contextualization

11) The BackPage: What’s your Take on the C-Scale? —

I’m not talking about the one on your piano. I’m talking about the one your agency or church is probably nervous about.

 

It’s the Contextualization scale. Where…

C1 – describes a church that uses a language likely to be foreign to the people being reached — so that the inner truths of the religion can be shared in the original language. This is what Roman Catholicism used to do when they would do masses in Latin.

 

C2 – describes a church that is one step friendlier, with religious services in the local language of the people — but everything else is still pretty foreign.

 

C3 – describes a church that is starting to “look like” the local community a bit more. But followers still call themselves “Christians,” even if that term causes locals to bristle.

 

C4 – describes a group that has stopped referring to themselves as a church. Now they’re a contextualized community and each member is known, simply, as a follower if Jesus.

 

C5 – This designation describes, for example, a Muslim who has come to believe in Jesus — but he still calls himself a Muslim. So local Muslims say he’s a strange kind of Muslim and Christians try to think of him as a Muslim who follows Jesus.

 

C6 – This person calls himself a Muslim and hasn’t owned up to the fact that he follows Jesus. For whatever reason, he’s keeping it all a secret.

 

So — which term describes the way YOU would like to start a church and why. Using the comment box below, see if you can convince us that your part of the spectrum is truth… or at least, more effective at bringing people to the truth.

 

Warning: No matter what part of the spectrum you adopt, it won’t be easy to convince everybody. Some people are still going to be up in arms.

 

Need more background before you answer? I believe the scale was first coined by a worker who used the pseudonym John Travis. Read what might be his first public article on the subject here:

 

http://www.getonyourboots.net/uploads/6/2/2/8/6228171/travis_must_all_muslims.pdf

 

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2) Book on “Principles for an Ev. Approach to Contextualization” —

As the church in the global south continues to grow at a rapid pace, the question of how to develop local theologies becomes more and more urgent. This book charts a path forward through exegetical, theological and cultural analysis by scholars who are wrestling with the issues in their own situations around the globe. The contents were developed under the auspices of the World Evangelical Alliance Theological Commission at the Oxford contextualization consultation.

 

http://missionbooks.org/williamcareylibrary/product.php?productid=690&cat=0&page=1

 

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NEW DVD RESOURCES ONLINE

Check out Create International’s cool new DVD resources at their online store:

http://www.createinternational.com/store

They have finished the first ever Contextual Home Gathering video for people from a Thai Buddhist background, complete with indigenous instruments, dance, symbols and appropriate word choices. Other new resources include, “Contextualization in Action”, a DVD with over ten workers among Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist people groups, sharing breakthroughs and case studies in using contextual principles that are faithful to scripture yet relevant to culture. Also, the “Contextual Gathering Showreel”, which shows six examples of home group gatherings among Hindi, Kurds, Turks, Indonesian, Urdu, and now Thais. Subtitled in English, this is a great tool for showing believers who may worship in different cultural styles, but who are all united in their love for God. Questions? Write admin(at)

createinternational(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

20070930 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION/MISSION USE FOR A PLANNING TOOL?
  2. NEED A HELPING HAND? WANT TO ACCOMPLISH MORE?
  3. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH A VISION FOR ASIA
  4. GET QUOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS ABOUT MISSIONS
  5. CHRISTIANITY TODAY POLLS CHRISTIANS ON ‘DANGER ZONE MISSIONS’
  6. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION
  7. ONE MORE MICROCREDIT ORG
  8. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE
  9. THERE IS A MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER WAY TO RAISE SUPPORT
  10. SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES & USE THE DIFFERENCE FOR MISSIONS?
  11. THANKFUL BEYOND MEASURE FOR PARTNERS THAT UNDERGIRD BRIGADA
  12. WE’RE PUBLISHING A HALF MILLION BRIGADA TODAYS THIS YEAR
  13. THE BACKPAGE: OUR “30 DAYS” CAMPAIGN WENT WELL; HOW ‘BOUT YOURS?

  1. WHAT DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION/MISSION USE FOR A PLANNING TOOL? — I faced that question this past week, when our team started working on our primary objectives, goals, & tasks for the future — our Field Ministry Plan for 2008 and beyond. After examining a bunch (but certainly not all) of the options, I recommended Central Desktop to our team. See them at:

    http://www.centraldesktop.com

    (Note that we’re not getting any kickbacks or “affiliate” bonuses by recommending them… Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

    Surprisingly, our team embraced it within about one hour.

    There are certainly plenty of tools that teams can use. Everything from sending a Microsoft Word doc (or Excel spreadsheet) to one team member at a time … to Google’s new online apps … to GoogleGroups… to other online collaborative software — ad infinitum. But CentralDesktop, though it cost us something (at the level we chose), seemed to offer a great match of tools. The level we chose was the threshold level where we got SSL (secure) web interactivity with one another. That gave us, in one handy package with one handy secure web address, online discussions (with great notification options), document sharing (with version tracking), task lists and milestone building (yes it’s kind of basic, but it’s at least *there*), basic calendaring, lightweight databases, and light reporting… all in one package. Plus we can invite in non- members (i.e., organization volunteers) to our heart’s content — one workspace at a time. On top of all that, the developers seem very accessible through the online forum (they’ve answered every feature request and help request within 2 hours so far), and they’re bringing out a *monthly* upgrade that’s adding real value, every 30 days.

    So … yes… it’s still early in our use, but it looks extremely promising so far. Check it out for your team.

    Would you mind telling us what your group uses for planning purposes? Just visit:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=39

    and click on “Add a comment” at the bottom of the item. Thanks!


  2. NEED A HELPING HAND? WANT TO ACCOMPLISH MORE? — Consider spending some time with the folks at Creative Results Management. They have a Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program — see it at

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

    That could make the difference between your success… or “unsuccess”. :-) Give ’em a try today… (and please thank them for their support of Brigada this past week!)


  3. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH A VISION FOR ASIA — OMF International has been reaching East Asia with the gospel since Hudson Taylor founded the organization as China Inland Mission in 1865. If you would like to learn more about OMF or how you can be involved in the work that includes more than 1,500 workers from 20 countries with a focus on more than 400 unreached people groups throughout East Asia, visit their website

    http://www.omf.org/us

    or attend their “Reach Asia” information evening, October 27, 2007 in Littleton CO, USA (For more information, contact Alicia Abennett(at)omf(dot)org or call 303.730.4160.) [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Sorry about the quick notice. When submitting Brigada items, better give at least 60 days advance notice prior to events that might require flights.)


  4. GET QUOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS ABOUT MISSIONS — Do you need some great missions quotes or Illustrations? The “Blog World Missions 101” has hundreds of quotes illustrations for use in missions presentations, messages, or seminars. Andy has posted his missions illustration file and it is growing rapidly in volume. Why hoard the wealth? All quotes and illustrations are from current missions books, and sources are footnoted. Share the wealth and enjoy. Find it at

    http://www.worldmissions101.blogspot.com I was there about 15 seconds before I found a quote that I put in my permanent quotations database. Thanks to Andy and the group!


