URLs of other people profiles and more.
  • See a global summary and interesting people group facts.
  • Try various unreached peoples queries
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Church Planting Progress Indicator
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions such as “Why the jump from 1,600 to 6,300 unreached peoples?”, “Why are there so many different people group numbers in the mission community?” and “Where else on the web can I find unreached peoples data?”

    Get it all at Joshua Project.net!


  • MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University offers a Masters in Social Science (with an emphasis in Servant Leadership) in the Philippines! The cost is 1/3 of on-campus prices. Fly to the Philippines and pay less for your flight and your courses than you would pay on campus for the same courses! 4 courses are taught each summer (June). For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph, Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City, 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807

  • FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT? — A recent Brigada item recommended purchasing licenses for Microsoft software through http://www.1computerbargains.com They are one source for the open charity licenses from Microsoft. A contact from one mission agency, however, has stated that their licenses can be used in the home office but not by their missionaries serving around the world. (They cited a Microsoft policy says that a license cannot be used by affiliates outside of North American. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/open/opencharity_faq.asp ) The same mission would love to know if Microsoft has indicated that missionaries working out from a USA office may use these licenses in spite of the policy wording. If you have info. on this, write Lester semdeanataiiasdotedu and he’ll report back to us in 2 weeks. (Thanks Lester!)

  • A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING — Most leaders want to mentor others but often don’t know where to begin. “Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships,” by Phillip Jeske, is a model that is designed to help someone intentionally mentor others. This 12 chapter, 250-page manual (printed or as PDF) is not only has an introduction to mentoring but also a tool with which to walk through key personal and leadership issues with someone else. Partnerships are also possible to translate the materials into other languages (currently English & German). For more info check out http://www.icmeurope.org/mentor.html or contact International Christian Ministries ICMcanadaatcsdotcom

  • VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Catch it Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2004, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hundreds of agencies and tens of thousands of participants take part in the weekend. For more info check out http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — These unreached people can be found in central and southern Namibia in Africa. Among them is a young Nama mother who welcomed a presentation of the Gospel. She indicated a desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus. However, while surrounded by older Nama ladies who were unwilling to pray to receive Christ, she put off the decision. As she held her baby she explained that she is an unwed mother living with the father. In her mind she needs to “clean up” her life before accepting Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES — If you feel the Lord calling you into missions and would like to use TESOL as a tool, check out these two intensive classes of five weeks each this spring. April 19- May 21 is in Manila, and April 12 to May 14 is in Davao with a practicum to an unreached people group. For more information and applications contact Melody at kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or Box 1415 Quezon City 1154, Philippines, tel. 632-658-3807.

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Among this African group (in central and eastern Namibia) is a 50-year-old man who has lived in the small village of Okatjoruu, Namibia all his life was open to hearing the Gospel. He follows the tribal religion of the Herero in ancestor worship. When asked about going to heaven when he dies, he said that the “ancestors will keep” him. He resisted accepting Christ. He said that he was too old to change and preferred to go the same way as his ancestors in death – wherever that is. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for kingdom-minded people aged 18-30 who are interested in experiencing life on the mission field while being supervised by a long-term missionary. Placements are available in Eastern Europe and Asia, and last 3-9 months. Check out http://www.mup.org or email Pete PeteEatgatiwadotcom, or call(888) 895-4657 or (509) 483-4792

  • NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE — Winkie Pratney & Trevor Yaxley have teamed up their years of experience in evangelism and discipleship to produce “Ultimate Core”, an in-depth approach to discipleship designed for teens and twenty-somethings who want to experience and radiate the core of heart commitment to Christ. Covering topics from purity to spiritual gifts and evangelism, this is a great life manual for missions training centers. You’ll find more information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 or dial (616) 676-9185.

  • SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — Catch this workshop in Toronto, March 22-26, 2004. It’s designed especially for missionaries and those in the local church who relate to missionaries on Home Assignments. This interactive workshop will increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216-page work book is provided covering such topics as: Loving Listening; Confronting effectively, Building Trust; Helping others Grieve Well; Managing Stress and much more. For more information contact Robert at missionprepatsympaticodotca

  • ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY? — It’s swelling. For example, in about a week or so, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary In Fort Worth, TX, will host the “2004 Consultation on Orality, Literacy & the Oral Bible.” It’s very significant here that this conference is being co-sponsored, so to speak, by Wycliffe, Campus Crusade, YWAM, and the Int’l Mission Board. (In sheer numbers, those 4 organizations probably represent the geocenter of evangelical mission outreach.) As I interviewed personnel from the Jesus Film and Wycliffe this past week, I couldn’t help but take note of the fact that interest in the Oral Bible is at an all-time high. See this page… http://www.oralbible.com/ for more information. The idea is that many of the world’s remaining unreached peoples value *oral* tradition, as much or more than written. As a result, these organizations (and now a dozen others, as well) are setting bold goals to produce and utilize recorded *stories*. (They’re using the IMB’s term: “Chronological Bible Storying.”) Watch this trend… and the growing interest in addressing it. For example, the 4- way partnership above has now embraced a common strategy and sending approach, as can be seen at http://www.bibleless.org/involved/epic.html

  • THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III? — Will it become Lausanne III? Only time will tell. You’ll probably recall the now-famous missions conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. There, Ralph Winter announced his outlandish suspicion that there were *thousands* of groups of people “hidden” from the gospel. Out of that consultation came a movement of people that later came to bear the name of the consultation’s venue: The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization. I was just a junior in high school, so I didn’t make that one. But I definitely enjoyed Lausanne II in Manila, in 1989. At that conference, Ed Dayton made sure every participant understood our changing world, the complexities of reaching out to urban masses, and the hazards of modernity. Now I’m wondering how this fall’s conference in Thailand will shape up. Billed not as “Lausanne III”, but rather as 30 smaller conferences running simultaneously, I’m curious about how things will play out. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/chartdia.htm for a timeline chart of the “big picture” of Lausanne’s various meetings. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/issues.htm for a breakdown of the 30 issues. And http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/brochure.pdf is a summary brochure. On behalf of Brigada, I’m supposed to participate in Issue #6, “Those who have never heard the name of Jesus.” Would you begin praying today for this conference, slated for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2004 (in Thailand)? Let’s ask God to act in this way:
    *** To reawaken His global forces to bold new steps for those who remain untold
    *** To speak in a resounding way through veteran leaders, so that younger generation leaders will gain a clearer sense of purpose
    *** To stoke the fires of passion for today’s churches and agencies, so the fire of world evangelism won’t die down until we completely finish the task of world evangelism! Thanks!!! Doug

20031026 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY
  2. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK
  3. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM
  5. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES
  6. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  7. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM
  8. FOLDING DISPLAYS?
  9. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  10. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR
  11. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT
  12. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  14. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  15. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  16. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA
  17. THE MAN FROM GADARA
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY — I want to be perfectly honest: I am completely humbled… even *floored* by your generosity, compassion and love! This past week brought us *significantly* closer to our goal of paying for a Brigada Secretary — to help us stay “up to date” and “in the air” for the long haul, churning out resources and mobilization ideas in Brigada Today. One anonymous donor gave [drum roll please] $5000. (That’s five *thousand* dollars.) He had nothing to sell, declined to feature his own work, and even declined a receipt for a tax deduction! I *will* tell you that he is indeed involved in Christian outreach, but his mission work takes place in a sensitive land. Perhaps you can identify… he wanted to help, but didn’t do it for any personal reward. It was totally an unselfish act, to try to help us get the word out regularly. He wrote, “Thank you for your faithfulness in serving the missions community through Brigada. … I have sent a $5,000.00 contribution toward your secretary. I clearly remember the days when I wished I had one and didn’t have the resources. Please keep this anonymous. Our mission is much better performed when only God knows who we are. You have been faithful to God and God is always faithful to you. We are simply thankful to bring this cup of cool water to your door.” Whoa. That’s quite a swig! :-) I’ll admit, when I first read the note, I figured it was one of those Internet scams. Then seconds later, I saw the PayPal notice that $5000 had been deposited in our PayPal account. Suddenly, weekly Brigada Todays started passing through my mind, … all the way back to January of 1995. Suddenly I realized there really *are* some people out there reading this stuff, and maybe some who are actually *using* it.
  2. Click here to sponsor Brigada


  3. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK — John Walton writes, “Here’s $25 with thanks to the 5 Brigada readers who bought a copy of The Toolbox for Video Storytelling during the month of October. John keeps his word. Don’t forget, if you need a good book on producing videos for your church or mission — John is making good on his promise to donate $5 for each copy sold. Learn more at: http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada Thanks, too, to our new friends at Wilcannia, NSW, Australia, who minister to Australian Aborigines. We appreciate their sponsorship of $25! They have seen in the last 6 years 39% of their town turn to Christ. Learn more at http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Thanks to these new Brigada sponsors!

