database

4) Online And Offline Digital Library Solution

See a sample digital library at

http://library.maf.org/

This can be put on a CD for those without internet access. If you are interested in creating an electronic library, view the collection, “How to Build Your Own Digital Library”. Contact the librarian

working with MAF Learning Technologies

http://maflt.org/

for more information. Got a question or comment? Just click “Comment” below.

6) Get The Word Out About Your Training

The Evangelical Training Database is a searchable online database at

http://www.trainforChrist.org/english

The project seeks to give information on all evangelical pastoral, theological and missionary training courses world-wide, so that people everywhere can more easily find the training they need to serve the Lord. As well as English, the database has interfaces in Afrikaans, French, German, Portuguese, Serbian and Spanish, and translations are underway into other languages so that the database is truly international. The project is run by the Missionary Training Service, a member of the UK Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections (formerly known as the Evangelical Missionary Alliance). Got a comment on this concept? Click “Comment” below.

20041212 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING: $2000 GIVEN TO BRIGADA IN ONE WEEK!
  2. “THE TRAVEL DOCTOR” WILL MEET YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS
  3. INTERNATIONAL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR “COUNTRY SPECIFIC” TEAMS
  4. RELY ON LIFE SKILLS TO FINE-TUNE RELATIONSHIPS
  5. FIVE MORE DAYS FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING
  6. AD 2005 – THE YEAR OF THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  7. SUPPORT BRIGADA WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS MISSIONS DVD
  8. LEARN HOW TO DRAW THE SEARCH ENGINES TO YOUR SITE
  9. GET YOUR MISSIONS PAGE INTO THE DIRECTORY
  10. BECOME A GROUPER AND GET FREE ENCRYPTED FILE SHARING AND MORE
  11. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES
  12. WEBSITE REVIVAL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES
  14. FRONTIER MISSIONS FOCUSED DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING!
  15. MISSIONARY UPDATE IS NOW ONLINE
  16. WORD TRAINER (WT) … A HANDY TOOL
  17. WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES(UK) EASYENGLISH GENESIS COMMENTARY READY
  18. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES (CIU)
  19. HELP ASSEMBLE A REPORT ON TOP-NOTCH CONFERENCES
  20. PROFESSIONALS IN MISSION
  21. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  22. ISSUES IN ISLAM (CIU)
  23. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING: $2000 GIVEN TO BRIGADA IN ONE WEEK! — What a week it has been! As you know, we’re trying to wrap up our 2004 year in the black so our Brigada-sponsored secretary can be paid. These gifts and her work make it possible for us to keep Brigada going out the door ontime and full of resources for you. Many recall what it was like prior to bringing her on board. We were sometimes as much as 6 months behind. Now, thanks to her work, we are always at least within 1 week of the published date. (And that’s with her working just 3 days/week.) Thanks this past week to workers in Russia who sent $40, our good friends at the Chalmers Center who sent $200, and the ICE folks who sent $50 along with this note: “We so appreciate your ministry! Like so many Christian organizations that rely on you for networking, the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) is behind you 100%. May God bless you all the more in 2005 as you help so many participate in the spread of Christ’s kingdom!” We received a grand total of $568 from a “story-teller,” a tentmaker mobilizer with Global Opportunities, workers in Alaska, PA, the UK, Arizona, from a fellow missionary, from Denver, Texas, Panama. Want to help with the 2004 cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary? This is absolutely your last chance. Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. Your gift can still be considered as part of the 2004 giving year as long as you postmark it by Dec. 27. So far, 2004 gifts total up $8,575.79 out of a total budgeted $16,140. What will happen if we run short? Well something will have to give. We’ll try our best make sure she’s paid, but it will have to come from somewhere. Please pray with us during this final week that God would empower a partner or several partners to step forward to make up the missing $7,500.

  2. “THE TRAVEL DOCTOR” WILL MEET YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS — We get support from The Travel Doctor, Grandville, MI, an organization dedicated to the health care of missionaries and other expatriates. Find them on the web at http://www.travdoc.com and http://www.pregnanttraveler.com Their services aren’t free, but the charges are fair and square and the knowledge can’t be beat anywhere. Trust them for your travel questions. (Thanks to the Travel Doctor for a $1000 sponsorship, the largest so far in 2004! They wrote, “Our accountant tells us that by giving to most charitable organizations, we can deduct 10% of our donation as a ‘charitable donation’, whereas by donating to Brigada, we can deduct 100% of it as ‘advertising costs.’ ” Yahooo! :-)

  3. INTERNATIONAL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR “COUNTRY SPECIFIC” TEAMS – Often it is difficult to get all workers in an agency on-board for group health insurance. But some insurance companies will provide group insurance for all workers in a specific country. If your agency is not able to provide an agency-wide group medical plan, it may be that you can provide a field-wide group plan. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com (Thanks to “Good Neighbor” for $100!!!)

  4. RELY ON LIFE SKILLS TO FINE-TUNE RELATIONSHIPS — Life Skills International exists to reach out to individuals who want to break free from behavior that can cause strained, broken or abusive relationships. They teach skills to promote growth as each person learns the reasons for behaviors without placing guilt or blame. “Fine-tuning” for any marriage occurs in gender-separate classes, as each person becomes a healthier adult and better parent. Life Skills Centers in the United States can be located by calling (303)340-0598 or log on at http://lifeskillsintl.org/ (Thanks for the $100 sponsorship gift!)

  5. FIVE MORE DAYS FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING — They’re continue their discount through the end of the year—“Toolbox For Video Storytelling” is 15% off through December! Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, and a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks for their partnership gift of $25!)

  6. AD 2005 – THE YEAR OF THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California in partnership with World Mission in Michigan is appealing to thousands of churches to participate in the Talking Bible Sunday Movement! They are asking congregations to designate one Sunday in AD 2005 as their church’s “Talking Bible Sunday.” Each church’s “Talking Bible Sunday” special offering will enable ASI to provide Talking Bibles in needed languages to Bibleless people who need Bibles but cannot read. Among Bibleless people are millions of Christians, many of whom are new believers, who cannot read. To enable them to learn God’s Word by listening, they urgently need Talking Bibles in their languages. ASI is asking people to pray that God will lead thousands of churches to observe a “Talking Bible Sunday” in this new year, AD 2005. For details and to learn more, visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or call ASI and ask for Dori at 1-800-318-7262 (Thanks to the Hoekstras for the gift of $30!)

  7. SUPPORT BRIGADA WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS MISSIONS DVD — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada 35% of your purchase price is given to support the work of Brigada.

  8. LEARN HOW TO DRAW THE SEARCH ENGINES TO YOUR SITE — Check out Aaron’s site and his “SEO Book” http://www.seobook.com/ Find out how to pull people into your missions site. (Thanks, Aaron, for the $25 sponsorship.)

  9. GET YOUR MISSIONS PAGE INTO THE DIRECTORY — Stop by the Web Atlas http://www.webatlas.org/ This is a Directory-oriented search page. (And thanks to Rachel for her support of $25.)

  10. BECOME A GROUPER AND GET FREE ENCRYPTED FILE SHARING AND MORE — That’s right. Check ’em out at http://www.grouper.com You can chat in groups, IM with individuals, share large files at will, all peer-to-peer without circulating the files through 3rd parties. The install file plugs into your computer and creates a secure tunnel all the way to the computer of your buddies. Use it with a whole team in a sensitive area. It’s free during beta… and the publishers have sworn that there will always be a “basic” service level that’s free or ad- supported. Someday, there will probably be a small fee for the more advanced services. Become a grouper!

  11. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES — Attend an important class at CIU, January 10-14, 2005. How do you plant churches in a Muslim society? Explore major issues involved in pioneer church planting among unreached people groups and develop principles for establishing and nurturing biblically rooted churches in Muslim settings. In addition, vital aspects of apostleship, ecclesiology, evangelism, discipling, eldership, accountability and team life will be explored in their New Testament dimensions, with application to current field realities, and with an eye toward church planting movements. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from an authority who has written a book on the subject!
  12. It’s not to late to register for these winterim classes! Register online at http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies. Questions? Contact Vanessa at vmagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (803) 754-4100 ext. 3327.