  5. CHRISTIANITY TODAY POLLS CHRISTIANS ON ‘DANGER ZONE MISSIONS’ — Did you see the Aug 15-16 survey that Christianity Today conducted with USA Christians about mission works in dangerous regions? Catch it at Christianity Today. Bottom line? USA Christians still seem very supportive of outreaches in dangerous places, even though there are risks involved. Over half of the respondents said work should continue there, even if forbidden by law. Interestingly, they only thought it would be irresponsible if the missionaries are unprepared. Score one for the training types. :-) (Thanks for tipping us on this story, Jeff!)

  6. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION — Brigada reader John is compiling resources on contextualization. This will be similar to his previous work on the must read books for all missionaries. This time he wants to compile material on contextualization.

    He has three questions to which he would love to know your answer.

    1. What is the best definition of contextualization?

    2. What resources would you recommend to a newly enlisted missionary to help them contextualize their ministry?

    3. Where do you point in Scripture that commands the missionary to contextualize in his ministry?

    He’ll greatly appreciate your responses. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=41

    and “Add a comment” immediately below the post. Thanks!


  7. ONE MORE MICROCREDIT ORG — Brigada participant, Norm, had one more organization to add to our list given in the Aug. 31st issue of Brigada Today (#4, “HEARD ABOUT MICROCREDIT?”). He highly recommended…

    http://www.lifewind.org

    He felt they had “the best program of sustainable microbusiness enterprise of any Christian organization and perhaps of many non- christian organizations.” He added, “I am not part of their organization but highly recommend their methods and training that they hand off.” Thanks Norm!


  8. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE — This five week training in Hindu ministry will be offered in Pasadena, CA in the spring of 2008. The class will meet one night a week for three hours. Students can expect a combination of lectures, short reading assignments, multimedia presentations, Biblical reflection, discussion groups and devotional music. For a brochure and more information on dates, venues and fees contact the Pasadena Coordinator at andy(dot)pearce(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. THERE IS A MUCH EASIER AND QUICKER WAY TO RAISE SUPPORT — If you depend on church meetings and letters to raise your full support, it may take a long, long time. If you get training in effective relational and presentation skills, you can do it in less than half the average time, and the cost is relatively small. Now you can get full training right in your own home through live, interactive videoconferencing. You will join with up to six others in three other locations for an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. All you need is high speed internet. Jerry, for more than twenty years, has equipped missionaries to share their vision in such a way that people discover their passion and get involved through prayer and giving. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211 or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(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 browse to:

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  10. SAVE MONEY ON GROCERIES & USE THE DIFFERENCE FOR MISSIONS? — That’s what one Brigada reader advocates. He maintains that USA Christians can 1. Reduce expenditures monthly to have more to give to missions? 2. Help bring unchurched people into contact with caring Christians? 3. Help the working poor in their own neighborhoods help themselves? All by utilizing the services of and encouraging your local church to be a host site for… Angel Food Ministries. See his summary of the program here…

    http://www.squidoo.com/angelfoodministries

    Want to comment on this ministry? Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=42


  11. THANKFUL BEYOND MEASURE FOR PARTNERS THAT UNDERGIRD BRIGADA — We’re grateful this week for Orphan Voice, College Heights Christian Church and a worker from Team Expansion — because they all bought their trip interruption insurance from ISA at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    And ISA, in turn, gave a portion of those funds — $89.05 in face — to help get Brigada onto your screens! Thanks ISA!

    Thanks, too, to Dial Abroad for the $60.95 they sent as a thank you to Dial Abroad “Brigada-based” customers using their services. Thanks for those who keep talking!!! :-) Thanks, too, to the anonymous reader who sent $180 saying “Keep up the great work”, another who sent ***$500***, and another who sent $100 from the Pacific Rim. We were also appreciative of the Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

    for sending $75 as a way of saying thanks “all the good information that flows through Brigada.” [blush] (God be praised, Keith!) Please go check out his site today.


  12. WE’RE PUBLISHING A HALF MILLION BRIGADA TODAYS THIS YEAR — With over 11,000 subscribers… 52 weeks… that works out to over 500,000 editions in just one year. Our financial needs seem small enough… just $17,150 for all of 2007. Where else can you get that much bang for your buck!? :-) Want to help pump Brigada’s missions mobilization message out to the masses on every continent? You can. Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  13. THE BACKPAGE: OUR “30 DAYS” CAMPAIGN WENT WELL; HOW ‘BOUT YOURS? — Did your “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” campaign go well? Write about it online at:

    As mentioned earlier (in “THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD”, Sept. 14th, 2007 Brigada Today), some 400 people got involved with either the kids version or the adult version. It’s leading in nicely toward our 30 days of emphasis on a country in the Middle East. We’ll pass out *those* booklets this Sunday and next, then begin the emphasis the week following. We’ll enclose an insert with specific prayers about two of our church members that will be journeying to the country to survey it for our congregation and the mission with which we hope to partner (Team Expansion) for this outreach. It’s an exciting time for the church… and there are lots of folks ready to get involved. So … bravo to the “30 Days” bunch for helping us launch the whole thing. The work is worth it!

    Would you mind sharing how your campaign went? Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=40

    and click on “add a comment” below the item. Thanks!

20070916 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS!
  2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
  4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
  5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS
  6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE
  7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES
  8. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP
  9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!”
  10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR
  11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION
  12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA
  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA
  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON”

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS! — It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer and fall short-term mission trips! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

    For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss! (Thanks Insurance Services!)


  2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church hosts the 12th annual Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10, in Louisville, Ky. Speakers this year include: Steve Saint, Dr. Peter Okaalet of MAP International, Yvette Maher of Focus on the Family, and Dr. David Stevens, of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. The theme for the GMHC this year is “Empowering the Indigenous Church.” From clinical practice and community health, to preparation and equipping for cross-cultural outreach, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and technical innovations, breakout sessions offer a variety of learning and networking opportunities. The GMHC is the largest medical missions conference of its kind. Register at:

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/

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


  3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Creative Results Management is now introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. It’s a unique training for missionaries integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. They have programs in 2008 in Hungary, Tokyo, Seattle & Singapore. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

    for details or write emailhelp(at)creativeresultsmanagement(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA — The new prayer guide (2007) for Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP) is now available – PTAP: Peoples and Topics prayer guide. It is the result of the contribution of people working in the Arabian Peninsula to help you pray and stay informed about the great things that God is doing! Find it at:

    http://www.pray-ap.info/download.htm

    Look under ptap 3 to download high or low resolution versions. Feel free to make copies for yourself and others or order the booklet by writing to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also use this address to sign up to receive weekly praise reports, prayer requests, and testimonies of how God is at work in the Arabian Peninsula.


  5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS — TENT Norway & GLOBAL Opportunities are expanding their annual tentmaking course reach by adding Oslo to the roster. The GUS center is ideally located just outside of Oslo in a forested area. Students are housed in cozy cabins on the grounds and all meals are included in the course fee. TENT reports that this will be the largest tentmaking course yet, with some 40 students already registered, but there is still room for a few more. These courses attract future and current tentmakers from all across Europe and beyond, making the time together a very rich experience for all. If you feel a nudge to attend, contact Steinar Opheim or register on the TENT website.

    http://www.tent.no or email steinar.opheim(at)tent(dot)no

    Course dates are October 11-14, 2007. The complete course is schedule on their website.


