dramas

6) Oral Dramas to teach HIV prevention

Grandma’s Village oral dramas are available through Kerus Global Education. The 32 dramas on CD are designed for radio use or group listening. Used in community centers, schools, orphan care centers and churches, listeners enjoy the serial dramas. Designed for Africans, these programs were produced by TransWorld Radio and Kerus Global Education in both African English and Kiswahili. The serial story has clear Gospel messages and many spiritual applications including HIV/AIDS prevention. Visit the website to learn more and order

http://www.kerusglobal.org/products-and-programs/oral-learners

6) Get 3 Free Missions Skits from Brigada

Maybe you’re promoting a missions conference, or a new Kairos or Perspectives class, or maybe your church has decided to host “The Wall of Unreached Peoples.” Now you can download for free the scripts for 3 skits that can promote, communicate, and inspire your church to get on board. Just browse to this link:

http://www.brigada.org/mission-skits

(These skits are courtesy Peg and Garen, members at Fern Creek Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Thanks Peg and Garen!)

8) Kids Mission Skits —

The Kids’ Mission Skits book created by the folks at Caleb Project has been updated to reflect current mission statistics and now comes in downloadable format. 14 creative skits, including a children’s version of the Worldview Demonstration, are suitable for children and youth to perform. The book also contains six historical narratives of famous missionaries. Now available through Pioneers. Check out

http://www.cartpioneers.org/products/Kids%27-Missions-Skits-%252d-Download.html

(Note: That link will wrap. If you have trouble reassembling it, just click on the link below to navigate to the online version of this item, then click on the link there.)

2) Train In Arts/Ethnomusicology Modules In England

If you are looking for a comprehensive approach to applying music and the arts to mission work anywhere in the world, why not consider 4 weeks at the beautiful SIL UK training centre, exploring ways of encouraging and developing indigenous forms of creative Biblical worship.
Module I: Research Methods for Performing Arts. Monday 31 August – Friday 11 September, 2009.
Module II: Applied Cultural Arts. Monday 14 – Friday 25 September, 2009. Learn about indigenous worship worldwide, including music, drama, dance, storytelling and visual arts. Basic field recording and audio editing skills is included. Although both modules are designed primarily for the mission-focused who desire to reach people through performing arts, they require no prior training in any aspect of performance. For more details, see

http://www.eurotp.org/UK/Session.asp?SessionID=239

or write to

9) Dramashare Helps You Get Dramatic

We’ve mentioned them before and they’re still hard at it. DramaShare continues to grow and serve folks all over the world. They have written many scripts in the missions theme and, what’s more, they now have a “DramaBlog” to prompt discussion and creativity on skits, scripts and more. Find it all at:

http://www.dramashare.org/

or, in the USA, call toll-free 1-877-DO-DRAMA (363-7262). They have shared their work with over 6,000 ministries in 74 countries around the world, distributing royalty free scripts, How-to Manuals, workshops and other resources.

20070204 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW MISSIONS AWARENESS TOOLS
  2. GO ONLINE, DOWNLOAD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  3. VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS
  4. BUILDING A MISSIOPEDIA
  5. MISSIONARY VIDEO CHANNELS
  6. TWO ACMC CONFERENCES GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED
  7. CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS”
  8. AND *MORE* DRAMAS
  9. TRAINING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
  10. RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHERS
  11. LAUNCHING A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT AMONG AN ORAL CULTURE?
  12. DO YOU PLACE OVERSEAS CALLS FROM YOUR USA-BASED CELL PHONE?
  13. HELP ALAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
  14. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS
  15. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  16. ONLINE MAGAZINE CORRECTION
  17. INDEBTED TO PARTNERS
  18. KEEP BRIGADA PUMPING
  19. THE BACKPAGE: MANY MOURN, SOME MOBILIZE CALEB PROJECT/ACMC
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW MISSIONS AWARENESS TOOLS — Good News Productions, International has two new missions awareness tools to get youth excited about missions. The first is an exciting new children’s program called GNPI Kids Live that will work in conjunction with any VBS program. It is a five-part digital DVD presentation of missions from a kid’s perspective. It is fashioned after a talk show in which the presenter is a puppet character named Rocky Surface. … To preview this material, go to

    http://www.gnpi.org/kidslive

    The second tool is a movie called All Things New. It is being marketed as a fundraising tool for youth to raise funds for missions trips or Christ In Youth conferences, while also raising funds for Good News Productions, International and Christians’ Haven (The ministry in the Philippines on which the movie is based.). As Matt Proctor, President of Ozark Christian College, put it, “This movie will call viewers to risky obedience and the need to put hands and feet on their compassion.” To view the trailer and get other information on this film, go to

    http://www.allthingsnewmovie.com

    You can also get more information on these tools by calling 800-457- 4674 and asking for Amber.


  2. GO ONLINE, DOWNLOAD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE — If you have a broadband connection and a computer, you have access to a world of foreign language instruction — for free. And if you have an MP3 audio player, you can even carry lessons around with you to listen on the bus, in the car or anywhere else you listen to music. All kinds of language lessons are available in free “podcasts” (which are like radio programs you download from the Internet.) In his Chicago Tribune column “On Language” this week, Nathan Bierma lists the web sites for learning a major foreign language with the best quality, free language podcasts he could find. It is available at:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0701230287jan24,1,5624467.story

    If that URL is too long, you can access the same web page with this link:

    http://tinyurl.com/2kz323

    Nathan includes resources to learn Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Latin and English as a Second Language. (Thanks to the anonymous friend who tipped us off to this item!)


  3. VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS — High school youth around the world have a chance to learn the video production process from start to finish, creating programs with powerful Christian content in the process. Good News Productions, International is leading this innovative program called Media Challenge as a way to engage techno- savvy youth around the world in the process of reaching their peers using the tools of the media. The goal is to challenge Christian youth to speak out about issues of faith and practice, using the specific cultural context in which they live as the background for their programs. The workshops offer more than technical training; significant time is devoted to script development and writing to assure the content is on target and effective. For 2007, two USA based workshops will be held; one on the campus of St. Louis Christian College (July 1-7) and a second at Cincinnati Christian University (July 8-14). Two international workshops are scheduled; one in Zakosciele, Poland (July 22–August 4) and another in Chiang Mai, Thailand (June 17-23). Information about the USA workshops, including the curriculum and application process, can be found online at

    http://mediachallenge.org

    Information about the International workshops can be obtained by writing to director(at)mediachallenge(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Churches and missionaries who would like to host and/or sponsor an international workshop are also encouraged to contact the director, Bob Sartoris, at the address above. If you’d like to be involved in the workshops this summer, better hurry. There’s an end-of-March deadline coming up quickly.


  4. BUILDING A MISSIOPEDIA — It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since the 2nd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia was published. What’s the next generation of mission dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases? Is it possible to do for mission reference works what Wikipedia did for human knowledge? Will we know unless we try? Justin Long has launched an experimental Missiopedia at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/index.php

    If you have something you think should go in an encyclopedia about missions – an article about a country, a people group, a province, a city, a denomination, a ministry, or what have you – then now is the time for you to step up to the plate and participate.