  4. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE — Now you can help create a *monthly* income for the Brigada secretary and save money at the same time! Through a partnership with Blessed Hope Long Distance, Brigada will begin earning a significant commission each and every month on all the long distance bills of those who subscribe to long distance service through this link: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada 200 new customers would provide about $200 extra dollars each and every month. 1000 customers might just about pay for the secretary! This is a great domestic plan and the state-to-state rate (in the contiguous U.S.) is 4.9 cents/minute with 6-second billing, NO fees and NO minimums. You can find your instate rate and international rates at the website. Blessed Hope is a Christian-owned company so you’ll also know your dollars are not going to fund what some feel are ungodly and anti- family causes of larger secular long distance providers. Our agents for this program, Neil & Darla Sautter, are the missions-minded parents of five who are building their Blessed Hope business as a way of becoming self-supporting so they themselves can return to overseas ministry in the future. Neil would like to be a TESOL teacher in China, Japan or Spain, should the Lord so lead. (Thanks Blessed Hope!)

  5. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM — Here’s a course that… I’ll have to admit… looks *great*. “Outstanding Practices in Mission Training” is the theme for the Forum from January 15-17, 2004, in Richmond, VA , at the IMB’s Missionary Learning Center. NMTF is a gathering of mission trainers from agencies, church, and schools (over 140 people from 60 organizations attended in 2003). There will be 14 workshops profiling “outstanding practices.” Participants will interact with practitioners, learning together how to make mission training more effective. There are three “pre-Forum” sessions so that trainers can get training, including: Church Planting Movements (Training for Trainers), Leadership Encounter with Jesus, and Situational Leadership II. To learn more as well as register, go to: http://www.icelonline.com/NMTF2004.html

  6. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES — Do you want to find missionaries for missions promotion only to be blocked by missions agencies concerned about security? PeopleTeams.org has 576 teams of missionaries online. In fact, PeopleTeams.org boasts of having every missionary team Web site in the world. These are not individual missionary family Webs, but instead, you’ll find online the way that missionaries *prefer* to be contacted. That way you can dialog with the personnel who are working in some very difficult places, not just the easy-to-reach field personnel. PeopleTeams.org is a mixture of many different agencies, too. Individual Web sites are frequently a coalition of many cooperating missions groups that pool their efforts to present the material you see online. You can send emails or letters to teams who will be happy to see that you receive a reply in a timely manner.

  7. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From January 2-4, 2004, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. Friday will focus on the work and witness of individuals past and present while Saturday will be a seminar on practical perspectives and concerns in ministry. The Chicago area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact Jamie infoatrethinkingforumdotcom

  8. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM — The first forum of Finishers Canada is being held Saturday November 22nd at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Speakers include Nelson Annan, Dave Toycen and Dave Mannings. Participants may choose between 5 seminars during the day. Further information, costs and registration information are available from finishersatiatwdotca (or 519-763-6147). They’re also working on a website at http://wwwfinisherscanada.ca though at press time it still returned a “The page cannot be displayed” error.

  9. FOLDING DISPLAYS? — I’m in the thick of trying to purchase a folding display. I must confess, I sometimes go through phases where I ask myself, where did we ever come up with this display thing, anyway? I mean… on the one hand, it seems like few church members actually really *look* at these things up close. Yet a decently designed portable “lit” display seems inevitably to cost hundreds of dollars. Either way, it seems like part of the “missions fair” culture is to ask us to all come with “nimlocks-in-hand”. Yikes. I’ve scouted some sites, but if you have some good ones … or if you know of the “best price” for a Skyline or a “ShowStyle” or whatever, Mark mark_simpson53athotmaildotcom is willing to take down the URL then assemble a report for us. (Thanks Mark! We appreciate your help. And to those with suggested sources, no need to copy me. Mark will compile the list. Thanks again!)