  13. WEBSITE REVIVAL –-Are you a Christian web designer or developer? Website Revival offers developer licenses to their content management system. E-mail: andy(at)websiterevival(dot)org or visit them http://www.websiterevival.org USA callers can dial toll-free (others can call via Net2phone) 1-866- 385-4129 x316. Local calls 401-861-3300 x316

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES -— This is a web- based, 9-12 month, self paced school for leaders that is now accepting applications 24/7. The faculty includes YWAM President, John Dawson and other significant reconcilers from around the world. For those registering and mentioning Brigada, the school will tithe to Brigada a portion of the registration fee. So you get world class training in reconciliation and Brigada gets a blessing as well. Check it out http://www.gracebridge.org or contact fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com (Thanks Joey and Fawn!)

  15. FRONTIER MISSIONS FOCUSED DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING! — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada is running Discipleship Training School (DTS) to grow your faith and help you to participate in reaching the nations. The focus is on unreached peoples in Southeast Asia and North Africa. DTS includes 3 months of training and a 2 month mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: March 23, 2005 – August 12, 2005, and September 14, 2005 – February 10, 2006. Prices: $ 3200 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $ 1750 + airfare CND (missions trip). Please send an email for further information: turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca Or visit the website: http://www.ywamturnervlley.com

  16. MISSIONARY UPDATE IS NOW ONLINE — This sites hopes to be a total resource site for Missionaries. They’re still in the building mode. But they plan is that Christian Missionaries receive a free web site to which they can keep their family and church updated from their mission field. There isn’t even a charge for the design of the site! Also on the site is one of the Most extensive Missionary Forums online, a chat room, messages, and many other resources are being added daily. The site address is http://www.missionaryupdate.com or email them at mailatmissionaryupdatedotcom

  17. WORD TRAINER (WT) … A HANDY TOOL — Catch this handy tool for studying a foreign language by learning new words from user-created dictionaries (you can make as many as you need). E.g. download a small sample dictionary containing about 800 most frequently used English words along with their semicolon-separated Russian equivalents (variants of translation can be separated from each other with commas). You can also create such dictionaries in any language provided that you have the corresponding localization on your PDA so that you can read special characters and input answers correctly. The dictionary can in be written in unicode. Check it out at http://www.freewareppc.com/educational/wt.shtml

  18. WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES(UK) EASYENGLISH GENESIS COMMENTARY READY — Get this level B commentary, together with translated text, in four sections, and Deuteronomy at EasyEnglish level A from http://easyenglish.info . More information on EasyEnglish may be obtained from martinateasyenglishdotinfo .

  19. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES (CIU) — Catch this class January 10-14, 2005. How do you plant churches in a Muslim society? Explore major issues involved in pioneer church planting among unreached people groups and develop principles for establishing and nurturing biblically rooted churches in Muslim settings. In addition, vital aspects of apostleship, ecclesiology, evangelism, discipling, eldership, accountability and team life will be explored in their New Testament dimensions, with application to current field realities, and with an eye toward church planting movements. http://www.ciu.edu/

  20. HELP ASSEMBLE A REPORT ON TOP-NOTCH CONFERENCES — If you know of a top-notch, cutting edge missionary conference in the USA in 2005 or 2006, please drop a note to Carolyn cjones(at)westgatechapel(dot)com When she’s assembled the report, we’ll feature it here in Brigada.

  21. PROFESSIONALS IN MISSION -– Here’s the Interserve USA Bay Area Conference, a gathering for individuals wanting to learn more about “tentmaking” in the “10/40 Window” and how you can use your professional skills in mission service. Speakers include Interserve USA’s Executive Director, Douglas Van Bronkhorst and Interserve workers serving in Central Asia. Join them on Saturday February 5, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Berkeley, CA. Lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee for this event. Please contact Jamie westcoast(at)ludlow(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 626.252.5648 for more details.

  22. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. These folks offer courses monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  23. ISSUES IN ISLAM (CIU) — January 17-21, 2005 — What is behind the anger and agenda of the militant Islam and what should our response be? This course looks carefully at the war waging for the minds and hearts of Muslims and at the roots of Islamic fundamentalism and the reasons for growing Muslim radicalization.

    It’s not to late to register for these winterim classes! Register online at http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies. Questions? Contact Vanessa at vmagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (803) 754-4100 ext. 3327.

20040711 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

20040314 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS!
  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA)
  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT
  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE
  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS
  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES
  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS
  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE
  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION?
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN
  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP?
  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS
  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY
  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
  16. INTERESED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS?
  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE
  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS
  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION
  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS
  22. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in making possible a Brigada-sponsored secretary! The Center is part of the Economic & Development Department at Covenant College, 706-419-1805. Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100, $25 and $10 respectively, this past week. We appreciate you! If you’d like to donate to help underwrite the costs of the Brigada- sponsored secretary, just click “Sponsor” in the menu.

  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country- to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (And thanks to these services for their desire to enable the Brigada- sponsored secretary!!)

  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT — Have you noticed the way the folks at Joshua Project have meshed so perfectly with the folks from “EveryTongue.com”? Give it a look. For example, see http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=107987&rog3=IR Scroll down to the “Ministry Tools” section and look for the audio link. Find those audio samples at over 5,400 people groups so far! Great stuff. Well done Dan and the gang at Joshua Project… Well done EveryTongue.com. Way to work together!

  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE — This excellent missions resource site continues to expand and add features. The site is divided into useful categories of mission opportunities such as Short Term Missions, Medical Missions, Missions for Medical Students, Vocational Missions, Christian Orphanages, Native American Missions, TESOL opportunities, and more. There are also sections for Missionary Travel and Insurance for Missionaries, plus the newly expanded Resources page. Each category can be searched individually or by groups. Visit http://www.MissionFinder.org and see for yourself! (Thanks Rod!)

  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS — Need travel info for your upcoming venture? Try Mission2go.com, which helps both new and seasoned international travelers deal effectively with the mechanics of travel including ticketing, passports, money, security etc. Additionally, there is much content geared specifically toward the Christian traveler including advice on researching organizations, spiritual preparation, and support raising. Additional areas of interest include a travel equipment Gear Guide, discussion Forum and opportunities for experienced travelers to share their knowledge by submitting stories and articles. Check them out at: http://www.mission2go.com

  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES — Mission ONE offers this new video curriculum based in part on the Perspectives Course, designed to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. Perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups, Operation WorldView asks, “What is The Story above all stories, and what is your Destiny in the Story?” For more information, visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS — Now here’s a fund-raiser that’s going to sound quite random. :-) You know those old cell phone sitting around in your junk drawers or boxes in the basement? Here’s a company that donates $1 (and up to $15) per phone, based on type and condition. So you can collect those old cell phones, ship them for free to the company’s site in L.A., then expect a donation 90 days later. For more information, see their site at: http://www.pledgeaphone.com I checked this to be sure it was for real and couldn’t find any bad news about it on the web. (Go to Google and type in “pledgeaphone scam” and it’ll return nothing… until this item gets indexed by Google, that is. :-) ) (Thanks for the tip, Steven!)

  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE — “Have you seen the Passion of Christ?” That’s one of the most often-asked questions these days, it seems. The movie has sparked conversation and controversy, and Christians around the world are using it to reach out into their communities. But where do these conversations lead? World Harvest Mission (WHM) has just released a new resource, Living in Light of the Gospel Story, to help you engage individuals interested in exploring the gospel story. The course explores six different topics to challenge participants to see how life can be different by living in light of: The Father’s Love, The Cross, A New Reputation, The King’s Forgiveness, Heaven, and The Kingdom. WHM has drawn from its church planting experience around the world to create in-depth studies that capture issues of the heart. Living in Light is highly approachable, affordable, and adaptable. Go online to learn more and place an order. Visit http://www.whm.org/about-news03-02-04.shtml or e-mail bookstoreatwhmdotorg to request more information.