  5. MISSIONARY VIDEO CHANNELS — Recently Justin Long asked if anyone was doing missionary videocasting on YouTube or Google Video. Justin got a few responses and, in order to make it manageable, he’s added a relevant page on the new Missiopedia wiki that he is developing (which might be blank so far, but let’s grow it). Anyone can add to the list by clicking to the page and clicking ‘edit’ at the top. See it (and the whole Missiopedia) online at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/index.php/Missionary_Videocasting


  6. TWO ACMC CONFERENCES GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED — Here are at least two conferences on March 15-17 in Delaware and Detroit that are still going forward as planned. Perhaps they represent historic “last conferences” of ACMC. Though the conferences will not be, for legal reasons, under the banner of Initiative360, the content, speakers and resources will be the same as listed in the brochures. (Note that the Austin, TX conference on March 3 was cancelled.) Organizers reported that after last week’s Brigada, “People began calling in like crazy,” asking for information. For info on the Detroit Conference go to

    http://www.davidmays.org

    For the Delaware Conference, see the brochure at

    http://www.gracextensions.org/files/ACMCWilmingtonDE07.pdf

    or call 800-959-3523 (Tom Telford) or 410-561-8424 xt 210 (Joe Steinitz).


  7. CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS” — [We recently featured an item “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS” (Jan. 19th edition), but apparently the contact information was faulty. Here’s the item again, but the contact person has now provided us with a working email address.] As a follow-up to the BACKPAGE in the Brigada Today of January 5, Wycliffe Bible Translators also offers a series of 20 mission-themed skits called “World Class Missions Dramas” written by Blackie Blackwell and Amy Jung, edited by Ron Binder. These were specifically written to accompany Perspectives on the World Christian Movement lessons, so they are short, don’t need elaborate preparation in terms of set or props, and are dialogue-driven like a readers’ theater. They are available as an email attachment, on CD, or hard copy from Wycliffe Southwest in Temecula, CA. Contact Media Resources by phone at 951-719-1105 or email: media_resources_wsw(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. AND *MORE* DRAMAS — Get even more ideas for dramas over at…

    http://www.dramashare.com/

    where organizers seek to cater to those involved in missions and outreach and have many non-verbal dramas among the 1600+ scripts in their database.


  9. TRAINING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY — Want to do some serious study to be equipped to help others utilize their heart music? Attend the graduate- level courses in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas. Three courses will be offered this summer: Applied Ethnomusicology (June 11-22), Field of Ethnomusicology/Anthropology of Music (June 25-July 13), and Analysis of Non-Western Music (July 19 – August 15). Learn more about them at:

    http://www.gial.edu/courses/ethnomusicology.htm

    or e-mail ethnomusicology(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHERS — You can find materials to help Christian teachers, including parents, relate everything they teach to God and the Bible at

    http://www.transformingteachers.org

    Check out the Visual Valet, online articles, and downloads. The site has links to Christian teacher and school organizations around the world. If an organization you know about is not listed, please send suggestions to hklassen(at)janzteam(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. LAUNCHING A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT AMONG AN ORAL CULTURE? — Scriptures In Use

    http://www.siutraining.org

    is holding two workshops this spring that you should consider. March 30-31 will be an Orality Awareness Workshop at Word of Grace Church, Mesa., AZ that starts at 7 p.m. Friday night and ends by 3 p.m. Saturday. They’re asking $25 for lunch and materials. Contact briannah(at)wordofgrace(dot)org to register On May 10-12 “Communications Bridges to Oral Cultures” will be offered at First Christian Church, Phoenix, AZ. Sessions will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The class is designed for CPM Coaches and trainers. $75 for lunches, breaks and materials. Cindy(at)fccphx(dot)com to register. For more information on SIU and the training — jimbowman(at)siutraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. DO YOU PLACE OVERSEAS CALLS FROM YOUR USA-BASED CELL PHONE? — If so, check out Nickel Talk, if you haven’t already.

    http://www.nickeltalk.com/

    It’s pretty straight-forward — 5 cents per minute, with no connect fees, on all mobile calls to Europe, Latin America, Asia & Australia. No monthly fees, no prepayment, no contracts, no phone cards, no pins, and keep your existing service. What could be simpler? (Note that we’re not referring this to earn some kind of sponsorship or affiliate bonus. This is just one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread.


  13. HELP ALAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Got a video or a recorded testimony on the persecuted church? Alan is a Missions Minister from Indiana who would like to get the word out. If you have a resource or a referral, click on over to…

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Persecution#Get_the_Word_Out

    Let’s build a great list of interview footage, stats, worksheets, hand- outs, websites, … anything and everything that will help him get the word out about the persecuted church. [What’s the use in duplicating Justin’s great wiki! :-) Let’s ride the wave! ]


  14. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS — OM Ship’s new vessel, the Logos Hope, is close to being ready for full-time service bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. They are looking for volunteers, who can join them for two weeks or more, to complete the last projects required to get the ship out of the shipyard. Volunteers are asked to cover their travel, health and insurance expenses but food and lodging after arrival are provided.

    For more information about this opportunity, please visit:

    http://www.omships.org/go=2

    or you can contact OM Ships at info(at)omships(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. 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. Courses offered 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 .]


  16. ONLINE MAGAZINE CORRECTION — Catch INTERLIT Magazine, which helps those publishing Christian literature in the non-western world, at:

    http://ccmipartners.org

    In the Feb. 12th edition, the contributor’s original submission had left out a strategic “n”. Please pardon any inconvenience. (Thanks Tim!)


  17. INDEBTED TO PARTNERS — Thanks to those who make Brigada happen through their prayers and financial partnership. This past week, Good News Productions stoked the fire with a $100 gift. Learn more about their ministry of media development and distribution at:

    http://gnpi.org/

    Insurance Services of America added fuel by sending sponsorship gifts in the name of Jason and Jon, who each had purchased insurance with them. So ISA promptly sent $20.95 in their name. It’s that simple. Purchase an insurance policy or trip interruption insurance with ISA and they’ll immediately help Brigada. Learn more at:

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

    Note that you must use this link or *tell* them in order for the sponsorship to happen. Thanks!


  18. KEEP BRIGADA PUMPING — Want to help Brigada pump out weekly editions to mobilizers, church members and mission professionals around the world? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  19. THE BACKPAGE: MANY MOURN, SOME MOBILIZE CALEB PROJECT/ACMC — This past week, I felt as if I were standing in a visitation line at a funeral home. Countless fellow-strugglers identified with last edition’s “BackPage” item about the passing of Caleb Project and CMC (and the associated “Initiative 360″ merger). One Brigada participant from San Jose, CA, wrote ” I, too, was stunned when I went to the i360 site and found that message. … I was especially concerned about them personally. … Let’s keep praying and pushing–can’t let the Devil have a good day!” A reader from Plano, TX, shared, “I read today’s issue of Brigada quickly when I saw the subject line. I was an advocate for ACMC since I can remember attending a conference in the 1970’s. Initially, individual members received a copy of every publication they created. … Why is it a surprise to you that ACMC had trouble making ends meet when it takes an entire year for you to raise $17K per year for Brigada? You are reaching how many people via email regularly? I will attempt to restrain myself from my soap box speech. Everyone thinks that ‘someone else’ will support the ___ ministry. (And, I’m guilty of this also.) Thank you for your continued faithfulness to the Lord, and your efforts to help keep the global Christian community updated with Brigada.” This friend’s note reminded me how vulnerable… how fragile our respective ministries all are. We all need to constantly work hard to keep them fueled. Gulp.

