EasyBibles

5) Bible website gets 4 million visits in one year

The website…

http://www.easyenglish.info 

which offers the Bible in easy-to-read English, clocked up four million visitors from more than 200 countries during 2013. The EasyEnglish version of the Bible and commentaries use a vocabulary of just 1,200 words and are for those who have learned English as a second language. For those who have a greater knowledge of English there is another level using 2,800 words. Both levels follow simple forms of grammar which help to express complex ideas in simpler words and sentences. The rules followed include the use of one topic per paragraph, no passive verbs, split infinitives, idioms, rhetorical questions, or, ambiguous pronouns. Working from their homes, the team of volunteers involved comprise writers, translators, linguistic and theological checkers, and editors. Started 20 years ago, the EasyEnglish project is part of MissionAssist (formerly Wycliffe Associates UK) which offers a range of services at no cost to overseas mission workers.

12) Easybibles.Com Has Made Two Important Strides Forward

All printing will now be done in the nations concerned, and following an enthusiastic response to the African ‘easyBibles’ conference in April 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi; a similar Conference for Asia is proposed for later in 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Printing locally will save postage costs, avoid damage and delays and help with local employment and enable a stronger link between field-testing and further printing.

So far, Malayi, Zambia, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Sudan all wish to be represented at Lilongwe 2 more countries than managed to get to Kabwe. More information contact Martin…

mlloyd3000atgmaildotcom

6) Easybibles Has Now Moved Onto Stage Three —

After over 7 years coordinating

 

http://www.easyEnglish.info

 

for Wycliffe Associates UK and nearly 8 years leading

 

http://www.easybibles.com

 

Martin has now set up Stage 3, which involves concentrating on a few languages in depth

 

http://easybibles.com/www-quality-easybibles-com/

 

These are the conditions for teams being on this site :

1. trusting God for their income and resources

2. working to help the whole spectrum of readers (please see

 

http://easybibles.com/spectrum-of-reading-levels/

 

3. providing a steady flow of materials and having them checked and then field-tested

 

Martin has started with 4 teams doing French for Africa, Urdu, Spanish and Chinese. Make suggestions or ask questions directly to him at

mlloyd3000atgmaildotcom

4) Easy Bibles are Moving on to Start Stage Three —

Now that more than 60 international church and Bible society leaders have accepted the need for easier to read Bibles at different reading levels, Martin is moving on to Stage Three. Stage One was coordinating EasyEnglish, which belongs to Wycliffe Associates, UK. Stage Two was mainly a prophetic ministry establishing the need for easy to read Bibles in other languages. This has now finished, but the team in North Wales will continue to print and post Biblical materials to teams doing the work.

 

Stage Three will involve in depth concentration on a few languages (mainly international languages) at the different ‘Spectrum of Reading Levels’ explained at

 

http://www.easyBibles.com

8) Easybibles.Com Reaches 100 Projects On Line —

Gospel booklets for the poor are now printed and posted to many parts of the world for the poor, particularly for those with learning difficulties and for people in prison. Christ’s command in Matt. 25:40 and 25:45 is crystal clear on this matter. More information may be obtained from

http://www.easyBibles.com

or by writing to Martin at…

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8) ‘Easy Bibles’ Posting Free Gospel Booklets in Many Languages

These are supplied and posted free of charge to writers/checkers and testers who supply

mlloyd3000atgmaildotcom with their full postal address. They are currently working at two reading levels – please see

http://www.easyBibles.com

and contact them. They are also keen to welcome new writers/translators and checkers. Following feedback and testimonies, they shall later be posting a revised Edition 2 in each language to new friends – also free of charge. These booklets may then be sold locally, at very low prices to pay for distribution costs. Bookshops may also apply. One of their key aims is to help the poor.

4) Bible and Commentaries at 2800-word level

Hats off to Wycliffe Associates UK for developing their EasyEnglish bible text and commentaries

http://www.easyenglish.info

It’s an easy-to-read Bible text and commentaries (2800 word level) available on a free CD. For more information, email

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8) WWW.Easybibles.Com Now Has 80 Projects Online

EasyBibles is printing and posting, free of charge, Gospel booklets to the world’s poorest nations, particularly in Africa, for field-testing and feedback before printing larger quantities to post. These booklets will be sold to the poor at very low prices. Recent languages starting include Broa from Cambodia and Kelabit from Borneo, Malaysia. If anyone knows contacts for Creole (West Africa or the Caribbean including Haiti) please introduce them to Martin at

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(Pastor Martin also included a note of thanks to Brigada for introducing him to Tokyo2010 ( www.Tokyo2010.org ) where he hopes to be a delegate in May. God be praised, Martin! Hope it’s helpful.)