  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION? — Try iDictate.com. (See http://www.idictate.com for full information.) There’s a free trial there… and after the trial, you’ll pay one cent per word, but maybe that’s a reasonable fee compared to hiring a secretary to do it? You’ll have to be the one to decide. As for Eddie Smith, member of the US Prayer Track and Director of the US Prayer Center in Houston, TX, it’s perfect. ” I can telephone and dictate passages for my books. Within mere minutes…or a few hours if it’s long…I receive a text email with it typed out! And no secretary to hire, manage, and insure!! What a world! By the way, a pastor can upload his taped sermon and get the same result.” By the way, Eddie has some pretty great websites of his own at http://www.usprayercenter.org and http://www.prayerbookstore.com (Thanks for the tip, Eddie! And no, I don’t think you saw it originally in Brigada… at least not that I recall! :-) )

  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH — MissionPrep-Toronto is offering a (TEFL- TESOL) May 10–June 4, 2004) Teaching English as a Foreign (Second/Other) Language program that will equip you for an exciting ministry whether at home or overseas. This intensive 4-week training program will provide you with a wealth of practical and proven procedures, resources and models for teaching the full range of required components: listening, speaking, reading and writing; pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language use; etc. During weekly practicums you will observe successful programs within the rich multi- culturalism of Toronto as well as gain a minimum of 20 hours of teaching experience.

    For more information contact Priscilla Marr 905–640-1621 missionprepatglobaltalkdotca


  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN –- Here’s a 4-day/40- hour interactive training course with a 1-week outreach to a Muslim Country in North Africa immediately following. “SIMS-Spain” is an intense training and outreach experience that prepares you to live the gospel in a way that invites Muslims to the Lord. The course will be held early July in Southern Spain. Crescent Project is co-sponsor of the event. Registration deadline is May 21. For more information and exact dates email sims-satinterumdotorg or visit their website at: http://www.interum.org

  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP? — Remember the guy, Jonathan, who needed help with his computers? Well Eduardo offered a solution. Try subscribing to iccm-tech. Just send a message to: iccm-tech-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom You’ll receive an automatic mailing with instructions on how to submit your question. You can always unsubscribe once you get an answer. Painless. (Thanks Eduardo!) In some cases, you might also be able to get help from the International Christian Technologist’s Association (ICTA) www.icta.net. If you’re in Australia, a Brigada participant named David runs an email list with a ton of volunteers waiting to resolve problems. Contact ithelp4missionsatcrosscapedotcomdotau They also have a new project, Sideros (see http://www.sideros.net which aims to set some standards for Christian IT Consultants helping missions, or running short term trips. However both groups have limited capacity, so they can only do so much. (Thanks David!) In addition, The International Conference on Computing in Mission (ICCM) has an email list on yahoogroups called iccm-tasks to share tasks which volunteers/students can be involved in. Email iccm-tasks-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom to join, either to offer help, or to list an IT project with which you need assistance. Of course, because you’re dealing with volunteers, you might have to wait your turn.

  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS — All of the TIE and WEA representatives in each European Country and all other interested Tentmakers worldwide are invited to the TIE European Consultation to be held at the resort Hotel Rila 70 kilometers outside of Sophia, Bulgaria. The consultation will run from May 28 to 31. The fee of 165 euros include the registration, room and all meals. There is an extra fee of 30 euros for a single (non shared) room. Topics to be covered include: tentmaking and the internet, professional and business tentmakers, how we can all support and assist one another. For further details and a copy of the brochure, contact DWGGreenataoldotcom or see the website http://www.tentmakersnet.com

  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY — “Abuse: the Hidden Secret” is a six-video instructional series that provides methods to prevent child abuse, ways to spot abuse, and steps to take when allegations arise. Attorney Scott Ross, who has innumerable hours of research and experience as the lead person in dozens of child abuse cases, spearheaded the project for New Tribes Mission. It comes highly recommended by Frank Severn, President of IFMA and General Director of SEND International. You can see a preview and find out how to order the series online at: http://www.abusethehiddensecret.com Or email bookstore_hqatntmdotorg or call 800-321-5375. Might be particularly appropriate for house parents and boarding school parents working with MKs and others.

  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP –- Here’s a reminder that the Member Care in Crisis Situations and Debriefing Workshop sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26 – May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg If you’re planning on attending this workshop, better act fast. The registration deadline is March 31.

  16. INTERESTED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS? — Youth With A Mission of Montana is offering another intensive, four-week course to train men and women desiring to teach English overseas. This course will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 and is accredited. Application deadline is July 10. For further information visit their website at: http://www.ywammt.org or email tesolatywammtdotorg

  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE — For those with only 3-4 days in North India, the famous triangle of Deli, Agra (Taj Mahal), and Jaipur can provide a wonderful introduction to India’s culture and history. North India Christian Tourist Assistance now offers tours specifically focused covering these three great cities. From one-star to five-star, NICTA provides a range of services. Check their website at: http://www.geocities.com/nictaagra/visittajmahal.html

  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts at the US Center to reach unreached people groups. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS — In the compilation on repeat-funding for mission trips, our compiler included an item referring to the possibility that perhaps the person *going* on the short-term mission trip might receive a tax-deductible receipt for his or her contributions toward the trip itself. Thanks to Marianne for catching the fact that this would not be permissible, due to IRS regulations. (The person going is receiving a form of “goods or services” directly from the donation.)

  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION — Replies to the Brigada question concerning using USA-based non-profit licenses by overseas missionaries reveal that many missionaries just do it! However, those who have tried to determine what is a correct use still have questions. Some suggested using the licenses from the local Microsoft district; however, some districts don’t have licenses for non-profit organizations (Philippines, for example). There was only one response that comes from a person who has tried investigating this with MS representatives (thanks Mike!). Although, the agency Mike represents does not yet give licenses to their missionaries, Mike’s agency maintained that no one at Microsoft or the licensed broker definitively said “don’t do it”. Therefore, our compiler (Thanks Lester!) concluded that he believes it is fine for missionaries to take a U.S. bought computer with U.S. installed Charity MOLP software with them overseas. It is not OK to send licenses to a regional office somewhere comprised of foreign workers and/or machines. The best dividing line: missionaries must be employees of the organization and look to U.S. sources for Microsoft support. Thanks again Lester… and thanks to the great contribution by Mike!

  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS — Read about: + Using Soldiers as tentmakers + News about Afghan warlords + Muslim studies courses in 2004 + Spiritual landscape of Mauritania + News about Christians in Iraq + Helping Iraqi children through service personnel + World conference for military Christians in Korea These are the articles in the latest Reveille Shofar recently posted at www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Keep in mind that, as always, this does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of all the beliefs expressed at the site.

20040229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS
  2. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY
  3. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  6. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS
  7. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
  8. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION
  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS
  10. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM
  11. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH
  12. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR
  13. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS
  14. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS
  15. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE
  16. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  17. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS — Learn how other missionaries save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html
  2. A portion of your long distance bill will help keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen! The phone company will be “in your corner,” helping you be all the more effective at an all-the-more-reasonable price!


  3. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY — Maybe your church could pitch in… or your organization, if you’ve ever benefited from any item in Brigada? Your partnership gift of $10, $100, or $1000 or more would help sponsor our Brigada secretary for 2004. So far, we have $1673.60 toward the total needed for 2004, which is $16,021 — to completely underwrite the cost of all administrative help for Brigada. (Doug’s compiling is donated free. Brigada participants are asked only to help by covering the cost of his secretary at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html Choose to make a one-time gift, or use the “subscribe” button to be reminded each month of a smaller gift of $10, for instance. Your call. Thanks for your partnership to keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen!!!

  4. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS — We are good at using the web to TALK ABOUT people groups. Now a new website has been launched with the goal of TALKING TO members of every language group on earth. Visit and link to this great new site: http://www.EveryTongue.com – EveryTongue Good News Recordings – Over 1000 links to on-line Good News recordings to which you can click and listen. 72% of the world can find Good News at this site in a language they can understand. On this site, you will also find a list of hundreds of recordings that are on cassette but not yet on the web. If you can help get these languages onto the Internet, go to the site and volunteer. Take a look at the site’s focus country of the month where Good News web pages are being made for every people group in one country — a great model that could be done for any country. The makers of this site have met members of very obscure people groups via the Internet and believe they can get Good News to members of almost every language group on earth.

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — This is your last chance to register for “Transformations,” an Unreached Peoples Consultation sponsored by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear how you can reach the thousands of people who die every day without ever hearing the name of Jesus Christ. The cost is only $169. Register today by calling AIMS at (757) 226-5850. You may also e-mail aimsataimsdotusa-org or log on at http://www.aims.org

  6. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB — http://www.stmnetwork.ca is a website devoted to equipping people for short term missions. Over 1 million North Americans will be part of a short-term missions trip this year. If you are looking for resources, a trip database or general STM help check out http://www.stmnetwork.ca North American callers can dial toll-free: 1-866-999-1STM. International callers can dial (403)813-5765.