    Another participant from Oregon wrote, “I so appreciated your ‘eulogy’ about ACMC/Caleb Project. I went to my first ACMC conference in the early 90’s. That’s where I first learned about missions, the Perspectives class, met great people like Paul Borthwick and David Mays, and where I learned my first steps in ‘doing missions’. … I began using Caleb Project materials at about the same time. I was able to use them as a resource for our children’s pastor to teach missions to kids. They have been a great resource on unreached peoples materials. … All I learned from ACMC … I’m still using and always will. I remember doing conferences in my area and having people remark over and over how they didn’t know ACMC had such a great network of resources and people. … I too don’t understand what took place, even from the folks that were a part of it but God’s still in control.” Well said. One Caleb Project staffer wrote, “I just want to express my appreciation for the letter in Brigada yesterday. This has been a very difficult time for all of us, made more difficult by frustration and confusion and the speed with which things happened. … Thanks for the note Doug. I appreciate your heart. Thanks for speaking plainly and passionately. We do hope others can learn from our experience.” David Mays, a long-time ACMC consultant wrote, ” Thanks much Doug. You are a great encourager.” He has filed his own take on the ill-fated merger at

    http://www.davidmays.org/i360.html

    (I asked for and received permission from him to share the URL.)

    Throughout these and many other notes, there was one common theme — a flood of memories of all the great services these two incredible organizations had provided down through the years. Another theme: trying to make sense out of their passing. So far, there were few answers.

    However, all is not lost. Bravo to organizations like Pioneers and Team Expansion who are doing their best to provide options for former staff from both agencies. Pioneers, in particular, is trying to create a semi-autonomous working unit that would pick up employees and dreamers from both networks. Watch future Brigada Todays for more news as these and other developments unfold. And above all, keep praying for these precious — and hurting — souls.

20070114 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AUDIO SCRIPTURES LINKED TO LISTENING PROGRAMS
  2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  3. MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS
  4. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE
  5. GET YOUR FREE IMAGE
  6. CREATE YOUR NEWSLETTERS FOR FREE
  7. “TAKE MY LIFE” (MISSIONS CONFERENCE)
  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA…
  9. MOMENTUM FEATURES WEST AFRICA
  10. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  11. FLORIDA WELCOMES YOU FOR TENTMAKER TRAINING!
  12. WE’RE SO THANKFUL…
  13. WOULD YOU PROVIDE FUEL FOR THE FIRE HERE?
  14. THE BACK PAGE: FINDING YOUR “M&Ms”
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AUDIO SCRIPTURES LINKED TO LISTENING PROGRAMS –- Talking Bibles International is committed to record any translated New Testament intended to facilitate daily Bible listening programs. Daily Bible listening in homes and villages with which a local evangelist or pastor interacts helps believers grow strong in their faith and attracts new people who want to hear. The new digital Talking Bible listening device with an audio recording of a translated New Testament inside, now makes an adopt-a-village type daily Bible listening doable anywhere in the world. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

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


  2. 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 study guide on topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS — As a follow-up to the BACKPAGE in the Brigada Today of January 5, Wycliffe Bible Translators also offers a series of 20 mission-themed skits called “World Class Missions Dramas” written by Blackie Blackwell and Amy Jung, edited by Ron Binder. These were specifically written to accompany Perspectives on the World Christian Movement lessons, so they are short, don’t need elaborate preparation in terms of set or props, and are dialogue-driven like a readers’ theater. They are available as an email attachment, on CD, or hard copy from Wycliffe Southwest in Temecula, CA. Contact Media Resources by phone at 951-719-1105 or email:

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

  4. (Note: This is a correction from the originally cited email address that went out in the Brigada email.)


  5. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by February 9th and save $50. The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference March 9-10. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. It applies to those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

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


  6. GET YOUR FREE IMAGE — Have you visited the folks at GoodSalt to pick up your new free image for this month? :-)

    http://www.goodsalt.com/freeimages.php

    I grabbed that one and promptly turned it into a powerpoint I had to churn out the same day. Pretty practical. They give away one per month, obviously with hopes you’ll eventually decide to buy one or two. Check it out.


  7. CREATE YOUR NEWSLETTERS FOR FREE — Our Creative Arts guy (Nick) is trying out this site during its beta, just for fun. Keep an eye on it. It just might go places to help you “Create Newsletters, Print to PDF, Print to a Printer, or Email them for free with Drag and Drop.”

    http://letterpop.com/


  8. “TAKE MY LIFE” (MISSIONS CONFERENCE) — This is a two-day conference that challenges college students and twentysomethings to let their lives be used for their King’s glory among the nations. Pete Grieg, author of Red Moon Rising and founder of the 24-7 Prayer Movement, is the main speaker. 30 workshops are being offered to equip participants for ministry. The event starts 7:30pm, Friday, February 2nd, at Southwestern College, in Phoenix, AZ. Student groups are now organizing overnight prayer. Main sessions resume at 9:30am, Saturday, Feb. 3. Register at

    http://takemylife.org

    for $20/person or email jeremy(at)takemylife(dot)org with further questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA… — Please remember to…
    *** Turn off “fancy characters” in Word (Tools|Autocorrect in the “Autoformat” tab). Some of our audience still reads in simple text.
    *** Keep your item to 8-10 lines in length. (That way, *you* decide what’s important)
    *** Please avoid “classified ad language”. Make it like a real conversation instead of like you’re selling a used car.
    *** Remember we have an int’l audience. Communicate to the *world*, not just to your own homeland.
    *** Give a web URL and an email address for follow-up.
    *** Write in 3rd person. Say “They” instead of “We”. Learn even more at:

    http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html


  10. MOMENTUM FEATURES WEST AFRICA — Justin Long’s magazine, “Momentum”, has just posted for January/February. Catch it at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org

    Included are articles involving mobile member care, coaching workers, Africans on mission, as well as updates on all the normal stuff and more. (Great job, Justin.)


  11. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two-day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out their website for more details at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net or email

    info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates include Fayetteville, AR – Feb 1-2nd, Colorado Springs, CO – March 26-27th, Jacksonville, FL – April 26-27th, Bellflower, CA – June 4-5th. Register online today.


  12. FLORIDA WELCOMES YOU FOR TENTMAKER TRAINING! — GLOBAL Opportunities is running its first annual tentmaking course in Fort Myers FLA and you need to register soon to reserve your spot. If you are considering going overseas with your profession or running a Kingdom business, you need to take this training. It is fairly simple to find a job or to start a business but you will need specific ministry skills for the hard places. Check out their course outline at their website and you will see that it has been designed with purpose and from the experience of hundreds who have gone out there and increasingly left behind house churches. If the Florida course dates do not fit, there are many others coming up.