CAN ANYONE REALLY KNOW THE FUTURE?

The Bible book of Daniel is the thrilling story of a young Jewish exile to whom God showed the future of the world. You can read Daniel’s biography, translated by Cynthia Green into EasyEnglish Level A (1200 word vocabulary) with helpful notes. Go to

http://www.easyenglish.info

Click on “Choose a Bible book”, select Daniel and then click on “God’s man Daniel.” You will discover a great example of communication between God and a young man.

20060903 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360
  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT
  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET
  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES
  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN”
  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY?
  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360 — That’s right. Caleb Project is no more. ACMC a thing of the past. Save your books and conference brochures. They’re now collectors’ items. :-) Sell ’em on some eBay missions chat room somewhere. Make millions. Tithe to initiative360. That’s the new result. Greg + Brent equals “Take it Global”. That’s their website, in fact:

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    As a partnership of members, Initiative360 will walk alongside churches on their missional journey with life-changing products, services, curriculum, and real-time experiences. Sounds like a perfect marriage of two top-notch organizations. We look forward to hearing more.


  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT — Here’s a DVD that tells the story from Genesis to Revelation in animation. The whole Bible story in 10 minute chapters, is told in just under two hours. Two Covenants, two DVD’s, one story, The Glory Story. These guys sent me samples of this product and, honestly, it’s a cool idea that you could use with children *and* adults. Pull the snippets for upcoming messages on practically any topic in the Word. Interested? Watch the film trailers at The Glory Story website:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    They’ve also shared still pictures & text CD’s as well. With these, you tell the story personally. View all of the pictures at The Glory Story website.


  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET — I’m kind of surprised by all the free services that are once again cropping up on the Internet. One of the columnists I read regularly was recently observing them: Mapquest, Google search, Google news, YouTube, Flickr, Putfile, Gmail, Skype, GTalk, jot, photobucket, … and the list goes on and on and on… How all these services sell enough ads to stay in business, I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t… in which case they end up getting bought out … or they start charging us someday, once we’re hooked. Either way, in the meantime, those of us who like a good deal should be able to find it out there online somewhere. Just be careful not to tie up a lot of your media without a backup. Someday we might try to access our stuff, only to find it’s vanished like a puff of smoke.

  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — [Thanks to the anonymous worker in an anonymous sensitive country who wrote, …] If you serve in a sensitive country, chances are you try to keep information about your work off the internet. So how would you know if some well-meaning church or organization is posting your newsletter on their website. Of course, you search the internet, right? WRONG! Every time you request info via a search engine you are again reminding that search engine that it needs to keep a history of whatever key words you are searching for. Even if you contact the offending website and get the original page deleted, the page lives on in the history of the search engine. You are in a catch 22 position. The more you do the searches, the more you are hurting yourself. Stop searching so that the history of these search engines will eventually “forget” you. Make sense? Don’t search!

  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN” — Amanda, a 24-year-old Christian woman lives in Grunau, Namibia. She is a single, unemployed Nama. Although she is a member of a Lutheran church, the church does not reach to unsaved people. Amanda wanted to start a Bible study in her home, but the church did not encourage it, and she had no materials. While two Christian workers visited her, they shared and discussed the principles of Pioneer Evangelism and left tracts and Bible portions from the book of John for her to use. They prayed for her mother, who had been a church leader. In the final stages of AIDS, the older woman is no longer welcome at the church. Please pray for Amanda to be strong in her faith. Pray that she will continue to have courage to reach out to the unsaved and ostracized. Pray that the members of this church will come to know the true meaning of grace, peace and mercy that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for continued teaching so these forgotten people will come to know the truth of God’s Word. Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED — Responding to the serious, growing economic challenge for persecuted Christians, 16 leaders from 11 international organizations met recently in Atlanta to form the Persecuted Church Economic Development Network (PCEDN) to explore how the global church can assist fellow believers. In addition to discussing the status of the persecuted church, the group also agreed on broad definitions relating to micro-finance, sustainable small and large enterprise development, tentmaking and macro-economic conditions. Moreover, leaders identified critical roadblocks to economically helping the emerging, persecuted church. PCEDN Working Groups will address the need for sustainable economic develop models and standards for training and consulting with the emerging church. Plans are also underway for a PCEDN enewsletter and website. The next global meeting of the PCEDN will be held spring 2007 in Bangkok. For more information contact David,