  7. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS — Tien Shan Educational Center (TESC) is receiving applications for the upcoming school year beginning August 26, 2004. TESC – K – grade 12 is an English speaking school, meeting the needs of missionary children from nine countries. Presently they are seeking staff for the following positions: Primary teachers for Grades 1-6; Secondary Science teacher (JH Science and HS Chemistry & Physics); Secondary Math teacher (Algebra 1 & 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus); Secondary Language Arts teacher (HS English); Primary & Secondary School Physical Education teacher. For more information or an application please write Craig tienshanatpactecdotkz or Joahna tssecondaryatpactecdotkz

  8. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS — These are offered by the author of “Building Credible Multicultural Teams,” Dr. Lianne Roembke, and have been significant in charting or correcting the course of many teams, leaders and members. The following workshops and accredited courses (*) are being offered in 2004 (facilitator training available): Fuller School of Intercultural Studies – Pasadena, CA* – August 2-13 contact: sis-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu Columbia Int’l Univ – Korntal, Germany* June 28 – July 9 (in German) contact: CCrouseataemdotde Workshop in Korntal, Germany (in German) – Dec. 13-17 contact: smfataemdotde Inquiries on Facilitator Training: LRoembkeataoldotcom  (LRoembkeataoldotcom)  
    http://hometown.aol.de/LRoembke/homepage/weiterbildung.html

  9. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION — You likely know a few people who are considering going on a summer mission, or longer. A great resource to refer them to is http://www.ShortTermMissions.com. The website offers *complete details* on 1,000 one week to three year opportunities from 50 organizations. Quickly find a match with a search by country, length, date, and keyword. Note: Most of the opportunities are with US mission agencies.

  10. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS — Equipping Leaders Internationally is pleased to announce the launch of an abstinence education materials Internet website at http://www.eliprojects.org. The target audience for this website is youth workers, church leaders, and parents in the developing world, who have few printed resources, but want field-tested educational materials which will address sexuality and other areas of potential risk for youth. Now these materials will be available to them through this “virtual library” free of charge. More materials which are written by and for the developing world, as well as additional materials from premier organizations in the developed world, will continually be added. For more information or to submit materials please contact vnurtmiateliprojectsdotorg.

  11. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM — We continue to battle spam, don’t we. With some PC experts beginning to talk about email being “broken”, we’d *better* get to work fixing it! :-) Have you noticed two good solutions sound nearly alike?
    http://about.mailblocks.com/ and
    http://www.mail-block.com/ They appear to be unrelated, but very similar products and both are said to be working great. I use Norton Antispam right now, but kind of regret buying it, when I compare to these two solutions. Don’t sit around deleting 100 emails a day, most of which are trying to sell you on enlarging certain things and energizing others. Get a good antispam solution and start feeling some relief from the stress! :-) (Thanks to all who give input on these kinds of things, like Scot, Sheryl & Corrie!)

  12. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH — We recently reported a dearth of resources for cross-cultural outreach relative to the movie, “The Passion of The Christ.” Well thanks to “Wes” who pointed us to these…
    http://www.TheLife.com – for use with non-Christians
    http://www.sharethelife.com – full of ideas for Christians to use So there *are* some resources out there! In fact, thanks to Ken who recently compiled a whole *listing* of such links for us!
    http://www.christianvideos.org/passion_of_Christ.html

  13. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR — Do you minister to the poor in the developing world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn the basics of microfinance and microenterprise development as tools to help the poor and build the local church. Certification is offered for those who complete these courses, their live training and a ministry plan. See
    http://www.chalmers.org for details about the courses, costs and schedule.

  14. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS — Remember out guy, Kevin, who was going to compile information on repeating short-termers? Well he did! (Thanks Kevin!) Here’s his expanded report:

    + Fund raising for “Repeater short term mission trips”
    – The question asked was, “HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them?”
    – The following responses are given without attribution because I didn’t ask for permission to use names. None of the following ideas are mine, I only edited and arranged them.
    Kevin Paszalek Southway
    Community Church
    Houston, Texas USA
    pastor at southway.org (replace the word “at” with the @ sign and remove the space on either side)

    + Cost cutting
    – Have you considered having fewer trips per year, but each trip be longer duration? I’m sure a majority of the cost is airfares.

    + Participants pay some proportion
    – If a person wants to go on a Short Term Mission trip he (or she) must be approved by the missionary committee and is responsible to pay 25% of his (or her) cost for the trip. The STM person making the trip will receive a tax deductible receipt for this portion of the money contributed as well the other donors If a person wants to take a second STM trip, no matter if it is to the same country or to another country, the person is now responsible to pay 50% of his costs. If a person wants to go on a third trip he must pay 75% of the costs himself. If a person takes 4 or more trips he will be responsible for paying his own expenses and donations from others is neither encouraged nor discouraged, however, the person is not allowed to “solicit” funds through the church.

    + Fund raising events
    – I do a Thai Chicken Curry Lunch right after church at other churches in the area as a fund raiser. I split the money raised with them to support their youth missions. I can talk about the mission I’m doing, give a door prize, and support their youth missions program at the same time. I give private small group Thai cooking lessons-this is my best fund raiser aside from straight donations. So far I’m netting about $250.00 on each class (about 6 hours of time), plus there are a lot of happy people eating Thai food. They aren’t even “church” people…they come from the health club, friends, the beauty salon, etc. to take the class.

    + Don’t do yearly trips with the same people to the same location.
    – Go somewhere else. I know that a mission agency opened up into Africa, from being exclusively central American focussed, since a donor wanted to give to the type of work, (microenterprise) but wanted to influence Africa) Who’s to turn [down] $250,000? Off to Africa they went.
    – 2. Get new people on board. Bring in fresh blood, and their new donor team. You expand the number of committed people to your particular overseas ministry. Fund the team as a team rather than as individuals, so that the pot for all pays for everyone.
    – My suggestion is to consider not doing several repeat trips a year but maybe only one and look for other opportunities.
    – Google “donor fatigue”

    + Add new people to the team
    – Our church does have one trip that we have done three consecutive years and it has worked very well by adding and dropping people but always having a few that are repeats to form a core.


  15. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS — Are you sensing God’s call to commit your life to cross-cultural missions, but you have more questions than answers? TEAM’s “Explore” Workshop may be just what you need! “Explore” is a three-day opportunity to gather good data on your spiritual life, life experience, education, health, values, and calling. It concludes with a personalized debrief in which you set personal goals. They also create a personalized written report for you and your church. Experienced missionaries guide the sessions, and most workshops are sponsored by local churches. Find out more and check the schedule for your area by calling 1-800-343-3144 (North America) or checking at
    http://www.teamworld.org.

  16. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE — Download freely 10 Biblical items (Psalms & Gospels; prayers from the Bible and Drama scripts) in their growing and popular Accessible EasyEnglish series. Just click on ‘AEE’ on their home page http://www.easyenglish.info Many people also use these materials for beginners learning English. More details of AEE and our other products from Martin Lloyd at martinateasyenglishdotinfo

  17. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL – On March 18 at 8:30 PM EST Elijah Company will have a unique conference drawing principles from the life and work of Amy Carmichael, one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century. Her soldierly commitment and unwavering faith has set the course for many in missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. To get to know other Elijah Company services see http://www.elijahcompany.org

  18. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO — I’m really enjoying the opportunity to work on my doctoral dissertation these days. I’m trying to invest each Tuesday and Thursday toward that end, but I’ll confess it’s often difficult to put aside the urgent for the important. Someone needs a report on this or that, deadlines calling, phones ringing, people visiting… And in the thick of the battle, sometimes I put off the really big stuff, partly because it’s more rewarding to finish something smaller.

    But have you noticed that many of the most rewarding things in life come only after a zillion substeps… incremental improvements or subgoals on the way toward completing a major project. Imagine trying to build a nuclear submarine, the Washington Monument, or even learn to play the soprano saxophone (something else I’m attempting these days in my “spare” after-work time). It happens because we take tons of little “baby steps” (watch an edited version of “What About Bob” for a good laugh on that :-) ).