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email Ari at 321(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. WE’RE SO THANKFUL… — Thanks to the anonymous donors who gave $25, $10, $10, and $100 to spur on Brigada to good works. Gulp. What an awesome and sobering responsibility it is to be in this work. Thanks once again.

  14. WOULD YOU PROVIDE FUEL FOR THE FIRE HERE? — Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  15. THE BACK PAGE: FINDING YOUR “M&Ms” — For me it’s
    *** Shooting (just qualified for “Distinguished Expert” in handgun)
    *** Stargazing (I love my 8″ SCT)
    *** Soccer (I coach a local high school varsity team)
    *** Playing for the worship band at my local church (keyboard, piano, and today, bass guitar) and finally..
    *** “M&Ms” (I have dispensers on my desk at the office, at home, & in my truck). Whenever I feel myself needing a lift — Oxygen pills, as I used to call them with my kids — I’ll take 2 M&Ms and forge on.

    How ’bout you? What’s your M&M — by that I mean some kind of diversion that can lift your spirits, provide a release from work-aholism, and add some spice to your life. It might be your family, going out to eat, hiking, running, bike riding, puzzles, video games, even Risk! :-) Whatever it is, enjoy it in moderation and my hunch is you’ll be a happier camper. What’s more, you’ll probably work harder I the remaining hours too.

    So reach for the M&Ms this week… and have some fun. Make it a great week!

    Doug

20021124 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
  2. MORE DRAMA
  3. TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA
  4. VEHICLES FOR MISSIONS & MINISTRIES
  5. TESOL TRAINING
  6. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  7. NEED A MOTIVATING SPEAKER?
  8. SEMINAR FOR REACHING THE POOR
  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION (SoFM)
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS –- You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 17-19, 2003, at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles airport. Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. Dr. Roberta Hestenes of World Vision is the plenary speaker. You can email for information at <infoatnstmcdotorg> or you can find all information and application forms at the following web site: http://www.nstmc.org . </infoatnstmcdotorg>

  2. MORE DRAMA — Here’s a unique drama resource (in addition to those listed in Brigada Today’s 2002/11/08 edition): http://www.christianmusicals.com . This website currently has five original Christian musicals available – words, and CD backing tracks. All of them have been written by Wayne Wright, a New Zealander, and performed many times by Source Theatre, a NZ based Christian, ‘amateur/professional’ theatre group. Some are designed for youth audiences, and are evangelistic. Email the author directly at <wayneatsourcedotcodotnz> . Source Theatre members are open to invitations to bring the show to your part of the world. For more information, or to get copies of the music CD of “The Reason Why”, and the latest version of the booklet, e-mail <tonyplewsatcompuservedotcom> . </tonyplewsatcompuservedotcom></wayneatsourcedotcodotnz>

  3. TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA — The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the YWAM base in Lebanon, PA Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English and open doors to limited access nations. The cost is $950, which includes tuition, books, room, and board.

  4. VEHICLES FOR MISSIONS & MINISTRIES — Get transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. Here’s a ministry whose sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Their “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. They also have new field units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They handle most major manufacturers, new and used cars, SUV’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and buses. They are MATS International, tel. 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email <caratmatsdotorg>, web http://www.mats.org . </caratmatsdotorg>

  5. TESOL TRAINING — Catch it in Auckland, New Zealand, 3 – 28 March, 2003. This intensive four week English language teacher training course is accredited with YWAM’s University of the Nations and will be held at the YWAM Campus in Auckland. The cost is $USD 680. For application or information contact TESOL Registrar, YWAM, PO Box 43120, Auckland 1730. phone 09 255 1410, email <tesolatywamdotorgdotnz>. </tesolatywamdotorgdotnz>

  6. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who are called to missions but need to speak English to fulfill that calling? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA beginning March 31, 2002 and ending June 20, 2003 for those who want to learn to speak and understand the English language. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 with a non- refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  7. NEED A MOTIVATING SPEAKER? — Here’s a fellow who is reportedly a motivating and inspiring speaker, who has shared his dramatic journey of overcoming and redemption throughout north America, who has presented in schools, churches, retreats, outreaches, youth rallies, conferences and community events. He also speaks to the reality facing modern day youth and their families. “…an incredible message…a powerful testimony”. Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family. Try Serge LeClerc, http://www.sergetalks.com or email <sergetalksathotmaildotcom>. </sergetalksathotmaildotcom>

  8. SEMINAR FOR REACHING THE POOR — Here’s a seminar that can help you understand and launch church-centered savings and credit associations and tons more for the poor across the planet. Take it all in at the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. This training opportunity will give you the tools you need to minister effectively to the poor in Christ’s name. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org , or e-mail <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION (SoFM) — Read more about this cross-cultural training at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . Beginning the 3rd of July, it’s a three- month lecture phase plus nine-month mentored field internship, all aimed at helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural ministry, 3) frontier survival, 4) teamwork and 5) finding a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples in East and Southeast Asia. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 . This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is a prerequisite. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

20021103 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DRAMA ANYONE?
  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  3. NEW “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINE
  4. SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE IN IRAQ
  5. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  6. WORLD CONVENTION STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE
  7. ENTERTAINING STOCKING STUFFER BOOKS
  8. RESCUE AND RESTORING STREETCHILDREN (BRASIL)
  9. PRACTICAL MISSIONS HELP FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DRAMA ANYONE? — Here are some of the world’s best collections of quality Christian drama materials. Ask for their catalogs!
    * Baker’s Plays (http://www.bakersplays.com) Costs a small royalty fee to produce them. Includes plays and how-to books.
    * Contemporary Drama Service (http://www.contemporaryd rama.com) Publishers of plays, interpretive movement, clowning, multi-media and also how-to books. They offer “play kits” which have scripts, director instructions and royalty fees all for one price.
    * Creative Resource Group (http://www.churchideas.com) Newest & freshest scripts–plays divided by subject. Plays are real-to-life situations from two minutes to full-length. Also includes resources for doing creative arts in worship.
    * Lillenas Publishing Company (http://www.lillenas.com) Extensive drama catalogue of those in this list. They handle books of plays, single plays and many are royalty-free. Includes some how-to books.
    * LifeWay Christian Resources (http://www.lifeway.com) Books on dramas, monologues and other helpful resources in church drama. Their “National Drama Service” offers a quarterly book of scripts for all occasions. Convention Press also publishes, “The Complete Guide to Church Play Production.” It is considered “the book” for church drama directors–includes choosing a play to closing the production and striking the set.
    * CrossPoint Scripts (http://www.crosspointscripts.com) Quarterly drama ministry newsletter with many good scripts for all occasions and fun four to six minutes on average. Each of the scripts has a director’s notes sidebar, along with musical suggestions to accompany the script during production.
    (Source: Thanks to Mark, of newWway newsletter, for sharing these resources assembled by Tom Smoot, Western Recorder 11/12/02, p. 8.)