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

    The working consultation was developed and facilitated by visionSynergy

    http://www.visionsynergy.net


  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY? — He tells us he saw the Lord, he heard angels calling to one another, he realized that he himself was ‘unclean’ in the presence of a holy God. So what happened next? To find out, go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “Choose a Bible book” and select Isaiah Unit 9 “The Problem of Guilt” by Raymond Brown is translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS — COMIX35 is calling on all Christian cartoonists and comics artists from Central and South America to gather at this year’s combined Letra Viva Consulta and LITT- WORLD 2006 conference near Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 12 to 17. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and discussion with other Christian comics producers, and to hear practical and inspirational talks by the LITT-WORLD speakers, attending artists will also meet many Christian writers, editors, and publishers.

    For information in Spanish on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06_spanish.htm

    Information in Portuguese on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06/lw06_bro_port.pdf

    To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st begins a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. To be added to the list of those who are taking part, or to receive the prayer guide, write:

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


  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006 — If you were considering helping Brigada during 2006 but haven’t yet, now would be a *reeeeeeeally* good time. Only 3 months remain. Want to help underwrite this weekly newsletter for thousands of overseas readers who don’t have access to checking accounts or credit cards? If you subscribe to another magazine, consider donating the cost of a subscription . . . or give double, so you can pay someone else’s share too. Just click on “sponsor” 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME” — With 3 school shootings in 5 days, the USA is reeling as it seeks to come to grips with violence played out against its most vulnerable citizens — it’s young people. Our mission happens to be engaged in purchasing some gazebos for use as prayer shelters . . . and we’re buying the kits from a company in Pennsylvania with several Amish employees. Yesterday morning, I picked up the phone and called to let them know that, “If someone hurts one of your children, it’s like they hurt one of mine.” The owner of the company took time to talk to me for 20′, I bet. He had gone to school as a child just a mile from the site of the most recent shooting, a one-room schoolhouse in rural PA. He transferred my call to a sales rep who was having a hard time . . . and before the day was done, they asked my permission to have one of their delivery guys call me. He was on the road in Maine… unable to process and debrief the shootings with his colleagues back in PA. In the middle of our phone call, he broke down and cried at the prospect that a random guy in Louisville would express identification with him and his neighbors of a different faith.

    All of the above led me to conclude that we probably need to be more intentional about *empathy*. I mean… think about Jesus’ life: much of it was built around the concept of empathy. He walked our dusty paths, ate our food, was tempted with the same transgressions — yet remained sinless. Gave his life… rose again… so that in turn, we could empathize with Him in his struggle and victory.

    So maybe it’s a key principle of the Christian faith . . .and one that we should/could employ on a daily basis. With whom can you empathize today? How can you express it? Simple words and prayers might be enough. They seemed to work for a bunch of builders in Pennsylvania. But you could also choose greeting cards, flowers, visits, cookies, emails, phone calls, … the list is endless. Let’s practice empathy and walk dusty roads with someone who needs a friend — today.

20060108 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06
  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL!’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH)
  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE
  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA
  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE
  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS
  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006
  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM!
  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE
  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT
  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? –- Although you can purchase insurance elsewhere, when you purchase travel medical & international health insurance via the Brigada web site your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community. Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada-sponsored plans, go to http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html . They all benefit from your business and we thank you!.