  6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE — Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, the ACMC ministry is alive and well! ACMC is about Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Please help everyone know the ACMC website is open. Conferences are scheduled in November in Baltimore, MD and Easton, MA. Online registration and downloadable conference brochures are available on the new website. Contact ACMC for more information via info(at)acmc(dot)org or by phone in the US at 1-800-755-7284 or outside the US at 1-407-382-6000. Watch for future website updates including various mission articles filled with tips and information.

    http://www.acmc.org

    Thanks from everyone at ACMC, Caleb Resources, and The Encounters Group for the prayers and encouragement to their ministries.


  7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES – Share Education Services will be sponsoring a Parenting/Education Conference soon in Kiev (October 19-20) and in Moscow (October 26-27). Author Dr. Kathy Koch will be the primary presenter. Dr. Kathy’s positive and energetic style will encourage and equip you as parents to be a blessing to your TCKs. Sample topics are: -Helping your child to be fulfilled and successful in all of life. This involves understanding their 5 basic needs, and how they can be met in healthy ways. -Learn how to detect in your child which of the 8 intelligences (i.e. word smart, nature smart, self smart) they are strong in and how you can strengthen and develop the other intelligences. Also understand what negative behaviors may by rooted in their intelligence strengths. -How to adapt your home school curriculum to your child’s multiple intelligences -Giving your child fabulous feedback: The art of complimenting and correcting your child -Teaching your child friendship skills For more info browse

    http://www.shareeducation.org

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


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

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

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

    http://www.encounteringislam.org/

    For more info email info(at)takeitglobal(dot)org or info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By phone in the USA call 877.522.8718 or from outside the USA call 1.303.459.5400


  9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!” — Recently on a visit to Windhoek, Namibia, a city to the south of Hereroland, two missionaries met T. and her husband, R. T. grew up in the U.K. and she and her parents are well educated. While in High School, her family returned to Namibia. All went well until she decided to marry R. She and R. are Christians. R.’s parents and friends could not understand why she wasn’t marrying a Herero man and why she wanted to be a Christian. Her parents wanted a traditional Herero wedding, usually lasting 2 to 3 days. She agreed to this, but then afterwards the couple also had a Christian wedding. Her parents were not happy. They were talking with the ancestors about her and eventually were so upset they her father declared she was not his daughter. Now, T. and R. have a child and her parents love the child, but she knows that controversy will eventually begin because she will be raising her daughter in a Christian home. Please pray for T. and R. Pray that they have strength and faith to continue to raise their daughter in the way that the Lord would have them raise her. Pray for other Christian Hereros that also have this challenge in their lives. Pray that they will also be a good witness to their families and friends. Pray that the Lord uses them to draw others to Himself. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net

  10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR — Hailida International Kindergarten has openings for 15 teachers in three major provinces: Wuhan, Shenzhen, and Shanghi. Hailida accepts applications throughout the year filling positions on an ongoing basis. Teachers will teach age 2-6 year old children stories and songs using visual art tools, movement and media technology. As always, be sure to check out Hailida’s expectations. Hailida will provide room and food and pay a monthly salary USD $1,000 net and pay personal income tax for teachers. For further questions or an application check out the websites:

    http://www.hailida.com.cn

    http://www.gracegardenchristianpreschool.com

    or contact Judy, Phone in the USA: +1-480-598-5600, or email gracegardenaz(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 .]


  11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION — John is compiling resources on contextualization. He has three questions to which he would love to know your answer, all related to definition and meaning of the term. See them and answer them in a “comment” at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=35


  12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA — Honest. When we received the $25 gift from a Wycliffe worker, we were overjoyed. On top of that, enough of you talked on the phone in July and August that Dial-Abroad could send $105.38 in sponsored commissions! Thanks for talking! If you’d like to set up a similar account, just browse to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Use that site to set up your phone bill, buy travel phone cards, and help Brigada all at the same time.

    Join us in thanking God for the prayer coordinator who sacrificially gave $25 more dollars to Brigada. Her gift will help us push the gospel message forward — and provide resources for others doing the same. And what about the good folks at the church in Joplin, MO that used ISA to purchase their trip cancellation insurance? $162.24! We’re so thankful. To purchase your trip insurance at below market rates and help Brigada too, just click to:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Finally, we’re so thankful for the Brigada participant who wrote, “Hi guys. I’ve just been sitting here reading all the ‘catch-up’ issues of Brigada. What a wealth of information and opportunities. … I am always encouraged… I am an ex-YWAMer… My heart is divided between being a ‘goer’ and a ‘mobilizer.’ So as you can see, Brigada is the perfect vehicle for me to keep a foot in both areas. … I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into keeping all of us informed. What you do *does* make a difference. … I pray God will supply your needs to continue this ministry.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging… Thanks for the booster shot of $100!!!


  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page.

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


  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON” — The letters stand for “More Tries, More Problems, More Accomplishments.” Have you ever observed it? Sure… if you take more shots in a soccer game (more tries), odds are stacked in your favor that you’ll score more goals eventually (more accomplishments). But you’ll most likely miss more often too (more problems). And have you noticed that the more stuff you add to your life, the exponentially more complicated it gets? In other words, if you already serve on the Missions Committee of your church, and you accept a spot on the worship team, your life isn’t just *twice* as busy. It feels *three* times as complex! Because now, when the worship team guy wants you to practice after Wed. eve. service, you already have Missions Committee. So he’s just a *little* let down that you can’t be present — and now you have to practice some *other* time to make up for missing! M->T-P-A

    Or maybe your mission agency convinces you to help launch a new field. You have to learn a slightly different language, which, for a while, seems to get in the way of the *current* language you’ve just learned, but in the end, enables you to help launch a new work among a new unreached people group. M->T-P-A

    Have you observed the M->T-P-A phenomenon in your own life? Has it sometimes created additional stress? If so, how do you cope? Is it worth it? How do you sort all this out for your own life? Is it helpful to think of M->TPA? (If so, we just made it up. If not, we’re not sure where we first heard of the term. :-) ) Answer by clicking on “Comment” at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=36