  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Here’s a chance to hear Dr. Ray Bakke (Exec. Dir. of Urban International Associates) at the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Learn to minister effectively among the poor urban areas. Apply now as space is limited. Learn more at http://www.chalmers.org , or e-mail <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call (706)419-1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  3. NEW “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINE — The brand-new, 2003/4 Edition of Into All the World Magazine is now available. This issue has a special feature (80 pages out of the 132 page issue) on “Short-Term Missions Today.” (You can go to http://www.aboutmissions.com to see a complete editorial outline of the 28 important articles.)

    Copies are available for just $2/copy for the first 20 copies ordered, and just $1/copy for all copies over twenty. Plus modest S&H charges. An invoice will be enclosed with your shipment. Request all the copies you can use. Send an e-mail to Bill Berry, Publisher, at <intomorecopiesataoldotcom  (intomorecopiesataoldotcom)  >.


  4. SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE IN IRAQ — Check out http://www.oprev.org/Iraq.htm . (An Acrobat Reader pdf file version is downloadable from that site.) Editor Bruce Sidebotham has done a great job assembling some very challenging information on this needy land.

  5. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, has their next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. It’s a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

  6. WORLD CONVENTION STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE — The family of churches known as Christian Churches, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Churches of Christ grew out of an early 19th Century movement with origins in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Today there are congregations related to this Christian World Communion in more than 165 countries. Every four years a World Convention is held in a different part of the world. The next will be July 28-August 1, 2004 in Brighton, England, UK. Information is available for any interested parties at http://www.worldconvention.org Ed Dodds

  7. ENTERTAINING STOCKING STUFFER BOOKS — Want to stuff someone’s stockings with a funny missions book? Try “Siberian Shivers”, a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Russia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene, whether or not they are headed for cold climates. Or ask for “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure,” the story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. You’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish! Combine good humor with cultural insights. Order either one for $8 each by writing to <sleepydickatbigfootdotcom  (sleepydickatbigfootdotcom)  >.

  8. RESCUE AND RESTORING STREETCHILDREN (BRASIL) — A Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need) is being staged by Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations, in Camaragibe-Recife, Brazil (April 7th – June 27th). It consists of 3 months of theoretical teaching and then 2 months practical. Held in both English and Portuguese, it will cover the Biblical basis, inner healing, working with adolescents, discipline, planning and tons more. The goal is to train Christians, giving them tools for more effective work among families in need, while simultaneously helping the work in Recife. For more info write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or log on (in Portuguese) at: http://www.recife.jocum.org.br </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>
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  10. PRACTICAL MISSIONS HELP FOR YOUR CHURCH — “Stuff You Need to Know about Doing Missions in Your Church” is a 90-page encyclopedia-on- diskette of one-page lists, outlines, forms, and resources covering everything from Bible Verses on Missions to Missions Pastor Job Descriptions. A second volume which includes entirely different information, “More Stuff You Need to Know,” is also available. To see sample pages, go to http://www.davidmays.org , click on “book notes” and scroll down. To purchase either diskette, send $12 in U.S. funds (includes shipping and handling) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112, USA. Request “Stuff” or “More Stuff” and include your shipping address.

20020519 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS
  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS?
  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD
  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA
  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG
  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS
  8. REACH THE UNREACHED
  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED
  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE
  12. YWAM DTS IN PA
  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM)
  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS — United World Telecom http://www.phone-access.com/uwt/ reportedly offers some of the lowest phone rates around. They specialize in low rates to Africa, South American and Asia. You can reportedly use the service in callback form from any country in the world, from any phone in North America using UWT’s toll free number, and can even get your own US “follow me” toll free number to give to friends and family. All calls to this private toll free number will be automatically re-directed to your phone number of choice anywhere in the world. Very convenient and great to give to supporters, friends and family — especially since it can be used by travelers! There are no sign-up fees, no monthly minimum fees. You ONLY pay for the calls you make, and there’s even online sign up and online billing. The quality is excellent and the cost of calls are the same regardless of direction (Japan to USA is 10 CPM – USA to Japan is also 10 CPM). To learn more about Callback, how it works and how to sign up online visit: http://www.phone-access.com/uwt or write uwtatphone-accessdotcom with any questions that you might have.

  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS? — That seems to be one of the most popular questions asked these days. Here’s the scoop: Back when we were distributing Brigada Today via eGroups, the eGroups people offered a special whereby you could pay a fee to “buy out” the ads. Next thing you know, Yahoo purchased eGroups and the whole thing became YahooGroups. Since that time, I haven’t been able to verify that YahooGroups offers the same deal — but they *did* apparently “grandfather” us in without ads, to honor the previous deal that eGroups had sold. So — the bottom line: I don’t know of any way that new YahooGroups moderators can get rid of those pesky ads on current groups. They can be fairly . . . risque’, eh? Have you seen the one with the scantily clad lady and that bothersome wireless Internet video camera? Yikes. I asked my son, who in the world would want to buy a wireless Internet video camera anyway, and then we saw an ad in the local newspaper about how that little gizmo had become one of the most popular-selling items on the Net. Great. And our groups just keep boosting it along. :-) Anyway… sorry I can’t be of more help! Maybe some Brigada participant has figured them out!

  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD — Catch a Seminar in Hindu Awareness on Saturday 29 June 2002 in Greater Vancouver, Canada the U.S. Centre for World Mission (Institute of Hindu Studies Division), sponsored by the Dusty Sandals Society. Learn about Hinduism & Contextualization – A Critique; Christ Movements in the Hindu World; Expressing Worship of Christ in Hindu Contexts; Challenges to Contextualization. Through HL Richard, Vern Middleton, David Manuel. For more info, log on at: http://www.rethinkingforum.com or write <dustysandalsatshawdotca> or call 604.277.7233 (that must be a Canadian number). </dustysandalsatshawdotca>

  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA — Here’s a TESOL course, June 17 to July 12, 2002, with an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine. Another course is slated for September 23 – October 18, 2002. For info, write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG -– Here’s a service helps missionaries and other expatriates living abroad stay in touch by providing options and recommendations for international long distance phone calls. Organizers there have reportedly saved users lots of money both on home assignment and on the field. Check it out at: http://www.dial-abroad.org (Note that by using one of these services, you’ll be helping referrer Andy and his ministry in Japan, GlobalCompassion.com .)

  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course in Budapest, “Cross-Cultural Communication” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS — Want to use your love of drama to call harvesters into cross-cultural missions? Wycliffe’s new Dinner Theatre, set in the Philippines, needs all kinds of personnel: actors (Filipino- looking actors especially needed), backstage manager, technician, house manager and kitchen manager. Travel the Western USA and parts of the South with room and board provided. They’re just now making decisions on casting, through the end of June. Fall Tour is Sept-Nov, with Spring Tour being Feb-May. Contact Mark Eaton for details: <mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>, 800-269-2007, 503-652-1662, http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Theater/TheaterNW2.htm . </mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>

  8. REACH THE UNREACHED — Learn to be a more powerful communicator for Christ by signing up for “Communication and the Biblical View of Man” (COM 301), Nov. 18, 2002 through Feb. 7, 2003 in sunny Hawaii, USA. Contact Jean Hartley at 73410dot2407atcompuservedotcom or fax 808-326-4446. They offer assistance to eligible students from developing nations. Visit Youth With a Mission’s University of the Nations website for a course application http://www.uofnkona.edu .