  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06 — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in the beautiful Tampa Bay area of Florida for two days in November 2006 to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and will teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and small group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org

  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — On February 1-3, 2006, the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting it’s first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/ or e-mail glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL !’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH) — To find out, go to http://www.easyenglish.info Click on ‘What’s new?’ and you will find an EasyEnglish Bible translation of the Book of Esther, with notes that help you to understand the text. This is the wonderful story of how God protected His own people from a wicked plot. At that time they were foreigners in the country of Persia (now called Iran). Robert Bryce has translated this story into EasyEnglish Level B (vocabulary 2800 words).

  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE — Here’s one in Germany (taught in English), 27 March-13 April 2006. Organised by the European Training Programme (ETP) of Wycliffe/SIL, it will be taught by Dr. Julie Taylor, Consultant Ethnomusicologist in the SIL Africa Area. This course is of particular value for those wanting to apply principles of ethnomusicology to their mission work anywhere in the world. Participants will learn how to encourage and develop indigenous worship that is appropriate and meaningful to the culture of the people. It will help if participants have had some musical training, but no specific level or instrument is stipulated. For more details, visit http://www.eurotp.org and click on “courses”, or e-mail Uschi at admin-etp_germany(at)sil(dot)org . The cost is 900 Euro (including full board & lodging). Apply before February 17th. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA — Africa is rising! Join the 2006 Best Hope for Africa Conference. This time of prayer, teaching and networking will be held March 24-25, 2006. Vinelife Community Church in Longmont, Colorado USA will host this dynamic event. Contact Willie wrumenera(at)vinelife(dot)com for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE — Join the more than 10,000 people who receive the free “People Raising” e-mail newsletter each month. Now there is practical advice on fund raising each month through the free “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail 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 .]

  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS — If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups – be aware that Yahoo is now using “Web Beacons” to track every Yahoo Group user. It’s similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit, even when you’re not connected to Yahoo. Look at their updated privacy statement at http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy bout half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says Web Beacons. Click on the phrase “Web Beacons.” On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled “Outside the Yahoo Network.”

    In that section find a little “Click Here to Opt Out” link that will let you “opt-out” of their snooping. Be careful! NOT to click on the next button shown. It is an “Opt Back In” button that, if clicked, will UNDO the opt-out.

    Note that Yahoo’s invasion of your privacy – and your ability to opt- out of it – is not user-specific.


  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006 — Here’s a global missions mobilization event by Youth With A Mission Singapore and Arise! with a goal to mobilize 4000 people from all over the world and of all ages to 15 Asian nations through 400 outreach opportunities, to reach the marginalized and the perishing. The Conference dates will be from 6th June to 9th June 2006. Misson teams will be sent out to the various outreach locations from 12th June onwards. There will also be an Arise! Children’s Conference running concurrently aimed at instilling in children a heart for the lost, equipping them and giving them opportunities to participate in outreach. For more information, please check out the Go Fest website. http://www.gofestasia.com or email admin(at)gofestasia(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM! — Many companies and ministries survey their employees to learn how to create more effective work environments. But typical workplace surveys don’t address cross- cultural mission issues. So, the WEA Mission Commission, Global Mapping International, Best Christian Workplaces and Generating Change have teamed up to provide Engage!, a process to help current and former field missionaries give feedback to their agencies via email and Internet. Registration is open between now and March for U.S.-based sending agencies (other WEA national movements may consider something similar). The cost is affordable and is tiered by agency size. Learn more and register your agency to participate at: http://www.gmi.org/engage Direct questions to Jim at jim(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION – – Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a pre- conference workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics – Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28, 2006. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30.

  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE – If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, plan to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 29 – 31, 2006. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $60 or $75 for the Workshop and the Conference. Aquaculture International honors Jesus Christ as the organization Head.

  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT — What a boost. In today’s mail, we received a handwritten note of encouragement from an Englishman, intent on seeing us push forward. Inside the note were two $10 bills, sent via air mail from across the Atlantic. It was signed, “Yours in our Lord’s service.” How can we not push on, after receiving notes and encouragement like that? Thank you brother! If you’d like to add to this anonymous brother’s $20, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT — Does anybody really understand Google? I don’t. Try this experiment. (Please.) Suppose Brigada were going to move to a new site called Emerald Hills. (We are, by the way.) Suppose you were kind enough to help us explore the question, how do we promote the future home of Brigada… just to kind of help out. Well here’s that you could do:

    Open your browser, go to Google.com and search for “Emerald Hills.” When you see, among other things, tons of sites relating to the city in California (Emerald Hills, CA or even “Emerald Lake Hills”) and the golf courses (Emerald Hills), :-) don’t click to them. Instead, without logging off the web, immediately do a follow-up search like… “Emerald Hills pray retreat learn” (which should bring our new Emerald Hills campus to the top of the list: EmeraldHills.info), click on the EmeraldHills.info site so Google learns that people like to go there. Now here’s the weird thing: Google apparently *learns* that you thought Emerald Hills was . . . “more relevant” to your search. In other words, Google memorizes that you found what you were looking for (or at least you *thought* you would) at EmeraldHills.info.

    Now — first of all — thank you for your help (if you chose to give it). But second of all, this has big-time ramifications for your ministry. If you happen to have an email update, you could ask your constituency to do, essentially, the same thing. Instead of always giving them the link in your email update, ask them — just every once and awhile — to go to *Google* and search for it. Help them out by giving them the two-step that I mentioned in the above paragraph: First search for your site by just typing in the name of your org.; but tell them not to click on other stuff. Then give them a more exact criterion that you know will lift your site higher in the rankings, and then ask them to click through to your site now. In this way — apparently — you’ll climb up in the rankings. We did this with a dozen or so people in our home staff . . . and maybe 25 other volunteers… so 50 people in all and suddenly, Emerald Hills climbed from 93rd to 65th out of 2.8 million resulting pages. And that climb took place in just 48 hours. So… don’t just click to it — *search* for it now and then. :-)

    By the way, once you’re there at the Emerald Hills site anyway, why not read one or two pages. Check out the “News” section, especially under “Dreams to Build”. Click on that article, “World Harvest Center Plans Underway.” Dream with us that one day Brigada will have an archive room in that building… one that you can visit if and when you ever pass through Louisville. Dream of prayer walking on those trails… miles of them. Imagine your missions team renting that facility to do a knock- down, drag-out, top-notch retreat focusing on prayer & missions. (OK… so I’m excited about Emerald Hills. But you get the idea. :-) ) (Oh… Once again, thanks for your help with the experiment. Now you go try it on your own organization or group.)

20050403 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TENTMAKING COURSES – WHEN DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY
2. NEED TO POST PICTURES ON THE WEB? TRY THIS NEW SITE
3. TEACH SWEDISH, GERMAN, OR ENGLISH TO THAI TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
4. “STORIES FROM ACTS” IN EASYENGLISH (LEARNING DISABLED)
5. CAT & DOG THEOLOGY SEMINAR NOW ON DVD
6. INTERNET EVANGELISM – IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN APRIL
7. WAITING FOR THE GOOD NEWS: THE NAMA/DAMARA OF NAMIBIA
8. GET SYNERGY NEWSLETTER FREE
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA
10. CHURCH BUILDERS AS A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY?
11. NEED AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?? TRY THE AZERBAIJANI
12. URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
13. THE BACK PAGE: “GET A LIFE!”
14. CLOSING STUFF

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1. TENTMAKING COURSES – WHEN DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY — When people interested in tentmaker training start flying halfway around the world to get this 4.5 day training, the only solution is to add more courses. Easier said than done with limited resources of two small agencies working together called GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT of Norway. With a very short lead time, a new course has just been launched for Victoria BC Canada, and already it is more than half full. The TENTmaking course in Norway (in English) geared toward Europeans, but all are welcome, is taking place 4-8 May, 2005. The course in Victoria takes place 29 Jun – 3 July, 2005. Register soon, space is limited. For more info visit their websites http://www.tent.no/arrangement and http://www.globalopps.org Email Ari at arirocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org if you do not have web access. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. NEED TO POST PICTURES ON THE WEB? TRY THIS NEW SITE — Thanks to Scott for tipping us off to http://www.imageevent.com/ Scott writes, ” All you have to do to post the photos is to email them to the site and they will be posted in your ‘inbox’. From there you can create albums and you can directly email them to people or add them to a website. You can make hidden albums or password protected albums for those concerned with security. We’ve been using it for the past couple of weeks and we’ve been pleased. You can start using it for free and then if you want all the bells and whistles you just have to pay about $25 for a year which we did.” (Thanks for the tip, Scott!)
3. TEACH SWEDISH, GERMAN, OR ENGLISH TO THAI TSUNAMI SURVIVORS — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development (YWAM Relief & Development) is opening a Mult-faceted Training Center in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand as part of the Economic Development initiative of “We Love Thailand”, a united response of the love of God after the Tsunami.