    So what about your work? How do you manage to accomplish the really long-term objectives? Here’s a suggestion that’s as obvious as the nose on your face: break it up in bitesized chunks. For my dissertation, that means, “I’ll try to get 5 more pages done today.” (If I get 2 between emails or phone calls, then sobeit; at least it’s forward motion!) For the sax, it’s even simpler: 30 minutes, 3 times a week. That’s about all I can usually eek out. But hey… why do we humans get in such a hurry, anyway? :-)

    How ’bout your projects? What do you have that’s really big … that you can break up into chunks… and just view it “one line at a time?” I bet once you did, you’d find it energizing to know you’re making progress again. And hey… one line at a time is okay. Just “enjoy the journey, as much as you would the destination,” and suddenly, that big project isn’t as bad as it once was, right?

20040222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS
  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE
  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION
  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE
  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR
  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO
  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES
  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates — and Help Brigada! Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html We just received a sponsorship payment of $71.35 from these folks… and it’s a direct result of Brigada readers using this service for their long distance needs. So contrary to some of the other deals about which you might have heard, this one is actually producing results — and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use them. In fact, you might actually *save* money on your long distance! Thanks for your partnership!

  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS — “Time Out” is the title of a series of specialized Bible study materials available for short-term mission groups to use both before and during their time overseas. A copy of all 15 studies is available for a one-time payment of £25 (around U$S45). You can then use them as many times as you like. The ‘Time Out’ studies are now available to purchase and download online so you can access them instantly from wherever you are. A sample study is even provided for free! The notes are available in pdf format or rtf format so that you can adapt them and customize them as you wish. All Tony asks is that you attribute them to him somewhere in what is produced! To sample, purchase and download the ‘Time Out’ studies, see http://www.oscar.org.uk/timeout.htm

  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Allison Ranch is a private retreat on the Salmon River in Idaho wilderness for full-time Christian workers. Guests arrive at the Ranch by chartered plane to be greeted by hosts in charge of any needs including all meals in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming or sunning on the sandy beaches are a few amenities to be enjoyed. Elk and deer graze on a mountain meadow outside each cabin. All the comforts of home are available without the intrusion of the outside world. All of this is made available at cost to the Foundation, short of a $200 deposit. Our website is http://www.replace.com/allison Contact Judy at 208-377-3005 for more information.

  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE — Prayer Australia has recently launched a new website – a seeker-friendly, cartoon gospel presentation. This unique website is designed for non-Christians, so that Christians can either email their non-Christian friends or give them a business card to inform them of the web site. Check out http://www.yourdestinyyourchoice.org Prayer Australia would also like to produce the website in other languages. This would allow the gospel presentation in people’s native language to be emailed all around the world. If you would like to have the website in your language or any further information, email prayeraustraliaatydycdotorg

  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION — We continue to be impressed with the iKobo ATM/Visa card service. Among other things, you can give someone a Visa card even when they couldn’t normally qualify. And if you use this link to sign up, iKobo donates $10 to Brigada for our Brigada Secretary: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE — Here’s a search engine with a missions slant: http://www.christianmissions.net Find mission stories on your town (thanks for the tip, Guy!), search for that hard-to-find organization, or just browse to enlarge your worldview! It’s the “Google of Christian Missions!”

  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706- 419-1805.

  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO — Canadian Tentmaker Network and GLOBAL Opportunities are excited to announce a first ever full tentmaking seminar at a MissionFest Saturday, March 13th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

    Feel free to take in one or all four sessions of this fast paced informative seminar. Hear seminars on “Why tentmaking?,” “How to find a job in the international job market,” “Workplace Evangelism,” “Your steps to getting there and being effective in ministry.” For more information and to register, please visit their website at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    Both GO and CTN are also looking for former tentmakers to volunteer their services as part of a virtual team. Your skills could be used to mentor new tentmakers, run seminars, speak at events and to help get the word out on today’s tentmaking missions. Contact them at connectatglobaloppsdotorg or infoattentmakingdotorg


  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES — We continue to wonder how in the world we connect opportunities and workers. For example, here’s a guy named Jonathan in Fiji who is seeking help with computer problems in a small Bible College computer lab. Now … surely *somewhere* in the world, there are some tech-types that would love a great excuse to visit Fiji once a year. :-) The machines are 7-year-old Macintoshes running mainly MS Word. They have very few problems but when problems come, local troubleshooting help is very limited and web access and phone support quite expensive. Is there a MS Word expert out there who could consult by e-mail and research solutions for problems a few times per year – and maybe visit to get a face-to-face relationship going.. and do hands-on training, as needed? If so, please e-mail to jonathanatkannerdotcom . And the bigger question is… where does a guy like Jonathan go to find workers for this need? We *do* have the Brigada-opportunities group. But maybe it’s fast-becoming obsolete. Ideas?

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

  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic April 30-May 1! Register by April 1st and save $50. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10- key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_apr2004.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? — Have you wanted to get insurance for a short-term mission trip, but hated having to pay for extra days that you are not out of the country? If so, Insurance Services of America has a solution! They now have short-term coverage for individuals, on a daily basis with rates as low as $1.13 per day! Coverage is easy to obtain. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at <healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>

20031019 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP!
  2. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA; GET A BOOK ON EFFECTIVE SHORT-TERM MISSIONS!
  3. ONE OF THE CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES
  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  5. SAVE 50% ON COPIES OF “SEND ME!”
  6. ADDITIONAL WORKERS NEEDED TO OVERCOME AIDS IN AFRICA
  7. NEW LEVEL OF RESEARCH AVAILABLE TO BRIGADA READERS
  8. WORLD CHRISTIAN DATABASE ONLINE!
  9. MORE GOOD NEWS! BETHANY UNREACHED PROFILES STILL REACHABLE
  10. DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGICAL TERMS IN SIMPLIFIED ENGLISH
  11. TO BOUNCE MESSAGES TO SPAMMERS, OR NOT
  12. TEACHING ENGLISH
  13. SHORT TERM MISSION LEADERS TRAINING SEMINAR
  14. TAKING THE ‘EX’ OUT OF ‘EX-MISSIONARY’
  15. LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR DISCOUNT ON THE CD RESEARCH TOOL
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP! — We are once again blessed with a few new partners, all of whom are mentioned at http://www.brigada.org (click on “Sponsor“). Some want to increase the likelihood that their item will appear sooner rather than later. (We currently have over 30 items we’re queuing up for future Brigada Todays. We are *never* able to get everything in the current edition. I’ll be perfectly honest: we indeed feel a debt of gratitude to those who partner with us to sponsor our Brigada Secretary, so … admittedly, those folks do get preferential treatment.) Sponsors also get *human* help in navigating the waters of changing their subscription information. :-) But still others are anonymous. Their only apparent motive is to help provide that Brigada Secretary for the whole Brigada family, as well as holding out the hope that Brigada can always be free and on *time*! :-) One wrote this past week, “And thanks again for all your hard work to keep BT going. I certainly appreciate it and I know many others do too, even if they don’t say so.” Thankfully, some have indeed understood and “said so.” Another ministry wrote, “We have mailed Team Expansion this morning a contribution to the support of a secretary for Brigada. You all are providing such a tremendous service to the missionary community. It is a privilege for us to help your ministry in this small way. Thank you so much for having periodically posted our announcements over this last year. We appreciate this service so very much. We would like to help again in the future as the Lord provides.” Yahoooooo! :-) And the Wycliffe people keep raising the bar… “I have been reading Brigada since 1997 or so and always find great stuff. Thanks for your ministry from another Wycliffe mobilizer!” May God bless Wycliffe! :-)

  2. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA; GET A BOOK ON EFFECTIVE SHORT-TERM MISSIONS! – – Place an order for 20 (or more) copies of the 2003/4 Edition of Into All the World Magazine, entitled SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TODAY (STMT), and $15 will go to support Brigada, plus you receive a FREE copy of the new book “Maximum Impact Short-Term Missions” (a $20 value). Copies of STMT come for $2/copy for the first 20 copies, and just $1/copy for all copies over twenty, plus modest S&H costs. Contact Bill Berry, Publisher at intomorecopiesataoldotcom . An invoice will be enclosed with your shipment. Sorry: this offer applies ONLY to shipments to US & Canadian addresses. (Thanks for the thought, Bill! Let’s hope they all like your magazine! :-) These and all other such funds will be used to provide a Brigada Secretary, with the hopes that we can keep Brigada free, and on *time*!)