  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED — With all the garbage floating around on the internet and with many reports of Christians falling prey to the lure of pornography, now may be a good time to switch to a family-friendly Internet Service Provider (ISP). Chuck is looking for a filtered ISP (one that prevents access to pornographic sites) that provides good service at a low cost. Can you suggest one that can be accessed from most overseas locations? Send information on your favorite with details such as customer service, connection reliability, etc. to Chuck at <winindiaataoldotcom>. Chuck will report back on his findings later. </winindiaataoldotcom>

  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. An upcoming workshop hosted by Campus Crusade For Christ will be held in Orlando, FL, June 5-11. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will host an Advanced CBS Conference on Jan. 10-13, 2003 in Fort Worth. This conference is for people who have (1) done a worldview study of a people group, (2) prepared a story list for the group, and (3) storied with the group. The format of the conference will give ample time for participants to share what they have done in storying, how it has worked, what problems have arisen, and how they have dealt with them. Participants will learn about the latest materials that have been developed, how storying is being used in leadership development and theological education, and continuing research into orality and communication. … For the benefit of people wanting to get started in using storying, Southwestern will also be hosting an Introduction to Chronological Bible Storying workshop Jan. 13-17, 2003. For more info. write <asratswbtsdotedu> or call 817-923-1921, ext. 2440. </asratswbtsdotedu>

  12. YWAM DTS IN PA — Catch the YWAM DTS in Lebanon, PA., a five month course broken into two parts. 1st part-3 months of teaching, topics ranging from the character of God to a life style of repentance. 2nd part-2 month outreach to Cambodia. The school begins October 21, 2002, and ends March 7, 2003. For information e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM) – The Year of Prayer is well underway with participants in 50+ nations. ASM is still seeking churches, groups, and intercessors to join the fray. Email prayer bulletins are sent out twice per month. Short-term outreach teams are forming. An English-language video with seven short programs about Morocco including one for children is available in both NTSC and PAL formats. Spanish and Portuguese versions are now in process. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is available in English, French, German, Dutch and Korean print versions. The “52 Weeks” text is also available for downloading from the ASM website in these same languages plus Spanish, Afrikaans, Chinese and soon in Portuguese. The prayer guide is purposely undated so that it may be used to begin a year of prayer at any time. For more information please go to the website at: or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS — Do you want your son or daughter to have an intellectually resilient Christian worldview coupled with a heart for the nations that will survive college? Are you a missionary wondering how to transition your son or daughter into American college life? If so, then INSIGHT might be for you. The US Center for World Mission is now preparing to run its second year of the INSIGHT program (Intensive Study of Integrated Global History and Theology) on its Pasadena campus, beginning in the fall 2002. Referred to by Dr. Ralph Winter as a “30 year idea”, INSIGHT is designed as a one-year freshman level study program that provides 30 units of general education transferable credit through Northwestern College. INSIGHT prepares students for their college years by giving them a globally aware, mission-minded, big picture, biblically-based foundation. See the web site at http://www.uscwm.org/insight or email <insightatuscwmdotorg> or call 626-398-2104 for more information. </insightatuscwmdotorg>

20020512 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG
  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE!
  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA
  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES
  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE
  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING
  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR
  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING
  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PIONEER CHURCH PLANTING BOOK SCORES BIG — Getting started as a church planter? Want to gain more insight in your existing church planting efforts? Trent and Vivian Rowland are seven years into leading a church planting team in Asia. In this handbook they articulate their experiences to help guide and inspire teams. Some items covered include: Basic requirements and practices of a team leader, screening and assessing candidates, preparing new team members, research, networking and strategies, articulating ministry philosophy, setting goals for initial years, and implications for mobilizing new workers. I’ve got to tell you, as I sat down and started paging through my review copy, I began seeing all *kinds* of extra training possibilities for the mission with which I personally work. I’m convinced that we will expand and *improve* our church-planter training program as a result of the changes we incorporate from the Rowlands’ work in this book. I’m thankful to them … and to Caleb Project… for unselfishly making these many tools available to our entire global family. This is a new release (Dec. 2001) and it’s available for $19 for a limited time only at http://www.calebproject.org/books.htm . My encouragement: Get it. You’ll be glad you did. (And in case you’re wondering… there’s no commission coming my way. :-) My only hopeful outcome is that we all do this job more effectively. I’m persuaded that if we followed this book, it would happen.)

  2. KC’S TRAVELS: CELEBRATE! — Here’s a new video adventure for kids 5- 11 years of age. KC, a talking suitcase, is not your average talking suitcase. He’s a seam-stretching, adventure-seeking, live-by-the-seat- of-his rollers world traveler. In this video, he visits the Quechua people of Peru with this digital friend Lynnk. For $10.95 you can jump on board. Order it from Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally) for ordering information. </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  3. GET THE LOWDOWN ON DRAMA — DramaShare Christian Drama Resources has released their new manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity”, the use of non-verbal drama in missions and outreach, (internationally and locally). This comprehensive program teaches the “how-to’s” of ministering through drama, and also teaches how to pass on your skills to others in the mission field church or group, (a “teaching them to fish” philosophy). Those in the program receive an annual membership in DramaShare, giving them full and free access to over 600 scripts, many of which are non-verbal drama, written for this program. For full details, click on over to http://www.dramashare.org/3c.html or write <contactusatdramasharedotorg> In North America phone toll-free 1-800-DO-DRAMA (363-7262) or Fax (Canada) 306-653-0653. And as the authors say, “May God bless your ministry, dramatically!” </contactusatdramasharedotorg>

  4. FROM AKEBU TO ZAPOTEC… A BOOK OF BIBLELESS PEOPLES — Here’s a great book by June Hathersmith, complete with sound affects on CD, taking you to 26 different peoples without God’s word. Get it for $9.95 (the book and CD combined). To order, or for more information, contact Wycliffe Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or <richard_bossatwycliffedotorg>, or call toll free 1-800-992-5433, ext. 3778 (407-852-3600 locally). </richard_bossatwycliffedotorg></patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  5. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ONLINE — Crown College recently launched an online Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies in the Fall 2002, at http://www.crownonline.org . The College is regionally accredited with North Central Accreditation (N.C.A.) and also accredited with Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (A.A.B.C.). Crown is also a full member of Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (C.C.C.U.). Crown has been providing missionary training since 1916. The first course for this degree program begins August 18, 2002.