If you’d like to serve by teaching your language to Tsunami survivors in Thailand contact : info(at)stepaheadmed(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

To learn more visit http://www.stepaheadmed.org and http://www.welovethailand.in.th
4. “STORIES FROM ACTS” IN EASYENGLISH (LEARNING DISABLED) — These may be downloaded from http://www.easyenglish.info Just click on AEE. See other Accessible EasyEnglish materials on this site too; together with commentaries and Bible texts for a wide range of readers. More information available from martin(at)easyenglish(dot)info
5. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] CAT & DOG THEOLOGY SEMINAR NOW ON DVD — ACMC/UnveilinGlory speakers have been presenting Cat & Dog Theology seminars around the world with amazing results. Many tell of being set free from self-centeredness to a new or renewed devotion to living for God’s glory and seeing that glory proclaimed among all peoples. Now individuals, families, youth groups, cell groups, Sunday School classes, and entire congregations can experience these same life-changing presentations on DVD! To learn more, read great testimonials, or purchase a set (at 60% discount!), contact Dave Imboden at: dave(at)acmcsouthwest(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. INTERNET EVANGELISM – IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN APRIL — This month sees three significant web evangelism initiatives, all of them keys to cross-cultural evangelism. The 21st Century web evangelism conference at Liberty University is being webcast, so you can watch all the sessions in the coming months, for a modest 20 US dollars: http://ie-21stcentury.com On 11 April, the next 12-week session of distance learning Cybermissions training starts. Cover a detailed and highly-praised curriculum from your own home: http://www.cybermissions.org/training And 24 April sees the first Internet Evangelism Day – an awareness day with downloadable resources (PowerPoint, drama, video clips etc) so that any church or mission group can build a customized program or seminar: http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com (Thanks Tony!)
7. WAITING FOR THE GOOD NEWS: THE NAMA/DAMARA OF NAMIBIA — This small town is made up of a guesthouse, general store and petrol station. It is 100k in any direction to the next settlement and at the intersection of two sand and gravel roads. Turning at this intersection, two believers saw several people sitting under a tree. Six of the seven Nama men and women were here visiting from another farm. The two believers asked if they could talk to them. They were all eager to talk! The believers shared the Gospel and all seven prayed to receive Christ as their personal Saviour! Right here, in the middle of nowhere, God had seven people together waiting for these believers to come and tell them about Jesus! Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call out missionaries for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. GET SYNERGY NEWSLETTER FREE — Signing up for Synergy Newsletter, the free missions newsletter, supplies you with a toolkit for mobilizing people in your church. Recent tools you can access now, include: “Short Term Team Follow up Kit”; “Mobilizing your church on behalf of the persecuted church”, a “Missionary Assessment and Preparation” tool; a way to “Map your church’s DNA”, and great ideas for “Choosing a Strategic Focus.” Subscribe to the FREE newsletter by visiting the DualReach web site http://wwww.dualreach.org or by writing bruce(at)dualreach(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give students essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more. The next School starts in July 24thth. For more information contact Jose or Elizabeth at ywamjaxsofm(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904) 221-5990 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. You can also check http://www.ywamjax.com
10. CHURCH BUILDERS AS A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY? — Here’s a Brigada participant compiling a list of church-building groups who donate (or partially donate) labor and/or materials for start-up ministries. If you’re one of those, please write Matt mjbenj777(at)netzero(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He’ll compile the list. We’ll ask him to send us the compilation and will report it later here… but you’re welcome to write him directly and ask him for a copy too. Thanks Matt… and good luck!
11. NEED AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?? TRY THE AZERBAIJANI — The Azerbaijani Partnerships-N.American Forum will be held May 19-21st, 2005, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa OK. This growing network consists of agencies and a wide variety of church denominations. They exist to bring the gospel to Azerbaijanis worldwide, form indigenous churches, and provide a convening place for local and expatriate workers to come together in collaborative partnerships that will further those aims. This meeting will provide vital information for church’s or agency’s entry to ministry among the Azerbaijanis. Strategies, cultural information, reports from the field, and advances in the ministry will be shared at the meeting. Please contact Mary Ann, 918.392.1117 or masmith(at)asburytulsa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or register online at http:www.cefc.com/missions/azericonsultaton.html .
12. URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS — Nations Light http:/www.nationslight.org is pulling together a short-term medical care trip for Sri Lanka, May 26-June 10, 2005, for 2 health care teams of 6-8 each to serve the continuing needs of the tsunami victims. Each team will have 2 dentists who will only remove painful teeth. Our teams will also dispense reading glasses. There is need of eye care specialists, pediatricians, dermatologists, internists, ER and family practice MDs. They already have 2 RNs committed and can use P.A.s and paramedics. They’ll be working in the Northeast Tamil areas. Since the disaster, there has been a cease fire in the civil war and these previously closed areas are open. Another team will do follow-up for those with spiritual questions. Team members may stay longer if they desire. For more information, contact Randy drpoe(at)mcsi(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 541-673-3233(office)
13. THE BACK PAGE: “GET A LIFE!” — What do you do for a diversion? In our first year in cross-cultural missions, my wife and I took off for downtown each Wednesday afternoon. We visited a special library with English magazines, took in a movie, then went out for supper together. Nowadays, years later, among other things, I like soccer. In fact, in the 14’x27′ mini-arena the boys and I built downstairs (complete with netting, turf, dasherboards and goals!), I probably play 2 or 3 nights per week with the boys, plus I play in an adult “over-30” league as well (in a slightly bigger arena, needless to say).