  3. ONE OF THE CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES — Try an international calling service that reportedly has one of the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Our thanks to UWT for the promise of sponsorship, if folks sign up. Please let us know about your experience with this service. Thanks!)

  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached peoples of the world. No extractions, injections, drills, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved- only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time are needed. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas. Learn more at http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or write dentaltrainingformissionsatattdotnet . (And thanks much for the partnership in producing Brigada!)

  5. SAVE 50% ON COPIES OF “SEND ME!” — 10 case lots of SEND ME! Your Journey to the Nations,” by Steve Hoke & Bill Taylor, are available at a 50% Discount (just $4/copy instead of the list price of $8). 38 copies to a case. $152/case + UPS or Postal Charges. We will be glad to invoice you. Plus, $25 donation goes to support Brigada for each case ordered from this notice. Contact Bill Berry at Bberry4215ataoldotcom . Mention “Brigada offer.” Valid only on shipments to US & Canadian addresses. (Again, Bill, our “hats off” to you for this thought!)

  6. ADDITIONAL WORKERS NEEDED TO OVERCOME AIDS IN AFRICA — Thanks to “ACTION“, who took action to send a $50 sponsorship this past week! They wrote, “Thank you again for Brigada! We will continue to mention this need to enable readers to give on a regular basis. You do so much for us, we need to be aware of your financial needs.” ACTION is has a current major focus on the problem of AIDS in Africa. “We are trusting for 30 additional missionaries to serve in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. It is estimated that 6300 Africans die daily from AIDS; 11,000 persons are newly infected daily. ACTION is making a special effort through our AIDS and Orphan Crisis Care and Evangelism Ministry to reach as many as possible with the gospel and compassionate care.” More ACTION workers are needed. Learn more. “Please pray with us about this,” they wrote. (Thanks again!)

  7. NEW LEVEL OF RESEARCH AVAILABLE TO BRIGADA READERS — Okay… the truth is, it’s available to all Internet browsers, but here’s what you’ve got to ask yourselves: where did you *hear* about it first? :-) the “it” in this case is the online World Christian Database (WCD), brought to you by some of the same folks who brought you the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE)! Todd Johnson, co-author of the WCE, is one of the driving forces behind the new Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The WCD represents the core of the data supporting the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE) and World Christian Trends (WCT). The online WCD includes detailed information on 34,000 Christian denominations and on religions in every country of the world. In addition, extensive data is available on 238 countries and 13,000 ethnolinguistic peoples, as well as data on 7,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. Statistics in the online WCD represent a significant update of the data published in WCE/WCT in 2001. Now here’s the most amazing part of all: It’s all available to you at absolutely no charge! Nada! Free! Honestly, I don’t get it. (Read on for more info.)

  8. WORLD CHRISTIAN DATABASE ONLINE! — Back in the days of the research and publication of the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE), I remember researchers quipping that David Barrett would never share much of his “inside info” (even though these researchers shared their data with him! :-) ). Reportedly, he was always afraid that, once shared, nobody would buy his books! Well guess what: somehow, he (or his partner), has managed to “open up the store”! And what a great store it is. I love the simple search engine, and that’s the way I believe you should try to access your information. Just put in the name of the people group (or country, or province, or just about anything else connected with a religion) you’re researching, click, and see the information pop up in front of you. This is the kind of thing we dreamed about trying to produce in 1995. And it’s real-time, not just a collection of PDFs. Oh… and I almost forgot: you’ll need the URL! :-) You can get there either one of two ways. You can go via Todd Johnsion’s personal web page: http://www.globalchristianity.org Or directly through the WCD link itself: http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org
    (Note: At “presstime”, this link was unavailable; but keep trying. It’ll come back “alive” again, I’m convinced.)
    Set a link, because I guarantee you you’ll want to come back here to check something. I already have. Here’s what I wrote to Todd this past week, when he informed us it was finally “live” (he’s been letting us beta test it since early October, but by agreement, I couldn’t tell you about it yet): “It’s great, Todd. No… it’s fantastic. What a tremendous service to release it *free*. It’s *so* digestible… *so* much easier to find the data… *so* quick . It let me zero in on a people group from Cote d’Ivoire lickety-split. Perhaps the most useful evangelization research page on the entire web. Thanks for your tireless work!” So there you have it… literally! And to David Barrett… and now Todd Johnson, we’re all incredibly grateful. May God help you figure out how to make ends meet, so this information will always be available to Brigada readers… and more!

  9. MORE GOOD NEWS! BETHANY UNREACHED PROFILES STILL REACHABLE — Thanks to the half dozen or so readers who did their homework and located the Bethany Profiles on Unreached Peoples. You all are great helpers! http://www.ksafe.com/profiles/home.html (Thanks Dwane, Lynda, Henry

  10. DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGICAL TERMS IN SIMPLIFIED ENGLISH — Both the Dictionary of Theological Terms in Simplified English and the accompanying Student Workbook have the potential to be very valuable tools for their intended audiences (international students and pastors who have a reasonable command of English and English-speaking lay people). The Dictionary itself is easy to use and contains many useful features in addition to its definitions such as guide words, cross references, biblical references, and original language references. The definitions give a balanced look at the meaning of the words often presenting several contrasting views. We asked for input from the new Training Director at Team Expansion, Glen Gibson. (He has 17 years experience training church leaders and pastors, and he will probably have his Ph.D. from Fuller before Christmas.) He thought about the courses he had offered among those who use English as a second language and observed, “I would have loved for all of them to have this tool by their side as they sat in class or did their assignments.” He went on to tell me, “The Student Workbook is also a good tool to help accomplish its stated purpose of equipping the “intermediate level English student to negotiate through a theological dictionary and eventually, theological writings.” In fact all English speakers would likely benefits from working through the exercises in this book. Helpful methods of using dictionaries, studying theological terms, and learning vocabulary are laid out in well-designed exercises.” He wasn’t quite as excited about the accompanying workbook, however. “The Dictionary is simple enough to use that a person with a reasonable command of English will be able to use it without taking the time to study the Student Workbook.” At the same time, he judged that the added investment wouldn’t be for naught. “Anyone who takes the time to study through the workbook will benefit greatly by expanding their ability to not just use the Dictionary, but also study other theological writings.” (Thanks for your “take” on these, Glen!) These books should be available from Amazon.com or your favorite Bible bookstore.

  11. TO BOUNCE MESSAGES TO SPAMMERS, OR NOT — The debate continues. Chris, a Brigada participant from World Harvest Mission, wrote recently, “You’ve opened up a very interesting topic, discussing the ethics of sending bounce messages to spammers. Here’s my two cents worth. General Principle: It is not unethical to use deception against the enemy in times of warfare. Application to the use of bounce messages against spammers: This is warfare and spammers are the enemy.” I see Chris’ point. Yet, due to the parallel factor (that spammers rarely give their real return addresses anyway), I still have disabled my “bounce” capability in MailWasher, especially since I found out that it forges the “postmaster” line to make it look like your ISP postmaster sent the bounce-a-gram. :-( Not a pleasant thought, for those of us who want to be honest in the small things in life. :-( (But again, maybe it’s “war”! :-) Thanks anyway, Chris!)

  12. TEACHING ENGLISH — Christians resident in N America, Australia or New Zealand can find TEFL opportunities at ESL-Jobs.com: http://esljobs.gospelcom.net/ (Thanks Tony!)