20051120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20051106 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT?
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP!
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development provides distance learning courses on church- based, field-tested strategies that promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor. These courses are email-based guided readings with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments along with peer interaction. Three courses are offered. The first is scheduled for Jan. 2-27, 2006. It provides an understanding of the needs of the poor and lays the goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. The second gives an overview to Christian microenterprise development and microfinance. The third teaches the basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) as a ministry tool. To learn more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org . You can also contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 (US) or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE — Caleb Project is pleased to announce EWI Online, the distance-learning version of Encountering the World of Islam. In 12 weeks, EWI Online provides a positive, balanced, and biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims and equips Christians to reach out to them in Jesus’ love. Students learn about Muhammad and the history of Islam, gain insight into today’s conflicts, discover the frustrations and desires of Muslims, and learn how to pray for and befriend them. EWI Online involves textbook readings, downloadable lectures, weekly online discussions, meeting a Muslim and visiting a local Islamic center, four quizzes, one paper and a Concert of Prayer. Students complete one lesson each week. Winter classes begin January 2! For more information, email info(at)encounteringislam(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 see http://www.encounteringislam.org
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY — The “American Grants and Loans Directory” is now available. This publication contains more than 1500 financial programs, subsidies, scholarship, grants and loans offered by the US federal government. It also includes over 700 financing programs available by foundations across the United States. The Canadian Subsidy Directory is also available for Canada. The CD version is $69.95 and the printed version is $149.95. To order, just call 450-224-9275 in Canada.
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP — Catch some introductory training for the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView, December 5-9, 2005 at Global Mapping International (Colorado Springs, CO). Learn how to implement the GMMS for your ministry. Tuition will be $300.00 for GMMS licensees & $500.00 for those who have not acquired the GMMS (Price includes printed materials and lunches/snacks). Multiple attendees from a single organization will each receive a $50.00 tuition discount. For more information, contact Tony tony(at)gmi(dot)org or call 1-800-569-6312. Remember to respond quickly. Space is limited to 10 participants. If you sign up by November 21st, you’ll guarantee your spot and save $25.00 off registration. (Note: The cost of lodging and meals other than lunch are not included in the tuition fees.) Visit http://www.gmi.org/gmms to find out more.
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar.) Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th. This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — This valuable workshop will be held February 27 to March 3, 2006 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. The Cost will be $190.00CDN which includes lunch and course materials. This course, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. Gateway Missionary Training Centre has offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or call 604-530-4283 and ask for Beverly.
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT? — Then go to http://www.easyenglish.info and click on ‘What’s new’. Now download ‘Stories from the Book of Genesis’. Helen Sealey has written these exciting stories in short sentences, using Accessible EasyEnglish (level A 1200 words in the lexicon). She has designed them especially for anyone who struggles to read English. The EasyEnglish Bible Dictionary is also available now, from the same website. This item explains over 800 Bible words in EasyEnglish.
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR — Here’s a Christian-owned company that does Web & Flash Publishing/programming, Graphics Designing, Database Programming, Image Processing and Data Capturing (data capturing from faxes, books, magazines, forms), Admin Support, Data Entry, File conversion (from one file format to another). For more information, please contact Brian cbpdirect(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 .]
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for their sponsorship in response to Brigada readers signing up with their service. This past week, they sent $103.76… so if you ever need phone services, please consider them first. Just go to http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT — When I’m not writing Brigada material, I’m trying to do my best to lead a little missions agency called Team Expansion, with about 260 full-time workers in 36 countries. When our field workers experience a loss of a parent or child, we try to make sure someone from our “home office” attends the funeral with them. I’m guessing most other agencies do the same. Well one of those funerals was scheduled to happen today. The funeral was slated to take place in a small rural community in Central Illinois. Commercial flights just didn’t line up . . . so I was forced to plan to make the 9-hour drive (originating at a missions convention I was attending), leaving at 2am or so. Not an ideal situation… but doable. (We do what we have to do, right? :-) ) Well the truth is, my co-workers love me… so after I went to sleep at 9:30pm or so, they were like little elves, scurrying around arranging better options for me. :-) When my alarm went off at 1:30, I found a note under my door explaining that they had managed to secure a friend of the mission to fly me there in a private plane. What’s more, another staff person had volunteered to accompany me. I was instructed to go back to bed and sleep for another 4 hours. Instead of having to drive 9 hours one way, the pilot got me there and back in 5 hours round trip!

As I pondered the events of the day, I took away a few lessons from the whole process.

First, I’m convinced that scheduling the trip to the funeral was the right thing, even though it was hard. The truth is — sometimes we evaluate our courses of action based on how difficult we guess they’ll be. More and more I’m realizing that if I just focus on doing what’s right, lots of the infrastructure grows up after the decision is made.

Second, traveling by plane — “as the crow flies” — sure makes a lot more sense than driving along traditional roads. The metaphor is probably goes without saying: Let’s solve problems by tackling them “head-on.” Let’s don’t allow traditions to slow us down, regardless of how many times “we’ve done it that way before.”

Finally, I was thrilled at my team’s willingness to take initiative. Can you believe they changed my travel plans “while I was sleeping!” But one of the reasons they took that initiative, I think, was because they knew me well enough to know that I’ve empowered them to do more than just *talk*. They know they can take action and, within reason, make big changes — even changes that impact the president :-) — and life will go on. In fact, lots of times, it goes on better!

So … next time you think you have your travel plans set for the morrow, beware closing your eyes to go to sleep — if you’ve trained your team to dream, plan, and take action. You just might wake up to learn that the tables have turned… and the outcome just might be tons better than what you had originally hoped!

And that’s a good thing… because it’s truly a jungle out there.

Doug

20010722 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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NOT MUCH HYPE ABOUT “GODSMISSION.COMMUNITY”

calendar I would have thought we’d be hearing lots about the big-time gathering that the Billy Graham Center is hosting in Orlando, Sept. 20-23. Supposedly, some 1500 leaders (80% of the leadership of the missionary force in North America) are headed there… including those gathering for the EFMA and the IFMA conventions. But instead, at least from where we’ve been sitting, there has been a pretty strange silence. Speakers include Tom Houston and others. Other groups like ACMC, Willow Creek Int’l, WEF, and Intent are rallying there too. To learn more, click to: http://www.godsmission.com or email gmcatwheatondotedu  (gmcatwheatondotedu)  .
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MISSIONPREP TRAINING IN TORONTO

graduation cap Two important training events coming are to town. SYIS (Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills) will be held in Toronto, Canada from October 1-5. This interactive Workshop for Missionaries by Ken Williams’ International Training Partners is intended for mission personnel wanting to increase their knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216 page workbook is provided, in which each topic includes key articles, a Bible study, a self-assessment, and opportunities for growth. Limited space is available so register now. In addition, Language Acquisition Training is slated for October 14-26. This is a proactive approach to learning a new language. You can evaluate your learning strengths & weaknesses, learn the principles and skills of language acquisition practice with native speakers of your target language, and actually begin to grow in your target language, all in the space of two weeks in what some say is the world’s “most multicultural city” – Toronto. For more information contact Robert at 416-284-5645 or email him micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)  . For more information see http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep
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WE GET MAIL: HOW DO YOU SAY “FORMER SOVIET UNION”

Whoa… We got a lot of email expressing opinions on the “former Soviet Union” issue. TAKEN TO TASK OVER THE TERM, “FORMER SOVIET UNION”.) The opinions came in all over the board but the general consensus was . . . it’s not an easy task to describe such a complex world! In the end, it seems the consensus is… we have to use several terms. No one term adequately describes the vast mosaic that used to be the USSR. Several Brigada Today participants wrote from within ___ (whatever you want to call it :-) ) to say that they totally understand and that “former Soviet Union” is an understandable compromise (though probably still a compromise). Others urged switching to several terms — like Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, etc. “Russian Speaking Republics” wasn’t at all very popular, for obvious reasons. (Some are trying to lose that language.) So… it’s a naming jungle out there! For those who need to go in print with descriptive terms, we encourage you to be sensitive… and for those reading the terms, we urge you to extend grace! It’s not an easy task.
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MAIL FOR YOUR CONTACTS

letter and ligntening bolt The folks at SOON Gospel Literature produce an evangelistic easy-English paper and an associated evangelistic Bible correspondence course. They are mailing the free paper worldwide to about 100,000 contacts at any one time, using the help of 1000 volunteer mailing groups throughout UK. There is currently spare capacity to send the paper to additional addresses, and SOON’s team is happy to take referral addresses from any organization such as a radio ministry as an add-on to their own follow-up. SOON is particularly appropriate for Africa and Asia, as well as any TEFL situation. To see online samples of the paper, go to:
http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/olympic.html

To discuss the handling of addresses, email: tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . Free copies of the paper in easy-English, French, Swahili and African Portuguese are also available to any Christian group to use for local distribution.