But I also love trees and the outdoors. I know, … call me a tree- hugger… but it’s true. Last night I went out in the rain and planted 5 new seedlings Penny ordered for me. Something mystical about knowing I’m trying to take care of the earth God created.

Meanwhile, I’m learning to play soprano sax, reading about landscape architecture, wishing I had time to learn the names of all the constellations, learning to do CAD/CAM architectural drawings, selling unused stuff on eBay… and — a dozen other things on any given day.

These diversions give me great “fresh air” in between the day’s phone calls, emails, trips and meetings. I confess that half the time, I only sleep 4 hours or so at night, but that’s as much as anything due to the fact that I’m having too much fun reading the forums at ArborDay.com or reading about restoring natural prairies. (The other half, I catch up with 7 or 8 hours each night.) In summary – I’m having a ball in life… and I just dread having to close my eyes to go to sleep… because I keep thinking about all the fun things I could be doing next!

So what’s your diversion? What do you do for a sport, for exercise, or for a hobby? And can you think of at least a few things that pull you closer to family instead of taking you farther away?

My *hope* is that these types of diversions can keep us from “burning out.” Just talked to a former missionary today about that. After a number of years in a Southeast Asian land, he grew so burdened with his daily grind that he sunk into a kind of depression… and had to come back to the USA in a heap. Five years later, he’s still trying to fully recover. Needless to say, we want to try to avoid these kinds of returns whenever we can.

So… please… “get a life!” Find a hobby. Walk in the park with your kids. Start a weekly movie habit with your spouse or friends. Do *something* that involves a change of pace and fresh air. We’ll all be glad you did. You’ll last longer on the job, work harder while you’re at it, and have more fun every moment. And fun’s important… because it’s a jungle out there — so please take care.. and go have some fun! :-)

Doug

20050130 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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.

20040801 Brigada Today

  1. OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART… — Two more sponsors helped this past week: Greg Fritz, Director of Caleb Project, sent $50 of his own personal funds, adding thanks for the mobilization ministry of Brigada. To learn more about Caleb Project and the multitude of resources they make available to churches worldwide, visit them at: http://www.calebproject.org By the way, I recently ordered a set of videos from them. They shipped out the same day, the tape arrived exactly as promised, and I looked very efficient to the church where I was guest speaker. :-) Caleb Project will keep their word.