  10. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — After years of planning & preparation, www.globalmissiology.net – a new quarterly electronic journal is now being launched. The organizers there would like us to spread the word, especially to those who can’t afford subscribing to traditional missiological journal but have internet access.

  11. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of Jan. 26-29, 2004, at the Wycliffe Mobilization Center in Orlando, FL, CCI will offer its Crisis Management Seminar. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $495 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $450 for each additional registrant from same organization (includes all meals). For more information, call 805-642- 2549, or email infoatcricondotorg or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2004training.htm Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks!

  12. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT — Users of Logos Bible Software can now get dozens of foreign language Bibles for use with their Logos Bible Software Series X libraries. Arabic, Albanian, Maori, Esperanto, Czech, Serbian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and many more are now available. For a complete list visit: http://www.logos.com/ebooks/groups/ebooks/bibles Call toll-free from the USA 800-875-6467 or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 360-527-1700 or email your questions to infoatlogosdotcom

  13. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, is offering a 5-month school for adults who are at a crossroads in life, and who are seeking increased intimacy with God, deeper understanding of his character and his ways, a new direction in ministry, or an avenue into cross-cultural missions. They’ll host a lecture phase for 3 months followed by 2 months of overseas short-term mission experience. It all starts April 18, 2004 and is designed for adults age 30 or more and families with children. For more info, see http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampaatcomcastdotnet for more information.

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Metro Delhi International School, New Delhi, India, needs teachers for all levels at their K-7 Christian school. MDIS educates international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city in North India. For more information contact Paula Mowry at paulamowatsifydotcom

  15. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out this conference, November 9- 14. The “Revolution” conference is an interdenominational, inter- organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, the US Center for World Missions and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  16. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — Dr. Andrew Jackson’s new book, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” is now available (180 pages). It is the only comprehensive Christian travel and prayer guide available on Turkey. It provides you with up-to-date information for strategic prayer, as well as twelve travel itineraries through Turkey’s eighty-one provinces (including the number of Turkish Christians, churches, and resident workers in each province). It is one of a kind. There is no other book like it. Purchase this book and accompanying wall map from the International Turkey Network by e-mailing mailatitnetdotorg (book cost is $9.50 plus postage). (Note that for security’s sake, the *identities* or locations of these brothers and sisters is not provided.)

  17. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA — The 7th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 05 to May 28, 2004, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Enroll by full program; course; or, “module” [1 week or more]. Get an Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam & Power Encounter, Learn about Contemporary Issues In Islam, Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts, Ministry in Urban Contexts (with Dr. Robert Douglas!), Ministry to Muslim Women, Church Planting in Muslim Contexts. Study Approaches to Islam, including Theological Approaches, Contextual Approach (with Dr. Phil Parshall!), and more. For more information, write iisataptsdotedu or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or fax (63)(74) 442-7068. Or see the website for more details, including exact dates. http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2004.

  18. CHILDREN’S HOME NEEDING WORKERS — The Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home in Reynosa, Mexico is in need of a married couple without children to live with and love four children in a three bedroom apartment at the home. With the original vision stemming from Keith Green, it was named for his two children who died with him in the airplane crash in 1982. Interested applicants can contact Calvary Commission. Call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800.835-4673 or 903-882-5501 or email missionsatcalvarycommissiondotorg. Or see their site at: http://www.calvarycommission.org

  19. THE MAN FROM GADARA — This book tells the true story of Abdalla, a Muslim student from the historical city of Gadara, where long ago Jesus cast demons into swine. Abdalla finds Jesus and attempts to minister among his own people. But can Abdalla’s new faith survive in this tough environment? Discover how God uses this young man to start planting churches in the heart of the Muslim world. Thrill to the stories of lives that have been transformed by the power of the Gospel. This book offers Christians hope and understanding of how God is planting his church among Muslims. In doing so, he is using people like the Man from Gadara. Special Introductory Offer: $8.00 plus S&H. Paypal or cheque. http://rmuller.com or email: ordersatcanbooksdotcom
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