  6. CUTTING EDGE MISSIONS EDUCATION/TRAINING — You have about three weeks left to register for the “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” course taught in the graduate extension program of Columbia Biblical Seminary June 10-14. Dr. Michael Pocock will be on the campus of Toccoa Falls College (90 minutes northeast of Atlanta, GA) for those dates to lead this examination of the major issues that will directly impact how we do missions for decades to come. To register for credit or to audit the course write <gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>. You are welcome to examine the course syllabus online at: http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/two_year_projected_schedule.htm </gradadmissionsattfcdotedu>

  7. LEARN HOW TO HELP THE POOR — Have you felt the need for training on how to help the poor? Dr. Russell Mask of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development will begin a 6-week module on Christian Microenterprise Development in the Two-Thirds World in August. This course is taught via e-mail. Application deadline is June 14, 2002. For details see the Chalmers Center’s website: http://www.Chalmers.org or email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706-419-1805 in the USA or via Net2phone. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  8. SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL FROM PEOPLE RAISING — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term/summer missions trips through a specially designed “People Raising” support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  9. BACK PAGE: APOLOGIES FOR “HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING” — My apologies to those who were offended by our incorporation of the ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life in last issue’s “Back Page” editorial. Some felt that by saying that my 12-year-old “came up” with the items, I was implying that he composed them himself. I was careful not to actually say that… because he had indeed actually gleaned them from a site he often reads on the web. But as far as I recalled, it was the first time I had seen them myself. And the truth is, after he showed them to me, I did a search at Google.com, prior to including them, in hopes of finding the original source. I only found about 20 copies on the web, and in my cursory search, I saw no one purporting to be the original author. Still, I should have made it clear that he “came up with them” by finding them on a website. Either way, today I rec’d a note from “Chris” pointing me to the page, http://members.kconline.com/kerr/mk.htm) which highlights Andrew and Deborah Kerr’s book, “You Know You’re an MK When…” (Thanks Chris!) Yikes! I had no idea there was even a book about it! As I’ve said before, I’ll try harder to make sure we search for primary sources on everything… and may I just continue to ask your indulgence to let us know when we miss something. Whenever we do, you also have my honest word that we’ll print this kind of apology in the very next edition. I’ll also be more careful not to fall into the trap of saying something that isn’t original… or even allowing you to draw that conclusion — then not telling you that it isn’t original. The burden for the truth is of primary importance in each of our Christian lives. Honestly, I have no false visions of grandeur about convincing you that my kids are child prodigies (although I confess that, at times, I do appreciate their humor a lot :-). Bottom line… again… my apologies if I was at all out of line and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thanks.

20020217 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) WANT INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS?
2) THE BEST OF MISSIONS-CRYPTOGRAPHY
3) TRAIN TO LEAD SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
4) TOOL UP TO HELP WITH ECONOMIC START-UPS
5) LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TEACH ENGLISH?
6) OPTIONS FOR OUTREACH
7) SHARE YOUR WISDOM FOR FURLOUGH “DE-STRESSING”
8) COMMUNICATING BY DRAMA
9) LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) WANT INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS? — Check out the JPII download files and PDF peoples by country at…

http://www.joshuaproject.net/datacomplete.html

The Joshua Project II data are all on the web and have been recently refreshed. Thanks to Dan Scribner and the whole JPII team!… and to World Help for adopting them!

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2) THE BEST OF MISSIONS-CRYPTOGRAPHY — Here it is… everything you’ve always wanted to learn about missions cryptography but were afraid to ask. A while back, some loyal and faithful Brigada participants got together to discuss encryption and other related topics . . . and they just kept on meeting! Well here’s a compilation of a “best-of the dialog” over the last year+. Folks on the list have ok’d it for public distribution. Thanks to John Hanna for putting it together for us here! To get a copy, just send a message to <missions-cryptoatbrigadadotorg>. Be aware that the file is 136K.</missions-cryptoatbrigadadotorg>

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3) TRAIN TO LEAD SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. Since 1997, more than 350 short-term mission leaders from churches and agencies have completed this program and have had very positive results. You can too. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. A special 3 night and meal package is available at a cost of $199 (double occupancy) and low cost airfare is available through COMMIT Ministries Travel. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information by e-mail: <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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4) TOOL UP TO HELP WITH ECONOMIC START-UPS — The Christian Economic Development Institute is coming, May 20-31, 2002. Be sure to register before April 8th for the lowest rate. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org or contact the Chalmers Center at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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5) LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TEACH ENGLISH? — Look no further. The Church of the Brethren needs volunteer English teachers in the Dominican Republic. Any baptized, committed Christian can apply. For more information, please contact Dan <dmcfadden_gbatbrethrendotorg> or call </dmcfadden_gbatbrethrendotorg>

1-800-323-8039 or 1-847-742-5100.

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6) OPTIONS FOR OUTREACH — Want to reach out to orphans in China and Russia? Go short- or long-term. Help with children’s ministry, train childcare workers, be a physical or occupational therapist, or a special education teacher. Keep in mind, you’ll need to raise your own support. If interested, contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mission to Unreached Peoples to learn more about these opportunities. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151. Also see…</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

http://www.mup.org .

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7) SHARE YOUR WISDOM FOR FURLOUGH “DE-STRESSING” — Visiting family, friends, and supporters is a blessing and a “stressing” for young families. Young children don’t always remember life before the field and the constant moving, visiting, and being “on stage” is difficult – especially for those short 1-3 month furloughs. Can you share your wisdom and practical experience? Phil & his wife have two boys [age 4-6] and they need to reduce the anticipated stress of traveling and being in people’s homes. What are your good ways to make less obtrusive housing arrangements, saving money, scheduling visits & reports and connecting with people? How do you insure quality time with family and friends who have busy lives and maybe haven’t seen you in a long time? Send your responses to <philatlookforwarddotorg> and he’ll compile them and make them available in a few weeks. (Thanks Phil!)</philatlookforwarddotorg>

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8) COMMUNICATING BY DRAMA — The folks at ‘Dramashare’ are in the final stages of an exciting project, writing a manual on the use of non-verbal dramatic ministry in cross-cultural circumstances. This manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity” will cover what short-term missions teams need to understand about this type of outreach, preparation for the ministry, training required. They will also have many non-verbal scripts included in the manual.

They are looking for input from those who have experience in cross-cultural ministry, also from those looking for this kind of guidance, what specific information are you looking for? The more input they receive the greater the potential that the 3C program will have the greatest impact on your needs. Write to: contactusatdramasharedotorg .

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9) LIGHT TO THE NATIONS — Here are five days of intensive, high quality training for people interested in tentmaking. Understand tentmaking and get equipped to be effective. Topics include: Importance of tentmaking today, Biblical basis of tentmaking, Culture shock & how to deal with it, The international job market, Effective, sensitive evangelism, Leading investigative Bible studies, Bonding with the people, Spiritual warfare and disciplines, Church planting, Home church relationship, Healthy team relationships, Preparing for effectiveness, and Practical issues. You can choose from two courses in 2002: May 15-19 in Cary, NC October 16-20 in Pasadena, CA. Register at

http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/index.htm

Presented by Global Opportunities. <infoatglobaloppsdotorg> 626-398-2393.</infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

20010408 Brigada Today

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YAHOO TO OFFER PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS – THEN MAYBE NOT