  13. SHORT TERM MISSION LEADERS TRAINING SEMINAR — Commit Ministries is offering two, high quality, low-cost, 3-day seminars; one in sunny Tampa Florida in the Winter (February 5-7, 2004), and another in Honolulu Hawaii (oh, my! :-) ), April 22-24, 2004. This seminar is a comprehensive, cutting-edge, intensive program designed to prepare Christians to lead short term ministry teams worldwide. Each participant will acquire everything necessary to develop or augment a thorough short term ministry program for their respective church or mission agency and gain the skills/knowledge necessary to effectively lead short-term ministry teams. For registration information, contact COMMIT Ministries, infoatcommitministriesdotorg , or visit their website at www.commitministries.org

  14. TAKING THE ‘EX’ OUT OF ‘EX-MISSIONARY’ — Any former missionary who has returned home for any reason can still have an outreach ministry to their country of service. The Web provides one avenue for outreach. But there is also much scope for creating a simple and cheap literature program from home – read how Jane and Beryl were led into this ministry for Fula dialects and Swahili: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/missionary.php

  15. LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR DISCOUNT ON THE CD RESEARCH TOOL — Don’t forget that if you’ve been pondering that CD, with all the great maps, profiles, and other research, better stop pondering and start clicking. Less than a handful of days remain, if you intend to get the special Brigada discount (until the end of October). The “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD-ROM, a Brigada sponsor, makes a great source for mission fairs, faith-promise rallies, and tons more. It’ll help you pray, recruit, send, train, and motivate. The graphics are great. The interface is simple. Get it at: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm
    If you wait beyond next Friday, expect to pay quite a bit more.

20021215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIAL SHORT-TERM MISSIONS ISSUE
  2. CHECK OUT GLOBAL MISSION.ORG
  3. [deleted this dead link]
  4. SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF SHORT-TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
  5. TEN EMERGING TRENDS
  6. MISSION FINDER WEB SITE
  7. GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
  8. REENTRY GUIDE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  9. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPECIAL SHORT-TERM MISSIONS ISSUE — Again in this issue, we give thanks to Kenneth Wes <kennethwesataoldotcom> for his unstoppable willingness to share sources and resources with us! He contributed several items to this issue. Thanks Ken! </kennethwesataoldotcom>

  2. CHECK OUT GLOBAL MISSION.ORG — You’ll want to stop by: http://www.globalmission.org There you’ll find… (a) a Global Interactive Calendar of Missions Events (feel free to post your own events); (b) a White Pages (MegaMenu) Directory of Missions Organizations worldwide (if you’re not listed then you should be); (c) a Missions Opportunity Database (that contains over 1,000 long term opportunities); (d) a Short Term Mission Directory (if you have any short term programmes that you want advertised, feel free to post them); and (e) a Mission “Wanted” Bulletin Board (browse this growing list for potential candidates). (Thanks Ken!)

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  4. SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF SHORT-TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES — Mission Data International recently rolled out a new website devoted to short- term missions — ShortTermMissions.com. The website features a fully searchable database of short-term mission opportunities. It provides detailed descriptions & requirements on short-term opportunities from many organizations. ShortTermMissions.com also includes in-depth mission agency information, articles, and discussion forums. It is an excellent resource to refer people to. Take a look! Go to http://www.shorttermmissions.com/ and try a search for a 1-2 week short-term opportunity to Latin America for instance. Also, stop by the discussion forums. For more information e-mail <infoatshorttermmissionsdotcom>. </infoatshorttermmissionsdotcom>

  5. TEN EMERGING TRENDS — Remember the article “Short-Term Missions: Ten Emerging Trends” by Seth Barnes, Executive Director of Adventures In Missions? It’s worth pulling out and dusting off again. It first appeared in January 2000 Mission Frontiers. He woke us up to some principles that haven’t gone away. If anything, they’ve *grown*!
    *** FROM YOUTH EVENT TO MISSIONS PROGRAM — Youth pastors tend to be event-oriented. As a consequence, it is easy to fall into the trap of seeing the summer project as just another event. … By mapping it out well in advance, you give students something more to shoot for in each successive year. You set them on a track which results in increased spiritual growth year after year.
    *** GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FUNDS — … Accountability for funds increases as understanding of where those funds are going grows.
    *** FROM WORK CAMPS TO SHORT-TERM MISSIONS — … In recent years, however, work camps have displaced camps as the “thing to do” among youth groups. Youth leaders are sensing that more entertainment is not what this generation needs. The prescription is a heavy dose of service and teamwork.
    *** FROM FAD TO PHENOMENON — … Here’s a comment you’ll hardly ever hear: “This short-term missions thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’m going back to a steady diet of fun retreats.”
    *** INCREASED EMPHASIS ON PREPARATION — One knock against short-term missions project is that students often have little appreciation for the complex issues they face when they go overseas. The best way to beat this rap is by enhancing the caliber of the preparation which they go through prior to leaving home.
    *** FROM SUMMER EXPERIENCE TO ONGOING MINISTRY — To really reap the dividends of a changed lifestyle, youth groups must carry forward the momentum which a summer project can generate. …
    *** GREATER DENOMINATIONAL EMPHASIS — … As the number of groups going on missions trips swell, two factors will lead to greater denominational involvement: a) Denominations will begin paying attention to the savings they can offer their churches by sponsoring their own projects; and b) they will also want to exert greater denominational control over the kind of projects which their churches choose. …
    **** INCREASED NETWORKING — … By linking up with other groups, an individual church can spread out its costs over greater numbers. ….
    *** INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE MOVEMENT — … In the future, missions networks will extend increasingly throughout the world.
    *** JUNIOR HIGH INVOLVEMENT — … What we’ve seen is that if an effective program of discipleship exists and youth group members have been thoroughly trained, they have all the maturity they need to be smashing successes on the missions field.

  6. MISSION FINDER WEB SITE — Find it at http://www.mfinder.org/summer.htm Find mission opportunities, opportunities for tentmakers, information on mission training and short term opportunities as well as major section on mission resources (travel, insurance, FAQs about missions, links to other mission job lists etc.).

  7. GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED — Short-term mission trips are just that–short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants’ hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Reasonably priced at $8.00, Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you’ve been looking for. For more information look at http://www.wycliffe.org/short-term/guidebook/home.htm or call Kyle at (407) 852-3660, or email <kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg>. </kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg>

  8. REENTRY GUIDE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS — Check out the “Reentry Guide for Short Term Mission Leaders” by Lisa Chinn. Lisa is a well know Reentry specialist in the short term missions community and has done many seminars overseas as well as in N America. She has recently documented her research and put most of her seminar notes into a small book. It is spiral bound book, filled with research, and is easy to understand with many sources and footnotes. It is available for $10.50 + 1.50 shipping. http://www.deeperroots.com

  9. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS — You know you should spend more time on cross-cultural training, but the planning and logistics of your short- term mission trips are taking all your time and it’s almost summer. Give a 12 lesson Bible Study guide to each member, assign the lessons and debrief some of the lessons together in small groups. You’ll be amazed at how well they can get on track with the help of this book, Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart. God’s word can be used to effectively build sensitive servants! The spiral bound book comes with 10-day Trip Journal and a page of ideas for a team leader using it for orientation. Check out the publisher’s website for content review and downloadable order form. http://www.CampfireResources.com or email Miriam <answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>. </answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>

20020630 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW TO DE-STRESS HOME SERVICE
  2. CLOSURE OF THE TEE RESOURCE CENTRE
  3. TEE DATABASE GOES ON LINE!
  4. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SMALL GROUPS
  5. TIRED OF POP-UP ADS?
  6. USING CDs, VIDEOCDs and DVDs FOR EVANGELISM
  7. BI-VOCATIONAL PASTORS AND MISSIONARIES
  8. CHURCH WEBSITES
  9. THE PLAN: A MISSIONS-MANDATE MELODRAMA
  10. CHECK OUT THIS SOLUTION FOR BANNER ADS IN YOUR EGROUP
  11. SYNERGY SUMMIT

  1. HOW TO DE-STRESS HOME SERVICE — Thanks to Phil for gathering this info — What are good ways to make less obtrusive housing arrangements, saving money, scheduling visits & reports and connecting with people? How to insure quality time with family and friends who have busy lives and maybe haven’t seen you in a long time?! To get a copy via email, just send a note to: home-serviceatbrigadadotorg

    Thanks Phil!


  2. CLOSURE OF THE TEE RESOURCE CENTRE — As of the end of June 2002, the TEE Resource Centre based at All Nations Christian College closed. It was originally set up jointly by The Evangelical Literature Trust (ELT) and All Nations Christian College (ANCC), and both organisations are glad to have had a part in getting the TEE Data Base (now online – see below) off the ground, but unfortunately for various reasons, neither are in a position to continue with their commitment to the project. The organizers have requested that we please do not send any further communications to the Tee Centre.