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COMMUNICATION RESOURCES TO REACH ALL PEOPLES

cd-rom Create International now offers both their popular Video People Profiles (documentaries on specific unreached people groups) and Evangelistic films in VideoCD format as well as the original VHS tape format. VideoCDs can be played on both DVD players and on most computers with a CD player. Also, in an effort to make these resources more accessible they have reduced the price of these presentations by 25% across the board and now you can order all of their resources at their new website at: http://createinternational.com/VideoWebPage.html or http://createinternational.com/ev.html.

In addition to their video resources, Create International also produces PhotoCD-ROM disks. Their all-in-one photoCD offers over 300 of their most popular images of unreached peoples along with sample video clips, images of work among UPGs, indigenous music, and more. Their new offer includes customized photoCDs of 50 hiRes images such as: Peoples of China, India, Africa, or Indonesia. Check it out and choose the region or country which interests you, http://createinternational.com/UPGPhotoCD.html. Order online and save 20% off the normal price.

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FIND CONTEXTUALIZED RESOURCES

WebWatch “Indigitech”, is a new website developed by Create International for both education and dissemination of contextual evangelistic resources. It is their desire that Indigitech become a bridge between fieldworkers and contextual resources which are now available. It includes many links to video, audio, tract, and webevangelism resources as well as offering free downloadable materials. Please make use of this vital Internet tool at: http://createinternational.com/indigitech/.
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SIRCAM TROJAN “WORM” (VIRUS) SEEMS RAMPANT IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES

virus The “Sircam worm (kind of like a virus)” seems rampant in Christian circles. I’m not sure why, particularly, except for the fact that maybe we’re more trusting of people we know… and since the trojan contains its own SMTP engine and automatically composes emails to the user’s address book entries, it seems that friends are the biggest victims of the Sircam “worm”. For some reason, McAffee antivirus software seems a bit less effective at handling it. Not sure why. Either way, there’s more information at: href="http://wwwdotsarcdotcom/avcenter/venc/data/w32dotsircamdotwormatmmdothtml">http://wwwdotsarcdotcom/avcenter/venc/data/w32dotsircamdotwormatmmdothtml

Notice that if you can’t afford Norton Antivirus 2001 (which is very effective against this and most other viruses), there are instructions at the site above on how to remove the virus manually. There are also instructions on how to recognize it.

Want to make your PC less vulnerable to attacks from these kinds of viruses or worms? Unhook the Visual Basic script tool. Most individuals probably don’t need it anyway. Just open My Computer, then open Control Panel, then open Add/Remove Programs. Then click on the “Windows Setup” tab. This gets you to Windows features that you can either add or remove. Highlight “Accessories”, then click on the Details button. Scroll down the list of features, uncheck “Windows Scripting Host” Click OK to save changes, and close out each dialogue window. With Windows Scripting Host uninstalled, those silly “Trojan horse virus programs” won’t be able to run Visual Basic Scripts.

They’re rampant… so be careful… It truly is a jungle out there!

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SEE THOSE FONTS ON YOUR PC

Have you noticed how your PC slows down as you add zillions of fonts (some of which you never use anyway?). Get this free viewing utility, then weed out the ones you don’t use. “FontViewer 2” scans the files on your hard drive then tells you which fonts you actually use. Pretty handy! It then highlights the files you don’t use, allowing you to remove them . . . at least for the time being. It runs under Win 95, 98, ME, NT 4.0 or 2000. Just head on over to: http://www.pcmag.com/utilities to get your copy… for free! Tell ’em Brigada sent you! :-)
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WHAT’S THE BEST PATH TO AN INDIGENOUS CHURCH?

Is it your goal to start a church that can stand on its own? How do you get there? Beginning next week, we hope to do a series of “BackPage” editorials on the best path to developing a church that can stand on its own, i.e., become indigenous. Send your best ideas to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   and please make the subject read, simply, “STAND”. We’ll publish a series of quick reports here… then make a compilation report available as an auto-responder. Thanks in advance!!! (Please be sure to make the subject line, “STAND”. It’s the only way we can be sure that all the great contributions will be included! Thanks!)
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20010520 Brigada Today

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QUESTION OF ‘SILENT SPRING’ ELICITS WIDE-RANGING RESPONSE

Brigada autoresponder Just as the seasons change from winter & spring to summer & fall, so flowed the wide-ranging responses to the recent Backpage editorial, “SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?” You’ll recall that in my original editorial, I observed that there seemed to be a kind of “lull” going on out there — at least in some circles — when it comes to large-scale missions mobilization. By and large, it seemed that many agreed. What was notable was the rationale behind the silence. (There were a ton of responses. To read a compilation, send a blank email message to: silent-springatbrigadadotorg  (silent-springatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy of the 38K compilation will be automatically sent to your email inbox immediately.

In her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson effectively raised the national consciousness on all things regarding pesticides, ultimately forcing the government to ban DDT and spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. In addition, Carson’s book was instrumental in launching the “environmental movement.” According to many observers, it is one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Unfortunately, the little item in Brigada Today won’t end up making such a big impact. :-) That’s a shame. First of all, it’s a shame because instead of dying birds, we’ve got eternally lost civilizations. Second, it’s a pity because it seemed we had such momentum going (95-99)! And third, it’s a shame because Rachel Carson became such a famous hero. By contrast, whoever heard of Doug Lucas? :-)

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THEORY 1: MAYBE THERE’S NOISE, BUT WE CAN’T HEAR IT

In this camp were the “it’s-becoming-international” crowd. These folks theorize that the reason it seems so “quiet” is because the mobilization is no longer USA-based — or perhaps because of security issues. Mark (Cleveland, OH) pointed to websites like http://www.jesusfilm.org as proof that world evangelism is actually happening! Another friend in Eastern Europe wrote, “…I can’t tell you how exciting things are here! Not only that thousands are turning to Christ (though they are), but also seeing people from former communist countries dedicating themselves to serving cross-culturally. There’s a big pool of potential missionaries right here in Europe. How neat to see God’s hand at work!” A long-time friend (and former employee of AD2000!) wrote, “…Maybe things are silent because many people went to work among Unreached People Groups and aren’t so interested in loud mobilization efforts. That’s me. Maybe they are working in restricted access countries and don’t want to make loud noises less the authorities notice. …”

I’ll admit that I see some anecdotal evidence of this, now and then, but I’ll hasten to add that, in my travels so far, it seems this non-Western-based mission effort is, at best, “uneven,” in that there are still vast uncharted territories where no one is venturing to set up shop. And dare I say that it seems to mostly be happening in partnership with Western projects rather than totally in isolation of them. Do you agree? If this is the case, the implications are far-reaching. For… (and I know it’ll sound colonial and patronizing, so I’ll only mention the possibility) if we back off, then could it be that we’ll lose whatever ground we’ve gained in helping mission-receiving churches to become mission-senders?