WebWatch If you’re a regular participant in a YahooGroup (formerly eGroups) then maybe you’ve caught wind of the rumor that the service’s management recently decided to offer pornographic materials in a larger, more visible “company-sponsored” way. (To see the original release, have a look at: http://foxnews.com/story/0,2933,5537,00.html ) However, after receiving numerous complaints from customers after revelations that the company had already been peddling x-rated materials anyway, Yahoo announced about a week later that it will no longer be selling pornographic videos period. “We consistently strive to act responsibly and constantly evaluate our policies based on what our users tell us,” said Yahoo president and chief operating officer Jeff Mallet. He added that the company will no longer sell banner ads to the pornography industry. (Source: CNSNews.com — thanks for the tip, Kirk!) Want an alternative to the whole situation? Try out StrategicNetwork.org’s new email conferencing software at: www.strategicnetwork.org It’s free . . . and becoming more powerful all the time. And what’s more, it’s run by Christians for global Christian purposes. So you know the management… (or at least we here at Brigada Today do!). Will Brigada Today switch over? Well… it’s always a possibility… but for now, we’re thrilled that YahooGroups took a stand. So… for the time being, we intend to ride the wave of good will following a decision for the good!
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SATELITE EMAIL FROM ANYWHERE (ALMOST)

letter and ligntening bolt Want to e-mail without phone service? For $3500 (plus shipping) you can purchase one of VITA’s four remaining Portable Ground Stations http://www.vita.org/leo/pgs.htm to tie your laptop into one of two low earth orbit satellites for an email-to-Internet connection at 9600 baud @ ~50 KB transfer per day, and no phone connection needed. Toward the end of the summer a new version of the ground station will be available in quantity, but the price has not yet been set. Watch for more info then. As a beta service, right now there’s no usage fee, but VITA expects an annual charge of $500 when the system is complete. See http://www.vita.org/leo/vitasat-online.htm or email Gary Garriott garygatvitadotorg  (garygatvitadotorg)   for more information.
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NEW PEOPLE RAISING RELEASE: SHORT TERM/SUMMER SUPPORT MANUAL

book Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term/summer missions trips through a specially designed People Raising support manual by William Dillon author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support. This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com or e-mail Mr. Dillon billatpeopleraisingdotcom  (billatpeopleraisingdotcom)  .
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EARN YOUR MA WHILE MAINTAINING YOUR PRESENT MINISTRY

graduation cap Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri http://www.covenantseminary.edu has recently announced that they have been approved to offer their MA (Theological Studies) degree through their Extension studies program. The MA includes 1:1 tutoring (by phone or email), internet-based discussion groups, and three one-week residencies in St. Louis. For more information send an email to admissionsatcovenantseminarydotedu  (admissionsatcovenantseminarydotedu)   or call 314-434-4044 (800-264-8064 if you are in the States.)
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FREE LISTING OF DEVOTIONAL BOOKS FOR MISSIONARIES

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Paul michalikattexasdotnet  (michalikattexasdotnet)   for keeping his word. He’s assembled a great little listing of devotional books and links for missionaries as a result of the item in the March 23rd Brigada Today. Get your free copy by sending a blank email to devotional-booksatbrigadadotorg  (devotional-booksatbrigadadotorg)  . Way to go Paul!
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO OFFER “BRIGADA SPECIAL”

graduation cap Columbia International University (home of Columbia Bible College and Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions) is offering a “Brigada Special” for Brigada Today subscribers between April 16th and June 30, 2001 on its extension courses and materials. Columbia Extension has received numerous awards for their more than 60 undergraduate and graduate courses in Bible, Missions, Theology, Church History and more. You will receive 20% OFF on Study Guides and Tapes PLUS the year round Missionary Discount of 10% OFF Tuition with a credit enrollment. One of the caring faculty assistants (of pastors, missionaries, etc) will be assigned to mentor you through the course. You can check it out and even enroll online at http://www.ciuextension.com. Remember to use the special Brigada Promotion Code: 589-BR8MZ when ordering. If you prefer, you can call there friendly staff at 800-777-2227 extension 3710 in the US or 803-754-4100 from outside the US or e-mail them at extoffatciudotedu  (extoffatciudotedu)  . Thanks Columbia! We appreciate you!!!
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WHY MUSLIMS CHOOSE JESUS

Here’s a survey of Muslim-background believers gives the Christian community an opportunity to hear what fellow Christ-followers found attractive in Christ-centered faith. Key article from Mission Frontiers. (Thanks for raising it to our attention Tony!) http://www.missionfrontiers.org/2001/01/muslim.htm
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MOTIVATING COMFORT-MINDED ADULTS FOR MISSIONS

Joseph labtoesatjunodotcom  (labtoesatjunodotcom)   is looking for recommendations on an adult Sunday School curriculum that is very introductory, motivating, on God’s heart for the world. He’s searching for something inspiring, with visionary stories on what God is doing around the world — and something that doesn’t require extensive research and pulling together of materials for the teacher. What do you recommend? Write Joseph for ideas . . . and we’ll ask him to assemble a report for a future autoresponder here in Brigada Today. Thanks!
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DEAF MINISTRY RESOURCE LIST UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Ken kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)   for substantially updating the deafministry file on the Brigada autoresponder server. To get your free copy — about 20K — just send a note to this address: deafministryatbrigadadotorg  (deafministryatbrigadadotorg)  
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BE A DISCIPLE

Youth With A Mission (Lebanon, PA. USA) is offering a Crossroads Discipleship Training School, October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002 with an eight-week outreach immediately following. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,595.00 USD per person plus a $35.00 USD per person registration fee, while the Outreach adds on approximately $2,000.00 USD more. For more information contact call 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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BIBLES IN 140 LANGUAGES

Bible “Bibles in Your Language” is a new site that makes it easy to find online, print, or audio Bibles in 140 languages. It’s produced by Ethnic Harvest, on the web at: http://www.ethnicharvest.org/bibles/. If you know of additional foreign language Bibles available in the USA, please write Barb at barbatethnicharvestdotorg  (barbatethnicharvestdotorg)   so she can add them to the site.
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FREE NETWORKING SITE: “MISSIONARIES FOR THE LORD”

WebWatch Check out the new “Missionaries for the Lord” portal for missions and missionaries. It’s organizers are seeking missionaries and organizations to link up completely free of charge. They need writers, researchers, and other volunteer staff since they’re hoping to provide information on locations, religions and beliefs around the world, articles on how to get started, fundraising ideas, etc. as well as book reviews, organizations links, and missionaries listings. They already have a message board area, a newsletter, and a chatroom. For more information, write Trisha trishaatmftldotnet  (trishaatmftldotnet)  .
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DRAMATISTS NEEDED

theater mask “Spread The Word Dinner Theatre” (Wycliffe Bible Translators) needs acting enthusiasts to travel the Western USA to take part in a Colombian drama with Colombian food (Hispanic actors encouraged to apply). Its organizers need technicians, a stage manager, a restaurant/house manager and a kitchen manager, too. Room and board are provided plus a small honorarium per showing. The fall tour runs September-November and the Spring Tour is February-May. Call Mark 800-269-2007 in the USA or via net2phone or write mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg)   for details.
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

graduation cap Youth With A Mission, (Lebanon, PA, USA) is offering a TESOL course September 24, 2001 to October 19, 2001. This intensive and highly academic course qualifies the graduate to teach English as a second language nearly anywhere in the world. For more information, call 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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