  3. TEE DATABASE GOES ON LINE! — Following negotiations with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA – formerly WEF) the information on the TEE database became available on-line through their Global Mission web-site as of this month. For those wishing to become new members and add TEE data: Go to the login page: http://www.globalmission.org/tools/member/login.htm and follow the OPEN NEW ACCOUNT link. Follow the instructions provided online. For those simply wanting to enquire about TEE courses, or to search the TEE database, visit: http://www.globalmission.org where you are supposed to eventually find a link to access the TEE Database. Then use the search form provided online.

  4. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SMALL GROUPS — Here’s an agency with group health insurance available for teams as small as two missionary units. Coverage includes maternity, preventative care, medical evacuation, furlough coverage, life and in some cases dental. If you’re on group insurance for 18 months when returning to USA, there is automatic coverage (no declines) on HIPAA/Portability plans. For an electronic or hard-copy information packet contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

  5. TIRED OF POP-UP ADS? — Tired of all those annoying sponsors PopUp’s that get displayed when you visit some WEB sites? PopUp Killer is the original and most powerful popups destroying- machine ever created. This program is 100% free, which means that you can copy it, use it as in many machines as you like, and make as many backup copies as you like. The web site for Software Development can be reached at:

    http://software.xfx.net/


  6. USING CDs, VIDEOCDs and DVDs FOR EVANGELISM — Here you’ll find lots of ideas, links and resources for creating or purchasing CDs that will effectively communicate the Gospel: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/cd-evangelism.php

  7. BI-VOCATIONAL PASTORS AND MISSIONARIES — Joe is a tentmaker missionary from a restricted-access country who represents a non-profit Christian organization specializing in mentoring ministers who are bi- vocational to efficiently raise ministry and personal funds so that they can devote more time and resources to their calling. They also work with full time ministers that have a need for additional ministry funds or retirement income working from home with very flexible hours. This is a perfect tentmaker business that is already in 63 countries. Dial toll-free 866-861-8376 and leave your phone number and the best time to call at the end of the recorded message, or Email Joe at <mjbatsecurenymdotnet> in order to receive a text version with more information. Pass this along to those you know who may find this useful. </mjbatsecurenymdotnet>

  8. CHURCH WEBSITES — There are more church sites than any other sort of Christian page. They have great potential for evangelism – but only if they are designed with this in mind. A detailed resource page sets out a range of strategies that are working successfully for many churches: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/church-pages.php

    And it is possible to directly insert this content into your own website, just by copying a line of javascript onto one of your pages: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/churchpage-insert.php


  9. THE PLAN: A MISSIONS-MANDATE MELODRAMA — Here’s a one hour interactive, overly dramatic presentation which demonstrates that God’s salvation plan to reach all peoples [cheer!] is the central theme of the whole Bible. THE PLAN can be performed by the “well-rehearsed” or “barely briefed” and easily involves all generations [clap, stomp] in the play. The melodrama is available from the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies, 1605 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena, CA, and sells for $12.95 plus S & H. Check out: http://www.prescms.org/pcms_resources.html , email <pcmsatuscwmdotorg> or call 626 398 2468. Only one copy of the plan is needed [big sigh] and you can reproduce as many pages as you need for the cast [applause]. </pcmsatuscwmdotorg>

  10. CHECK OUT THIS SOLUTION FOR BANNER ADS IN YOUR EGROUP — John has been using “MyMail” (http://www.codingclick.com/scripts/MyMail/) for his last few newsletters, and has found it to be a wonderful FREE PHP/MySQL product. This is a complete newsletter solution that allows for auto sign-up with double-opt in e-mail replies required for proper sign-up. It is totally automated with great maintenance tools, and even has an archive feature that will archive your old newsletters in an easy to access manner. Check it out!

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In this issue…

  1. VIDEO HANDBOOK FOR MISSIONARIES
  2. CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY FOR JESUS
  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP SPAIN
  4. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING
  5. TONS OF GOOD DISCOUNTS ON MISSION BOOKS!
  6. NEW GLOBAL REPORT FOR YOUTH WORKERS
  7. BOOTCAMP FOR TENTMAKERS
  8. INDIGENOUS RECORDINGS IN THE 10/40 WINDOW
  9. EVANGELICAL TRACT DIRECTORY
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO HANDBOOK FOR MISSIONARIES — The “Toolbox for Video Storytelling” is a 268 page book with accompanying example CD-ROM written by missionaries, for missionaries. It takes you through the steps necessary to effectively tell your story, through a short video, to almost any audience. It is available from Mission Media Productions, Inc for $35.00, including U.S. shipping. Foreign shipping is available. This is $4.00 below the price in stores or at other websites. Contact Bob Kelly at

  2. CHILDREN ARE HUNGRY FOR JESUS — Check out http://www.wec-int.org , which has a link, Rainbows of Hope, with lots of general info on missions to children. See the links, and see the books: many by MARC Publications — connected with World Vision; especially see the Briefings book summary. Or, go directly to http://www.marcpublications.com . See the book on complex humanitarian crises. Also, check out the Jan 2001 issue of Global Prayer Digest. http://www.global-prayer-digest.org which, deals with children is crisis. (Thanks much, Keith!!!)

  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP SPAIN — Scheduled for June 1-10, 2002, and sponsored by Elijah Company, Inc., these camps give solid preparation for career missions service. Topics covered include identifying and destroying personal strongholds, understanding people in teams and culture, personal disciplines, and practical issues such as support base preparation. Five days are spent in Spain followed by five days in North Africa. Presenters include experienced missionaries and national leaders. It is

  4. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING — Elim Bible Institute is now accepting applications for this fall’s “Missions and International Community Health Program”. The two-year program provides training in the missionary life, in preventative and curative community health care focusing on developing countries. The program is designed for those with no prior health training or for those such as nurses and EMTs who want practical primary care training. This is the most extensive program of this kind in the chttp://www.elim.edu , e-mail at <admissionsatelimdotedu> or call 1-800-670-ELIM, International Students are Welcome! Scholarships are available for those from developing countries. Call (585)624-4897 in the USA. </admissionsatelimdotedu>

  5. TONS OF GOOD DISCOUNTS ON MISSION BOOKS! — The second edition of MissionWorld catalog is now available from Gabriel Resources. 180 books and resources are included, all at special discounted prices! Gabriel Resources is committed to bringing together resources to mobilize and equip world Christians. This edition also includes articles by Jason Mandryk (Operation World Co-author), Phil Parshall (Author of 9 books on Islam & Ministry to Muslims) & George Verwer (International Director, OM). Emaihttp://www.gabriel-resources.com .

  6. NEW GLOBAL REPORT FOR YOUTH WORKERS — Interested in learning from what God is doing through youth ministries globally? Steve Miller, with Reach Out Youth Solutions, asks youth workers around the globe to share what’s working in a specific area of their ministries. He compiles their replies into an extensive “Professional Youth Ministry Report,” which he then sends back via e-mail. The most recent 25 page report is on “Building Student Leadership.” Read it at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?ai=131&ac=2&al=40 or e-mail Steve <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> directly. </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. BOOTCAMP FOR TENTMAKERS — The Singapore Enterprise Chapter of SITF will be bringing to Singapore for the first time Bootcamp@Asia on 23 – 24 April 2002, led by marketing guru and CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki. A renowned speaker and the founder of several computer companies, Mr. Kawasaki was the former chief evangelist of Apple Computer. He is also the author of seven books including Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Mac

  8. INDIGENOUS RECORDINGS IN THE 10/40 WINDOW — Heart Sounds International (HSI) is a volunteer fellowship of trained worship musicians and recording engineers committed to seeing God release the “heart worship” of people groups and churches. HSI teams accomplish this through teaching in biblical principles of worship, training local musicians to apply their God-given compositional abilities to write their own indigenous worship songs, and recording local believers using state-of-the-art digital re

  9. EVANGELICAL TRACT DIRECTORY — Check out the tract directory of evangelical tract ministries around the world at http://www.tractlist.com . Take in the 125 pages of info on tract ministries including addresses, web addresses, email addresses, titles of tracts , languages, and descriptions of many ministries tracts and goals. Includes reviews from those using the materials! (Thanks Ken!)

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In this issue….

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NEW VIDEO FEATURES JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 “AFFINITY BLOCKS”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SURFING WITH A MISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More on “great teams” next week.
Doug

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