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous donor who sent $10 again this month. He’s been faithfully sending $10/month for some 9 months now! Want to join these donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous. Remember, your gifts and sponsorships are the only way we can pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Also, remember that once we reach our goal for the year, we’ll no longer seek partnership gifts or donations. So if you’d love to get rid of these ads at the beginning of each issue, give generously and enjoy the rest of 2004 ad-free! :-)


  2. TRY SKYPE AND ENJOY ENCRYPTED “VOICE OVER IP” — Thanks to Justin, who tipped us off to Skype on the very day we saw a news piece about it on CNN. For example, you can use Skype to call any phone # in Malaysia for $0.05euros (about $0.07 US – that’s 2 cents per minute). Call any of 22 Westernized countries for $0.02/minute. Call any Skype user for free, and have end-to-end encryption. According to Skype, “It’s VOIP, works over your computer, and has very good sound quality.” Click on at: http://www.skype.com (Thanks again, Justin!)

  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities during activity time, plus living in a community setting with native English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to provide a rich learning environment. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. NEW MISSIONARY CARE RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE — ERI is happy to announce that the long-awaited Spanish updated edition of “Serving As Senders” is now available. George Verwer’s comment on this book: “Estoy convencido que éste es uno de los libros misioneros de más impacto de esta década. Al paso que el pueblo de Dios responda a su mensaje, la obra de alcanzar a los no alcanzados avanzará en gran manera.” Details for ordering “Serviendo al enviar Obreros” may be obtained by emailing a request to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with].

  5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — In the desert town of Warm Bad (pronounced “Var-um Bot”), which means “hot springs,” the Water of Eternal Life is now flowing. Two families found salvation through Jesus. When asked, none could explain what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. It was a question they had never heard before. Each family member was asked at different times and places, yet the answers were the same. None of them knew the true gospel. They were all grateful for finding their spiritual thirst forever satisfied in Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. INTERNET EVANGELISM FORUM SEPTEMBER 14 AND 15 — Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will be one of the keynote speakers at the September 14 and 15 meeting of the Internet Evangelism Coalition in Chicago, Illinois (US). Many other speakers and authors will weigh in. The Internet Evangelism Coalition meeting provide a forum for individuals, churches and organizations interested in sharing ideas and information on using the Internet for outreach. For registration information go to http://www.webevangelism.com or email iec(at)webevangelism(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. FREE INTRODUCTORY PAGE ABOUT WEB EVANGELISM — The Web has enormous unused potential for outreach. You can add this page to your own website using a single line of Javascript code, in order to encourage Christians to take up this challenge. It is also designed for re- publication in print media. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/outreach.php

  8. AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AFRICA — Do you have a heart for the Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa? Join the Live School 2005 hosted by World Mission Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, where Focus Teams will be trained specifically to reach out to some of the 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. Their main focus will be to enhance the process of a self-sufficient, self- governing and self-propagating church in each of the remaining 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. The entire training process including outreach will be a year long so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be selected for this rare event! For more information write liveschoolsa(at)worldmissioncentre(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  9. FREE ONLINE CROSSWAY BIBLE GUIDE IN EASYENGLISH — Download in 7 sections Stephen Dray’s exciting guide to Matthew’s Gospel translated with the publisher’s permission into EasyEnglish level B. Find it at: http://www.easyenglish.info EasyEnglish is a department of Wycliffe Associates UK. More information may be obtained from martin(@)easyenglish(dot)info [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  10. QUALITY PUBLISHING FOR OBSCURE SCRIPTS/LANGUAGES — Okay, so here’s one of those hard-to-publish items about MAC computers, so I’ve pushed it way down here at the bottom so that only the faithful few will see it. (Joking! :-) ) Truth is, it’s a pretty good deal. :-) Jonathan Kew of the Summer Institute of Linguistics has released XeTeX (pronounced: zeetek), a powerful Unicode-enabled desktop publishing tool that produces quality PDF output for (theoretically) any language/script in the world. Use it on Macintosh with complex fonts like Arabic, Hebraic, Indic, etc. And get this: XeTeX is free! http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=xetex or email nrsi(at)sil(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Users prejudiced against Macintoshes have a second option: UltraXML on Microsoft Windows that displays complex scripts via OpenType fonts. It costs 2,400 British Pounds (about US$4,400) per license: http://www.webxsystems.com/UltraXML.htm or email sales(at)webxsystems(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Instead, why not buy some Macs with the money saved by getting XeTeX?? :-) )

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