The other side of this theory comes from the “now-it’s-a-grass-roots-affair” believers. These folks argued that the current situation is actually healthier, because instead of having to follow a vocal, motivational leader (like… maybe… Luis Bush???), churches and agencies (Western and non-Western) have caught the vision and they’re functioning in and near unreached peoples with high security — so no wonder I wouldn’t be hearing about it. Okay. Maybe. But in my limited experience, we hear feedback on the field side quite easily, even if we’re not hearing much on the sender-side of things. And on the field side, I must say, I don’t think I’m seeing throngs of new career-oriented cross-cultural witnesses. Lots of short-termers, maybe… in fact hordes of short-termers, in some cases. But, in some areas, I have to wonder who will become the five-year-folks — or better yet — the fifteen year folks — that we so desperately need.

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THEORY 2: MAYBE THE MAGIC MOMENT HAS PASSED

These folks mostly sounded rather like realists. They basically “called a spade a spade.” Having heard lots of “noise” in the latter decade, they’re now wondering what’s become of it all. To these folks — and there were several — the huge groundswell of new full-time workers never really materialized. In its place are the short-term visitors who never really fully integrate. So long-term church-planting and leadership training, at least among the least reached, will suffer. “Jeff” wrote, “Three college grads who caught my missions obsession in 1995-2000 are now raising support and going [to work among unreached peoples]. But I notice that I am not mobilizing new folks as quickly. I have noticed an increased concern and sense of fear that missions is intolerant and destroys native cultures (typical mantra).” Rats. And lest we pat ourselves on the back too much about short-terms, another wrote, “We have had a summer intern program since 1989. For only the second summer, we will not have any this summer.” Yikes. Has the “magic moment” passed?

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THEORY 3: MAYBE THE BEST IS YET TO COME

There were at least a couple of starry-eyed optimists who felt (at least said) that we now stand on the brink of what could turn out to be the greatest decade of missions of all time. These observers point to the perspectives classes (with enrollment at new highs, I might add), the tons of short-termers (already mentioned), international participation (mentioned above), and patient seed-sowing among mission-sending churches. Bit-by-bit, they build a strong case for believing in the tomorrow of world missions. As an example to this group, Dennis (Portland, OR USA) writes, “Perhaps we’ve been motivated enough for a period of time and need to apply some of the theory for a while and then move to the next level where we will need more education/motivation/whatever. I think that we know all we need to know to do what God wants us to do at this time for our particular church anyway. I don’t know how much impact our congregation will have on fulfilling the Great Commission but we seem to be starting to understand that we do have a part.” And Tom wrote from Houston, TX, “I wonder if we are in a sort of “pregnant pause” right now. Perhaps God is on the verge of initiating something new that will demonstrate His power and grace to a waiting world. He did say that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Oh, that it would happen in our cities, in our nation and in the nations of the world. Perhaps this is just a time for some of us to catch our breath before the next big wave.” One very encouraging Brigada participant described the ongoing (rather amazing) mobilization in his congregation, then closed by adding this… “Here’s to a veritable flood of emails like this one, that will encourage your heart, and help you to see that we are ringed about with mighty warriors of God who are standing all around us, and joining with us in the battle that not only rages on, but has already been won. This is not a silent spring at all! All around me I hear the roar of battle, and the praises of newly-born children of God!”
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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

Do you have access to the web… or do you know someone who would assist you? If so, head on over to our Brigada-Today poll at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/polls. Mark one of the choices and let’s see what the 10,000 or so Brigada-Today audience believes? The poll closes June 9th (two weeks). More on this possible phenomenon later…
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HARVEST TIME FOR JAPAN?

Harvest Fields Ministries has begun a campaign to recruit 200 church planters for Japan and 50 for the island nation of Taiwan. Harvest Fields is also looking for an Area Director for each country. Contact mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or write: Harvest Fields Ministries, PMB 170, 610-A E. Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807 USA. Meanwhile, Team Expansion is praying God will raise up workers for Tokyo in particular. If you’re interested, write to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   and/or visit the Team Expansion website at: http://www.teamexpansion.org Prospective recruits can begin with the summer in Tokyo during 2002, at which time they’ll help with church growth research and outreach.
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CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR) is accepting paper proposals for the 2002 annual conference Feb. 21-23 in Louisville, KY at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The conference theme is “Refining Responses to New and World Religions in the 21st Century.” Proposals should address issues relevant to cults of Christianity, new religious movements and world religions. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to issues of missiological importance. Papers demonstrating up-to-date research, familiarity with and use of primary sources, the integration of history, theology, the social sciences and strategies from a soundly evangelical missiological perspective will be given primary consideration. Proposals shall include an abstract of not less than 250 words and must be postmarked by September 30. Please send all proposals to John Morehead at Watchman Fellowship, P.O. Box 227, Loomis, CA 95650-0227, or via e-mail at moreheadatquiknetdotcom  (moreheadatquiknetdotcom)  . For more information about EMNR visit http://www.emnr.org.
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NEW IDEAS FOR BIBLE TRANSLATORS

Bible Here’s a resource (Thanks Keith!) which may help Bible translators. It’s The Word: The Dictionary That Reveals The Hebrew Source Of English, by Isaac E. Mozeson, 2000. According to the author, Hebrew may be the source and key for all languages. Those outside of American need to put .us on the web addresses and email, after .com. http://www.hebrewworld.com/theword.html http://www.amazon.com for reviews http://www.swrc.com for past audio broadcast and book; http://www.cftinet.com/~mordecai for author’s web site, and email, mozesonatyahoodotcom  (mozesonatyahoodotcom)  .
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TRANSPLANTED AND CONTEXTUALIZED CHURCHES

The article “Transplanted and Contextualized Churches” is the subject for this Monthly Missiological Reflection by Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen. This is a timely topic because many missions churches, like banana plants in a cold climate, are unable to reproduce and need special care just to survive. You can read this article at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/mmr17.htm You can subscribe to future Missiological Reflections at http://www.missiology.org/MMR/subscribe.asp.
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CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK ON “MISSIONPREP”

lighting the way Well, I had heard that “dot com” companies were dropping like flies, but this is ridiculous. Earlier, “CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING IN TORONTO THROUGH MISSIONPREP“, we neglected the “dot com” in the URL! The proper address should be: http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep/ Please pardon us for any inconvenience! (Thanks for catching it Chris!)
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PRAY ‘ROUND AFRICA

praying hands Have you heard about 2001PRAY? Time to get involved. Check out their website www.2001PRAY.org. According to one researcher, this is one of the biggest prayer efforts for Africa in the 20+years out here. (Thanks Larry!)
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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

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

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

20010513 Brigada Today

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SPECIAL PRICES ON SPECIAL BOOKS

books Bill Berry is pulling out the stops to offer some partially dated stock at rock bottom pricing. Get “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations”, by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, for half-price in case lots of 38 copies for just $4.00/copy + shipping charges. “The Short-Term Mission Handbook” (288 pages, 1992 edition, $10 cover price) has dropped to $1/copy, plus UPS charges (same as above). Get Into All The World, 2001 Edition in case lots of 50 copies for $25/case (includes UPS charges). For more information, write Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)   or call 626-798-8582 or fax 626-798-2712.
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CONTEXTUALIZATION

“What Color Is Jesus? How Can We Present Jesus to a New Culture without Bringing Our Own?” is a key article from David Learner, published in Mission Frontiers: http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&id=5299 (Thanks Tony!)
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PRAYER FOR SOUTH ASIAN HINDUS & MUSLIMS IN NORTH AMERICA

praying hands On June 15 and 16, 2001 in the Twin Cities (MN) South Asian Resources will host its first Prayer Conference for South Asian Hindus and Muslims in North America and the unreached peoples of South Asia. All believers burdened for these peoples are welcome. With increasingly large numbers of South Asian professionals, immigrants, students and tourists coming to North America we need to pray for the Lord to open their minds to His light and to open the hearts of the North American church to welcome them. No registration fee but please register with PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom  (PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom)  . For details call 651-426-4687 (Central Time).
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WANT TO IMPACT THE WORLD?

If you speak standard native English, you are already equipped with the skills needed to teach English all over the world. All you need in addition to those skills is a love for people of other cultures, a little appetite for adventure, a measure of flexibility, and a short, six-week course to train you in teaching methodology. Then you can effectively help others learn English or improve their English ability. Try out the Tesol School from June 15- July 27th, 2001, Henan Province, China. Click to: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE TECHNOLOGY TIDE

Just as a surfer needs to learn to read the waves, we need to learn to read the ‘waves’ God sends our way. In the providence of God, we are in the midst of a huge technology wave that may come roaring down on top of us if we are not prepared. Bob L has prepared and article about “Globalization and Its Challenges for Christian Media” You can read it now on http://www.newWway.org or download it to read on your PalmOs platform! (There are also three more free books for your PDA on newWway.org)
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR WALLET IS STOLEN

Traveling overseas seems to “up the odds” that you’ll be pick-pocketed. What do you do if your wallet is stolen? As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately. To do that, you’ll need all those toll free numbers and your card numbers. So write them down somewhere in advance — and not just in your wallet, silly. :-) File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, so you can prove to credit providers that you were diligent. If you’re from the USA, call (or have someone in the USA call) the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS# — to keep your credit clean. The numbers for the credit bureaus are: Equifax 800-525-6285; Experian (formerly TRW) 888-397-3742; Trans Union 800-680-7289. Again, if you’re from the USA, you might also call the Social Security Administration at 800-269-0271. (Thanks Alan!)
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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap A two-month full-time missions school will be conducted from July 9th-August 31st in Hampton, Virginia. USA. The sixteen courses include Cross-Cultural Communications & Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your mission call both around the block and around the world. For more information phone Greg Baust at Global Ministry Teams on 757-868-1269 or by e-mail at gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)  .
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FRENCH LANGUAGE MISSIONS TRAINING

graduation cap A bilingual French English Discipleship Training School is being offered September 23rd 2001 to February 22nd 2002 by Youth With a Mission in Dunham, Quebec. Experience French culture and language during the 3-month intensive lecture phase followed by two months of international outreach. You will be exposed to French language speakers from a variety of backgrounds — Europe, Quebec and Africa. Experience ‘missionary’ meals too! Cost is $3000 Cdn, not including airfare. (Approximately $2000US depending on current rate of exchange). For more information contact jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca  (jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca)   or check it out on the web at: http://iquebec.ifrance.com/jemnet/.
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CHRISTIAN PHOTOJOURNAL

“Worldscope from the field” offers a free monthly e-zine dedicated to showing people “a window into the church around the world.” Don’t miss this month’s coverage of MAF is Lesotho. Visit Worldscope’s web site at http://www.wspublications.com to subscribe and to find out how to contribute articles and/or photos to share a story from your corner of the globe. You may also subscribe by sending an e-mail entitled “subscribe” to wsfromthefieldataoldotcom  (wsfromthefieldataoldotcom)  . Please note that you will receive the free monthly e-zine as an attachment of about 0.9 M.
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FREE SPANISH NEW TESTAMENT IN AUDIO

Bible Now the Spanish NT is available for free on the internet! An audio recording of the Spanish New Testament has been released on the internet at http://www.audiobiblia.org in the popular mp3 audio format. The narration was recorded and donated to the net by Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Hampton, Virginia. The audio files of the Reina Valera edicion 2000 can be freely copied and distributed for non-commercial use. The site plans to offer the entire Spanish Bible in mp3 audio and windows media formats by early next year.
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EXPATRIATE MINISTRY

Dan is doing a doctoral project on ministry to English-speaking expatriates living abroad. He is also the pastor of the International Christian Fellowship of Caracas. It seems that little has been written about this strategic ministry in the mega cities of the world. If you have any leads on books or articles on the subject, contact him at icfmissionatcantvdotnet  (icfmissionatcantvdotnet)  . He’ll put together a report to distribute as an autoresponder from Brigada.
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THE BACKPAGE – SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?

books and pen Is it just my imagination, or is the silence beginning to roar? Maybe I’m not as “plugged in” as I need to be. (That’s hard to imagine with the quantity of emails I receive.) Maybe this is just a “lull” before more storms. Either way, it just doesn’t seem that there is as much mobilization for missions going on these days. Where are the big prayer pushes, … the big promotions, … the new books on unreached peoples. Yes… there’s an occasional CD, and… Operation World is coming… but for now,… if I’m not mistaken, we seem to be in a strange kind of muted silence, don’t we? Maybe that’s okay. Maybe 1995 – 2000 was actually too much glitz and glamour. Maybe the better part of valor is the discretion of pulling together new mission teams through patient and intentional step-by-step efforts. Time will tell. As for our own mission, I’ll have to admit — we have the biggest response ever to our summer internship program (80 summer interns compared to a previous “high” of 50 or so annually since 1984). So … I shouldn’t complain. Still… it’s silent enough to make me wonder… Was it just the new millennium… or did we just experience a ripple in the mobilization sine wave?

What’s happening where you sit? Send us your opinion. Write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   — with subject line: ” SILENT SPRING

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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20010121 Brigada Today

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EMAIL ENCRYPTION

letter and ligntening bolt… but were afraid to ask . . . is now available online by joining a special email conference headed by Caleb Project’s John Hanna (of the old “Brigada- connections” days; also, remember “Global Glimpse”? :-) ). To join, just send a blank email to: missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . We’ll give John a heads up on the possibility that many will join this group. It’s a hot topic. And… yes… he’ll take into consideration that not everyone joining would be friendly to the cause.
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK

book The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co- authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Pre-publication editions are available in limited quantity from the Chalmers Center. The cost is $10, plus shipping and handling. To order your copy, send a message to the Chalmers Center at: chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  .
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COURSES ON ISLAM OFFERED IN THE SUMMER OF 2001

graduation cap Fuller School of World Mission is offering a great set of courses on Islam, this summer. You can take the course for grad credit for $800 and audit is considerably cheaper. Check out these offerings:

  • June 11-15: Muslim Evangelism, Phil Parshall
  • June 18-29, Women in Islam, Evelyne Reisacher
  • July 2-6: (no class on the 4th), Islam in North America, Steve Johnson
  • July 9-13: Church Planting in Muslim Contexts, Greg Livingstone.

For more information, write Laura swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu  (swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu)  .

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TEACH YOUR AUDIENCE TO LOVE MUSLIMS

movie camera The dynamic attitude-altering video series, “The Real Story: A Christian’s Guide To The Arab World”, is composed of six 20 minute segments, making it ideal for use in adult Christian Ed classes, mission study groups, as a follow up to Perspectives, or even orienting short-termers entering a Muslim context. Includes a 40 page Study Guide summarizing each segment and providing questions for discussion. Cost: $40 Retail, available to Brigada readers at a 30% discount! Contact: MEM-USA ADatmem-usadotorg  (ADatmem-usadotorg)  .
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EASY-ENGLISH NEW TESTAMENT

Bible SOON Gospel Literature has the copyright to a very easy-English New Testament. It can be viewed online at http://bible.gospelcom.net (version ‘WE’). SOON does not distribute it commercially, but prints it primarily for use in its own ministry. Its leaders are willing to collaborate with any ministry which wishes to use part or all of the text for scripture distribution, or as part of any other material. They are also considering the addition of a brief overview of the Old Testament to future issues. Can anyone recommend existing short material which explains God’s dealings with man in the Old Testament, and is designed for a (non-Western) reader who knows nothing of the Bible? If so, write Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BIBLE BASED ESL CURRICULA

graduation cap EFCM International Network has two Bible-based ESL curricula: Adventures in English and Exploring English. During the past year the I-NET staff has rewritten the reading lessons for these two series to make them much more active, requiring more student participation and involvement. Also, there are now reading lessons for beginning and advanced readers. International Network also has developed an 8-lesson ESL Adventures in Business curriculum. If you want to get a sample lesson of the Adventures series or the Exploring series, contact Don 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT

calendar There is a global grassroots movement of young emerging leaders passionate in their devotion to Jesus, fervent in worship and radical in their commitment to see the whole world know Christ. On March 21-24, 2001, these leaders — from the US and throughout the 10/40 Window — will gather at the Christian Aid Training Base in Charlottesville, Virginia to seek God’s direction and network with others who are leading evangelistic initiatives among the unreached peoples of the world. For information about registration, the summit agenda, goals of the Emerging Leadership Network, and other relevant topics visit http://el.strategicnetwork.org or contact the summit coordinator via email to thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  .
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COMICS WITH AN ATTITUDE

Almost any issue or idea can be turned into a story, which can then be made into a comic. This book gives practical advice on how to target and produce comics. It’s free to third World readers, and is also available online: http://global.finland.fi/comics For Christian training in the use of cartooning and comics, Rox35 Media is the place to go: http://www.ROX35Media.org
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WHAT’S GONE WRONG WITH THE HARVEST?

WebWatch Two thousand years ago Jesus gave the Great Commission. Today, many remain unreached. Log onto http://www.newWway.org and read the classic work on communication strategy by James F Engel. Also see newWway.org’s new look and browse the content, there’s about four times more material than before, and more is being added every week!
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WEB-WATCH: CONTEXTUALIZED WORSHIP

WebWatch Those Canadians just keep churning out the great missions stuff. Check out the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center (Canadian based) at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index9.html

Another Canadian site, the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus, can be found at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index62.html

While you’re at it, check out the International Worship & Arts Network at: http://www.worship-arts-network.com

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HOUSE CHURCH NETWORK: GET CONNECTED

If you’re looking for house church resources or relationships, check into the Canadian House Church Resource Network at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/Housechurches.htm
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DON’T FORGET FEBRUARY’S FULANI PRAYER EMPHASIS

praying hands Remember that February is a special month of prayer and fasting for the Unreached Fulani people of the World! There are 26 million Fulani in West Africa. The prayer guide is available in English and in French! Find out more at http://www.africamissions.com/fulbe.htm or write Dave 100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom  (100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom)  .
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TESOL COURSE IN CHINA!

graduation cap It’s six weeks long, starting June 1, 2001. Teachers use proven results. The only entry requirement is that you speak English. Learn more at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  . Please be sensitive to possible Chinese listeners when writing this address.
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NEED A TOSHIBA COMPUTER?

laptop computer DSR, Inc, has specialized in providing Toshiba portable computers to missionaries overseas since 1986. Its techs have lots of experience with delivery, 220 volts, plug ends, etc., and they operate one of 27 major Premier-level repair shop in the USA. They provide “one-business-day” turn around on tech support emails. For info write Steve ssmithatdsr-incdotcom  (ssmithatdsr-incdotcom)   or go to http://www.dsr-inc.com
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DO YOU KNOW A GOOD, SIMPLE LIBRARY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM?

Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)   is a missionary church planter, and is wanting to classify his personal library. He’s not fond of the Dewey system or the Library of Congress classification scheme. Do you know of a simple & helpful classification system to suggest to him (preferably one that will work for books, audios, videos, etc.)? Extensive Internet searching has proven nearly fruitless. PLEASE NOTE: He is not desiring help in managing or cataloging a book collection (much software of that nature is available), but rather a system to use for numbering or classifying items. Please e-mail Mark with your suggestions, and he will let us all know if an answer is found.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen There’s a lot of talk these days about working in teams. Those blessed with the opportunity to serve on great teams are quick to tell you that they love their job. But how do those teams become great? I’m becoming more and more convinced that good teams don’t become great teams by accident. It’s an intentional process . . . and it involves dozens of variables. Gleaned from 20 years of experience watching our own mission teams grow around the globe, here’s the beginning of a short list on some ideas for turning good teams into great teams.

Great teams have…

  1. A clear sense of purpose — Nothing can ‘deep six’ a team faster than floundering in the swamp of wondering why they exist. Write your purpose down. Frame it. Talk about it. Re-read it regularly. Make sure new team members understand it before they even seek membership.

  2. Motivated team members — Okay. This one’s obvious. But think about the difference it makes to just put a basketball great like Michael Jordan onto a court. I’ve been reading a book about Jordan (“For the Love of the Game” — highly recommended for sports fans) and it’s impossible to miss his passion for the sport. Apparently most professional b’ball players in the NBA have provisions which restrict their play during the off-season. Team owners don’t want their prize players getting injured and hurting their winnings the following season. When Jordan came to the Chicago Bulls in 1984, he evidently lobbied long and hard until he achieved what few other players have negotiated: a “Love Of The Game Clause”. Basically Jordan said he loved basketball so much that he couldn’t imagine walking through a summer without it. Bravo for him. It’s about time we respect people because they have a passion for something rather than because they got rich off of it. Likewise, we need missionaries who can’t wait to get up in the morning. They might not really enjoy language learning drills, but their passion for Christ and their devotion to the Lord compel them to study. In short, they need “Love of the Lord Clauses”. … and maybe “Love of the People Clauses” too!

  3. Determination — My 14-year-old son loves soccer. So do dozens of other boys his age. But, if I may say so, something seems to separate him from other boys, especially in the final half of a match. While other players seem to grow more and more weary, especially if they’re behind on the scoreboard, Chris seems to almost play harder as each minute passes. He just won’t quit. He can be 3 goals down… but he just won’t stop trying to come out on top.

These last few days I’ve been meeting with our two full-time teams in Taiwan. The team leader I’m with on this particular day readily admits that he and his wife worked here for 7 years without a single response. Talk about 7 years of famine. Imagine… 7 years without a single success story to write home about. But they didn’t give up. By the 10th year there were a handful . . . and now in the 15 year a church is rising up. Over 100 believers celebrate on Sunday mornings… and cell groups are being birthed all over this bustling city. It’s harvest time.

Good teams rarely become great teams… but when they do, they seldom reach greatness without a clear sense of purpose, motivated team members, and determination. My challenge to all of us is to seek after those attributes in the teams upon which we labor. [more next week]

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